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DE:CODED – Firewall speeds and VPN risks

“If they are not getting any money from you, then where are they getting the money from?”

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Is your firewall as fast as you think? What does XDR mean and how does it work? Do you need a personal VPN?

We talk to Brian Monkman (NetSecOPEN), Chad Skipper (VMware), Luis Corrons (Avast) and Daniel Cuthbert.

This episode’s Security Life Hack from Dennis Batchelder (AppEsteem)!

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Scoring Email Security Services

How seriously do you take the email threat?

Cyber criminals often use email as a way to start an attack. According to many sources email is by far the most common way that attackers try to gain access to your business and personal systems.

The UK government’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2022 reported that email phishing alone accounts for 83% of attacks.

Email cyber threat

But we all know that, don’t we? Because organisations, large and small, receive thousands of general and more targeted email threats every year.

EMAIL PROTECTION: NEW REPORT ONLINE!

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DE:CODED – Can Microsoft solve security?

“I have a PC… I like their delete key, which doesn’t exist on the Mac.”

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Can Microsoft solve security? Do you need anti-virus on your smartphone? And are Macs more secure than PCs?

We ask Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky) and Christian Seifert (Microsoft).

This episode’s Security Life Hack from Mikko Hyppönen (WithSecure)!

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Security planning for normal people

The first security technique you should master!

Security planning for normal people

Security planning can make your life easier to manage. It’s easy to become paralysed when you consider all of the threats that exist and all of the possible solutions. You can’t buy every security product available and you certainly shouldn’t even try.

There are risks that we all face (let’s call those ‘general risks’) and risks that are quite specific to you (‘individual risks’).

Security planning for anyone, whether you are the CEO of a large enterprise or a retired amateur gardener, should take into account what risks you (specifically) face and the consequences of something bad actually happening.

General risks

In this article we’re going to focus on cybersecurity, but the principles apply to any area of your life. In the computing world there are three major threats that we all face:

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DE:CODED Series Two Episodes

All episodes of DE:CODED, Series Two

New episodes on the last Wednesday of the month.

Find all of the episodes from the award-winning DE:CODED Series Two in one handy place.

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Security policies helping or interfering?

When security policies and security testing meet…

security policies

Security solutions can stop you getting things done. They can make mistakes, interpreting your actions as malicious. And then block your work. But they can also blindly follow security policies set by the IT department. Sometimes they do both! How can you predict which products will be most accurate after you buy them?

Custom security policies

Your business most likely doesn’t rely entirely on the detections and protections offered by security solutions. IT usually needs to make a least some configuration changes. Default settings should be good, but businesses commonly make their own adjustments. Every company has its own characteristics and one size definitely does not fit all.

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Realistic cybersecurity testing

Simulated or real attacks in cybersecurity testing?

Realistic cybersecurity testing

There are many different ways to test cybersecurity products. Most of the common approaches are useful when evaluating a service or system, but they each have pros and cons. In this article we outline the basic differences and limitations. Can you achieve realistic cybersecurity testing?

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Helping enterprises plan security

A strategic alternative to penetration testing.

Helping enterprises plan

Is Microsoft’s anti-virus good enough? Are the ‘next-gen’ endpoint products as good as they claim? Is our combination of anti-malware and whitelisting giving us full threat coverage? Enterprises are asking themselves, and SE Labs, these questions all the time. The good news is, we can help provide an answer.

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Public endpoint test notification

Call to action for security vendors.

Public endpoint test notification commentary phase

Tests that follow the AMTSO testing Standard give vendors a chance to voice their opinions.

Register your interest

SE Labs has issued a new public endpoint test notification through the Anti-Malware Testing Standards Organization (AMTSO).

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Choose the best security product

By understanding the rules of security testing.

choose the best security product

The reports below contain security testing results. You can compare the performance of a variety of products that claim to protect you against online threats. This, in theory, will help individuals and businesses choose the best security product.

AMTSO-Compliant Test

Rules of engagement

But these are free reports. How can you trust that the high-scoring vendors didn’t just pay for their ranking? Do you suspect that some low-scoring vendors dropped out of the report? Or asked to be retested until they scored better?

What are the rules behind the scenes in security testing?

ENDPOINT PROTECTION: NEW REPORTS ONLINE!

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