Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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Code42 Issues Super Bowl LII Cybercrime Alert

WHAT: More than 1 million visitors are expected to descend on Minneapolis during the weeks surrounding Super Bowl LII – a sporting event not only for football fans but also cybercriminals. While they are at the big game, fans will be using personal and company-owned devices, such as laptops, to access public Wi-Fi at local hotels and coffee shops, make online purchases, respond to event promotions, take care of transactions with business partners, reply to company emails and more. The sheer mass of online activity that is expected creates a prime opportunity for hackers to strike. Local data security company Code42 offers fans and businesses some tips to protect sensitive data and thwart bad actors. To remind Super Bowl visitors to be aware of data security during Super Bowl week, Code42 is lighting up the top floors of its office building in orange and has extended a private invitation to its customers to work from its Minneapolis-based headquarters.

ABOUT CYBERCRIME

Endpoints, such as laptops and computers, are a favorite target of cybercriminals, exposing users to ransomware threats, malware and data loss incidents.


In the U.S., as much as 60 percent of corporate data is on employee endpoints, which are under heightened use and at greater risk of attack during major public events like the Super Bowl.
Industry research from Forrester says that as much as 70 percent of data loss incidents originate on the endpoint.

It’s not only fans who are at greater risk, but so are the companies they work for. Bring your own device (BYOD) increases risks to sensitive company data if employees use their personal devices to access corporate emails and files while attending the big game.
Endpoint data security and recovery solutions can provide an antidote when businesses become the victims of ransomware, data theft or loss.
Minneapolis has 117 free public Wi-Fi spots, and U.S. Bank Stadium alone has 1,300 Wi-Fi access points.

CYBER SECURITY TIPS

Code42 shares a few data security tips for fans and companies to follow during the Super Bowl.

For fans
Use a secure Internet connection and avoid public Wi-Fi. If you are using a company device, use the virtual private network (VPN) provided by your organization.

Ensure your email and other important transactions occur with SSL, e.g., HTTPS in the browser.
Use password best practices. Make sure passwords used at work and home are different.
Use a “dedicated” or prepaid credit card for making online purchases.

Stay alert for phishing emails. If an offer seems too good to be true, it probably is. Don’t click on links embedded in an email even from someone you conduct business with. Instead, open a fresh browser page and go to their site using your own browser history or app.

Look closely at email addresses to ensure they are properly formatted and from the correct domain. For example, look for typos or a 0 (zero) being used instead of the letter “O.”
Backup your devices regularly - an essential form of protection in the event of a ransomware attack.

For companies
Educate employees about security best practices. People are often the weakest link in security manifestations so diligence is essential to staying safe.

It takes a mere second for an employee to click on a link in response to an inquiry that looks innocent or open an attachment that gives a cybercriminal access to your company’s network and data.
Lack of education is often the reason that employees breach certain conditions, such as downloading non-approved programs.

Data has moved outside the data center. To protect information, companies must have visibility to where it is, who moved it and how it is being used.
Back up devices regularly.

Code42 Enhances its Data Security and Recovery Solutions in a Market Defined by Global Cyberattacks

  • Code42, the global leader in cloud-based endpoint data protection and recovery, today announced enhancements to its data security solution. In a year defined by an increasing number of malware attacks and data loss incidents, Code42 continues to help organizations of all sizes meet advanced information technology (IT) and security requirements for increased speed of deployment and response.

    "Our latest enhancements will make it even easier for IT administrators to deploy and manage their data security solutions in the cloud and across endpoint operating systems," said Rob Juncker, senior vice president of product development at Code42. "Whether they are using our enterprise or small business solution, a single administrator can support thousands of users and have them protected in days versus weeks. By enabling IT teams to drive quicker user adoption, we can help them deliver more business value to their organizations; and by saving users time, we can drive greater confidence in technology teams. It's a winning proposition all the way around."

    To service its more than 47,000 customers globally with easier data security customization and faster deployment, Code42 added several new product capabilities to its enterprise solution, including:
    Security Center – Helps detect and mitigate insider threat incidents and data exfiltration events by setting data movement thresholds, tracking file activity patterns and sending alerts to IT or security administrators when data transfers to cloud storage or removable media exceed typical limits;
    External Key Store – Enables IT administrators to increase data security by storing encryption keys in the cloud and separate from data storage;
    Identity Management – Gives IT administrators the added flexibility to choose from a variety of identity management applications, including an integration with Okta, for multi-factor authentication in the cloud. Okta is a leading independent provider of identity for the enterprise;
    Access Lock – Enables IT administrators to immediately lock down laptops and desktops to prevent data from being accessed when a device is lost or stolen; and
    Legal Hold – Integrates Zapproved eDiscovery software so IT and legal departments can streamline the collection and preservation of data for eDiscovery.

    Small and emerging businesses concerned about protecting their valuable business data also benefited from Code42's recent product enhancements. The company's CrashPlan for Small Business solution offers organizations with fewer than 200 employees easy, affordable, unlimited cloud data backup and recovery for laptop and desktop computers. It recently released a new product interface that makes restoring files or replacing an existing device easier and more intuitive.

    Small businesses can use CrashPlan for Small Business to:
    Quickly restore business files by date or type, even if they were deleted;
    Monitor usage, restores and backup activity; and
    Automatically encrypt files backed up by Code42.
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