WatchGuard® Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, today released the findings of its inaugural quarterly Internet Security Report, which explores the latest computer and network security threats affecting small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and distributed enterprises. The report covers the top network and malware trends from Q4 2016, examines the most notable cyber security stories, details new research from the WatchGuard Threat Lab, and provides practical defense tips for security professionals.
All businesses, regardless of size, are susceptible to cyberattack. 2016 catapulted corporate hacking into the spotlight, making all those associated with business, from executive to customer, a potential target. The suggestion that Russia may have influenced the recent American election testifies to the threat of hacking and the current data around cybercrime is truly shocking. The hacking threat is particularly dangerous to small businesses who may not have the resources to protect against an attack.
When the history of internet memes is written, one of the top ten entries will surely be “This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things”. This catchphrase is used in response to a topic thread that has deviated from its original purpose. The popularity of this catchphrase is borne out by how much it has spread into popular culture, particularly in the world of internet-connected devices that started out with the promise of facilitating great productivity gains, but that are now seeing those gains reduced by hackers and cyberthieves who are exploiting the vulnerabilities of those devices.
Businesses that have embraced digital transformation with a clear strategy are outperforming their peers. A Capgemini study found that digitization leaders generate more revenue, are more profitable and enjoy higher market valuation. This transformation requires making rapid changes to the network without taking critical systems offline – no easy task. An organization succeeds at this process when its customers are unaware that the changes are taking place because no services are being disrupted.
It is time for government agencies to take heed of accessibility requirements. The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board (also known as the Access Board) delivered a final rule, effective March 21, concerning the contemporary implementation of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which relates to ensuring the availability of accessible IT in the federal workplace. Because technology is constantly evolving, this “refresh” serves to address technological advancements and keep the Rehabilitation Act current.
Vulnerabilities that allow smart vehicles to be hacked by unauthorized users can lead to a wide range of potentially serious problems and issues. With greater numbers of vehicles that rely on sophisticated digital automation and enhanced connectivity hitting the road each year, drivers would do well to learn more about the potential risks that may increase the likelihood of a data breach as well as the steps and efforts that may allow them to better protect themselves. From minor irritations to potential safety concerns, addressing any underlying vulnerabilities or security concerns is often well worth the time and effort involved.
We’ve been moving more and more towards computerized processes in our daily lives for a long time now, but the full extent of this technology is yet to be fully realized; the potential applications of this technology are both far reaching and complex, offering possibilities that we’ve not yet seen the full reach of. That’s part of the reason why it’s worth offering further attention to these policies, and to try and see where they can take us. The potential they offer can’t be ignored.
Necessity may be the mother of invention, but it’s people that make it happen. For an IT organization to help transform an institution, the individuals in the technology group need to make a concerted effort to look beyond their jobs in order to understand the needs, struggles, and goals of the business. Only by doing so will they be able to create and bring to the table new technology-enabled solutions.
IT and Operations workers are many things, but bored isn’t one of them. According to a survey from IT community site Spiceworks, the average IT pro logs 52 hours per workweek.From scoping projects and managing bids, managing suppliers and coordinating internally, your IT and Operations teams have to deal with a lot of moving parts.
It is vital that every company, regardless of how big or small, takes the appropriate steps to secure their valuable data. From intellectual property to financial information, a cybercriminal has the knowledge and resources to target any vulnerable company at any time. To help you successfully protect your organisation, we are offering a helpful guide to Microsoft Office 365 email encryption.
A common approach to addressing any number of performance issues in IT environments is to throw a bunch of potential solutions at the wall and see what sticks. However, IT environments are becoming increasingly complex and varied, making the dart-on-the-wall strategy even less effective than it already was. As such, here I will cover what IT troubleshooting should look like in the hybrid IT world we now find ourselves in, and will continue to be encompassed by into the future.
This week we saw the announcement of yet another Struts 2 Remote Code Exploit (RCE) vulnerability. What’s notable about this instance is that POC code seems to have been released into the wild either just before, or immediately after the disclosure. As was the case with previous Struts1 vulnerabilities, exploits are being observed at large scale in the wild.
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2016 was a great year for hackers. The Kremlin was accused of hacking the US presidential election and Yahoo was forced to admit it had been the victim of hackers, not once but twice. There was also a huge rise in the use of Ransomware, where hackers extort money from businesses in return for unencrypting their files. At one point, security software provider Malwarebytes declared that 50% of all US businesses had been hit by ransomware.
