Many IT departments have weak patching processes - especially on the
client-side. And it's no wonder - patching is tough. Across all industries
and platforms, the Window of Exploit (WOE) - that is, the time lag between
announced discovery and the availability of a patch - for web-based
vulnerabilities is a whopping 233 days, according to WhiteHat Security. This
leaves your organization exposed for an unacceptably long period of time.
It may not be glamorous, but a meticulous patching program is necessary to
prevent server and client-side exploits. HP's DVLabs and other research based
on Open Source Vulnerability Database (OSDV) data found that several of
today's successful "Top Ten" vulnerabilities were discovered (and patches
were released for them) in the mid-2000s. Yet they continue to be exploited
by attackers. Can you say with certainty that none of those vulner... (more)
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
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 ... (more)
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)
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)
The cloud computing revolution is well underway and there are lots of
benefits to be realized. According to Awesome Cloud research the industry
will be worth more than $150 billion this year, compared to $46 billion just
six years ago. Mirroring the general trend for SaaS solutions, cloud-based IT
security systems can be an ideal fit for smaller businesses, freeing them
from internal IT overhead, cutting complexity, and providing scalability.
Here are five reasons that switching to a cloud-based endpoint security
system makes sense for your business:
1. Best practices are built-i... (more)