Hardware-based Security: Battle Common Security Risks

By Kerry Cotter |   Jan 19, 2017

Regardless of organizational size or industry, every company faces significant data and network security concerns today. Those concerns increase substantially for organizations that deal with protected or sensitive information in any way, including health, financial, or even basic customer data. The past decade has seen a growing number of both internal and external data security breaches in industries as diverse as healthcare, retail, entertainment, banking, and military contracting, and threats are unlikely to subside anytime soon. Organizations who act now to counter the threats of the future are the ones who have the best chance at protecting customers, employees, and brand reputations.

The Critical Role of Hardware-based Security Solutions

By Kerry Cotter |   Jan 12, 2017

How are your security protocols working? While most businesses are focusing on the type of software being used to keep cybercriminals out of the servers, Intel and its partners are working to change the face of security and working together to achieve better results.

Time, Costs and Solutions for Malware Attacks and APTs

By Kerry Cotter |   Apr 28, 2016

As malware continues to evolve at lightning speed, it’s getting more and more difficult to prevent and identify its existence. A computer attack from the APT virus is both insidious and crippling for enterprises. Its lifecycle, if well-masked, can do some real damage in just 12 months. An Advanced Persistent Threat attack on a bank revealed that it’s a methodical attack. Here’s how it unfolded. Seasoned cybercriminals mined the bank’s social media platforms and website to identify its hosts and senior personnel. Stolen data was then used to launch phishing email campaigns and launched malware on the bank’s executives’ laptops. Undetected by antivirus software, the attack expanded throughout the business. All of this took just three months. Over the next several months, the malware had injected a code into all of the infected systems. Slowly, it stole passwords, security policies and network diagrams. The organized crime ring used this data for a more offensive attack across the company’s network. The last two months of the malware attack entailed downloading the bank card information of more than 50 million bank customers.

Avoid Security Breaches with Data Protection Technology

By Greg LaBrie |   Apr 12, 2016

Every few years a new encryption algorithm is released by an IT solutions provider to ensure your data stays safe. Hardware keeps improving, making older encryption algorithms easier to break. Thus, new encryption mechanisms are needed to keep your systems and data safe.

Avoiding the Advanced Persistent Threat through Hardware

By Kerry Cotter |   Mar 31, 2016

Once upon a time, it was safe to turn your computer on. Nowadays, a month, week, or even day doesn’t go by where you hear about the latest system attack and zero-day exploit used to install malware and expose data from somewhere across the globe. Some news reports even say the NSA is buying these exploits to take advantage of them before they’re patched to gain access and potentially disrupt computer systems. If the US government is doing it to attack their enemy, you can be sure other governments and organized crime are doing the same to potentially get into your systems. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link and the least protected computer system will be found and exploited.

Beefing Up Security with Anti-Malware Defenses

By Kerry Cotter |   Feb 18, 2016

 

If your organization is attacked by malware, can you afford it? The repercussions are huge – money, reputation, productivity and the confidence in moving forward are all compromised. There may also be legal implications, and losses that cannot be monetized. How does an organization protect itself from malware and the growing efforts of cybercriminals?

Changing the Security Paradigm with Hardware-assisted Security

By Michael Thweatt |   Jan 28, 2016

Since the information age came into fruition, many businesses and security professionals have treated security issues like putting out fires. The focus has been on preventing further damage. It’s been a narrow paradigm of the real importance and point of security measures. With this downplay, security measures often didn't take precedent when it came to allotting monies for it. However, business leaders and security professionals are changing their view of security practices. They recognize that today’s business environment is different from the one that existed when the information age first emerged. Outdated security models just don’t work in today’s digital world. Today, business leaders realize that good security practice is good business, and it’s imperative.

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