Data Privacy Day is a strong reminder that our privacy is becoming ever more important.
The amount of data we’re collecting continues to grow, along with the variety of platforms for storing, processing and sharing it.
We might choose to think of data privacy in terms of how it affects us all as consumers, yet privacy is important to businesses, too.
Businesses keep all kinds of sensitive information on their customers, store personal data about their employees, and create valuable information and intellectual property that need protection.
So, to mark Data Privacy Day, here are some of the ways that Sophos can help businesses keep data private and secure.
The malware ecosystem is a complex environment. Criminals must acquire victims, develop scams and figure out the most effective way to turn that activity into cash. Most Internet crimes are opportunistic, meaning that online attacks are best operated as a high-volume business.
The keys to profitability are the ability to exploit a high percentage of potential victims, being able to cast a wide net to gather said victims, and some sort of payload that can steal information or extort money from a victim.
In research conducted in February 2015 at SophosLabs in Vancouver, Canada, we found that Linux machines represented approximately 80% of the 178,635 newly malicious websites discovered by Sophos during that week. This compares to approximately 73% of all websites being served by non-Windows servers.
Why should this be the case? What leads Linux to be such an integral part of malware distribution?
Linux is widely considered to provide a higher level of security than traditional operating systems.
As a result, security tools such as anti-virus software are often ignored on the Linux platform.
However, Linux is increasingly popular with attackers, because Linux systems are often used for critical roles such as developer workstations, web servers and internal file servers.
A new study from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) has found that data breaches are costing UK businesses £34 billion a year. The report suggests this is made up of £18 billion in lost revenue and £16 billion in added security measures after breaches have occurred.
It’s the same the world over. According to a 2015 Ponemon Institute study commissioned by IBM, the global average cost of a data breach to an organization has reached $3.8 million – on average, $154 for every single compromised record. It’s significantly higher in the US and Germany, where the costs are $217 and $211 per compromised record, respectively. These are quite staggering figures.
Now, it’s not uncommon for companies who sell cybersecurity services like IBM and Sophos to talk big numbers like this. After all, clearly we think it’s good to see businesses are investing in doing something about this problem. But you do have to wonder if those billions are being spent effectively. As leaders in the security industry, we have a crucial role to play to ensure they are. We need to deal with the growing complexity of threats without introducing more complex solutions, and cost.
Recently we asked a bunch of IT professionals if they install antivirus on their servers. Their answers were quite surprising.
Out of 486 IT professionals we surveyed, only 284 (58%) said they run antivirus on both Windows and Linux servers.
The rest said they either don’t bother with antivirus on Linux servers (34%), or don’t run antivirus on any servers at all (8%).
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We are well into the 21st century, but it is astonishing how people can still believe that Linux-based operating systems are completely secure. Indeed, “Linux” and “security” are two words that you rarely see together.
Just as some people believe Macs are immune to viruses, some Linux users have the same misconception – and who can blame them? After all, vendors have been telling them that for years.
In 2012, after an exponential rise of OS X malware (such as MacDefender and Flashback), Apple decided to change its homepage by removing sentences like “It doesn’t get PC viruses.”