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Cybersecurity

Active Ransomware Attack Targets US School Districts

Cybercriminals have learned that schools are prime targets for ransomware attacks — don’t let your school be the next victim.

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The Commonly Exploited Applications Your Enterprise Is Already Using

When it comes to applications in the workplace, the most ubiquitous might also be the most commonly exploited.

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The Data Breach You May Have Narrowly Avoided Over the Holidays

We’ve turned the corner on the holiday season, but it’s important to understand the increased risks to equip your business with the best security practices for the year.

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Smishing and Vishing: The Evolution of Social Engineering Cyber Attacks

With the recent additions of smishing and vishing, social engineering phishing attacks are becoming more sophisticated. Enterprises with technically sound cyberdefenses must still beware of social engineering attacks.

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What is SQL Injection and How Can It Be Prevented?

SQL injection attacks are some of the oldest and simplest hacks out there, yet they still pose serious threats to enterprise networks. Here’s how CIOs can safeguard their data against SQL injection.

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The Data Black Market (pt. 2): Infamous Data Breaches in History

As the black market for stolen data grows, cybercriminals are targeting enterprises more aggressively than ever. Don’t let your organization join this list of victims.

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The Data Black Market: Where Hackers Take Stolen Data

In order for CIOs to keep customers’ and employees’ data secure, it’s important for them to have a good understanding of what cybercriminals do with such data after they breach enterprise networks.

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How Facebook's New Cryptocurrency Affects Your Cybersecurity

With Libra, Facebook has taken the latest step in making cryptocurrency more ubiquitous, and now your enterprise data is more valuable to hackers than ever. Here’s how you can defend your networks.

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Why a Zero Trust Architecture Could Solve Your Cybersecurity Problems

A new generation of cybersecurity threats requires a new cybersecurity strategy: Zero Trust security.

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Cybersecurity and the Growing Remote Workforce

Remote work policies can benefit employees and employers alike, but enterprises must address a slew of unique cybersecurity challenges before they can fully embrace remote workforces.

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Identifying the Four Main Threat Actor Types

In order to develop best practices for threat intelligence, enterprises must be aware of the four most common types of primary threat actors.

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How to Support Your Employees During the Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

As the IT skills gap continues to grow, enterprises must invest in their existing security teams to retain talent and keep their networks secure.

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The Baltimore Ransomware Attack: What You Should Know About Threat Intelligence

As ransomware attacks continue to strike cities and businesses, enterprises must leverage threat intelligence to strengthen their defenses.

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From Stuxnet to Industroyer: The Biggest Hacks in the History of the Industrial IoT

From Stuxnet to Industroyer, here’s what history's biggest IIoT hacks can teach us about cybersecurity in the Industrial Internet of Things.

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How Operational Technology and Cybersecurity Intersect

While bringing operational technology online promises to transform the industrial sector, key stakeholders need to prioritize cybersecurity practices that protect newly connected assets.

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Cybersecurity  |  Video

VIDEO: Defending Against Port Scan Attacks

In our latest video, we break down how port scan attacks work — and how to create effective deception-based defenses against hackers running port scans.

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Cybersecurity  |  Video

New Angles on Cybersecurity

As increasingly sophisticated cybercriminals up the ante on enterprise IT teams, a new generation of strategies are needed to protect valuable assets.

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To Make the Leap to Industry 4.0, Manufacturers Must Solve Cybersecurity Challenges

Manufacturers have always been prime targets for cybercriminals, but as Industry 4.0 technologies bring massive amounts of valuable proprietary data online, cybersecurity has taken on new importance.

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Cybersecurity  |  Video

VIDEO: The Ultimate Enterprise IT Security Checklist

Unsure how to go about securing your enterprise network? Our video will give you a quick rundown of the steps you can take today to stop the cybersecurity threats of tomorrow.

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VIDEO: How Much Does It Cost to Secure a Network?

Considering a network security audit? Here’s how the process works — and how much it will cost.

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2018 Was a Big Year for Cybercrime, But 2019 Could Be Worse

After another explosive year of cybercriminal activity, experts predict that 2019 could be even worse.

