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GUEST ESSAY: The case for using augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) to boost training

By Zac Amos

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technologies provide intriguing opportunities for immersive and interactive experiences in cybersecurity training.

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Here’s  how these technologies can bridge learning gaps in cybersecurity awareness and enhance the overall training experience.

AR and VR technologies can create distinct immersive experiences by merging digital reality with the physical world. Augmented reality lets users experience the world around them with digital images and audio-visual elements layered on top. This integration offers innovative ways for people to interact with their environment, enhancing their overall experience. Common examples of AR applications include the Pokemon Go mobile game and Snapchat filters.

Virtual reality also utilizes interactive audio-visual elements but within a computer-generated environment. These virtual worlds appear genuine, giving users a more immersive and holistic

GUEST ESSAY: Leveraging DevSecOps to quell cyber risks in a teeming threat landscape

By Yuga Nugraha

In today’s digital landscape, organizations face numerous challenges when it comes to mitigating cyber risks.

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The constant evolution of technology, increased connectivity, and sophisticated cyber threats pose significant challenges to organizations of all sizes and industries. Here are some of the key challenges that organizations encounter in their efforts to mitigate cyber risks in the current environment.

 •Rapidly evolving threat landscape. The threat landscape is constantly evolving, with cybercriminals coming up with new techniques and exploiting vulnerabilities. Organizations must stay ahead of these threats, but it can be challenging due to the dynamic nature of the

GUEST ESSAY: Adopting an ‘assume-breach mindset’ to defend company networks in 2024

By Zac Amos

Professionals are constantly seeking ways to fortify their defenses against malicious threats. One approach gaining traction is the “assume-breach mindset.” This proactive approach is designed to better prepare organizations for inevitable security breaches.

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An assume-breach mindset is a cybersecurity strategy that flips the traditional security model. Rather than solely focusing on prevention, it assumes the attackers are already inside the network and prepares accordingly.

This mindset acknowledges that no system is completely invulnerable and the goal is to limit the damage once a breach occurs.

Pros

When it comes to cybersecurity, being prepared for the worst-case scenario is often the best strategy. Here are some advantages of dopting an assume-breach mindset:

•Early detection. Assume-breach focuses on the early detection of threats, allowing organizations to identify and respond to breaches more quickly.

GUEST ESSAY: Taking proactive steps to heal the planet — by reducing the impact of video streaming

By Philippe Wetze

Most folks don’t realize that the Internet contributes more than 3.7 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.

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Within that, video represents over 80 percent of the traffic that flows through this global network which is growing rapidly at about 25 percent per year. A similar dynamic is taking place over enterprise networks, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. A tremendous amount of video traffic is being managed by IT departments. This is why tracking the impact of digital video consumption across the business ecosystem is becoming increasingly important.

Meanwhile, the number of screens consumers use — at home and work — is also multiplying at an astonishing rate. With all these devices, there is an increase in video and encoders to handle the exploding demand for video content, driven by the growth of video-heavy social applications — TikTok and WhatsApp, to name but a few. These factors drive high demand for encoders and decoders.

It is in this context that it is important to focus on the details of video technology. Encoders, for instance, consume significantly more energy than decoders – sometimes as much as 5 to 10 times as much energy, in comparison.

In the past, there was an asynchronous relationship between these two categories of technology. Most video content was created — and encoded — by a much smaller percentage of the population compared to those who consumed

GUEST ESSAY: Steps to leveraging ‘Robotic Process Automation’ (RPA) in cybersecurity

By Zac Amos

In cybersecurity, keeping digital threats at bay is a top priority. A new ally in this battle is robotic process automation (RPA.) This technology promises to simplify tasks, boost accuracy and quicken responses.

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Robotic process automation is about getting repetitive, rule-based tasks done with the help of software robots, often called “bots.” These bots mimic human actions, handling tasks like data entry, retrieval and processing.

Automation matters in cybersecurity. RPA can be a lifesaver, freeing experts to focus on more complex security challenges.

Nine out of 10 employees want a single solution for their tasks. This emphasizes why automation is essential because it’s a way to make things more efficient and use human resources wisely. Here are some reasons why the role of automation is crucial in cybersecurity:

•Speed and accuracy: Cyber threats happen instantly and automation reacts quickly

GUEST ESSAY: How the ‘Scattered Spiders’ youthful ring defeated MFA to plunder Vegas

By John Funk

A hacking gang known as Scattered Spiders soundly defeated the cybersecurity defenses of MGM and Caesars casinos.

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This cost the Las Vegas gambling meccas more than $100 million while damaging their reputations. As the companies face nine federal lawsuits for failing to protect customer data, it’s abundantly clear hackers have checkmated multi-factor authentication (MFA).

Using a technique known as MFA fatigue, Scattered Spiders put MGM in manual mode and forced Caesars to pay a reported $13 million ransom. For the moment, hackers appear to have the upper hand in the global chess match between cybersecurity professionals and digital criminals.

That’s largely because the splashy headlines and online buzz created by bringing down the pair of casinos will only motivate more mid-level cybercriminals to follow Scattered Spiders’ model, putting wide-reaching businesses at risk of ransomware attacks due to the rise of ransomware-as-a-service models.

Scattered spiders

In early September, Scattered Spiders infiltrated MGM and Caesars using a variety of relatively common hacking techniques. But the coup de gras was how easily they brushed aside the multi-factor authentication protections.

The criminals’ ages are said to range between 17 and 25 years old, and their kung fu was nothing to boast about until

GUEST ESSAY: An assessment of how ‘Gen-AI’ has begun to transform DevSecOps

By Priyank Kapadia

Combining DevSecOps with Generative Artificial Intelligence (Gen-AI) holds the potential to transform both software development and cybersecurity protocols.

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Through harnessing the power of Generative AI, enterprises can usher in a new era of DevSecOps, elevating development velocity, security, and robustness to unprecedented levels.

DevSecOps teams can test and debug code 70 percent faster with generative AI, which in turn saves businesses money and employee hours.

Generative AI can also help DevSecOps professionals to identify areas that are ripe for automation, enhance real-time monitoring and analytics, and even predict and address security problems before they happen.

Accelerating automation

DevSecOps and cybersecurity teams often encounter repetitive, time-consuming tasks that can lead to inefficiencies and errors when they handle these tasks manually. AI can play a pivotal role in automating these processes.

Tasks like code review, test case generation, systematically generating, storing, and managing configuration files, and infrastructure provisioning are prime candidates for automation. Leveraging generative AI in these areas can significantly speed up