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How Future Ai Will Impact Cybersecurity

It’s no secret to hear about cybersecurity problems in the current world we live in. We have to always be on alert and aware of what we’re doing when we’re online.

Unfortunately, there is always the threat of someone stealing your information, harvesting your data, and using it against you, whether it’s for personal or financial gain.

Over the years, we’ve seen AI used for us and against us in the fight for cybersecurity. In this article, let’s take a look at some of the ways that AI will help white hat security experts combat the threat.

Why is there a cybersecurity problem?

First, let’s take a look at why there is a problem and why we might need to turn to AI. There is a shortage of professionals and a surplus of hackers. By 2021, it’s expected that there will be 3.5 million unfilled positions across the planet. That means 3.5 million new opportunities for hackers to get the information they want.

With the shortage, it’s challenging for teams to manage the threat and respond accordingly.

What AI will do for cybersecurity?

There are many things that AI can do to help with this problem. Artificial intelligence has been used against the cybersecurity forces for a long time, but we've started to see a change in the tide.

Make it easier to respond

New algorithms and machine learning will make it easier to respond to cyber threats. These algorithms are trained to pick up on red flags and certain movements that aren’t typical to the individual.

For example, when someone signs into your email account for a unique location, you’re often required to verify that. Unfortunately, a lot of us leave our phone numbers and other valuable information out in the open, so it makes it easy for hackers to find the data they need to steal your identity and ultimately hack the account.

The goal would be for AI to pick up on these uncalculated motions quickly enough to dissolve the threat before it has time to cause any damage.

Free up time for employees

Possibly one of the most important things that AI can do is free time up for cybersecurity employees to handle more advanced threats. The simplest tasks require the simplest solutions, and AI can manage that while the professionals focus on the things we need to worry about in the future. AI will help cybersecurity teams stay ahead of the game.

Organize threats

A large percentage of cybersecurity professionals say that they don’t have proper systems in place to handle an attack when one arises. There’s also this issue of accuracy and time management.

Machine learning can help cybersecurity experts categorize threats based on the level of danger and then provide an immediate solution through the click of a button. Over time, these machine learning algorithms will adapt, which should eventually lead to the immediate resolution of the threat without the need for human intervention.

When there is a playbook for the AI to follow, they won’t make any mistakes, and that will free up more time for the cybersecurity professional to focus on larger issues such as tracking future attacks and developing technology to prevent them.

The problem with AI

The problem with artificial intelligence is a problem we will always have no matter what. As we learn new ways to tackle these threats, the hackers find new ways to work around it. It’s an endless cycle that doesn’t seem to have a solution.

That said, it starts with optimizing the system we have now, and AI seems to provide the best way to minimize the smaller threats so we can free up time for the larger and more significant issues at hand.

When you combine an overworked cybersecurity force with smarter hackers and more advanced technology, you have a recipe for disaster. It’s time that AI started to take a more mainstream role in protecting our online data.

Your solution

If you’re concerned about your business's cybersecurity, Zebu has a solution. With Zebu, your business is protected with our military grade encryption that not even us can have access to. Your private business info is not only protected against external threats but also securely stored encrypted on the cloud.

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How To Effectively Collaborate With Your Team

Its dawn of a new work week. Rick is stuck in traffic in Toronto. Preet is at the Vancouver office. Olivia is working remotely in Halifax. In the next few hours, these three teammates must come together and create a presentation for the San Francisco merger by the end of the week. Each member is apart of their own territory only seeing each other at corporate events or being called into each other’s respective offices. They must use all their resources to make an effective and catching presentation. Each member is responsible for their part in the presentation.

Every person in work teams faces deadlines and working with remote teammates in any company. Poor communication is among the biggest challenges project teams face every day. Fulfilling your company’s objectives as a team can be challenging, however if you leverage collaboration tools you can easily fulfill any goal or deadline.

What is the secret to collaboration?

To begin, one of the key concerns when it comes to collaboration is that individual team members in group projects are using different tools which can create delays at the start and throughout a project. A successful digital workplace is one that unifies these tools putting them in one place where employees can easily access the information they need, all within the context of their project. Without a way to bring collaboration tools, multiple platforms, and applications together can overwhelm businesses and their employees.

