Cyber security, once again!

Title screen for the Betty Boop cartoon series.

Title screen for the Betty Boop cartoon series. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

All right, I’m a control freak when it comes to cyber security. I know it, you know it too. It’s no big surprise that I’ve just ended my last MOOC for this year and it’s related to this matter.

Once again I’ve used the FutureLearn platform, one of the best places to find free courses, to pick up a two-week course about the basics of cyber security for Small and Medium Enterprises. Yes, it’s about how to raise the awareness and about the understanding of this kind of risks. In the Trump-era the bar for the security has to be raised higher, no need to explain the reasons why.

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What to do with Foreign Fighters?

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One of the worst security issues for Western countries today is about the presence of a number of “foreign fighters” on their own soil. But what is a foreign fighter?

By definition, they are people from another country who gets involved in an armed conflict without the authorization of their own nation. They are not to be confused with contractors because their basic motivation will be about something different from money.

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No bank is safe, just remember it

English: A speech in The New York Times newsro...

English: A speech in The New York Times newsroom after the announcement of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize winners (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I was reading a cool article from NYT (here) about possible links between hacking operations and heist made thru international networks. I was also wondering about the perception of bank’s security today, as seen from the everyday client.

You see, I work in the IT and I know for sure how much money has been invested in the last three decades to have the best security level possible, not to mention all the national and international laws made to protect sensible data at any level.

Truth is, no open system is 100% safe. No matter how good are the security standards, how much money and efforts have been set up and what else incredible instrument you could imagine. At the very core of any system, there will be human operators. They are the weak spot.

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