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The 5 cyber attacks you’re most likely to face

The 5 cyber attacks

The 5 cyber attacks
Don’t be distracted by the exploit of the week. Invest your time and money defending against the threats you’re apt to confront.

As a consultant, one of the biggest security problems I see is perception: The threats companies think they face are often vastly different than the threats that pose the greatest risk. For example, they hire me to deploy state-of-the-art public key infrastructure (PKI) or an enterprise-wide intrusion detection system when really what they need is better patching.

The fact is most companies face the same threats — and should be doing their utmost to counteract those risks. Here are the five most common successful cyber attacks.

Rising volume of attacks overpowers security teams

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New research from IDC that shows organizations are constantly under attack and struggling to keep up. The research finds most organizations run time-consuming security investigations and often fail to effectively protect themselves.

4 Cybersecurity Best Practices for Your Organization

Cybersecurity Best Practices

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A data breach can happen to any organization, and it’s a growing concern among companies both large and small. According to this cyberattack infographic, an IBM study revealed that the average consolidated cost of a data breach is approximately $3.8 million, a 23 percent increase from 2013. According to that same graphic, the Identity Theft Resource Center found that approximately 22 percent of breaches are due to insider theft, and 12 percent are simply a matter of accidental exposure.

You can keep your company and your employees safe from these dangerous data breaches by ensuring that employees are aware of a few tried-and-true data security best practices. Here are some of the most important ones:

How to Land the Best Jobs in Cyber Security

Best Jobs in Cyber Security

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For job seekers looking for high pay, job security and the option to work in any sector and in any state, the cyber security field is the place to be.

Cyber crime costs the global economy over $400 billion each year. [Since] 2014 some of the largest companies in the world were victims of cyber crime, including J.P. Morgan, Target and The Home Depot among others. As cyber attacks continue to increase in volume and tenacity, with ever changing tactics, the government and the private sector are raising the alarm. In response, there has been a sharp uptick in the demand for cyber security professionals across almost every sector.

Due to this shortage in a critical area of national security and following the law of supply and demand, those who work in cyber security can expect to earn top dollar. For instance, on average, chief security officers will make over $220,000 annually.

So while it is clear that a job in cyber security has many benefits, what cyber security positions are the best and how do you land them?

The wannacry ransomware is a reminder to get serious about security

Get serious about security

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Wannacry Ransomware Attack

Ransomware is the word on everyone’s lips this week, following the massive WannaCry ransomware attack which spread quickly all over the world. Security experts estimate that over 200 000 systems across 150 countries were affected by the attack, in which hackers took advantage of a weakness in Microsoft’s Windows operating system to block any access to a computer system until a ‘ransom’ is paid in order to unlock the system again.

Investigations into the massive hack are still unfolding, but current thinking is that the attack originated in North Korea and made use of a set of top secret National Security Agency tools that were stolen and sold last year.

How to make cyber security a priority for your managers

cyber security as a priority

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Both the business and technology industry are growing and making new advancements. These new improvements, such as converged systems and cloud storage systems, while strikingly beneficial, also bring with them new risks. One of the rising risks is cyber security. With many companies taking advantage of new technology and running their business online, they have become larger targets for cyber hackers.