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Three Things Banks Need to Know About Preventing Data Breaches

Three Things Banks Need to Know About Preventing Data Breaches

Preventing data breaches could be one of the most important things your bank or financial services firm could focus on. Here are the reasons that data breaches should be a major focus.

Banks are increasingly targeted by hackers hoping to steal valuable data. Despite high threat levels and widespread knowledge of risks, many financial institutions find themselves underprepared. There are many reasons to focus on preventing data breaches, continue reading to find out a simple way Cybriant can help.

Financial services firms fall victim to cybersecurity attacks 300 times more frequently than businesses in other industries.

To make matters worse, the costs for financial institutions to repair these incidents are often far greater, which is problematic as the average data breach cost rose 5 percent to $7 million per breach in 2017. The average cost to U.S. businesses per record, lost or stolen, during a breach was $225 – compare that to the financial industry’s number of $336 per record and you can clearly see the issue.

Moreover, according to our own research studies, consumers at this point actually expect their financial service providers to offer services that reduce the chance for exposure and, as importantly, quickly rectify the situation if their data does become compromised. Of the consumers we surveyed, 50 percent said they want their bank to offer these services and 43 percent felt the same about credit unions.  


Since a data breach leads to a loss of customer faith and market reputation, it’s critical that financial institutions, including banks, protect their networks. Here are three things banks need to know about network security standards and preventing data breaches at financial institutions.

1. Many Banks Aren’t Budgeting Enough

IT staff need to be able to respond to threats, and banks that tighten the budget on IT spending cripple this mission. Unfortunately, some banks reduce IT budgets to free up more money for customer-facing web tools and apps. This move short-circuits IT’s ability to defend against a cyber attack. Banks must take threats seriously, and this means adopting stricter network security standards and adequately funding IT departments for cyber monitoring and defense. If your clients find out that you are preventing data breaches to secure their investment, they may find a new bank.

2. Two-Factor Authentication is No Longer Optional

Two-factor identification offers superior protection, but many employees dislike having to verify their identity using another method. Single-factor identification for apps and password-protected portals leaves banks vulnerable to an attack when cybercriminals have stolen legitimate user credentials.

Hackers are using more sophisticated and creative methods to easily steal login credentials. Once they have credentials, they can penetrate the system without raising any alarms.

Banks must ask themselves which is worse: the pain of having to log in via two-factor authentication or the pain of a serious data breach?

Two-factor authentication can thwart attacks. Given the low cost of implementation, it’s a no-brainer. You may even consider multi-factor authentication to ensure preventing data breaches.

3. Third-party Apps Present a Security Risk

Third-party apps promise a shortcut for financial institutions that don’t have the time or money to develop their own app, but there is a safety risk here. In the race to keep up with the competition, some banks are adopting apps that may not be up to security standards. The short-term attempt to stand out can backfire big when apps are penetrated.

No matter the perceived need to offer customers apps and online tools, there is no excuse for failing to do due diligence when it comes to security standards or compliance requirements. Approving the app to appease the staff opens up the bank to a data breach through a third-party app. To address the security gap, banks should take a two-pronged approach: First, adopt stricter policies that target weak apps and second, ensure all apps are monitored for cyber threats.

When hackers see that a bank is not an easy target, they will look for a financial institution that has unguarded access points. By addressing these security vulnerabilities, banks can reduce their risk and continue preventing data breaches.

Preventing Data Breaches Made Simple

You need to start with a cybersecurity strategy and framework. We recommend the NIST Cybersecurity Framework and have written several articles on how to use a framework in all your decision making.

People, Process, and Technology is the cornerstone of ITIL, but can it also be used to ensure a proper cybersecurity foundation? The answer may surprise you! Read more, “People, Process, Technology in Cybersecurity or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Process!”

Once you have the framework in place, focus on your compliance needs and risk reduction. We have create a tiered service that can not only make that efficient and affordable, it can actually make cybersecurity and preventing data breaches easy.

It’s called PREtect.

