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Cyber Arms Race Heats Up

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Internet securityWhen we think of an “arms race” we usually think of advances in weaponry that cause death and destruction. It seems that there is a very different type of arms race underway that deals with bits and bytes instead of bombs and bullets. The security firm FireEye believes that an IE vulnerability has been recently exploited by a Chinese hacker group and that it has been the subject of much activity on a booming international “Cyber Arms” market.

Websites being hacked and companies being targeted by organized cyber criminals and foreign governments has becomes so common that it is scarcely news these days. It should not be surprising that a talented global cyber arms division has emerged,uncontrolled by governments. In most cases, the hackers goals are financial, like any other common criminal. However, when actual warfare is considered too destructive, digital war has become a popular fallback. Without having to be physically present in a country, a group of criminals or surrogates for a country can hack important website, steal valuable secrets and disrupt a country’s infrastructure.

Security firms have deduced that there are specialists whose only job is to build malware and distribute them. This reveals a trend of industrialized malware development and another find reveals, once the group takes control of a computer, it will be used as a host to further distribute it to more networks at the same time. One of the issue with regards to it is that, there are different roles played by multiple people which increases the efficiency of the malware that they develop. Named as the digital quartermaster, such teams play an integral role in changing the face of Internet security and forcing companies to take drastic measures to safeguard themselves. Besides, the team also works to change its codes every time so that antivirus software and other security tools can’t detect them.

Security firms are working together to curb illegal websites and hackers forming teams in the deep web. Earlier, the Silk website was shut down and now after discovering that a bigger industry exists behind malware, drastic steps are being taken. Majority of the attacks and trojans initiated by this group is an attempt to steal credentials. Internet security measures are now focused towards securing identities than money because when attacks hit the banking sector, they usually steal credit card information and bank details so as to deploy digital heists. It makes it much easier to hack users than going for the bank’s server to steal money. Intellectual property is at dire risk at them moment.

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Airgain unveils extended portfolio of 5G OMNIMAX Dipole series antennas for M2M and IoT apps

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Airgain announced the release of its OMNIMAX Next Dipole antennas, the latest addition to Airgain’s 5G product portfolio designed to deliver ultra-wideband connectivity for 5G NR sub-6GHz IoT and M2M applications.

The OMNIMAX Next Dipole series includes 5G NR sub-6GHz products for low profile and shock resistant outdoor applications, including “salt shaker” style antennas, indoor dipole “paddle” antennas, and outdoor “candlestick” dipole antennas.

Each product is designed to blend into the environment, with flexible mounting options while providing ultra-wideband connectivity for virtually any indoor or outdoor cellular module, modem, or gateway. The 5G ready OMNIMAX Next Dipole series provides future-proof performance, with backward compatibility from 5G to 4G and 3G global frequency bands.

“Supporting sub-6GHz 5G, particularly the lower bands approaching 600MHz, is challenging for the form factors of these products,” said Kevin Thill, Airgain’s Senior Vice President of Engineering.

“These antennas achieve excellent broadband performance without compromising the form factor, while outperforming competing solutions that we have seen in the market today. These antennas feature a unique and patent pending Coplanar Waveguide feed, which is key to enabling the ultra-wideband performance in the given form factors.

“We are excited to offer the expansion of our product portfolio of 5G ready antennas designed to accommodate wider bandwidth requirements demanded by 5G. The OMNIMAX Next Dipole series provides a cost-effective solution while delivering dependable quality.”

Building on Airgain’s antenna design expertise of CENTURION Next, the industry’s first 9-in-1 5G and Wi-Fi 6 fleet antenna, the OMNIMAX Next Dipole series includes 617 MHz to 6 GHz wideband cellular 5G support. OMNIMAX Indoor Dipole Next, OMNIMAX Outdoor Dipole Next, and M2M SN Next are available through our trusted channel partners or direct at 1-855-AIRGAIN.

Source: https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/07/09/airgain-omnimax-next-dipole-antennas/

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You Are The Weakest Link

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Tom Finan on human imperfection and cyber security culture




A craftsman never blames their tools. It is not the systems  that ultimately fail cyber security professionals- it’s the people. Insider threats do abound but more often than malfeasance, misfeasance is the key to a breach. It wasn’t the firewall that failed Capitol One, it was a misconfiguration. Tom Finan dives in on culure vs. strategy quoting both Peter Drucker and…Barbara Streisand.  

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Covid 19 has changed 2020 in unprecedented ways in how we work, live our lives, and measure Cyber Risk. Listen to Episode #141 of Task Force 7 Radio as the Cyber Growth Leader from Willis Towers Watson, Tom Finan and Co-Host Andy Bonillo dive into how the “Cyber Security Superheroes” are working together to manage the human element during the pandemic. As claims data shows, effective Cyber Risk prevention and mitigation is largely a people problem. In response, companies need to assess and analyze the elements of their cultures that shape both positive and negative cyber attitudes and behaviors that makes the human element one of the largest risks to a company.

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Source: https://www.cshub.com/executive-decisions/articles/you-are-the-weakest-link

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Axio360 platform to provide holistic view and identify financial impact of risk for Archer’s clients

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Axio announced a strategic partnership with cybersecurity consulting firm Archer. This partnership will merge Archer’s expertise in critical infrastructure protection with the Axio360 platform and allow clients to measure cyber risk exposure in financial terms and manage their cybersecurity program from a holistic point of view.

The Axio360 platform will assist Archer’s clients in identifying cyber risks across business units and threat vectors that may not have previously been considered. The platform estimates all-in costs of exposure and evaluates how specific controls and mitigations will reduce risk.

“The Axio platform was built to fundamentally redefine how organizations solve cybersecurity problems. Our intention is to enable business-centric decision-making by putting the risk in financial terms,” said Brendan T. Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President of Channels & Partnerships for Axio.

“Our operating system aligns all key constituents and delivers clarity in real-time. This partnership with Archer allows our software to make critical infrastructure safer and more secure.”

“This partnership allows our asset owners to receive tailored recommendations from Axio and our dedicated team. For the first time, our clients will be able to measure their cybersecurity program and benchmark it across their industry peers,” stated Patrick C. Miller, Managing Partner for Archer.

“This collaboration will help the overall assessment and understanding of cybersecurity risk for critical infrastructure.”

Axio360’s methodology and software empowers organizations to continuously answer the four most critical questions for cyber risk:

  • What’s my exposure in financial terms?
  • How should I manage my cyber program?
  • Do I have the financial ability to recover?
  • Where should I invest?

Source: https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/07/09/axio-archer/

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