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The Aspects of Ransomware that you Might Know for Future

The Aspects of Ransomware that you Might Know for Future

The malicious threat of the IoT or the internet of things first encountered the ransomware in the year 2016. Since that time, people all over the world have been terrified by this malware. The reason for the terror? Ransomware, unlike other malware, does not affect the internal documents of the affected machines; rather, it locks out the accessibility of the system so that the users do not get to retrieve the data unless they transfer a specific amount of money in the account of the creator of the virus.

You can define it as a kidnapping of the data where the owners of the lost documents have to pay money to get their classified data back, failing of which can result in destruction, or even transferring the captured classified data in the hands of the organization’s competitors.  Having said this, it is duty of this written piece to make you, the reader, as well as the potential victim of the ransomware to acquaint with the areas of functions of the ransomware.

Ransomware, the popular WannaCry, recently turned the entire world upside down by hijacking the databases of many important services of the organizations like transport, healthcare and also the defense of many countries. The effect remained on for almost a week until the solution to this problematic invasion was devised out by the technical experts. Ransomware targets the devices which work in the arena of IoT devices like the home appliances, cars, toys which have the technological advantage of being able to connect to the internet.

No one wants to WannaCry

In the current event of WannaCry, the inglorious encrypting software encrypted the internal systems of the aforementioned databases of the organizational areas by locking up the channels of accessibility. A whopping $300 was charged by the hacker who claimed that after the money would be received throughBitcoin, a digital wallet for online transactions, by him, he would unlock the accessibility channels back in the hands of authorities.

At this juncture, it is important to be mentioned that the real mind(s) behind the creation of the ransomware is still untouched, but the Europol has reported that the hacker(s) could only earn a mere amount of $26,000 in their maiden feat of disrupting the services sectors of many developed countries.

Now, the internet is free from any such attack after the incident, but this brings the people to a set of some obvious question, viz., Can ransomware attack again in a global reach? Will it be possible to avert such threats in the future? The answer is very much YES.

Ransomware will not stop its spread after this incident, in fact, you may not know, there might be hundreds of it out there created already, waiting for the permission from the creators to take down the world, like literally. So what can you do to combat them? The answer lies in the adopting the method of 2FA on VPN for the internal security of the company’s digital working system. Only with the proper implementation of the Two-Factor Authentication, 2FA for Google Apps and also the Secure corporate Mails can save the data to get hacked by the digital cons.

Cybersecurity: Transform Mediocrity into Excellence

Cybersecurity: Transform Mediocrity into Excellence

A foolproof security requires the attention from the level of the management in any organization, whose work is completely depended on the digital platform of documentation. The demand is a basic demand of the National Standard for Information Security. At the heart of ISO 27001lies the very concept of strong leadership, which reciprocates that it is the basic duty of the top management of any organization to demonstrate for a quality leadership as well as a proper management of the information.

The underlying meaning is that it is the authorities who have to ensure the responsibility of securing the very environment of the classified data of the organization. Only an excellent secured platform for keeping the classified information safe can decide the future of the organization’s growth and development in the economy. The security of the information is dependent on the factors below:

  • It is the duty of the organization to educate the employees, the primal driving force of the company, with the aesthetics of keeping the classified information exclusive to their professional field. The concept of security matters can inculcate a sense of belonging within the conscience of the employees.
  • The implementation of C-Suite awareness at the top of the security level will ensure the effective mitigation. It is advisable to ignore the concept of security for security’s sake; rather, arbitrary and malleable controls of the security can, in turn, prove to be beneficial for the long run of the company’s future. It is wise to invest a good amount of the total investment capital of the business behind efficient security systems, rather than a temporary solution, like the trial packages of anti-virus software.
  • Implementing regular audits of the entire control of the business can also bring down the chances of the malicious attacks, which an organization faces in a single year, otherwise.
  • Providing ample amount of cash, investment and other resources in the form of physical security staff can save the company from getting affected from the clutches of malware can prove to be effective as well as efficient.
  • Make use of the effective tools like Two Factor Authentication, 2FA for Google Apps, 2FA on VPN and also the Secure corporate Mail.

Recruit a cyber security specialist for your company

Understanding the multitudinous facets of any company is the task no less than understanding the concept of rocket science. It is not abnormal for a business owner to understand the nitty gritty details of the company’s security. A basic idea of the need of the same is enough for him or her to get his or her company moving. But, this area of cyber security cannot be left unattended. So, it will be extremely beneficial for the company to make use of a cybersecurity specialist who can kill the frequent changes of the systems getting affected. There is a difference between a normal IT-hardware guy and a cyber security specialist, and only when you can recruit both of them; you can understand the difference of their roles and responsibilities in the professional field. In simple words, a cyber security specialist is also a hacker, who follows the concept of his job in an ethical way.

