7 Pitfalls That Are Hindering Your Cyber Security

In the recent Solarwinds MSP Cyber Preparedness Survey, Solarwinds surveyed 400 Small- to Medium-Sized Enterprises. This survey investigated the cyber security preparedness, experiences and failings of these organizations to better understand what we can be doing to better protect critical information.

The headlines of all the attacks this year are enough to scare people to invest more monies into security practices. The damage inflicted on organizations – large and small – is a clear indicator that cyber-attacks will stay steady in their escalation rate. The bad guys have always been a step ahead of the defenders and are pushing the advancement of protection strategies. With the threat landscape lingering at our doorstep, the question is how do you tackle this problem immediately? The answer is simple… It is a combination of strictly implementing your existing best security practices and properly securing your most critical information.

Many times, though, these needed security tactics aren’t taken seriously or truly understood. In the Cyber Preparedness Survey, they explored the 7 key areas for concern that is hindering organizations’ ability to effectively combat cyber attacks. Understanding these pitfalls can help organizations get their cyber security defenses up to par so they can battle the ever-evolving threat landscape. These pitfalls are as follows:

Inconsistency

Many organizations struggle to consistently enforce security policies. While having a security policy in place, it is worthless if it is not properly enforced. The survey stated that only 32% of respondents could claim their security policies are applied and regularly audited. This means that 63% of respondents don’t apply or audit their security policies. Consider the amount of vulnerabilities that are allowing easy backdoors for threat actors to enter your environment The more inconsistent that you are with your security policies, the more holes for hackers to get in.

Negligence

According to the survey, only 16% of respondents consider user security awareness training a priority. Think about how many end users you have at your organization and then the amount of critical data they have access to – this is how many risks you are currently facing. If users are negligent to current risks and vulnerabilities you have a greater risk of a data breach or cyber-attack.

Shortsightedness

It is scary to say that some organizations don’t even have the most typical cyber security technologies deployed in their environments. The survey stated that Web protection, email scanning, and anti-malware had each been rolled out by 50-61% of the respondents, but the remaining six (including SIEM, hardening workstations, firewall rules, patch management weekly and monthly, and network intrusion/host intrusion) had only been deployed by 33% at the most and 25% at the lowest.

Complacency

Are you completing regular vulnerability scans with deep reporting to measure your security posture? According to the survey, only 29% of respondents could call their vulnerability reporting robust, with the majority, 51%, optimistically classifying it as adequate. Running vulnerability scans, reporting these issues, and acting on the findings can minimize a huge amount of risk for an organization and in return, lower your risk of data breaches.

Inflexibility

So a breach got past your preventative actions, what do you do now? Many organizations experience an inability to adapt a new process and approach after a breach. It only seems logical to change your current and insufficient systems if you were compromised, but many don’t. According to the survey, 14% didn’t change anything at all. Of the breached, only 44% implemented new technology. It is paramount, as a progressing organization, that you don’t get stuck in your ways. Your defense strategies must evolve as attack strategies get more sophisticated.

Stagnation

As applications are typically running in the cloud now, it is important that you are not staying stagnate with your application prevention and detection techniques. Of the nine techniques, only a minority of the respondents had implemented all of them. The most prevalent technique was full disk encryption on mobile and portable endpoints at 43%.


**source: Solarwinds MSP Cyber Preparedness Survey: https://www.solarwindsmsp.com/blog/solarwinds-msp-survey-companies-still-failing-security-basics

Lethargy

In this year’s survey, detection times have increased 40%; and response times have increased 44%. Last year, detection times had increased only by 28%; and response times had increased by 27%. This is a clear-cut indicator that response times are increasing due to sophistication in attack and ill-prepared IT departments. When it comes to data breaches, the quicker the response, the lower the cost and the lower the impact.

Conclusion

What is this survey showing us? That Enterprises and SMBs are unprepared when it comes to cyber security tactics. Our solution? A managed, 24/7/365 holistic security solution. When you combine preventative, detective, and incident response tactics you can achieve a multi-tiered defense approach.

