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Hacking with AWS: incorporating leaky buckets into your OSINT workflow

Penetration testing is often conducted by security researchers to help organizations identify holes in their security and fix them, before cybercriminals have the chance. While there’s no malicious intent for the researcher, part of his job is to think and act like a cybercriminal would when hacking, or attempting to breach, an enterprise network. Therefore, in this article, I will review … [Read more...]

Credit unions should be prepared for crimeware

We recently discussed why credit unions must conduct regular penetration tests. The bulk of that article covered the legal obligations for testing and the ways in which you can comply with those requirements.  However, we didn’t delve into the reason that penetration testing is essential – which we’ll put right here.    How penetration testing helps organisations  Penetration testing is … [Read more...]

How Ireland’s Credit Unions can meet their penetration testing requirements

Credit unions in Ireland are required to conduct a penetration test once a year, and send the results to the Central Bank of Ireland for review.  According to a report published by the Bank last year, credit unions are getting better at doing this. But for those that are still unsure how to complete this process or simply want to get better at it, this blog explains everything you need to know … [Read more...]

FAI hit with data breach

The FAI (Football Association of Ireland) confirmed yesterday that servers in its Dublin headquarters were breached in an external hack over the weekend.  In a statement released on Wednesday, the FAI said that the breach affected its email services, but not customers’ payment details or ticket sales as this information is stored offsite.   The FAI has hired a forensic computer scientist … [Read more...]

Top 5 tips for tackling the rising threat of data breaches

Cyber security is a daunting topic. Every week there’s a new big data breach, experts are constantly warning that “you’re next”, and the threat of fines and other disciplinary action under the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) lingers over all of us. To help you understand how to address these issues, IT Governance Director Steve Watkins gave us his top five tips for staying … [Read more...]

What is the right penetration test for you?

It seems like we hear about another data breach on a daily basis. Recognised companies such as Facebook, Ticketmaster and Dixons Carphone – to name but a few – have recently suffered at the hands of criminal hackers, who are gaining access to organisations’ networks using a variety of techniques.   Penetration testing is a systematic process of probing for vulnerabilities in your applications and … [Read more...]

Pros and cons of penetration testing

Cyber attacks are costly to any organisation. They can cripple systems, lead to large fines and cause reputational damage. Performing an internal penetration test can help safeguard your organisation and its network.   Penetration testing is globally acknowledged as an important part of cyber security, but, like any security mechanism, it’s not perfect.   Below is an outline of the pros and cons … [Read more...]

Penetration testing and the EU GDPR

Data breaches are on the rise and affecting Irish organisations, most recently Eir and Cork City Council’s Park by Phone service.  Criminal hackers are gaining access to organisations’ networks using a variety of techniques, so ensuring your network is secure should be high on your agenda. Penetration testing is an effective method of determining the security of your networks and web applications, … [Read more...]

The right penetration test for your organisation

Cyber attacks are easy to conduct. Botnets can be hired cheaply, hacking software is readily available, and even those without technical or practical knowledge can purchase attacks as a service. For the organisations that are hit, however, it’s a different story. Their systems can be crippled by attacks and they can face large fines and long-term reputational damage. Since the introduction of the … [Read more...]

Online anonymity has allowed cyber crime to thrive

Online anonymity is a complicated topic. There’s no doubt that the elasticity it gives our identities is a massive benefit. We can explore different sides of our personality without affecting the reputation of any other part of us. Unfortunately, that’s also proven to bring out the worst in some of us, with people committing acts online that they would never do in person. Cyber bullying and mob … [Read more...]