Tag : cyber-criminals

Not Even NASA’s data is safe!

For those of us who think we are pretty good at keeping our information safe, I would highly suggest you think again. Most leading government organizations have issues on keeping their data secure. Take for instance NASA. According to a recent article in Popular Science, NASA was targeted some 47 times last year by cyber criminals and they were successful 13 times giving hackers full control of critical NASA networks. They even lost the codes to control the International Space Station at one point.

NASA is often a target for cybercriminals and often NASA hardware is stolen. Between 2009 and 2011, 48 mobile computing devices were lifted from NASA or NASA employees. One of which containted those control codes for the ISS. Believe it or not, the device in question was not encrypted, and it appears that a lot of NASA devices are like this.

One would think that NASA, a pioneering government organization would have this type of stuff under wraps considering they have a 1.5 billion dollar a year IT security budget. It gives you the sense that if somebody really wanted to, they could easily get into your computer and get your personal information.

Furthermore, think of all of the companies and business that are not NASA, with much smaller IT budgets, that are targets all the time. Hackers could easily can access to these networks without anyone even knowing it and that often happens. A good recommendation is that you be very cautious with your personal information and where you put it. Doing research into security standards and checking to see if companies have had previous IT breaches.

You can also encrypt your hard drive with Windows BIT Locker or 3rd party software if you would like. You can use software such as Pretty Good Privacy (PGP), TrueCrypt, or CyberAngel.

You can never be too safe with your personal information!

Kaspersky Releases Enterprise Security Suite

The new Kaspersky Enterprise Security Suite is built in a means that detects more complex threats out there on the web. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, discussed the latest threat landscape at its Cyber-Security Symposium in New York City Oct. 6. At the symposium, Kaspersky Lab also launched the Windows version of the company’s Endpoint Security 8 software suite.  Kaspersky warned that the future is looking very grim for security on the web. He cited three types of attackers: hacktivists for cyber-protests, cyber-criminals motivated by financial gain and cyber-combatants focused on cyber-warfare, Kaspersky said. Every business and user is under attack and the global economy and every country is at risk, he said.  “I don’t see clear blue skies ahead,” Kaspersky said, adding that he expects to see even more sophisticated types of attacks.  Cyber-criminals are highly organized, effective and globally distributed. Their tools of the trade, such as botnets, are readily available for rent, with actual terms of service and conditions to follow, just like any legitimate business. There is a lot of profit and low risk in cyber-crime. As more people around the world go online for the first time, the pool of potential victims also grows, Kaspersky noted.

Computers are everywhere and control so many aspects of people’s lives that a focused cyber-attack can impact more than just the system itself. Kaspersky mentioned recent tragedies, such as the Spanair flight 5022 crash in 2008, in which malware played a role. He noted how the Blaster worm infected several computers in key data centers used by utility companies and may have had some impact on the severity of the blackout that blanketed the East Coast in 2003.  In all of these incidents, malware was “not the reason it happened, but it could not have happened without malware,” Kaspersky said.  Kaspersky discussed the prospect of cyber-warfare, noting that governments are all investing in cyber-weapons and creating elite cyber-divisions. He said China, South and North Korea, and the United States have some kind of a military role in cyber-space, and emphasized this is not a complete list.  “There must be new designs, new innovations in IT and OS development. Systems that are more secure must be used in critical infrastructure,” Kaspersky said.

The IT industry needs to work together to improve cyber-defenses, such as securing the critical infrastructure, international cooperation, and increased regulation and standards to raise the security posture. Kaspersky called the new breed of security products advanced protection technologies.  Kaspersky Lab introduced Endpoint Security 8, which targets firms that need to secure their cloud computing, virtualization and mobile infrastructures. For the first time, Kaspersky Lab has integrated its enterprise version with the Kaspersky Security Network, the cloud-based reputation database with information on the latest malware threats. The consumer versions are already using the cloud service.  The new product protects networks with deep anti-malware protection and comprehensive management and control systems. Administrators can also take advantage of white-listing capabilities to set policies for specific applications or categories of applications. The “System Watcher” feature tracks the computer’s behavior for anomalies and resets the system back to the point just before the anomalies occurred.  Endpoint 8 also runs the improved signature and pattern-based antivirus engine to detect malware even if the code has changed slightly. It offers Web filtering, device control, intelligent personal firewall and intrusion detection.  Endpoint 8 also offers management options to protect virtual machines, with support for VMware-based systems. Administrators can remotely monitor and manage the network via a Web console and generate detailed reports.

This article is on eweek.com and this blog was referenced in its entirety.  Link