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Posted on September 11, 2018

5 Benefits of Cyber Threat Intelligence Services for Your Business

Since cybercrimes are becoming increasingly more common, businesses need a way to protect their sensitive data such as credit card, social security and address information from hackers and frauds. Threat intelligence services are an excellent way to ensure your company can adequately ward off invaders with robust security measures. Check out these five benefits of intelligence services to discover how your company can benefit from them.

Posted on September 5, 2018

5 More Examples of Threat Intelligence Platform Use Cases

Many businesses are looking for robust security measures as they learn about malicious hackers targeting organizations. No matter what industry you work in, there is always a chance that cyber criminals might steal the confidential financial and personal information of your clients. If you’re unsure whether to implement a threat intelligence platform, check out these five advantages to decide if your organization can benefit from it.

Posted on August 28, 2018

Do You Know Your Domain’s Reputation Score?

In early 2017, a San Francisco-based online recruitment company blasted an email out to the 20,000 contacts it had accumulated on its list for years. It was the first delivery in several years. Most of the emails did not reach their intended readers. Later, system administrators determined that the Internet Service Provider (ISP) that supported the company’s domain name had blacklisted the domain name – without even the company knowing it!

Posted on August 24, 2018

How to Be Intelligent about Threat Intelligence

As the cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve, threat intelligence (TI) has become an essential component of smarter data protection. We talked about the reasons why in last month’s Cyber Defense Magazine and summarized the key points in this post.

Posted on August 17, 2018

6 Reasons to Put Cyber Threat Intelligence Services to Work for Your Company

Today’s technological advances combined with steadily increasing instances of data breaches have made the mitigation of current cyber threats and prevention of future ones more crucial than ever. It’s vital that organizations implement secure and robust threat intelligence services that complement and seamlessly operate with their existing security infrastructure. The right cyber threat intelligence system offers a myriad of benefits that your company can’t — and shouldn’t — be without.

Posted on August 10, 2018

An Examination of the 5 Most Effective Threat Intelligence Use Cases

It’s integral to have a threat intelligence platform that protects your brand, employees, and clients from cyber threats. This complex threat prevention, recognition, and mitigation requires customization to meet specific needs. Use case approach is the most effective way to produce solid results. Via identification, clarification, and organization of system requirements, use cases examine potential system and user interactions to reach a specific goal.

Posted on August 9, 2018

Why Did Twitter Ban 70+ Million Accounts?

According to a report from The Washington Post, the online news and social networking service Twitter has banned more than 70 million fake and questionable accounts since May this year. The trend continued in June and carried on to July, with no indication of slowing down or stopping.

So, what’s the deal? Why did Twitter suddenly decide to ban 70+ million users? Doesn’t this seem like they are shooting themselves in the foot?

Posted on August 2, 2018

Why Your Threat Intelligence Implementation Can’t Wait Another Day

In the day of massive, well-funded, data-stealing and fast-moving criminal hacking organizations, it’s baffling that most companies don’t take threat intelligence as seriously as they should. Using the false assumption that only large, cash-filled organizations can invest in a threat intelligence platform, many take the wait-and-see approach and leave themselves vulnerable to potential attacks. Obviously, security experts don’t recommend any strategy that involves leaving your network vulnerable, so rather than holding out, you should make a point to pursue threat intelligence services immediately.

Posted on July 23, 2018

Four Key Considerations When Choosing Your Threat Intelligence Platform

Are you considering adding a threat intelligence capacity to your cybersecurity arsenal? An efficient threat intelligence platform can enhance security and simplify your security analysts’ jobs. Choosing the most effective and efficient platform can be a daunting task, but keeping four key points in mind will help you make the best decision for your organization.

Posted on July 21, 2018

Exactis Data Breach Takes Cybersecurity Professionals Back to Basics

In June 2018, cybersecurity researcher Vinny Troia discovered one the largest data breaches in history. Data broker Exactis had exposed a database of nearly 340 million records of individuals on a server that was publicly accessible. That amounted to 2 terabytes of personal and business data, according to Wired Magazine. It’s unclear whether criminals actually stole the data, which was left exposed for the taking.

Nevertheless, the exposure of Exactis records makes it one of the largest in the past decade: Equifax lost control of 145.5 million people's data, while the Yahoo hack affected 3 billion accounts.

Posted on July 19, 2018

The 6 Types of Threat Actors You Need to Know

If you’ve ever seen a true-crime documentary, you know that the first thing the detectives do upon discovering a crime is postulate the identity of the perpetrator.

