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Bitdefender’s Business Insights Nominated at the 2018 Security Blogger Awards – Cast Your Vote!

Dear reader: if we had the chance, we would definitely name you the Best Corporate Security Blog Reader out there.

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Annual Report Shows Increased Maturity in Security Operations

Mar 29 by George V. Hulme

An annual study from enterprise software company Micro Focus has shown progress in the security maturity of organizations, but much more work remains. According to the fifth annual State of Security Operations Report 2018, there has been a 10 percent improvement in organization’s ability to meet security-related business goals. According to the study, about 25 percent of organizations assessed meet those goals.

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Small Gains, Big Wins – When Facing Cyber Threats, a Swift Response Could Save Your Company

Mar 28 by Bogdan Botezatu

Speed is the critical factor in mitigating the damage of a cyber attack, and will remain so for the foreseeable future. This is according to 74 percent of the C–level information security executives who participated in our brand new Small Gains, Big Wins Study, which looks at the cyber security attitudes of 250 CIOs/ CISOs/ CSOs in UK-based companies with 500+ employees.

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Coin Miner Reports Outrank Ransomware by Two Orders of Magnitude, According to Bitdefender Telemetry

Mar 27 by Liviu Arsene

Bitdefender telemetry revealed that from September 2017 until February 2018, ransomware reports have followed a descending curve, while coin miner reports have increased by 130 percent by January 2018. Interestingly, cryptojacking is currently one of the fastest spreading cyber threats, already outranking ransomware’s exposure by a factor of 1 to 100 according to Bitdefender’s intelligence, and is recently displaying targeted behavior, by leveraging fileless techniques and exploits to infiltrate organizations and spread laterally.

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Security – The S in Citrix Synergy 2018

Mar 26 by Andra Cazacu

If you count big digital transformation events among your favorite times of the year, you know by now that no show tackles security better than Citrix Synergy.

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Small Gains, Big Wins – Security Threats Cause Sleepless Nights for UK CISOs

Mar 22 by Bogdan Botezatu

Security threats are keeping CISOs awake at night. We have this on good authority: around two thirds (65 percent) of C-level information security executives surveyed admitted to it as part of our brand new Small Gains, Big Wins Study, which looks at the cyber security attitudes of 250 CIOs/ CISOs/ CSOs in UK-based companies with 500+ employees.

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Enterprise Cloud, Security, and all that Jazz

Mar 21 by Michael Weinstein

“I’m not sure, but I’m almost positive, that all music came from New Orleans.”  

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Security – it Shouldn’t Just Be the Jewel in Your Crown, but Your Partners and Suppliers Too

Mar 20 by Graham Cluley

You’re not surprised when a purchase of some earrings, a bracelet, or a diamond necklace hurts you in the pocket.

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Alleged North Korean Threat Actor Targets Select Victims with another Critical Zero-Day Vulnerability Attack

Mar 19 by Liviu Arsene

Attributing cyberattacks and advanced malware to a particular country or entity is usually troublesome. Forensic artefacts can sometimes be planted or forged to point to a specific country or cybercriminal group.

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UK C-Suite Actively Flaunting InfoSec Rules, Bitdefender ‘Small Gains, Big Wins’ Study Reveals

Mar 19 by Bogdan Botezatu

The individuals charged with running an organisation are actually the most likely to expose it to a major cyber attack, according to information security executives.

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Students to Demonstrate Cybersecurity Skills in Annual Hacker Contest

Mar 16 by George V. Hulme

Over the past few years, considerable attention has been given to the cybersecurity skills gap. In the post Enterprises Continue to Grapple with a Huge Cyber Security Skills Shortage we covered how the global cyber security workforce shortage is on pace to hit 1.8 million by 2022, a 20 percent increase since 2015,  according to the Global Information Security Workforce Study. That study found 68 percent of workers in North America think the workforce gap is due to a lack of qualified personnel.