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VIDEO: How Organized Cybercrime Works

Our new video explains how cybercriminals have evolved into agile, modern operators.

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Defending Against Port Scan Attacks

Port scan attacks, though unsophisticated and often harmless in and of themselves, are worth defending — and can be turned against cybercriminals with deception techniques.

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How Biometrics Will Transform Your Cybersecurity Strategy

Biometric authentication can pick up where passwords leave off — but only if organizations understand how this new technology will fit into their existing cybersecurity framework.

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The Ultimate (Forward-Looking) Enterprise IT Security Checklist

Building a secure network for your enterprise means evaluating your vulnerabilities now — and understanding where your risks will come from in the future.

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VIDEO: Why the Oil and Gas Industry Is Vulnerable to Security Threats

Oil and gas facilities are primary targets for bad actors, but the industry has work to do to protect its networks and repel threats. Our video explores why — and identifies what steps should be taken next.

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How to Integrate Zero Trust into Your Cybersecurity Strategy Without the Productivity Loss

Zero Trust is a security paradigm that challenges enterprises to verify all sources of network traffic. Can this stringent approach be implemented without impeding productivity?

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Attacking the Attackers: How Deception Technology Gives Cybersecurity Pros the Upper Hand

Conventional wisdom suggests hackers have the upper hand in the war for cyber-supremacy, but deception technology has the potential to tip the odds in cybersecurity professionals’ favor.

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Successful CISOs Do These Five Things

CISOs bring their niche expertise to bear on organizational data security — all on limited budgets and under mounting pressure. What are the best ways to get the job done?

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Network Security Breaches Are Inevitable — Even CISOs Think So

Rising cybersecurity threats and evolving corporate cultures have made it increasingly difficult for CISOs to adequately protect their companies’ data.

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Amid Talk of Space Force, America's Satellites Still Need Stronger Cybersecurity

The biggest threat to national security resides 26,000 miles from the U.S. mainland — distributed across the United States’ 658 active satellites.

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Can Closing the Cybersecurity Gender Gap Close Its Skills Gap, Too?

A new study from InfoSec Institute shows that the high-tech cybersecurity industry is behind the times when it comes to gender equality — could sustained efforts to close the gender pay gap also close the industry’s widening skills gap?

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How State Governments Are Bolstering Cybersecurity for the Midterm Elections

In response to the hacking of the 2016 elections by hostile foreign parties, Congress has given state election authorities millions of dollars with which to upgrade their digital infrastructures.

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How to Find the 4 Biggest Gaps in Your Cybersecurity Processes

Your organization’s cybersecurity policy is your best line of defense against cyberattacks, but gaps in your infrastructure may be putting you at risk.

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Most Cybersecurity Pros Skeptical of "Encryption Backdoors," New Study Finds

Federal law enforcement agencies are pleading with software and device makers for cryptographic backdoors that will allow them to execute warrant searches on encrypted devices. But most cybersecurity experts believe backdoors will make us less safe.

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Huge DDoS Attack Leaves Chilean Bank in the Dark

A recent cyberattack on Banco de Chile was just another example of hackers deploying DDoS as a diversionary tactic.

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Could Alexa Be Putting Your Company’s Cybersecurity at Risk?

Enterprises need to take extra cybersecurity precautions as voice-powered digital assistants like Amazon’s Alexa make their way into the workplace.

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Is Your Company Prepared for a DDoS Attack?

DDoS attacks represent a serious, growing cybersecurity threat. Successfully thwarting these malicious assaults seems impossibly difficult, but companies that implement sound defensive security controls can mitigate damage and keep their networks running smoothly.

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What Is an "Active Adversary" Approach, and Is It the Future of Cybersecurity?

Passive, reactive, and automated, the conventional whack-a-mole approach to commercial cybersecurity has failed. Instead, we must proactively address cybersecurity through measures such as the active adversary pursuit approach.

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Are Criminals Entering Your Network Through a Backdoor in the Cloud?

