5 Points to Consider When Evaluating Next-Generation Endpoint Security Products

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Endpoints are extremely vulnerable to security breaches. Hackers find endpoints to channel out infectious attacks through advanced persistent threats and ransomware. Threats are creatively mischevous to trick the user into clicking on any infectious link and route the user to unwanted websites at ease. Endpoint protection is a healthy practice to secure endpoints from unwanted threats. Organizations are to move forward with initiatives on implementing the next-gen endpoint security solutions to safe guard their endpoints and stay ahead of threats.

1. Understand the Expected Result

A hazard decrease system ought to dependably begin by surveying issues then search for potential answers. Yet, very frequently we get fascinated with a “sparkling” new innovation. We then wind up attempting to shoehorn that innovation into our surroundings. All without completely surveying the event if it takes care of a comprehended and recognized issue. So what issues would you say you are attempting to understand?

  • Is your current endpoint security system neglecting to stop dangers?
  • Check if there is a way to improve better attentive action on the endpoint.
  • Does the needs-based compliance probes in a strict and compulsory endpoint protection?
  • Do you understand the problem and know how to address it with a solution?

2. Know your Clientèle

Know to interpret the problem with a solution. Know who can solve the issue and understand what the problem is all about. Identify the right fit to solve your problem. Each team operates with a protocol and solution while it also has priorities and disadvantages as well. A right definition on who will be the right source of rescue to fix the issue should be in place and know who can benefit from each of the following teams:

  • Helpdesk
  • Server team
  • Cloud Operations team
  • Compliance Team
  • Security Operations
  • IT Operations

3. Comprehend What you mean by Endpoint

Another frequently disregarded early stride in categorizing the issue is characterizing the endpoint. Yes, we as a whole used to realize what we implied when we said endpoint. Yet today, endpoints arrived in a significantly greater assortments than before.

Beyond any doubt we need to ensure desktops and laptops, nevertheless we forget to protect mobile phones, tablets, virtual endpoints, cloud based endpoints, or Internet of Things (IoT) gadgets. What’s more, what about your servers? These gadgets obviously come in different flavours. Hence, issues based on the specific platform are to be addressed the right way. Endpoints at remote are to be strengthened with protection and support. Most importantly, the requirements and demands has to be stringently identified.

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4. Monitor your Information

Endpoint comprehensibility information can be put away and dissected on start – in the cloud, or with a blend of both. There are advantages to each – the suitable approach fluctuates, yet is typically determined by the following:

  • Administrative necessities
  • Inner security arrangements
  • The endpoints being checked
  • The general cost considerations

Know whether your association takes into account cloud based information maintenance and examination. Also check on the off chance that you are obliged to on-start arrangements as it were.

5. Implement Best methods of Detection and Solution

An essential true objective for some Next-Gen Endpoint Security arrangements is bringing in the endpoints under a consistent radar. This will empower endpoints with robust detection methods. Solutions can be equated based on the prior incidents to implement signature based analysis.

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Comodo publishes strategic analysis of 97M malware incidents in Q2

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Comodo publishes strategic analysis of 97 million malware incidents in Q2

Comodo detected and analyzed nearly 100 million incidents in Q2 2017, almost quadruple the number from its Q1 report, in a detailed study released by Comodo Threat Research Labs (CTRL). Leveraging nearly 20 years of experience, and software installations in every country on Planet Earth, this effort leveraged detections from 236 country code top-level domains (ccTLD). This timely study offers strategic insight into the nature of modern cybercrime, cyberespionage, and cyberwar.


U.S. leads world in trojan detections

This report focuses on the top four malware types detected by Comodo: trojans, worms, viruses, and backdoors. Hackers design malware campaigns to gain the highest return on investment. Comodo discovered 5.8 million trojans in 216 countries. However, the U.S. dominated this dataset, with 1.9 million trojans, or over 32% of the total. The U.S. held this same dubious rank in Q1 2017.

