Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, catch the SonicWall roadshow across Europe, ransomware is targeting K-12 systems, and Magecart hasn’t gone away.

SonicWall Spotlight

Bill Conner: Ransomware Actively Targeting K-12 Districts, Municipalities – SonicWall Blog

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner outlines the current rising ransomware risks for K-12 institutions and city municipalities in his latest piece written for the Forbes Technology council, recommending a layered security strategy as the best way to stop the threats.

SonicWall Hits the Road for the 2019 EMEA SecureFirst Partner Roadshow SeriesSonicWall Blog

  • Hit the road and come back for more and more! SonicWall partners should take the chance to see the SonicWall Roadshow in their city over October and November. Catch up on new products, talk to SonicWall executives and join in the fun learning about the future direction of the company and the world of cyber in general.

SaaS Application Security: 7 Risks to Mitigate – MSSP Alert

  • Rule Number 1: It may be 2019 but don’t fool yourself into thinking that phishing is no longer a threat… Shannon Emmons of SonicWall lists the seven primary security risks that anyone considering SaaS security needs to consider.

SonicWall CEO: ‘Direct Touch’ Model Has Helped Us Win More Enterprise Accounts – Channel Partner Insight

  • Bill Conner, CEO of SonicWall, is quoted by Channel Partner Insight discussing winning contracts via a strategy of direct touch. EMEA Director Michael Berg also weighs in giving an update on the UK, Germany and Middle East market.

David Chamberlin, SVP & Chief Marketing Officer, SonicWall – VarIndia

  • SonicWall’s David Chamberlin explains the role of a Chief Marketing Officer to VarIndia, breaking down how the role has changed over the years and outlining SonicWall’s current market position and plans.

Cybersecurity News

The New Edward Snowden Book Is Being Used to Spread Malware – Verdict (UK)

  • Cybercriminals are capitalizing on the release of whistleblower Edward Snowden’s new book, Permanent Record, to spread banking malware Emotet via a spear phishing campaign that hides malware in a Microsoft Word file.

‘But Who’s in Charge’ Is the Question for Feds in Cybersecurity – Fifth Domain

  • The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) second annual national cybersecurity summit was recently held at National Harbor. Senator Ron Johnson drew attention to the growing need for guidance in cybersecurity in 5G technology and CISA Director Chris Krebs also spoke about how international boundaries can fall away when it comes to cyberthreats, calling for a greater participation between government and businesses so as to more effectively fight cybercrime.

Ransomware Strikes 49 School Districts & Colleges in 2019 – Dark Reading

  • Underlining SonicWall CEO Bill Conner’s article on rising ransomware threats in K-12 businesses, Dark Reading reports that almost 50 districts have been hit by Ransomware attacks in 2019, with ten victims in the previous nine days alone.

GDPR: Only One in Three Businesses Are Compliant – Here’s What Is Holding Them Back – ZDNet

  • In a survey of over 1000 industry personnel, a new study found that only 28% consider themselves to be fully GDPR compliant. In the responses, 36% believe the requirements of GDPR are too complex while one third of respondents say that the financial costs of achieving alignment with GDPR are too prohibitive.

Once Hacked, Twice Shy: How Auto Supplier Harman Learned to Fight Cyber Carjackers – Reuters

  • After suffering a number of public cybersecurity embarrassments in the past, the motor industry is now tackling the issue head-on; there has been exponential growth in the area with cybersecurity requirements now numbering in the hundreds of pages, up from just a single page five years ago.
And Finally:

Magecart Strikes Again: Hotel Booking Websites Come Under Fire ZDNet

  • It hasn’t gone away; a fresh wave of Magecart-linked attacks is currently taking place with the hotel booking websites the latest victims.

In Case You Missed It

it-SA 2019: SonicWall’s Integrated Cybersecurity Platform

Bringing together companies and leaders from around the world, it-sa 2019 is one of the most anticipated international technology events of the year, and it’s just around the corner! If you are attending, then expect to experience innovations and developments that will shape our future.

Visit SonicWall and its partners Axsos, Data-Sec, MCM, Takenet and Tarador at the technology fair from the 8th to the 10th of October at the Exhibition Center Nuremberg, Booth 9-538 in Hall 9.

