Mark Nutt, Senior VP EMEA at Veritas Technologies, examines how businesses can mitigate ransomware and inside threats in an exclusive op-ed for June’s edition of CNME.
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The pandemic brought into sharp focus what many businesses knew already; they were comfortable with business as usual and keeping the lights on, but were not equipped to respond to the challenges of implementing broad organisational change, quickly and without a roadmap. Despite this, organisations everywhere stepped up to the plate and adapted their business models to respond to the needs of their customers.
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It’s important for IT teams to understand all the risks as their companies take on more flexible working arrangements in the new future. A huge part of this is of course understanding the risks that come with using personal devices, particularly in the process of discarding them or sending them to a new home.
Now that multi-cloud and hybrid workplaces are adding multiple layers of complexity to technology stacks, security teams can be overwhelmed with alerts. By thoroughly profiling every element of the network and applying some basic automation, threat hunters can compile a more manageable to-do list – one that ensures clarity and purpose. Some items may be quick wins, such as simple software patching or reconfiguration. Others may be more complex but require immediate action because of the potential harm they could cause. And others may be trivial and can be ignored.
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As vaccinations roll out across the region, the move to hybrid working presents many new challenges for organisations, but it is also indicative of a greater business challenge – constant change and uncertainty. 2020 proved that it is no longer enough to prepare for the next thing. Organisations, and their networks, must be prepared for everything.
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Ransomware is on the rise again. A recent industry report found that ransomware attacks increased by 150% in the last year, while blockchain research firm Chainalysis saw a 311% increase, year on year, to the end of 2020 in the number of actual ransomware attacks. Ransomware is also a growing concern in the Middle East region, as attack frequency and sophistication rose significantly since last year.
When COVID-19 arrived in early 2020, enterprises’ first priority was to patch together a communications and information-sharing infrastructure that could sustain operations until work could return to normal. More than a year later, returns are on hold, and enterprises are rethinking their visions of “normal.” They’re reimagining their workplaces and their business practices, embracing more flexible models that take advantage of the benefits of edge technologies.
As a marketer or brand owner in 2021, it’s not enough to protect your brands and trademarks in real life. You have to build a fort around your online assets too. Brand marketers are increasingly losing leads, brand affinity and customer loyalty to cybercriminals who impersonate their brands to scam their customers and prospects.