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Author: Filip Truta

Filip is an experienced writer with over a decade of practice in the technology realm. He has covered a wide range of topics in such industries as gaming, software, hardware and cyber-security, and has worked in various B2B and B2C marketing roles. Filip currently serves as Information Security Analyst with Bitdefender.

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How to stay ahead of Ransomware

Jul 01 by Filip Truta

Ransomware remains a favorite among cybercriminals, who use it to block victims’ access to data and threaten to publish it if demands are not met. Nowadays, ransomware threat actors operate almost exclusively as-a-service, sharing duties and profits across hierarchical tiers. Sadly, as seen with the recent attack on a US fuel pipeline operator who paid a five million USD ransom, “business” is booming. Organized ransomware targeting US entities produced record damages last year, according to a recent analysis by the FBI's IC3 Center. Worldwide, ransomware costs are easily in the hundreds of millions and likely billions.

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Abusing Legitimate Software to Avoid Detection – ‘NAIKON’ APT Caught Running Cyber-Espionage Campaign Against Asian Military Organizations

May 13 by Filip Truta

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) groups are at the heart of today’s cyber-espionage efforts. Unlike one-off hackers, APTs distinguish themselves through novel attack techniques, cunning lateral movement across the victim’s infrastructure, swift malware deployment, efficient data exfiltration and – perhaps most importantly – stealthy operation to avoid detection by cybersecurity tools.

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Supply Chain Attacks – Bitdefender’s Threat Intel Wizards Say Now’s the Best Time for Advanced Cybersecurity [Q&A]

Mar 22 by Filip Truta

Bitdefender data suggests IT teams face murky waters in 2021, as the disruptive shift to remote work and cloud-based operations continues to create security blind spots attackers can exploit. With the SolarWinds breach sending ripples well into the future, supply chain attacks are top of mind. Now is the best time to consider a truly robust cybersecurity tool stack, as no technology layer can prevent attacks that silently climb the supply chain ladder.

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Misconfigurations: An Open Door to Compromise and Data Breaches

Feb 18 by Filip Truta
  • Endpoint misconfiguration accounts for 27 percent of entry points exploited by attackers today
  • As enterprises increasingly move workloads to the cloud, overburdened IT administrators frequently misconfigure accounts, applications and components
  • Organizations typically lack formal, systematic hardening processes and policies to close security gaps
  • IT reps require integrated endpoint configuration risk analysis at the heart of their security operations
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Three Security Headaches in 2021 and the Technologies to Fix Them

Jan 06 by Filip Truta
  • Remote workers have become lucrative ground for lurking cybercriminals
  • Scams purporting to sell COVID-19 vaccines are cropping up with allusions to shortages
  • IT reps, meanwhile, are overburdened and under-resourced leaving gaps for malicious actors to exploit
  • The ransomware landscape is almost entirely dominated by professionals, leaving one-offs scrambling for affiliation
  • Cyber actors are showing interest in critical industry verticals, like healthcare, education and municipal infrastructures
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IT Leaders Rank Data Breaches as the Top Technology Risk for 2021

Jan 05 by Filip Truta
  • 80% of digital leaders plan to address ‘cyber breach’ risk in 2021 audit plans
  • IT leaders in North America, Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Oceania all ranked ‘cyber breaches’ as their top concern
  • Digitally mature organizations stand out in their frequency of performing technology audit risk assessments
  • 67% of organizations do not classify themselves as digital leaders
  • ‘Cyber breaches’ are consistently a primary concern across key industry sectors
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ICO Calls on UK Businesses to Ensure Lawful Flow of Data Under GDPR as Brexit Transition Period Ends

Dec 28 by Filip Truta
  • SMEs must check whether they are impacted before the end of the UK’s transition period with the EU
  • Watchdog offers guidance and resources on the actions they may need to take if they use personal data
  • Update offers a reminder of what personally identifiable information (PII) is and how it’s classified
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Most Employees Think It’s the Company’s Job to Secure Their Work Accounts

Dec 25 by Filip Truta
  • 59% of employed Americans are more concerned about creating a strong password for personal accounts than work accounts
  • 70% of remote workers don’t consider it their responsibility to keep their corporate account secure
  • Organizations are behind in educating their employees on the risks associated with a compromised corporate account
  • Human Risk Analytics enables IT admins to stay afloat of insider threats
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Poor Security Habits Might Force Companies to Bring Employees Back to the Office

Dec 23 by Filip Truta
  • 69% admit to using corporate devices for personal use
  • 57% say they allow other members of their household to use their corporate devices for schoolwork, gaming and shopping
  • 82% admit to reusing passwords
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Half of Cybersecurity Seniors Have Changed Their Defense Strategies Due to COVID-19

Dec 21 by Filip Truta
  • 23% admitted experiencing a remote attack or disruption since the beginning of the pandemic
  • The greatest perceived threats are malware and insider threats
  • 29% of security seniors said they have invested in new tools but still feel inadequately protected
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61% of IT Security Leaders Say Remote Workers Have Caused a Data Breach This Year

Dec 18 by Filip Truta
  • Employees are 85% more likely today to leak files than pre-COVID
  • 59% of IT security leaders say insider threat will increase or ‘significantly’ increase in the next two years
  • More than half of organizations have no insider risk response plan
  • 40% of organizations don’t assess how effectively their technologies mitigate insider threats
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Half of Businesses Say Remote Work Pays Off, But Security Is Becoming a Major Concern

Dec 17 by Filip Truta
  • Nearly a quarter of organizations worry about security risks introduced by users working from home
  • Only 27% reported full or complete visibility into user activity
  • Users are mixing personal and corporate use on their work laptops and are more susceptible to phishing attacks at home
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