Ransomware and Telework – Keys to Avoid Data Hijacking

Ransomware and Telework – Keys to Avoid Data Hijacking

Ransomware and Telework – Keys to Avoid Data Hijacking

  • Data hijacking is the fastest growing type of cyberattack. Oftentimes, remote users’ device or access-related vulnerabilities are targeted for exploitation.
  • Cirion experts offer critical advice to deal with this issue within the cybersecurity strategy.

 

Buenos Aires, May 10, 2024 – According to JLL Consulting, barely 19% of Latin American workers do their job 100% in person — 71% work in a hybrid mode while 10% do it fully remote. On the other hand, the Global Ransomware Report states that region-wide organizations suffered an average of three security breaches each, in 2023.

How are both statistics combined? Ransomware or Data hijacking is the most active cyberattack format globally. It consists of “kidnapping” and blocking files through encryption, which will be “released” upon payment of a ransom.

Since hijackers gain access through phishing or unsolicited software to trick users and given the work-from-anywhere modality today, it is increasingly important to have a cybersecurity strategy in place, primarily focused on protecting each access point to the network, wherever they are.

Therefore, following the specific steps detailed below is recommended to improve remote workers’ protection levels: 

  • Define the attack surface – Identify systems, devices and services necessary to keep your businesses online and your inventory active to detect the most vulnerable fronts, which are likely to include teleworkers.
  • Audit and manage the most vulnerable devices – perimeter security matters; however, considering employees’ high mobility, a specific protection supplement for end-user devices is of the essence.
  • Protect your emails – Keep your email solutions up-to-date and securely protected.
  • Expand focus on identity – Implement two-factor authentication mechanisms for remote users and clients.
  • Monitor Network Ports, Protocols and Services – prevent malicious applications from exploiting any security gap.
  • Cybersecurity training and awareness – have all members of the organization trained to understand the risks and the importance of being responsible upon potential threats.

Needless to say that usual ransomware prevention actions must be considered as well:

  • Recovery systems Protection and Data Backups – to enable the fastest recovery in the event of an incident. It includes the definition of recovery point objective (RPO), backups frequency and a recovery time objective (RTO).
  • Run recovery drills – to ensure data availability, resource recovery, and that everything is working as expected. It includes definition of teams’ and staff’s responsibilities.
  • Network Segmentation helps contain malware actions – “enclosing” the threat in a small fragment of the network and preventing it from continuing to move overwhelmingly.
  • Strengthen cybersecurity throughout the cyber kill chain – identifies what cybercriminals must complete to achieve their objectives.
  • Have an incident response plan in place – To ensure a better outcome upon a successful attack.

“The Teleworking model has brought multiple benefits for companies, from greater productivity to higher loyalty levels among workers,” said Pablo Dubois, Regional Security Product Manager at Cirion. “An appropriate cybersecurity strategy focused on these remote users is of the essence to continue enjoying these advantages, while minimizing cyberattack-related risks, especially ransomware’s,” he concluded.

Cirion’s Solutions

For all cases, Cirion offers tiered end-to-end solutions, from Denial of Service attack mitigation (DDoS) on the outer end to Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) to ensure remote users’ secure connectivity to their apps., covering from Web Application and API Protection (WAAP), next generation perimeter firewalls or control tools, which allow organizations to visualize their environment and analyze the state of things.

Additionally, three Security Operations Center (SOCs) are available in Latam – Argentina, Brazil and Colombia-, with expert resources and broad knowledge, including specific cybersecurity trends that are taking place in the region.

For more information visit https://www.ciriontechnologies.com/en-us/integrated-security/

About Cirion

Cirion is a leading digital infrastructure and technology provider, offering a comprehensive suite of fiber network, connectivity, colocation, cloud infrastructure, and communication and collaboration solutions with the purpose of furthering Latin America´s progress through technology. Cirion serves more than 5,500 Latin American and multinational clients, including enterprises, government agencies, cloud service providers, operators, ISPs, and other leading companies. Cirion owns and operates a portfolio of its own networks and data centers, with extensive coverage throughout the Latin American region. Learn more about Cirion at www.ciriontechnologies.com

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Three-fold increase in internet-connected devices in 10 years

Three-fold increase in internet-connected devices in 10 years

Three-fold increase in internet-connected devices in 10 years 

The Internet of Things devices ecosystem accelerated its growth over the last 10 years. By 2027, there will be around 30 million units building up information and uploading it to the network. The impact on health and industry 4.0 from Cirion’s perspective.

 

Buenos Aires, April 29, 2024. The Internet of Things (IoT) revolution is reaching new pikes, with impressive numbers and technological breakthroughs paving the way for a connected and smart future. According to recent data from Statista, the global number of connected devices has experienced extraordinary growth, rising from 4.2 billion in 2016 to an envisioned 22.2 billion in 2025, i.e., a 382% increase.

This surge in the number of connected devices is driven by the development and massive adoption of IoT technology, which has transformed our way of interacting with the digital and physical environment around us. Then again new technologies like Wi-Fi 7 will accelerate growth in the number of connected devices, projected to hit 29.7 billion by 2027.

