The General Data Protection Regulation, which took effect in May, has renewed interest in security spending. Gartner projects it will drive 65 percent of buying decisions related to data loss prevention by the end of the year. The focus of the regulation, known commonly as GDPR, is on citizens in the European Union. But its impact is becoming global.
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Cybersecurity is often likened to a cat-and-mouse game, with Jerry a step or two ahead of Tom as the rodent gets up to mischief. That’s because cybersecurity is a cat-and-mouse game. Hackers almost always have the advantage of surprise, while IT departments are left picking up the broken pieces should their defenses fail.
Sophisticated malicious emails continue to creep into every inbox, every day. Yet many employees still don’t know enough to spot an unsecure website, and 13 percent of them click on URLs that could hide malware. And, while experts recommend training staff to sniff out phishing campaigns and other cyber threats, they also advise not to rely on staff to keep hackers out.
Reporting data breaches wasn’t mandatory for every type of organizations before the GDPR came into force, but the health sector is a different animal. Healthcare is more tightly regulated than most other industries, and it’s also seen a spike in data breaches in the last year – especially ransomware attacks. With the new regulations in place, reported incidents in healthcare are, not surprisingly, on the rise.
Across the globe, an estimated 5% of small-to-mid-sized businesses (SMBs) fell victim to ransomware from 2016 to 2017, and according to 97% of managed service providers (MSPs) ransomware attacks increase in magnitude year over year.
Outdated software is now a bigger threat than weak passwords, bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and unsecured USB sticks, according to a new study.
The vast majority of businesses think data protection is important or mission-critical for digital and IT transformation projects, but they lack the technological provisions to provide good data protection assurance.
A new study by the Parliament Street think tank has revealed that the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) lost nearly 10,000 patient records between 2017 and 2018. After facing the ‘biggest ransomware’ offensive in history, NHS trusts lost hundreds of thousands of additional documents.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks aimed at disruption remain a massive problem for businesses big and small, despite the shutdown of the Webstresser DDoS-for-hire service. Attackers are also increasingly striking outside of normal business hours, researchers have found.
Cloud computing enables the much-needed speed and agility demanded in our digital economy era. Embracing the cloud can generate significant cost savings as well as new revenue streams. However, the cloud-first mindset may be sending digital businesses down a dangerous path.
A new phishing campaign is making the rounds. Scammers are taking advantage of a small, but serious oversight in Microsoft’s Office 365 suite of online services to serve phishing emails that are visually indistinguishable from work-related emails and appear completely safe. This new threat once again highlights the importance of training your first line of defense to deal with cyber threats, as part of your organization’s cybersecurity strategy.
For the eighth year in a row, healthcare organizations incurred the highest costs from data breaches, costing them an average $408 per lost or stolen record. Costs associated with data breaches in healthcare are nearly three times higher compared to other industries.