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September 13, 2017

Report: Android Cybersecurity Attacks up 40%, Here Are The Top 3 Threats

Conner Forrest, techrepublic.com, September 11, 2017

According to new research from Avast, released Monday, cyberattacks against Android smartphones and tablets are up 40%, year-over-year from Q2 2016. Typically, this averages about 1.2-1.7 million attacks per month, a press release said.

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Top 10 Cyber Hygiene Tips for Healthcare IT and Security Professionals

Devesh Panchwagh, deltarisk.com, September 12, 2017

In the hospital setting, there is no tolerance for poor hygiene. Frequently washing your hands and using hand sanitizer can drastically decrease the chances of contamination, the spread of disease, and infection rates. It’s just as important to commit to cyber hygiene to slow down attackers who are looking to infect your mission-critical systems.

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12 Places Your Data May Not Be Safe (And What You Can Do)

Adam Levin, huffingtonpost.com, August 18, 2017

Data compromises and the identity-related crimes that flow from them are now the third certainty in life, right behind death and taxes. That said, there is plenty you can do to stay as crime-proof as possible.

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7 Tips to Fight Gmail Phishing Attacks

Kelly Sheridan, darkreading.com, September 8, 2017

Popular email platforms like Gmail are prime phishing targets. Admins can adopt these steps to keep attackers at bay. Phishing is not a new threat to the enterprise, but it is becoming subtler and more complex as threat actors adopt new strategies to trick their chosen victims.

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England’s Soccer Federation Asks FIFA to Address Cybersecurity Ahead of World Cup

Tariq Panja, nytimes.com, September 11, 2017

England’s soccer federation has written to FIFA to express concerns about the leak of confidential antidoping correspondence by a hacking group believed to be based in Russia, and to request assurances about the soccer governing body’s cybersecurity preparations ahead of next year’s World Cup there.

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The U.S. Oil Patch Has a Serious Cybersecurity Problem

Zainab Calcuttawala, oilprice.com, September 10, 2017

Cybersecurity firm Symantec reports that dedicated hackers have been able to control operational software at American and European oil and gas companies, according to a new report by CNBC. The hackers’ tactics include a variant of malicious software we are all familiar with: phish-friendly emails with a malevolent true purpose.

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[Opinion] A Threat Intelligence Program: The Challenges and Advantages

Nick Ismail, information-age.com, September 7, 2017

In the 2016 Ponemon Study on threat intelligence, 78% of respondents polled agreed that threat intelligence was essential to a strong security posture. However, from that same report, 70% of respondents also stated that threat intelligence is often too voluminous or complex to provide actionable information.

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New Wave of Cybersecurity Attacks Puts Energy Sector at Risk

Mark Samuels, securityintelligence.com, September 7, 2017

A group of cybercriminals is targeting energy facilities in Europe and North America as part of a fresh wave of cybersecurity attacks that could lead to the disruption or sabotage of operational systems.

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Google Says Its Safe Browsing Tool Now Protects Over 3 Billion Devices

Frederic Lardinois, techcrunch.com, September 11, 2017

Google today announced that its Safe Browsing service, which keeps Chrome, Safari and Firefox users on the desktop and on mobile from visiting potentially dangerous sites, now protects more than 3 billion devices. That’s up from 1 billion in 2013 and 2 billion the company starting citing in May 2016.

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