PREtect is a tiered cybersecurity service that will help optimize the protection of data assets and the detection of malicious events by addressing the most common vulnerabilities in the enterprise.

PREtect is offered in 3 tiers:

CORE: Continuous cyber threat detection through Managed SIEM

ADVANCED: CORE plus Managed Endpoint Detection and Response

PREMIUM: ADVANCED plus vulnerability and patch management

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How to Meet the Guidelines for the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

How to Meet the Guidelines for the NIST Cybersecurity Framework

Cybriant offers tiered cyber security services through PREtect. Each service offered through PREtect has a solution that will help you meet the NIST cybersecurity framework.

Which cybersecurity framework do you use? We discussed the importance of a framework in this previous post. A framework is a standardized methodology for selecting, implementing, testing, and maintaining a set of security metrics, also called security controls. There are many frameworks to choose from; NIST, ISO, NERC, PCI, etc., etc. The point is that you want to compare yourself against a known yardstick.

We prefer NIST CSF and recommend this to our clients.

What is the NIST Cybersecurity Framework?

National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity (CSF), which calls for “a set of industry standards and best practices to help organizations manage cybersecurity risks.”

Organizations can use the CSF to take a risk-based approach to align their security processes with business requirements. Because the CSF is not intended to be a “one size fits all” approach, Cybriant’s solution is scalable across all organizational sizes and can be adapted for specific use across multiple industries.

The Cybersecurity Framework was released in February 2014 as a result of Executive Order 13636, “Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity,” which was signed on February 12, 2013. The CSF was created through collaboration between the United States government and the private sector and places a focus on aligning business needs and priorities with cybersecurity and risk management. The CSF is comprised of three parts: the Core, the Implementation Tiers and the Profile. The Core identifies cybersecurity activities and practices that share a commonality across critical infrastructure sectors.

These activities and practices are grouped into five Functions: Identify, Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover. The Implementation Tiers provide entities with context for managing cybersecurity risks and applying a plan to their specific organization. Profiles are used to match cybersecurity objectives to business requirements, risk tolerance, and resources.

Let’s talk about PREtect.

PREtect is a tiered cybersecurity service that will help optimize the protection of data assets and the detection of malicious events by addressing the most common vulnerabilities in the enterprise.

PREtect is offered in 3 tiers:

CORE: Continuous cyber threat detection through Managed SIEM

ADVANCED: CORE plus Managed Endpoint Detection and Response

PREMIUM: ADVANCED plus vulnerability and patch management

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It’s possible to leverage Cybriant PREtect PREMIUM to help meet the guidelines and practices outlined in the CSF through automation of its technical controls.

How to use PREtect PREMIUM to meet NIST Cybersecurity Framework Guidelines

NIST cybersecurity foundationFrom a network security feature set, PREtect PREMIUM supports over 90% of the CSF’s technical controls. With our real-time vulnerability management solution, it is also extremely powerful for communicating CSF conformance results in many different internal and external stakeholders.

PREtect gives you continuous assurance that your security program is working. Capabilities include:

  • Information on which assets are connected to the network and how they are communicating
  • Active monitoring of host activities and events, including who is accessing them and what is changing
  • Identification of previously unknown resources, changes in behavior and new application usage
  • Near real-time metrics for continuous security and compliance
  • Correlation of real-time activity with the state-based vulnerability
  • Highly customizable dashboards, reports, and workflows for rapid response
  • Communication of consolidated metrics
  • Trends across systems, services, and geographies
  • Controls team member permissions by role
  • PREMIUM analytics with actionable information and trending to prioritize events/alerts

PREtect PREMIUM enables organizations to automate the NIST Cybersecurity Framework’s technical controls by bringing active scanning and passive monitoring, configuration auditing, host event, and data monitoring and analysis, reporting and alerting together with risk classification, assessment, and mitigation in a scalable enterprise security system.

Once an organization begins to use the NIST Cybersecurity Framework Core as a baseline for its cybersecurity and risk activities, PREtect PREMIUM makes it easier to take the step towards developing a detailed Target Profile that is both achievable and manageable.

