Info Exchange Limited published an article on February 23, 2017, about Jamaica being firmly in Cyber Criminals’ sight. Here’s a summary:
- As innovation brings forth benefits for consumers and businesses, it also brings benefits for cybercriminals. The internet is heavily relied on for numerous tasks such as financial transactions and entertainment, the unaware can easily become susceptible to attacks, especially corporations, SMEs, and government ministerial websites. The goal of cybercriminals are data, money, or both will go to extreme lengths to retrieve those goals.
- Exceptional computer skills are no longer needed as resources on the Dark Web can be accessed by Bitcoin which can be used to hack some of the most heavily defended computer systems and networks. To fight against these attacks, the help of professionals who understand new and constantly evolving tools of the cybercriminals’ trade is crucial.
- We have become used to the usual “smash and grab” cyber threat but more effort is being put into more insidious attacks, called Advanced Persistent Threats as they are less easy to detect.
- A Successful ATP relies not only on gaining access to an operating system but truly succeeds by remaining on the system undetected for months harvesting both old and new data.
- To avoid detection, the intruder continuously rewrites code and uses sophisticated detection evasion techniques that only a trained eye can spot. Many organizations utilize full-time system administrators to be fully protected against an APT attack.
Contributed by Racquel Bailey from Jamaica. Racquel is a member of the WISC Discord group from the G5 Cyber Security Foundation Ltd. Learn more about WISC (Women in InfoSec Caribbean) at wiscaribbean.org. WISC is a non-profit initiative supporting Caribbean women and girls to develop a career in Information Security.