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The Ultimate Guide to Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

The Ultimate Guide to Managed Detection and Response (MDR)

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) goes by a variety of names like Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), or maybe even XDR. Sure, the technologies may vary a bit, but the common denominator is that MDR will help your organization with proactive threat detection and response. 

At Cybriant, we call our MDR service Managed Detection and Remediation because our team will work with you to help remediate any issues that are found during the MDR process.

What is Managed Detection and Response?

MDR is an outsourced managed security service that provides advanced protection on endpoints. MDR provides more advanced and deeper detection plus the ability to stop malware in its tracks. Typically, MDR uses AI and machine learning for deeper security analysis.

MDR vs. MSSP

Find out more about MSSP vs. MDR

What is the difference between EDR and MDR? 

We go into detail about the difference between EDR and MDR is a previous blog post. See more details here but here are some highlights:

You may have noticed that we recently launched an MDR service: Managed Detection and Remediation – formerly known as Managed EDR. The reason for this change is because our services offer a much more in-depth remediation aspect than a traditional EDR or Endpoint Detection and Response service.

What is Managed EDR?

EDR is typically considered next-generation antivirus that is focused on endpoints or hosts. EDR depends on a software agent that is installed on the endpoint and sends information to a centralized database for analysis. As a Managed EDR, our team would analyze your data and potentially stop any malware threats.

EDR was an excellent progression from antivirus because you could record and store user behaviors and events on endpoints. Plus, with a managed service, if a user clicked on a phishing email, we stopped malware before it could execute.

While the service is still very similar, we consider EDR the “Lite” version of MDR. Take a look and consider why MDR might be right for you.

What is Managed Detection and Remediation?

We’ve taken EDR to the next level so we not only detect intrusions malware, and malicious activity on your network, we will assist you to eliminate and mitigate those threats. It is vital that we include a small piece of software on every device you would like track, but the software we use is lightest available. Your users won’t even know it’s there.

The software is important but the most vital part of our MDR service is the team of analysts that watch your network 24/7. We eliminate false positives and identify real security threats. Our team reduces the time to detection to hours if not minutes. Plus, we help you mediate and remove the threat.

The point of our upgraded version of EDR is that remediation is essential to your organization’s cybersecurity success. Sure, it’s great if you are aware of the threats to your network, but what do you do about it? Our team of security experts (that is watching your network on a 24/7 basis) not only alerts you to any threats, but they also walk you through the remediation process.

See what our clients have to say about us on G2 Crowd. 

Why Choose MDR Security?

Do you need a Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service? Isn’t antivirus enough to protect your endpoints? Here are some questions to ask yourself in the process of deciding if MDR is right for you:

  • Do you have a way to detect malicious executables before they run and if they are bad prevent them from executing?
  • How are you currently controlling how scripts are used in your environment?
  • Are you prepared to protect yourself from fileless malware attacks?
  • How are you protecting yourself from phishing attacks?
  • Are you prepared to defend your business against a malicious USB or an insider attempting to exfiltrate data?
  • How quickly can you respond to a security incident?
  • How do you validate suspicious activity on your endpoints?
  • Are you currently using your real attack data to improve your overall security posture?
  • What tools do you have in place to investigate endpoints?
  • Can you search for historical information about your endpoints?
  • Are you able to use indicators of compromise to root out threats on your endpoints?
  • Do you have a way to detect threats automatically?

Drop us a note if you have any questions about the responses you have for these questions.

Managed Detection and Remediation Benefits

When you outsource the management of your Managed Detection and Remediation (MDR) to Cybriant, our security analysts are able to:

  • Perform root cause analysis for any blocked threat or any other artifact deemed important found on an endpoint
  • Proactively search endpoints for signs of threats commonly referred to as threat hunting
  • Take decisive action when a security incident, or potential incident, is identified

Suspicious Activity Validation

Cybriant uses AI-based threat prevention, running locally on your endpoint, that has a field-proven record of preventing well over 99% of threats, both known and unknown, from executing on your endpoint, without signatures, cloud lookups, or significant impact on your endpoint.
Using AI, we can stop bad executables before they can hurt your business. Time is of the essence when it comes to a security incident. Our analysts can decisive action when a security incident is identified or a threat needs to be mitigated.

Our analysts can immediately investigate any endpoint in your environment to determine if the activity is in fact malicious. Real attack data is an invaluable source of intelligence for your security team. Without deploying sandbox technology, our analysts can get a glimpse into the mind of the attacker and how they try to compromise your endpoint.

Threat Hunting and Suspicious Activity Detection

Using AI, our analysts will stamp out a potential compromise before it has the chance to do harm. Along with a curated set of forensically relevant data on your endpoints, You also get script control, memory protection, application control, and device usage management to block additional threat vectors.

Is MDR right for you? 

MDR vs. SIEM

Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and SIEM are different solutions but they are complementary to each other and work well together, especially in a managed solution – we have a service called PREtect that uses both as well as vulnerability management.

A SIEM that is performing at peak performance should outperform MDR in detection. Detection is the key to SIEM. It’s important to have a team that can help respond to any problem that is detected. A SIEM can be deemed pointless if it is only noise and you aren’t able to respond to any potential threats.

