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3 Major Benefits of Log Management

Posted by Security Steve on Nov 8, 2016


Log management tools companies better track and understand their data.

Each day IT equipment, servers, firewalls, and other hardware and software systems collect and store information in the form of logs. These logs are vast, and always contain a wealth of data that companies can use to analyze everything from how efficiently they are running their businesses to the state of their IT security.

 

While this information is critical, there's only one problem: It's often hard to decipher because, quite simply, there's just too darn much of it.

That's where log management tools come into play. Here are three major benefits of these tools:

Best Practices: Security Monitoring for Credit Unions

Posted by Kevin Landt on Sep 22, 2016


Credit unions must always be on the lookout for potential breaches.

The threat from cybercriminals is real, and credit unions must be on the constant lookout for potential breaches. These institutions are very vulnerable to cyber attacks because of their smaller size, and don't always have the IT infrastructure and resources to thwart cyber attacks like their larger counterparts, according to a new 2016 Beazley Breach Response Insights report.

 

"You're being tested every day, whether you realize it or not," said David Luchtel, Vice President of IT Infrastructure and Operations at WSECU, according to Credit Union Times.

EiQ Leverages the Latest Cloud Technology to Lower TCO and Drive Faster Time to Value

Posted by Security Steve on Sep 21, 2016

 

We’ve written recently about the importance of moving your IT security to the cloud and the business benefits of doing so, as well as burst some myths that surround cloud-based security. The fact of the matter is that vendors such as Amazon Web Services provide “a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations. An advantage of the AWS cloud is that it allows customers to scale and innovate, while maintaining a secure environment. Customers pay only for the services they use, meaning that you can have the security you need, but without the upfront expenses, and at a lower cost than in an on-premises environment,” according to the company’s website.

The High Cost of Not Doing Enough for IT Security

Posted by Security Steve on Sep 7, 2016

 

When it comes to cybersecurity, companies today typically have three options:

  • Do nothing or the bare minimum, and hope that cyber attackers don’t find you.
  • Keep your current cybersecurity posture as is, without consistent updating or monitoring (and hope cyber attackers don’t find you!).
  • Consider EiQ’s hybrid security as a service to identify threats and vulnerabilities, mitigate risk, and achieve compliance. 

Let’s look at each of these options.

Is Changing Your Password Actually Making You Less Secure?

Posted by Trevan Marden on Aug 9, 2016

We’ve recently written a number of posts about the role that passwords and strong authentication methods play in security. Locking down logins and implementing access controls has long been a cornerstone of information security. Most information security professional understand the factors that make passwords strong. For a quick refresher, check out our recent post on the subject. In short, a strong password is typically very long; includes numbers, mixed case, and special characters; includes no words or discernible patterns and is definitely not your pet’s name. You should also never reuse the password or use the same password across multiple systems.

SMS Not Recommended for Two-Factor Authentication Says NIST

Posted by Trevan Marden on Jul 29, 2016

In recent years, two-factor authentication has rapidly become a standard best practice for securing accounts. One of the most common ways to implement this is through SMS messages sent to a cell phone. For example, if you enable two-factor authentication for a Google account, when you try to log in with your password from a new computer or other device, Google will send a text to your cell phone with a code you’ll need to enter on the login screen to verify that along with having the correct password, you also have physical access to the associated cell phone for the account.  That sounds good. But, recently, flaws in the SMS system have been uncovered that render this method of two-factor authentication inadvisable. In fact, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will recommend against its use as a two-factor method.

Do You Have $4,000,000 With Which You’re Willing to Part?

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Jun 30, 2016

 

Mistakes in the cybersecurity world have become a lot more expensive, particularly if you suffer a data breach. A new study done by the Ponemon Institute for IBM concluded that security breach costs $4 million per incident in 2016, a 29% increase from 2013. Furthermore, stolen records have climbed in cost as well, with the average loss per record now standing at $158. Stolen healthcare records have also risen dramatically, now $355 per record, up $100 from 2013. Additionally, the study revealed that the average time to identify a breach is now 201 days, and the average time to contain a breach is 70 days. Breaches identified in fewer than 100 days cost companies an average of $3.23 million and breaches found after 100 days cost considerably more, at an average of $4.38 million.

5 Takeaways From The 2016 Verizon DBIR

Posted by Trevan Marden on May 10, 2016

The Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report details findings pulled from a sampling of more than 100,000 incidents and 2,260 data breaches. The 85-page report is certainly worth a read for anyone interested in information security. For those in a hurry, here are a few of the key points I saw:

How to Bolster Your IT Security Program

Posted by Security Steve on Feb 23, 2016

With today’s elevated security threat level and related economic impact, it makes sense to do everything you can to secure your organization’s servers, desktops, and devices. How do you keep the bad guys out while securing and enabling day-to-day business? Many companies use SIEM tools for threat detection, compliance, and asset protection. I’d like to suggest a couple of additional layers of security.

 

An effective security program is a balance of people, process, and technology. When evaluating an IT security monitoring solution, it is important to consider each of these areas in the decision-making process. Your organization also needs to determine which areas should be handled internally and which should be co-managed with a trusted partner. Let’s take a look at each:

 

SMEs Will Become Even Bigger Targets of Cyber Attacks in 2016: 3 Options They Can Pursue

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Feb 12, 2016

 

 

The 2015 cyber attacks on SMEs may be in the past, but the damages caused by these hundreds of security breaches have left their digital scars for good. And at the rate that cyber attacks occurred in 2015, we know that 2016 is going to get even worse. What this means for vulnerable SMEs is another year of fending off countless sophisticated cyber attacks and hoping to not become the next data breach in the news. Hackers know that SMEs tend to have weaker defenses than larger organizations, usually due to lack of financial and human resources. They also know that there is a wealth of customer data and intellectual property hiding behind easily penetrable defenses within these SMEs that can be a route to a bigger score (particularly if the SMEs contract with larger companies, who may be harder to penetrate directly). So if big enterprise companies such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Hilton Hotels, and Anthem Inc. can’t protect themselves, what’s an SME to do in such a volatile world? Below are 3 options for SMEs to pursue to enhance their cybersecurity posture in 2016.

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