Top Cloud Computing Security Issues and Challenges

Businesses these days are using cloud services to host their business data and other assets that provide multiple benefits, including ease of access, scalability, and data management. Organizations all over the world use cloud-based services like software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS), or infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). These cloud assessment services help corporates grow their capabilities while minimizing their capital expenditures and labor costs for adding new technological solutions. As per a study, Gartner predicts businesses spending on cloud services to reach $482 billion by the end of 2022. Moreover, by 2026, cloud spending will exceed 45% of all enterprise IT spending. This spontaneous growth in cloud computing increases the security risks among business data. Let’s take a comprehensive look at some of the top cloud computing security risks; Misconfigured Cloud Storage: Cloud storage is one of the critical sources of stolen data for cybercriminals. Despite the high stakes, businesses continue to make the mistake of misconfiguration of cloud storage, which has significant cost several companies. As per a study by Symantec, nearly 70 million records were stolen or leaked in 2018 because of misconfigured cloud storage buckets. The study also focuses on the emergence of different tools that allow attackers to detect misconfigured cloud storage Read More

5 Smart Tips to Kick start your Cybersecurity Program

Information security is one of the hottest fields that has emerged in the past few years. From security breaches to cyberattacks, organizations worldwide are continuously getting targeted. After the outbreak of COVID-19, the business world is not what it is used to be. After the lockdown, the businesses started to operate remotely, resulting in compromised security protocols and cybersecurity attacks. A study from 2020 shows that approximately 48% of companies don’t have any cybersecurity policy in place.  Although, many businesses are now focusing more on implementing managed application security and cybersecurity practices in their IT infrastructure. The only issue is that it is a broad field, and if you are starting, you will need some guidance to learn where to focus. Here are some key tips that will help you kick start your cybersecurity program; Endpoint Security: Endpoints or entry points are laptops, desktops, and mobile devices. We can call these devices the most vulnerable locations of your security infrastructure because end-users usually click on dubious links, opening malicious attachments mistakenly using these devices. Endpoint security tools, which started as antivirus, have improved into strong tools that can protect your business from sophisticated attacks such as zero-day exploits, malware, etc. Read More

Incident Response Planning: Checklist for Building Your IR Plan

Incident response or IR is a structured methodology for handling security incidents, breaches, and cyber threats. A well-defined incident response plan allows you to effectively identify, minimize the damage and reduce the cyberattack cost while finding and fixing the cause to prevent future attacks. During the cyber security incident, security teams will face many unknowns and a frenzy of activity in such a hectic environment. As a result, they may fail to follow proper cyber security incident response procedures to limit the damage effectively. Thinking clearly and taking pre-planned incident response steps will help prevent many future unnecessary problems. NIST computer security incident handling guide The NIST computer security incident handling guide is an excellent place to start your plan. It’s the holy grail of IR plan to follow the phases as NIST defines them. These include planning on handling and preventing security incidents, detecting flaws, and analyzing. These may consist of everything from monitoring potential attack vectors – to looking for signs of an incident, prioritizing containment eradication, and recovery. It is crucial to develop a containment strategy to identify and mitigate the hosts and systems under attack and have a recovery plan. Lastly, in post-incident activity, review the Read More

How to Prevent Ransomware Attacks at the Earliest Stages

Ransomware attacks are among the most challenging threats that security teams face around the world. All organizations, irrespective of their size, are becoming targets of ransomware attacks where, instead of stealing data, cybercriminals hold data hostage and demand a ransom payment.  We’ve seen an exponential increase in ransomware attacks in the last decade:  The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reported 2,084 ransomware complaints from January to July 31, 2021. This represents a 62% year-over-year increase. Approximately 37% of global organizations said they were the victim of some form of a ransomware attack in 2021 (2021 Ransomware Study).  Ransomware is part of 10% of all cybersecurity breaches. It doubled in frequency in 2021 (Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report).  Since 2020, there have been more than 130 different ransomware strains detected (VirusTotal Ransomware in a Global Context Report):  95% of all the ransomware samples are Windows-based executable files — or dynamic link libraries.  How to Prevent Ransomware Defending against ransomware demands a holistic, all-hands-on-deck approach that brings your entire organization together. Below we have outlined some key practices that you can take to prevent a ransomware attack; 1- Maintain Offline Backups While having virtual backups is good, storing data backup offline keeps Read More

Key Data Security Measures You Must Take for Your Business

The cybersecurity landscape is evolving rapidly. At the same time, technological advancements are progressively becoming better at securing loopholes in data security from hackers and cybercriminals. No one could have predicted the loopholes in the cybersecurity postures that the pandemic of covid-19 has revealed with the increase of employees working from home. The use of insecure home networks and compartmentalized operations has turned previously evident threats on corporate networks into hidden, unseen cyber security threats on a wider range of networks.  Considering all the important data that businesses store online, including customers’ private details and all financial documents, it’s obvious that a single breach can have a huge impact on their businesses. For all these above reasons, here are a few measures that businesses need to take to ensure data security; 1- Back up your data Backing up your business data and website is a great way to help you recover any information you may lose in case of any cyber incident. Having a regular backup of your important data can save you a lot of trouble. Luckily, this doesn’t usually cost as much and is easy to do. Make it your habit to back up your data to some Read More