To understand the motive, not to mention how the crime was committed, investigators play a game of psychological “what-ifs” to determine what sort of personality they are dealing with. The more they understand the criminal, the more likely they are not only to catch the villain, but also to prevent the crime from repeating.

The exploration of what sort of person commits cyber-crimes is still in its infancy. So much is made of the types of security we use to bottle up our assets, data, and infrastructures, that we don’t often think about who is behind the seemingly relentless stream of attacks that assault businesses, governments, and other web presences.

Posted on July 12, 2018

Why Are Crypto-Related Crimes on the Rise?

I remember it when this January, my brother told me that he’d bought some Bitcoins. I knew about the cryptocurrency, of course, but didn’t think much of it. However, given that someone I actually knew is now trading Bitcoins, I decided to dig a little deeper and pay more attention.

This was shortly after the Bitcoin craze that happened in 2017, when everybody and their mother bought Bitcoins and in December it got to over $17,500 per Bitcoin. Not much later, however, the “casuals” lost interest in it (probably finding some new shiny thing to keep them occupied for a while) and Bitcoin price started dropping again, going bellow $8,000 on 5th February.

Posted on July 9, 2018

Hackers Refine Phishing Techniques

In early January 2017, the payroll manager of Sunrun fulfilled what was meant to be a routine request for the W-2 tax forms of its 4,000 employees around the United States. The company offers leases for solar power equipment and services for homeowners.

The urgent request had come from the Sunrun’s CEO Lynn Jurich – or so it seemed. The information the payroll department emailed out included staff social security numbers, wage and tax figures, and addresses. The company discovered the well-planned email scam within an hour of the request, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

A blend of technology, training, and policy solutions could have averted this scenario, as well as many others that occur every day.

Posted on July 6, 2018

6 Steps to Improve Your Threat Intelligence Platform

Cyber threats can come in many forms and shapes. From phishing attacks, social engineering and worms, to APTs - just to name a few - your company should be on constant lookout for those cyber threats and ways to prevent them. Otherwise, the impact on your finances and reputation with customers and shareholders may prove to be too much.

This is why your company needs to have a solid threat intelligence platform in place. With it, you can have at least some peace of mind when it comes to cyber threats that lurk around the online and offline world (remember, not all such attacks come from the Internet).

Posted on June 25, 2018

Just How Secure Is Your Organization in Today's Digital World?

Have you sat down with your IT department lately to review the strength of your organization’s cybersecurity plans? Have you recently experienced a data breach that has you questioning whether your company’s servers are actually secure? Ensuring that your organization’s threat intelligence is optimally prepared to prevent and combat cyberattacks is increasingly important in today’s digital world. In addition to listing the number of technical security tools you have in place, it is further necessary to consider the holistic environment of digital defense that your office maintains.

Posted on June 15, 2018

What to Look for in a Threat Intelligence Platform

Data protection and breach prevention have never been higher on the agenda. More and more IP assets and private details about customers, users, and employees are stored and transmitted online across multiple internal and external systems.

While that can be beneficial in many ways, this digital-driven environment has made it increasingly easy and lucrative for malicious outsiders to execute all kinds of sneaky attacks: advanced persistent threats, malware, phishing, and countless others. As a result, almost five million records are lost or stolen every day, and the cost of cybercrime worldwide is projected to rise to $6 trillion annually by 2021.

Posted on June 14, 2018

Automated Threat Intel Processing

This year 2018 in cyber security is about governance, automation and intelligence. More and more, critical infrastructure services are available only in the space of “cyber”. At the same time, malware incidents are causing immense losses for businesses, undermining sovereignty of many authorities and causing threats to human lives as well. Modern cyber authorities, sovereigns in the cyberspace, need access to better threat intelligence, to support their securitizing functions. But, manual processing even part of threat intelligence feeds takes time — and the network, as well as whole “cyber” space, is evolving all the time.

Posted on June 13, 2018

How Does Threat Intelligence Benefit Your Organization?

As a technology professional, you understand the need to keep your company protected from cyber-attacks. In fact, many would argue that there is no greater priority for IT departments than to keep their organization secure. However, most security measures that are implemented are based on blanket strategies that only hope to catch intruders before they cause any damage. With the threat of a security breach being ever-present, threat intelligence is necessary in order to gain information on potential threats and confidently protect against any strikes.

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