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What are the trends in cybersecurity?

Posted on 09/09/2019
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Imatge per difondre l'informe sobre tendències de ciberseguretat T1 2019 “El mercadeig amb dades personals”
Imatge per difondre l'informe sobre tendències de ciberseguretat T1 2019 “El mercadeig amb dades personals”, for Pexels. 2018. Licence: BY-SA

The Information Security Center of Catalonia (CESICAT) presents the CyberSecurity Trends Report T1 2019 "The marketing with personal data", where they share reflections on some topics in the field of cyber-security in the first quarter of 2019.

Ciberatacs , leaks and data theft , investments in cryptomonedes , ransomware attacks and new government actions aimed at gaining control over the Internet are some of the issues that are present.

The report shows that during the first quarter of 2019, there is a growing trend in the volume of personal data filtered or stolen. Data leakage shows a remarkable activity and doubles the number of registrations throughout the year 2018: more than 2,700 million are accounted for.

In the field of cryptomonedes , the closure of Coinhive, the main illegal mining platform, stands out mainly. In addition, the devaluation of the market and the redistribution due to the creation of new exchange platforms has made the devaluation of cryptomonedes and the reduction of benefits during 2018 has made the investors much more prudent and it is very difficult to commit fraud .

The report also highlights the attacks of ransomware as the main enemy of companies. A ransomware is a type of virus that prevents or limits the access of a user to their own computer system. These viruses encrypt and block the files of their victims to request a rescue (usually in bitcoins, the virtual currency) in exchange for recovering them.

CESICAT , aware of this grave threat, has joined the No More Ransom (NMR) program , a non-profit initiative created in 2016 and promoted through a public-private partnership.

Regarding the new government actions aimed at gaining control over the Internet, the report notes that the first quarter of 2019 has been marked by multiple local and European elections that have led the states to take measures to ensure the transparency of the elections.

All the data and conclusions about the report can be consulted through this link .

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