Cybersecurity is not hype
June 2018, News
Regular readers of Hi-Tech Security Solutions will know that we have upped the amount of content we have about cybersecurity, whether it is aimed at the physical security market or not. This is not some attempt to appear ‘with it’ in an age where we all hear about cyber-attacks on an almost daily basis, but something that is very necessary.
When you read something about the ‘always connected’ world we live in, you probably roll your eyes. We’ve been hearing that for years and we all know that we are connected and whatnot. It’s a bit of a boring cliché these days.
But it’s not. We really are always connected and always online, even when we think we’re not. There are cybersecurity issues we all have to deal with on a daily basis, whether as an individual, a family or a business. And while the headlines get excited about the big data breaches, the real threats are often overlooked.
It’s really hard to break into a bank’s internal network, even for very experienced hackers. Similarly, the large enterprise companies generally (we hope) have their cybersecurity under control. But their suppliers, the small and mid-range companies are not in the same boat, and cybercriminals – like burglars, rapists and murderers – will focus on the easiest target that enables their crimes.
So a small supplier to a bank may have limited access to the procurement application of the bank, perhaps via a web browser, but that is enough. A good cybercriminal will target the small company with limited cybersecurity – maybe a firewall and antivirus on its computers – and weasel its way into the bank’s system after infecting and gaining access to the small company’s network.
Perhaps it could gain access to the small company’s network by sending a phishing email, or by attacking one of the employees via their smartphone – who doesn’t connect their phones to their employer’s Wi-Fi network? Perhaps that specific employee has kids who like playing games or signing up for every new app or game on social media? One bad click and they are compromised and soon their parents will be as well.
And yes, I’m a nobody and you wouldn’t make a fortune hacking me, but if you can get into my company through me there’s more to be had. And if you can get into a bank through my company, the returns would be worth the time and effort.
The point is not that you should never make a mistake and be paranoid, but that we are all connected and some people are making use of that connectivity to get personal information that can be used for crime and fraud. And the worst is they will probably get away with it.
An executive of a ‘white hacker’ company told us recently that they had caught the same person involved in scamming banks three times already. This individual was never prosecuted because there was no way the NPA could present evidence and make a case. So he’s at it again and maybe he’s the one sneaking around in your network to get the passwords you use to make bank payments?
- Does your machine deep learn to artificially talk NLP in a Bayesian structured neural pattern?
September 2018, Technews Publishing, News
So there! Now your very own Hi-Tech Security Solutions magazine is also equipped with the latest deep learning and artificial intelligence capabilities. Using the latest in cognitive neuroscientific algorithms, ...
- The ever-changing dynamics of risk management
September 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Security Services & Risk Management, Transport (Industry), Conferences & Events, Associations, Training & Education
Hi-Tech Security Solutions was at the TAPA South Africa 2018 conference once again. This is a short summary of the presentations delivered on the day.
- TAPA 2018 sponsors
September 2018, Technews Publishing, Transport (Industry), Associations
There were six companies sponsoring the TAPA conference in July this year. During the conference they all had a few minutes to talk about what they do to enhance security in the logistics business.
- Securing cargo for export
September 2018, Technews Publishing, Transport (Industry), Security Services & Risk Management
Hi-Tech Security Solutions discusses the air cargo handling process and what is done to ensure goods are secure and don’t pose a danger.
- Making the right security decisions
September 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Access Control & Identity Management, Perimeter Security, Alarms & Intruder Detection, Integrated Solutions, Conferences & Events, Training & Education
The Residential Estate Security Conference 2018 took place in Johannesburg in August, covering a range of topics pertinent to the estate market.
- The most important features of a management platform
September 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, CCTV, Surveillance & Remote Monitoring, Access Control & Identity Management, Cyber Security, Integrated Solutions
Hi-Tech Security Solutions asks the industry for the top three features you should be looking for in a security management platform.
- Integrated anything
September 2018, Technews Publishing, This Week's Editor's Pick, Integrated Solutions, Security Services & Risk Management
Babylon is designed to manage access automation systems; however, its utility goes beyond management to include automation and customisation capabilities across technology verticals.
- The human factor in control rooms
September 2018, Technews Publishing, Security Services & Risk Management
What kind of person does it take to watch multiple video screens and make quick and responsible decisions when an incident occurs?
- Nearly every third corporate data breach gets employees fired
September 2018, Cyber Security, News
According to a new report from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, 25% of data breaches in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) region in the past year have led to people losing their jobs.
- Stallion hosts technology day
September 2018, Technews Publishing, News, Conferences & Events, Training & Education
Stallion Security hosted its second annual technology day at the Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton to give its clients insight into some of the latest and greatest products and solutions available in the security market.
- Londoloza becomes a part of Fidelity ADT
September 2018, Fidelity Security Group, News, Security Services & Risk Management
Fidelity ADT has announced that Londoloza Protection Group will now form a part of Fidelity ADT. This partnership will integrate Londoloza customers into the Fidelity Security Group, under the Fidelity ADT umbrella.
- Centurion appoints new sales manager
September 2018, Centurion Systems, News
Centurion Systems has appointed Luan Botes as the new sales manager for the company’s Johannesburg head office.