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National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center

The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for protecting our Nation’s critical infrastructure from physical and cyber threats. Cyberspace enables businesses and government to operate, facilitates emergency preparedness communications, and enables critical control systems processes. Protecting these systems is essential to the resilience and reliability of the Nation’s critical infrastructure and key resources and to our economic and national security.

NCCIC Overview

The NCCIC serves as a central location where a diverse set of partners involved in cybersecurity and communications protection coordinate and synchronize their efforts. NCCIC’s partners include other government agencies, the private sector, and international entities. Working closely with its partners, NCCIC analyzes cybersecurity and communications information, shares timely and actionable information, and coordinates response, mitigation and recovery efforts.

NCCIC Vision

To operate at the intersection of government, private sector, and international network defense communities, applying unique analytic perspectives, ensuring shared situational awareness, and orchestrating synchronized response, mitigation, and recovery efforts while protecting the Constitutional and privacy rights of Americans in both the cybersecurity and communications domains.

NCCIC Mission

To operate at the intersection of the private sector, civilian, law enforcement, intelligence, and defense communities, applying unique analytic perspectives, ensuring shared situational awareness, and orchestrating synchronized response efforts while protecting the Constitutional and privacy rights of Americans in both the Cybersecurity and communications domains.

The NCCIC’s missions include:

  • Leading the protection of federal civilian agencies in cyberspace;
  • Working closely together with critical infrastructure owners and operators to reduce risk;
  • Collaborating with state and local governments through the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center (MS-ISAC);
  • Cooperating with international partners to share information and respond to incidents;
  • Coordinating national response to significant cyber incidents in accordance with the National Cyber Incident Response Plan (NCIRP);
  • Analyzing data to develop and share actionable mitigation recommendations
  • Creating and maintaining shared situational awareness among its partners and constituents;
  • Orchestrating national protection, prevention, mitigation, and recovery activities associated with significant cyber and communication incidents;
  • Disseminating cyber threat and vulnerability analysis information;
  • Assisting in the initiation, coordination, restoration, and reconstitution of National Security or Emergency Preparedness (NS/EP) telecommunications services and facilities under all conditions, crises, or emergencies; and
  • Executing Emergency Support Function 2- Communications (ESF-2) responsibilities under the National Response Framework (NRF).

The NCCIC is comprised of four branches:

  • NCCIC Operations Integration (NO I );
  • United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT);
  • Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT); and
  • National Coordinating Center for Communications (NCC) .

As mutually supporting, fully integrated elements of the NCCIC, these branches provide the authorities, capabilities, and partnerships necessary to lead a whole-of-nation approach to addressing cybersecurity and communications issues at the operational level.

NO I plans, coordinates, and integrates capabilities to synchronize analysis, information sharing, and incident management efforts across the NCCIC’s branches and activities.

US-CERT brings advanced network and digital media analysis expertise to bear on malicious activity targeting our nation’s networks. US-CERT develops timely and actionable information for distribution to federal departments and agencies, state and local governments, private sector organizations, and international partners. In addition, US-CERT operates the National Cybersecurity Protection System (NCPS), which provides intrusion detection and prevention capabilities to covered federal departments and agencies.

ICS-CERT reduces risk to the nation’s critical infrastructure by strengthening control systems security through public-private partnerships. ICS-CERT has four focus areas: situational awareness for CIKR stakeholders; control systems incident response and technical analysis; control systems vulnerability coordination; and strengthening cybersecurity partnerships with government departments and agencies.

NCC leads and coordinates the initiation, restoration, and reconstitution of NS/EP telecommunications services or facilities under all conditions. NCC leverages partnerships with government, industry and international partners to obtain situational awareness and determine priorities for protection and response.

The NCCIC relies heavily on voluntary collaboration with its partners. The NCCIC works closely with federal departments and agencies and actively engages with private sector companies and institutions, along with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, and international counterparts. Each group of stakeholders represents a community of practice, working together to protect the portions of critical information technology that they own, operate, manage, or interact with.


16/10/2017

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Cyberespionage and ransomware attacks are on the increase warns the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report

NEW YORK – Cyberespionage is now the most common type of attack seen in manufacturing, the public sector and now education, warns the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report. Much of this is due to the high proliferation of propriety research, prototypes and confidential personal data, which are hot-ticket items for cybercriminals. Nearly 2,000 breaches were analyzed in this year’s report and more than 300 were espionage-related, many of which started life as phishing emails.

