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4 Cybersecurity Trends that Will Plague Businesses in 2018

4 Cybersecurity Trends that Will Plague Businesses in 2018We’re nearly one full month into 2018 and it’s clear already that cybersecurity remains one of the top priorities for businesses across the globe. Preparing in advance and having an idea of what to expect can help strengthen your defense. To help, we’ve identified a few of the top global security threats that experts believe have the potential to become significant obstacles for businesses over the coming months.

The IoT

The Internet of Things continues to add several new layers of risk to organizations across the globe. Unfortunately, the majority of IoT devices are not inherently secure, so as more companies adopt those IoT devices, they are unwittingly adding more vulnerability to their network and infrastructure. Additionally, there remains a lack of transparency surrounding what information is being captured and transmitted. When a cybersecurity breach does occur and the truth comes out, companies will likely be held responsible by both customers and regulators.

Crime as a Service (CaaS)

Criminal syndicates in the cyber realm are nothing new. What’s predicted to be different in 2018, however, is that thanks to CaaS, less sophisticated “aspirant” cyber-attackers (even those without a great amount of technical knowledge) will be able to purchase tools and services that will enable them to carry out attacks that they would otherwise been incapable of conducting on their own. Essentially, anyone who wishes to get into the cybersecurity game will have much easier entry moving forward, which means even more risk for businesses, particularly small to mid-sized ones.

Supply Chain

The supply chain is inherently vulnerable for a number of reasons; namely due to the fact that a good deal of sensitive and valuable information is typically shared amongst suppliers. As that data is shared, it results in a loss of control, which increases the risk of compromise in integrity, confidentiality and availability. The challenge lies in knowing precisely where information is at every stage of the lifecycle so it can be adequately protected. To address this, organizations must prioritize finding the weakest places in their supply chains so they can properly address those vulnerabilities before a problem arises.

Regulation

With the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to take effect within the next few months, a whole new layer of complexity will be added to critical asset management. GDPR isn’t just about compliance. It’s about being able to pinpoint any area throughout your organization and along your supply chain and understand how personal data is being managed and protected. If you’re not yet prepared for this upcoming deadline, here are a few guidelines to get you started.

These are, of course, just a few of the many cybersecurity threats that exist in the landscape today. The key to overcoming these threats is to implement a strong strategy that focuses not only on prevention, but also rapid detection and remediation.

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MSSPs: Why IT Automation is the Secret Sauce for Success

MSSPs: Why IT Automation is the Secret Sauce for SuccessWhen the topic of security automation comes up, it’s typically in the context of enterprise Security Operations Centers (SOC). The fact is, there’s another group that can benefit tremendously from IT automation and that’s Managed Security Service Providers (MSSP). MSSPs face many similar challenges that traditional SOCs encounter, such as huge volumes of data, case management, reporting and, of course, staffing shortages. In fact, for MSSPs, these problems are often compounded.

Unlike SOCs, MSSP analysts support multiple clients simultaneously; oftentimes each with their own individual security platforms and runbooks. As a result, analysts often receive numerous alerts from a multitude of tools that must be resolved according to each client’s service level agreement. Not only can this be confusing, which can significantly increase the likelihood of errors, but it can easily lead to alert fatigue, frustration and burnout.

Keeping up with security alerts is challenging even for smaller organizations. For MSSPs monitoring 30, 50, 100 or more individual clients, the complexity becomes monumental.  Likewise, the combination of multiple endpoints, different network configurations and application security platforms, coupled with managing their own threat intelligence and analytics, the issue becomes even further complicated. All of this can make resolving incidents in a timely manner incredibly difficult, even for the most agile, capable team. For these reasons, many MSSPs are now turning to IT automation as a solution.

When it comes to operating a successful MSSP, the ability to standardize is absolutely essential. Additionally, with multiple players entering the field, the competition is becoming much more intense. Continuous innovation is the key to survival. Operational standardization enables MSSPs to become more innovative by streamlining and automating the high-volume, repetitive manual tasks that bog down operations teams.

With IT automation, MSSP analysts can dramatically improve efficiency and therefore support more customers and handle more use cases. In fact, shifting from human to intelligent machine may even facilitate smaller teams to compete with larger competitors. In other words, IT automation allows MSSPs to do more with less. From a business perspective, this means greater profitability across the board. Additionally, having automated processes can help in terms of attracting and retaining top talent.

