Data silos, while common, are huge sources of inefficiency in any department or organization. This problem is exacerbated in IT, where any loss of time can incur huge costs. This blog will discuss, from the perspective of NetOps and SecOps, what data silos are, why they’re bad, and what they cost.
One of last year’s biggest threats is rearing its ugly head again in the form of a WannaCry phishing email scam. Early on June 21st, many people in the UK received an email informing them that the sender had infected their system with WannaCry. The senders threatened to encrypt all the recipient’s data if they didn’t pay a ransom of 0.1 Bitcoin ($650). The thing is, they haven’t actually infected anything at all.
Cybersecurity is never easy, but maintaining a secure small business network is arguably even harder because the IT team has much fewer staff. Even high-stakes networks, such as in hospitals or schools, are often managed by a single person. In situations like this, the biggest hurdle is time—you need to know exactly where to invest it and you have to work fast. Unfortunately, security infrastructure often can’t help you do either.
To detect a phishing scam, we typically examine hyperlinks for odd domains or subtle character changes (like a “1” in place of an “I”). But suppose a bad link looked completely normal, or perfectly mimicked one you often visit? The traditional detection methods no longer apply. This is possible with Unicode domain phishing attacks.