In addition, organized criminal groups escalated their use of ransomware to extort money from victims: this year’s report sees a 50 percent increase in ransomware attacks compared to last year. Despite this increase and the related media coverage surrounding the use of ransomware, many organizations still rely on out-of-date security solutions and aren’t investing in security precautions. In essence, they’re opting to pay a ransom demand rather than to invest in security services that could mitigate against a cyberattack.

“Insights provided in the DBIR are leveling the cybersecurity playing field,” said George Fischer, president of Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Our data is giving governments and organizations the information they need to anticipate cyberattacks and more effectively mitigate cyber-risk. By analyzing data from our own security team and that of other leading security practitioners from around the world, we’re able to offer valuable intelligence that can be used to transform an organization’s risk profile.”

This year’s DBIR – the keystone report’s 10 th anniversary edition – combines up-to-date analysis of the biggest issues in cybersecurity with key industry-specific insights, putting security squarely on the business agenda. Major findings include:

  • Malware is big business. Fifty-one (51) percent of data breaches analyzed involved malware. Ransomware rose to the fifth most common specific malware variety. Ransomware – using technology to extort money from victims – saw a 50 percent increase from last year’s report, and a huge jump from the 2014 DBIR where it ranked 22 in the types of malware used.
  • Phishing is still a go-to technique. In the 2016 DBIR, Verizon flagged the growing use of phishing techniques linked to software installation on a user’s device. In this year’s report, 95 percent of phishing attacks follow this process. Forty-three percent of data breaches utilized phishing, and the method is used in both cyber-espionage and financially motivated attacks.
  • Pretexting is on the rise. Pretexting is another tactic on the increase, and the 2017 DBIR showed that it is predominantly targeted at financial department employees – the ones who hold the keys to money transfers. Email was the top communication vector, accounting for 88 percent of financial pretexting incidents, with phone communications in second place with just under 10 percent.
  • Smaller organizations are also a target: Sixty-one (61) percent of victims analyzed were businesses with fewer than 1,000 employees.

“Cyber-attacks targeting the human factor are still a major issue,” says Bryan Sartin, executive director, Global Security Services, Verizon Enterprise Solutions. “Cybercriminals concentrate on four key drivers of human behavior to encourage individuals to disclose information: eagerness, distraction, curiosity and uncertainty. And as our report shows, it is working, with a significant increase in both phishing and pretexting this year.”

Business sector insights give real-life customer intelligence

This year’s report provides tailored insights for key business sectors, revealing specific challenges faced by different verticals, and also answering the “who? what? why? and how?” for each. Key sector-specific findings include:

  • The top three industries for data breaches are financial services (24 percent); healthcare (15 percent) and the public sector (12 percent).
  • Companies in the manufacturing industry are the most common targets for email-based malware.
  • Sixty-eight (68) percent of healthcare threat actors are internal to the organization.

“The cybercrime data for each industry varies dramatically,” comments Sartin. “It is only by understanding the fundamental workings of each vertical that you can appreciate the cybersecurity challenges they face and recommend appropriate actions.”

The most authoritative data-driven cybersecurity report around

Now in its tenth year, the “Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report ” leverages the collective data from 65 organizations across the world. This year’s report includes analysis on 42,068 incidents and 1,935 breaches from 84 countries. The DBIR series continues to be the most data-driven security publication with the largest amount of data sources combining towards a common goal – slicing through the fear, uncertainty and doubt around cybercrime.

“We started the DBIR series with one main contributor – ourselves,” comments Sartin. “Our vision is to unite industries with the end goal of confronting cybercrime head-on– and we are achieving this. The success of the DBIR series is thanks to our contributors who support us year after year. Together we have broken down the barriers that used to surround cybercrime – developing trust and credibility. No organisation has to stand in silence against cybercrime – the knowledge is out there to be shared.”

Get the basics in place

With 81 percent of hacking-related breaches leveraging either stolen passwords and/or weak or guessable passwords, getting the basics right is as important as ever before. Some recommendations for organizations and individuals alike include:

  1. Stay vigilant – log files and change management systems can give you early warning of a breach.
  2. Make people your first line of defense – train staff to spot the warning signs.
  3. Keep data on a “need to know” basis – only employees that need access to systems to do their jobs should have it.
  4. Patch promptly – this could guard against many attacks.
  5. Encrypt sensitive data – make your data next to useless if it is stolen.
  6. Use two-factor authentication – this can limit the damage that can be done with lost or stolen credentials.
  7. Don’t forget physical security – not all data theft happens online.