Simply put, the automation of MSSP activities benefits everyone. Security analysts can take on more clients at a lower operating cost while delivering a higher level of service. As a result, clients are more secure and satisfied. Meanwhile, operations teams enjoy the ability to apply their high-level skills to more fulfilling tasks and projects, thereby improving staff morale and performance. With IT automation, everyone wins.

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Want to Know How to Keep Your Best Cybersecurity Employees? Automate

Want to Know How to Keep Your Best Cybersecurity Employees? AutomateThere’s much talk about the so-called skills gap in the cybersecurity realm, particularly as it pertains to a lack of qualified staff. What isn’t mentioned quite so often is the fact that because those who are skilled enough to handle the daunting task of enterprise security are in such high demand, the essentially hold all the cards. For IT leaders, it’s not just about attracting the best talent. It’s about keeping them on for the long haul. Given the competitive landscape, this is no easy task. The one ace you can hold in your pocket, however, is automation.

A recent survey revealed that almost half of today’s cybersecurity professionals receive contact from a recruiter or another party regarding a job opening. Those who hold the title of Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) receive five or more such solicitations each and every week. Even more concerning? The same survey indicated that 44% of security professionals are satisfied in their current job. 15% said they aren’t satisfied at all.

This means that if you’ve got even a few employees who are currently unhappy and a plethora of recruiters knocking down their doors on a regular basis, it’s pretty easy to understand why retention in the cybersecurity sector is one of the biggest challenges organizations face today.

Thankfully, you have the ability to turn things around. It starts with providing your IT team with the tools and technologies they need to do their jobs better and more efficiently – in particular, leveraging automation to streamline manual processes like incident response.

Consider for a moment that 92 percent of organizations field 500 or more cyber alerts each and every day. That adds up to around 15,000 alerts per month. This volume of incoming incidents, coupled with inevitable false positives, can easily lead to alert fatigue, especially considering that the average cybersecurity analyst is only capable of accurately handling around ten alerts per day. In other words, without the right tools, your IT team is drowning and you’re probably going to lose them as a result.

To improve employee satisfaction and retention, IT leaders must take the initiative to automate the many manual, tedious tasks and workflows currently bogging down cybersecurity analysts. This significantly lightens the workload while allowing skilled security professionals to apply their expertise to more strategic projects and perform more interesting and meaningful work. These things can dramatically improve morale and satisfaction, which will make it easier for you to keep your best employees.

With the right cybersecurity orchestration and automation platform, your IT analysts could focus on such initiatives as:

  • Proactive threat management. While automation handles incidents that have already occurred, your IT pros can spend their time hunting down potential threats and preparing for them in advance. Being proactive rather than reactive is better for the employee as well as for the organization as a whole.
  • Optimize processes and policies. By eliminating the need for manual incident management, security professionals can work on improving existing policies and developing best practices.
  • Perform routine system and process audits. With the free time automation affords, your IT team can work on reviewing and analyzing other tools, systems, applications and programs that are currently in use and make necessary changes to improve operations.
  • Conduct risk assessments. Automated incident response provides the IT team with the ability to go back to basics, identifying and addressing vulnerabilities and closing any existing gaps in policies and processes.

When it comes to running the most secure, efficient and effective enterprise, retaining top cybersecurity talent is key. The tips and tools listed above should help you keep your IT team happier, more productive and on-board for the long haul so that when recruiters come calling, your employees will gladly send them packing.

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Automation of Cyber Security Incident Response: What You Need to Know

Automation of Cyber Security Incident Response: What You Need to KnowThese days, it seems there’s a high profile security breach in the news almost daily. The truth is, cyber-attacks happen to businesses of every size, shape and industry and just because the story may not make the news, the ramifications can be nothing short of devastating. Organizations are under increasing pressure to ensure that when (not if) an attack occurs, they are fully prepared to respond swiftly and effectively to mitigate any potential damages. Let’s take a look at the role automation can and should play in your cyber security incident response strategy.

