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Sum-up of compliances

Being compliant with standards means being a quality product. That’s exactly what we are about to discuss in the article below.

SafeDNS helps organizations become compliant with CIPA, IWF, BpjM, HIPAA and other regulations, but for the users new to web filtering, these abbreviations might mean nothing. Whether you are an experienced user or a newbie, the below will clear out any questions you have on various compliances.

Why is CIPA important?

Since the Children Internet Protection Act was passed in 2000, a lot of the online environment had changed. Global digital population is now 5 billion users and counting, but back then in the beginning of the digital era it was about 300 million.

Access to the internet for a lot of teenagers and kids was only available in a school or a public library. Being interested in everything on the global web, students did more than just their homework – the whole internet was opening up for them as the school years were going by. Respectively, the government had to introduce some guidelines for schools & libraries on how to protect the kids from the content they should not see.

That is how and what for CIPA, a document that regulates the exposure of inappropriate content to children, was created back in 2000.

To be CIPA compliant means to guarantee cybersecurity of the schoolkids from obscenity, child pornography & harmful content.

Here is a CIPA compliance checklist.

IWF & Project Arachnid

Being IWF compliant means being against child pornography and blocking all child abuse content online. Internet Watch Foundation has formed a list of URLs to be blocked, and it is constantly updating.
Project Arachnid is also a charity against child sexual abuse based in Canada. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection has already processed 141 billion+ images of child abuse.Those also form the list of prohibited resources that web filtering restricts access to.

BPjM

Similar to the previous regulations, this one comes from Germany. The Federal Review Board for Media Harmful to Minors (German: Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien or BPjM) is a German federal agency that is responsible for censoring media that is suspected to be harmful to the younger generation. The results of such works are formed in The List of Media Harmful to Young People which includes movies, games, printed resources and audio recordings. Once a piece enters the List, it stays there for 25 years. After this period, it might be left out and thought to be no longer harmful or left in.

Here is a BpjM compliance checklist.

HIPAA

Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is aimed to safeguard PHI, protected health information. Such information may include names, addresses, phone numbers, medical records, or even photos. What web filtering can do in this regard is to prevent a data breach by simply not gaining access to malicious websites at the corporate network level.

Here is a HIPAA compliance checklist.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About SafeDNS
SafeDNS breathes to make the internet safer for people all over the world with solutions ranging from AI & ML-powered web filtering, cybersecurity to threat intelligence. Moreover, we strive to create the next generation of safer and more affordable web filtering products. Endlessly working to improve our users’ online protection, SafeDNS has also launched an innovative system powered by continuous machine learning and user behavior analytics to detect botnets and malicious websites.

New AppBlocker feature

As you might have already noticed, our dashboard has a “new” flag – it means AppBlocker is now added to the SafeDNS infrastructure.

AppBlocker is a feature that blocks access to various groups of apps. It helps users keep the business infrastructure safe with a more granular filtering & easily block all domains related to certain applications, such as file sharing, system monitoring, VPNs etc. Basically, any apps that might bring any cybersecurity risks upon your business or data theft to your system.

The apps form groups for blockage:

  • ecosystems (Apple, Google, WeChat and more),
  • file sharing services (Dropbox, uTorrent, 4shared and more)
  • messaging apps (Slack, Snapchat, Viber and more),
  • portals (Baidu, Yahoo etc),
  • technology services (GitLab, GitHub),
  • VoIP (RingCentral, Zoom, LogmeIn and more),
  • VPN services (NordVPN, CyberGhost VPN and more),
  • cybersecurity services (Shodan, Zscaler),
  • financial services (Ethermine, Flypool and more),
  • mail services (ProtonMail, Thunderbird, Hushmail and more),
  • remote desktop services (RemotePC, AnyDesk, TeamViewer).

To see the full list of apps to block, check out the Categories tab in the dashboard, and then choose AppBlocker.

The user is free to choose any app or app group to block, as the list is fully customizable.

Try it out and see for yourself!

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About SafeDNS
SafeDNS breathes to make the internet safer for people all over the world with solutions ranging from AI & ML-powered web filtering, cybersecurity to threat intelligence. Moreover, we strive to create the next generation of safer and more affordable web filtering products. Endlessly working to improve our users’ online protection, SafeDNS has also launched an innovative system powered by continuous machine learning and user behavior analytics to detect botnets and malicious websites.

Steps towards protecting children online

Biden turns to Congress to limit targeted social media ads for kids.