“Our report demonstrates that there is no such thing as an impenetrable system, but doing the basics well makes a real difference. Often, even a basic defense will deter cybercriminals who will move on to look for an easier target,” concludes Sartin.

Verizon delivers unparalleled managed security services

Verizon is a leader in delivering global managed security solutions to enterprises in the financial services, retail, government, technology, healthcare, manufacturing, and energy and transportation sectors. Verizon combines powerful intelligence and analytics with an expansive breadth of professional and managed services, including customizable advanced security operations and managed threat protection services, next-generation commercial technology monitoring and analytics, threat intel and response service and forensics investigations and identity management. Verizon brings the strength and expert knowledge of more than 550 consultants across the globe to proactively reduce security threats and lower information risks to organizations.


10/10/2017

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CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst Certification #cyber #security, #cyber #security #training, #cybersecurity, #cybersecurity


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CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst CSFA

Possessing the CyberSecurity Forensic Analyst (CSFA)™ certification is proof that the analyst can conduct a thorough and sound forensic examination of a computer system and other digital/electronic devices, properly interpret the evidence, and communicate the examination results effectively and understandably.

The CSFA designation is held exclusively by the most qualified digital forensic professionals and is a testament that the holder has the skills necessary to perform a comprehensive analysis within a limited time frame.

Testing scenarios are based on actual cases and are constantly being reviewed and updated by a team of professionals representing both the public and private sectors.

One Of The Best Computer Forensics Certs For 2016

Tied For Third Place – Top Cert For 2015

According to the Foote Research Group. the CSFA tied for third place along with the GSNA and PMP for a certification earning the highest pay premiums in 2014. This was out of 357 certifications.

The CSFA was also named one of the 10 Hot IT Certifications for 2015 by [ci]channelinsider. and was also named a top certification to have for 2016 by Tom’s IT Pro .


10/10/2017

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Mobile Banking Apps Offer Great Opportunity Serious Risk. We Secure Them.

By 2019, nearly 2 billion people will be using a mobile device for banking transactions. With hackers targeting mobile apps, particularly banking apps, developers need to harden their apps against cyber criminals.

Our comprehensive software development kit (SDK) natively integrates application security, including Runtime Application Self Protection (RASP), next gen biometric authentication and transaction signing into your mobile applications.

Solutions for All Industries

VASCO designs strong authentication solutions to fit a wide range of industries, IT infrastructures and business needs. We build competitive solutions that incorporate open protocols for ease of integration and low cost of ownership.

Financial Security Solutions

We secure more than 10,000 clients, 1,700 of which are international banking institutions. Financial service providers know that online and mobile access are key growth opportunities, but these opportunities have gone untapped due to security breach fears. With VASCO’s proven anti-hack solutions, we provide convenience to your clients and the competitive edge to you.

Healthcare Security Solutions

VASCO is a global leader in protecting the world’s most sensitive information, and offers a suite of strong, scalable and easy-to-deploy solutions tailored to help healthcare organizations protect identities, safeguard patient records, and enable compliance with regulations. We secure remote-access to patient records and monitoring devices in addition to providing the two-factor authentication required for e-prescriptions.

Government Security Solutions

Governmental and public sector services can provide effective and efficient online services. To avoid identity theft or unauthorized access to confidential files, VASCO’s strong authentication solutions will replace insecure static passwords with highly secure one-time-passwords; facilitate transaction or document signing with identity-confirming electronic signatures; and encrypt data files for emails, disk and all other digital files.

e-Gaming Security Solutions

The massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) industry has proven to be a popular new entertainment medium and has also become an attractive target for online fraudsters. VASCO’s two-factor authentication technology is a very simple and effective way of bridging the security gaps inherent with static passwords. With two-factor authentication, MMOG companies can regain gamers’ trust and reduce account turnover.

Payments Retail Security Solutions

Online payments is a critical aspect for many industries ranging from banking to retail. VASCO’s strong authentication solutions will replace insecure static passwords with highly secure one-time-passwords; facilitate transaction or document signing with identity-confirming electronic signatures; and encrypt data files for emails, disk and all other digital files.


30/09/2017

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