The Year in Vulnerability

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It is tempting to write an end of year cybersecurity review as a scaled list of the companies hit worst by hackers, although this approach lacks both compassion and reflection. When has humiliation served to make the world a better place? NEVER! Faster Networks takes this opportunity to reflect on mistakes made throughout this year and ensure we get ahead for 2021 with the proverbial gates locked and private data secure. We want companies to spend more time and money on technical know-how and capability, tech security and reportage, that will intensify our defence against security vulnerabilities and keep our economy and private lives safe/r.

2020 was the year where a pandemic forced corporate employees to take their computers home and live in their office, which was also the kitchen and the school, alone or with immediate family, but definitely no colleagues. This made Zoom the obvious front door and there was barely a lock in sight as online meeting places scrambled to meet demand. Remember Zoom in its infancy enjoyed some credible success with 10 million users and quickly jumped to 200 million users, within weeks of city lockdowns around the world. You know things are going well when your company name becomes a common verb, Zooming. But Zoom weren’t ready and they couldn’t update their program quickly enough as new users navigated blindly in and around new capabilities. It was exhausting.

We learned over and over that employees working from home were not properly trained to set up their own cybersecurity. Once hackers got wind of the vulnerabilities a company faced having their entire workforce offsite, they went in for the kill, without too much effort. We learned this year about Business Email Compromise and phishing emails, both a stealth undertaking to garner information from unsuspecting digital victims via imposter email correspondence.

The threat of cyber warfare is real and ubiquitous. We covered a social media data scandal from China that helped us understand that military action has moved from guns in the sky to data scraping, collation and manipulation. Spying countries have countless cyber avenues to get what they need and manipulate various entities to share or have it shared.

2020 will be the year that we saw the world through a different lens, a virus scope. There is no normal with Covid-19, lurking yet invisible. The pandemic changed us in some way, it was different for everyone. Paranoia, science and mental wellbeing were scaled individually, we were less physically connected and more virtually so. We understand that machines are hacked often through manipulation of individuals and humans are humans, they make mistakes. The progress of a vaccine based on expensive and dedicated research is as vulnerable to attack and theft as financial data.

As Faster Networks sign off for a festive break, as most of us do, we can’t help but leave you with a succinct recommendation. By all means relax, you absolutely deserve it however, remain mindful of who you share your details with and how you use your (new) devices. Cyber resilience takes effort, maybe even strategy and planning, there are resources available from ASIC if you wish to up your game.

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Faster Networks help businesses protect their digital assets. We are a cyber security partner that brings the best software solutions that anticipate and fix digital vulnerabilities. Our areas of expertise includes Vulnerability Management, Security Orchestration Automation and Response (SOAR), Application Security, Infrastructure Security, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection and Application Pentesting.

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