Conversations about IT security often revolve around technology and processes, and rarely about a third critical element: People. That’s a mistake, according to Jack Chan, a security strategist at Fortinet Inc’s FortiGuard Labs.
Five out of every six large companies in Malaysia with more than 2,500 employees were targeted with spear-phishing attacks in 2014, according to Symantec Corp. Small businesses also saw an uptake, with attacks increasing from 10% in 2013 to 28% last year.
As the number of devices connected to the network increase, cybercriminals will continue to hone their prowess when it comes to IoT (the Internet of Things) attacks and advanced evasion techniques, while also continuing to exploit large-scale server-side vulnerabilities for financial gains and other nefarious purposes.
The cyber-security industry has been on alert over the weekend since the discovery Shellshock, a vulnerability that some are describing as more significant than the Heartbleed vulnerability in April that exposed 66% or more of the Internet to attack.
To help combat the rapid rise of malicious and high-risk mobile apps, Trend Micro Inc has come together with mobile game developers from around Asia to set up the Safe Gaming Alliance, a move which signifies Trend Micro’s new focus on the mobile gaming industry.
In observance of the annual World Password Day on May 7, McAfee, part of Intel Security, and its partners have kicked off an effort to help educate consumers worldwide on the importance of password safety in the wake of the multiple global security breaches.
While consumers have received alerts from several websites to update their passwords to protect their information, securing corporate information is much more complex, writes Steven Rosen of Xchanging Malaysia.
With organisations around the globe already updating their systems to ward against the Heartbleed bug, security firm McAfee has released a free Heartbleed Checker tool for consumers.
With the Heartbleed bug being touted as 'the biggest security threat the Internet has ever faced' to date, organisations around the world are racing to patch their systems and secure sensitive information from potential attack. In Malaysia, the situation is being monitored by the relevant government agencies with local companies urged to act fast. Gabey Goh reports.