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Industrial control systems vulnerable to external attacks

A new report by Positive Technologies has found that configuration flaws in information systems permit attackers to easily acquire control of servers. The security company's penetration tests and audits have shown that many corporate information systems have insufficient perimeter protection against external attacks (73%). Alarmingly, the test also highlighted that the 67% of the attacks have reached success with low or trivial difficulty.

The report is available here
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Germany presses Facebook to reinforce penalties for data misuse

In a letter to Facebook, Germany’s justice minister Katarina Barley has asked the social media giant to strengthen its “control and sanction mechanism” to avoid third party abuse of its data. The Minis-ter also called for Facebook policy to be enforced through better surveillance and harsh penalties.

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Bulgarian EU presidency presents new ePrivacy draft

The Bulgarian EU presidency has published a new draft of the proposed ePrivacy Regulation ahead of the committee meetings for Telecommunication and Data Protection. The draft states that the first meeting will focus on the whole proposal (except for art. 2(2) and art. 11) while the joint meet-ing with DAPIX will be focused on article 2(2) and art. 1.

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Human participation needed to fight cyber-attacks

According to Symantec's 2018 Internet Security Threat Report (ISTR) attacks made to the Internet of Things (IoT) have skyrocketed with a 600% increase between 2016 and 2017. The report high-lights the inefficiency of using only new technologies to fight cyber-attacks, stressing the need for human intervention. The report recommends that all members of a company, from the executives to the employees, must be proactive in combating criminal actions exploiting IoT.

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Blockchain revolution does not seem to be understood

Although Blockchain is considered as one of the main tech systems of this year, many companies are yet to implement it. According to a recent report from Gartner, only 1% of more than 3.100 CIOs have implemented blockchain technologies. The report also suggests that only 8% are examin-ing blockchain technology or contemplating it in their short-term planning, while 77% have declared that they have no interest in the technology.

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