Archive for the ‘Data Security’ Category

The purpose of data democratization is to empower employees with improved access to the data they need to perform their role, and to ensure that they have the knowledge, skills and technologies to make informed decisions and derive meaningful insights from the data. An effective data democratization strategy will enable employees to ask data-related questions, thus improving their data literacy. If employees know exactly what data they need access to, … Read more

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency have published a report outlining the top exploited vulnerabilities of 2021, which was last revised on April 28, 2022. According to the report, in addition to consistently targeting newly disclosed critical software vulnerabilities, cybercriminals continue to exploit vulnerabilities found in out-dated legacy software, thus highlighting the importance of a robust patch management strategy. All common software vulnerabilities are publicly listed in the Common … Read more

In response to the growing number of data breaches that take place across the globe, Governments have been rolling out their own data privacy laws, each being more stringent than the last. As they say, it’s not a question of if, but when, a data breach will occur. As such, in order to avoid falling out of compliance and shelling out large sums of money on fines, lawsuits, and/or compensation, … Read more

Irrespective of the ongoing pandemic, the decentralization of the office-based working environment was inevitable. The issue, however, was that the shift happened faster than we could have anticipated. This in turn meant that organizations across the globe had to quickly adjust their security strategies to suit a remote working environment. With employees being able to access their company’s network from any location, using any device, the traditional perimeter-based approach to … Read more

Organizations across the globe are collecting more data than ever before, and many of them are struggling to keep track of what data they store, who collected it, why it was collected, and how it is being accessed and used. It’s important to remember that data is very valuable. Companies can use the data they collect to derive meaningful insights into consumer and industry trends. Cyber-criminals want to get their … Read more

A penetration test, or ‘pen test’ as it is otherwise known, is where organizations carry out simulated cyber-attacks on their networks in order to identify vulnerabilities, thus enabling them to fine-tune security policies, and ensure that the relevant patches are installed. Many data protection regulations such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, FINRA, and others, require that covered entities regularly test the security measures they have in place. Penetration testing is the … Read more

Organizations that use Microsoft cloud services such as Microsoft 365, Teams, SharePoint Online and OneDrive for Business, may also need to maintain an on-premise Active Directory environment. Perhaps they are still using legacy software, and migrating to a different platform would take too long and require too many resources. Alternatively, they might not feel comfortable storing large amounts of classified information in the cloud. Whatever the reason, it’s not really … Read more

As increasingly more employees are either accessing their company’s network remotely or bringing their own devices into the workplace, the demand for solutions that monitor endpoints has accelerated. After all, each and every device that connects to our network is a potential threat to our systems and data. What is Endpoint Detection and Response Software Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) is a type of software that is designed to monitor … Read more

With increasingly more employees working from home and other remote locations, the demand for more granular context-based authentication mechanisms has also increased. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) provides an additional layer of security to your logins and should be use whenever possible. That said, the downside of Multi-factor authentication is that it adds friction to the authentication process, which many companies would like to avoid. As opposed to asking all users to … Read more

Malware is malicious software that is designed to cause disruption to an IT system, leak private information, or extort the victim in some way. As you can imagine, organizations are very keen to protect their systems from malware attacks due to the costs associated with them. However, given that most malware attacks are the result of human error, there aren’t yet any fool-proof techniques for preventing them. Once a system … Read more