Our 24/7/365 security solutions combine the three pillars of cyber security – preventative, detective, and incident response – into a fully managed service that is supported by trained engineers in our Operations Center. Streamlining the efficiency and speed of your security functions can maximize your defenses and minimize costs when dooms day approaches. For a holistic solution, combine our preventative services with our Unified Security Management service to fill skill gaps with in-depth security intelligence and a singular platform that delivers SIEM, Vulnerability Assessment, Behavioral Monitoring, Compliance Monitoring, Intrusion Prevention, and Incident Response. For more information, contact us today!

 
 

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Defining the Three Pillars of Cyber Security

With new and complex threats surfacing the modern IT landscape every day, businesses are struggling to stay ahead of the curve. The stats are intimidating while the high price of a data breach is inching up to $7.35 Million. Malicious events are on the rise while large, medium, and even small organizations are targets. Old tactics aren’t enough anymore to keep up with the evolving cyber threats. It is time to start learning about the three pillars of cyber security and implementing these into your data protection strategy today.

The rise of cyber security has brought a shortage of professional and expert security talent to the job market. Larger organizations are waiting months upon months to hire the right professionals, while small to medium sized businesses can’t afford the high salaries of these professionals. Therefore, making it harder for organizations to deploy effective cyber security measures on their own. And on top of a lack of skilled employees and budget, organizations are facing a lack of security awareness among their current employees. All of these obstacles are making it easier for threat actors to penetrate critical systems and steal mission critical data from organization.

This is where a MSSP steps in. They enable organizations to overcome these challenges and fill expert gaps within their organization’s security strategy by implementing the 3 pillars of security – prevention, detection, and incident response. Since they are already offering managed services like remote monitoring and management, backup and disaster recovery, they are well-suited to protect their clients’ environments. However, before jumping in the ring with a MSSP, it is important that you fully understand what the three pillars of cyber security are and how they can help your organization. Keep reading to find out more!

Prevention

The three pillars of cyber security starts with security incident prevention. Prevention tactics are the more common activities that organizations are used to. The first part, and one of the more important parts of prevention, is user awareness. Investing in security training and user awareness can significantly decrease your chance of a cyber-attack. When employees are trained on how to navigate threats, they will be able to easily detect vulnerabilities and secure their endpoints. Conducting training is a key component to the first pillar of security, prevention.

Another key component of prevention is making sure that you are completing actions that are hardening systems against intrusion. Such actions are, patching applications and operating systems, regular tested backups that have a clear line to recovery, vulnerability assessments and remediation, block and filtering outbound connections, and anti-virus solutions. All of these, along with user awareness training, can create a stronger defense against every-present threats.

Detection

When a malicious activity gets through your preventative actions (and it will), you have to be able to detect the threat quickly and remediate the threat quickly. Many times, organizations will find out about a breach after some kind of outside party notifies them. This is an issue because the longer it takes to detect a breach, the more costly it will be to your organization. Not to mention that the cost of remediation will be higher, you could experience longer downtime, and it could have a lasting impression on customers.

MSSPs help organizations implement and continuously manage security monitoring services to achieve quicker detection and response times. For example, NetServe365’s Unified Security Management offering combines the power of intrusion prevention/detection, SIEM, compliance monitoring, threat intelligence and incident response into one service. These essential capabilities all work seamlessly together to correlate logs and events into actionable data to detect and isolate when and where a threat actor accessed your systems. You are able to save time and money, while combating today’s constant threat landscape.

Remediation/Resolution

According to Forrester, 74% of businesses say that their company has a security strategy. However, only 15% believe that their company has the right skills and capabilities to execute the strategy. To properly remediate a malicious attack, a plan needs to be in place and you need a trained incident response team. When an incident occurs, the team will first isolate the attack and shut it down. You might need to recover encrypted data in the case that yours was compromised, locked or lost. The MSSP will be able to recover your data from the cloud and quickly spin up environments so you can safely get back to work.

A MSSP can help you not only prevent a breach, but help effectively stop and lock down a breach. They will work to get your systems backup up and running quickly and efficiently. It is important that you document the process and plan to ensure the process’ validity. Make sure that your employees are informed with this plan and know what will happen during a breach. When a breach happens, you will be prepared with a well-documented
(and tested!) system.

Conclusion

Understanding and implementing these three pillars of cyber security will help you combat threats, save money, and become more security conscious. Effective cyber security goes beyond traditional tactics, it is now prevention, detection, and incident response.

