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New distribution agreement for the Netherlands

New distribution agreement for the Netherlands

Dutch organizations set to benefit from enhanced file auditing to protect against data breaches. Global cybersecurity vendor IS Decisions today announces an exclusive distribution agreement with NVB ICT DIENSTEN, an ICT specialist, to deliver its security solution FileAudit across the Netherlands. FileAudit is a comprehensive file monitoring tool that enables organizations to proactively track, audit … Continued

What lessons can companies learn from getting breached?

What lessons can companies learn from getting breached?

  In a sense, getting stung can be the key to taking notice — and maybe that’s a blessing in disguise. IT security is a topic often seen as solely the IT department’s concern. For management, the means taken to…

Cybersecurity advice for Higher Education

Cybersecurity advice for Higher Education

Information security continues to challenge both large and small institutions alike. According to EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit association of IT leaders in higher education, information security remains the #1 issue in 2018 for the third year in a row. Perhaps this is…

Taking a Proactive Approach to Avoid Data Breaches

Taking a Proactive Approach to Avoid Data Breaches

  It seems like IT’s general approach to any kind of attack – which includes data breaches – is a reactive one. Think about it, in every kind of attack-related scenario – whether an external attack, an insider threat, malware…

How are Data Breaches Detected

How are Data Breaches Detected

Sometimes the challenge with data breaches is to know they ever happened at all. Take these examples from the 2017 headlines: Company Breach Discovered Breach Occurred Verifone January 2017 mid-2016 Brooks Brothers May 2017 April 2016 – March 2017 California…

Does Meeting Compliance Include File Servers?

Does Meeting Compliance Include File Servers?

Those of you reading this are likely working in industries with compliance mandates around protecting specific data types from misuse. And, like most businesses today, you’re probably using some kind of industry-specific set of applications that host that data – a health information management system in a healthcare setting, for example. So, your compliance focus … Continued

Why is the Education Sector a Target for Cyberattack?

Why is the Education Sector a Target for Cyberattack?

Year over year, the same industry verticals seem to remain at the top of just about every analyst briefing, industry report, and infographic that are about security, threats, and attacks. Commonly, you repeatedly see Retail, Finance, Healthcare, and Education. But why? Retail and Finance make sense – those are businesses involved with moving people’s money (or … Continued

Active Directory User Login History – Audit all Successful and Failed Logon Attempts

Active Directory User Login History – Audit all Successful and Failed Logon Attempts

The ability to collect, manage and analyze logs of login events has always been a good source of troubleshooting and diagnostic information. Logons are the one common activity across nearly all attack patterns. They provide one of the clearest indicators…

UK politician password-sharing — maybe the security industry has been giving out the wrong advice?

UK politician password-sharing — maybe the security industry has been giving out the wrong advice?

A few days ago, a news story broke saying that many of the UK’s political leaders have been publicly (and almost proudly) proclaiming their own particularly poor passwords habits on Twitter. MP Nadine Dorries admits she regularly shouts the question…

Permissions, Accounts or Logons. Where do you draw the line in Least Privilege?

Permissions, Accounts or Logons. Where do you draw the line in Least Privilege?

  Captain Picard (from Star Trek: The Next Generation) has been known to produce some pretty memorable quotes. One such quote comes from an episode where the Federation is fighting the Borg, with Captain Picard saying (in reference to where…

Get Employee Logon Data through Webhooks

Get Employee Logon Data through Webhooks

With the launch of UserLock 9.6, organizations can now add the value of domain logon management to existing IT systems through an innovative use of webhooks. Webhooks — also known as ‘web callbacks’ or ‘HTTP push APIs’ — are a…

What’s Least Privilege Really All About?

What’s Least Privilege Really All About?

As we finish the upcoming whitepaper ‘Least Privilege and the Value of User Logon Management‘, we began thinking about how organizations may see the point of least privilege as being different things. We all know, at a minimum, the implementation of the principle includes setting up users with the least amount of privileges possible (after … Continued

External Attacks – It’s All About the Logon

External Attacks – It’s All About the Logon

It’s tough to come up with an effective counter-measure to external attacks when you can’t see your enemy. While there are plenty of stories in the news of how a certain company fell prey to a very specific attack, it’s hard to translate that into an actionable response. So, you walk through the “usual suspects” … Continued

Are You Just Waiting for a Compromise?

Are You Just Waiting for a Compromise?

The modern IT organization is well aware that compromises (in the form of both external attacks and insider threats) are more an issue of when than if. You’ve put up some defensive security solutions – AV, endpoint protection, email scanning,…

Why a decline for data breach costs is still not good enough

Why a decline for data breach costs is still not good enough

According to a recent study by international security research company, the Ponemon Institute, the average total cost of a data breach has declined by 10% globally. While it is encouraging to learn that global costs of data breaches have decreased,…

The convenience of single sign-on services (SSO) without compromising security

The convenience of single sign-on services (SSO) without compromising security

From an end user’s perspective, single sign on is a great idea. You log into one platform, which gives you access to multiple applications, programs and sites, with no need to log into each one individually. It’s convenient, quick and…

UserLock now supports both Windows and Mac computers

UserLock now supports both Windows and Mac computers

Today IS Decisions are pleased to announce a significant update to its flagship solution UserLock. UserLock 9.5 is the first version of the software in the company’s history to secure user logins from Mac computers. The launch comes at a time…

Lessons from the NHS: A bitter pill to swallow

Lessons from the NHS: A bitter pill to swallow

The WannaCry cyber-attack, which took place earlier this month, has made headlines all over the world over in recent weeks. Already documented as the biggest ransomware attack in history, the hackers shut down IT systems worldwide, with a staggering 75,000 attacks in 99 countries. However, of those impacted, the organisation which has been given the … Continued

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