PATCH MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE TIPS THAT WOULD SAVE YOUR BUSINESS

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Selecting the best patch management software for your company

Its every business desire to have the right software in  order to protect its assets and importantly remain compliant. Patch management is an easy concept to understand, and it is the software that automates the process is an easy product to grasp. What’s difficult and requires insight, however, is the process through which a business purchases patch management software.

This article basically gives tips on the buying out process, explaining patch management process and even giving out few vendors that could best assist in addressing  management strategies.

The suitable patch management software for your business should offer many benefits beyond increased productivity and efficiency. It should helps companies remain secure from exploitation by hackers. This, in turn, can cause a great loss of assets.

Regulatory compliance is also another important area that can be secured with patch management tools. This enables businesses to give priority to certain operating systems and software in the patching process

To hence take advantage of the important and protections benefits that the software can offer, having a know how on how procure the right tool is substantial. Assessing the product’s usability, the systems it integrates with and how, and its features are just ways to ensure that the right patch management tool is chosen. Prioritizing a business needs means that a business is then ready to select the best patch management software for them.

TipsIn procuring the best  software, there is need to read and know about the different business use cases where an enterprise would need automated patch management tools, how they alleviate productivity and resource issues and can help mitigate risk. This will help achieve at a decision on the best software to go for.

patchIt’s important to learn on how to evaluate the software tools. These covers a wide range from cost to functionality. ESET Antivirus for example offers the cost of its products while also explaining their functionality to its customers for easier purchase. This helps an organization or company know which software to buy.

Selecting the right software means an organization must match up its patching strategy needs to vendors’ offerings, the systems tools which integrate with and the budget the business has set aside.

The most suitable software for an organization is then a software that closely matches its patch management and its overall strategies and within its budget. Follow this tips and get the best deal for your company.

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ONLINE BANKING WITH BYOD SYSTEM

online-banking-trojan-esetPresently, cybersecurity or (insecurity) in Kenya is the single biggest threat to business in terms of the consumption and use of Information Communication Technologies (ICT).

Over the recent months we have seen a rise in cases of cyber-attacks such as ransomware and data leakage, some which have even gone undetected. One such incident that went viral on regional social media circles involved a leading Kenyan bank. A hacker was supposedly able to access through a data systems breach, more than 500,000 customers’ details, including names and phone numbers and which were then plastered on various online platforms.

Unfortunately, innovation has meant that hacking tools are now cheaper and simpler to use in marking out vulnerable targets. Serianu Limited, the publishers of the Kenya Cyber security report, notes that Kenyan companies lost over Sh15 billion in 2015 through Cybercrime. On top of this pile of victim losses sits in the public sector at Sh5 billion followed by the financial services sector at Sh4 billion. Sadly, this scenario is not unique to Kenya, cybercrime has been on a steady rise globally.

Another study by consulting house PwC, notes that the number of cyber security incidents across all industries grew by 38 percent in 2015 and which is the biggest increase in the 12 years since the global study was first published.

No doubt the mobile phone is the universal communication device of choice for many. The Communications Authority of Kenya notes that we have 39 million mobile phone subscribers in Kenya, 22 million who access and are constantly on the internet.

A huge proportion of this fraction estimated at about 95 percent doesn’t have mobile security in place. This could very well mean that the smart phone is the single largest cybersecurity weakness we have today.

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With the advent of the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) culture this could be true for both the individual and corporate users. This is a huge vulnerability gap considering that online and mobile transactions have become the most convenient ways of banking in Kenya through USSD short codes and Mobile banking apps.

 

 

Whereas banks may have invested heavily in ICT security systems, most Kenyans remain grossly unaware of the various cyber security threats that exist. Some of these include, key logging, Man-in-the-middle, Phishing and even ransomware attacks.

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So how can you the consumer of online banking services ensure that you are not a vulnerable and easy target for hackers?

Teddy Njoroge, Country Manager for ICT security solutions company, ESET East Africa, says the first step would be for ICT professionals to obtain latest training on the prevalent risks in the market. Consumers, he adds would do much better for themselves by being proactive about their online security by keeping up with common cyber security threat solutions.

