While the rate of growth of ransomware may have cooled a bit, such attacks are still growing at a hot pace. According to the annual Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), released late last week, ransomware was involved in 71 percent of all malware related cases tracked.
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We’ve been writing a lot about the software-defined data center and hyperconverged infrastructure and how the benefits of increased agility, greater system utilization, and lower total cost of ownership are well known.
Advanced persistent threats (APTs) have once again made it into the spotlight with the latest cyberattacks associated with APT28, also known as Fancy Bear or Sofacy. The Kremlin-sponsored hacking group behind the Democratic Party breach scandal, the attacks against NATO or those on French TV network TV5 is now shifting attention towards Europe. Earlier this week the campaign of Emmanuel Macron, favorite to become France's next president, was allegedly targeted by the same cyber espionage group.
Few industries impact as many people and businesses around the world as the power and utilities sector. Virtually everyone relies on electricity on a daily basis, and to go without power can be a major hardship. Just ask anyone who has experienced an outage. From a business standpoint, a loss of power even for a few hours can deal a significant blow to operations.
Cryptographic keys and digital certificates used to uniquely identify machines or applications are vital to businesses that want to guarantee the integrity of in-transit data. However, even businesses with mature DevOps practices sometimes fail to follow practices designed to secure the use and storage of cryptographic keys and digital certificates.
A "sizable proportion" of businesses have still not put in place basic protection and policies to protect themselves from attack.
Some six percent of Europeans per day use credit cards online, mostly to buy clothes and shoes, according to Masterindex statistics. Although more and more consumers show interest in online payments, they worry about fraud, which could slow down ecommerce globally.
Last Friday (April 14, 2017), just before Easter, an egg was laid by The Shadow Brokers, a group that hopped into the spotlight in mid-2016. This time, the group dropped an especially colorful release, in the form of Eternalblue.
Some 59% of directors report that their boards find it challenging to oversee cyber risk, and only 19% report that their boards possess a high level of knowledge about cybersecurity, according to a study by the National Association of Corporate Directors.
Some 53 percent of IT execs in the US perceive cloud as more secure than on-premise infrastructure, while the majority in Germany and the UK trust their own data centers most, according to a Bitdefender survey of more than 500 IT decision makers at companies in the US, the UK and Germany with more than 1,000 PCs.
Enterprise security and IT executives who are not concerned about ransomware threats today are probably in the midst of some sort of denial.
Some 90 percent of organizations will shift massively toward hybrid infrastructure capabilities in the next three years, according to advisory company Gartner. The shift reinforces the growth of cloud and industrialized services and the decline of traditional data center outsourcing (DCO).