The Best Cyber Security Practices for 2020

Did you know that there are an estimated 200 billion connected devices in the world? As the number of devices continues to increase, so do the security risks associated with these devices.     According to Latest Hacking News, there are four simple ways you can help protect your business from a cyber attack. Because after all, a cyber attack can happen to any company.    First, it’s important to update your phone. Some people may not update their phone in fear that they won’t like the update, and others may ignore the update request altogether. However, phone updates often address security vulnerabilities and limit bugs.   Second, only use a…

Seven Steps To Prevent Ransomware Attacks

In the first three quarters of 2019, 7.2 billion malware attacks were recorded, including 151.9 million ransomware attacks. Ransomware is a type of malware that denies access to files, company devices and network systems until a monetary demand is paid in bitcoin. The number of attacks surprisingly decreased by 5 percent from last 2018, but they are still a harmful threat to a company.  According to an article by StateScoop, there are seven ways your company can prevent and limit the impact of ransomware attacks. Practice Thoughtful Backups  Backing up data is one of the single most effective ways of recovering from a ransomware attack, but it’s important to make…

How Artificial Intelligence Will Influence Cybersecurity In 2020

Did you know that an estimated 230,000 malware codes are created by hackers every day? Cybersecurity is a critical issue involving personal, public and business data. As we start the new year, how will companies combat this global problem?  According to the Wall Street Journal, the answer might be artificial intelligence or AI. In the year ahead, companies that use AI to prevent phishing, malware and breaches will have more success protecting their data from cybersecurity attacks than those that do not. AI is extremely important as machine learning-based AI capabilities become incorporated into everyday life. Machine learning is a part of artificial intelligence which has proven to be extremely…

The Importance Of Password Security In 2020

Did you know that passwords are the biggest target for cyber attacks? Risky behaviors such as the use of automatic saving functions in browsers or saving passwords in plain text format in desktop files will endanger even the most secure password. Regular password checks improve security in an organization by ensuring the complexity and strength of all access keys and prompting users to change their passwords if they are too weak. But how do you keep track of all these ever-changing passwords?  Unlike many services that you trust with your password, you can at least assume that a password manager is doing everything to protect you, including adhering to best…

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…