Vision 2022: 5 New Year Security Predictions

With just one month until we ring in the new year, it’s a wise time to consider what experts are seeing coming down the pike in IT security. Such foresight may impact leaders’ organizational strategy and IT budget plans, so check out these 5 predictions to inform your approach to 2022.Prediction 1: Distribution Wins BigAmong many pandemic impacts, we know well by now the huge shift toward a hybrid workforce is likely here to stay. As a result, organizations worldwide are adopting a distributed enterprise model across 2021 and 2022, where employees and customers alike are dispersed geographically… and the...

Midsize Methodologies: Tailoring Security for MSEs

Ninety percent of all U.S. companies (not to mention our clients) are classified as “midsize enterprises” (MSEs), which Gartner Research defines as organizations with 100-1000 employees, or $50M to$100B in revenue. Of those, organizations that support 500-3,000 users tend to have an IT security team managed by just two or three people, according to Gartner’s Security and Risk Management Leaders initiative, and 40% of MSEs don’t have any cybersecurity expert in-house, creating a void is usually filled by network engineers or IT managers.Such “lean” security teams will inevitably have a tougher time covering all their IT security bases and responding...

Remote Resilience: Securing A Hybrid World

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho, it’s off to work we go—or should we say sometimes go? Since the beginning of the pandemic, abundant new norms have emerged to shape our lives. For many of us, this has included a shift in our company’s business model and physical work location. While assumed temporary at first, the appeal of remote work for employers and employees alike seems here to stay. In fact, continuing into 2022, Gartner anticipates 75% of midsize enterprises (100-1,000 employees) will utilize a hybrid model.  With the ability to work from home, or really anywhere outside of the office, comes a need...

Into The Cloud: Migrating To The New Frontier

IT security is headed to strange new worlds—and the cloud is a popular destination. In fact, with the market for worldwide public cloud services growing 40.7% in 2020, Gartner and BAI Security believe the future is in the cloud. Organizations left and right are initiating cloud migration, moving all of their data center capabilities onto the cloud by way of cloud-based service providers.But in the rush to uncharted territory, plenty of opportunities can be shirked, leaving essential assets and security practices behind. Consider how mapping your existing system onto cloud infrastructure can reveal where important assets lie, or which vulnerabilities...

3 Big Ideas: Security Musts for Strategic Leaders

It’s our favorite time of year at BAI Security: National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). And while the crispness of fall is setting in, IT security continues to heat up. Every other day is a headline with a cautionary tale of a recent breach, often closely followed by plans for a new security initiative. The result is a global sense of urgency for leaders to prioritize IT security in everything from their organizational strategy and annual budgets down to their day-to-day employee behaviors. But “prioritizing” means something different for every leader—it could be pushing risk prevention to the top of your agenda,...

Modern CISOs: 4 Habits Of Highly Effective Leaders

With the fast-evolving IT security landscape come ever-changing expectations for Chief Information Security Officers. Our idea of the “modern CISO” transforms year to year, and in the era of remote work, amid a rise in spear phishing and other cyber-criminal tactics targeting employee data, leaders are expected to be more connected and proactive than ever. Yet there’s never been a more fruitful time to be a part of information security leadership. Matt Hancocks for Gartner’s CIO Leadership initiative reports that as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaders in infosec and business have developed stronger and more essential relationships, resulting...

Go Phish: 11 Ways To Avoid The Bait

You’ve probably heard the adage “work smarter, not harder.” Here at BAI Security, we believe in both. When phishing attacks are clouding your email waters, it can feel daunting to keep your team abreast, particularly when hackers are brewing a perfect storm of social engineering and scam tactics to obtain your company’s credentials.In the past year, organizations across the world have been more vulnerable to phishing attacks than ever before. Among internationally polled IT security professionals, 80% noticed an increase in attempted phishing scams across the field, and 74% reported falling victim to phishing attacks themselves. A whopping three-fourths of...

Save Now, Pay Later: The True Cost of a Data Breach

What is the real cost of a data breach? To your organization, that can mean a number of things. A data breach costs you in the value of the data lost, as well as its consequences to your operations. There are also possible ransomware pay-offs, not to mention significant time and effort in incident response and recovery. A breach is further a highly visible dent in your security armor and, subsequently, a serious threat to your public reputation. It compromises your customers’ or patients’ right to privacy, as well as their trust in you to defend it—potentially costing you permanently...

Email Scams: Big Problems, Simple Solutions

Ahh, email—it’s likely your first priority in the morning and your last look at end-of-day. You may get anywhere from tens to hundreds of emails a day: coworkers asking questions, supervisors making requests, automated messages requesting verification or login information. Everyone’s done it: skimming through your sky-high backlog, checking for actionable messages, ignoring minute details that might seem out of place—which is exactly what malicious actors are counting on.Email scams have been around as long as email itself, and in today’s commonly remote-working world, they’re more prevalent than ever, invading the spaces we rely on to communicate both personally and...

Reduce Ransomware Risk: 6 Smart Steps

The results are in: ransomware is the hot topic for 2021. Devoted readers of our blog or any nightly newscast these days will know that ransomware attacks are a pressing concern for any industry with sensitive data, as well as supply chains and any organization reliant upon digital access for functionality… in other words, no one is immune to the threat of ransomware.Following the disastrous Colonial Pipeline hack, Reuters reports that the U.S. Department of Justice is “elevating the investigation of ransomware attacks to a similar priority as terrorism.” While we at BAI Security hope that widespread recognition of cyberattacks...