The Good News About The Cisco 2015 Midyear Security Report – Charles Leaver

Written By Michael Bunyard And Presented By Ziften CEO Charles Leaver

Taking a look through the Cisco 2015 Midyear Security Report, the consensus was that “the bad guys are innovating faster than the security community.” This is not an unique declaration and can be found in a great deal of cyber security reports, due to the fact that they are reactive studies to past cyber attacks.

If all you do is concentrate on unfavorable results and losses then any report is going to look negative. The reality is that the suppliers that are releasing these reports have a lot to gain from organizations that wish to purchase more cyber security solutions.

If you look thoroughly within these reports you will discover excellent pieces of guidance that might substantially enhance the security arrangements of your organization. So why do these reports not start with this information? Well it’s all about selling solutions isn’t it?

One anecdote stood apart after reading the report from Cisco that would be simple for organization security groups to attend to. The increasing vulnerabilities and exploits of Adobe Flash were detailed, and they are being integrated frequently into exploit kits such as Angler and Nuclear. The Flash Player is regularly updated by Adobe, but a variety of users are sluggish to use these updates that would supply them with the defense that they need. This indicates that hackers are benefiting from the gap between the vulnerability being found and the update patch being applied.

Vulnerability Management Is Not Fixing The Problem

You would be forgiven for thinking that because there are an entire range of services in the marketplace which scan endpoints for vulnerabilities that are understood, it would be very basic to ensure that endpoints were upgraded with the latest patches. All that is required is for a scan to be run, the endpoints that need updating identified, run the updates and job done right? The problem here is that scans are just run from time to time, patches fail, users will introduce susceptible apps unintentionally, and the company is now wide open until the next scan. Furthermore, scans will report on applications that are installed however not used, which leads to considerable varieties of vulnerabilities that make it difficult for an expert to prioritize and manage.

What Is So Easy To Address Then?

The scans need to be run constantly and all endpoints monitored so that as soon as a system is not compliant you will learn about it and can react immediately. Continuous visibility that supplies real time alerting and comprehensive reporting is the brand-new mandate as endpoint security is redefined and people understand the age of prevention – first is over. Leveraging the National Vulnerabilities Database (NVD), each application that is in fact running a recognized vulnerability can instantly be acknowledged, security personnel informed, and the patch applied. Further, solutions can try to find suspicious activity from vulnerable applications, like abrupt application crashes, which is a possible sign of an exploit attempt. Finally, they can likewise find when a user’s system has actually not been rebooted since the last security patch was available.

There Certainly Is Hope

Fortunately about real-time endpoint visibility is that it deals with any susceptible application (not only Adobe Flash) because, hackers will move from app to app to evolve their methods. There are simple solutions to huge issues. Security groups just need to be warned that there is a better method of managing and securing their endpoints. It simply takes the correct endpoint detection and response solution.

You Must Accept That Hackers Are Human To Win The Cyber Security War – Charles leaver

Written By Patrick Kilgore And Presented By Charles Leaver CEO Ziften

When you are at the Black Hat annual conference there are discussions going on all over about hacking and cyber security and it can make you paranoid. For a lot of people this is just an appetiser for the DEF CON hacking program.

Some time ago a story was released by the Daily Dot which was called “The art of hacking humans” which discussed the Social Engineering “Capture the Flag” contest that has been running since 2010. In it, individuals use the best tool a hacker has at their disposal – their intelligence – and take advantage of flight of fancies and social subterfuge to encourage unsuspecting victims to supply sensitive information in exchange for points. A couple of slip ups here, a remark about applications there, and a bang! You’re hacked and on the front page of the New York Times.

For the businesses being “Targeted” (such as big box merchants who will stay nameless …), the contest was originally viewed as a nuisance. In the years since its beginning however, the Capture the Flag contest has gotten the thumbs up from lots of a corporate security professionals. Its contestants engage annually to test their mettle and assist possible hacking victims understand their vulnerabilities. It’s a white hat education in what not to do and has actually made strides for business awareness.

Human Hacking Starts With … Humans (duh).

