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Jusqu’où l’intelligence artificielle peut-elle réduire le déficit d’experts en cybersécurité?

April 17, 2019

Solutions Numeriques

Grégory Cardiet, directeur Security Engineering chez Vectra pour la zone EMEA, défend son point de vue : l’IA peut combler une insuffisance technique en augmentant les capacités humaines au-delà des quantités ou des vitesses atteignables par des approches manuelles traditionnelles.

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AI at the US Department of Homeland Security – Current Projects

April 16, 2019

Emerj

The use of the Cognito platform will allow state and local government bodies as well as 66 federal agencies to monitor for cybersecurity risks to its networks and IT systems continuously.

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How Organizations Use Threat Intelligence To Boost Security

April 15, 2019

BrightTalk

What is cyber threat intelligence, and how can organizations leverage it to identify threats and potential malicious activity in advance? Discover the best ways organizations can arm themselves with actionable threat intelligence to block cyber attacks or mitigate their impact.

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Mailgun Web Issues from WordPress Plugin Hack

April 12, 2019

Infosecurity Magazine

“The best advice I can give at this time is that users need to pay careful attention to the sites they do visit at any given time and be careful what information they are providing,” said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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UK Government Proposes Digital Harms Legislation to Regulate Online Content

April 12, 2019

Security Week

Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra, notes that artificial intelligence is both the cause and cure for some of the problems. "We've already seen with the Cambridge Analytica scandal that the speed and scale at which data is now processed and acted upon can have significant societal impact.

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Why AI will change the CISO role?

April 11, 2019

Silicon.fr

Companies can no longer afford to wait for the next cyber attack. Since the entry into force of the GDPR, business leaders have become increasingly aware that implementing cybersecurity policies would first serve to protect their business from heavy fines and maintain their reputation.

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How to start an AI service business

April 11, 2019

Tech Target

"In those early years, we only had data from published reports or public sources," says Mike Banic, vice president of marketing at Vectra.

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Amazon employees listen in to thousands of customer Alexa recordings

April 11, 2019

The Telegraph

Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra, said that the report is "a reminder that whilst AI is increasingly powering our digital services, there are often still humans involved in the background, either curating data or acting as an integral part to its processing."

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Study: 67 Percent of Hotel Websites Grant Third Parties Access to Personal Booking Data, Reservations

April 11, 2019

SC Magazine

“Most of the information shared is useful for initial reconnaissance of a person, assuming you know that person is making reservations and wanted to know where they are going,” said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Hackers Exploit Vulnerability in WordPress Related-Posts Plugin

April 11, 2019

Silicon Angle

“By focusing on vulnerabilities in the underlying platform, it is easy to succeed in opportunistic attacks targeting any user of the WordPress software,” said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Opinion: making cybersecurity collaboration work on a global scale

April 10, 2019

Army Technology

“Any pact on cybersecurity simply cannot work without the participation and commitment from the countries with the most highly developed cyber warfare operations like the US, Russia, and China,” says Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra.

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Opinion: making cybersecurity collaboration work on a global scale

April 10, 2019

Air Force Technology

“The fact that the countries where most cyberattacks originate from globally haven’t signed up shows that nowadays advanced economies have cyber as part of their arsenal,” says Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra.

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New European AI ethics guidelines announced

April 9, 2019

UKTN

Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra, said: “It’s pleasing to see the EU commission moving from planning and debate towards pilot activity around securing trustworthy AI for us all.”

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Congressional Report Rips Equifax for Weak Security

April 8, 2019

Gov Info Security

"Even with a good patch management strategy in place, trying to get 100 percent complete coverage is futile," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra. "Then there are the vulnerabilities that we don't know about. At some point, attacks succeed. We can slow attacks down, but we can't stop them completely. Something always finds a way through."

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How College Students are Using Campus to Mine Cryptocurrency?–Researcher States

April 8, 2019

CryptoNewsZ

Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra, says, “The data was provided by from education establishments around the world on the understanding that any identifying information would remain anonymous.”

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‘Free’ Money: How Students Mine Cryptocurrency in Their Dorm Rooms

April 7, 2019

Cointelegraph

Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra, says, “The data was provided by from education establishments around the world on the understanding that any identifying information would remain anonymous.”

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‘Free’ Money: How Students Mine Cryptocurrency in Their Dorm Rooms

April 7, 2019

The Crypto Report

As per Vectra, universities are not able to monitor their networks as closely as large corporations with high-budget IT departments, “at best [advising] students on how to protect themselves and the university by installing operating system patches and creating awareness of phishing emails, suspicious websites and web ads.”