An MDR should outperform a SIEM in prevention. MDR is designed for endpoint prevention and analysis. But both MDR and SIEM require staff training, tuning, and maintenance

However, the distinctions between the two blur their common purpose and obscure the importance of a holistic cybersecurity platform in the enterprise network. Cybersecurity solutions perform optimally when they integrate effectively with each other and utilize their different capabilities.

Consider Both – MDR and SIEM

Instead of MDR vs. SIEM try EDR and SIEM with a service called PREtect. 

PREtect offers Managed SIEM with LIVE 24/7 security monitoring and analysis with actionable threat intelligence. We also include next-generation endpoint technology that utilizes AI and machine learning to insulate endpoint devices from malicious code while capturing and analyzing forensic data that Cybriant’s Security Engineers can then utilize to further isolate and remedy the threat. pretect

PREtect SIEM Features Include:

  • SIEM Customization
  • SIEM Optimization
  • 24/7 Analysis and Alerts
  • Remediation
  • Executive Reports
  • Periodic Health checks

PREtect MDR Features Include:

  • True Zero-Day Protection
  • AI-Driven Malware Prevention
  • Script Management
  • Device Usage Policy Enforcement
  • Memory Exploitation Detection and PRevention
  • Application Control for Fixed -Function Devices

Consider MDR Free 30-Day Trial

Here are 7 great reasons to give Cybriant MDR a try. Find out more about our free trial offer here. 

#1. Discover what traditional Antivirus has missed

Many organizations are not comfortable removing their antivirus product completely. Very often, clients will utilize Managed Detection and Response (MDR) security services to determine just how much their current AV has missed. You’ll have the ability to detect and prevent hidden exploit processes that are more complex than a simple signature or pattern and evade traditional antivirus.

#2. Improved Threat Intelligence with AI

It’s possible to use the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to block malware infections with additional security controls that safeguard against script-based, fileless, memory, and external device-based attacks. Unlike traditional endpoint security products that rely on signatures and behavior analysis to detect threats in the environment, our MDR platform uses AI, not signatures, to identify and block known and unknown malware from running on endpoints.

#3. Increased visibility throughout endpoints.

With MDR security, we can detect malicious activities and simplify security incident response on endpoints including applications, processes, and communications. It’s possible to stop attacks before they cause harm, vs allowing attacks to happen, then clean up the mess.

#4. Alerts and defensive responses when an actual threat is detected

When you work with Cybriant, our analysts can immediately investigate any endpoint in your environment to determine if the activity is in fact malicious. Real attack data is an invaluable source of intelligence for your security team. Without deploying sandbox technology, our analysts can get a glimpse into the mind of the attacker and how they try to compromise your endpoint.

#5. Forensic capabilities

Once an attacker is inside, you need the ability to take a deep dive into their activities, so you can understand their movements and minimize the impact of the breach. When sensitive data has been compromised, the livelihood of your business is at stake. The longer it takes to discover and remediate the cause of a breach, the greater the chance of damage to the company’s reputation and business operations. To limit the amount of exposure and prevent further breaches, organizations need a forensic team dedicated to piecing together any evidence and understand the scope of the breach.

#6. Data collection to build a repository for analytics

With MDR security, you have a team of endpoint security experts not only utilizing next-generation tools on your behalf, but they are also feeding back information to your organization on how to respond to alerts. Our security team brings together endpoint analysts, incident responders, forensics experts, and security engineers. They understand what normal endpoint activity should look like, when a more thorough investigation is required when to raise the alarm, and how to respond.

#7. Consolidated Endpoint Security efforts

Endpoint security has evolved over the decades into several reactive technologies to attempt to stay ahead of the constantly changing threat landscape and provide protection, but today a new kind of endpoint security technology can help reduce the number of overall technologies deployed on the endpoint. The use of artificial intelligence to protect the endpoint is enabling organizations to reduce their deployed technologies because the effectiveness rate is so superior to traditional signature-based security.

How many different technologies are deployed on your users’ endpoints? How many full-time employees does it take to manage those technologies? By reducing the number of layers of security on your endpoints, you’ll find that you see an improved level of security. Deploying more technology or software on the endpoint will have an impact on system performance.

Traditional endpoint security solutions utilize massive amounts of CPU (50-70%) and memory (100s of MB). As a result, end-user productivity is heavily impacted. On average, if an employee loses 10 minutes a day due to slow PC performance caused by traditional endpoint security, over a course of a year the loss in productivity equals about $1,000 per employee. By using a low footprint solution and outsourcing the management of that EDR security solution, you are improving the security as well as the user experience.

Consider MDR from Cybriant today. When you take advantage of our 30-day trial, you’ll receive the details of managed detection and response pricing in case you want to continue using the service.

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7 Reasons to Consider a Cyber Security Risk Assessment

7 Reasons to Consider a Cyber Security Risk Assessment

Should you consider a cyber security risk assessment? Many businesses think they are untouchable when it comes to cyberattacks or data breaches. History has proven that even the most secure organizations can be targeted. It’s common for business owners to think they don’t have anything cybercriminals want to access.

Cybersecurity needs to be a top priority for everyone. Ever thought “that won’t happen to me” in the face of bad news?

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Don’t rely on false confidence. Read the following 7 reasons to consider why you should consider an annual cyber security risk assessment.   

What is a Cyber Security Risk Assessment?

First, let’s be clear what we mean by cybersecurity assessment. Like an annual wellness check-up for your health, this assessment aims to diagnose potential risks before something serious happens.

