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Ransomware attacks have become an increasing trend worldwide over the past two years. Just six months ago, for example, a ransomware called "Wannacry" stormed the entire web wrecking most damages in Europe. The ways in which any individual can be affected by this kind of virus are multiple: through email attachments, malicious links, a compromised ad or an exploit kits. Exploit kits act as true Trojan horses by searching for any weakness or entry point in a computer (usually old or not updated software) to install the ransomware.

We live in an increasingly interconnected world of both citizens and public infrastructures with a growing associated risk of cyber-attacks. Robust protection is no longer just an option. Today, cyber-risk is one of the major concerns sitting at the top of the international agenda of any government, as hacker’s attacks or security breaches have the potential to jeopardize the global economy.

Numerous companies and organisations struggle when it comes to understanding how to deal with cybersecurity and data protection issues. However, the vast majority are aware that they have to put effective strategies in place to safeguard their business from cybercriminal attacks.

The amount of online services and the ensuing exchange of personal data are constantly on the rise, with present business models relying on cutting-edge IT services and connectivity to meet consumer demand. With connectivity comes potential threats from external sources.

Under Article 28 of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), controllers must only appoint processors who can provide “sufficient guarantees” to meet the requirements of the GDPR. Processors must only act on the documented instructions of the controller and they can be held directly responsible for non-compliance with the GDPR obligations, or the instructions provided by the controller, and may be subject to administrative fines or other sanctions and liable to pay compensation to data subjects.

On 8 September 2017, the Council of the European Union reviewed the draft of the new e-Privacy Regulation (“EPR”) – previously published by the European Commission on 10 January 2017 -, which allows the use of first-party and third-party analytic cookies without express consent of the end-user.

The Internet landscape has significantly changed over the last few years impacting on how we communicate with each other and on our everyday lives. With more and more personal shared online and high-profile cyber security scandals hitting the headlines, companies and individuals need better guidelines on how to deal with cyber attacks which threaten data security. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) looks to do address this need.

Today, the 25th of October 2017, the European DIGITAL SME Alliance and cyberwatching.eu organized the first SME workshop on cybersecurity research and innovation at ENISE, Spain’s most important event on cybersecurity. Aimed at ‘Bridging R&I with the business world’, the workshop was the first of 10 similar events that will take place across Europe until 2020.

Driven by the increasing need for sufficient IT security professionals, ENISA organizes the European Cyber Security Challenge that is aimed at identifying new talents in cyber security. National teams from all across Europe will compete against each other in solving security related tasks, to determine the country with the most gifted aspiring hackers.

Cyberwatching.eu were part of the first EUNITY wokshop in Tokyo today. Nick Ferguson, Trust-IT Services and Cyberwatching.eu coordinator presented how the Cyberwatching.eu project will help SMEs to address cybersecurity challenges that they face by giving them direct access to the results emerging from EU R&I project results.

NIST and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate have recently worked in collaboration with the industry internet to increase the cybersecurity of electronic messages and data flowing through the internet.

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The European Commission has launched a call for applications to select members of the Stakeholder Cybersecurity Certification Group (SCCG). Submission of application is until 17th September 2019.

 

Future Events

The 14th International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES 2019), will be held from August 26 to August 29, 2019 at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

26/08/2019 to 29/08/2019

PROTECTIVE is co-organising the 2nd International Workshop on Cyber Threat Intelligence Management(CyberTIM 2019) as apart of the ARES 2019 conference in the UK on 26-29 August 2019.

26/08/2019 to 29/08/2019