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MITRE ATT&CK Evaluation - Bitdefender a Stellar EDR Vendor For Midsized Organizations & MSPs

Apr 30 by Andra Cazacu

Apr 21st saw much anticipated release of the MITRE ATT&CK® Evaluation framework. With many vendors claiming success in MITRE ATT&CK latest Evaluation results, it may be difficult to read between the noise and discover which solution makes most sense for your organization.

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Cybersecurity Incidents Up 23% after COVID-19 Forced Businesses to Switch to Remote Work

Apr 30 by Filip Truta

23% of infosec professionals say that cybersecurity incidents experienced by their organization have increased since transitioning to remote work. At the same time, almost half say they have been taken off some or all of their typical security duties to assist with other IT-related tasks.

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Accelerating Safely on the Digital Highway

Apr 30 by Bogdan Carlescu

 Cyber Resilience - Safeguarding Your Digital Transformation with Detection and Response

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Some Small Business Owners Expect IRS and WHO to Send them Emails, Survey Reveals

Apr 29 by Silviu Stahie

The economics behind the current COVID-19 pandemic creates gateways for possible cybersecurity intrusions, and consumers and small business owners (SMB) are among the most affected, according to a survey from IBM Security and Morning Consult. 

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Five Tips On Training Staff to Avoid Coronavirus Scams

Apr 28 by George V. Hulme

There has been a steady rise in COVID-19 scams and attacks since the novel coronavirus pandemic went global in February. Traditional cybercriminals, as well as APT groups, have been exploiting the situation and will likely continue until COVID-19 is no longer a front-page news item. The attack techniques look familiar: phishing, vishing, malicious apps, malicious domains, and crafty SEO techniques, along with social engineering techniques designed to entice people to click on links or attachments to install malware or steal login credentials.

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A GIF Image Could Have Let Hackers Hijack Microsoft Teams at Your Firm

Apr 27 by Graham Cluley

A critical vulnerability has been patched in the Microsoft Teams work collaboration platform after security researchers discovered a way in which hackers could compromise accounts and steal data with something as seemingly harmless as an animated .GIF image.

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Insider Threats Jump 47 Percent, as Incident Costs Reach $11.45 Million, New Study Shows

Apr 27 by Alina Bizga

Amid the turmoil and confusion surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, companies were forced to hastily implement solutions that could allow employees to shift to telework overnight, creating extensive opportunities for bad actors and insider threats to flourish.

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Businesses Are Increasingly Considering Paying Ransomware Attackers

Apr 24 by Filip Truta

Ransomware attacks are more common than previously thought in the small and medium business (SMB) community, with 46% of SMBs reporting falling victim to the data-crippling malware. 73% of those targeted have actually paid a ransom, new research shows.

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Bad Bot Traffic Is on the Rise, and Financial Services Industry Takes the Brunt

Apr 23 by Silviu Stahie

Companies with an online presence are directly affected by bad bot traffic, forcing them to divert essential resources to deal with a problem that’s becoming increasingly larger. Just in 2019, 24.1% of the entire Internet traffic came from bad bot traffic. 

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Third Parties Prove Persistent Healthcare Data Risk

Apr 22 by George V. Hulme

According to the Protenus Breach Barometer report, there’s been a steady increase in healthcare related data breaches over recent years. Last year, there were 572 healthcare data breaches within U.S.-based healthcare industry. That’s up from 450 in 2016. When it comes to patient records leaked, they rose as well, reaching 41 million in 2019 from 15 million in 2018. According to the report, at least since 2016, there has been one healthcare data breach reported a day.

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9 Challenges for Email Security Experts - Protecting E-Mail in Times of Crisis

Apr 22 by Angel Icusca

As the coronavirus pandemic forces enterprises to reshape their strategies, remote is slowly becoming the new normal. Platforms once united under a single firewall have now turned into scattered endpoints, and coherent threat defenses have to cover more ground than ever. While security experts struggle to keep threats at bay, one thing is becoming clear: your data is not safe anymore!

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Securing the Work-At-Home Environment

Apr 22 by Bob Violino

The new business realities created by the coronavirus pandemic include unprecedented numbers of people working from home or from other remote locations.

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Re-Imagine Endpoint Protection (Even if You Don’t Have EDR)

Apr 21 by Michael Weinstein

Enterprise endpoints (laptops, workstations, servers, mailboxes, etc.) have historically been a primary vector of cyberattacks that led to major security incidents and breaches. The latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report testifies that user devices were involved in 30% and servers – in 63% of data breaches. Ponemon Institute’s 2020 “Study on the State of Endpoint Security Risk” covering 671 IT security professionals reports that 68% of organizations suffered “an endpoint attack that compromised data assets and/or IT infrastructure in the last 2 years.”

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Surge in Remote Working Highlights Growing Need for Network Traffic Analytics

Apr 21 by Filip Truta

As bad actors ramp up phishing campaigns against remote workers, Chief Information Officers (CIOs) across the globe are finding that their employees are using previously undiscovered computing devices daily or weekly.

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Coronavirus Is a New Challenge for Cybersecurity

Apr 20 by Silviu Stahie

If you think the COVID-19 epidemic means a respite from cyberattacks against companies, you’d be wrong. If anything, the situation is worse, as organizations divert resources to other parts of the business, leaving their infrastructure exposed. And the proof of that is the flurry of attacks against hospitals.