What is a Cyber Security Risk Assessment?

This proactive assessment aims to detect or identify any system, network, software, device, physical, and other threats or vulnerabilities. The assessment findings help your business plan what it will do to respond to and manage the risk. 

The depth and breadth of a cybersecurity assessment can depend on your business size, industry, risk threshold, timeline, and budget. Still, there are several signs suggesting your business needs to schedule a cybersecurity assessment soon.

#1 You’ve got a bad feeling that something isn’t right

Your Spidey senses are tingling. Or you’ve seen something suspicious that makes you question your cybersecurity. This might be:  

  • Finding strange files on your network 
  • Your computers behaving oddly 
  • Competitors knowing information about your company that isn’t yet public knowledge 

#2 Regulatory compliance requirements

Your business may need to meet regulatory requirements. For instance, there are many rules about testing for cyber exposure in financial, healthcare, energy, and educational settings. Compliance starts with a comprehensive cyber risk assessment, we are also able to make recommendations based on the results of your assessment to help your organization maintain compliance. 

#3 Your staff isn’t tech-savvy

Insider threats remain one of the biggest cybersecurity threats. Your investment in security to lock down your “virtual house” doesn’t help if your staff opens the door to anyone who knocks. 

Most employees aren’t malicious. They just have poor habits. Some don’t see a problem in securing their accounts (all of them) with a passcode such as “1234” or “password”. Others are naive enough to actually believe a Nigerian prince wants to send them millions! 

Even those with security awareness training can fall victim to business communications scams. Busy people may not notice when they get an invoice that looks exactly like a supplier’s but with a bad actor’s banking details.  

#4 Angry Former Employees

Depending on your size and the volume of work, you may not yet have a clear process in place for handling terminated employees’ technology access. Are unhappy people quitting? Have you fired staff? Not everyone leaves on good terms, so revoke all former employees’ access and change passwords.

Providing former staff with continued access to your cloud-based platform is as foolish as exposing yourself to germs by waiting on the sick-patient side at the doctor’s office.  

#5 Old Technology

We’ve all been there. We try to get more done with the tools we have rather than having to invest in and learn something new. Yet the “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach is not applicable to technology. 

Old software or operating systems are more likely to expose you to cyber risk. Once software reaches a certain age, the provider stops supporting that solution. Microsoft, for example, is phasing out security patches and updates for Windows 7. 

Don’t plod along with decades-old technology, thinking you’re safe because there hasn’t yet been a failure or crash. The bigger danger is the small, unnoticed openings you don’t know about, but cybercriminals do.

#6 No data control policies in place

The number of technology entry points to control is always growing. There may be USB drives floating around your business environment holding essential data. Company laptops can be misplaced or stolen. Remote employees may sign on to unprotected WiFi networks and portable devices aren’t properly encrypted.  

Without policies in place to control data throughout your business environment, it’s difficult to determine your vulnerabilities. 

#7 Your employees use their own devices. 

A Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment makes employees happy. The cyber criminals are pleased too. Sure, this approach can save money. Your business no longer has to ensure every employee has the latest available technology. But, there are drawbacks: 

  • Employee devices may not be the latest, which could make them more susceptible to cyber-attack. 
  • Staff could download malicious software or apps onto their personal devices that give cybercriminals access to your systems. 
  • Users may be entirely unaware their devices carry malware and could infect your systems when connected.
  • The employee may not be the only user of the phone which has access to business information.
  • Disgruntled employees can use their own devices to damage your network. 

Download our Remote Workers Guide. 

Don’t Ignore the Signs!  

We compared the cybersecurity assessment to a personal wellness visit. Maybe you tend to put those off, too! Well, if any of these signs sound familiar, it’s time to schedule an assessment. 

Cyberattacks and data breaches are seriously damaging for business. If something does happen, your business could lose access to its network or systems for hours or even days. Every moment of downtime proves costly in terms of:

  • Productivity decline 
  • Lost revenues and possible fines 
  • Customer churn 
  • Damage to brand reputation.

 

Why Get Your Assessment Done by Pros 

A business can do its own cybersecurity assessments, but it’s a little like going to the Internet to diagnose your persistent cough. Is it a common cold or proof you’re dying? Cybriant offers several cyber security risk assessments that give you an objective, expert opinion. 

MSSPs understand potential threats and know where to look to identify internal and external vulnerabilities. They can also help gauge the likelihood of something negative happening, as well as the possible harm to your business. 

An MSSP doing a cybersecurity assessment should survey and inventory all your assets to determine what might happen and how devastating it could be to your business bottom line. Reviewing the network, hardware, systems, and business tools, the MSSP can map remote access points and confirm the right protection is in place. 

In addition to running vulnerability scans, the MSSP can also offer a prioritized plan for addressing any risks identified. When you work with Cybriant for your cyber security risk assessments, we will also stick around to help your business implement the fixes and even recheck to be sure your cyber security is now up to snuff.

Cyber Security Risk Assessment Options

Cybriant offers the following assessments: 

Risk AssessmentOur Cyber Risk Assessment is a required step when determining the needs or success of your security program. Following NIST guidelines our risk experts perform interviews, documentation analysis, and walkthrough of physical areas to determine the state of the security program of the client.