As we understand, most destructive attacks start at the endpoint, since that is where the people in your business live. All it takes is access from a nebulous place to do severe damage. But rather than think about hacks as something to react to or a simple process to be killed, we have to remind ourselves that behind every attack there is a person. And ultimately, that’s who we need to equip ourselves against. How do we do that?

Since companies operate in the real world, we should all accept that there are those who would do us harm. Instead of attempting to avoid hacks from happening, we have to re-wire our brains on the matter. The key is recognizing harmful user habits as it is taking place so that you can react accordingly. The brand-new period of endpoint security is concentrated on this capability to picture user behavior, inspect and evaluate it rapidly, and then respond quickly. At Black Hat we are revealing folks how they can constantly monitor the fringes of their network so that when (not if) breaches take place, they can be promptly dealt with.

As a wise man once said, “You can’t protect what you cannot manage and you cannot manage what you cannot see.” The result significantly minimizes time to identify and time to respond (TTR). And that’s no lie.

Charles Leaver – People Up Against Each Other Is The Key To Cyber Security

Written By Michael Bunyard And Presented By Charles Leaver CEO Ziften

Cyber security is all about people vs. people. Every day that we sort through the latest attack news (like the current Planned Parenthood breach) it ends up being increasingly more obvious that not only are people the problem, in numerous respects, however individuals are likewise the solution. The enemies come in numerous classifications from insiders to hackers to organized crime and State sponsored terrorists, however at the end of the day, it’s individuals that are directing the attacks on companies and are for that reason the issue. And it’s people that are the primary targets exploited in the cyber attack, usually at the endpoint, where people access their connected corporate and individual worlds.

The endpoint (laptop computer, desktop, mobile phone, tablet) is the device that individuals utilize throughout their day to get their tasks done. Consider how frequently you are attached to your endpoint( s). It’s a lot, right? Not only are these endpoints susceptible (see the Stagefright Android vuln for a good example), individuals at the endpoint are frequently the weak spot in the chain that offers the opening for the opponents to exploit. All it takes is a single person to open the incorrect email, click to the wrong website or open the incorrect file and it’s game on. Regardless of all the security awareness in the world, people will make mistakes. When talking about the Planned Parenthood breach my associate Mike Hamilton, who directs the product vision here at Ziften, provided an actually interesting insight:

” Every organization will have people against it, and now those individuals have the methods and objective to interrupt them or steal their data. Leveraging existing blind spots, cyber criminals or perhaps hackers have simple access through vulnerable endpoints and utilize them as a point of entry to conceal their activities, avert detection, exploit the network and victimize the targeted organization. It is now more crucial than ever for companies to be able to see suspicious behavior beyond the network, and definitely beyond merely their web server.”

People Powered Security

It makes sense that cyber security services need to be purpose built for the people that are safeguarding our networks, and keeping an eye on the habits of individuals as they utilize their endpoints. But generally this hasn’t held true. In fact, the endpoint has been a virtual black box when it comes to having continuous visibility of user habits. This has actually caused a scarcity of information about what is truly happening on the endpoint – the most vulnerable element in the security stacks. And cyber security solutions certainly don’t appear to have individuals safeguarding the network in mind when silos of diverse pieces of info flood the SIEM with a lot of incorrect positive signals that they can’t see the genuine dangers from the benign.

Individual powered security enables seeing, examining, and responding by evaluating endpoint user habits. This needs to be done in a manner that is painless and fast due to the fact that there is a big lack of abilities in organizations today. The very best technology will enable a level one responder to deal with most suspected dangers by delivering easy and concise info to their fingertips.

My security guru coworker (yeah, I’m fortunate that on one corridor I can speak with all these folks) Dr. Al Hartmann says “Human-Directed Attacks require Human Directed Response”. In a recent blog, he nailed this:

” Human intelligence is more flexible and innovative than machine intelligence and will always eventually adjust and beat an automatic defense. This is the cyber-security versio of the Turing test, where a machine defense is attempting to rise to the intellectual level of a skilled human hacker. At least here in the 21st Century, expert systems and artificial intelligence are not up to the task of totally automating cyber defense, the cyber aggressor inevitably wins, while the victims lament and count their losses. Just in sci-fi do thinking machines overpower people and take control of the world. Do not subscribe to the cyber fiction that some autonomous security software application will outsmart a human hacker enemy and save your organization.”

