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Best Practices For Information Security Audit Logs

Showing that you have instituted adequate security measures in your business is not just about setting monitoring programs and security controls. Instead, you will need to construct an audit log for the auditors to ascertain the safety of your data. The number of data breach cases is in the rise and you should thus ensure that you establish an audit trail to show that your security stance through documentation. Logging and auditing: What are they? When you call in an auditor, they will require a proof of the control monitoring, controls, and event info. To achieve this, you will need a document that has the records of all resources accessed such as the timestamps, destination address, login information, and source address called an audit log. Information in the audit log An audit log is cr...

Mitigating Cybersecurity Risks In The Era Of GDPR

Cybersecurity has become a key concern for businesses as cybercriminals continue to prey on hapless organizations. Intellectual property theft and ransomware are among the more profitable criminal activities that contribute to the £1.15 trillion (US$1.5 trillion) revenue that cybercrime generates each year. The introduction of new technologies like cloud computing, big data, and smart devices to company infrastructures is increasing their risk of cyberattacks. Case studies by endpoint management service Cloud Management Suite (CMS) reveal that digitization can introduce hundreds of devices even to mid-sized organizations’ networks which can all introduce vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit. Business processes are also steadily shifting to cloud-based services so IT teams now h...

4 Tips To Keep Your Personal Information Safe Online

We live in a world of modern technology, online communications; in a world where the Internet rules. On the one hand, it gives us the ability to quickly and productively look for information, communicate with colleagues and friends, and even perform job assignments. But on the other hand, we can no longer feel completely safe, because all our data is on the network and is often not well protected. So, in our time, any personal files can get into public access. Many people do not think about the consequences of getting such content in public access. But in fact, it is worth considering. Disclosure of personal information can lead to all kinds of frauds, blackmail and even a threat to life. In this article, I have mentioned four tips on how to protect your data online. 1. Only strong passwor...

The Highway For Securing Your Website To Ensure Its Success

Making a website entails a lot of steps – registration, design, coding, operation, and growth – all of these must be taken seriously so you end up not only with a beautiful-looking web presence, but a secure one as well. In this article, we will focus on the ways to make your website as secure as possible because a great-looking website with an ironclad security will be in the best position for growth and success. Choose the right CMS CMS or content management system is the tool that allows you to control most parts of your websites from the front-end (what you and the clients see). No, you don’t need to be a computer programmer to put together or even manage CMS. Solutions like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc. makes putting up and managing a website quick and easy. Regardless of the ...

6 Cyber Security Tips For Business Owners

There has been an increase in significant headlines featuring security breached in many corporations. Even government agencies have been facing the same problems for various reasons. The thing is, most of those hacked a lot are small organization. Data is being stolen and or corrupted every day. But why is this so? Many corporations are under protected. They do not have the proper channels in place to ensure their security is intact. Utilizing a security orchestration and automation platform is one way to go about it.  It put your business in a better position to protect your vital data from hackers and other harmful users. In addition to this, consider the following six tips. 1. Check your password protection from time to time In most cases, you will find businesses using passwords to pro...

RDP Access To Hacked Servers Still A Thriving Business On Deep And Dark Web

Deep & Dark Web markets selling remote desktop protocol (RDP) access to hacked servers or tools that scan for and brute-force these instances continue to thrive for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the money, time and effort RDP access spares a criminal entity from having to develop more complex attacks. RDP is a Microsoft protocol and client interface supported on a number of platforms beyond Windows, where it’s been a native feature since XP. It is most often used for legitimate remote administration, but criminals can also use it to remotely access targeted machines for a number of malicious purposes including credential harvesting, account takeover, spam delivery, and as of late, cryptocurrency mining. Scanning and brute-forcing tools automate attempts to gain access ...

Who Told You That VPNs Give You Anonymity?

