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Palo Alto Networks Employee Data Breach Highlights Risks Posed by Third Party Vendors

Nov 29 by Graham Cluley

As Business Insider reports, Palo Alto Networks has suffered a data breach.

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SOC Prevalence and Maturity on the Rise

Nov 28 by Ericka Chickowski

While most individual security analysts today are still overworked and battling burnout, the good news is that the process and organizational support they need is improving across the industry. A new report out last week shows that security programs are growing more mature and performing better as the number of organizations with formal security operations centers (SOC) experiences a huge spike.

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Spate of Ransomware Attacks on Healthcare Providers Raises Serious Health Concerns

Nov 27 by Filip Truta

Ransomware operators don’t discriminate between targets, hitting everything from industrial control systems and government agencies to small businesses and regular people sitting at home watching YouTube. Depending on the target, the damage can range from mere nuisance to catastrophe.

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Study Finds Companies May Be Wise to Share Cybersecurity Efforts

Nov 26 by George V. Hulme

It turns out, if recent research is any indication, when one company is breached in a vertical market other companies in that vertical market become less attractive places for investors to stick their capital. Yet, when companies share their cybersecurity risk management they significantly outperform their peers that don’t disclose their cybersecurity efforts.

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Almost Half of SMB Executives Believe Employees Can’t Recognize Phishing

Nov 25 by Silviu Stahie
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Let Bitdefender take care of your Business Security over the Holidays

The holidays are a chaotic time for everyone, especially small business owners. Not only are they caring for the needs of their family, they are delivering their customers the excellent service that small business owners pride themselves on.

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How to Get 360-Degree Visibility and Increased Cyber-Resilience

Nov 21 by Bogdan Carlescu

Why do organizations get breached? With all the investments in cybersecurity breaches still, occur. Details vary from case to case but if you boil down to the bottom of the incident you will most likely find the same basic story: lack of visibility and ineffective response to the emerging threats. Too many systems and too many tools, combined with limited human resources are usually strong contributors to the problem.

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Smaller DDoS Attacks Against Organizations Quadruple on Year in Q3, Survey Shows

Nov 20 by Silviu Stahie

The number of smaller and more concentrated DDoS attacks (distributed denial-of-service) has increased in Q3 2019, highlighting a new trend that seems to be gaining momentum, according to research from online risk analytics firm Neustar.

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Attackers Outrunning, Outsmarting Healthcare Defenses

Nov 19 by George V. Hulme

According to a new study, 2019 has been yet another brutal year for healthcare cybersecurity. In 2019, so far, nearly four out of five breaches in the industry struck health care providers. And 53% of those attacks were at the hands of external attackers, respondents to a new survey said.

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American Shoppers to Blame Financial Institutions in Case of Data Breach

Nov 18 by Silviu Stahie

With the holiday season fast approaching, American consumers already know who to hold responsible if their credentials are stolen in a data breach. 68% of the shoppers say banks should shoulder part of the blame, no matter where the breach occurred.

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Keep Your Security Operations in Shape

Nov 15 by Andrei Pisau

Prevent alert fatigue with actionable threat intelligence

Suspicious. Suspicious. Suspicious. You scroll down as you sift through your thousandth false positive today. And it’s not even noon. You take a small break, after one last glance at the screen. After all, no real threat has been detected in months. What could go wrong? 

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Record Number of Breaches and Leaked Records Registered in 2019, Study Shows

Nov 14 by Silviu Stahie

2019 is on track to set a record for the highest number of security incidents ever recorded, with 5,183 data breaches and 7.9 billion records exposed by November in the United States alone, according to a report from Risk Based Security.

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The Underworld Economy

Nov 13 by Liviu Arsene

Imagine a world in which you could simply click onto a website to buy drugs, weapons, fake IDs, malicious software and ‘how to’ guides for building AK47s. In just a button press, you could own just about any illegal item you can think of. In the realm of the dark markets, this world, or underworld, is very much a reality.

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Cybersecurity Field Must More Than Double Qualified Staff to Meet Market Needs, Survey Shows

Nov 12 by Silviu Stahie

The lack of certified cybersecurity professionals is felt throughout the world, and the industry would need to more than double the number of staff to meet the market’s needs, according to a study by (ISC)². As it stands, the supply of qualified labor only meets around 40% of demand.

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CFOs Getting More Involved in Cyber Security Strategies

Nov 11 by Bob Violino

CISOs, CSOs, and CIOs are not the only C-level executives with a deep concern about cyber security. New research shows that CFOs appear to be taking a more active role in ensuring that their organizations are protected against data breaches, hacks, malware, and other threats.

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PayPal Surpasses Microsoft as Favorite Target of Phishing Attacks

Nov 08 by Silviu Stahie

PayPal has now overtaken Microsoft to become the favorite target of phishing campaigns, according to a third-quarter 2019 report by email security firm Vade Secure.

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Phishing Activity Rises to Record in Third Quarter, APWG Report Says

Nov 07 by Silviu Stahie

The number of phishing campaigns has been expanding steadily in recent years as cybercriminals target both private individuals and corporations with social engineering scams, according to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG).

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Debunking The BlueKeep Exploit Hype – What You Should Know

Nov 07 by Andra Cazacu

WannaCry is still fresh in our memory, reminding organizations of how distractive an unpatched vulnerability can be especially if weaponized as a wormable threat that delivers ransomware. BlueKeep has been estimated to have the same disruptive potential as EternalBlue (the exploit responsible for WannaCry) if sporting worm-like behavior, especially since RDP is a commonly used service in organizations, allowing IT and security teams to remotely dial into machines.

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Implementing Security Best Practices in the Virtual Data Center

Nov 06 by Michael Rosen
  • Virtual data center security must be agile and mapped in real-time to virtual infrastructure management tools
  • Offloading of anti-malware scanning improves user experience, reduces redundant scans, and provides high availability
  • Born-secure VM instantiation ensures compliance, improves virtualization density, and minimizes application latency
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Throwing More Money at Cyber Security Challenges Will Not Necessarily Address Them—Companies Need to Spend Wisely

Nov 06 by Bob Violino

Here’s a disturbing bit of information: a large number of IT security leaders and teams don’t know if cyber security tools are working as they should, despite organizations investing millions of dollars in such technology each year.

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The Security Megatrends in 2020

Nov 05 by George V. Hulme

Cybersecurity trends are always evolving. And the Security Industry Association, a trade group that focuses on physical and cyber security, believes it has identified the security “megatrends” that will dominate the immediate and long-term changes within the international security industry.

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Transparent Cybersecurity Policies Make Companies More Attractive to Investors

Nov 04 by Silviu Stahie

Companies that are transparent about their cybersecurity risk management efforts are more attractive to investors, after or before a data breach happens in their industry.

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Employee Negligence Remains the Biggest Threat in Data Breaches

Nov 01 by Silviu Stahie

The biggest worry for companies should be employee negligence, which remains the primary factor in data breaches, the Bitdefender Hacked Off! survey revealed.

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Younger Workers Lax when it Comes to Cybersecurity, Survey Finds

Nov 01 by George V. Hulme

During the 1964 Free Speech Movement at the University of California, Berkeley, activist Jack Weinberg said: “Don’t trust anyone over 30.” Well, when it comes to cybersecurity, it may be more accurate to say Don’t trust anyone under 30.

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