Wi-Fi 7 technology, which promises to be more massive during 2024, significantly improves speed and spectral efficiency, providing theoretical data transfer rates above 30 Gbps, while bringing latency to minimum levels, thus improving user experience in time-sensitive applications such as online games and virtual reality.

The Statista report highlights that the IoT exponential growth is affecting various industries, from consumer to healthcare and manufacturing. The use of wearables is on the rise, with significant applications in both healthcare and Industry 4.0.

In the healthcare sector, wearables are playing a critical role by providing real-time data that enables continuous health monitoring. According to recent estimates, the health wearables market will be worth more than US$70 billion by 2025, with devices ranging from heart rate monitors to fitness trackers.

On the other hand and as far as industry 4.0 is concerned, wearables have become essential tools to improve efficiency and workplace safety. Adoption of wearables in industrial settings is on the rise, and the industrial wearables market is expected to reach US$12 billion by 2025, according to MarketsandMarkets.

“The Internet of Things is no longer a futuristic vision and has become a palpable reality that transforms the way we live and work. Wi-Fi 7 emerges as the technological stack driving this change, providing unprecedented wireless speeds and improving connectivity across the board. As the number of connected devices continues to increase, the potential of the IoT to change our lives will only grow, leading us towards a smarter and more interconnected future” says Alejandro Girardotti, Senior Director of Products, Innovation and Strategic Alliances for Cirion Technologies.

About Cirion

Cirion is a leading digital infrastructure and technology provider, offering a comprehensive suite of fiber network, connectivity, colocation, cloud infrastructure, and communication and collaboration solutions with the purpose of furthering Latin America´s progress through technology. Cirion serves more than 5500 Latin American and multinational clients, including enterprises, government agencies, cloud service providers, operators, ISPs, and other leading companies. Cirion owns and operates a facilities-based network and data center portfolio, with extensive coverage spanning across the Latin America region. Learn more about Cirion at www.ciriontechnologies.com

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Cirion recognized for its commitment to LGBT+ equality

Cirion recognized for its commitment to LGBT+ equality

Cirion recognized for its commitment to LGBT+ equality

 

Distinction was granted by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the LGBT+ Public Policies Institute in Argentina, as part of the second edition of HRC Equidad AR, from the “Global program for equality in the workplace”. 

BUENOS AIRES, July 10th, 2023 –  Cirion Technologies, a leading provider of digital infrastructure and technology, was once more recognized for its commitment to LGBT+ equality, in the second edition of HRC Equidad AR, part of the “Global program for equality in the workplace” implemented in the country by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation and the LGBT+ Public Policies Institute.

HRC Equidad AR is a national benchmarking tool for LGBT+ inclusion practices and policies, inspired in the Human Rights Campaign’s Corporate Equality Index (CEI).

“We are committed to sustainable and socially responsible growth, creating a positive impact in the community through programs connected to diversity, equality and inclusion, among others,” says Cintia Fernandez, Cirion’s Human Resources Director for the Southern Cluster.  “Recognitions like this make us proud, inspiring and motivating us to follow this path to play our part in making the world a better place.”

Cirion Technologies has more than 2,000 employees in Latin America (more than 500 in Argentina), who employ great professionalism and passion in supporting customers’ transformation paths through the company’s technology.  As part of this open and respectful culture towards diversity, Cirion has an employee LGBT+ affinity group called “Circle of Trust” – a network that counts on the participation of different countries in the region.

According to the results gathered by the HRC Equidad AR survey, in 62% of the companies surveyed, LGBT+ individuals occupy mid and senior management positions.   Additionally, 74% of mid-sized organizations have LGBT+ affinity groups in which individuals who are a reference in the community, as well as allies, outline business agendas to promote more open and inclusive workplaces.

About the recognition

The program, structured according to the research and subsequent analysis of data obtained, is part of the project HRC develops in Latin America and counts on three other initiatives developed in the region: Equality MX, Equality CL, and Equality Brazil.

In its second edition, more than 75 companies and organizations took part, sharing their LGBT+ diversity and inclusion practices and policies throughout 2022.

When compared to 2022’s results, this year: 

  • Companies participated 43% more, from 53 companies in 2022 to 76 in 2023.
  • There was a 22% increase in the number of people directly affected by inclusion programs, reaching 102,177.
  • The number of organizations that obtained the certification more than doubled, increasing 123%.
  • For the first time, public entities and sectorial organizations participated, such as the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation, the Buenos Aires City Legislature, the Franco-Argentine Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Chamber of Deputies of the Province of Santa Fe.

About Cirion

Cirion is a leading digital infrastructure and technology provider, offering a comprehensive suite of fiber networks, connectivity, colocation, cloud infrastructure, and communications and collaboration solutions with the purpose of furthering Latin America’s progress through technology. Cirion serves over 5,500 Latin America-based and multinational customers, including enterprises, government agencies, cloud service providers, wireline and wireless carriers, ISPs, and other leading businesses.  Cirion owns and operates a portfolio of networks and data centers, with extensive coverage throughout the Latin American region.  Learn more about Cirion at www.ciriontechnologies.com

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