“These could be specific to the type of devices or platforms on which you access your online banking services. However, the important thing is to be aware of the potential risks and how to mitigate these in real-time, since it is very possible to detect unwanted intrusions such as phishing and ransomware scams”, says Njoroge.

tipsSafer Online Banking principles

According to Njoroge, some key principles of safer online banking and payments to consider include using trust worthy devices and internet connections, while keeping the operating systems and software up-to-date. Not every internet connection such as public WI-Fi at the coffee shop or a random network at any office is secure to be used for online banking or making payments. It is advisable instead to use a virtual private network (VPN) to keep your communications encrypted (unreadable) to anyone who may try to intercept them.

“Whenever you connect to your online account, use your own computer, tablet or Smartphone as it is more likely to notice if any suspicious activity is going. Avoid using a borrowed or public device that might put your data, account or savings at risk”, says Njoroge.

But having a strong password is perhaps the first step in proactively securing your device and online banking access. One easy technique in developing a strong but simple password regime is ‘pass phrasing’ which simply means using a sequence of words or other text to control access to a computer system, program or data. However, it is doubly important never to reuse your password e.g. for your bank, social media and other accounts which can mean a total hack into each account in case it leaks from any one of them. To manage these, one can use a password manager that will store all of them and allow you to remember just one master password.

ESET Smart Security PremiumSimilarly, to enjoy the internet and maximize protection while connecting to an online banking account, one should install a trusted security solution on their devices. This will preferably be a reliable, multilayered and updated security solution. For example, ESET Smart Security offers protection from multiple types of malware as well as malicious tricks that might be disguised as harmless emails or websites. Cyber criminals will try anything to access your sensitive data. They will pretend to be your banker, pose as an innocuous notification in your email, or ask you to change the password via a link added to that email you just received. If you get any message asking you to change your banking credentials or click on a link, contact your bank and verify this immediately.

“If your bank offers two factor authentication (2FA) for your online account, use it. This way the bank can double check if it is you connecting or making a transaction by using something only you have – such as your personal Smartphone”, advises Njoroge.

For those who check their online banking account less frequently, it is advisable to set up alerts and notifications to your phone. Having information about all the current transactions makes it easier to recognize any suspicious activity. When not using your online banking platform, ensure to log out every time to avoid ‘man in the middle’ type of attacks.

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BUSINESS PROTECTION WITH INTERNET SECURITY


ESET Internet Security

If you read our previous article on ransomware, you now have an understanding of how stressful,painful and expensive an attack can be. Having to see your data or documents that you have worked for as an individual or company get taken. Well, not to worry, ESET has you in mind. Today will talk on how to safeguard your business with ESET Internet Security.

Internet security is branch of computer security related to the internet often involving browser and network security. Its objective is to establish grounds against attacks over the internet. A computer user can be tricked or forced into downloading infected software, which come in many such as malware (e.g.Ransomware), viruses, spyware, Trojan horses and worms. Other than that, other attacks can come in terms of Denial-of-service attack (DoS attack), phishing (e.g. emails) and application vulnerabilities (e.g. flawed authentication checks).yes, just as it sounds the attack is imminent.
The solutions against the attacks using ESET Internet security are:
 Network layer security
 Internet Protocol Security(IPsec)
 Security tokens
 Electronic mail security
 Pretty Good Privacy(PSP)
 Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension(MIME)
 Message Authentication Code
 Firewalls
 Browser choice                                          In order to see through the solutions, ESET Internet Security comprises of the following products:
 Antivirus: – it is a program that protects programmable devices by detecting and eliminating viruses.
 Password manager: – A software application that ensures safe organization and storage of passwords.it stores passwords encrypted usually enabling the user create a master passwords
that grants access to the entire password database.
 Security suites :- composed of suites of firewalls, anti-spyware, theft protection, portable storage device safety checks, cloud anti-spam, file shredder.
ESET internet security is essential for a business as it ensures safe internet connections and operations