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  • Cyber-attacks on companies of all sizes continue to grow, fueling a greater need for businesses to step up their plans to mitigate and recover from these threats. A recent global survey reveals that 66 percent of the 369 business continuity and resilience professionals surveyed reported at least one cyber incident in the previous 12 months, and 15 percent faced at least 10 incidents. The Cyber Resilience Report, conducted by the Business Continuity Institute and sponsored by Crises Control, also finds that some companies are still slow to respond to cyber incidents, which can result in a major disruption to business. One finding shows that 19% of organizations take four hours or more to respond, which is unacceptable by most standards. Organizations can turn to managed security service providers if they lack the resources or skill sets in-house. In addition to providing services such as intrusion detection, firewalls, and virus/spam blocking, they also can work with companies to help them improve their business continuity and cyber resilience plans. Key survey takeaways show a need at many companies for better communications, collaboration, plan validation and security leadership.

  • Small and midsize businesses need to understand that no company is too tiny for a cyber-attack or data breach and it doesn't matter what industry they are in. In fact, more than half of SMBs have been subjected to a breach in the last 12 months, according to a new survey conducted by the Ponemon Institute and sponsored by Keeper Security. Additionally, only 14 percent of the 598 IT and IT security respondents polled rated their companies' ability to mitigate cyber-attacks highly effective. The biggest reasons cited for the lack of confidence are insufficient personnel, budget and technologies, along with a lack of leadership in terms of who determines IT security priorities. The survey also finds that the most frequent attacks on SMBs are Web-based and include phishing and social engineering breaches. One of the biggest problems SMBs face is a lack of control and visibility into employee password protection, which is believed to play a key role in security defense. One way SMBs can increase their security strategies and prevent cyber-attacks is by partnering with managed security service providers and other security solution providers. Here's a look at key takeaways from the study.

  • It's no surprise the annual 2016 IT Skills and Salary Report from Global Knowledge finds cyber-security talent at the list of IT skills in high demand. As the number of data breaches continues to rise annually, along with rising costs associated with them, organizations are placing more emphasis on cyber-security. In fact, the survey of more than 10,000 IT and business professionals in North America indicates that IT security is the technology area most likely to expand in 2016. More than 40 percent of respondents expect to increase their security efforts in 2016, no matter the company size, industry and geography. Other skills in high demand include cloud computing, IT architecture, and network and systems engineering and operations. However, organizations are having a difficult time finding the skilled talent to fill these positions, and many pin the reason on a lack of training funds. IT professionals looking to boost their salaries may want to beef up their cyber-security skills through training, including related certification programs. Here are key takeaways that provide insight into some of the highest paying certifications and the biggest skills in demand.

  • New types of TeslaCrypt ransomware, potentially unwanted applications disguised as software updates, adware attacks on network resources, and Java and Microsoft Office vulnerabilities are all creating new security challenges, according to a threat report from security solutions provider Quick Heal Technologies. The First Quarter 2016 Threat Report finds growing targeted attacks on health care and financial institutions, and a rising threat from ransomware with new variants and propagation techniques. "While malware authors constantly devise new techniques to infiltrate systems and trick unsuspecting users, IT solutions providers have to work harder to counter these attack vectors with unbreakable security mechanisms in place," the study read. Quick Heal stresses the importance of employee education about how these attacks can stealthily gain access to devices or networks, and the need to keep all applications, programs and operating systems up-to-date to protect against security vulnerabilities. The study also underscores the need for IT solution providers to deliver new security products that protect against these types of attacks. Channel Insider examines 10 takeaways from the study.