CyberSense is a monthly bulletin by CSA that spotlights salient cybersecurity topics, trends and technologies, based on curated articles and commentaries. CSA provides periodic updates to these bulletins when there are new developments. Click on the title to view the full article!
  • Land Transport 03 June 2019

    In recent times, public transportation around the world, such as buses and rail systems, have faced cyber-attacks. The WannaCry ransomware campaign that swept across the world in May 2017 also affected the payment and bus routing systems in Germany and the UK. Fortunately, the control systems of the trains and buses were not affected then, but they remain a possible target.

  • Maritime 03 June 2019

    The maritime industry is responsible for transporting more than 90 per cent of the world’s trade. As technology is introduced to shipboard and port systems, great strides in productivity and fuel efficiency have been achieved. However, awareness of the importance of cybersecurity may still be lagging behind the rapid pace of technology development, the latter of which may allow us to see unmanned cargo ships plying the seas by 2020.

  • Data Breaches 02 May 2019

    Cyber breaches resulting in the loss of personal data has been increasing in scale and frequency. With more businesses moving towards digitalisation, and individuals transacting online or engaging digital communities, corporate and personal data may be exposed to such cyber threats. Globally, data brokers, social network sites, and lifestyle/entertainment companies were just some entities that suffered such data breaches.

  • Data Leaks 02 May 2019

    A leak can be defined as the inadvertent loss of sensitive data through vectors such as unsecured websites and servers, inherent weaknesses and vulnerabilities within Internet services, or third party suppliers, mostly involving human error and negligence. In these cases, millions of customer records - including names, addresses and other personal information – can be exposed to the public online through unsecured databases or applications.

  • Banking and Finance 01 April 2019

    Many banking and financial institutions are at the forefront of cybersecurity best practices, deploying advanced technologies to secure their systems. Their efforts in cybersecurity may be instructive for other sectors.

    Their security posture is very necessary. The banking and finance sector remains a lucrative target for cybercriminals and other cyber actors. In 2016, the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications (SWIFT), a network that thousands of banks around the world use to move money, was targeted. Attackers exploited system and process vulnerabilities in individual banks to send seemingly authentic SWIFT instructions and successfully stole about US$100 million from at least three banks (Bangladesh Central Bank, Ecuador’s Banco del Austro, and an Ukrainian bank).

  • Healthcare 01 April 2019

    Healthcare providers are going digital with patient records increasingly being stored electronically. They are also adopting medical Internet of Things (IoT) devices to improve operational efficiency and enhance patient care experience. These developments are increasing the vulnerability of the healthcare sector as a high-value target that hackers would target.

  • Infocomm 01 March 2019

    The global Info-communications (Infocomm) sector has been a target of a series of cyber-attacks that have grown in scale and sophistication in recent years. Cyber attackers have targeted where it hurts - rendering Internet services unavailable and compromising the confidentiality, availability and integrity of personal data. Some high-profile attacks include; the cyberattack on UK Telecom company TalkTalk in October 2015, the Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS) on internet infrastructure company Dyn, which disabled access to services such as Paypal and Twitter in October 2016, and the cyber-attack on German Deutsche Telekom in November 2016.

  • Media 01 March 2019

    Cyberspace has made it relatively easier for attackers to gain unauthorised access to media channels to hijack their pervasiveness, credibility, and influence for their own nefarious objectives. These may include: supporting state-level cyber and propaganda campaigns such as through the spread of fake news; falsifying and amplifying the impact of a crisis; and stealing and selling personal identities, among others. Social media’s near real-time distribution of news and other information to a mass audience makes it ideal for carrying out those activities.

  • Aviation 01 February 2019

    Can an aeroplane be hacked? Cybersecurity companies are showing that there are vulnerabilities that can be exploited. IOActive, a Seattle-based cybersecurity firm released a report in December 2016 that claimed that the Panasonic Avionics in-flight entertainment system was hackable, and credit card information could be accessed. Panasonic Avionics has refuted the claims. Prior to that, the founder of another info-security company One World Labs had claimed he could commandeer a plane through its inflight entertainment service. United Airlines has banned him from ever flying with them since.

  • Government 01 February 2019

    In recent years, governments have been seen to be taking pre-emptive measures to counter threats, or responding to cyber-attacks that may set a precedence for others.

    In terms of pre-emptive measures to fight cyber-attacks, governments in Thailand, China and Russia amended or introduced legislation on information security. In China, the new law by the administration under President Xi Jinping is the latest effort that reflects the country’s increasing focus on raising its cybersecurity capabilities, including deterrence. Notably, President Xi himself heads the Central Leading Group for Internet Security and Informatization, the central government’s apex committee responsible for Internet-related issues including cybersecurity

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