Industry 4.0 – The Fourth Industrial Revolution That Will Herald A New Era in Cyber Security

Seven years ago, in a flurry of news headlines reminiscent of the recent WannaCry and NotPetya global ransomware attacks, reports came out about Stuxnet, a malware that targets Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs) used in the automation of industrial machinery and processes. As the Iranians discovered at the time, this included nuclear centrifuges.

Despite infecting 200,000 computers worldwide and causing 1,000 machines in Iran’s Natanz nuclear facilities to shake themselves to pieces, it wasn’t long before it was largely forgotten about by the mainstream media. This may well have been because back in 2010 the concept of Industry 4.0 was still in its infancy and nowhere near as widely known as it is today.

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The Adobe Flash Phaseout: what it means for you and Cybersecurity

Adobe has recently announced the decision to gradually phaseout its Flash format and is working with partners to maintain the plugin and ensure a smooth transition until the Adobe Flash phaseout is complete in 2020.

Outdated and full of vulnerabilities, Adobe’s Flash is causing more harm than it is good. It’s a consistent threat to web users’ systems everywhere and its usage is decreasing as the use of HTML5, WebGL and Web Assembly grow. According to Google, 80% of desktop Chrome users were accessing a page running Flash three years ago and that figure has dropped to only 17% this year.

Flash is infamous for its numerous security vulnerabilities. According to CVE Details, the ultimate security vulnerability data source, there have been over 1,000 reports of Flash cybersecurity vulnerabilities, which have given cyber criminals the opportunity to worm into victims’ computers and take advantage of stolen personal information.

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Incendies, inondations, accidents de la route… les technologies éléments incontournables de la sécurité publique

Longtemps considérées comme des gadgets, les technologies et notamment les drones, robots, casques de réalité augmentée ou autres réseaux de vidéo surveillance connaissent depuis quelques mois un fabuleux tournant dans leur développement. Elles font aujourd’hui partie intégrante des dispositifs de service des secours à la personne. Elles n’ont bien entendu pas vocation à remplacer les équipes d’intervention mais plutôt de faciliter leur tâche face aux flammes ou dans le cadre d’interventions en milieu difficile ou hostile. Alors quelles sont ces innovations qui renforcent la sécurité publique?

Les drones et les incendies qui ravagent le sud de la France. Ce sont certainement les équipements qui connaissent le plus fort développement. Equipés d’une caméra infrarouge, ces robots volants permettent de visualiser les points chauds et les personnes ou équipes présentes sur les lieux au moment d’un incendie. Ils facilitent les repérages mais aussi la progression des équipes. Un outil précieux pour les pompiers, en complément de l’hélicoptère, qui ont cependant des limites notamment lorsque le vent est élevé, comme cela s’est produit lors des derniers incendies. Autre point noir dans leur développement : la nécessité de former des pilotes au sein des équipes de secours. Nos regards sont aussi tournés vers les USA où Lockheed Martin a développé une unité de drones capable d’éteindre un incendie.

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Videoüberwachung für mehr Sicherheit

Sichere Städte und das Thema Sicherheit allgemein werden immer wichtiger und nehmen eine verstärkte Präsenz in der täglichen Berichterstattung ein. Sicherheitskräfte müssen sich auf zunehmende Gefahren einstellen – wobei nicht nur Terror und Amok im Fokus stehen. Auch vermehrte Einbrüche, Angriffe auf Polizisten und Rettungsdienste oder eine Massenpanik bei einer Veranstaltung sind Themen der Inneren Sicherheit. Politiker fordern daher einen verstärkten Einsatz von Videoüberwachung und Parteien müssen sich für ihren Wahlkampf entsprechend rüsten. Erste Erfolge gibt es im Bereich Videoüberwachung bereits. Der deutsche Bundestag verabschiedete ein Maßnahmenpakt für eine Ausweitung der Videoüberwachung. Dadurch wird es künftig einfacher sein, Kameras in Einkaufszentren oder vor Fußballstadien zu installieren. Denn bei der Entscheidung über die Zulässigkeit von Videokameras werden Sicherheitsaspekte eine größere Rolle spielen als bisher.

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What can PR managers learn from NotPetya?

We’ve heard a lot about cyberattacks lately, with news about incidents travelling far, wide and fast. That’s hardly remarkable, given that attacks can cause highly sensitive information to become public, personal information can be  stolen and entire companies can be shut down whilst cybercriminals wait for a ransom to be paid. In short, the economic and social impact is high. Recently, NotPetya dominated the news with both the Maersk terminal in the Port of Rotterdam and TNT post being hit. Using both online and offline media monitoring we found that there were more than six thousands articles and posts about the virus in just the first few days of the attack.

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How ‘Human Firewalls’ can protect Organisations from Cyber Threats

Cyber security awareness is now part and parcel of everyday working life. High profile breaches of large organisations such as the NHS, Tescos, Wonga and more recently, again the NHS has driven companies to place more emphasis on employee security awareness and training. Not only do individuals need to be aware that threats exist, they need to be taught how to recognize and react to that threat. But in reality, how many organisations are actually doing this effectively?

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Brexit and Cybersecurity – it’s a Minefield

Whilst businesses and individuals debate the cost and implications of the British public’s vote to Brexit, the cybersecurity community is similarly mulling over its consequences on the sharing of cyber-breach information internationally and what it will mean for cross-border data access.

The major issues we have to face is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR); the forfeiture of threat intelligence collaboration with Europe; the potential increasing cost of security (because of the falling value of the pound); and the loss of access to European technical expertise.

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