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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Unbearable Lightness of Operating Web-Based Attacks: How easy it is to steal money from IE 8.0-11.0 users

 
Looking back at the past year, there is no doubt that the malware-as-a-service industry, which sells and trades malware samples, attack tools, and a variety of services, is thriving. It means that cyber criminals with low technical skills can easily purchase attack tools from more advanced hackers, vastly increasing the number of potential attackers, attacks, and victims. Cerber, a ransomware-as-a-service operation, was one of the most dominant and profitable ransomware variants of 2016. Last December, a new DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) collaborative effort dubbed Sledgehammer made headlines due to its unique operation mode. Participants were asked to attack targeted political ...

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’ ...

Stranger things: Securing your network in the upside down world of SDx

 
The smash hit Netflix series ‘Stranger Things’ centers around the mysterious disappearance of residents of Hawkins, Indiana. Those who vanish find themselves in a frightening, parallel nether-world called the ‘Upside Down’, where things are not exactly as they seem. For some organizations, moving from physical hardware-based networks to SDx public or private clouds can feel similarly alien. While the familiar, conventional network construct still exists, the security infrastructure has disappeared since there’s no physical infrastructure to get to grips with. So what do they do next? What makes SDx strange? As we know, SDx stands for software-defined infrastructure. That ...

Stopping Your Staff from Raining Data from the Cloud

 
No matter what your company’s official position is on the use of cloud services, your employees absolutely depend on them as part of their day-to-day work. The problem: the services they tend to use usually aren’t the ones you want them to use. A 2015 study of cloud usage found that employees were using 15 times more cloud services than their IT departments estimated or authorized; an average company also uses over 1,100 cloud services, of which just 8% meet the data security and privacy requirements of enterprises. In light of this, it’s no surprise that data breaches from cloud services happen frequently. An October 2016 Ponemon study of nearly 650 IT professionals in North ...

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 ...

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 ...