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Here are the top cybersecurity articles from January 14-27, 2016. Signup to receive biweekly updates here

 

Phishing Attacks: What Can Be Done To Stop Staff From Causing a Data Breach?

A recent report by the Ponemon Institute puts the average cost of recovering from a successful phishing attack at $300,000. What can, and should, be done to strengthen our security defenses and protect and train our people against phishing attacks? When incidents do occur, how does your staff respond? Dan Lohrmann, CSO, Security Mentor, gives expert comments on the current phishing and data breach landscape.

 

Nine of Ten Breaches Easily Avoidable, Study Finds

Nine of every ten data breaches that occurred in the first eight months of 2015 were “easily avoidable,” underscoring the need for private sector investment in tools and processes to thwart cyber criminals.

 

“Internet of Things” security is hilariously broken and getting worse

Shodan, a search engine for the Internet of Things (IoT), recently launched a new section that lets users easily browse vulnerable webcams. Shodan crawls the Internet at random looking for IP addresses with open ports. If an open port lacks authentication and streams a video feed, the new script takes a snap and moves on. Shodan’s new image feed highlights the pathetic state of IoT security, and raises questions about what we are going to do to fix the problem.

 

The Pick of 2016 Security Conferences

Here is a round up of some of the most interesting security conferences on the docket for 2016.

 

Insurers Getting Smarter About Assessing Cyber Insurance Policy Risks

Cybersecurity experts expect 2016 to be the year that insurance companies gain a greater level of maturity with how they underwrite cyber-insurance customers and assess them throughout the life of a policy.

 

Why Agencies Must Take a ‘Security First’ Approach in 2016

In 2015, the Office of Personnel Management data breach moved security from a front-of-mind topic mainly for chief information security officers and security professionals to a front-of-mind issue for millions of government employees, contractors and their families. The OPM breach made it clear that security breaches can put individuals – not just agencies – at risk.

 

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