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How should enterprises fill the rising talent gap in cybersecurity?

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The cyber threat landscape is one of the most talked-about issues, across industries, currently. The dynamic nature of cyberattacks automatically transforms cybersecurity to be the complete opposite of a stable function. Cybercriminals and hackers are trying to find new ways to attack enterprise systems almost every single second. Trends change quickly – yesterday’s threats can become outdated the next day and what works as a cybersecurity measure today may well have no effect tomorrow.

No wonder then, that cybersecurity as a core enterprise function struggles with the talent gap. A Frost & Sullivan report observed that the global cybersecurity workforce will have more than 1.5 million vacancies by 2020. To fill this gap, enterprises need to be agile and think on their feet to procure cybersecurity talent.

If they don’t, it is more than likely that the consequences could be disastrous – faced with mounting cybersecurity threats of varied nature and dimensions, an enterprise could end up with unskilled personnel to deal with a real threat.

So how can enterprises find a sustainable solution to fill this gap?

Some pointers that enterprises can consider are –

Look beyond degrees

Cyberthreats and the knowledge to defend the enterprise against them are always outsmarting each other. The continuously changing nature of the cybersecurity threat landscape means that the knowledge on how to fight these threats is also ever-changing. That inherently means that this is not a skill or talent that can be really gauged by conventional degrees.

Hence, instead of conforming to norms and force-fitting cybersecurity graduates, enterprises must broaden their horizons. They must instead look beyond degrees and identify the inherent traits required to solve cybersecurity problems when they hire employees.

Look for a culture fit

To invest in good, reliable cybersecurity personnel, enterprises must identify certain cultural traits and aim for hiring along those lines. Candidates must be inquisitive with a knack for problem-solving and going into the depth of problems to understand them. They should be good at pressure handling and should always have a back-up plan. But, most importantly, they must have a bent of mind towards cybersecurity, understanding its significance, its importance and exhibiting cyber-secure behaviour in their own actions.

Invest in certifications

The best way to keep up with changing cybersecurity trends is to ensure personnel take certification courses which help them stay updated. Many organizations offer such certifications as a part of their Learning & Development calendar. To develop skill sets in the IT security domain for partner workforces, Seqrite also offers certification courses like Seqrite Certified Endpoint Security Professional and Seqrite Certified UM Professional, enabling professionals to demonstrate product features, configure security policies and deploy products in standard environments.

Develop and maintain strategic objectives

Ultimately, considering the criticality of cybersecurity for an enterprise, it is extremely important for it to begin at the board level of an organization. Enterprises must have clearly-defined strategies and policies on cybersecurity, outlining their protection mechanisms, what they are trying to achieve and how they execute plans.

This will ensure that enterprise cybersecurity has a roadmap and is not being dealt with in a casual manner, be it managing the talent gap or absorption of new cybersecurity talent. It is also important for enterprises to maintain cybersecurity programs within the organization and encourage upskilling.

By keeping the above pointers in mind, enterprises can sustain the growing cybersecurity challenge by opening a constant channel of highly upskilled cybersecurity professionals and cyber – secure the enterprise.

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Enterprises are getting ready for mobile device management

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Modern businesses are encouraging their workforce to work flexibly.  Avenues such as remote working, working from home, CYOD, BYOD etc. are a surging trend nowadays among professionals working in an array of business domains.

This is typically contrasting from only a few years ago wherein working outside office premises was a strict no-no.

So what has made the outlook of enterprises change towards this traditional method of work culture?

  • Businesses are noticing that the trend has increased employee output
  • Organisations especially emerging ones are able to save a lot of money on infrastructure costs by leveraging the concept of a remote office and collaborative workspaces
  • Employee satisfaction is surging due to the flexibility and work-life-balance it provides
  • Since mobile phone specs are on par with computers, nowadays, enterprises can have an on-the-go, round the clock workforce

Hence the trend, especially BYOD & CYOD, due to the working mobility it provides, is here to stay and will increase in adoption. This, though, is a double-edged sword – while enterprises are happy on one-end about their employees and productivity, business-data is seriously at risk.

The proliferation of mobile phones in the enterprise presents a large number of vectors for cybercriminals to breach enterprise data by breaking into mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets. This is because the BYOD & CYOD culture is nascent – typically businesses build strong defences for their networks, not for elements that carry data outside the network.

This is why network security administrators should consider tools such as Seqrite’s mobile device management (MDM) to secure company data on mobile devices.

Here are the top five features of the product.

  1. Single Console Management for All Devices

Seqrite mSuite offers easy device management by offering single console management for devices in an enterprise network. Enrolment can be done in minutes, saving precious time with features such as remote ring, locking/unlocking, locating/tracing and wiping of data on devices.

These attributes can be bundled together, configured and applied across the organization.

Devices can also be tracked on a map in real-time.

  1. Comprehensive security management

Enterprise administrators need not worry about securing enterprise mobility because Seqrite’s built-in anti-malware functionality keeps data safe from the most organized & suave cyberattacks. Also, admins can remotely schedule a Full Scan for enrolled devices, quickly. Seqrite mSuite offers excellent web security, courtesy to browsing, phishing and web protection.

