Cyber Security News & Trends


This week, SonicWall announces a whole range of new products, there is an investigation into cloud computing that finds that hackers can leave malware waiting for customers, and a study finds that cybercriminals are spending their money like rock stars.

SonicWall Spotlight

Slate of New Product Offerings Marks Rebirth of SonicWall – Forbes

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner speaks to Forbes about the announcement of new SonicWall products and services, including a new line of firewalls, and discusses how far the company has come since splitting from Dell.

SonicWall Enhances Wi-Fi, Cloud Apps and Endpoints Security for SMBs and Distributed Enterprises – Help Net Security

  • Help Net Security review the new SonicWall releases in detail and James Crifasi of Redzone Technologies talks about the Wi-Fi improvements to the Capture Security Center saying, “We are thrilled at the improvements in security, management, and performance the new series has given us.”

2019 Security 100: 20 Coolest Network Security Vendors – CRN

  • SonicWall is named one of the coolest network security vendors of 2019 as part of CRN’s 2019 Security 100 list.

Inside the Biometrics of Those Post-Brexit Blue Passports – ComputerWorld UK

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner spoke to Computer World UK for their story on post-Brexit passports. He talks about his previous experience as CEO of Entrust and the problems faced successfully developing biometric passports.

Cyber Security News

Hackers Can Slip Invisible Malware Into ‘Bare Metal’ Cloud Computers – Wired (UK)

  • Cybersecurity researchers have shown that cyberattackers could leave malware undetected on a rented “bare metal” cloud computer. Once successfully infected at the firmware level the computer would then wait for the next customer and infect them.

European Telecommunications Standards Institute Publishes New IoT Security Standard – Security Week

  • The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ERSI) published a cybersecurity standard for consumer Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The hope is that this will provide the basis for future IoT certification schemes that will be designed to prevent both the loss of users’ personal data and the recruitment of consumer IoT devices into botnets.

Persistent Attackers Rarely Use Bespoke Malware – Dark Reading

  • Cybercriminals have been found to be using open-source over custom-made malware because bespoke programs are more likely to trigger cybersecurity systems. In addition, the quality of readily-available malware is to a high enough standard that hardened cybercriminal groups are able to incorporate it into their own toolsets without having to make major changes.

Surge in Number of Data Breaches Reported to Commission in 2018 – RTE News (Ireland)

  • Both Ireland and the UK reported a huge increase in the number of data breaches reported to regulators after the implementation of GDPR. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Apple, all which have their European headquarters in Ireland, are named as having ongoing breach inquiries.

Over 25 Million Home Voice Assistants at Increased Hacking Risk – The International Business Times

  • A recent report concluded that the very rudimentary cybersecurity on more than 25 million voice assistants is leaving them at an increased risk of being hacked.

Why Knowing How Your Data Behaves Is the Key to Cybersecurity – InfoSecurity Magazine

  • “Data in transit” or “data at rest” – Infosecurity Magazine argues that thinking of data in terms of these two poles will help decide what kind of cybersecurity best suits your needs.

Cybercriminals Spend Like Rockstars – SC Magazine

  • A recent study found that while some cybercriminals use their ill-gotten gains to simply cover their day-to-day necessities, others are splashing out on luxury goods like flashy cars and jewelry.

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