Why Your Business Need a Cloud Readiness Assessment Before You Migrate

The Cloud is among the biggest trends in the technology industry in recent years for obvious reasons. In this digital age, data has increasingly become more critical. There are numerous advantages of cloud migration for businesses. Cloud technology has changed global growth, flexibility, and security standards. However, a massive number of business owners are unsure whether a cloud is safe for their organization or not. Previously, security experts had to spend a lot of time convincing their clients about the benefits of the Cloud. These Days, most businesses understand the benefits of cloud storage for their data safety. However, they aren’t sure where to begin transitioning their current system. To manage this, IT professionals and consultants offer cloud assessment services. Cloud Assessment Process: A cloud assessment is a process to determine the readiness of a business for the Cloud and offers an easy roadmap to achieve that. In this process, consultants at cyber security services companies assess your current business technology, workforce, and processes to provide a detailed analysis of everything required for a smooth and error-free transition to cloud storage.  How Cloud Assessment benefits you?  The benefits of cloud assessment are no secret. A comprehensive cloud application assessment involves Read More

5 Essential Steps to Improve your Website Security

The past few years have seen immense growth in website building by businesses. Thanks to the content management systems (CRM) like WordPress and Joomla, business owners are now webmasters. With this increasing number of entrepreneurs using digital platforms like social media and websites to grow their businesses, cybersecurity is among the most significant concerns at all levels. Website and managed application security landscape is a complex and ever-evolving topic. While new and more effective security functions and features are constantly evolving, hackers reinvent themselves to attack vulnerable sites. While looking for a potential site to hack, hackers always target websites with weak security frameworks. Here are a few key steps you can take to protect your website from a possible cyberattack; Make sure to use the SSL Certificate: An SSL certificate is among the easiest ways to enhance the security of your website information. SSL (secure sockets layer) is the encryption method used to connect your web host server to the user’s browser. When a user hits submit button on your website, it will encrypt the information and decrypt the data on the web host server. This prevents others from reading it while in transit and getting access to your Read More

How Digital Transformation Can Change Your Business

What is digital transformation? it’s a commonly used buzzword that sounds pretty cool, but what exactly does it mean? Digital transformation is any sort of technology that enables your business and allows you to be more productive, more efficient, and more effective. The digital transformation doesn’t have a lot to do with the digital part of the term, but it has a lot more to do with transformation. Even though the technology is a driver of digital transformations. At the end of the day, it’s more of a business transformation that organizations are trying to accomplish. Usually, they’re trying to improve their efficiency. They’re trying to provide a better customer experience to their customers. So really it’s driven by the business needs, and it just so happens that technology is one way to enable those changes. The businesses with increased digital transformation initiatives are uncovering more opportunities and high-end capabilities for competitive advantage and growth. Let’s move on and see how digital transformation is changing the way businesses evolve in this digital age; Streamlines existing processes: If you have been running a successful business for a couple of years now, you may understand how time-consuming it is to execute any Read More

Guide to Prepare your Organization for Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware is not something new in cyber security. It’s been around for years not, landing in the news for disruptions to the healthcare industry in 2020, WannaCry in 2017, and recently, the attack that impacted Colonial Pipeline. According to the State of Ransomware Survey & Report 2021, 64% of organizations were victims of ransomware in the last 12 months. The amounts asked as ransoms are also reaching new heights and have gone as high as $50 million—the most enormous attempted ransom ever. Ransomware causes unbelievable impacts that interrupt business operations and permanent data loss. Ransomware causes: Business downtime. Reputational loss. Revenue loss. Productivity loss. The loss, or public release of business-sensitive information. If you pay the ransom, you have that added cost, and you’re likely to have residual malware infections and disruption following the attack. Recovering From Ransomware Attacks Even with the recommended protection measures may be in place, a ransomware attack against your organization might still succeed. Organizations can prepare for this by ensuring that their information will not be corrupted or lost and that regular operations can resume rapidly. NIST recommends organizations follow these steps to fast-track their recovery: ➔ Avoid the infection to spread by separating all Read More

Top Security Trends that will Shape Cybersecurity in 2022

The past two years have changed the world significantly. The pandemic has transformed the way we use technology and live, and these changes have had a massive impact on the cybersecurity industry. The world we live in today is more vulnerable to cyber threats than ever before. Colonial pipeline attack, SolarWinds’ supply chain havoc, and now the discovery of Log4j all sound too wild for a real-life a year ago. Businesses worldwide have started to respond and make new strategies to cope with the changing cybersecurity threat landscape. Pakistan is not an exception, as we have seen cyberattacks on Pakistani Banks and other organizations this year. It is why businesses have started to think about protecting their systems with the help of cyber security solutions in Pakistan. We have outlined some of the top cybersecurity threats that will haunt businesses in 2022. Ransomware will be the biggest threat: The ransomware attack on the colonial pipeline attack made the biggest cybersecurity headline in 2021. Many cyber experts believe that ransomware will be the biggest threat to the digital world in 2022. Ransomware attacks are most effective and are relatively easy to execute. IN 2022, this will continue to increase, mainly because Read More