63% increase in cyber attacks because of guess who??

@DavidSecurity once again with your Technology Tuesday Update in less the 60 seconds and today we’re looking at a new report that examines the pandemic’s IMPACT on Cyber Security 

The report is from the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) which a community of international cyber security professionals.

According to this report, the pandemic has presented a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for hackers and online scammers”.  

The pandemic has led to an increase in attempted cyber attacks, the report said, with 20% citing a significant increase in attempted attacks and 43% noting a slight increase in attempted attacks. 

As part of their research the organizations surveyed 364 cyber security and IT professionals from the global ISSA member list in April 2020, and found that respondents experienced a 63% increase in cyber attacks because of the pandemic.

On a positive note, the health crisis and work from home strategies have led to some improvement in collaboration. 

That’s your 60 second technology update.  Stay safe and have a great day!

Monday Security Briefing-August 17, 2020

All the information you need to be SECURITY READY for the week!

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Can Brits travel to Tunisia?

Summary VIDEO: Can UK residents Travel to Tunisia?

Can UK residents travel to Tunisia?

According to the Foreign Office, all but essential travel is advised for the entire country, excluding a number of regions where all travel is banned.

The border with Libya is advised against, along with the Chaambi Mountains National Park.

Holiday hotspots including Hammamet, Sousse and Monastir remain off the list.

It is also not included on the air bridge list, meaning Brits can face a two-week quarantine when returning to the UK from Tunisia.

The travel ban means Brits won’t be protected by insurance if something happens abroad.

Will you have to quarantine when entering Tunisia?

Despite this, Tunisia is allowing UK tourists to enter the country with no restrictions.

This means no rules or testing before departing or self-isolation on arrival.

The UK is on the green list meaning it is considered a safe country – countries on the orange or red list face additional testing and quarantine.

However, the UK Foreign Office warns: “The Tunisian authorities are updating country classifications regularly so please ensure you check these pages for the latest status before travelling.”

Are flights to Tunisia running?

Charter flights to Tunisia have resumed from today from some European locations – commercial airlines are yet to resume a normal schedule from the UK.

Air, land and sea borders resumed from June 27 from a number of countries, the Minister of Tourism, Mohamed Ali Toumi, confirmed.

Transport Minister Anouar Maârouf added: “We’re in discussions with all the countries we had direct flights with and talks are ongoing.”

Holidaymakers from France, Germany and Luxembourg returned earlier this week – Brits are yet to.

Tunisian Security forces capture ‘terror’ cell planning attacks

Article Key Points:

  • 5-member cell was planning attacks against security headquarters and patrols
  • The threat remains focused on state targets.
  • No travel alerts were issued by the USA & UK regarding this incident.

Tunisia security forces arrested a terrorist cell planning to carry out attacks in the country, according to the Interior Ministry on Wednesday.

A ministry statement said the 5-member cell was planning attacks on security headquarters and patrols.

Stakes are HIGH as Tunisia Welcomes back tourists…

Tourists are back on Tunisia’s beaches after charter flights resumed to the North African country following a break of more than three months.

According to the ministry, some of the cell’s members had attempted to join militants holed up in the mountains for training on making explosives.

In April, Tunisian security forces arrested a terror group for planning to target security and other vital installations in the country.

In May, the authorities said a Daesh/ISIS militant was arrested.

Tunisia suffered a number of terrorist attacks since 2013 that claimed the lives of scores of security and military personnel and foreign tourists.- Source: Anadolu Agency

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List of Countries Americans can STILL travel to this summer…

Key Points:

  • Only a handful of countries are still welcoming US Citizens.
  • All of the countries OPEN to US Citizens have certain restrictions.
  • One country that CNN mistakenly put on it’s “Open to US Citizens” list.
  • Travel prediction: When this 1 thing happens countries will welcome US Citizens with open arms.

It’s hard to believe that there are only a handful of countries welcoming US travelers. A quick look at the list of countries open for US travelers is sobering:

Source: CNN The handful of countries still welcoming US tourists

As if the list wasn’t short enough. I researched CNN’s list of countries “OPEN” to US Citizens and discovered that one of them was NOT allowing US Citizens at the time of this writing (July 17, 2020).

