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What’s cybercriminals’ most effective weapon in a ransomware attack?

September 19, 2019

(In)secure Magazine

Cybercriminals’ most effective weapon in a ransomware attack is the network itself, which enables the malicious encryption of shared files on network servers, especially files stored in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud providers, says Vectra.

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Cyberwar is here: Are you ready?

September 19, 2019

PC Magazine

Financial organizations are a top target of ransomware campaigns; of those networks hit by ransomware file encryption in North America between January and June 2019, 38 percent were in the finance and insurance sector, followed by education at 37 percent, according to security firm Vectra.

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Capital One: What’s in your cloud?

September 19, 2019

Security Magazine

"It would be easy to say Capital One should have not made this kind of mistake, but when organizations transition to the cloud, these type of mistakes and misconfigurations are unfortunately common," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Cloud (in)security: Protecting your business across multiple platforms

September 18, 2019

Forbes

"The problem with most of today’s cloud ecosystems is that their security enablement is more similar to what was available circa 2005 than what is available in 2019," says Oliver Tavakoli, CTO at Vectra.

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Moving targets: Brad Howarth speakers to the IT professionals monitoring a mobile threat landscape

September 17, 2019

CRN Magazine

The most common concern regarding IoT devices is their potential to provide malicious actors with a poorly defended backdoor into more critical systems.

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Ecuador citizens’ data breach holds lessons for enterprises

September 17, 2019

Computer Weekly

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, said the breach raised questions over how and to what purpose Novaestrat had collected it.

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Industry reactions to massive Ecuador data leak

September 17, 2019

Security Week

“While cloud computing’s instant provisioning and scale are valuable benefits, cloud administrators must know what they’re doing and ensure appropriate access controls are in place to protect their data," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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24M medical records found exposed online across 590 archive systems

September 17, 2019

Silicon Angle

“The number of compromises based on data being publicly available from unsecured or poorly configured cloud systems isn’t even hacking anymore,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Marketing analytics company leaks deep profiles of entire Ecuador population

September 16, 2019

Threatpost

“Why is that level of personal data from a government given to a marketing analytics company?” Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, told Threatpost.

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Exposed server leaks PII on all 16.6 million Ecuador citizens

September 16, 2019

SC Magazine

“The bigger question I have is why is that level of personal data from a government given to a marketing analytics company? What purpose does it serve? The number one rule of data protection is to not have the data,” said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Expert comments: Personal records of most of Ecuador’s population leaked

September 16, 2019

Information Security Buzz

"Elasticsearch databases in AWS are known to be publicly accessible, and as this is a common setup so it’s important that organisations work with their partners to ensure their data is secure," Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Vectra reveals most significant ransomware threat

September 14, 2019

Cyber Sentinels

Vectra disclosed that cybercriminals’ most effective weapon in a ransomware attack is the network itself, which enables the malicious encryption of shared files on network servers, especially files stored in infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) cloud providers.

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The race is on

September 12, 2019

New Electronics

According to Matt Walmsley, head of EMEA marketing at Vectra, “The exponential growth we are seeing in terms of the IoT - whether in the consumer or industrial space - simply means that the available attack surface is growing."

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California passes bill to ban police use of facial recognition

September 12, 2019

Threatpost

“This is a privacy bill that limits the use of biometric authentication by law enforcement during routine course of duty and I support it,” Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, told Threatpost.

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Vectra unveils privilege-aware network detection and response solution

September 12, 2019

Tahawul Tech

“The real-time assessment of trust is performed by continuously observing the behaviour of user accounts, services and hosts on the network,” said Dr. Jacob Sendowski, director of product management at Vectra.

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Vectra unveils privilege-aware network detection and response solution

September 11, 2019

Channel Middle East

“The real-time assessment of trust is performed by continuously observing the behaviour of user accounts, services and hosts on the network,” said Dr. Jacob Sendowski, director of product management at Vectra.

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Cyber daily: Kaspersky products officially banned; Waiting for Huawei licenses; EU staffs up for battle

September 11, 2019

Wall Street Journal Cybersecurity Pro

Removing software is a relatively trivial matter, said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at security firm Vectra, but it can be an onerous process to select a new vendor.