People powered security empowers well informed dynamic response by the people aiming to thwart the opponents. With any other method we are just kidding ourselves that we can keep up with opponents.

Focussing On People Rather Than Technology Is The Third Phase Of Cyber Security – Charles Leaver

Written By Kyle Flaherty And Presented By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO

Cyber attack impact on companies is often uncomplicated to measure, and the suppliers of tech services are always flaunting various data to reveal that you need to get their latest software application (also Ziften). But one statistic is very stunning:

In The Previous Year Cyber Crime Cost Organizations $445 Billion And Cost 350,000 Individuals Their Jobs.

The monetary losses are simple to take on board even though the quantity is large. However the 2nd part is worrying for all involved with cyber security. People are losing their employment because of what is happening with cyber security. The scenarios surrounding the job losses for all these people is unidentified, and some could have deserved it if they were negligent. But the most intriguing feature of this is that it is well understood that there is a lack of gifted individuals who have the capability to combat these cyber attacks.

While people are losing their positions there is also a need that more talented people are discovered to prevent the ever increasing threat of cyber attacks. There is no argument that more individuals are required, and they have to be more gifted, to win this war. But it is not going to occur today, tomorrow or perhaps this year. And while it would be great if a truce could be worked out with the cyber attackers until these resources are offered, the truth is that the fight should go on. So how do you combat this?

Utilize Technology To Enable, Not Disable

For several years now vendors of security tech have actually been selling technology to “prevent and block” cyber attacks. Then the vendors would return afterwards to offer the “next generation” solution for preventing and stopping cyber attacks. And after that a few years later they were back again to offer the latest technology which focussed on “security analytics”, “hazard intelligence” and “operational insight”.

In every circumstance businesses acquired the latest technology and then they had to add on expert services or perhaps a FTE to operate the technology. Of course every time it took a considerable amount of time to become up to speed with the new technology; a group that was experiencing high turnover because of the competitive nature of the cyber market. And while all of this was going on the attacks were ending up being more persistent, more advanced, and more routine.

It has to do with People Using Technology, Not The Other Way Around

The issue is that all of the CISO’s were focussed on the technology first. These organizations followed the timeless model of seeing a problem and producing technology that might plug that hole. If you consider a firewall program, it actually constructs a wall within technology, utilizing technology. Even the SIEM technology these companies had implemented was focused mostly on all the various connectors from their system into other systems and gathering all those details into one place. However exactly what they had instead was one place since the technology centric minds had actually forgotten a critical component; individuals involved.

Humans are constantly good at innovating when faced with risk. It’s a biological thing. In cyber security today we are seeing the third phase of development, and it is centered on people:

Phase 1 Prevent by building walls
Phase 2 Detect by constructing walls and moats
Phase 3 View, inspect, and react by examining user habits

The reason that this has to be centered on people is not just about talent scarcities, but because individuals are actually the issue. People are the cyber aggressors and also the ones putting your company at risk at the endpoint. The technologies that are going to win this battle, or at least allow for survival, are the ones that were developed to not just boost the capabilities of the person on the other side of that keyboard, but likewise focus on the habits of the users themselves, and not merely the technologies themselves.

Endpoint Visibility Is Possible As This Webinar Reveals – Charles Leaver

Written By Josh Applebaum And Presented By Charles Leaver CEO Ziften Technologies


These days security threats and attack vectors are continuously evolving, and organizations need to be more vigilant when it concerns monitoring their network infrastructure. The boundary of the network and the infrastructure security are frequently challenged because of no visibility of endpoint devices.

Visibility Of Endpoint Devices Is Now More crucial Than Ever.

In a webinar hosted with our partner Lancope which was called “Extending Network Visibility: Down to the Endpoint.” The goal of this webinar was to reveal to security specialists how additional visibility can be accomplished and context into network activity, the enhancement of existing security investments (NetFlow, Firewall software, SIEM, risk intelligence), and improve incident response by getting real time and historical data for the endpoint. A shared client was featured in the webinar who offered real world insights into the best ways to use security assets so that you can remain in front of external and insider hazards.

