Securing the Cloud: Ward Off Future Storms

 
A recent incident has left the voting records of 198 million Americans exposed. The data included the names, dates of birth, addresses, and phone numbers of voters from both parties. It also included voter’s positions on various political issues and their projected political preference. Although it is not unusual to collect this type of information, it should raise alarm bells that the platform hosting this data was not secured. This is the largest known data exposure in the United States, leaving the sensitive information of millions of Americans unprotected.   When it comes to protecting personal information and sensitive data, extensive measures should be taken to keep the ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 2017 Cyber Security Survey Shows Key Concerns and Opportunities among IT Professionals

 
The theme of the 2017 RSA Conference is ‘The Power of Opportunity’ inspired by an approach to learning taken by the Zen monk Shunryu Suzuki. He said that one should pursue even the most advanced study with the mind-set of a beginner and be open to considering new possibilities. That’s certainly a good way to approach the challenges of enterprise security. Today’s business landscape is constantly evolving, presenting new opportunities and challenges – such as the migration to public and private clouds, wider roll-out of mobility and BYOD programs, and the emergence of new cyberthreats seeking to exploit these technologies. So, what are the threats that enterprises are ...