Ubiquitous, destructive, and difficult to defend, backdoor attacks of cloud services constitute unique threats to enterprise networks — and they demand unique mitigation techniques to match.

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We Know Hackers Threaten Our Digital Assets: Could They Threaten Our Political Discourse, Too?

By leveraging a simple botnet, hackers were able to submit millions of fraudulent comments to the FCC in advance of its vote on net neutrality.

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What the Cybersecurity Skills Gap Can Teach You About Your IT Staffing

The ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage is forcing many companies to find creative ways of keeping their IT infrastructure secure.

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What to Expect from Your Cybersecurity Technology Platform

Many companies are turning to cybersecurity technology platforms as a means of offsetting the ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage.

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Defending the Defense Department: How the DoD Is Beefing Up Its Cybersecurity Measures

The Department of Defense recently announced that it will soon start to hold non-government contractors to a higher standard of cybersecurity than ever before.

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The Board’s Role in Cybersecurity Is Changing

According to cyberlaw expert Michael Yaeger, corporate boards have a responsibility to start taking cybersecurity seriously.

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Companies Still Wary of Making Leap to the Cloud Without Proper Cybersecurity Staff

Companies are still interested in migrating their IT processes to the cloud, but many are struggling to find the requisite cybersecurity talent to do so safely.

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Could Threat Hunting Be the Answer to Global Cybercrime?

In the midst of a record-breaking cybercrime wave, companies are starting to take a proactive approach to detecting and repelling network security threats.

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Here's Why Organizations Everywhere Struggle with Cybersecurity

Corporate data breaches continue to cost companies millions of dollars per incident, yet many IT teams are still struggling to provide robust cybersecurity.

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Trying to Get Boardroom Buy-In on Cybersecurity? Try a Material Risk Approach

While it’s hard for executives to deny the danger that cybercrime poses both to their bottom line and their relationship with customers, many IT professionals continue to struggle with securing the board-level buy-in necessary to execute a sophisticated cybersecurity strategy.

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General Public Remains Apathetic on Cybersecurity — Here's What You Can Do to Protect Them

A new survey confirms what many IT industry insiders have known for years: the average internet user values convenience far more than cybersecurity.

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Getting Ready for a Cybersecurity Audit? Here’s How You Can Prepare.

A third-party audit is a great way to improve network security, but enterprise IT teams must recognize that they have a part to play in the process.

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How Vulnerable Is Our Energy Infrastructure?

Energy in America is a contentious political issue, but all parties agree that our energy infrastructure is far too vulnerable to foreign and domestic cyberthreats.

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Are Criminals Winning the Cybersecurity War?

All enterprises should be equipped with the tools and know-how to combat modern cybercrime. With new hacks and malicious attacks perpetrated against major companies making headlines every day, it’s increasingly clear that many enterprises simply aren’t prepared.

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Cybercriminals Are Always One Weak Password Away From Cracking Your Company’s Digital Assets

An enterprise’s networks are only as secure as the habits of its most careless employee, meaning comprehensive cybersecurity education is a must.

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BYOD  |  Cybersecurity  |  Mobility  |  Network Security  |  mobile

Infographic: 77 Facts About Cybercrime You Should Know in 2018

From our friends at bestvpns.co.uk

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Can Enterprise Cybersecurity Stand Up to International Threats?

The internet has become yet another front for international warfare over the past decade, which makes robust enterprise cybersecurity an increasingly difficult and high-stakes endeavor.

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How Companies Can Protect Themselves Against KRACK Attacks

Key Reinstallation Attacks are a threat to nearly every wireless network, but there’s a set of straightforward steps any enterprise can take to protect itself from hemorrhaging high-value data.

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AI Will Be Asset to Both Cybersecurity Teams and Criminals in 2018

The task of cybersecurity is rapidly becoming too complex for humans to handle alone. That’s why artificial intelligence will become an increasingly powerful tool for IT teams — as well as the cybercriminals trying to outmaneuver them.

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Are Millennials Too Lax on Cybersecurity?

