Cybersecurity Blog: The Cyber Scene is evolving, are you?

Since January of this year, ransomware has emerged as a popular attack impacting large corporations, small businesses, schools, hospitals and home users. This malicious type of crimeware encrypts, locks, or obfuscates digital files, then demands a ransom to return the files. An ill-prepared user or organization can experience catastrophic damage if the data encrypted includes months of work or critical business information. Far worse is when the data encrypted includes financial, legal, or medical records for which retention is required by law. In some cases, these users have no choice but to pay the ransom and hope for the best. Some who pay have their files returned, while others are not as lucky.

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A recent Ponemon Institute survey, Intelligence Driven Cyber Defense, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, surveyed security and risk professionals regarding their organization's cybersecurity programs and methodologies. The express purpose of the survey was to collect feedback about resource allocation and implementation in organizations that are proactively addressing the need to reduce risks posed by cyber adversaries such as hackers and cyber criminals. The survey aimed to answer the question: are organizations embracing new approaches, like an intelligence-driven cyber defense strategy, to protect themselves as cyber attacks become more recurrent and severe? The key findings of the survey can be arranged into three specific themes including challenges addressing cybersecurity risks, cybersecurity strategies missing the mark and achieving an intelligence driven cyber defense.

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A recent Ponemon Institute survey, Intelligence Driven Cyber Defense, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, surveyed security and risk professionals regarding their organization's cybersecurity programs and methodologies. The express purpose of the survey was to collect feedback about resource allocation and implementation in organizations that are proactively addressing the need to reduce risks posed by cyber adversaries such as hackers and cyber criminals. The survey aimed to answer the question: are organizations embracing new approaches, like an intelligence driven cyber defense, to protect themselves as cyber attacks become more recurrent and severe? The key findings of the survey can be arranged into three specific themes including challenges addressing cybersecurity risks, cybersecurity strategies missing the mark and achieving an intelligence driven cyber defense.

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A discussion on sharing threat intelligence while balancing business objectives with cyber defense strategies.

I had the pleasure of attending the SANS CTI Summit a couple weeks ago. The red carpet was rolled out and all the industry’s biggest stars were there to talk about the most pressing topics facing the InfoSec world today. While there was a lot of consensus and agreement on items like what constitutes real intelligence and the power of harnessing internal resources, there were some lingering questions as well. Although everyone agreed that sharing with your friends is a good thing (circle of trust), there was some contention around publicly reporting Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) activity.

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According to a recent Ponemon Institute survey, Intelligence Driven Cyber Defense, sponsored by Lockheed Martin, 46% of financial services stakeholders consider cyber threats the number one risk to the global economy.

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Organizations in the financial services sector have a lot on their plates these days. From dealing with smaller profit margins and challenging regulations, to grappling with higher customer expectations and evolving technologies, there is no shortage of challenges. This includes facing an increase in cyberattacks on the financial services industry.

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Traveling long distances can get monotonous; we drive and we drive, making our way through towns and across rivers, and sometimes stalling in traffic. But we measure the miles we travel as we move towards our destination. We keep moving forward and change routes if needed, making the most of the opportunities and challenges while trying to stay on time and within our budget.

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As previously mentioned, one of the most important aspects of cybersecurity is intelligence. Fighting and defending against constant attacks without the proper knowledge of who they are, how and why they are attacking, as well as a lack of understanding of the characteristics that signal an attack can lead to a massive data breach or disruption of service.

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Technological advances notwithstanding, program security still comes down to one basic element: well written code.

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Recently, cybersecurity firm Darktrace announced an $18 million investment to hire new information security specialists in an effort to expand globally. According to Upstart Business Journal this investment represents a cash infusion in a woman-led cybersecurity company with a history of hiring female IT specialists. The result of this major infusion, according to the online journal, could “pave the way for a more equally representative industry.”

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