Gap AnalysisOur Gap Analysis is critical when you are in need of identifying any deficiencies between your security program and a specific regulation or framework. Our experts will identify the minimum necessary adjustments your company must make in order to comply with said regulation. 

Penetration TestingOur Pen Tests are necessary for organizations that have a compliance need, or that have a concern of a specified system, or are within the monitoring phase of an overarching security program. With Cybriant’s Pen Test, a professional hacker attempts to exploit a technical vulnerability to gain unauthorized access to specified systems.

Mobile Risk Assessments – Mobile devices present a uniquely challenging landscape for security professionals and businesses alike. Cybriant’s Mobile Security Assessment considers every avenue and aspect in which risk may present itself and provides recommendations to address these challenges.

Key Takeaway  

A cyber security assessment gives you a clear picture of your business’s risk exposure. If you recognized any of these symptoms, don’t put off a cyber security assessment any longer. 

Working with Cybriant, we’ll help you identify potential security gaps and benefit from their expert input to improve your cyber security health long-term. 

Learn More About Cybriant’s Cyber Security Risk Assessments

How to Protect Customer Data: 7 Tips

How to Protect Customer Data: 7 Tips

As cyberattacks continue to make headlines, hackers are exposing or selling customer data files in record numbers. But just like with any threat, there are actions you can take to minimize risk and ensure your business retains a positive reputation among customers. 

Your customers’ data should potentially be the most protected item in your organization. As we saw in the Equifax breach, just a small oversight or error can cause millions of dollars worth of damage to your company, as well as damage to your reputation. So, protecting your customers’ data should be on the top of your list of priorities.

Here are 7 tips to use throughout your organization to protect client data:

1. Stop using the same password on repeat

Set a mandate for all staff that passwords must be unique for each user and for your workplace. That means it can’t be remotely like the one on their home PC, tablet, or online banking. Passwords are hacked more than ever, so when you’re prompted for a password change, dig deep and really think about what goes into a hacker-proof password. If remembering them is a problem, consider one of the latest password management tools.

2. Go on a shredding spree

How much sensitive data is being dumped into the recycling bin? Valuable customer data is often taken from the bins of small businesses and quickly sold or published. It’s not just good practice to shred sensitive documents, it’s the law.  Take 5 seconds to run documents through the shredder or book in the services of a secure shredding company.

3. Ditch the accounting spreadsheets

Still using an Excel doc for all your number-crunching? Besides making your accountant’s job harder (and more expensive), you’re opening your business to a massive range of vulnerabilities. Even with password-protection, spreadsheets aren’t designed to safeguard your financials or those of your clients. Upgrade to a proper accounting solution with built-in customer data protections and security guarantees.

4. Train staff explicitly

You can’t rely on common sense because what you think is a given might be news to someone else. It can be extremely beneficial to hold special data-safety training sessions once or twice a year as a reminder, as well as take the time to induct new staff into the way things are done.

5. Limit access to data

Just like the bank manager who guards the keys to the vault, you can limit who accesses your data. Revoke employee access as soon as they leave your business for good, and set rules around who can access what – and when. Do they need access to sensitive information while working from home? Should they be able to change the files, or only view them?

6. Keep your software updated

Possibly the most preventable hack, having outdated software can be an open invitation for cyber-criminals. They look for known weaknesses in business software and waltz right in. While the nagging pop-ups and reminders to update can feel like a selling ploy, they’re actually helping your business to stay in the safe zone. Updated software gives you protection against new viruses and hacking techniques, plus closes off those nasty weaknesses.

7. Use an Endpoint Protection Platform or MDR Service

MDR is Managed Detection and Remediation. In 2020, antivirus is not enough to protect your endpoints. The fact is that cyberattacks on endpoints are increasing rapidly in complexity and numbers. With digitization continuing to transform industries, devices in huge numbers are likely to be compromised.

To mitigate the risk of compromised systems, you need an immediate response, enhanced security tools, and a team of experts on your side that can guide you through the entire remediation process. You get this and more with Cybriant’s 24/7 MDR Service. Find out more here: https://cybriant.com/mdr/

Your business environment is dynamic; that’s part of what keeps you interested. Yet you have to keep a constant, watchful eye on the horizon. You must try to anticipate obstacles and be proactive to avoid disaster down the road.

One of the biggest problems facing businesses today is securing mobile, collaborative resources.

Business is done on the move and remotely more and more. To remain productive and also recruit and retain top talent, you need to enable mobility. Your people might collaborate across country borders or even between the office and a nearby coffee shop. They want reliable access to the same business tools they might use when on-premises.

How does MDR help?

When you outsource the management of your Managed Detection and Remediation (MDR) to Cybriant, our security analysts are able to:

  • Perform root cause analysis for any blocked threat or any other artifact deemed important found on an endpoint
  • Proactively search endpoints for signs of threats commonly referred to as threat hunting
  • Take decisive action when a security incident, or potential incident, is identified

Cybriant uses AI-based threat prevention, running locally on your endpoint, that has a field-proven record of preventing well over 99% of threats, both known and unknown, from executing on your endpoint, without signatures, cloud lookups, or significant impact on your endpoint.

Using AI, we can stop bad executables before they can hurt your business. Time is of the essence when it comes to a security incident. Our analysts can decisive action when a security incident is identified or a threat needs to be mitigated.

