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Cyber Security News & Trends

Each week, SonicWall collects the cyber security industry’s most compelling, trending and important interviews, media and news stories — just for you.


SonicWall Spotlight

Bringing Visibility to the Midmarket  Data Breach Today

  • In a video interview with ISMG’s Data Breach Today, SonicWall’s Bill Conner shares his vision to ensure smaller and mid-sized businesses have a clear view of the threat landscape taking aim at their companies. In the video he expands on the SME visibility challenge, SonicWall’s solutions to improve alerts and analytics and how SonicWall is addressing customer cloud security concerns.

Jonesboro Council Tackles Cybersafety  The Clayton News Daily

  • Due to the recent Atlanta data breach, other cities are taking the initiative to bolster their preventative cybersecurity measures such as Georgia’s Jonesboro City Council who recommend SonicWall’s TZ300 Firewall solution to protect the city’s financial data.

SonicAlert: New Variant Family of PUBG Ransomware  SonicWall Security Center

  • The SonicWall Capture Labs Threat Research Team has observed reports of a new variant family of PUBG Ransomware [Pubg.RSM] actively spreading in the wild. PUBG Ransomware encrypts the victim’s files and forces them to play an hour of a game called PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to get their files back.

Cyber Security News

Almost Half UK Businesses Suffered Cyberattack or Security Breach Last Year, Figures Show  The Independent

  • Nearly half the businesses in the UK have fallen victim to cyberattacks or security breaches in the last year, costing them each thousands of pounds, new data shows.

Global Police Just Shut Down World’s Largest Marketplace That Allegedly Disrupted Millions of Sites  The Washington Post

  • An international police operation recently shut down the world’s largest for-hire service that allegedly slowed and disrupted millions of websites using malicious cyber tools, officials said Wednesday.

Traffic Hijack: Users Sent to Phishing Site in Two-Hour Cryptocurrency Heist  ZDNet

  • Attackers on Tuesday pulled off a complex attack using kinks in core internet infrastructure that caused users of an Ethereum wallet developer’s website to be redirected to a phishing site.

Huawei Under Criminal Investigation Over Iran Sanctions  The Wall Street Journal

  • The Justice Department is investigating whether Huawei Technologies Co. violated U.S. sanctions related to Iran, according to people familiar with the matter, opening a new avenue of scrutiny amid wider national-security concerns over the Chinese cellular-electronics giant.

This Ransomware was Rewritten to Mine Cryptocurrency – and Destroy Your Files  ZDNet

  • Some criminals are shifting from ransomware to cryptocurrency miners — those behind XiaoBa have rejigged the code to shift the same malware towards a different focus.

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The Shortest Line at RSA Conference 2018: Where are all the Women?

Anyone who has attended an RSA Conference knows that it is typically a male-dominated event. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Now Matters,” I decided that this was the year for me to take a step toward shifting that gender imbalance.

I reached out to my leadership team to request that I attend RSA Conference 2018 as a part of the SonicWall team. My motivations were clear: as a woman working in cyber security, I believe more women need to be represented at the RSA Conference (and every other information security event).

In early March, the organizers behind RSA Conference 2018 announced their preliminary lineup of keynote speakers to much backlash and outcry in the industry. Critics and concerned industry experts were quick to highlight that the lineup was stacked with 19 men out of a total of 20 speakers. The sole female speaker: Monica Lewinsky. Lewinsky, although undoubtedly an interesting and relevant keynote on the topic of anti-cyber-bullying, is not exactly a name synonymous with cyber security.

RSA’s position
To their credit, RSA Conference organizers were quick to clarify that the list was not yet complete. The initial list only included speakers that had been confirmed early, many of whom were connected to the conference through sponsorship deals. In a matter of days, the RSAC organizers clarified that the conference would “feature more than 130 female speakers tackling everything from data integrity to hybrid clouds to application security, among other topics.”

