Criminals getting closer to State Actors

A few years ago, we saw a clear difference between state actors and criminals looking at the technologies and procedures they applied attacking an environment. Over time we have seen these two groups coming closer together. In the meantime, criminals seem to have caught up. They started to use more sophisticated and targeted malware and…

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Shortage of Cybersecurity Workforce to Increase – An Opportunity for Managed Services

One of the discussions I have with a lot of customers is around managed security services. Especially themes like Security Operation Centers seem to be fairly emotional as quite some customers want to build and run one themselves (and yes, I know the challenges around regulation). One of the points I often make is the…

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Threat Intelligence – The Next Big Thing and a Game-Changing Acquisition by Accenture

I made this statement often: To me a good and sound threat intelligence, which is linking to the business will be absolutely key in the future. Therefore we entered into agreement to acquire iDefense – so read on. A study we published last autumn made it clear: We are investing more and more money in…

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Ukraine Power Outage Confirmed as Cyber Attack

Andi t will happen again; I would expect: Ukraine Power Outage Confirmed as Cyber Attack …and not “only” in Ukraine. Swiss TV did a series called Blackout on January, 2nd – three days the power is gone and what happens, what happens afterwards etc. There were seven “fictions documentaries“, which were really interesting. What was…

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Is the Internet becoming the “Wild Wild West”?

One of the key challenges on the Internet is that law enforcement does hardly work on the Internet. This has different reasons: The legal frameworks – if they exist – are hardly aligned internationally but the criminals are. Law enforcement, even though they made great progress still has a hard time to work across the…

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The Risks of Governments Training Hackers

Since quite some years, governments are building Cyber forces – either within the military or within national intelligence. This is a normal trend and was expected even back then. When I met these governments, I typically asked them how they see the risks that the people they train actually leave the government (or get fired)…

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