Our analysts can immediately investigate any endpoint in your environment to determine if the activity is in fact malicious. Real attack data is an invaluable source of intelligence for your security team. Without deploying sandbox technology, our analysts can get a glimpse into the mind of the attacker and how they try to compromise your endpoint.

In Conclusion

If you are serious about protecting your customers’ data, consider MDR from Cybriant to prevent cybercriminals from accessing their information. Using AI, our analysts will stamp out a potential compromise before it has the chance to do harm. Along with a curated set of forensically relevant data on your endpoints, You also get script control, memory protection, application control, and device usage management to block additional threat vectors.

We offer a 30-day free trial of our MDR Service. Find out more here: https://cybriant.com/mdr-free-trial/

 

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Plan Today for Cybersecurity Trends in 2021

Plan Today for Cybersecurity Trends in 2021

The global economy is in a slump. But believe it or not, now could be a good time to invest in technology priorities. Here are the cybersecurity trends in 2021 that you should prepare for today. 

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You may already have streamlined processes. You had certain technology tools and systems in place to get things done. It all was working fine. Yet 2020 brought many challenges to the way business functions. The technology you relied on in the past may not be the best answer to your current business needs, especially when it comes to protecting your business data.

You might have been putting off cloud migration, as most of your employees worked onsite, or you resisted remote working out of concern that employee productivity would suffer. Perhaps your business didn’t want to secure a “Bring Your Own Device” workplace. Well, 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic changed that for most of us.

Now, you need to rethink how your employees report for work. You could be facing any of 2020’s familiar challenges such as:

  • a server that could support your teams overburdened by remote workers;
  • a reliance on email document exchange causing difficulties with version control and accountability;
  • not having enough software licenses to accommodate employees working from home;
  • employees lacking the technology to get work done offsite;
  • securing those ‘BYOD’ devices – and being aware of those devices.

Businesses need to act now to address their new technology needs in 2021. Keep reading to learn more about the potential cyber threats we are facing today and will continue to face in years to come.

Stepping Up Your Cyber Game

Some businesses are struggling to keep their doors open. Others are waiting out the current situation to see how things shake out. Then there are those that are rolling the dice and betting on a rebound. Improving cybersecurity can be a foundation for future business success.

Plans may have already been in place to invest in a SIEM or endpoint protection platform. Continuing the digital transformation journey, when everyone is adapting already, could make sense. Reduce negative impacts by making the change while employees are working remotely.

firewall as a service Your business may also invest in data backups and disaster recovery solutions. Didn’t have business continuity plans in place? You’ve likely realized their importance now. These plans prepare your business for data breaches, ransomware attacks, power outages, or natural disasters. Contracting for cloud data backup pays off when you can recover quickly and cut damage done.

Starting a partnership with a managed security service provider (MSSP) is also helpful. An MSSP (like Cybriant) gets to know your business and its systems and needs. We can help identify opportunities for greater efficiencies in your overall security plan.

Cybersecurity Trends 2021

2020 has proven to us so far that we can predict what will come next year, but based on what we’ve experienced this year so far, here are our best predictions on the cybersecurity trends in 2021.

#1. Coronavirus May Still Be Around

Security teams already have enough to worry about with COVID-19 sending everyone home to work. Too bad cybercriminals are such opportunistic creeps: they’re even taking advantage of the global health pandemic to scam the unsuspecting.

Cybercriminals are nimble crooks who capitalize on current events. As soon as there is a fresh news story or angle for their attacks, they adapt quickly. Right now, they’re taking advantage of the coronavirus. As businesses change the way they work, bad actors see an opportunity to find new entry points. They’ll try any means to phish for sensitive data, breach systems, or deliver malware.

Read more about How to Stop Hackers that are Exploiting the Coronavirus. 

#2. Cybersecurity Skills Shortage

Remember all the reports that stated that the cybersecurity skills gap will widen to 3.5 million positions by the year 2021? Well, they were right!

A recent study from (ISC)2 claimed the global security workforce needs to increase by a staggering 145% to cope with a surge in hiring demand. In Europe, this has come particularly in smaller companies with one-99 employees, as well as those with over 500 employees.

Unsurprisingly, over half (51%) of cybersecurity professionals said their organization is at moderate or extreme risk due to staff shortages.

This is the #1 reason to consider outsourcing some or all of your security needs. Here are 9 Unique Reasons to Outsource Cyber Security Monitoring. 

#3. Cyberattacks using Artificial Intelligence (AI)

rogue networksHackers are outpacing many organizations when it comes to the technology and hacking techniques used to attack them. Hackers can mimic human behavior with AI. At Cybriant, we fight back by using AI and computer learning tools to stop any attacks prior to their execution. We use static and dynamic AI protection to detect, mitigate, remediate, and roll back based on any potential attacks.

Our MDR service is an integrated state of continuous detection and remediation. Learn more here: https://cybriant.com/mdr/

#4. Supply Chain Compliance

If you are a Department of Defense contractor, you have definitely heard about CMMC – Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. While the initial implementation will be within the Department of Defense, it’s possible that they could be used as an example for the rest of the government suppliers.

There are still many questions about CMMC. If you work with any third-party suppliers and you hold the DoD contract, it may be worthwhile to have a conversation about your CMMC plan. Learn more here: https://cybriant.com/cmmc/

#5. Phishing Emails

Email remains the number-one means of a cyberattack. Cybercriminals are increasingly sophisticated and always motivated. Today, companies from any industry of any size can face a targeted threat.