In a statement that seemed to shift the blame back to the industry, RSA highlighted that 20 percent of overall speakers at the event were women, even though Forrester estimates that 11 percent of cyber security positions are held by women.

Observations at RSA Conference
As a member of SonicWall’s booth team, I spent the majority of my time at the conference on the expo floor where, interestingly, there seemed to be a decent representation of both men and women. On closer examination, the majority of women present were wearing exhibitor badges, indicative of women gravitating toward marketing or sales roles in the technology industry. Though, admittedly, this is anecdotal evidence.

Over at Moscone West, where the keynote speeches and sessions required a full conference pass costing $2,000-plus per attendee, it was a different story. A SonicWall colleague who attended the first morning’s keynote sessions jokingly shared with me that it was the first time he had experienced longer waits for the male restrooms while the female restrooms were relative ghost towns.

Organizers even made changes to the restroom configuration: In the North Expo hall, the women’s restrooms were converted to be gender-neutral in order to facilitate demand.

Lines for the Men’s Restrooms at RSA Conference 2018. Photo Credit: Samantha Schwartz

A history of change

It wasn’t all negative news for female representation at the RSA Conference. The organizers at RSA have been adapting to the changing industry landscape long before this year’s criticism. As recently as five years ago, it was common to see technology vendors at trade shows advertising their products with the assistance of “booth babes.”

It wasn’t until 2015 that RSA, under industry pressure largely driven by social media, issued a ban on so-called “booth babes.” Exhibitors are contractually obliged to have all expo staff adhere to a dress code described as “business and/or business casual attire.” This move has forced marketers to find creative and unique ideas to garner booth traffic — everything from magicians to virtual reality experiences were on display at this year’s expo.

Women in cyber security
This year’s conference also featured several panels and discussions dedicated to the topic of women in the industry. An unexpectedly optimistic discussion, “Women in Computing: Why Are Women Leaving Computing Professions?,” provided valuable insights to help leaders address female turnover in the industry.

Caroline Wong led a panel discussion on “Women in Security: A Progressive Movement,” which focused on the value that a woman’s perspective can bring to the table along with actionable takeaways for addressing problems with hiring practices.

Diversity is everyone’s responsibility

While tech conference organizers certainly have a responsibility to ensure the conversation around gender disparity has a forum and that women are represented fairly, opportunities to accelerate the progress in this area lie within companies, leadership and individual employees at all levels.

The Frost & Sullivan report, “The 2017 Global Information Security Workforce Study: Women in Cybersecurity,” published some telling statistics about this effort. Although just 11 percent of information security professionals globally are women according to the report, women in the field are more likely (52 percent) than their male coworkers (46 percent) to hold a master’s degree or higher. Despite this, they still hold less workplace authority.

Many organizations say they want to hire more women, yet most companies, especially in male-dominated fields of technology and cyber security, are far from reaching hiring parity. In North America, for example, women represent 14 percent of the cyber security workforce — the highest percentage when compared to other regions like Asia-Pacific (10 percent), Africa (9 percent), Latin America (8 percent), Europe (7 percent) and the Middle East (5 percent). For context, in the United States alone, females make up 48 percent of the workforce, said the report.

Organizations need to increase their investment in women. Beyond the obvious opportunities — closing pay gaps and advancing women in top leadership — organizations need to make workplaces trusted spaces, implement unconscious bias education and share best practices.

If you are a woman involved in the tech industry, you have an opportunity to serve as a much-needed role model — both to other women and to your male colleagues, many of whom are eager to hear and understand the female perspective in this industry. In short, if you are a woman in tech … get out there, be seen and be heard.

