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Windows 7: Five industry experts chime in

January 15, 2020

VM Blog

"It is true that Windows 7 will be more vulnerable to attack. That is the expectation. But I don't think the actual impact will be catastrophic," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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NSA discovered critical vulnerability affecting Windows 10

January 15, 2020

Security Magazine

“Kudos to the NSA for informing Microsoft and to Microsoft for quickly reacting," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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NSA reports flaw in Windows cryptography core

January 15, 2020

Tech Target

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, praised the NSA for recommending "leveraging network detection to identify malicious certificates."

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Microsoft patches serious PKI vulnerability

January 15, 2020

Technology Decisions

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at threat detection and response platform developer Vectra AI, said the NSA deserves kudos for reporting the vulnerability to Microsoft.

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NSA issues note about Windows bug, company rates it second in severity

January 15, 2020

iTWire

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra AI, said: "Kudos to the NSA for informing Microsoft and to Microsoft for quickly reacting."

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Windows 7 hits its end of life with Microsoft dropping free support

January 14, 2020

Silicon Angle

“For most people, an upgrade should be as simple as a license key,” Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Hundreds of millions of PCs remain vulnerable as Windows 7 reaches end of life

January 14, 2020

Security Week

“For home users that want to cling on for whatever reasons, many of the potential problems could be mitigated using other tools and methods, like VPN, encryption, security software, and a good secure home router,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Windows 7 end of life risks cyberattacks for users

January 14, 2020

Verdict

“It is true that Windows 7 will be more vulnerable to attack. That is the expectation. But I don’t think the actual impact will be catastrophic," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Clock runs out for Windows 7 holdouts: Upgrade or replace?

January 14, 2020

Tech News World

Windows 7 will keep working come Jan. 15. Nothing will change overnight, said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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As Microsoft shuts down Windows 7, security risks loom

January 14, 2020

Security Info Watch

“For home users that want to cling on for whatever reasons, many of the potential problems could be mitigated using other tools and methods, like VPN, encryption, security software, and a good secure home router," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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NSA says it has alerted Microsoft to a security vulnerability

January 14, 2020

Financial Times

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, says that while the move may have been prompted by genuine concern that others could exploit the vulnerability, “it just could be the NSA already has enough other methods for compromising a Windows system and doesn’t need it”.

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NSA discloses serious Windows vulnerability to Microsoft

January 14, 2020

Security Week

“I’d be interested to understand what makes this exploit worth reporting to Microsoft instead of keeping for their personal arsenal as they have in the past," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Security risks on both sides as DOJ asks Apple to unlock Pensacola shooter's iPhones

January 14, 2020

Sinclair Broadcast Group

"If they start to expose to the world that all they have to do is change the firmware, that weakens the entire encryption and security of the device," says Chris Morales,  head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Update: Don’t panic - prioritise. Critical flaw affects all versions of Windows

January 14, 2020

SC Media

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra who adds: "Kudos to the NSA for informing Microsoft and to Microsoft for quickly reacting."

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Microsoft patches critical Windows vulnerability uncovered by the NSA

January 14, 2020

Silicon Angle

“I’d be interested to understand what makes this exploit worth reporting to Microsoft instead of keeping for their personal arsenal as they have in the past,” Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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ACSC urges businesses to patch cert validation vulnerability

January 14, 2020

Computerworld

Chris Morales, head of security analytics, at Vectra AI paid tribute to the NSA for alerting Microsoft to CVE-2020-0601 and for the vendor for quickly rolling out a fix.

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Company profile - Vectra

January 13, 2020

Network Middle East

As nations and organizations in our region increasingly become digital enterprises, the protection of data, services, and infrastructure has become a high priority.

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Drone deliveries begin a slow takeoff

January 13, 2020

Transport Topics

“Like any smart device, the drone manufacturer needs to provide a method for the owner to update the software for security patches as well as ensure they have strong device password authentication,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Expert advises on Microsoft to end update and patch distribution for Windows 7

January 13, 2020

Information Security Buzz

"A user should never use an unsupported operating system for public facing internet use," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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How to mitigate the risks of remote desktop protocol

January 10, 2020

Cyber Defense Magazine

Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is an invaluable tool for any business wanting to save money and create efficiencies through centrally controlling all its computer assets no matter how far away or isolated.

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Travelex still offline after a Sodinokibi ransomware attack

January 8, 2020

Tech Nadu

“Any vulnerability in the remote access of a network is a big deal," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Experts weigh in on risk of Iranian cyberattacks against U.S.

January 8, 2020

Tech Target

However, Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, says "everyone could be at risk" of an Iranian cyberattack.

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Iran’s hackers can be a real threat to Trump

January 7, 2020

Wired

According to Chris Morales, head of analytics at security firm Vectra, Iran was motivated to push forward with its cyber capabilities in the wake of Stuxnet, attributed to the US and Israel, which took out a nuclear enrichment facility in Iran.

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Travelex hackers demand payment for stolen data following ransomware attack

January 7, 2020

Silicon Angle

“I don’t know all the variables at play specific to Travelex, but it is a shame that vulnerability management and patching are still difficult to do,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Iran likely to hit back with cyberattacks, security experts warn

January 6, 2020

Computer Weekly

Vectra’s head of security analytics, Chris Morales, pointed that the US and its allies have been engaged in a cyber war with Iran for more than a decade.

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How are cyberattackers targeting the healthcare sector?

January 6, 2020

Intelligent CISO

“The healthcare industry has an unfortunately well-founded reputation as a softer target,” says Matt Walmsley, director EMEA at Vectra.

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Widely known flaw in Pulse Secure VPN being used in ransomware attacks

January 6, 2020

Dark Reading

"Any vulnerability in the remote access of a network is a big deal," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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US on high alert for Iran-backed cyberattacks

January 5, 2020

Financial Times

“Iran is not as sophisticated in its cyber capabilities as it primarily leverages black market malware,” said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Potential cyberwar begins as Iran takes down US government website

January 5, 2020

Silicon Angle

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at cybersecurity firm Vectra, noted that Iran identified cyberwar capabilities as part of its attack strategy a decade ago and has gradually been building up capabilities since the country’s nuclear centrifuges were hit by the Stuxnet virus in 2010.

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U.S. government and experts fear a cyberattack retaliation from Iran

January 4, 2020

Tech Nadu

"I do think Iran would prompt a cyber strike,” says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Iran may retaliate with cyberattacks for Soleimani’s death

January 3, 2020

Quartz

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, said the United States and Iran have long been engaged in some degree of cyber warfare.

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Iran may respond with cyberattacks to killing of Qassem Soleimani

January 3, 2020

Security Week

"Iran has identified cyber capabilities as part of their attack strategy a decade ago and have slowly been building up capabilities since they were hit with Stuxnet," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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ACLU protests artificial intelligence

June 15, 2019

NBC Bay Area

We see the roots and cameras all over the Bay Area. We've almost gotten used to them. But many of them film us and store information about us. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union is asking for regulation, saying they might be profiling us too. Scott Budman reports.

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