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Andrew Avanessian
April 1st, 2015

Take control of admin rights to secure your business

If we take just a handful of the high-profile security breaches over the past few years, where cyber criminals obtained administrator rights as a way into the corporate network, the approximate total number of customers affected reaches almost 300 million, a figure just shy of the total population of the United States! There’s no doubt that the figures are eye-opening, but what is more alarming is the fact that many organizations are still resisting fundamental security best practise – the need to remove admin rights across their estate.

 

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$1bn financial services attack – Why Defense in Depth could have mitigated the damage

A new report from Kaspersky Labs claims up to 100 banks and financial institutions have been attacked in an “unprecedented cyber robbery”.

Initial estimates suggest that $1bn has been stolen in the attacks, which are believed to have started in 2013 and are potentially still ongoing. It’s thought the attacks have taken place across 30 different countries, including the US, Canada, Germany, Russia, China and Ukraine.

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Defending your business this Data Privacy Day

Since 2007, January 28th has marked Data Privacy Day (or Data Protection Day in Europe), the annual awareness day to promote privacy and data protection best practices. The day is recognized in the United States, Canada, the UK and 26 other European countries through a number of initiatives focused on raising awareness among businesses and personal users about the importance of protecting the privacy of their personal information, particularly in the context of social networking.

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Malvertising Campaigns – Who can you trust?

Malware is an ever evolving field and as such security should be seen as a journey not a destination. One of the latest malware evolutions is the practice of Malvertising where attackers place malicious content in seemingly innocent adverts. When the user views the page the advert is loaded and the malware attempts to exploit the machine.

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Taking the fear out of Java and Flash vulnerabilities

Over recent weeks, security concerns around Java and Flash vulnerabilities have risen to the surface once again. In December the National Defense Radio Establishment in Sweden was exposed for having significantly outdated versions of popular apps running, leaving the government organization wide open to cyber attack.

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Return of the Macro

Just like fashion, malware goes through trends and comebacks, so let’s take a look at what’s ‘in’ this season. Anyone involved in IT in the 1990′s will remember a few things; plaid shirts, floppy disks and macro viruses. Although I can’t envisage the former two making a comeback any time soon, macros are definitely back on the InfoSec agenda, something Microsoft has been highlighting recently.

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