Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Cybersecurity is not a joke

This little joke perfectly reflects the lack of understanding that often exists between the senior management and their IT or information security departments. However, both groups need to speak the same language and pursue the same business goals if they want to succeed.

One of the goals to be pursued is to reduce confidential data breaches down to zero. Nowadays 63% of companies believe they wouldn’t be unable to prevent information theft in case of attack, according to a survey by the Ponemon Institute. Therefore it is key that the CISO or the responsible for cybersecurity has the full support of the management in order to cope with such a difficult task.

There are so many edges to cover! We are not just talking about DDoS attacks, or the use of sophisticated hacking techniques. The use of pirated software, for example, can also become a serious issue. According to IDC, the malware included in illegal software will cost businesses $ 491,000 million in 2014.

But even a flash memory card can become a real headache. This small piece of hardware that we often carry inside our mobile devices is not only a potential vector of infection, but can also lead to the loss of confidential information if it was lost or was stolen. And if your mobile device is Android, you must also be careful of not becoming a victim of the social engineering techniques used by hackers. If so, they could infect your phone with a trojan such as "Samsapo", which is able to steal information from your device.

These threats are just a sampling of the vital role of people in charged information security in companies. Even more now that antivirus software only stops around 45% of cyber attacks, according to Symantec. Thus, it is no longer enough to install a single program to keep yourself protected. Therefore it is necessary to implement new  security measures and several other security tools.

In any case, it is still essential having support from those firms that specifically work to identify the pieces of malware developed by cybercriminals. We're talking about companies like Kaspersky, which recently launched a website to show everyone how their laboratory is and how its experts work.


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