A lot of you will not have actually been able to participate in the live webinar so we have actually decided to show the on demand version here on the Ziften blog. Feedback on this is welcomed and we would be delighted to connect with you to discuss in more detail.

Charles Leaver – A Technical Approach To Client Management From Ziften

Written By Dr Al Hartmann And Presented By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO

There has typically been an absence of visibility on Windows clients of the applications that are running and the resources that are being consumed. There efficient tools out there to monitor the server infrastructure and the network, but the client has actually always been the weakest aspect. This is why suppliers such as Ziften have actually pioneered a new class of solutions that are aimed at the management of security and the performance of clients in the enterprise, and this is known as enterprise client management. Speaking from a technical standpoint, in order to collect the huge amount of information that is readily available within Windows that is needed to offer visibility of the client, there were 2 alternative methods that required consideration. We could have developed customized driver code or used the standard API’s in Windows.

The development of driver code is thought as a last option since there are some well known issues:

An in depth understanding of the Windows kernel data structures and coding conventions is required for driver development

Driver incompatibilities can exist even with the tiniest of system modifications, for example with the monthly patch updates from Microsoft

A disastrous system crash can happen if there is a driver code error

Third party driver code triggers the majority of the instabilities in Windows

Any solution that makes use of low level drivers in their agents do not utilize basic Windows interfaces and they will “take control” from Windows. This can produce havoc with the operating systems of the desktops that are under management. If a driver stops working then it can crash the system and there is likewise an increased security threat as these drivers perform at kernel level. “Anything a user can do that causes a driver to malfunction in such a way that it causes the system to crash or end up being unusable is a security defect. When most coders are working on their driver, their focus is on getting the driver to work properly and not whether a malicious intruder will attempt to make use of holes within the system” said Microsoft about driver security.

So Ziften took the approach of building our solution around standard Windows user interfaces, which has the following benefits:

Greater resilience to Windows updates and modifications that are most likely to need driver modifications

Driver conflict vulnerability that can result in system crashes eliminated (Blue Screen of Death).

The probability of coding errors that impacts system efficiency through the kernel interface is minimized.

8 Principles And 8 Keys For The OMB 30 Day Cyber Security Sprint – Charles Leaver

Written By Dr Al Hartmann And Presented By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO

After suffering a massive data breach at the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), agencies were ordered by Tony Scott, Federal Chief Information Officer, to take instant and specific actions over the next 4 weeks to additionally enhance the security of their data and systems. For this big organization it was a bold step, but the lessons gained from software development proved that acting quick or sprinting can make a great deal of headway when approaching an issue in a small amount of time. For big organizations this can be particularly true and the OMB is definitely big.

There were 8 principles that were focussed on. We have broken these down and provided insight on how each concept could be more effective in the timeframe to assist the government make significant inroads in just a month. As you would anticipate we are taking a look at things from the endpoint, and by reading the eight concepts you will find how endpoint visibility would have been crucial to an effective sprint.

1. Securing data: Better protect data at rest and in transit.

This is a great start, and rightly priority number one, but we would certainly recommend to OMB to add the endpoint here. Lots of data protection systems forget the endpoint, however it is where data can be most susceptible whether at rest or in transit. The group ought to check to see if they have the capability to evaluate endpoint software and hardware configuration, consisting of the presence of any data protection and system protection agents, not forgetting Microsoft BitLocker configuration checking. And that is just the start; compliance checking of mandated agents need not be forgotten and it must be performed continually, permitting the audit reporting of percentage coverage for each agent.

2. Improving situational awareness: Enhance indication and warning.

Situational awareness is similar to visibility; can you see what is in fact taking place and where and why? And obviously this has to be in real time. While the sprint is taking place it need to be verified that identity and tracking of logged-in users,, user focus activities, user existence indicators, active processes, network contacts with process-level attribution, system stress levels, noteworthy log events and a myriad of other activity signs throughout numerous thousands of endpoints hosting huge oceans of procedures is possible. THIS is situational awareness for both warning and indication.

