"The building blocks for a successful recovery program"

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"Although business continuity (BC)/disaster recovery
(DR) plans vary from company to company, industry
to industry, and even from department to department,
most BC/DR plans will conform to a logical template.
Some plans are hundreds of pages long, while others
are only tens of pages; however, they contain the same
basic building blocks that you can use as a framework
for your own BC/DR plan."

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Here’s What Universities Need to Know About Cyber-Attacks

Article | June 1, 2021

Over the last year, the education delivery model has changed rapidly. Universities have learnt to operate entirely remotely and now that learning may resume in person, a hybrid education model will likely continue. The transition from physical to online models happened so quickly that it left many IT networks exposed to serious harm from outside forces. With a hybrid model, there is likely a widening attack surface area. A recent spate of attacks suggests that cyber-criminals are taking notice of the seemingly infinite weaknesses in learning centers defenses. But why? One of the primary reasons is that universities operate large corporate-sized networks, but without the budgets to match. Add to that, teachers and students aren’t given training to use and connect their technology in a safe way. To avoid falling victim to devastating cyber-attacks which often have dire consequences, we share three lessons universities need to quickly take on board. Your Research is Valuable to Cyber-Criminals There is a hefty price tag on some of the research conducted by universities, which makes it particularly attractive to cyber-criminals. The University of Oxford’s Division of Structural Biology was targeted in February by hackers snooping around, potentially in search of information about the vaccine the university has worked on with AstraZeneca. It’s not just gangs of cyber-criminals targeting research facilities, last year Russian state backed hackers were accused by official sources in the US, UK and Canada of trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research. With world-leading research hidden in the networks of universities, its unsurprising that last year over half (54%) of universities surveyed said that they had reported a breach to the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office). The research conducted by many UK universities makes them an attractive target for financially motivated cyber-criminals and state-sponsored hackers in search of valuable intellectual property. To add insult to injury, ransomware attackers are doubling their opportunity for pay off by selling off the stolen information to the highest bidder, causing a serious headache for the victims while potentially increasing the value of their pay-out. Personal Information of Students and Staff Can Easily Fall into the Wrong Hands Based on tests of UK university defenses, hackers were able to obtain ‘high-value’ data within two hours in every case. In many cases, successful cyber-attacks are followed by not only a ransom note demanding payment for the recovery of frozen or stolen data, but also the added threat of sharing any sensitive stolen information with the public.

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Creating and rolling out an effective cyber security strategy

Article | June 1, 2021

What’s more, organisations should also keep in mind that prevention alone is not enough; according to IBM, the average breach detection and containment times currently sits in the region of 280 days. In this time, it’s easy for cyber attackers to gain a foothold in an environment and quickly cause damage. “When developing a cyber security strategy, traditionally enterprises have focused on the threat prevention with little attention given to detection and often none to response,” said Martin Riley, director of managed security services at Bridewell Consulting.

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Malicious coronavirus map hides AZORult info-stealing malware

Article | June 1, 2021

Cyberattackers continue to seize on the dire need for information surrounding the novel coronavirus. In one of the latest examples, adversaries have created a weaponized coronavirus map app that infects victims with a variant of the information-stealing AZORult malware. The malicious online map, found at www.Corona-Virus-Map[.]com, appears very polished and convincing, showing an image of the world that depicts viral outbreaks with red dots of various sizes, depending on the number of infections. The map appears to offer a tally of confirmed cases, total deaths and total recoveries, by country, and cites Johns Hopkins University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering as its supposed data source. Malwarebytes issued a warning about the map last week, and Reason Cybersecurity this week has followed up with its own blog post, reporting additional details on the scam, gathered by Reason Labs researcher Shai Alfasi.

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Cybersecurity Marketing Tips for 2022