A MSSP is able to deliver streamlined efficiency and speed because they are completing all these actions in a centralized location. You can maximize their knowledge, system integration and expertise to get exactly what you need – prevention, detection, and incident response as efficiently and cost-effective as possible. The reality is bleak when it comes to malicious activities, rely on your security blanket and easily combat threats one at a time.

 
 

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KRACK Attack – What it is & How to Mitigate

On Monday, a serious weakness in WPA2, a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks, was released. This vulnerability was dubbed KRACK attack because a potential attacker within range of a victim can exploit these weaknesses using key reinstallation attacks. This attack is so concerning because it works against all modern Wi-Fi networks. Attackers can not only read and steal sensitive information transmitted across Wi-Fi, but potentially manipulate the data or insert malware.

When you think about the magnitude of the potential threat vector that is at stake, it is pretty clear to see why this is such a big deal. Here’s everything you need to know about the recent KRACK attack news, who is at risk, and the best steps to take to mitigate risks.

How KRACK attacks work

The weaknesses are in the Wi-Fi standard itself, not in the individual products or implementations. The problem lies within the handshake process and the way that devices connect to the access point. Therefore meaning, that any correct implementation of WPA2 is likely affected.

The main attack is against the 4-way handshake of the WPA2 protocol. The handshake is executed when users want to join a protected Wi-Fi network. This is used to confirm that both the user and the access point possess the correct credentials for access. This is a process that all modern Wi-Fi use. Potential attackers can leverage this by manipulating and replaying the handshake to trick users into reinstalling an already-in-use key. A key re-installation attack is achieved by manipulating and replaying cryptographic handshake messages. This then forces the reset of the incremental transmit packet number (i.e. nonce) to their initial value, which allows for the same encryption key to be used with previous values. By forcing nonce reuse in this manner, the encryption protocol can be attacked – packets can be replayed, decrypted, and/or forged.

Who is at Risk?

As stated before, since WPA2 is used with all modern Wi-Fi connections, everyone is at risk – including wirelessly connected devices. It is discovered that most devices are affected by some variant of the attack including, Android, Linux, Apple, Windows, OpenBDS, Linksys and many more. For a running tab of what products are affected, consult the database of CERT/CC.

How to Mitigate Risk

The first thing that you should know is that changing your Wi-Fi password does not mitigate the attack. Instead, it is important to make sure that all devices are completely updated – including routers, laptops, smartphones, etc. The KRACK attack cannot be pulled off remotely. This means that in order to exploit the vulnerabilities, a threat actor would have to be within range of the wireless environment.

Make sure that you not only have a strategy in place that is focused on protection, but as well as detection. When future exploits and attack strategies surface, a holistic solution can help you detect and respond as soon as penetration into a system occurs. NetServe365’s Unified Security Management service helps organizations monitor the security integrity of their infrastructure. Whether you are in need of log management, threat detection, SIEM or compliance management, NetServe365 delivers cost-efficient and in-depth security management solutions that are more feasible then in-house operations. Not to mention, with implementation you also get access to a full team of security experts that work to harden your network and remediate issues quickly – 24/7/365.

As with all emerging attacks, it is terrifying to think what could happen to your organization if you are not properly prepared. Need help with your organization’s security posture? Contact NetServe365 today.

 
 

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New Ransomware Attack Report Shows Many Companies are Unprepared

Cybersecurity insiders, along with many of their security partners, recently conducted an in-depth study to gather insights on the latest ransomware trends. The report shows that organizations are overwhelmed by frequent, severe ransomware attacks – which have now become the number one cyber threat to organizations.

Ransomware attacks, in which hackers encrypt an organization’s critical data until a ransom is paid, have become a billion-dollar industry according to the FBI. Ransomware is an extremely easy and profitable attack for hackers to conduct. This type of attack can be very costly for organizations. Many will just pay the ransom to retrieve their data back. Even if you don’t, the cost of downtime, remediation, and restoring can be hurtful to an organization’s bottom line.

