Windows 7 users should update to avoid cyber-security risks

Kotov | January 13, 2020

Computer updates can be confusing, but the newest Microsoft Windows update is vital to keep you online information safe. The end of Microsoft 7 support will actually take place on Jan.14.While may seem harmless not to update your computer, it will actually open you up to things like viruses and hacking."If you don't upgrade to Windows 10, then over time security vulnerabilities will be found in Window 7 and since Microsoft is no longer offering support they won't be making patches for that, and that will open you up to vulnerabilities that hackers will take advantage of, "said Spencer Hayden, the owner of IT service company Conducive Data Hayden says users may receive a warning message if they are still using Windows 7, but they don't need to panic.

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The findings from a global security study on data leakage revealed that the data loss resulting from employee behavior poses a much more extensive threat than many IT professionals believe. Commissioned by Cisco and conducted by U.S.-based market research firm InsightExpress, the study polled more than 2000 employees and information technology professionals in 10 countries. Cisco selected the countries based on their diverse social and business cultures, with the goal of better understanding whether these factors affect data leakage.


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DartPoints Launches Enhanced Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Security Solution

DartPoints | September 21, 2022

DartPoints®, the leading edge digital infrastructure provider, launches its updated managed detection and response (MDR) product, which combines MDR, endpoint detection and response (EDR), security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR), and extended detection and response (XDR) into one complete solution with support and monitoring by DartPoints experts. With ransomware and other cybersecurity incidents striking more than ever, DartPoints' MDR solution quickly detects threats 24x7 across endpoints, network, cloud, and SaaS applications. "Executives and security leaders know they need a multi-layered cybersecurity strategy that combines MDR, EDR, SOAR, and XDR solutions, but increasingly, they don't have the in-house resources to make that happen. "Plus, with the hundreds of tools and providers on the market, analysis paralysis sets in. We are proud to help our clients by bringing these best-in-class security vendors and technologies together into one comprehensive, airtight solution." Brad Alexander, CTO for DartPoints DartPoints' enhanced MDR offering addresses many weaknesses in legacy antivirus and security solutions, including the overwhelming high volume of alerts and false positives. Offering advanced threat detection, continuous threat hunting, and 24x7 monitoring and investigations, the solution is built for high-risk, compliance-sensitive verticals, including finance, government, manufacturing, education, and healthcare. Organizations with compliance, standard, or framework requirements, those looking to obtain or renew cyber insurance, and those without their own security operations center will find the enhanced product especially beneficial. Outlined in Accenture's State of Cybersecurity Resilience 2021 report, a global survey of nearly 4,800 executives found an average of 270 cyberattacks per company in 2021, a jump of 31% compared with the previous year. Meanwhile, ransomware attacks nearly doubled in 2021. IBM's latest Cost of a Data Breach Report finds that the average cost of a data breach is at an all-time high in 2022: $4.35 million. About DartPoints DartPoints is the leading digital infrastructure provider enabling next-generation applications at the edge. By weaving together cloud, interconnection, colocation, and managed services, DartPoints enables edge ecosystems for enterprises, carriers, and cloud and content providers. DartPoints is building tomorrow's distributed digital infrastructure while serving today's cloud and colocation needs — and helping to bridge the digital divide.

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AI-Based Cloud Security Meets Live Professional Monitoring--Rhombus Releases 24/7 Alarm Monitoring with Video Verification and Emergency Dispatch