Malware types and countries have unique profiles

Backdoors are the highest “class” of malware, targeting the most affluent countries, often in a targeted fashion; Australia, Great Britain, and Japan appeared prominently in this data. Trojans also tend to be more clustered around richer nations, but appear in every country, and every vertical. Viruses and worms are more often found in poorer countries; viruses are widespread, while worms in particular take advantage of the world’s least protected networks. Somewhat surprisingly, Russia experienced a significant worm infestation in Q2, suggesting that Russian networks are currently very poorly protected.

To see where your country falls within our data, please download the Comodo Q2 2017 Threat Report. And don’t hesitate to send your follow-up questions our way, to this address: malwaresubmit@avlab.comodo.com.

Malware campaigns fluctuate dramatically over time

In Q2, Comodo detected 5.8 million trojans, 4.5 million worms, 2.6 million viruses, and 209,000 backdoors. At the start of Q2, the world saw a sharp rise in worm propagation, chiefly in Asia, as attackers took advantage of networks using older, unpatched, and perhaps unlicensed software. However, by the end of Q2, trojans and worms had regained their status as the world’s first- and second-most common malware types.

Many malware campaigns are not cybercrime at all, but nation-state efforts to facilitate cyberespionage and even to “prepare the battlefield” for cyberwar. This report offers a detailed breakdown of malware types, families, and victim countries that can be used for strategic insight on cybersecurity.

“Brand-name” malware dominates network landscape

A small number of families tend to dominate the global malware village. However, two facets of malware propagation undercut our hope to minimize future infections. First, too many unpatched networks still allow known-bad code right through the front door. Second, some malware types are highly complex – and complexity is the enemy of security.

Consider the Upatre trojan family, which was Comodo’s top trojan detection worldwide in Q2. The U.S., which has been taking cybersecurity seriously for about 20 years, was nonetheless home to nearly 83% of Upatre infections in Q2. But trojans are in fact the most complicated – and flexible – malware type in the world today, with more families than backdoors, viruses, and worms put together. This Q2 analysis clearly shows how computer trojans are a large hall of smoke and mirrors.

Worms were Comodo’s second-most detected malware type in Q2. Here, the victim set belongs to much poorer countries. The Brontok family constituted 49% of worm detections, and the Philippines suffered from 75% of them. But at the country level, Russia has the most to worry about, and the problem might not be easy to fix: not only was Russia #2 in Brontok detections, but #2 in Autorun (our second most common worm), and #1 for each of the next three worms (AutoRunAgent, Hakaglan, and Morto).

Virus is a simpler data set than worm, with the fewest number of families, and a cleaner treemap in the Q2. Just two malware families accounted for 83% of detections: Ramnit (49%), which hit Russia the hardest, and Sality (33%), most active in Thailand. However, viruses in general had more victim nations than worms, and only the virus Parite had a clear primary victim: Portugal, which was blitzed by a virus outbreak in late Q2.

Finally, backdoors are a case study in paradox. 62% of backdoor detections belong to DarkKomet, which is well-known malware (in part made famous by its appearance in cyberwar stories) that still has been nearly impossible to kill. However, as detailed in the Q2 report, the remaining 38% of the backdoor chart is highly complex, and resembles the complexity of our trojan data. Furthermore, given the high-profile and affluent character of this malware type’s target set, the right side of our backdoor chart, without a doubt contains some advanced persistent threat (APT), or nation-state, actors.

Hackers target IT verticals

Online Services, Technology, and Telecom are now frequent targets for cyberattack. IT serves as a “force multiplier,” swiftly scaling cyberattacks and enabling malicious actors to compromise not just one target, but potentially millions in one successful penetration. Hardware and software supply chain attacks can even compromise the security of nation-states. By penetrating entire systems – and by playing the long game – unknown, remote hackers can perform espionage, denial-of-service, and data manipulation against a nearly infinite array of targets.

For a detailed look at your country or favorite malware type, download our Q2 Threat Report. And for even more in-depth information and intelligence, send us a request by email, to malwaresubmit@avlab.comodo.com.

About the Comodo Threat Research Labs Q2 2017 Report

The Comodo Threat Research Labs Q2 2017 Report is the second quarterly publication of the Comodo Threat Research Labs, a group of more than 120 security professionals, ethical hackers, computer scientists, and engineers, who work for Comodo full-time analyzing malware patterns across the globe.

