Why mobile security is the most critical initiative today

Today our lives are inextricably tied to our mobile devices. We use them just like mini-computers, handling sensitive personal and work-related matters throughout the day. This trend is concerning because mobile devices were not designed with security in mind and are now arguably the biggest threat to both consumer and enterprise security.

Just like we have seen with the evolution of computer threats, cybercriminals are catching onto the new opportunities mobile presents. This past year, we have witnessed a dramatic spike in mobile-first cyberattacks like social media and SMS phishing, malicious apps and even robocalls. These attacks are also only going to increase with the bring your own device workplace.

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Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report finds cybercriminals are exploiting human nature

Cybercriminals are continuing to exploit human nature as they rely on familiar attack patterns such as phishing, and increase their reliance on ransomware, where data is encrypted and a ransom is demanded, finds the Verizon 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report.

This year’s report highlights repeating themes from prior year’s findings and storylines that continue to play off of human nature, including:

  • Eighty-nine (89) percent of all attacks involve financial or espionage motivations.
  • Most attacks exploit known vulnerabilities that have never been patched despite patches being available for months, or even years. In fact, the top 10 known vulnerabilities accounted for 85 percent of successful exploits.
  • Sixty-three (63) percent of confirmed data breaches involve using weak, default or stolen passwords.
  • 95 percent of breaches and 86 percent of security incidents fall into nine patterns
  • Ransomware attacks increased by 16 percent over 2015 findings.
  • Basic defenses continue to be sorely lacking in many organizations.

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Top Cybersecurity Risks for Healthcare Industry

Despite the cyber threats facing healthcare organizations, 95 percent of IT specialists working at medical organizations around the world report that their organizations do not use any software for information security governance or risk management, according to the results of a 2017 IT Risks Survey.

Netwrix Corporation, provider of a visibility platform for data security and risk mitigation in hybrid environments, released the results of its Netwrix 2017 IT Risks report, which provides a look into IT security practices, pains, successful experiences and plans in the healthcare industry. The IT risks are divided into three areas: security, compliance and operations.

Read the netwrix.com blog here