About it-sa 2019

It-sa has established itself as Europe’s largest and most indispensable IT security exhibition and one of the most important platforms for cloud, mobile, data and network cybersecurity in the world. In 2018 around 700 exhibitors from 27 countries spread over 3 halls to present the latest IT security solutions to 14,290 trade visitors.

Based in Nuremberg since 2009, it-sa is a unique platform where C-Level experts and IT security officers from industry, services and administration get to meet developers and providers of products and services for IT security. It has successfully served as a catalyst for many innovative solutions.

From October 8 to 10, through a series of open forums, lectures and presentations, experts will be at hand to provide the most up-to-date information on strategies and technical solutions in IT security.

At the SonicWall stand

Learn about the latest cyber threats and solutions from SonicWall (booth: 9-538) and at the workstation of SonicWall distributor Infinigate (booth 9-416). Find out about:

Do you want to know if your company is safe from cyberattacks?

Cyber-threats do not discriminate or differentiate. Exposed networks, data, identities, and devices are identified, targeted and unscrupulously attacked by cybercriminals. Visit the SonicWall stand to learn how IT security issues like Internet of Things (IoT) vulnerabilities, constantly evolving malware variants, cloud threats and much more can be defeated.

Take the free security check at the SonicWall stand and then join our quiz – with a bit of luck, you can win a Moovi StVO e-scooter.

We’ll also be holding the presentation “Your account has been hacked” hosted by Silvan Noll, SE Manager Central Europe on 08.10.2019 at 13:15 in hall 10 or on 09.10.2019 at 10:00 in Hall 9.

And don’t miss the SonicWall Booth Party on 09.10.2019 from 18:00 clock in Hall 9 at Infinigate Stand 9-416!

“We look forward to demonstrating the depth of our growing portfolio of solutions, including our patent-pending RTDMI technology, which discovered 104,000 unprecedented attack variants from January to August alone,” says Jan-Patrick Schlögell, Regional Director Central Europe, SonicWall ,

Contact us on social media by tagging @SonicWall with the hashtag #itsa19. You can also follow us on social media throughout the it-sa event:

We look forward to seeing you there! Don’t forget: Hall 9.

SonicWall Hits the Road for the 2019 EMEA SecureFirst Partner Roadshow Series

Six weeks. Eight countries. Seventeen cities.

SonicWall is delighted to announce the launch of the 2019 SonicWall EMEA Partner Roadshow Series. The roadshow is taking place Oct. 1 through Nov. 14 in select cities across Europe and South Africa. This is an exciting opportunity for our SecureFirst Partners to gain insight into the vision, products, services and future direction of SonicWall.

Launched in 2016, the SecureFirst Partner Program has brought to market many new and exciting programs, incentives and tools for our partners. During our roadshow, partners will experience an immersive day of practical content including training and updates on a variety of valuable areas:

The roadshow will give partners an exclusive opportunity to learn about the future direction of the company, spend valuable time with SonicWall executives and product experts, and learn new ways to build their business. Partners will also get the opportunity to hear valuable feedback from each other and exchange ideas with their local SonicWall team.

“SonicWall Overdrive 2.0 has helped a lot for getting more sales, especially thanks to the included email campaigns. We would recommend Overdrive to all partners, as it is very easy to use and effective.”

Ryan Wade
Business Solutions Specialist
Turrito Networks

Register now

If you are interested in attending an upcoming Partner Roadshow event in Europe or Africa, please reference the table below and register for a city near you.

Date Location Registration Link
October 1 Johannesburg, South Africa Register
October 1 Madrid, Spain Register
October 2 Barcelona, Spain Register
October 3 Durban, South Africa Register
October 22 Bucharest, Romania Register
November 4 Neuss, Germany Register
November 5 Vienna, Austria Register
November 5 Lyon, France Register
November 6 Egerkingen, Switzerland Register
November 6 Paris, France Register
November 8 Frankfurt, Germany Register
November 11 Munich, Germany Register
November 12 Stuttgart, Germany Register
November 12 Milano, Italy Register
November 13 Roma, Italy Register
November 13 Hamburg, Germany Register
November 14 Leipzig, Germany Register

Please note availability is strictly limited and this event is targeted to the SonicWall SecureFirst Partner community.