Resources for Women in Cyber Security

Organizations
WiCyS Women in CyberSecurity
Women in Security and Privacy
National Center for Women & Information Technology
SWE – Society of Women Engineers
Conferences and Events
WiCyS Women in CyberSecurity
Grace Hopper Celebration
OURSA – Our Security Advocates
Scholarships
Raytheon’s Women Cyber Security Scholarship Program
(ISC)² Women’s CyberSecurity Scholarships
Scholarship for Women Studying Information Security

SonicWall is proud to be an equal-opportunity employer. We are committed to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment and welcome the opportunity to support skilled, talented women and men in their cyber security careers. If you are interested in pursuing a career at SonicWall, please explore our careers page: https://www.sonicwall.com/en-us/about-sonicwall/careers

Cyber Security News & Trends

Each week, SonicWall collects the cyber security industry’s most compelling, trending and important interviews, media and news stories — just for you.


SonicWall Spotlight

Jonesboro Council Tackles Cybersafety — The Clayton News Daily

  • Due to the recent Atlanta data breach, other cities are taking the initiative to bolster their preventative cybersecurity measures such as Georgia’s Jonesboro City Council who recommend SonicWall’s TZ300 Firewall solution to protect the city’s financial data.

SonicWall Bags the Most Promising Cybersecurity Vendor of the Year Award — InfoSecurity Live

  • In India, SonicWall has been awarded the InfoSecurity Live Editor’s Choice Award for the Most Promising Cybersecurity Vendor of the Year for 2017 through 2018.

SonicAlert: New Variant Family of PUBG Ransomware — SonicWall Security Center

  • The SonicWall Capture Labs Threat Research Team has observed reports of a new variant family of PUBG Ransomware [Pubg.RSM] actively spreading in the wild. PUBG Ransomware encrypts the victim’s files and forces them to play an hour of a game called PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to get their files back.

10 Hot New Cloud Security Products Announced at RSA 2018 — CRN

  • The SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform is featured as the second product to make CRN’s 10 Hot New Cloud Security Products list announced at RSA this week.

20 Hot New Security Products Announced At RSA 2018 — CRN

  • SonicWall’s NSv Virtual Firewall is featured in CRN’s 20 Hot New Security Products listing at RSA 2018.

20 Hot New Security Products Announced At RSA 2018 — CRN

  • The 20 Hot New Security Products list at RSA 2018 also highlights SonicWall’s Capture Client for enabling advanced endpoint security.

EXCLUSIVE: Britain Facing Cyber War as Online Attacks Soar by 300% — Daily Express

  • In an exclusive interview with The Daily Express’ John Ingham, SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner discusses the 300 percent increase in UK cyber attacks, compared to a 151 percent increase worldwide.

Cyber Security News

Huawei and ZTE Hit Hard as U.S. Moves Against Chinese Tech Firms — The New York Times

  • The United States undercut China’s technology ambitions on Tuesday, advancing a new rule that would limit the ability of Chinese telecommunications companies to sell their products in this country.

This Ransomware was Rewritten to Mine Cryptocurrency – and Destroy Your Files — ZDNet

  • Some criminals are shifting from ransomware to cryptocurrency miners – those behind XiaoBa have rejigged the code to shift the same malware towards a different focus.

Critical Infrastructure Needs Shoring Up After U.S., U.K. Blame Russia for Attacks — SC Magazine

  • The U.S. is prepared to take aggressive action against Russia for a recent, extended campaign of cyberattacks on infrastructure assets around the world by compromising devices such as routers and firewalls, the White House cybersecurity coordinator, who has since left his position, said Monday.

DHS Secretary: U.S. Could Cyberattack Countries Sponsoring Hacks — CNet

  • Kirstjen Nielsen tells RSA conference the U.S. hasn’t ruled out offensive cyberattacks to prevent hacks from other countries.

SamSam Explained: Everything You Need to Know About This Opportunistic Group of Threat Actors — CSO

  • In his latest article, Steve Ragan talks about the group behind the SamSam family of ransomware, known for recent attacks on healthcare organizations and other targets.

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RSA Conference 2018: SonicWall is Hot

Fresh off of April’s massive SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform launch, SonicWall has been featured in a pair of CRN articles highlighting the hottest products at RSA Conference 2018.

