Cyclonic information overload... Or clarity at last?

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  07 June 2017 09:58:00 BST

After my rant about the general lack of coherence in the info security industry, I thought I’d accept my own challenge and see what I could make of the first day’s action here at Infosec 2017.

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Topics: Multi-factor Authentication, CASB, Email security, web filtering

Antiviren-Software zum Schutz vor Ransomware … die Definition von Wahnsinn?

Posted by: Alex Kurz  /  16 May 2017 13:54:44 BST

In Bezug auf den kürzlich erfolgten globalen Ransomware-Angriff hielten wir es für eine gute Idee, diesen Blog vom 18. April aus dem Englischen zu übersetzen und auch hier zu posten.

Die Geschwindigkeit, mit der sich Ransomware verbreitet, ist überwältigend. Das SonicWall Global Response Intelligence Defense (GRID) Network hat 2015 etwa 3,8 Millionen Angriffe verzeichnet. Im vergangenen Jahr stieg diese Zahl auf 638 Millionen Attacken an. Sie haben richtig gelesen – 638 Millionen! Das sind gut 167 Mal so viele Angriffe wie 2015. Wow! Dabei liegen die Gründe für diese Entwicklung auf der Hand. Es ist ein sehr profitables Geschäft! Ransomware ist eine Klasse von Schadprogrammen, die Ihre Daten verschlüsseln und „Lösegeld“ für die Entschlüsselung verlangen. Die moderne Version von „Geld oder Leben!“ sozusagen.

Was ist also die Antwort? Antiviren-Software, Antiviren-Software und noch mehr Antiviren-Software?

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Topics: Cloud Application Control, Email security, Ransomware, Unified Security Service, Secure Web Gateway

Top Tips for Users to Keep Company Networks Safe

Posted by: Jakob Østergaard  /  15 May 2017 17:01:30 BST

As I’m sure you already know, Friday, 15 May, saw the beginning of a global ransomware attack, hitting hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world. Like most companies, we have taken stock of the situation and sent some simple instructions to our staff so that we can avoid becoming infected.

We would like to share these with you, but before we do that, we cannot stress highly enough the importance of having a good email scanning system in place to avoid malicious content ending up mailboxes and web filters to block dangerous sites in your browsers.

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Topics: Web Security, Email security, Ransomware, anti-virus, anti-malware, malware

The Heads Up: Solving Ransomware with AV...the definition of insanity?

Posted by: Alex Kurz  /  18 April 2017 10:00:00 BST


In the light of the recent global ransomware cyber attack, we felt it appropriate to repost this blog for your information. The original post was dated 18 April, 2017.

The speed at which ransomware is proliferating is mind blowing. In 2015, SonicWall’s Global Response Intelligence Grid recorded around 3.8 million attacks. By last year, that had grown to 638 million. Yes, you read it right – 638 million! That’s a staggering 167 times the number of attacks in 2015. Wow! And it’s easy to see why. Ransomware is particularly profitable for hackers. It’s a nasty type of malware that holds your data hostage by encrypting it and then asking you to pay for a decryption key. Stand and deliver on steroids.

So, what’s the answer? AV, AV and more AV?

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Topics: Cloud Application Control, Email security, Ransomware, Unified Security Service, Secure Web Gateway

Cloud Security issues aren’t unknown

Posted by: Ed Macnair  /  19 December 2016 11:43:51 GMT

When Cloud was the new kid on the block, the risk of adoption was simply too variable and therefore untenable but that didn’t really matter. It was gathering such momentum the security market simply couldn’t keep up. So in line with tradition, the easiest option was to get the big red stamp out and mark it ‘unsafe’ and hope it would go away.

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Topics: Cloud, Security, Web Security, Cloud Application Control, Email security

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