What is Smishing? How This Emerging Threat Puts Your Endpoints at Risk.

What is Smishing? How This Emerging Threat Puts Your Endpoints at Risk.

Smishing is the most recent emerging threat that could put your endpoints and your data at risk. Consider the following smishing guide and how your organization can prevent this threat.

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If you spend any time online, you have probably heard of phishing, the widespread dissemination of deceptive emails designed to steal logon credentials, compromise personal information and facilitate the crime of identity theft.

And if you are in a position of power, you may be familiar with the dangers of spearphishing, a highly targeted attack aimed at executives and other decision makers.

Both phishing and spearphishing are real threats to cybersecurity, but what about smishing? Read on to learn about the risks of smishing, and how this emerging threat could compromise the private data on your smartphone and other mobile devices?

What is Smishing?

The “SM” in smishing is short for SMS, a protocol used by smartphones and mobile devices to send and receive text messages. If you have ever sent a text message or clicked on one in your inbox, you need to know about what smishing is, how it works and most importantly how you can protect yourself and your devices.

In IT speak, SMS is shorthand for short message service, and that is exactly what it is all about. Smishing scams hijack the SMS service on your mobile devices, creating fraudulent messages designed to compromise your security, steal your personal information and put the data on your smartphone at risk.

In many ways, smishing is just another form of phishing, and the tactics used will look all too familiar. The typical smishing message will masquerade as an important notice from your bank, often using frightening or misleading headlines to get you to click on the link.

The smishing message may contain an embedded link, a return telephone number or both. If you click on the link or call the contact number, you will likely become a victim.

Smishing scams have already been used to steal cash from bank accounts via cardless ATM transactions and rack up credit card purchases through compromised accounts. Since financial accounts are frequent targets of smishing attacks, consumers should be extra vigilant about messages originating from banks, credit card issuers, mutual fund companies, and brokerage firms.

How to Avoid Smishing Scams

There are a number of steps smartphone users can take to protect themselves from the growing threat of smishing. This emerging form of cybercrime is not going away; if anything, it is getting worse with every passing year. In the meantime, here are some simple things you can do to protect yourself, your data and your devices.

  • Never click links in unsolicited text messages, especially ones claiming to be from banks and other financial institutions.
  • Never respond to an unsolicited text message, not even to stop further messages from showing up. Some scam artists embed malware into the STOP link in their messages.
  • Keep your device up to date by downloading and installing all recommended security updates.
  • Download and use an antivirus or antimalware app on all your devices, including tablets and smartphones.
  • Be cautious when using public Wi-Fi, and never conduct sensitive business while connected to a public Wi-Fi network.
  • Delete any suspicious texts immediately and practice good text message hygiene.
  • Follow up – to validate text messages you think may be genuine. If you get a text message from your bank, call the bank directly to verify its authenticity.

Smishing scams hijack the SMS service on your mobile devices, creating fraudulent messages designed to compromise your security, steal your personal information and put the data on your smartphone at risk.

What is Smishing?

How to Avoid Smishing Scams

If you think you have already been victimized by a smishing attack, you should contact local law enforcement right away. Law enforcement agencies are familiar with the risk of cybercrime, and they can help guide you through the reporting and recovery process. edr

Prevention is always the best defense when it comes to cybercrime, but if you do become a victim there are additional steps you can take to recover and further protect your devices. If your smartphone or tablet has been compromised, you may need to do a factory reset to cleanse the infection and make the device safe to use. You can try running a malware and virus scan first, but if the device remains infected, a full factory reset may be the safest course of action.

You should also monitor your bank accounts, brokerage statements and credit card transactions carefully in the wake of a successful smishing attack. Once an attacker gains control of your smartphone or another mobile device, it can be hard to tell exactly what information they were able to gather. Exercising due diligence now is the best way to prevent further damage to your finances.

Smishing is a growing threat to your cybersecurity, and knowledge is the best defense. The more you know about how smishing schemes operate, what they look like and how to respond, the easier it will be to protect yourself and your mobile devices.

