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Media coverage published in 2019

Should you use a VPN for security? Experts weight in

December 29, 2019

Tech Nadu

“Think carefully about the VPN provider you use. Many of the free VPN providers are in the business of monetizing your personal data to pay for their services," says Chris Morales, the head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Digital Health’s review of 2019 part one: January to June

December 27, 2019

Digital Health Intelligence

A Vectra 2019 Spotlight Report on Healthcare found ransomware attacks are becoming less prevalent as cyber criminals look to new ways of attacking a system.

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Concealed cyber-attackers inside financial services organisations

December 24, 2019

Network Middle East

Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra talks about the dangers of hidden tunnels – one of the key attack vectors for bad actors targeting the financial sector

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Santa and the zero-trust model: A Christmas story

December 23, 2019

Dark Reading

How would the world's most generous elf operate in a world of zero-trust security? A group of cybersecurity experts lets us know.

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Top 25 AI startups who raised the most money in 2019

December 23, 2019

Forbes

Vectra AI - Raised $100M from a Series E round on June 10th.

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2019 Tech advances

December 20, 2019

SC Magazine

A zero-trust architecture fundamentally distrusts all entities in a network and does not allow any access to resources until an entity has been authenticated and authorized to use that specific resource, i.e. trusted.

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Hidden tunnels

December 19, 2019

CXO Insight Middle East

Findings from the Vectra 2018 Security Spotlight Report on the financial service sector identified vulnerabilities posed to financial services organizations by attackers using hidden tunnels to surreptitiously access and steal data.

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The 10 biggest cybersecurity news stories of 2019

December 19, 2019

CRN

Vectra closed a $100 million round led by TCV, bringing the company’s overall haul to $222.5 million since being founded nine years ago.

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5 Security operations and analytics trends to watch in 2020

December 19, 2019

CSO Magazine

According to ESG research, 36% of organizations are actively integrating disparate security analytics and operations tools in pursuit of a more cohesive security technology architecture.

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Cybersecurity: artificial intelligence will not (immediately) replace humans

December 19, 2019

Silicon.fr

The frantic pace at which the adoption of artificial intelligence (AI) has grown in recent years is starting to have transformative effects in many areas.

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Vectra’s EMEA director questions AI: Hype or reality for today’s challenges?

December 17, 2019

Information Age

AI is augmenting security analysts and also making a considerable contribution to bridging the cyber skills and resource gap by allowing less experienced analysts to enter the profession and achieve more, more quickly.

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Artificial intelligence as a weapon for hackers

December 16, 2019

Medium

Vectra’s Cognito platform uses AI to detect cyber attacks in real-time. Combining human intelligence, data science, and machine learning, Cognito automates tasks that are normally done by security analysts and greatly reduces the work that’s required to carry out threat investigations.

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2019's biggest Australian channel job moves

December 16, 2019

CRN Online

Network security vendor Vectra tapped former Telstra channel exec Dee Clinton as its Asia-Pacifc channel chief.

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Why humans remain at the core of good security operations

December 13, 2019

Tahawul Tech

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 the discovery of attacks that would have otherwise been undetectable by a human.

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Mergers and acquisitions: Cybersecurity risks

December 11, 2019

Forbes

In mergers and acquisitions, cyber risk management should not be confined to a paragraph of the contract announcing the devaluation of the company absorbed, if there is an attack.

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Ring camera hacker uses home security systems to spew racial slurs at Florida family

December 10, 2019

Newsweek

Matt Walmsley, a director at cybersecurity and artificial intelligence firm Vectra, told Newsweek password integrity "seems to be a significant factor in this disturbing case."

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New approach needed following DDoS attacks

December 8, 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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How commodities firm ED&F Man solved its threat detection challenges

December 6, 2019

Computer Weekly

After a minor server breach, leading commodities trader turned to Vectra’s Cognito service to expose hidden threats, spot privilege misuse, and conduct conclusive investigations.

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How can firms use Remote Desktop Protocol without leaving the door open for cybercriminals?

December 6, 2019

ITProPortal

Recent research conducted by Vectra sought to quantify the threat, finding that nine out of ten organizations have experienced some form of malicious RDP behavior.

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CISA pushing U.S. agencies to adopt vulnerability disclosure policies

December 2, 2019

Threatpost

“Public vulnerability disclosure should be a basic practice for every company, not just government agencies,” Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Vectra comments on the international crackdown of IM-RATs

December 2, 2019

Global Security Mag

‘Remote Access Trojans (RATs) are an insidious set of attacker tools that invade our systems, data and privacy. With so much legitimate remote access happening across our networks and hosts, there’s plenty of opportunity for RATs to operate undiscovered as they hide in plain sight.

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13 hackers behind Imminent Monitor RAT arrested in worldwide crackdown

December 2, 2019

Teiss

"By analysing large numbers of RATs, a supervised machine learning model can learn how traffic from these tools differs from normal legitimate remote access traffic and so spot “RATish” behaviour without prior knowledge of the attack, or individual RAT’s code," says Matt Walmsley, EMEA Director at Vectra.

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ED&F Man uses AI to protect its network

November 30, 2019

CIO

The Cognito Privileged Access Analytics module has also been deployed to monitor the actions of privileged accounts.

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ED&F Man transforms threat detection and investigation

November 27, 2019

Digitalisation World

ED&F Man selected the Cognito network detection and response platform from Vectra to expose attackers hidden inside its network, spot privilege misuse and perform conclusive incident investigations.

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How Essilor gains visibility on its network

November 27, 2019

Le Mag It

The eyeglass lens specialist decided to rely on Vectra's solution to gain global visibility into its information system, with a view to setting up a global security operational center.

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12 Black Friday scams to watch out for

November 27, 2019

TheStreet.com

If you've never heard of a third-party website, avoid signing up for it, said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Black Friday & cyber Monday security tips

November 27, 2019

KTVU Fox 2 News

KTVU's Alex Savidge spoke to Chris Morales, head of security analytics at San Jose based Vectra about online safety tips this holiday shopping season.

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Role of AI in cybersecurity and 6 possible product options

November 26, 2019

Tech Target

Using some 60 machine learning models to analyze all behaviors an attacker could perform across an attack lifecycle, its Cognito platform claims to flip the traditional approach to user-based threat detection on its head by providing the defender with multiple opportunities to detect an attacker.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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