Patch Management: The Importance of Keeping Unwanted Visitors Away

  Unpatched software is an easy way for unwanted visitors with bad intentions to breach your data. According to a Computer Business Review article, the uncomfortable truth is that many management teams don’t know that their software is unpatched. As a business leader, you need to avoid any downtime that leaves you out of work. Additionally, IT experts cannot afford to spend valuable time trying to unwind an escalating array of bugs that may have resulted from a patch going awry during non-business hours.    Here is why companies should make patching a top priority for their business.   Hackers are now using automated scanning tools that can identify unpatched…

Seven Lesser Known Security Threats that You Need to Know

  Did you know a USB stick can be a catalyst for a major security threat? And it’s actually very common. We often see major news headlines about massive data breaches, malware hijacks and major cybersecurity threats, but what about the lesser known threats?    According to a Wired article rogue USB sticks, zombie accounts, untrusted browser extensions, bogus online quizzes, leaky photo uploads, smart home snooping and malicious charging cables are the top seven lesser known security threats. These risks can cause even bigger problems for businesses than massive data breaches, malware hijacks and other high-level profile risks.    Here is what you need to look out for when…

Five Main Points You Need to Know About the 2019 Cybersecurity Crisis

  School districts all over the United States faced a major problem during this past summer. It was attack after attack, leaving school systems dataless and preventing students from starting school on time. And schools are still dealing with the effects of this cybersecurity crisis.    According to a Forbes article, cybersecurity was a major problem for school districts this past summer with a record of 160 publicly disclosed security incidents reported. This is 30 percent more than the total number of incidents reported in all of 2018. Ninety-three percent of school systems depend on native client/patch management tools that have a 56 percent failure rate and nine percent of…

9 Security Risk to Keep in Mind During Cloud Migration

Looking to make your workload more accessible? With the hybrid cloud, your private and public data can be stored under one cloud, which allows you to be more efficient. There are risks that come with switching to one cloud instead of two, but these security risks can all be avoided. According to a recent Security Boulevard article, access, compliance and monitoring are the top risks when migrating to the cloud.    With more data breaches and attackers trying to gain access to your information, employees have been hesitant to make the switch to the hybrid cloud even as more businesses are making the change. According to the 2019 Cloud Security…

Data Breaches: Attacks on the Rise Keeping Businesses at Risk

  Does it seem like your business is being attacked from all angles? With the internet being so accessible, your data is too. According to a recent Forbes article, data breaches in the US have risen dramatically in the past few years.    In just a year span, data breaches went from 36.6 million in 2016 to 197.6 million in 2017. That is a 161 million increase in breaches. But that increase does not compare to the recorded number of breaches in 2018. A record high of 446.5 million files were exposed last year.    Breaches are extremely costly to your company.  The average data breach costs a company $3.9…

The New Phishing: Five ways to avoid vishing hacks

  Are you receiving multiple calls from numbers that seem local or familiar — but aren’t? According to a recent Forbes article, cybersecurity scammers and criminals are now taking a different approach to reach your data. Phishing is very last year — now it’s all about vishing. A portmanteau of voice and phishing, vishing uses phone calls through an Internet telephone service (VoIP) to target victims directly rather than using more impersonal technology.    In a vishing scam, attackers will call employees with a ruse or pretext in order to convince the employee into an action such as clicking a file sent in a phishing engagement or providing sensitive information…

Banking & The Cloud — The Evolution of Progress & What’s Driving Change

  As our world grows more and more tech-centric and immediate, people are demanding more apps, access and visibility when it comes to finances as well. Top banks will only be able to make this happen by creating a versatile cloud model. Yet despite more and more businesses moving their systems to the cloud every day, the banking sphere is lagging behind when it comes to making a cloud model a reality. In the next three to five years, this slow transition to the cloud will need to speed up. According to a new report from Accenture, more than two-fifths of bank executives surveyed lacked a strategy for cloud adoption,…

Introducing Cybersecurity Automation

As the business world turns increasingly digital, efficiency and security are top-of-mind. Cybersecurity automation are being adopted at small and large companies, thus allowing cybersecurity teams to focus on more complex activities.  With digital technologies advancing within companies, it’s more important than ever that these businesses are protected. Cyber attacks have increased due to companies striving higher in digital processes. Automating cybersecurity processes helps to cover all gaps while maintaining (and even increasing) the company’s efficiency. Many companies are already using automation products like security automation and orchestration (SOAR) and robotic process automation (RPA), along with custom- developed software and code.  These two automated approaches help collect intelligence by working…

Companies’ Data A Target by Hackers Due to Increase in Internet Connected Cars

  In today’s mobile driven world, many people have personal and work information on their cellular devices. This cyber vulnerability can put companies at risk on a regular basis that leaves them vulnerable to fleet wide hacks. In fact, 3,000 deaths could be resulted in a fleet wide hack at rush hour.   Moreover, an increase in internet connected cars will hit American Roads in 2022. About 50 million internet-connected cars operate on U.S. roadways currently. In 2022, two-thirds of all new cars will include features and systems that connect to the internet, according to a watchdog report. While internet connected cars are good for hands free devices, they’re not…

Seemingly Innocuous Apps May Breach Your Company’s Security

With the rise in popularity of photo and video-sharing apps, data security has been called into question when using them. When these apps are downloaded on your devices (or your company’s devices), the threat of downloading a version with a virus or unknowingly allowing unknown access to your camera roll is feasible.  Take FaceApp — this recently-popular app uses a self-portrait to turn the user either younger or older. While this seems like harmless fun, this shared biometric data (any data that relates to human characteristic metrics, such as photos and fingerprints) may lead to data breaches. According to TechRepublic, FaceApp’s CEO, Yaroslav Goncharov, says that these collected images are…