Tag Archives: malware

Application authentication needs a reboot

Last week marked an exciting new first – ransomware on a Mac disclosed by Palo Alto who had seen it with a client. What’s simultaneously encouraging and disappointing is that it could have been prevented without detection using highly recommended best practices – application whitelisting  (yes, it is possible to do whitelisting today – we do it with lots of our clients as do other providers).

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Patient Zero Day

Hospitals are used to dealing with viruses, from the common cold to a variety of tropical diseases there are procedures in place to diagnose, isolate and treat patients. What is more challenging to them is dealing with digital infections, which can wreak havoc and cause the digital realm to endanger people’s lives.

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File less fears

Last week I was talking to a customer about whitelisting policies. Having rolled out least privilege, application control and sandboxing to their estate they had gone from hundreds of security incidents per week to virtually none. This has caused the security team to become more proactive by shifting from constant firefighting and reacting to incidents to thinking strategically and planning ahead.

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Malvertising Campaigns – Who can you trust?

Malware is an ever evolving field and as such security should be seen as a journey not a destination. One of the latest malware evolutions is the practice of Malvertising where attackers place malicious content in seemingly innocent adverts. When the user views the page the advert is loaded and the malware attempts to exploit the machine.

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Return of the Macro

Just like fashion, malware goes through trends and comebacks, so let’s take a look at what’s ‘in’ this season. Anyone involved in IT in the 1990′s will remember a few things; plaid shirts, floppy disks and macro viruses. Although I can’t envisage the former two making a comeback any time soon, macros are definitely back on the InfoSec agenda, something Microsoft has been highlighting recently.

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