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The True Cost of DoS Attacks

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The True Cost of DoS Attacks

There's a high price to pay for DoS attacks in 2020. With costs rapidly rising, what is the best IT security strategy?

A Denial of Service (DoS) attack can seriously derail any business with a digital presence. These attacks are still prevalent in 2020 and the cost is rapidly rising. Even a small company could lose up to $120,000 after experiencing its effects.

According to a report from Bulletproof, the price tag on a DoS attack has risen to over $2 million for enterprise companies. Defending against these threats can actively save your business money and time.

Although some instances reflect the lowering of DoS ransoms, cyber attackers are easily generating a greater impact with new strategies. As a result, budgeting for the best tools to shield your business from these attacks delivers much more upside.

The most direct result of a DoS attacks is lost sales. However, DoS attacks can also be used to hide more damaging breaches of data. If sensitive customer information or financial data is lost, you may also be legally liable, which significantly increases the price of the breach.

Other indirect costs of an attacks include replacing hardware, but also employee time. Many won’t be able to work until service is back, and others who can help fix the problem will need to work extra overtime. You may need to hire outside help if the attack persists, and customer service people will be inundated with more calls and emails than normal.

The Best Cybersecurity Strategy for 2020

What are the best protections for DoS? Internal IT employees should ensure that all servers are only publicly available for necessary functions, and when further secured with SSH, firewalls on all endpoints, SSL, and VPNs. Plan ahead for larger traffic accommodations than you think you need and employ a smart array of vulnerability testing technology to keep uptime at 100%.

Syxsense can inspect your company’s resources on a strict schedule and will patch software and hardware in real-time to automatically protect against zero-day vulnerabilities. An inclusive approach encompassing the OS, third-party apps, firewalls, router configurations, and more ensures vigilance against all attack vectors.

Robert Brown, Director of Services at Syxsense, notes that this comprehensive patching effort is required if companies want to deflect DoS cost-effectively.

“When every minute of downtime carries a five-figure price tag, patch management moves higher on the list of priorities for businesses in 2020,” Brown said.

Syxsense allows you to manage and secure vulnerabilities exposed by open ports, disabled firewalls, ineffective user account policies, and security compliance violations from remote workers. Gain visibility into OS and third-party vulnerabilities while increasing cyber resilience through automated patch management and vulnerability scanning.

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Why Realtime Security is Crucial

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Why Realtime Security is Crucial

As cyberattacks continue to grow, it's important to improve your network security with more than just anti-virus software.
This article originally appeared on TechWorm

Cyberattacks are rapidly growing as a global threat.

With more complex and powerful attacks, actors are in a control of massive amounts of resources, including username and password data dumps that can be used for ransomware, distributed denial-of-service (DDoS), and data breach attacks against target networks.

Cybersecurity should be an essential part of business operations. Falling prey to cyberattacks cause loss of intellectual property and reputation damage with significant financial ramifications. Data protection regulations can impact significant fines on companies that fail to protect customer data.

What’s in store for cyberattacks in 2019?

Experiencing an attack is not “if,” but “when.” Any device that connects to your network has a high chance of being attacked. Attackers also leverage automation to carry out their attempts.

Researchers predict there will be more than 20 billion connected Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices by 2020. Without taking action, you expose yourself to data breaches, overall outage, and loss of intellectual property. Hackers exploit the weakest link to access devices and anything with access to the internet can create a vulnerability.

What kind of threats are expected?

Ransomware, data breaches, and DDoS attacks. With control over botnets, attackers can continuously carry out these attacks. Not only are millions of username and password combinations available in the black, but users are recycling passwords and hackers can use this data to breach other systems.

Attackers can also intimidate companies with data breaches or website defacement to make them non-compliant. Not protecting private information can create large fines from government agencies. GDPR fines can cost as much as €10 million in Europe, or 2% of the worldwide annual revenue, whichever is higher. Attackers are capitalizing on this fear to coerce companies into paying fees to prevent exploits.

How can companies protect themselves?

