Posts by Arden Rubens:

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The Year of GDPR

Jan 15, 2018 By Arden Rubens | Way back in 2012, the European Commission laid down initial plans for the European Union’s data protection reform. It took the relevant parties four years to reach an agreement on what would be involved and how it will be enforced. And now, here we are! As close as ever to the May deadline in the year Europe finally takes the leap to be “fit for the digital world”, and business will be changing the way which data is handled, processed, and protected with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).  

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Recap: The Biggest Data Breaches of 2017

Dec 31, 2017 By Arden Rubens | From a Republican National Committee contractor exposing voting data on nearly 200 million people to Equifax revealing a breach impacting over 143 million people – it’s safe to say that when it comes to data breaches, 2017 has kept us on our toes. So much so that more data was lost or stolen in the first half of 2017 (1.9 billion records) than in the entire of 2016 (1.37 billion) according to research released earlier this year.  

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Looking Ahead: What’s in Store for Cybersecurity in 2018?

Dec 25, 2017 By Arden Rubens | As the cybersecurity world is left reeling from record breaking hacks and breaches which occurred (or surfaced) in 2017, the importance of organizations ensuring their code’s security is rightfully taking the spotlight as the new year begins.   However, in taking a step beyond code security, it’s critical that organizations of all sizes and those employed within them are paying close attention to the rising trends impacting the cybersecurity world. Continue reading to learn more about our predictions of which cybersecurity trends will dominate in 2018.  

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A Closer Look: OWASP Top 10 2017 – Application Security Risks

Dec 03, 2017 By Arden Rubens | Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP) is an organization filled with security experts from around the world who provide information about applications and the risks posed, in the most direct, neutral, and practical way. Since 2003, OWASP has been releasing the OWASP Top 10 list every three/four years. The list consists of the top biggest Application Security Risks according to OWASP.

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November 2017: Top Hacks and Breaches [INFOGRAPHIC]

Dec 01, 2017 By Arden Rubens | Recent research confirms that a third of the internet is under attack, with millions of network addresses subjected to DDoS attacks over a two year period (source). And as I write these monthly hacks and breaches reviews, this statement comes as no surprise. Just because it’s officially the holiday season, it doesn’t mean that hackers will be slowing down. Here’s a roundup of some of November’s notable hacks and breaches.  

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INFOGRAPHIC: OWASP Top 10 Application Security Risks

Nov 30, 2017 By Arden Rubens | The OWASP Top 10 Application Security Risks 2017 (PDF) is out. The list takes a good look at the most critical application security risks facing organizations and developers today, with the big goal of raising awareness, upping the knowledge, and helping security teams and developers release secure applications. 

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A Simple Coding Error Put Millions of Smartphone Users at Risk: What You Need to Know

Nov 15, 2017 By Arden Rubens | As many as 180 million smartphone users are at risk of having texts and calls hijacked by hackers – all due to a simple coding error in at least 685 different mobile apps. A warning was released by the cybersecurity firm Appthority late last week. According to Appthority, the vulnerability (known as Eavesdropper) could let hackers inside an app to access confidential knowledge, without the user knowing.  

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October 2017: Top Hacks and Breaches [INFOGRAPHIC]

Nov 02, 2017 By Arden Rubens | Another month, another absurd amount of data breached. The start of October saw an update in one of the most notorious data breaches of all time: Yahoo said in a statement that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked in data breach which occurred in 2013. This tripled the original number of thought accounts breached, which already holds the record of data breached.

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South Africa’s Biggest Data Breach: What You Need To Know

Oct 23, 2017 By Arden Rubens | A trove of data containing the personal information of more than 60 million South African citizens has been breached in the biggest data breach to hit South Africa. The breach was discovered by security researcher and creator of Have I Been Pwned, Troy Hunt.  

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