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Media coverage published in 2019

Government to tackle IoT security

November 19, 2019

Information Age

APAC regional director of cybersecurity firm Vectra, Kevin Vanhaelen, said he thought the voluntary codes of practice do not go far enough.

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Government releases first Australian IoT code of practice

November 19, 2019

Which-50

While the code of practice is welcome, the voluntary approach has certain limitations, particularly for an IoT industry with a supply chain with varying security resources, according to Kevin Vanhaelen, regional director, Asia-Pacific, Vectra.

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As government reins in IoT security, recalcitrant mining industry is exposed

November 19, 2019

CSO

The code offers important “recognition of some of the key IoT risks and associated steps responsible IoT vendors and service providers might take,” said Kevin Vanhaelen, regional director, Asia-Pacific, Vectra in the wake of the draft code’s release.

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Vectra expands operations in the Middle East

November 17, 2019

Intelligent CIO Middle East

“Cloud architectures are plagued by security vulnerabilities,” says Ammar Enaya, Vectra’s regional director in the Middle East.

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Facebook app has been secretly accessing users' cameras while they read news feed

November 14, 2019

Yahoo! News

“This is mostly a harmless bug that allows Facebook to use the camera but it is not a compromise or breach of personal data or privacy. The easiest thing to do is for users to disable the use of the camera in the iPhone app settings,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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System bug gives Facebook access to iPhone cameras

November 13, 2019

SC Magazine

“It’s a bit creepy that Facebook enables the camera on an iPhone, however, there is no evidence of any photos or video being uploaded to the cloud,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Facebook confirms bug grants access to iPhone users' cameras

November 12, 2019

The Guardian

Despite the legitimate security concerns regarding Facebook, it appears this particular bug is nothing to worry about, said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Is the cloud safe? – Reducing business risk as enterprises aggressively move to the public cloud

November 11, 2019

TCV

In this podcast, TCV’s Tim McAdam and Vectra CEO, Hitesh Sheth, talk about what it takes to reduce business risk in the cloud – and keeping enterprises, consumers and their transactions/interactions secure – while capitalizing on the tremendous opportunities the cloud offers.

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Financial-services firms face "constructively tough" crackdown after breaches from "basic cyber hygiene" deficiencies: APRA

November 11, 2019

CSO

That rate of cyber breaches “indicate that there is still room for improvement,” says Kevin Vanhaelen, Asia-Pacific regional director at Vectra, “and I would bet my bottom dollar that there are more that are yet to be discovered.”

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Ecuador citizens’ data breach holds lessons for enterprises

November 11, 2019

Teiss

After a data breach of more than 20 million entries hit the country, it’s fairly likely that if you are one of Ecuador’s 16.6 million citizens, some data relating to you has just been disclosed.

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Channel roundup: Who’s gone where?

November 11, 2019

MicroScope

“As we continue to transform threat detection response for enterprises migrating to the cloud, enabling the building of next-generation security operations centers and communicating the value of transforming cybersecurity with artificial intelligence is more important than ever,” said Vectra CEO Hitesh Sheth.

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CxO of the week: Hitesh Sheth, CEO of Vectra AI

November 11, 2019

Enterprise Management 360

Hitesh Sheth is a man with one of the most inspiring stories in the entrepreneurial world and technology environment. Sheth grew up in Kenya, sharing a one-bedroom apartment with his family, where he slept in the laundry room.

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Banks warned to expect 'tougher' breach enforcement amid poor 'cyber hygiene'

November 8, 2019

Sydney Morning Herald

Kevin Vanhaelen, Asia-Pacific regional director for cyber security company Vectra AI, said that 36 breaches in four months indicated that there was "still room for improvement".

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Banks warned to expect 'tougher' breach enforcement amid poor 'cyber hygiene',

November 8, 2019

The Age

"I would bet my bottom dollar that there are more that are yet to be discovered," says Kevin Vanhaelen, Asia-Pacific regional director for cyber security company Vectra.

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Banks warned to expect 'tougher' breach enforcement amid poor 'cyber hygiene',

November 8, 2019

Brisbane Times

"Reducing threat notification and response processes needs to move from weeks or days to minutes," says Kevin Vanhaelen, Asia-Pacific regional director for cyber security company Vectra.