  1. Seamless App Management

Applications running on the enrolled devices can be easily managed and secured – Applications and updates can be pushed from the server to devices with blacklisting and whitelisting capabilities.  Users can download apps-on-demand through the enterprise app store which establishes control over the use of applications. The device can be transformed to use a single app through the kiosk-mode feature.

  1. Easy Data Monitoring & Management

It’s easy to stay in control of all critical data with Seqrite mSuite. Digital boundaries can be defined by applying restrictions on devices with Wi-Fi, Geo, and time-fencing. Fenced data usage can be monitored through mobile and Wi-Fi networks with interactive reports provided with graphical summaries. Multiple default policies offer enhanced security which qualifies for every compliance requisite.

  1. Easy to use and customizable

Apart from the above features, Seqrite mSuite comes pre-loaded with several attributes which make it easy to use and customize. Bulk file distribution can be done from console to Android devices – the solution also includes third party SMS gateway integration for SMS notification and custom mSuite app distribution for enrolment.

Considering all the above powerful benefits, it is clear that Seqrite mSuite is the perfect solution to monitor, manage and secure employees’ mobile devices within an enterprise.

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Enterprises can begin securing their endpoints by following these five simple steps.

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Sustainable enterprise security is both a great practice and a core business process. Enterprises are increasingly becoming aware of the diverse & intense nature of threats that exist in cybersphere and the damage it can cause – that’s where strong enterprise security solutions come in.

This is step one – enterprise security consists of ever-evolving complex layers that are never in stasis. Hence, after every cycle, security mechanisms only tend to get stronger. However, cyberattackers are getting extremely savvy and sophisticated in their malware onslaught, ensuring that attacks are timed to penetrate endpoints during cybersecurity transitional phases.

Hence, here are some easy-to-prevent flaws that can creep in when enterprises try to secure their endpoints.

  1. Lack of proper enterprise security policies

Enterprise security policies cannot be ad-hoc – this process needs to be implemented right from the beginning, and that is where strong enterprise security takes root. The best strategies can be ineffective if they are not backed up with strong security policies.

When it comes to enterprise security, organizations must be proactive in drafting policies. The crux of these security policies should consist of employee dos and don’ts, workforce collaboration that supports cybersecurity, human resource initiatives on malware literacy, among many others and should be complied to and regularly updated so that business security is never at risk.

  1. Inability to prioritize security integration of mobiles into enterprise networks

Mobile phones as work devices are seeing increasing adoption in the enterprise. Employees, that leverage this facility need to bind their devices with enterprise security ports so that business-critical data is not compromised. Due to rising attacks on mobile devices, Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) has become a must for businesses of all sizes that allow this facility. Solutions like Seqrite mSuite are excellent solutions through which employees can safely access productivity apps on BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) or CYOD (Choose Your Own Device) platforms while maintaining strong security.

  1. Compliance with regulations

Most companies nowadays operate under some sort of regulatory control of their data, for example, HIPAA for private health information or the FERPA for student records. Often this information is stored in the cloud with the intention of keeping this ultra-sensitive data hidden from cybercriminals. As such, leaking of this information can have serious consequences – hence enterprises should be vigilant about being compliant about the nature of data and it’s storage.

  1. Faulty access permission

Enterprises can build the strongest firewalls at par with military standards, but the framework will collapse if appropriate access control mechanisms are not put in place.  Essentially, system administrators need to grant precise access to business users based on their role in the organization. This ensures that insider breaches do not happen and sensitive information remains confidential. Also, if hackers gain direct access to employee systems, they can break-in creating a demolition kind of scenario for any business.

  1. Not taking employees into confidence

Employees are the backbone for maintaining cybersecurity decorum. Hence, enterprises should consider taking employees into consideration and be confident about them as they look to implement cybersecurity solutions. They must be made aware of the dangers of weak enterprise security, the steps they can take and the warning signs they should look for. Since cyberthreats are highly dynamic and dangerous, if organizations don’t train employees properly, they are highly prone to be internal agents and channels of a guaranteed cyberattack.

After covering these flaws internally, enterprises should choose to invest in proven cybersecurity solutions such as Seqrite Endpoint Security (EPS) which offers a simple and comprehensive platform integrating several advanced technologies in one place for protection against advanced cyber threats.

EPS also comes packed with other vital features such as –

  • Web Filtering
  • Application Control
  • Vulnerability Scan
  • Patch Management
  • File Activity Monitor
  • IDS/IPS Protection

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Don’t put the network visibility of your enterprise at risk

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We live in a connected world – thanks to the rise of new trends and concepts like Internet of Things (IoT) or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), enterprise networks can’t restrict themselves to a specific set of predefined devices. Hence, the number of devices that now exist on enterprise networks are rapidly multiplying.

Obviously, this would mean that the importance of network visibility has grown by multifold. Just a few years back, it was far simpler to get an outline of a business network, but courtesy to the ever-expanding number of devices that connect to business networks now, it is a whole new ball game.  From a cybersecurity perspective, network visibility is extremely important – it is important to monitor what an enterprise is trying to secure.

