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CyBourn Announces the Launch of Their New Website
News | 15 APR, 2021
CyBourn Announces the Launch of Their New Website
We are very excited to announce the launch of our newly designed website.,After months of hard work and dedication from ,Insomniac Design,, we are delighted to officially announce the launch on 22 March 2021. We wanted to make the new website faster, easier to navigate, and more user-friendly.,As a leader in the cybersecurity industry, it is important for us to make information regarding our thought leadership, services, and trends easily accessible for our current and prospective clients. We endeavour to provide our clients with the most accurate, up-to-date information and share our knowledge and expertise in the field of cybersecurity, MDR, penetration testing and cybersecurity awareness training.,Our goal with this new website is to provide our visitors an easier way to learn about CyBourn’s services and to browse information based on their own choice of blogs, news, or press. The new website gives better access to information about our services, as well as improved pages for our partners and a forthcoming Knowledge Centre hub.,Our current and prospective clients will find useful information about our services on the homepage of our website. Amongst the new features the site contains integrated social media buttons for ,Facebook,, ,Twitter, and ,Linkedin, to foster improved communication on social media. We will be constantly updating our content with helpful information, cutting edge thought leadership, company announcements and client successes in the Blog, News and Press section.,We would also like to thank ,Insomniac Design, for their hard work and energy to make this site what it is – we wholeheartedly recommend them! If you have any questions, suggestions, feedback, or comments on our new site please ,contact us,.,
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3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Cybersecurity Posture
Blog | 17 FEB, 2021
3 Simple Ways to Improve Your Cybersecurity Posture
Cybersecurity is one of the most crucial aspects organisations today must deal with. Since the move to work from home a year ago due to the global pandemic, every day we are constantly feeding information about ourselves into our devices. If that information falls into the wrong hands it can be used to steal from us or mine our organisation’s data. This is a scary fact, and a very real one; without the right knowledge and precautions you could be one of the millions of people who is the victim of a cyber-crime this year. That is where CyBourn can help.,If you are looking to improve your cybersecurity and protect your data from hackers and fraudsters, here are the three easiest ways to do so:,Learn more,One of the easiest ways to improve your cybersecurity is to simply learn more about it. This knowledge will make you more aware of how you use your company devices, where you store critical business information and what to avoid. Learning about cybersecurity can be achieved on many levels; you could improve your cyber security awareness by taking a course. Additionally, you could watch documentaries, and read the small print of your device agreements carefully to understand exactly what happens to your data when you input it into your device.,Update your device,Many people avoid updating their devices to the latest software available. Do you avoid it? This happens because, frankly, it can be an annoyance to have to wait for your phone or laptop to update; plus, newer operating systems are often weightier on your storage. Nevertheless, updating your device at the earliest convenience is one of the simplest ways to increase the effectiveness of its cybersecurity. Every time an operating system is reinvented, its cybersecurity will be fortified; this is because the more developers learn about hacker behaviour, the more they can stand up to it. If your device doesn’t have the latest version of its operating system, it will be more easily attacked in a breach of your data.,Install an antivirus extension on your computer,Antivirus software can be expensive, but not as expensive as a potential misuse of your data! Installing antivirus software on your device means that the device will regularly be scanned for bugs, cookies and junk files. Not only does this type of program strengthen your cybersecurity, but it can also lengthen the life of your device by clearing junk, duplicates and cookies from its hard drive on a regular basis. This frees up storage space and helps your computer operate more efficiently.,If you are unsure about the cost of antivirus software, make sure to search for discounts and deals on reputable antivirus extensions. Usually, these extensions require an annual fee that can be broken down into more manageable chunks.,Final thoughts,To conclude, cybersecurity is of the utmost importance for anyone who uses smart devices for business, work or pleasure – and let’s face it, that’s most people! Use this advice to implement easy changes into the way you use your business devices and stay safe online!,At ,CyBourn,, we have a range of services that can help, giving you full peace of mind when it comes to your cybersecurity posture. We are a global cybersecurity company with a mission to address challenges in technologies and operations in cyberspace. We increase protection by providing forward-thinking transparent services for threat detection, prevention, and response.,To find out more, ,talk to us today,.
