How Can Your Business Score Touchdowns Without An Offensive Line?

 
What the Philadelphia Eagles Can Teach Us About Cyber-Security   Imagine your founding CTO resigning … right before your company’s biggest annual conference. How do you adapt, maintain momentum, and bring home wins?   The Philadelphia Eagles experienced the American football version of this nightmare scenario when their star quarterback, Carson Wentz, tore his knee ligaments a few weeks before the NFL playoffs. Before his injury, the betting markets had the Eagles as front-runners, with 6-to-1 odds to win the championship. The week after, their odds tumbled down to 9-to-1.   This weekend, 110 million people in the United States will celebrate one of the ...

The Check Point 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Trends Report

 
2017 was an incredible year for the cyber security industry. With attacks reaching ever higher numbers and increasing levels of innovation, there seems to be no stop to the cat and mouse game taking place between threat actors and security experts. In our H2 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Trends Report, we reveal that cyber-criminals are increasingly turning to cryptominers to develop illegal revenue streams, while ransomware and ‘malvertising’ adware continue to impact organizations worldwide. Based on data drawn from Check Point’s ThreatCloud intelligence between July and December 2017, the H2 2017 Global Threat Intelligence Trends Report gives a detailed overview of the ...

What Lies Ahead? Cyber-Security Predictions for 2018

 
Arnold H. Glasow famously quipped that “the trouble with the future is that it usually arrives before we’re ready for it.”  The past year certainly took us by surprise when the WannaCry and Petya ransomware outbreaks hit businesses globally, causing unprecedented disruption, while serious new vulnerabilities such as BlueBorne were discovered in almost every connected device in use.   While these large-scale attacks and vulnerabilities dominated news headlines, there were other significant cybersecurity trends developing behind the scenes which also have the potential to disrupt peoples’ daily lives.   These trends are the result of our increasing reliance on ...

The Danger Behind Santa’s Beard

 
Santa’s beard is usually white, the colour of purity and innocence. However, cyber-criminals targeting online shoppers enjoying the run up to the Black Friday and Christmas holidays this year could be trying to take advantage of that innocence.   Researchers at Check Point recently discovered that criminals have a new way to trick merry online shoppers via the massively popular AliExpress shopping portal. With more than 100 million customers and $23bn in revenue worldwide, AliExpress, part of the AliBaba Group, is one of the most popular places to shop online.   After discovering the vulnerability, Check Point Researchers immediately informed AliExpress who, due to ...

October’s Most Wanted Malware: Cryptocurrency Mining Presents New Threat

 
Check Point’s latest Global Threat Index has revealed crypto miners were an increasingly prevalent form of malware during October as organizations were targeted with the CoinHive variant Crypto mining is emerging as a silent, yet significant, actor in the threat landscape, allowing threat actors to extract substantial profits while victims’ endpoints and networks suffer from latency and decreased performance. The emergence of Seamless and CoinHive once again highlights the breadth and depth of the challenges organizations face in securing their networks against cyber-criminals. Following up on recent Check Point research that found that cryptocurrency miners can use up to 65% of ...

Check Point IoT Blog Series: ‘Home, Smart Home’ – But How Secure Is It?

 
The smart home is often idealized as a domestic paradise -- your fridge orders your groceries for you, your robot vacuum cleaner zooms from room to room, and changing the thermostat is as easy as pulling up an app on your phone. But beneath the surface of this always-on, seamlessly connected exterior, however, lie significant concerns about privacy and cybersecurity. These concerns were dramatized in the Season 2 premiere of the cyber-drama ‘Mr. Robot’. The TV and stereo are switched on and off randomly; the water temperature in the shower goes from boiling to freezing, and the air conditioning is switched to Arctic temperatures. Someone hacked this fictional smart home, forcing the ...

Account Hijacks Affect Everybody, Even ‘Top Dogs’

 
Being “cool and smart” was the name of the game when we were at school, and it seems nothing really changes as we get older. With the ‘cool factor’ among IT professionals translating into the adoption of modern IT technology, it’s not surprising to see why today’s businesses are being pushed ever faster towards to the cloud. But of course there are other good reasons why 70% of companies (Gartner 2016) are already moving their IT infrastructure closer to the stars with cloud services. Whether it be data storage and servers or the increasing use of SaaS products, cloud computing allows businesses much greater agility and enables them to deliver applications at a fraction of ...

Baby, Who Can Drive My Car?

 
This is the third post in our IoT blog series. Read the first post about IoT in healthcare and the second post about smart cities here. Driverless cars have long been a feature in science fiction – and over the past few years, they’ve become a reality, with the major motor manufacturers developing and showcasing autonomous vehicles, with the vision of making road travel cleaner, more efficient and safer. While we have yet to see the truly driverless car on public roads, the cars that most of us drive every day are already far more intelligent and connected than we may realize.  And that connectivity can present a significant cybersecurity risk. A typical new car today is ...

Check Point IoT Blog Series: Smart Cities Need Smart Security

 
The second in our Check Point IoT series, read our first post about securing IoT devices in healthcare here.  The smart city is sparking the imagination of planners, developers, governments, businesses and citizens all over the world. Smart cities combine pervasive web connectivity, smart IoT devices, artificial intelligence and machine learning. They collect and analyze, in real-time, multiple forms of data in order to create an interconnected fabric of devices that drive efficiencies across services critical to the city’s infrastructure such as utilities, transport, healthcare and emergency services. We’ve already seen smart cities improving citizens’ lives while realizing ...

Highlights from CEO Gil Shwed’s Quora session

 
This week, our founder and CEO Gil Shwed participated in a fascinating Q&A session on Quora. He answered the Quora community’s top questions on cyber security, mobile security and innovation. Here are our editor’s pick highlights from his session. What will the field of cybersecurity look like in the next 10 years? In the coming 10 years, nation sponsored organizations will continue to develop cyber-attack technologies for defense and offense; financially driven criminal groups will continue to seek ways to monetize cyber-attacks; hacktivists will continue to use cyber to convey their messages; terrorist groups will also shift to cyber space; and finally – people with no ...