Definitions of each function are quoted from the NIST Cybersecurity Framework, and several examples are explained below.


The activities in the Identify Function are foundational for effective use of the NIST Cybersecurity Framework.

Understanding the business context, the resources that support critical functions, and the related cybersecurity risks enable an organization to focus and prioritize its efforts, consistent with its risk management strategy and business needs. Examples of outcome Categories within this Function include Asset Management; Business Environment; Governance; Risk Assessment; and Risk Management Strategy.

Using the Risk Assessment category as an example, there are three technical controls, all of which can be automated or supported with the use of PREtect PREMIUM. Subcategory ID.RA-2 requires that “Threat and vulnerability information is received on a daily basis from information sharing forums and sources.”

Through our technology partners, PREtect PREMIUM updates its vulnerability information and threat intelligence, provided by multiple third parties, on a daily basis. The Risk Assessment category has two other subcategories that state “Asset vulnerabilities are identified and documented” and “Threats, both internal and external, are identified and documented.” Both of these subcategories are also automated through active scanning, passive monitoring and event analysis.


The Protect Function supports the ability to limit or contain the impact of a potential cybersecurity event. Examples of outcome Categories within this Function include Access Control; Awareness and Training; Data Security; Information Protection Processes and Procedures; Maintenance; and Protective Technology.

Using the Information Protection Processes and Procedures category as an example, PREtect has numerous capabilities to automate the technical controls. Examples include:

  • PR.IP-1: Baselines are created and maintained
  • PR.IP-2: System development lifecycle to manage systems is implemented
  • PR.IP-3: Configuration change control processes are in place

The CSF contains 22 technical subcategories for Protect, 19 of which are automated or supported by

PREtect PREMIUM. For example, PREtect PREMIUM performs baseline audits, which allows Cybriant to scan systems based on a “standard image” by which to compare other systems, and can also alert when there are configuration changes made on endpoint devices and systems.


The Detect Function enables the timely discovery of cybersecurity events. Examples of outcome Categories within this Function include Anomalies and Events; Security Continuous Monitoring; and Detection Processes.

Using the Security Continuous Monitoring category as an example, PREtect PREMIUM has numerous automated capabilities to fulfill these controls. Examples include:

  • DE.CM-1: Network is monitored to detect potential cybersecurity events
  • DE.CM-3: Personnel activity is monitored to detect potential cybersecurity events
  • DE.CM-4: Malicious code is detected
  • DE.CM-5: Unauthorized mobile code is detected

The CSF contains 14 technical subcategories for Detect, 13 of which are automated or supported by PREtect PREMIUM. For example, through active and agent scanning, continuous listening and host data analysis, PREtect PREMIUM can observe network and user activity, detect vulnerabilities and events, and alert and report on these as part of an overall cybersecurity plan.


The Respond Function supports the ability to contain the impact of a potential cybersecurity event. Examples of outcome Categories within this Function include Response Planning; Communications; Analysis; Mitigation; and Improvements.


The Recover Function supports timely recovery to normal operations to reduce the impact from a cybersecurity event. Examples of outcome Categories within this Function include Recovery Planning; Improvements; and Communications.

The Respond and Recover Functions are comprised of categories and subcategories that are mostly administrative in nature, such as “Response plan is executed during or after an event,” “Recovery plans incorporate lessons learned,” and “Public relations are managed.” PREtect PREMIUM’s capabilities are focused primarily on the CSF’s technical controls, and although some exceptions exist, PREtect PREMIUM does not provide full support for the administrative Respond and Recover Functions.

Concurrent and Continuous Monitoring

Strong security, as prescribed in the CSF, requires broad visibility of extended networks, including IT systems, industrial control systems (ICS), virtual infrastructure, cloud, and BYOD. This visibility cannot rely solely on point-in-time data acquisition; it requires continuous, real-time data. The technology behind PREtect PREMIUM acquires security data from across organizations, using sources such as network traffic, virtual systems, mobile device management, patch management, host activity, and monitoring, as well as external sources of threat intelligence to feed an intelligent monitoring system. It analyzes this data to identify and prioritize anomalies and suspicious behavior so our team can effectively investigate and resolve them.

