How Much A Bad Password Can Cost You

How Much One Bad Password Can Cost You

Anyone using a computer at work and the internet at home is likely drowning in the passwords they’re forced to maintain. With weak, stolen or reused passwords being the cause of 81% of breaches, people and the companies they work for need to ensure that there aren’t any gaps in their password management since much is at stake. So, let’s take a look at how much one bad password can cost you.

Multiple Accounts, One Password

With the average adult possessing more than 25 online accounts, it is no wonder that employees fail to maintain good password hygiene, for example having strong, unique passwords for every system they access. Instead, the same passwords are being used across multiple accounts, which exponentially increases the risk of both internal and external breaches. For example, the Dropbox data breach resulting in 60 million user credentials being compromised started with an employee reusing a work password.

The Spreadsheet Mistake

Some employers may think that storing passwords in a central location that’s easy to access will avoid password loss and keep productivity high, however, the reality is that this misstep has consequences far more extreme than the reward. The average cost of a data breach in the U.S. is $7.35 million according to IBM and the Ponemon Institute.

Cost of a Data Breach

Education, Education, Education

If businesses are relying on spreadsheets or a similar method of storing credentials, they should reconsider their security policy to ensure the best practices are being followed. Employee education, as well as introducing effective password management technology is key to reducing the threat of sensitive data being easily accessible and potentially, getting into the wrong hands. Check out our article on tips for creating a stronger password to keep your accounts secure.

Protecting your online accounts should be an ongoing priority, so make sure you know how to protect yourself. In the event that you are hacked, hopefully, it doesn’t cost you millions as it does for many companies worldwide.

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The Cybersecurity Skills Gap Crisis

While stories of sophisticated and targeted cyber-attacks continue to dominate the headlines, a more pervasive cybersecurity threat has been quietly bubbling up. It’s one that presents as much of a threat to our society as any hacker, but you may not even know it exists. It’s the cybersecurity talent gap crisis, and it’s impacting businesses, universities, and government entities of all shapes and sizes.

Just how real is the crisis? According to the Cybersecurity Jobs Report, global demand is anticipated to reach 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide by 2021 and cybersecurity unemployment currently sits at zero percent.

Research and strategy firm Enterprise Service Group (ESG) has also built a rather stark picture of the cybersecurity skills landscape. ESG’s annual global survey of IT decision makers found in 2014 that 23% of its respondents had a problematic shortage of cybersecurity talent. By 2016, this number had jumped dramatically to 46%. By 2018, 51% of respondents said they were struggling with filling open positions.

Cybercriminals, on the other hand, aren’t complaining. An increased workload put on existing cybersecurity staff, and the reality of having to hire and train junior personnel rather than experienced professionals, mean that security teams spend the majority of their time firefighting and little time ramping up for data breaches. Cybercriminals are capitalizing on this predicament by finding new ways to commit cyber fraud at an alarming rate.

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How Did We Get Here?

There is little doubt that the rise in cybersecurity threats has greatly helped to create a gap in security skills and professionals. But demand is only part of the skills gap story. The bigger problem for many organizations seeking to hire cybersecurity talent is that supply cannot keep pace.

While specialized security experts quickly get snatched up by large corporations, other businesses—such as hospitals, manufacturers and retail shops—need the expertise too. These smaller enterprises can find themselves more frequent targets of hackers because of their lack of appropriate staff, and because they often act as conduits to larger targets: major partners and lots of customers.

Many security experts believe that not only have businesses underestimated the scale of the problem cybercrime poses and the speed at which the skills gap crisis has been growing, they have also failed to properly communicate the significant need for cybersecurity professionals to policy makers, educational institutions, and the public at large. (Thus, why you may be unaware of the problem.)

Additionally, instead of looking beyond traditional IT career paths to recruit from a wider talent pool, organizations are failing to see cybersecurity as its own area of the business. Cybersecurity is yet to be identified as distinct from IT and tasked with communicating and strategizing all the way to the executive level.

Closing the Gap

Solving the skills gap crisis requires a different way of thinking, for organizations and talent. Cultivating a security mindset is priority.

The good news is that many hiring managers are beginning to understand that the workforce gap needs to be a top concern, above such things as lack of adequate budget and lack of time to recruit. Cybersecurity pros as well are reporting stronger job satisfaction, expect budgets to increase, and are focused on sharpening their skills, according to the latest (ISC2) Cybersecurity Workforce Study. From an academic perspective, more and more universities are recognizing the need to better prepare their students with the latest and best cybersecurity training.