The key findings of the report are as follow:

Ransomware is the fastest growing security threat

The report has stated that ransomware is perceived as an extreme threat to organizations. 75% of the respondents experienced up to 5 attacks in the last year alone – 25% experienced 6 attacks or more. These statistics show that every organization is at risk of a ransomware attack. These attacks are costly to an organization’s bottom line. Some believe that it is better to pay the ransom to minimize downtime and remediation costs. This is not true though because hackers will not always release the data after the ransom is paid. What would you do then? The good news is that very little of the respondents said that they would pay or negotiate with cyber criminals.

Email and web use represent the most common ransomware infection vectors

The most common ransomware infection vectors are with employees opening malicious email attachments (73%), responding to a phishing email (54%) or visiting a compromised website (28%). As one could imagine, the most sought-after data is either financial data or customer information. These attacks can be minimized with a few different tactics from security professionals: endpoint, web and email security monitoring and intrusion detection systems can help minimize the threat of ransomware.

Preventing and Recovering from a Ransomware Attack

The study stated that user awareness training is the most effective tactic to prevent and block ransomware, following by endpoint security solutions and patching of operating systems. Many organizations have fallen victims of ransomware attacks due to inadequate patch management solutions. Patch management is often overlooked because it is time-consuming and tedious. Organizations won’t have the team available to quickly test the patch or implement in a timely fashion.

When you do fall victim of a ransomware attack, how do you get your systems back up and running with minimal downtime? Having a modern and efficient backup and recovery solution in place can make sure that you don’t feel the effects of a ransomware attack for too long. If you are partnering with a provider for backup and recovery, they will have an incident response team in place that will get your critical systems back up to minimize loss of productivity and cost.

Speed of recovery is mission-critical

How confident are you that your organization can fully recover after ransomware encrypts your data? More than half, 56%, of the participating organizations said they are lacking the confidence in their ability to remediate after an attack. Only, 16% were extremely confident that they could fully recover. Speed of recovery is absolutely critical as business cost increases dramatically with every hour the business cannot fully operate. According to the study, 54% said they could recover from a ransomware attack within a day, while 39% estimated it will take longer than a day to a few weeks to recover. With the average cost of a data breach spiking over $7 million, can your organization afford to not properly secure from ransomware attacks?

While budget for ransomware increases, there are still many obstacles

While the budget for ransomware defenses are projected to increase for the following year, there are still many obstacles that organizations are facing. The three most common obstacles to achieve a better security posture are: lack of budget, struggling to deal with evolving sophistication, and a lack of human resources.

Many organizations are battling these ransomware obstacles by turning to a MSSP (managed security services provider). While some organizations can handle security in-house, it can often be by implementing multiple pinpoint solutions that can cause confusion, expense, and a lack of collaborative security information. When you work with a MSSP, they can offer a multi-layered defense approach to make sure that you are covering preventative, detection and incident response in a single service. Receive real-time threat analysis from the best experts in the industry, 24/7/365. Are you prepared for the next ransomware attack? Contact us today!

 
 
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Protect The Backups: Ransomware Vs Backup

Security incidents are trending topics these days – especially with October being security awareness month. Why? It is an easy pay day for threat actors to exploit human error. Ransomware is a common threat vector that hackers are using to lock computers and data for ransom. Once paid, data is released (some of the times, that is). It doesn’t take much time to find articles, whitepapers, and supporting content on the effects of an attack and how to recover. However, with storage and backup innovation continuing to advance, many are ignoring the fact that backups are just another target for threat actors to exploit. If your backup data is breached, what then?

The good news is that organizations are starting to understand the threats that lie with ransomware and other types of attacks. Many organizations are embracing new options to battle this challenge. A good majority of the populace is turning to the cloud to protect their data. Organizations will keep on-premise backups and then send another copy through the cloud to make a clear-cut path for secure and easy recovery.

Some organizations are still relying on less efficient ways to protect their backups. Tape is still not dead as a backup for your backup. However, it is an extremely inefficient and time-consuming way of handling your backups. Others, are just ignoring the fact that security incidents can happen to your backups if you are not handling them properly. This could leave your organization scrambling to recover – maybe even closing your doors for good.

So, how can you protect your backups? Here are a few basic strategies that you should deploy – whether it is in-house or through a provider:

Keep your systems up to date: I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of saying this. An outdated operating system or application is an open invitation for malware. Way too many organizations are not properly practicing patch management practices. Look at the recent Equifax breach, Petya, or WannaCry. All these organizations have experienced huge breaches due to the fact that they did not properly update a system when a patch was released.

