5 Benefits Of Cybersecurity By Updating Software

Tech pundits urge employees who secure their company’s digital assets to keep infrastructure up-to-date. There are benefits to keeping digital assets up-to-date besides avoiding dire consequences, which may include losing the business, getting sued by clients, or being investigated by law enforcement. Security analyst Tony Bradley sheds light on these other benefits in this TechSpective column, and begins with something we all desire: Peace of mind.
Peace of mind
By keeping cybersecurity up-to-date and cybercriminals at bay, it tends to improve working conditions within an organization. Management and employees can focus on the business at hand, make a positive contribution to the financial bottom line, and have confidence in their future as well as the company’s.

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Gain customers’ trust and increase sales

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that having a pristine and up-to-date computing infrastructure eliminates the possibility of falling victim to a cyberattack. However, there is overwhelming evidence that cybercriminals are inclined to go after the most vulnerable targets, so it seems logical to avoid being the lowest-hanging fruit on the cyber-tree by assuring everything is up-to-date.

Keeping hardware and software current is especially important to companies involved in online sales. “If you run an e-commerce business, up-to-date cybersecurity is one of the keys to unlocking higher conversion rates on your digital storefront,” writes Bradley.
Discerning customers are also looking at whether online businesses are certified by regulatory organizations. “One example is the presence of security badges that give notice extra precautions were taken to ensure the privacy and safety of the customer’s information,” explains Bradley. “You can get security badges from SSL certification companies like GeoTrust and payment processors like PayPal.” Meeting minimum certification requirements often motivates companies to update hardware and software.
Better search-engine rankings

Search-engine rankings are seldom a consideration when investigating a data breach or a cyberattack, but they should be. The actual intrusion and resulting chain of events are bound to affect the company website’s search-engine ranking
Better browsing experience for customers

With today’s internet bandwidth, online customers expect websites to load fast. “Statistics show that 40% of users would abandon a website that takes over three seconds to load—a problem that’s worse on mobile sites, where 53% of users would have left by then,” writes Bradley. “In other words, businesses could be losing some of their website’s potential revenue by failing to give customers a smooth browsing experience.”

There are multiple ways for cybercriminals to affect the performance of a company’s website and online business platform—a particularly devastating one would be a Distributed Denial of Service attack. The best defense includes ensuring all hardware and software are up-to-date, along with an action plan to offload the onslaught of website-debilitating traffic.

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Securing third-party vendors

Tech-media archives are littered with tales of companies that have been illegally accessed via an exploited third-party vendor contracted by the victimized company. And, the break-in usually starts by scamming an employee or co-opting a vulnerable device and/or software of the third-party vendor.

The simple answer would be to keep the services in question in-house, but oftentimes that is not possible or affordable. So, educating employees, requiring appropriate security measures of third-party vendors, and deploying a virtual private network platform are typically pieces of the suggested solution.

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Final thoughts

Let’s face it, implementing cybersecurity measures without assuring all components of a computing environment are up-to-date is false security. Besides filling security holes, keeping hardware and software up-to-date ensures the company’s digital infrastructure is operating at peak efficiency.

Here’s something to think about: Two hunters happen upon an angry bear that starts chasing them. One hunter yells to the other, “I sure hope I can outrun the bear!” The second hunter yells back, “Not me, I just want to outrun you!”

Federal Government urged to do more on Cybersecurity

Mr Bello Adedayo, the President of branch of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) on Saturday tasked Federal Government to establish cyber security firm that would check cyber crime and data theft in the country.

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He told newsmen on the sidelines of ICANN conference in Abuja. ICANN is a nonprofit organisation that coordinates the maintenance and procedures of databases related to names and numerical spaces of the Internet, ensuring the network’s stable and secure operation. Adebayo said “government should increase the weight of punishment attached to cyber crimes to at least make the criminals reduce their fraudulent activities.

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“Government should also establish cyber security firms that would be on constant lookout for fraudulent and illegal acts carried out online to control such activities.” The branch president said that the general masses also have an important role to play in eliminating cyber crime and development of the internet world, according to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN.

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He explained that the internet was one of the best things that happened to the world of technology but it also had it flaws and loopholes that were undergoing correctional process to make it smooth and safe for various activities. He, therefore, stressed the need for government to step up enlightenment programme against cyber crime and the role individuals could play in keeping the web secure. He said that the ICAN conference was to discuss current issues faced in the open world of technology and the challenges faced by the corporation to maintain the existence of the internet.

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According to him, it covers various solutions on internet fraud, illegal domains and hacking of users data with new technology and development goals for the organisation. Adedayo advised internet users to participate in protecting their Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, as it was way of accessing private users’ details or information. IPs are connectivity guidelines and regulations that govern computer networks.