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The Ultimate List of Effective Cyber Security Monitoring Tools

The Ultimate List of Effective Cyber Security Monitoring Tools

Are you prepared to defend your entire organization against the bad guys? Check out our list of cyber security monitoring tools to be sure. 

cyber security monitoring tools

Cyber Security Monitoring is a huge responsibility for every business no matter the size. You must be prepared to defend against malware, hackers, internal sources, and so much more.

Be sure you have these cyber security monitoring tools in place:


Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) – A SIEM platform centrally collects data from multiple devices on your network, including your existing security appliances. Through an advanced correlation engine, it is able to proactively identify security events not otherwise detected by standalone security technology.

A SIEM system centralizes logging capabilities on security events for enterprises and is principally used to analyze and/or report on the log entries received. The analysis capabilities of SIEM systems can detect attacks not discovered through other means and can direct the reconfiguration of other enterprise security controls to plug holes in enterprise security. Some of the top SIEM products — assuming an attack is still in progress — can even stop detected security breaches.

SIEM is one of the ultimate cyber security monitoring tools and collects data in multiple ways from your system or network, including your existing security appliances. Your SIEM gives us a “Big Picture” of your all security events. With the right security experts monitoring your SIEM, you’ll know when and where an event occurs.

Managed SIEM is included in PREtect CORE. Find out more here. 

Free Research Tools

There are many free research tools available to research cybersecurity threats that are effective cyber security monitoring tools. The key factor is that the person doing the research needs to have a comprehensive knowledge of all the pieces involved. AlienVault Open Threat Exchange is the neighborhood watch of the global intelligence community. It enables private companies, independent security researchers, and government agencies to openly collaborate and share the latest information about emerging threats, attack methods, and malicious actors, promoting greater security across the entire community.

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Trained Experts

Of all the cyber security monitoring tools available, having a trained expert on your team could be one of the most critical. A common mistake we see is when organizations add cyber security monitoring to their overstaffed IT team’s plate. Untrained employees aren’t able to resolve cyber security issue immediately or even know what to look for.

At Cybriant, we recommend outsourcing to a professional cyber security monitoring company like us. The Cybersecurity experts on our team are professionals who have attained specialized in-depth expertise and proven knowledge in the essential areas of proactive cyber threat detection and mitigation. Our cyber security experts act as an extension of your IT team, understand your infrastructure, and are ready to defend your network.

Find out more here. 

Network Traffic Analysis Framework

Due to the increase in internet-based services, the size of network traffic data has become so large and complex that it is very difficult to process with the traditional data processing tools. Cyber security monitoring is a major problem for organizations that have a large amount of network traffic. Fast and efficient cybersecurity intrusion detection is a very challenging problem due to big and complex nature of network traffic data. A realistic cybersecurity intrusion detection system should be able to process large size of network traffic data as fast as possible in order to detect the malicious traffic as early as possible.

Cybriant helps defend your network through our tiered PREtect services. Find out more at PREtect:


The Disassembler is a program that converts machine code into the low-level symbolic language that can be read by the human. The disassembler is a reverse engineering cybersecurity monitoring tool. Traditionally it was applicable only on hardware but now also used for software as well. Disassembler, reverse engineering can be used to identify the details of a breach that how the attacker entered the system, and what steps were taken to breach the system. There are different tools to work on the path of a disassembler, which is Apktool, IDA and Dex2jar etc. are major ones.

Mean Time to Detect (MTTD) and Mean Time to Respond

Any organization that is serious about their cyber security will have a thorough understanding of their current Mean Time to Detect and Mean Time to Respond metrics. MTTD and MTTR are vital cyber security monitoring tools.

  • Meantime to detect is the amount of time it takes your team to discover a potential security incident.
  • Meantime to respond is the time it takes to control, remediate and/or eradicate a threat once it has been discovered.