Enterprise Protection from Smishing Attacks

With the emergence of BYOD, Endpoint security is of vital importance. When a new threat like smishing emerges, it’s important that your employees are educated and that you have a way to protect your data. To protect all your endpoints, consider Cybriant’s MDR service.

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When a credible threat is detected, our system will retrieve the process history and our team will analyze the chain of events in real-time and determine the validity of the threat. You’ll receive the alerts when threats are detected along with advice and insight from our cybersecurity team to help you mitigate and respond to the threat.

Once identified, the malicious activity is immediately stopped in its tracks and our team guides you through the remediation. This remediation process provides astonishing insight into the data of the threat. You’ll be able to help your organization reduce their attack surface by learning how you’ve been compromised.

If you are looking for an easy solution to protect your organization’s data efficiently, check out our Managed Detection and Remediation service. 

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3 Exclusive Benefits of Managed Endpoint Security

3 Exclusive Benefits of Managed Endpoint Security

Managed Endpoint Security combines prevention, detection, and remediation for all endpoints in a managed service. Here are 3 benefits you may not be aware of. 

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Through Cybriant’s MDR service, we provide prevention and detection of attacks across all major vectors, rapid elimination of threats with policy-driven response capabilities, and complete visibility into the endpoint environment.

What is Managed Endpoint Security?

The official definition according to TechTarget is:

Endpoint security management is a policy-based approach to network security that requires endpoint devices to comply with specific criteria before they are granted access to network resources. Endpoints can include PCs, laptops, smart phones, tablets and specialized equipment such as bar code readers or point of sale (POS) terminals.

Through our managed service, Cybriant takes managed endpoint security to the next level with a light-weight agent that is deployed on each endpoint to deliver autonomous protection. Our team will utilize this technology to successfully detect and respond to both internal and external threats before infecting your network.

Three Exclusive Benefits 

#1 Prevent Malware

Managed Endpoint Security uses static-based machine learning to prevent malware attacks pre-execution and behavioral-based machine learning to prevent malware, exploit and script-based attacks that can’t be detected pre-execution.

The technology behind Cybriant’s MDR solution replaces or enhances your current antivirus by using machine-learning technology that does not rely on signatures and does not require daily/weekly updates or recurring scans.

Cybriant’s MDR service is tested against all major categories including:

  • RTTL: Response to the most prevalent malicious samples according to the AMTSO Real-Time Threat List
  • AVC: Response to most recent and prevalent malicious samples in the AVC database
  • WPDT: Performance on the top malicious websites compared to traditional business AV technology running in tandem
  • FPs: Ability to parse through false positives

The results? Our Managed Endpoint Security service performed in the top of the class with:

  • 100 percent malware detection across all four categories
  • 0 false positives

 #2 Prevent Breaches

Managed endpoint security provides vital protection against preventing breaches because many times when a company gets hacked, it’s because there is a computer, device, or website they didn’t know they own. Inventory every asset you own to determine what company resources are online and where you might be vulnerable. MDR or Managed EDR is now considered an essential requirement for all organizations to help increase visibility on corporate assets.

Since many MDR solutions in the marketplace are difficult or complicated to manage, clients enjoy the ease of outsourcing their managed endpoint security to Cybriant. By utilizing a service like Cybriant’s MDR service, organizations have access to a solution that can be managed and automated into their existing security flow, which will help lower costs and improve efficiency.

#3 Prevent Incidents

Advanced threats are the most difficult to detect. To prevent these types of threats you need the right technology as well as the right people watching the technology. With managed endpoint security you will maintain a constant watch to ensure the fastest detection and response with an extended security team.

Threats are taken through our multi-step process, conducting sample analysis as needed. Not only does MDR from Cybriant help reduce the time between breach and detection, we can also help stop the threat before it can fully execute.

Our experts utilize a static AI engine to provide pre-threat execution protection. The static AI engine replaces traditional signatures and obviates recurring scans that kill end-user productivity. By tracking all processes, our team is able to detect malicious activities, and use behavioral AI technology to respond at top speed. We can detect and stop file-based malware, scripts, weaponized documents, lateral movement, file-less malware, and even zero-days.