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Black Hat USA 2017: Learn and Relax

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Starting July 22nd, Black Hat brings the cyber world together at Mandalay Bay for 6 days of learning.

Though more “White Hat” than ever, Black Hat USA is still the premier opportunity to learn about both sides of an escalating IT security “war” and to better understand the strategies and tools with which to fight and defend.   I first learned about mainframe hacking (who knew?), from a session here years ago by Philip the “Soldier of Fortran” Young and I’ve wanted to really participate ever since. So if you’re on the fence about going, don’t be—sign up and get to Las Vegas for the 20th Black Hat USA!

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Here are some highlights and tips for 2017:

Training Days (July 22-25, 2017):

Briefing Days (July 26-27, 2017):

Oh, and how could one possibly relax amidst this cyber battlefield? Two reasons:

  1. The technologies on display this year (e.g. auto-containment of unknown files and new malware) truly can alter the tide of this war and enable some calm.
  2.  The Black Hat Lobby Lounge from Comodo will be your place to get a drink, lounge on a sofa, pick up your new fidget spinner and recharge your devices (and yourself).

Come and meet the Comodo Threat Intelligence Lab team, schedule a meeting with engineering, sales, threat intelligence and/or SSL experts, including Comodo CEO Melih Abdulhayoglu, author and former White House CIO Carlos Solari, and NATO Cyber Centre Ambassador Dr. Kenneth Geers, or just stop by the Lobby Lounge and relax.  Relaxation starts at noon on Monday and runs for the rest of the week.

NOTE: If you’re also sticking around down for DEF CON 25 down at Caesars’s Palace on July 27-30, you’ll definitely need a recharge at the Black Hat Lobby Lounge.  See you there!

Meet with Comodo Experts Face-to-Face at the Black Hat Lobby Lounge, July 24-27

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Got questions on cyber security, digital certificates, or Comodo solutions?

Ask our experts face-to-face in the Comodo Lobby Lounge at Black Hat USA 2017.

Our research scientists, sales team, engineering, threat intelligence, and SSL experts will be more than happy to answer your questions, address your concerns, or just chat with you and grab a drink!

Register Here: https://www.comodo.com/landing/comodo-black-hat-lobby-lounge/

Whether you’re interested in discussing the implications of the latest ransomware attacks, finding out more about a specific Comodo product, or just picking the brains of Comodo CEO Melih Abdulhayoglu, NATO Cyber Centre Ambassador Dr. Kenneth Geers, or any of our other expert attendees, this event is for you.

The Lobby Lounge is located on Level One of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, right outside the Business Hall. We’ll be there Monday-Thursday. Stop in and pick up your free Comodo fidget spinner, Gartner research, and a beverage of your choice.

The opportunity to meet face-to-face with our experts doesn’t come around often. Take advantage of it while you can. Reserve your spot!

Register Here: https://www.comodo.com/landing/comodo-black-hat-lobby-lounge/

Join Comodo Webinar to Protect Yourself from Next-Gen Ransomware

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Petya, WannaCry, and More: How to Protect Yourself from the New Generation of Ransomware [Webinar]

Register here: https://www.comodo.com/landing/comodo-conducts-webinar-on-protection-against-ransomware

Ransomware has been in the headlines a lot lately, and for good reason. In the past two months, two separate ransomware attacks have gone global, wreaking havoc by locking employees out of their computers at national banks, billion-dollar companies, government agencies, nuclear power plants, and more.Petya Ransomware

How Big a Threat is Ransomware?

The two headline-making ransomware attacks, Petya and WannaCry, caused billions of dollars in damage and lost productivity, but they likely represent only the tip of the iceberg. A report from the Department of Justice noted a 300-percent increase in daily ransomware attacks from 2015 to 2016, and a Ponemon Institute survey from Jan. 2017 reported that 51-percent of companies had experienced at least one ransomware attack in the past year. According to one report, ransomware attacks have risen from 3.8 million in 2015 to a mind-boggling 638 million in 2016, and this number is sure to rise in 2017.

These numbers, and the recent high-profile malware attacks should serve as wakeup calls to organizations everywhere: Unless you have the proper defenses, ransomware will find its way into your system, and it will make you pay.

