Sustainable Cybersecurity for Industrial IoT

January 25, 2019

The nature of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the scale of their use is what makes securing them so hard. IoT devices emerged for industrial controls two decades ago and then expanded rapidly into business and consumer technologies. The first IoT devices had important but limited capabilities. As embedded computing and networking technologies advanced, many tech trends – such as low power, miniaturization, massive increases in computer and memory chip density, digitalization, virtualization, and network capacity growth – turned small simple devices into intelligent high-powered networked computers. A perfect example is the rotary-dial analog telephone vs. the smartphone you carry with you.

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2020 Cyber Security Predictions

whitePaper | January 28, 2020

This year there are some common themes that endure, so we’ll highlight these as “work in progress”. Transformations often take longer than 12 months to be identifi ed as necessary, to be executed and to become established. However, there are other themes emerging through a combination of drivers from audit, compliance security and governance that are now showing signs of infl uencing the way that cyber risks are managed in a much shorter timescale.

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Understanding Ransomware and Strategies to Defeat it

whitePaper | March 5, 2020

Held Hostage in Hollywood: In February 2016 the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, in Los Angeles, paid a ransom of about US$17,000 to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network with ransomware. The hospital paid the ransom of 40 Bitcoins (currently worth about $16,664) after a “network infiltration” began on February 5, when employees reported being unable to access the hospital’s network and electronic medical records system. “The malware locked access to certain computer systems and prevented us from sharing communications electronically,” said hospital CEO Allen Stefanek.

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How to Reduce the Risk of Phishing and Ransomware

whitePaper | March 21, 2021

Cybersecurity challenges abound for organizations across the world. The tsunami of phishing attacks that threaten account compromise, data breaches and malware infection remains a critical threat to neutralize. Ransomware is a second critical threat, with a well-played ransomware attack capable of bringing an organization to a complete halt, and in some cases putting it out of business permanently (e.g., Travelex1 and Vastaamo2.

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INDUSTRIAL CYBER RISK MANAGEMENT

whitePaper | May 21, 2021

Critical infrastructure owners and operators have managed industrial risk for hundreds of years. This risk is usually measured in impact to health, safety, and reliability. As these industrial systems become increasingly digitized, so does the risk. What were once seen as isolated, manual processes have become reliant on communication networks and digital devices.

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Cyber Risk Appetite: Defining and Understanding Risk in the Modern Enterprise

whitePaper | January 16, 2020

Managing risk is a balancing act for organizations of all sizes and disciplines. While some organizations take on too much risk, others arguably do not take on enough. Complicating this equation is the emergence of cyber as one of the most impactful sources of risk in the modern enterprise. In fact, cyber security is now increasingly reviewed by corporate boards of directors and often discussed with financial analysts who see cyber security risk as an imminent and paramount business risk. Because the consequences of cyber security failures can be damaging to business revenues and brand reputation, CEOs have lost their positions as a result of data breaches and inept preparation and planning.

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Network Traffic Analysis (NTA): A Cybersecurity ‘Quick Win’

whitePaper | February 27, 2020

According to research from ESG and the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), 91% of cybersecurity professionals believe that most organizations are either extremely or somewhat vulnerable to a significant cyber-attack or data breach.1 This level of cyber-risk demands immediate attention and action from CISOs, CIOs, and business executives. As a result, 62% of organizations plan to increase cybersecurity spending in 2020.2 Here’s the problem: Increasing security budgets alone isn’t enough. CISOs need quick and easy wins that can greatly bolster security efficacy and streamline operations without demanding massive projects and vast resources. There is a lot of work ahead. This white paper concludes.

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