No One Is Safe

Cybercriminals are keeping pace with the major transformation steps that many companies have taken in recent months. Now, IT security fragmentation in the comprehensive home office is a serious problem. Here’s how to solve it.

No One Is Safe

Last week saw the publication of the FortiGuard Labs Global Threat Landscape Report. The results for the first half of 2020 are worrying: “Typically, we see large threat movements over the course of years, but we’ve seen that in the course of six months now, thanks to the new normal of the global pandemic,” says Derek Manky, Chief, Security Insights & Global Threat Alliances at Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs.

Where corporate and office firewalls once provided protection, albeit not an all-encompassing one, the new widespread home workplaces are vulnerable.

Here is our elevator pitch for each key player in the constant battle against hackers and cybercriminals:

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The Cybersecurity Playbook

An indispensable guide to baking cybersecurity best practices into the corporate culture and everyday habits.

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And here are three steps to counter the threat step by step:

1. Educate

Cyberdefense education has never been more important than today. Most of us still handle data and surfing habits negligently. Since most users do not have company-level IT support at home and work with their own computer that is not connected to a security network, the danger of an attack from the internet increases. However, it does not only increase for the individual user, but for the whole company, since individual PCs infected with malware or spyware, for example, are a gateway into the internal company networks and can therefore infect all (or many) other users at the same time.

In Click Here to Kill Everybody, for example, internet security expert Bruce Schneier provides an eye-opening account of the failure of big tech and public policymakers to provide internet security. He then covers the potentially catastrophic consequences of that neglect. Schneier, who is a best-selling author and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School and Berkman-Klein Center for Internet & Society, details the risks of failing to act to improve cybersecurity. He offers ideas on actions you can take and runs through the obstacles blocking such actions in this must-read alert for everyone who spends time online.

The following abstracts, including Schneier’s most recent book, offer a crash course in cyber security:

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Click Here to Kill Everybody

Internet security expert cites the risks when everything connects to the web, but nothing is secure.

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Beyond Cybersecurity

Prepare your company for an inevitable cyberattack.

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2. Biggest Risks

Every office building and computer network has vulnerabilities – and this applies especially when you work in a home-office computer network. The task of security professionals is to find these vulnerabilities before criminals do. Many companies hire “pentesters” (penetration testers) who get creative at breaking into buildings and networks to evaluate an organization’s defenses. In a short article posted on Motherboard, for example, penetration tester Sophie Daniel shares the tale of her most memorable break-in and draws conclusions about organizations’ most common vulnerabilities. Find this tale and many more insights in the following summary list:

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Is your organization vulnerable to malicious social engineering?

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Palantir Knows Everything About You

A data-mining company is growing its bottom line at the expense of civil liberties.

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Are You Managing Your Risks from Social Media?

Unfiltered social media platforms pose reputational and cybersecurity risks. What’s a company to do?

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The security surrounding bitcoin is proving to be unforgiving – and in certain circumstances not quite as tight as many believe.

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The Aisles Have Eyes

Drawing on consumers’ personal data, retailers can target individual shoppers with personalized marketing.

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3. Solve Your Problem

Who do you ask when you want to close security gaps? Your IT department, that’s right. But who does your IT department ask? Exactly: the friendly hackers next door. We’ve summarized their insights for you – because IT already has enough to do anyway!

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In today’s collaborative business world, passwords and firewalls aren’t enough to keep sensitive business documents safe.

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Still here? Now quickly close those dubious pages in the other tab – and say goodbye to correspondence with the handsome stranger in Facebook chat or on LinkedIn.

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