Healthcare is the most cyber-targeted industry

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A 2020 Vision Report has named the healthcare industry as the most vulnerable to cyber-attacks.  In particular, it was revealed that the Bluekeep vulnerability from Microsoft was twice as likely to occur on medical devices, while medical information and personal data was considered one of the most valuable items on the black market. Most shockingly, it takes hospitals four months to recover from just 40% of attacks.

Cyber security “the responsibility of global leaders”

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The World Economic Forum has made a striking declaration about cyber security – that it is the responsibility of world leaders. As part of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, experts claimed that security has been the domain of the IT department for too long, and we must all get involved as cyber-attacks grow in sophistication. Conclusions from the meeting included a need for a “culture of cyber security” and a rethink into organisational structures, as well as investment into evolving technologies.  

Multi-factor authentication attacks to rise in 2020

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A new report has found that multi-factor authentication attacks are expected to rise in 2020. Multi-factor authentication involves using more than one device or access method to log in to a user account, for example a fingerprint scan and a unique pin. According to the report, 57 per cent of global businesses now use multi-factor authentication, making it a new target for hackers. Experts are predicting a rise in ‘9am attacks’ whereby end-users receive a notification to log in when they arrive at the office, inadvertently giving hackers access.

UK government on the lookout for new security lead

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The UK head of cyber security is to step down in 2020 after more than six years of service. Ciaran Martin, who founded the UK’s national cyber security unit, is moving to a role in the private sector for summer 2020. In response, Downing Street is going to implement a “strategic review” of British defence and security, focusing on cyber security. Martin’s top achievements include linking state-sponsored cyber attacks to Russia. In a statement, he said the time had come for a new successor to “take the organisation to the next level”.

Oil and gas sector face new cyber security threats

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2020 has been marred with news of attacks on non-renewable energies. At the turn of the decade, the North American Power Grid was subject to threats from organisations such as Parisite, which exploited vulnerabilities in industrial control systems. Meanwhile, Bahrain is under attack from a new Iranian data wiper malware threat, which has taken down national oil company Bapco. Experts now claim that cyber security must be at the forefront of energy companies’ minds, particularly as we continue to rely on external suppliers.  

Civil Aviation Authority announces new security oversight scheme

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Transport organisations are recognising the increasing cyber security challenges before us. In the UK, the Civil Aviation Authority has launched a scheme in collaboration with Crest to help the aviation industry manage risks. It will take the form of an accreditation to show companies’ commitment to security.

Wishing our readers all the best for 2020!

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2019 has been a fantastic year for the whole team at Mycena. We’ve been developing our products and onboarding new clients, plus we’re looking forward to new developments with Mycena Personal Fortress. We’ll be back in 2020, and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Introducing the new Mycena Personal Fortress

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We’re thrilled to announce the launch of the new Mycena Personal Fortress website. This unique product offers three levels of security for personal passwords, offering the same level of security and comfort as for business users. To celebrate the launch of the new website and the end of the decade, we’re offering one-time vouchers of up to 60% discount. This offer is available for a limited time only, so head over to the launch offer page.

Research shows knowledge disconnect between IT and other staff

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A recently published report has uncovered troubling attitudes around cyber security in the workplace. New findings from Bdaily News reveal that 60% of staff feel their IT colleagues are a nuisance, while 46% show hostility towards their IT departments and would blame them for security issues. The team have concluded that confidence is the issue, with staff members not feeling comfortable contributing to companies’ information security.

Ones to watch for new decade of cyber security

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As we look forward to 2020, cyber security experts are making predictions. A key focus is the lack of staffing in the cyber security world, with demand far outreaching supply. Beyond the workplace, we’ll also see more threats with our own personal devices, particularly smart products. These smart products need to assure customers that they are not vulnerable, particularly as hackers become more cunning.