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1.How to communicate Threat Intelligence to Executives Threat intelligence communication is very key in ensuring that proper measures have been taken before attacks occur. Discovering threats is one thing and propagating the threat to the relevant executive for proper measures to be taken is totally a different thing. This involves making the threat actionable for the targeted business. The communication under discussion is vertical in most cases, whereby the issue is escalated to higher authorities up to the executives that make the necessary decisions. The most crucial thing in communicating the threat efficiently and effectively is to do a comprehensive analysis of the business under the risk. Analysis may involve a close scrutiny of the operations and transactions of the business both internally and externally. It evaluates the security measures and mitigations that the business has put in place to compact any potential threat.(Franolich, 2017 ) After an evaluation, any business executive desire a solution rather than a problem. Therefore, for a better communication of any threat, a breakdown of possible solutions must be outlined and suggested to counter attack the identified threat. A demonstration of the vulnerabilities and weak points that attackers can use to gain access to the system is a useful step to win executive trust in the intelligence that one is putting across. Moreover, a demonstration of the solution to combat the problem at hand should be suggested. By showing the executives the consequences attached to threats as well as explaining the solution towards it can convince them to take action to the identified threat.
2.Cybercrime in social media growsat an alarming rate The number of social media platforms have increased at a very high speed considering the increase in innovations and inventions all over the world. These platforms host very many people that interconnect on a daily basis through messages, chats and mails. However, these networks many vulnerabilities and weakness that hackers can use to penetrate into and perform malicious operations. With the number increasing up to 70% increase in six months, recorded Cybercrime events are one click away on the internet. Malicious individuals take advantage of these social media platforms because they are free, easy-to-use, and offer a global reach(Bleau, 2016).They launch fake accounts and website of well-known domain names such as Google, Amazon, Alibaba, etc. to redirect online users to malicious web contents including pornographic sites. In the recent past, many fake accounts of popular individuals have attracted many unknowledgeable internet users to follow them which lead them to presumably official accounts’ contents. The increase has been majorly influenced by the need of the every device and every person on the whole globe to interconnect and share resources. Fundraising accounts that are created on social media platforms have been intercepted and the credit details altered to redirect the raise funds to anonymous personnel. The “internet community” are face with the challenge to innovate security mechanisms to identify and expose any Cybercrime attacks. Every online user has a responsibility to be vigilant and observe preventive measures that doesn’t expose them or their data to hackers. Moreover, social media platforms have a role to enforce security procedures to protect their user’s data from being accessed by malicious individuals.
3.Cyber Body Language Cyber Body Language or “Digital Body Language” is similar to facial expression or behavior a user makes when interacting in the cyber world. Cyber Body Language is best understood as “Context-Awareness” where a device or software is designed, primarily or partly, to analyze the behavior or pattern of the users and apply information gathered to automatically assert products, services, or other purposes such as security monitoring(ZUHRI, 2017).With the increasing number of internet users who spend a lot of time online, there has been a demand to understand and identify users by the websites they visit, the web applications they use, the posts and comments they make in social media platforms. The comprehensive ability of cyber body language involves first being aware of the context an online user is in. This involves understanding the provided device or the use application in order to gather and synthesize the context information. Gathering the user’s behavior online is achieved by having context awareness systems which analyze and record the user’s operations in that particular context. A successful context awareness system is achieved by scrutinizing the posts that users send to social media platforms including images and videos. Similarly, a series of comments and emotional ‘emojis’ attaches a particular contextual event to a certain reaction by a certain user. However, understanding cyber body language by applying context awareness system has been subjected to the breach of user’s privacy. This is considered as collecting personal information without the consent of the users. The collected data on the other hand has been suspected to be sold out to organizations that advertise to users according to the intelligent statistics made by the context awareness systems.
4.Biometrics are the future of security Authentication is one of the core pillars of security enforcement. It describes the process of verifying that they are the one who they say they are. There are many implemented mechanisms to authenticate use to systems and applications. These procedures have proven to be inefficient to novices and vulnerable to malicious programs that brute force into the safeguarded application or register key logging activities to get personal information of users. The most common implemented authentication system is the username and password (UNP) model. This model registers a user to a system which in-turn logs in a user through matching username and password. Unfortunately, this model has forced online users to reuse their credentials which increase their vulnerability to malicious attacks. Two-factor authentication models have proven a more secure solution but has a drawback for its failure to provide a suitable user experience. The engagement of biometrics of voice recognition systems and fingerprint scans have provided a more secure solution to authentication problem which is less vulnerable to hacks and more convenient to all levels of users. The implementable biometric authentication system is considerably simplified and highly accelerated to access systems with ease. Biometrics are arguably the future to securing any basic products in the future, whereby any personal information and credit card information will be linked to personnel biometrics to grant them access to social amenities. When these fields are mastered, biometric-powered multifactor authentication will finally unify the age-old opposing forces of convenience and security, and a brilliant and incredibly secure end-user experience will be established(Team2, Digital ID – Biometrics are the key to marrying security and convenience, 2017).
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