Managed Endpoint Security vs. Antivirus

The main difference between managed endpoint security and traditional anti-virus is that our MDR solution will discover the threat faster than antivirus.

The advanced technology used in our MDR service provides protection at the agent level before the attack occurs, which can eliminate the need for antivirus altogether.

As a managed service, our team is tracking all processes and their interactions at the agent level, utilizing the technology to detect malicious activity, which will trigger a lightning-fast response to protect your network. We can also help roll back endpoints to their pre-infected state if necessary.

For more on the potential of managed endpoint security and how it can benefit your organization, learn more at https://cybriant.com/mdr

 

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Top 3 Cybersecurity Concerns Facing Healthcare Organizations

Top 3 Cybersecurity Concerns Facing Healthcare Organizations

Interested in learning more about cybersecurity concerns facing healthcare organizations? Read more about the top three issues that healthcare organizations face daily. 

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Technology offers the healthcare industry massive benefits but also poses many risks. 

These risks can lead to data breaches that damage the reputation of your company while also forcing you to pay significant fines. Cybercriminals continually devise new schemes to gain access to patient information, and these threats only continue to grow more complex.

However, an outsourced security service provider like Cybriant can play a crucial role in keeping all of your patient information well-protected while ensuring that your IT infrastructure is operating efficiently without any potential security concerns.

Here are the top three cybersecurity issues that healthcare organizations face each day.

#1 Maintaining HIPAA Compliance 

Following all of the HIPAA compliance regulations is a top priority for any healthcare organization. Addressing any potential vulnerabilities and continually assessing your system is essential in keeping Patient Health Information (PHI) secure. An IT service provider gives your company the best protection against cyber criminals while continually looking for ways to improve your IT security. A managed service provider can also create a detailed plan HIPAA compliance checklist to ensure that you avoid cybersecurity incidents that can result in costly violations.

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#2 Preventing Ransomware and Phishing Scams

A managed IT service provider can play a crucial role in keeping your healthcare company safe from ransomware and phishing scams. These cybersecurity threats can result in significant data breaches while also costing your organization thousands of dollars. Employee security awareness training is one of the most powerful ways to counteract these threats, as it educates employees on the best way to handle a wide range of situations. Cloud computing can also play a key role in preventing the success of a ransomware scheme by allowing you to access data backups from an off-site cloud server.

Cybriant offers PREtect that will help help lay a secure foundation for all cybersecurity issues. Learn more about PREtect here

#3 Keeping Medical Devices Secure from Hackers

Medical devices use the latest technology to provide invaluable services to each patient. However, these medical devices are prone to numerous vulnerabilities, especially with the rise of the Internet of Things (IoT). A managed service provider can implement various security controls to ensure that these devices remain secure and out of the hands of hackers.

Encrypting communication with these devices and developing authentication services are all key steps in protecting medical devices from malicious threats. An IT service provider can also routinely monitor these devices to ensure that everything is working correctly without any unusual activity.

Consider MDR to keep endpoints secure. 

Cybersecurity Concerns Facing Healthcare

Technology plays a key part in the success of healthcare organizations across the entire globe. Understanding these various cybersecurity concerns facing healthcare is essential in keeping all of your patient data confidential and out of the hands of cybercriminals. A managed IT service provider will ensure that you remain in HIPAA compliance, prevent cybersecurity attacks, and keep all of your medical devices safe from cybercriminals. Staying up to date with the latest tech in the industry and keeping all of your information secure is one of the main advantages of using an IT provider in the healthcare industry.

Find out how Cybriant can help secure your organization, schedule a consultation here. 

 

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How Does a SIEM Work?

How Does a SIEM Work?

How does a SIEM work? You probably know that many organizations utilize a SIEM for compliance and security monitoring reasons. But how does it work? Read on to learn more about the inner workings of a SIEM. 