JUST IN: EU, others, backs new cyber security rules

Fifty-one countries, including all EU members, have pledged their support for a new international agreement to set standards on cyber-weapons and the use of the internet, the French government gave this revelation on Monday.

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The states have signed up to a so-called “Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace”, an attempt to kickstart stalled global negotiations. China, Russia and the United States did not sign the pledge, reflecting their resistance to setting standards for cyberweapons which are at the cutting edge of modern warfare.

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“We need norms to avoid a war in cyberspace which would be catastrophic,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday.

Campaigners have called for a “Digital Geneva Convention”, a reference to the Geneva conventions that set standards for the conduct of wars.

They want states to commit to not attacking infrastructure which is depended upon by civilians during wartime, for example.

A new international norm would also help define a state-backed cyber-attack and when a state could be justified in retaliating. Dozens of countries are thought to have developed offensive cyber-weapons.

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“We need to move these norms forward,” Microsoft president Brad Smith said on Monday at the Paris Peace Forum, being held to mark the centenary of the end of World War I. In a presentation at the forum, Smith portrayed cyberweapons as having the potential to spark another mass conflict.

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Global ‘wake-up call’

He said 2017 was a “wake-up call for the world” because of the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks. WannaCry crippled many hospitals in Britain and affected 150 countries in 24 hours. It is thought to have been deployed from North Korea. Many experts attribute NotPetya, which hit banking, power and business computing systems across Ukraine, to Russia.

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But security officials note that those two attacks appear to be based on code stolen from the US National Security Agency, which leads the country’s cyber-defences. “In a world where everything is being connected, anything can be affected, which is why we need to come together,” Smith added.

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The text of the Paris call will be presented by French President Emmanuel Macron as he opens UNESCO’s Internet Governance Forum in Paris on Monday. It has also been signed by 93 civil society groups and 218 companies, Le Drian said.

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“To respect people’s rights and protect them online as they do in the physical world, states must work together, but also collaborate with private-sector partners, the world of research and civil society,” according to the text. Russia has been accused by Western countries of cyber-meddling over the last few years, while huge data breaches online have fuelled calls for new rules governing online behaviour.

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51 Countries in support of new rules for Cybersecurity

Fifty-one states, including all EU members, have pledged their support for a new international agreement to set standards on cyberweapons and the use of the internet, the French government said Monday. The states have signed up to a so-called “Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace”, an attempt to kickstart stalled global negotiations. China, Russia and the United States did not sign the pledge, reflecting their resistance to setting standards for cyberweapons which are at the cutting edge of modern warfare.

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“We need norms to avoid a war in cyberspace which would be catastrophic,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Monday.

Campaigners have called for a “Digital Geneva Convention”, a reference to the Geneva conventions that set standards for the conduct of wars.

They want states to commit to not attacking infrastructure which is depended upon by civilians during wartime, for example.

A new international norm would also help define a state-backed cyberattack and when a state could be justified in retaliating. Dozens of countries are thought to have developed offensive cyberweapons. “We need to move these norms forward,” Microsoft president Brad Smith said on Monday at the Paris Peace Forum, being held to mark the centenary of the end of World War I. In a presentation at the forum, Smith portrayed cyberweapons as having the potential to spark another mass conflict.

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– Global ‘wake-up call’ –

He said 2017 was a “wake-up call for the world” because of the WannaCry and NotPetya attacks. WannaCry crippled many hospitals in Britain and affected 150 countries in 24 hours. It is thought to have been deployed from North Korea. Many experts attribute NotPetya, which hit banking, power and business computing systems across Ukraine, to Russia.

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But security officials note that those two attacks appear to be based on code stolen from the US National Security Agency, which leads the country’s cyber-defences. “In a world where everything is being connected, anything can be affected, which is why we need to come together,” Smith added. The text of the Paris call will be presented by French President Emmanuel Macron as he opens UNESCO’s Internet Governance Forum in Paris on Monday. It has also been signed by 93 civil society groups and 218 companies, Le Drian said. “To respect people’s rights and protect them online as they do in the physical world, states must work together, but also collaborate with private-sector partners, the world of research and civil society,” according to the text. Russia has been accused by Western countries of cyber-meddling over the last few years, while huge data breaches online have fuelled calls for new rules governing online behaviour.

Federal Government urged to do one particular thing about cyber security

A startup entrepreneur and Managing Director of Aamorise Information Technologies Limited Dr. Aamo Iorliam, has urged the Federal Government to enact laws that will tackle cyber-crimes. He made the call on Wednesday in Abuja on the sidelines of the ongoing 11th edition of eNigeria Conference.

