Millions Lost, Data Exposed: The Growing Threat on Financial Institutions

Cyberattacks are on the rise in the financial sector, causing significant financial losses and disruption.  According to the IBM Cost of a Data Breach Report 2023, the financial sector rank second, only behind healthcare, in cyber incident damage.  The average cost per attack for financial organizations is a staggering $5.9 million, exceeding the global average of $4.45 million.

 

The Threat of Ransomware

Globally, ransomware is the leading culprit behind financial service disruptions. This malicious software encrypts data, essentially holding it hostage until a ransom is paid to regain access.

 

Types of malwares in successful attacks on financial institutions (Q1–Q3 2023)

Source: Positive Technologies

 

On May 2023, a high-profile attack involved LockBit, a ransomware group, targeted BSI, a major Indonesian bank. The attack disrupted BSI’s branches operations and ATMs, with attackers demanding $20 million ransom. When the bank refused, they leaked a massive 1.5 TB of confidential data online.

CNA Financial Corp., a leading U.S. insurance company, paid a $40 million ransom in March 2021 to regain control of its network after a ransomware attack that encrypted its systems and compromised its data.

 

Key figures about ransomware in Financial Institutions

Source: Sophos

 

Beyond the Financial Toll: Disruption to Business Operations & Reputational Damages

The damage caused by cyberattacks goes far beyond immediate financial losses. Disruptions to services, delayed transactions, and locked-down operations can cripple a financial institution. The more critical the system attacked, the greater the operational cost.

But the impact goes deeper. Breaches cast doubt on the organization’s ability to safeguard sensitive information, potentially leading to customer churn. Negative media coverage further amplifies the damage, jeopardizing stakeholder confidence and market sentiment.

The value of customer trust is immeasurable. A tarnished reputation can have a long-term impact on brand value, market share, and even stock prices for publicly traded companies.

 

Building Cyber Resilience

Building cyber resilience is crucial for financial institutions to mitigate these risks. RayzSecurity, Rayzone Group’s cybersecurity division, offers a unique comprehensive Red Team exercise that simulates real-world attacks, assessing the digital security posture and mitigate vulnerabilities.

This exercise provides valuable insights and actionable recommendations for immediate remediation and long-term prevention. We are committed to helping organizations implement best practices and build a robust security posture to safeguard their institution, data, and customers.

 

Contact us today at info@rayzoneg.com and learn more about our Red Team exercise and how it can safeguard your financial institution.

A New Era in Border Control: AI-Driven Intelligence Solution for Smarter, Safer Borders

In a world increasingly interconnected, where more people are traveling to diverse destinations for various reasons, safeguarding borders has become progressively challenging for countries. Emerging threats and challenges pose difficulties for effective border control. Some of the primary challenges include:

  • Smuggling and Trafficking – Border areas serve as hotspots for illegal activities such as drug smuggling, human trafficking, and the trafficking of contraband goods. Criminal organizations exploit porous borders to facilitate their operations and transport everything from drugs, weapons and explosives to everyday consumer goods across borders illegally.
  • Terrorism – Preventing the entry of terrorists and extremists at border points remains crucial for national security, especially in the aftermath of game-changing events like the 9/11 terror attacks.
  • Illegal Immigration – People often attempt to cross borders without proper authorization, seeking economic opportunities, refuge, or simply a better life.
  • Public Health Emergencies – The outbreak of global pandemics, exemplified by events like COVID-19, underscores the importance of border control measures in addressing public health emergencies. Nations must establish protocols for monitoring and managing the movement of people during health crises to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.

 

Introducing BORDERINT: Revolutionizing Border Security with AI-Driven Intelligence

Effectively addressing these challenges requires a shift in paradigm – a transition into a new era defined by AI-driven intelligence, marked by the integration of advanced technologies and data-driven strategies. Our Intelligent Border Control Solution rises to the challenge, offers a new approach that utilizes artificial intelligence (AI), biometrics, data analytics, and other cutting-edge tools to fortify border security and streamline immigration processes efficiently.

