Security for the future  

Cybercrime continues to be a global threat and should be something everyone, and especially every decision maker, whether at the corporate or national level should be focussing on. A recent article by the World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2020 states, “over the next 10 years, cyberattacks will be the second greatest risk businesses will face”.  

A recent assessment by INTERPOL of the global cyberthreat landscape shows cybercriminals are evolving their attacks at an alarming pace, exploiting the fear and uncertainty caused by the unstable social, economic and health situation around the world.   

Previously, having an internet firewall, PC antivirus, and email filtering were more than sufficient in protecting businesses. However much has changed since. Employees are using different platforms and personal devices to access company data, therefore there are more points of risk to consider. Data can easily be leaked outside of your organisation, devices that connect to sensitive business information can be lost or stolen, and people can make mistakes. It’s imperative for organisations to build a secure organisation during this time.  

Many people and organisations underestimate the threat and likelihood of becoming the next victim against cybercrime. The effects of cybercrime can be extremely damaging, and just as devastating as physical crimes, leaving a powerful impact on individuals and organisations globally.  

Cybercriminals are targeting end users in increasingly sophisticated ways including advanced phishing attacks which are harder than ever to recognise (ransomware twists the power of encryption to work against you). These individuals are taking critical files hostage and social engineering attacks can take advantage of people who are just trying to be productive. 

Law enforcement agencies worldwide are actively investigating cybercrimes with the aim of prosecuting cybercriminals. Although agencies and organisations around the world are doing more to protect you online, it’s critical to address this threat and create barriers of entries with immediate action.  

Microsoft has invested in Azure native security capabilities that organisations can leverage to proactively prevent and defeat cyberattacks. In our latest IT Landscape Report, we discuss these options and what organisations and employees can do to prevent cyberattacks, along with an insight into the leading technology which can help, detect and prevent possible attacks, including:  

Microsoft Defender for Business, Cloud Apps, and IoT.  

Microsoft Defender for Cloud adds a new application governance capability providing security and policy management to help identify, alert, and protect against risky behaviour across data, users, and applications. Microsoft Defender for IoT integrates with Microsoft 365 Defender to bring IoT protection into the same workflow as the rest of your XDR. 

Cloud-native SIEM using Azure Sentinel. 

The integrated AI technology investigates all suspicious activity for the organisation, backed by decades of cybersecurity research at Microsoft. Security and IT department  need to get more done, faster, with less budget. On-premises SIEM solutions can’t keep up with these demands and are expensive to maintain. By embracing a cloud-native SIEM like Azure Sentinel, you can save money and enable your security operations team to be more effective. 

Passwordless authentication, biometric and multi-factor authentication.  

Biometric authentication. Consider using touch ID and facial recognition rather than weak legacy passwords. Multi-factor authentication (MFA) provides that extra layer of security to prevent any cyber breaches by using mobile push with a local PIN. 

Download your FREE IT Landscape Report here to find out more and discover how to protect your oragnisation and employees.   

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