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Month: February 2018

Over 53,000 cyber security incidents observed in 2017

Over 53, 000 cybersecurity incidents like phishing, website intrusions and defacements, virus and ransomware attacks were observed in the country during 2017, Parliament was informed today. “As per the information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT- In ), a total number of 44,679, 49,455, 50,362 and 53 ,081 cyber security incidents were observed during the year 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively,” IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to the Rajya Sabha. He added that the types of cyber security incidents included phishing, scanning/probing, website intrusions and defacements, virus/malicious code, ransomware and denial of service attacks etc. With the proliferation and vast expansion of Information Technology and related services, there is a rise in instances of cyber crimes including financial frauds, using bank cards and e-wallets in the country like elsewhere in the world,” he said. As per the data maintained by National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), a total of 9,622, 11,592 and 12,317 cybercrime cases were registered during the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively, he added. The minister said the government has taken a number of legal, technical and administrative measures to prevent incidents of cybercrime. These include enactment of the IT Act, 2000 that has adequate provisions for dealing with prevalent cyber crimes and establishment of National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) for protection of critical infrastructure in the country. Besides, cybercrime cells have been set up in all states and union territories for reporting and investigation of cyber crime...

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Apple provides superior cybersecurity protection

Apple has kept CEO Tim Cook’s enterprise security promise, staking space in one of the few growing sectors of the insurance market, revealing a new enterprise-focused cybersecurity offering brought to market with Cisco, Aon and Allianz. Apple has kept CEO Tim Cook’s enterprise security promise and has staked space in one of the few growing sectors of the insurance market, revealing a new enterprise-focused cybersecurity offering brought to market with Cisco, Aon and Allianz. The bug business This is a big sector. The Fitch rating agency last year claimed insurers earned $1.35 billion from cyber insurance premiums in 2016, up 35 percent on 2015. Enterprises are joining these insurance schemes because they recognize the scale of security threats is growing rapidly. The potential damage caused by successful exploits is also expanding exponentially in part because in a connected world, what goes wrong with one small node has an impact elsewhere in the tech food chain. The Ponemon Institute claims that over two-thirds of Global 2000 businesses have already experienced a data breach and that up to 3 percent of enterprise devices are affected by malware at any particular time — even though the businesses concerned aren’t necessarily aware of this. Already cyber attacks are costing companies $400 billion every year, according to Lloyds. A better world is possible That’s the background in which Apple, Cisco, Aon and Alliance have come together. Apple’s highly secure platforms in conjunction with Cisco’s networking technologies and state-of-the-art security...

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Every NHS trust tested for cybersecurity has failed, officials admit

Every NHS trust assessed for cyber security vulnerabilities has failed to meet the standard required, civil servants have said for the first time. In a parliamentary hearing on the WannaCry attack which disrupted parts of the NHS last year, Department of Health (DoH) officials said all 200 trusts had failed, despite increases in security provision. The WannaCry attack that began on 12 May is believed to have infected machines at 81 health trusts – nearly a third of the 236 NHS trusts in England – plus computers at almost 600 GP surgeries, according to a National Audit Office (NAO) report released in October. The National Cyber Security Centre [NCSC] has said it was “highly likely” the attack was carried out by a North Korea cyber organisation known as the Lazarus Group. Rob Shaw, the NHS Digital deputy chief executive Rob Shaw said trusts were still failing to meet cyber security standards, admitting some have a “considerable amount” of work to do. Appearing before the Commons’ public accounts committee, he said the department had completed 200 on-site assessments but none had matched the “high bar” set out by the national data guardian, Dame Fiona Caldicott. “The amount of effort it takes from NHS Providers in such a complex estate to reach the cyber essentials plus standard that we assess against as per the recommendation in Dame Fiona Caldicott’s report, is quite a high bar. So some...

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NIC should help India in becoming a low cost cyber security hub: Ravi Shankar Prasad

Union minister for electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad asked the National Informatics Center, which is the government’s IT backbone to take the lead in making India low cost cyber security hub. Speaking at the second National Meet on Grassroot Informatics – VIVID: Weaving a Digital India” Prasad said that the NIC should not only innovate new products for betterment of their own states/districts but also hand hold the local citizens in becoming familiar with new technology. He said this would supplement government effort for making citizens literate in technology and expedites process of making digital economy reach one trillion dollar mark in five years time. “I would like my NIC district officers to start innovative thinking and to develop new products at the district levels. NIC should be more pro-active and should support other countries in their endeavor to move towards Digital based economy”, said Prasad. He added that NIC officers should get more exposure in the emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain Technology, IoT, Data Analytics, etc. and can be further innovated by NIC people. NIC today also introduced two new portals – ‘Centre of Excellence for Application Security’ (CoEAS) and ‘Secure, Scalable & Sugamya Website as a...

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Muni World 2018 Preview: Cyber Security, Solar Power, & Brainstorming A Better Tomorrow

CleanTechnica is reporting live from the Muni World 2018 conference and expo in Tel Aviv next week, where we’ll be taking a look at clean tech from the urban cyber security angle and checking out the collaborative strategies that make smart cities, well, smart. We’ll be focusing especially on solar and other renewables along with water, bicycles, EVs, and more. The non-profit organization Vibe Israel is sponsoring the trip so thanks, Vibe! The last time Vibe guested CleanTechnica we brought back news from Arava in the heart of Israel’s diesel-killing solar revolution. What’s Cooking In The Solar Sauce? Before getting to cyber security, here’s a preview of some of some of the exhibitors we’ll be checking out at the Muni World expo: BLITZMOTORS — today BLITZMOTORS has become a recognized leader in the global electric urban two-wheel revolution. Golan Solar — Golan Solar has been managing, advising and supervising solar projects since 2010. Eneltec — Energy saving systems intended for individual energy saving for existing fixtures that include the magnetic ballast, igniter and power factor correction capacitor. Gal-Or — brought to Israel a range of high-quality solar lighting solutions. D.O.G Solar — D.O.G. Solar company present a unique solar lighting system. Bike Israel Cycling Ltd — Bike Park Israel design and build Bike parks, pump tracks, and Singletracks all over Israel. Water For Nature — Israel’s leading specialists in: Green drainage; Development and application of innovative, biological, high-flow water treatment...

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