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Companies #sacrifice #security for #mobile #convenience, survey #finds

Ninety-three percent of organizations recognize that mobile devices present a serious and growing security threat, yet many organizations are failing to take even the most basic precautions, according to a recent report by Verizon.

Almost a third of respondents even admitted to having sacrificed mobile security to improve expediency and/or business performance.

“I think they agree it’s a threat, however they’re probably not as comfortable with the precautions they need to be taking,” says Justin Blair, executive director of business wireless services for Basking Ridge, New Jersey-based Verizon. “There’s a level of awareness that needs to be raised about what are the best practices and how to easily implement them.”

Malware, ransomware and device theft or loss emerged as the top threats that companies are concerned about, and are most likely to cause incidents, according to Verizon’s 2018 Mobile Security Index.

Malware is suspicious software that can infect a device, says Gary Davis, whose title at Santa Clara, California-based cybersecurity company McAfee is chief consumer security evangelist. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that takes over a device until a ransom is paid.

McAfee Labs detected more than 16 million mobile malware infestations in the third quarter of 2017 alone, nearly double the number it saw a year earlier.

Many of these threats can be avoided with some simple education and precautions, Davis says.

First, have your employees download a virtual private network (VPN), which establishes an encrypted channel between your device and the internet, he says. Also encourage them to use unique passwords and pins on their device, he says, noting some people disable these functions.

Only one in seven companies surveyed had four basic security practices in place, including changing all default passwords and encrypting data sent over public networks, Blair says.

Only 49 percent of firms have a policy regarding the use of public Wi-Fi, and only 47 percent encrypt the transmission of sensitive data across open, public networks, according to the Verizon report.

Beyond transmitting data across secure networks, another best practice is to update your apps and encourage employees to do the same, says Adam Schwam, president of Farmingdale-based Sandwire Corp., an information technology firm.

“You’re supposed to update them regularly because there could be security holes in them,” he says.

Still, with so many companies allowing or requiring employees to use their own devices, it gets harder to control what employees do with their phones, he says.

It may pay to issue company-owned mobile devices because they give you greater control from an application standpoint, Schwam says.

“If companies do provide a phone, they have the ability to control everything,” he says.

William Collins, president of NST Inc., an East Northport IT services company, understands this, and that is why he issues his employees their mobile devices.

He also uses mobile device management software that allows him to wipe clean a potentially compromised device, stop emails, etc.

“It helps protect intellectual property on the phone if an employee leaves or it’s stolen,” Collins says.

Beyond that, it pays to have mobile device policies in place, says Shari Claire Lewis, a partner in privacy, data and cyber law at Uniondale-based Rivkin Radler LLP.

This policy should include a requirement that a device be protected by a “robust” password that is changed frequently and that the company has the right to wipe out the contents of the device under certain circumstances, she said.

In terms of best practices, it also pays when dealing with confidential or proprietary information that employees not sign into unprotected public Wi-Fi, Lewis says.

Policies, of course, may vary depending upon the firm.

“Your mobile standards require a reasonableness approach that takes into account the sensitivity of the data you’re accessing and the circumstances in which you access it,” she says.

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Salaries Will #Increase for #Cybersecurity #Jobs, Survey #Says

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After another record-setting year for cybercrime, security professionals are in line for a well-deserved raise, according to recent research.

The “Robert Walters Salary Survey 2018” predicted that salaries for cybersecurity jobs around the world will rise by 7 percent in 2018. In addition, the recruitment firm estimated that all IT roles will see an average increase of 2 percent in salary.

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Advanced #threats and #insider security #threats top #enterprises’ #cybersecurity #concerns, finds #Alert #Logic survey

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Alert Logic, a Security-as-a-Service provider for the cloud, has announced the results of a survey conducted with 400 UK cybersecurity professionals to better understand the evolving cyber threat landscape UK companies face.

The survey found that respondents’ confidence in their organisations’ overall cybersecurity posture is moderate to high, with only a fifth (21%) indicating they are not at all, or only slightly, confident in their organisation’s security posture.

When asked about the top challenges facing their cybersecurity teams, respondents cited detection of advanced threats (62%) and detection and/or mitigation of insider threats (48%) as the two top security challenges. Furthermore, 41% lacked advanced security staff to oversee cyber threat management and nearly a third (27%) lacked confidence in their automation tools catching all cyber threats.