Lock it down: This is obvious, but it is important to have secured access. Keep a layered defense approach to ensure a compromise does not expose your entire environment. Many of the advanced ransomware programs will follow and track account information and passwords. With this, they will move laterally through your environment and do more damage in the end.

Have a separate copy of backup offsite: It is important that you are keeping a separate copy of your data offsite, in a secure location. Many organizations will just store backups onsite and think that they are protected. Little do they know, when a breach occurs, threat actors could gain access to these backups and compromise the information leaving bad data and a scramble to recover. At NetServe365, we have partnered with Iron Mountain as our secure data center. We store application and snapshot backups locally, then transfer encrypted deduplicated backups to our underground data center.

Have a means of detection: Now, you can recover easily, but how do you know you have been compromised? Many organization are turning to MSSPs for 24/7/365 detection services. While preventative actions and hardening your network are extremely important, they lack the security intelligence to tell you what actions were taken place during an attack and what data is compromised. With a comprehensive service, you will be able to have the visibility into your environment to quickly respond and remediate an issue with minimal downtime.

If you feel your organization is one of the many that aren’t properly securing your backups, network, or aren’t completing backups to start with it is time to start having these discussions. Malware and ransomware are on the rise and coming for your organization’s critical information.

 
 

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Enhanced Visibility to Protect Your IT Environment

Innovation growth can mean a lot of things for an organization – new and improved functionality, efficiency, cost savings – but, it can also mean newly added risk. Innovation and the rapid increase of connected devices has significantly increase the attack surface for threat actors. To stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape, organizations have to adopt new security solutions that protect deeper than traditional solutions. In the past, using tools like firewalls and IDS/IPS have helped organizations to successfully detect malicious activity. However, these tools don’t support functionality that can reveal executed commands, actions taken, or whether data was extracted. This makes it hard to understand what is happening when a breach does occur. To battle these challenges organizations are considering 24/7/365 network and endpoint visibility that helps detect malicious activity as soon as it enters your environment. A fully-managed and 24/7/365 detection service can monitor your network and endpoints to provide details of breach activities.

A Matter of When – Not If

The likelihood of your organization getting compromised, infected or breached is significant. Threat actors will always evolve their attack strategies and will find a way around your endpoint protections. A data breach is detected on average six months after the threat actor enters the network. Once attackers can get into your network and live off the land, by the time you have learned about the breach, a lot of damage has already occurred.

Help and Hinder

There are many tools within your operating system that threat actors can use to live off the land and move laterally across your network. These tools help administrators to secure environments, but in the wrong hands they can cause a lot of damage. For example, hackers like to extract login credentials of employees from authentication services that verify the validity of users. This will allow the threat actor to move further around your network.

Another tool that threat actors like to interact with are snapshot tools. This is seen more often with ransomware attacks. A snapshot is a backup copy of computer files. Ransomware will often delete the snapshots on Windows to prevent victims to restore encrypted data.

IT administrators will often use tools to access an employee’s computer remotely. Hackers will often use similar tools to remotely access your computer. The employee could be working normally while the attacker is lurking in the background, viewing and gathering information. This is often called spyware.

Visibility is Key

Visibility into your network, servers, and endpoints is critical to spot suspicious activities. Security information and event monitoring (SIEM) will be able to provide full visibility into what is being taken place in your network and endpoints.

To determine if you have been breached or not, you must be able to see the types of malicious activities that have been taken place in your environment. Checking all your endpoints, servers, and network could take weeks, but having visibility into everything in one place allows for quick detection of malicious activities. You will know exactly which of your endpoints the attackers have been on, what parts of your network they have accessed and what the access point was. This allows for quick remediation and less damage.

Don’t know where to start with your organization’s security functions? A MSSP is able to help. NetServe365 is a service provider that protects, manages, and secures an organization’s IT environments and critical information. Contact us for a free demo of our 24/7/365 managed security offering!