3. Increasing cyber security proficiency: Guarantee a robust capability to recruit and keep cyber security personnel.

This is a difficulty for any security program. Finding fantastic skill is difficult and retaining it even more so. When you want to attract this type of skillset then persuade them by offering the latest tools for cyber war. Ensure that they have a system that provides total visibility of what is occurring at the endpoint and the entire environment. As part of the sprint the OMB must analyse the tools that are in place and check whether each tool changes the security team from the hunted to the hunter. If not then replace that tool.

4. Increase awareness: Enhance overall threat awareness by all users.

Threat awareness starts with effective threat scoring, and luckily this is something that can be attained dynamically all the way to the endpoint and assist with the education of every user. The education of users is a difficulty that is never ever complete, as confirmed by the high success of social engineering attacks. But when security teams have endpoint risk scoring they have concrete products to show to users to show where and how they are vulnerable. This real life situational awareness (see # 2) improves user knowledge, in addition to supplying the security group with exact information on say, understood software vulnerabilities, cases of jeopardized credentials and insider opponents, along with constantly monitoring system, user, and application activity and network points of contact, in order to apply security analytics to highlight elevated threats leading to security staff triage.

5. Standardizing and automating procedures: Reduce time required to manage configurations and patch vulnerabilities.

More protection must be required from security services, and that they are immediately deployable without tedious preparation, network standup or substantial staff training. Did the solutions in place take longer than a couple of days to implement and demand another full-time employee (FTE) or even 1/2 a FTE? If so you have to reconsider those solutions since they are most likely hard to use (see # 3) and aren’t doing the job that you require so you will need to enhance the existing tools. Also, try to find endpoint services that not just report software and hardware configurations and active services and processes, but uses the National Vulnerability Database to report on actual running exposed vulnerabilities and then associates an overall vulnerability score for each endpoint to facilitate patching prioritization by over worked support staff.

6. Controlling, containing and recuperating from events: Contain malware expansion, privilege escalation, and lateral motion. Rapidly recognize and solve events and incidents.

The fast recognition and response to issues is the main objective in the brand-new world of cyber security. During their Thirty Days sprint, OMB must evaluate their solutions and make sure to find technologies that can not just monitor the endpoint, however track every process that runs and all of its network contacts including user login efforts, to assist in tracking of harmful software expansion and lateral network motion. The data originated from endpoint command and control (C2) accesses connected with major data breaches suggests that about half of compromised endpoints do not host identifiable malware, heightening the relevance of login and contact activity. Appropriate endpoint security will monitor OMB data for long term analysis, considering that lots of indicators of compromise become available just after the event, or even long afterwards, while relentless attackers might quietly lurk or stay dormant for long periods of time. Attack code that can be sandbox detonated and recognized within minutes is not a sign of advanced attackers. This ability to maintain clues and connect the dots throughout both spatial and temporal dimensions is essential to complete identification and total non-recidivist resolution.

7. Strengthening systems lifecycle security: Boost intrinsic security of platforms by buying more secure systems and retiring legacy systems in a prompt way.

This is a credible objective to have, and an enormous challenge at a big organization such as OMB. This is another place where proper endpoint visibility can instantly determine and report endpoint software and hardware configurations, operating system SKUs and patch levels, system stress levels, endpoint mishaps (such as application crashes or hangs, service failures, or system crashes), and other indicators of endpoints outlasting their beneficial or protected life span. Now you have a full stock list that you can focus on for retirement and replacement.

8. Minimizing attack surfaces: Reduce the complexity and quantity of things defenders need to safeguard.

If numbers 1 through 7 are completed, and the endpoint is considered effectively, this will be a substantial step in decreasing the attack threat. However, in addition, endpoint security can also actually supply a visual of the actual attack surface. Consider the capability to measure attack surface area, based upon a variety of unique binary images exposed throughout the whole endpoint population. For instance, our ‘Ziften Pareto analysis’ of binary image frequency stats produces a common “ski slope” distribution, with a long slim distribution tail suggesting vast varieties of very uncommon binary images (present on less than 0.1% of overall endpoints). Ziften identifies attack surface area bloat elements, consisting of application sprawl and version proliferation (which also exacerbates vulnerability lifecycle management). Data from numerous customer deployments exposes outright bloat aspects of 5-10X, compared with a tightly handled and disciplined endpoint population. Such lax endpoint management and bloated attack surface areas develops a target-rich hackers’ paradise.

