Security By Design Shouldn’t be Like Groundhog’s Day

With the increasing exploits and attacks of the past year it’s shown us that security needs to be treated as commodity in an organization. Just as there’s coffee in the break room there should be security in your processes. The culture of security needs to be built into the design process itself and today it’s just as important as both marketing and sales. We’ve seen major breaches occur this year which have destroyed organizations reputations, revenue streams and careers.

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Cybersecurity Trends That Shook 2017

Every week it seems like we’re hearing more and more companies are getting hacked. It was a major event in the 2016 US election, and likely will continue to have an influence in the political sphere. Entertainment companies, especially, seem to be the target of hackers who then hold unreleased content for ransom. Cybersecurity services and technology are expanding at blazing speeds, and it’s important for you to keep up with them. Here are a few cybersecurity trends that companies and organizations have had to monitor in 2017.

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5 Areas to Consider to Keep You Safe Online

It doesn’t matter if you are a CEO, accountant, or dog trainer – everyone needs to be secure online. October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) and one of the main goals of the event is for us “security experts” to think of new ways we can educate our family, friends, and peers to be secure online. Even with all the technology available to businesses now, we still find the human element of security to be the weakest link.

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Equifax Breach: What Aspects Need To Be Consider?

When the news that Equifax had a data breach was first to come out, people initially thought that “This is very bad.” In the days since then, the news has not gotten much enhanced. The implications are fundamentally permanent. Since the breach affected 143 million Americans and thousands of Canadians more than half of all the adults who live in the respective countries. But what we need to assume that our most private data is no longer secure.

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Take a Dynamic Approach to SDN Security

Virtualized networks and SDN (software-defined network) architectures are “the next big thing,” offering businesses new opportunities to grow and change. They bring together far-flung facilities in a single, secure network and let people from all locations communicate as if they were in the same building. SDNs also create big challenges to IT and cybersecurity teams. Instead of securing one physical data center, they must now secure an increasingly large, complex and distributed network in a virtual environment.

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The Evolution of Ransomware Distribution

The ransomware industry is exploding, an unearthed pot of gold for cyber attackers. Often, if not everyday one can find a story or an article related to a new occurring ransomware attack. For cybercriminals, ransomware is a lucrative prospect, easily accessible and with a relatively low risk. By the same token, it is a hellish nightmare for CEOs; offline networks, lost productivity and other bureaucratic issues. 

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2 Ways to Speed Recovery from Cloud Data Loss

Despite organizations’ readiness to embrace cloud and awareness of the risks, too many are too slow to recover from data loss. For example, research from Everbridge finds that organizations take an average of 27 minutes to rally the right team of experts once they declare an incident, and those minutes add up quickly in direct costs to the business. With unplanned IT downtime costing $8,662 per minute on average, companies today are spending an average of $233,874 just to get the right team in place and begin recovery efforts.

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3 Mistakes Never To Make When Evaluating Cybersecurity

Over the past decade, the cybersecurity market has exploded, and growth remains brisk. Cybersecurity Ventures expects that the cybersecurity spending globally will reach $1 trillion by 2021, up from an estimated $120 billion this year.

Despite this increased spending on security products and services, when it comes to protecting their digital infrastructure, organizations are struggling to stay ahead of the bad guys. One reason is a lack of due diligence when evaluating new vendors and their offerings.

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Risk-Based Cybersecurity In Finance: Step By Step Guide

A recent letter drafted by the Financial Services Roundtable (FSR) and sent to financial services companies promotes a risk-based cybersecurity approach. Noting the diversity of institutions, the FSR proposes moving away from imposing rigid requirements on all firms; and instead, holding individual firms accountable for customizing cybersecurity programs that align with their risk profile.

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Garbage Hardware

We have a term in our household that when any item with the thought to be ‘done with’, and is on its way to the trash is prefixed with term ‘Garbage’. While it’s not the most elegant term, it has stuck with most items. One of the best examples is when Garlic Bread gets a ‘little’ burnt. On its way to the trash, it usually gets intercepted by the men in the house and is lovingly referred to as Garbage Bread.Have an old Server? Is it a Garbage Server? Don’t throw it away just yet.

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Smart Devices have Made Us More Insecure than Ever

2017 was expected to be the year when Internet of Things would be the favorite prey for hackers, only for all the right reasons. The expectation was put forward by researchers and smart home analysts from around the world that by 2020, consumers and businesses would integrate as many as 50 billion smart home devices in their homes and offices. While smart devices are a great way to automate daily chores, they also make consumers vulnerable to attacks and infiltrations.

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