 
 

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Handling the Security Concerns of Public vs. Private Cloud

The Cloud brings significant benefits to your IT operations. However, it also brings new security risks. While it is easy to get lost in the luster of the cloud, it is important to fully understand how to handle these newly emerging data risks. This is the only way that you can truly take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer.

There are two main factors that are driving organizations to the cloud. The first is flexibility. The cloud allows organizations to scale their data usage up or down with demand – while only paying for exact data usage. This model allows for agility within the business. The second benefit is cost-efficiency. You are able to eliminate the expenditure on servers and free resources up for revenue generating projects. And as I said earlier – you only pay for what you use, which eliminates operational waste. While you cannot forget about cloud migration and management costs, organizations are reaping the cost-effective model for organizational cost balance.

Security Concerns

Private cloud has a reputation of being more secure. You own the infrastructure and control it behind your own firewalls and preventative care. Don’t let this convince you that this data will never get hacked though. You still must consider things like insider threats and whims of nature. Also, management of security is on your own IT department – unless you outsource to a MSP. Do you have the resources, time, and employees to manage this inside your own walls though?

On the other hand, the public cloud has many benefits as well; protection behind an enterprise-class firewall, you are not alone when defending attacks, and you are protected from sudden demand surges. But along with these benefits, there are risks. The biggest risk that organizations are worried about is accessibility to your data. Anything that is connected over the internet is susceptible to threat actors and malicious activity.

A 2016 survey from Cloud Security Alliance states that more than two-thirds of respondents think that a key obstacle to cloud migration is the inability to apply the same security policies to your data in a public cloud environment as you can in a private, on-prem cloud infrastructure.

Security Solutions

There are ways to properly secure and mitigate cloud security risk. The first and most fundamental is thoroughly vetting your provider. Write down and ask the tough questions. A reputable cloud provider is willing to answer all questions that you have about their service. Here are a few key features to look out for:

  • Compliant with government regulations – SOC, HIPPA, etc.
  • How is data transferred to the cloud? Encrypted?
  • What security measures does the provider have in place for themselves – Preventative, Detection, Incident Response?
  • What kind of visibility do you have over the data? Health, performance, and security.

Cloud Security as a Joint Venture

The security of your cloud environment should be seen as a joint venture. The cloud provider is usually responsible for ensuring physical security of the data center – securing the network, sever hardware, and hosting. The customer is responsible for securing operating systems, applications and data running in the cloud accounts – unless other services are in place to be noted otherwise.

The managed service provider has a shared interest in your data’s security and will provide additional services to help you secure your IT environments. They will implement best security practices from limiting network exposures to full security monitoring and detection. Their teams have platforms in place that supply a level of visibility that most organizations cannot afford to implement. This includes, actions that are being taken place by end users to bad actors in your cloud environments. These security services work in conjunction with cloud management tools to correlate all events to fully understand the security posture of your organization. Many traditional tools are still effective as you expand your perimeter, but adding in extra layers into your security measures can only help you better secure and monitor your full environment.

Don’t let security concerns stop you from moving into a modern workforce with the cloud. If you are implementing adequate security procedures and talking to experienced managed services providers, you will be able to take advantage of everything the cloud has to offer. Need help with cloud computing or security services? Contact NetServe365 today for a free assessment and demo!

 
 
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The Equifax Data Breach: What’s the deal?

The Equifax data breach news is a bit of a shocker for most people. Roughly 143 million Americans were affected by this breach. This is most of the US adult population. The highly sensitive data that was leaked included social security numbers, home addresses and credit card information of Equifax users. And what caused this massive security breach? Improper patch management practices. It was announced that the Equifax data compromise was due to the failure to install the security patches provided in a timely manner.

So, What happened Equifax?

Equifax stated that the, “Data breach had exploited a website application vulnerability known as Apache struts CVE-2017-5638. Apache struts is a free, open-source framework for creating web applications. The Apache vulnerability was announced on March 7th, 2017; the same day the patch was released. It is stated that the Equifax data breach started in mid-May through July. This is a two-month period between the patch release date and when the breach occurred. During this time-frame, the company failed to deal with the problem which could have simply be fixed by patching the vulnerability.