More partner news

Keep up with partner news from SonicWall by following us on social media and by following our dedicated partner-focused Twitter account: @SNWLSecChannel

Bill Conner: Ransomware Actively Targeting K-12 Districts, Municipalities

Bill Conner has always had ransomware in his crosshairs. And despite the dangerous malware somewhat fading from media interest in 2018, he knew better.

And for good reason.

First, ransomware is too effective and easy for cybercriminals to extort payment from victims and doesn’t require risky data exfiltration and subsequent Dark Web sales. Second, cybercriminals are sophisticated enough to pivot their tactics by either creating new malware variants or by finding new and easier targets.

As Conner outlines in his latest article for Forbes, “Back-To-School Lists Should Now Include Ransomware,” the summer of 2019 had both. The season featured a handful of new ransomware variants, but the big news was the targeting of both K-12 school districts and state and city municipalities.

“It’s a deliberate and strategic shift from hospitals and other soft targets to K-12 districts and schools, where security controls and technology resources aren’t as always as robust despite housing some of the most sensitive and private data,” Conner wrote for Forbes.

The summer of 2019 also witnessed one of the most tactical and widespread ransomware attacks against a single state. In August 2019, the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) announced that 20-plus state agencies have been infected by ransomware. According to ZDnet, the “infection is blamed on strain of ransomware known only as the .JSE ransomware.”

In fact, the last 12 months have seen ransomware attacks bring city services to a halt, including those in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New York and more.

Ransomware protection requires layered, persistent protection

It’s an old cliché, but it’s true: cybersecurity is never finished. The same goes for malware and ransomware protection, which should be an evolving and ongoing practice.

“Regardless of industry, it’s important that C-level executives continue to be proactive in promoting cybersecurity investments as ransomware and the plethora of other kinds of cyberattacks continue to evolve in sophistication and volume,” Conner wrote.

The best approach is a layered security strategy that identifies and mitigates ransomware attacks across a number of vectors. One such approach is pairing a next-generation firewall with a multi-engine, cloud-based sandbox, such as the Capture Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) sandbox.


Cost-effective for K-12 districts as well as state and local governments, Capture ATP stops unknown, zero-day attacks, including ‘never-before-seen’ ransomware, at the gateway with automated remediation. Capture ATP analyzes suspicious code to help discover and block newly developed malware and ransomware from entering your network — all in real time.

Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, Ecuador suffers a country-sized data breach, smart cities are put under the cybersecurity microscope, and SonicWall take a look at emerging technologies.

SonicWall Spotlight

#074 – Bill Conner: You Cannot Have Privacy Without Security – Cyber Security Interviews

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner discusses the current state of the threat landscape and details his career path on the Cyber Security Interviews podcast with Douglas Brush. They cover encryption, security for the SMB market, SonicWall’s Capture Threat Network, malware cocktails, malware as a service, AI and machine learning, governments backdooring encryption, and more!

SonicWall Awarded USETPA Contract – SonicWall Blog

  • SonicWall has been awarded the U.S. Educational Technology Purchasing Alliance (USETPA) contract for wireless access points, firewalls, and related security services. The USETPA assists public agencies to help reduce the cost of purchased goods through strategic sourcing that combines the volumes and the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide.

Five Technologies Likely To Disrupt Industries – CEO Insights India

  • Emerging technologies are changing how enterprises function. SonicWall’s Debasish Mukherjee lists his top five technologies that he thinks will have a major impact.

Cybersecurity News

Arrest Made in Ecuador’s Massive Data Breach – ZDNet

  • After the personal data of almost every person in Ecuador was leaked, Ecuadorian authorities have been quick to make an arrest. There is an ongoing investigation into what happened and why the company involved had access to such a large amount of unnecessary private data.

CISA Chief Calls on Cybersecurity Community to ‘Stop Selling Fear’ – The Hill

  • The head of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Christopher Krebs, is calling on industry and government experts to do more to help society understand and grapple with growing cyber threats. He calls for more measured, reasonable and straightforward talk when explaining the cybersecurity landscape to the public.

