Dark Reading is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

Analytics

7/6/2016
12:00 PM
Sean Martin
Sean Martin
Slideshows
Connect Directly
LinkedIn
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%

What Security Really Looks Like In Small- To Midsized Businesses

Data from internal and external risk assessments provides some insight into how working with SMBs can be risky if security problems aren't uncovered and addressed.
Previous
1 of 7
Next

Image Source: imsmartin/DatumSec

Image Source: imsmartin/DatumSec

While they are decent targets themselves, small- to midsized businesses (SMBs) are often used as a stepping-stone to reach into their larger business partners’ networks. Cybercriminals often target smaller organizations that often don’t value nor invest properly in security.

SMBs often have limited cybersecurity staff; limited cybersecurity knowledge; and have no means to detect attacks, let alone respond to them.

Meanwhile, most large organizations don’t address third party risk of SMBs or other partners with any real assessment program. Many still rely on questionnaires, and others focus mainly on the top tier of vendors, leaving the smaller ones to fill out questionnaires. Some look at the external security postures of some of their third party partners.

“Unfortunately, self-attested questionnaires and outside-in external posture assessments only pain part of the picture,” says Jonathan Niednagel, CEO and co-found of third-party risk assessment firm DatumSec. “Our assessments have shown what most would expect but choose to ignore: the internal posture for most SMBs looks horribly worse than that found in their external assessment.”

Here are some findings on the state of SMB security that DatumSec uncovered in more than 140,000 internal risk assessment scans.

Note: The team at imsmartin would like to thank DatumSec for sharing some of their findings in support of this collection.

 

Sean Martin is an information security veteran of nearly 25 years and a four-term CISSP with articles published globally covering security management, cloud computing, enterprise mobility, governance, risk, and compliance—with a focus on specialized industries such as ... View Full Bio

Previous
1 of 7
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
The Problem with Proprietary Testing: NSS Labs vs. CrowdStrike
Brian Monkman, Executive Director at NetSecOPEN,  7/19/2019
RDP Bug Takes New Approach to Host Compromise
Kelly Sheridan, Staff Editor, Dark Reading,  7/18/2019
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Video
Cartoon Contest
Current Issue
Building and Managing an IT Security Operations Program
As cyber threats grow, many organizations are building security operations centers (SOCs) to improve their defenses. In this Tech Digest you will learn tips on how to get the most out of a SOC in your organization - and what to do if you can't afford to build one.
Flash Poll
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
The State of IT Operations and Cybersecurity Operations
Your enterprise's cyber risk may depend upon the relationship between the IT team and the security team. Heres some insight on what's working and what isn't in the data center.
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2019-14248
PUBLISHED: 2019-07-24
In libnasm.a in Netwide Assembler (NASM) 2.14.xx, asm/pragma.c allows a NULL pointer dereference in process_pragma, search_pragma_list, and nasm_set_limit when "%pragma limit" is mishandled.
CVE-2019-14249
PUBLISHED: 2019-07-24
dwarf_elf_load_headers.c in libdwarf before 2019-07-05 allows attackers to cause a denial of service (division by zero) via an ELF file with a zero-size section group (SHT_GROUP), as demonstrated by dwarfdump.
CVE-2019-14250
PUBLISHED: 2019-07-24
An issue was discovered in GNU libiberty, as distributed in GNU Binutils 2.32. simple_object_elf_match in simple-object-elf.c does not check for a zero shstrndx value, leading to an integer overflow and resultant heap-based buffer overflow.
CVE-2019-14247
PUBLISHED: 2019-07-24
The scan() function in mad.c in mpg321 0.3.2 allows remote attackers to trigger an out-of-bounds write via a zero bitrate in an MP3 file.
CVE-2019-2873
PUBLISHED: 2019-07-23
Vulnerability in the Oracle VM VirtualBox component of Oracle Virtualization (subcomponent: Core). Supported versions that are affected are Prior to 5.2.32 and prior to 6.0.10. Easily exploitable vulnerability allows low privileged attacker with logon to the infrastructure where Oracle VM VirtualBox...