As the New York Times reports, President Biden is eager to shield children from obscene internet content presented in ads. Moreover, he is planning a broader campaign for the mental health of the younger generation, as he reveals in his first State of the Union speech.

“It’s time to strengthen privacy protections, ban targeted advertising to children, demand tech companies stop collecting personal data on our children,” he declares.

The interaction of kids with social media can be extremely harmful and damaging. Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, leaked some of the documents that state Meta was aware they made teenagers feel bad about themselves. Extreme and obscene content is shown to young people, which causes mental illnesses by diminishing kids’ self-worth.

One of the solutions Biden suggests is to ban targeted ads aimed at children, Bloomberg states. The process will take some time to obtain funding and become a full legal act, and meanwhile, you could protect your kids or yourself from the harmful side of the internet in a couple of clicks with a web filtering solution.

SafeDNS offers different kinds of plans tailored to your needs.

Get your 15-day Free Trial and see for yourself!

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About SafeDNS
SafeDNS breathes to make the internet safer for people all over the world with solutions ranging from AI & ML-powered web filtering, cybersecurity to threat intelligence. Moreover, we strive to create the next generation of safer and more affordable web filtering products. Endlessly working to improve our users’ online protection, SafeDNS has also launched an innovative system powered by continuous machine learning and user behavior analytics to detect botnets and malicious websites.

What Are Potential Repercussions of MSP Cyberattacks?

In its last year’s report, FDD’s Center on Cyber and Technology Innovation (CCTI) compared economic losses from cyberattacks on just one MSP supplier with those from hurricane Sandy. The losses from cyberattacks were 17% higher!

Cyberattacks pose a threat not only to small businesses, but also to national infrastructure as well as US governmental agencies.

An example of such an attack in 2021 is malware integration into MSP provider infrastructure that used VSA Kaseya local software.

Experts believe that hackers use a phishing scheme to penetrate the provider’s network, thus gaining access to clients and remaining unnoticed for extended periods of time. Hundreds of businesses nationwide may become victims of the phishing software threatening operation of various industries and critical infrastructure facilities. This will lead to about $80 bln in losses.

Underestimating such risks is unacceptable, which is why it is necessary to take measures, including changes in federal law. One of the most important additions must be a law enforcing notification about cyberattacks on companies and regulating cybersecurity measures for small, medium and big businesses.

Certain work in the field is already being done. Thus, a draft law by senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio suggests that all critical infrastructure owners and contractors must inform federal authorities about cyberattacks within 24 hours since the moment of such violation. Currently these reports are voluntary and sent to state authorities.

US Congress is also working on requirements to private companies obliging them to notify about cybersecurity breaches in their networks that may pose threat to federal structures.

CCTI recommends:

· To include cybersecurity report requirements into Sarbanes-Oxley act for all public companies.

· Cybersecurity reports to include an estimate of economic losses.

· To create a cybersecurity manual for small and medium businesses.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About SafeDNS
SafeDNS breathes to make the internet safer for people all over the world with solutions ranging from AI & ML-powered web filtering, cybersecurity to threat intelligence. Moreover, we strive to create the next generation of safer and more affordable web filtering products. Endlessly working to improve our users’ online protection, SafeDNS has also launched an innovative system powered by continuous machine learning and user behavior analytics to detect botnets and malicious websites.

Newest accomplishment of SafeDNS

Gartner Digital Markets announced that in year 2021 SafeDNS had outperformed by consistently getting featured in multiple GDM flagship reports including “Cybersecurity Software”.

Last year SafeDNS stood out from the competitors and gained an overall score of 4.7 (out of 5) across all three Gartner Digital Markets sites: Capterra, Software Advice, and GetApp.

The badges were obtained thanks to customized solutions that meet our clients’ demands by professional tech support, affordable price and a cutting-edge technology of DNS filtering.

Here’s a review of one of our customers as another confirmation:

“SafeDNS is a really great product, we have been using it for over 5 years now and it’s really robust. We deploy for all our customers internal networks and this includes our Azure infrastructure and it just works.”

~ Jason T. ~

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About SafeDNS
SafeDNS breathes to make the internet safer for people all over the world with solutions ranging from AI & ML-powered web filtering, cybersecurity to threat intelligence. Moreover, we strive to create the next generation of safer and more affordable web filtering products. Endlessly working to improve our users’ online protection, SafeDNS has also launched an innovative system powered by continuous machine learning and user behavior analytics to detect botnets and malicious websites.

