Human factor as a perpetual problem in cybersecurity: Are awareness campaigns wonder drugs?

Many well-versed professionals believe that the human factor is - and will be in a foreseeable future - a perpetual problem in cybersecurity. The cybersecurity awareness campaigns are not wonder drugs but can help.

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Cyber-allied Blackouts: another SA looming nightmare?

A cyber-related blackout is a looming possibility. If not addressed seriously, the SA reality can turn into nightmares for years to come. The Fin24 portal reported that Eskom will implement Stage 4 load shedding from 12:00 on Saturday, 16 March. Earlier on Saturday morning, the power utility said it would be implementing Stage 2 load …

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Building cybersecurity culture: are we locked into “Cyber Autism”?

“The problem is that we have a huge population that suffers from a form of cyber autism”-   Eh'den Biber. After a number of serious complaints in recent months, Facebook says that they are all about privacy now. A very recent survey presented at the RSA Conference 2019 claims that data privacy was a top concern …

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Awareness as the Cybersecurity Brass Tacks: Tips for 2019

Awareness Repetitio est mater studiorum (Repetition is the mother of all learning) says a well-known Latin proverb. The same applies to the cybersecurity awareness programmes. Organisations of all sizes and types, from small to large multinational businesses, from corporations and government agencies to healthcare providers and academic institutions, can be targets of cyber-attacks. From the …

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Working Remotely – Do You Think You Are Secure?

The office space has changed over the last few decades: from cubicles and open space to what The New York Times has described as a ‘palette of places’. However, despite numerous benefits, cybersecurity of remote working can be a headache for companies, their employers or clients. Although the remote working is increasingly popular among newer …

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Looking Into the 2019 Cybersecurity Crystal Ball

Our crystal ball forecasts that the cyber-attacks and data breaches in 2019 will continue to increase in both frequency and intensity. The ransomware,cryptojacking, more focused spear phishing, IoT infiltration, shadow IT, cyber warfare, new online identification ways, push for better education and training, boards and executives involvement are just some of the predictions. It is …

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It does not help to solely blame CISOs for failed organisational security

The security professionals are, often wrongly than rightly, blamed for the failure of organisational information security. Instead of the blame game, we should learn to work together and share the responsibility. A typical scenario in a South African organisation: the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) complains to a colleague from another company that the information …

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