Five Top Cybersecurity Trends To Watch In 2020

In the first half of 2019, more than 4.1 billion data records were exposed to known data breaches. With hacking attacks happening every 39 seconds, your company must have security measures in place going into the new year. According to an Entrepreneur article, here are the top five security trends to look out for in 2020:    Cloud-Based Security Expansion Cloud computing has become essential in the last two decades. The cloud stores sensitive data as it provides advantages like economies of scale, reduced costs, improved protection performance, greater threat intelligence and quicker compliance with government and industry standards.   Data Encryption Advancements Advancements in data encryption are necessary as…

Cybercriminals Use Holidays to Exploit Online Shoppers’ Vulnerabilities

Last year, in the United States alone, more than 1.244 million data breaches occurred and more than 446.5 million records were disclosed. Consumers would be right to be worried. For those of us who manage security operations, this season of increased risk requires increased attention. The proliferation of networked devices has led to more security holes, making our work much more difficult. Cybercriminals are developing more malicious apps or intensifying phishing campaigns across mobile and social networking platforms. These platforms are offering a growing number of online shopping services, and IBM expects a significant increase in cybercrime, mainly related to computer fraud and identity theft.  Researchers at Tenable, a Columbia,…

10 Steps Your Company Can Take To Avoid Holiday Scams

  We are currently in the biggest shopping period of the year. Consumers spent $4 billion during the 2018 Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend – and that’s only including transactions completed on mobile devices. This year’s holiday shopping is expected to exceed that number. But while online shopping does mean you can avoid the lines at your local mall, it does come with high risks.    According to a Marketing Land article, 75 percent of Americans will complete half of their seasonal shopping online. But all that online shopping can also leave your software and data exposed to cybercriminals Here are ten ways you can protect yourself from scams…

Tips to Help Prevent Hackers from Holiday E-Skimming

  Online and in-store retailers are already making the holiday season bright but at what cost? E-skimming, a process where hackers insert malicious code onto a website in order to collect financial card details or personal information, is a major threat this time of time. According to an NBC article, last year, 41.4 million Americans shopped online between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday, all of whom are potential hacking targets for cybercriminals.    Many hacking attempts start with phishing or third-party vendors. These might be in the form of an email that tricks an employee into logging into their company’s website. Using this information, hackers are able to place malicious codes…

Seven Ways AI Can Lower Mobile Fraud Within Your Company This Holiday Season

Mobile app hacking is one of the fastest-growing targets  for cybercriminals, and the number of phones or tablets will be over 13 billion by the end of the year, according to The Radicati Group. With the online market expected to hit a record of $143.7 billion this season, AI and machine learning will be essential to reducing mobile fraud, according to Forbes.   Here are the top seven ways AI and machine learning can help protect your business in this new cybersecurity epidemic:        Accurately Predicting Fraudulent Transactions   False positives can be very frustrating to customers. AI can help more accurately identify fraudulent transactions and save a customer from…

Five Cloud Security Techniques You Need to Know

  Cloud computing has changed the way businesses operate. According to a CSO article, by 2023, spending on public cloud services will more than double – growing from $229 billion to an estimated $500 billion. Migrating to the cloud can save you money and time, but how secure is your data, really?   Here are the top five security practices your company can take to help protect your cloud data from cybercriminals:   The Shared Responsibility Model In this model, both the service provider and the customer take responsibility for making sure data, application, content and elements such as users’ access and identity are secure.   Regulation Compliance Through integrating…

Four Changes in Cybersecurity Coming in 2020

  With only ten weeks left in 2019, cybersecurity teams are looking ahead to changes in the upcoming year.    Companies can no longer be protected by data breaches or cybersecurity hacks with disconnected tools, a manual process or limited team members. Businesses need to shift the way they treat these threats by approaching it in a smarter and safer way. New automation technology will be able to complete most of the day-to-day tasks, leaving your staff to focus on more high- priority events.    According to a CSO article, your company will rely on the following four tactics when it comes to updating your cybersecurity technology infrastructure in 2020: …

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…