Whether it’s a phishing attack or a malicious attachment, these bad actors prey on human nature. They’ll target your staff’s heightened fear and desire to help or tap into the near-Pavlovian response to urgency or a “steal of a deal.” Right now, they’re looking to benefit from worldwide anxiety about the coronavirus pandemic. While businesses grapple with remote work processes, cybercriminals find new weaknesses.

The fact remains that your employees will click on phishing emails, no matter how much training you force on them. We highly recommend MDR plus security training. It’s like the net for tightrope walkers – there to save you just in case you slip up.

#6. The Nigerian Price is Back

Scams aren’t new; it’s a matter of how they’re packaged. In the past, a Nigerian prince wanted to send you millions. Now, many governments are giving out money in the form of economic stimulus payments. The scammers leaped right in. Scam emails ask for bank information to pay relief funds directly, or the emails request other personal data you don’t want to reveal to a criminal.

Fake bank, telephone, or insurance company phishing emails are another problem. These ask for personal and financial information, lure the user into opening malicious links or attachments, or seek remote access to the user’s device. Emails impersonating healthcare organizations are also common. The CDC, WHO, and other healthcare organizations aren’t reaching out directly.

Downloading a “Safety Measures” pdf or the like could introduce malware or take an employee to a malicious site. A fake virus tracking app is set up to deliver malware. The ”COVID19 Tracker” app infects a device and demands $250 in Bitcoin. Emails offering fake news about someone infected in the area are another tactic. Sometimes, cybercrooks target businesses with a communication saying there’s a shipping problem caused by COVID. Saying a package is held up, the email encourages clicking on a malicious file or link to remedy the problem.

Hackers are even gaining access to corporate email addresses or relying on a close approximation to fool the busy reader. Then, they send links or attachments promising to outline company coronavirus policies. Often, these will ask the user to log in to view the necessary documentation. If the user doesn’t question the communication, bad actors capture employee’s access information.

Training is important, but hackers have gotten really, really good at these types of emails. MDR is your best bet. 

#7. 5G Cybersecurity Concerns

5G is the fifth generation of mobile networks and technologies, providing remarkably fast speeds that are set to help consumers, businesses, and government.

CISA Director Christopher Krebs wrote in a recent report that he saw 5G development as the “single biggest critical infrastructure build the world has seen in 25 years,” highlighting the need to build security into a system that will support essential services.

“Given 5G’s scope, the stakes for safeguarding our networks could not be higher,” Krebs wrote. “The vulnerabilities that will come with 5G deployment are broad and range from insider threats to cyber espionage and attacks from sophisticated nation-states.”

“Now more than ever, trust in our services and the underpinning equipment is paramount,” he added

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#8. Quantum Computing

In October 2019, researchers at Google announced to great fanfare that their embryonic quantum computer had solved a problem that would overwhelm the best supercomputers. Some said the milestone, known as quantum supremacy, marked the dawn of the age of quantum computing. Read more. 

Whether this was actually “the dawn of the age of quantum computing” or just a benchmark in quantum computing’s rich history, the fact remains that quantum computing is constantly being developed and researched and could be a real possibility in the near future.

According to American Scientist, Cybersecurity researchers and analysts are rightly worried that a new type of computer, based on quantum physics rather than more standard electronics, could break most modern cryptography. The effect would be to render communications as insecure as if they weren’t encoded at all.

Fortunately, the threat so far is hypothetical. The quantum computers that exist today are not capable of breaking any commonly used encryption methods. Significant technical advances are required before they will be able to break the strong codes in widespread use around the internet, according to a 2018 report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Still, there is cause for concern. The cryptography underpinning modern internet communications and e-commerce could someday succumb to a quantum attack. To understand the risk and what can be done about it, it’s important to look more closely at digital cryptography and how it’s used—and broken.

#9. Ongoing Election Concerns

To say the 2020 Presidential Election is making news globally would be putting it lightly. Nation-state attackers are gearing up and preparing their tools.

According to a Gallup poll in February 2020, 59% of Americans say they are not confident in the honesty of U.S. elections. Read the full report here.  Perhaps it is just media hype causing this posture. However, plans have been in place since 2017 to improve the voting scenarios for 2020.

The Department of Homeland Security’s top election security official, Chris Krebs, ticked off a slew of accomplishments during an address at an online version of the annual Black Hat cybersecurity conference. They include an extensive cybersecurity testing program for state and local election offices and digital sensors that can alert DHS about hacking attempts at thousands of county election offices.

“It’s night and day compared to what existed in 2016,” Krebs said. He said he’s confident that “2020 will be the most protected and most secure election in modern history.”

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We can only wait and see….and prepare. Recorded Future posted five reasons we should be concerned about ransomware during the 2020 Election.

#10. Cloud Security & Cloud Jacking

Cloud security has been a concern since “the cloud” was created. It’s an incredible platform especially since it can grow at the pace of today’s digital business, but it also creates some of cybersecurity’s greatest challenges.

