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2020/01/22Ransomware in Six Questions (by the Ministerial Delegation to the Security Industries and the Fight Against Cyberthreats, French Ministry of the Interior)

What is ransomware? Ransomware is malicious software. Ransomware programs are computer viruses. These viruses block access to information systems or data stored on the victim’s computer or server, then demand that the victim pay a ransom to unblock said access, although it is never guaranteed that it will actually be unblocked.   Whom does ransomware…

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2020/01/22Business Email Compromise: A scourge with a no-brainer defense (by Klara Jordan, Global Cybersecurity Alliance & Rois Ni Thuama, Redsift)

In 2016, Vinci, a construction company, became the victim of a significant business email compromise (BEC)[1] attack. An email which appeared to come from Vinci’s communications director was sent to the news agency Bloomberg. The email claimed that Vinci’s finance director had resigned following the discovery of a black hole in their accounting. The email…

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2020/01/22Making Humans the Strong Link in the IS Defence Chain (by Cyril Bras, CISO, Grenoble-Alpes Métropole)

The panorama of cyberthreats put together by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) in January 2019 (ENISA, 2019) firmly situates the end user as the primary target of cyber attackers. These attackers understand that humans are the weak link in the cybersecurity chain at the level of the individual, business and government. However, this weakness can conceivably…

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