Despite news stories highlighting nation-state hacks, the top external threat to enterprises is cyber-criminals, according to a new study. U.S. federal IT execs are the least likely to increase spending due to data breaches, however. The report, "2016 Vormetric Data Threat Report - U.S. Federal Government... Read More »
As IT leaders, educating non-tech employees on the dangerous scams out there (and how to avoid them) can be a time-consuming endeavor, but it's one of the most important tasks tech leaders must take on. Cyber-criminals show no mercy when it comes to naive end users, demonstrated by the latest scam: fake tech support. Scammers who pose as a company's tech support team are on the rise. They've... Read More »
Most businesses have shifted from on-premise infrastructures to hybrid IT environments, creating a dual mandate for IT professionals: increase efficiency through cloud services and ensure that critical systems, databases and applications are secure, according to a new survey. "Cloud adoption is nearly ubiquitous, but it's not now... Read More »
By now, CIOs and their IT teams must think that they've spent countless hours talking to their organization's employees about the inherent dangers of the Internet age. But risky user behavior is still alive and well, according to a recent survey from Softchoice. The report, titled
Four percent of Americans, or 13 million people, have been targeted by ransomware, malicious software that blocks access to a computer or computer system until the victim pays a sum of money. Ransomware caused $350 million in damage last year, "living up to its reputation as the most significant menace targeting Internet users and organizations to date,"
C-level executives are "completely in the dark" about cyber-attacks against their companies, yet IT professionals revealed their organizations have been victims of advanced attacks during the past 12 months. Many security pros do not believe their company has the necessary intelligence to convince the C-suite about the threats their company faces. They also are misled by false positives. The... Read More »
Small businesses are struggling to protect their data and there is a disconnect between their anticipation of data loss and their readiness to recover from it, according to a new study. Forty-seven percent of small businesses said data loss is their greatest fear, yet their disaster recovery plans are no match for rising security threats, the report says. Carbonite, a provider of cloud and... Read More »
Cyber-criminals have an uncanny ability to stay under the radar for long periods of time—making the difficult business of cyber-protection even more difficult. Cyber-security is an ever-evolving undertaking, and the need for enterprises to reassess their security tools is constant. In recent case studies on cyber-security conducted by network security monitoring firm Damballa, a light... Read More »