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 network could afford to be hard on the outside and soft on the
inside, but nowadays you need to be hard on the inside too.
Creating a Solid BYOD Policy
There's no one-size-fits-all solution for a problem like this. In creating a
policy you have to consider what devices you'll need to support, h... (more)
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
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)
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)
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 ba... (more)