What is Cloud Jacking? Cloud Jacking or Cloud Hijacking is a way that even a novice user uses a simple automated exploit script and takes complete control of your cloud infrastructure.

firewall An example of this in action is found within the world of botnets in which an existing series of compromised computing resources are used to create an exploit map of the cloud. Source

According to the 2020 Sophos Threat Report, they state that misconfigurations will drive the majority of incidents. And of course, if the right (or wrong) administrator’s computer is even briefly infected with credential-stealing malware, it’s possible that administrator’s API key or cloud computing management credentials will be stolen and leveraged to perform further attacks, using the cloud instance managed by the admin.

Take a look at what recently happened with AWS. KnowBe4 announced a lesser-known variety of Amazon-themed phishing emails that are focused on business accounts rather than personal accounts. This sub-genre (for lack of a better term) of Amazon-themed phishing targets the Amazon AWS accounts of organizations (as opposed to the personal Amazon accounts of individual users).

AWS accounts are potentially attractive targets for bad actors as they could contain a wealth of exploitable data. Compromised AWS accounts could also be exploited by criminals who would have their own need for a robust, reliable cloud computing services platform. That such a platform might come free of charge only sweetens the pot.

Read about even more AWS attacks.

#11. More Ransomware Strains

Not too long ago, we reported on the top ransomware threats in 2020. Cybercriminals use the current ransomware threats and build on them to make them even more powerful.

Cybersecurity Ventures has predicted that, globally, businesses in 2021 will fall victim to a ransomware attack every 11 seconds, down from every 14 seconds in 2019. That figure is based on historical cybercrime figures. It is estimated that the cost of ransomware to businesses will top $20 billion in 2021 and that global damages related to cybercrime will reach $6 trillion. Yes, that is with a “T.” Source. 

With the enemies that are creating bigger and better tools, it makes sense to prepare for the future.

Prepare Now for 2021

We typically recommend taking it back to the basics – People, Process, and Technolgy when creating your security strategy. Our team uses the NIST Cybersecurity Foundation for any and all technology decisions – and we recommend this foundation to our clients as well.

pretect We have found that most threats fall under 4 main categories – advanced persistent threats, compromised endpoints, poor patch management, and technical vulnerabilities. Our PREtect service covers all these threats in one simple service. PREtect includes 24/7 managed SIEM, Managed Detection and Remediation (MDR), and Comprehensive vulnerability management. These three services cover the first four levels of NIST CSF – including Identify, Protect, Detect, and Respond.

Learn more about PRetect here: https://cybriant.com/pretect/

Now is also the perfect time of the year to schedule your security risk assessments, mobile security risk assessments, penetration tests, etc. Learn more about our assessment services here.

Security Training for All (Plus MDR)

People are the core of your business success. At the same time, they can also represent a real security threat. According to Experian, only 45% of companies have mandatory cybersecurity training.

Yet your staff needs to understand the many ways in which they can put your business at risk. IT can’t be the only team making cybersecurity a priority.

In educating employees about potential cybersecurity issues:

  • Impress the importance of caution and questioning the source of any communication with links or attachments. Hovering over URLs can show where the link leads. Grammatical and spelling errors are often a red flag, too.
  • Require the use of MDR and consider 24/7 monitoring
  • Explain why you have an acceptable-use policy. Talk about what could happen if they decide to download that one app from the Web to their work device.
  • Warn them about installing random USB drives hoping to connect the stray device to its owner. Dropping thumb drive devices is a common way cybercriminals gain illicit access.
  • Emphasize the importance of physical security, too. A stolen unencrypted laptop or someone accessing an on-site computer can lead to a breach.
  • Provide them with a way to report suspicious emails, communications, and potential compromise.

Even after you’ve taken the above advice to educate employees, there are still risks. Some of these emails are very convincing. People are busy, working fast, tired, and overly trusting. Additionally, these particular scams are targeting our preoccupation and fears around the coronavirus. It only takes one bad click to breach your system, which is why we highly recommend an MDR service. 

 

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Sticky-Widget: Encryption for CMMC using FIPS Validation

Sticky-Widget: Encryption for CMMC using FIPS Validation

History

From time immemorial, it seems like that anyway, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) issued the Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140 which outlines the various standards for encryption that are to be used for processing federal information.

There are four levels to this standard.

Level 1: The lowest level of security requiring only the most basic cryptographic modules. It doesn’t require physical security mechanisms either.

Level 2: Takes level one and adds a physical security mechanism such as tamper-evident seals and pick resistant locks.

Level 3: Takes level two and adds more of the same. Harder to get into and compromise without obvious and immediate evidence to indicate the fact.  Also can incorporate auto-destruct mechanisms.

Level 4: This is where the book is thrown at cryptography. The highest level requiring physical and logical protections as well as the strongest algorithms.

Fortunately, the job of deciphering whether your systems are FIPS compliant doesn’t involve a mathematics degree but it does require a bit of work.

Where do we start?

Cryptographic Module Validation Program

NIST has provided a resource for all things FIPS 140. Provided below is a great link to bone up on the requirements and standards that are dictated by FIPS. If you were to peruse the website you’ll learn very quickly that theory and practice are not the same animals. An algorithm itself may be validated as sound, but that does not mean the way a device or piece of software utilizes that algorithm is certified. You could, and when an algorithm is first certified you do, have a certified algorithm that you can’t use because no product or software using the algorithm has been certified.

