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Cloud Misconfigurations: A Growing Security Threat

Cloud infrastructure, often referred to as IaaS (infrastructure as a service), has been adopted by the numerous organisations worldwide. Cloud infrastructure has many benefits including flexibility and agility but with that it also has its vulnerabilities and risks. One such vulnerability is cloud misconfiguration, which is becoming a prevalent source of risk for organisations. According […]

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Cloud Misconfigurations: A Growing Security Threat

Cloud infrastructure, often referred to as IaaS (infrastructure as a service), has been adopted by the numerous organisations worldwide. Cloud infrastructure has many benefits including flexibility and agility but with that it also has its vulnerabilities and risks. One such vulnerability is cloud misconfiguration, which is becoming a prevalent source of risk for organisations. According […]

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Ransomware: A Threat to Life, Education and National Security

Since the global onset of COVID-19 this year, cybercrime heights have soared. In a recent PWC report, almost 80% of Irish companies are struggling to keep up with the complexity of evolving cyber threats. Not only has the attack surface massively expanded but cybercriminals have leveraged the pandemic by sending out various ransomware attacks that […]

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What does cyber crime look like during COVID-19?

Since 2020 began, we have been witnessing an increased amount of malicious attempts as many threat actors have abused the panic and discomfort of the COVID-19 pandemic to conduct specially crafted cyber attacks. Here are the top 10 interesting cyber statistics and trends that have come from the global pandemic in recent months: Email scams […]

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Academy for women in cybersecurity opens for applications [News Article]

Article from Silicon Republic, August 2020 The specialist six-week course is aimed at women looking to develop skills in cybertech and infosec. Today (17 August), the Smarttech247 Women in Cybersecurity Academy was launched by Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath, TD. Cork-headquartered managed security services provider Smarttech247 said its programme will offer women an “intensive […]

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Smarttech247 CTO: ‘The attack surface is continuously expanding’ [News Article]

News article from Silicon Republic, July 2020 Andy Grzess is the CTO at cybersecurity company Smarttech247. He spoke to Siliconrepublic.com about the importance of adaptability when it comes to security. As machine learning, artificial intelligence and digital transformation continues to advance, cybersecurity systems become more sophisticated. Unfortunately, so too do the cyberattacks those systems have […]

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Cybersecurity warning over phishing targeting online shoppers [News Article]

Article from Irish Tech News, April, 2020 Reports of a surge in ‘phishing’ emails and text messages falsely claiming to be from courier companies have prompted Smarttech247 to issue a reminder to consumers about the risks of engaging with unknown contacts. Smarttech247 is a leading managed security service provider which has operations in Ireland, Romania, Poland and […]

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The Benefits Of Next Generation Firewalls

For most IT organisations, firewalls are the primary component of their security strategy. Traditional firewalls as we know them provide protection based on specific ports and protocols and can provide protection based on source and destination IP address. These firewalls are popular because they are relatively simple to operate and maintain, generally inexpensive and have […]

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How Much Could A Data Breach Cost You?

The Ponemon Institute has recently published this year’s Cost of a Data Breach Report which highlights data breach trends, costs and an overview of data breach root cause analyses. The report is based on the in-depth analysis of data breaches that have occurred over the past year, 80% of which incidents resulted in the exposure of […]

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NSA and CISA Recommend Immediate Actions to Reduce Exposure Across OT and ICS (AA20-205A)

Just as MITRE are updating their framework for Adversarial Tactics, Techniques, and Common Knowledge (ATT&CK) to include ICS and OT Systems, the NSA and CISA have recently issued the AA20-205A alert recommending immediate actions to reduce exposure across operational technologies and control systems. CISA and NSA advised that there has been an increase in activity […]

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2020: On track to hit data breach record

As we are just over half way through the year, 2020 is already looking to have the highest number of data breaches to ever occur in one year. The facts so far: The number of records exposed in Q1 2020 skyrocketed to 8.4 billion – a 273% increase compared to Q1 2019. COVID-19 set cybercrime […]

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