How does network visibility help an enterprise? Here are some ways:

Identifying anomalies in network activity

Network visibility enables cybersecurity administrators to observe network activity. This can allow them to spot and benchmark patterns, leading to easy identification of anomalies. Normal activity is thus easily detected and anything which stands out can be sent for investigation.

User activity

Are employees following their information security policy seriously? Proper network visibility will provide answers to this question with detailed information on how employees are using confidential and sensitive data. Network administrators can also readily find out if their policies are being followed and if there are backdoors in the network.

Secure Remote Connectivity

A secure connection from an endpoint to the company’s network for its remote users is very important and a virtual private network (VPN) does just that. It also helps build site-to-site connections to ensure protected and seamless connectivity. Typically, Secure Sockets Layer or IPsec is used to verify the communication between the endpoint and the network.

Ease of use and operational benefits

A single centralized solution offering network visibility helps provide an easy snapshot to understand what is happening in an enterprise network. It allows for operational benefits by eliminating the need to have multiple security solutions to perform the task.

Sensitive assets

Network visibility allows administrators to understand their network’s weak points. What part of the network gets attacked the most and what kind of attack vectors are used? Through these trends, network administrators stay up-to-date on the everyday changes happening in a fairly massive enterprise network.

Seqrite’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution offers a one-stop solution for network visibility. UTM reduces security complexities by integrating key IT security features in one integrated network security product. The platform brings network security, management, backup and recovery of UTM data and many other critical network services together under a single unified umbrella, tailored to suit the complexity of emerging threat scenarios.

A few benefits of the UTM solution are:

  • All traffic through the firewall is tracked and logged and pre-defined business rules are applied to block all threats and non-business traffic. This improves productivity and ensures security. The antivirus built into it scans all inbound and outbound traffic for malware at the gateway level. The IPS system can detect and prevent attacks from a wide range of DoS and DDoS attacks before they infiltrate the network.
  • It validates and encrypts every IP packet of communication using Perfect Forward Secrecy (PFS) and NAT traversal. VPN compression, Multiple Subnet Support, and DNS Setting for PPTP Server as well as SSL VPN, Remote Access VPN, Site-to-Site VPN, dead peer detection are some of the other features of this tool to ensure secure remote connectivity.
  • It includes mail antivirus and anti-spam as well as keyword blocking for emails and HTTP(S) traffic fortifying your email communication. Website category and custom web lists based filtering are also provided.
  • It boasts of a revamped ISP load balance and failover feature including policy-based failover routing and automatic divert of data traffic from inactive ISP to active ISPs. IPv6, VLAN, USB Internet support for 3G/4G and NTP support, configurable LAN/WAN/DMZ ports, and Layer 2 bridging and link aggregation are also provided.
  • A user-friendly web-based logging and reporting console gives a complete view of the network. Configurable scheduling of diagnostic tools and monitoring CPU/RAM/Disk usage with timely reports and alerts through SMS or email. Stronger access control with enhanced user/group bandwidth and quota management is also provided.

 

Seqrite UTM is a one-stop network security solution for your enterprise ensuring round-the-clock security for your network.

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What are some of the worst enterprise security habbits?

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Enterprise security is a habbit! Good habbits take years to form – bad habbits, on the other hand, take only seconds, and can bring years of hard work taken down in minutes. The same rule applies to enterprise security also.

It’s just easier to put an easy password (or worse, no password) on an important function and leave it open to danger – or turn off the auto-updater of your security solution, consequently leading to disaster and danger.

Hence, here are ten of the worst enterprise security habbits which organizations should get rid off immediately –

  1. Access to everything – Strangely, a lot of organizations, especially the legacy ones allow everyone, access to everything. The net result of this critical oversight transforms enterprise security to be seriously low ensuring that the organization is just one small slip up away from a major disaster.
  2. No security policy – Most companies have policies for everything – HR policies, leave policies, dress policies, time policies, so it’s amusing that they don’t have something as intrinsic as a cybersecurity policy. Enterprises must keep a strong, updated cybersecurity policy with clear dos-and-don’ts about what measures need to be taken.
  3. Software update – The grim realization when the WannaCry ransomware attack hit the world and caused mayhem was that it could have easily been avoided. It exploited a security hole in Windows XP. Yes, that’s right – Windows XP, an operating system which is now almost two decades old and which Microsoft itself stopped supporting in 2014. In fact, it was found that 7% of PCs all across the world still use this outdated operating system. This example sums up the extreme danger of not updating the software a business uses.
  4. Underestimating social engineering – Many enterprises can slip into the notion that cybersecurity is purely a technological problem and putting in place, a strong cybersecurity solution can solve all problems. But that is not the case – social engineering is as big an issue as cybersecurity, nowadays. The only way to solve this is to ensure that employees are as well- versed in cybersecurity issues as experts.
  5. Forgetting to patch software – It’s fine to keep a strong cybersecurity focus but enterprises can call on great harm if they don’t patch their software. Even the most secure software can become outdated extremely fast and may be at risk of attack. Enterprises must be proactive in patching software at regular, timely intervals.
  6. Believing we won’t be attacked – SMBs and SOHOs usually perceive that they won’t be prone to cyberattacks as hackers will be typically interested in attacking larger corporations. But the truth is, smaller enterprises are at high risk of attacks as cyber criminals know about smaller businesses having weaker defences, compared to relatively high-profile organizations.
  7. Not having a security response plan – This ties into the above point but is applicable for organizations at all scales. Complacency can often creep into enterprises which means that they believe that they are immune to cyberattacks. This means they won’t even have a security response plan which can be catastrophic at the worst possible time – when an attack hits.
  8. Not having cybersecurity drills – It’s okay to have a security response plan but is it updated? Has it practically ever been used? Mock drills can help showcase an enterprise’s preparedness to cyberattacks, while lack of these drills means that there might be chaos.
  9. Not investing in the right people – Cybersecurity hiring is increasingly becoming a specialized trend now, one which enterprises must wake up to. It’s important to have good skilled personnel to deal with the cybersecurity function and ensure that they keep on getting new certifications so they stay updated.
  10. No backup – Backup is integral in cybersecurity. Enterprises sometimes neglect backup which puts them in a precarious situation, whenever there is a cybersecurity attack. Don’t wait for that time – invest in good backup solutions and ensure that valuable data is backed up to prevent loss.