As Americans start to go back out they are quickly discovering that when it comes to international travel, their options are limited.

Uncle Sam not traveling anytime soon…

With so many challenges taking place throughout America, international travel may is not high on the list of things to do post quarantine and for the time being Uncle Sam wants to keep it that way.

US State Department health advisory issued on March 31 advises US citizens to avoid all international travel due to Covid-19, and the CDC’s latest guidance says “travel increases your chances of getting and spreading Covid-19.”

While Americans may be disappointed to cancel their summer vacation to Europe, the International travel & hospitality sector will bear most of economic pain.

Europe will especially feel the pain. On July 1st, European nations reopened their borders to nonessential travelers but the US did not make the selected list.

Simple math gives us an idea of how much pain Europe will endure during the US traveler shutdown.

Tourism contributes 10% to EU GDP and creates jobs for 26 million people. The U.S. is Europe’s main tourist market, in terms of the number of arrivals and spending.

To put it in even simpler terms: The European Commission stated that visitors from the U.S. made up an astonishing half of total hotel nights in 2016 and that number has only risen since then.

While most of the travel news remains doom and gloom, there are countries that have decided not to close the doors on American travelers.

Where US Citizens are allowed to travel to this summer

With the current resurgence of the pandemic it is no surprise that all of the countries open to US Citizens have some sort of condition or quarantine restriction.

List of Countries Open to US Citizens

  • Antigua and Barbuda – With Negative Covid-19 test result within 7 days
  • ArubaNegative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours for travelers from 24 US states
  • BahamasNegative Covid-19 test result within a week before travel
  • BarbadosNegative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours
  • BelizeDeclaration of no Covid-19 symptoms 72 hours
  • BermudaNegative Covid-19 test result within 5 days + $75
  • CambodiaNegative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours + $3,000 Covid-19 deposit
  • CroatiaNegative Covid-19 test not older than 48 hours presented on arrival
  • EcuadorMandatory 14 day quarantine and negative Covid-19 test result within 7 days
  • EgyptNegative Covid-19 test result within 48 hours
  • French PolynesiaNegative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours
  • JamaicaTravelers from New York, Florida, Arizona and Texas must have negative test result within 10 days
  • RwandaArrival by private jet or charter only until August 1, then commercial flights will resume
  • St. BartsNegative Covid-19 test result within 72 hours
  • St. LuciaNegative Covid-19 test result within 7 days
  • St. Maarten(Opens August 1 — though subject to change)
  • St. Vincent and GrenadinesCovid-19 test on arrival with mandatory 24 hour quarantine while awaiting results
  • TanzaniaCovid-19 tests on arrival are possible
  • Turks and Caicos(Opens July 22 with restrictions)
  • UkraineDownload app, test upon arrival, 24 hours self isolation
  • United Arab EmiratesOnly Dubai is open, all other Emirates are closed
  • United KingdomSelf-isolate for 14 days

Travel Prediction

The Travel & Hospitality world can not thrive without the participation of the US travelers. Once again, simple math proves this point:

Right now the world is being cautious and nobody can blame a country for not wanting to receive tourists from the US due to our high infection rate. That being said once there is a clear mitigation in the form of a vaccine, standardize screening, international cooperation, or a combination of these safety measures; the world will once again open it’s doors to US Citizens.

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15 Billion Reasons to take CyberSecurity Seriously

A study from Digital Shadows finds there are more than 15 billion credentials in circulation in cybercriminal marketplaces, many on the dark web.

That’s the equivalent of more than two for every person on the planet!

Cybersecurity will only become more important as the world shifts from physical to cyber, from office buildings to remote setups, from paper to digital.

The proof is in the hacking. The number of stolen and exposed credentials has risen 300 percent from 2018 as the result of more than 100,000 separate breaches.

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One Effective CyberSecurity Tip to Protect Yourself Online

Now that we know that cybercriminals have an almost unlimited supply of stolen credentials it’s up to us to take action.

