Hackers and their tactics are always developing. With the evolving cybersecurity environment, hackers have been pushed to devise different cyber strike techniques. As a result, cybersecurity issues are now more common and sophisticated than they were years ago. 

Security On The Digital Battlefield 

When hackers utilize advanced tools to cause chaos on your app, you must respond and take appropriate action. App creators and users need a method for ensuring the effectiveness of their security in the digital battlefield. Here’s where security testing comes in. 

Security testing is the strategy of guaranteeing the defense of an application. Penetration testing is just a component of this procedure. Security testing spans throughout the app development process, from design to testing the end product. This procedure includes the following: 

  • Assessment of risks 
  • Vulnerability scanning 
  • Review and control of the code 
  • Stress Testing 
  • Penetration Testing 

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Cybersecurity is facing something of a crisis – and it’s only getting worse. This crisis has been hanging over the industry for a number of years, but recent events have really shown the level of the problem.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a massive effect on many industries, but one thing it has done universally is to push more companies online and made them more reliant on their internet services, connected devices and websites. 

Perhaps it is not surprising, then, that we have also seen an upsurge in cybercrime. Cybercriminals have seen the opportunity in the fact that businesses were forced to make use of technology, and in some cases, they may not have been ready to do so. This has left them vulnerable and potentially easier to breach. 

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The security breaches in cyber-security have been dominating the world for a long time. As cyber-attacks are growing rapidly, the chances of failing in this trap have been increasing. Having the necessary security measures in place still does not indicate that the IT infrastructure is free from risks. To ensure a better working environment and avoid cyber attacks, businesses must opt for penetration testing. Here are five reasons explaining why you should conduct penetration testing

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According to the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, there are 30.2 million small businesses in the United States, making up 99.9% of all businesses in the country. Due to such a sizeable representative percentage, any discussion about cybersecurity statistics should focus on small businesses.

While the SBA defines small businesses as any business with less than 500 employees, most have far fewer, making them soft targets for cybercriminals. For small businesses, fewer resources mean they should approach cybersecurity in a much different way to larger enterprises, using more innovative and more agile protection methods. 

Small Businesses Cybersecurity Plan

A small business cybersecurity plan outlines the steps and measures to secure a business from attacks like malware, phishing, and ransomware. While most small businesses may not see the need to document such a plan, it is critical to ensure compliance across the company. 

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2020 has initiated a sea change into the way organisations of all shapes and sizes approaches business. The new normal is here to stay for a while even after the pandemic subsides and remote and anywhere operations will remain the new norm for companies across the world. To meet the new needs of remote consumers and clients, companies have tried their very best to leverage technological assets for seamless delivery of products and services.

However, security has remained a concern as data breaches have raised dramatically with 36 billion records exposed just in the first half of 2020. If there is a New Year’s resolution going forward for businesses, it should one of building resilience and a secure environment for our partners, customers, employees and the extended network. Keeping and building on their trust has never been more important than at this particular juncture in history.

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Understanding is the first step to combating Phishing: Types, Methodology & Prevention Tips 

According to the 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) by Verizon, phishing is the leading cause of data breaches. The data also shows us that phishing is also widely utilized for cyber espionage with more than three-quarters of all known incidents involving phishing.

The statistics are also resonated by IBM’s findings in the 2019 Cost of a Data Breach report, where fifty-one per cent of incidents in all surveyed organizations involved malicious attacks with “malware infections, criminal insiders, phishing/social engineering and SQL injection.” 

Clearly, phishing continues to dominate as the one of the most persistent and highly effective tools of cyber-attacks. In this article, we will take an in-depth look at what phishing is, types of phishing and how to protect your business from these types of attacks.

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By 2023, the size of the global cybersecurity market is predicted to grow to $248.26 billion. The industry is expected to grow at a consistent pace. You know what that means: more open positions, better salaries, and improved perspectives for career growth.

Getting a cybersecurity MA degree is not easy, and it might cost you thousands of dollars. Will the results be worth the money and effort? Let’s start by saying that there’s no lack of job ads in this sector. The salaries are more than decent, and the growth potential is huge.

If you’re a student thinking about continuing your education in an IT niche, you might be wondering: is a cyber security degree a good investment? Short answer: YES. As for the more elaborate answer, let’s discuss why you should study cyber security in 2021. 

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With data security breaches on the rise, it begs the question. Should healthcare providers prioritize cybersecurity training alongside HIPAA privacy and security?  

We are living in an era where privacy or safety of information online cannot always be guaranteed. Healthcare entities have suffered enormous losses from data breaches in 2020. And most of the reported data breaches account for cybersecurity-related incidents. 

In fact, from January 2020 to November 2020, 79% of breaches reported in healthcare have been linked to cybersecurity. And the volume of cyberattacks has increased from November 2020 to January 2021 by 45%. It is an alarming concern for healthcare professionals.

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What happens when your co-passengers are engrossed in their mobiles/ PDAs and the driver feels drowsy at the wheel? Well, he can’t monitor the road for safe driving, that’s for sure. Unfortunately, the threats that cybersecurity experts have to deal with on a daily basis are a bit less obvious than hulking frames of glass and metal hurtling your way. And yet, as the business’ first line of defence against potential threats, they are expected to be on alert 24*7 year in and year out.

In a recent study, Accenture reported that nearly 68% of business leaders feel on edge about rapidly ramping cybersecurity risks. The view is amplified by RiskBased who report an estimated 36 billion data records breached just in the first half of 2020. With remote operations and anywhere operations becoming the norm in the aftermath of the pandemic, a rise in digital breaches was expected. But even so, the scale and number of attacks in 2020 has been unnerving. Moreover, with 5G connectivity enabling faster speeds and bandwidth of connected devices; it also has the untoward effect of making cyber-attacks faster and more efficient. And yet, Varonis reports that only 5% of companies have adequate security structures in place to protect business information in folders.

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2020 has been a year of learning for businesses on many levels. From enabling global remote practically overnight to switching to cloud-based applications and infrastructure – the list of learnings has been long. But none have managed to make quite a dent as much as the dramatic rise in malicious attacks on cloud and on-site networks. If anything, 2020 has been the year of the pandemic as well as large-scale, well-publicized security breaches.

According to RiskBased, just the first half of 2020 saw nearly 36 billion records exposed in data breaches. Verizon showed that 45% of breaches involved hacking, 17% were malware-based and 22% were phishing attacks. Suffice to say that the need for comprehensive cybersecurity planning and management has never been quite this palpable.

The financial cost of data breaches is only the tip of the iceberg with IBM estimating the average cost to be around $3.86 million in 2020 with an average lifecycle of around 280 days from identification to containment. Even a minor breach can leave businesses with exposed sensitive information that can leave users vulnerable to identity theft, financial damage, ruin the reputation of your business and leave you liable for compliance violations. Companies like IT Support Vermont can help businesses locally to adjust to the quickly changing cyber-attack landscape to try and adapt their technologies, processes, and policies.

Cybersecurity threats are only expected to evolve and grow increasingly difficult to identify and eliminate. So, without further ado…,

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