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November 13, 2017

Future Cities and Big Data

Written by Rabih Soueidi, Managing Partner of Sapience Consultancy

The line between what we conceive to be reality and science-fiction is becoming thinner as technology continues to advance. Imagine that we can open a wormhole to the time dimension and transport an average person from the eighteenth century to our current date, there will be no doubt that everything would seem to be supernatural in his or her point of view. Now, what if we could extend our wormhole so that we jump into the mid-twenty-first century? What we would see and how we would conceive things? One matter of fact is that cities won’t be the same.

The city of the future will be smart and built [...]

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October 17, 2017

Key Reinstallation Attacks (KRACK): The impact so far

By Michael Marriott, Digital Shadows security expert

Today, a series of high-severity vulnerabilities affecting the WiFi Protected Access II (WPA2) protocol were disclosed. Security researchers have developed a proof of concept (POC) demonstration, dubbed “KRACK”, and a dedicated website through which further details are likely to be released.

An advisory was distributed by the US CERT to a select number of unidentified organizations stating the following malicious activities could occur should an attacker successfully exploit the vulnerabilities: decryption, packet relay, TCP connection hijacking, and HTTP content injection attacks.

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September 6, 2017

What’s Up with Your Mobile Apps? Identifying and Mitigating Digital Risk

By Alastair Paterson, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

I’ll venture to guess you’re using a mobile device to read this. In a recent Ericsson Mobility Report, the total number of mobile subscriptions at the end of 2016 was approximately 7.5 billion and growing around 4 percent year-on-year. Greater speed, power and storage capabilities of mobile devices means they are used more frequently for activities previously reserved for laptops or PCs.

In this increasingly mobile-first world, organizations are turning to mobile applications that enable them to better interact with their customers and provide new tools for employees. While mobile applications offer a [...]

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July 25, 2017

Know Where to Find Your Digital Risk

By Alastair Paterson, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

 

Approximately 250 years ago Samuel Johnson said, “The next best thing to knowing something, is knowing where to find it.” This is quite a fitting quote from the author of A Dictionary of the English Language and equally fitting today when it comes to understanding your digital risk.

There’s a great deal of intelligence organizations can find on the deep and dark web. Credit card numbers, bank account information, patient information and intellectual property are widely known to be for sale on forums. Now some of the intelligence is more eye opening. We’re seeing W-2 forms , and employee [...]

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June 6, 2017

Exploiting Data Breaches

By Michael Marriott, Digital Shadows security expert

High profile data breaches are regularly in the news and, seemingly, businesses and are losing the battle to protect their intellectual property (IP), corporate, and customer data from the threats posed by professional cybercriminals.

It is no surprise that financial gain is the single biggest motivator for cyberattacks. The 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report highlighted that financial gain and espionage accounted for more than 89% of all data breaches they studies. Financial gain was by far the biggest single reason for [...]

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May 20, 2017

Wannacry: An Analysis of Competing Hypotheses

On 12 May 2017, as the WannaCry ransomware spread across computer networks across the world, a variety of explanations also began to worm their way through the information security community. Who was responsible for the WannaCry campaign? And what was the objective? Ransomware suggested it was the work of cybercriminals, although, given the sheer scale of infections and disruption, some commentators suspected the hand of a nation state. Despite relentless analysis from the security research community that has brought fragments of new information to the fore, no consensus has yet been reached on an attribution for the campaign.

One of the most recent theories put forward rests [...]

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April 27, 2017

How secure is your car cleaning firm?

By Alastair Paterson, CEO and Co-Founder, Digital Shadows

In today’s connected world securing your own network is simply not enough. Today your digital risk extends not only to your own servers, PCs and other devices in your offices and other locations; it also extends to your mobile workers and other staff working from home, customer sites and other remote locations. But the third, and often ignored, area of digital risk is your supply chain; companies that have access to your employee and customer information.

The risk was underlined again last week with two stories I saw – first a well-known Denver based car wash [...]

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April 23, 2017

HUMAN – interview with Rakesh Kumar

Insight World is delighted to speak to Rakesh Kumar, CEO – Human.

Rakesh Kumar

Rakesh, please tell us about yourself. Why did you chose to pursue a career in market research? Which aspects of it do you enjoy the most?

It was the power of curiosity and the ability to understand the human points were the big triggers for me to get into the industry. Whilst I always had an interest in advertising and communication, market research happened by default. Soon after my MBA, I was interviewing with Nielsen’s old business (ORG MARG) in India and they offered me a job. I decided to take it up since it was still in the realms of marketing and [...]

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