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2021 Threat Landscape

Posted by Kowsik Guruswamy on Dec 16, 2020

What to Look for in the New Year

I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the most difficult year in recent memory is almost over. By my count, we have less than 20 days to go, and that’s clearly not enough time for the murder hornets to make a comeback and take over the world.

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Tags: cybersecurity, phishing, ransomware, anti-phishing, business email compromise, 2021, document attacks, command & control, https security, threat landscape

Security vs. User Experience (87% Say User Experience Is What Counts)

Posted by Mehul Patel on Dec 8, 2020

Is Security an Enabler or an Inhibitor to the Future of Work?

It’s no secret that the drastic, sudden changes in the way we work over the past nine months have negatively impacted user experience and increased cybersecurity risk. Users have been forced away from the consistent application reliability and speed they enjoyed in the office to a work-from-home application experience that is overrun by hiccups, lag, and poor connectivity. In-person meetings have given way to choppy, pixelated video conferencing, during which key points and takeaways can be easily misconstrued. And threat surfaces have exploded across the edge of the network as users log in to critical on-premises business systems, Software as a Service (SaaS) platforms, and cloud apps from unsecured devices at their home office, the dining room table, and their kids’ rooms.

 

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Tags: cybersecurity, user-experience, cloud security, network security, edge security, security without compromise

Chrome Gets Patched Again—But 83% of Users Aren’t Running the Latest Version

Posted by Mehul Patel on Nov 19, 2020

Isolation Provides Malware-Free Browsing Regardless of Patch Status

Imagine your life today without being able to freely browse the web. Browsers have put the entire world on our devices and in the palm of our hand—easily searchable in a powerful and seamless experience. This is where work happens, in browsers, email and shared files. Securing this this essential (yet vulnerable) entry point, ensures malicious actors wouldn’t be able to launch, much less carry out, an attack. Simply put, Chrome is critical to getting business done, as it is used by nearly two-thirds of devices worldwide.

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Tags: cybersecurity, Google Chrome, Internet Isolation, cloud security, zero-days, CVE-2020-16017, CVE-2020-16013, web browser, CVE-2020-16009, CVE-2020-15999

Combat Alert Fatigue

Posted by Mehul Patel on Nov 18, 2020

Improve Productivity of Your SOC Personnel Through Menlo iSOC

I get it—it’s been a hard year for the cybersecurity industry. Covid-19 pushed users from a safe, central, hardened data center out to the edge of the network—literally overnight. We’ve been forced to scramble to enable secure application access to these newly remote users who are logging in to critical business systems from unsecured residential Internet connections and personal devices. We all knew this day was coming, but no one thought that 2020 would be the year we embraced the New Normal.

 

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Tags: cybersecurity, threat intelligence, security operations center, SOC, false positives, cybersecurity alerts

Solving FinTech’s Top 4 Security Anxieties

Posted by Mehul Patel on Nov 17, 2020

Two FSI Experts Talk About What Keeps Them Up at Night

The thing about anxieties is that everyone has them. There’s not a person alive who isn’t afraid or worried. Whether it’s spiders or public speaking or nuclear war, something likely keeps us up at night. Cybersecurity is the same way. A CISO for a major hospital network is going to be concerned about different threats and challenges than a manufacturer or a nonprofit. These organizations have different intellectual property, interactions with customers, and business models—and are therefore targeted in different ways.

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Tags: cybersecurity, FSI, secure financial information, PII, FSI security, secure personal information, remote user security

Honorably Serving Our Veterans Wherever the Mission Goes

Posted by Mehul Patel on Nov 2, 2020

The VA Has an Opportunity to Rethink Its Cybersecurity Posture in the New Normal with Cloud Web Isolation.

Covid-19 and its impact have pushed federal workers out from behind the firewall to the edge of the network in home offices. Fortunately, the Department of Veterans Affairs had already embarked on an aggressive IT modernization initiative—providing the framework for making sure remote workers have fast and consistent access to the tools and information they need, wherever the mission takes them.

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Tags: malware, cybersecurity, phishing, ransomware, web isolation, COVID-19, Menlo Security, federal security, IT modernization, drive-by attacks, expanding attack surface, digital transformation, Veterans Affairs, VA

Safeguarding Our Health Information in a Global Pandemic

Posted by Mehul Patel on Oct 20, 2020

HHS Can Use Cloud Web Isolation to Stop Cybersecurity Threats without Impacting Productivity.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been on the front lines of the Covid-19 pandemic, working with other federal departments to coordinate national policy and responses to address the public health crisis. However, just as in enterprises around the world, HHS has had to deal with shelter-in-place orders and work-from-home policies that have scattered users out from behind the data security perimeter to home offices. The ability of employees to log in to critical systems in the middle of a global pandemic is mission critical and a national security priority, but the department’s systems and the data that powers them need to continue to be secured without impacting business continuity or the native user experience.

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Tags: cybersecurity, phishing, web isolation, secure web gateway, NIST, Data Privacy, Health IT, HHS, Office for Civil Rights

New Gartner Report Sheds Light on Digital Transformation Strategies in a Postpandemic World

Posted by Mehul Patel on Oct 16, 2020

Government Agencies Need to Rethink How They Provide Fast and Reliable—Yet Secure—Access to Remote Users.

Covid-19 and the resulting fallout has laid bare the inefficiencies of government and a failure to address these issues with existing digital transformation initiatives, according to a new report published by Gartner. These inefficiencies, the report said, is undermining the productivity of the federal workforce at a time when agencies dealing with the pandemic, the government response, and economic recovery need to react quickly to fast-changing conditions with organizational agility.

 

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Tags: cybersecurity, gartner, web isolation, COVID-19, cloud-delivered security, federal agency, digital government

It’s Time to Address the Growing Cybersecurity Skills Gap

Posted by Mehul Patel on Oct 15, 2020

Cybersecurity warriors are in short supply these days. According to (ISC)2, 2.8 million professionals work in cybersecurity globally, but the industry would need another 4 million trained workers—500,000 in the U.S. alone—in order to properly defend organizations and close the skills gap.

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Tags: cybersecurity, isolation, security, security operations center, ISSA, ISC)2, SOC, Menlo Security Platform, unintended security gaps, Menlo iSOC, reskilling, cybersecurity skills gap

Shifting Security to the Cloud

Posted by Mehul Patel on Oct 13, 2020

Build a Security Approach that Is Integrated, Simple, and Cloud Delivered

Last month I had the absolute pleasure of chatting with Kenny Yeo, a cybersecurity analyst from Frost and Sullivan and one of the leading security experts in the Asia Pacific region. Kenny and I locked horns during a conference recently, and we started sharing notes on how SaaS security has evolved. It turned into quite an interesting conversation, so I wanted to get his take on recent network and security shifts that are impacting companies.

 

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Tags: cybersecurity, security, web isolation, Cloud Adoption, cloud security, cloud-delivered security, digital transformation and security, Frost and Sullivan

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