5 Years Journalism Course and PG in Cyber Security will be soon in Delhi University

Journalism and a one-year postgraduate diploma course in Cyber security set to establish in Delhi University. Delhi University’s Standing Committee on Admission Friday gave permission to establish the School of Journalism and Cyber security. It will come into effect from the current academic year, if it got approved by Academic and Executive Councils (AC & EC).

School of Transnational Affairs, a virtual portal where academicians of different fields across the globe can interact with each other has got approval from the committee.

Nachiketa Singh, a member of the panel, said, “The University is going to start a five-year integrated course in journalism, which will be known as the Delhi School of Journalism… If students quit at the end of three years, they will get a graduate degree, and if they complete five years, they’ll get a postgraduate degree”.

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 He also added, ““The School will have a different building, and faculty will be appointed. It will probably be based in North Campus. But for this year, it will run from a temporary location. DU is ready with funds for the same”.

On the cyber security course, Singh said, “This will be collectively offered by the Department of Operational Research, Department of Computer Science, Department of Commerce and maybe some others. That will be clearer in the AC meeting.” Singh added that the AC and EC meetings are likely to be held at the end of June. If the decisions are approved, they can be put into effect this year.

Google Pushes HTTPS-based Web Security Measures

A HTTPS-based website is a safer way to protect users from possible security attacks, the security director at Google has said, emphasizing that major South Korean search engines do not support this system.

“Top websites in (South) Korea that don’t support HTTPS are Naver and Daum. It’s not just a problem for (South) Korea but a challenge for the world and the developers,” said Parisa Tabriz.Tabriz heads the team who protects Google Chrome and its billions of users from criminal hackers reported.

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Google began adding security warnings for websites that do not use strong encryption beginning in 2017, putting a clear “Not secure” warning next to online websites that use unencrypted HTTP connections rather than encrypted HTTPS connections.

Tabriz said HTTP websites, which account for nearly half of the world’s websites, are vulnerable to attacks that Google calls in security terms, “man in the middle.” “Encryption will give the security we need. HTTPS does not solve all security problems, but it provides a foundation for this,” she said.

As to some complaints that Google’s HTTPS policy may be expensive and time-consuming, the security expert said switching to HTTPS is not easy but necessary. “It is just a misconception that there is cost. It was true 10 years ago, but cost is no longer true for today,” the Iranian-American hacker who protects Google said.

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“Without the HTTPS, there is no privacy. We also published a transparency report,” she said, adding that HTTPS websites have steadily increased during the past one year with Google’s effort.

As for general security, she advised Internet uses not to reuse or use the same password for different websites since hackers know this, and they will attack the weakest website to obtain personal data. “Don’t login on shared computers and verify your account security setting,” she added.


Microsoft seeks Digital Geneva Convention on Cyber-crimes

A week before Microsoft’s Future Decoded event in Mumbai that will highlight how digital technology is empowering people, a top company executive has called for “Digital Geneva Convention” to protect innocent civilians from cyber crimes.

While addressing a RSA cyber security conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith called on the world’s governments to host a “Digital Geneva Convention”.

“Needed: a Digital Geneva Convention to protect civilians on the internet, as the 1949 Geneva Conv. protects civilians in times of war. #RSAC,” Smith tweeted ahead of the conference.

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In another tweet he said that “Tech’s cyber-security promise must be clear. We will assist and protect customers everywhere. We will not help attack customers anywhere. #RSAC”

The original Geneva Convention is primarily a set of global agreements, signed in 1949 and negotiated in the aftermath of the Second World War (1939-45), to protect civilians, prisoners and others during war.

In simpler words, Microsoft wants the world to agree on stop hacking innocent civilian targets who cannot hack back.

“Just as the Fourth Geneva Convention has long protected civilians in times of war, we now need a Digital Geneva Convention that will commit governments to protecting civilians from nation-state attacks in times of peace,” Smith wrote in a blog post.

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He said that Microsoft, like companies across the tech sector, was aggressively taking new steps to better protect and defend customers, including from nation-state attacks.

This includes new security features at every level of the technology stack, reflecting the $1 billion that we’re spending annually in the security field, Smith wrote.


Beware of Fake apps this Valentine’s Day

Nearly 59 per cent of people who used online dating services or apps on their mobile devices reported experiencing a security problem, a survey by global leader in cyber security Norton by Symantec has revealed.

Every February, users both single and couples tend to increase their downloads of Valentine’s Day-centric apps romance-themed content, horoscope compatibility tests, greetings and games, among others.

According to the recently released Norton Mobile Survey, dating-based social networking is rapidly becoming the norm in India with about 38 per cent of consumers admitting to having used online dating apps at some point in their lives.

However, these romance-related apps are four to five times more likely to be uninstalled within a month. This offers opportunity to cyber criminals looking to leverage user-interest towards the related offerings.

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While 64 percent women reported experiencing security-related problems, 54 per cent men faced security issues, the survey said.

One should not visit links sent by people that are out of contact for a long time, as scammers can pose as a known member to get people to click on links that usually lead to porn or webcam sites, said the cyber security firm while providing various tips to spot online dating scams.

They may also lead to malicious sites that download malware onto your computer. Scammers can also create fake profiles that are run by programmes called bots, clicking on which may lead to either porn or malware that may take credit card information.

Further, one should create a username and password that has not been used on any other accounts, as the username can be searched and anything tied to that username can be used to locate people on other social or online platforms, the firm said.

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Before choosing an online dating site or app, proper research should be done and only reputable and well-known service or paid service should be used.

One should also check the site’s privacy policy as well as verify how information regarding your account is handled, as some dating sites make profiles public by default, which means that they can be indexed by search engines.


Cyber Threats in the Middle East countries are growing rapidly in 2016

Middle East countries stand in the first position on the DDoS cyber attacks. According to a survey report published by a US-based software company hints about the highest threats faced the Middle East countries. Saudi Arabia, Iraq, and Kuwait stand in top three positions accordingly.

Latest Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report has revealed that the highest affected country due to DDoS or Distributed Denial of Service is Saudi Arabia. The entire Middle East countries are suffering a loss of over 10 Gbps.

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Almost now-a-days all the companies rely on the internet. And this made the job of the cyber criminals easier. If such a situation is continuous, definitely the countries would be facing unfortunate situations ahead.

Almost a 7% which in monetary terms equals between USD 500 per minute and USD 10,000 per minute which also constitutes 2/3 of the respondent’s time is a loss.

Distributed Denial of Service or DDoS has also targeted the United Kingdom on a massive scale along with the Middle East countries.

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Cyber Crime is day by day increasing in one, or the other formats and the methods to tackle them are being been still at not the expected pace. Cyber security has to be given the most and high preference to combat.

The countries which are already suffering from the financial crisis and other safety reasons have not to tackle the cyber security too. The easiest and fastest way to attack is the cyber way. Hence the cyber criminals are always watchful elements at all levels.

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