Millions of Americans’ Medical Images and Data Are Available on the Internet. Anyone Can Take a Peek. – ProPublica

  • Hundreds of insecure computer servers worldwide store medical patient data that can easily be accessed. As one expert puts it, “It’s not even hacking. It’s walking into an open door.” ProPublica investigates the current privacy problems in medical technology.

How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City – Wall Street Journal

  • With IoT devices growing at huge rates smart cities are rapidly becoming a reality. However, without a good cybersecurity plan in place this is a risky situation, the more connected a city is, the more vulnerable it is to cyberattacks.

Colorado Cites Cybersecurity Concerns in Banning QR Codes on Ballots – The Hill

  • Colorado has become the first U.S. state to ban the use of QR codes on ballots. Currently QR codes are used as a fast way of scanning votes but with hacking fears on the rise there is a fear that votes could be altered by a digital intruder.

Lion Air Breach Hits Millions of Passengers – InfoSecurity Magazine

  • Security researchers have found at least 35 million airline records circulating online with details belonging mostly to Lion Air companies. Details leaked include names, dates of birth, phone numbers, emails, addresses, passport numbers and expiration dates. The companies say they are investigating the breach.
And Finally:

Tackling Cybersecurity at the Rugby World CupTechradar

  • The 2019 Rugby World Cup is the most tech-enabled sports event yet and Japan has responded with a full cybersecurity sweep of network-connected IoT objects, checking for any vulnerabilities.

In Case You Missed It

SonicWall Awarded USETPA Contract

SonicWall has been awarded the U.S. Educational Technology Purchasing Alliance (USETPA) contract for wireless access pointsfirewalls (network security products) and related security services.

The USETPA assists public agencies to help reduce the cost of purchased goods through strategic sourcing that combines the volumes and the purchasing power of public agencies nationwide.

The USETPA reverse auction site helps K-12 schools, libraries, local government entities, community colleges and nonprofit groups request proposals from USETPA-approved vendors and select the proposal that offers the best value. This informal RFP allows users to negotiate the best value deal without the constraints of a formal RFP process.

Formed to leverage the purchasing power of schools, libraries and public entities, the USETPA created pre-bid convenience contracts on a ‘not-to-exceed-price basis,’ which means that every item purchased receives a discount while larger and aggregated orders may receive additional discounts.

End-users can be sure that all state and local procurement rules and regulations have been met — all while getting the lowest prices available.

E-rate and USETPA

USETPA subscribers applying for E-rate funding can use the USETPA Form 470 in lieu of, or in addition to, issuing their own Form 470. USETPA subscribers skip the burdensome 470 process while ensuring that all competitive bidding requirements have been met. By streamlining the E-rate application process, subscribers save valuable time and resources.

Purchasing Note

When filing Form 470s for SonicWall products through the USETPA program, please reference SonicWall USETPA contract number 719001. For additional questions related to USETPA and E-rate federal funding, please contact the USETPA at 910-333-6870.

How to USETPA services

Eligible or approved organizations may use USETPA in four ways:

  • Online Portal: End-users may register on the portal and request quotes via USETPA’s reverse auction process.
  • Offline Bid: ​Users can contact the USETPA (919-391-9558) which will conduct an offline bid on users’ behalf.
  • Direct with SonicWall Partners: Users may contact SonicWall, now an approved USETPA vendor, for pricing and to be paired with an authorized SonicWall SecureFirst partner. A copy of the invoice should be sent to the USETPA for certification.
  • Vendor Catalog: ​Users may purchase via a USETPA vendor catalog. In this case, all purchases are automatically registered.

SonicWall products eligible under USETPA

SonicWall cybersecurity products eligible under the new USETPA contract include a range of wireless access points and next-generation firewalls. This includes:

For assistance using the USETPA program, please contact your SonicWall SecureFirst partner representative or call SonicWall at +1-888-557-6642.