The first step for effective team collaboration is a clearly defined and outlined project scope. Distinguish a project leader that will take responsibility with managing the entire project from start to finish. From this, include deadlines, assigned tasks, and a central point of collaboration where all teammates can add their ideas and share work. This can be easily done with a clearly written outline that shows what is and isn’t needed for a project. This ensures that all your team members are on the same page and following guidelines for your specific project.

Secondly, assign a specific task to each member. Each member needs to know what falls within his or her responsibility. By directly assigning tasks and goals to individual team members, you ensure that everyone understands their part and feels a sense of accountability for the project. If you skip this vital step, not only will your team members feel detached from the project, but you’ll risk disputes, missed goals, and fall behind the deadline. The project manager should distinguish each member’s responsibilities, accountabilities and deadlines.

In this case for Rick, Preet, and Olivia; technology has changed traditional team collaboration. In the past teams would be together in the office. Now in 2020 teams can communicate across the world with access to the internet. When an issue arises and a conversation needs to happen immediately, you can use video conferencing, and instant messaging where the whole team is present to assist with any problem.

Now you know the first steps to collaborate, but how do you it securely? Zebu offers encrypted messaging, scheduling, and file sharing with all your colleagues. If you have any sensitive content, you need to share with your team you can safely do that with Zebu’s zero knowledge encryption. Zebu's encryption prevents us from accessing your data or messages, meaning it'll never be sold off or mined for personal information. Having a secure platform to store and pass files makes any team or business feel confident anything won’t being opened or hacked since all documents are encrypted. Also, all calendar events and deadlines remain secure in the calendar for your team only on Zebu. Zebu provides a safe platform for teams worldwide to connect and protect their projects.

To conclude, in today’s fast-paced and dynamic workplace, team collaboration has become more important than ever. At the same time, it’s never been more difficult to encourage teamwork. Thankfully, there’s also never been a better time for taking advantage of secure technology to enhance teamwork. Not only are there tools to improve communication, project management, and knowledge sharing, there’s also software to help with scheduling and cloud storage which improves team productivity. This with a clearly defined scope and team assignments should see your team through any storm.

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How To Protect Against And Prevent Social Engineering Attacks

One of the most effective cyber attacks is known as social engineering. This type of attack is so powerful because it relies on the element of human interaction, which is something you don’t always experience with cyber attacks. In almost all other forms of cybersecurity breaches, the people involved in the attack are well hidden behind the scenes.

When it comes to social engineering, it’s quite a different situation but a highly successful one for the hackers.

In this article, we want to help you understand social engineering and how you can protect yourself and your clients from it.

What is Social Engineering?

Social engineering is when someone tricks you into giving personal information away or taking some sort of action.

One popular example involves Waterloo Brewing. This company lost $2.1 million when someone called them impersonating a creditor. They state that it was hard to determine whether this was real or not merely because there was a real human interaction involved in the scheme.

This is only one example, and there are many more like it. Here are some ways that people will use social engineering to cause harm to your business or practice.

Using Email

Email is the worst place to send private information because it doesn’t contain any encryption or security measures to protect you.

Many times, criminals will use an email account to trick you into thinking there is some form of important information in the email.

For example, hackers may determine that your accounting firm does work with another firm working under the name Mitchell Accounting. They’ll find the email of someone working at that firm and change the handle, only slightly.

So, you’ll receive an email from MiikeJones@MitchellAccounting.com instead of MikeJones@MitchellAccounting.com. When you’re busy handling your day to day tasks, you can understand how it would be difficult to pick up on such a small detail.

The email may ask you to send over some form of personal information, but instead of sending it to the right person, you’re sending it to a malicious attacker.

Baiting Techniques

In some instances, you may even encounter a criminal in person who is deploying a social engineering tactic on you. They may swap out a USB drive and label it the same as the previous one. Instead, this USB drive contains malware that infects your computer when you reinsert it.

Another popular example of baiting is receiving a phone call from someone who claims to be your bank, financial advisor, creditors, IRS, etc. You might feel anxious when receiving these calls and forfeit sensitive information because they threatened legal action otherwise.

