Earlier in September Qruize’s Pramod presented at the National Cyber Safety and Security Standards Summit at Coimbatore, India.
Established primarily with a vision to safeguard the nation from the current threats in cyber space, the National Cyber Safety & Security Standards is thinking about possible solutions and establishing norms against cyber crimes.
At the 2014 Summit, a few crucial ideas were delved and discussed upon:
- With the usage of internet becoming wide spread, cyber crimes are also on the rise.
- Most common reason for these crimes are the human element, which could be greed, carelessness or sheer innocence.
- Crimes are being committed in banks, especially wrt credit card details and on social media.
- Crimes against women are on the rise on social media sites due to various reasons including indiscriminate postings of pictures and status updates.
- Almost always, hackers are able to break through because of the failure to change default login and passwords.
- Other times the use of Phishing / spear phishing or social engineering techniques are being used.
- Sometimes zero day defects are exploited by high tech crackers.
- With the advent of IoT, security now shifts to a higher level, as a weak smart device can blow a hole in the entire network. E.g. Target – was hacked because of a weak smart device on the same network as that of the servers.
- Basic precautions like a strong password, a well known anti virus, sensible postings on social media, selective accepting of friend requests and avoiding clicking on unknown links can go a long way in securing networks.
- For corporate, regular security audits and business continuity plans are a must, to ensure there is no break down in business in case of a hack.
- Importance of multi-factor authentication
Here’s a link to Pramod’s presentation at the Summit:
As you can see, there was quite a crowd which is reassuring in the light of importance of security when it comes to the internet of things!