One of the biggest challenges we face in cyber security is the swift evolution of the threat landscape. With increasing complexity, rapid adoption of new technologies, and emerging risks such as zero-day vulnerabilities, it is impossible to guarantee that any system is 100 per cent secure.
The actions of an insider posing a threat, whether malicious or not, can have catastrophic results. In fact, perfectly functioning security practices that are focused on mitigating external threats can fail to prevent, or even exacerbate the impact of insider threats.
In the struggle against fake news, maximizing reach with limited resources, and growing brand engagement, how do organizations project legitimacy, and why is this important?
Organizations are facing an evolving security landscape where the lines between cyber and physical security are becoming increasingly blurred. Hacking, ransomware, and phishing are all low cost, high payoff activities that are difficult to prosecute. But cyber attacks can also have real physical security impacts.
The impact of Hurricane Harvey on Houston, the fourth-largest city in the United States, illustrates the impact a disaster of this magnitude can have on a major urban center. There will certainly be a range of lessons for emergency management and disaster response that will emerge from this event in the months to follow. But a couple of key insights that have already emerged are worth highlighting.
The 2016 U.S. presidential election brought the phenomenon of fake news into the spotlight. A combination of misinformation (false or incorrect information that is spread intentionally or unintentionally without realizing it is untrue) and disinformation (intentionally false or misleading information that is spread in a calculated way to deceive target audiences) about the candidates was rapidly spread online, particularly through social media networks.
The attack on a mosque in Québec City on January 29 demonstrated once again that Canada is not immune to the threat of violent extremism. There are also indications in the media that the suspect who has been charged with the attack may have far-right views, which he expressed on social media.
From major data breaches and phishing to distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks and ransomware, cyber security issues have continued to hit the headlines on a regular basis in 2016. The pace of adoption of new, networked technologies is increasing, potentially creating a whole host of new vulnerabilities.
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001 attacks, questions were raised about how such an incident could be perpetrated on American soil. The 9/11 Commission Report delved into the issue and produced a range of findings and recommendations. One particular statement in the Commission’s report has resonated with many and continues to provoke debate and discussion: “The most important failure was one of imagination.”