Network Security

NRF Retail’s the BIG Show

The data is still coming in, but it’s looking like consumer spending this holiday season will once again outperform previous years. Multiple research firms including the National Retail Federation (NRF) are predicting a growth in sales over the same period in 2015. Credit card vendor Mastercard is forecasting a 19% increase in online sales over the holidays.

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In most organizations, the same issue is being felt – how can network security be increased without lowering performance within a budget? How much risk is acceptable? If your organization is not facing this issue, you should be looking at the growth of encrypted web traffic (https) and cloud computing and how your current firewall maintains performance and/or efficacy in this new environment.

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Fingers typing on a keyboard with a computer in the background

Preventing your organization from being the victim of an inevitable cyber-attack is paramount so it is important for us to kick off this blog with an important risk question.

Do you know whether or not your organization‘s firewall is inspecting HTTPS traffic traversing its networks?

I have polled this question on numerous webinars I have conducted over the past year.

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Graph of ransomware attempts blocked by SonicWall per month

Ransomware is an advanced form of malware that attempts to get users to pay a fee or spoofed fine in order to regain access to their device or files.  The simplest version will place an image on one’s screen claiming the user downloaded illegal content or is using pirated software and will demand the payment of a fine or be arrested. 

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IT Security Done Right Enables State and Local Governments

News reports about new data breaches have become an all too frequent occurrence.  But cyber attacks can’t and don’t stop state and local governments from getting on with the business of governing. It’s easy to fall into a state of paralytic fear about attacks and data breaches, but in the meantime, state and local governments need to deliver the services their citizens rely upon, and continue to leverage technology to expand and improve those services.

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As I was driving home the other day one of my children spotted a house with old Halloween decorations on it. With the holidays coming, it’s a good reminder of the potential impact they can have on an organization. Black Friday, Cyber Monday and the weekend in between kick off the unofficial holiday shopping season which goes until the end of the year.

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Whenever there’s talk of a DDoS (distributed denial-of service) attack, network administrators think of multiple systems flooding a network device from various locations on the internet. However, when it comes to BlackNurse, a new & quite different type of DDoS, a single laptop can launch the attack to bring down the gateway firewall!

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To understand how SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection Service (ATP) protects the average company we looked at the data for 300 networks. SonicWall Capture ATP examines suspicious code and files to discover never-before-seen zero-day attacks.  So, in one day, how many of these new variants did Capture find?  See the infographic below to see what you could be up against without it.

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