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SIEM stands for Security Information and Event Management and is a software that gives security professionals both insight into and a track record of the actions within their organization’s network. SIEM solutions provide a holistic view of what is happening on a network in real-time and assist IT teams to be more proactive in the battle against security threats.

SIEM technology has been around for more than a decade, originally developing from the log management discipline. It linked security event management (SEM) – which examines log and event data in real-time to provide threat monitoring, event correlation, and incident response – with security information management (SIM) which gathers, analyzes and reports on log data.

It is a solution that aggregates and analyzes activity from many different resources across your entire IT base.

The Need for Data Monitoring

In today’s digital market, it’s necessary to watch and secure your company’s data against increasingly advanced cyber threats. And odds are, your company has more data than ever before. There is no discussion about the fact that attacks on computer systems are steadily on the rise. Coin mining, DDoS, ransomware, malware, botnets, phishing — this is just a small list of the threats those fighting the good fight today are facing.

In addition to complicated tools being used to attack businesses – the attack surface has become much wider due to the development in data traversing our IT infrastructure. The capability to monitor all this data is increasingly becoming a challenge. Luckily, we have security information and event management (SIEM).

How Does a SIEM Work?

SIEM provides two main capabilities to an Incident Response team:

    • Reporting and forensics about security incidents
    • Alerts based on analytics that match a certain rule set, indicating a security issue

At its core, SIEM is a data aggregator, search, and reporting system. SIEM collects enormous amounts of data from your complete networked environment, consolidates and makes that data human accessible. With the data classified and laid out at your fingertips, you can study data security breaches with as much detail as needed.

However, experts say enterprise demand for greater security measures has driven more of the SIEM market in recent years. This is why Managed SIEM has gained popularity. Many IT departments are unable to spend the time necessary to draw the data out of a SIEM that will allow them to properly detect cyber threats.

A Managed SIEM forensics team will identify the activity that could identify a threat to the organization by monitoring a SIEM. The Managed SIEM team will determine the validity of the threat and begin to remediate the threat. SIEMs produce a high amount of alerts based on the fine-tuning of the SIEM. With a team of analysts monitoring a SIEM 24/7, they have the expertise to determine the priority of an alert.

Traditionally larger organizations utilize a SIEM as their foundation for the security strategy. Whether an organizations uses a SIEM or MDR it is important to have a means of monitoring activity to prevent security threats.

What are SIEMs Used For?

Security Monitoring

  • SIEMs help with real-time monitoring of organizational systems for security incidents.
  • A SIEM has a unique perspective on security incidents, because it has access to multiple data sources – for example, it can combine alerts from an IDS with information from an antivirus product. It helps security teams identify security incidents that no individual security tool can see, and help them focus on alerts from security tools that have special significance

Advanced Threat Detection

  • SIEMs can help detect, mitigate and prevent advanced threats, including:
    • Malicious insiders – a SIEM can use browser forensics, network data, authentication, and other data to identify insiders planning or carrying out an attack
    • Data exfiltration (sensitive data illicitly transferred outside the organization) – a SIEM can pick up data transfers that are abnormal in their size, frequency or payload
    • Outside entities, including Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) – a SIEM can detect early warning signals indicating that an outside entity is carrying out a focused attack or long-term campaign against the organization

Forensics and Incident Response

  • SIEMs can help security analysts realize that a security incident is taking place, triage the event and define immediate steps for remediation.
  • Even if an incident is known to security staff, it takes time to collect data to fully understand the attack and stop it – SIEM can automatically collect this data and significantly reduce response time. When security staff discovers a historic breach or security incident that needs to be investigated, SIEMs provide rich forensic data to help uncover the kill chain, threat actors and mitigation.

Compliance Reporting and Auditing

  • SIEMs can help organizations prove to auditors and regulators that they have the proper safeguards in place and that security incidents are known and contained.
  • Many early adopters of SIEMs used it for this purpose – aggregating log data from across the organization and presenting it in audit-ready format. Modern SIEMs automatically provide the monitoring and reporting necessary to meet standards like HIPAA, PCI/DSS, SOX, FERPA, and HITECH.

