73 percent of IT security professionals believe countries with government-mandated encryption backdoors are more susceptible to nation-state attacks. The Venafi survey on government-mandated encryption backdoors evaluated the opinions of 517 IT security professionals attending the RSA Conference 2019. “This is a tense moment for industry professionals because they know backdoors make our critical infrastructure more…

There is a significant enthusiasm for a federal privacy law amid organizations’ lack of ability to comply with data privacy rules stemming from both mushrooming government regulations and complex data sharing agreements between companies. Organizations are also overconfident in knowing where private data resides, and tend to use inadequate tools such as spreadsheets to track…

As organizations embrace the cloud and new digital initiatives such as the IoT, blockchain and digital payments the use of trusted cryptography to protect their applications and sensitive information is at an all-time high. With corporate data breaches making the headlines on an almost daily basis, the deployment of an overall encryption strategy by organizations…

IT security’s greatest inhibitor to success is contending with too much security data. To address this challenge, 47 percent of IT security professionals acknowledged their organization’s intent to acquire advanced security analytics solutions that incorporate machine learning (ML) technology within the next 12 months. Such investments help to mitigate the risks of advanced cyberthreats missed…

In 2018, SonicWall recorded the decline of cryptojacking, but more ransomware, highly targeted phishing, web application attacks and encrypted attacks. The company’s annual threat report, compiled based on threat intelligence obtained from 1+ million sensors around the world, marks a: 217.5 percent increase in IoT attacks in 2018 (compared to 2017) 11 percent increase in…

Companies have low visibility into their public cloud environments, and the tools and data supplied by cloud providers are insufficient. Lack of visibility can result in a variety of problems including the inability to track or diagnose application performance issues, inability to monitor and deliver against service-level agreements, and delays in detecting and resolving security…

Cybercriminals are continuously using new strategies to get past email security gateways, with brand impersonation being used in 83 percent of spear-phishing attacks, while 1 in 3 business email compromise attacks are launched from Gmail accounts. Sextortion scams, a form of blackmail that makes up 10 percent of all spear-phishing attacks, continue to increase. Employees…