Hello All!

Welcome to another edition of “The World This Fortnight”! J

October has been declared as the National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). We sincerely hope you all will do everything you can to stay safe and stay secure. And you know where to reach us for any concerns.

We have curated some more articles here, in our continued quest for improving cybersecurity within the SMB realm. We are very focused on enabling this community, and as we forge ahead, we are very enthused with the response received from all of you. We hear you, and we certainly want to keep improving every day so that we can provide better inputs.

We hope you find this useful. We are happy to hear your feedback.

-Editor

Pooja Bhargava

Team Arrka

 

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), a time to focus on how cybersecurity is a shared responsibility that affects all Americans. NCSAM is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its public and private partners, including the National Cyber Security Alliance, to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity and individual cyber hygiene.

https://www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month

 

 

Steps that you must follow to stay safe online

Some of the steps we advocate are a part of this article. Very useful read and do follow them. They are for your protection.

http://www.nonpareilonline.com/news/local/follow-these-simple-steps-to-stay-safe-online/article_935e7158-a56a-11e7-a208-db470d18870c.html

 

U.S. Government Bans Use of Kaspersky Security Software in Federal Agencies

In a major twist to the saga, the US Government banned the use of the Kaspersky Anti Virus software for having back-doors and using malicious bits. Will this have a major repercussion for the Kaspersky brand? We don’t know, only time will tell.

https://www.vipre.com/blog/u-s-government-bans-use-kaspersky-security-software-federal-agencies/?utm_source=email_VSN_Main_List&utm_medium=email%25(internal)&utm_campaign=Newsletter_09262017&utm_content=Kaspersky_Ban

 

Sink or Swim: Uniting the C-Suite, Sales and Security to fight Advanced Cyberattacks

 

There are more common attacks coming up on the C-Levels in the SMB sector. These have wider implications, and have been identified to be successful mostly due to networked connections among SMB. One weak link is proving to be disastrous and this extends to vendors supporting the SMB as well.

 

https://securityintelligence.com/sink-or-swim-uniting-the-c-suite-sales-and-security-to-fight-advanced-cyberattacks/

 

The 16 biggest data breaches in 2017

The 16 biggest data breaches happened across a variety of enterprises and government setups. These are relevant to the SMB CEO/Owner because almost all of these were caused by not adhering to the process and not fixing the vulnerabilities identified. These are critical to the SMB as well, it is not just the high-end stuff, it is the most basics and fundamentals of security that hit you.

https://www.csoonline.com/article/2130877/data-breach/the-16-biggest-data-breaches-of-the-21st-century.html?utm_source=Mailer&utm_medium=ET_batch&utm_campaign=etciso_news_2017-10-05

Arrka SMB Security Series

Our previous issue is at

http://arrka.com/index.php/2017/09/24/the-world-this-fortnight-in-cybersecurity-smb-issue-1/