The OMB sprint is an excellent pointer to us all that good things can be achieved rapidly, but that it takes vision, not to mention visibility. Visibility, to the endpoint, will be a crucial piece for OMB to think about as part of their 30-day sprint.

With Data Breach Costs Up Again The Third Reason For This Will Surprise You – Charles Leaver

Written By Patrcik Kilgore And Presented By Charles Leaver

Just recently two major reports were released that celebrated big anniversaries. On the one hand, we saw the Mary Meeker 20th yearly Internet study. Some of the initial industry analysis on the Internet was led by Meeker several years back and this report saw her mark Twenty Years of influencing viewpoints on the Internet. And 10 years after Meeker’s first observations on the Internet there was the very first research study of data breach costs by the Ponemon Institute.

Just 10 years after the creation of the Internet it was exposed that there is an ugly disadvantage to the service that supplies significant advantages to our businesses and our lives. Today there are more annual research studies released about data breaches than the Internet itself. Just recently we invested hours evaluating and absorbing 2 of the greatest data breach reports in the market, the currently mentioned Ponemon report and the now extremely influential Verizon DBIR (the report is essential enough simply to utilize an acronym).

There were intersections between the two reports, however the Verizon report should be given credit due to the fact that if you’ve had the ability to do anything in security for 10 years, you must be doing something right. There are many fascinating stats in the report but the factors for the total costs of data breaches skyrocketing were of the most interest to us.

The Ponemon research studies have actually exposed 3 drivers behind the increased cost of a breach. The first is that cyber attacks have increased in number and this has correlated in greater costs to remediate these attacks. An increased per capita expense from $159 to $170 year on year has been mentioned. That’s a 5% jump from 42% to 47% of the overall root causes of a breach. Likewise, lost profits as a result of a data breach have increased. In the aggregate, this increased from $1.33 M to $1.57 M in 2015. The reasons are because of the unusual client turnover, the increased acquisition activity, and loss of goodwill that results from being the target of a malicious attack. However, the most intriguing reason provided is that data breach expenses connected with detection and escalation have increased.

These expenses include investigations and forensics, crisis group management and audits and evaluations. Now the trend appears to be gathering speed at just shy of a massive $1Billion. Organizations are just now beginning to implement the solutions required to constantly monitor the endpoint and offer a clear picture of the origin and complete effect of a breach.

Organizations not just need to monitor the increase of devices in a BYOD world, however likewise look to enhance the security resources they have actually already invested in to decrease the expenses of these examinations. Risks need to be stopped in real time, rather than recognized retrospectively.

“Avoidance may not be possible in the world we live in.” With harmful threats becoming more and more common, organizations will have to evolve their M.O. beyond traditional AV solutions and look to the endpoint for total defense,” said Larry Ponemon in his webcast with IBM.


Charles Leaver – Increased Data Loss Risk For Organizations Due To BYOD Passwords And Employee Sharing

Written By Charles Leaver Ziften CEO


If your organization has implemented a bring your own device (BYOD) policy then you will be putting yourself at increased risk of cyber crime and the loss of your data, since the devices will normally have inadequate control and endpoint security in place. With mobile devices, staff members often access customer cloud services and make use of password practices that are not secure enough, and this accounts for a large chunk of the dangers associated with BYOD. Making use of endpoint software that provides visibility into precisely exactly what is running on a device can help IT departments to comprehend and address their vulnerabilities.

BYOD is a common technique for executives and employees to access sensitive business data on their individual tablets, laptop computers and smart phones. Nearly 9 from ten companies in Australia had approved a number of their senior IT team member’s access to critical business information through their own BYOD devices, and 57% asserted that they had offered it to at least 80% of their leadership, revealed by a ZDNet Survey. With less privileged staff and those that were new the numbers provided BYOD access was still up at 64%. These workers were not granted access to monetary details though.