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Vectra extends its platform to detect privilege breaches

September 11, 2019

Le Mag IT

For Vectra, this is about enabling security teams to react more quickly to "the malicious use of privileges in cloud and hybrid environments."

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Kaspersky permanently banned from providing services to the US government

September 11, 2019

Silicon Angle

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at threat detection firm Vectra, told SiliconANGLE that the ban will not be difficult to implement because removing software agents for a large distribution of systems is fairly trivial.

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Vectra offers a solution for real-time detection of usurpation of privileged accounts

September 10, 2019

Informatiquenews

Vectra has finalized the integration of the Privileged Access Analytics (PAA) solution with the Cognito platform to monitor interactions between user accounts, departments and hosts. The objective is to provide constant visibility of privileges and to continuously evaluate them in order to apply the "Zero Trust" principle.

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Security in the data center

September 10, 2019

Intelligent CISO

“Attackers are increasingly recognizing that the keys toileting the kingdom can be found deeper in the physical devices used to build the data center infrastructure,” says Ammar Enaya, regional director of METNA at Vectra.

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12 Everyday things that pose huge security risks

September 10, 2019

Reader’s Digest

“Consumers are often entirely unaware of how much their smart devices know about them, or the inherent privacy and security risks,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Better implementation of zero trust in the network

September 10, 2019

Computerwelt

The new "Privileged Access Analytics" feature in Vectra's Cognito platform provides visibility into privileged areas and detects dangerous occurrences to address the most critical data threat.

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Strengthening the enforcement of zero trust

September 10, 2019

Digitalisation World

Vectra says that Privileged Access Analytics (PAA) are available with the Cognito platform to monitor the interactions between user accounts, services and hosts, and provide continuous visibility and assessment of privileges required to enforce zero trust.

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The state of cybersecurity in the healthcare industry and how it is improving

September 9, 2019

SC Media

Vectra’s Attacker Behaviour Industry Report 2019, reveals that some of the most common attack behaviours against healthcare institutions from external threat actors are Command and Control (C&C) and reconnaissance.

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Vectra unveils privilege-aware network detection and response solution

September 9, 2019

CXO Insight Middle East

Network threat detection and response player Vectra has announced that Privileged Access Analytics (PAA) are available with the Cognito platform to monitor the interactions between user accounts, services and hosts, and provide continuous visibility and assessment of privileges required to enforce zero trust.

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Vectra introduces industry’s first privilege-aware NDR solution

September 9, 2019

Enterprise Channels MEA

“The real-time assessment of trust is performed by continuously observing the behavior of user accounts, services and hosts on the network,” said Dr. Jacob Sendowski, director of product management at Vectra.

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Vectra introduces a privilege-aware network detection and response solution

September 9, 2019

Global Security Magazine

With PAA, the Cognito platform continuously monitors the behaviors of user accounts, services and hosts once they gain access to and operate on the network.

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Vectra introduces privilege-aware network detection and response solution

September 9, 2019

Intelligent CIO Middle East

“Privileged Access Analytics gives me continuous visibility into the accounts, services and hosts that are most valuable to me,” said Milos Pesic, cybersecurity specialist at ED&F Man Holdings Ltd., an employee-owned agricultural commodities merchant with 7,000 people in 60 countries.

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Vectra introduces the industry’s first privilege-aware network detection

September 9, 2019

ITP.net

Cognito delivers both a continuous real-time assessment of their privilege levels by scoring their behaviors for threat and certainty, and a risk-level prioritization for them.

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What’s in your cloud?

September 9, 2019

SC Magazine

The lack of visibility into the expanded cloud attack surface is a fast-growing problem that is only getting worse.

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Vectra releases privileged access analytics for stronger zero-trust NDR

September 9, 2019

Solutions Review

Vectra’s PAA capabilities will observe interactions between users, services, and hosts after they’ve gained access to a network.

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How would you improve Australia's cybersecurity?

September 9, 2019

InformationAge

Kevin Vanhaelen, Asia-Pacific regional director at cyber security firm Vectra, said Australia should be working hard to shore up its cyber defenses.

