Have you been the victim of cybercrime? If I asked you that question in 2012, you might have said, “I’m not sure.” But in 2017, I am sure your answer is, “Yes, I’ve been victimized many times.” That’s bad news. I joined SonicWall in 2012 and witnessed firsthand the rise of cybercrime headlines occurring on a monthly, weekly, and now daily basis.
When you look at the most damaging network security invasions over the last year, you see a recurring pattern: leaked government cyber tools being repurposed by cybercriminals. The compromised NSA toolset leaked by Shadow Brokers was devastating in many respects. These were highly targeted tools that many nation states wish they had the operational capacity to deploy.
Every day our children, teachers and administrators log into the network at school. How can you ensure the data travelling across that network is secure from hidden threats and attacks such as ransomware? With SonicWall next-gen firewalls and DPI SSL inspection technology, IT administrators can find threats hidden in encrypted web traffic that cybercriminals don’t want you to discover across your K-12 network.
I often get asked, “Why should we implement SSL inspection? We just upgraded our security from stateful inspection to deep inspection. If something is encrypted, is it not encrypted for a reason, for being secure?” Let me explain… Back in the day, network traffic was well behaved. If you were a software vendor and wanted to offer a new application, you had to sign up with IANA and get a reserved port for your application.
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.
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.
There is no end to the danger of cyber-criminal activities, as long as there is an underground marketplace that makes it almost impossible for authorities to intervene and enforce law and order. We continue to see our adversaries relentlessly going after money by developing and experimenting with different methods and tools against new and existing vulnerabilities, in preparation for the next phase of their business model.
When the SonicWall community separated from Dell and announced our SecureFirst Partner Program 150 Days ago, we confirmed our commitment to 100 percent fulfillment through channel partners. Since then, more than 10,000 partners across 90 countries have registered as SonicWall resellers, including 2,000 new partners. I cite these statistics not only as a testament to the global reach of SonicWall’s solutions but as a reminder of the heightened security landscape that causes businesses to seek out our partners and solutions in the first place.
Ransomware has forced organizations to rethink their security architecture. Organizations are increasingly investing in security solutions that provide additional protection of sensitive data, as well as better visibility over network traffic and endpoint activity. According to IDC research, 60% of organizations surveyed indicated that modern endpoint and network security products such as network sandboxes were either a high priority or an extremely high priority over the next 12 months.
My guess is that if you are reading my blog, you are doing some of your new year shopping online. What I am concerned about is what the shopping season means to cybercriminals and how you can protect your network. This season, give yourself the gift of the Human Firewall and learn how to protect yourself.