The enterprise manager’s checklist: Getting to grips with DDoS attacks and the botnet army

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks jumped into the mainstream consciousness last year after several high-profile cases - one of the largest and most widely reported being the Dyn takedown in October 2016. While not necessarily a new threat - they have in fact been around since the late ‘90s - the Dyn takedown is an interesting example as it used poorly secured IoT devices to coordinate the attack.  

When you consider that by 2020 it is predicted...

By Ingo Schneider, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Malware, Security.

DDoS attacks grew at CAGR of 68% over past five years, says Arbor Networks

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Here’s news we already suspected: DDoS attacks are getting larger and becoming more frequent and complex with it, according to a report released by Arbor Networks. 

The company, the security division of application and performance management firm NetScout, has released its 12th annual worldwide infrastructure security report, and of the 356 respondents, from a mix of service providers, hosting, mobile, enterprise, and network operators, the threat landscape has been...

By Enterprise AppsTech, 30 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Data Loss, Malware, Security.

Skycure gets AT&T on board for mobile security partnership

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Mobile threat solutions provider Skycure has announced that AT&T will resell the Skycure Mobile Threat Defense Platform, helping secure personal and business data on the millions of devices of AT&T business customers.

The company cited research from Information Security, an IT security community on LinkedIn, back in April which argued that one in five organisations analysed had suffered a mobile security breach primarily driven by malware and malicious Wi-Fi, while...

By James Bourne, 19 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

Lookout and Microsoft enterprise mobility partnership now generally available

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Mobile security provider Lookout has announced the general availability of its Microsoft-flavoured Lookout Mobile Endpoint Security product, which integrates with the Redmond firm’s Enterprise Mobility + Security (EMS) suite.

The two companies’ partnership was first announced in June, with the message from both sides being clear: companies need to...

By James Bourne, 10 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

Malware and ‘connection hijacking’ remain biggest BYOD risks, report warns

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A new report from data centre provider CyrusOne outlines malware, device theft and phishing as among the key risks for organisations looking to implement a bring your own device (BYOD) policy.

The findings, located in the report entitled ‘The Top Four BYOD Security Risks and How Enterprise Firms Combat Them’, are not especially surprising, yet still bear consideration. Malware was considered the number one risk, with CyrusOne citing a Blue Coat report from 2015.

The report...

By James Bourne, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Employee Education, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

Appthority examines Android mobile threat landscape – but it’s not all bad news

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A new report from mobile security provider Appthority concludes the mobile threat landscape continues to evolve and singles out three recent vulnerabilities in the Play Store which could be a serious issue for enterprises.

The report, the firm’s latest quarterly Enterprise Mobile Threat Update, examines Godless, LevelDropper, and Overlay. Godless, discovered by Trend Micro researchers, potentially affects almost 90% of Android devices, and is able to silently install apps on...

By James Bourne, 12 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

Microsoft and Lookout seal partnership deal to “secure enterprise mobility together”

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Redmond giant Microsoft and mobile security firm Lookout have announced a new partnership which integrates Lookout’s Mobile Threat Protection product with Microsoft’s Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS).

Lookout’s Mobile Threat Protection was released almost a year ago to the day, after the company gained a big reputation in uncovering various...

By James Bourne, 08 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

Mobile threats: Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right

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A good friend of mine is fond of saying: “The first thing to do in any crisis is panic, but once you’ve got that out of the way you need to figure out what you’re going to do next.” That phrase has always resonated with me because, while alarmism might be our natural instinct, it’s usually not very helpful.

Mobile malware is perplexing because we can’t seem to collectively decide whether it warrants actual panic or is just a minor irritant. The

By MobileIron, 04 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

Microsoft puts up shutters to stop rogue enterprise apps

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Microsoft has announced the availability of a new opt-in which claims to stop potentially unwanted applications (PUAs), such as adware from seemingly harmless software bundles, in their tracks.

Enterprise Windows users running System Center Endpoint Protection or Forefront Endpoint Protection will have PUAs blocked at download and install time, according to a company blog post.

The Redmond giant also outlined a series of best practice tips for rolling out PUA protection. Companies need...

By James Bourne, 03 December 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Malware, Microsoft, Security.

Collaboration features highly in blacklisted apps, claims MobileIron

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Dropbox, Angry Birds, and Facebook are the top three consumer apps blacklisted by organisations, according to research from enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider MobileIron.

Not surprisingly, enterprise file sync and share features highly in the top 10 banned apps; with OneDrive (#4), Google Drive (#5), Box (#6), and SugarSync (#10) all registering. The other blacklisted apps listed were WhatsApp, Twitter, and Skype.

It’s worth noting that with many of these banned apps,...

By James Bourne, 04 November 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.