With the number of BYOD devices growing, a lot of organizations have not carried out the correct endpoint management strategies to make their increasing mobile workflows protected. Almost 50% of the respondents stated that their organizations had no BYOD policies, and just 17% verified that their practices were ISO 27001 certified.

Safe BYOD Is Most likely At Most Risk From Passwords

Those organizations that had taken actions to protect BYOD the application of password and acceptable use policies were the most typical. However passwords may represent a critical and special vulnerability in the implementation of BYOD, due to the fact that users typically use the very same passwords once again and they are not strong enough. While companies that have a BYOD policy will definitely increase the threat of a hacker attack, there may be an even greater threat which is internal said former Federal Trade Commission executive Paul Luehr, in an interview with CIO Magazine’s Tom Kaneshige.

Luehr told Kaneshige “the most typical way BYOD policies affect data security and breaches is in the cross-pollination of passwords.” “An individual is most likely utilizing the same or extremely similar password as the one they use on their home devices.”

Luehr noted that prime threats for organizations that permit BYOD are disgruntled staff members who will typically expose important data once they have actually been released, are prime threats for businesses that have actually allowed BYOD. Because of BYOD the distinction between work and home is vanishing, and dangerous behavior such as utilizing social networks on corporate networks is being practiced by some workers, and this can be a prelude to finally sharing delicate details either wilfully or carelessly using cloud services. The productivity gains that are made with BYOD have to be preserved with the implementation of comprehensive endpoint security.

Organizations Face The Possibility Of Data Attacks Now More Than Ever So Data Loss Prevention Strategies Must Be Pursued – Charles Leaver

By Ziften CEO Charles Leaver

For United States companies the occurrence of a major cyber attack and consequential data leakage is looking more like “when” instead of “if”, because of the brand-new dangers that are presenting themselves with fragmented endpoint techniques, cloud computing and data intensive applications. All too frequently organizations are disregarding or improperly resolving vulnerabilities that are understood to them, and with aging IT assets that are not properly protected the cyber lawbreakers begin to take notice.

The variety of data breaches that are taking place is very troubling. In a report from the Verizon Risk Team there were 855 substantial breaches which led to 174 million records being lost back in 2011. The stakes are really high for companies that handle personally identifiable info (PII), since if staff members are not educated on compliance and inadequate endpoint data protection measures are in place then expensive legal action is most likely to happen.

” The probability of a data breach or privacy problem happening in any business has become a virtual certainty,” Jeffrey Vagle, legal expert writing for Mondaq stated. He advised that record keepers have to reassess their approach to network and device security, worker data access controls and the administration of PII info. The increase in the use of cloud services can make the prevention of data breaches more of a challenge, as these services allow the enormous exchange of details every time. It would only take one event and millions of files could be lost.

Understood Vulnerabilities Require Focus

A lot of IT departments fret constantly about zero day attacks that will cause a data breach and catch them off guard. As an example of this, Dirk Smith of Network World discussed an Adobe Acrobat exploit that opened the door for hackers to conduct advanced monitoring. A great deal of IT vulnerabilities can come when software is not patched up to date, and a great deal of zero day threats can happen from weak points in legacy code which includes a bug in Windows which targeted features that were first introduced Twenty Years earlier.

Security professional, Jim Kennedy wrote in a Continuity Central post “something that I have discovered is that much of the breaches and intrusions which prospered did so by attacking known vulnerabilities that had been determined and had actually been around for many years: not from some sophisticated ‘zero-day’ attack which was unidentified and unknown until only the other day by the security community at large.” “And, much more troubling, social engineering continues to be a most effective way to begin and/precipitate an attack.”

Now the cyber criminal fraternity has access to a comprehensive range of pre packaged malware. These tools have the ability to carry out network and computer system analytics that are complicated in nature then advise the ideal attack technique. Another risk is a human one, where workers are not trained properly to screen out calls or messages from people who lie about belonging to the technical support team of an external security service provider.

It is certainly very important to proactively resist zero day attacks with robust endpoint protection software applications, but also organizations need to integrate reliable training and processes with the software and hardware solutions. While many organizations will have a number of security policies in place there is normally a problem with enforcing them. This can lead to risky variations in the motion of data and network traffic that should be reviewed by security personnel being neglected and not being addressed.