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Top 5 Top Cyber Security Predictions for 2019

2017 was the biggest year of cyber security threats in history, and it’s only increased from then. There’s been data destruction, embezzlement, intellectual property theft, personal and financial data theft, and the list goes on. This is why it’s important to stay on top of the current trends and be ready for the cyber security issues to come for 2019. Here’s what will probably happen to make sure security is up to snuff.

Million-Dollar Data Breach Fines

Think about Facebook and Uber, both underwent serious cyber security concerns. They ended up not only needed to pay exorbitant fines, but having to rebrand a bit. These million-dollar data breach fines can only grow higher as security issues climb. Companies may even lose billions just ignoring the need for internet monitoring software. Many businesses use Skype monitoring to maintain control over what their employees are doing. More about this topic...

Pearl Software Cybersecurity Starts with Your Employees

Cybersecurity Starts with Your Employees 

Small and medium-sized manufacturers (SMMs) are at particular risk of cybersecurity incidents. Cybersecurity works best when it’s built into a system. When all levels and aspects of an enterprise are cybersecurity enabled, it’s much more resistant to penetration. At the most fundamental level, employees put policies and procedures into action. Making sure employees are well-trained in electronic security and informed of all company policies and procedures concerning cybersecurity is a great place to start.

All manufacturers need an Incident Response Plan (IRP). An IRP contains written procedures for detection, response, and damage mitigation steps to deal with a cybersecurity incident. Getting the IRP ready requires a 4-step process to be integrated into the plan. More about this topic...

A Few Ways You Can Keep Your Computer Safe From Hackers and Cyber Attacks

With a growing number of attacks being seen by our computers, the risk of cyber attack is bigger and more common than it ever has been in history's past. You may be asking yourself what we can do to protect your own computer and data from ransomware and viruses. In the following article, we compiled a few ways that you can use to keep your computer safe from hackers and cyber attacks. Let's take a look.

How Ransomware Can Destroy Your Computer

To begin, we should discuss what ransomware is exactly. Ransomware is able to gain access to a computer the same way any virus or computer worm could, either through an infected email or a compromised website. Once inside the computer, a user is then bombarded with pop-ups and warnings that lock them out of their own computer or remove important files from the host computer. This is then where the word Ransom comes into play as users are ordered to pay a ransom to the cybercriminal in order to gain access to their files. More about this topic...

Security and Employee use of the Internet - Part 3 of 3

Three Part Blog

Part 3: Security and Employee use of the Internet

Internet Security has become an umbrella term covering everything from identity theft to virus protection to using firewalls to keep outsiders out (except when you want them in). This article focuses on intentional as well as the inadvertent insider threat and address security concerns managers must understand when employees use company resources to access the Internet.

One of Pearl Software’s quickest success stories was a customer who kept losing competitive bids for contracts based on price. Fearing an inside leak, the customer installed our Employee Internet Management software and quickly discovered that one of his employees was being compensated for emailing confidential bid details to a major competitor. Another of our customers, a large hospital, was inundated with viruses – the digital sort. Computer viruses were frequently plaguing its systems, rendering them useless at times. Antivirus and antispyware software tools would successfully clean up defiled systems, but only after they wreaked havoc for users and the IT staff. The hospital installed Internet monitoring software in order to identify usage patterns and determine and block likely Web sites and users that were the root cause of their issues. The hospital’s primary concern was that an employee could inadvertently download a trojan, making an infected computer a gateway to external hackers and providing unauthorized access to patient information. More about this topic...


Presidential Candidates Don’t Have the Key to Encryption

It’s scary to hear the 2016 presidential candidates talk about encryption and Internet security when attempting to thwart use of the Internet as a terrorist recruiting tool. As if it’s not bad enough when Donald Trump says, “in certain areas, closing that Internet up in some way.” There exists a common misconception (particularly in Trump’s target demographic) that the US controls the global Internet. Infrastructure in foreign countries provides Internet services to people living abroad. We don’t have a pretty switch with gold brocade, Mr. Trump.

So how do we intercede and monitor communications that have been protected by encryption? Here’s what our misinformed presidential contenders are saying: More about this topic...

Business Cyber Attack - A $50,000 Bitter Pill (If You're Lucky)

Commonly known as cyber-attacks, data breaches, or cybercrimes, data theft (whether it is internally or externally driven) can bankrupt the average business. During the fallout of a data breach, businesses can lose proprietary data that form the core of their capital-generating strategies. The aftermath of this can result in massive lawsuits. As these incidents increase, businesses are asking how much a cyber incident could cost them.

The U.S. government collects information on cybercrime and cyber espionage through various means. Yet, it is still difficult to accurately assess the cost of cybercrime for the average business because of varying business landscapes and the diversity of cybercrime attack methods. In addition, businesses are often reluctant to report these incidents due to the potentially devastating fallout or further exposing vulnerabilities that subsequent cybercrime provocateurs could exploit.

Many reputable cybercrime surveys peg the average business’s annual losses at anywhere from $1 million to more than $3 million. This falls in line with PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey, which found that 7 percent of U.S. organizations lost $1 million or more due to cybercrime incidents in 2013. The survey went on to show that 19 percent of U.S. entities reported financial losses of $50,000 to $1 million, compared with 8 percent of worldwide respondents. More about this topic...