On the back of the Microsoft Vulnerabilities Report (2017) findings, Dr. Eric Cole, CEO of Secure Anchor Consulting and SANS Instructor, considers how companies can become more secure simply by removing admin rights from their users, without losing functionality...
It’s been a busy week in the security world. On Friday 12th May 2017 the world was hit by one of the biggest ransomware out breaks in recent times. It reached 74 countries and more than 45,000 systems. By Monday, this was more like 150 countries and 200,000 systems, according to Europol. When a kill-switch was found to disable the virus, it was a matter of hours until new variants were infecting systems at a rate of 3,600 per hour.
On Friday, a cyber attack on an unprecedented scale struck a wide range of organizations in over 99 countries across the globe. The ransomware attack, known as WanaCry or WanaCrypt0r shut down IT systems in NHS hospitals and GP surgeries in the UK as well as many large global organizations including Telefonica, FedEx and Renault.
A widespread scam affecting Google Docs began to land in users’ inboxes on Wednesday in what has been described as a sophisticated phishing campaign.
The much anticipated 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report from Verizon was launched this week and once again it highlights some interesting and concerning security trends.
Avecto is listed as an official security provider in the Endpoint Protection Platforms category on the Gartner Peer Insights website. In case you aren't familiar with the site, it's a review portal for security leaders and their teams to get anonymous third party feedback on a vendor and their software solutions. We firmly believe this type of resource is a hugely valuable, open and honest way of assessing the security landscape. So this is our rallying call, for Avecto customers to tell the world what you think about our Defendpoint software.
On the 28th May 2017, a team from Avecto will be taking part in the Great Manchester Run to raise money for Stockport Mind. As an employee of Avecto and avid runner, this feels like a perfect partnership. I strongly believe that running makes me better at my job and can have a hugely positive impact on everybody's mental health.
The recent NCA report shows how easy it is for young people to slip down the path of cybercrime. The barrier to entry in the cyber crime market is at an all-time low with the tools needed to create new ransomware attacks available for free online. There are videos, tutorials, and blogs all detailing how to make money usually in the form of anonymous crypto currencies such as bitcoin.
I speak to many IT professionals who don’t have visibility over the endpoints and don’t really understand the day to day work behaviors of their staff. When asked to “secure the endpoint” by their management, there are many misconceptions about the effectiveness which naturally arise.
The Dridex banking Trojan, once one of the most active and prolific malware strains, went quiet back in the summer of 2016. The large-scale spam operations distributing it dried up and the few samples that still appeared showed no significant changes.
Another day, another data breach. This time, payday lender, Wonga has revealed it’s the latest victim in a long and seemingly endless line of companies to have had their customer data compromised.