Installing antivirus and anti-malware software on each endpoint isn’t enough. However, improving network security with firewalls prevents traffic from reaching their networks. Educating staff on the proper use of resources and how to avoid falling victim to social engineering attacks also helps.

Syxsense provides a comprehensive IT management solution that allows IT managers to easily manage any part of their infrastructure. With a simple, clean user interface we have reduced the complexity of visualizing and managing your network.

If critical updates are released, patches must be immediately deployed to ensure that affected systems are kept secure. Our users leverage automated patch deployment to ensure that all devices, including IoT, are up-to-date and free from vulnerabilities.

What is the benefit of Realtime Security?

Attackers are constantly examining networks—mitigation and response processes should always be running. If you aren’t tracking suspicious processes, your antivirus solution and firewall won’t protect you if your data is just an hour behind.

Syxsense Realtime Security pulls live data from thousands of devices, direct to a web console, in seconds. By eliminating stale data, IT management and security decisions are based on what is happening right now, not in the past.

If device scans are run at night when devices are offline, hidden behind a firewall or roaming, security and IT teams have an incomplete view of their environment. Realtime Security eliminates blind spots enabling teams to manage their environment with 100% visibility.

With no steep learning curve, Realtime Security’s simple to learn web interface leverages AI, and empowers teams with the information and skill to act instantly.

Why juggle multiple consoles for device and security management? In a single place, security and IT operations can understand their exposed security risk, patch, deploy software, stop security breaches, satisfy compliance agencies and more.

Whether organizations are looking for endpoint security or IT management capabilities, including patch managementsoftware distribution and remote control, Realtime Security is the only cloud-based approach to security and systems management which enables 10-second endpoint visibility and control thousands of devices.

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BadRabbit: Newest Ransomware to Target Corporate Networks

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Updated 10/25/17 at 09:51am 

Ransomware Alert: BadRabbit is the New NotPetya

A new ransomware attack from the actors behind ExPetr/NotPetya has jumped into the spotlight. The outbreak began in Russia, infecting big Russian media outlets, but it has already spread. Several US and UK firms, with corporate entities in the Ukraine and Russia, have already been infected. An increase of US infections is expected. BadRabbit is currently running wild over Europe, thanks to its close ties to the source region.

The US computer emergency readiness team has released a statement and “discourages individuals and organizations from paying the ransom, as this does not guarantee that access will be restored.”

Several security agencies are reporting that a false Adobe Flash Update is the infection method. Without utilizing exploits, the ‘drive-by’ attack tricks the victim into downloading the fake installer from a convincing website. The victim, assuming it is a legitimate Flash update, then manually launches the .exe file. From there, BadRabbit has a hold of the device and can spread to more devices on the connected network.

There are several recommended steps for stopping the spread of this new ransomware. The first step is to disable WMI Service to prevent the hopping of ransomware throughout your connected networks. It may be inconvenient, but especially if you have offices in the Ukraine or Russia, disabling that connection could be the key to preventing your entire company from being infected.

There is also now a ‘vaccine’ for BadRabbit. The security researcher Amit Serper posted his findings on Twitter.

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The tweet reads: “I can confirm – Vaccination for #badrabbit: Create the following files c:windowsinfpub.dat && c:windowscscc.dat – remove ALL PERMISSIONS (inheritance) and you are now vaccinated.“

With a software distribution solution, like Syxsense, you can easily deploy this file to every device you manage. Utilizing the simple deployment wizard, you can have a task running in seconds to protect your environment.

Another important step to protect yourself from ransomware is to have a rigorous patching strategy in place. Syxsense ensures the security of your content. We have both Microsoft updates and the industry’s leading library of third-party updates.

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We obtain all our content directly from their source and don’t change the code. The update you deploy through our patch manager is the same one you would get directly from the vendor. The difference is we put logic around the update to ensure an accurate deployment.

Ransomware attacks have picked up in the last few months, and will only get more bold and pervasive. Protect your company and environments by implementing Syxsense.

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