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July 23, 2020

Opportunistic Cyber Threats in a Time of Pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has spread globally in a matter of weeks, infecting hundreds of thousands while catching the medical community by surprise. While we know where the pandemic originated, we still know very little about cures, treatments, or even a way to immunize patients from it. However, two things also...

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July 16, 2020

SURF’s TAO approach to Cybersecurity

Good things come in threes SURF is the "collaborative organisation for ICT in Dutch education and research", we also operate the Dutch NREN (National Research and Education Network). With ICT so prominent in our one-liner description you might think that we love technology (and you would be right!), but we...

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July 9, 2020

Threat Intelligence and Operation Resilience

Leveraging Threat Intelligence for proactive defences The COVID-19 is forcing organisations around the world to adopt "work-from-home" or telecommuting. This paradigm shift is putting immense pressure on cybersecurity operations. As organisations are making extraordinary efforts to protect their workers and serve their customers during the pandemic, exposure to cyberthreats is...

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July 2, 2020

COVID-19, Telecommuting and Threat Intelligence

How threat actors are abusing the global pandemics In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, organisations around the world decide to adopt telecommuting. With the communication increasing due to working from home policies, threat actors are taking advantage and are even using the novel coronavirus as a lure to mount attacks....

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June 25, 2020

Securing the sky

Unoccupied aerial systems (UAS) - colloquially referred to as ‘drones’ - are increasingly being deployed for a plethora of military and civil applications as well as for entertainment. This is a major challenge for the defence and aeronautical industry, as those vehicles need to be integrated into an already congested...

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June 18, 2020

Boosting the CONCORDIA’s Cyber Security Ecosystem: Virtual Lab, Services and Training

Several activities within CONCORDIA build and improve trusted ecosystems with the goal to provide impact and sustainability for communities. Besides Threat Intelligence Platform and House for DDoS Attacks, CONCORDIA‘s ecosystem has this focus by providing lab infrastructures, services, and training. As CONCORDIA takes a holistic and scalable approach to cyber...

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June 11, 2020

Securing Machine Learning

The advancements in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning have produced a drastic change in the organization of many systems, services, and the society itself. Machine learning has become one of the main components for many systems and applications that leverage the huge amount of data collected from many different sources,...

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June 4, 2020

How to build a Next Generation Intrusion Detection System: Who has the answer?

Stand of the art approaches to detect malware in networks are based on detecting them by an analysis of pattern in a network stream. But what is, if the malware has slipped through all security controls, uses encryption and is commanded and controlled by a human or artificial intelligence? Next...

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May 28, 2020

Cybersecurity in the financial sector: knowing your enemy

The financial sector is one of the most critical and sensitive sectors. Cybercriminals look to exploit it for large amounts of money and financial information. The attacks range from exploiting any vulnerability (digital or physical) to take profit by means of extortion, theft, fraud and impersonation. Moreover, the financial sector...

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May 20, 2020

The causal loops of online trust, user behavior and misinformation

From establishing simple connections online, through enabling e-commerce and risky transactions, to conducting online voting, trust has come to serve the online communities the very same purpose it serves the traditional world: facilitator of our online presence and interactions, of community building and, ultimately, enabler of democracy. In contrast, misinformation...

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