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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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AI puts threats in the can

October 18, 2019

Controls, Drives & Automation

Whelan and his team conducted a proof-of-concept test of the Cognito threat-detection and hunting platform from Vectra.

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Galaxy S10 fingerprint sensor thwarted with screen protector: Report

October 16, 2019

Threatpost

Chris Morales, head of security analytics with Vectra, told Threatpost that Android includes a biometric API that app developers can use to integrate biometric authentication into their applications in a device- and modality-agnostic fashion.

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'Serious' Linux Sudo bug's damage potential actually may be small

October 16, 2019

Linux Insider

The bark seems worse than the bite with this particular Linux vulnerability. It is not really a very critical vulnerability, suggested Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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'Serious' Linux Sudo bug's damage potential actually may be small

October 16, 2019

E-Commerce Times

The bark seems worse than the bite with this particular Linux vulnerability. It is not really a very critical vulnerability, suggested Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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'Serious' Linux Sudo bug's damage potential actually may be small

October 16, 2019

Tech News World

"The system configuration of allowing a user to run a command as any user except does not seem normal to me," says Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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UK ‘solidifies’ plans for offensive cyber capabilities

October 15, 2019

SC Media

Matt Walmsley, EMEA Director at Vectra commented to SC Media UK: "The need to deny, degrade, or counter digital attacks by nation states, and other nefarious groups means that offensive cyber competencies are part of the arsenal that modern governments all have access to."

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Pitney Bowes and Groupe M6 hit by ransomware

October 15, 2019

Infosecurity Magazine

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, argued that the best form of protection from ransomware is to identify the warning signs of an attack.

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7 SMB security tips that will keep your company safe

October 15, 2019

Dark Reading

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, says SMBs need more than an IT outsourcer who does security as part of a mix of services.

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Around 90% of organizations exhibit a form of malicious RDP behaviour

October 14, 2019

Arabian Reseller

According to the Vectra 2019 Spotlight Report on RDP, from January-June 2019, the company’s Cognito platform detected 26,800 suspicious RDP behaviors in more than 350 deployments.

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Vectra research reveals RDP is ‘widely exposed’ and ‘vulnerable’ attack surface

October 14, 2019

Intelligent CISO

“Cybercriminals know that RDP is an easy-to-access administrative tool that allows them to stay hidden while carrying out an attack,” said Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra.

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Vectra research reveals 90% of surveyed organizations exhibit a form of malicious Remote Desktop Protocol behaviors

October 14, 2019

ITP.net

Vectra, has disclosed that the Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) is a widely exposed and vulnerable attack surface and will likely continue in the near future due to the protocol’s prevalent use.

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Vectra research reveals 90% of surveyed organizations exhibit a form of malicious remote desktop protocol (RDP) behaviors

October 14, 2019

Zawya Thomson Reuters

Data from Vectra confirms that RDP remains a very popular technique for cyberattackers, with 90% of these deployments exhibiting RDP attacker behavior detections.

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Most firms exhibit malicious RDP behaviours: Vectra

October 14, 2019

CXO Insight Middle East

The 2019 Spotlight Report on RDP is based on the analysis of data in the 2019 Black Hat Edition of the Attacker Behavior Industry Report, which reveals behaviors and trends in networks from a sample of more than 350 opt-in Vectra deployments from January-June 2019.

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Assises de la sécurité 2019 – Cyber threats affect everyone

October 12, 2019

Les Numériques

Defenders and attackers engage in an endless technological race.

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Protecting your organization from network file encryption attacks

October 11, 2019

Cyber Sentinels

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

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vBulletin flaw exploited in Dutch sex-work forum breach

October 10, 2019

Threatpost

The sensitive nature of the content on Hookers.nl could make the data ripe for the blackmail of affected users – both for clients and for the prostitutes actively using the forum, Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, told Threatpost.

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Why you need AI to fight ransomware

October 9, 2019

CXO Insight Middle East

“The most effective weapon in carrying out a ransomware attack is the network itself,” says Ammar Enaya, regional director at Vectra.

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Cyber risks force banks to rethink vendor relationships

October 8, 2019

Wall Street Journal

Precisely what could either augment or replace the maligned questionnaire is unclear. Full audits of vendors are labor-intensive and expensive, Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, said in an interview.

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Former Yahoo! engineer pleads guilty to using access to nick pics of women

October 7, 2019

SC Magazine

“This is stark reminder that privilege policies can be a blunt tool and that the behavior of administrative users and others granted escalated privileges need not only to be managed but their use monitored, too,” says Matt Walmsley, EMEA Director at Vectra.

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Vectra expands Middle East operations

October 4, 2019

Reseller Middle East

Regional presence is critical to the company’s global go-to-market channel strategy to deliver advanced AI to detect and respond faster to cyberattacks.

