2016 Dell Security Annual Threat Report

Breaches in 2015 succeeded not because the victims lacked security altogether, but because thieves found and exploited a small hole in their security program.

While every year brings new, high-profile data breaches, cybercriminals went especially big in 2015, elevating both the magnitude of data breached and the size of organizations targeted. Victims included large insurance companies; government institutions like the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM); retailers including Walmart, CVS and Costco; and online businesses like the Ashley Madison dating site. And as in years past, these breaches succeeded not because the victims lacked security altogether, but because thieves found and exploited a small hole in their security program.

Whether through a third-party vendor, an infected laptop, social engineering or plain malware, hackers made the most of their opportunities in 2015. But each successful hack provides an opportunity for security professionals to learn from others’ oversights. They arm us with new insights we can use to examine our own strategies and shore up holes in our own defense systems. That’s why each year we present the most common attacks observed by the Dell SonicWALL Threat Research Team, while offering a glimpse into emergent threats for the coming year. Our goal is to help organizations of all sizes more effectively prevent attacks in 2016, both from known threats and those yet to emerge.

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HealthCare Company? Cure Your IT Ailments with Business Continuity

As a healthcare company, your patients are your number one priority. Part of your obligation to them is to keep their health-related information as confidential as possible. This information can include their health history and insurance and financial information. Should any of this information become compromised, it can hinder your ability to deliver healthcare services.

Healthcare regulations are constantly evolving and, in order to meet new industry standards, more and more healthcare businesses are actively converting medical records into electronic versions. As this trend continues, it’s no surprise that the industry has been hit hard recently by cyber attacks. The companies affected are paying huge sums to recover. Entire systems can fall victim to ransomware, locking healthcare providers out of important patient data. As people’s lives can quite literally depend on a healthcare provider’s ability to access their health information, there isn’t any time to waste.

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Mimecast Business Email Threat Report

While information systems may use increasingly complex security measures, these updates continue to leave one significant vulnerability unaddressed: employees themselves. Email, in particular, represents one of the largest threats that employees can unintentionally pose to their network’s integrity. To explore the email security threat landscape and identify best practices for countering the threat, Mimecast surveyed 600 IT security decision makers in four countries about their email security attitudes and behaviors.

Helping IT security managers understand where they are – so they can focus on the specific insights that will help improve their security position – was one of the key goals that drove Mimecast to conduct this research.

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Glossary of Unified Communications Terms

As the pace of business increases, you may find yourself struggling to keep up with both the demand from customers and the changing nature of technology. Unified Communications is a tool to help increase productivity but a stumbling block can be the complex language that is used in the industry. It’s easy to find yourself drowning in a sea of jargon. To help you better understand UC and the benefits to your business, Ancero has put together a Glossary of Unified Communications Terms.

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White Paper: Backup vs. Business Continuity

SMBs in general don’t have the same IT budgets and staffs as larger enterprises. Yet just like larger organizations they need to protect their data—and make sure they can get back to business rapidly after a disaster or other event that compromises their data and systems.

In this white paper, Datto will discuss what’s at stake when it comes to not just protecting, but also managing, your data (hint: your business). We’ll explain why it’s important to think in terms of business continuity rather than simply data backup. And we’ll look at how to calculate the all-important Recovery Time Objective (RTO) and Recovery Point Objective (RPO) so that you can get what you need from your business continuity vendor.

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Four Business Continuity Planning Essentials

Data is essential for all types of organizations today, so ensuring access to mission critical applications and data following a disaster is critical. However, business continuity and disaster preparedness are about so much more than that. In other words, you might have important apps up and running somewhere, but that doesn’t matter if your office is underwater and your employees are at home without power. You need to consider the business as a whole in order to satisfy your customers needs following a disaster event. In this ebook, you will learn four distinct but interconnected business continuity planning essentials.

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White Paper: Something to Rely On: Why the Desktop Phone isn’t Going Away

The death of the desktop telephone has been predicted for decades. Technology has steadily advanced, business processes and communications needs have grown, and It’s actually rather surprising how the “desktop phone,” that stodgy old friend, has prospered.

What has actually happened is one of those things that many didn’t see coming, yet is obvious in hindsight. The question was never really about when the desktop telephone would disappear, but
rather how changing work needs and new technologies would shape it’s evolution.

The phone (which we might describe as a personal desktop live communications device) is not vanishing. It is, rather, becoming even more critical to business success, as it has advanced from its roots. Once merely the “black phone on a desk,” there is now a range of devices to cover an assortment of user needs from a basic SIP desktop telephone to the rich integration of essential capabilities known as the business media phone.

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