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By AMSAT Sep 01, 2021

Increased Ransomware Attacks Lay Bare the State of Cybersecurity

Every few years a slew of major threats, including APTs, IoT Security and Cloud Security, draw the attention of security vendors, start-ups, media and board meetings. Today, it can be safely said that Ransomware is dominating the discourse, particularly after so many high-profile events have been part of the news cycle, as well as several stories on healthcare providers being wronged by such attacks. 

 

Ransomware is not a new phenomenon, and nor are its delivery systems; even demanding ransom isn’t new. The technical novelty presented in Ransomware events, encoding files on a hard drive, can’t be considered very sophisticated. However, despite handling a threat that we had several years to prepare for and defend ourselves from, Ransomware is amazingly popular because it works, and it is very lucrative for the threat actors. 

 

In earlier threats, the security industry has confronted challenges of new technical competences emanating from cybercriminals. In the heyday of banking malware, new ground-breaking features such as HTML injections and Man-In-The-Browser were presented by their developers, causing vendors to struggle in detecting fake activities. APTs emerged as a major threat because they were able to dodge conventional cyber defence principles, which focused on the perimeter and had no “strategic depth” of finding threat actors after they were already in the systems. IoT and Cloud security required new methods as the settings that they sought to defend were quite different from the settings that security solutions were intended for. In contrast, ransomware has none of these challenges.

 

The term ransomware was initially used to describe a specific type of malware that encoded the victim’s hard drive and demanded a ransom to decode the infected files. Once companies started to alleviate the threat by applying more demanding backup policies, the attack loosened and began to include data exfiltration as well. Whether a ransom is wanted for data decoding or the deterrence of the data’s publication, there are similar technical challenges of delivering an effective attack, as well as foiling it.

 

The key delivery technique of ransomware is through spear phishing. A malware-affected document is sent as attachment to one of the company’s employees, which is triggered once the document is opened. This type of delivery technique has been part of the default method of most APT groups since they came into the limelight in almost 2010. While the industry has generally focused on the standard change that it had to experience in order to alleviate APTs, shifting from safeguarding the organization’s perimeters to securing the organization’s internal networks as well, many vendors specifically dealt with spear phishing as well. Despite directly dealing with these threats as well as the abundant time that has passed since they were first detected – ransomware establish that this issue has not been solved in several organizations. Attack vectors from over a decade ago are still tremendously successful, even when they are executed by cybercriminal groups and not developed countries.

 

The attack vector is not the only component of the attack. When data exfiltration is used to hold the organization for ransom, we again meet a method that has been disseminated by APTs. The act of exfiltration is a vital part of these age-old threats and should hypothetically be spotted by the solutions aimed to alleviate it. The fact that many ransomware events include the publication of internal data from files and documents demonstrates that even after over a decade, the security business fails to defend many organizations.

 

It’s not claimed that the industry fails to halt attacks on a technical level. We only hear about the successful attacks and possibly many more attacks are stopped compared to those that were successful. Nevertheless, the fact that so many large and prestigious businesses fall victim to an attack that in many cases does not represent any new technical challenge suggests that there are still many issues that need to be fixed. The fiasco is not technical in nature, but a business one. 

 

One of the main challenges of cybersecurity is the fact that attacks can come in several forms and trajectories. Numerous bases need to be covered in order to be secured. Cybersecurity has become very multifaceted, in terms of applying solutions to shield one own’s organization that we have authorizations now to ensure everything is applied properly.

 

 

If we really want to defend businesses all together, not just specific customers, to ensure a safe cyberspace for all, the security business needs to stop focusing on the trending topics and begin working on solving the real problems. Until these issues are resolved, ransomware and malware will continue to inflict damage and illustrate just how bad the overall security situation is.

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    By AMSAT july 05,2021

    How to Build End-to-End Security for 5G Networks

    The advent of 5G presents unmatched opportunities for organizations, particularly those competing in today’s constantly growing and highly competitive digital ecosystem.