Be sure to make yourself and everyone in your office aware of these tactics.

How to Protect Yourself From a Social Engineering Attack

Now that you understand social engineering and how it’s so easy to fall victim to an attack, let’s talk about what you can do to protect yourself.

Proper training - Ensuring that all employees and members of staff understand social engineering is the first and most crucial step to protecting yourself against an attack. Since most social engineering happens due to trickery, knowing the red flags and warning signs is the ultimate way to prevent it.

Data encryption - If malware makes its way into your network, you’ll want to make sure that all sensitive information is safe. Think of this as your second level of security. The first level is yourself and all staff members; the second level is your data encryption.

Secure communication - Every word in an email and every sentence on a phone call needs some form of tracking and tracing back. Everyone in your office should be held accountable for the actions they take, even if they were unaware that they were opening the doors to a cyber attack. Do not share personal client or company information through email and never open any unsolicited attachments either.

Secure data storage - It’s important to store all your company and client data in a safe place. More and more accounting and law firms are moving away from in-house servers to cloud-based solutions.

How Zebu Can Help

We want you to know that our 3-in-1 cloud-based collaboration tool can help protect you against social engineering.

With Zebu, you get a messenger, file storage, and calendar all in one. This means you can send messages throughout the organization safely and securely. All messages are protected by military-grade encryption, so no one will be able to crack it even if they access your system.

The cloud-based file storage makes it easy to share information with other members of staff without having to worry about malicious attacks.

You must understand and take social engineering seriously. Zebu will protect your small business's reputation and help keep your information safe.

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How To Protect Your Small Business Before And During A Ransomware Attack

Looking at your screen to find a ransom note is a scary situation. Ransomware attacks generally occur when someone opens a file or downloads something from an email containing the malware.

Much of the time, the ransomware will lock your screen and not allow access to any files without you paying a “ransom” or some monetary amount or trade.

In this article, we’re covering everything you need to do before and after to prevent a ransomware disaster.

Small Business Ransomware Protection Strategy

First, let’s talk about the steps you need to take to prevent ransomware from getting onto your network.

Know who and what is connected to your network

If you already have some form of virus protection software, these can tell you who is accessing your network and from where. Use this software to your advantage and be proactive with the situation.

If anything doesn’t look right, you might currently be under attack, but you still have time to protect yourself by activating the virus software and making all members of staff aware of the situation.

Encrypt all communication and data

Encryption is not an option in 2020 and beyond. Accounting and law firms deal with all sorts of sensitive information, including personally identifiable data, financial statements, medical records, and more. It’s your responsibility to keep this information safe.

Sending a traditional email back and forth containing sensitive information is a sure-fire way to find yourself in hot water when ransomware takes over your network.

Zebu helps by providing an encrypted messenger platform that ensures no one anywhere on the planet will be able to crack the code.

Train staff to identify possible ransomware

Most ransomware accesses your network because staff members don’t know how to identify it. Keep your eyes on the following:

● Emails from unidentified people

● Emails with slight variations in handle (ex. Johnsmith@Smithlaw.com vs. Johnsmitth@Smithlaw.com) When you’re busy, it’s easy to miss these small details

● Unsolicited attachments (staff should never open anything they weren’t expecting)

Always update systems and apply software patches

Anytime your antivirus or business software demands an update, make sure you follow through as soon as possible. When you have outdated software, it makes it easier for malicious attacks to occur. According to Tripwire, one in three organizations experience data breaches as a result of unpatched software.

Segregate sensitive from non-sensitive data

The best way to have a backup plan during an attack is to know how to extract essential data before it gets compromised. One of the best ways to make this process easier is by keeping important data separate.

You should not have all the information in the same place, and you also need methods of keeping the data secure. Everyone in your office should not have access to everything. They should only have access to the information they need to complete their job tasks.

What To Do During a Ransomware Attack

Now that you understand the precautionary methods to take, what happens if you’re currently experiencing a ransomware attack? Here are the steps you should take to reduce the impact on your reputation.

Identify the ransomware

Lack of education is what causes most cyber attacks. Much of the time, what one thinks is ransomware, isn’t at all.

Encrypting ransomware turns everything on your computer into an unidentifiable code that only the hackers can see.

