As we are returning back to business, we wanted to share a couple of complimentary webinar sessions which you might have missed that shed more light on why the power and control of cybersecurity still lie within the human grasp.
A Technical Deep Dive for Security Awareness Training
In the first session, Vectra invited Knowbe4’s Deb Cidoni who revealed that our email filters have an average of 7-10% in terms of failure rates. Looking at the number alone should not necessarily cause panic, not until we bring in the fact that this is the percentage of all emails that digital security systems fail to recognise when they are filtering phishing messages, malware, and spams.
Knowbe4 stressed the importance of having a strong human firewall as our last line of defence. And through proper user behaviour training and education, you are guaranteed to get on track with getting your organisation as safe and well protected as possible.
If you would like your own complementary security awareness program, CLICK HERE.
To watch the webinar recording, CLICK HERE
From Vectra to Silicon Valley
Vectra also hosted Casey Ellis, Bugcrowd’s founder. Casey talked about his experience as a former Vectra team member and on how he transitioned from employee to entrepreneur taking his venture to Silicon Valley. He also discussed Bugcrowd’s unique yet effective crowdsourced approach in strengthening a framework’s defences that the likes of Google and Facebook are using.
Penetration testing is the act of ethically hacking into an organisation’s cybersecurity structure to identify the weak links and vulnerable areas that could potentially be used by cybercriminals for fraudulent acts. The results can then be used to determine the correct cybersecurity measures to fully safeguard its important data and information.
To watch the webinar recording, CLICK HERE
If you would like to explore penetration testing options for your organisation or you are due to undertake one, CLICK HERE.
Cybersecurity for Parents
Vectra’s Strategic Alliance Manager (and parent), Sara Nemer, is keen to share a personal experience on the importance of being a responsible user at home and on how we can protect our families while they are online.
The following is her narrative:
“After returning from the school break, I was checking in with the team and one of my colleagues mentioned that I should block a website called Omegle so my children can’t access it. It turned out that his 7-year-old son was exposed to highly inappropriate live content on this site, I was pretty shocked that his son was able to visit this site as my colleague is highly savvy when it comes to Cybersecurity.
Omegle is a website designed for site visitors to go on one-on-one chat or video call spree with strangers. And since it is free to use and requires no registration, people coming from all over the globe tend to flock this website to socialise and form new acquaintances. Needless to say, since it does not actively screen its participants or users, there is a constant risk of seeing and hearing extremely unsettling words and activities when using its services.
We strongly encourage you to block the said site and among other similar sites if you have children accessing the internet through your home devices.
You can find a list of recommendations of sites to consider blocking here
You may also want to look into parental locks and controls that are available in most gadgets sold in the market today or download an application with a similar purpose.
This incident raised a conversation among our team around the security measures that we should have in place especially for our children and the devices that they are using at home as you can imagine. You may want to check out Parentology.com for further information about these sites and their hazards.”
This directly translates into the work environment especially when your team are working in non-conducive work locations.
We recently assisted a client whose business caters to vulnerable clients with the same dilemma. And since content filtering is essential for them, we introduced Cisco Umbrella.
Web Content Filtering
Cisco Umbrella is a web content filtering solution that helps users adhere to internal policies and external regulations that their company enforces. It allows you to approve or block sites that your users access. The level of accessibility can also be customised for every experience and need of the user. With this, also comes the capacity to prevent a team member from entering sites that potentially carry malware or those that can serve as distractions from their work to ensure productivity.
To round off this entire section, we, the users, are our ultimate endgame because it is our actions that decide the dependability and efficacy of our cybersecurity. After all, there is no greater technology than human initiative and instinct.
For more information about Cisco Umbrella or other solutions that we can assist you with this challenge, reach out HERE.