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 sufficient defenses.
Although testing and creating protection for high-value and mission-critical
applications is better than not doing anything at all, leaving low-priority
applications unprotected is still a major risk. If hackers can exploit just
one application, that means they can then ... (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 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)
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)