Equifax is a large organization that most certainly was spending money, time and resources on securing their customers’ data – but yet, they still fell victim to an attack. This should be ever-so concerning to small- and medium-sized businesses as well. If a threat actor can hack into a $3 billion dollar company, what stands in the way of a smaller company with less security resources? This situation should raise one simple question to every IT decision maker out there; Are we doing enough to secure our organization? It is important that organizations are evolving their security procedures constantly and getting involved with security experts at a security service provider. They will be able to supply a multi-tiered defense solution that will protect your remote users to your servers.

We have seen similar security breaches in the past; look at WannaCry and Petya. Organizations have waited too long to patch vulnerabilities and threat actors have been able to take advantage of this – causing havoc and loss of a lot of money. There are many lessons that organizations can take away from these data breaches,such as: Patches aren’t an option, businesses are a key target, and you must tighten your security practices from the inside out.

Data breaches are very dangerous. Very often threat actors will sell the database of sensitive information on the Dark Web to other attackers so they can perform targeted attacks and other malicious activities. While just alone the data breach is extremely dangerous to all the affected users, it can open up a whole new wave of malicious activity.

For far too long, businesses have placed best security practices, preventative actions, and detection services off their radar. Many organizations are dealing with barriers such as budget constraints and lack of expertise, but these cannot stop your organization from tightening your security posture. The Equifax breach serves as a painful reminder that security must be continuously managed and doing otherwise is simply negligent. Contact us today for more information or a free security consultation.

 
 
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The 7 Red Flags of an Email Cyber Attack

There’s no doubt that cyber-crime is one of the fastest growing and evolving crimes as of recent. With the rising tide of cyber theft, in just two years, we are projected to see a 15x increase ($5 Billion – up from $325 million) in global ransomware damage costs in 2017. Ransomware and other viruses are distributed through many different avenues. One of the easiest and more common is through email. An Email cyber attack is one of the most popular forms of hacking due to one perpetual factor; Human error.

As the world goes digital, humans have become a much more common target than the system itself. Because of this, sensitive information is only as secure as the least secure human who has access to it. For example, look at the Gmail attack back in May. This sophisticated phishing campaign targeted Gmail users by disguising itself as a trusted contact and asked users to check out an attached Google Doc. When the user clicked on the link, it asked users to give permission for the fake app; allowing access to their email histories and contacts. On top of this, the virus was able to spread to all contacts.

Situations like this happen to businesses of all sizes. It is important that you are protecting your systems from these attacks. However, this can be difficult if employees are not properly trained on how to identify the warning signs. Don’t let hackers trick you into handing over sensitive information. Here are the top red flags that employees should be looking for when faced with a phishy email cyber attack

“From”

If you think an email seems fishy, the first red flag should be the “from” section. Sometimes these will be blank. Other times, there will be familiar, trusted, contact names in this field. However, they are usually misspelled in a clever way that will throw you off. For example, johndoe@companydomain.com will be johndoe@companydoman.com. When you quickly look they can be construed as a familiar email address that is trusted, but it can easily trick you.

“To”

Many times, email cyber attack attempts will be spammed out to large groups of users. If you are cc’d or attached to an email with a bunch of unfamiliar names this is a red flag. Double check the “from” field, links, and subject line before clicking anything in the email.

Subject Line

The next thing that you should look at when you suspect that an email is fishy, is the subject line. The subject line will say something alarming that will grab your attention. Some buzzwords to look for could be: Approve this, Urgent, Credentials, Your account, etc. This is an easy way that threat actors trick users to open emails and draw them in.

Content

If the above 3 red flags pass the validity test, the next thing to look at is the content of the email. An email cyber attack attempt might urge you to update information or change a password. They will make it seem extremely urgent so it installs fear into the user. Another thing to look out for is misspelling and grammatical errors.

Attachments

A good rule of thumb, is to always be cautious when it comes to opening attachments. They can seem harmless, but there can be malicious viruses or another form of malware within the attachments. Make sure that the source seems valid, or even check with IT, before opening an attachment that you aren’t sure about.

Hyperlinks

The same thing goes with hyperlinks as well. Always be cautious when clicking hyperlinks unless it is from a trusted source. Many times, these can send you to pages to install viruses and malware. The first thing you should do is hover over the link prior to clicking. This will show you the full link and destination. Never click on something that you are unsure about. If you have a weird feeling that it is suspicious, go with your gut feeling and don’t click.

