Safely move on from COVID-19 News Roundup – 23th January 2020

German government set to pay out thousands to keep using Windows 7

We all have our favourite versions of Microsoft Windows, but sadly the need to update to a more recent version of the operating system is inevitable. The German government appear to be in a uique situation, as they are about to pay the developers to provide updates and security to their Windows 7 machines until they are ready to upgrade. Support for Windows 7 officially ended on January 15th of this year. Sead Fadilpašić reports on this intriguing story for IT Portal.

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Equifax CISO Talks Cybersecurity Culture And Company Changes, More Than 2 Years Post-Breach

In this wonderful interview for WABE, Emma Hurt spoke to Jamil Farshchi, CISO of Equifax, on Friday after his talk at the Georgia Tech Institute for Information Security and Privacy, about the best practices in cybersecurity and what the organisation has done to rebuild and strengthen itself since the breach.

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This App Lets Us See Everywhere People Drive

Joseph Cox examines how dash cam company BlackVue’s app, that allows users to receive warnings when their camera detects a suspicious incident, has been discovered to have a flaw that allows anyone who has an account to access a map of cameras that are broadcasting their location and feed, in this fascinating article for Motherboard.

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Why Too Many Companies Don’t Take Data Security Seriously

In this fantastic article for NewsMax, Larry Alton discusses why there is such a significant disinterest in data security as every year the severity of cyber attacks worsens, yet many business owners have little or no cybersecurity strategy and little interest in implementing one.

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Ransomware, snooping and attempted shutdowns: See what hackers did to these systems left unprotected online

Danny Palmer reports how, due to a large number of malicious hackers targeting factories and industrial environments, Trend Micro researchers set up a honeypot to track cybercriminals activities when targeting these areas, in this excellent ZDNet post.

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Why cybersecurity can’t wait when it comes to autonomous vehicles

Since the introduction of IoT to the automotive industry, there have been numerous developments, including autonomous cars. Autonomous cars, however, come with several potential cybersecurity threats that could be catastrophic if left unchecked. In this thought-provoking article, for Tech Wire Asia, discusses some of the cyber security risks that autonomous cars face and the potential consequences of these threats.

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Internet Explorer has a major security flaw, but Microsoft can’t patch it yet

Hackers have revealed a major security floor in Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. While the developers have confirmed its existence, there will be no patch to fix the error until some point next month. Add to the mix that the version on Windows 7 will no longer be receiving any security updates, users are being asked to no longer use the browser and that Windows 10 owners should now be using Microsoft Edge. Anthony Spadafora takes a closer look at this story for Techradar.

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An emerging cybersecurity threat could cost lives — not just data

According to the Global Threat Report 2020 by the World Economic Forum, the possibility of hackers targeting infrastructures, such as nuclear facilities and chemical plants, is among the primary concerns threatening the world economy in 2020. In this excellent article for Yahoo Finance, Daniel Howley outlines the findings of this report and also what should be done to control the risk of these attacks.

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Facial recognition: EU considers ban of up to five years

This brilliant BBC News article details how the European Commission has announced that it will be considering a restriction on the use of facial recognition in public spaces for up to five years due to authorities requiring time to work out how to avoid misuse of the technology.

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Huawei just scored a huge win for its 5G rollout in Europe

Following what was a tough year for Huawei in 2019, they have come into some good news following the European Union’s decision to not recommend a ban of the companies involvement in the rollout of 5G. While the US continues to shut out Huawei, the European Digital Commissioner is promising new “naturally strict and vigilant guidelines for the tech giant to follow. George Storr reports on this surprising turn of events for Trusted Reviews.

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Why securing telecommunication services needs a new approach

As telecommunications technology advances and providers build infrastructure to accommodate it, they must also ensure that their strategy to cybersecurity develops with it. Anasia D’mello explores how providers can change their attitude to cybersecurity in order to keep communications secure, in this interesting article for Vanilla+.

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7 top challenges for chief information security officers in 2020

Boaz Gorodissky investigates how to better address the most challenging security threats of 2020 by exploring seven predictions for the coming year, in this interesting article on Digital Insurance. These include the consequences of a rising lack of cybersecurity experts and how it will be increasingly difficult to protect the most valuable assets of your company.

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WeLeakInfo, the site which sold access to passwords stolen in data breaches, is brought down by the FBI

A website which was offering cheap access to billions of personal credentials stolen from approximately 10,000 data breaches has been seized by law enforcement agencies. Graham Cluley writes this alarming article, summarizing how the website worked while taking a closer look at the seizure itself.

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Mobile Banking Malware Up 50% in First Half of 2019

Check Point have released a new report that summarises the cybercrime patterns, figures and vulnerabilities that shaped the climate in 2019. In this terrific article for Dark Reading, Kelly Sheridan discusses what the study suggests as well as what to anticipate in the coming year.

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Top 5 Security Predictions for the Pace of Cloud

There has been a recent growth in businesses now utilising cloud-based technologies for business-critical operations and as such, there are more questions about the direction it can take us in the digital era. With the many questions that come up, there are predictions for the road ahead. Greg Jensen for eWeek offers his insights here.

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What lessons have we learned from a decade in cyber security?

In an excellent article for City A.M., Martin Lee shares his views on developments in cybersecurity throughout the last 10 years, including how cybersecurity has been portrayed in the media as well as changes in attitudes.

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