The True Cost of Cyber-Attacks & How to Protect Your Business Against Them
Blog | 9 FEB, 2021
The True Cost of Cyber-Attacks & How to Protect Your Business Against Them
According to a recent study undertaken by Barclays Bank the average cost of each cyber-attack is more than £1,000 per attack, and 29% of cyber-attacks and attempts against small businesses and SME’s are successful. What’s more, 10.6% of those who took part in the study revealed that they had been victims of a cyber-attack, and 8.58% of these had to make staff redundant to cover the cost of what happened to them. With 43% of all cyber-attacks and hacking attempts being against small businesses and SME’s, this is an area that is fast become one that can no longer be ignored.,What is a cyber-attack?,A cyberattack is any criminal act against computers and networks and is often called hacking. It can also cover more traditional crimes conducted through the internet. Some common types of cyber-attacks against businesses can include computer system attacks, malware, ransomware, business identity theft, phishing, web based and denial of service (DDoS) attacks.,These kinds of cyber-attacks have the potential to inflict enormous damage to growing businesses, especially those who operate on small margins. However, many small businesses and SME’s do not have this as one of their main priorities, with other areas such as HR, accounts and investor pitching often taking precedence.,The Growing Sophistication of Cyber-attack on Organisations Today,With cyber-attacks continuing to increase at an alarming rate and evolve beyond disruption towards specific objectives such as targeted data theft, they are now becoming more and more sophisticated. As such, traditional approaches to cyber-security are fast becoming ineffective. Perimeter based security, detecting and blocking what comes in and out of the environment, is no longer adequate in stopping cyber-attacks.,2021 is fast becoming the year in which CEO’s can no longer ignore the growing cyber threat. Cybersecurity and the prevention of cyber-attack is now everyone’s responsibility.,Securing your business from cyber-attacks,Regardless of what industry your business operates in or the size of your business there are some simple steps you can take to help safeguard against potential cyber-attacks.,Ensure your systems are up to date at all times, – While there are many valid reasons why small businesses and SME’s struggle to keep their systems up to date including the cost of doing this, ensuring you are running the latest version of Windows, Mac OS and other software is crucial. By updating your systems on a regular basis major issues are often fixed, and you are less likely to be compromised by a cyber-attack.,Ensure your systems are up to date at all times, – While there are many valid reasons why small businesses and SME’s struggle to keep their systems up to date including the cost of doing this, ensuring you are running the latest v$,Back up, back up, back up and back up again ,– while in the past backing up company data was a laborious process, cloud storage solutions today are affordable, simple and fast. There are huge benefits to storing your data on the cloud and while there is still a small risk that these can still be compromised your data will be protected against certain types of cyber-attacks such as ransomware.,Knowledge is Key: Educate Your Staff, – the more training and awareness that your staff have of cyber fraud, the better equipped they will be to safeguard against potential attacks. With small businesses and SME’s being more reliant and dependent on the internet than ever before, it is vital that you train all your staff to be cyber aware at a minimum.,Conduct regular risk assessments, – while there is much you can do to help protect your systems and business from cyber fraud internally, having regular risk assessments undertaken by a professional may highlight any areas that may have been overlooked. Cyber Essentials is a great place to start for this.,Introduce a password policy, – insecure passwords can often be an organisation’s weakest link, so review these regularly. Introduce a password policy that forces your employees to change their passwords frequently.,How is the cybersecurity industry developing its skill set to combat this growing threat?,Despite the cyber skills gap that exists today, the UK government and many leading organisations are