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How do businesses ensure they extract the most value from artificial intelligence

October 3, 2019

Intelligent CIO Middle East

“The experience of fighting yesterday’s battles doesn’t prepare us well for tomorrow’s cyber-wars,” says Ammar Enaya, regional director – Middle East, Turkey and North Africa at Vectra.

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Remote Desktop Protocol: Securing access

October 3, 2019

Bank Info Security

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol, or RDP, is one of the most widely used utilities for connecting to remote machines. But it poses risks if organizations don't actively monitor how it's being used, says Chris Morales of the security firm Vectra.

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Remote Desktop Protocol: Securing access

October 3, 2019

Data Breach Today

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol, or RDP, is one of the most widely used utilities for connecting to remote machines. But it poses risks if organizations don't actively monitor how it's being used, says Chris Morales of the security firm Vectra.

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Remote Desktop Protocol: Securing access

October 3, 2019

CU Info Security

RDP can be better managed by ensuring the use of complex passwords and limiting RDP's use to the correct systems.

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Remote Desktop Protocol: Securing access

October 3, 2019

Gov Info Security

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol, or RDP, is one of the most widely used utilities for connecting to remote machines. But it poses risks if organizations don't actively monitor how it's being used, says Chris Morales of the security firm Vectra.

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Remote Desktop Protocol: Securing access

October 3, 2019

Healthcare Info Security

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol, or RDP, is one of the most widely used utilities for connecting to remote machines. But it poses risks if organizations don't actively monitor how it's being used, says Chris Morales of the security firm Vectra.

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Remote Desktop Protocol: Securing access

October 3, 2019

Info Risk Today

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol, or RDP, is one of the most widely used utilities for connecting to remote machines. But it poses risks if organizations don't actively monitor how it's being used, says Chris Morales of the security firm Vectra.

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Remote Desktop Protocol: Securing access

October 3, 2019

Career Info Security

Microsoft's Remote Desktop Protocol, or RDP, is one of the most widely used utilities for connecting to remote machines. But it poses risks if organizations don't actively monitor how it's being used, says Chris Morales of the security firm Vectra.

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Securing the Internet of Things

October 2, 2019

Intelligent CISO

“Detailed supply chain assurance and providence are risks that need managing within IoT design, manufacturing and service delivery,” says Matt Walmsley, head of EMEA marketing at Vectra.

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Anthony Collins selects Vectra

October 2, 2019

Legal IT Insider

Anthony Collins Solicitors this summer selected the Cognito threat detection and response platform from Vectra. We speak to head of transformation, technology and improvement, Paul Harker, and Matt Walmsley, head of EMEA marketing for Vectra.

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Ex-Yahoo engineer hacked accounts to steal pornography

October 2, 2019

Information Security Buzz

"There will always be misguided individuals, those who have poor judgment or are just plain bad or criminal," says Matt Walmsley, EMEA director at Vectra.

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Vectra poaches second Telstra exec to lead APAC channel

October 1, 2019

ARN

Cyber security vendor Vectra AI has poached its second Telstra talent in five months in the form of new channel chief Dee Clinton.

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Vectra AI appoints Dee Clinton as head of partner sales

October 1, 2019

ChannelLife Australia

Network threat detection and response company Vectra AI has today announced the appointment of Dee Clinton as head of Asia-Pacific partner sales.

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Vectra AI appoints Dee Clinton as head of partner sales

October 1, 2019

ChannelLife NZ

Clinton brings to Vectra AI experience from prior sales, channel and alliance roles at Telstra, NTT Security and Microsoft.

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Vectra poaches second Telstra exec to lead APAC channel

October 1, 2019

Reseller News

Cyber security vendor Vectra AI has poached its second Telstra talent in five months in the form of new channel chief Dee Clinton.

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Security firm Vectra AI hires channel chief out of Telstra

October 1, 2019

CRN

Clinton has been tasked with building and enabling the channel for Vectra AI across the region, targeting SIs, consultancies and MSPs.

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Vectra AI appoints Dee Clinton as head of partner sales

October 1, 2019

Diversity Watch

Based in Sydney, Clinton is responsible for building and enabling the channel for Vectra AI across Asia-Pacific by deepening relationships with system integrators, consultancies and managed service providers.

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Are you prepared for a ransomware attack?

October 1, 2019

SC Magazine

Vectra concluded the biggest threat from ransomware is malicious encryption of shared network files, so it behooves enterprises to focus on network segmentation, securing credentials of privileged users, and tight monitoring of remote control access.

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Bill calling for DHS cyber incident mitigation teams advances

October 1, 2019

Gov Info Security

"The bill will create a temporary reduction in attack surface by reducing some of the most obvious glaring system misconfigurations and weak password policy issues," says Chris Morales, head of analytics at the security firm Vectra.

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Bill calling for DHS cyber incident mitigation teams advances

October 1, 2019

Bank Info Security

"In the long term, I don't think much will change though without continuous monitoring and proactive attack surface management," says says Chris Morales, head of analytics at the security firm Vectra.

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