education

Back to School Means More Cyber Concerns

Cyberattacks continue to rise, threatening the educational sector  As the 2022-2023 school year looms, so do ongoing cyber threats directly targeting schools, universities and school district administrations.  In 2021, there were an average of over 1500 attacks on education and research organization per week and these numbers are expected to continue to rise through 2022. The educational sector is massive …

Stolen Credentials

How Stolen Credentials and Ransomware are a Simultaneous Threat

Defending from Both Directions Over the past decade, the cyber landscape has evolved rapidly. But as Mike Wilson points out for Forbes, with every positive change or technological advancement comes several layers of cyber threat, as criminals continue to seek out weaknesses wherever they can.  Each year the Verizon DBIR provides an overall update on current threat trends and provides insight into who …

Password Policy

Bolstering AD Password Policies

Presets Aren’t Enough  Let’s keep things real: passwords aren’t going anywhere. And with continued—and increasing—ransomware attacks and data breaches popping up everywhere, an organization’s password policies are crucial to its digital security stance.  According to the 2022 Verizon DBIR, a majority of attacks originate from a single entry point: compromised credentials. Since so many organizations use Active Directory (AD) as …

finance

Three Tips to Combat Cyber-threats in the Financial Industry

No firm in the financial industry has been unaffected by digital transformation. Even over the last three years of tech advancements and a global pandemic, there have been seismic shifts in the landscape.  There have been huge advancements in improving efficiency and the quality of customer service, as well as beneficial internal changes like the adoption of cloud technologies.  But, …

AD F

Active Directory is an Active Vulnerability 

Many organizations that use Active Directory (AD) are failing to bolster their security postures  Microsoft AD has been around for almost a quarter century, and while many organizations across industries use it, few have adapted to the demand for greater security postures.  Despite the fact that approximately 90% of the Global Fortune 1000 companies use AD, only about a quarter consider security …

The Biggest Takeaway from the 2022 Verizon DBIR

The annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) contains several useful security insights. Reflecting on another year where cybersecurity attacks have frequently starred in news headlines, the 2022 DBIR confirms a lot of what professionals already know: cyber attacks continue to increase in frequency, and organizations of all sizes need to bolster their defensive postures in order to stay safe.  …