IT Security Awareness
IT Security Awareness
IT Security Awareness
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An investigation commissioned by data protection company CPP Group found that many people in the UK who sell their old smartphones and SIM cards are failing to wipe the devices of sensitive personal data. More than half of the devices examined for the study were found to contain credit card PINs, bank account information, and login information for social networking sites. The information was gathered from 35 used phones and 50 used SIM cards. Users selling old phones should perform a factory reset. Unless old SIM cards are being transferred to another of the owner's devices, they should be destroyed.
The demand for IT Security skills is so low in Ireland that most Irish job website don’t even had a job category for IT Security. It’s no secret that cyber crime is on the up in Ireland, so does this mean the majority of Irish business are not looking to recruit the right people to protect them, or does it prove that there is a lack of awareness in Ireland for the need of IT security.
Shocking but the answer is yes your computer could put you in jail. Imagine is the financial system of a major bank were hacked and the police tracked the attack back to your PC. How can you prove it was not you. You claim that you do not have the skill to hack, but can you prove this? A large percentage of PC users do not have proper security on their Pc because they are naive and think that a hacker would not be interested in their PC. How stupid is their thinking because hackers are interested in every PC, if there is nothing on a PC worth stealing the Pc is still useful as a hacking Platform. The actual truth is if you not putting the correct security in place to protect your Pc then you are actually assisting hacker. People have been prosecuted for assisting hacker. If you don’t put the basic security in place then you have no way to prove your innocents, you may as well be the hacker.
Fact: Dumb hackers hack using their home Pc. Intelligent hackers will remotely control a PC like yours so that they are using your Pc to perform the attack.
Research just released claims to show that IT staff are spending their resources on security to ease customer concerns and establish better levels of online trust.
The survey of more than 700 European IT professionals found that UK IT managers lose more sleep over their customers' security fears than over direct threats to their websites such as phishing, identity theft or site spoofing.
The research – which was sponsored by VeriSign – found that 88% of UK IT managers rank customer confidence in security at the top of their list of concerns and have allocated an average of 19% of their IT budgets to security measures addressing those fears.
These interesting findings suggest that respondents are wary of what VeriSign calls "the potentially corrosive effect" of growing online threats on customer confidence and online sales.
Researchers also discovered how UK organisations have responded to consumer fears, how consumers have responded in turn, and where opportunities for security improvements remain.
40% of respondents reported using third-party trust marks to make their security credentials more visible to website visitors.
The same volumes of IT managers surveyed also claimed that they had deployed extended validation SSL Certificates – which normally turn the web browser bar green – to provide customers visual assurances that site ownership has been verified by a certificate authority.
We have been getting different reports about system been scanned on TCP port 23, also from doing some research we have noticed that there is many other sources around the world also reporting a sudden increase in this activity.
This type of activity is normal as a new virus starts it build up before it becomes a global disaster. We have seen similar activity in the past when we predicted other virus out brakes like Sessor before they became public knowledge. Hacking trends have changes and it has been a long time since we saw a major virus outbreak. There is not enough evidence yet to support the possibility that this is a new virus, and it might turn out to be something going on in the hacking world where port 23 is been targeted.
TCP Port 23 is normally used by the Telnet protocol
Facebook’s revamped policy allows the site to share user information with other websites.
Encryption does not stop a hacker from gaining access to data stored on computers; it only makes it difficult and time consuming for the hacker to gain access to the data.
Do you know that an SSL cert does not secure your website?
Shockingly so many people around the world think that once a website has an SSL cert it is secure. What an SSL cert actually does is it only securing the data transfer from a HTTPS page in a web browser back to the web server. So it is simply a way to secure the transfer.
From speaking with many web users we discovered that they were under the impression that when they saw a SSL secured logo the website has high security and was protected from hackers. Unfortunately this is an incorrect assumption because web site security requires a lot more than just an SSL cert. We also learned from speaking to Irish web site owners that many were not taking their web site security as a high priority, the general comment that we got which shocked use was if we get hacked we will invest in IT Security for our website, but until then we do not see the need , because they believed that hackers might never find their web site and they were willing to take the risk. We have not carried out any surveys to assess how many Irish website owners think in this way, but to date every owner of an Irish ebusiness website we spoke with failed to understand why their website required a basic level of IT Security. What has gone wrong here? Is it simply a case of lack of education which is preventing some Irish online businesses from understands the risks involved, or is it a case that many Irish ebusiness are not willing to invest the money to protecting their website and their customers?