Screen-locking ransomware is the most common, and this one locks your screen with a ransom note demanding some form of compensation in exchange for your information.

It’s important to know that if you can still access files and data on your computer, but you still have a ransom note, you don’t have ransomware. It’s a scare tactic trying to get you to pay.

Disconnect the machine from the network

If you think you do have ransomware, you should disconnect your machine and go offline from the network. This will help prevent the virus from spreading.

Take a photo of the ransom note

Take a photo of the note because you’ll have to file a police report for insurance purposes. Do not forget this step in the heat of the moment.

Should you pay the ransom?

Most experts advise against paying the ransom because there is no guarantee you’ll get your information back anyway. They might add another ransom on top of it, and there’s nothing you can do.

Implement antivirus software immediately

If you’re not paying the ransom, you’ll want to run your antivirus to eliminate the ransomware. This may end up deleting the encrypted files, but it’s a double-edged sword that will help prevent them from accessing anything else. (this is why it’s so essential to segregate data)

How to Protect Your Small Business in the Future

If you are concerned about protecting your client's sensitive information, you’ll want to use Zebu to communicate with your staff. Email doesn’t offer enough measures to keep data secure and protected.

Zebu offers a military-grade encrypted messenger so you can send personal information without having to worry about it getting stolen. There is also a secure cloud-based file storage built-in to allow you to share files and restrict access.

It’s your responsibility to protect your client's information, let Zebu help. Click here to learn more.

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Best Security Practices For Fintech Companies

In the age of technology, we’re relying less and less on traditional banking and financial services such as in-person banking, investment opportunities, credit unions, and more.

This technological revolution is due to Financial Technology or Fintech. Fintech startups like Stripe, PayPal, and Venmo are changing the way we store, spend, and transfer money from one place to another.

It’s essential that your Fintech platform follows proper security practices to keep your customer data safe at all times. In this article, we’ll discuss some best practices for Fintech security.

1. Stay on top of the digital-banking environment

While we see more and more banks turning to a digital experience, fintech companies need to think about doing the opposite sometimes. It’s vital for these companies to have FDIC charters to instill confidence in their consumers. The best fintech companies will also have a strong security policy.

2. Have an AML policy

If Fintech companies plan on growing as big or larger than the major financial institutions, they need to implement an anti-money laundering policy into their standard security procedure. The use of digital currency such as bitcoin makes it easier for money laundering to occur since there are many cross-border transactions. Blockchain and AI are useful for detecting abnormalities in the sale, and too many issues can result in public slandering and, ultimately, the end of your fintech startup.

3. Consumer options

As with traditional institutions, fintech companies need to offer options to comply with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau regulations. From a security perspective, these companies need to ensure that these options are kept exclusive to the person or people who choose this option. When all company data isn’t stored correctly, it’s easier for malicious attackers to access that information causing breaches of personally identifiable information.

4. Identity Protection

While the fintech industry keeps growing, so must it’s security. Companies must protect their customer's personal information. It is your responsibility as the receiver of the data to use it wisely and offer plenty of security measures to protect it.

Gone are the days of in-house server storage where you could slip out a disc and have all the information you ever need. Companies are switching over to cloud-based solutions that make it easier to get the data but not if you have the right security measures in place.

5. Restrict Access to Data

It’s true that many cyberattacks happen from within a company. When you’re dealing with a fintech company, you might be talking a large number of remote workers who have access to information all across the planet. When this happens, you can’t always keep a close tab on each individual and what they’re doing with the data.

One of the most important things you can do as a business owner is to restrict access to specific data and only allow employees what they need to do their job. There are many tools out there that will do this.

When you only allow lower-level employees access to the necessary data they need to complete their job, you have less of a chance of running into an in-house malicious attack.

6. Proper training is key

What many business owners don’t realize is that most data breaches occur when employees aren’t adequately trained on how to identify red flags or warning signs. Many cyber-attacks occur through phishing emails and malware that makes its way into a network through email attachments.

These types of attacks can easily be prevented by training your staff on cybersecurity and what they need to look out for. If you’re following all the previous points outlined in this article and you’re training your employees properly, you won’t have to worry.