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‘Free’ Money: How Students Mine Cryptocurrency in Their Dorm Rooms

April 6, 2019

Yahoo! Finance

Students who take advantage of this “free power,” in turn, are “simply being opportunistic as the value of cryptocurrencies surged over the past year,” Vectra’s blog post stated.

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14 Top Providers of AI and ML-Driven Data Security Systems

April 4, 2019

Information Management

“The company’s flagship product, Cognito, uses zero signatures/patterns to perform detection, instead leveraging a combination of both supervised and unsupervised models looking specifically for reconnaissance, lateral movement, and data exfiltration activities in the phases of the MITRE ATT&CK model,” the report says.

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Chinese National Carries Malware Into Mar-a-Lago

April 3, 2019

Dark Reading

"With the advent of BYOD, everyone learned that dangerous threats can be 'walked in' past cybersecurity controls whether the threats are on a laptop or a USB thumb drive," says Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra.

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City of Albany Latest Local Government Hit With Ransomware

April 2, 2019

Gov Info Security

"It turns out most victims do not pay, and crypto mining has become a more lucrative form of financial gain for attackers," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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City of Albany Latest Local Government Hit With Ransomware

April 2, 2019

Bank Info Security


“The good news is that no data is being stolen in these attacks. The bad news is the cost to the city is going to be substantial,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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City of Albany Latest Local Government Hit With Ransomware

April 2, 2019

Data Breach Today

Many local governments are relatively easy targets for ransomware attackers because they lack the budget and staff to respond to an attack.

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City of Albany Latest Local Government Hit With Ransomware

April 2, 2019

Info Risk Today

Albany, New York, is the latest unit of local government hit with ransomware in recent weeks, following similar attacks reported in Georgia and North Carolina that crippled government IT systems and disrupted service for local residents.

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City of Albany Latest Local Government Hit With Ransomware

April 2, 2019

Healthcare Info Security

"It turns out most victims do not pay, and crypto mining has become a more lucrative form of financial gain for attackers," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra. "That leaves disruption of services, which I believe to be what is most likely happening here.”

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City of Albany Latest Local Government Hit With Ransomware

April 2, 2019

Credit Union Info Security


“The good news is that no data is being stolen in these attacks. The bad news is the cost to the city is going to be substantial,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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City of Albany Latest Local Government Hit With Ransomware

April 2, 2019

Careers Info Security

Albany, New York, is the latest unit of local government hit with ransomware in recent weeks, following similar attacks reported in Georgia and North Carolina that crippled government IT systems and disrupted service for local residents.

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March Madness Scams Give Attackers Fast Break

April 1, 2019

Threatpost

“The biggest security concern we foresee within these groups are phishing scams. Interest in March Madness is so broad that cyberattackers don’t even need to perform much social engineering to hook their phish,” says Mike Banic, vice president of marketing at Vectra.

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Unternehmen investieren in IT-Sicherheit

March 28, 2019

IT-Administrator

In den vergangenen Jahren hat sich die Wahrnehmung der Cybersicherheit in der Geschäftswelt nach Meinung von Vectra erfreulicherweise verändert. Immer mehr Unternehmen erkennen heute, dass Sicherheit eine strategische Priorität ist.

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Opinion: Making cybersecurity collaboration work on a global scale

March 27, 2019

Global Defence Technology

“Any pact on cybersecurity simply cannot work without the participation and commitment from the countries with the most highly developed cyber warfare operations like the US, Russia, and China,” says Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra.

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Police Federation hit by ransomware attack

March 27, 2019

Broadband Deals

“The launch of a criminal investigation may help salve anger and frustration but is unlikely to result in accurate attribution, never mind a conviction, even if they’ve called in their friends from the National Computer Crime Unit,” says Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra.

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If The Police Are Vulnerable To Cyber Attacks, How Safe Is Your Firm?

March 26, 2019

Today’s Conveyancer

Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra, said: “Whether they had a regulatory or legal need to inform the ICO isn’t clear – particularly if there has been no data breach.”

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How AI sidekicks can help security heroes save the day

March 26, 2019

Computing Security

At Vectra, we surveyed 100 UK cyber security professionals to find out what aspects of their roles they see as the biggest challenge - and the superpowers they'd like to help overcome these.

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Which bad security habits should you be giving up for Lent?

March 21, 2019

ItProPortal

“Come on folks we all know it’s not good practice but most of us have reused a common password at one time or another, and many of us do it habitually. Pick something that’s not obvious, has numbers and special characters, and if you’re really going for it, isn’t a meaningful word or phrase,” says Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra.

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Vectra AI adopted by Ardagh Group

March 21, 2019

Channel EYE

David Whelan, group IT director at Ardagh Group said: “Trade secrets, intellectual property, human resources and financial payment data make manufacturers like Ardagh Group a lucrative target for cybercriminals.”

