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Securing Work from Home Wi-Fi Access

Wi-Fi networks, whether in public or private, are by their very nature dirty. Security professionals warn that every network carries inherent risk to our devices, data and resources, because they are exposed a myriad of attacks, including these “Dirty Half Dozen” Wi-Fi risks: eavesdropping; exploits; evil-twin Wi-Fi; lateral network infections; DNS hijacking; and scanning, enumerating…

5 Steps organizations should take to ensure CCPA compliance

Now that the California Consumer Privacy Act has officially taken effect, follow these 5 steps to ensure compliance, even if your organization is outside the Golden State. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, more than 164 million consumer records containing personally identifiable information (PII) were exposed in data breaches in 2019. Seemingly every week…

How security can enable business continuity by protecting newly remote employees

The shelter-in-place orders and closure of non-essential businesses that have been implemented to slow the spread of COVID-19 have brought the need for business continuity to the forefront. Most enterprises have shifted to a work-from-home model that allows employees to continue working while adhering to social distancing measures. However, the massive shift to remote work…

Achieving “security in sunshine” through a security champions program

In today’s world, every business can be thought of as a software business, comprising hundreds of thousands of applications. However, every application holds an average of 26.8 serious vulnerabilities  — a number indicative of today’s modern security landscape where web application attacks remain the leading cause of large breaches by a very wide margin. Hackers…

Bigger budgets have not entailed more security

Greater spending on cybersecurity products hasn’t entailed a better organizational security posture. Despite the millions of dollars spent by organizations year on year, the average cost of a cyberattack jumped by 50 percent between 2018 to 2019, hitting $4.6 million per incident. Labor intensive security solutions like signature-based heuristics, machine learning and threat hunting all…

Using an SDP client to create a secure, hyperconnected smart city

Cities are the centerpiece for the vast majority of the world’s data production and energy consumption. According to the United Nations, more than half (55 percent) of the global population currently resides in urban areas, and that number is projected to rise to nearly 70 percent over the next three decades. It’s predicted that in…

Defending the database

22 million emails found in mystery open database

An otherwise unremarkable find of an open Elasticsearch database containing millions of records became a Sherlock Holmes mystery as researchers cannot figure out the database’s origins. Security researcher Troy Hunt, of Have I Been Pwned, was informed in February about an open database he has named db8151dd containing 90GB of data containing 22.8 million emails.…

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