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Iorliam defined startup as a newly emerged business venture started by individual founders or entrepreneurs to search for repeatable and scalable business model. Such a venture, he says, aims to develop a viable business model to meet a marketplace need or problem. He stressed that a law was, therefore, necessary to foster more internet-based economic activities for development.

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Aamorise, who specialises in the development of digital surveillance software for law enforcement agencies, says laws can be effectively used to stem cybercrime. According to him, when laws are enacted and diligently implemented, digitally facilitated crimes will reduce because citizens will be happy to do business online. He added that “most of the time our digital economy is not effective because some people do not have confidence doing business online, while some will not even try it at all.

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“This is because of testimonies by some people who fell into the trap fake websites. “However, if there are laws and the laws are diligently implemented, activities of operators of such websites will be tracked down and perpetrators punished. “Consequently, it will translate into making Nigeria a better country in terms of doing online business and the economy will definitely improve.

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“Nigeria is trying in terms of putting in regulations that will actually solve these problems but we will really want the government to move a step further by concentrating more on laws that will tackle cyber-crimes.” Iorliam commended the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) for organising the conference to bringing stakeholders to discuss trends in technology and allow startups to exhibit their products.

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He, however, urged the agency to give room for more startups in subsequent editions to showcase their talents and also link them up with the right partners in terms of funding. He appealed to Federal Government to put more funding into startups to actually develop products that would not only help Nigeria but other African countries.

Image result for Dr. Aamo Iorliam,eNigeria is an annual international technology show with the objective of enabling stakeholders across Nigeria to discover new socio-economic opportunities provided by the advancement in technologies and innovation. The theme for 2018 edition: “Promoting a Digital Economy in an Era of Disruptive Technologies through Effective Regulations”, where notable startup entrepreneurs were given the opportunity to exhibit their products.

NCC moves to prevent the country from cyber attacks

In a bid to secure Nigeria’s cyberspace against cyber threats and attacks, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) has launched the establishment of Internet Industry Code of Practice as part of measures

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Speaking at the stakeholders’ consultation forum in Abuja at the weekend, Prof. Umar Danbatta, Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, said the Commission, in accordance with its mandate to regulate the communications sector in Nigeria as expressed in the Nigerian Communications Act 2003, set out to establish the Internet Code of Practice to clearly define the rights and obligations of Internet Access Service Providers, put measures in place that would safeguard and protect minors, vulnerable audience and consumers in general.

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Danbatta represented by Yetunde Akinloye, NCC’s Director of Legal and Regulatory Services, underscored the need to secure Nigeria’s cyberspace against imminent threats, including online child protection, privacy and data protection, objectionable content and traffic management practices. He noted that the global perspective is that the internet be open and unregulated to foster creativity and increase access, adding that the propositions are for either self-regulation or government regulation (in repressive economies) as both have their advantages and disadvantages.

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He stressed the need for co-regulatory efforts as it relates to the internet in Nigeria, hence the need for extensive public consultation and incorporation of the stakeholders’ feedback into the final document of the Internet Industry Code of Practice. While commenting on the benefits and disadvantages of the Internet, Danbatta said: “The Internet was designed to facilitate communication across different networks and jurisdictions.

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“The liberalisation of the industry and rate of evolution in mobile telecommunications has led to an increase in the use and dependence on the solutions/services that ride on it; it is a key driver of innovation and technological advancement. “It is important to know that Sub-Saharan Africa loses 0.07-0.20 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to cyber-crimes as stated by the Internet Society.”

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In Nigeria, he explained that, “The advent of the Internet and the opportunity it provides is enormous and this has enabled significant socio-economic developments in the country, leading to growth in the communications industry. “So far, the percentage contribution of telecoms industry to GDP is 10.43per cent as of second quarter of 2018. “With these developments, come the challenge of safety, security and harnessing the benefits of the internet for good governance and better user experience.”

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Therefore, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC urged the stakeholders to take full advantage of the opportunity the forum had presented to ensure that the objectives of the Code of Practice were achieved, adding that everyone was expected to adopt the Code as it would be reviewed as developments unfold in the industry. Also speaking, Mr. Destiny Amana, President of Nigeria Internet Group, lauded the initiative of the Nigerian Communications Commission, adding that there was still a lot to be done.

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He expressed optimism that the Code of Practice would reduce the nagging issue of internet fraud, as well as protect the younger ones from dangers associated with the use of internet. Amana revealed that on assumption of office, President Muhammadu Buhari had wanted to stop the issuing of licences by NCC to Internet Access Service Providers. This development, according to him, led to the setting up of Steering Committee to guide the president on the right path.

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Other critical stakeholders in the forum stressed the need for government to take stringent measures to protect young Nigerians against pornography and other unwholesome practices on the internet as well as put in place stronger punitive measures for perpetrators and offenders to serve as a deterrent to others