Changing the culture takes time, but organizations need to broaden their idea of what a candidate looks like and consider a range of potential.

  • Women: Only a small percentage of women makeup the cybersecurity workforce. More women need to be encouraged to seek skills and positions in the field, and existing bias in hiring practices must be alleviated.
  • Ex-military: Another source of good talent is former military service personnel. Much of the situational, in-the-trenches experience of veterans translates well to the battlefield of cybersecurity.
  • Soft skills vs. technical skills: About one third of all cybersecurity professionals came to the field from a background outside of information technology. While many candidates may not feel qualified for a position for lack of technical skills, most hiring managers place a higher priority on communications and analytical skills rather than technical expertise.

What cybersecurity skills are in high demand? Learn more in this blog article, and connect with Cybint to help solve the talent gap crisis.

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Modernizing Cybersecurity Education With Skills

Not everyone learns in the same way. While an auditory or visual learner may be able to master skills by watching an instructor perform a task, a kinesthetic learner will perform better if they perform the task themselves. Hands-on skills activities in your cybersecurity education can benefit all types of learners by providing opportunities for them to observe as well as perform.

Moving Beyond Traditional Methods

In the landscape of higher education today, educators in all areas of STEM are being challenged to move beyond traditional methods of instruction (i.e. the lecture) to an approach that calls for an increased interactivity with students. Research from NTL indicates that learners remember more effectively when they can use skills to access, process and express their knowledge. Specific to cybersecurity, an integral piece of any learning is the opportunity to work in an interactive hands-on environment where problem-solving skills can be developed.

The Future of Cyber Education

So why is it that higher education has yet to fully accept this learning method? One issue that rings true in cybersecurity is that it’s dynamic, new tools and threats are introduced almost daily. It’s difficult enough to staff professors with expertise in cybersecurity, let alone educators willing to update their curriculum that frequently. Keeping up with the pace of the industry has been a challenge and will continue to be a challenge until effective solutions are adopted. Integrating learning solutions online from a reliable and trusted educator may be the answer. For instance, at Cybint, our programs are developed by cybersecurity and intelligence experts from the Israeli Defense Forces Elite 8200 Unit and are kept up-to-date using an evergreen process in which all content is reviewed to include new information by semester.

Solving the Problem is Vital

It is estimated that 3.5 million cybersecurity positions world-wide will be unfilled by 2021 due to a shortage of cyber skills. Cybersecurity is a society-wide problem and one that will never be solved. However, with more students than ever attending college and career change professionals on the rise, it can be well managed. Preparing aspiring cybersecurity professionals with a more complete and balanced skill set enables them to be more effective in the fight against cybercrime and achieve greater long-term personal career impact.

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Cybersecurity: Criminal Justice for the Digital Age

Criminal justice, as most of us know it, is the system through which crimes and criminals are identified, apprehended, judged, and punished. A traditional criminal justice system is comprised of law enforcement (the front line of defense for the system), the courts, and corrections. When a crime is committed, law enforcement investigates. Once a suspect is apprehended, the courts take over. If the accused is found guilty, they are sentenced and turned over to corrections. The process is fairly straightforward.

Now enter the digital age, where new technologies and methods of interaction with other humans and devices come into play. Here, criminal justice isn’t so much about the management of crime, punishment, and rehabilitation as it is about delivering more accountability, engagement, and public trust ― and often doing so in a virtual environment.

Building criminal justice practices that are fit for the digital era largely depends on the ability to fill an existing skills gap with cybersecurity experts, people who have the mindset to pursue crimes against systems, networks, programs, and people.

The field is so new that many cybersecurity professionals over the age of 30 do not have formal training in cybersecurity. What’s more, the skills necessary to thwart new threats, use new tools, and engage in a different kind of crime-fighting process that aren’t solely learned in the classroom. You won’t find much in a course syllabus about how to defend against an attack aimed at accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive information, extorting money from users, or interrupting normal business processes.


Moving to a Security Mindset

For many businesses today, the question is not whether they will be hacked, but when. According to The Center for Strategic and International Studies, nearly $600 billion is lost to cybercrime each year. Needless to say, everyone benefits from having cyber defense programs.