By getting rid of the above enterprise security habbits and investing in a strong, secure cybersecurity solution (like Seqrite’s range of solutions), enterprises can go a long way in ensuring that their network security parameters are safe and secure.

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Cyberattacks and the five key enterprise security challenges to improve on

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Cyberattacks are the new norm right now. Just recently, the United States and Iran were in the middle of a heated skirmish where it is reported that the US had launched a cyber-attack against the country. In India, a cyber-attack caused mayhem and delayed many flights at Kolkata airport in April. This has apparently brought into focus the importance of cybersecurity in this day and age. Enterprises hence must stay committed and ensure they have their security systems in place.

A few major enterprise security challenges in recent times have been:

  1. Adopting a zero-trust approach

Organizations could consider adopting a ‘zero-trust’ approach to network security. Introduced by American market research giant, Forrester Research, the zero-trust network model eliminates the concept of a perimeter and calls for enterprises to inspect all network traffic without any classifications of ‘inside’ and ‘outside.’ Basically, no user or traffic is considered ‘authorized’ and all access to a specific network is governed by the same set of rules. Basically, there is ‘zero-trust’ in this model – all traffic to the network is untrusted and must be validated before allowed entry.

  1. Filling the cybersecurity skill gap

Cybersecurity is one of the functions which is almost continuously fighting a talent gap. A Frost & Sullivan report observed that the global cybersecurity workforce will have more than 1.5 million unfulfilled positions by 2020. Enterprises must find a sustainable solution to fill this gap and address it by looking beyond degrees and investing in constant certification courses.

  1. Underestimating the importance of patches and updates

While enterprises have woken up to the danger of cybersecurity and are taking measures to invest in enterprise security solutions, one challenge that often arises is a lack of maintenance. In this case, cybersecurity maintenance means keeping security software along with other essential programs updated and patched, that too, regularly. However, enterprises often miss out on updates making them extremely vulnerable. This is precisely the reason Seqrite Endpoint Security (EPS)’s Patch Management tool offers a centralized patch management strategy to remediate all application vulnerability patching needs.

  1. Ensuring compliance with regulations and norms

Thanks to the advent of GDPR in 2018, many businesses have woken up to the importance of data governance and compliance and taken some of the initial steps. But this has to be just the beginning. Data governance and compliance should not be done just because it has been mandated, because then businesses will just be ticking a box without really understanding the significance of what they are doing. Proper data governance and compliance policy benefit an organization in more ways than just making them compliant with the latest norms.

  1. Social engineering

An organization’s employees can be their biggest asset or liability. Unless they are also taken along the cybersecurity ride, it will be difficult for them to identify breaches, plug loopholes or not get taken in by phishing emails. For this, regular awareness and training are important.

Seqrite’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) provides a one-stop solution for many of the problems identified above. It acts as the first line of defense providing IT security management, a safe working environment, high productivity, regulatory compliance in a cost-effective bundled solution.

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How to strike the correct balance between enterprise security and employee productivity?

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When it comes to enterprise security, companies are always trying to hit the right spot. The problem is that enterprises require employees to be at their productive best – that is, after all, what they are hired for and what they are required to. High employee productivity is a sign of a burgeoning, growing organization.

Unfortunately, employee productivity does not always go hand-in-hand with enterprise security which has increasingly become a key focus area for organizations. Enterprise security is important – without it, companies are at risk of massive financial and reputational damage through cyber attacks, data thefts, phishing and myriad other threats that exist in the cybersecurity landscape. Effective enterprise security basically means creating barriers, implementing programs and creating a system where information flow is slowed down or restricted – all of which can affect productivity.

Security at the expense of employee productivity?