How Zebu Can Help

One significant area overlooked in your cybersecurity efforts is your communication of sensitive information. Zebu helps protect your customer data with military-grade encryption and data storage of a private and secure cloud-based platform.

Sending personal information through email and payment gateways is one way that malicious attackers access your data and steal valuable information, money, and other things from you and your customers.

It’s essential to protect your company information as well by using Zebu to communicate with other team members regarding tasks and goals in your company.

The fintech industry is growing rapidly, and it’s essential to use tools like Zebu to help your security grow with your growing company.

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Company Social Media And Cybersecurity

As the world becomes more connected to social media, the business world uses it to connect with the consumer. This can include all information stored and shared online, making social media safety more important than ever. Social media networks also create a unique doorway to people’s and business’ information. And that can be a very bad thing when hackers and scammers get involved. Giving up social media for businesses is not a reasonable option. However, neither is it acceptable to carry on as if social networks are always reliable and secure. You need to take steps to protect your company against some of the most common social media security threats.

To start, cyber criminals can piece together information based on your posts. These can be used to create specialized phishing email campaigns containing a malicious link that is related to your business or your marketing team. For example, posting about a specific website you enjoy can let cyber criminals prepare tailored phishing attacks that warns of false information about the specific website that is dedicated to gain access into your company. In your worry that your favourite website has been compromised, you click the link without thinking, and launch the attack. You can decrease this dangerous likelihood to your business by educating all your staff on applying privacy settings on social media when disclosing personal information and deciding what to share wisely.

Secondly, LinkedIn is the king of business networking around the world. Most employees are connected to the platform and your company page. Social engineering is an up and coming tactic for cyber criminals. Social media platforms such as LinkedIn allow attackers to find individual information of employees that can be used to focus on specific companies. Using information from employee profiles, a credible false profile can be designed to establish trust with targeted employees. When the trust is there, the cyber criminal might start requesting for specific information, such as business server names, project information, or even have the connected employee open a malware file or visit a planned malicious website that will create backdoor access onto their computer.

In addition to this depending on the size of your company and brand; fake celebrity accounts or endorsement can lead to a horror show for businesses. Many attacks include high profile celebrities or successful business people being impersonated by cyber criminals registering a new account under a similar name of a popular person with photos and description to match. A phony account can be used to spread misinformation and give false endorsements or to attract new followers that can later be spammed. The severity of this danger remains in the fact that cyber criminals can use fake social profiles to obtain customer information and abuse it. There is no real authentication process that links a virtual profile other than follower count in this case for Twitter. Fake accounts can focus on your customers, misleading them into giving over personal information and tarnishing your brands reputation in the process. Like social engineering, phony accounts may also try to trick your employees into handing over vital information such as network access for corporate systems. Therefore, verification of proof of identity is important to protect against these social media threats.

From this, the best defense to social media attacks is prevention. Creating a social media policy for your organization, training your staff and a quarterly social media audit to review privacy settings is a good way to start. If your organization is using social media or getting prepared to, you need a solid social media policy. These guidelines define how your organization and its staff should use social media responsibly and securely. This will not only safeguard you from security threats, but potential bad public relations with your customer base and any legal problems in the future.

In closing, even with a social media policy you need more to protect your organization just in case your staff doesn’t follow it. Your organization’s policy should be straightforward to comprehend, training will give personnel the chance to participate, ask questions, and get a sense of why it is essential to follow the policy. Training sessions are also a great opportunity to evaluate the newest threats on social media and discuss whether there are any parts of the policy that need revising. Social media training also prepares your team to use the tools efficiently and safely. When employees understand what the best procedures are, they’ll feel self-assured using social media for both business and their own purposes. Finally, a quarterly social media audit to reviews accounts, privacy settings on social channels, and to double check who has access to your organization’s social media. Being aware of the strategies that cyber criminals are using and the countermeasures to defend your organization allows all companies a great chance not to be a target and not having their brand tarnished.

How To Effectively Collaborate With Your Team

Its dawn of a new work week. Rick is stuck in traffic in Toronto. Preet is at the Vancouver office. Olivia is working remotely in Halifax. In the next few hours, these three teammates must come together and create a presentation for the San Francisco merger by the end of the week. Each member is apart of their own territory only seeing each other at corporate events or being called into each other’s respective offices. They must use all their resources to make an effective and catching presentation. Each member is responsible for their part in the presentation.

