The comprehensive guide to ransomware protection and recovery

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The rise of ransomware has become a crisis that has crippled organizations world-wide. New strains of ransomware are on the rise, and with more remote employees the risks and exposure are higher than ever before.

Reliable backup and recovery are a crucial line of defense against ransomware. Having secure backup images of critical business data and applications allows companies to roll back in time to recover applications and data before the point of ransomware infection.

Learn about these 5 steps to protect from and limit the impact of ransomware:

  1.   Identifying and automating data protection for key business assets
  2.   Protecting backup environment with immutable data
  3.   Detecting early threats and potential risks
  4.   Responding proactively to prevent contamination and threat permeation
  5.   Recovering data quickly with flexible recovery options

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From LIBOR to SOFR: A Flexible Architecture is The Key to Surviving This Evolution

At the grand old age of 51, LIBOR (London Inter-Bank Offered Rate) has reached retirement with its expiry date set for the end of 2021.

SOFR is the new benchmark for all dollar-denominated loans and securities and is based on transactions in the U.S. Treasury repo market. However, the switch from LIBOR to SOFR will create complexities that must be overcome if GPs are to produce transparent, on-demand reporting that will satisfy LPs.

In this whitepaper, learn how the flexible architecture of Allvue's system allows it to evolve with the investment industry, making a future proof solution for all investment needs.

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What is Business Intelligence and Why Should GPs Care

Having the ability to synthesize and glean insights from vast (and growing) data sets can be very useful across many roles and functions in any organization.

The investment management industry, whose business model is predicated on information discovery, has taken notice. "Business Intelligence", or "BI" tools are being deployed across the firm, from the back office to investment teams to client relations.

This paper will look at four situations typical in a GP – managing the deal pipeline, monitoring portfolio company KPIs, fundraising and management/partner reporting – to see how these tools can be utilized to optimize decision making across the firm.

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The Risk of Spreadsheets For Private Capital Fund Managers

Spreadsheets are like an old friend - we rely and trust them, even if they make us crazy once in a while. But in terms of the private capital industry, too much reliance can turn into an unproductive relationship.

With private capital’s increasing influence in the financial markets, the role the spreadsheet plays in making major decisions - across the back office, deal teams and LPs, - is worth examining.

This whitepaper looks at the nature of the risks posed by the continued prevalence of spreadsheet-based processes at private equity, private debt, real estate and venture firms.

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Protecting College HTTP & HTTPS Applications from DDoS Attacks

DDoS attacks against encrypted web and application-based services continue to skirt university and colleges’ traditional volumetric-focused DDoS defenses.

To distinguish real users from malicious bots, institutions of higher learning are implementing a layered defense strategy that provides full attack spectrum protection with minimal exposure of private data for HTTP and HTTPS services.

Watch this on-demand webinar to learn best practices to ensure your users have unfettered access to the applications that are most important to them.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • HTTP and HTTPS attack techniques
  • How layered DDoS and application security pipelines can achieve DDoS resilience
  • Mitigation strategies that prevent collateral damage against real users
  • Techniques that minimize the expense of decrypting attack traffic

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How to Defend University DNS Services from DDoS Attacks of all Types

Colleges and universities continue to see a rise in cyberattacks and DNS services are one of the top targets. The disruption of DNS services can result in tremendous loss of revenue and business.

Watch this DDoS Defense Insight on-demand webinar to learn how to defend against one of the most common and disruptive types of cyberattacks: DNS DDoS attacks.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How DNS works and what makes it vulnerable
  • Which strategies DNS attackers use including the infamous water torture attack
  • What are the strategies for blocking brute force, DNS floods and pseudo random domain attacks
  • How to minimize damage to your legitimate users during an attack

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Threat Intelligence Report: DDoS Attacks Intensify in 2020

DDoS attacks continue to grow in frequency and sophistication and botnet weapons are as popular as ever while modern malware is gaining new ways to infect IoT systems and recruit them as drones. In these challenging times, up-to-date threat intelligence has become a critically important part of universities and colleges’ DDoS protection strategy.

Read this free intelligence report, titled “Q2 2020: The State of DDoS Weapons” where A10 Networks’ security researchers have tracked 10 million unique DDoS weapons and source of threats to help our Higher Education clients be more prepared for the threats that are targeting them today.

Read this free report to learn:

  • Where attacks originate from and the top sources of DDoS attacks
  • What the largest DDoS attacks have in common
  • About the top IoT exploits detected by A10 Networks

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Next-Gen Privileged Access Management Solutions

Before there were privileged access management (PAM) solutions, it seemed that everyone was given access to privileged accounts with little regard for who had access, when they had access and what they did with that access. As security breaches started to rise and compliance regulations were written, it was obvious that manual processes and home-grown approaches to privileged access management solutions weren’t enough.