Most arguments that I saw go like this: a) VPN services themselves say that they provide anonymity; b) all hackers use VPNs; c) expert Mr. X said this during his webinar. Mr. X does not commit cybercrimes himself, but for some reason believes that he has the right to give advice to those who commit them daily. For starters, let’s define the terms, as practice shows, not everyone understands what anonymity is (which does not prevent them from discussing this topic from an expert position). I will try to explain as simply and easily as possible. Anonymity Anonymity is when everyone sees your actions, but no one knows you are doing them. For example, you put on a black hat with holes for the eyes, black jeans and a black jacket and go to an unfamiliar square and took a pee there. In thi...

When SysAdmins Go Rogue….

Your SysAdmin/Super User/Root User has a lot of access to your critical systems – legitimately. It’s a job that comes with a great deal of trust, but what if one went rogue? It’s a nightmare scenario. How would you know it was happening? How could you recover from it? Unfortunately, there are many ways a rogue SysAdmin may manipulate their privilege online. One such example involves adding Privileged Accounts to systems. Such new additions are typically given innocuous names that are easily mistaken for legitimate functions: such as ‘back up’. Only by careful examination can someone tell if these accounts are bogus, and means looking for interactive login rights. Moreover, to identify these details, the person looking needs to be a capable SysAdmin to start with. A more c...

Please Mind The Security Gap Between The Premises And The Cloud

Once upon a time, password management emerged to make our systems more secure. At that time, Active Directory was used to manage computers and other devices on a network, and user passwords were stored locally on each device itself. It was almost a fairy-tale except that this turned regular maintenance into a monumental effort and, as a result, a centralised password manager was built. Good news? Not exactly. This effort benefitted system and network administrators but also provided a huge boost to attackers as now compromising an account or two offered significant lateral movement options. Fast forward and organisations have been steadily moving to the cloud – especially in the 12 months since the last State of the Cloud Survey, where we’ve seen both public and private cloud adoptio...

Cyber Essentials Certification: A Shield From Cyber Criminals

Are you in need of a shield against most of the cyber attacks to protect your business venture? To protect your Information Technology infrastructure from criminals and misusers, certify it with Cyber Essentials Certification and live with a peace of mind. Cyber Essential is a government-backed scheme that helps your venture to be protected from cyber vulnerabilities and attacks. This scheme was introduced by the government to ensure that online businesses and data are secured from unethical usage, to avoid reputation and revenue loss. It is crucial for IT professionals to keep up and ensure that every security need are maintained. A small breach in the cybersecurity can result in the complete loss or misuse of your company data. Cyber hackers always look for exposed vulnerabilities in unp...

The Need For Effective Third-Party Risk Management In Financial Services

In the last few years we have seen the frequency and severity of third-party cyberattacks against global financial institutions continue to increase. One of the biggest reported attacks against financial organisations occurred in early 2016, when $81 million was taken from accounts at Bangladesh Bank. Unknown hackers used SWIFT credentials of Bangladesh Central Bank employees to send more than three dozen fraudulent money transfer requests to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York asking the bank to transfer millions of the Bangladesh Bank’s funds to bank accounts in the Philippines, Sri Lanka and other parts of Asia. The Bangladesh Bank managed to halt $850 million in other transactions, and a typo made by the hackers raised suspicions that prevented them from stealing the full $1 bil...

3 Tips For Combating Fraud

Fraud is an inevitability of business, and one that most won’t concede they’re susceptible to. But the blunt truth is, insiders who are close to critical systems—or outsiders who are skilled enough to exploit vulnerabilities in anti-fraud and other security controls—will steal. They may target assets they’re entrusted to protect or cook the books to hide their tracks; in the end both types of fraudsters aim to make off with significant money. Fraud persists, and frankly, it’s not realistic to believe businesses can take measures that will permanently eradicate it. Fighting fraud, however, doesn’t have to be in vain. Here are three tips to help businesses combat fraud: 1. Get Inside The Adversary’s Head Anti-fraud systems may be effective and getting better, but they’re not going to d...