Every person in work teams faces deadlines and working with remote teammates in any company. Poor communication is among the biggest challenges project teams face every day. Fulfilling your company’s objectives as a team can be challenging, however if you leverage collaboration tools you can easily fulfill any goal or deadline.

What is the secret to collaboration?

To begin, one of the key concerns when it comes to collaboration is that individual team members in group projects are using different tools which can create delays at the start and throughout a project. A successful digital workplace is one that unifies these tools putting them in one place where employees can easily access the information they need, all within the context of their project. Without a way to bring collaboration tools, multiple platforms, and applications together can overwhelm businesses and their employees.

The first step for effective team collaboration is a clearly defined and outlined project scope. Distinguish a project leader that will take responsibility with managing the entire project from start to finish. From this, include deadlines, assigned tasks, and a central point of collaboration where all teammates can add their ideas and share work. This can be easily done with a clearly written outline that shows what is and isn’t needed for a project. This ensures that all your team members are on the same page and following guidelines for your specific project.

Secondly, assign a specific task to each member. Each member needs to know what falls within his or her responsibility. By directly assigning tasks and goals to individual team members, you ensure that everyone understands their part and feels a sense of accountability for the project. If you skip this vital step, not only will your team members feel detached from the project, but you’ll risk disputes, missed goals, and fall behind the deadline. The project manager should distinguish each member’s responsibilities, accountabilities and deadlines.

In this case for Rick, Preet, and Olivia; technology has changed traditional team collaboration. In the past teams would be together in the office. Now in 2020 teams can communicate across the world with access to the internet. When an issue arises and a conversation needs to happen immediately, you can use video conferencing, and instant messaging where the whole team is present to assist with any problem.

Now you know the first steps to collaborate, but how do you it securely? Zebu offers encrypted messaging, scheduling, and file sharing with all your colleagues. If you have any sensitive content, you need to share with your team you can safely do that with Zebu’s zero knowledge encryption. Zebu's encryption prevents us from accessing your data or messages, meaning it'll never be sold off or mined for personal information. Having a secure platform to store and pass files makes any team or business feel confident anything won’t being opened or hacked since all documents are encrypted. Also, all calendar events and deadlines remain secure in the calendar for your team only on Zebu. Zebu provides a safe platform for teams worldwide to connect and protect their projects.

To conclude, in today’s fast-paced and dynamic workplace, team collaboration has become more important than ever. At the same time, it’s never been more difficult to encourage teamwork. Thankfully, there’s also never been a better time for taking advantage of secure technology to enhance teamwork. Not only are there tools to improve communication, project management, and knowledge sharing, there’s also software to help with scheduling and cloud storage which improves team productivity. This with a clearly defined scope and team assignments should see your team through any storm.

Why Lawyers And Law Offices Need Cyber Security

More and more law firms are starting to realize the importance of cybersecurity for protecting their client information and other confidential communication.

It’s critical in 2020 and beyond that lawyers use the technology available to keep valuable data out of the hands of cyber hackers.

In this article, we’re explaining why lawyers and law firms need adequate cybersecurity and what can happen without it.

Why Law Firms Need Cybersecurity

When a client hands private information over to a law firm, it’s their job to protect it. This information could be financial reports, healthcare information, and other confidential data that can get used against the client or law firm in the event of a cyber attack.

Since there aren’t any regulations regarding the amount of protection necessary, this puts the responsibility in the hands of the law firms.

A recent study reported by Canadian Lawyer Mag found that 34 percent of law firms plan to improve the way they handle cybersecurity dramatically. This means improved tools, services, and protection measures.

In some instances, clients may even demand that your law firm takes these steps to protect their personal information.

Standards to Keep Confidential Information Protected

These are voluntary standards and not something that every law firm needs to abide by, but it’s essential to follow these to ensure client privacy is protected and secure.

Here are some examples of the standards:

Segregate sensitive data from non-sensitive - All information mustn’t be stored in the same place. All law firms should have a means of keeping the critically sensitive data separate.