The SonicWall Capture Cloud Platform is lauded in CRN’s “10 Hot New Cloud Security Products Announced at RSA 2018” listing. CRN recaps the platform’s ability to integrate security, management, analytics and real-time threat intelligence across SonicWall’s portfolio of network, email, mobile and cloud security products.

Complementing that accolade, a pair of new SonicWall products were listed in the “20 Hot New Security Products Announced at RSA 2018” category. The new SonicWall NSv virtual firewall (slide 7) and SonicWall Capture Client (slide 12) endpoint protection were showcased.

SonicWall Capture Client is a unified endpoint offering with multiple protection capabilities. With a next-generation malware protection engine powered by SentinelOne, Capture Client delivers advanced threat protection techniques, such as machine learning and system rollback.

SonicWall Network Security virtual (NSv) firewalls protect all critical components of your private/public cloud environment from resource misuse attacks, cross virtual machine attacks, side channel attacks and common network-based exploits and threats. It captures traffic between virtual machines (VM) and networks for automated breach prevention and establishes access control measures for data confidentiality and ensures VMs safety and integrity.

RSA Conference 2018: Songs for the Way

RSA Conference 2018 is fast approaching and we are pulling out all the stops to prepare. Our SonicWall team is looking forward to joining the attendees, thought leaders and keynotes in San Francisco for five days of sharing new approaches to cyber security, discussing the latest technology, and interacting with top security leaders and pioneers. Ready to take advantage of all the opportunities available at RSA, including the hands-on sessions, keynotes, and informal gatherings to tap into a smart, forward-thinking global community? We have just the way to get started.

Cyber security is always priority No. 1. But, with our automated, real-time breach detection and prevention platform watching over us, we do sometimes find unconventional ways to have fun — like creating a Spotify playlist.

Here’s a collection of tunes to get you in the zone and ready to experience all RSA Conference 2018 has to offer.

Mood: We selected a playlist that’s eclectic, unexpected and quirky, with thematic influence from technology, security, new media and California vibes. Each track is curated to get your gears turning and ready for full immersion at #RSAC.

Standout favorites:

“Technologic” – Daft Punk

No RSA Conference playlist would be complete without an appearance by French duo Daft Punk. This track’s heavy dance beat with electronically transposed voice chants is an iconic dance anthem that brings upbeat high energy to our picks.

“Somebody’s Watching Me” – Rockwell

This classic 1980’s chart-topper is another favorite of the SonicWall team. The world of firewalls and network security is wrought with constant online threats, and nobody knows how to identify and stop these threats better than SonicWall. Somebody is always watching you. There is no privacy. And it’s not a dream.

“Pocket Calculator” – Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk’s entire Computer World album could have made this list, but we decided to keep only the best tracks for our list. The album deals with the themes of the rise of computers within society, but the song’s addictively cheerful beat and looping vocals has the SonicWall team particularly enchanted.

“Robots” – Flight of the Conchords

The charming quirk of Flight of the Conchords is often overlooked and underrated. This eccentric track from the Kiwi folk duo is not only one of the favorite references in our office, it also presents some comical commentary on the world of new technology. We especially love the binary code breakdown in the middle of the track.

Are you now in the proper frame of mind? Visit our RSA preview to get a glimpse of what you can expect from SonicWall at the event. We’ll see you at the Moscone Center.

Cyber Security News & Trends

Each week, SonicWall collects the cyber security industry’s most compelling, trending and important interviews, media and news stories — just for you.


Special Section: 2018 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report

‘Malware-cocktail’ cyber attacks double in one year, shocking report warns — London Evening Standard

The News: The popular UK news publication highlights the shifting behavior of malware authors examined in the 2018 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report.

Quotable: SonicWall CEO Bill Conner described the attacks as a “cyber arms race affecting every government, business, organization and individual.”

Malware Attacks Up, Ransomware Attacks Down in 2017, SonicWall Reports — eWeek

The News: eWeek offers a slideshow that visually explores findings of this year’s SonicWall Cyber Threat Report.

