The Cybersecurity 202: Coronavirus pandemic unleashes unprecedented number of online scams

Coronavirus has inspired an unprecedented number of online scams targeting people and businesses – and researchers say the wave of attacks is just getting started. The massive volume of cybercriminal activity reflects the overwhelming scope of the pandemic, which has upended every aspect of daily life across the world — from how people seek medical information to how they work, socialize and shop for groceries. The mass uncertainty allows criminals to prey on broad swaths of the global population.

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DNSFilter Enhances Protective DNS Solution to Thwart New Threats

DNSFilter | December 15, 2023

DNSFilter today announced the addition of a new Malicious Domain Protection feature to its protective DNS software, building on its machine learning capabilities. This feature bolsters DNSFilter's enterprise-grade defenses providing better visibility and protection against Domain Generation Algorithms used in malware, botnet and other malicious domains, in addition to other threat vectors. This expands the company's threat detection capabilities and its ability to block large lists of undesirable domains and the security threats they pose. Enterprise security teams that manage and secure both modern and legacy infrastructure struggle to protect end users from all categories of web-based threats. DNSFilter scans every domain its customers access to identify zero-day threats and prevent access before they infiltrate the network. Malicious Domain Protection leverages new ML capabilities to assist in the identification of risky domain strings, which includes domain generation algorithms (DGA) and other threat vectors. DGAs are used in malware to generate up to 250,000 domain names each day for use as rendezvous points with their C&C servers. Malicious Domain Protection can identify more threats, including phishing, cryptojacking, botnet, ransomware and other spam domains, and catch them sooner. In the testing phase, Malicious Domain Protection identified more than 7,000 risky domains not yet identified by any other feeds. Threats were identified up to 10 days ahead of other third-party feeds with one domain being caught 59 days ahead. David Elkind, chief data scientist, DNSFilter, said: "We are constantly working to offer better awareness and remediation of threat vectors. DNSFilter has a powerful data collection engine, supplemented by third-party feeds and we are always innovating new ways to use this data to protect our customers. We intend to take full advantage of all this data to protect our customers. With this new addition, our customers have even more safeguards." About DNSFilter DNSFilter is redefining how organizations secure their largest threat vector: the Internet itself. DNSFilter is making the internet safer and workplaces more productive. In 2022 the threat protection leader blocked 9.1 billion threats, more than any other threat detection software globally. With 70% of attacks involving the Domain Name System (DNS) layer, DNSFilter provides protective DNS powered by machine learning that uniquely identifies 61% more threats than competitors on an average of seven days earlier, including zero-day attacks. Over 26 million monthly users trust DNSFilter to protect them from phishing, malware, and advanced cyber threats. DNSFilter's brands include Webshrinker, its next generation web categorization software, and Guardian, a consumer app focused on privacy protection.

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Fortinet Advances the Industry’s Most Comprehensive Operational Technology Security Platform

