Tag - cybersecurity

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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The human side of password security

By Andrea Pinzani, IT security expert at the Consortium GARR On average, each of us owns from 20 to 40 accounts. Unfortunately, however, we are not very good at creating strong passwords. We prefer short ones, often using personal information, common words, predictable strategies and composition or replacement schemes. We’re not even very careful at keeping them safe either. Despite being informed about password good practices, we do not make the right choices to protect ourselves, due to...

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7 quick questions about password managers

The use of password managers is increasing. No surprise, as they simplify password security and are user friendly. Why do you need one and what are the benefits? We asked Stefano Zanero, Associate Professor at the Politecnico di Milano University. Stefano, what exactly is a password manager? A password manager is a tool that stores in a secure way all your logins and passwords. In addition to this, most modern password managers can automatically fill the login fields, to automatically keep...

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Interview: How the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) prevented a ransomware attack

In May 2019, the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) was able to prevent a ransomware attack just in time. For the Cyber Security Month 2020 initiative, GÉANT contacted Marius Mertens, CISO of UDE, to learn how the university managed to prevent such attack and talk about the main challenges in the area of cyber security. Marius, what are the crown jewels of UDE? The answer depends on the person who’s asked to answer this question. Our IT infrastructure is highly decentralised and our...

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Phishing: how our university is dealing with this challenge

By Hendrik Höcke, IT security officer at the Zurich University of the Arts Whether with dynamite or a spear, phishing is a huge challenge for the Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Currently, we reject more than half of the e-mails we receive every day, and the trend is rising. Of course, not all of them are phishing messages, but a serious separation from spam, scam and phishing mails etc. is hardly possible. Technical measures Sender Policy Framework (SPF) profiles and blacklists are used...

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When the sender is not who we think they are

By Bruno Vuillemin, Security Officer of the University of Fribourg Sometimes a very simple fraud can cause a great deal of trouble. Whenever you receive and read an email, the sender might not necessarily be the person sending the message! In fact, most smartphones do not display the sender’s “real email address”, but rather what is called the “person’s name” field. Depending on the software used, this field can be filled in by the users themselves, with no...

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Social Engineering: How the new Work from Home concept has impacted the world

By Francois Mouton, Associate Professor in Cyber Security at Noroff University College The world as we know it will never be the same. The start of the year 2020 brought along discussions about the corona virus family of viruses and how they are impacting our daily lives. COVID-19 had a massive impact on society at the start of 2020. The virus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei, China in December 2019. Subsequently, on the 11th of March 2020, the virus was classified as a pandemic by the...

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SWITCH Security Awareness Day 2020

Tuesday, October 27th | 09:00 – 17:00 | University of Bern & online A mature approach to information technology requires a basic understanding of its possibilities and the processes behind it. Most people have sufficient knowledge to use the Internet and relevant technology. However, this knowledge is not always sufficient to deal responsibly and self-determined with one’s own data. The problem has long been recognised. Security Awareness is supposed to solve it. But the...

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Are you ready to become a cyber hero?

Cyber Security Month 2020 is upon us and we are excited! This campaign focuses on the importance of information security and the simple steps that can be taken to protect users’ personal, financial and professional data. The main goal is to create awareness, change behaviour and provide users with information on how to protect themselves and their organisations online. Become a cyber hero! We are thrilled to join this initiative with our special campaign that aims to encourage end-users to arm...

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