working together to ensure the next generation of security professionals have the skills and expertise to stay one step ahead of hackers. Since the UK Cybersecurity strategy was rolled out in 2011, several measures and organisations have been developed and launched to help combat the growing cyber threat. These include:,The launch of the National Cyber Security Centre ,– in response to the ever-growing threat of cyber-attacks, the UK government in conjunction with GCHQ launched the National Cyber Security Centre. Based in London, the centre aims to be at the forefront of the cybersecurity industry by providing relevant, timely and up to the minute responses to the latest malware, ransomware, and other sophisticated cyber-attacks.,Training neurodiverse individuals for a career in cybersecurity ,– studies have shown that neurodiverse adults, such as those who are on the autistic spectrum, are well suited to a career in cybersecurity. In Worcester, Dr Emma Philpott has set up a Community Cybersecurity Operations Centre (SOC) which is being used as a training centre for neurodiverse individuals in cybersecurity. It also operates services to protect vulnerable adults who are commonly targeted by cyber criminals. By tapping into the neurodiverse community, the cyber skills gap can be addressed and opportunities given to these individuals to have a meaningful career that they wouldn’t have otherwise had.,Getting young people interested in cybersecurity and programming ,– the key to developing the cybersecurity professionals of the future is to get them interested in cybersecurity while at school, and to help with this the Cybersecurity Challenge was born. The Cybersecurity Challenge UK is a set of learning programmes, networking events and competitions that run all over the UK which are designed to identify leading cybersecurity talent and to encourage young people to be more cyber aware and consider becoming cybersecurity professionals. Through this medium the next generation of cybersecurity talent can be found, nurtured, and developed.,Ensure the cybersecurity supply chain is protected ,– everyone has a smartphone, tablet or computer and the components used to make these are very similar. As other devices are developed and made it is essential that security practices, operations and methods that supply chains use are audited and reviewed regularly. Cyber essentials is a great way to show that you’re your organisation takes cybersecurity seriously, and having this accreditation can open doors for companies to trade with the government, councils and the MOD.,Training, education and cyber awareness ,– the growing cyber threat cannot be combated without raising awareness of the seriousness of cybersecurity. It is critical that this is done without hype but also with the aim of ensuring that cybersecurity is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone should have access to tools that will help them to protect their homes, companies but most importantly of all, to protect themselves against potential cyber-attacks. Educating the general public about cyber-attack will help awareness about the growing cyber threat cascade into offices, schools, further education establishments and even further afield.,The development of a cyber workforce that is strong and robust, – if cybersecurity is to be at the heart of education it should be heavily promoted via science subjects, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM subjects) to ensure that those with a strong interest in cybersecurity can develop and utilise their skills to enter a career in the cybersecurity industry. Utilising the strong talent that exists in hacker communities should be a top priority.,Final thoughts,The growing threat from cyber-attacks is not going to disappear any time soon, therefore organisations need to embrace this and ensure they are as prepared as they can be against cyber-attacks. With a few simple steps and training, you can successfully protect your business against cyber fraud.,At ,CyBourn,, we have a range of services that can help, giving you full peace of mind when it comes to your cybersecurity posture. We are a global cybersecurity company with a mission to address challenges in technologies and operations in cyberspace. We increase protection by providing forward-thinking transparent services for threat detection, prevention, and response.,To find out more, ,talk to us today,.
