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The #1 Threat to SMEs in 2021? Budget Cuts

Posted by Steve Harrington on Nov 11, 2020

November is budget season for most small and mid-size enterprises (SME). This year, many business leaders are looking for areas to reduce their budget to deal with the uncertainty of the coming year. I’m here to make the case against any reduction to cybersecurity in the coming year.

The Business Case for Cybersecurity-as-a-Service

Posted by Rob Scott on Oct 26, 2020

Look no further than the almost daily cybersecurity threats and attacks on businesses to know that cybersecurity should be at the top of every organization’s priority list. Yet, for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) it seems to always slip down the list because cybersecurity is viewed as a sunk cost rather than an important business enabler.

Happy National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Posted by Steve Harrington on Oct 1, 2020

Happy October! Did you know that October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM)? In fact, this is the 17th year that the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency (CISA) and the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA) have joined forces to help raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity to businesses.

Making Security Proactive at Fitchburg State University

Posted by Jeff Pappert on Sep 24, 2020

From time-to-time on this blog we like to take a moment to connect with those folks on the front lines of the cybersecurity battle, to give you a direct look into the issues they’re facing every day. Today, we sat down (virtually) with Sherry Horeanopoulos, the Information Security Officer at Fitchburg State University.

College Improves Security Posture with Cygilant Cybersecurity-as-a-Service

Posted by Steve Harrington on Aug 27, 2020

With back to school upon us for universities, colleges and K-12, and unprecedented IT challenges, today we feature one college Cygilant has helped overcome its cybersecurity challenges with Cygilant Cybersecurity-as-a-Service.

5 Reasons to Work with Cygilant

Posted by Steve Harrington on Aug 26, 2020

We all know that it’s hard to navigate the cybersecurity space. From tooling to services, recruiting to resource limitations, it poses many obstacles before you can even begin to combat cyber threats. With that said, if you have identified that you need help, cybersecurity-as-a-service is a great option. It allows you to overcome recruiting challenges, resource constraints and provides help on the tools you need to manage, detect and respond to cyber threats.

Credit Unions: How to Prepare for the ACET with Security as a Service

Posted by Jeff Pappert on Sep 17, 2019

No doubt every credit union will have heard of the Automated Cybersecurity Examination Tool (ACET). It’s the latest compliance requirement aiming to provide a repeatable, measurable and transparent process that improves and standardizes supervision related to cybersecurity in all federally insured credit unions. A Cybersecurity Agency delivering Security-as-a-Service can help credit unions with the people and repeatable process to meet ACET requirements.

Credential Stuffing

Posted by Cygilant on Apr 22, 2019

How to Protect Against Credential Stuffing Attacks

It’s impossible to miss the reports of massive, high-profile data breaches. Adobe, Ancestry, Bitly, Comcast, Dropbox, Equifax, Google+, Marriott Starwood, T-Mobile, Ticketfly, LinkedIn, Yahoo and many other companies have leaked massive amounts of personal information, such as user names and passwords. But you may not be aware of what happens to this data after it’s been stolen.

Cybercriminals often purchase stolen data on the Dark Web. For example, on February 17, 2019, a hacker going by the name Gnosticplayers put eight hacked databases containing data for 92.75 million users on sale for 2.6249 bitcoins (about $9,300) on the Dark Web Marketplace known as Dream Market. Previously, the same hacker had posted a batch of 16 databases containing data for 620 million users and another batch of eight databases with data from 127 million users.

NYDFS - Are You Prepared to Comply with All 4 Phases?

Posted by Cygilant on Apr 1, 2019

How Security-as-a-Service gives you a leg up in developing a comprehensive cybersecurity plan

If you’re one of the thousands of banks, mortgage companies, insurers and other financial service firms that do business in the state of New York, your deadline to complete the final phase of compliance with the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) Cybersecurity Regulation is upon you.  

On March 1, 2019, you are required to ensure that third-parties who access your customers’ private data have security protections in place. This measure comes on the heels of three previous sets of requirements, rolled out in phases beginning in March of 2017, designed to address today’s increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity threats.

4 Things to Look for in a Patch Management Solution

Posted by Trevan Marden on Aug 3, 2018

We’ve seen all too often that the cause of the major breaches we see in the news is failure by the organization to patch a software vulnerability for which a patch has long been available. As a result, more and more organizations are looking for solutions that help make the process of identifying and deploying patches easier and more automated. If you’re looking for a solution for patch management, here are four things to consider:

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