Some consider WannaCry to be the first-ever, self-propagating ransomware attack to wreak havoc across the globe. The chaos that followed is yet another harsh wake-up for many, in a situation far too familiar. Only this time, the victims are new, the infection spreads more rapidly, the effects are far-reaching and the headlines are bigger.
Night vision goggles. Airport x-ray machines. Secret decoder rings. What do they all have in common? Each helps you find something that is hidden, whether it’s an object or code that someone may not want you to discover. Your organization’s security solution needs to perform in a similar manner by inspecting encrypted traffic.
We enjoyed a “winning” week engaging with our loyal customers and partners at Dell EMC World, attended by more than 12,000 IT professionals like you.
SonicWall had a strong and visible presence, with one key goal: to maintain and strengthen our ties with Dell and our mutual customers and partners.
If you have been in this industry for more than a few years, you have probably heard the sales pitch, “What keeps you up at night?” It’s a typical sales tactic to elicit an emotional response to threats that seem to be out of your control. It’s designed to draw you out, start a conversation, and ultimately, prey on your fears.
Note: This blog was updated on Monday, May 15.
First, if you are a SonicWall customer and you are using our Gateway Anti-Virus, Intrusion Prevention service, and Capture Advanced Threat Protection then your SonicWall firewall has been protecting your network from WannaCry ransomware and the worm that spreads it since 17 April, 2017.
According to ITC (http://www.idtheftcenter.org) data breaches in the US increased 40% in 2016, and through the first four months of 2017 are up an additional 42% over the same period last year. Just over half of all breaches are caused by cyber attacks, defined by ITC as hacking, credit card skimming and phishing.
SonicWall is thrilled to be a silver sponsor at Dell EMC World (May 8 – 11 in Las Vegas) in booth #1515. While we are now a separate organization from Dell, we continue our close longtime partnership.
This year’s event theme is “Realize your Digital Future.” Organizations today are looking to transform their business to drive IT innovation, enhance workforce mobility and reduce risk.
On May 1, 1969, Joni Mitchell released her album, Clouds. In Both Sides Now, she penned these lyrics about the enigmatic nature of clouds:
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all
Exactly forty-eight years later, on May 1, 2017, SonicWall proudly launches Cloud GMS, the Global Management System for its next-generation firewalls.
For those following along, over the past two months there have been several reports, warnings, blogs and other industry analyses suggesting that HTTPS inspection by security companies is actually weakening security. Those that know me well know that I am a huge proponent of performing HTTPS inspection. I found myself arguing against the recommendations of various advisories that suggest the very thing I have been saying, or rather preaching, for the past several years was now bad.
Times are extremely restless for security teams as they face highly motivated adversaries, and the onslaught of very active and progressive cyber-attacks. Today’s hacking techniques are stealthy, unpredictable in nature and waged by skillful attackers capable of developing innovative ways of circumventing security defenses. One new and more popular way that is becoming a status quo among malware writers today is the malicious use of encryption.