So, how can you Protect Yourself?

Join NATO Cyber Centre Ambassador Kenneth Geers and Comodo cybersecurity expert Gregory Lewis on July 19 for a free webinar to learn:

  • Why detection and sandboxing solutions are ineffective against ransomware
  • Why 2017 will become the most costly year ever for ransomware attacks—and how you can avoid paying up
  • About the cybersecurity solution that can stop ransomware from infecting your enterprise, regardless of any backdoors, exploits, or vulnerabilities your endpoints may have

First 50 registrants will get a free forensic analysis to detect unknown malware lurking on their endpoints. Seats are limited, so save yours today.

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SSL Precertificates and How They Work

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SSL certificates – yes, we have heard much about SSL certificates, but how about SSL Precertificates? – it doesn’t seem to ring a bell, does it? Now, this blog is an attempt to explore SSL Precertificates – what they are, where they are used and how they work.

SSL Precertificates – What they are

SSL Precertificates are a type of SSL certificates that are intended to provide proof that an SSL certificate has been logged for embedding certificate transparency (CT) data in a certificate directly. SSL Precertificates cannot be used to form a secure/encrypted connection. And they also cannot be used for server authentication.

SSL Precertificates and How They Work

The term precertificate can actually confuse a user. It does not mean what we think it may actually mean. Precertificates may exist for the SSL certificates that you already have, and it is not necessary that you need to know about it.

Uses of Precertificates

To understand the uses of SSL precertificates you must first know about Certificate Transparency and its goals.
Certificate Transparency aims to remedy certificate-based threats by making the issuance and existence of SSL certificates open to scrutiny by domain owners, Certificate Authorities (CAs), and domain users.

“Specifically, Certificate Transparency has three main goals:

  • Make it impossible (or at least very difficult) for a CA to issue a SSL certificate for a domain without the certificate being visible to the owner of that domain.
  • Provide an open auditing and monitoring system that lets any domain owner or CA determine whether certificates have been mistakenly or maliciously issued.
  • Protect users (as much as possible) from being duped by certificates that were mistakenly or maliciously issued.”

CT creates an open framework comprised of three main components for monitoring the TLS/SSL certificate system and auditing specific TLS/SSLcertificates. This open framework consists of the following:

  • public logs of certificates,
  • public log monitoring,
  • and public certificate auditing.

It is for these logs that SSL Precertificates provide proof that the certificates have been logged. Precertificates have an advantage over other methods in providing proof of submission. In other methods, the file for submission to a certificate transparency log (SCT) is provided separately.

CT Log Signature Production

The purpose of the CT log is to produce the correct valid signature for the certificate’s data, and for that, it requires the SCT from the log. The SSL precertificates allow the CT log to produce the valid signature without being in possession of the final certificate. The CA is now able to issue the final certificate with the SCT included. Misissuance of precertificates is treated on par with misissuance of the final certificates. Hence, due diligence must be followed during precertificate issuance.

How Do Precertificates Work?

X.509 is a cryptographic standard format for defining public key certificates such as SSL certificates. A precertificate is defined with a “poison extension” to the X.509 format. It differentiates it from normal SSL certificates. When browsers or operating systems encounter this extension they are not understood by them and hence they will be treated as invalid. This factor prevents SSL precertificates from being used for a secure/encrypted connection or for server authentication.

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Comodo Q1 2017 Threat Report: Russia is World’s No. 1 Malware Target

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SSL Precertificates and How They Work

Comodo Threat Research Labs (CTRL) detected more than 25 million malware incidents in 223 top-level country code domains (ccTLD), in nearly every nation, province, state and city on Earth in its new Q1 2017 Threat Report. Here, we summarize the report’s key findings.

Russia: World’s No. 1 Malware Victim

Despite decades of analysis highlighting Russia as a source of cyberattacks – from The Cuckoo’s Egg to the Democratic National Committee and Crash Override – Comodo’s Q1 report offers fresh evidence that Russia is also the most frequent victim of malware, with nearly 12% of all malware detections.