Without automation, monitoring and managing incidents is up to IT personnel – a team that is most likely already overworked and completely overwhelmed. Given the enhanced sophistication and ever-increasing number of today’s attacks, and the budgetary restraints most organizations are under which limits their staffing potential, the results of a breach could be catastrophic. Here are just a few of the problems that can arise when cyber security incident response is handled manually:

  • Difficulty keeping up with volume of incoming threats
  • Errors due to miscommunication and confusion
  • Lack of adequate, real-time visibility
  • Inexperience with significant and/or high-pressure events
  • Missed or delayed response
  • Increased expenses

The larger the organization, the greater the risk, as the number and complexity of incoming incidents are naturally higher. Still, even small to mid-sized companies must be vigilant about protecting their assets from a potential virtual attack. Hiring additional staff is typically not an option, and as seen in the list above, even when staffing levels are adequate, human error can be a real issue. That’s why automation is so effective.

The fact is, cyber criminals do not discriminate. Your staffing woes or lack of adequate protection could make you a prime target for an attack. Do you have a plan in place? By incorporating automation into your cyber security incident response strategy, you remove the human element from the equation. Not only does this dramatically speed up the process, but it also eliminates the risk of costly human error.

From a reactive standpoint, the moment a potential incident is detected, your automated system will immediately identify and evaluate it for legitimacy and severity. This process will occur each and every time a threat comes in, even if there are thousands a day – something human personnel simply cannot handle. Depending on the outcome of each threat’s analysis, the system will then automatically trigger the appropriate response.

To address the limitations of traditional, manual cyber security incident response, automation presents the following quantifiable benefits:

  • Ability to integrate seamlessly with existing systems (SIEM, monitoring programs, malware analysis, etc.)
  • Reduces risk of any threats slipping through the cracks
  • Provides real-time visibility and control
  • Ability to automate everything from simple tasks to complex workflows
  • Saves time, money and resources

Furthermore, with the right automation tool, previous incidents can be analyzed by IT leaders to help identify and define best practices going forward. This provides the ability to take a proactive approach to cyber security incident response, which can help prevent certain attacks from occurring in the first place.

Is your business truly prepared for potential cyber incidents?

If you’re not yet leveraging the power of automation in this area, you are most definitely at a greater risk.

Don’t take chances. Download your free trial of eyeShare today.





eBook: 5 Reasons You Should Automate Cyber Security Incident Response




Automation of Cyber Security Incident Response: What You Need to Know

Automation of Cyber Security Incident Response: What You Need to KnowThese days, it seems there’s a high profile security breach in the news almost daily. The truth is, cyber-attacks happen to businesses of every size, shape and industry and just because the story may not make the news, the ramifications can be nothing short of devastating. Organizations are under increasing pressure to ensure that when (not if) an attack occurs, they are fully prepared to respond swiftly and effectively to mitigate any potential damages. Let’s take a look at the role automation can and should play in your cyber security incident response strategy.

Without automation, monitoring and managing incidents is up to IT personnel – a team that is most likely already overworked and completely overwhelmed. Given the enhanced sophistication and ever-increasing number of today’s attacks, and the budgetary restraints most organizations are under which limits their staffing potential, the results of a breach could be catastrophic. Here are just a few of the problems that can arise when cyber security incident response is handled manually:

  • Difficulty keeping up with volume of incoming threats
  • Errors due to miscommunication and confusion
  • Lack of adequate, real-time visibility
  • Inexperience with significant and/or high-pressure events
  • Missed or delayed response
  • Increased expenses

The larger the organization, the greater the risk, as the number and complexity of incoming incidents are naturally higher. Still, even small to mid-sized companies must be vigilant about protecting their assets from a potential virtual attack. Hiring additional staff is typically not an option, and as seen in the list above, even when staffing levels are adequate, human error can be a real issue. That’s why automation is so effective.

The fact is, cyber criminals do not discriminate. Your staffing woes or lack of adequate protection could make you a prime target for an attack. Do you have a plan in place? By incorporating automation into your cyber security incident response strategy, you remove the human element from the equation. Not only does this dramatically speed up the process, but it also eliminates the risk of costly human error.

