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4 Questions You Need to Ask About Managed Detection and Response

Posted by Trevan Marden on Jul 23, 2018

Managed detection and response helps solve the needs of organizations who lack resources and enables organizations to better detect and respond to threats. MDR services complement an organization’s own IT or security team to help provide the extra eyes for 24x7 coverage along with security expertise and guidance for remediating potential security incidents that are detected. However, not all services provide the same features. So, it’s important to ask these four questions when looking at managed detection and response solutions.

Blackhat 2018: What to Expect

Posted by Jack Gill on Jul 20, 2018

With Black Hat USA  2018 coming up in a few short weeks, it seems like a good time to unpack the results of their 2018 USA Attendance Survey. The survey was distributed to anyone who either attended the 2017 conference or expressed interest in visiting the 2018 session. The report covers topics from updated office policies on Facebook use to approval of President Trump, and these are what we at Cygilant thought were the most important. We are most interested to know how information security professionals are spending their time and what they’re not looking forward to combating in the next year.

Cybersecurity Hiring and Skills Gap is Still a Challenge

Posted by Trevan Marden on Jul 18, 2018

A report from Gartner announced this week on DarkReading found that nearly one out of three companies don’t have on-staff cybersecurity expertise. Gartner research director Rob McMillan and principal research analyst Sam Olyaei compiled the 2018 CIO Agenda Survey from over 3,000 respondents the article said. And while more organizations have cybersecurity staff than previous years, one third are still lacking a dedicated resource.

How Vulnerability Management Prevents Hacks

Posted by Trevan Marden on Jul 13, 2018

With so many data breaches in the news, organization everywhere are reviewing their cybersecurity programs to ensure they stay out of the headlines. Since many high-profile data breaches have been caused by unaddressed vulnerabilities for which patches were available, organizations are increasingly looking to deploy solutions to help close these gaps.

How does vulnerability management help prevent hacks? 

Software Patching: Difficult But Critical for All Industries

Posted by Trevan Marden on Jul 11, 2018

This week, an article on Healthcare Info Security pointed me to the Department of Health and Human Services' Office for Civil Rights' latest monthly newsletter which reminded HIPAA-covered healthcare organizations that software patching was a critical step in securing their networks and offered some advice about the tools and processes to implement. As the article points out, the advice applies to nearly all organizations, not just those in the healthcare sector, but it can be difficult for organizations to put into practice.

Are Managed Security Services Right for You?

Posted by Trevan Marden on Jul 6, 2018

Are you considering augmenting your internal resources with managed security services? Can’t decide if managed security services are a good fit for you? Here are few things to think about when considering adding a managed security service.

WPA3 Is Coming. How Should Your Security Program Change?

Posted by Trevan Marden on Jul 3, 2018

By now, you’ve likely heard that the next wireless security protocol has been announced by the Wi-Fi Alliance. WPA3, builds on previous Wi-fi Protected access standards and is designed to address issues with encryption in the previous standard (such as the KRACK exploit on WPA2 revealed late last year). The new standard will utilize 192-bitencrpytion and Opportunistic Wireless Encryption (OWE) which will ensure communications between router and device each use their own encryption keys, rather than sharing data. There are also new protections against dictionary attacks. The standard is not likely to be broadly adopted until 2019 and may require new hardware if updated firmware is not issued for existing devices.

SOC as a Service is More Than Security Automation

Posted by Trevan Marden on Jun 29, 2018

I’ve written previously that Automation Can’t Replace People in a security program. This week, an article on DarkReading provided more data points on this topic. The shortage of skilled security talent is very real, with just 45% of organizations reporting their security teams were fully staffed according to a DarkReading survey earlier this year. According to a study by (ISC)2 also cited in  the article, the shortfall is projected to reach 1.8 million by 2022. As a result, organizations are struggling to hire the staff they need to secure their organizations.

Overcoming Cybersecurity Challenges with Managed Security Services

Posted by Trevan Marden on Jun 27, 2018

An article on SecurityWeek this week announced the results of the IDC Worldwide and U.S. Comprehensive Security Services Forecast, which showed that managed security services is the largest and fastest-growing of the segments they covered. The article points to two key drivers of this growth: growing complexity of Security Operations and an overwhelming volume of security incidents.

Understanding Cybersecurity Regulations for Banks

Posted by Trevan Marden on Jun 15, 2018

Banks are a prime target for cyberattacks. Banks store and utilize a large volume of confidential data surrounding their client’s personal information, account information, and other data.  For bank leaders, it’s important to understand the unique challenges and regulations you must meet to protect this data. Attacks may range from malware, phishing or DDoS, to sophisticated compound attacks that use multiple methods at once to infiltrate the organizations and compromise security. You must be prepared to prevent, detect, and remediate any potential security incidents. 

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