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Australian tech, telco players hail Gov’t 2020 Cyber Security Strategy

September 8, 2019

Telecom Times

Kevin Vanhaelen, Asia-Pacific regional director at cybersecurity specialist Vectra, for his part, tipped the release of the consultation paper as an important step in protecting Australia from foreign threats.

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"Splintering" makes hacking passwords 14 million percent harder

September 6, 2019

SecurityWeek

Whether it will be accepted by the market is a different matter. "Personally, I find blockchain is a solution looking for a problem," comments Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Is personality the missing piece of security awareness training?

September 4, 2019

Security Intelligence

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, told SecurityWeek that he doesn’t think you can connect clicking on a phishing link with a certain personality type, because “when something like phishing is incredibly successful, it means every type of personality is most likely at risk.”

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Has your iPhone been hacked? Major attack may have exposed your data: Here’s how to stay safe

August 30, 2019

The Telegraph

"These exploits have the ability to impact a significant share of mobile devices around the world," said Matt Walmsley, head of EMEA marketing at Vectra.

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Imperva breach hits cloud customers

August 28, 2019

Infosecurity Magazine

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, described the loss of SSL certs and API access as concerning, because “secure web gateways, firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and data loss prevention (DLP) products all perform some form of SSL intercept and decryption to perform deep packet inspection (DPI).

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Imperva ‘security incident’ exposes customer data

August 28, 2019

SiliconAngle

“Losing SSL certificates and API access to an enterprise network is concerning,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Can VMware become a leading cybersecurity vendor?

August 27, 2019

CSO Online

ESG research indicates that 43% of organizations consider NTA the "first line of defense" for threat detection and response.

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Imperva notifies Cloud WAF customers of security incident

August 27, 2019

SecurityWeek

“Losing SSL certificates and API access to an enterprise network is concerning. Secure web gateways, firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention systems, and data loss prevention (DLP) products all perform some form of SSL intercept and decryption to perform DPI,” Chris Morales, Head of Security Analytics at Vectra.

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Breach exposes data associated with customers of Imperva’s Cloud WAF product

August 27, 2019

SC Magazine

“As a security vendor, I know our own industry must practice the same vigilance we preach. Even then, we must assume a breach can occur and be prepared to respond before information is stolen that can impact our clients,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Ransomware trains its sights on cloud providers

August 26, 2019

Dark Reading

Ransomware writers are now targeting cloud service providers with network file encryption attacks as a way to hold hostage the maximum number of customers that they can, notes Chris Morales, head of security analytics for Vectra.

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IRS impersonation attacks spread malware nationwide

August 26, 2019

Threatpost

“The IRS would never call or email directly asking for personal information online. It is best to always ignore suspicious calls and emails and reach out to organizations, like the IRS, directly if there are any questions,” Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, told Threatpost.

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Study: Hackers look to maximize damage with new ransomware strategy

August 23, 2019

BitSight Blog

A study from researchers at security firm Vectra reveals that, in the search for bigger payoffs from victims, cybercriminals are setting their sights on shared files stored on-premises, in data centers, and in the cloud.

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When machine learning is hacked: 4 lessons from Cylance

August 22, 2019

Tech Beacon

Sohrob Kazerounian, a senior data scientist at Vectra, a provider of automated threat management solutions, said that AI systems create a necessity for new attack vectors.

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Fortnite players targeted with ransomware in fake ‘aimbot’

August 22, 2019

Silicon Angle

“Combining game malware with ransomware was inevitable,” Chris Morales, head of security analytics at cybersecurity firm Vectra, told SiliconANGLE.

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Texas ransomware attacks show big gaps in cyber defenses — expect more like them

August 22, 2019

CNBC

Small towns can’t afford significant information technology departments, so they frequently outsource those services to managed service providers, who in turn use the same software and same applications for all of the governments they serve, explains Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Successful transformation enabled by cybersecurity

August 21, 2019

Business Transformation

Technology, particularly around mobility and communications, has moved IT beyond a simple utility service, to become a source of strategic value creation, sustainable competitive advantage, and a contributor to the management of risk.

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Opinion: Tips to defend networks against ransomware

August 21, 2019

Network Middle East

Because the goal in a ransomware attack is to propagate as wide and as quickly as possible, it is desirable for file encryption to occur beyond the local files.

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