We all rely on critical infrastructures like power plants, hospitals, and financial service companies. Securing these and other systems becomes essential to keeping our society functioning. In the digital world, cybersecurity pros become like the law enforcers of the traditional criminal justice system. They are the front-line defenders against cybercrime.

But how do cybersecurity pros develop a security mindset to look for possible weaknesses or digital disruptions? The most effective security professionals, like the most effective cyber attackers, find vulnerabilities in ways that no one has before. They have the ability to instinctively identify ways of undermining or compromising systems by using those systems in unexpected ways.

These crime-fighters of today must think like criminals to test things like the security of a software program, computer network, or hardware device. This is new territory, and more security-minded pros are needed to keep mounting digital data safely.

Justice Will Be Served

Ninety-five percent of all data breaches involve human interaction and, thus, human error. Which is why understanding cyber terminology, threats and opportunities is critical, especially for those who work in IT and security roles. It’s also why Cybint Solutions is committed to preparing the cyber leaders of the digital age with hands-on and accessible skills to empower them to make a positive difference in cybercrime-fighting.

Cybint prepares professionals in this field to work in a wide range of capacities — everything from helping organizations understand the malicious software threats they face and analyzing information to detecting potential intrusions, performing security tests, managing security systems, and developing security strategies. The future of business depends on cybersecurity. And the workforce of the digital age is tasked with helping organizations and companies build confidence that they can achieve their goals for cyber protection.

Our simulator lab and cyber-range training programs test cybersecurity personnel on handling real-life threat scenarios, and how to think like criminals. When you learn with Cybint, you build the security mindset necessary to ensure justice will be served against cybercrime.

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What Your IT Department Doesn’t Know About Cybersecurity

Times change, and cybersecurity threats are continually evolving and outgrowing previous “best practices”. The reality is, effective cybersecurity requires more than just a secure infrastructure and one-time installation of security processes. Cybersecurity requires ongoing attention to, and adjustment of, protocols and operational management. Unfortunately, many times, cybersecurity responsibilities are stacked on top of an already busy IT team. It’s no wonder why cybercrime is estimated to reach 6 trillion USD in global costs by 2021.

IT Responsibilities

An IT department and a Cybersecurity department should be thought of as two separate entities. When you have an IT department, or even a single IT professional working for you, allow them to concentrate on operating your system and optimizing its use. It’s a bit oversimplified, but your IT department should be in charge of making sure your business has uptime. If they are doing their job efficiently and appropriately, this should be all they have time to do.

Cybersecurity Responsibilities

While there are some daily operational tasks that may be required of a cybersecurity professional, their main focus should be to look for holes in your system that leave you vulnerable. They should not only be seeking out and researching potential threats but understanding what is needed to prevent them. Cybersecurity professionals are proactive while IT professionals are reactive.

Evergreen Approach

The key to being a successful cybersecurity professional is continually reviewing details of internal operational procedures, in conjunction with staying current on the newest threats and emerging cybercriminal practices. Said simpler, staying ahead of the bad guys. This does require a skill in attention to detail, as even the most minor security weakness or oversight could have huge consequences on an organization.

It’s All About Compliance

Securing data and networks reliably, while responding successfully to meticulous audits, can be daunting. Meeting compliance mandates, however, will not only ensure maximum security, but also enhance your data center’s reputation for quality. Important compliance standards include, but are not limited to:

Why You Need Both

If you have a digital presence in any way, you need both of these departments to keep things running smoothly and safely. IT and cybersecurity have very different roles to play, however, together their functions act as a sort of checks and balances relationship. Reach out to our Cybint team today to discover our cyber solutions that will fit your unique business structure. We are here to help ensure your security and continued growth.

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What is a Cyber Center?

Being proactive when it comes to cyber protection is a must for every organization, regardless of size. And no entity is spared from the potentially devastating effects of cybercrime.

It’s important to have defenses in place to prevent fraud, damage or data breach to the organization as well as its customers, clients, and other stakeholders. To be cyber-defense ready in today’s digital world, it takes personnel with the right skills utilizing the right resources. It takes a cyber center.

The Makings of a Cybersecurity Partnership

Cybint defines the cyber center as a collaboration between industry, education, and government in an effort to provide communities/networks/associations with the necessary education, services, and resources to solve today’s significant cybersecurity skills gap. The need for robust protection against cyber-attacks is great, and the cybersecurity skills gap is a big problem for organizations struggling to protect rapidly expanding systems from a growing range of threats.

