Cyberpower, a view into future powers

Technological revolution – the global megatrend of the twenty first century One of the biggest trends is the transformation acceleration in different scientific and technological areas. The global spread of new technologies and the relative ease and pervasive access to it, not only represents a huge power opportunity but a substantial risk as well. Rapid evolution has involved dramatic growth...

5 Reasons single-password authentication should be banned

I use passwords a lot. I have  different types of passwords. From strong, mega strong, and paranoid strong. Some I can remember, some I can’t – it drives me mad sometimes. Whether you like passwords or not, single-factor  authentication  (SFA) – also called single-one of the most common  first lines of defense used by various online systems to protect...

“Application Whitelisting” – The most effective anti-malware strategy

Analyzing the data processed by CERT-RO over the past few years on various malware alternatives, as well as the information published by various cybersecurity organizations during this period, there is an obvious trend to diversify, specialize and increase the complexity of malware, whether we are talking about APT (Advanced Persistent Threats), botnet, bank botnets or Ransomware. Malicious software is one...

Cybersecurity – The United Nations (and not only) Acting as One

The ITU, as requested by the international community through the UN World Summit on the Information Society, has taken as a core principle of its mandate the need to build confidence and security in the use of ICTs. Information and communication technology may have changed since the advent of the telegraph, but the mission of ITU to “Connect the...

The growing role and risk of connected everything

As I write the  editorial for   this  second  English language edition of CyberSecurity Trends, in the height of the European summer, it seems after the regular attention that cyber-attacks  were generating during Spring that some calm has been restored. How long that will last none of us know. The one story that continues to rumble on is to what extent...

A little cyber-culture in a world of cyber-intoxication

I would like to welcome everyone to this, the first English language edition of CyberSecurity Trends, which is a quarterly magazine already published in Europe in French, Italian and Romanian languages. The magazine is proud to have endorsement from the United Nations ITU cybersecurity team.

The O2 SS7 attack

The start - or the beginning of the end? In May, O2 Telefonica in Germany confirmed that it had been the victim of a mobile network hack that led to an undisclosed number of the operator’s customers having their bank accounts emptied by fraudsters. The criminals had hijacked the SMS-based two factor authentication systems that are used by so many...

Cyber-attacks on fintech companies

What are the costs associated with a data breach or a cyber attack on a fintech company? Have these costs been increasing or decreasing. Are the direct financial losses – fraud from customers’ accounts – bigger than operational and reputational losses? What techniques have the attackers used in recent security incidents? As the number of cyber attacks against financial services...

Introduction to the EU General Regulation on Data Protection (GDPR)

Adopted on April 27, 2016, this ambitious and future oriented Regulation will be directly applicable in each of the European Union Member State as of May 25, 2018. It contains 99 articles and is structured in ten large chapters, which include general provisions, applicable principles, the rights of the data subject, the question of the controller and the processor, the...

VIP Interview with Giancarlo Caselli : From the countryside directly to cyberlaundering: the agriculture mafia now targets network security

«The estimate regarding the “turnover” achieved by the agriculture mafia has reached nearly Euro 21.8 billion, from approximately Euro 16 billion, states official data published in 2016. We are talking about a “guesstimate”, showing a clear 30% increase and this underlines the gravity of the phenomenon. The organized crime approach in targeting the agriculture sector, has thrown away the...