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