June 28th, 2017

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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What’s the incentive to secure your desktop systems?

Desktop security may seem to have little to do with an organization’s profit and loss, share prices and overall bottom line, but going beyond antivirus protection can have a significant impact on productivity, total cost of ownership and IT support costs. In an era where companies are under pressure to reduce overheads and find new sources of revenue, operating an efficient IT infrastructure has never been so important. Whether that involves virtualization or getting more from your existing hardware, desktop security plays a vital role in ensuring systems run securely with maximum performance and uptime.

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Do Users Really Know Best?

The consumerisation of IT has become a fashionable catch phrase over the past few years as some companies choose to give employees the option to decide what hardware and software they use at work. Schemes have been set up, such as Bring Your Own PC (BYOPC), where virtualization technologies are deployed that allow users to run a managed corporate desktop from their own device with the aim of reducing costs.

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Signing policies in Privilege Guard 2.8

Privilege Guard 2.8 (Edit: now Defendpoint) introduces the ability to digitally sign policies using a certificate from a PFX file. This ensures that the policies deployed to a client have been published by a trusted source and are genuine. A unique Object Identifier (OID) is used to verify that policies have been signed with an authorized certificate.

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Better Application Group Management in Privilege Guard 2.8

In version 2.8 of Privilege Guard (Edit: now Defendpoint) we have revamped the application group management to include:

- A new application groups view
- A choice of application views
- Inline filtering and highlighting of applications

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Privilege Guard 2.8 Anti-tamper Protection

Privilege Guard 2.8 (Edit: now Defendpoint) is the first privilege management solution to introduce an intelligent anti-tamper mechanism that can protect the Privilege Guard software and configuration settings against modification from elevated processes, while still allowing the solution to be administered by true system administrators.

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