Tag: Accenture

Accenture: Iran a Growing Cybersecurity Threat

Accenture: Iran a Growing Cybersecurity Threat

Accenture revealed in its Cyber Threatscape Report 2018 that Iran has become an emerging player in the cyberattack space, using mobile malware as its “weapon of choice”. Accenture says that while Iranian threat actors prefer to target unofficial app stores that do not employ verification processes, some do still try to get into Google Play to implant malicious code into legitimate apps. The consulting firm also warned against an Iranian group called Pipefish that is now able to use a cache of exploits to execute commands remotely on their victim’s systems. Pipefish is said to be active across the Middle […]

White House to Discuss AI with Tech Companies

White House to Discuss AI with Tech Companies

The White House is set to meet with major US tech companies such as Facebook and Google, along with senior government officials to discuss the future of artificial intelligence in the country. Companies from various industries including Intel, Ford, Boeing, Mastercard, Microsoft, Accenture, IBM, and General Electric are expected to participate in the day-long event. A White House spokesperson said that AI is quickly transforming every segment of industry in the US. Meanwhile, Information Technology Industry Council chief Dean Garfield assured that the tech sector is committed to ensuring that the transformative technology will benefit all Americans.   Source: Reuters

Mobile Apps a Culprit for Financial Website Glitches

Mobile Apps a Culprit for Financial Website Glitches

During the turbulent period which rocked global stock markets last week, technology analysts reported that smartphone apps were one of reasons behind glitches on financial websites. Kendra Thompson, an Accenture managing director, said that most financial systems were not built to handle requests from the rapidly increasing number of financial apps on mobile devices which users often use to check balances or watch market indexes. The problem is further compounded when users repeatedly refresh the website in instances of access issues. Chief strategist for financial services at Akamai Technologies Inc. even called the adoption of mobile finance apps as the […]

Accenture Leaves Private Data Completely Exposed on S3 Servers

Accenture Leaves Private Data Completely Exposed on S3 Servers

Tech giant Accenture recently confirmed that they inadvertently left four of their cloud servers unsecured, exposing a massive trove of highly sensitive data that included passwords and decryption keys. Chris Vickery of cybersecurity UpGuard discovered the lapse around mid-September, which he relayed to the company privately. Vickery revealed that the servers had data so sensitive that were considered as the ‘keys to the kingdom’, and could have caused massive damage to the company and its customers had it gotten into the wrong hands. Security expert Kenneth White confirmed that it could have been ‘as bad as it gets’, had attackers […]

Businesses Are Losing $11.7M a Year on Cyber Crime According to Report

Businesses Are Losing $11.7M a Year on Cyber Crime According to Report

A recent study showed that over the last 5 years, cybercrime has increased 62% and organizations are losing around $11.7 million in a year A press release from Accenture and Ponemon Institute announced a study they have conducted called “The Cost of Cyber Crime Study”. The research was based on survey results of around 2,182 IT and security professionals in 254 international organizations. Among all the attacks, malware infections are the most expensive, costing each victim an average of $2.4 million.  43% of the survey takers revealed that the biggest damage comes from loss of information. The report revealed that […]