A team of experts should review security events on daily basis and you should concern to reduce mean time to detect risks. When you detect risk then you need to immediately resolve this matter and reduce mean time to respond also. The core metric for many security teams to measure their effectiveness is in Mean-Time-to-Detect and Mean-Time-To-Respond. Once your security team identifies or detects a threat and creates an alert, it then becomes a matter of how much time is spent on containing and remediating the threat.

Trained Employees

No matter the size of your organization, we can probably guess that your employees aren’t trained well enough on cybersecurity and IT security. Hackers are getting increasingly good at recreating emails and personalizing for your employees. How can you effectively train your employees? It should come from the top down. Make security a priority in your organization.

There are different online platforms which are offering basic courses for employees training. KnowBe4 allows your organization to “phish your users” so you will know who the most phish-prone employees are and which ones should receive the most training.

Check it out here: Cyber Security Training

AI to Prevent Malware from Executing

Many organizations think that their antivirus software is enough to keep them safe. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Antivirus isn’t enough to protect endpoints.

The underlying technology for Cybriant’s Managed EDR service is the only technology that stops over 99% of advanced threats and malware before they can execute to cause harm. It completely eliminates the need for legacy antivirus software, anti-exploit products, whitelisting solutions, and host-based intrusion detection and prevention systems.

Cybriant uses a “prevention-first” technology – we stop attacks before they cause harm, vs allowing attacks to happen, then clean up the mess.  By reducing the number of endpoint security products deployed on the endpoint, customers gain operational efficiencies by not having to manage signatures, policies, or deployments of additional protection.

This service is included in PREtect PREMIUM

Privileged identity management (PIM)

Privileged identity management is also a key cyber security monitoring tool. PIM is highly recommended by cybersecurity experts that by this specific passwords are save in specific software. When any hacker is trying to hack a company’s website or data then PIM deceive attackers by changing passwords immediately. Due to this confidential data protected from stealing by attackers. PIM is also cost-effective and you can save your money.

Patch Management

Patch area codes which are basically used to update the software of your company to get the latest versions which are more effective. Responsive Patch Management solution will scan your systems, check for missing and available patches against our comprehensive vulnerability database, download and deploy missing patches and service packs, and generate reports to effectively manage the patch management process of the enterprise. Patch management is simply the practice of updating software with new pieces of code which is more effective for cyber security monitoring.

This service is included in PREtect ADVANCED. Find out more at 

Inside Threat Detection

Insider threat detection is also the main problem to face today. In this matter, you should take care of your employees. You should detect threats from inside because some malicious users who access private information and want to steal this. There are some negligent users who not voluntarily expose data but due to their negligence data can be exposed to outers by which company loss protection and some private/confidential files.

Check your vulnerabilities

Performing only a single vulnerability scan each year or quarter puts organizations at risk of not uncovering new vulnerabilities. The time between each scan is all an attacker needs to compromise a network. With continuous scanning, our security experts automatically have visibility to assess where each asset is secure or exposed.

Vulnerabilities are related to dangers or risks which our networks face or in emergency condition affected by some malware. So, for this purpose, you should examine your network to find risks and their solutions. Confidently visualize, analyze, and measure your cyber risk vulnerabilities is a tool for reducing cyber risk. Identifying vulnerabilities and having a system in place to patch will be incredibly effective cyber security monitoring tools.


With 3 Levels of Protection, PREtect covers all your Cyber Security Monitoring Tools

How to Address Common Network Security Threats

How to Address Common Network Security Threats

Top 5 most common network security threats. Be sure your organization has a plan to protect and/or prevent each of these malicious types of network security threats. 

Hacking is easy. And profitable. An average phishing attack could potentially cost a mid-sized organization $1.6 million. Phishing is just one of the many ways that an organization can be attacked or breached.

Let’s talk about the top 5 most common network security threats.