Every device, module, or software your company employs to handle Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) must be FIPS certified. There are three methods to handling this:

  • Assume: This is the most popular method of dealing with FIPS compliance. It involves assuming all your devices are compliant or simply remaining ignorant of the very need for them to be compliant. Sufficed to say, this is not our recommended course of action.
  • Vendor Validation: What are support and salespeople for other than answering mundane questions you can’t be bothered to find out? There is one caveat to this. How much do you trust your vendor? This is an important question because regardless of what your vendor tells you, you are ultimately responsible for utilizing a non-compliant device.
  • Self Validation: Go to the NIST website provided below and check for yourself. Does this mean you have to go find every piece of software, hardware, COTS, etcetera that you use for encryption that’s within scope? In theory yes, in practice, not always as we will see below.

Enforcing FIPS

Fortunately, most vendors are cognizant of the need for FIPS validation. As such many provide easy to implement configurations to ensure only FIPS certified technologies are used. For example, Microsoft has a handy dandy registry edit that enforces FIPS-certified algorithms across an entire domain or on a per-machine basis. (Links provided below). Use these options. This would be something to ask all your vendors to ensure updates do not auto-deploy the latest encryption technology which may not be FIPS certified as of yet.

Conclusion

Any time you’re going to be using encryption within scope for CMMC you must use a FIPS validated method. Fortunately, that’s not all that hard to do.  Unfortunately, it still requires some effort on your part. Here are a few things that will make your life easier:

  • Check with your vendor if there’s a “FIPS compliant switch”
  • On those without said switch go to the website below to find your product and make a note of what specific settings and configurations are FIPS compliant. Use those.

It’s another checkmark to address, but I hope it’s not mysterious anymore.

https://csrc.nist.gov/projects/cryptographic-module-validation-program

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security/threat-protection/fips-140-validation#step-2–setting-fips-localgroup-security-policy-flag

CMMC Reference: SC.3.177

 

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Warning: These Cyber Threats Will Make it Through Your Antivirus!

Warning: These Cyber Threats Will Make it Through Your Antivirus!

If you depend on an antivirus, please be aware that it is more than likely to let you down. More importantly, some threatening cyberthreats are well-known to get past antivirus and cause major problems. 

This is How Your Antivirus is Letting You Down

The best way to avoid a computer virus is by using common sense, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be safe from attack. Even the most careful user can find themselves infected in an instant and spreading the virus faster than a sneeze in the flu season (or the coronavirus!). The common thought is that your antivirus will help you. However, we recommend a next-generation antivirus that has the ability to prevent malware from executing.

First of all, let’s discuss how your traditional antivirus is letting you down:

Advertising: Much like a free app making its fortune with in-app purchases, the free antivirus software will push for payment. Expect popup boxes pestering you to sign up to the paid version at least daily. Some free options will also try to change your browser home page and default search engine, an inconvenience you may be stuck with. Even paid will find ways to upgrade your service or protect something new.

Effectiveness: It’s fair to expect your antivirus to detect malware, and testing showed that in a head-to-head battle free and paid are about equal at catching known infections. And therein lies the kicker: generally speaking, antivirus needs to have recorded a virus to its library before it can detect it. Next-gen antivirus uses AI and machine learning for deeper security analysis. It essentially bases the detection on suspicious behavior, source, and attributes, a far more effective method of detection.

Features: Free antivirus options are usually created from the paid version, taking out everything except the bare minimum. Some paid antivirus may form more secure protection against attacks. However, hackers have advanced beyond simple tactics and it’s not just about avoiding email attachments anymore.

Support: Free antivirus options are the most popular choice because they’re… free. Obviously. This also means there’s generally no support available. If there’s a problem or conflict with another program, you may find yourself without protection until it can be resolved. When coupled with our MDR service, next-gen antivirus offers 24/7 around the clock monitoring.

Cyber Threats That Will Make it Through Your Antivirus

You understand by now that your antivirus is letting you down. But, did you know that by relying on antivirus alone, you could potentially allow these common cyber threats onto your network, putting your corporate data at risk. 

Advanced Threats. Legacy antivirus depends on prior knowledge to detect threats. Adversaries have access to nation-grade hacking tools which means that new threats are detected daily. AI- and computer learning gives us the ability to detect and validate suspicious activity. 

Polymorphic Malware. Attackers can easily defeat signature-based antivirus tools that rely on checking a files hash against a known hash database.

Malicious Documents. Sometimes a maliciously-formatted document is used to exploit vulnerabilities in the opening application to achieve code execution, and legacy AV cannot detect such by reputation.

Fileless Malware. Attackers have realized that traditional AV solutions have a gaping blindspot: malicious processes can be executed in-memory without dropping telltale files for AV scanners to find.

Encrypted Traffic. Malicious actors can hide their activities from inspection by ensuring that traffic between the victim and attackers command-and-control (C2) server is protected by end to end encryption.

Consider Cybriant MDR

Our team of security experts will help stop advanced threats at the endpoint with Cybriant MDR. We utilize AI-based next-gen antivirus that will help you:

PREVENT: Our expert security analysts monitor and record all the events that occur on your endpoints. Our team focuses on relevant threats that attempt data exfiltration or modification.​ When files attempt to execute these suspicious processes an alert is triggered and the attack is halted in real-time.​

​DETECT: 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.​

​REMEDIATE: 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.​

Consider Cybriant MDR to help you detect threats that antivirus will certainly miss. Learn more here: cybriant.com/mdr. 

 

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