High-Tech: Top Vertical Target

Technology was the highest value target vertical, based on the quantity, quality, and complexity of detected malware, because it gives hackers keys to the virtual kingdom of cyberspace. Why compromise one victim, when you can compromise millions at once?

Asia: Most Compromised Continent

After Russia, Asian countries complete Comodo’s top five infected nations: Taiwan is No. 2 in malware detections (8.8%), Hong Kong No. 3 (7.7%), Philippines No. 4 (7.2%), and Indonesia No. 5 (5.5%). Download the Q1 2017 Threat Report to see where your country falls on this list.

National Wealth Affects Risks and Threats

Trojans, backdoors, packed malware, and ransomware target wealthier countries, which offer a higher return on investment in terms of political, economic, military, and intelligence gain. Viruses and worms are more prevalent in poorer countries, taking easy advantage of more vulnerable systems. Full-color world maps of malware are available in the Comodo Q1 Report.

Trojans: No. 1 Global Malware Threat

Trojans are the top malware threat globally, and in most individual countries. Comodo detected 13 million+ trojans in 223 countries. Trojans are a versatile weapon that can be used for myriad follow-on attacks, including the installation and execution of ransomware.

Ransomware Rising

Comodo detected nearly 100K ransomware cases in 127 countries. In early 2017, Russia and Iran were the top victims, but Poland and the U.S. were rising steadily in Comodo detections. Ransomware is likely to get worse before it gets better, especially as the Internet of Things grows quickly.

Comodo Recommendations to Enterprise Cybersecurity Leaders

Given the highly technical and rapidly evolving nature of the cyberthreat landscape, it is essential that enterprises make cybersecurity a strategic priority, by hiring, training and retaining qualified personnel; keeping skills, equipment and software as current as possible through proper configuration, hardening, minimization and patching.

Download the full report

About the Comodo Threat Research Labs Q1 2017 Report

The Comodo Threat Research Labs Q1 2017 Report is the first quarterly publication of the Comodo Threat Research Labs, a group of more than 120 security professionals, ethical hackers, computer scientists, and engineers, who work for Comodo full-time analyzing malware patterns across the globe.

Comodo is a global innovator of cybersecurity solutions. The world’s largest certificate authority, Comodo authenticates, validates, and secures networks and infrastructures from individuals to mid-sized companies to the world’s largest industries.



Cyber-threat Alert: Summer 2017 Phishing Trip to Avoid

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A Special Update from the Comodo Threat Intelligence Lab

Phishing attacks using emails have become very common but the techniques are continually being enhanced and personalized to the point where we all need a refresher course. In the past, very obvious grammatical and spelling errors made many phishing attempts easier to spot, but each month seems to now bring more sophisticated versions. In July 2017, The Comodo Threat Intelligence Lab has identified a new series of phishing emails that purport to be replies to previously asked requests for information from well-known brands and likely legitimate contacts. If you’ve tracked a package or status of an order for anything in recent times, you’ll recognize the format. These emails contain links to illegitimate sites and malware payloads, and cleverly attempt to get the user to click on them.

An example can be seen in the screenshot below.

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As you can see the email contains what looks like an original request for information below their fraudulent “response,” which includes the illicit link. The link itself at first glance looks legitimate, having been crafted to look similar to a real URL to even savvy users, but actually drives to an entirely different site and a delivers its remotely deployed malware payload.

Fatih Orhan, head of the Comodo Threat Intelligence Lab and Comodo Threat Research Labs (CTRL), said, “Phishing emails come in numerous types and formats. Cyber criminals always find new methods to trick users and convince them to click a “bait” link. This latest method is also an example of how they can be creative to attack enterprise business users. At the lab we have identified hundreds of different servers being used for this phishing campaign as it attacked more than three thousand of enterprise customer users. Orhan went on to state, “The phishing emails are all being sent in a short time, as the campaign started at 2017-07-06 10:28:44 and finished at 2017-07-06 17:12:31.  In less than 7 hours, a total of 585 different servers are being used to target more than 50 enterprise customers, affecting thousands of users.“

The 585 IP addresses, by Country, shows that most of the servers to be in North America, Europe, Australia and Turkey as:

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Most definitely an advance in phishing attack sophistication, this illustrates the speed in which coordinated, multi-server attacks on businesses are being developed and deployed. With enterprise customers in this case, only the ones with a “default deny” security posture were completely safe and the Comodo Threat Intelligence Lab actually first discovered the malware as new, unknown files via Comodo customers using the “default deny” security posture combined with auto-containment and threat intelligence lab analysis (included in their Comodo Advanced Endpoint Protection solutions).