The Importance of a Robust Cybersecurity Awareness Programme
Blog | 7 FEB, 2021
The Importance of a Robust Cybersecurity Awareness Programme
Human error plays a big part in many security breaches – ,more than 90% according to a recent study by the ICO,. It is therefore little wonder that organisations are looking at cybersecurity awareness training programmes.,Cybercrime is big business today and no area of the world has been untouched by this growing threat. Every day there are a myriad of headlines to read about the latest cyber-attacks, data breaches and global mayhem that has been inflicted from this. No organisation is immune from the threat of ransomware, phishing or CEO fraud; according to the ,Ninth Annual Cost of Cybercrime study released by Accenture and the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of cybercrime has increased $1.4 million over the past year to $13.0 million. In addition, the average number of security breaches in the last year have also risen by 11%.,With new threats emerging daily, organisations can no longer rely on their technological defences to keep them safe. With cybercriminals using sophisticated social engineering techniques to by-pass defences, all it takes is for one employee to unknowingly click on a malicious link. All organisations and their staff are at risk.,Employees are the first line of defence against cybercrime, and it is vital they are equipped with all the knowledge and skills they need to protect organisations from cyber-attacks. This is where a comprehensive Cybersecurity Awareness Programme comes in, it is the best way to educate staff and create a security-first culture.,How are organisations at risk online?,Quite often attacks on organisations, especially large ones, are planned and calculated. Those who target data, networks and systems often have an express aim to obtain specific information.,Busy employees often don’t have time to learn best practice when it comes to cybersecurity. Those working in departments such as finance, HR and planning usually have intense workloads, so it is important they can work efficiently and quickly without their online safety being compromised in any way.,Often mistakes are made by those who aren’t educated in cybersecurity and can’t spot threats to their data, but even the most educated person in cybersecurity can make mistakes that cause huge data breaches.,Organisations need to look at limiting the risk of human error being a factor in cyber-attacks as much as possible. Two factor authentication can be a solution for staff who reuse static or simple passwords that can be stolen through brute force attacks.,In addition, there are many jobs today that involve sitting at the same desk. It is therefore important to secure your network when you have staff members logging on from multiple devices and locations. They need to get access to their files from anywhere but can’t risk those files being accessed by unauthorised users.,Data is the new oil,The information belonging to organisations is often very precious and well coveted to the right people. Hackers often look for more substantial data than credit card numbers or personal information. It is therefore important that organisations ensure no-one other than authorised users can access private information.,It is also critical that IT staff ensure their colleagues aren’t accessing websites that are compromised from their network. A web filtering system is one way to try to stay on top of sites that could potentially be harmful. The filter will update with sites that have been flagged as dangerous or compromised, and block users from accessing them.,To help employees be more cyber aware, at ,CyBourn, we believe that a successful cyber awareness program should address the following 3 areas:,1. Identify and Mitigate Risks,When creating an effective security awareness programme, you should evaluate the threat landscape and identify the top risks. Bombarding employees with the wrong training can often result in information overload. Every organisation has a different threat profile but some of the biggest threats include malware, phishing and poor security practices. Phishing attempts is behind at least 71% of all cyber-attacks worldwide, with the common denominator behind these attacks being human error.,Taking time to identify the risks each organisation faces will help with shaping the delivery, messaging, and effective targeting of a successful cybersecurity awareness program.,2. Change the behaviour of employees,Training methods have changed dramatically in the last ten years or so. With organisations no longer restricted to classroom-based training or tick-box one day course to demonstrate cybersecurity compliance, the scope for online training is much larger than before.,For any training programme to be successful employees need to be fully engaged with it to understand what is required of them and the importance of their role in the security of their organisation. The best way to achieve this is through a comprehensive training programme that makes good use of videos, realistic scenarios, quizzes, policies, and real-world phishing simulation tests.,3. Test the effectiveness of Training,At the very start of a cybersecurity awareness program organisations should conduct an initial baseline assessment to see where their risks lie. Once this has been conducted, regular phishing email simulations can be rolled out to find out just how much the department is susceptible to fraudulent phishing emails. What is more, it will be possible to identify any staff who need additional training. Having controlled simulation tests will help recognise avoid and report potential threats that could threaten the security of the department. Employees should be able to report potential threats if they have clicked on something they shouldn’t have without fear.,Final Thoughts,Determining if a cybersecurity awareness program is effective is the key to its success, and any organisation will need to track the metrics that come from the program and act accordingly. Having a detailed reporting structure will provide specific information on participation and engagement and help to assess the individual progress of individual employees or specific departments.,With 1 in 3 UK based businesses falling victim to a cybersecurity breach or attack in the last 12 months, and with 4 out of 5 of those being directly attributed to human error, cybersecurity awareness training is now more vital than ever. Every organisation should consider implementing a robust cybersecurity awareness training programme to limit the risk of human error when it comes to preventing cyber-attacks.,At CyBourn, we have a range of services that can help your cybersecurity awareness programme, giving you full peace of mind when it comes to your cybersecurity posture. We are a global cybersecurity company with a mission to address challenges in technologies and operations in cyberspace. We increase protection by providing forward-thinking transparent services for threat detection, prevention, and response.,To find out more, ,talk to us today,.
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