For small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), cloud computing services provide an easy and flexible way to access a multitude of applications and the power needed to keep the business running regardless of location. These services provide an environment to rapidly scale and develop new software programs and ecosystems without the need for a heavy investment in infrastructure.
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Cyber security for small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs) is a particularly daunting challenge. These companies face many of the same cyber security threats that the largest global enterprises deal with—but often with a fraction of the resources. Aside from the obvious disadvantages smaller organizations face, there are also a number of misconceptions about security that can get in the way of better protection.
Driven by the need for richer threat context, the Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions category is gaining a lot of “market buzz” so far in 2021. In recent months, the industry analyst community has accelerated its research efforts in this area to help guide the market towards a common understanding of XDR.
Named by many as the “cyber-attack of the year,” the recent Colonial Pipeline ransomware incident caused more than just business disruption - it inflicted considerable economical damage, reminding us how fragile our digital infrastructure is.
The use of containers to increase speed of deployment and portability for modern applications is growing rapidly. Now part of the standard architecture for cloud-native businesses, Gartner predicts that, by 2025, 85 percent of organizations will run containers in production, up from less than 30 percent in 2020.
In recent years, no framework has become more prevalent than MITRE ATT&CK™, the acronym standing for Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge. Why? Because it’s one of the most complete, complex and realistic cybersecurity models - and it’s constantly improving.
Azure VMware Solution (AVS) is designed, built, and supported by Microsoft and provides customers with a private cloud of hosted vSphere clusters, cloud certified by VMware. AVS enables customers to seamlessly extend or migrate their VMware workloads to Azure without the cost of re-architecting applications with a set of familiar VMware technologies and tools – including vSphere, vSAN, and NSX-T.
During a recent investigation, our researchers encountered a new version of the BADHATCH malware used by the well-known threat actor, FIN8. We previously reported that FIN8 was working on a new version of the BADHATCH malware - and this recent attack supports our findings and conclusions. FIN8 is known for taking extended breaks to improve their tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs) which increases their success rate. With each new version of their toolkit, they start with small tests on a limited pool of victims before launching a full-scale attack.
“In 2019, 43% of breach victims were small businesses.” (Verizon)
The New Year should not only be a time for personal improvement, goal setting and reflection. It's also the perfect time to focus on the past, present and future of your small business. With the increase in cyber-attacks on vulnerable small businesses, 2020 is the year to protect your organization and your customers from preventable threats.
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.
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.
Small and medium-sized businesses are still a top target for ransomware attacks, and the number of attacks will most likely increase in 2019, according to a recent survey of MSPs. Over half of MSPs confirmed their clients experienced at least one ransomware attack in the first half of the year, while 35 percent said their clients were attacked more than once a day, regardless of their operating system. In fact, the number of ransomware attacks targeting Apple devices has increased five-fold in the past year, the survey found.