The week in security: If Sweden can be breached, you can too

The accidental mass leakage of Swedish drivers’ personal details caused red faces amongst that country’s government, providing fodder for hackers that have become highly effective in dreaming up new ways to generate profit.

Given that breaches are almost a certainty these days, many argue that the key goal for CSOs is to have a response plan for when it happens.

That plan should include 7 key elements at a minimum. And, increasingly, that plan is likely to involve artificial intelligence – which is rapidly entering the security mainstream as companies search for ways to keep their heads above the rising currents of cybersecurity attacks. It’s already having some success for startups that are refining their successful efforts to keep up with the threat climate.

Many of those attacks are being facilitated through a dark web that has become more corporatised than ever. This, as CSOs also fight to make their jobs more corporatised – with some success as they improve visibility at the top.

Improving visibility at the bottom is also important – even as far down as the level of your individual home appliances and other Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

All of this reinforces the idea that you should probably take a fresh look at your security policy sooner rather than later.

Meanwhile, UK authorities were trialling a ‘rehab camp’ to redirect young cybercriminals to careers in cybersecurity.

Vendors were also moving on cybersecurity, with Adobe promising to officially retire Flash Player in 2021 and Kaspersky offering its acclaimed antivirus application for free. And Google, for its part, pulled 20 Android spyware tools that were targeting WhatsApp messages.

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