Our AI-powered solution goes beyond traditional methods, proactively assessing passenger risk levels before they reach the border, identifying potential threats, and ensuring a safer and more secure environment for all. We provide a comprehensive understanding of every traveler’s identity, both digital and physical, throughout the entire security process.

Data collection occurs across 3 crucial phases of a traveler’s journey: Pre-departure, exit/entry process and arrival at the destination. The Information is then channeled into a robust big-data intelligence and investigation system capable of connecting the dots for automated advanced insights and predictive analysis. The culmination of these events determines the information in a passenger’s Digital ID, ultimately producing an assessment of risk for the passenger.

Passenger’s Journey

The Passenger’s Journey

 

By leveraging the power of AI and advanced technologies, Ground Controls revolutionizes border control, ensuring a safer and more secure environment for all.

 

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Ransomware and Resilience: Protecting Critical Infrastructures in the Digital Age

In today’s interconnected world, one of the areas that are particularly vulnerable to cyberattacks is critical infrastructure.

Critical infrastructure refers to the systems and assets that are essential to the functioning of a society and its economy, such as energy, transportation, healthcare, water supply, financial institutions and more. As technology advances, so do the vulnerabilities and threats that can jeopardize these essential systems. According to a recent study, in 2022, there was a 140% surge in high-impact attacks on critical infrastructure.

Let’s explore some of the more notable cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure in the recent years:

Colonial Oil, the largest pipeline in the US, was hit with a massive, targeted ransomware attackOn May 2021, Colonial Oil, the largest pipeline in the US, was hit with a massive, targeted ransomware attack.

The pipeline, which supplied over 45% of the East Coast’s gas, diesel, and jet fuel, was forced to shut down its operations entirely, causing fuel shortages across the eastern seaboard and states of emergency to be declared in four states. It took the pipeline 11 days to partially recover after the company ended up paying $5 million dollars in ransom.

 

Cyber Attack on Israeli Water SupplyIn April 2021, Israel suffered a cyberattack on their water facilities designed to spike chlorine and other chemicals to harmful levels into public water.

Had the attack been successful, civilians would further overload hospitals, farmers would destroy their crops, and further implications would ravage the country during the peak of Covid-19 pandemic.

 

cyberattack at the Oldsmar water treatment facility in FloridaEarlier In 2021, the United States experienced a similar cyberattack at the Oldsmar water treatment facility in Florida.

Unlike the attack on in Israel, this attack was successful. The unknown hacker managed to raise the lye content in the water supply from 100 parts per million (ppm) to 11,100 ppm! Thankfully, before any damage was done, an engineer noticed this substantial increase and decreased the lye count back to its normal level.

 

One of the most potentially dangerous cyberattacks on industrial infrastructure - the Triton Malware AttackOne of the most potentially dangerous cyberattacks on industrial infrastructure – the Triton Malware Attack.

The Triton Malware Attack nearly caused a massive explosion. It was discovered in a Saudi petrochemical plant and allowed hackers to take over the plant’s safety systems. According to an FBI warning, the Triton malware remains a threat to the global energy sector even today, 5 years after the incident.

 

KillNet Cyber Attack on hospitalsKillNet, a pro-Russian group, has led several sustained DDoS attacks at Ukrainian allies since the start of the conflict.

More recently, they hit numerous European hospitals, including the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands with massive DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks, crashing their websites. They have also taken down Lithuania’s power grid, and struck over a dozen US airports, canceling flights and disrupting operators.

 

Protecting Critical Infrastructures from Cyber Threats

Given the high stakes, safeguarding critical infrastructures from cyber threats is a top priority! It is not an option but a necessity to ensure public safety, economic stability, and national security. The proactive adoption of robust cybersecurity measures, combined with collaboration and continuous alerts, is essential against the ever-evolving landscape of cyber threats.

Critifence provides unique cyber security solutions designed for critical infrastructure, SCADA and Industrial Control Systems which allow to passively monitor and control OT networks.

The SCADADome XDR Platform (SXP) is a new generation of cyber security technology that provides a multilayered defense ability designed to correlate between operation and security teams of the OT and IT networks, using different techniques such as machine-process learning, anomaly detection and hybrid data sources.

Critifence SCADADome XDR Platform (SXP)

 

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