The challenge is that “cybersecurity” means a lot of different things for different people. For example:

  • For individuals, cybersecurity may mean preventing identity theft.
  • For small business owners, cybersecurity may focus on data security.
  • For large business cybersecurity is more layered and focus protecting servers and cybersecurity awareness.

While there are no magic wands to address all the cyber threats experts agree that using two- or multi-factor authentication on all services is one of the best ways to protect yourself online.  

Cybersecurity experts consider authenticator apps more secure than texting  it’s more difficult for a hacker to gain physical access to your phone and generate a code without you knowing about it.

Here’s how it works: you scan a QR code associated with your account, and it is saved in the app. The next time you log in to your service or app, it will ask for a numerical code; just open up the authenticator app to find the randomly generated code required to get past security.

That’s your technology update.  Stay safe and remember that cyber security is in your hands!

Traveling to Tunisia from the UK in 2020

Posted on July 8, 2020 Edited & Updated on July 9, 2020

Important UPDATE: During the evening of July 8, 2020 the Tunisian authorities changed the UK status from Orange to Green.

Since Tunisia officially reopened its borders on June 27, 2020 I’ve received so many questions from my followers at the Tunisia Security Update.

Here’s an example of a recent question:

“Hello, my friend is hoping to travel to Tunisia to be at his sisters engagement in a few months. What is the requirements for when he lands there does he have to go in Quarantine for a few days or is it safe for him to go right to his family’s home?  Thanks for your answer.”

After replying to quite a few similar questions I thought I should just write a blog post for all my British followers. Hopefully the information will also help out all travelers wanting to know what Tunisia’s COVID19 travel requirements.

A woman wearing mask and gloves as a precautionary measure to avoid contracting coronavirus work at Tunisia Airport in Tunis, Tunisia February 29, 2020. REUTERS/Zoubeir Souissi – RC2IAF9TO130

Tunisia Entry requirements for British Citizens

Before going into the entry requirements let’s take a moment to give credit where credit is due.

Tunisia received international praise for their COVID-19 response. After three months of closure, Tunisia began easing its lockdown on 13 May. Tunisia now reports very few instances of COVID-19, with a total of 1,110 cases and 49 deaths for its 11 million citizens. 

Tunisia’s Prime Minister Elyes Fakhfakh said the country recorded among the lowest mortality rate from COVID-19 in the world “with four deaths per million inhabitants.”

 The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) also recognized Tunisia’s successful response and awarded them the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp.

WTTC, which represents the global Travel & Tourism private sector, designed the Safe Travels stamp to enable travellers to identify destinations and businesses around the world which adopted its health and hygiene global standardised protocols.

Entry requirements

It is important to note that the Tunisian authorities are constantly evaluating the situation and making changes as needed. As a best practice, travelers should always look to their respective embassy for travel guidance and make their own decisions.

British tourists have their photo taken after arriving to Tunisia with the Thomas Cook travel agency at the Enfidha Airport in Enfidha, Tunisia February 14, 2019 (Reuters)

Tunisia has implemented a color-coded system to show which countries may enter without restrictions and which countries can enter with enhanced restrictions.

  • Green= Welcome to Tunisia. NO Restrictions. Enjoy your holidays!
  • Orange= Welcome to Tunisia. Comply with the safety protocol. Enjoy your holidays!

The UK is currently classified as an “Orange”country changed to GREEN on the evening of July 8, 2020 by the Ministry of Health .

As of July 8, 2020 here are the COVID-19 entry options:

  1. Take a coronavirus PCR test 72 hours before departure and provide the negative results upon arrival. OR
  2. Self-isolating in your place of residence or a hotel at your own expense for 14 days.

Additionally, if British citizens want to shorten the self-isolation, they may do so from the sixth day after arrival, by paying for a PCR test and receiving a negative result in Tunisia.

Know before you go!

The world agrees that Tunisia’s response to the pandemic was effective. Regardless, travelers must ensure that they conduct their own research and take necessary measures before traveling. In order to accomplish this INFORMATION is essential Here are (3) good sources to obtain the latest information:

I hope this information helps. Feel free to reach out if I can be of any assistance. For companies operating in Tunisia learn how you can obtain reliable & actionable security information to address your risk management concerns.