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 Nearly All Cybersecurity Workers on the Job Hunt

Mar 15 by George V. Hulme

Organizations already facing a tough time finding cybersecurity talent may find additional cybersecurity headwinds this year as the vast majority (84 percent) of cybersecurity workers say they are on the lookout for new job opportunities.

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Changes to Data Breach Notifications in the Air

Mar 14 by George V. Hulme

Ever since the first data breach notification law went into effect July 1, 2003 in California (SB 1386), there has been controversy surrounding what types of data being exposed should trigger data breach notifications, who should be notified, and how quickly they should be notified. In fact, it’s become somewhat of a mess.

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Some Organizations Pulling Workloads Back from the Cloud Because of Security, Data Management Concerns

Mar 13 by Razvan Muresan

Everyone in IT knows how much the cloud is becoming a central and strategic component of the modern technology infrastructure at many enterprises. Perhaps less well known is the fact that a lot of organizations have pulled workloads back from the cloud—in part because of concerns about data management and security.

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Shifting Gears to Cloud-Centric Cybersecurity

Mar 12 by Ericka Chickowski

As enterprises bridge their adoption patterns for public cloud from isolated pilot projects to fully scaled environments, they're going to need to get serious about adjusting their cybersecurity strategy and architecture to accordingly. According to the thinkers at McKinsey & Company, that sea change needs to start now. In a new report out last month by the consulting firm, enterprises are finally doubling down on their public cloud experiments over the last decade. And that means an impending cascade of public cloud usage in critical infrastructure that previously remained entrenched in the on-prem world.

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Only Half of Organizations that Pay Ransomware Operators Get Their Data Back

Mar 09 by Filip Truta

Ransomware, the prolific malware that locks down computer files until the victim pays to regain access, remains the fastest-growing cyber threat, targeting users from the regular Joe to entire corporate networks.

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SEC Updates Guidance On Disclosing Breaches, Warns Against Insider Trading Based on Cyber Risk

Mar 08 by Ericka Chickowski

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) put public companies on warning that they need to get better about how and when they disclose not just breaches but material cyber risks to investors. The instructions were part of an updated guidance on breach disclosure from the SEC meant to protect investors and bring greater clarity to what the regulatory board expects from public companies when it comes to how they handle information security transparency.

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Public Sector Explores How Artificial Intelligence Might Help with Enhancing Cyber Security Efforts

Mar 07 by Razvan Muresan

Artificial intelligence (AI) is capturing the imagination of business and technology leaders in virtually every industry. The promise of technology solutions based on AI is certainly compelling, with potential benefits including greater efficiency, reduced errors, cost savings, enhanced customer services, etc.

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IT Security Pros Neglect Obvious Source of Tips on Fighting Future Threats: The Past

Mar 06 by Filip Truta

An increase in cyber threats and a failure to learn from past incidents place the security of data, infrastructure and assets at risk, according to a new threat landscape report.

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Debunking Software Defined Data Center Myths

Mar 05 by Liviu Arsene

The global software defined data center (SDDC) market is estimated to reach US$90.416 billion by 2022, from US$36.517 billion in 2017, meaning that companies will continue on the path of software defined everything. While the immediate benefits of SDDCs revolve around less CapEx, OpEx, centralized management, and the deployment of cloud in a box, organizations need to prepare for challenges facing when adhering to SDDCs.

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Most IT Professionals Believe State-Sponsored Attacks Might Lead to Cyber War

Mar 02 by Filip Truta

Following a unanimous warning from the intelligence community about growing cyber threats, cybersecurity professionals agree that a catastrophic data breach to their organization is inevitable. Worse still, most IT execs fear the world could be on the brink of cyber warfare.

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1 in 50 Publicly Readable Amazon Buckets Are Also Writable – And That’s a Data Disaster Waiting to Happen

Mar 01 by Graham Cluley

Now is not the time to dilly-dally. If you haven’t already properly secured the Amazon Web Services S3 servers (known as “buckets”) storing your sensitive data in the cloud then your business has no time to lose.

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