We can see that there are a lot of IT security warnings published in the press regarding the abuse of Exchange Server Vulnerabilities. Read all about the solutions to protect your company.

We can see that there are a lot of IT security warnings published in the press regarding the abuse of Exchange Server Vulnerabilities. Read all about the solutions to protect your company.

We can see that there are a lot of IT security warnings published in the press regarding the abuse of Exchange Server Vulnerabilities. Read all about the solutions to protect your company.

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In a world where cyberattacks take place on a daily basis, data protection has never been more important. In this blog we give you an overview of some actions you can already take to protect your personal and work information.

In a world where cyberattacks take place on a daily basis, data protection has never been more important. In this blog we give you an overview of some actions you can already take to protect your business information.

Belarus is sometimes called the last dictatorship of Europe. The 65-year old Lukashenko has ruled here since 1994 with an authoritarian government in the typical Soviet style. This regime is now under great pressure from an unprecedented protest of the opposition. It’s obvious, the citizens are ready for the (long-awaited) Revolution.

Opposition as Cyber Partisans

The Belarusian group, who call themselves Cyber Partisans, was created to put pressure on Lukashenko’s regime. Their goal is to disclose as much (personal) information of Lukashenko’s followers as possible.

An example is the public disclosure of personal data of a thousand police officers. This following the events of gratuitous police violence against citizens who were/are demonstrating against the current regime. In this way, the Cyber Partisans want to make clear that nobody will remain anonymous under his/her mask. They emphasized that they will continue with these actions until the police violence is stopped.


Cyberpartizanen anonymous

The internet as battlefield

The Cyber Partisans have not yet achieved their goal and will most likely continue until Lukashenko’s regime has fallen. The use of the internet as a battlefield for political settlements or disagreements is not new and is on the rise. The market is constantly evolving and new, innovative techniques are continuously added.

Think, for example, of deep fake voice technology where Artificial Intelligence is being used to imitate voices can or facial recognition via video surveillance on the street.

The latter contributes to the unmasking (deanonymization) of police officers. During duty they will do their best to hide their identity behind a uniform and mask, also known as a balaclava. When the opposition manages to remove a policeman’s balaclava, they will hide their face for cameras to avoid exposure.

Remarkably, thanks to modern technology it is no longer necessary to capture the entire face. With a computer and database a masked face can be linked to an identity and person. These technologies contributed to the publication of a thousand police officers’ names.

Do you want to know how this works? Then be sure to watch this video.


Organized DDoS attacks

The Cyber Partisans created a website to perpetrate DDoS attacks (Distributed denial-of-service) on online platforms and government information sources. The purpose of a DDoS attack is to temporarily disrupt the traffic of a system/service or make it inaccessible for a certain period of time.


Cyberpartizanen

The idea behind the Cyber Partisans’ website is simple. When the link is clicked, a DDoS attack will automatically be launched on institutions that are crucial to Lukashenko’s regime such as banks, police departments, the government,… With the help of a meter on the website you can determine the intensity.

The number of website visitors and the corresponding intensity determine the pressure exerted. Because the requests start from Javascript in the browser, the DDoS attacks cannot be blocked based on the IP address.

It’s that time of the year: Black Friday and Cyber Monday are almost there. On these days cybercriminals are on the hunt to steal your personal information and/or money. In this blog we therefore give you five tips to make bargains in an efficient and safe way without falling into their trap!

1. Choose for secure webshops you already know

Make purchases on webshops where you’ve already had positive experiences in the past to reduce the risk of cyberattacks. This way you can be sure that the payment will be secure and that the processing of your order will be smooth.

Choosing for your favorite webshops also has an advantage. You can make wish lists upfront and/or even add the desired items to your shopping cart. This way you can immediately see if any of these items have discount on Black Friday/Cyber Monday. Fast, efficient and safe!

Have you found an irresistible offer on an unknown webshop? Then be sure to read on!

Sale Black Friday

2. Be careful with phishing mailings, always check links

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are absolute top days for cybercriminals. This is because bargain hunters look for the cheapest offers and do not always pay attention to cybersecurity.

In the run-up to these days, a lot of fake webshops are being built to lure victims into a trap. In combination or stand-alone, hackers also make use of phishing mails. Because our inbox is flooded with promotions and discount codes, it is easier for hackers to mingle their mailing(s).

Therefore, always check the links in mailings before clicking on them and never open an attachment. You can double-check by hovering (computer) or holding (smartphone) the link. Are you dealing with a phishing mail? Delete it without clicking on any links or attachments.

3. If an offer is too good to be true, it probably is

Did you come across an irresistible discount when scrolling social media? Or have you spotted an unknown webshop bargaining with prices that are considerably lower than the competition? Then there is also a chance that you are dealing with cyber criminals, so be cautious!