GITEX 2019: SonicWall Heads to the Biggest Tech Show in the Middle East, North Africa & South Asia

SonicWall at GITEX 2019

Oct 2019

Stand SR-B20
Sheikh Rashid Hall
Dubai World Trade Centre

One of the most important weeks on the international technology calendar is just around the corner. GITEX Technology Week 2019 is a must-attend, world-class event that promises to bring together investors, entrepreneurs and technology leaders from around the world and give attendees a chance to experience life-changing innovations that will shape our futures.

Join SonicWall at GITEX, the biggest tech show in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, Oct. 6-10 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The GITEX 2019 agenda features a lineup of industry leaders, tech talks, X-Labs and demos, and 26 exhibiting zones.

You’ll find SonicWall on the Enterprise Networking & Security floor in Sheikh Rashid Hall at stand SR-B20, where more than 100,000 attendees from all over the world are expected to explore innovative technologies, learn about groundbreaking solutions and connect with more than 4,800 exhibitors impacting technology today.

SonicWall at GITEX 2019

Join SonicWall’s Atul Dhablania, Michael Berg, Mohamed Abdallah, Jose Cardoso, Luca Taglioretti and Thomas Buergis for discussions and interactive sessions with our global and regional experts as we dive into the latest in cybersecurity solutions and trends.

SonicWall will showcase its networking and security solutions including:

You’ll also have the chance to get insight into the latest findings from the SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers, who monitor, collect and analyze millions of malware threats per day in real-time across than 215 countries and territories. These industry-leading insights about the threat landscape and sophisticated analytics broken down geographically will arm you so you can act rapidly against emerging threats.

“We look forward to demonstrating the depth of our growing solutions portfolio, including our patent-pending RTDMI technology that has discovered 104,000 never-before-seen attack variants from January to August alone.”

Mohamed Abdallah
Regional Director for Middle East & Turkey

Presentation Schedule: Stand SR-B20


6 Oct


7 Oct


8 Oct


9 Oct


10 Oct

11:00 – 11:30 Introduction to SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform Securing the Cloud (CSC, CAS, Virtual Firewall, Web Application Firewall) Securing the Cloud (CSC, CAS, Virtual Firewall, Web Application Firewall) Securing the Cloud

(CSC, CAS, Virtual Firewall, Web Application Firewall)

12:30 – 13:00 Securing the Cloud (CSC, CAS, Virtual Firewall, Web Application Firewall) Software-Defined Branch (SD-WAN, Wireless) Software-Defined Branch

(SD-WAN, Wireless)

Software-Defined Branch

(SD-WAN, Wireless)

14:00 – 14:30 Introduction to SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform Software-Defined Branch

(SD-WAN, Wireless)

Next-Gen Secure Wireless Network Next-Gen Secure Wireless Network Next-Gen Secure Wireless Network
15:30 – 16:00 Software-Defined Branch

(SD-WAN, Wireless)

Next-Gen Secure Wireless Network Secure Mobile Access platform Secure Mobile Access platform Next-Gen Email Security
17:00 – 17:30 Securing the Cloud (CSC, CAS, Virtual Firewall, Web Application Firewall) Next-Gen Email Security Next-Gen Endpoint Security  2019 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report Next-Gen Endpoint Security
18:00 – 1830 Next-Gen Secure Wireless Network

About GITEX 2019

Now in its 39th year, GITEX Technology Week allows its attendees to experience the future. See what’s coming next in the world of technology and business, as top technology enterprises, startups and think-tanks from around the world reveal their eureka moments and life-changing innovations.

  • Discover new tech from 4,800 global exhibitors and 97 countries
  • Explore and source solutions across 26 technology centers
  • Powerful insights from 250 pioneers & practitioners on stage

GITEX Trailblazer Awards
The inaugural GITEX Trailblazer Awards will honour the world’s technology first-movers and successful adopters that have set new benchmarks within their industry. More details on the awards to follow. Stay tuned.

GITEX Guided Tours
Returns with an even better highly-curated experience of GITEX with a special focus on the biggest technological showcases per sector including AI, smart cities, 5G, cloud, big data and lifestyle tech. Led by a technology specialist, the tours happen every hour on the hour, with coverage in 10 different languages.