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Misconfiguration Remains the #1 Cause of Data Breaches in the Cloud

Apr 16 by Filip Truta

In a bid to stem the spread of COVID-19 and protect their business, companies are making a major shift to remote work. But their increased reliance on cloud applications is prompting deep concern among many IT and cloud professionals about the security of their environments.

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More than Half of Enterprises Are Not Equipped to Operate in the Cloud Securely, Study Shows

Apr 15 by Filip Truta

Most enterprises believe embracing the public cloud is critical to innovation, but few are equipped to operate in the cloud securely, according to a new report.

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How Effective are Security Operations Centers?

Apr 14 by Bob Violino

A lot of organizations rely heavily on their security operations centers (SOCs) to maintain a strong cyber security posture. But just how effective are these centralized units that are designed to deal with security issues on an organizational level?

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Remote Work in the Covid-19 Era: Cyber Risks Rise for Small Businesses as Security Budgets Dwindle

Apr 13 by Filip Truta

Business owners are concerned that remote working will lead to more cyberattacks. Ironically, though, nearly 40% of small business owners feel that economic uncertainty will prevent them from making necessary cybersecurity investments to prevent the very cyber incidents they fear.

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Don’t Underestimate Spam and Phishing Scams - Pandemic Gives ISPs the Job of SOCs

Apr 10 by Silviu Stahie

The COVID-19 epidemic has sent the world into a frenzy. With so many companies choosing to send their employees to work from home, the job of the security department has become all the more important.

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Ransomware Crooks Emboldened by More Payments, Experiments in 'Customer' Experience

Apr 10 by Ericka Chickowski

A new report out from CyberEdge Group showed that ransomware attacks broke the record books again last year as criminals were carried to more profitable highs by two new prevailing trends. The first trend is that ransom payers are more successfully recovering their data, which leads to the second trend, namely that more organizations are paying off the ransoms when they're attacked.


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How to Evaluate Competing MDR Service Providers

Apr 09 by Michael Rosen
  • Managed detection and response services vary widely so carefully evaluate competencies against your needs
  • MDR delivery and execution success depends on the service provider’s people, processes, and technology
  • Effective response requires game-planning pre-approved actions and escalations for foreseeable events
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FBI Issues Warning about BEC Scams Using Cloud-based Email Services

Apr 08 by Silviu Stahie

Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams are on the rise and have already generated actual losses totaling $2.1 billion in the past five years. Now, the FBI has issued yet another warning regarding the impersonation of a couple of popular cloud-based email services used in BEC scams. 

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7 Cyberattacks Against Pandemic-Stressed Healthcare Orgs

Apr 07 by Ericka Chickowski

It's only been a couple weeks since our team at Business Insights predicted that healthcare organizations would still be targeted by cybercriminals amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The prognostications are proving sadly accurate. Pandemic or no, healthcare cyberattacks keep coming—in spite of some cybercriminals' promises to the contrary.

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Amid a Major Skills Shortage, CISOs Are Turning to Security Analytics and Threat Intelligence

Apr 06 by Filip Truta

Studies focused on cybersecurity as a profession find each year that skills in the area are rare, and expensive at that. This year is no different. While IT leaders are starting to take steps to mitigate this issue, organizations worldwide remain at risk for doing too little, too late.

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Successful Ransomware Infections Surge to Record in 2020 as Victims Grow More Willing to Pay, Research Shows

Apr 03 by Filip Truta

As more and more ransomware victims recover their data by paying up, the extortion payments made to ruthless cybercrooks are motivating the ransomware industry, new research suggests.

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DoS Attacks in the Age of Remote Work  - Why Modern ISPs can’t Look Over Internet of Things Security

Apr 02 by Silviu Stahie

In September 2016, the United States internet infrastructure took a heavy blow that left many of the Fortune 500 businesses in digital darkness. The attack, initially pinned on a hostile nation-state, was in fact the work of teenagers wielding a botnet of about 100,000 IoT devices.    

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Hypervisor Introspection blocks EternalDarkness/SMBGhost Privilege Escalation Exploit (CVE-2020-0796)

Apr 02 by Andrei Florescu
  • EternalDarkness or SMBGhost is the latest vulnerability affecting the Microsoft SMB protocol which was first reported in March 2020
  • This is high-severity threat because SMB vulnerabilities very-often are quickly adopted by “wormified” malicious attacks. As-of publishing of this post, PoCs exist for DoS and local privilege escalation
  • Bitdefender Hypervisor Introspection stops the local privilege escalation 0-day attack without any additional configurations or updates. See the Demo below.
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Gartner: Coronavirus Exposes Outdated Risk Management Practices

Apr 02 by George V. Hulme

Enterprise governance, risk, and compliance programs are designed, in important part, to ensure that companies stay on track and manage risk and uncertainty. Many organizations, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are now finding whether their risk management and cybersecurity plans will work as intended.

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New Windows Zero-Day Exploited in the Wild, no Patch in Sight

Last Monday, Microsoft published a security advisory detailing a new font-parsing remote code-execution vulnerability targeting Windows 7 devices.

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Small DDoS Attacks Are Increasing; VPNs Could Fall Victim Next During Epidemic

Apr 01 by Silviu Stahie

While the COVID-19 is confining workers to home and keeping offices empty, cybercriminals and other bad actors have no compulsion in continuing their DDoS attacks. The only difference appears to be in the scale of attacks, which are slowly moving from large to small targets. On top of that, an increase in attacks aimed at VPN providers is expected.

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