We may have only seen the tip of the iceberg, which has a deep and constantly growing base. With cyber threats lurking everywhere, and the number of highly skilled hackers expanding, so too will the exploitation of sensitive data and the many ways hackers facilitate negative effects upon organizations.

• Proper Security: Make sure ALL of your devices have the proper security. Technology devices have revealed that thousands of low Securities Internet of Things devices were used to launch large-scale DDoS attacks.

• Business Email Compromise (BEC): These schemes have exploded and are driven by stolen or invented identities.

• Mobile Device Security: The ubiquity of mobile phones makes them an attractive target for hackers. Mobile phones operate outside of the range of a virtual corporate network and are fully controlled by employees, making data extremely vulnerable.

• Contextual Access to Safeguard Digital Assets: New technologies that focus on contextual access can connect to online databases and other authoritative sources to answer sophisticated questions like, ‘Is this person a doctor?’ or, ‘Is this a trusted device? These additional attributes augment identity, so organizations can be confident they are granting access to the correct parties.

• Cloud Storage Services and Shadow IT: The biggest failing among organization leaders is the creation of binary policies — to only allow or block Apps like Dropbox or Google Drive. Although IT may formally sanction these apps, nearly half of all users access them from non-corporate email accounts. This unintentionally exposes data to external threats. This, coupled with the overall steady increase in cloud storage adoption, is exacerbating inside threats. The lack of oversight and specific usage policies means employees can turn to unsanctioned apps instead or accidentally share sensitive information with the wrong eyes — or worse, expose apps to malware or ransomware attacks.

• Authentication and DMARC: Phishing attacks, based on impersonating a brand, are spiking. These attacks slip through traditional defenses since there’s no malware or bad links in the email to identify. DMARC, an open standard that email service providers are increasingly adopting to protect email users from phish attacks, shut down same-domain impersonation attacks.

• Device-Specific Credentials: When a device is crypto-logically ‘bound’ to a user account and a physical device, the world is your oyster in terms of balancing security, convenience, and privacy. While some set-up is required, being able to ask the device, and, hence the user, to enter a pin, use a biometric marker or just ‘be human,’ offers a highly secure factor.

By engaging C2XCEL,  our proven, exclusive process will allow us to evaluate your network to identify gaps and provide the best options to accommodate any of your needs.