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Cyber Security Month 2021:

October 2021 was Cyber Security Month. Also this year GÉANT launched a campaign to raise cybersecurity awareness within the R&E community. After the success of “Become a Cyber ​​Hero” CSM2020,  which saw the active participation of 20 NREN organisations from Europe and beyond, we are delighted to inform you that Cyber Heroes returned bigger and better in October 2021! Working from home safely Due to the pandemic outbreak working from home has become commonplace for many organisations in the...

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Harder times for fraudulent online shops

With online commerce on a steep rise, the potential for luring customers through false online shops is also growing. Now, however, Switzerland’s national research and education network SWITCH is working with partners to make things harder for the perpetrators. A new tool will spot patterns in the way fraudulent web shops are set up and enable fast action to delete them. During three months of operation, a total of 90,842 new Swiss domains ending with .ch were registered. Of these, 411...

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Let’s talk about Security!

Security Day 2021 took place online on Monday 14 June, launching the series of TNC21 side meetings! Around 85 attendees joined a full day of discussions, workshops and briefings on the latest security developments for Research & Education. The main objective of the one-day event was to share progress and achievements,  look at new ways for the GÉANT community to collaborate in the future and resource-sharing. A productive day All participants agreed that the day was stimulating and content...

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Running your own DNS service? There may be changes ahead

CONNECT meets Alf Moens, Security Lead for GÉANT to talk about the European Commission’s revised Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS2 Directive).   Alf, tell us about this new EC security directive. The NIS2 Directive defines the protection of critical infrastructure in all EU member states. This version, originally seen as a much-wanted extension and improvement to the first directive, focuses on what a critical infrastructure represents and how Information...

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A community of Cyber Heroes

Become A Cyber Hero, the first pan-European campaign organised by the GÉANT community, as part of the European Cyber Security Month 2020 activities, closed last month. The objective of the campaign was to encourage end-users to arm themselves against digital threats and feel empowered to protect (themselves and) their organisation. The initiative witnessed the active participation and fruitful collaboration of 19 NRENs whose diverse contributions also included original research papers from...

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CONNECT Interview: Henry Hughes, Security Director, Jisc

During Cyber Security Month 2020 CONNECT met Henry Hughes, Security Director for Jisc to talk about opportunities and challenges faced by Research & Education (R&E) in the current cyber security landscape dominated by the COVID pandemic. Words: Interview by Rosanna Norman, GÉANT The cyber security landscape is evolving all the time, what are today’s major challenges and opportunities for R&E? Because of the events that have been affecting our world in 2020 we have all become...

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Why having a strong password isn’t enough to secure your account

By Jon Hunt, cyber services delivery manager at Jisc Criminals always find a way to take advantage of disasters. In the case of COVID-19, there has been a surge in phishing emails and online scams by nefarious individuals and organised gangs who want to steal data. Now, more than ever, it’s important to set strong passwords and avoid reusing them across multiple accounts. Password managers make this much easier. A good way to provide an extra level of security above and beyond passwords is to...

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War, peace and cooperation – cyber security developments and training in Georgia

Cyber-attacks were a key feature of the 2008 Russo-Georgian war; they affected websites of news agencies, the Georgian President and were implicated in the explosion of an oil pipeline. At that time in Georgia there was no governmental CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team). Today there is the CERT.GOV.GE national team which cooperates closely with CERT-GE – the team operated by GRENA, the Georgian Research and Educational Networking Association. Temur Maisuradze, System Administrator at...

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How to secure your passwords

By Guillaume Rousse, IT Security Engineer at GIP RENATER These days, passwords are a universal authentication method, because they are simple to configure on the server side, easy to use from any terminal, and simple to understand for the user. Nevertheless, for an attacker, they are just as easy to steal or guess… Faced with this risk, various recommendations are called for, eventually backed up by technical measures to ensure that they are effectively implemented. However, as with all...

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How LITNET CERT uses honeypots to increase password security

The primary objective of the LITNET CERT, the Computer Emergency Response Team of the LITNET networks is to tackle security incidents, but it is also fully dedicated to their prevention. In order to deal with shared security challenges, the CERT has been using honeypots since 2017 to improve password security, among other things. GÉANT spoke with Šarūnas Grigaliūnas, LITNET CERT IT team leader. What is a honeypot, and what are its advantages? A honeypot is a computer system that is set up as a...

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