Check Point R80.10 Maximizes Security and Minimizes Operational Overhead for CCI Nice Côte D’Azur, Creating a “WOW” Effect

 
Security threats and attackers continue to adapt their techniques, making it more difficult than ever for organizations to protect themselves. When the CCI Nice Côte D’Azur upgraded to Check Point’s R80.10 Security Management, it increased threat prevention performance, efficiency, and visibility while reducing operational overhead.   In a recent chat with Frédéric Achache, IT Projects Manager of CCI Nice Côte D’Azur, I gained some interesting behind-the-scenes perspectives on its security challenges. The CCI is a metropolitan and regional agency charged with promoting economic development across the Alpes-Maritimes Côte D’Azur region. In addition to headquarters, ...

Security Brief for Connected Automotives

 
Introduction       The question of which companies will dominate the automotive industry in coming years is being decided in the contest to produce Internet-connected cars. Intel predicts 120 million vehicles with varying degrees of automation will be on our roads by 2030. (Shot, 2016).The development and popular adoption of automotive data connectivity and autonomous navigation will have major consequences for IT professionals in many industries who will be expected to provide a variety of IT services to consumers and employees through cars that in themselves are mobile computing platforms. Automotive Security Issues Because connected cars intersect the categories of ...

The Devil’s Bargain: Security or Productivity?

 
With so much riding on cyber security, those of us charged with providing it must make a devil’s bargain between conflicting priorities: maintain productivity by letting users receive and transmit information quickly, or protect information at the cost of unacceptable latency. The dilemma arises from the nature of today’s threats. In the original threat-signature model, which is still valid, threat actors distribute malware, which honeypots and other sensors around the Internet pick up and pass to security analysts. The analysts quickly generate the threat signatures antivirus and intrusion-prevention systems use to block threats. Security vendors update malware signatures in their ...

GDPR – here’s what you need to do right now

 
By now you may have heard of GDPR, the new European General Data Protection Regulation.  It’s a complex, and evolving piece of legislation that comes into effect in May 2018.  It doesn’t matter whether your organization has any presence in the EU, or where your applications and data are processed and stored.  If your organization holds or controls any data about an EU citizen, then you need to start thinking about being compliant with GDPR … and the sooner, the better. Simply put, GDPR requires companies to implement entirely new processes and procedures around the collection and storage of personally identifiable information (PII).  It defines PII as any information that ...

Getting your emails blocked? Don’t forget the semicolon;

 
Due to their common use in websites, JavaScript files are not detected by traditional Anti-Virus software. Scanning JavaScript files while browsing is virtually impossible due to its performance impact and probable high false positive rate, due to most sites using obfuscated JavaScript as a benign method to protect their intellectual property. To detect such attacks, the contextual data is needed. If you let the Anti-Virus “know” that the source of the JavaScript is email based, it can  overcome the mentioned limitation and block the JavaScript. This was the case with Gmail, which recently (in February) changed the allowed sent or received attachment policy to block JavaScript ...

Securing the Connected Car Steps Up a Gear

 
“Here in my car, I feel safest of all …” That line from Gary Numan’s hit single, ‘Cars’ sums up the way many of us feel when we’re driving: safe and protected in the privacy of our vehicles. But cars are increasingly connected to the outside world. Features that were once only available on premium luxury brands are now available across manufacturers’ model ranges, in basic city cars. These features include Bluetooth connectivity for pairing mobile phones, GPS navigation, 4G wifi hotspots, collision avoidance systems, remote diagnostics and more. In fact, with these capabilities, cars are rapidly becoming data networks on wheels. The production of new cars equipped with ...

Banking trojans are on the rise: here’s how to avoid being robbed

 
Banking trojans are helping cybercriminals to commit the perfect crime:  stealing money from the accounts of unsuspecting victims, almost untraceably and at minimal risk.  As such it’s no surprise that from June to December 2016, banking trojans were only fractionally behind ransomware in being the most prevalent type of malware, and in Asia-Pacific countries they far outstripped ransomware in the number of attacks.  So how do banking trojans work, and how can users protect themselves against an online bank robbery? First, banking trojans are among the stealthiest of all malware types.  After a banking trojan infects a user’s PC or web browser, it will lie dormant and wait for ...

Check Point Infinity – The Security Architecture of the Future – Today

 
Infinity is boundless.  Unfortunately so are your IT demands and security expectations.  The explosion of new technologies promising simplification, untold efficiencies and cost savings are only creating uncertainty, complexity and risk. There needs to be a force to unify and harness the promise of these new technologies for the benefit of business operations and customers.  Welcome to the future of cyber security, Check Point Infinity.  Check Point Infinity is the first ever consolidated, security architecture across networks, cloud and mobile providing the highest level of threat prevention.  The days of ineffective, disparate, point product security constructs are ...

When you look at files from your cloud, are they looking back at you?

 
When your users look at files served from your cloud platform, files that have tracking pixels could be looking back — revealing more than you should to outsiders about users and infrastructure. Security researchers are finding tracking pixels implicated in attacks on enterprises. So, if your IT workloads are on a cloud platform, you should add pixel tracking to your list of cloud security issues. Here is how pixel tracking works and how attackers are co-opting this marketing tool to compromise security at enterprises. Tracking pixels – also called web beacons, tracking beacons, and web bugs – are useful marketing tools. Digital-marketing experts use tracking pixels to measure ...

CRN Gives Check Point’s Star Partner Program 5 Stars

 
For the school kids in our neighborhood, getting a gold star from the teacher is a pretty big deal. Despite providing the world’s toughest cyber security, we’re still big kids at heart when it comes to receiving great recognition for stellar performance. This is why we are pretty stoked that CRN’s Partner Program Guide has bestowed their prestigious 5-Star award winning program rating on Check Point’s Star Partner Program. In fact, this is the first year that Check Point applied for the program and immediately received the 5 Star rating. Computer Reseller News (CRN)’s annual partner program guide is the industry’s ultimate source for information about IT vendors’ ...