SonicWall on social media

Engage with us on social media by tagging @SonicWall and using the hashtag #GITEX2019. You can follow us throughout the entire GITEX event on social media:

We look forward to seeing you at GITEX! Don’t forget, we’re in the Sheikh Rashid Hall, Stand SR-B20.

7 Key Security Risks to Address when Adopting SaaS Applications

Infrastructure? Who needs it. The modern organization is ditching traditional on-premise software and related infrastructure in favor of software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.  SaaS provides attractive and often essential options for reducing CapEx, operational overhead and decreased deployment time — all of which translate into increased business agility.

But the increased agility isn’t without risks. Eager to keep projects moving, many internal business units will procure new SaaS applications without the guidance or approval of appropriate IT or security teams. Multi-SaaS organizations are often left to manage, protect and report on each SaaS service separately, further increasing risk with inconsistent security policies.

If your business is deploying more and more SaaS applications, be on the lookout for these seven primary security risks to understand where proper SaaS security should be applied.

  1. Phishing is still a threat.

    Email remains the most common threat vector with over 90% of the successful cyberattacks starting with a phishing email. Cybercriminals use phishing email to trick victims into delivering payloads using malicious attachments or URLs, harvest credentials via fake login pages, or commit fraud through impersonation.But modern phishing attacks also are increasing in sophistication and are often highly targeted.

    In addition, phishing has evolved to cloud-based attacks as organizations continue to accelerate the adoption of SaaS email (e.g., Office 365 or G Suite) and other productivity apps. Cloud applications present the next frontier for phishing since users need to authenticate to access their accounts, and the authentication is driven through industry-standard protocols, such as OAuth.

    For example, cybercriminals targeted O365 with highly sophisticated phishing attacks — including baseStriker, ZeroFont and PhishPoint — to bypass Microsoft security controls. Many secure email gateways, such as Mimecast, also could not stop these phishing emails.

    In another case, Google’s Gmail suffered a mass phishing attack in 2017 with an authentic-looking email that asked for permission and opened access to their email accounts and documents. The attack exploited Google’s OAuth protocol.

  2. Account takeovers open the door.

    Account takeover (ATO) attacks involve threat actors compromising an employee’s corporate credentials by either launching a credential phishing campaign against an organization or buying credentials on the Dark Web due to third-party data leaks. A threat actor then leverages the stolen credentials to gain additional access or escalate privileges. It is possible that a compromised account may remain undiscovered for a long time — or never be found at all.

  3. Data theft still profitable no matter where it’s stored.

    The risk of data breach is a top concern for organizations moving to the cloud. Sanctioning SaaS applications implies moving and storing data outside the corporate data center, where the organization’s IT department does not have control or visibility, but is still responsible for data security.The data stored in SaaS applications could be customer data, financial information, personally identifiable information (PII) and intellectual property (IP). Cybercriminals typically initiate a targeted attack or exploit poor security practices and application vulnerabilities to exfiltrate data.

  4. Loss of control may result in unauthorized access.

    Another risk of moving to the cloud is that the IT department no longer has complete control over which user has access to what data and the level of access. Employees may accidentally delete data resulting in data loss or expose sensitive data to unauthorized users resulting in data leakage.

  5. The unknown of new malware and zero-days threats.

    SaaS applications, especially file storage and file-sharing services (e.g., Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, etc.), have become a strategic threat vector to propagate ransomware and zero-day malware.According to Bitglass, 44% of scanned organizations had some form of malware in at least one of their cloud applications. Attacks taking place within SaaS environments are difficult to identify and stop as these attacks can be carried out without users’ awareness.

    One advantage of using SaaS applications is that the files and data automatically sync across devices. This can also be a channel for malware to propagate. The attacker would only have to upload a malicious PDF or Office file to the file-sharing or storage SaaS apps; the syncing features would do the rest.

  6. Compliance and audit.

    Government mandates, such as GDPR, and regulations for industries such as healthcare (HIPAA), retail (PCI DSS) and finance (SOX) require auditing and reporting tools to demonstrate cloud compliance, in addition to data protection requirements. Organizations must make sure sensitive data is secured, deploy capabilities to log user activities and enable audit trails across all sanctioned applications.