Rhombus | September 17, 2022

Rhombus, a leader in enterprise cloud physical security, has released Alarm Monitoring, a 24/7 service that deters threats in real time and enhances an organization's after-hours security by combining AI-based alerts with live professional monitoring. "Many IT and Safety Managers love that Rhombus automatically sends AI-based alerts but don't have the staff on call to respond after hours. "This is where Alarm Monitoring comes in. When an alert is triggered—for instance, if human movement is detected when a building should be empty—an audible deterrent can be issued to deescalate a threatening situation and a live dispatcher will verify the alert to determine the appropriate course of action. The combination of issuing a deterrent while conducting a live investigation not only reduces false alarms but also accelerates incident resolution and emergency response." Rickey Cox, Director of Product at Rhombus Once an alert is triggered, live agents will automatically verify the alert and will text/call an organization's contact list or immediately dispatch emergency services if a threat to a person or property is identified. Additionally, with the Rhombus A100 Audio Gateway, an audible deterrent can be issued, such as a police siren, loud alarm, or custom message. Monitoring agents can also use the A100 as a two-way communication device, informing perpetrators that the authorities are on their way and to vacate the property. The use of an audible deterrent helps neutralize damage or threats in real-time as emergency services are en route. Within minutes, Rhombus can trigger an alert, issue an audible deterrent, verify an alert, contact essential personnel regarding the situation, send emergency services, and provide contextual information to first responders, including alert footage, live streams, and location details. Alarm Monitoring utilizes fully redundant, Five Diamond, UL-Listed Central Monitoring Centers and the full suite of Rhombus products –including smart cameras, sensors, and industry-leading AI analytics—to provide best-in-class coverage to enterprise organizations. Rhombus Alarm Monitoring is now available starting at $1,799 per year, per location. About Rhombus Rhombus is a cloud physical security platform designed to bring greater intelligence, security, and productivity to enterprise organizations. Rhombus delivers NDAA-compliant smart cameras and connected sensors that can be managed from a single pane of glass to simplify infrastructure and security management at scale.

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Safe Security Introduces Free Assessments to Provide Trusted Financial Risk Calculations for Cyber Attacks and Cyber Insurance Discussions

Safe Security | August 17, 2022

Safe Security, a global leader in cybersecurity risk quantification and management, today announced two industry-first assessment tools to empower organizations to make holistic financial decisions based on their actual cyber risk. At no cost, organizations can access Safe Security’s Interactive Cost Calculator, as well as the Cyberinsurance Assessment, which are designed to enable data-driven discussions about risk and coverage requirements. “Executive leadership from the CEO and board members, to CISOs, risk teams, and CFOs are asking questions like, ‘how much will a cyber attack cost us?’ Or, ‘how much should our cyber insurance cost?’ Today, those leaders either do not have a financial figure at all or possess a financial figure from a ‘black-box’ approach that they can’t explain or trust,” said Saket Modi, co-founder and CEO of Safe Security. “Based on our research, Safe Security is offering organizations the opportunity to understand the financial impact of a cyber attack with full visibility into how the assessment is calculated so you can trust and explain the numbers. Knowledge is power, and our mission is to arm you with an unbiased assessment that can be used for risk discussions and insurance negotiations.” Interactive Cost Calculator for Cyber Attacks Safe Security’s Interactive Cost Calculator for cyber attacks is a free, tunable calculator that enables organizations to understand their potential financial risk due to a cyber attack, such as ransomware. The easy-to-use assessment gathers specific inputs about the company, and provides a cost estimate based on Safe Security’s cost model that takes into account cost drivers associated with security incidents. The output can be customized to the parameters of an organization to further refine the estimate. Inside-Out Cyberinsurance Assessment Safe Security’s Inside-Out Cyberinsurance Assessment helps companies better understand their cyber health and reduce premiums. Cyber insurance premiums keep rising despite increasing cybersecurity investments. Companies can gain specific guidance on how their cybersecurity risk posture compares to others in the same industry, how much coverage they need, and the top actions they should take to ensure a successful cyber insurance renewal. The SAFE platform runs a cyber risk assessment based on the following data points: API feeds from the organization’s internal technology environment Maturity of the organization’s cybersecurity policies and products About Safe Security Safe Security is a leader in cybersecurity and digital business risk quantification management, with a mission to build a safer digital future. Safe’s cyber risk quantification and management (CRQM) platform enables organizations to manage cyber risks in real-time. Its platform automatically collects signals from inside and outside a company’s environment to give the company-specific cyber risk rating, or SAFE Score, the financial impact of a potential breach, and an action plan. This enables organizations to have a common language across teams - from the board all the way down to an analyst - to align with a consistent risk metric. Other benefits include justifying investments in cybersecurity and purchase of cyber insurance for the organization.