Article | June 1, 2021

Cybersecurity is growing as a market, and it has exploded since the pandemic started. This is because the companies incorporated remote work culture like never before. As a result, cyber threats and challenges are increasing. Cyber threats can jeopardize any business. Thus, the demand for cybersecurity products is increasing. However, the providers struggle to meet the increasing demand for cybersecurity services, and the competition is high. Whatever your business, effective marketing makes you stand out from the crowd. As technology has transformed, various online platforms are being used for effective marketing of all the products. As a result, most leads and sales are coming through online channels today regardless of your business. Thus, having an effective online marketing strategy defines the future of you and your business. So is in the case of cybersecurity products and marketing. Therefore, you should have a clear-cut cybersecurity digital marketing strategy to stand out from the crowd and reach your target audience at the right time with the right message. Are you a cybersecurity software service provider? Are you struggling with cybersecurity marketing? Read further to know the possible challenges of cybersecurity marketing and how to overcome them proactively. Cybersecurity Marketing- Challenges Like every other business, cybersecurity marketing, too, face many challenges. This is because the technology has developed and the competition is high. In addition, educating potential customers about the need for cybersecurity and its effectiveness is a tiresome job. Some of the significant challenges faced by cybersecurity marketers can be the following: Educating Potential Clients Most business people are not aware of the need for cybersecurity today. This is because they are ignorant of it. They will only know its importance when their business is jeopadized due to malware or an incident of phishing. Thus, intense, informative, convincing, and educational content creation is another challenging part of cybersecurity digital marketing. Building Trust, Credibility, and Trustworthiness Trust and credibility matter. Whatever cybersecurity products they use, the cybersecurity professionals know that no cybersecurity software is a hundred percentages safe. Therefore, it is a challenge to stand out from the crowd and get the trust of your potential clients as many vendors are claiming they have the best product in the world. Due to these reasons, building up trust, credibility, and trustworthiness is a hard job for cybersecurity marketers. Finding and Reaching out to your Real Target Audience ‘One-size-fits-all’ policy does not work with cybersecurity businesses. Your product can be applied to particular clients only. Thus, advertising it for the benefit of all is a foolish thing to do in cybersecurity marketing. All cybersecurity professionals know it. Therefore, finding the specific target audience for your product is a challenge. However, having a proactive cybersecurity marketing strategy and knowing the dos and don’ts will undoubtedly make you stand out from the crowd. In addition, it would enable you to build brand image and sell your products to your actual target audience, who need your products to run their business smoothly. Cybersecurity Marketing- Tips for 2022 Even if you have all the facilities and tools, cybersecurity product marketing is not that easy. Your success lies where you proactively solve the challenges you face in your marketing process. Let us look into some of the ways and tips to overcome the challenges you may face in the cybersecurity marketing process. Cybersecurity Customer Testimonials Nothing matters much more than credibility, trustworthiness, and reliability in the cybersecurity business. Customer experiences and feedback have much value in any business. Customers always want to hear from their fellow customers. Thus, testimonials are crucial in any marketing strategy. You can make use of testimonials in any form, such as written, videos, or podcasts. You can use these testimonials from your clients as a great resource to display the value of your products. So, get feedback from your clients tactically and even make case studies explaining how your product solved a specific issue faced by one of your clients. In most cases, customers may not be ready to provide their feedback for public use due to fear of a breach. In that case, you may have to find out creative ways to showcase customers' success stories and feedback without naming the names. Include Interactive Elements The modern audience needs interactive sessions and inspiring experiences everywhere. They hate the old school of marketing. Therefore, it is time to shift to virtual tradeshows and webinars. Breaking the traditional rules of marketing and digitally engaging the audience is the need of the hour. According to Matthew Fisch, a cybersecurity consultant, and SVP sales, If I want to sell into the banking or financial vertical, for example, I find events that they all go to, and I get to know them, listen to them, and then build a real relationship. “Then, when the topic of security comes up, I act as an advisor to help them build business solutions, whether it is with my company or recommending products and services that I am familiar with from being immersed in the industry. This builds trust, and you can bet when they are ready to buy, I’m on their shortlist. Apart from webinars and virtual tradeshows, you can also have polls, surveys, games, and breakout sessions as part of your cybersecurity marketing process. Again, this will capture your audience's attention, and you get an excellent opportunity to learn more about those attendees. Avoid False Information Remember, as a B2B Cybersecurity marketing professional, you are dealing with cyber professionals. Thus, focus on fact-based marketing. It is very critical that all your content should be fact-based and accurate. Why? Cyber professionals are aware that bad actors cleverly use misinformation to lure people to get personal information. Therefore, if your collaterals and brand messaging are not accurate, they may think you are one among them. It affects all your efforts and ends up in gathering a total negative brand image. Summing up Along with these, you may have to focus on many other things to be noticed by your targeted audience. However, the tips mentioned above will surely get you clients and build brand image by solving many of the cybersecurity marketing challenges faced by marketers today. Frequently Asked Questions What are the major cybersecurity marketing challenges Cybersecurity marketing faces many challenges today. Some of them can be educating the clients regarding the necessity of cybersecurity, generating relevant content, and reaching out to a specific audience. What are the effective cybersecurity marketing tactics Cybersecurity marketers can have unique marketing techniques according to their line products and the nature of the audience. 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