Common Network Security Threats #1: Social Engineering

Social engineering, in the context of information security, refers to psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. Wikipedia

While we typically think of email as the main source of social engineering, hackers can gain your trust through phone, email, snail mail, or direct contact. The intention is to gain access to a system that would be too difficult for them to hack into.

Phishing or Spear phishing may be the top techniques used by social engineers to get your confidential information. Cybriant partner, KnowBe4, has compiled a list of top 10 techniques that the bad guys typically use. The list includes:

  1. Pretexting
  2. Phishing
  3. Water-holing
  4. Diversion theft
  5. Spear phishing
  6. Baiting
  7. Quid Pro Quo
  8. Tailgating
  9. Honeytrap
  10. Rogue

See the KnowBe4 article, “What is Social Engineering” for a more detailed look into those techniques.

Common Network Security Threats – Social Engineering Stats:

  • 1 in 131 emails contains malware.
  • 4,000+ ransomware attacks occur daily.
  • The number of Phishing Attacks increased 65% last year.
  • phishing attack costs a mid-sized company $1.6 million.
  • 47% of attacks in 2017 caused by phishing.

Common Network Security Threats #2: Technical Vulnerabilities

A vulnerability is a weakness of an asset or control that could potentially be exploited by one or more threats. An asset is any tangible or intangible thing or characteristic that has value to an organization, a control is an administrative, managerial, technical, or legal method that can be used to modify or manage risk, and a threat is any potential event that could harm an organization or system. Source: ISO 27001

Many organizations confuse Vulnerability Management and Vulnerability Scanning. Performing only a single vulnerability scan each year or quarter puts organizations at risk of not uncovering new vulnerabilities. The time between each scan is all an attacker needs to compromise a network. With continuous scanning, our security experts automatically have visibility to assess where each asset is secure or exposed.

Today, security professionals find themselves chasing the “threat of the week,” often to no avail. Racing ahead without context and prioritization results in reactive firefighting and pursuit of the wrong issues. Performing the security basics well demands insight and focus.

Fortunately, vulnerability remediation doesn’t always have to be performed overnight, although the highest risk issues should be addressed quickly.

According to a comprehensive assessment of global data breach statistics, 99.9 percent of the exploited vulnerabilities were compromised more than a year after the common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) was published.

In other words, if organizations would patch their vulnerabilities in less than a year, they could improve their chances of preventing an exploit-initiated data breach by as much as 99.9 percent.

Excerpt from “The Modern Approach to Vulnerability Scanning

Common Network Security Threats – Technical Vulnerabilities Stats:

  • More than 90% of exploited vulnerabilities in 2015 were more than one-year-old and nearly 20% were published more than 10 years ago.
  • 8,000 vulnerabilities a year were disclosed over the past decade.
  • 85% of successful hacks used the top 10 exploits.

 Common Network Security Threats #3: Poor Patch Management

Patch management is a strategy for managing patches or upgrades for software applications and technologies. A patch management plan can help a business or organization handle these changes efficiently. Techopedia

A poor patch management plan can put a company at risk for hackers finding ways through their systems via vulnerabilities. [See Equifax]

A proper patch management plan will help your organization find missing security patches, support multiple systems and platforms, and handle increased compliance restraints.

Common Network Security Threats – Poor Patch Management Stats:

  • 45% of companies are not using a dedicated patch management solution to distribute and manage software updates.
  • 72% of decision-makers do not deploy a patch within 24 hours after it is released to the public.
  • Failure to patch caused the infamous Equifax breach, releasing the data of 143 million people.

Common Network Security Threats #4: Compromised Endpoints

Compromised endpoints have become much more common in the mobile-era that we live in today. BYOD means that employees are connecting their own devices to a corporate network. While this helps an employee’s productivity, it may cause problems for an organization’s network since corporate policy may not be enforced on the device.

This threat is very closely related to common network security threats – social engineering. That is because many compromised endpoints are caused by social engineering including phishing attacks that cause an end user to download malicious software onto their devices.

What is the risk of letting malware execute? Download our ebook: Prevention vs. Detect and Respond.