Cybint works with private industry, academia, and government entities to help produce a strong, highly trained cadre of cybersecurity professionals. Organizations look to Cybint to be the catalyst for innovative practices and knowledge-skills development and expansion for their students and teams on security protections against threats that may be encountered in the workplace.

Cyber centers can be formed by a school, business, or government branch but most often it is a school or university that reaches out to industry or government to partner. The mutual goal is to enhance the awareness, expand the education, and bolster the capacity of those involved to prevent, investigate, and respond to cyber threats and cybercrimes.

Cybint’s Cyber Center Solution

Organizations from nonprofits to small financial institutions, regional government agencies to major universities, can get a suite of solutions with Cybint to develop a world-class cyber center.

The following solutions  may be provided when we launch a cyber center with a partner:

✔ All-level Cyber Solutions

We provide three levels of cyber training solutions that focus on hands-on skills and building capabilities:

  • Level 1 – Cyber Literacy: Cybersecurity training and cyber intelligence literacy and understanding for non-technological audiences, for example: business, finance, and law enforcement.
  • Level 2 – CSA Simulabs: Cyber training and education for entry-level IT and security personnel, for example: security operations center (SOC) analysts and security consultants.
  • Level 3 – Cyber Specializations: Advanced programs to enhance unique highest-level cybersecurity skills such as threat intelligence, ethical hacking, and forensics.
  • Range Simulation: In addition to these three levels, we can provide a platform of Range simulation-as-a-service or on-premise. The range as a service allows for smaller investment upfront than buying a full Range.

✔ Train-the-Trainers

Our solutions are available as an online platform, but can also be delivered in class by trainers. In the case of classroom training, we provide train-the-trainers programs to build skills to ensure your internal team can operate independently using our solutions.

✔ Talent Network

We connect the cyber center to our talent network platform (to be launched at the end of January 2019)  that allows the matching process of trainees and employers in the region. This free, easy-to-use platform adds tremendous value to the training effort.

A collaborative cyber center serves as a hub for cyber intel, best practices, and training. It also can offer such services such as:

✔ Strategic Needs Analysis and Customization

We start with an SNA process with the local partner,and then make adjustments in our training program and solutions to fit the specific needs of the cyber center and its clients.

✔ Deployment and White-label Structure

We provide the cloud solutions and on-premise solutions (if needed) in a white-label structure so it can be aligned with the partner’s brand and vision.

✔ Evergreen and On-going Development

Our product team continually updates and develops new products, and can provide specific updates unique for your center.

✔ Marketing and Sales Support

Together with the local cyber center, we provide a series of webinars with our cyber experts, articles, PR, and events to support local partners in the go-to-market process.

Ready to learn more or launch a cyber center in your area? Contact a Cybint representative today to get started or join our free webinar on February 22nd at 3:00 pm ET “How To Turn Your Organization Into A Cyber Center” here.

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3 Cyber Intelligence Hacks That Will Improve Your Work

Cyber intelligence refers to the process of gathering, analyzing and interpreting digital information. Not only is cyber intelligence vital to an organization for a strong security posture but has been effective in increasing workplace efficiency and due diligence.

The breadth of information and data stored on the Internet is endless, and new information is constantly generated. Studies show that most people are only accessing 5% of the information they need for work, so understanding how to improve these practices can skyrocket performance and efficiency. In this article, we’ll cover these important tips to improve your output:

1. Searching Better

Using search parameters in your Google search queries such as file type, help to narrow down the results to more targeted information that would have otherwise been buried in irrelevant links. Let’s go through an example:

Let’s say we’re looking for a downloadable copy of Alice and Wonderland. By typing in the title, the results may contain the movie’s IMDB page or reviews of the book. The results are at 145,000,000 which are still too broad.

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So let’s add the word “library” in quotations, meaning the search results MUST contain that word and we want a copy that is from the library. As you can see there are about 23,400,000 results.

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Still, our results could be better, so we add in another parameter that reads filetype: PDF. This narrows the results to only PDF pages of Alice and Wonderland from the library. Now, there are only 665,000 results, reduced from 145 million.

