NEW DELHI: Indians have become more cautious about their digital security as they use connected devices, with work from home and online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, as per a study by McAfee, a global computer security software company.
The survey, conducted on more than 1,000 adults between 18 and 75 years of age, revealed that 88% of consumers feel more digitally connected since the pandemic via devices, online activities, connected homes, while 86% have implemented more protection for their digital devices.
With a rise in the usage of connected devices, cyber criminals too have worked harder to launch covid-19-themed attacks which surged 240% in Q3 and 114% in Q4 in 2020, with an average of 648 new threats per minute. This has motivated customers to look at digital security seriously.
The ‘2021 Consumer Security Mindset Survey’ said that as many as 57% consumers agree that digital hygiene or the lack of it can put themselves and their families at risk. Two out of three Indians (68%) check if the network that they are joining is secure before connecting. Furthermore, more than half (53%) feel more vulnerable to risks when someone has visited their home and has connected to their internet. Perceived to be most vulnerable to cyber threats are Wi-Fi networks (57%), someone’s home computer (46%), smart home assistants (26%), smart TV (28%), and gaming systems (29%).
More than half of Indians (58%) indicate having a good understanding of the data they store on their mobile devices. Signalling a shift towards responsible behaviour, 72% utilize a mobile security software solution to protect data on their phone, of which, 46% use preinstalled security software. 58% of Indians believe that the information and data stored on their mobile phone are secure from cyber risks.
Around 81% of Indians state that since 2020, members in their household have started to participate in distance learning via virtual platforms. However, less than half (36%) of these purchased new security/protection technology to protect their family and home when distance learning was introduced into their new life routine.
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According to a report recently released by Verizon Business, 60 percent of companies state that mobile devices are the biggest security risk. This information comes from the 2021 Mobile Security Index report, which surveyed 856 IT professionals responsible for the procurement, management, or security of mobile devices. The report revealed how mobile device security continues to be a serious problem for companies.
Verizon Business found that 60 percent of businesses say that mobile devices are the biggest security risk for companies. Part of the problem is that companies are sacrificing mobile security. 76 percent stated that they were pressured to sacrifice the security of their mobile devices in order to increase expediency.
78 percent also noted that they expect remote work to remain high even when COVID-19 is over. The report also showed how the cloud continues to climb in importance for enterprises. Respondents stated that nearly half (46%) of their IT workloads are running in the cloud.
In the company’s press release, Verizon Business’s Chief Revenue Officer Sampath Sowmyanarayan stated: “The pandemic caused a global shift in the way organizations operate, many of which ramped up their digital transformation agendas and working models to meet the fast-changing needs of both employees and customers. While businesses focused their efforts elsewhere, cyber-criminals saw a wealth of new opportunities to strike. With the rise of the remote workforce and the spike in mobile device usage, the threat landscape changed, which for organizations, means there is a greater need to hone in on mobile security to protect themselves and those they serve.”
View the 2021 Mobile Security Index report here.
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Every hour, a threat actor starts a new scan on the public web for vulnerable systems, moving at a quicker pace than global enterprises when trying to identify serious vulnerabilities on their networks.
The adversaries’ efforts increase significantly when critical vulnerabilities emerge, with new internet-wide scans happening within minutes from the disclosure.
Attackers are tireless in their quest for new victims and strive to win the race to patched vulnerable systems. While companies strive to identify issues on their networks before it’s too late, they move at a much lower rate.
The data comes from the Palo Alto Networks Cortex Xpanse research team, who between January and March this year monitored scans from 50 million IP addresses of 50 global enterprises, some of them in Fortune 500.
The researchers found that companies take an average of 12 hours to find a new, serious vulnerability. Almost a third of all identified issues related to the Remote Desktop Protocol, a common target for ransomware actors as they can use it to gain admin access to servers.
Misconfigured database servers, zero-day vulnerabilities in critical products from vendors like Microsoft and F5, and insecure remote access (Telnet, SNMP, VNC) complete the list of high-priority flaws.
According to Palo Alto Networks, companies identified one such issue every 12 hours, in stark contrast with the threat actors’ mean time to inventory of just one hour.
In some cases, though, adversaries increased the scan frequency to 15 minutes when news emerged about a remotely exploitable, critical bug in a networking device; and the rate dropped to five minutes after the disclosure of the ProxyLogon bugs in Microsoft Exchange Server and Outlook Web Access (OWA) issues.
Palo Alto Networks recommends security teams look at the following list of services and systems to limit the attack surface.
The researchers note that they compiled the list based on two principles: certain things should not be exposed to the public web (bad protocols, admin portals, VPNs) and secure assets may become vulnerable over time.