  7. The threats within.

    When it comes to security, employees are often the weakest link. Insider threats don’t always include malicious intent. User negligence can result in the accidental insider attack, which remains a top risk for organizations of all sizes. This risk isn’t isolated to weak passwords, shared credentials or lost\stolen laptops. It extends to data stored in the cloud, where it can be shared with external sources and often accessed from any device or location.

    The darker side of insider threats includes malicious intent. Insiders, such as staff and administrators for both organizations and CSPs, who abuse their authorized access to an organization’s or CSP’s networks, systems and data can cause intentional damage or exfiltrate information.

How to secure SaaS applications

Rapid adoption of SaaS email and applications, coupled with continuous technological advances, has resulted in multiple options for securing both SaaS email and data.

Geared toward the large enterprise, security vendors introduced Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASB) as a solution providing visibility, access control and data protection across cloud computing services using a gateway, proxy or APIs.

While traditional CASBs provide robust capabilities for the large enterprise, this isn’t always practical for every organization. In additional to being costly — with often complex deployments — few CASBs provide email security for SaaS-based email like Office 365 Mail and Gmail, leaving organizations to implement and manage separate security controls.

Expanded adoption of SaaS email and applications across organizations has created a need for an affordable, easy-to-use SaaS security solution. Thankfully, there are some approaches that can help close or eliminate new risks caused by SaaS applications.

Secure Your Entire Cloud Office Suite, Including Office 365 or G Suite

For example, SonicWall Cloud App Security (CAS) combines advanced email protection and data protection for SaaS email and applications. This approach delivers advanced threat protection against targeted phishing attacks, business email compromise, zero-day threats, data loss and account takeovers.

Cloud App Security also seamlessly integrates with sanctioned SaaS applications using native APIs. This approach provides email security and CASB functionalities that are critical to protecting the SaaS landscape and ensure consistent policies across the cloud applications being used.

When used with Capture Security Center Analytics, and integrated with SonicWall next-generation firewalls, Cloud App Security delivers Shadow IT visibility and control through automated cloud discovery.

Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, spyware is found in the Android store, maritime cybersecurity protections are considered, and your gas pump could be the next target for a hacker.

SonicWall Spotlight

The CyberWire Daily Podcast – The CyberWire

  • SonicWall CEO Bill Conner speaks with The CyberWire for their story on the dangers of side-channel malware attacks. He details how previous big side-channel attacks like Spectre and Meltdown worked and explains that it’s only a matter of time before someone else manages to find a way of exploiting similar chipset vulnerabilities in the wild.

Rich, Smart and Sensibly Grown-Up? You’re the Hackers’ Dream – The Telegraph (UK)

  • The Telegraph builds a profile of the standard person who gets hacked and takes a look at the “hacker’s menu” – an itemized list detailing the cost of hacking personal information. To make their case they refer to the SonicWall 2019 Cyber Threat Report Mid-Year Update for information on ransomware.

RB Music Uses Spyware to Steal Sensitive Information From the Infected Device – VARINDIA

  • Following up on the SonicWall Alert detailing spyware in the RB Music player on the Android Store, VARINDIA talks to SonicWall’s Debasish Mukherjee. Mukherjee explains that it is common for malware code to be reused by different developers over time and even when an app appears to be legitimate it may contain dangerous code waiting to be activated.

Cybersecurity News

FBI Cyber Warning: Attacks on Key Employees up 100%, as 281 Are Arrested – Forbes

  • The FBI has warned that Business Email Compromise attacks have doubled between June 2018 and July 2019, even as a worldwide crackdown on the practice led to 281 arrests worldwide. Learn how you can protect yourself from Business Email Compromise with SonicWall’s Email Security Appliances.

Cyber-Security Incident at US Power Grid Entity Linked to Unpatched Firewalls – ZDNet

  • A recently released report has detailed how the “cyber-incident” reported on the US Power Grid in June of this year turned out to be a cyberattack that was able to take place because of unpatched firewalls.

Exploit for Wormable BlueKeep Windows Bug Released Into the WildArs Technica

  • A rough but workable exploit for the Bluekeep vulnerability has been coded and released into the wild. While it is highly unlikely that the exploit will be successful in infecting any users in its current form it serves as a proof-of-concept and could be the first step towards bigger problems in the future.

