In this month’s Zero Trust Digest, we look back at the history, impact and defense measures for Pegasus spyware, how cybersecurity is becoming part of the broader business conversations and executives concerns about WFH setups.

Mobile spyware: The rise of Pegasus

In August, security news was consumed with the reemergence of Pegasus spyware on the back of an Amnesty International report.

Pegasus was first identified in 2016 as mobile-targeted spyware by researchers after it had been used in a targeted attack against a social activist. Since then, Pegasus has consistently made headlines.

Naturally, we decided to run a webinar on Pegasus. In the session, Michael Covington, VP of Product Strategy, covers:

  • An overview of Pegasus, from its origins to its modern variants;
  • The impact Pegasus, and other risky mobile apps, are having on businesses around the globe;
  • Recommendations on how to protect against mobile threats and zero-day attacks.

You can watch the webinar here.

Report shows earnings transcripts mention ‘cybersecurity’ 33% more in H1

Mentions of ‘cybersecurity’ in global companies’ earnings transcripts have largely been on the rise since Q2 2020, with nearly 33% growth in H1 2021 compared to the same time last year, according to leading data and analytics company GlobalData.

The lasting shift in digital operations of both business and consumers, coupled with the rising incidences of data breaches, are driving mentions of ‘data security’, ‘cloud security’ and ‘network security’ in 2021 earnings transcripts. World Bank’s August 2021 announcement of a Global Cybersecurity Fund is likely to drive more discussions around safer digital transitions, M&A and investment, with the rising complexity of cyberattacks.

It’s clear that cybersecurity is getting more attention at the board level, becoming a strategic priority rather than an exercise of check box compliance.

Execs don’t sound very confident about long-term network security in the WFH era

Hybrid working is top of corporate agendas for a lot of companies right now – should we or shouldn’t provide employees the flexibility to work where they want, how they want post-pandemic?

According to a Sungard Availability Services report, 75% of companies have adopted a hybrid work arrangement, however, only 21% are fully confident that security infrastructure can support long-term remote work.

Priorities include security software that keeps work devices secure (79%), an easy-to-use system that enables employees to share files securely (76%), IT support that specializes in supporting remote workers (71.5%), and high-speed internet connection (60%).