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North Carolina County Suffers Repeat Ransomware Infections

March 21, 2019

Gov Info Security

"I was able to easily go to the Orange County website and gain information on lots of interesting details, which is exactly what an attacker would do when scoping a target. Per the 2010 census, the population of Orange County, North Carolina, is 133,801 with a median income of $42,372,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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North Carolina County Suffers Repeat Ransomware Infections

March 21, 2019

Bank Info Security

"A small county would have limited funds left for cybersecurity, and attackers understand and know this type of information," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra. "This is why local governments and small businesses have always made for easy targets."

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North Carolina County Suffers Repeat Ransomware Infections

March 21, 2019

Data Breach Today

“The county budget is driven by property tax, which for 2018 was $139.6 million. These funds are used for public services, schools, and other county needs," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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North Carolina County Suffers Repeat Ransomware Infections

March 21, 2019

Info Risk Today

"A small county would have limited funds left for cybersecurity, and attackers understand and know this type of information," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra. "This is why local governments and small businesses have always made for easy targets."

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North Carolina County Suffers Repeat Ransomware Infections

March 21, 2019

Healthcare Info Security

"I was able to easily go to the Orange County website and gain information on lots of interesting details, which is exactly what an attacker would do when scoping a target. Per the 2010 census, the population of Orange County, North Carolina, is 133,801 with a median income of $42,372,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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North Carolina County Suffers Repeat Ransomware Infections

March 21, 2019

Credit Union Info Security

One of the reasons why more local governments are being targeted by ransomware is because they may lack the resources required to maintain robust cybersecurity policies, practices or procedures, says Chris Morales, the head of security analytics at Vectra.

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UK Police Federation Hit by Ransomware

March 21, 2019

Infosecurity Magazine

The initial announcement suggests that the attack was not targeted, though ransomware generally is not a targeted campaign, according to Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra. Walmsley added that ransomware is more opportunistic in nature, and its actions create a lot of noise, making it comparatively easier to spot than more stealthy targeted or advance attacks.

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March Madness Signals Opening of Phishing Season

March 20, 2019

Security Info Watch

“Typically, an organizer will send out links from a sports-centric website to the interested participants to allow them to join a group. This creates a situation where the participant may be unaware of the authenticity or safety of the website for the link sent by the organizer, making their personal data vulnerable to cross-site scripting attacks, hidden redirects and website forgery,” says Mike Banic, VP of marketing at Vectra.

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Beware March Madness Phishing Scams And Cyber Attacks

March 20, 2019

Forbes

“Participants should be cautious of shortened URLs which can redirect them to a malicious website that may look to steal their personal information,” says Mike Banic, VP of marketing at Vectra.

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Ardagh Group selects Vectra AI to accelerate threat detection and investigation

March 20, 2019

Digitalisation World

Ardagh Group has selected the Cognito network detection and response platform from Vectra to expose attackers hidden inside its network and perform conclusive incident investigations. Ardagh Group makes metal and glass packaging for the world’s biggest brands, producing 35 billion containers a year for food, beverages, spirits and pharmaceuticals.

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Industry experts comment on Norsk Hydro cyberattack

March 20, 2019

Intelligent CIO

“While the situation for Norsk Hydro is severe as the entire worldwide network is down, which means the attack was able to propagate internally very quickly, I do at least commend Norsk Hydro’s incident response process,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Industry experts comment on Norsk Hydro cyberattack

March 20, 2019

Intelligent CISO

“The important thing here is that breaches happen and for manufacturing and energy who are large adopters of industrial Internet of Things, ransomware has become an unfortunate problem that can easily knock a manufacturing or energy plant offline,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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LockerGoga ransomware blamed for Norsk Hydro attack - impacts aluminium prices

March 20, 2019

SC Magazine UK

Norwegian aluminum producer Norsk Hydro has confirmed it was hit by the LockerGoga ransomware variant on Monday evening and had to shut down some of its plants as a result.

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Ardagh uses artificial intelligence to fend off cyber attacks

March 19, 2019

The Canmaker

Ardagh Group has invested in specialist artificial intelligence (AI) software, which it has deployed internationally to protect against attempts to hack into its computer networks.

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VORTEILE DURCH “INTERNET OF THINGS CYBERSECURITY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2019”?

March 18, 2019

IT-Daily

"Das Gesetz, das sich mit den Sicherheitsrisiken befasst, die mit IoT-Risiken verbunden sind, ist ein positiver Schritt der US-Regierung", sagt Gérard Bauer, VP EMEA von Vectra.

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