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As hackers become smarter and healthcare facilities rely more and more on the cloud and technology to share and store personal and sensitive information, we’ve seen an increase in security breaches in businesses across the country. In fact, the Identity Theft Resource Center found that breaches are up 25 percent this year.
Many companies are simply not investing enough in IT security, despite the obvious threats. The lack of investment in security infrastructure, professional services and employee training makes them extremely vulnerable. What’s more is that basic security features like firewalls and antivirus protection aren’t enough in today’s “smart” marketplace.
But where should businesses start if they want to avoid the repercussions of a major data breach? Here are 8 tools for businesses to consider to stay ahead of the game and help protect sensitive data and private information in 2018.
Developed specifically for Windows (sorry, Mac users!), the Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit is a tool to help keep a software’s vulnerabilities from being exploited by outside hackers. Often employees unaware of proper security protocols compromise a business’s security. This toolkit helps to prevent these leaks.
With the increase of sensitive data on the move, it’s important to protect the information stored on laptops, external hard drives and IoT devices. ExactTrak uses embedded security to take data protection beyond basic encryption. Both system- and Internet-independent, the technology works to protect information, even when devices are turned off.
Supported on Exchange Online, Office365, G Suite, and Exchange, MailControl works to protect email accounts from Spyware hidden in emails. Spymail can be used to track location, email open rates and browser information through metadata. MailControl works to detect remove and report spymail to protect customer’s private information and data.
If you’re a small business owner just dipping your toes into cybersecurity, and worried about making too large of an initial investment, Comodo is a great place to start. They offer multiple solutions, all either free or low cost, that meet the needs of different businesses. Some include malware prevention, IT management platforms, security for POS systems and SSL certificates.
If you operate a business that is responsible for handling other people’s personal data, you know the stress and risk that comes with the handling of secure data. There is also the added responsibility of organizing and managing this sensitive data. Evident ID serves business by taking them out of the middle of the process. Businesses are able to verify users’ and customers’ information with minimum disclosure, and minimize their security risks.
A recent cybersecurity concern for many businesses is a hacker’s use of ransomware, a malicious software that holds a computer system “hostage” until the ransom is paid.If Ransomware is a concern for you, Cryptostopper is a great line of defense. CryptoStopper uses Watcher Files to detect ransomware in real time and stop the software from running.
Lookout Mobile Security
If mobile security is your main concern, Lookout Mobile Security should be on your list. Lookout recognizes that there are multiple threats to mobile security, and uses 10 years of research to provide threat remediation and app security assessments.
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In my previous article, I raised a red flag about the diminishing practical returns of “mom and pop” threat research as a proxy for mitigating vulnerabilities and bad consequences. Threat assessment is often both difficult and incomplete, and sometimes best left to those who have timely access to the best possible data (and the even then, left to those with the military and intelligence means to act on it).
In that piece, I also begged an obvious question.
If chasing threats are not the best allocation of an organization’s security resources, what is? Where should we be focused and how can we best translate that attention to more effective—and efficient—cybersecurity?
Allow me to answer that with a brief portrait of a driven, iconoclastic, 20th century American financial entrepreneur named William Francis Sutton, Jr. Beginning in the early 1930s, Sutton began his extremely successful and profitable 40-year career—as a bank robber. Not only did his particular skill set net him an estimated $2 million and earn him the nicknames “Slick Willie” and “Willie the Actor,” his most famous insight also left us with a truism that is now referred to as “Sutton’s Law.”
Upon arrest, the legend goes, Sutton was asked by a newspaper reporter why he robbed all those banks. Sutton replied, “Because that’s where the money is.”
Which is why we should consider Sutton’s quote as particularly relevant to cybersecurity today: Why do threat actors go after cyber assets? Because that’s where the consequences of significance are.
From financial information and personal data, to access to trade secrets, customer information and patterns—data has become the most consequential asset for many organizations, and the most valuable target for threat actors. Whether their motive is financial gain or maliciousness, they are hoping for two things: easy access to what they are after and maximum impact for their efforts.
Which aligns directly to the cybersecurity risk paradigm: a triangle comprising and illustrating three components of risk: Threat, Vulnerability and Consequence. We have already established it is challenging for individual companies to accurately characterize threat, or successfully mitigate it even if characterized. That leaves Vulnerability and Consequence.
Vulnerability and Consequence are the two components of cybersecurity that organizations have the most control over and can most efficiently use to dramatically improve their level of protection.
Not necessarily in that order though—unfortunately, many organizations are not nearly focused enough on closing known vulnerabilities that allow breaches. I won’t name names here—any news site on any day will give plenty of examples, and many CISOs breathe silent sighs of relief that it’s not their turn today. It’s remarkable to think about how much damage can be prevented with just fundamental, basic security hygiene. Most people would be stunned at how much that inattention to vulnerability management is responsible for the data breaches we so often hear about.
That said—and for the sake of discussion, assuming basic hygiene protocols are indeed followed and signature-based blocking of known threats is employed—let’s apply Sutton’s quip of “that’s where the money is” to the most-overlooked aspect of cybersecurity risk: avoiding bad consequences.
We need to identify the most destructive potential results of a realized threat or exploited vulnerability, and engineer-out those consequences so they cannot happen or so the damage incurred is not as big if they do. Either can be effective threat mitigation—because threat actors will quickly conclude that their attempts require too much difficulty, or there would be little or no return on investment for their efforts even if they successfully penetrate a system.
Were he alive today, Willie would surely advise us: Don’t make it easy to get to the money, and don’t put the money all in one place. When we focus our attention on the things we can control—Vulnerabilities and Consequences —we create a dramatic increase in protection, and fully comply with Sutton’s Law.
Next time, we will use these principles to explore some fundamental best practices of cybersecurity—some obvious, some not and some controversial—that can greatly improve the security of any network.
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Windows 10 users at a risk from a “critical” vulnerability that lets cybercriminals take over their PCs, unless they update their computers now, Microsoft have patched dozens of major security vulnerabilities that affect all supported versions of Windows. One “critical” vulnerability enabled a hacker to exploit how Windows Search handles…
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Myrna Loy was a huge movie star in the 1930s and 40s. She starred in classic films like The Thin Man (1934), Manhattan Melodrama (1934), and The Best Years of Our Lives (1946). Ed Sullivan crowned her “Queen of the Movies.” But celebrity always has a dark side. Loy was the focus of unwanted attention […]
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As a white mom of two preschool age white boys, I don’t want to talk so much about #altonsterling and #philandocastile that I drown out black voices. White people need to be amplifying black voices talking about THEIR experiences.
On the other hand, it’s important that white people express outrage so that we wake up. Decades of black anger hasn’t resulted in significant enough change. Even if we disagree with some of what is being said, it’s our job to listen.
The day Alton Sterling was killed, I decided to do something provocative and unusual.
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