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Author: Luana Pascu

From a young age, Luana knew she wanted to become a writer. After having addressed topics such as NFC, startups, and tech innovation, she has now shifted focus to internet security, with a keen interest in smart homes and IoT threats. Luana is a supporter of women in tech and has a passion for entrepreneurship, technology, and startup culture.

All about Virtualization and Cloud Security | Recent Articles:

Ransomware, Corporate Extortion Key Concerns for CIOs in 2018, Survey Finds

Jun 18 by Luana Pascu

Chances that ransomware will go away any time soon are slim, so security experts can’t emphasize enough the importance for enterprises to seriously invest in cybersecurity and focus on developing risk mitigation strategies to avoid being caught off-guard. For some reason, the number of businesses ready to pay ransom to get their data back is increasing, opening up endless opportunities for hackers working on complex malicious software to further compromise corporate networks.

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Data Center and Attack Surface Visibility Top Concerns in Cloud Computing, Study Finds

May 31 by Luana Pascu

A few years ago, companies were reluctant to adopt cloud computing because they thought a lack of physical access to the network would deprive them of control over their data. A major shift occurred when they understood that, with suitable configuration and security, cloud computing offers serious benefits.

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Machine Learning Might Just Save Your Business from a Breach

May 29 by Luana Pascu

Companies still struggle with ransomware, phishing, data breaches and other attacks that bypass their security and affect their budgets. Enterprises know they are in dire need of technology that will safeguard their infrastructures from known, unknown, and undisclosed vulnerabilities.

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2018 Is the Worst Year for Corporate Security; Executives Lack Cohesive Security Plan

May 24 by Luana Pascu

Security executives fear cyberattacks will heavily target critical infrastructures in the near future, but they don’t seem to be doing much about enforcing security policies that also cover IoT devices. Despite the major threat they pose, connected devices have so far been overlooked in security policies. It appears that in general, in spite of the increasing awareness of high-profile cyberattacks and threats, enterprises tend to look the other way rather than invest properly in a cybersecurity strategy.

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Loopholes in Cloud Security Exposed Online 50% of Corporate Databases

May 21 by Luana Pascu

Cloud security has grown into a major issue for enterprises, as only one company in six encrypts all data, according to a Bitdefender survey. While 85% of CISOs fear security flaws in the public cloud, as many as 51 percent of enterprises don’t properly secure their cloud storage services, according to RedLock, leaving their data exposed to hackers.

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Insider Threats Remain #1 Security Headache for Organizations, Research Shows

Apr 27 by Luana Pascu

Businesses cannot come up with a mitigation strategy to efficiently detect, identify and manage insider threats, according to research from the Ponemon Institute, so they risk the loss of critical confidential data and resources, network shutdown and reputational damage. In the past year, 159 organizations from the United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and the Asia-Pacific region dealt with 3,269 security breaches caused by insider threats due to plain negligence.  

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Researchers Use Machine Learning, Cybersecurity Practices to Secure US Power Grid

Apr 25 by Luana Pascu

In 2015, Russian hackers shut down Ukraine’s electrical grid after infecting the infrastructure with malware. It was only a matter of time until they would target the US power system. As of 2016, US critical operational infrastructures have been under siege by "Russian government cyber actors," as described by the Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

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Financial Services Remains Hackers’ Most-Targeted Industry for Second Straight Year

Apr 23 by Luana Pascu

The ease-of-exploit rating has made the financial sector a cybercrime magnet for years, especially for targeted extortion attacks. The industry has fallen victim to numerous security breaches, data exfiltration hacks, DDoS attacks taking down global online operations and disrupting services, and has lost millions to malware and ransomware attacks. So what’s next?

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Enterprise Networks Hit by Cryptominers; 2.5 Billion Attacks Blocked in Six Months

Apr 13 by Luana Pascu

Cryptomining transactions, seen as a terrific money-making scheme separate from the traditional online advertising, are growing faster than ever, concluded security researchers after 2.5 billion attacks were blocked in enterprise networks in the past six months.

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Employee Training a Security Priority for Financial CISOs in 2018, Study Says

Feb 14 by Luana Pascu

In the past two years, cyberattacks on the financial sector have picked up speed. As companies in the sector struggle with the major shift toward digital transformation, some are caught off guard by the significant rise of malware designed specifically to target their sector, such as Dyre Trojan, Dridex, hybrid banking Trojan GozNym and TrickBot. Once the network is infiltrated, hackers can easily steal, read, alter and even erase top secret information.

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Why CISOs Should Understand the Threat Landscape To Bolster Security in 2018

Feb 08 by Luana Pascu

Doctors can’t prescribe proper treatment for patients without identifying and analyzing symptoms to make a clinical diagnosis. It’s the same for CISOs, who are responsible for their organization’s digital health.

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2018 is the year of GDPR and NIS compliance; enterprises still not ready

Feb 06 by Luana Pascu

The deadline for full compliance with the European data protection law is right around the corner, but businesses still lack awareness and must overcome many security oversights. Surprisingly, as few as 38 percent of companies in the UK have actually heard of GDPR, according to a government survey. If businesses are not prepared by May 25, when the law takes full effect, they could face fines worth up to €20 million.

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