La ciberseguridad en el gobierno y las administraciones públicas

La ciberseguridad en el gobierno y las administraciones públicas

Any government’s primary security challenge is data loss related to security breaches. Protecting sensitive data from being exfiltrated and falling into the wrong hands is a government’s responsibility to their people. This task is hard to accomplish because of the high number of user profiles and application systems. While a typical company has a huge workforce with a limited number of profiles, a government agency used to have more profiles than users.

For government, cybersecurity isn’t only a challenge—it’s a big obstacle to long-awaited digital transformation.

With the ever-changing risk landscape and the amount of personal and mission-sensitive data collected, government entities are scrambling to recruit enough cyber security professionals. Increasingly sophisticated adversaries are using machine learning, automated intelligence, and other tools to exploit information. So how can government entities gain the upper hand? They must be innovative in protecting key assets and maintain a more sophisticated risk management strategy. And they must mature and expand their technology capabilities — including the latest in automation and analytics.

 

Biggest Cybersecurity Challenges in 2022

Because government agencies have data or other assets that malicious cyber actors want, they will often go to great lengths to get it. Due to the sensitivity of the information government holds and the persistence of many of those who are targeting it, government organizations don’t have the luxury of operating subpar cybersecurity without putting citizens’ data and potential essential services at unacceptable levels of risk.

Malicious actors are also aware that government security teams are increasingly asked to “do more with less” and that many agencies may face shrinking budgets and resources. Federal, state, and local government agencies are also connected to a wide array of contractors and third-party partners that can be targeted to steal user credentials and gain access to government networks.

Cyber risks are higher than ever and their impacts increasingly severe – every organisation needs to take steps to respond accordingly.”

Paul Kallenbach

Even the most sophisticated solutions may not be able to eliminate all vulnerabilities, but they can stymy many threats and help protect against the worst outcomes.

The biggest cybersecurity challenges in 2022 are:

  • Increase in Cyberattacks
  • Supply Chain Attacks Are on the Rise
  • The Cyber Pandemic Continues
  • Cloud Services Are A Primary Target
  • Ransomware Attacks Are on the Rise 
  • Mobile Devices Introduce New Security Risks

 

See how Soffid can help you stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving digital world. Let’s talk!

 

Sources:
(1) Forbes
(2) KPMG
(3) Mckinsey
(4) Deloitte

Las Claves para el Cumplimiento del Esquema Nacional de Seguridad en los Ayuntamientos: Casos de Éxito.

Las Claves para el Cumplimiento del Esquema Nacional de Seguridad en los Ayuntamientos: Casos de Éxito.

En los últimos años, el día a día de los usuarios se ha adaptado exponencialmente al plano digital, llevando a estos a realizar gestiones y procesos administrativos de forma íntegramente virtual. Lo cual ha llevado a estos organismos e instituciones a cumplir el Esquema Nacional de Seguridad, que tiene por objeto establecer la política de seguridad en la utilización de medios electrónicos y que está constituido por principios básicos y requisitos mínimos que permitan una protección adecuada de la información. Siendo, por tanto, la protección de los datos y la adecuada gestión de la identidad digital de los usuarios y ciudadanos dos de los aspectos más relevantes a la hora de diseñar y ofrecer procesos administrativos por parte de cualquier Administración.

En este contexto, los Ayuntamientos se enfrentan a retos particulares a la hora de asegurar la experiencia digital de sus usuarios, entre ellos:

    • La automatización de procesos de activación y desactivación de usuarios así como de sus contraseñas.
    • El cumplimiento del Esquema Nacional de Seguridad y EUGDPR.
    • La metodología single sign-on y
    • la utilización de múltiples factores inteligentes de autenticación.

En Soffid llevamos un largo recorrido ayudando a nuestros clientes ante las dificultades que puedan aparecer a la hora de preservar la seguridad en la gestión de los accesos e identidades de sus usuarios. Por ello queremos compartir esta experiencia en nuestro próximo webinar enfocado expresamente a Ayuntamientos, que impartirá nuestro CTO y Fundador, Gabriel Buades:

 

Las Claves para el Cumplimiento del Esquema Nacional de Seguridad en los Ayuntamientos: Casos de Éxito.
Miércoles, 1 junio 2022 – de 10:30h a 11:30h
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Cómo mantener los pagos en línea seguros

Cómo mantener los pagos en línea seguros

Making a payment is a transaction every consumer will do at some point. The global payments industry has traditionally been dominated by banks. But as more fintech players and large technology firms join the industry, consumers now have more payment choices than ever before. These choices are set to increase further because of the potential of the global payments industry as a whole.

High public awareness of potential risks and threats associated with digital payment is leading to high levels of reporting of such threats.

Fraudsters are on the lookout for vulnerabilities they can use to access systems and steal data. Yet shoppers still need to be able to complete transactions using their preferred payment method and enjoy an efficient and frictionless experience when they pay.

To protect their customers and their businesses while still delivering a great checkout experience, merchants need to understand the best security practices online when accepting credit card payments and alternative payment methods.

Online payment security can be considered as providing rules, regulations, and security measures to protect customers’ privacy, data, and the money involved.
In this digital era, every business, company needs to look out for every hazard, every problem that can be faced through cyber attacks, as it can occur as quickly as clicking on an email link.

What makes the industry attractive to cybercriminals is the slim chance of recovery due to the complexities involved behind a payment transaction, especially for cross-border transactions where no single regulatory body controls them.

 

Why do online payments need to be secure?

If a site gives a sense of poor security customers may fail to complete their payment – in fact – 58% of customers blame a failure to complete a payment on security concerns. Secure payments are therefore a key factor in improving buyer confidence and trust and increasing your conversion rate.