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Banks warned to expect 'tougher' breach enforcement amid poor 'cyber hygiene',

November 8, 2019

WA Today

Kevin Vanhaelen, Asia-Pacific regional director for cyber security company Vectra AI, said that 36 breaches in four months indicated that there was "still room for improvement".

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APRA's new cyber standard produces 36 breach notifications in four months

November 8, 2019

Which-50

Kevin Vanhaelen, regional director, Asia-Pacific, of network security vendor Vectra AI said the reported 36 breaches is almost certainly an underrepresentation of the actual attacks and more breaches which have already occurred will come to light in the future.

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Microsoft confirms BlueKeep campaign, reiterates call to patch

November 8, 2019

SC Media

"RDP is a valuable mechanism for threat actors to progress their attacks and certainly has a broader utility than simple cryptojacking attempts. RDP remains a widely exposed and vulnerable attack surface and will likely continue in the near future due to the protocol’s prevalent use," Vectra EMEA director Matt Walmsley told SC Media UK.

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Understanding the ripple effect: Large enterprise data breaches threaten everyone

November 8, 2019

Threatpost

“The prevalence of destructive attacks like ransomware directly impact system availability,” Tim Wade, technical director with the CTO Team at Vectra, told Threatpost.

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Ask the experts: How can I help my team manage security alerts?

November 7, 2019

Dark Reading

Security analysts must continuously hunt for attackers already inside the network. They need to be able to respond to the threats that can cause real damage immediately, and correctly since not all attacks are the same.

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Facebook privacy breach: 100 developers improperly accessed data

November 6, 2019

Threatpost

“It’s a positive sign to see Facebook tightening up their Groups feature API and communicating in a transparent way,” says Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra.

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Defense-in-depth: Key for healthcare data

November 6, 2019

Security Boulevard

Research from Vectra has shown that legacy systems, insufficient access controls and the proliferation of medical IoT devices have created security vulnerabilities that leave hospitals wide open to cyberattacks.

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Researchers use lasers to hack smart speakers

November 6, 2019

Tech News World

"I find the idea of using lasers to issue voice commands as interesting but not compelling," observed Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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5 keys to protect your supply chain from cyberattacks

November 5, 2019

CSO Magazine

The SANS Institute recently identified the key components to keep your supply chain secure. Here's why industry experts believe they are important.

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How are cyberattackers targeting the healthcare sector?

November 4, 2019

Electronic Specifier

Healthcare data has long been one of the favourite targets for cyber attackers. A set of medical records can provide a wealth of data for criminals to conduct fraud or launch more effective targeted attacks.

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Vedantu data breach exposes 687,000 customer details

November 4, 2019

Verdict

“Here we have yet another poorly secured database on the internet that’s been copied. Startups, by their very nature, are extremely agile, but this can’t be at the expense of good data management and security practices,” said Matt Walmsley, director EMEA at Vectra.

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Wizard spider upgrades Ryuk ransomware to reach deep into LANs

November 4, 2019

Threatpost

“Ransomware is a fast-and-easy attack with a bigger payout than stealing and selling credit cards or personally identifiable information (PII), both of which have perishable values as time passes after their theft,” said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Supply chain security requires knowing who to avoid

November 3, 2019

Decipher Magazine

Problems in the supply chain aren’t always malicious or intentional—quite often the risks have more to do with operational process, such as storing in an exposed database in the cloud, said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Why humans remain central to good cybersecurity

October 31, 2019

Forbes Middle East

The use of AI in cybersecurity not only expands the scope of what a single security expert is able to monitor but importantly, it also enables attacks to be discovered that would have otherwise been undetectable by a human.

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Can you trust security vendor surveys?

October 30, 2019

Security Week

“When you read the results,” suggests Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, “always read the questions first to identify potential bias or if they are leading the respondent.

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Facebook says Israeli firm was involved in recent WhatsApp intrusion

October 30, 2019

Dark Reading

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, says Facebook's evidence is likely based on origination of traffic and accounts. "The argument will be, who was accountable on the other end of those accounts and who sanctioned the operation of spying?"

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Protecting your organization from network file encryption attacks

October 29, 2019

AMEinfo

"When we think of ransomware, WannaCry is probably the first example that jumps to mind, for obvious reasons—to date, it is one of the most devastating ransomware attacks," says Ammar Enaya, regional director – METNA at Vectra.

