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These threats have shaped 2023
These threats have shaped 2023

In 2023, botnets returned from the dead, ransomware actors found creative ways to make money from theft, and threat actors that had been on the loose for a decade reinvented themselves to stay relevant. The threat intelligence experts at Cisco Talos have analyzed the key developments from 2023 and summarized them in an annual review that is worth reading. The standard work for the cybercrime year 2023 highlights the most important trends that shaped the threat landscape last year. Ransomware attack vector The greatest threat to companies in 2023 was still posed by ransomware. Already in the second year in…

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Artificial intelligence: The most important trends in 2024
Artificial intelligence: These are the most important trends in 2024

Further developments in the area of ​​artificial intelligence pose both cybersecurity risks and opportunities for companies. Generative AI will become increasingly important, especially in business applications. AI technologies are developing at an unprecedented pace. The advances in artificial intelligence, especially generative AI (GenAI), open up new possibilities that will significantly change our economy, ways of working and living. However, the Cisco AI Readiness Index shows that although 95 percent of German companies have or are developing an AI strategy, only 7 percent are best prepared for the use of artificial intelligence...

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Only 7 percent of German companies are prepared for AI
Only 7% of German companies are prepared for AI

8.000 managers in 30 countries took part in the “AI Readiness” study and commented on the use of AI in the company. Germany is ill-prepared. IT infrastructure and cybersecurity are cited as the highest priority areas for the use of AI. 14 percent of companies worldwide are fully prepared to use AI - in Germany only 7 percent. This is shown by Cisco's first AI Readiness Index, for which over 8.000 companies were surveyed, more than 300 in Germany alone. Compared to seven other EU countries and Great Britain, Germany is...

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Learn to hack to prevent attacks
Learn to hack to prevent attacks

“Ethical hackers” hack into corporate networks to identify security holes before attackers find them. This can be learned in a course. Cyber ​​specialists are in short supply. Current studies assume a need for more than 100.000 security employees in companies and authorities - in Germany alone (Cybersecurity Workforce Study; (ISC)2 Research). They are urgently needed to build a resilient security structure for the business location. Hacking as a course offering cyber specialists also offers excellent prospects on the job market. One of the more unusual areas of activity in these future professions is “offensive cybersecurity” (OffSec). Here you will find…

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Cisco: Web UI of IOS XE with 10.0 vulnerability
B2B Cyber ​​Security ShortNews

The BSI warns of an actively exploited vulnerability in the Cisco Web UI of IOS XE. The CVE-2023-20198 vulnerability has the highest CVSS score of 10.0 and is therefore critical. Many switches, routers and WLAN controllers are at risk. On October 16, Cisco released an advisory regarding an unpatched and actively exploited vulnerability in the Web UI of IOS XE. The vulnerability with the identifier CVE-2023-20198 allows remote, unauthenticated attackers to create new accounts (with level 15 access rights) on the affected system. Attackers are therefore able to take control of affected…

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AI as a threat and opportunity for IT security
B2B Cyber ​​Security ShortNews

IT security is one of the areas that is currently being changed by AI. On the one hand, AI helps criminals make attacks more efficient, sophisticated, scalable and evade detection. On the other hand, security departments and law enforcement agencies receive new tools to detect and attribute illegal activities more effectively. Cisco Talos analyzed the current state of this race and identified the following trends: Increasing danger Thanks to AI, cybercriminals require fewer and fewer people and knowledge for attacks and software development. This both lowers barriers to entry, so that the number of criminals and attacks increases, and...

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.ZIP domain: Hackers love the Google gift
B2B Cyber ​​Security ShortNews

Google has been marketing the new .zip domain (TLD) since the beginning of May. They cost as little as $15 a year, but could quickly make millions for cybercriminals. Since May 2023, more than 10.000 .ZIP domains have already been registered. Because: E-mail recipients think they see a ZIP file, but for them a link to a dangerous .zip website. Talos researchers took a closer look at the new .zip domains. Analyzing telemetry data, they've noticed patterns that don't bode well. Because the new ending seems to be attracting hackers across the board. The problem…

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New Study: Web Shells Are Top Incidence Vector
New Study: Web Shells Are Top Incidence Vector

The number of attacks via web shells increased at an above-average rate in the first three months of 2023. The Cisco Talos Report shows that attacks via web shells are the new top attack vector in the first quarter of 1. Ransomware can be warded off better. According to Cisco Talos analysis, this type of attack was responsible for a quarter of all incidents investigated by the Incident Response Team in the first quarter of 2023. At the same time, the proportion of detected ransomware attacks fell from 2023% to 20%. However, the cyber researchers are not giving the all-clear: Because a fifth of all observed threat activities were…

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XDR Innovation: Respond faster to advanced threats 
XDR Innovation: Respond faster to advanced threats

Cisco Extended Detection and Response (XDR) aims to accelerate and simplify security processes in cross-manufacturer, hybrid environments. Evidence-based automation prioritizes and remediates security incidents. Cisco XDR is a complete in-house development and will be generally available in July 2023. The solution simplifies incident investigation across the IT ecosystem and enables Security Operations Centers (SOCs) to immediately mitigate threats. The cloud-first solution uses AI-supported, analytical methods to accelerate the evaluation of incidents and responses to them. So the focus shifts from intricate investigations of everything going on to fixing the incidents…

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Cybersecurity: Germany midfield worldwide – top in Europe

The new study "Cybersecurity Readiness Index 2023" by Cisco shows that German companies are in the middle when it comes to cybersecurity worldwide, but at the top in Europe. Nevertheless, only 11 percent of companies see themselves as well prepared for cyber attacks. How well are German companies prepared for IT attacks? Globally, they are only in the middle, but in Europe they are in a good second place behind Great Britain. German companies are particularly strong when it comes to protecting end devices and networks. There is still a lot of catching up to do when it comes to data security. This is what the Cisco Cybersecurity Readiness Index 2023 shows. Cisco…

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