Here are the findings from a survey conducted in 2017 –

  • 76 percent of employees felt that their company prioritizes security at the expense of employee productivity
  • 21 percent said the security put in place by their IT team slows down their work
  • Another 21 percent felt it was difficult to keep up with changing security guidelines

Clearly, there is a standoff here because employees feel that their work is suffering due to the cybersecurity framework. Enterprise security solutions certainly do their job of securing the networks they protect but at some cost. This is an issue that needs to be handled with nous and compromise as one solution will not fit all.

A few ways in which the right balance can be achieved is through:

  1. Adopting a layered approach

Organizations must ensure that they put in place different layers of cybersecurity around their organization to ensure that they are well-defended. These layers could be in different forms, i.e. sandboxing, encrypting, Data Loss Prevention (DLP), etc, but the most important thing is that they continue providing a mix of different approaches. This also has the benefit of simplifying work for employees while staying protected

  1. Enable Single Sign-On (SSO) but with multifactor authentication systems

A step that goes a long way in balancing productivity and security, Single Sign-on (SSO) is a form of access control where users only need to log in once and then they can have access to multiple networks and resources. This means users can just sign in once and access the information they want, enabling productivity. However, enterprises must enable this combined with multifactor authentications in place to further bolster enterprise security.

  1. Invest in Automation

Different threats can have different attack points for an enterprise and even a single threat can attack different touchpoints in different ways. In this case, only relying on employees for protection may be fool-hardy. This is where automation can do a much more effective job. By understanding the predicted behavior and touchpoints of a potential attack, automation can create better protection measures across touchpoints suited to exactly the type of predicted attack.

  1. Invest in MDM solutions

In the age of the here and now, employee productivity is greatly dependent on the volume of freedom enterprises grant employees. While policies like Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) or Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) allow greater flexibility and help enhance employee productivity, they may also impair enterprise security. Since much work happens on personal mobile devices, enterprises must invest in strong Mobile Device Management solutions for smarter protection. In this regard, they can consider solutions like Seqrite mSuite (a simple and comprehensive, yet powerful tool to manage mobile devices running on Android and iOS) and Seqrite MobiSMART (a secure application platform for employees accessing enterprise mobile productivity apps).

The balance between enterprise security and employee productivity is a tricky one and which requires customized thinking on the part of each organization. But by following some of the steps above, organizations can take the first step in securing that balance.

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Can a single solution secure enterprise endpoints?

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Endpoint security acts as the vanguard against an enterprise’s battle against cyber attacks. This is because every device that connects to a corporate network is in most cases the first point of penetration for threats and malware. For enterprises to win the battle, they need to find robust solutions to bolster their vanguard. It is due to this phenomenon that enterprises are exceedingly looking into the importance of Endpoint Security.

In this day and age of increased collaboration between devices and cloud-hosted content collaboration platforms, we can witness an exponential growth in an enterprise’s endpoints. Seqrite regularly compiles a comprehensive list of cybersecurity threats for enterprises. A brief look at these reports is good enough to convince enterprise stakeholders that neglecting endpoint security could prove highly destructive. According to the 2017 Ponemon State of Endpoint Security Report, today’s organizations pay a hefty price if they are unable to secure their endpoints – $5 million for a large organization or an average of $301 per employee for every successful attack.

Considering the varied nature of endpoints, enterprises require a unified solution that can provide end-to-end Enterprise Endpoint Security. This is where Seqrite’s Endpoint Security (EPS) solution comes as a breather.

Single window view of endpoint security data

When it comes to large, complex organizations with potentially thousands of endpoints, the solution needs to provide complete visibility and threat protection. Seqrite’s Endpoint Security (EPS) solution provides a web-based graphical console providing a detailed status on the health of the endpoints. Critical security situations such as virus infection, patch vulnerabilities, and others, are displayed for immediate action.

Protection from Ransomware

Ransomware is a threat with significant repercussions for enterprises – it can even lead to immense financial losses and be derogative for a business’ credibility. EPS uses Seqrite’s behavior-based detection technology to proactively detect and block ransomware threats. As an added layer of protection, data is also backed up in secured locations in a timely manner, in case of an attack.

Asset Management

It is important for network administrators to have access to a one-point centralized tool which provides network security status, patch status, application status and also provides application control which stops the execution of unapproved applications on endpoints. EPS offers vigilant monitoring of hardware and software configuration of every endpoint, allowing network administrators to remain updated about any alterations to any systems.

 Patch Management

Patch management (PM) can often be ignored when it comes to endpoint security. While it is important to have a robust defense, it can often become outdated if it is not patched and updated properly. PM secures confidential data and prevents the leakage of business secrets to avoid losses. Data at rest can be scanned on endpoints and removable devices.

Apart from the above, Seqrite EPS also offers a multi-layered approach to a network through the following features:

  • Detects malicious network activities which exploit application vulnerabilities and prevents intruder attempts.
  • Rule-based monitoring of all inbound and outbound network traffic.
  • Alerts about port scanning and DDOS attack.