     

    5G brings a phenomenal surge in mobile broadband and high-reliability as well as ultra-low latency (URLLC). The ensuing growth of new, highly responsive applications, rich media streaming, and more will entirely transform networks. And that’s just the beginning. The expansion and distribution of cutting-edge high band millimeter-wave (mmWave) 5G will hasten the development of smart infrastructures, boost the automation of manufacturing settings, and provide the ultra-high density required to control new computing environments.

     

    Nevertheless, as organizations embrace 5G networks and services to enable digital innovation across new network limits, they are also presenting new risks. And part of the 5G challenge is that there are few security solutions on the market intended to keep up with 5G-boosted networks. We already see some environments—not just super-high performance data centers, but new edge compute milieus and even remote workers on 5G-enabled devices—being badly protected. For example, millions of remote workers are now being secured with little more than a VPN connection. Without a security plan in place, these enterprises will be unable to secure themselves against the next generation of malware designed to harness the speed and magnitude of 5G and take advantage of the patchy and thinly deployed security systems currently in place.

     

    5G Security Challenges

     

    There’s no doubt that everybody wants to ensure that security controls don’t overshadow the reason they are embracing 5G in the first place. Security systems not intended for 5G settings can slow applications, introduce dormancy issues, and affect the user experience of workers and customers. Luckily, 5G includes several integral security capabilities that can help. But we must be wary not to over rely on them. No enterprise moving critical data, applications, and workflows across their network or relying on business applications to link to important resources should ever consider 5G as their only source of protection against cyber threats or the deliberate misuse of infrastructure and services. An extra layer of security discernibility and control designed for the realities of a 5G network is essential.

     

    But this is about much more than just purchasing a fast firewall. 5G is going pervasive, meaning we will see it organized everywhere across the circulated network—in LANs, WANs like SD-WAN, data centers, cloud platforms, and cloud-based services as well as endpoints and IoT devices. It will not just pervade IT but will play an important role in OT as well. From a security viewpoint, each of these settings already has its challenges. Endpoint security has grown from old-style antivirus software to providing complete protection from sophisticated malware and evolving zero-day threats.

     

    End-to-end Security and High Performance

     

     

    Dealing with this challenge begins by converging networking and security into an integrated solution—a process known as security-centric networking—to produce a security plan that is not just highly flexible and adaptive but that can be widely deployed. By intertwining security into the core of the network, security systems will not only be able to develop and adjust to digital innovation efforts but do so at 5G speeds. This enables an end-to-end method that can deliver vital security while keeping low dormancy and high performance. But attaining this requires a platform method that can provide steady protection to any user on any device in any location.

     

    The job of a security platform is to be deployable anywhere, in any form factor, while offering steady functionality across and between edges. And for 5G, virtual platform instances should not only be able to scale up and out to meet performance demands, but physical devices need to include improved processing power, so security never becomes a blockage.

     

    The first benefit of an integrated platform method is that it enables single-pane-of-glass visibility, steady policy distribution and enforcement, centralized threat intelligence collection and association, and orchestrated response to recognized threats. It also lets security follow data, workflows, and transactions end-to-end, rather than handing off security as data moves from one area to the next, important in a world where enterprises run on applications.

     

    But maybe the most critical value of a platform is that it enables true automation. 5G-enabled threats will far overtake the capacity of data analysts and systems engineers to spot and respond. Automated systems are integrally quicker than humans. And when improved with things like machine learning and AI, they can also spot, examine, and respond to threats right off the bat, shutting them down mid-attack, even at 5G speeds.

    A Secure 5G Ecosystem

    Though 5G is opening a world of opportunities for digital business, it’s only the tip of the iceberg at the moment. 6G is impending, and many of the ways this new functionality will affect organizations haven’t even been conceived yet. But all this will only be possible if security is a vital part of the solution. Enterprises need to start transitioning now to a global security platform that can scale as networks evolve and extend to the farthest reaches of the network. By merging security and networking functionality into a combined, expansive, and flexible platform, organizations can prepare now to support the next generations of high-performance, hyperconnected systems and devices their users will demand and on which their future relies.

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      By AMSAT Aug 28,2020

      Dealing with cyber-threat: a complex challenge

      Across the globe, organizations in various sectors, both public and private, now openly recognize that cyber-attacks are one of the most widespread and gravest risks they encounter.


