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8 Most Overlooked Security Threats

Businesses know the obvious security threats to watch for, but some of the biggest dangers may not at top-of-mind.
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There's always a new security threat to worry about, whether it's from the latest breach headline or a cyberattack on your business. It's almost impossible to keep track of every factor putting an organization at risk.

There is no avoiding the reality that cybercrime, or cyber espionage, will hit. Attackers are employing methods across the spectrum to deliver malware and steal credentials, from old vectors like malvertising, to new ones like appliances connected to the Internet of Things.

Every security expert has a different perspective on which threats should be top of mind, and which ones businesses aren't paying enough attention to. Here a few security pros weigh in on the threats they thing are flying under the enterprise security radar.

Are there any threats you would add to this list? We'd like to keep the conversation going, so feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

Kelly Sheridan is the Staff Editor at Dark Reading, where she focuses on cybersecurity news and analysis. She is a business technology journalist who previously reported for InformationWeek, where she covered Microsoft, and Insurance & Technology, where she covered financial ... View Full Bio

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tcritchley07
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5/26/2017 | 5:58:54 PM
8 Most Overlooked Security Threats
Interestng article but there is a 90 degree view of this which is disaster recovery when the attack actually works.

The reent Wanna Cry attcaks immobilised large parts of Britain's NHS and it is apparent they did not have a DR plan rto revocover. Moving on, and thinking laterally, there is a case for scrapping the use of Windows in many cases as the bad guys are obviously very proficient in this area. How would they fare with z/OS, Linux and Unix??

Just a few thoughts out of the box.
Joe Stanganelli
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5/29/2017 | 9:06:24 PM
Malvertising
Worth noting that malvertising has also been used to deliver malware.

Yet another reason to disable/block Flash, Java, and HTML5 on all but the most trusted of sites.
LindsayCybSafe
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5/30/2017 | 6:57:40 AM
Awareness training
Interesting how many of the overlooked security threats come down to No. 8 - employee awareness. Mobilisation, IoT, in-memory phishing attacks push the ball into the court of employees and their devices...a disproportionate focus technology is happening, when hackers are focusing on people more than ever.
Dr.T
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5/30/2017 | 11:54:32 AM
Evil maid
This is most likely a common one that we are not that much aware of.
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2017 | 12:17:53 PM
Re: 8 Most Overlooked Security Threats
"The reent Wanna Cry attcaks immobilised large parts of Britain's NHS and it is apparent they did not have a DR plan rto revocover"

Agree. That is becoming major issue, if there is nothing to fall back it is downtime obviously. 
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2017 | 12:19:39 PM
Re: 8 Most Overlooked Security Threats
How would they fare with z/OS, Linux and Unix??

I say the same way, it is not about OS, there is always vulnerabilities in all OSes.
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Dr.T,
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5/30/2017 | 12:21:17 PM
Re: Malvertising
"Yet another reason to disable/block Flash, Java, and HTML5 on all but the most trusted of sites."

HTML5? Then no sites could run on any browsers, correct?
Dr.T
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5/30/2017 | 12:22:37 PM
Re: Awareness training
"when hackers are focusing on people more than ever"

Agree. It becomes more human hacking than machine.
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5/30/2017 | 12:23:02 PM
Undereducated employees
 

This is more critical one I would say.
tcritchley07
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5/30/2017 | 2:23:39 PM
Re: 8 Most Overlooked Security Threats
I'm afraid all OSes are not the same. Windows is a ramshackle lash-up which changes every version and is wide open to abuse. z/OS is far more robust and defendable than Windows and is capable of protecting Linux running under it. The 3rd party apps that run with Windows to give the total internet environment were not designed together and are bolt-ons with the same potential for interference with each other and by the bad guys. We all know that certain apps will not coexist on Windows and some have brought my system down before I uninstalled them.

PS I am not an apprentice but have nearly 50 years in IT as practitioner latterly as an author.
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