“Trusting” isn’t a term that’s used to describe millennials very often, but when it comes to cybersecurity, they may need to become a bit more discerning about who they trust with their personal information.

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Why Certifications Are Critical in Cybersecurity

Despite the ongoing cybersecurity skills shortage, companies should only pursue cybersecurity professionals with the proper credentials.

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How Organized Cybercrime Works

Cybercrime is on the rise, in part because hackers have learned to run their operations like an agile, modern business.

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Poor Cyber Security in Oil Facilities Putting Entire Economies At Risk

Oil rigs and oilfields are incredibly lucrative targets for cybercriminals, which is why it’s so concerning that the oil-producing nations of OPEC still haven’t established good cybersecurity protocols.

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Oil and Gas Companies Are Cooperating to Improve Cybersecurity

Achieving comprehensive cybersecurity is becoming more and more difficult as oilfields become increasingly digitalized, but a new partnership represents a step in the right direction.

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Increasing IoT Adoption Brings Increasing Cybersecurity Risks

The IoT revolution is in full swing, meaning that enterprise IT teams must take extra steps to secure their networks to accommodate the rapid proliferation of internet-connected devices.

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Why Are Healthcare Organizations One of Cybercriminals’ Favorite Targets?

The information contained within medical records is often more valuable to cybercriminals than credit card numbers, which means healthcare organizations must make an extra effort to secure their networks.

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Cybersecurity  |  Network Security

Why the Oil and Gas Industry Is Vulnerable to Security Threats

Despite being particularly vulnerable to cybersecurity threats, the oil and gas industry has yet to take appropriate steps to secure its digital infrastructure.

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Cybersecurity  |  Network Security  |  Wireless  |  wifi

The White House Network May Be Secure, but Trump Properties Are Not

President Trump spends a significant amount of time away from the White House at his own real estate properties, where some experts worry he is potentially exposing his and his staff’s digital communications to prying eyes.

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What You Never Knew About Agile Network Security

The modern hacker is intelligent and innovative -- and probably attempting to breach your business systems as we speak. Today’s cyber attackers are evolved. They’re constantly learning from new security protections and finding ways around them. They’re relentlessly identifying opportunities to plunder data and hold networks hostage. They’re progressive, not stagnant. To have any chance of defending against them, your approach must be just as fluid.

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Next-Generation Approach to Network Security

You wouldn’t attempt to build a home using tree branches and twine. You wouldn’t try to contact a friend via telegram. You wouldn’t think of playing your favorite album on a phonograph. These tools are outdated and highly insufficient to meet today’s needs. Even alluding to them seems absurd. Why, then, would you consider relying on outdated, insufficient network security solutions to protect your critical assets in this increasingly advanced age of cyber crime?

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Network Design Tips for Security Awareness

You know there are cyber security threats out there, growing more dangerous and more complex every day. You know you can’t afford to put your organization’s data, clients, employees or assets at risk. You know you need to fortify your network before a security breach assaults your operations and inflicts irrevocable damage. But how do you make this happen? Designing a network that’s built on a foundation of solid security takes knowledge, experience and the right approach.

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Security Awareness for Information Technology in School Districts

Is your school district putting the necessary amount of attention on addressing the growing challenge of cybercrime in education? Recent attacks on schools throughout the country are serious warnings to tighten up your information security awareness efforts and develop a plan to ensure that your schools are protected.

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Cybersecurity  |  Network Security

4 Ways Employees Enable CyberSecurity Hacks and How To Prevent It

Although you may have heard this all before, hackers are more innovative now, than ever. It’s time for a refresher. As you are well aware, your company has a lot of information and communication flowing from person to person, within and outside the organization. This flow keeps your company running, and it’s an integral part of the relationship between your business and your clients. So what would happen if that exchange was suddenly severed, or if the sensitive data being transmitted was compromised in some way? Today, these security risks are all too real -- and they could cost your organization significantly. Unfortunately, the problem may be caused by your own employees.

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5 Factors that can Negatively Impact Your Business Network Security

These five factors may be threatening your enterprise network security.

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