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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...]

Why you need to report cyber attacks

Once you’ve been hit by a cyber attack, the damage has already been done. There’s no way to make the disruption disappear, so you might suppose it’s best to just get on with things. Reporting the incident to your supervisory authority means extra work and could cause a PR nightmare. Nonetheless, it’s essential that you notify relevant parties of the breach. The attacker is a criminal, and it’s … [Read more...]

Police arrest criminal hacker who stole €1 billion from banks

Spanish police have arrested a Ukrainian criminal hacker who is suspected of heading a gang that stole more than €1 billion from banks around the world. The suspect, who hasn’t been named, used Anunak, Carbanak and Cobalt malware to hack into banks’ computers and manipulate money transfers. Twenty members of the suspect’s gang were also apprehended in a series of arrests across Romania and … [Read more...]

6 reasons why software is becoming more vulnerable to cyber attacks

“Is today’s software more vulnerable?” asks the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). This question was posed shortly after researchers uncovered potentially industry-wide vulnerabilities in 4G LTE protocol, an incident that is far from exceptional. The National Vulnerability Database and the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database both recorded more than 6,000 … [Read more...]