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Predictive Cybersecurity Is The Need Of The Moment

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The exponential development of computing devices has expanded access capabilities for cybercriminals to detect and exploit vulnerabilities in innovative ways. With a medium-grade smartphone now more powerful than the most advanced computers were only a few years ago, for example, cybercriminals can launch powerful and sophisticated attacks at a relatively low cost from a mobile unit while also working from home.

That ease of access goes some way to explain why there is a cyberattack every 39 seconds. As industrial organizations embrace digitalization, inadequate security protection can open up their systems to malicious actors. Criminals today use a wide variety of methods, from commonly used techniques such as phishing and computerized password hacking to more sophisticated operations such as watering hole attacks that deliver malware to visitors.

Increasingly, the same innovative technology that is being used to deliver innovative solutions for common benefit is being deployed in destructive ways to inflict catastrophic damage to infrastructure, business systems, and, ultimately, the citizenry.

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5 Ways To Close Cybersecurity Gaps Created By The Pandemic

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With today's "new normal" ratcheting up the threat level, bolstering cybersecurity has become even more critical than before the pandemic. Here are five defensive measures that can help IT teams minimize the risk of cyberattacks and associated damage to the business. While you may think your business once had these areas under control, the reality is that may no longer be true thanks to the changing dynamics of our new landscape. Consequently, every organization should reevaluate its approach by taking these steps:

1. Conduct A Risk Assessment

Knowing where to focus your remediation efforts requires identifying the biggest weaknesses in your security fabric. This can be achieved by performing a risk assessment, either internally or with the help of an outside consultant. The process is essentially a security health check covering hardware devices, applications, network connections, user authentication systems, data classification and storage and other IT components and policies. Any vulnerabilities detected by this analysis can be prioritized based on the risk level and used to create a roadmap for strengthening your security posture.

2. Evaluate Your Network Architecture

Most corporate networks have what is essentially an open floor plan. Employees can reach whatever they need without going through different doors (technically speaking, routers or firewalls). This "flat" network enables an adversary who gains access to a user's computer to roam freely on a search for valuable data, then stage an attack against the relevant servers to steal it.

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Five Cybersecurity Misconceptions Putting Organizations At Risk

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Do you underestimate security threats?

Today, the world is flooded with cybersecurity news. Whether it’s a headline splashed across the media about your favorite retailer being hit by hackers or your local council falling victim to ransomware, there is no escaping the “cybercrime pandemic.”

Even despite this recent surge in cyberattacks, there are still a worrying number of organizations that don’t see themselves as a target. These organizations have a false sense of security that they are of no value or interest to cybercriminals — they are too small, too unknown or even too secure to be hit.

However, this misconception just makes them easier to hit. Overconfidence in security or not seeing yourself as a target leads to companies letting their guard down, which in turn creates opportunities for hackers. So, what are other most common security misconceptions we hear about from organizations, how do they put them in danger and, most importantly, how can they be resolved?

1. We are not a target for cybercriminals.

First and foremost, everyone is a target for cybercriminals. It doesn’t matter how big or small you are or how much or how little data you hold; cybercriminals will still see you as a target. This is an issue we hear about a lot when approaching new customers. However, once we have carried out an open-source background check, they are often surprised by the results.

We find fake social media accounts where CEOs and brands are being impersonated, often sending out malicious links in their posts. We also find a lot of other content online that shows the company has already been hit by attackers. 

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91 Percent of Industrial Companies at Risk of Cyber Attacks

Industrial businesses were the second most targeted sector in 2020 and new research from Positive Technologies shows that an external attacker could penetrate the corporate network at 91 percent of them.

In addition, Positive Technologies penetration testers gained access to the industrial control system (ICS) networks at 75 percent of these companies. Once criminals have obtained access to ICS components, they can shutdown entire production lines, cause equipment to fail, or incidents that could cause serious harm.

Olga Zinenko, senior analyst at Positive Technologies, says, "Today, the level of cybersecurity at most industrial companies is too low for comfort. In most cases, Internet-accessible external network perimeters contain weak protection, device configurations contain flaws, and we find a low level of ICS network security and the use of dictionary passwords and outdated software versions present risks."

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