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PODCAST: How web browsers present an attack vector useful to criminal hackers — and business rivals

By Byron V. Acohido Web browsers continue to represent, arguably, the most wide-open attack vector at any given company. This is because Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Microsoft Explorer and Apple Safari all use a basic architecture ideally suited for a threat actor to manipulate. To put it bluntly, it’s all too easy for an attacker to download […]

PODCAST: How a daily ‘cyber hygiene’ routine can prevent a catastrophic network breach

By Byron V. Acohido Cyber attacks don’t discriminate between small and large businesses. Despite small business owners believing they are too small to be at risk, 43 percent of cyber attacks target small businesses. Yet, only one in four small businesses are prepared for such an attack, according to a recent report by Symantec. Related article: […]

PODCAST: Why ‘machine identities’ represent a wide-open attack vector — and what your company should do about it

By Byron V. Acohido Companies spend about $8 billion a year on identity and access management (IAM) systems, geared to keep track of humans, but spend practically nothing guarding machine identities. This is a problem because, according to consultancy firm Gartner, 50 percent of all network attacks in 2017 will use stolen or forged machine […]

PODCAST: Survey shows consumers fully aware of ‘smart home’ security, privacy risks

By Byron V. Acohido If you don’t already have an Internet of Things (IoT) device in your home, chances are you will in the not too distant future. Following record growth in 2016, which saw 80 million smart devices delivered to homes across the world (an increase of 64 percent from the year before), analysts […]

PODCAST: Bringing enterprise-class security services to SMBs

By Byron V. Acohido Cyber attacks on small and midsize businesses are on the rise. To compound the problem, SMBs are becoming the favorite target of cyber attackers thanks to their lack of security protection. The unpreparedness of small businesses makes for scary reading. According to SmallBizTrends: • 43 percent of cyber attacks target small […]

PODCAST: What senior executives need to understand about the global threat landscape

By Byron V. Acohido While many organizations take cybersecurity seriously, there generally remains a great need for companies and agencies to think more deeply and comprehensively about network security. That’s a top-line summary of a wide-ranging discussion I had at Black Hat 2017 in Las Vegas with Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer for Check Point […]

PODCAST: ‘Web gateways’ provide vital slice of a layered approach to defending networks

By Byron V. Acohido More employees are working remotely than ever before. According to a Gallup survey, 43 percent of the 15,000 surveyed Americans said they spent at least some time working remotely. That’s up 4 percent since 2012. In a survey of business leaders at the Global Leadership Summit, 34 percent said over half […]