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Does it matter if your company is hacked?

And why are some businesses overconfident that they are secure?

Does it matter if your company is hacked?

A true story: There was a team manager, a head of IT and a chief financial officer. I asked each if they considered their network to be secure, hacked or in some other state.

The ex-military team manager was supremely confident that the secure network was, as its optimistic name suggested, secure. The IT manager said, “I don’t know,” and the CFO said, “I don’t know, and does it matter?”

Email Security Services test: Enterprise and Small Business test explained

This report examines the effectiveness of five email security solutions. Microsoft Defender for Office 365 and Google Workspace Enterprise are commercial email platforms. Trellix Email Security, WithSecure Email Security and Mailcow Open Source solution are third-party ‘add-on’ services designed to provide additional security. Of the ‘add-ons’, the services from Trellix and WithSecure are commercial, while Mailcow’s is open-source.

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DIY email security

Can you defend against email threats better than the security companies?

How well do the main email platforms handle threats? Is it worth paying for additional email security from a third-party specialist? Or could you create your own secure email server and get top grade protection for free?

Compare a major email platform with a third-party service and an open-source solution

In this special, one-of-a-kind report we investigate how well one of the world’s largest email providers performs when trying to filter out harmful security threats from your email. We also assess the benefits of a well-known email security service that you can bolt onto any other email solution. And finally, we built an open-source email server running a combination of security and management tools to see how well it compared.

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Top five antivirus myths busted

And why do we still believe them?

Top five antivirus myths busted

Anti-virus, or endpoint security plays an essential part in protecting Windows PCs. Whether you are working in the world’s largest enterprise, or using a small personal laptop, you need a last line of defence against attacks that use malicious code to steal or damage your data.

Are you a believer?

Some people have doubts about how useful anti-virus can be. Their opinions might be out of date, or they might believe marketing claims designed to push new products and discredit the competition.

At SE Labs we test endpoint security all the time, so we know what’s true and what belongs in the post-truth world. Here are the top five antivirus myths, busted!

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Cyber Security DE:CODED Series Two

All episodes of Cyber Security DE:CODED, Series Two

New episodes on the last Wednesday of the month.

Find all of the episodes from the award-winning Cyber Security DE:CODED podcast in one handy place.

Find all of the episodes from Cyber Security DE:CODED Series Two here. Use the Subscribe links above to connect our podcast with your favourite podcast platform and ensure you get the next episodes before anyone else.


Bonus episodes

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Cyber Security DE:CODED – Full attack chain testing

“Because we test realistically, sometimes bad guys come onto our test network and mess with us”

Show notes for series 2, episode 9 (final episode of series 2)

What is the attack chain? Why is it good to test using full attack chains? And what are some of the alternative approaches, with their pros and cons? We’ll try to answer all of these questions and more in this special presentation episode recorded at the AVAR conference in Singapore in December 2022.

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Cyber Security DE:CODED – Cheating in security testing

“If they chose the best products by rolling a dice then they should say so”

Show notes for series 2, episode 8

If we’ve given the impression that we’re at the heart of the security world, working with the organisations that spend billions on security – and with the companies that make billions by selling security products – you’d be right. And that puts us in an awkward position. Because we want to make security better for everyone. And sometimes that means speaking some uncomfortable truths.

This episode is the uncomfortable truth episode.

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Cyber Security DE:CODED – Security opportunities for Managed Service Providers

“Every SMB is an expert in something. A passion. It’s probably not anti-virus…”

Show notes for series 2, episode 7

Small business and Managed Service Provider special!

  • Do small businesses face the same cyber threats as large organisations?
  • Are your security solutions 100% effective? And how do you pick a good one?
  • Where are the opportunities for MSPs to add value and make more money?

In June 2022*, we set up a panel of security experts to help and advise companies selling managed security services. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) need to choose a set of security solutions that they can use or possibly resell to their small business clients, known as SMBs.

The clients face the same cyber threats as large organisations, but they’re far less equipped to handle them.

We answer all of these questions and more with special guests Martin Lee from Cisco, Chad Skipper from VMware, and Luis Corrons from Avast.

Security Life Hack from John Hawes (AMTSO)!

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Cyber Security DE:CODED – Mental health challenges

“We see the worst, because it’s helped us to evolve to pick up on threats and dangers. But it’s not that helpful for life in the 21st century.”

Show notes for series 2, episode 6

Mental health is an important but often misunderstood area, full of prejudice and technical jargon. How can we look after ourselves better at work and in our personal lives?

Post-pandemic, we take stock on the mental impacts of working from home and isolated environments.

And now we’re facing hybrid working. Can we take control?

Is this the right time to take stock and address any issues we can identify to stay happier?

Protective factors can keep us going but, when they disappear, we can experience problems.

We address all of these issues and more, with special guest Olly Church (The Eleos Partnership).

Security Life Hack from Luis Corrons (Avast)!

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Anti-virus testing

How hard should a security test be?

Anti-virus testing

Anti-virus testing

Thank you for opening this report. We hope you’ll be able to use it to get a better idea about which anti-malware products you might want to buy (or get rid of!)

What do the awards mean?

The report starts off with a list of products, each of which win impressive-looking awards. But have you considered what those awards mean? How come there aren’t any massive losers in the list? How hard is this security test anyway?

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Cyber Security DE:CODED – Ransomware

“There’s usually about 30% corruption in backups”

Show notes for series 2, episode 5

Ransomware is feared by businesses all over the world. What happens during and after an attack? We give a unique insight into the experiences of ransomware victims.

How do organisations react to a ransomware attack?

We examine the grey area between good and bad apps.

Guests on this month’s Cyber Security DE:CODED podcast include Jeremy Kirk (The Ransomware Files) and Dennis Batchelder (AppEsteem).

Security Life Hack from Brian Monkman (NetSecOPEN)!

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