“Advanced cyber threats present the most arduous task for cybersecurity professionals, and the survey results bear this out,” said Oliver Pinson-Roxburgh, EMEA director at Alert Logic. “Cyber attacks are increasingly difficult to detect, as the security threats presented by malicious actors become increasingly bold and sophisticated, particularly when attacking web applications.”

Lack of budget (51%), skilled personnel (49%) and lack of security awareness amongst employees (49%) weighed in as the most significant obstacles facing cybersecurity teams, inhibiting their organisations from adequately defending against cyber threats. In addition, when asked about the business impact of security incidents, system downtime was highlighted as having the biggest impact.

Interestingly, revenue impact was only cited as a relatively minor factor (16%), suggesting that either security teams have evolved their maturity to effectively manage risk or lack full visibility into the downstream business impact of security incidents.

Respondents were asked about the likelihood of their organisation being compromised by a successful cyber attack in the next 12 months, compared to last year. Here, the survey found a remarkably even distribution of expectations. Roughly one third (32%) expected that a compromise was likely, while a slightly smaller number (29%) felt that a compromise was less likely.

“Lack of cybersecurity awareness and budget create a strain on an organisation’s ability to combat advanced cyber threats,” said Pinson-Roxburgh. “Organisations must foster an inclusive security culture, and consider security service models if they don’t have the budget for in-house expert security staff; otherwise organisations will continue to expose their IT infrastructure and their sensitive data to risks.”

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Modernization boosts cybersecurity anxieties, survey says

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When it comes to protecting the government’s IT infrastructure from cyberattacks, conventional wisdom has long held that modernization of outdated legacy systems can be a key driver of improved security. The results of a survey released Sept. 6 challenged that conventional wisdom. The poll, conducted by Unisys found that a…

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Hong Kong firms fear cybersecurity and economic risks most, says survey

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Cybersecurity, economic downturn, regulatory and financial risks are Hong Kong executives biggest worries in 2017, a survey looking at the extent to which Hong Kong-listed companies have embedded risk management in their businesses found. Findings in the report of the survey by KPMG and the Hong Kong Institute of Chartered…

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Nearly half of businesses have no cyber security policy, survey finds

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Nearly half of businesses have no cyber security policy, survey finds

ALMOST half of businesses who took part in a survey had no policies on data security, cyber security or data protection. The research also showed a low take-up of the government-backed Cyber Essentials Scheme, with only two per cent accredited under the scheme. The figures are from Mark Gracey, owner of Flavourfy, an independent digital consultancy specialising in digital marketing, …

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Government’s Joint Cyber Security Centre plan dealt blow by ACSC survey

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Government’s Joint Cyber Security Centre plan dealt blow by ACSC survey

The government’s ongoing efforts to better share cyber threat intelligence with agencies and the private sector have been dealt a blow by the findings of an Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) survey. The ACSC survey of 68 ‘major businesses of national significance’ and 45 government organisations, published today, found that only only seven per cent … Continue reading Government’s Joint Cyber Security Centre plan dealt blow by ACSC survey

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Adultery: New survey sheds light on changing attitudes in the digital age

Three-quarters of Americans believe that having sexual relations with someone other than their partner is “always” cheating, according to a new survey commissioned by the Deseret News and designed by Y2 Analytics and conducted by YouGov. The team polled approximately 1,000 Americans between March 17 and 19 examining attitudes about adultery. Questions ranged from following your ex on Facebook to having a one-night stand. Included in the survey, Adultery in the Digital Age, are attitudes about public figures and particularly a presidential candidate’s extramarital affair and its influence on how one would vote. Read More….

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New Avecto Survey Finds Employees Easy Bait for Phishing Attacks

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New Avecto Survey Finds Employees Easy Bait for Phishing Attacks

Office workers are putting organizations at risk by being overly trusting of online scammers, according to new research from global security software firm, Avecto.
After questioning 1,000 people whose jobs require them to use the internet on a daily basis,

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University of Phoenix Survey Shows Convenience Outweighs Cybersecurity Fears for Majority of Americans

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University of Phoenix Survey Shows Convenience Outweighs Cybersecurity Fears for Majority of Americans

University of Phoenix today announced results from its cybersecurity survey that found that 52 percent of U.S. adults are willing to overlook cybersecurity risks for the sake of convenience, which could negatively affect online shoppers as the close of this

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