Swedish GDPR Fine Highlights Legal Challenges in Use of Biometrics – Security Week

  • A school in Sweden has been fined for using biometrics on its students, even though the school had obtained consent from both the students and their parents. A court ruling decided that due to the imbalance of power between students and the school, freely-given consent could not be possible. The case highlights the possibility of future problems in wider biometric implementation if, for example, it is argued that employees cannot consent to employers using biometrics in the workplace for similar reasons.

The State of Maritime Cybersecurity – WorkBoat

  • Maritime magazine WorkBoat interviews the creators of a recent survey on the current state of maritime cybersecurity. They discuss why the survey was created, why many companies are not prepared in the current threat landscape and what needs to be done to prevent another problem like the 2017 ransomware attack on global shipper Maersk.

Think Your iPhone Is Safe From Hackers? That’s What They Want You to Think… – The Guardian

  • The Guardian investigates the world of zero-day exploits that are sold on dark web marketplaces and warn that despite Apple’s iOS having a reputation of being close to unhackable, there are, in fact, vulnerabilities in it that have been exploited for years.
And Finally:

IoT Security: Now Dark Web Hackers Are Targeting Internet-Connected Gas Pumps – ZDNet

  • As hackers turn their sights on Internet of Things devices, and the number of these devices worldwide grow, hackers online have been turning their sights on web-connected Gas Pumps. It’s early days yet but researchers hypothesize that the reasons for this could range from obtaining cheap fuel to something much more explosive…

In Case You Missed It

Cyber Security News & Trends

This week, vote for SonicWall in the 2019 Computing Security Awards, a deep dive into 5G cybersecurity, and ransomware is under the spotlight before the 2020 elections.

SonicWall Spotlight

2019 Computing Security Awards – Vote for SonicWall

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6 Essential Hardware Firewall Solutions For A Small Business 2019 – Welp Magazine

  • The SonicWall TZ400 is named as the number 1 essential firewall solution for a small business, with traffic targeting ability and scalability as your business grows called out as particular plus points.

7 Sophisticated Cyber-Attacks that are Growing in 2019 – Security Boulevard

Cybersecurity News

Why 5G Requires New Approaches to Cybersecurity – Brookings Institute

  • Former Federal Communication Chairman Tom Wheeler stresses the need to zero in on protecting 5G wireless networks from cyberthreats in a new paper published by the Brookings Institute.

Cybersecurity and the Explosion Of Augmented Reality – The Forbes Tech Council

  • Paul Ryznar of the Forbes Technology Council explores the cybersecurity implications that have arisen from the explosion of Augmented Reality technology products, including security vulnerabilities, cloud technology complications and wearable device exposures.

A Huge Database of Facebook Users’ Phone Numbers Found Online – Tech Crunch

  • An exposed Facebook database of phone numbers linked to Facebook account IDs has been found online. The company argue that the data is old and taken from a time before they updated their security systems.

Rising Fines Will Push Breach Costs Much Higher Dark Reading

  • Market forecast by Juniper Research predicts that fines from data-protection laws like GDPR are going to rise dramatically, with the cost likely to exceed $5 trillion by 2024.

Taxpayers Against Cities Paying up in Ransomware Attacks, Says Survey – ZDNet

  • A survey of US citizens in cities has found that 60% of those questioned are against local tax dollars being used to pay ransomware demands in their city. At the same time, 90% are in favor of increasing cybersecurity funding for their local services.

Top NSA Cyber Official Points to Ransomware Attacks as Key Threat to 2020 Elections – The Hill

  • The newly formed Cybersecurity Directorate at the National Security Agency is keeping a close eye on developments in ransomware in the run up to the 2020 election. With a number of ransomware attacks disrupting cities across America in recent weeks, ensuring nothing untoward happens in the election is a top priority.
And Finally:

Teenage Hackers Wanted: Could Your Kid Be the Next £20M Cybersecurity Superhero? – Forbes

  • A growth of Cyber Discovery Clubs in both the U.K. and the U.S is leading to a new generation of young hackers entering the cybersecurity field.

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