Is Fake News Illegal?

Malaika G. Naidu Fake News. Sensationalism. Misreporting.In the last couple of years, the digital world has witnessed a growing trend in the amount of false information that is published. While the digital world has made the dissemination of news easier and quicker, the concept of fake news is older than the internet. Such news was…

Hiding Behind Incognito Browsing

Malaika Naidu A major hype word and internet trend today is data privacy. Add to this the vulnerability brought in by excess use of social media and the integration of technology into all aspects of our day to day life. You’ll realise it’s a tricky world online. So, what do you do?“Trust private browsing to…

Safety on Social Media Platforms

Malaika Naidu The most valuable resource today is not oil, water or fresh air – it’s data! An article in The Economist recently outlined just how valuable this resource is to organisations the world over. It’s alarming how data mining can influence people and hence dictate real events. Now answer this, where can one find…

Safety Tips for Net-Banking

Malaika Naidu From immediate money transfers to quick online payments, there are many perks to online banking. It comes as no surprise that India, and the world, is becoming increasingly comfortable with online banking. However, with so many people going online to manage their money, threats have arisen at an even faster rate. Hackers and…

Best Practices to Protect your Mobile Phone

Malaika Naidu We all know that cybercrime is a reality and it only growing with every passing day. With the deep penetration of smartphones into major markets across the world, we’re becoming walking-talking targets with high vulnerabilities. Interestingly, we all buy anti-viruses for our laptops and computers immediately after purchasing the device, yet we go…

Cyber Law: The Need for a Dedicated Field of Law

Malaika Naidu WHAT IS CYBER LAW? To be able to answer that question we must first understand the meaning of Law. Simply put, law encompasses the rules of conduct, that have been approved by the government, enforced over a certain territory, and must be obeyed by all persons within that territory. Violation of these rules will lead to…

Cyber Crime Trends in 2019

Malaika Naidu In 2017, 2 billion data records were compromised, followed by more than 4.5 billion records in just the first half of 2018. With every passing year, and at an accelerated pace since 2010, cybercriminals are using more advanced and scalable tools to breach privacy. And they are clearly getting results! In the last…

The 9 sides of cyber security

Endpoint security — Network Security — Application Security — Incident Response — Regulatory Compliance — Data Protection — Training — Testing — Contingency Planning 1. End-point security Endpoint security requires that each computing device on the network comply with certain standards before network access is granted. Endpoints include laptops, desktops computers, smart phones, and other communication devices, tablets, specialized equipment such as bar code readers, point of sale (POS) terminals etc….

22 Essential Skills for a Cyber Crime Investigator

We live in a world where everything seems to be getting hacked — Airplanes, ATM machines, Baby monitors, Biometric devices, Bitcoin wallets, Cars, CCTV cameras, Drones, Gaming consoles, Health trackers, Medical devices, Power plants, Self-aiming rifles, Ships, Smart-watches, Smartphones & more. The increasing global cost of cybercrime ($100 billion+ a year) has led to a massive surge…