Do you want to make sure you don’t miss out on a nice promotion? In point five we explain how you can check whether a website can be trusted or not.

Safe Payment Black Friday

4. Always use safe payment methods

A quality label or e-commerce label shows that a webshop is legally correct and reliable. As a (potential) customer you can therefore be sure that the webshop has been screened and approved. Well-known quality labels in Belgium are BeCommerce, SafeShops and Unizo.

This label is obviously not enough. Invest time and money in a professional looking webshop to radiate confidence and attract new customers. Offer multiple payment methods, preferably also credit cards where entering a code is required. This still remains the safest (online) payment method to secure your purchase.

5. Do a background check of unknown webshops

Search webshop

This can be done in different ways. We recommend to combine multiple, just to be sure:

  1. Investigate when the website and (possible) social media channelshave been created
  2. Check the purchase process, terms and conditions of sale. For example, what if you want to return the purchased product(s)?
  3. Check if the website is secure and your personal information is protected. This is the case when there is a lock or https in front of the url in your search bar.
  4. Read online experiences of other consumers and pay attention to the date. Trustpilot is a good source of information here. Have all reviews just been posted? Check other things from this list to be really sure.
  5. Look for the quality label.

Enjoy (safe) shopping! 😉

The last few months we have all been working massively from home and it doesn’t look like the current situation will change immediately. What we saw was that some of the companies were easily adapting to this new way of working, but that other companies were less prepared for this, and that the changes required greater efforts.

The shift from office- to homeworking as the norm is not only bringing changes at this time but will undoubtedly determine our future. In this blog, we therefore discuss five trends that are already becoming more and more common or that will appear in the work field in the near future.

1. CLOUD COMPUTING

With the implementation of a digital workplace within your company you are ready for the future. By migrating to the Cloud, you can remotely manage different devices and ensure that employees have access to the necessary software and applications whenever and wherever they want.Due to Cloud solutions, data will be stored and secured virtually in the cloud instead of locally.

Companies often take their first steps into the Cloud by implementing a digital workplace. This often opens doors within the company to migrate other aspects to the Cloud. A choice can be made between the Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud depending on the business needs. You can read the difference between these Cloud solutions here.

Cloud Solutions

2. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the integration of human intelligence into artefacts or devices/objects. The goal is to create devices that are able to act the exact same way as a human when they encounter the same situation. This process is often a matter of ‘trial & error’ with the aim of approaching reality as closely as possible and constantly improving and updating the processes.

The AI principle is not new and is already being used for countless processes today. An example we are all familiar with is updating smartphones and laptops in order to constantly improve their performance.

In the business world AI allows us to evaluate and further optimize the used processes. This is often in combination with automation processes because AI teaches us where things can be done better and faster. Computer-controlled operations often offer a solution here. Some people fear that this shift will cost their job but there are also people in favor who say that they can use the gained time for strategic thinking, experimenting with new innovations, updates,…

Artificial Intelligence

3. AUGMENTED & VIRTUAL REALITY

With Augmented Reality (AR), an extra layer is added to reality via the (smartphone) camera. The camera displays extra computer-generated information on the screen and there are also differences here. For example, the extra layer can also add some extra textual information or can display whole animations with audio and vibrancies. 

Virtual Reality (VR) is actually the opposite of Augmented Reality. A VR headset ensures that you’re cut off from reality and that you are immersed in a fictional world.

Augmented and Virtual Reality are both on the rise in the business world, although this is mainly sector-specific. For example, architects can create entire building tours by using virtual reality glasses or can add extra elements to a building using AR. At the beginning of the lockdown, we also saw new initiatives such as fictitious meeting rooms to increase the sense of togetherness between the employees.

4. 5G

Anyone who has followed the news over the past few months has probably seen 5G pass by several times. As with other changes, there are supporters and opponents. Still, 5G is a fact and will make an appearance in the (near) future. It promises to be even faster than the mobile internet we are already used to today. For employees who regularly use their cell phone for work-related purposes, this means a wider and faster range.

5G

5. EMPLOYEE EXPERIENCE

Employee Eperience resembles to User Experience and puts the needs and requirements of the users, in this case the employees, first. Because the Digital Workplace should enable employees to work from anywhere at any time, it is important to start from this point of view.

The implementation is therefore more than providing some new technologies. It requires a holistic approach in which the right accents must be placed from the start. In addition to accessibility and user-friendliness, sufficient attention must also be paid to performance and security in order to secure all data. Ideally, you should just roll out a test environment to a few people in order to improve any shortcomings before implementing the digital workplace for the entire company.

Employee Experience

Are you also considering implementing a digital workplace within your company? We will be happy to advise you about the different functionalities and infrastructure that best suits your business needs.