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These employees will cause your data breach

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When it comes to cybercrime, it is easy to imagine that the biggest threat to your company is external. However, companies are realizing that trusted employees can also pose a threat, says CAREY VAN VLAANDEREN, CEO Of ESET SA.

While some attacks and breaches are caused by employees with a grudge, many occur due to negligence – perhaps ignoring a warning; failing to allow procedure – or simple human error. We have identified three types of employees that can cause a data breach.

  1. Innocent Actions

When it comes to a breach of data, innocent workers can cause as much damage as malicious hackers. Examples – and true-life stories –  of human errors are: a mobile phone being lost, letters being misaddressed and even a filing cabinet containing sensitive data being sold to a third party.

  1. Careless of Negligent

You now the security warning that flashes up on your screen – do you always take immediate action?

A survey by Google in 2013 discovered that 25 million Chrome warnings were ignored by 70.2% of the time partly due to the users’ lack of technical knowledge, which led to the tech giant simplifying language it uses for its warnings.

  1. Malicious

Unfortunately, as well as human error, malicious actions by employees also play a part in insider data breaches. This is illustrated by the story of the UK’s communications regulator OFCOM, which discovered in 2016 that a former employee had sneakily been gathering its third-party data. Shockingly, the malicious activity had been taking place over a six-year period.

What can be done?

Corporations may start reprimanding employees who “misunderstand, misinterpret, or miscalculate longstanding security policies and procedures.

And with the impact of a data leak causing damage to businesses, including financial loss and the damage to a firm’s reputation, it is unsurprising that companies are open to finding ways to mitigate and limit computer misuse.

  1. Increase employee awareness

Perhaps the most logical step for employers is to ensure that all employees are aware of the potential impact of their actions, and how to avoid inadvertent data loss.  It is also important to involve all employees in appropriate training, rather than simply those involved directly with IT.

  1. Keep information safe

There are many reasons why one should encrypt data – while not embraced by all, encrypting data could be an important part of preventing data loss.

  1. Monitor data, and behaviours

Keeping a close eye on computer use and the behaviour of individuals should enable businesses to remain aware of and identify unusual or risky activity. BYOD (Bring your own device) schemes which operate in many companies should also be carefully monitored and controlled.

  1. Look to the future

With the risk posed by employees – however innocent – potentially catastrophic to business, it is hardly surprising that employers seem set to take a much tougher approach to insider security threats in future years.

If you’re looking to improve your workplace cybersecurity effort, ESET’s free cybersecurity awareness training resource is a great place to start.

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AppDate: DStv taps Xbox, Hisense

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DStv Now for Xbox and Hisense

Usage of DStv Now, the online DStv service available free to DStv customers, is increasing rapidly with more than two million plays of live and Catch Up content per week. In addition to using DStv Now to watch TV on tablets and smartphones, an increasing number of DStv customers are also opting to use it as their primary method of getting DStv on additional TVs in the house. This is set to increase with the release of two new big-screen TV apps, one for Xbox gaming consoles (Xbox One, Xbox One S, Xbox One X) and another for Hisense smart TVs (2018 and newer models).

Expect to pay: A free download.

Platform: Any of the Xbox One range of gaming consoles and 2018 or later Hisense smart TVs.

Stockists: Visit the store linked to your Xbox console or HiSense smart TV.

Santam Safety Ideas

Start-up businesses that have a FinTech or InsurTech business venture brewing are called to enter the third annual Santam Safety Ideas competition. Safety solutions or InsurTech ventures that are ready for piloting could win up to  R150 000 worth of incubation support and R200 000 in seed funding. 

The Safety Ideas competition was launched two years ago in partnership with LaunchLab,  Stellenbosch University’s startup incubator that facilitates valuable connections for corporates and startups sourced from the startup ecosystem and partner universities in South Africa. The previous winners are Herman Bester and Anton Swanevelder, co-founders of MyLifeLine – a wearable panic device that won the competition last year; and Ntsako Mgiba and Ntandoyenkosi Shezi, co-founders of Jonga – a cost-effective security system for low income families, which won the competition in 2017.

Entries close on 28 February 2019. For more information on how to enter, visit: www.santam.co.za/safetyideas/

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Fortnite fixes hackers’ hole

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Epic Games has repaired a vulnerability that exposed Fortnite, the world’s most popular game of the moment, to hackers. The hole, which was left in Epic’s web infrastructure,  allowed hackers to target players with email that appeared to come from Epic Games, but would have led them to a phishing site, where their log-in details would have been stolen.

Researchers at cyber security solutions provider Check Point Software alerted Epic to vulnerabilities that could have affected any player of the hugely popular online battle game.

Fortnite has nearly 80 million players worldwide. The game is popular on all gaming platforms, including Android, iOS, PC via Microsoft Windows and consoles such as Xbox One and PlayStation 4.  In addition to casual players, Fortnite is used by professional gamers who stream their sessions online, and is popular with e-sports enthusiasts.

If exploited, the vulnerability would have given an attacker full access to a user’s account and their personal information as well as enabling them to purchase virtual in-game currency using the victim’s payment card details. The vulnerability would also have allowed for a massive invasion of privacy, as an attacker could listen to in-game chatter as well as surrounding sounds and conversations within the victim’s home or other location of play. 

While Fortnite players had previously been targeted by scams that deceived them into logging into fake websites that promised to generate Fortnite’s ‘V-Buck’ in-game currency, these new vulnerabilities could have been exploited without the player handing over any login details.

Click here to read how the Fortnite hack would have worked.

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