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Cybersecurity may not be the first thing on everyone's mind during the year 2020, but it definitely shouldn't be the last. CrowdStrike reports that approximately 56% of all surveyed organizations have faced at least one ransomware attack within the 2020 year, with approximately 27% of these organizations paying the hackers to end it. Due to the pandemic we find ourselves in, cybersecurity experts predict an increased amount of ransomware attacks across the world, and many even believe that eCrime and cyberattacks can pose one of the biggest threats to businesses in 2021 and in years to come if not properly dealt with.
Additionally, by companies allowing most employees to work remotely from home, cyberattacks are even more likely to occur; without a VPN, antivirus program, or proper security measures, both personal and professional data are at more risk than ever before, something hackers are continuing to take notice of. As such, the fear for increased cyberthreats is justified and until employees return to a secure and safe network, their data will continue to be at risk.
To minimize risk, one should certainly follow proper cybersecurity guidelines such as not opening emails from unknown sources or downloading anything that seems suspicious. Moreover, using a VPN, secure wireless connections, or uploading work to different clouds to separate personal and professional data can help stop hackers in their trace, and help ensure they aren't rewarded for their efforts.
While the year 2020 may almost be over, the long lasting impact of COVID-19 and its effect on both the real and digital world are far from disappearing.
AI is being weaponized by cybercriminals to develop increasingly sophisticated malware and attack methods, requiring organizations to deploy advanced heuristic solutions rather than relying on known vulnerability and attack signatures.
Synthetic data technologies can play an important role in training the AI to detect advanced heuristic solutions. As a sophisticated rules-based engine, the data models can be configurable to generate true and false positives and negatives of every conceivable variation of a heuristic threat. The data models can also be configured to output the expected AI system response file. This combination creates the necessary massive amounts of tagged data to develop and deploy an AI solution for detecting and preventing advanced heuristic threats efficiently and effectively.
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Advanced persistent threats backed by nation-state actors are now a major part of the global security landscape. Cybercriminals unofficially supported by the state can execute DDoS attacks, cause high-profile data breaches, steal political and industrial secrets, spread misinformation, influence global opinion and events, and silence unfavorable voices. As political tensions grow, we can expect these activities to escalate – and maintaining security in the face of advanced, globally distributed attackers with access to zero-day exploits will require big business and government organizations to deploy equally advanced solutions to detect and eliminate known and emerging vulnerabilities.
Synthetic data technologies can offer a significant advantage developing and deploying solutions to guard against advance persistent threats by leveraging the synthetic data to emulate the most realistic conditions in a target network. Network normal traffic is real traffic with complex base rate content that is all plausible and can mirror the content, IP address structure, reporting hierarchy, document types, and subject matter-specific content and emails for any industry or client. This provides behavior-based control of the data domain mix in addition to the traffic mix that has become the foundation of cyber testing techniques. Every event is linked/consistent with every other event, except where (by design) it is not linked. Simple and varying degrees of anomalies can be introduced to provide detailed system scoring and support performance tuning.
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More and more businesses are coming to realize that having an effective cybersecurity strategy and cyber incident response plan is a necessity, not a luxury. Information security training is becoming commonplace for all staff to improve cyber-hygiene and maintain a solid security posture on all levels of the organization. Security is gaining a permanent place in the software development lifecycle, with SecDevOps/DevSecOps processes to integrate security at all stages of development. A businesses security is only as good as the weakest link. It makes no sense to have the most secure systems in the world, and then release confidential data to technology partners or legal firms that have some of the weakest cyber security postures.
This is where synthetic data because a key part of a businesses cyber security strategy by eliminating threats from the weakest links in you companies’ data ecosystem.
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Everyone always tells you to be careful what you post online and that once posted to the internet something will be there forever. Social media websites are the biggest examples of pages you should monitor your activity on and the information you give out on them. Whether it's someone being able to see private information you uploaded about yourself publicly, through your messages with friends, or clicking on a link from the website that turns out to be malware, it's safe to say there are numerous ways one can become less secure simply by just having an account on a social media website.
Twitter and Facebook accounts get hacked all the time and even prominent figures accounts (which could be argued are actually less safe than the average person's account) are vulnerable to cyberterrorists, hackers, and anyone trying to get a good laugh or access information they maybe shouldn't be able to see as easily. So is social media bad for cybersecurity? Not necessarily; social media websites take these hackings as a challenge and create algorithms and programs to detect any funny business so that hackers can't access information as easily as they used to. Hackers in turn develop better hacking software and it becomes an endless cycle where one party tries to outdo the other to ensure they get the final say in what happens to your data.
Avoiding social media all together seems like a good strategy then, right? On one hand, If you don't have an account, you can't get hacked, so your data and personal software are safe. However, it just takes one devious person to notice you don't have any social media accounts before it comes crashing down on you. By catfishing and pretending to be you, hackers are able to get access to private information they may not otherwise be able to get. Furthermore, if you can't monitor social media, pictures or information about you that you wouldn't want up otherwise can go unseen by you and thus uploaded, downloaded, and on the internet forever.
The best practice for social media is to monitor your accounts and limit both what you post and what information you provide. Limit who can see that information and what they can do with it, and to be really secure, make sure you use different passwords for each of your social media accounts, so if one is hacked, you have the others to fall back on.