Cybersecurity: Potential Threats in 2022

In 2022 cyberattacks will be even more elaborate than in the previous years. The number of cyberattacks will increase, too. This is the forecast made by experts in cybersecurity, Check Point Research (CPR).

Attacks will mostly be aimed at supply chains for medium and big businesses. In 2021 Kaseya and SolarWinds brands fell victims of such attacks.

These are the technologies to be used by cybercriminals this year:

· Fake news

Cybercriminals will be creating and spreading fake news for fraud and phishing attacks. They are going to use AI and deepfake to make photos and videos with the aim to steal confidential information.

· Personal data theft

Theft of personal data of companies’ employees, clients and business partners is becoming more and more large-scale. Attackers are getting greedier, and ransom amounts are going to continue to grow.

· Using mobile malware

With mobile payment systems being used more frequently, malware attacks on consumers’ mobile devices in order to steal more will also become more frequent.

· Large-scale online attacks using new technology

Cybercriminals are keeping up with companies thatconstantly improve technologies and infrastructure to boost their security systems. In the current year criminals will be penetrating company networks using security system testing tools. Such attacks may lead to global failures in company operations.

· Cryptocurrency attacks

Attackers will be turning more attention to hacking crypto exchanges. They will be motivated by last year’s successful cyberattacks, Africryft hack being one of them. As a result of the attack on the South African crypto platform investors lost about $3.6 bln.Active growth of such crimes is expected this year.

Company managements should stay alert and work towards cybercrime prevention by securing every bit of their networks with the use of optimal solutions that will reveal and block more and more elaborate and global cyberattacks.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About SafeDNS
SafeDNS breathes to make the internet safer for people all over the world with solutions ranging from AI & ML-powered web filtering, cybersecurity to threat intelligence. Moreover, we strive to create the next generation of safer and more affordable web filtering products. Endlessly working to improve our users’ online protection, SafeDNS has also launched an innovative system powered by continuous machine learning and user behavior analytics to detect botnets and malicious websites.

Cyber Security strategies for SME

Small businesses have been growing since the beginning of the pandemic thanks to digital transformation allowing them to open cost-efficiently. However, it brings the disadvantages of relying on the internet.

Just like any business is growing, viruses, ransomware, malware, and phishing have been growing over the past years, and attacks are expected to double in 2022 according to cybersecurity specialists. It doesn’t mean that we should just watch it happen, cybersecurity has been improving as well. Antiviruses are getting better, DNS protection is performing greatly with AI/ML systems, and now we have a lot of free training courses that help avoid cyberattacks.

To stay safe in 2022, our cybersecurity specialists advise you to do the following:

Multifactor authentication (MFA)

Attackers usually avoid those who use MFA due to a strong protection layer it adds to the user’s security. MFA is deployed easily, and it is highly recommended to be used.

Training

Cybersecurity training isn’t only made for big organizations, SMEs are usually even more attractive to hackers due to the lack of their cybersecurity. If the company cannot afford long-term courses, it can enroll into a few shorter ones over a longer period of time. This will help employees to raise cybersecurity awareness, thus using strong passwords and avoiding suspicious downloads or phishing emails.

DNS Filtering

A new trendy feature that is very easy to deploy and requires no hardware or IT background. This service can be installed on the network level to protect all users from malicious content and eliminate it before it even reaches the user’s network. DNS filtering comes with a lot of other features besides protection against malicious content, such as blocking unwanted websites like time wasters or social networks.

Antivirus

DNS Filtering usually should be enough, but if the user accidentally allows malicious content to be downloaded on their device, here comes the Antivirus alerting about the risks and deleting the malicious content that has been downloaded.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About SafeDNS
SafeDNS breathes to make the internet safer for people all over the world with solutions ranging from AI & ML-powered web filtering, cybersecurity to threat intelligence. Moreover, we strive to create the next generation of safer and more affordable web filtering products. Endlessly working to improve our users’ online protection, SafeDNS has also launched an innovative system powered by continuous machine learning and user behavior analytics to detect botnets and malicious websites.

SafeDNS has won the Best Value Software award

We are happy to announce that SafeDNS web-filtering service has won the Best Value Software award at SoftwareSuggest Winter Recognition Awards 2022.