Quotable: “There were a lot of mixed signals in the cyber security attack landscape in 2017 …”

Ransomware decreasing in quantity but increasing in potency — SecurityBrief

The News: SecurityBrief reporter Ashton Young outlines the increase in ransomware variants.

Quotable: “The risks to business, privacy and related data grow by the day — so much so that cybersecurity is outranking some of the more traditional business risks and concerns,” says SonicWall CEO Bill Conner.


Cyber Security News

A New Mira-style Botnet is Targeting the Financial Sector  ZDNet

  • Three financial sector institutions have become the latest victims of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in recent months in what looks like an attack by the IoTroop botnet known to target financial firms.

Cyberattack Shows Vulnerability of Gas Pipeline Network The New York Times

  • Last week’s attack on four of the nation’s natural-gas pipeline operators that temporarily shut down computer communications with customers shines a light on the potential vulnerability of the nation’s energy system.

Iranian Hackers Breach Singapore Universities to Access Research Data — ZDNET

  • Believed to be part of last month’s attacks against global education institutions, the hackers breached 52 accounts across four Singapore universities, including NTU and NUS, to gain access to research articles.

Equifax Taps Mark Begor as CEO Following Cyber Attack That Exposed Data for 148M Consumers — USA Today

  • New Equifax CEO named. Mark Begor to lead the credit reporting giant’s bid to recover from a cyber breach that exposed the personal data of 148 million consumers.

20 suspect hackers arrested over online banking fraud ZDNet

  • On March 28, a series of arrests took place across Europe. In total, the raids resulted in the arrest of nine individuals from Romania and 11 in Italy, all of which are remanded in custody.

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April 16-20
RSA Conference
San Francisco
Moscone Center
Booth 4115, North Hall

SonicWall at RSA Conference 2018

The annual trek to the wind-swept hills of San Francisco is a long-standing tradition for many cyber security vendors and the packs of security pros who descend on the bay en masse. Yes, it’s already time for RSA Conference 2018.

SonicWall at RSA
April 16-19Booth 4115, North Hall
Moscone Center
San Francisco

Not a group to break convention, SonicWall will once again be present at the Moscone Center, April 16-19, to actively discuss today’s cyber security challenges and how cyber attacks impact businesses and organizations of all  sizes.

We encourage you to visit us at Booth 4115 in the North Expo Hall to explore the latest in security trends, threat intelligence and powerful cyber security solutions that help protect organizations in a fast-moving cyber arms race.

The booth will also feature the new SonicWall Security Center. We’ll show cyber attacks as they happen and illustrate the importance of real-time cyber threat intelligence and how it should empower the modern cyber security strategy.

Featured Presentation — Tuesday, April 17

This year’s conference will be highlighted by a presentation from John Gordineer, SonicWall’s Direct of Product Marketing. His cornerstone session, “The 2018 Threat Landscape: What We Learned in 2017 and What You Need to Know,” will go inside SonicWall Capture Labs telemetry data from millions of sensors around the globe to provide insight into the advances being made by both security professionals and cyber criminals.

Be sure to stop into the presentation on Tuesday, April 17, at 3 p.m. PDT, in the North Hall Briefing Center.

Fake bitcoin?

What would RSA Conference be without some sort of spectacle on the expo floor? Each day at Booth 4115 we’ll have exclusive demos (more on those later), giveaways and even a magician. Yes, a magician. And he’s magnificent.

As is custom, we’ll also have SonicWall swag like power banks, webcam covers, pens, notebooks and even fake bitcoin. They do exist.

Expo Hours

Moscone Center, North Expo Hall | Booth 4115

Monday, April 16 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Tuesday, April 17 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, April 18 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Thursday, April 19 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

All Times PDT

Need help finding us? Just head to the North Hall and look for our awe-inspiring orange and black creatures. You can’t miss ‘em.

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