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ControlCase Partners with ConnectWise & FifthWall Solutions to Increase MSP Cybersecurity Maturity & Bridge Access to Cyber Insurance.

ControlCase | July 11, 2022

ControlCase, a leading provider of IT Security Certifications and Continuous Compliance Services announced its recent partnership with ConnectWise and FifthWall Solutions. Under this partnership, Managed Service Providers (MSPs) can now access the ConnectWise MSP+ security best practices framework from the ControlCase Compliance HubTM platform for both self-assessment and verification by ControlCase. This partnership also provides the rate-quote-bind assistance required for procuring insurance. ConnectWise’s MSP+ framework is derived from the NIST CSF framework and aims to help MSPs strengthen their cybersecurity program, increase cybersecurity maturity, and ultimately lower their risk of a data breach. MSP+ provides an affordable compliance framework that can be used as the foundation for an MSPs cybersecurity program. The MSP+ program is split into 3 parts: 1. MSP+ Self Assessment – Allows the MSP to access the framework and start implementing controls and closing gaps at their own pace. 2. MSP+ Advanced – Includes assistance with remediation and final verification by ControlCase. 3. MSP+ Mastery – Demonstrates a mature cybersecurity program and is also verified by ControlCase. “This partnership is a gamechanger for MSPs,” said Mike Jenner, CEO at ControlCase. “Security incidents involving MSPs, and their clients continue to rise. This rise necessitates stringent security controls to be implemented and the MSP+ framework provides a great place for MSPs to start learning about cybersecurity and implementing necessary controls.” Speaking on the achievement, Raffael Marty, General Manager -Cybersecurity at ConnectWise said “Cyber insurance is a critical element to help partners protect their legacy by building a more cyber-resilient business. This partnership will help MSPs increase their cybersecurity maturity, prepare for and procure insurance; eliminating dozens of steps they and their customers would otherwise have to take.” The ControlCase Compliance HubTM platform is integrated with ConnectWise Manage. MSPs can complete their MSP+ assessments without ever leaving their PSA. The MSP+ Advanced and Mastery offerings also include real-time compliance status and vital statistics such as risk rating and security milestone planning. “FifthWall is excited to be the dedicated Cyber Insurance & Risk Management Solution Provider,” said Reid Wellock, President, FifthWall Solutions. “We work with 35+ insurers to limit clients’ cyber exposure and give peace of mind for businesses of any size.” This partnership greatly simplifies MSPs and their clients' access to insurance.” For more information on this partnership and the related offerings, please contact Kimberly Simon at ksimon@controlcase.com About ControlCase ControlCase is a global provider of certification, cybersecurity, and continuous compliance services. ControlCase is committed to empowering organizations to develop and deploy strategic information security and compliance programs that are simplified, cost-effective, and comprehensive in both on-premises and cloud environments. ControlCase offers certifications and a broad spectrum of cyber security services that meet the needs of companies required to certify to PCI DSS, HITRUST, SOC 2 Type II, ISO 27001, PCI PIN, PCI P2PE, PCI TSP, PA DSS, CSA STAR, HIPAA, GDPR, SWIFT, and FedRAMP. About FifthWall Solutions FifthWall works with 35+ carriers to limit your clients’ cyber exposure and give peace of mind for businesses of any size. With our policies, MSPs and their clients are covered from business interruptions, cyber crimes, and several of the consequences that follow. With breach prevention and response tools, MSPs and their clients avoid risk and minimize impact in the event of a security incident.

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The findings from a global security study on data leakage revealed that the data loss resulting from employee behavior poses a much more extensive threat than many IT professionals believe. Commissioned by Cisco and conducted by U.S.-based market research firm InsightExpress, the study polled more than 2000 employees and information technology professionals in 10 countries. Cisco selected the countries based on their diverse social and business cultures, with the goal of better understanding whether these factors affect data leakage.

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