European Cyber Security Month – A month dedicated to cyber security

Most people claim to know how important IT security is. The reality is somewhat different. Demands on employees time are high, there are millions of distractions and somehow the backup at the end of the day is forgotten. A reminder of the many threats facing professional and personal data (and bank accounts) can come in useful. The European Cyber ​​Security Month (ECSM) is an entire month dedicated to promoting cyber security and will take place throughout Europe in October.

IT security for Industrial Internet of Things

Vulnerabilities in the vision of industrial digitalization and networking

In the future, more and more devices, systems and equipment will be networked under the vision of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). The main thrust of digitalization and networking is increasing efficiency and flexibility in industrial processes. Almost the entire industrial value chain is saturated with complex IT infrastructures with mobile and stationary components.

​​IT security is one of the most critical factors in this area as damage caused by manipulation and illegal data access can quickly reach catastrophic proportions. Many manufacturers are choosing IT security made in Germany as an important quality factor.

Threats at Public Hotspots

Germany is reported to be increasingly left behind in terms of digitization in public spaces. The reason: There are just not enough hotspots available. A political decision has now been taken to abolish any “disturber“ liability (“Störerhaftung” under German law). This means, the door has been closed for any business models based on cease and desist letters. This will pave the way for more free hotspots in cafés, at airports, train stations and hotels.

Many professionals frequently use free Internet access in remote locations, especially when they travel, making them easy targets for hackers. And while most encrypt their private Wi-Fi to ensure data protection and IT security related to corporate network access, they seldom take the same precautions when surfing the Internet or checking email from public hotspots.

The national economic protection strategy in Germany and real life

When it comes to security, public authorities in any country also want to represent their interests, some more intensively than others. Germany is not lacking in initiatives and organizations that want to help companies in terms of digital security. Unfortunately, the wheels of public administration can turn very slowly, such as the recently unveiled national economic protection strategy shows. In addition to the key associations BDI and DIHK, different security agencies in Germany are involved in the initiative, including the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution, the Federal Criminal Police and the Federal Office for Information Security. Announced in August 2013, it took nearly three years until a significant concept was presented this week. On the whole, the national economic protection strategy is not much more than brochures and explanatory films that are intended to raise awareness of security threats among SMEs – not just in the field of IT. Practical measures such as financial support for companies to hire certified security consultants or implement security projects are lacking. Raising awareness of security threats whether physical or virtual through cyberspace is never a bad thing.

June Feature of the Month: Parameter Locks

Let’s face it – the vast majority of employees utilizing a remote access solution do not have a comprehensive understanding of how exactly it works. From end users’ perspectives, when the product is operating efficiently, that’s all that really matters, and usually, no questions are asked. However, when security issues around connectivity arise, employees generally have two options: try to resolve the problem on their own or call their company’s help desk. More often than not, these issues can be traced back to configuration settings that have been improperly set up. Unless employees have a solid IT background, it’s rather unlikely that they will be able to fix these settings on their own. What’s more, a failed attempt to properly configure a VPN, firewall or Internet connection can be expensive for the employee and organization alike. Yes, the company help desk is one option, but wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to avoid this cumbersome and costly process altogether? Fortunately, NCP engineering’s Parameter Locks can help accomplish this. Creating and testing the corporate VPN, firewall and Internet connection configurations centrally allows IT administrators to lock in the correct configurations and distribute them to employees. The Parameter locks hinder subsequent manipulation, whether intentionally or through an accidental operation.This managed approach eliminates faulty configurations by non-technically inclined employees, increasing network security and avoiding costly configuration diagnoses and repairs. To learn more about NCP engineering’s June Product of the Month, Parameter Locks, click...