4 Keys to Building a Security Awareness Training Program

How effective is a home security alarm system if somebody leaves your front door open?  Or a password if you are going to write it on a sticky note and leave it on your desk? Most people would agree that both of these examples show a lack of security awareness and common sense.  This is because in the physical world it is rather easy to detect poor security awareness

Man on laptop hacking computer.

Now let’s move to the digital world where criminals persistently target people in order to gain access to computer networks. Why? Nobody really knows but one can safely assume it is for financial gains. According to IBM’s latest annual Cost of a Data Breach study, the average data breach now costs up to $3.92 million when you take into account both the attack and response cost.

Long gone are the days when cybercriminals would spend their efforts on outsmarting networks.  Instead, they choose to focus on what they perceive is the weakest link: the end-user.  Due to the shift in tactics companies must now rely on end-users in order to have an effective cyber security defense.   

Looking for easy targets…

Why would hackers choose to focus their tactics on people and not machines? Well, there are many factors, but it comes down to one thing:  convenience.  You see hackers are much like gamblers in that they are looking for low-risk high reward opportunities. 

Picture of man pointing at sign that reads social engineering.
Social engineering attacks are on the rise.

Cybersecurity professionals refer to this tactic as social engineering. Social engineering, in the context of information security, is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. 

A recent report showed that the number of successful attacks in 2017 was at 79 percent. That number follows an upward trend. In 2014, only 62 percent of social engineering attacks were successful. It rose to 71 percent in 2015 and then 76 percent a year later.

In case you are thinking your company is immune to this trend here are 10 famous social engineering attacks

60 Percent of Small Companies Close Within 6 Months of Being Hacked
  • Shark Tank
  • Toyota
  • Cabarrus County
  • Ethereum Classic
  • Democratic Party
  • Ubiquiti Networks
  • Sony Pictures
  • Target
  • SC Department of Revenue
  • RSA

Even with all the alarming data, not everything is doom and gloom.  It turns out that with proper security awareness training & support companies can significantly reduce their cybersecurity risks.

Building a Security Awareness Training Program

Let’s get one thing clear:  There is no universal format for security awareness training.  Fortunately, there are guidelines and best practices that organizations can incorporate into their customized program. The acronym T.E.A.M is a convenient way to summarize the 4 keys to starting or enhancing a security awareness training program. 

4-Keys of T.E.A.M: Team, Empower, Adjust, and Monitor:

1. Test

Testing is the first step to an effective security awareness program.  Like tryouts for a basketball team, testing allows an organization to know its strengths and weakness.  With the right support, that information can be the foundation of an effective awareness program. 

How can you evaluate the threat landscape and identify top risks?  Testing.  How can you assess the effectiveness of the measures you have put in place? Testing.   How can you be prepared for evolving threats?  Yes, you guessed it.  Testing.

Key Insight #1: Each organization needs to decide which test is appropriate to their operational needs.  Work with your penetration test provider to see what options are available for your organization. 

2.      Empower

After identifying risks and assessing your cybersecurity posture, it’s time to empower your organization.  Successful security awareness programs combine awareness and training with cybersecurity education that is specific to an organization’s threat landscape.  This combination helps create a strong culture of security awareness that empowers all users.

Key Insight #2:  Be creative about how you involve users by using different methods such as videos, quizzes, and realistic phishing simulations to keep users engaged. 

3. Adjust

Now that you have a good picture of the threat landscape and engaged users on your team, you are ready to start making adjustments that will reduce exposure.  This step requires that you establish tools and outlets that users can use to swiftly report suspicious cyber activities.

While this will require that users adapt to new reporting methods and online behavior it will pay off in the long run and strengthen your organization’s cyber hygiene. 

Key Insight #3:  Cyber hygiene is a reference to the practices and steps that users of computers and other devices take to maintain system health and improve online security. These practices are often part of a routine to ensure the safety of identity and other details that could be stolen or corrupted. 