Social media is still an evolving technology much like cybersecurity, and due to this it has led to many data leaks and hackings. However, because of it and the focus on keeping your information safe on social media, the world of cybersecurity has advanced greatly.
Within the cyber world, there are many myths that exist about cybersecurity and how it impacts you. Today we explore several of them and debunk those which are not true!
Myth #1: I am immune from being hacked because I am up to date on my own cyber defense and anti-malware programs.
Truth: Nobody is immune to cyberattacks, despite how strong or up to date they are on their anti-virus or anti-malware software. Hackers and cyberterrorists are constantly scheming and coming up with new ways to trick or hack into unsuspecting victims to get their personal information. Thus, it is not only important to keep up to date with your own cyber defenses, but the best practices and recent news within the cyber world.
Myth #2: To keep my online data private and secure, I just need to be aware of my own cyber presence.
Truth: While the best way to keep your data safe is to ensure your own cyber data and presence are well maintained, you must not forget to keep your real life data confined as well. Any indication of what your passwords or security answers being passed within earshot to anyone with malicious intent can backfire very quickly for you. To best protect yourself against cyberattacks, make sure you're staying safe, both online and offline.
Myth #3: I don't have anything worth protecting so I won't be hacked.
Truth: Everyone has something worth protecting; any private data is worth protecting. Any assets you have are worth protecting. Not only is your cyber profile at risk, but your identity itself as well as all of your belongings are too. Cyberterrorists, hackers, or anyone with malicious intent do not care who they take from as long as it benefits them, thus they will take as little or as much as they possibly can, meaning everyone is fair game to be targeted.
We hope debunking some of these myths about cybersecurity practices is helpful, and look out for more content for cybersecurity awareness month!
To celebrate Cybersecurity Awareness Month, we have five great tips everyone should know to have safer cybersecurity practices and avoid risky malware and potential hackers!
1) Have an anti-virus program; An anti-virus program or software to detect suspicious malware or activity on your device can be very beneficial! Not only does it keep up with the most recent viruses and types of malware so you don't have to, but it will filter out and destroy system threats, sometimes without you even knowing!
2) Don't tell anyone your password; the most secure way to not get hacked is to keep all of your private information, private. Try to use a different password that is alphanumeric with special characters to make it hard to crack and guess as well!
3) Use a VPN! VPNs are both secure and useful; they can change your IPAddress so hackers also can't locate your physical address, and are great at preventing security breaches due to establishing a more secure network connection. Your data will be kept secure and private through the use of a VPN, so we encourage you to use one if possible!
4) Use two-factor authentication! If you're able to, it's much more secure, so even if your password is cracked, make sure they a website or application has to text your phone as well to make sure it's really you. You're not only more secure, but it limits the activity to an application to only those with access to your accounts.
5) Be aware of what you post on the internet! Although it may seem trivial at first, information over time can lead up to a lot of information gathered about you. You should make sure anyone who can see your information is a trusted source, and that any suspicious activity is clearly monitored.
October is Cybersecurity awareness month, and we at ExactData are excited to bring even more cybersecurity content and information to our website and social media accounts to celebrate! Cybersecurity Awareness month was created in October, 2004 to spread awareness about how to stay safe an stay secure when online, and this year will be no different; in these unprecedented times, it's now crucial more than ever to make sure your online profile, accounts, and networks are as secure as they can be.
Likewise, it's important that all of your data, personal and professional, is protected, and some of the content we have prepared will help you do just that, so make sure to catch all of our cybersecurity month content here at ExactData!
Over the past weekend, chaos erupted and Universal Health Services experienced what could be now potentially the largest cyberattack in United States history, affecting more than 400 hospitals by causing their computer systems to fail, prompting employees to fill out patient information manually with pen and paper. While Universal Health Services itself did not respond to allegations, those familiar with the company security and response issues mentioned that the outage "looks and smells like ransomware."
Two other employees of Universal Health Services commented that the attack had begun over the weekend and caused delays and hardships in the work of employees. The cyberattack could have been much worse, as in the past patients have suffered and even died due to an indirect result from cyber attacks launched at hospitals around the world. Luckily, at this time it appears nobody has past away due to the malicious behavior that may be taking place across the Universal Health Services computer network.
Medical data and information is critical to have at any given moment as it may make a difference in saving one's life, and thus it is also critical to have the highest security available for computer networks which have such delicate and necessary information to prevent attacks such as this one. Otherwise, the impact could be more severe and in some cases, even fatal.
Cyber Security Consulting companies are always interested in new value-added advice they can provide to their clients. One potentially lucrative area is recommending a synthetic data solution that would eliminate the risk of a data breach through your development, laboratory, and testing ecosystems where most breaches occur.
This is potentially a very lucrative market opportunity for these consulting companies. Software development globally is estimated to be around $500B annually, of which about 30% or $150B is for test data provisioning. This is all being done today through a process that modifies production data with the potential to convert to services revenue through a new disruptive synthetic data process. ROI’s are strong for the end customer eliminating repetitive labor tasks, compressing development times and removing a security risk area, which drives high margins for these new professional services.
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