With a dedicated team of cyber security specialists, who can also conduct the regular audit of your entire system circuit’s connectivity, you can rest assured that you can save your company’s classified data from getting lost in the hands of your competitors. It is also the responsibility of the cyber security expert to ensure the activities of the employees of the company not breaching any company’s security wall. The experts’ independent and penetrative testing sessions are enough to assure this.

Also, keep in mind that…

  • Companies working under the specific jurisdiction of the economy must need to keep track of the legislative information of the governing bodies, like in the case of tax auditing. For the global companies, the need is somewhat restricted within the specific work structure. Certainly, restricts on the extraction of data can create severe misunderstandings between the authorities of the private as well as the public entities, so, make sure, as the owner of a private firm, you provide ample amount of co-operation to the public authorities.

Maintaining a security clearance activity frequently will also ensure the proper maintenance of the organization’s process of carrying on with its business in the cut-throat competition.

Phishing: An Insidious Threat to Financial Institutions

Phishing: An Insidious Threat to Financial Institutions

Phishing is a scam through which a person duped through the fake mails in order to get the important details such as account numbers and their passwords. Hijackers target the e-retailers, banks, credit card companies and other institutions and convince them to respond. Trojan keyloggers spyware is used to get hold on the important credentials direcrly. If we go with the records published by anti phishing working organizationfor the month of november, 17000 reports of unique phishing was received. Complained was registered for 1000 cases of password stealing. If we believe these numbers then the financial services are the ones which are frequently targetted accounting almost 90% of the total attacks.

Fortunately, availability of advanced technology and its effective execution has helped in thwarting the phishing attacks. Apart of that, if the companies become vigilant and identify and report such threats quickly by government intervention then the number of phishing cases can be reduced. Phishing is a kind of social engineering, where the victims are fooled and convinced to share the information, which should be kept secret. This information is further used to steal the money from the accounts. And the reason behind this mayhem is lack of awareness among the people. Awareness should be generated among the people, so that they may not get trapped in such scams.

Hijackers engage gimmicks that makes the scam looks real. They create the fake websites and make the person believe that mails are coming from the reliable sources. Vulnerabilities and short comings in the browsers like internet explorer allows the spoofing of websites through the phenomenon called as pharming.

Reasons behind growing the phishing cases are inappropriate authentication for the financial services are not strong and lead to the hijacking of a particular account and perpetrate identity theft. Internet also don’t have proper authentication for web and email.

There is a dire need of authentication program that helps in curbing these phishing scams. Appropriate tools and authentication is needed to safeguard the internet based financial and services. Process of authentication should be planned in a way that it remains consistent within the financial institutions ensuring safe e-commerce services and internet banking. Authentication level of a finance related apps should be in sync with the risk associated with that application. Generating awareness among the people and educating them about such scams can be of great help in avoiding such phishing scams. In order to ensure better security two factor authentication plays a major role. 2FA for VPN and 2 FA for Google apps can prevent various security breaches. Secure corporate Mails keywords is the another way of restricting the breach of security.

Strong Authentication Measures for Enhanced Mobile Security

Strong Authentication Measures for Enhanced Mobile Security

Advanced authentication (AA) or strong authentication doesn’t limit to a password for an authentication. Other factors are also needed to ensure that the person who is about to access a system is the one who is permitted to do that or not. Authentic is been done these days either by password or Personal Identification Number (PIN), or through the smart card even physical characteristics are also included for authentication such as speech recognition or fingerprint authentication.

Though all the types authentication mentioned above are not too safe and are prone to be hacked. Each method has its own limitation such as passwords could be cracked and smard card, either it may be stolen or a person can lost it. Authentication based upon physical characteristics proves to be the safest one but it is not easy to implement due to the high cost associated with it. Efforts are been made by the experts to make the authentication safer and stronger, hence steps are made to mingle all the methods of authentication and to generate one multifactor authentication.

In Two factor authentication, user need to add the secure ID and PIN token for logging in. ATM could be the best example of two factor authentication. 2FA on VPN and 2FA for Google apps can help you to make your system safer.

Three factor authentication is another way of securing the system. It could favorably be used in biometrics. Where in a person has to store the fingerprint information and they have to enter the PIN as well. Organizations should define the authentication based upon the access level and the overall responsibility and risk related with transactions level associated with the users.

Advanced methods of fraud detection such as device information and tracking of geographic location ensures that trusted devices in different locations are not easily accessed. Behavioral analysis is another safest mean of authentication. In this case the system takes the behaviour of the user in account and relate the authentication with it. Advanced forensic capabilities also helps in analytical process and constant monitoring.