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Fighting bad AI with good AI

October 29, 2019

Wall Street Journal Pro AI

"When AI is used extensively on the offensive, you need to have a symmetric response on defense," says Hitesh Sheth, president and chief executive at Vectra.

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City of Johannesburg threatened with ransomware data release

October 28, 2019

Silicon UK

“Extortion is a well-established approach for cyber criminals and is used through tactics that include threatening denial of service, doxing, and ransomware,” explained Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra.

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Ransomware hackers demand payment for not releasing Johannesburg data

October 28, 2019

Silicon Angle

“Cybercriminals are increasingly making rational economic decisions around targeting organizations and demand ransom levels that they believe will have a higher likelihood of payment,” Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra.

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D-Day for banks and the City of Johannesburg to pay ransom demands

October 28, 2019

Intelligent CIO Africa

Matt Walmsley, Head of EMEA Marketing at Vectra, says extortion is a well-established approach for cyber criminals and is used through tactics that include threatening denial of service, doxing, and ransomware.

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D-Day for banks and the City of Johannesburg to pay ransom demands

October 28, 2019

Intelligent CISO

“Cyber criminals are increasingly making rational economic decisions around targeting organisations and demand ransom levels that they believe will have a higher likelihood of payment," says Matt Walmsley, Head of EMEA Marketing at Vectra.

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Is AWS liable in Capital One breach?

October 26, 2019

Threatpost

“Amazon did not a rent a server to Capital One in the sense that this was a compromised managed server,” Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Johannesburg city council network down following a cyberattack

October 26, 2019

Tech Nadu

“Extortion is a well-established approach for cyber-criminals and is used through tactics that include threatening denial of service, doxing, and ransomware," says Matt Walmsley, EMEA Director at Vectra.

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Johannesburg struggles to recover from ransomware attack

October 25, 2019

Gov Info Security

Matt Walmsley, director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Vectra, says that the relatively small amount of ransom that the Johannesburg attackers are seeking seems to be a way to ensure that something is paid to them.

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Johannesburg struggles to recover from ransomware attack

October 25, 2019

Data Breach Today

"Cybercriminals are increasingly making rational economic decisions around targeting organizations and demanding ransom levels that they believe will have a higher likelihood of payment," says Matt Walmsley, director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Vectra.

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Johannesburg struggles to recover from ransomware attack

October 25, 2019

Data Breach Today UK

Matt Walmsley, director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Vectra, says that the relatively small amount of ransom that the Johannesburg attackers are seeking seems to be a way to ensure that something is paid to them.

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Johannesburg struggles to recover from ransomware attack

October 25, 2019

Data Breach Today Europe

"Cybersecurity teams supporting the city will undoubtedly be working flat out to confirm the extent of any attack to aid officials in deciding if they should pay," says Matt Walmsley, director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Vectra.

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Johannesburg struggles to recover from ransomware attack

October 25, 2019

Data Breach Today Asia

Matt Walmsley, director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Vectra, says that the relatively small amount of ransom that the Johannesburg attackers are seeking seems to be a way to ensure that something is paid to them.

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Johannesburg struggles to recover from ransomware attack

October 25, 2019

Data Breach Today India

Matt Walmsley, director for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Vectra, says that the relatively small amount of ransom that the Johannesburg attackers are seeking seems to be a way to ensure that something is paid to them.

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Morrisons targeted by bogus ‘Willian Wilke’ email

October 24, 2019

Verdict

“Attribution and understanding motivation of attacks or incidents is never precise so I’m not surprised there is confusion and speculation around this story,” said Matt Walmsley, head of EMEA marketing at cybersecurity firm Vectra.

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Exposing targeted attacks by observing privilege interactions between entities

October 22, 2019

Techspective

In May 2019, most of Baltimore’s government computer systems were infected with a new and aggressive ransomware variant named RobbinHood.

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Surviving alert fatigue: 7 tools and techniques

October 21, 2019

Dark Reading

It isn't the technology's fault, notes Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Russian Turla group masqueraded as Iranian hackers in attacks

October 21, 2019

SC Magazine

But while attribution “is great for pointing fingers and laying blame” and titillating the media, “during an active attack, it doesn’t matter who is attacking you or why,” said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Trend Micro buys cloud security firm to broaden offering

October 21, 2019

Computer Weekly

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra said,“we know that poorly configured servers in AWS is something many administrators struggle with understanding, including how to properly limit access to the data they store there. This is not even about company size or maturity."

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