Common Network Security Threats Compromised Endpoints Stats:

  • In Q1 of 2017 alone, mobile ransomware attacks increased by 253%.
  • 66% of security professionals doubt their organizations can prevent a breach to employees’ devices.
  • The most mobile attacks occur on businesses in the US. Businesses average 54 mobile malware infections.

Common Network Security Threats #5: Advanced Persistent Threats

An advanced persistent threat is a set of stealthy and continuous computer hacking processes, often orchestrated by a person or persons targeting a specific entity. An APT usually targets either private organizations, states or both for business or political motives. APT processes require a high degree of covertness over a long period of time.

The “advanced” process signifies sophisticated techniques using malware to exploit vulnerabilities in systems. The “persistent” process suggests that an external command and control system is continuously monitoring and extracting data from a specific target. The “threat” process indicates human involvement in orchestrating the attack.

APT usually refers to a group, such as a government, with both the capability and the intent to target, persistently and effectively, a specific entity. The term is commonly used to refer to cyber threats, in particular, that of Internet-enabled espionage using a variety of intelligence gathering techniques to access sensitive information,but applies equally to other threats such as that of traditional espionage or attacks.

Other recognized attack vectors include infected media, supply chain compromise, and social engineering. The purpose of these attacks is to place a custom malicious code on one or multiple computers for specific tasks and to remain undetected for the longest possible period. Knowing the attacker artifacts, such as file names, can help a professional make a network-wide search to gather all affected systems.[4] Individuals, such as an individual hacker, are not usually referred to as an APT, as they rarely have the resources to be both advanced and persistent even if they are intent on gaining access to, or attacking, a specific target.


Common Network Security Threats Advanced Persistent Threats Stats: 

  • 81% of data breach victims do not have a system in place to self-detect data breaches.
  • Many companies rely on notification from third parties to let them know about a data breach on their network, increasing the time to detection from 14.5 days to 154 days.

According to the FBI, business email compromise (BEC) alone cost businesses worldwide over $5 billion from 2013 to 2016. Here’s the disconnect: phishing skirts technology by targeting human beings. That’s why it’s critical to educate employees to recognize and report all manner of phishing attacks.

Gartner argues that the biggest threats are not the ones that risk causing the most damage to you, but simply the vulnerabilities in your organization’s environment that are being actively exploited “in the wild.”

According to its research, the primary method of compromise for most threats is the exploitation of known but unmitigated vulnerabilities, not zero-day threats or new exploits. This is largely a matter of cost: threat actors will continue to primarily use the most cost-effective and reliable exploits instead of new ones because they too have limited time and resources.

How to address Common Network Security Threats

While each common network security threat has its own individual process for prevention (or elimination), some of the threats are closely related.

For example, organizations typically categorize vulnerability management and patch management in the same sentence. That’s because if you find a vulnerability, you want to patch it immediately, but those are different services.

Similarly, social engineering can cause compromised endpoints. But, your organization should have a way to maintain one and alleviate the other.

This is why we created Cybriant PREtect.  

Cybriant PREtect integrates five essential security controls delivered as a single subscription service.

With each integral service, PREtect will help your organization combat each of the top 5 common network security threats.

The services included in our PREtect offering are:

  1. Security Awareness Training
  2. Vulnerability Management
  3. Patch Management
  4. Endpoint Detection and Response
  5. Managed SIEM with Security Monitoring

These services are available individually, but when these services are delivered together they harden your organizations’ computing environments and significantly help reduce the risk of loss due to breach.

PREtect ensures a sound security posture as well as compliance with government regulations and industry best practices for effective information security.

