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Emotet belongs to the category of macro viruses. The malware has been known since 2014 and spreads via attachments in emails. At the beginning of 2021, we reported on our blog about how police authorities had dismantled the infrastructure behind Emotet. At the time, we already pointed out that the threat posed by the Emotet malware had not been banished for good. Now the malware is indeed back, as the latest analyses show.

Online and mobile banking are now widespread. Across the generations, banking transactions are gladly done on the PC or even via the smartphone. Cybercriminals take advantage of this and attack computers and cell phones with online banking Trojans. Experts see an alarming trend of increasing attacks of this kind, in which the hackers work with phishing and even more sophisticated methods. Those affected not infrequently have to bear the damages themselves because the jurisdiction in online banking is complicated.

The daily battle between cyber security and cyber crime is a highly technical and at the same time extremely human contest of strength. With the Emotional Insights approach, social engineering attacks should be better prevented in the future. In this article, you will learn exactly what emotional insights are and how they can minimise the "human security risk" in the context of cyber attacks.

Parcel notifications are a practical thing. Companies like DHL or UPS inform customers by email or text message about shipments that are about to arrive. Consumer trust in these messages is high. Therefore, many consumers open fake messages and fall for this trick of cyber criminals. The damage caused by such a small carelessness is sometimes devastating.

According to a study by Thales, an overwhelming proportion, namely 80%, of German companies do not use basic encryption for sensitive data stored in the cloud. At the same time, cybercriminal activities are increasing significantly, as drastically expressed in the current BSI situation report, among others. The question that arises: Why do so many companies do without cloud security? We set out to find the answers.

With the BSI Situation Report 2021, the Federal Office for Information Security makes it clear that the cyber threat situation remains tense. The situation report, which was presented by Arne Schönbohm, President of the BSI, on 21 October 2021, clearly shows that digitisation in Germany is increasingly at risk due to the growing professionalisation of cyber criminals. You can find out exactly what the current threats to Germany as a business location are in this article.

The defence against cyber attacks is one of the major challenges for companies and IT security. An essential aspect that is neglected in many organisations today is early attack detection. In many situations, too much time passes before IT security detects unauthorised activities of intruders in one's own network. Time that the hackers use to get their extortion Trojans in place and launch a devastating data encryption operation.

The good news is that digitisation has now become widespread in hospitals. It is playing an increasing role in all workflows and processes, for cross-sector communication and also for telemedical applications. The bad news: At the same time, cyberattacks on healthcare facilities are becoming more frequent. IT security in hospitals is therefore playing an increasingly important role. But there is still a lack of targeted and effective implementation.

More than half of the companies surveyed in the Ivanti study suffer from a lack of staff - especially in the area of IT specialists. A representative survey by Bitkom is even more dramatic: here, seven out of ten companies state a shortage of IT specialists. For the available IT experts in the companies, this means: more work with less time. Successfully carried out cyber attacks are thus detected more slowly, insufficiently combated and at the same time phishing attacks occur more frequently. A real vicious circle is brewing on the horizon of digitalisation. What solutions are there?