Benefits of Managed SIEM

There are many reasons to consider Managed SIEM including:

  • Finding and maintaining experienced SIEM/SOC Security Analysts is NOT EASY (and also expensive)
  • You could build it, but it will take much longer than outsourcing to a professional security services provider like Cybriant
  • You are getting everything from an MSSP only at a fraction of what you could spend internally
  • Scalable and Flexible
  • Greater Threat Intelligence – We’ve been doing this awhile and we’ve seen a lot of things.

Without the proper planning and expectations around people and processes up front, the odds of achieving even the minimal capabilities of a SIEM solution are slim to none.

Find out more about this on “Is Managed SIEM right for me?”

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How Can Managed Security Services Improve Your Business?

How Can Managed Security Services Improve Your Business?

Hackers are targeting your business. How can you stop them? Do you have a team of cyber security analysts to monitor your networks and ensure no bad guys are getting through? If not, consider Managed Security Services including Managed SIEM and/or Managed Detection and Response.

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Improve Your Business with Managed Security Services

There are so many benefits of managed security services. Here are a few ways that outsourcing the management of your security monitoring could potentially improve your business:

Compliance Made Easy – Do you have stringent compliance requirements? Most companies do. A SIEM will help you meet the security logging requirements, but don’t stop there. When you outsource the management of a SIEM, you have the expertise on hand of a team of security analysts that are watching your network around the clock.

Learn Where Attacks Come From – Insider threats are becoming more and more common. It’s vital to understand where cyber threats come from so you can understand how to alleviate them. Our MDR solution will help stop malware in its tracks when a user mistakenly clicks on a phishing link.

Managed SIEM

With a managed SIEM solution, all activity from systems, devices, and applications are logged in a central repository. Our team helps analyze potential threats that are identified and notify you when action needs to be taken. By tracking all processes, our team is able to detect malicious activities, and use behavioral AI technology to respond at top speed.

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We can detect and stop file-based malware, scripts, weaponized documents, lateral movement, file-less malware, and even zero-days.

Learn About Threats on Your Systems – Our MDR solution uses AI so when a credible threat is detected, our team will retrieve the process history and analyze the chain of events in real-time and determine the validity of the threat. Once identified, the malicious activity is immediately stopped in its tracks and our team guides you through the remediation. This remediation process provides astonishing insight into the data of the threat.

You’ll be able to help your organization reduce their attack surface by learning how you’ve been compromised.

More Benefits of Managed Security Services

Executive Reporting and Compliance Reporting – While most SIEM solutions provide out of the box reporting, they tend to leave much to be desired. Our managed SIEM team will provide custom reports based on your needs. No matter whether its HIPAA, PCI, GDPR, or any other compliance regulation, reporting is critical in today’s data-sensitive world. By using our Managed SIEM service, our team is able to apply constant vigilance on any security issues that may be problematic in terms of compliance.

Cyber Threat Remediation – Many IT departments are overwhelmed at the number of alerts that come in when attempting to manage a SIEM internally. When you outsource the management of your SIEM, our team will help reduce the number of false alerts, tune your SIEM so critical alerts are addressed immediately, and we’ll help you remediate the threat. Outsourcing security services will expand your team to an around the clock team of cybersecurity experts that will walk your through cyber threat remediation.

Specialist Expertise – The cybersecurity skills shortage is still rampant. By outsourcing the management of your SIEM, you are not only benefitting from SIEM technologies, but also the access to genuine cybersecurity expertise. Our team is immersed in cybersecurity threats daily and we are well-equipped to respond quickly and effectively to any threats.

Customer Confidence Equifax, Capital One, and so many others have hit the headlines with the unfortunate news of a breach. Customer confidence is lower than ever after these attacks. Many small companies go out of business after a major cyber attack. When you work with an experienced company with an excellent reputation, like Cybriant, you show your customers that you take the security of their data seriously.

If you aren’t ready to jump into a managed service, consider our Incident Response and Containment service. When you are attacked, you’ll have a team of experts ready to respond and remediate.

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