Another year has come and gone, full of all sorts of new cyber-attacks and vulnerabilities. Which subjects did our readers find the most fascinating this year? Privacy, open-source tools, and a new botnet threat called Reaper were just a few. Below are the top 10 posts that you kept coming back to:
Privacy or profit, that is the question. For C-suite executives around the world, striking a balance between safeguarding their organization’s data and meeting government regulations without adversely affecting day-to-day operations has always been a careful balancing act.
In April 2017, we conducted a global survey of C-suite executives. All respondents represent organizations with at least $250 million (or the equivalent) in annual revenue. Our goal: to understand their greatest challenges, threats and opportunities when it comes to cyber security.
Breaches of personal data have big consequences. Ask any user of Ashley Madison. Ask executives at Sony. Ask Hillary Clinton’s campaign. And, as we learned from the recent Wikileaks dump, all those private messages you’re sending may not be so private.
So, if you had to choose, who would you rather have view what is on your phone? The government? Or your significant other?
Network privacy is making its way more and more into the news these days. As much as we are eager to share and get responses to our personal moments on social media, we are even more eager to protect our private data. The privacy concern has become even stronger ever since we discovered as part of the Snowden revelations that the U.S. government (as well as others) is actually inspecting all internet communication.
Earlier this month my colleague Carl Herberger wrote a blog post regarding how the internet was rolling back our freedoms. I would agree with him. As time moves forward, we are seeing more situations where no one can hide from their government as the internet closes around them. An open internet as we know it may be coming to an end as several countries begin moving towards the idea of a centralized gateway that is controlled by their government.
Data is the currency of today’s digital economy, the oil of the 21st century. Personal data is considered our economical asset generated by our identities and our behavior and we trade it for higher quality services and products. Online platforms act as intermediaries in a two-sided market collecting data from consumers and selling advertising slots to companies. In exchange for our data being collected, we get what appears to be a free service.
The growth and the market capitalization of social platform providers like Facebook and search engines such as Google demonstrate the value of personal data. Personal data also provides new ways to monetize services as news organizations are finding it difficult to charge ‘real’ money for digital news, but leverage our willingness to pay for a selection of ‘free’ news with our personal data. Every 3 out of 4 persons prefer free registration with selective access over a paid registration with full access.
2016: What a year! Internet of Things (IoT) threats became a reality and somewhat paradoxically spawned the first 1TBs DDoS—the largest DDoS attack in history. Radware predicted these and other 2016 events in the 2015–2016 Global Application and Network Security Report. Since initiating this annual report, we have built a solid track record of successfully forecasting how the threat landscape will evolve. While some variables stay the course, the industry moves incredibly quickly, and it takes just one small catalyst to spark a new direction that nobody could have predicted.
Let’s take a look back at how our predictions fared in 2016—and then explore what Radware sees on the horizon for 2017.
If George Orwell was alive today, he would probably be considered an optimist as far as our right to privacy goes. That’s the perspective of our Vice President of Security Solutions and cyber security expert, Carl Herberger. Last week, Carl sat down for a Facebook LIVE event to discuss our right to privacy, and how to defend against it in the face of growing security threats. He discusses a number of recent hacks, including those on financial institutions, the healthcare system, and even dating websites, like Ashley Madison. He also addressed a number of questions from followers, such as what we should avoid posting on social media, how online privacy works, and what expectations of privacy we should have in an age of the Internet of Things and constant data breaches.
Get your questions ready!
On June 13th, I’ll be back in the states and going live on Facebook to discuss some of your biggest questions about privacy in today’s cybersecurity landscape.
So many businesses aren’t prepared to fight back and protect your data, so we’ll talk about what questions you should be asking to make sure you’re protected.
I’ll give you some important questions for your healthcare provider, banks, and more to make sure your data is safe from cyber criminals.
Mark your calendars now! And, make sure to follow the Radware Facebook page for more updates. See you on the 13th!