Fortinet | December 19, 2023

Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT), the global cybersecurity leader driving the convergence of networking and security, today announced the latest release of new, integrated operational technology (OT) security solutions and services. These additions further distance Fortinet’s industry-leading OT Security Platform from the rest of the market. “We understand that OT differs significantly from traditional IT systems, and that’s why our OT Security Platform was purpose-built to provide integrated protection and risk management specific to industrial environments,” said John Maddison, Chief Marketing Officer and EVP, Product Strategy at Fortinet. “Rising attacks on critical infrastructure have made OT security more important than ever before. With today’s news, Fortinet continues to empower customers with the most sophisticated OT solutions and intelligence in the industry.” The Need for Integrated OT-Specific Security The number of industrial devices connected beyond their network boundaries is rapidly increasing, and CISOs now face skyrocketing risks across their OT environments. In fact, Fortinet found that three-fourths of OT organizations reported at least one intrusion in the last year, and nearly one-third reported being victims of a ransomware attack. To solve this challenge, organizations need an integrated security approach designed specifically for industrial solutions that enables policy enforcement across the entire attack surface, consolidates point products, and reduces operational overhead. Bolstering the Fortinet OT Security Platform with New and Enhanced Offerings The Fortinet OT Security Platform is an integrated portfolio of cybersecurity products, solutions, and security services designed specifically for industrial networks and powered by real-time OT threat intelligence. Because the OT Security Platform is a part of the Fortinet Security Fabric, it empowers customers with deep visibility across their entire environment and securely facilitates IT/OT convergence. The platform also gives organizations the ability to implement a zero-trust model within OT environments, including secure remote access to OT assets and systems for remote employees and contractors. OT Security Platform updates announced today, which build on improvements unveiled earlier this year, span two key pillars of the Security Fabric: Secure Networking for OT The new FortiSwitch Rugged 424F is an industrial-class ethernet switch (IES) designed to address the requirements of digital substations and the power utility industry. The switch supports real-time OT networking protocols and integrates with FortiGate Next-Generation Firewalls (NGFWs) for comprehensive security and access control. The new FortiAP 432F access point meets Class 1, Division 2 requirements for use in hazardous OT environments. It can segment industrial Wi-Fi networks to prevent attacks from spreading across unprotected devices and systems. This expansion of the IP67-rated access-point line now enables the deployment of additional OT applications in industries such as oil and gas. The new FortiExtender Vehicle 211F wireless gateway is a semi-ruggedized mobility solution for connected fleets, mobile systems, and OT deployments. It was also designed to meet the requirements of the AT&T FirstNet wireless communications network for first responders. FortiOS, Fortinet’s operating system, has been updated with the OT View dashboard, which correlates and displays important OT data. This dashboard makes it easy for organizations to understand their entire attack surface—both IT and OT—and take action from a single console. Security Operations and Services for OT FortiAnalyzer now includes OT-specific analytics, risk, and compliance reports, providing security operations teams with faster threat detection, asset and vulnerability correlation, and reporting. FortiNDR, which supports on-premises, cloud, and hybrid deployments, can now analyze more than 15 different OT-network protocols. It also includes AI-powered OT-network behavior analysis to identify malicious network activity and files. FortiDeceptor, Fortinet’s deception technology for early breach and attack isolation, now supports 30 OT protocols and additional OT decoys to protect diverse industrial environments. The FortiGuard OT Security Service boasts the industry’s deepest OT threat intelligence database and now covers more than 70 OT protocols and more than 4,000 OT application and device vulnerability signatures. These signatures enable strict access control policies on network traffic and provide virtual patching for vulnerable OT assets. FortiGuard Outbreak Alerts, an industry-leading cybersecurity resource, now includes critical information about OT-specific threats. This empowers customers with the information they need to harden their systems against new and emerging attacks following the NIST Cyber Security Framework. "IT and OT are converging and these colliding environments are increasing overall risk. Our clients require robust OT solutions and services without extensive deployments that complicate administration and place additional strain on IT and security teams. Through the Fortinet OT Security Platform, we can provide clients with a unified approach of safeguarding both the carpeted side of a business as well as the concrete side of the business. We eagerly anticipate introducing these updated and novel offerings to our customer community." – Dan Sanderson, VP of Strategy, Cyber Advisors About Fortinet Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) is a driving force in the evolution of cybersecurity and the convergence of networking and security. Our mission is to secure people, devices, and data everywhere, and today we deliver cybersecurity everywhere you need it with the largest integrated portfolio of over 50 enterprise-grade products. Well over half a million customers trust Fortinet's solutions, which are among the most deployed, most patented, and most validated in the industry. The Fortinet Training Institute, one of the largest and broadest training programs in the industry, is dedicated to making cybersecurity training and new career opportunities available to everyone. FortiGuard Labs, Fortinet’s elite threat intelligence and research organization, develops and utilizes leading-edge machine learning and AI technologies to provide customers with timely and consistently top-rated protection and actionable threat intelligence. Learn more at https://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, and FortiGuard Labs.

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Rubrik Chosen by Carhartt to Drive Complete Cyber Resilience

