A defensive posture no longer suffices for the protection of the devices and data that have become ubiquitous in today’s digital world. Rather than simply rushing to install defenses on computers, in networks, and in the cloud, we urgently need to step back and take a broader view of the security landscape, in order to take more calculated preemptive measures.
McAfee Security Journal is a publication intended to keep security executives and technical personnel informed about various cutting edge topics in order to help them make better-informed security decisions. Regular, everyday computer users can increase their security intelligence by having a read. The report details the following highlights on the evolution of cyber threats and the necessity of a more inclusive security strategy:
The human link: There is an ever-widening disparity between the sophistication of networks and the people who use them. When direct attacks on an organization’s defenses fail, cybercriminals often use social engineering toolkits to exploit unsuspecting employees. Educating employees on secure practices is not enough—organizations need to install a proper framework to empower and encourage employees to make a habit of using these practices.
Mobile is everywhere: Mobile attacks are becoming more sophisticated every year. Instead of rendering a device unusable, hackers are now finding ways to steal sensitive personal data that can be lucratively exploited. Hackers are also broadening their target range to include less common mobile systems, such as the GPS system in your car, for example.
Cloud-based apps on the rise: The popularity of cloud-based applications has made them an attractive target for hackers and other cybercriminals. However, the cloud is also a highly efficient way to scale security and protection for a business. Leveraged correctly, the cloud both helps reduce your security costs and can actually increase your overall security posture.
Data is king: Whether it’s stored on a smartphone, in the cloud, or on a network, cybercriminals are after your data. It is crucial that organizations take proper precautions to secure this data.
Learn from mistakes: For those who take the time to study it, history is a great teacher. Analytics help identify patterns, vulnerabilities, and even motives.
Understanding these concepts can help prevent attacks in the future. For a full copy of the McAfee Security Journal: Security Beyond the Desktop, visit McAfee.com.
ROBERT SICILIANO, CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com is fiercely committed to informing, educating, and empowering Americans so they can be protected from violence and crime in the physical and virtual worlds. His "tell it like it is" style is sought after by major media outlets, executives in the C-Suite of leading corporations, meeting planners, and community leaders to get the straight talk they need to stay safe in a world in which physical and virtual crime is commonplace. Siciliano is accessible, real, professional, and ready to weigh in and comment at a moment's notice on breaking news.
- What is the Cloud?
You’ve probably heard of people storing information in “the cloud,” but what does that really mean, and is it safe to put your data there? The cloud is best described as a network of servers offering different functions. Some servers allow you to store and access data, while others provide an online service. You may be
- The Cloud of Clouds: Amazon Web Services
Amazon Web Services is a cloud-based service hosted by Amazon.com, which provides numerous tools for web-based businesses. The service’s primary function is to help businesses of any size compute and store data. Solutions available to both businesses and consumers include: Application Hosting Backup and Storage Content Delivery Databases E-Commerce Enterprise IT High Performance Computing Media Hosting On-Demand Workforce Search Engines Web Hosting Media and Entertainment Life Sciences Let’s say you
- Cloud Computing Security: Small Business Data in the Cloud
Over the last decade many computing tasks that were developed to be performed locally on and office PC have now moved to the cloud such as contact managers, office documents, media editing programs, you name it: if there is a software version, there is probably a cloud-based version, and often for free. Just search for the
- What to Look for In Cloud Security
Is your data in the cloud? Right now as we speak billions are being invested my major corporations to store and back up data in the cloud. It’s cheaper and it’s safer. When you think of a cloud, do you picture fluffy white pillow-things that float in the sky without a care in the world? “The
- Steps to Manage a secure online backup
Cyber storage does not always = secure backup. Users of cloud storage have many potential tools at hand to beef up security. And just because cloud services have some loopholes doesn’t mean you should just throw in the towel, as the saying goes, and figure “What’s the point?”. Here are some ways to beef up
Leave a Comment
You must be logged in to post a comment.