Since the release of SonicWall Capture Advanced Threat Protection (Capture ATP) in August 2016 on SonicWall firewalls, we have seen a lot of unique behavior from authors of malicious code, namely ransomware. Up until Christmas 2016, Locky received a lot of attention from security firms but then took a backseat during the holiday season.
In the war against cyber crime, no one gets to avoid battle. That’s why it’s crucial that each of us is proactive in understanding the innovation and advancements being made on both sides of the cybersecurity arms race. To that end, today we introduced the 2017 SonicWall Annual Threat Report, offering clients, businesses, cybersecurity peers and industry media and analysts a detailed overview of the state of the cybersecurity landscape.
Today I’d like to talk a little bit about our partnership with Microsoft and patch management. In a previous life I was a network/sysadmin. A brief description of that role was “If it has a blinking light on it, I am responsible for it,” which meant on most days I felt like I was living in the middle of a sci-fi movie, surrounded by demanding technology.
Last week I was at one of our sales offices in Utah. I heard an interesting story about how a dentist office called in to ask for threat prevention against ransomware. The dentist office had been affected by ransomware twice in a short period of time. Twice, they paid the ransom to ensure business continuity and customer retention.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.