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Cybercriminals are employing more sophisticated techniques all the time and far too many companies and organizations still don't have the protection they really need to safeguard their systems. The prevalence of targeted attacks and advanced persistent threats (APTs) is disturbing. The risk is that security is breached, typically through manipulation of employees using a technique such as spear phishing, and existing security systems are unable to detect the attack. Data can be harvested for many months, or even years, before the breach is discovered. According to a white paper from the Enterprise Strategy Group, 59% of enterprise security professionals believe their organization has been the target of an APT, and 40% of large organizations have invested in various new security technologies as a direct result of APTs. How Do They Get In? Penetration may be achieved... (more)

Know When to Onboard a Virtual CISO

A virtual Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) can be an invaluable asset to your company. The virtual CISO provides your business with a person who will be in charge of the electronic security aspects of your company. You will have an executive in place that will not only oversee your electronic security, but will also define it. Because the CISO is virtual, which means they work off-site, they cost only a small fraction of what a full-time, on-site person would cost. You get all the benefits of having an executive director of security without having to pay the additional ... (more)

Four Signs Your Mobile App May Be at Risk | @CloudExpo #Cloud

A security profile should be at the top of the developer's list when compiling a mobile app but that's hardly the case. That's a pity, because building a profile is easier to do during the dev phase. Are most mobile apps putting your data at risk? Most likely so. According to the most recent report from Lookout, the number of Android devices affected by malware is more than 6 million. Luckily, there are telltale signs that indicate an insecure mobile app. Becoming the nose on a hound dog will let you sniff for clues of any potential harm of a data breach. Otherwise it will cost ... (more)

BYOD Can Spell Trouble

Whether you choose to embrace it or you try to resist it, the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend is set to grow. The Cisco IBSG Horizons Study found that 78% of white-collar workers in the U.S. use a mobile device for work purposes and 41% of respondents indicated a majority of smartphones connecting to their company network are actually employee-owned. If you don't already have a BYOD policy then you need one right now. The trouble is that employees will connect to your network and use their personal mobile devices for work whether you allow it or not. In the past your company n... (more)

Test All Apps to Keep Hackers from Penetrating Castle Walls

Despite all the news about hackers infiltrating major corporations, most businesses continue to leave themselves woefully unprotected. Some surveys estimate more than 70% of businesses perform vulnerability tests on less than 10% of their cloud, mobile and web applications. A majority also confess they have been hacked at least once in the last two years. While most large businesses have begun application vulnerability testing, there is still a long way to go. After all, you are only as strong as your weakest link; hackers will undoubtedly find and attack any application without... (more)