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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly – 15 June 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update The FBI has reported on the most common types of fraud during the pandemic. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) received nearly as many complaints in the first half of 2020 (about 320,000) as in the entirety of 2019 (about 400,000). Criminals continue to peddle counterfeit personal protective equipment (PPE) and fraudulent […]

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Cybersecurity certification and the ‘skills gap’

Numerous indicators demonstrate unequivocally that there is an acute skills gap in the cybersecurity sector worldwide. It is estimated that organisations need around 4 million cybersecurity professionals and that the labour market would need to expand by 145% in order to meet demand.[1] In 2019, the shortage had a negative impact on almost three-quarters of

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Geopolitical and Cybersecurity Weekly – 4 May 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update Since January, there has been a boom in threat actors capitalising on the COVID-19 pandemic – ZScaler reported a 30,000 per cent increase in phishing, malicious websites, and malware in this period. As the pandemic has continued, however, and lockdowns have affected cybercriminals as well as law-abiding citizens, there has been a

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Global and Cybersecurity Weekly – 20 April 2020

COVID-19 Cybersecurity Update The government of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW), a province in western Germany, has reportedly lost between €31.5 million up to €100 million in emergency aid following a COVID-19 phishing campaign. The threat actors behind the campaign created fake copies of the official website used to distribute COVID-19 financial aid by the NRW Ministry

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