Common Network Security Threats and PREtect

  1. Reducing your threat landscape: We targeted the top 5 common cyber breach vectors mentioned above and bundled services that will reduce your risk of loss due to breach.
  2. Building a solid security foundation: Our services are based on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework which consists of standards, guidelines, and best practices to manage cybersecurity-related risk.
  3. Simplify compliance: Each PREtect service will help you operationally comply with any cybersecurity regulatory requirements
  4. Speeding time to business value: We have the expertise, data, processes, etc. to make your security tools work at peak efficiency.  More info at


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It’s Time to Move to a Proactive Cybersecurity Approach

It’s Time to Move to a Proactive Cybersecurity Approach

AlienVault recently conducted a survey of 233 IT professionals about how their roles have changed since the WannaCry and NotPetya cyberattacks in 2017. As you can imagine, these IT professionals are experiencing increased workloads:

  • Two-thirds (66%) are more up-to-date with patching than they were previously.
  • Half (50%) say that they are now using threat intelligence more regularly, to stay ahead of emerging threats.
  • In addition, 58% carried out a review of their organization’s cybersecurity posture following the attacks.

Javvad Malik, security advocate at AlienVault explained, “Working life has become much more difficult for many IT professionals in the wake of these attacks. But the preventative measures that many are engaged in, such as patching and security reviews, point towards a panicked reaction from management tiers. Given the unpredictable nature of today’s security environment, organizations should focus their efforts on detection and response.”

While these cyber attacks have affected the current roles of IT professionals, only 14% of respondents say that their budgets for cybersecurity have increased. And only 16% of those respondents say believe that their bosses and company boards have taken a greater interest in their roles.

The result – AlienVault believes that attitudes towards cybersecurity have hardly changed as a result of WannaCry and NotPetya

At Cybriant, we understand that many organizations tend to be reactive rather than proactive when it comes to cyber risk. You have a firewall and your employees use an antivirus, so what else can you do? You need to focus on the bottom line of your business – and not worry about the potential of a cyber attack, right? Well, let’s look at the stats:


  • 300,000 computers were infected across 150 countries.
  • Cyber risk modeling firm Cyence estimates the potential costs from the hack at $4 billion, while other groups predict losses would be in the hundreds of millions.
  • Companies like FedEx in the U.S., National Health Service hospitals in the U.K. and Telefonica in Spain were among those victimized: They and others that fell prey to the worm were ordered to pay $300 to $600 in Bitcoin to regain access to their encrypted files.
  • The US and UK assert that North Korea was behind the attacks.


  • Designed to spread quickly, and targeted complete energy companies, the power grid, bus stations, gas stations, the airport, and banks.
  • The attack has cost companies an estimated $592.5 million in revenue based on figures from U.S. Securities and Exchange filings and investor statements. That total includes money lost in quarterly and yearly revenue as well as financial and operational losses brought on the attack.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

The fact is that these attacks (and many, many others) were made possible by poor operational security procedures (or lack of them). We recommend five basic, essential, fundamental cyber risk services that will help your company have a proactive security posture:

  • Security Awareness Training
  • Real-time Vulnerability Management
  • Responsive Patch Management
  • Endpoint Detection and Response
  • 24x7 SIEM with Security Monitoring

We even put these services in one integrated solution: Cybriant PREtect. Learn more about this affordable, subscription-based model at 

Cybriant in the News: PREtect Spotlight

Cybriant in the News: PREtect Spotlight

Cyber security has been deemed as one of the biggest concerns for small businesses owners when it comes to protecting their digital assets. Cybriant is a holistic cyber security service startup which enables small and mid-size organizations to deploy and afford the same cyber defense strategies and tactics as the Fortune 500.

Their product suite, PREtect, contains 5 cyber risk management solutions designed to optimize the protection of data assets and the detection of malicious events by addressing the most common vulnerabilities in the enterprise. Utilizing leading technologies and seasoned security expertise, Cybriant delivers an affordable solution which addresses the most common yet challenging structural and operational security vulnerabilities. The services include: Comprehensive security monitoring with continuous, actionable threat intelligence; detect and deploy missing patches in one’s system; detect, identify, and contain advanced threats before they cause damage; full executive reporting with consistent detection and identification of vulnerabilities; and a Security Awareness Training and Simulated Phishing platform that will keep a company’s employees trained, with security top of mind. Any business, small or large is vulnerable today.

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