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James.Maude
November 27th, 2015

Blackhat Friday

Just like Thanksgiving and Christmas, Black Friday and the subsequent Cyber Monday have firmly established themselves in the US calendar. With online retailers having worldwide reach we are also seeing Black Friday and Cyber Monday being adopted by retailers around the globe. With huge savings to be made and shoppers swept up in the frenzy of the holiday season it is also a prime time for cybercrime.

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Endpoint security success…balance is key!

Navigating the polarised opposites of security and freedom is not easy.This is further compounded when IT departments are under pressure to bring new systems to market that will provide their organisations with a competitive edge.

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ATM: Another Targeted Machine

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of the ATM, a device that changed the face of personal monetary transactions forever. According to the ATM Industry Association (ATMIA) there are now close to three million of them worldwide, with over 70,000 in the UK alone where it all began.  On 27th June 1967, the world’s first “hole in the wall” was revealed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, London. Celebrations aside, I’d like to look at exactly what’s going on under the hood from a software perspective.  Is securing them through industry best practice realistic and practical?

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NotPetya ransomware: Attack analysis

On June 27, 2017 a number of organisations across Europe began reporting significant system outages caused by a ransomware strain referred to as Petya. The ransomware is very similar to older Petya ransomware attacks from previous years, but the infection and propagation method is new, leading to it being referred to as NotPetya. Due to the sudden and significant impact of the attack, it was immediately likened to the WannaCry outbreak causing concerns globally. 

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Petya ransomware variant strikes on a global scale

Firms across the globe have been hit by a variant of the Petya or Petwrap strain of ransomware impacting Windows servers, PCs, and laptops. Initial reports suggest this latest attack struck The Ukraine initially but it has quickly spread to many other countries including Russia, Spain, France, the UK, The Netherlands, and the US. Currently the attackers are asking for $300 worth of Bitcoins to retrieve access to data.

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Wham, bam thank you PAM

As the Privileged Access Management (PAM) market matures, two distinct approaches have evolved as the primary focus for organizations considering this type of investment. Last year, the trend led Gartner to redefine the classification of the PAM market into two main categories; Privileged account and session management (PASM) and Privileged elevation and delegation management (PEDM). I’ve given a quick description of these areas below:

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