4. Monitor

The “M” in T.E.A.M stands for monitor and to accomplish this step an organization needs measurement tools that allows them to assess progress, collaborate and adjust as needed. 

As with the previous steps, there are no universally recognized methods to measure cybersecurity improvements.  Thankfully, there are practical ways to gauge the effectiveness and efficiency of the measurements an organization has put in place.

This can be accomplished in various ways but here are three practical points to consider:

  1. Establish a Baseline:  An organization can accomplish this by analyzing simulated phishing failure rates and knowledge assessment results.
  2. Analyze the data:  Ensure that the cybersecurity team is evaluating the progress of the security awareness training program.
  3. Follow up:  You can’t have a baseline without data and data is of little worth without proper follow up.  Organizations should rely on their cybersecurity team and partners to measure improvements where it matters most: the end-user.

Key Insight #4:  Cybersecurity effectiveness can be calculated by how much time lapses between the detection of a threat and when appropriate action is taken. An organization needs to find an objective method of calculating recovery time.

Starting or enhancing a security awareness training program is an important component of cybersecurity.  By using the T.E.A.M. approach, organizations can smartly test their current measures, understand their threats, and empower their employees to overcome the many cybersecurity threats that are coming their way. 

Tunisia targeted lockdown measures are proving effective

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE:  Tunisia targeted lockdown measures are proving effective as it marked 3 consective days without any new confirmed COVID-19 cases.

Source: NFA, May 12, 2020

Employees at a Tunisian factory are churning out 50,000 face masks a day and other protective medical gear.

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey INSIGHT:  Director General of the National Observatory of New and Emerging Diseases Nissaf Ben Alaya said:

“It would take at least 40 days without any new infection to be able to say that Tunisia has gone beyond this phase, due to the fact that the zero case does not mean that the virus no longer exists.”

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT: Tunisia has started to ease lockdown measures, pointing to the relative success of the restrictions it imposed early on in the pandemic.  although schools will largely remain closed until September. Hairdressers officially opened on Monday, while cafes and mosques are due to reopen on 24 May.

Tunisia Receives Drones from China to aid COVID-19 fight

Tunisia’s nationwide lockdown began March 22, when it had just 75 confirmed cases. The UK, by contrast, did not impose a national lockdown until it had over 6,000 cases, while Italy did not go ahead with the measure until it recorded more than 9,000. Tunisia also took the early step of quarantining patients with mild symptoms in designated facilities such as hotels rather than allowing them to isolate at home as in Italy — a policy that doctors now say was a fatal flaw.

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Authorities strictly enforced lockdown measures in high-risk areas, patrolling the streets and even arresting those in violation of quarantine and social distancing regulations.

Civil society groups and private businesses also played an important role in helping fight the virus. Some 150 Tunisian employees of a factory helped make face masks more accessible by self-isolating at their facility in order to produce 50,000 per day. Meanwhile, numerous start-ups and civil society groups mobilized to develop and provide innovative medical protective gear to hospitals and deliver aid packages to those in need.

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Traveling family ‘stuck’ on a Mediterranean island due to Covid-19

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Update Icon of Colored Outline style - Available in SVG, PNG, EPS ...UPDATE: As the novel coronavirus stops globetrotters and other adventure travelers in their tracks, one French family of nomads is waiting out the lockdown on a Tunisian island in the Mediterranean.

Source: AFP, May 8th 2020

Data Insight Svg Png Icon Free Download (#532568) - OnlineWebFonts.COMKey Article INSIGHTTunisia has officially declared over 600 positive Covid-19 cases, including 25 deaths, since reporting its first case at the beginning of March.

Tunisia has officially declared over 600 positive Covid-19 cases, including 25 deaths, since reporting its first case at the beginning of March.

Security | Free IconSecurity INSIGHT: Tunisia started the first stage of the national strategy for a partial lifting of lockdown which includes three phases: from May 4 to 24, from May 24 to June 4, and from June 4 to 14.

Globe Planet Travel Plane Svg Png Icon F #1505326 - PNG Images - PNGioTravel:  At the time of this writing, both the U.S. and UK embassies advises against all but essential international travel.

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