Security roundup: Twitter users urged to change passwords, top cyber security trends for 2016

This week we take a look at the recent Twitter attack, top cyber security trends for next year, and more.

Anyone using Twitter should change their password now
Following the news of the Twitter cyber attacks, David Emm, principal security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, has this advice to tweeters: “If you wouldn’t like to see something on the front page of a national newspaper, it’s best not to share it on Twitter or in any other social network. This includes information about the company you work for in case it could be used by an attacker to sneak their way into your employer’s network.

“I would recommend that anyone using Twitter takes this opportunity to change their password – including changing them on any other sites where the same password has been used. It’s a growing concern that many use the same password and personal details across multiple online accounts, meaning that if their details have been compromised by one attack they could find other accounts suffer too.”

9 cyber security trends for 2016
Here are OpenSky’s top nine cyber security trends for 2016:
1. Cybercrime becomes easier and more lucrative.
2. The Internet of Things fuels the emergence of new attack vectors.
3. The cloud forces new and emerging operating models.
4. Information security moves beyond classic compliance.
5. Mounting pressure for adequate data protection and security defines public debate.
6. Incident response is becoming a daily undertaking for all businesses.
7. Organizations will increasingly rely upon Managed Security Services (MSS).
8. Industrial Control System (ICS) security becomes more relevant.
9. Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) becomes essential for information security.

50% of IT pros worried careless Christmas celebrations will cause data breaches
Dealing with potential data loss will be the number one headache confronting IT professionals in the run up to the 2015 holiday season, according to the third annual “Happy Holidays?” survey from Ipswitch.

The research revealed that over half are worried about their network suffering a data breach at the hands of a careless Christmas celebration, and over a third have had to deal with a member of staff reporting the loss of a device holding company data following a Christmas celebration in a pub, restaurant or at a party.

In other news:
– Sophos has acquired SurfRight, an innovator in signature-less next-generation endpoint threat detection and response (ETDR) and advanced threat prevention.
– Symantec has signed an agreement with NATO’s Communications and Information (NCI) Agency which will see the two organisations pool resources and work together more closely and boost two-way information sharing on the latest cyber threats.
– SailPoint has launched its Identity+ Alliance. Inaugural partners include AirWatch, Balabit, BeyondTrust, Column IT, CyberArk, Edgile, Informatica, Lieberman Software and Regatta Solutions Group. The program provides standards and tools to ease the integration of IT and security products.

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