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Prepare for Battle in 2022: How hackers and the new world of work are shaping security models

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By Atech

The main challenge in 2022 is data loss prevention (DLP) and it’s clear to see already from vendors’  such as Microsoft’s compelling propositions for compliance solutions. We are moving towards detecting data loss in real time. As we understand more about the human element in breaches and develop smarter controls and human-like detection of anomalies, we have the power to implement solutions that give us eyes and areas across our whole end user organisation. This extends from owned platforms to external platforms such as social media.

For example, organisations can monitor mentions of confidential projects and get notifications and visibility of messages related to it, including scenarios where any data has been shared on social platforms.

This increases the accountability within an organisation, and this is a fundamental shift in the new world of work. Organisations trust end users with a wealth of information, and we are expected to take care of it. We have smarter controls, and the AI behind this is human-like in detecting anomalies. Finding the right balance between security and privacy means that DLP is a key challenge for all business leaders.

Last month, the world saw hackers making thousands of attempts to exploit systems with a flaw in Log4j.

This flaw in Log4j, a Java library for logging error messages in applications, is the most high-profile security vulnerability on the internet right now and comes with a severity score of 10 out of 10. The library is developed by the open-source Apache Software Foundation and is a key Java-logging framework.

It is widely used in many applications and is present in many services as a dependency. This includes enterprise applications, including custom applications developed within an organisation, as well as numerous cloud services.

An application is vulnerable if it consumes untrusted user input and passes this to a vulnerable version of the Log4j logging library.

Read on about what Atech is doing to protect its customers, including the favourite weapons our team take to battle.

Are you still worried about your security posture? Reach out to atech.cloud and we will help you to implement military-grade security in your business.

42% rise in companies reporting cyber attacks by foreign governments

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In 2018, 19% of organisations believed they were attacked by a nation-state – That figure increased to 27% in 2019, with companies in North America the most likely to report nation-state attribution, at 36%.

That’s according to Radware’s 2019-2020 Global Application & Network Security Report, which found that more than one in four respondents attribute attacks against their organisation to cyber warfare or nation-state activity. 

“Nation-state intrusions are among the most difficult attacks to thwart because the agencies responsible often have significant resources, knowledge of potential zero-day exploits, and the patience to plan and execute operations,” said Anna Convery-Pelletier, Chief Marketing Officer at Radware. “These attacks can result in the loss of sensitive trade, technological, or other data, and security teams may be at a distinct disadvantage.”

Radware says the findings come at a time of heightened anxiety for security managers. Organisations are increasingly turning to microservices, serverless architectures, and a mix of multiple cloud environments. Two in five managers reported using a hybrid environment that included cloud and on-premises data centers, and two in five said they relied on more than one public cloud environment. However, only 10% of respondents felt that their data was more secure in public cloud environments.

As organisations adapt their network infrastructure to enjoy the benefits of these new paradigms (such as microservices and multi-cloud environments), they increase their attack surface and decrease the overall visibility into their traffic. For example, 22% of respondents don’t even know if they were attacked, 27% of those who were attacked don’t know the hacker’s motivations, 38% are not sure whether an Internet of Things (IoT) botnet hit their networks, and 46% are not sure if they suffered an encrypted DDoS attack. 

Convery-Pelletier added: “This report finds that security professionals feel as though the battlefield is shifting under their feet.  Companies are increasingly adding and relying upon new paradigms, like microservices, public and hybrid clouds, and IoT, which means the infrastructure is harder to monitor for attacks. These new technologies force a shift in security implementation into the development teams.  Security is often an afterthought as businesses march forward, and there is a misconception that ‘good enough’ is enough.”

In addition, the report also found:

The emergence of 5G networks. As the push for 5G grows, there exists an important opportunity to build security into networks at its foundations. Despite the increasing buzz around 5G networks, only 26% of carriers responded that they felt well prepared for 5G deployment, while another 32% stated that they were somewhat prepared.  

Be careful what you wish for in terms of IoT. 5G promises to advance organisations’ implementation of and the value they derive from IoT technologies, but that promise comes with a corresponding increase in the attack surface. When it comes to IoT connected devices, 44% of respondents said malware propagation was their top concern, while lack of visibility followed at 20% and Denial of Service at 20%.

Data loss is top concern. About 30% of businesses stated that data theft as a result of a breach was their top concern following an attack, down from 35% the previous year, followed by service outages at 23%.  Meanwhile, 33% said that financial gain is a leading motivation for attacks.

To read Radware’s ERT report, visit https://www.radware.com/ert-report-2020/