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January 22, 2018 | Threats & Incidents

 Overview of the Impact of Phishing Attacks

The leading ways in which organizations are affected by phishing attacks include loss of employee productivity (64 percent), loss of proprietary information (50 percent) and damage to reputation (45 percent), according to a survey of more than 10,000 security professionals around the world.

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January 22, 2018 | Budgeting, Sizing

 66% of Organizations Will Maintain or Slightly Increase 2018 Security Spend

A full 40 percent of respondents said they expected their security spending to remain the same in 2018, while another 26 percent said their spending will increase between 1 and 10 percent. Meanwhile, only 10 percent of respondents said they planned to cut spending in 2018, while 7 percent said they plan to increase spending by 11 to 20 percent.

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January 22, 2018 | Incident Investigations, Handling and Tracking
By John Strand, IANS Faculty

 Roll Your Own Post-Incident Review Analysis System

With no commercial offerings available, organizations have little choice but to create their own frameworks for categorizing and analyzing findings from post-incident reviews. In this Ask-an-Expert live interaction, IANS Faculty John Strand suggests starting with categories from FIRST or NIS, and then bolstering that with MITRE's Att&ck Matrix to develop more fine-grained data.

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January 19, 2018 | Budgeting, Sizing

 Security Budgets: Spend as a Percentage of IT Budget

A survey of 400 IT and security professionals found that organizations spend a wide range of money on their security budgets. Overall, 21 percent of respondents said they spend 21 percent of their total IT budgets on security, while just 3 percent said they spend more than 25 percent of the IT budget on security.

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January 18, 2018 | Threats & Incidents

 Ransomware Found in Majority of Malicious Emails in Q3 2017

Across Proofpoint’s global customer base, ransomware appeared in almost 64% of all malicious emails in Q3 2017. New ransomware strains appeared daily, but Locky remained the top payload, both in terms of ransomware and across all malware families. Banking Trojans, on the other hand, represented 24% of all malicious email volume, with The Trick accounting for 70% of banking Trojan payloads and displacing Dridex as the top banker in Q3.

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January 18, 2018 | Threats & Incidents

 60% of Privileged Users Never Log Out

Cisco’s 2017 Midyear Cybersecurity Report found that 60 percent of enterprise privileged users never log out of their accounts, which makes it easier for unauthorized parties and attackers to gain access. Privilege abuse and mismanagement is a major source of data breaches.

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January 18, 2018 | Threats & Incidents
By IANS Faculty, IANS Faculty

 Vulnerabilities from Aging Apps and Tech Represent Greatest Threats Facing Gov’t Agencies

216 of the 313 federal IT professionals surveyed by Grant Thornton/PSC listed vulnerabilities from aging technologies and applications as a security concern facing their agencies in 2017. Human error (174 out of 313), malware (168 out of 313) and phishing campaigns (165 out of 313) were the next most commonly reported threats.

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January 18, 2018 | Mobile Access and Device Management
By IANS Faculty, IANS Faculty

 Balance Security and Usability with Mobile Passcodes

When it comes to mobile device passcodes, organizations constantly search for a happy medium between security and usability. In this Ask-an-Expert live interaction, IANS Faculty Justin Wilder details the various options and recommends allowing less complex passwords and Touch ID access, but also adding compensating controls to ensure data stays safe. 

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January 17, 2018 | Infosec Outlook

 GDPR: Organizations Feeling the Heat (4 slides)

With the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) scheduled to take hold in mid-2018, many companies have expressed doubt over whether they are (or will be) prepared. A full 35 percent of organizations surveyed in the U.S. said they doubt they will be ready for the GDPR when it goes into effect in May 2018, while 38 percent felt this way in the UK and 44 percent said this in Germany.

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