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The first link is from the Oxford Bookworm’s Library and is a complete, downloadable version of Alice and Wonderland in PDF form.

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2. Accessing Hidden Data

Data is not always easy to find on the web because most of the available resources are visible only to machines. People navigate the web visually, viewing content, clicking on links and downloading files. While humans look for engaging, interactive content, machines require structure, logic, and clarity.

The benefits of hidden include improved quality, relevance, context and breadth of our search. In this example, we’ll be using the tool, Lumen, an online archive that enables users to search for information that was requested to be deleted by an organization or individual from online.

Let’s say we want to find out if the Coca-Cola Company has had a cease and desist notice issued on its behalf.

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Similar to the first example, we’ll want to narrow these results using the “advanced search” option. We want to filter down on the recipient, by choosing Twitter.

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Here we can see that the subject of the notice is a DMCA takedown notice, meaning Coca-Cola requested that Twitter remove specific content, probably from a Twitter account or a specific tweet because it violates its copyrights.

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3. Uncovering Deleted Information

We’ve covered search hacks, hidden data hacks, but what about accessing information that was changed? In this example, we’ll be using the tool Wayback Machine which uncovers deleted data from the Internet, regardless of the reason it was deleted (whether it was outdated, deliberately deleted, etc.), to find and save specific webpages for future use, and for investigating the changes that have been made on a specific webpage. This type of tool is especially beneficial to those in law enforcement and legal careers.

Let’s check Google.

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The first thing we see is a summary of data collected on the website over time. Then, you can choose the year you desire and the calendar will open up.

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Let’s choose December 31st, 2006. Choosing a specific time may not make much of a difference but you do have that option. Here is a preview of Google from that exact date:

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As you’ve learned, in order to access hidden information, you don’t need a secret password, an invitation from an inside member or hacking tools. All you need is a computer and an internet connection. As long as the proper tools and methods are used, the data is only seconds away from anyone who can access the regular web.

These tools along with proper cyber intelligence training can help your employees successfully navigate the Web to find the right information and data, in order to avoid crucial mistakes, and gain a competitive edge. For more information on our cyber intelligence resources and services, please contact us here.

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Routier Joins Forces with Cybint to Protect User Data in the Hospitality Industry

Cyber attacks are on the rise, with financial and security threats impacting every industry, including hospitality. In answer to that, innovative hospitality solutions company Routier is partnering with global cyber education leader Cybint, a BARBRI Group company, to offer education and resources for the hotel industry.

Routier provides hotels and hotel groups with seamless engagement, operational, and marketing solutions that work on three levels (brand, property, and guest) so that they can easily and efficiently improve brand reputation, optimize staff and property performance, and increase guest loyalty and satisfaction. Routier provides methods to track, measure, and monitor guest sentiment, staff performance, and operational performance helping hotels, airlines & cruises build revenue, improve online reputation, increase guest satisfaction, grow loyalty, and increase staff productivity, among other services.

Cybint Solutions is a trusted partner of private organizations, schools, and government agencies, bringing communities together and launching cyber centers around the world. A collaboration between military-trained cybersecurity experts with more than a decade of experience, and the education experts BARBRI, Cybint offers educational programs and resources that address cybersecurity and intelligence beyond awareness.

The partnership with Routier will provide hospitality professionals access to Cybint’s suite of solutions including cyber literacy courses which provides a basic, comprehensive grounding in cyber terminology, threats and opportunities.  Cybint offers the more advanced and comprehensive hands-on simulator labs for cybersecurity professionals providing them with advanced practical training in a simulated environment.

“Our partnership with Cybint and the addition of its cybersecurity educational programming will help secure and protect end-users in response to the growing number of hotel data breaches,” says Routier Co-Founder and CEO, Gal Bareket. “This is just one example of how Routier is constantly looking to improve its service and create an unparalleled digital solution for the hospitality industry.”

“We’re extremely excited about partnering with a cyber champion like Routier,” said Cybint CEO, Roy Zur. “In today’s digital climate, cybersecurity is absolutely vital. Cybercrime is increasingly sophisticated and we need to work together to foster a community where cyber-attack prevention is possible and reliable.”

This announcement follows the launch of SPEEDY, Routier’s A.I. technology that helps hotels and its housekeeping staff more effectively prepare for guest arrivals, from prioritizing activities, task check-list, prioritization of rooms and real-time staff optimization systems, along with new seed investments between it’s first and second rounds and new partnerships with Microsoft’s “365^” incubator, Oxygen Hospitality and Homrun.

