Guest blog by Andrew Tang, Service Security Director at MTI Technology With a fantastic turnout at CLOUDSEC 2016, attendees comprised of security and IT practitioners from numerous industries. Despite these varying sectors, one thing became abundantly clear: the same issues are keeping IT security professionals awake at night – securing cloud environments, securing privileged access accounts and user education. Continue reading →
Late last week the FBI was forced to make yet another public service announcement on the growing ransomware epidemic. In it, the Bureau pleaded with businesses to report infections, so that the authorities can get a better idea of the scale of the problem they’re facing. It also warned that cybercriminals are increasingly targeting business servers in the hope of infecting more machines and extracting a greater ransom from their victims.
This tells us two things: that the authorities still haven’t got a handle on the problem facing citizens and businesses, and that organisations are failing to put in place layered security to lock down risk across multiple threat vectors. We address both in a new report out this week. Continue reading →
The UK’s IT leaders are facing an unprecedented and unenviable set of security challenges today. Threats could come from anywhere in the world, and any source – be it financially motivated cybercrime gangs, determined state sponsored operatives or ‘lone wolf’ hacktivists. People and process are of course an important part of the fightback. But so too is having the right technology to hand to keep today’s huge range of threats at bay.
It’s hard to overestimate just what a major impact ransomware is having on UK organisations. And yet anecdotal evidence suggests there is still widespread ignorance in the business world about exactly what it entails, how it works, and what can be done to halt its spread. That’s why Trend Micro recently commissioned a major study on the topic, which we hope will help uncover the truth about ransomware, its impact on the UK and how to prevent it.
Launched at the CLOUDSEC UK conference in London this week, the research tells us that a staggering 44% of British organisations have suffered a ransomware infection over the past two years. It’s time IT security teams got serious about what is now a major threat. Continue reading →