Archive for January, 2016

Passwords and Future

January 4th, 2016

The survey conducted by SecureAuth and Wakefield Research found below –

  • Eighty Five percent of respondents say employees frequently contact the help desk regarding forgotten passwords
  • Thirty Seven percent say employees do so “all the time”
  • Ninety Seven percent of respondents believe new authentication techniques such as fingerprint scans or two-factor authentication are reliable
  • Eight One percent feel that those authentication methods are prohibitively challenging to implement because they require the latest technology and software.
  • Sixty six percent of respondent already leverage authentication methods beyond passwords
  • Fifty Nine percent of respondents said their company experienced a data breach in the previous 12 months
  • Ninety Five percent said they expect their company to increase security spending in the coming year
  • Eight-seven percent of cyber professionals say their company is frequently forced to choose between user experience and improved security, though 62 percent of respondents acknowledged that managing the consequences of data breaches costs their companies more than protecting against them.

“This survey very clearly indicates there is an appetite for multi-factor authentication solutions beyond the traditional password,” SecureAuth CEO Craig Lund said in a statement. “Advances in adaptive authentication have brought to market a number of options that help users stay both secure and productive by layering multiple methods, such as device recognition, analysis of the physical location of the user, or even by using behavioral biometrics to continually verify the true identity of the end user.”

“Integrating these types of solutions may take a little time, and a redirection of budget — but I’m hard-pressed to think of a worthwhile cybersecurity endeavor that doesn’t,” Lund added. “In this day and age, proactivity is much more important than reactivity.”

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken the necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

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Alertsec is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.

Human behaviour and Security Threat

January 2nd, 2016

In-depth interviews were conducted with 28 corporate security officials. According to the survey,  93 percent of respondents said human behavior presents the biggest threat to their organizations’ security.

“Defending Data: Turning Cybersecurity Inside Out With Corporate Leadership Perspectives on Reshaping Our Information Protection Practices,” was written by Ari Kaplan Advisors and sponsored by Nuix.

The report states that –

  •   Seventy-one percent of respondents said their organization has an insider threat program policy
  •   Fourteen percent said they allocate 40 percent or more of their budget to insider threats
  •   Ninety three percent of respondents said they were able to identify their critical value data
  •   Sixty nine percent said they knew what people did with that data after accessing it
  •   Ninety percent have designated a senior official to provide oversight
  •   Seventy percent offer their employees training to minimize risk

“There’s been a shift in allocation toward looking internally, rather than at the perimeter,” one respondent said.

“We’re seeing a lot more hands-on training, employee monitoring, and testing to address the issue,” report author Ari Kaplan said in a statement.

According to other survey conducted by Cybrary of 435 senior level technology professionals, 68 percent of respondents believes that there’s a global shortage of skilled cyber security professionals.

  • Eighty percent of respondents said they always or sometimes have trouble recruiting skilled cyber security professionals
  • Forty Seven percent of respondents said their company plans to hire between one and 10 cyber security employees in 2016

“Companies with pressing cyber security needs are finding that there’s a major lack of qualified professionals to fill their positions, which makes them vulnerable to cyber attacks,” Cybrary co-founder Ryan Corey said in a statement.

Alertsec strengthens security

Alertsec has created a web based encryption service that radically simplifies deployment and management of PC encryption by using industry leading Check Point Full Disk Encryption (former Pointsec) software.

Organizations, especially corporate giants, have to have an information security policy in place that proves they have taken the necessary steps and measures to safeguard the information they gathered. If these policies are not adhered to, the regulators may prosecute.

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Alertsec is used by organizations that have recognized the need to protect their information. Customers range from single-user sole traders and consultants to multinational companies with a large number of offices around the globe. Over 4 million users worldwide use Alertsec’s Check Point Full Disk Encryption.