Security Roundup: Cyber Insurance, Malware Spikes, NTT Security-ThreatQuotient

Cybersecurity Shield

… totaling nearly 20,000 when China’s President Xi visited Mar-a-Lago, and North Korea fired test missiles.

Trojans, often disguised as legitimate software, dominated the malware landscape, with 41 percent of Comodo detections. Applications exhibiting malicious, unsafe or undesirable behavior came in second place at nearly 25 percent. And backdoors were the third-most detected form of malware at slightly more than 10 percent.

“The challenge for the IT channel is that it sits in the middle of the supply chain, not in the most enviable position to wield leverage in pursuit of making IT less vulnerable to these wide-ranging types of malware,” Carlos Solari, Comodo’s vice president of cybersecurity services, tells Channel Partners. “The channel is neither the OEM nor the large enterprise that can wield the power of large purchasing capacity. The opportunity is to find leverage. The goal is to make IT less susceptible to the malware in its many forms (virus/worm/trojan/RAT/package). Consider the idea that recycling old and often EOL (meaning unpatched) software is an opportunity to remove the target.”

Entry-Level Employees Pose Security Risk

Nearly half of entry-level employees don’t know if their company has a cybersecurity policy, and employees at all levels likely are unaware of the IT security threats their companies potentially face, according to a new survey by Clutch. The company polled 1,000 full-time employees to understand how companies invest in IT security and how well employees understand and follow their companies’ IT security policies.

Nearly two-thirds (63 percent) said they don’t know if the quantity of IT security threats their companies face will increase or decrease over the next year. Also, among entry-level employees, 87 percent said they don’t know if the number of threats will shift in the next year.

IT security experts are quick to point out that employees’ lack of awareness puts companies at risk for breaches.

“Attacks will be more frequent, more voracious and more sophisticated in breaking through any protection you can put in place,” said Steve Scott-Douglas, CIO of Ciklum, a global software engineering and solutions company.

The survey also found that employees are less likely to recognize IT services as the primary area of security vulnerability at their companies; instead, they cited theft of company property as the primary threat to company security, ahead of unauthorized information and email phishing scams.

One way companies can drive awareness is through …

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