Today, when you make decisions about information technology (IT) security priorities, you must often strike a careful balance between business risk, impact, and likelihood of incidents, and the costs of prevention or cleanup. Historically, the most well-understood variable in this equation was the methods that hackers used to disrupt or invade the system.
Countless studies and analyst recommendations suggest the value of improving security during the software development life cycle rather than trying to address vulnerabilities in software discovered after widespread adoption and deployment. The justification is clear.For software vendors, costs are incurred both directly and indirectly from security flaws found in their products. Reassigning development resources to create and distribute patches can often cost software vendors millions of dollars, while successful exploits of a single vulnerability have in some cases caused billions of dollars in losses to businesses worldwide. Vendors blamed for vulnerabilities in their product's source code face losses in credibility, brand image, and competitive advantage.
The Business Case for Data Protection, conducted by Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Ounce Labs, is the first study to determine what senior executives think about the value proposition of corporate data protection efforts within their organizations. In times of shrinking budgets, it is important for those individuals charged with managing a data protection program to understand how key decision makers in organizations perceive the importance of safeguarding sensitive and confidential information.
Digital innovation has changed everything: the money is everywhere,
so every business is a potential target for fraud.
Banks and financial institutions used to be the primary targets of fraud. Why banks? To quote the
notorious American bank robber Willie Sutton, “because that’s where the money is.” While banks
remain firmly in the crosshairs of fraudsters, the avalanche of digital business innovation has
Since the money is everywhere, every business is a potential target for fraud. The same technology
that helps us find airfare deals, sweet concert seats, or the best prices on the hottest Jordan shoes–
that is, bots–can now be used by criminals.
Fraudsters employ automated, faceless bots that scour business apps looking for any opportunity to
profit. And since fraud targets business-process weaknesses and not just software vulnerabilities, you
may not even know when it is happening.
What is ransomware?
Ransomware is a malicious software designed to hold a user’s files (such as healthcare records, financial contracts, manufacturing blueprints, software code, and other documents) for ransom by encrypting them and demanding the user pay a fee (often in Bitcoin) to decrypt them.
How ransomware works
Attackers initiate attacks using an array of tactics. Ransomware infections often first begin with an exploit kit — which are software kits designed to identify software vulnerabilities on endpoints and then upload and execute malicious code on the endpoint.
Although variants of ransomware behave differently — there are many ways that Cisco can help. Download this whitepaper today to find out more.
New headlines provide ongoing evidence that IT Security teams are losing the battle against attackers, reinforcing the need to address the security of enterprise applications.This Analyst Insight reviews several practical steps you can take to get started now.
Published By: MobileIron
Published Date: May 07, 2018
Enterprises and users continue to be concerned about mobile apps and mobile malware because they have been trained by legacy antivirus software packages. Look for a known malware file and remove it.
The issue with this logic on mobile devices is the mobile operating systems evolve and add features very rapidly. The mobile operating systems add millions of lines of code in a year and therefore introduce unintended consequences, bugs and vulnerabilities. In 2017, there were more CVEs registered for Android and iOS than all of 2016 and 2015 combined. In 2017 there were 1229 CVEs awarded. Over half of these CVEs that received scores of 7 or greater indicated that the vulnerabilities are severe and exploitable. This trend is expected to continue as the mobile operating systems mature and more features are added.
There are no flawless software systems or applications. When flaws result in security vulnerabilities, threat actors exploit them to compromise those systems and applications and, by extension, the endpoints on which they reside. Although software vendors issue vulnerability patches to remediate those flaws, many organizations do not apply all available patches to their production environments.
Three common types of software make you more vulnerable than you realize. While complete and thorough vulnerability management is next to impossible, a few simple steps go a long way toward reducing risk. Download this ebook to discover what steps to take to begin evolving away from patch management toward software and vulnerability management.
The hidden threat in securing your infrastructure from vulnerabilities lies with IT’s difficulty in managing third-party software.
2017 was billed as the worst on record for cybersecurity. No doubt, the continued rise of modern threat vectors has IT on high alert. In essence, IT professionals view their role as responsible for keeping the door shut. However, even with IT administrators keenly aware that most exploits can be averted simply by keeping the environment current, the task is no small feat and often isn’t done as well as it needs to be.
Fortify Software conducted a candid interview with Avi Rubin, Professor at Johns Hopkins University and specialist in the field of eVoting security risks. He discusses the concerns around software security as well as the voting solutions surrounding software independence.
Published By: Flexera
Published Date: Jun 14, 2016
How much does your organization know about the software vulnerabilities that put data and users at risk? Chances are it is less than you think. Software vulnerability management can significantly reduce enterprise risk, and this paper offers a risk reduction plan, demonstrates why vulnerability management is important today, and offers eye-opening statistics as to the nature and breadth of the issue.
It is not surprising that keeping data secure and keeping users safe continues to challenge organizations of every size and type. There has been an explosion in the number of applications used to conduct business in recent years. This multidimensional expansion includes continued growth in mobile devices and enterprise application spending exposing new attack surfaces that malware can prey upon.
As long as there is software, there will be software vulnerabilities and you will find malware and cybercriminals. This paper will examine that risk and provide a step by step process to protect your companies critical assets.
Read this Trend and Risk report from IBM® ISS X-Force® to learn statistical information about all aspects of threats that affect Internet security, including software vulnerabilities and public exploitation, malware, spam, phishing, web-based threats, and more!
Published By: LockLizard
Published Date: Jun 10, 2009
Is the PDF security software you are looking to purchase really secure? If the PDF security software you are evaluating can be simply broken then you might as well save your money. What PDF security vendors are not telling you about their products and solutions, and what questions you should be asking.
Published By: Flexera
Published Date: Feb 19, 2019
Flexera’s Software Vulnerability Research allows effective reduction of the attack surface for cybercriminals, providing access to verified vulnerability intelligence from Secunia Research covering all applications and systems across all platforms. It drives a prioritized remediation process by handling vulnerability workflows, tickets and alerts, and describes the steps to mitigate the risk of costly breaches.
You Don’t Know What You Don’t Know
It’s hard for enterprise security analysts to get reliable and trusted information about software vulnerabilities and then identify and filter that data for just the products that matter to their organization. Those challenges lead to wasted time and effort.
Patching is a key strategy for managing vulnerabilities and ensuring enterprise-wide security. Unfortunately, there are often so many flaws in software that patching becomes an overwhelming process.
This white paper describes an approach to patch management that allows you to prioritize vulnerabilities that pose the greatest risk and accelerate the speed at which patches are applied. Also inside, find ten steps to improve patching – read on to learn more.
Security teams understand that developers turn to open source to save time, cut costs, and promote innovation. But getting a handle on the security implications of open source use can be difficult. Learn how to identify security vulnerabilities and monitor your codebase for future security.
Many organizations think they have application security covered, but most security testing tools leave companies exposed. With over 4,000 open source vulnerabilities reported every year, make sure your company’s applications aren’t at risk!
Today, companies are more concerned than ever about software security threats. With some 95 percent of companies relying on open source software, its security is now a critical focus for CEOs, COOs, and boards of directors. Learn which security tools and methodologies are best suited for your organization's environment.