Best-of-breed security for hybrid clouds

 
Wouldn’t it be great if you could make a fresh start with your organization’s IT infrastructure? Unfortunately, unless you’re a start-up, most enterprises don’t have the luxury of starting with a clean slate. Instead, the majority of us have to make the most of a hybrid of legacy apps and existing investments with new cloud deployments to keep pace with business demands. A recent survey by Verizon and Harvard Business Review highlighted this issue. It found that 63% of organizations are pursuing a hybrid cloud approach to improve their competitiveness, yet a third (32%) were struggling to integrate cloud with other systems. For many organizations, their IT infrastructure will ...

Ransomware– Not Only File Encryption

 
Ransomware is an ever-increasing threat worldwide, claiming new victims on a regular basis with no end in sight. While most ransomware families prevent the victims from accessing their documents, pictures, databases and other files by encrypting them and offering a decryption key in return for a ransom payment, others use different, but no less creative ways to extract payment from their victims. Here are some examples:    IoT ransomware Smart devices are known to be a soft spot targeted by threat actors for various purposes. In August 2016, security researchers demonstrated their ability to take control of a building’s thermostats and cause them to increase the temperature ...

Get off my (private) cloud

 
As enterprises transform their physical data centers to private and hybrid cloud models, how should they secure these new environments, keeping threats and attackers off their cloud? A new era of virtualization, automation and Anything-as-a-Service (XaaS) is being ushered in at a blistering pace, driving greater efficiencies and cost savings while dramatically changing the way businesses roll out new applications and services. And as Mick Jagger was fond of saying: “But it’s all right now, in fact it’s a gas!” It really can be all right if you understand how this new model doesn’t inadvertently introduce new risks or expose your business to more threats. The trends are ...

Three Key Takeaways from WikiLeaks’ Release of CIA Documents

 
The latest revelations by WikiLeaks, collectively called the “Vault 7 Leak”, have caused quite a commotion in the security world, reinvigorating myths that were previously viewed as theoretical. There are already several lessons to be learned from WikiLeaks’ most recent data dump, and we offer you three top takeaways from the initial document disclosure.   1. Every connected device can be hacked The publication details exploitation techniques for all sorts of electronic devices: from PCs and laptops, to mobile devices, and even to Smart TVs and connected cars. While these techniques are not groundbreaking, the sheer scope of hackable devices revealed in the CIA trove is ...

Check Point Comments on Recent Advanced Threats

 
Today’s publication by WikiLeaks shows how advanced hacking techniques, including extremely sophisticated exploit tools, are more readily available than you’d think; they’re available to everyone, including governments. These tools provide new surveillance capabilities allowing them to hack into enterprise and military networks, smartphones, tablets and even IoT devices such as Smart TVs. Check Point researchers have been tracking these exploits since the news was first released. What is not released yet is the code detail.  Since the information was retrieved from early 2016, most of the mobile devices that have been targeted so far are older operating system versions of Android ...

Introducing Check Point vSEC for Google Cloud Platform

 
Cloud Security Puzzle – Solved! If you are deploying workloads (like web servers) or migrating back office apps into Google Cloud Platform (GCP), you will be happy to know that you can now do it securely in a turn-key way without sacrificing the agility & business elasticity provided by GCP. Check Point’s vSEC cloud security solution delivers advanced security that is virtually built into the Google environment using Google’s APIs. Together, Google and Check Point enable a multilayer security solution that comprehensively protects customers’ assets and data in the cloud with advanced threat prevention security. Why do we really need another security layer? While the ...

Choice, Flexibility and Advanced Security – Now with Google Cloud Platform

 
As a general rule of thumb, it has been a long accepted strategy in IT to avoid vendor lock in, or trusting too much in a single equipment provider that you get stuck because changing to another vendor would be too costly or inconvenient. This is especially true with public cloud providers, and fear of vendor lock in is often cited as a major road block to further cloud adoption. So how do you eliminate the risks of putting all your IT eggs in a single virtual network basket? One approach to solving this dilemma is a multi-cloud strategy. A multi-cloud approach provides benefits beyond simply eliminating financial risk; it can also help businesses redefine their software ...

Check Point Honored as Coolest Cloud Security Vendor by CRN

 
We are very excited to announce today that CRN has named Check Point to its 100 Coolest Cloud Computing Vendors of 2017 list. This annual lineup recognizes the most innovative cloud technology suppliers in each of five categories: infrastructure, platforms and development, security, storage and software. Check Point is recognized as a cool vendor in CRN’s Cloud security category. As more companies make the move to adopt the cloud, the importance of cloud security vendors and their offerings is at an all-time high. According to research firm Gartner's predictions for 2016, security needs to be top of mind for companies as they extend their business processes to the cloud. That includes ...

Check Point’s SandBlast Wins SC Media Award

 
At the 2017 RSA Conference in San Francisco, it was clear malware, ransomware and phishing campaigns were top of mind, and attendees were looking for solutions to prevent the latest threats from attacking their networks. Check Point’s mission has and always will be to safeguard our customers with the best solutions possible against cyber threat actors. Our efforts were recognized at the SC Media Awards, our zero-day protection technology SandBlast was named Best Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) Protection. If you’re reading our blog, there’s a good chance you already know this: The threat landscape today is more complex and dynamic than ever before. Organizations face targeted ...

Android: the Perils of Popularity

 
Despite the long lines you see stretching from stores when a new iPhone comes out, Android phones rule. According to IDC, Android’s market share hovers at over 80 percent while iOS has a market share in the teens. Android’s popularity — and vulnerability to attacks — arise from Google’s decision to make Android an open OS. Being an open OS lets many manufacturers make devices that can run Android. However this leads to OS fragmentation when several vendors each release several models over several years resulting in thousands of active versions of Android. This wouldn’t be a big deal except each version has software vulnerabilities that must be patched. At best, it can take ...