About Routier

Routier provides hotels and hotel groups with seamless engagement, operational, and marketing solutions that work on three levels (brand, property, and guest) so that they can easily and efficiently improve brand reputation, optimize staff and property performance, and increase guest loyalty and satisfaction. Routier provides a during-stay, full-exposure guest facing engagement solution that empowers staff to proactively engage in real-time, when it matters most. As soon as guests log onto the travel entity’s Wi-Fi and start surging, staff can begin to engage with them throughout the duration of their stay. No downloads or installations required on behalf of the guest.

About Cybint

Cybint is an international cyber education company, providing training, certifications and learning solutions across the cybersecurity and intelligence spectrum. At Cybint we believe that protecting our assets, companies, and national security starts with cyber education. That’s why we are dedicated to building the most knowledgeable cyber teams for governments, educating the best cyber experts at universities and colleges, and training employees around the world to be aware of cyber threats.

Cybint is a collaboration between military-trained cybersecurity and intelligence experts and the education experts at BARBRI. Together, we’ve created programs that address cybersecurity and intelligence at the individual level – creating a deep and powerful network of cyber expertise that goes far beyond the typical technical

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How to Prevent a Data Breach

Virtually all businesses today collect and store some sort of information for customers, employees, vendors, and others. From customer account data and intellectual property to trade secrets and proprietary corporate data, the prevalence of information in the business environment has led to a significant rise in data breaches. In the first quarter of 2018, Infosecurity Magazine noted that almost 1.4 billion records were exposed in 686 reported breaches. And, it’s not just a problem for large corporations.

Small and mid-sized companies with fewer data security resources are particularly vulnerable to theft, loss and the mistaken release of private information. As a result, it’s important for businesses of every size to take steps to prevent data breaches. Being aware should always be the first step in mitigating security threats, but there are a few other ways to protect critical assets.

Knowledge is Power

It can be difficult to keep personnel ahead of the learning curve for threat detection and response. Hackers and malicious insiders have a seemingly endless bag of tricks from which to pull. Add to this well-meaning insider breaches that can be caused by such things as broken business processes, and you have a recipe for cyber disaster.

End-user security awareness and data loss prevention training are huge benefits when done often and in such a way as to create a more security-minded culture. By implementing cyber literacy training at all levels of your organization, you help eliminate human errors that could lead to a breach and help employees become more astute at noticing suspicious behavior. Employees should know what types of information are sensitive or confidential and what their responsibilities are to protect that data.

More advanced cyber training is appropriate for enabling IT and security teams to continuously improve their strategy and actively reduce risk. Training in such areas as threat intelligence, malware analysis and cyber forensics promote greater knowledge of threats and vulnerabilities.

Keep Only What’s Needed

It’s important to keep an inventory of the type and quantity of information in files and on computers so you know what you have and where you have it. By reducing the volume of information you collect to only what’s absolutely needed, you can minimize the number of places you store private data and, thus, reduce the opportunities for a breach.

The use of a remote data backup service can provide a safe and effective means for backing up information without using tapes that can be lost or stolen. If you choose to keep your data in-house, remember that deleting files or reformatting hard drives does not erase information. Instead, use software designed to permanently wipe the hard drive, or physically destroy the drive itself. And, be mindful of photocopy machines which often scan a document before copying. The settings should be changed after each use to clear the data.

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Monitor What Comes In and What Goes Out

The use of Social Security numbers as employee IDs or client account numbers is a prime way to invite hackers in. If this is a policy your organization practices, it’s time to implement another ID system and update your procedures — pronto.

Good data loss prevention technology allows you to set rules and, based on those rules, block content that you do not want to enter or leave the network. It’s an effective measure for safeguarding personal data and restricting access. So many breaches today occur because employees visit malicious or compromised websites that can exploit a machine, putting an entire network at risk. Being able to block where insiders go is key to a good security policy.

With the right training, key personnel such as your HR person or compliance officer can know how to effectively review insider behavior that could lead to a data breach.

Assess Your Vulnerabilities, Often

Once a quarter isn’t enough when it comes to performing vulnerability assessments. System scans should ideally be done weekly, and every system in the network should be assessed. This is especially important when a new service is added to the network, new equipment is installed, or additional ports are opened. Look at computer systems, applications and your network infrastructure, both wired and wireless networks, internal and external.