Reduce access to sensitive data - We see more and more businesses implementing this type of standard. It’s crucial that law firms only allow access to the people who need the information to perform their job duties. All information shouldn’t be available to everyone because a large portion of data breaches happen from within.

Encrypt all data - All information should have encryption measures to prevent outside forces from accessing it. Law firms should not be using standard email communication to send sensitive information from one place to another; you need a stronger and more secure method of communication.

Track the information - Lawyers and law firms need a way to track down information that was sent in the event of a cyber attack. If you can retrace your steps, it will be easier to find out where the breach occurred.

Proper training - Most cyber attacks occur due to misinformation and lack of education on the subject. All lawyers and anyone handling sensitive data should understand the importance of cybersecurity and the repercussions of poor policies.

How to Prepare For a Cyber Attack

The best way to prepare for a breach is to look at the current vulnerable areas. If your law firm has an IT provider or even a person in-house, they should look into your existing process to see how it can improve.

Once you’ve determined possible loopholes in your system, you’ll want to prepare an action plan in the event of a cyber attack. How do you plan to keep your sensitive information safe during a breach? How do you plan on communicating your concerns to other lawyers and members of staff during a breach?

It’s crucial for your reputation as a firm to protect client data. Here are some examples of the types of attacks that may occur:

Malware : This attack breaches your information system and usually happens from clicking on a link or opening an attachment to an email. Malware breaks into your network and can prevent you from getting in. Sometimes the hacker may even require a monetary ransom to re-access your information.

Phishing : Another popular method is pretending to be involved in something at the law firm and sending you a link or attachment. When the other “lawyer” or professional sends you this, and you open it, the result is a logging device that steals personal information and login data. This reason is why it’s so important to train lawyers and other office members on cybersecurity.

The Protection You Need

Based on the standards we outlined above, there’s a lot of necessary steps you need to take to protect you and your clients. Cybersecurity isn’t an option, and you need a safe and secure platform to help you protect their sensitive information.

Zebu is a completely secure, cloud-based business platform that enhances the way businesses communicate all over the world.

With Zebu, we help you protect your most valuable information using private and secure communication, cloud storage, and military-grade encryption.

You get all of this built into an all in one encrypted and secure application.

What does this mean for your law firm?

It means that you won’t have to worry about any of your client information escaping in the event of an attack because it’s all protected and encrypted. Even if a cyber attack occurs, they won’t be able to access anything.

Protect yourself and your clients with Zebu. Learn more here.

The Importance Of Secure Cloud Storage (And What You May Not Know About The Major Providers)

Your cloud storage solution may not be as secure as you think it is. The truth is that businesses give away their information without even realising it. High-profile names, like Dropbox and Google, put a clause in their terms of service (TOS) that grants them access to your stored files.

Others Can Access Your Stored Information

Here are a few ways you may unintentionally share your information using the following popular platforms:

Google Drive: You agree to monetise your data through advertising. Google’s TOS states that its automated systems can access your files. While information received isn’t specific, it makes you wonder what other vulnerabilities exist.

Dropbox: Dropbox’s TOS grants third-parties and employees file access to view and share. This assertion is pretty explicit, so be wary if you need total data sheltering.

Microsoft OneDrive: OneDrive allows MS employees to review server-side materials stored on their platform. It also states that they are only looking for TOS compliance issues. So, again, your files aren’t even secure with Microsoft.

Have you noticed a running theme among all of these providers? I know I sure did. Your data and information are not truly secure. If employees and third-parties have access to your files, then it’s not private, or ‘for your eyes only.’

Loopholes That Create the Setting for Abuse of Information and Technology

Now, it’s highly unlikely that someone is digging through your files undetected on their internal network, but is that a safe guarantee? Absolutely not. If you store intellectual or proprietary information, it’s highly unlikely you will ever feel totally secure under the above-described circumstances.

I can’t speak for you, but I will never feel comfortable leaving my big idea dangling in the IoT for anyone to see.

Consider this: lawmakers impose data storing regulations upon specific industries. Areas such as healthcare, law, and entertain are at particular risk for abusing sensitive information. Without proper storage solutions, you may not actually be compliant.