There are also certain compliance requirements you need to comply with to take online payments so that you can make sure you and your customers are fully protected.

 

Use a trusted payments provider

You can take payments through a provider with a trusted name like PayPal or with FCA authorisation like GoCardless. Customers will then give their payment details over the provider’s secure site so you will never touch sensitive financial information. Using a trusted provider can also help customers feel more secure in handing over their personal data.

 

See how Soffid can help you stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving digital world. Share your requirements and a representative will follow up to discuss how Soffid can help secure your organization.

 

Sources:
(1) Forbes
(2) gocardless
(3) Security Magazine

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¿Están creciendo sus evaluaciones de riesgos de seguridad?

¿Están creciendo sus evaluaciones de riesgos de seguridad?

Security risk assessments are an important tool in your organization’s arsenal against cyber threats. They shine a spotlight on areas of risk in your digital ecosystem, inform and prioritize mitigation strategies, and ensure hard-earned resources are allocated where they’re needed most. Assessments can also help you evaluate your third parties to mitigate the very real possibility that they’ll introduce unwanted risk into your organization.

Evaluating security risk is important for all companies. Most businesses carry sensitive information, ranging from employee data to customer details, this can be vital information to keep private. By evaluating this risk, this helps prevent data loss, confidentiality for all parties involved and the protection of assets for the company.

To properly conduct an internal or vendor security risk assessment, you need to combine automation with data-driven tools that provide a continuous, accurate picture of cybersecurity risk both internally and across your third-party ecosystem.

What is Security Risk Assessment?

When looking at the assessment of security, this is done by looking at all the risks that certain applications, technologies, and processes that the company has integrated into their system. By knowing about these systems, companies are able to assess the risk that goes along with them and use that to their advantage when seeking information about the security.

By maintaining a level of security, this helps keep employee, business, customer, and partner information safe and to avoid any risk of cyber-attacks or data loss.

 

Despite the best efforts of your security teams, risk remediation and mitigation are often hampered by an incomplete view of security performance. Many organizations don’t have a clear picture of what systems, devices, and users are on their networks at any time and do not have a way to efficiently identify, measure, and continuously monitor their risk profiles.

The problem is compounded by digital transformation. As your organization’s digital footprint grows, identifying vulnerable systems and assets – on-premises, in the cloud, and across business units, geographies, remote locations, and third parties – isn’t easy.

Security Risk Assessment Tools 

Security Risk Assessment Tools can range from physical security and ways to protect data servers on-site or digital tools such as network or server protection. This can relate to firewalls, anti-virus programs, or back up processes that help protect data in the case that they are compromised.

 

See how Soffid can help you stay ahead of the curve in a rapidly evolving digital world. Share your requirements and a representative will follow up to discuss how Soffid can help secure your organization.

 

Sources:

(1) techfunnel.com
(2) IT Security

Ataques en el sector retail

Ataques en el sector retail

Cyberattacks against the retail sector are an ongoing concern. There are a number of factors that make retail systems attractive targets for hackers. Fortunately, there are also effective safeguards against these attacks.

In an industry that has traditionally only seen crime in the form of shoplifting, online retail has become a favourite target among cyber criminals and has been one of the most attacked sectors this year.

Customer information has been perhaps the biggest target, including both details from card payments and general personal information. Retailers have access to a wealth of sensitive data about their customers, who use often-repeated login details for their accounts.

As businesses increase their use of cloud computing and third-party vendors, supply chains have also become a common attack surface full of vulnerable touchpoints, particularly as retailers can’t always guarantee that their suppliers have robust cyber security in please, or even take security as seriously.

Website attacks

Attacks on retail industry websites were notably higher than all other industries last year, and were characterized by more sporadic peaks in attacks.

Common website functionality like chatbots, payment services and web analytics are enabled by third-party JavaScript that executes on the client side. The functionality is a necessity for eCommerce, but is increasingly vulnerable to attack. Since many of the services operate outside of the security team’s control, it’s a blindspot for organizations and a potential fraud risk for consumers.

Scaling up quickly

In order to keep pace with consumer demand for buying online and, in some cases, to save businesses whose physical stores have suffered during the pandemic, many online shops opened or scaled up quickly. In many cases, this means they have not been implementing comprehensive cybersecurity solutions along the way. This fast scale-up or establishing of online presence also means that many retailers are relying on outside vendors for services like payment processing, shopping cart functions and other features. This makes retailers–and in turn their customers–vulnerable to supply chain attacks, when bad actors gain access to a service provider, then use that to target its subscribers and clients either directly or indirectly.

Retail Cybersecurity Statistics

Retailers have always been attractive targets for cyber attackers and data thieves. But now, cybersecurity issues in retail have become an even bigger concern. Consider these recent retail cybersecurity statistics:

  • 24% of cyberattacks targeted retailers, more than any other industry (Trustwave)
  • 34% of retailers said cybersecurity worries were their primary hindrance in moving to e-commerce (BDO)
  • 34% also said that cyber attacks or privacy breaches were their most serious digital threat (BDO)
  • Financial motives drove cyber attackers in 99% of retail cyber attacks (Verizon 2020)
  • When data is compromised in an attack, 42% is payment information and 41% is personally identifiable data (Verizon 2020)

 

Common website functionality like chatbots, payment services and web analytics are enabled by third-party JavaScript that executes on the client side. The functionality is a necessity for eCommerce, but is increasingly vulnerable to attack. Since many of the services operate outside of the security team’s control, it’s a blindspot for organizations and a potential fraud risk for consumers. 

 

Sources:
(1)  helpnetsecurity.com
(2) ITPro
(3) Forbes
(4) finextra

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