Jul 7, 2020

Top Ten Cybersecurity Companies - Absolute Software

Technology
Cybersecurity
Kayleigh Shooter
4 min
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We take a look at Absolute, a leading software company who was featured in our list of the top ten cybersecurity companies...

Business Overview:

Absolute Software Corporation is a Canadian company that specializes in endpoint security and data risk management solutions. The company is headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and Austin, Texas, with regional offices in Reading, UK; and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Absolute is a publicly-traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange Absolute was founded in 1993 as a response to the problem of laptop theft and loss. Originally called “LoJack for Laptops” (and later Computrace) its mission was to create a track-and-trace solution that worked no matter what someone might do to the device.

Absolute Visibility:

Get the truth from your devices, apps, and data; view your entire device fleet from a cloud-based dashboard — and trust that you’re not missing anything — thanks to Absolute’s persistent, self-healing connection. Whenever a user attempts to alter or remove it, Absolute reinstalls itself, guaranteeing crystal-clear visibility. Catch risks before they become incidents, so you keep auditors and your customers happy. Customize reports and alerts to instantly know whenever encryption, anti-malware, or any other mission-critical app is absent or vulnerable. Inventory your hardware and software assets automatically — then quickly generate reports on hardware, software, OS, geolocation, and hundreds of other data points that Absolute already collects for you. Lastly, Maximize the return on your tech investments with reports on device and software usage. Learn which assets are underused, then repurpose or phase them out to cut unnecessary expenses. 

Absolute Control:

With Control, you can freeze lost or stolen devices. Set geofences and timers to automatically trigger these actions whenever a device leaves a safe area or stops calling in. Selectively wipe data from at-risk endpoints. Perform end-of-life device wipes remotely and generate compliance certificates. Get unprecedented control over your endpoint security configurations — and prevent unauthorized changes to them — by remotely managing the supervisor password for supported Lenovo devices.

Absolute Resilience:

With Resilience, you can extend Absolute Persistence to your mission-critical apps, granting them the power to heal and reinstall themselves whenever they’re disabled, altered, or uninstalled. Scan your endpoints for sensitive data like financial information, social security numbers, PHI, and intellectual property. Know when it’s on an unsecure device, even off-network. Query and remediate your whole device fleet to gather precise contextual insights. Address dark endpoints, ransomware attacks, and other vulnerabilities with automation and custom or pre-built workflows. Let the Absolute Investigations team lead the search for your lost or stolen devices. They’ll pair up with local law enforcement to recover your hardware.

Absolute & Allegis Group:

Allegis Group is one of the world’s largest privately held staffing companies. Its specialized network of companies includes Aerotek, TEKsystems, Allegis Global Solutions, Aston Carter, Major, Lindsey & Africa, Allegis Partners, MarketSource, EASi, Allegis BN, and Talent2. The company operates more than 500 offices across 50 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Allegis Group works with more than 20,000 clients, 90,000 contractors, and more than 15,000 employees.

As Allegis Group continues its global expansion and engages new contractors in different regions, the number of remote staff has increased. IT has been tasked with putting in place architecture that optimizes productivity for employees working off the corporate network. Allegis Group also needed to address the integrity of its data security with many employee devices containing personally identifiable information. Allegis Group required a comprehensive and streamlined security protocol to ensure the protection of this data on behalf of their business partners and clients.

As part of building a world-class security infrastructure, Allegis Group enlisted Absolute to serve as a critical layer in its overall security posture. “We follow and adhere to a comprehensive security incident response plan through our service desk system,” said Jeff Reinsfelder, Infrastructure Distribution Manager at Allegis Group. “In the event of a security incident, a ticket is automatically generated and distributed to key internal stakeholders to assess the potential risk and the need to take action. The Absolute platform is obviously a key part of this security process.”

Absolute worked diligently with Allegis Group’s IT department to identify where the Absolute platform could deliver greater value in managing and securing the organization’s assets. An opportunity was also identified to leverage the Absolute platform to validate the existence of other business critical software applications. “One of the key features we rely on from the Absolute platform is its ability to validate the encryption status on our devices. It serves as a powerful security blanket and gives us great confidence.”

For Allegis Group’s remote workforce, the company heavily relies on VPN connectivity to optimize employee productivity. When the company experienced challenges verifying the health of the VPN client, Absolute delivered Application Persistence as a means to automatically regenerate the VPN application in the event that the application is uninstalled, inactive, or disabled on any device.

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Jul 24, 2021

213% increase in cyber attacks on UK remote council workers

Technology
insight
cyberattacks
UK
2 min
Insight FOI requests show 98% of councils plan to expand use of remote working post-pandemic, but only 20% made additional security investments

Cyber attacks on UK councils’ remote workers more than tripled during the pandemic, according to a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests. The requests made by Insight, a Fortune 500-ranked global provider of Intelligent Technology Solutions, found attacks rose by an average of 213% from March 2020 compared to the 12 months before. 

On average councils switched 74% of their employees, more than double the UK average, and representing more than 1.4 million workers across the UK, to remote working during the pandemic. This presented many challenges such as having to adapt to a new way of working and being under budget pressures. 

According to the FOI requests, only 20% made additional investments in security, investing an average of £46,000 – in all cases taken from the wider IT budget. As a result, investments in security came at the expense of other IT services. With increased remote working set to continue in 98% of councils, attacks targeting employees at home will likely continue to increase, especially if investing in security doesn’t become a priority.

 

Eliminating gaps in security is key 


 

“The fact that councils could move their employees to remote working without disrupting services needs to be recognised for the major achievement it was,” said Darren Hedley, Managing Director, UK & Ireland at Insight. “However, councils now need to build on this success: putting in place and strengthening defences to protect remote workers and eliminate gaps in security that could allow attackers to threaten essential services. It’s likely that many councils cannot do this alone. They need support and resources from central Government, or else we will see more and more employees and councils falling victim to attackers.”

It was found that less than half (47%) of councils invested more of their security budget in increased security training for remote workers. At the same time, only 6% prevented any employees from working remotely because it wasn’t possible to guarantee secure access to data. 

“Clearly the priority in 2020 was enabling remote working, but more than a year into the pandemic it’s worrying that many councils still haven’t been able to assess their security posture,” said Charlotte Davis, Cyber Security Practice Lead, Insight. “These assessments need cover the entire threat landscape, including third party risks, and honestly analyse gaps in the organisation’s security posture. Once this is in place, councils can take the appropriate action to repair any gaps, from investing in technology, to building security awareness and putting frameworks in place so employees can follow best practice. Doing this will demand time and resources, so it’s essential that councils are given the support they need.”

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