Privacy Is Everything When Choosing Cloud Storage

At this point, you might wonder where you can turn. After all, the big names aren’t even all that secure. So, that must be it, right?

Not even close. The product name for which you are looking is known as a zero-knowledge cloud storage vault. This ultra-secure offering is what we bring to our clients at Zebu.

What Is A Zero-Knowledge Cloud Storage Vault?

A zero-knowledge cloud storage vault is precisely as it sounds: no one has any knowledge of what you store on your account. Not even our employees, or the original programmer, can by-pass the platform’s security mechanisms.

Zebu file encryption is so deep that it would take trillions of years to even crack a single file on the Zebu system. If you are looking for total discretion and security-compliance, then a zero-knowledge cloud storage solution is right for you. It’s a surefire bet that your information and data remains protected.

And It Doesn’t Just Stop at File Storage

In addition to cloud storage, you may want to consider encrypting your internal messenger and scheduling since sensitive information passes through these channels as well. Zebu has got you covered there with our full-stack yet lite platform.

Take Zebu for a test drive today.

How Future Ai Will Impact Cybersecurity

It’s no secret to hear about cybersecurity problems in the current world we live in. We have to always be on alert and aware of what we’re doing when we’re online.

Unfortunately, there is always the threat of someone stealing your information, harvesting your data, and using it against you, whether it’s for personal or financial gain.

Over the years, we’ve seen AI used for us and against us in the fight for cybersecurity. In this article, let’s take a look at some of the ways that AI will help white hat security experts combat the threat.

Why is there a cybersecurity problem?

First, let’s take a look at why there is a problem and why we might need to turn to AI. There is a shortage of professionals and a surplus of hackers. By 2021, it’s expected that there will be 3.5 million unfilled positions across the planet. That means 3.5 million new opportunities for hackers to get the information they want.

With the shortage, it’s challenging for teams to manage the threat and respond accordingly.

What AI will do for cybersecurity?

There are many things that AI can do to help with this problem. Artificial intelligence has been used against the cybersecurity forces for a long time, but we've started to see a change in the tide.

Make it easier to respond

New algorithms and machine learning will make it easier to respond to cyber threats. These algorithms are trained to pick up on red flags and certain movements that aren’t typical to the individual.

For example, when someone signs into your email account for a unique location, you’re often required to verify that. Unfortunately, a lot of us leave our phone numbers and other valuable information out in the open, so it makes it easy for hackers to find the data they need to steal your identity and ultimately hack the account.

The goal would be for AI to pick up on these uncalculated motions quickly enough to dissolve the threat before it has time to cause any damage.

Free up time for employees

Possibly one of the most important things that AI can do is free time up for cybersecurity employees to handle more advanced threats. The simplest tasks require the simplest solutions, and AI can manage that while the professionals focus on the things we need to worry about in the future. AI will help cybersecurity teams stay ahead of the game.

Organize threats

A large percentage of cybersecurity professionals say that they don’t have proper systems in place to handle an attack when one arises. There’s also this issue of accuracy and time management.

Machine learning can help cybersecurity experts categorize threats based on the level of danger and then provide an immediate solution through the click of a button. Over time, these machine learning algorithms will adapt, which should eventually lead to the immediate resolution of the threat without the need for human intervention.

When there is a playbook for the AI to follow, they won’t make any mistakes, and that will free up more time for the cybersecurity professional to focus on larger issues such as tracking future attacks and developing technology to prevent them.

The problem with AI

The problem with artificial intelligence is a problem we will always have no matter what. As we learn new ways to tackle these threats, the hackers find new ways to work around it. It’s an endless cycle that doesn’t seem to have a solution.

That said, it starts with optimizing the system we have now, and AI seems to provide the best way to minimize the smaller threats so we can free up time for the larger and more significant issues at hand.

When you combine an overworked cybersecurity force with smarter hackers and more advanced technology, you have a recipe for disaster. It’s time that AI started to take a more mainstream role in protecting our online data.

Your solution

If you’re concerned about your business's cybersecurity, Zebu has a solution. With Zebu, your business is protected with our military grade encryption that not even us can have access to. Your private business info is not only protected against external threats but also securely stored encrypted on the cloud.