Time

The last red flag that we will discuss is timing. If you are receiving an email in the middle of the night about wiring money from an executive – I would double check the validity of that email prior to reacting. Also, be cautious around holidays and large events. Threat actors will take advantage of these for their own benefit.

When it comes to an email cyber attack, human error will always be the downfall in an organization and a benefit to the threat actors. To combat these risks, teach your employees the warning signs of a malicious email attempt. This is only the first step to strengthening your security posture though. What happens when employees fall for a malicious trap? It is important that your organization is protected from the external to the internal level. A holistic security approach can supply everything your organization needs to protect the oopsies and uh ohs. Contact us today for more information!

 
 

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Part 3: Minimizing the Fragmented Security Toolbox

Today we are going to finish up our three-part blog series that has been examining trends in attack behaviors and vulnerabilities in 2017 via the Cisco Midyear Cyber Security Report. We will be concluding this series by discussing how organizations of all sizes can take control of their security posture and protect their mission critical information from risks and vulnerabilities emerging today.

First, let’s recap what we discussed in the previous articles.

In part 1, we discussed how threat actors are becoming more sophisticated in their attack behaviors while they are learning to evade detection. Cyber-criminals are learning new ways to eliminate the safety-net that organizations rely on with Destruction of Service (DeOS) attacks. Cisco also found that exploits are down, spyware is a huge threat for organizations, and BEC (business email compromise) is one of the most lucrative methods to extract large amounts of money from organizations. Lastly, we discussed that even though IoT is revolutionizing business collaboration and innovation, it is still a huge security risk because of the lack of visibility and security precautions.

In part 2, we discovered that while vulnerability management is increasing, there is still room for huge improvement to reduce threats and impact of future malicious attacks. Weak security practices such as not patching known vulnerabilities quick enough, not limiting privileged access to cloud systems and leaving infrastructures and endpoints unmanaged are endangering organizations throughout the world. Actions need to be taken quickly to tighten security postures to reduce threats.

It is true that defenders are improving their ability to detect threats and prevent attacks as technology innovates and IT professionals become experts in the industry. The dramatic increase in cyber-attack frequency, complexity, and size over the past year suggests that economics of hacking have turned a corner. A Cisco partner, Radware, notes that the modern hacking community is benefiting from quick and easy access to a range of useful and low-cost resources. So, how do organizations handle new and emerging threats?

The Key: Reducing the fragmented security toolbox

Defenders can point to victories in the past, but they must assume that threat actors will continue to dodge their defenses. Defenders already have most of the tools they need to slow down attackers – the tricky part is how they are using them. Many security professionals state that they deploy multiple security tools from many different vendors. This is a complicated approach to security when it should be completely seamless and holistic.

A fragmented and multiproduct security approach can damage an organization’s ability to manage threats. It also increases the number of security triggers that security teams must review. With the cyber talent shortage, this is something that most organizations can handle on their own. When a security team can’t reduce the number of vendors used and adopt a simplified approach, they can reduce their exposure to threats. This also allows organizations to meet security challenges from government regulations.

Reduce the fragmented security toolbox with a MSSP

Organizations are turning to MSSPs (Managed Security Services Provider) for a simplistic and cost-effective approach to security solutions. When you invest in security services with a MSSP, their experts provide full security visibility and incident response to promote your security posture. They have holistic tools and platforms in place that offer services such as: SIEM, threat management, vulnerability management, incident response, behavioral monitoring, threat intelligence, intrusion prevention, and much more. You will also receive access to top-notch security experts that monitor and manage your security events 24/7/365.

Many organizations have trouble keeping with up today’s dynamic threat landscape. To battle evolving vulnerability and attack strategies, organizations are enlisting MSSPs for cost-effective and reliable network protection. Previously we have stated that Cisco and their team has found that it is time that organizations must raise their warning flags even higher. Cisco’s security experts “are becoming increasingly concerned about the accelerating pace of change – and yes, sophistication – in the global cyber threat landscape.” It is important that organizations are taking action now to prevent threats in the future. Contact a MSSP to learn more about how they deliver real-time threat intelligence to quickly identify threats affecting your network and prioritize actionable response. Contact us today for more information!

 
 

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