Cybersecurity Matters

George Hulme lends his expert insight into the latest developments in cybersecurity.

Securing the rise of RPA

locks and keys

When it came to their transformation efforts, enterprises went all in last year, and they’re going to remain all in throughout 2020. A central aspect of any successful business transformation is automation and, increasingly, robotic process automation. RPA, or software bots, helps to automate everything from repetitive business process tasks to cloud infrastructure management functions. […]

Security tips to support remote work due to the coronavirus

working from home

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and related social distancing rules and guidelines, an ever-increasing number of companies are closing their offices and implementing work from home policies. For some workers and companies, remote work is already routine. For others though, this is uncharted territory. Many workers who previously worked exclusively from an office suddenly […]

The rise of cyber security product sprawl

security sprawl

Twenty years ago, when enterprise information security was starting to hit its stride, nearly all enterprise security software products were bought as point solutions. They did one job – resist malware, scan for vulnerabilities, encrypt data, detect intrusions, etc. — very well. But over time the number of tools in the security practitioner’s toolbox grew […]

Phishing attacks on the rise

fish hook

It’s no surprise that phishing attacks remain among the most effective. By some estimates, phishing (specifically highly-targeted spear-phishing attacks) are how 91% of digital attacks are initiated. Even business and security leaders — those who clearly should know better — admit to being fooled. In our post, The high risk of data loss associated with employees, […]

Staffers gone bad or bad decisions — which should you worry about more?

balance rocks

Insider threats have been in the news quite a bit recently, but insider threats don’t always present themselves as a staffer who has gone bad and is stealing and selling secrets to competitors or other nations. While that does happen, a good portion of the insider threat manifests in insiders who make bad decisions with how […]

The high risk of data loss associated with employees

employee data

The security threat from insiders is growing. Consider the most recent Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR), which found that 20% of cybersecurity incidents and 15% of data breaches investigated within the Verizon DBIR originated from people within the organization. According to Verizon’s DBIR analysis, the top motivators behind insider attacks were financial gain (48%) […]

Ransomware attacks show no signs of slowing

ransomware keyboard

Ransomware attacks are showing no signs of letting up. In fact, recent research shows how these attacks are flourishing. The findings are based on more than 230,000 ransomware attack submissions, between April 1 and September 30, 2019, to antivirus firm Emsisoft and ransomware information site ID Ransomware. ID Ransomware is a site that enables anyone […]

Survey: There’s a divide between cyber security concerns and cyber security actions

confusion

When it comes to cyber security, U.S. businesses and citizens alike have plenty of concerns, but they may not know how to mitigate them. That observation is based on the third annual Cyber Report from property and casualty insurer Chubb (pdf), which found that eight in 10 Americans continue to be concerned about a cyber […]

2019 could be a record-breaking year for data breaches

data breaches

According to Risk Based Security’s 2019 Midyear Quickview Data Breach Report, there have been 3,813 separate data breaches reported through June — exposing about 4.1 billion records. That’s a 54% increase in data breaches and 52% increase in exposed records over the same period in 2018. Of the organizations that suffered a breach and could […]

Data breach costs continue to soar

vultures soar

Propelled by rising amounts of data, business process digitization and regulatory fines, organizations’ data breach costs are expected to soar from $3 trillion annually to more than $5 trillion by 2024, according to a recent report from Juniper Research. Interestingly, the report, The Future of Cybercrime and Security: Threat Analysis, Impact Assessment and Migration Strategies […]