Additional salient features of Seqrite’s Endpoint Security (EPS) –

  • Web Filtering
  • Application Control
  • Vulnerability Scan
  • File Activity Monitor
  • IDS/IPS Protection

Hence, the above attributes make it quite clear that  Seqrite’s Endpoint Security (EPS) solution offers a simple and unified solution, integrating several advanced technologies together for protection against the most advanced cyber threats.

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Email could be one of the simplest ways for hackers to breach your organization

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What is common between Sarah Palin, George HW Bush, and John Podesta?

Apart from being important political figures in the United States, there’s another fact that unites them – they’ve all been victims of messy email hacks.

Sometimes, danger can often be hidden in plain sight. As cyber threats get increasingly sophisticated and complex, enterprises are constantly rushing to keep up by using a wide and varied range of cybersecurity solutions to fight cyber threats. However, sometimes, the simplest threat can often be overlooked – email is one such threat.

According to a survey, around 3 billion people use email. A staggering 246 billion emails are expected to be sent by the end of 2019. Considering the magnitude of email users around the world, this communication channel naturally becomes a lucrative target for hackers. Hence, the global populace and its biggest enterprises connecting through email must ensure that they take sufficient steps to protect this important tool.

Seqrite reveals simple measures to bolster email security.

Password protection

The golden rule for any enterprise is enforcing and keeping strong passwords followed by educating and mandating its employees to do the same. There should be no grounds for confusion – proper, easy-to-understand policies must be circulated for compliance, outlining password strength and how often they have to be changed. This is not optional – in this day and age where hackers have thousands of sophisticated tools to guess passwords, keeping strong passwords is a must.

Preventing social engineering & phishing

Social engineering occurs when employees are tricked into giving up important information like their password. They may reply to fraudulent emails and/or enter their password on a fake website, designed to look like an authentic one. This is known as phishing and it is a major social engineering tool used by hackers. Education and timely training are the only defenses against phishing attacks. Enterprises should train employees on the negative business consequences that are bound to occur if critical passwords go in the wrong hands. Employees should also be educated about distinguishers that help them identify a fraudulent website from an authentic one.

Having strong anti-malware solutions

Keyloggers are a dangerous type of malware that cybercriminals secretly install on unsuspecting victims’ devices. This can be in the form of software or hardware and is used to track user keypresses on electronic gadgets. Targets can accidentally download keyloggers by clicking on malicious links. Hackers can sneak-in and install hardware keyloggers when the concerned person is not present. In either case, keyloggers can record all key presses on a system and transmit it to a third party who will have access to all information inputted into the system including passwords, credit card numbers, personal details, etc. To prevent this, enterprises must ensure they have strong solutions, both on the physical and digital front, backed by a robust anti-malware protection suite.

Preventing Business Email Compromise (BEC)

Business Email Compromise (BEC), also known as ‘Man-In-The-Email’ or ‘CEO Fraud’, is a sophisticated type of phishing attack, carried out through elaborate means and usually with devastating effects. Basically, attackers impersonate a key organization executive (often someone who is a senior figure at the organization like a CEO) to send emails to employees within the organization. These emails exactly replicate the chosen target’s style and ask for important financial details. It is extremely important for everyone in the organization, especially those who handle sensitive information, to exercise constant vigilance when receiving emails asking for sensitive data.

Cybersecurity experts like Seqrite have developed innovative features in their products to help keep business inboxes safe. Seqrite Endpoint Security is loaded with features that strengthen an organization’s defense against malware and phishing attacks. It offers superior phishing protection against attacks that originate from malicious codes over the internet by stopping them from entering the network and spreading across.

Other features included in their email security tool help identify the nature of emails coming from various email gateways as well as provide robust protection against suspicious messages. BEC data thefts can be avoided by integrating Seqrite’s Data Loss Prevention solution with the email marketing plans. Policy-based encryption allows information to be encrypted and accessible only to authorized personnel. BEC is a serious threat but with Seqrite as your security partner, it can be tackled with ease.

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Protect sensitive information with Seqrite Encryption

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Among the most important assets that an enterprise possesses, data is undoubtedly the most important. In today’s digital age, there are reams of data being processed, transmitted and disseminated every millisecond and much of the world’s economy runs on data. Hence, organizations must take every possible measure when it comes to safeguarding this precious data. Data encryption is one such method which ensures the protection of company’s sensitive information from malicious parties.

Seqrite Encryption Manager is an advanced solution that protects corporate data that resides on endpoints with strong encryption algorithms such as AES, RC6, SERPENT and TWOFISH. It provides a powerful solution to problems like unauthorized access or protecting private data by maximizing data protection options. Two of the most important advantages of endpoint encryption include exceptional policy administration and key management followed by highly functional remote device management.

Some of the key features which make Seqrite’s Encryption solution powerful and robust are:

Centralized Management and Control

SEM supports centralized control and management of disk volumes, recovery information and diverse encryption policies. Full disk encryption is also offered which enables organizations to be in full control of user data with the right key required to access databases due to the pre-boot authentication feature. Seqrite Encryption Manager also supports media encryption for removable devices. Rescue and deployment techniques are provided, hence minimizing the possibility of data damage during encryption.

