Get inside the latest trends in cyber security news, updates and industry threats from June in our monthly recap.
Apple Makes Moves Towards Improved Security and User Privacy in Their Latest Updates
In their latest developer’s conference, the team at Apple introduced the updates and new features they will be releasing in their macOS 10.14 and iOS 12 operating systems. Among the enhanced features is a focus on privacy and security enhancements aimed towards creating a safer environment for users on Apple devices and throughout their online activity.
Improvements towards equipping users with more security through password features is coming with the update. Now users will be able to easily implement best password protection practices such Two-Step authentication, automatic password creation, iCloud Keychain synchronization, and reused password flagging.
Additionally, more visibility and control will be given to the users where permission will be necessary in order for macOS apps to use systems such as its onboard camera and microphone. Access to data will also be restricted and up to users to allow through the system’s mail and messages databases. One of the biggest improvements focused around permission control is venturing into Safari, Apple’s browser. Through more security around data, device locations, routines and system cookies; this increased protection will work to prevent user’s unique information from being accessed and used by third parties such as advertisers. The goal will be to make Safari users indistinguishable and increase the difficulty of tracking them.
Together these steps Apple is taking has reflected the current weaknesses in today’s technology devices and online activity. The ultimate line of defense will be up to the users to maintain, however our technology advancements are finally now being geared towards creating a safer, more transparent system that has become an increasing need as our reliance on technology evolves.
More Organizations Prioritizing Cyber Security in the Past Year
The growing concern over the state of cybersecurity has made an impact on organizations, pushing 23% more across the globe towards making security system improvements; reports one of the largest IT surveys. The 2018 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO survey uses the testimony of nearly 4,000 technology leaders from over 80 countries to identify where the biggest organizational focus and resources are being allocated in today’s business technology environment.
As the report highlights; data continues to shape the business world with a growing reliance on properly trained tech leaders who trust in digital being emphasized more and more. But there is a growing gap as the organizational needs continue to evolve at an increasingly rapid pace.
“Technology disruption continues to play a significant role in today’s business environment and, while more CIOs understand the importance of implementing a digital strategy, most are still struggling with integrating digital into their core processes to address business goals,” shares one U.S. CIO Advisory leader.
Some of the report’s top findings focus in on this need for digital strategy and the eminent danger IT leaders face without proper cyber security protection:
- 22% of IT leaders did not think they were well prepared for a cyberattack
- 78% of CIOs believe their digital strategy is only moderately effective
- 35% of companies reported being unable to hire or develop the employees with the digital skills they need
- 9% of companies reported no clear digital vision or strategy.
With IT systems combining further into the heart of business operations; properly learning and reacting to data with strategic solutions is growing more critical for today’s tech leaders.
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This Year’s World Cup Emphasizes Today’s Top Security Threats
The biggest event in sports hit the globe this month and has put a spotlight on the top security flaws and cyber threats facing users and organizations today.
With over a million tickets available throughout the event – the threat starts by over 600,000 illegal ticket purchases reported by FIFA that has posed many as potential victims for cybercriminals, hacktivists and nation-state cyber actors and caused widespread personal identity loss and fraud charges. Furthermore, some of the top growing and most historically detrimental cyber threats and crimes have spiked during this international event.
Email phishing, malicious malware attacks and private, unsecure Wifi networks has and is predicted to continue victimizing event attendees and their personal, confidential data. Seen dating back to 2006 at the World Cup in Germany; phishing-related spam was recorded to have spiked nearly 40% during the soccer tournament. In present day, the threat continues on the rise as digitization and a reliance on technology has grown even more important in the daily lives of users worldwide.
Now positioned alongside the threat of physical attack, the effects from cyber crimes is creating widespread losses to individuals, their network and the organizations they work for. This event emphasizes the risk users and their devices face without proper protocols and protection ensured to keep their privacy safe. The topic will continue and encourages more awareness on implementing safer practices and understanding in the role technology is playing in user protection.
CFO’s & Cyber Security Event is Back this August
Bringing together our industry veterans and the DFW area’s financial executives; we’ll be hosting four more Lunch & Learn sessions this August on the role CFO’s play in cyber security. Hear from real-world examples and learn about the must know steps financial executives can take towards protecting and minimizing the losses in their organization, caused from cyber threats.
Events take place August 29th and August 30th, with complimentary lunch included for attendees.