The Comodo Threat Intelligence Lab update video for the week of July 12, 2017 will provide more details on this new threat, so be sure check out that video and special updates from the lab for more information.

About the Comodo Threat Intelligence Lab:

The Comodo Threat Intelligence Lab (the Lab) monitors, filters and contains, and analyzes malware, ransomware, viruses and other “unknown” potentially dangerous files 24x7x365 in over 190 countries around the world. With 5 offices spread across the Americas, Asia, and Europe (and staff covering over 190 countries), the Lab is made up of more than 120 IT security professionals, ethical hackers, computer scientists and engineers (all full-time Comodo Lab employees) analyzing millions of potential pieces of malware, phishing, spam or other malicious/unwanted files and emails every day. The Lab also works with trusted partners in academia, government and industry to gain additional insights into known and potential threats.

The Lab is a key part of the Comodo Threat Research Labs (CTRL), whose mission is to use the best combination of cybersecurity technology and innovations, machine learning-powered analytics, artificial intelligence, and human experts and insights to secure and protect Comodo customers, business and public sector partners, and the public community.

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Tackling Cyber Security Threats in 2017

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Businesses are on a helter-skelter as the current waves of cyber attacks make them double their efforts in protecting their operations as well as their customers. Their online reputation is at stake – along with their assets and the all-important customer data. And if the results of a Herajavec Group Study (a 2016 cybercrime report)  are anything to go by, things aren’t going to get any better for these businesses in the near future.

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So it’s time they brace up and invest in a ‘cyber security threat handling’ program which has enough mileage to stand the test of time in this modern-day ‘security threat-ridden digital world’. So now the question is: what should your ‘security threat handling program’ contain to ward-off the various security threats? Here are some suggestions:

1. Increase Customer Trust by Implementing SSL. Credit card leaks have been much talked about since the Target hack of 2013 which compromised some 70 million customers. Obviously, customers are being warned against posting their credit card data and this is likely to affect online businesses. E-commerce websites are the worst-affected, as indicated by the ‘shopping cart abandonment rates‘ which consequently spiked up after this infamous incident.

As an online business, you can boost customer confidence in two ways.

  • By making sure your business site has updated SSL Certificates and
  • By having a strong HTTPS encryption.

Although this doesn’t imply ‘absolute protection’,SSL Certificates do ease user concerns. This will in turn improve conversion rates and also make it more difficult for hackers to access any data being transmitted to and fro between your site and the users.

2. Protect Your Assets against Ransomware. Various ransomware attacks – WannaCry and Petya to name a few – have been particularly rampant this year, forcing online businesses to adopt counter-measures to safeguard themselves. A reputed endpoint security solution like Comodo Endpoint Security offers good protection against such forms of ransomware attacks.  

3. Deploy Remote Monitoring and Management Tools. Online businesses like IT Service Providers cannot handle everything on their own. They cannot operate efficiently without delegating some of their work – mostly related to managing client IT infrastructures. This is where Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) tools come in handy. Simply put, remote monitoring helps these IT Service Providers handle their clientele’s problems without having to visit their clients via remoting capabilities.

Some of the benefits they offer:

Enhanced Security: When your clientele’s systems are automatically monitored around the clock (something a human will find tough to accomplish) – Website security threats can be dealt with efficiently. This significantly decreases the chances of your company’s data from being compromised.

Streamlined Maintenance: Security enhancement related maintenance tasks like keeping workstations up-to-date and carrying out regular health checks can be streamlined and automated via Remote Monitoring and Management tools. This, in turn, increases the organization’s security.

