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Sophos reveals trove of new details about SamSam ransomware

Ransomware is universal and one of the greatest threats in cybersecurity currently. Extensive research by Sophos has uncovered a trove of new information on the notorious SamSam ransomware that has affected far more victims than previously thought and raised vastly more in ransom demands – almost US$6 million. Most ransomware is spread in large, noisy and untargeted spam campaigns […]


SANS survey findings reveal confusion over Industrial IoT security

Organisations hold disparate and unrealistic views on protecting the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This is according to the findings of the 2018 SANS Industrial IoT Security Survey report, which examined the security concerns around the rapidly growing use of IIOT and found that endoints are considered to be the most vulnerable aspect of IIOT – despite confusion over […]


IBM study reveals hidden costs of data breaches

IBM Security has announced the results of a global study examining the full financial impact of a data breach on a company’s bottom line. Overall, the study found that hidden costs in data breaches – such as lost business, negative impact on reputation and employee time spent on recovery – are difficult and expensive to […]


Mimecast unveils second-annual State of Email Security report

Mimecast Limited, a leading email and data security company, has announced it has released its second-annual State of Email Security report. The report identifies the latest email-borne threats facing organisations of all sizes and industries globally. Cyberattacks are on the rise. In fact, more than 50% of organisations reported seeing the volume of phishing attacks […]


Research firm cites ESET as strong performer in endpoint security

ESET – a global leader in information security software – has been named a ‘strong performer’ in The Forrester Wave: Endpoint Detection And Response, Q3 2018 report. ESET was among the 12 select companies that were invited to participate by Forrester, and which were identified in the evaluation as the most significant endpoint detection and […]


Gartner finds 65% of organisations have cybersecurity expert

A survey conducted by Gartner has found that only 65% of organisations currently have a cybersecurity expert – despite 95% of CIOs expecting cyberthreats to increase over the next three years. The survey also revealed that skills challenges continue to plague organisations that undergo digitalisation, with digital security staffing shortages considered a top inhibitor to innovation. Gartner’s 2018 […]


Concerns on the rise about mobile apps watching and tracking users

The monitoring capabilities of mobile apps are becoming a concern for users, many of whom are worried that the apps on their connected devices might be able track them down, watch what they’re doing or share their data. But these dangers could be easily averted by putting some simple security measures in place, warn cybersecurity […]


Attackers could use heat traces left on keyboard to steal passwords

Tomas Foltyn, Security Writer at ESET, outlines details of an attack called ‘Thermanator’, which could use your body heat against you in order to steal your credentials or any other short string of text that you have typed on a computer keyboard. A team of academics from the University of California, Irvine (UCI), have presented […]


Endpoint security automation a top priority for IT professionals

Global cybersecurity training company, the SANS Institute, has released its 2018 SANS Endpoint Security Survey report, which found that automating endpoint detection and response processes is the top priority for IT professionals trying to put actionable controls around their endpoints. The survey questioned IT professionals globally on how they approach endpoint security within their organisations, […]


Applying threat intelligence to secure the enterprise network

By Ashraf Sheet, Regional Director, Middle East and Africa at Infoblox In a world in which cybercriminals are becoming increasingly stealthy and using increasingly sophisticated techniques, from ransomware to DNS hijacking, it is becoming more difficult, more expensive and less effective for businesses alone to defend themselves against threats. According to research recently carried out […]