Ensure that an eagle eye is kept on any kind of deviation from a normal behaviour and it should be tackled without compromising on security. Deviation may lead to the re-authentication of the user by system and will add that to database of audit for future analysis. Steps taken quickly in this regard can help in saving time and cost by reducing unnecessary complexities.

All these factors not just ensure two factor authentication but also helps to secure corporate mail keywords. 2FA for VPN and 2FA for Google apps helps in securing the apps as well.

It is recommended to have strong authentication but strong authentication shouldn’t be that strong that it doesn’t remain user friendly and they find it complex and inconvenient. Authentication should be planned in such a way that it doesn’t disruty the workflows, must leverage upon the existing mobile phones, smart cards and existing IDs for the secure and better access extension.

Apart of the measures mentioned above, there are some other measures that could be taken for better security and authentication, such as OTP authentication, it can easily get adjusted along with the organization’s use cases. For e-government and other high security cases PKI authentication is better, as it make use of the non transferable private encryption key which could be stored in the form of hardware token. OTP and PKI are used in different scenarios. Both type of authentication have got the approval from government regulations.

AuthShield is known for providing two factor authentication and multi factor authentication and ensures that the user has great experience. AuthShield has taken the password authentication to the new level by going away from the conventional method like lock pattern and password to the behavioural pattern of authentication. Authentication provided by the AuthShield can help a person to have secure corporate mail keywords and can integrate the authentication to the existing VPN, SAP and apps.

E-mail Security: An Overview of Threats and Safeguards

E-mail Security: An Overview of Threats and Safeguards

E-mails these days have become the widest and most popular way of communication. An e-mail records lots of information of a person, hence it is quite prone to hacking. By hacking just an e-mail the attackers can easily take control of the confidential information of an individual or an organisation as well. Major threats to the emails are listed below:

Malware: Malicious softwares such as Trojan horses, spyware and worms are used by the attackers to hack the emails. Malicious entities can take over the control of your emails and can control the user’s activities, misuse the important information and can harm a person’s image by performing malicious actions. Secure corporate mails and two factor authentication can help to avoid these threats.

Phishing and Spam: Spam is referred to the commercial emails, which are send in bulk to disrupt the activity of the user and productivity as well. It uses the IT resources and also spread the malware. Phishing is another way through which the user’s are deceived. Phishing mails ask users to share the sensitive informations such as their bank account details and ATM pin code in return of a huge cash amount.

Social Engineering: In this case the attackers use email spoofing and pretend to be a person which they are not. They masquerade to get out the important information.

Intervention by malicious intent: Malicious entities can take over the network of an organisation by attacking the mail server. Attacker in this case retrieve the password of the user and can takeover the network of the organisation.

Authorised users unintentional act: Sometime the authorised users unintentionally send the sensitive information through email, that can leave the organisation in embarrassment and can also lead to other threats and breach of security.

Security Measures: Safety measures are introduced to secure the emails. Measures such as two factor authentication, secure corporate mails, 2FA on VPN, 2FA for Google apps etc are taken to ensure better email security.

It is recommended that to ensure better security, organisation should implement following measures:

Implementation of Management Control: Security measures such as risk assessments, security procedures and policies, contingency planning, change control and configuration management, helps in maintaining effective operation and secure and better email system. On the other hand organisations should arrange the training of their employees and implement better awareness among them related to the security, so that social Engineering related hackings are avoided.

Careful Planning of the System Implementation:  Secure email system should be deployed only after conducting the systematic planning before configuring, deployment and installation. It should be ensured that security is induced in the system at the initial stage, so that security is maximized and risk and cost is minimised.

Securing the Application of Mail Server: Organisations should ensure that known vulnerabilities such as upgrades, configuration and patches should be avoided by installing the minimal mail server services. If the unnecessary applications, scripts or services are installed through the program then they should be immediately removed, after the completion of installation process. By securing the application mail server, upgrading and patching is done and the mail server application should be tested and checked periodically.

Securing Mail Client: The client side email possess major threat to the security. By considering various issues and addressing them properly threat to mail client may be reduced.

Securing Supporting Operating Environment: Mail clients and mail server being the primary components need extra secure supporting network. Components such as intrusion detection, prevention systems, routers and firewalls provide the protection between mail server and untrusted networks.

Securing mail system can further be ensured by backing up the data on regular basis. Mail server administrator should take the back up of data so that it’s integrity and security is maintained. Malware scanning is required along with the two factor authentication, so that emails system and server do not face any kind of threats. Users should be made aware of all the possible threats and secure corporate mails, so that security is never compromised.