4. Protect your Network with IoT Encryption. With the rise of IoT (Internet of Things), the number of devices connecting to a network has likewise increased dramatically. Unfortunately, while we are busy protecting our networks, we forget to protect these IoT devices like smart refrigerator or TV which can connect to the internet and thereby inject potential malware into almost any network.

5. Find Out Where Things are Going Wrong. If your online business is not doing well, one of the possible key reasons could be due to your visitor’s trust. Your website visitors might question your business’ credibility and therefore shy away from sharing their personal information. To determine where things are going wrong and correct them accordingly, you can use a number of analytics tools – there are some specifically for e-commerce websites like  . They come in handy as these tools study visitor behavior on your website and address those visitor security related concerns.

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There is no such thing as good malware

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There used to be a meme going around that stated “there are two types of companies in the world, those who know they have been hacked, and those that don’t know they have been hacked”. We all used to read the various versions of this meme, nod, smile and move on.

Maybe we didn’t take all hacks seriously in the past, or maybe we just didn’t understand the importance of security, or maybe we just realized at the time that being hacked was inevitable and we felt powerless to act in a way to stop in from happening.

The issue today is absolutely everything is connected, and the potential risk from giving control of everything or at least a large part of everything to an unknown illicit force is shocking. The impact of stolen security credentials disrupted computing environments and stopped manufacturing and infrastructure are equivalent to blanket bombing a city, both in terms of gold and blood. People die and billions can be lost when computers break, it’s that simple.

There is no such thing as good malware

The classic model of security, one that dates back to the beginning of policing, is to identify a bad guy and tell everyone to look out for the bad guy. And just like in the days of the Wild West, the bad guys can use disguises to defeat most levels of detection (wanted posters = digital signatures).

Policing has got a lot smarter over the years, and it’s time for computer security to make a significant improvement. It is no longer acceptable to wait for “experts” to first see a new piece of malicious code (malware) and update their customers. What is needed is a system that treats every file of an unknown security state with prejudice. This is not a trivial task, technically, but is critical to ensure all malware can be defeated.

Here’s what is needed (and I’m simplifying)

1. All files entering a system must be scanned to identify their already known security status.

a. If they are already known to be malware, block them!
b. If they have previously been assessed and are known to be safe, allow them in!
c. If they are of an unknown security condition, i.e. Have not been seen before then they must be contained and their actions monitored and any potentially malicious activity stopped from doing anything evil.

When an “unknown “ file is encountered then the following process must be enacted.

1. A copy of the file must be made in the cloud where is can be analyzed by artificial intelligence to determine if it will perform any malicious act or not.
2. Some files will not perform a malicious act until some future event takes place, to ensure these are trapped, humans must also engage to identify really sneaky malware (if you are a computer scIentist, this is to avoid what Alan Turing referred to as the halting problem)
3. Once a file is determined to be malware, it is blocked and the signatures identified used by all available systems are updated to block all future copies.
4. Once a fIle is determined to be good, it is allowed into the system, and the white list is updated so all future copies of this file are allowed into systems, without needing further containment and evaluation.

While the copy of the file is being evaluated in the cloud, a copy is also made available to the target system within a virtual container. This allows the host system to continue to use the file, but the virtual container stops the file from doing anything that could be malicious. This works by providing the file access to only a virtual registry, a virtual com and a virtual hard disk. As these are the only interfaces available through a modern operating system, any and all potentially malicious acts are stopped.

To date the system that I have described is only available for a single vendor. And to date the 100 million end points running this particular system have had a total of zero infections. This is the only system that does not rely on prior knowledge of any malware to ensure protection.

It works, it requires zero user retaining, doesn’t slow down the users system in any noticeable way, and stops all types of malware.

RANSOMWARE – stopped
Viruses – stopped
Worms – stopped
Bots – stopped
Key loggers – stopped
If it’s malware – it’s stopped.

The days when the lab test was “which anti virus scanner can detect the most malware” are over. The issue today is what do you do with any unknown file.

If your system has a default allow policy for unknown files – you are at risk

If your system has a default deny policy for unknown files – you cannot live in today’s digital world, as you won’t be able to use web, email or files in a timely manner.

What you need is a default deny level of security with a default allow level of usability. And this can only be delivered with the system I’ve described above.

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