When your workforce is often on the move, it can be a challenge for them to readily access information safely. Read this case study and find out how IBM makes it easier for teams to work with content, without compromising security.
The rise of mobility cloud services, and service oriented platforms have created immense value for IT end users, but adapting security controls to protect sensitive content in this highly decentralized architecture has proven difficult.
Enterprises have begun to move to the cloud as security concerns are remedied and the value of cloud services are realized by businesses. Traditionally, enterprises have been more heavily scaled on the Microsoft infrastructure than small and midsize businesses (SMB). In the past many SMBs worked primarily with third parties and non-Microsoft technologies. That trend is now changing as larger providers develop offerings catered to SMBs.
Did you know that Safer Internet Day is celebrated during the month of February, to remind us of the importance of data security? It’s a worthy holiday, but I’d like to remind you that securing your infrastructure and data should be a focal point for both you and your IT department not just for one day, but all year. There’s perhaps no better evidence of this fact than taking a look back at some of the most prominent security incidents of 2016, which ended up being a very eventful year in cybersecurity.
It’s unprecedented the way business intelligence (BI) has evolved over the course of several decades. In your parents’ and grandparents’ generation, data was limited to sales numbers and a few other broad metrics. Today, that has all changed due to the breakout of new key performance indicators made possible through advancements in BI.
Following the weak link concept, another essential when starting out is setting unique accounts for each company individual, along with granular access permissions. Unfortunately, although malicious insiders are not the most common form of attack, they are one of the most difficult to detect, with most internal breaches taking months to discover. These attacks are overwhelmingly carried out through employees abusing account privileges that they shouldn’t have had in the first place.
Toxic links can drag a site down in the SERPs and elicit manual penalties. We look at what toxic links are, how to find them, and the steps for safe removal.
Lower cost Internet connections have become more reliable and cost less than dedicated links. Cisco® Intelligent WAN (IWAN) solution gives you a way to take advantage of cheaper bandwidth at branch locations, without compromising application performance, availability, or security.
It’s become news that’s not unexpected any more. We awaken to learn that yet another national retailer has been hacked and once again credit-card information for millions of customers is at risk. Yet, despite all the publicity these security breaches receive and all the warning consumers hear, cyber criminals still achieve success and seem more brazen than ever.
At the end of last year, executives around the globe sat around boardrooms finalizing budgets and prioritizing IT investments. Without a doubt cybersecurity was at the top of every business’ agenda. But, as we move into 2017, the risk is only growing and organizations need to ask themselves: do they really know where the danger lies and furthermore, are they doing the right thing to protect themselves from cyberattacks?
As the cloud becomes a more popular medium for individuals and businesses alike, many people are searching for new ways to break through cloud security and acquire more information. In order to ensure that you and your data are protected, you must understand the security risks and implement methods to protect your data that is stored in the cloud. Since over 70 percent of businesses operate in the cloud, it is more important than ever for those businesses and their customers to take the necessary precautions to protect and backup cloud data.
Most people are using the social media sites and other sites regularly to get updated information. In fact, each of them should require a strong password which is meant for protection purpose. Having a secure and unique password for each online account is critically a necessary one forever. It begins to access your account quickly by entering the secure password in it. This is the positive step for accessing the account by having a password for your account.
As we ring in the new year for 2017, there’s plenty of uncertainty surrounding the security and privacy of our digital world. Much of this uncertainty stems from escalating intensity of cyber attacks against consumers and businesses and the evolution of the “Internet of Things” as a weaponized battlefield. As the year comes to a close and we consider what impacted the security industry in 2016, I’ve put some thought into my own perspectives as to what 2017 might hold, find my predictions for 2017 below.
How can you better understand your actual cybersecurity standings and health? The first step is to better understand the three primary ways that your organization can experience a cybersecurity incident: insider threat, outsider threat and attacks through a supply chain.
With the growth of cyber threats and the daily reports of security breaches, cyber risk has to be high on your list of priorities for your enterprise. According to Lloyds Risk Index 20131 cyber risk is now the third biggest concern of CEOs and their senior executives, following high taxation and loss of customers.
Download this report now to discover the current state of the data security landscape in the Legal sector and learn how organizations can improve their own cybersecurity programs and vendor risk management techniques.