The process of defining, identifying, classifying, prioritizing and training against cyber-attacks cannot be undersold. Having the necessary knowledge, awareness and risk background to understand threats and the ability to react appropriately to them is priceless.

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A Day in the Life of a Cyber Security Analyst

A Cyber Security Analyst (CSA) or Incident Response Analyst is a professional that is trained to detect and prevent attacks to their organization or network. Protecting the security and integrity of data is vital for all business and organizations, and with cybercrime at an all-time high, it is no wonder why the demand for qualified Cyber Security Analysts (CSA) is surging. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), jobs in this field are projected to increase by nearly 30% between 2016 and 2026, which makes it one of the fastest growing and in-demand occupations in the last decade.

Against that backdrop, an average annual wage as a Cyber Security Analyst sits at a competitive $99,690 as of May 2017, the BLS reports. So, if you’re looking for a future-proof career, this may be the one for you. However, being a CSA is not for the faint of heart. In this article, Cybint covers what a day in the life of a CSA looks like – and it’s not what you expect!

Not Your Typical 9 to 5

Regardless of the specific title of a cybersecurity professional, the day that lies ahead of them is unlikely to follow a generic 9 to 5 pattern. The unpredictable nature of information security means that though certain tasks will always need to be completed, such as checking in with the latest security news reports, the days’ events will likely differ from its predecessors. The likelihood is that Cyber Security Analyst face many exciting security challenges that ultimately require a lot of investigation, much like a police detective.

Know Your Vulnerabilities

For example, you are a CSA at a power plant that manages infrastructure on the East Coast. This plant provides electricity to millions of households and therefore, has a team of incident responders, such as yourself, working in their Security Operations Center (SOC). Someone in the company submits an IT request for a computer that keeps “re-setting” and is still connected to the company’s network.

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Be Alert to Any and All Threats

Now, at this point in our example, the responsibility lies with IT, however, as an experienced CSA – it should pique your interest. In a company that is responsible for an incredible amount of infrastructure, your network is no doubt a target for determined hackers.

Communication is Key

As a CSA, throughout any investigations, you will work and communicate with many team members, not just IT and security. This is because many threats that do infiltrate the system, come through “regular” employees such as people in accounting, marketing, or HR. Those employees are not always on the lookout for threats and unfortunately in most cases are not properly educated on cybersecurity enough to prevent access or spear phishing to occur.

Consult Your Toolkit

However, in this example, you turn to IT first to investigate. After discussing with the IT shift manager, you both run several tests on the defective computer. First you test the anti-virus logs, and that’s not the issue. Then, you test system logs, the hardware, and Wireshark for network traffic analysis. Nevertheless, you find nothing conclusive.

Be Persistent

After running through multiple tests and attempts to find the culprit, you’re still out of luck. However, as a CSA, you cannot stop here, especially when there’s a chance that something much larger and more destructive is at play. Next, you dig deeper in the Network Access Control (NAC) and find alerts that were missed. After updating the SOC manager, you collect more information, unplug the defective computer from the network, and go back to the owner of the computer.

Ask A Lot Of Questions

The owner of the computer happens to be the company’s procurement director, so you decide to give her a call. You ask about anything out of the ordinary and discover that she received an unusual client email with a proposal attachment that was in a strange format. After investigating the suspicious attachment with IT, you come to the conclusion that the fake proposal was part of a social engineering attack on the company and the file was in fact, infected with malware.

Justice Is Served

You identified and intercepted an attempt to disrupt the power supply of the entire East Coast – you should be proud! You report the case to the FBI and assist with the investigation. Apparently, other power generators were attacked as part of the social engineering attack which led back to a group of known cybercriminals. Your work helped cease any damages and keep the power going for the community.

How’s that for a day’s work? If the high demand and impressive earning potential of a Cyber Security Analyst (CSA) is not enough to catch your attention, perhaps the exciting challenges and crime-fighting components did. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a CSA or just want to find out more information. Please reach out to our team of experts at We work with higher education, businesses, and government to deploy our CSA Lab Suite which takes learners through a scenario-based and interactive virtual machine labs course that provides them with the required skills to begin working as a Cyber Security Analyst. Together, we can put an end to cybercrime.