Why make the investment to next-gen PAM? After we briefly cover the history of first-gen and next-gen PAM solutions, we will give you five reasons to consider purchasing next-gen PAM solutions:

•   Reason 1: Easy to deploy
•   Reason 2: Transparent and frictionless
•   Reason 3: Operations- and automation-ready
•   Reason 4: Scale and transform with your business
•   Reason 5: An identity-centered approach to PAM.

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Security Starts Here – Privileged Access Management

Unfortunately we can’t control the activities of our administrators with an invisible Vader-like grip. And if these permissions fall into the wrong hands, even the ‘ultimate power in the universe’ of can’t save us. The threat of a security incident or critical error is very real, and it’s something that auditors are focused on. After all, some damage can be done through a standard user account, but the potential damage is much greater if the compromised account has ‘superuser’ access rights, as demonstrated in this news report excerpt.

The One Identity family of solutions includes each of the capabilities discussed in this report. It includes the breadth to cover not only your AD-centered needs but also identity governance and administration and privileged access management regardless of the location of resources – on-prem, in the cloud, or hybrid. One Identity is different from most IAM vendors, because it offers the business-centric, modular and integrated approach that has been so elusive in legacy solutions and offers the breadth missing in AD, IGA and PAM point solutions.

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Get ahead of your next security breach – 5 Steps to mitigate the risks of privileged accounts

Privileged accounts are a necessity in any enterprise IT environment, since they enable administrators to manage the environment. But as news reports constantly remind us, granting privileged access increases the risk of a security breach, no matter what industry your organization represents. However, your organization does not have to become the next statistic.

By taking the five concrete steps outlined in this paper, you can help protect your organization from the risks inherent in privileged accounts.

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Is Biometrics the future of security?

One of the first things that every IT security professional need to know is that there are no “silver bullets” in this field. Defense in depth is one of the oldest IT security concepts. Its main point is that “layered security mechanisms increase security of the system as a whole. If an attack causes one security mechanism to fail, other mechanisms may still provide the necessary security to protect the system. Behavioral biometrics methods, such as keystroke dynamics or mouse movement analysis are ideal additional layers of defense. Besides the usual preventive security systems, such as firewalls or security doors, enterprises can introduce these solutions easily, without subjecting their employees to obtrusive analyses. More importantly, these provide results in real- time, able to monitor the activities of users continuously and accurately enough to avoid false alerts.

One Identity Safeguard for Privileged Analytics integrates data from our session management solution, with a variety of logs and contextual data points. Our thirteen algorithms scrutinize seventeen behavioral characteristics generating user behavior profiles for each individual privileged user that are continually adjusted using machine learning.

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The Breach Prevention Playbook

Identity and access management (IAM) – which exists to ensure that the right people can get to the right resources and that you can prove they are doing it right – is the most effective, and proactive, tool in the fight against breaches. Once the basics discussed earlier are satisfied, IAM will provide the biggest security bang for the buck. After all, a breach is nothing more than the wrong person getting their hands on something they shouldn’t, and you don’t find out about it until it’s too late.

This ebook will address various facets of IAM, how they play in breach prevention, and some detail on technology solutions from One Identity.

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Infographic: Orca Security 2020 State of Public Cloud Security Report

Neglected workloads and authentication issues are the weak links attackers are looking for -- almost half of organizations have internet-facing workloads containing secrets and credentials, which poses a risk of lateral movement. The security of internal workloads is much worse than frontline services which increases the risk of lateral movement once a frontline service is loaded. Follow the exploitation path in this infographic to discover how most large breaches happen.

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Report: The Orca Security 2020 State of Public Cloud Security

The world of cybersecurity isn’t fair. Security teams need to secure everything, but attackers need only find one weak link. For most organizations, cloud workload security is dependent upon the installation and maintenance of security agents across all assets. This rarely happens, as this report shows.

Download the Orca Security 2020 State of Public Cloud Security Report to learn:

  •     Benchmark your public cloud security posture against your peers
  •     The weak links and exploitation paths attackers are looking for
  •     The most common authentication issues hiding inside public cloud estates
  •     4 key recommendations to avoid a major breach

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Article: Orca Security Research Finds Public Cloud Environments Rife with Neglected Workloads, Authentication Issues, and Lateral Movement Risk

For most organizations, cloud workload security is dependent upon the installation and maintenance of security agents across all assets. However, IT security teams are not always informed of cloud deployments, so this lack of visibility results in missed vulnerabilities and attack vectors.

While public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) keep their platforms secure, customers are still responsible for securing the workloads, data, and processes they run inside the cloud – just as they do in their on-prem world. Such shared responsibility poses a serious challenge due to the speed and frequency of public cloud deployments.

Orca Security’s 2020 State of Public Cloud Security Report analyzed data from more than two million scans of 300,000 public cloud assets running on AWS, Azure, and GCP. Scanned accounts represented Orca’s customer base across numerous industries including financial services, professional services, travel, cloud computing, online marketplaces, entertainment, real estate, and more. Learn more about key findings from this article.

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