Rubrik | January 10, 2024

Rubrik, the Zero Trust Data Security™ company, today announced that America’s premium workwear brand Carhartt has consolidated multiple legacy backup tools with Rubrik Security Cloud to achieve cyber resilience. After moving to Rubrik, Carhartt realized more than 50 percent in monthly cost savings, while significantly improving its data security capabilities. “Data resilience is key to the continued security and success of our business. We work hard to ward off intruders but we have to operate on the assumption that they will find a way in,” said Michael Karasienski, cloud platforms manager at Carhartt. “Rubrik Security Cloud restores data fast and without fail for both our cloud and on-premises environments. Rubrik plays a key role in building trust in our system with secure protocols and access controls; it isn’t just a data security solution, it’s peace of mind for our brand.” Established in 1889, Carhartt has a rich heritage of developing rugged products for workers on and off the job. The company honors hard work, approaching its business with the same honesty, dependability, and trust that its consumers display day-in and day-out. Prior to Rubrik, Carhartt used a variety of different backup solutions across its operations. After an upgrade of a critical application failed, Carhartt’s administrators discovered that that application data hadn’t been backed up, forcing the team to reconstruct more than two-weeks’ worth of data manually. Furthermore, the Carhartt team discovered malware in backups from its legacy tools, resulting in weeks of searching data sets to manually complete the investigation. With Rubrik Security Cloud, Carhartt’s IT team can now devote more time to other priorities — like business requests, incidents, and reducing technical debt — while saving more than 50 percent in operational costs each month. The company’s IT and Security teams are also collaborating to reduce risk to the organization, zeroing in on malware and tying investigations into its security operations center. “A highly interconnected business like Carhartt is responsible for mountains of sensitive data. Protecting that data is paramount to maintain customer trust and minimize business disruption,” said Anneka Gupta, Chief Product Officer at Rubrik. “Outdated legacy technology was never built with security in mind, so organizations must turn to modernized platforms and zero-trust methodologies to defend their data. With a holistic solution like Rubrik Security Cloud, organizations like Carhartt know their business will be resilient in the face of any cyber threat.” Carhartt utilizes numerous Rubrik products, including Anomaly Detection, Sensitive Data Monitoring, Threat Hunting, as well as its integration with Microsoft Sentinel. About Rubrik Rubrik is on a mission to secure the world’s data. With Zero Trust Data Security™, we help organizations achieve business resilience against cyberattacks, malicious insiders, and operational disruptions. Rubrik Security Cloud, powered by machine learning, secures data across enterprise, cloud, and SaaS applications. We help organizations uphold data integrity, deliver data availability that withstands adverse conditions, continuously monitor data risks and threats, and restore businesses with their data when infrastructure is attacked.

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CrowdStrike Announces General Availability of Falcon Data Protection to Disrupt Legacy DLP

CrowdStrike | December 18, 2023

CrowdStrike (NASDAQ: CRWD) today announced the general availability of CrowdStrike FalconData Protection, liberating customers from legacy data loss prevention (DLP) products with a modern, frictionless approach to data security that prevents adversary exfiltration and accidental leakage. With this latest offering for the AI-native CrowdStrike Falcon XDR platform, customers can consolidate costly and ineffective DLP point products with CrowdStrike’s single, revolutionary lightweight agent. Organizations struggle with legacy DLP solutions that are difficult to deploy, complex to manage and unable to comprehensively track data in the modern cloud and AI era. This results in risky monitor-mode only deployments that fail to stop data theft. CrowdStrike Falcon Data Protection harnesses the CrowdStrike Falcon platform’s industry-leading visibility and protection for the epicenter of productivity and risk – the endpoint – to secure critical data from insider threats and adversaries. With CrowdStrike Falcon Data Protection, enterprises can now: Deploy data protection immediately from their existing Falcon agent to consolidate legacy DLP point products, reduce complexity and gain nearly instant time to value. Instantly expand visibility of data flows across the enterprise to rapidly identify and shut down data exfiltration or accidental leakage. Accelerate detection and response with a single console and unified workflow that saves security analysts time investigating potential data theft. “Today's DLP market is where legacy AV was when we started CrowdStrike: ripe for disruption. With this release, we’re bringing to market the future of data protection as part of a unified platform,” said Raj Rajamani, head of products at CrowdStrike. “We’re proud to have partnered with some of the largest organizations in the world to develop a groundbreaking approach to data protection that enables customers to stop the breach, while consolidating legacy DLP tools. Customers can deploy Falcon Data Protection immediately from their existing agent with near zero configuration requirements.” About CrowdStrike CrowdStrike (Nasdaq: CRWD), a global cybersecurity leader, has redefined modern security with the world’s most advanced cloud-native platform for protecting critical areas of enterprise risk – endpoints and cloud workloads, identity and data. Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud and world-class AI, the CrowdStrike Falcon platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence, evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities. Purpose-built in the cloud with a single lightweight-agent architecture, the Falcon platform delivers rapid and scalable deployment, superior protection and performance, reduced complexity and immediate time-to-value.

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The challenges and risks of an everywhere world Every day, enterprise technology leaders are expected to support the digital imperative to work, develop, and deliver everything, everywhere — by bringing together distributed workforces, devices, clouds, systems, applications, and networks. But, there’s a problem. Technology teams

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