From a reactive standpoint, the moment a potential incident is detected, your automated system will immediately identify and evaluate it for legitimacy and severity. This process will occur each and every time a threat comes in, even if there are thousands a day – something human personnel simply cannot handle. Depending on the outcome of each threat’s analysis, the system will then automatically trigger the appropriate response.

To address the limitations of traditional, manual cyber security incident response, automation presents the following quantifiable benefits:

  • Ability to integrate seamlessly with existing systems (SIEM, monitoring programs, malware analysis, etc.)
  • Reduces risk of any threats slipping through the cracks
  • Provides real-time visibility and control
  • Ability to automate everything from simple tasks to complex workflows
  • Saves time, money and resources

Furthermore, with the right automation tool, previous incidents can be analyzed by IT leaders to help identify and define best practices going forward. This provides the ability to take a proactive approach to cyber security incident response, which can help prevent certain attacks from occurring in the first place.

Is your business truly prepared for potential cyber incidents?

If you’re not yet leveraging the power of automation in this area, you are most definitely at a greater risk.

Don’t take chances. Download your free trial of eyeShare today.





eBook: 5 Reasons You Should Automate Cyber Security Incident Response




How Automated Security Incident Response Can Help Reduce Cyber-Security Risks

How Automated Security Incident Response Can Help Reduce Cyber-Security RisksIn light of recent events with retail giant Target, where massive security breaches have had a devastating impact on consumers and big brands alike, it’s becoming increasingly obvious that security incident response is a critical aspect of IT. The solution seems easy – have IT personnel become more vigilant about managing alerts so that such situations can be avoided at the get-go. Seems obvious, right? Not necessarily. In fact, it’s much more challenging than one may think.

The ultimate cause of the Target debacle was how they used their malware detection technology. The software did its job in successfully detecting the POS memory scrapping code. The problem was, Target’s IT group was operating on detection mode instead of prevention mode. In order to avoid the whole messy situation, personnel would have had to have taken manual action to address and remove the malware. Unfortunately, as we all now know, this did not happen and millions of people had their sensitive information stolen.

The question most people ask is, why on earth didn’t Target use their malware software the way it was designed to be used? Were they incompetent? Misguided? Asleep at the wheel?

The truth is, it’s not so straightforward. Because many of these malware technologies take a more specialized or limited approach, they often generate alerts that are inaccurate, non-critical or worse – false positives. Because of this, IT security professionals tend to view these alerts one of two ways. They either take the alert at face value and investigate it further, or they acknowledge the alert but do nothing.

If the security professional chooses the former, it’s not always as simple as conducting a quick investigation. These analyses can require a great deal of time, resources and expertise. Should they choose the latter approach, it’s likely because they’re afraid of the dreaded “false positive”. In this case, personnel will typically wait for additional alerts to further substantiate the problem before finally taking action.

While it may seem negligent to ever ignore an incoming alert (especially given the consequences that Target employees experienced for doing so), the results of reacting to a false positive can seem even worse – at least to IT personnel. Imagine for a moment the security team for a major eCommerce site responds to an alert by immediately blocking systems or shutting down network access completely. Not only does this disrupt normal business operations, but it could cost the company quite a bit of revenue. If the threat was actually a false positive, it’s the IT department that will bear the brunt of the blame. In other words, IT heads will roll.

So what’s the solution? Obviously, we cannot simply sit back and ignore security alerts, or even take a chance and wait to see what happens (just ask Target how that worked out). Yet, based on the previous scenario, we also cannot jump at every alert that comes in. There needs to be a more sophisticated solution that helps to better manage incoming incidents, weeding out false positives, and effectively notifying the appropriate personnel when immediate action should be taken.

The solution is incident response automation.

Automated incident response technology can provide greater monitoring of a company’s networks, users and IT assets. It can also recognize what behavior or patterns of behavior deviates from the “norm” so that critical incidents can be identified and addressed in the most timely and effective manner possible. In order to achieve best results, security professionals will also need to gain more experience with IT Process Automation so they can further fine-tune and manage these tools most effectively.

As cyber threats continue to evolve and become more sophisticated and complex, so will the requirements for incident management. There has simply never been a greater need. Don’t take the chance that your company will become the next Target.

Get an IT Process Automation solution in place today to protect your business, your customers and your future.

eBook: 5 Reasons You Should Automate Cyber Security Incident Response