Full Disk & Removable Media Encryption

All data on hard disk drives is protected as due to the pre-booth authentication feature, full disk encryption is loaded on the operating system. This ensures that nobody has any access to data on the computer or the drive without the right password or the keys. The removable media encryption feature renders security to USB drives and other removable devices, restricting unsolicited access to the contents, regardless of the device they are used on.

Ease of Deployment

Seqrite Encryption provides users with easy deployment and rescue functions to avoid losing encrypted data accidentally. The Remote Installation tool facilitates deployment of Seqrite Encryption Manager clients across multiple endpoints at a time and also in the form of groups. The Pre-Requisites Tool scans the system for different parameters before installing the SEM client.

Rescue Methods

All critical rescue information is stored in a secure SEM database, allowing security administrators to recover encrypted client data in case of an emergency or a forgotten password.

Secure Access of Data

Data protection is assured by SEM at rest and in motion. The encrypted files can be accessed from removable storage devices on a system where, the encryption agent is not installed, through the Traveller Tool.

Suspend Protection

The Suspend Protection feature allows administrators to temporarily suspend client protection (boot time authentication). The volumes still remain encrypted though. This makes it a useful and important feature for the management of servers that are required to function around-the-clock.

In addition, there are other important features which make Seqrite Encryption Manager a valuable tool for data protection:

  • Group Management feature allowing client computers to be managed with the help of groups and with different attributes.
  • Scheduled Backups & Upgrade allowing administrators to schedule automatic updates along with automatic backups of the database.
  • Encryption Policies to decrypt or encrypt local volumes or removable drives, with the user having the privilege to create policies and manage volumes locally.
  • Reports which administrators can generate for groups, user accounts and computers in HTML or PDF formats.

Hence, it is quite clear that Seqrite Encryption Manager offers a simple and easy-to-use encryption solution to keep data safe. At a time when data becomes easily leaked and big names have come into the news for reasons of data leakage, businesses must show they are determined about protecting the sensitive data they use. In that respect, SEM offers a one-stop solution to improve the overall security posture.

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Key benefits of Seqrite Secure Web Gateway

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Enterprises are recently waking up to the usefulness of having layered protection for their networks. This involves investing in various layers of protection such as anti-virus, anti-malware, anti-spyware and a firewall. However, firewalls while providing protection can often fall short when compared to the sheer pace with which cyber criminals adapt and create new threats. This is where secure web gateways can help boost cybersecurity – by acting as a gateway between the Internet and the network, secure web gateways can prevent unsecured traffic from entering an organization’s internal network and prevent employees from accessing or being infected by malicious traffic.

Seqrite’s Secure Web Gateway (SWG) solution provides advanced traffic, providing an intuitive solution that filters unwanted software/malware from user-initiated Web/Internet traffic and enforces corporate and regulatory policy compliance. SWG offers policy-controlled solutions transforming the web from a risky to a secure environment tailored exactly to the organization’s needs.

The benefits of SWG

SWG defends users from Internet-borne threats such as unwanted software/malware. It helps enterprises enforce corporate and regulatory policy compliance. It is integrated with Quick Heal’s renowned scan engine and URL categorization service, backed by a cloud-based, dynamic real-time categorization offering emerging protection against web threats. Architected on the powerful machine learning engine, the URL filtering feature offers best-in-class identification and prevention of known & unknown threats with high accuracy. Seqrite’s unparalleled expertise in cyber threat intelligence is trusted by millions of users and equips Seqrite SWG to offer the most comprehensive protection.

A few key benefits of Seqrite Secure Web Gateway are:

Security – SWG integrates some of Seqrite’s industry-leading cybersecurity solutions into one comprehensive platform. With advanced URL filtering, anti-virus, anti-phishing measures, anti-malware measures, SWG offers unparalleled protection to enterprises.

Performance – Enterprises often consider the kind of performance impact a cybersecurity solution will have. Powerful solutions may have an impact of performance but SWG offers a convenient solution – the highest protection with a minimal performance impact.

Usability – SWG is designed to be simple and easy-to-use so that security administrators spend less time on setting it up and more time on keeping their enterprises safe. Pre-defined templates are offered for setting up various corporate policies with also the flexibility offered to customize policies, ensuring enterprises can adapt it for their own specific needs.

Scalability – This is a solution which can be used without any regard to size of an enterprise. The biggest and the smallest of organizations can safely go for SWG considering that multiple instances of Seqrite SWG can co-exist on the same server without any necessary inter-dependence, thus making it highly scalable.

Thanks to product highlights like User/Application/Content-based granular policies, SSL inspection, URL filtering, high speed in-memory virus detection, application control, Data Loss Prevention (DLP) and easy integration with Microsoft AD/Open LDAP, Seqrite Secure Web Gateway (SWG) offer the kind of advanced protection that today’s enterprises can be confident about using to secure their enterprise and achieve their cybersecurity goals.

