The Internet Security Threat Report provides an overview and analysis of the year’s global internet threat activity. The report is based on data from the Symantec™ Global Intelligence Network, which Symantec’s analysts use to identify, analyze, and provide commentary on emerging trends in the dynamic threat landscape.
Computer viruses are yesterday’s news; automated attacks that morph rapidly, concealing themselves through encryption and deceptive packaging, are the new hotness. This paper describes how to start with improved malware reporting and gateway monitoring and how to combine this output with security intelligence from both internal and external resources.
The monthly intelligence report, provides the latest analysis of cyber security threats, trends, and insights from the Symantec intelligence team concerning malware, spam, and other potentially harmful business risks.
The workplace trend of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is nothing new. What remains unclear, however, is the burden of ownership, cost and security. When employees bring their own cell phones, laptops or tablets to work, there’s a fair chance they’ve personally purchased those devices—data plans and all. In fact, some employers today require a BYOD policy, with no intention of paying for any of it. As one CIO bluntly put it, “Well, we don’t buy their pants either, but they’re required for the office.”
Ransomware attacks cause downtime, data loss, possible intellectual property theft, and in certain industries a ransomware attack is considered a data breach. Multiple ransomware strains are now attacking your end-users. Since September 2013, CryptoLocker has become vicious, and the first strain of second-gen ransomware CryptoWall V2.0 has reared its ugly head. But how did it get this far?
Tampa Bay, FL (October 15, 2014) KnowBe4 issued an alert to IT Managers that a new version of the world’s most widespread ransomware CryptoWall has migrated to the TOR network. It has been upgraded to version 2.0, and continues to encrypt files so that a ransom can be extracted if there are no backups or if the backup process fails, often a common occurrence.
by Rob Vandenberg, Lingotekf your smartphone can’t read your mind yet, it will soon. Innovators and early adopters are sprinting towards the dream of a connected world, connecting everything from cars to toasters. Their exuberance is contagious. Read More >>>
by Lisa Grady, Radiant LogicWhen customers, employees, or partners log in—from any device—they expect a seamless experience and secure access to your resources. Organizations are trying to meet a number of benchmarks, not just in terms of security but also productivity and simplicity for your users. Read More >>>
Recent months have seen a run of high-profile security breaches: social media sites losing phone numbers, retail stores skimming credit cards, healthcare organizations leaking patient records, and even celebrity voicemails and photo streams being hacked.
by Ken Berryman, BMC Software, Inc.The Federal Reserve estimates that in 2012 one in six checks were deposited as a digital image rather than in physical form. For consumers, almost 50 percent of these image-based deposits were through mobile devices. Read More >>>
by Bill Ho, BiscomData center annual budgets today are often devoted to securing an organization’s IT networks. One of the most important security considerations IT personnel face is the need to protect sensitive information, such as data exchanged within the healthcare, financial, and legal sectors. Read More >>>
Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 was, once again, positioned as a Leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant and rated highest in the ability to execute. Read the report to learn about the Endpoint Protection landscape, growth drivers and challenges, and where vendors are positioned.
In this sophisticated threat environment, traditional security tactics are failing. Symantec encourages organizations to revisit their security posture to build a more cyber resilient enterprise. Resilience is not defined by a series of checklists, but through evaluations based on the current threat environment and the acceptable risk level for the organization. This whitepaper presents best practice-based approaches recommended for minimizing cyber risk. These are arranged across five pillars and provide specific actions for each pillar to be performed by identifiable IT jobs.
This August intelligence report from Symantec provides the latest analysis of cyber security threats, trends, and insights from the Symantec intelligence team concerning malware, spam, and other potentially harmful business risks.
In the U.S., encryption was first used by the federal government to secure the data of U.S. agencies and companies from foreign spies. As the Internet connected and therefore endangered many corporations’ and consumers’ computers, encryption really took off and now enjoys widespread use. In an ironic twist, one of the main driver’s of encryption’s recent uptick in interest and use is worry over government surveillance.
IT is evolving at an accelerated pace today, thanks in large part to virtualization, cloud computing and big data. While these trends can lower costs and increase efficiency, they are too often delivered via point products that offer only marginal improvements to the traditional approach.
by Ken Donoghue, Peak 10We often hear the three concepts expressed in the title above used interchangeably. For example, it’s not uncommon for someone to say, “I have a disaster recovery (DR) plan. We back up our files once a day.” Or, “We replicate our data to tape and store it offsite.” Read More >>>
Tampa Bay, FL. A growing number of high profile breaches may be causing breach fatigue, according to Security company KnowBe4. A study conducted by the Ponemon Institute and reported last week by USA Today, noted a staggering 43% of companies have experienced a data breach in the past year, up by 10% over the year prior.
Over the last year, data breaches in businesses have been big news: Target, Home Depot, eBay, LinkedIn. What most don’t know is that the Target breach actually occurred when an employee of a small HVAC company opened a malware-laced email, allowing the HVAC company’s system to be hacked. It just so happened that this particular company was contracted with one of the Target stores and had remote access for maintenance purposes.
The recent string of media reports about phishing or email password hacking security breeches,like the iCloud celebrity nude picture leak, have caused a media frenzy. This particular case received worldwide attention because the leak involved celebrities. However the reality is that email hacking happens all the time in personal and professional email accounts.
The 7 Must Do Defensive Measures to protect your personal data.
While many approaches are being used to control the impact of the mobile age on IT, VMI technology shows your organization can both embrace and thrive in this new world.
Is there any reason to think that widespread media coverage of large-scale electronic spying by the National Security Agency (NSA), exposed by former government contractor Edward Snowden, has spooked the public?
by Bill Manning, APC by Schneider ElectricAs the amount of business critical data grows, the importance of data availability surges – businesses simply cannot afford to lose precious data due to instances of downtime. Read More >>>
The shift to the cloud has been tectonic; however, the IT infrastructures of the last 20 years have not kept pace to adequately protect enterprise networks, data and transactions. Applications are moving to the cloud, so must the corporate security gateway. Enterprises need a cloud application security gateway.
It’s always been important to have a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) plan in place to make sure your company can continue operating in the event of a hurricane, flood, earthquake, fire or – most commonly – human error. But with data and computing power becoming an increasingly essential part of modern companies’ value propositions and product portfolios, it’s arguably more important today than ever before.
with Joe Kinsella, CloudHealthSeveral years ago, I joined a company in the middle of a frantic architectural transition that prioritized speed over cost. During my first few months, I watched our Amazon Web Services bill creep from $100K per month to over $350K. Read More >>>
The poll found that two-thirds of adult Americans who said they are at least somewhat familiar with the NSA revelations believe such companies have violated the trust of users “by working with the government to secretly monitor communications of private citizens.”
with Mike Decker, Annese & Associates, Inc.With more than 25 years of IT experience, perhaps I can shed some light on strategies for IT outsourcing, but first let me frame my point of view. With a BS in Telecommunications, I started my career inside a NOC located in the basement of a major bank in Buffalo, NY. Read More >>>
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