To quote SoftwareSuggest, “To save businesses’ resources and prevent their staff from wasting work time SafeDNS provides a sophisticated cloud-based solution for web filtering which also increases users’ safety online by blocking botnets, malware, and phishing resources filter out most internet ads and content users consider irrelevant and inappropriate.”

SafeDNS team would like to thank SoftwareSuggest for their high appraisal, as well as our partners and customers for their trust and feedback. They always help us work towards improving our service.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About SafeDNS
SafeDNS breathes to make the internet safer for people all over the world with solutions ranging from AI & ML-powered web filtering, cybersecurity to threat intelligence. Moreover, we strive to create the next generation of safer and more affordable web filtering products. Endlessly working to improve our users’ online protection, SafeDNS has also launched an innovative system powered by continuous machine learning and user behavior analytics to detect botnets and malicious websites.

Phishing: cybersecurity’s biggest threat

Not every cybersecurity threat is ransomware. Phishing is cybersecurity’s biggest threat. It’s one of the most common ways hackers can infiltrate your organization, and it can result in much more than identity theft.

Back in the 4th quarter of 2021, we were looking at a credential-stealing phishing attack on LinkedIn. The phishing email was sent from a compromised university email account and hosted its phishing page on Google Forms. The email claimed that the victims’ LinkedIn account had been suspended due to unusual activity and invited them to verify their account if they wanted to restore access.

This email attack employed the whole gamut of techniques to get past traditional email security filters and play a hoax on unsuspecting victims.

In the end of 2021, in December to be exact, Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, filed a lawsuit in a California court against the operators of more than 39,000 phishing sites that have been hosted through the Ngrok service.

According to legal analysts, those lawsuits won’t go anywhere, but the reason for them to exist is that Meta is trying to say they are capable of identifying who is behind the phishing campaigns.

According to cybersecurity specialists, phishing attacks are very likely going to increase by 30%. And they are recommending both individuals and business owners to take all security precautions to decrease the risks of falling victim to one of those attacks.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About SafeDNS
SafeDNS breathes to make the internet safer for people all over the world with solutions ranging from AI & ML-powered web filtering, cybersecurity to threat intelligence. Moreover, we strive to create the next generation of safer and more affordable web filtering products. Endlessly working to improve our users’ online protection, SafeDNS has also launched an innovative system powered by continuous machine learning and user behavior analytics to detect botnets and malicious websites.

What threatens SaaS security in the upcoming year

· Difficulties in controlling app security risks

Many companies use SaaS apps in their work more and more often, especially when their employees must work remotely. This is when they hit a problem: it is necessary to adjust security settings correctly for each app considering their configurations. As there are many such apps, security departments are forced to do major volumes of work and are not always maximally efficient.

· Low level of knowledge in cybersecurity rules by privileged users

Employees who do not follow cybersecurity rules and have expanded access put confidential information at the threat of being hacked and increase the risk of it being revealed. And because SaaS use continues to grow, there appears the necessity for control of employees’ access to apps.

· Phishing via SaaS

Criminals attack companies’ email via SaaS using the following scheme:

– Criminals send an email with OAuth app.

– An employee follows the link and logs in to their account.

– The app requests access to emails.

– The employee accepts the request.

– OAuth token is created, which is subsequently used by the cybercriminal to gain access to and control email or the whole disc.

– The criminal encodes the disc and the user can get access to it back only after they  have paid ransom.

This is how ransomware works. Other types of cyberattacks can be organized using OAuth app as well.

Having installed special apps for protection against cyberattacks or using cloud services companies can protect themselves from such cyberattacks and identify changes in cybersecurity settings and SaaS apps in timely manner.

About Version 2 Limited
Version 2 Limited is one of the most dynamic IT companies in Asia. The company develops and distributes IT products for Internet and IP-based networks, including communication systems, Internet software, security, network, and media products. Through an extensive network of channels, point of sales, resellers, and partnership companies, Version 2 Limited offers quality products and services which are highly acclaimed in the market. Its customers cover a wide spectrum which include Global 1000 enterprises, regional listed companies, public utilities, Government, a vast number of successful SMEs, and consumers in various Asian cities.

About SafeDNS
SafeDNS breathes to make the internet safer for people all over the world with solutions ranging from AI & ML-powered web filtering, cybersecurity to threat intelligence. Moreover, we strive to create the next generation of safer and more affordable web filtering products. Endlessly working to improve our users’ online protection, SafeDNS has also launched an innovative system powered by continuous machine learning and user behavior analytics to detect botnets and malicious websites.