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Make Seqrite UTM the first line of defense for your enterprise

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Network security has traditionally been a number one priority for enterprises. As the reliance on the Internet has increased, enterprises have invested in traditional network security solutions which aim to protect trusted internal networks from external actors. For this purpose, enterprises have invested in solutions like a firewall that stands at the perimeter of a company’s network and monitors and controls incoming and outgoing security traffic. Similarly, organizations have also invested in Unified Threat Management (UTM) solutions which combine and integrate multiple security devices for protection.

Enterprises can consider Seqrite’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) which combines multi-layered cybersecurity strategies for businesses, thereby safeguarding the entire IT framework while rendering it productive, secure and stable. Seqrite is one reliable security service provider that offers UTM as a gateway security solution. Seqrite’s UTM offers a host of features for enterprises in areas of networking, administration, content filtering, VPN, monitoring and reporting, mail protection, firewall, security services and user authentication.

Unified Threat Management is a holistic service that comes forth with the features like content filtering, VPN, firewall and anti-virus protection clubbed under a single dashboard. Some of the key features of UTM which can serve as the first line of defense for your enterprise are:

  • Gateway Antivirus

The Gateway Antivirus feature scans all incoming and outgoing network traffic at the gateway level. This helps to augment existing virus solutions by reducing the window of vulnerability (WoV) as threats are detected and dealt with right at the network level, hence preventing their entry into the rest of the enterprise.

  • IPS

Through the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS) feature, network traffic is scanned in real-time. This helps prevent a broad range of Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks even before they can penetrate the network. IPS can also configure rules, policies and required actions upon capturing these alarms.

  • Firewall Protection

With the best-in-class firewall protection, network administrators can permit or block access for traffic between internal and external networks based on enterprise compliance policies.

  • URL Filtering

When it comes to selecting a functional UTM solution, spam blocking and URL filtering need to be prioritized. These components are the building blocks of an enterprise-level network security solution and a key feature within reliable UTM products. URL filtering helps block risky websites and when paired with spam filtering, can also block the entry of spam mails and certain forms of phishing attacks. Seqrite UTM’s URL Filtering feature allows blocking of non-business related web traffic including streaming media sites, downloads, instant messaging etc. in order to reduce unnecessary load on enterprise bandwidth.

  • Gateway Mail Protection

Thanks to the Gateway Mail Protection features, enterprises can be sure that they are protected from malicious emails and Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks. This feature scans incoming/outgoing emails or attachments at the gateway level to block spam and phishing emails before they enter the network.

  • Load Balancing

This feature allows the distribution of bandwidth across multiple ISPs within the enterprise network and enables these ISPs to operate over the same gateway channels. Multiple ISPs can be used by Seqrite UTM through this feature. Traffic is balanced across multiple ISP lines based on weightage and priority.

The above pointers make it quite clear why Seqrite Unified Threat Management (UTM) has the power and tools required for enterprises to make it their first line of defense against cyber attacks.

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Harnessing Machine Learning and Automation against Advanced Threats

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With the specter of advanced cybersecurity threats always on the horizon, enterprises are seriously considering harnessing the power of machine learning and automation to fight against these threats. For good reason too – a cybersecurity survey suggested that organizations with an extensive use of automation rated themselves as much more likely to prevent, detect, respond and contain a cyber attack.

These concepts are getting increasingly important in today’s changing era of fast-growing cyber threats but what do they mean exactly? Machine learning basically refers to computers learning from data instead of receiving explicit programming. Through such machine learning algorithms, computers are fed huge datasets and parse through them to recognize patterns or co-relations through extended data analysis.

The importance of machine learning

Machine learning is becoming a common feature in more and more industries and cybersecurity has not lagged behind. An ABI Research report estimated that machine learning in cybersecurity will boost big data, intelligence and analytics spending to $96 billion by 2021. It is quite clear why there is such extended growth – machine learning allows business to offer a better response and bolster their own defense when it comes to the big, bad world of cyber threats. Security companies are rejigging the solutions they offer in tune with this trend. They are moving from signature-based systems to layered solutions where machine learning systems interpret data to better detect malware.

Some of these advantages are:

Making Sense of Data – The amount of data that can be collected for cybersecurity is humongous. While the sheer size and amount of data may be too much for humans alone to analyze, this is where machine learning can step in. By analyzing and processing big amount of data, it may be possible to find patterns or categories of certain behavior which can be used to fight advanced cybersecurity threats.

Using Automation for Better Protection – Different threats can have different attack points for an enterprise and even one threat may attack different touchpoints in different ways. This is where automation can do a much more effective job. By understanding the predicted behavior and touchpoints of a potential attack, automation can create better protection measures across touchpoints suited to exactly the type of predicted attack.

Using A Cluster-based approach for better detection – Quick Heal already uses machine learning to solve various cybersecurity problems using a cluster-based approach, illustrated in this whitepaper. Sample are clustered through machine learning with each cluster having samples similar to each other. These generated clusters are huge and processing them happens through machine learning where they are aggregated, analyzed and automated. The data is then labeled and processed to generate models. After scrutiny on numerous factors including time, size, quality, they are qualified for endpoint deployment.

Machine Learning and automation will be great weapons in the fight against advanced cybersecurity threats but it also need to be backed up with a combination of data science and human expertise.

 

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