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When It Comes To Cyber Training, It’s Quality Over Quantity

Conducting cyber security training more frequently than others does not mean less security incidents, according to a report by security software company, Tessian.

The percentage of employees who sent emails to the wrong people was highest in businesses that provide more frequent cyber training. 63% of employees that get training every 1-3 months remember sending emails to the wrong people. However just 43% of employees who get training once a year or less remember sending emails to the wrong person.

Quality over Quantity

This shows the importance of creating an effective and meaningful cyber security training for your employees. It is more effective to deliver quality training, that will change the behavior of the employees. Training needs to be engaging and meaningful, not boring and taught just because it needs to.

It is more important now than ever to deliver quality cyber training, as many employees are more vulnerable working remotely.

To protect against the inevitability of human error, an effective Cybersecurity Program is essential for businesses. Especially ones with remote workers operating on unsecured home networks.

The Ostra solution provides 360-degree 24/7 proactive protection to all employees, regardless of where they are located. What that means is that Ostra becomes a secure ISP for remote employees working on a home or public Wi-Fi connections. Ostra extends multiple layers of protection around the Internet Service Provider hardening the defenses and creating active barriers preventing criminals’ access to employee’s hardware and company data. Even if a mistake is made.

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60% of Organizations Experience Cyberattacks Spread by Their Employees

With today’s huge increase in phishing attacks. Many organizations still do not provide regular cybersecurity awareness training, some don’t even have a security solution.

A new report from security vendor, Mimecast, highlights the current issues surrounding social engineering attacks. Many surprising statistics help to explain why phishing attacks are successful and how they affect the organizations. The lack of training, security programs, and an increase in remote work all play a role.

  • 51% of organizations have been impacted by ransomware in the last year
  • 58% saw an increase in phishing attacks
  • 82% have experienced downtime from an attack

These numbers show that many businesses are not prepared when it comes to cybersecurity. There has been an increase in phishing attacks, especially targeting remote workers who might be more vulnerable. Even though organizations know that the numbers are getting worse, statistics show that its their own employees that are responsible

  • 60% of organizations have had their own employees spread malicious emails
  • 55% do not provide regular security awareness training
  • 41% do not even have a system in place to monitor for phishing scams

Organizations need to take the security measures necessary to protect against phishing attacks. Which starts with a cyber security solution.

Ostra Cybersecurity has a solution that provides 24/7 proactive protection to all employees, regardless of where they are located. Ostra extends multiple layers of protection around the Internet Service Provider hardening the defenses and creating active barriers preventing criminals’ access to employee’s hardware and company data.

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Hackers Selling Stolen Customer Information Online

Frost & Sullivan is a business consulting firm in Silicon Valley, who thought their private information was safe from the hands of hacking groups. Next thing they knew, all their sensitive employee and customer information was for sale, on the dark web.

Frost & Sullivan is a globally recognized consulting firm with offices all around the world. They offer information such as marketing research and analysis, among other things.

A hacking group known as “KelvinSecurity Team” managed to find a way into the Frost & Sullivan database by finding a vulnerability in the defense. The breach happened because of a mis-configured backup directory on the consulting firms cloud server. After finding a way to access the databases, the hacking group put the stolen data on an online hacker forum to sell.

The stolen data includes information on employee and customers, first and last names, emails and usernames, and passwords. In other words, a fortunes worth of information for a hacking group. Many hashed passwords can be easy for these groups to decipher. Giving whoever has the information access to the Frost & Sullivan’s database, as an employee.

The last thing you want is your company’s private information for sale on the dark web. Where many cybercriminals have access to it. It is important to have a security solution in place, as there are more cyberattacks then ever before.

Ostra Cyber Security offers a solution that uses the same security products that protect large businesses, for businesses of any size. Ostra’s solution has active defense that immediately responds to threats. It also provides insurance against human error or opening a phishing scam on accident.

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News source: https://bit.ly/2DiThyJ

Smaller Companies are Bigger Targets for Cybercriminals

It is a common misbelief that cybercriminals primarily pursue high-profile targets like airlines, car manufacturers, or hospitals. However, the media only reports the attacks that will create a lot of attention and make a good headline while ignoring the attacks on smaller operations.

Analysts who have been documenting cybercriminals during the pandemic say that “they are hitting lesser-known targets harder, especially those closely linked with big, influential companies”. By targeting smaller businesses, hackers aim to disrupt the operations of other companies related to where the actual hack took place. Small businesses with many clients are the most vulnerable for ransomware attacks. Because when an attack happens, the victim’s business is under a lot more pressure from its clients. This will increase the odds that the cybercriminals get their money while creating downtime that will cost the victim more than the ransom payment alone.

More than 60% of ransomware attacks in 2019 targeted small/medium-sized businesses

It is more important now than ever for smaller businesses to protect themselves with the same level of cybersecurity as the big businesses. Ostra Cyber Security offers a Fortune 100 caliber solution, that is simple to deploy and use whether you’re 20 people or 2000.

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If you think your business is safe from cyber-attacks, think again. The company that makes your car just fell victim to one.

Honda, one of the top global car manufacturers, has just experienced a cyber attack on its global operations. More specifically a file-encrypting ransomware attack, which was made to encrypt files and demand a ransom. This caused Honda to temporarily shut down production facilities as well as their financial services and customer service operations. However, there was no reported evidence to show a loss or theft of personal identifiable information. This temporary network shut down, which lasted for a couple of days, resulted in the loss of important business and profits in a time where most companies rely on online traffic.

It is not a coincidence that this cyber-attack occurred during this time when most employees are working from home. A CEO of a nationally recognized cybersecurity platform said that “The coronavirus pandemic has created a sizable remote workforce which has increased businesses’ attack surfaces and heightened existing vulnerabilities”. With today’s increased risk of a cyber-attack, it is important to have cybersecurity that will protect your network and information immediately when faced with a threat. Ostra Cyber Security provides active defense protection for your businesses’ data and acts immediately instead of monitoring and alerting as many antiviruses do. If it can happen to Honda, it could happen to you.


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