      Given the risks organizations around the world face with regard to the security of their data, dealing with cyber-threat has become a complex challenge. Much of the existing focus is on security and compliance, as companies – subject to growing amounts of legislative, corporate and regulatory requirements – prove they are handling and securing information appropriately.


      Since the information security landscape is constantly evolving, private and public sector organizations find it hard to believe they could be a target for cyber-attacks. This approach needs to change, as it’s best to be proactive rather than reactive. At the same time, relying on defense is no longer viable, as the threat actor bent on wreaking harm to an organization will be unrelenting in their objective. This results in public and private sector organizations getting to know what is going on around them so that they can recognize when an attack has occurred or when an attack is on the cards. Intelligence and the intuition that it brings is at the core of next generation of information security.

      The importance of cybersecurity


      Why should security figure at the top of every organization’s top priority list? Why should senior management of every small and large organization be concerned about cybersecurity?


      The answer: The digital world in which business is conducted is susceptible and prone to being attacked. Digitization brings with it boundless opportunities for innovation. It still has a long way to go before becoming a fully protected system that is set to control and regulate itself. Decision-makers ought to ensure that all systems in their company abide by the latest high-security protocols. Employees, particularly not so tech-savvy, must also be competent in basic cyber-security etiquettes. For example, everyone needs to know how to recognize a phishing email and how to isolate it, while informing the proper authority, both internal and external.


      Without the right security strategy, you might be in for an irreparable damage for your organization. Even with the sturdiest controls in place, an organization would do well to bank on those controls to be tested. Threat attackers know how to find weak spots and take advantage of them, opening holes up that bring down robust systems. The solution lies in being offensive rather than defensive, and practicing the essential security tasks that will keep most of the threats at bay.

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        Data Leakage and Its Different Types: A Holistic View

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        By AMSAT Jan 18,2021

        Data Leakage and Its Different Types: A Holistic View

        Data leakage is the unlawful transmission of data from within an enterprise to an external place or recipient. And it can be done by simply remembering what was seen, by physical elimination of tapes, disks and reports or by subtle means such as data hiding. Data leakage threats typically take place through the internet and email, but can also occur through mobile data storage devices such as USB keys and laptops.

         

        In today’s volatile technological world, confidential data breaches have become quite prevalent, hitting organizations, large and small, quite frequently. Data leakage is a massive problem for data security, and the damage inflicted on any organization, large or small, can be grave. From declining revenue to a tarnished reputation or massive financial penalties to crippling lawsuits, this is a threat that any organization will want to protect themselves from.

        Types of Data Leakage

        Many different types of data leakage exist and it is significant to appreciate that the problem can be initiated through an external or internal source. Here are some of the most common types of data leakage.

         

        The Accidental Breach

         

        Almost 75pc of security experts admit to accidental internal breaches at their organization, but the good news is that most of data leakage events are accidental. For instance, an employee may inadvertently choose the wrong recipient when sending an email containing private data. Sadly, such data leakage can still lead to the same problems and credibility issues as they do not alleviate legal obligations.

         

        The Resentful or Ill-Intentioned Employee

        Data leakages are believed to be about data held on pilfered or misdirected laptops or data that is leaked over email. Nevertheless, the huge majority of data loss does not happen over an electronic medium; it takes place through printers, cameras, photocopiers, detachable USB drives and even dumpster diving for superfluous documents. While an employee may have signed an employment agreement that efficiently indicates trust between employer and employee, nothing can stop them from later leaking private information out of the building if they are discontented or promised a heavy payout by cybercriminals. This type of data leakage is often referred to as data exfiltration.

         

        Electronic Communications with Malevolent Intent 

        Several organizations give workers access to the internet, email, and instant messaging as part of their role. The problem is that all of these mediums are able to file transfer or access external sources over the internet. Malware is often used to target these mediums and with a high success rate. For example, a hacker could quite simply spoof a genuine business email account and request important information to be sent to them. The user would inadvertently send the information, which could comprise financial data or sensitive pricing information. Phishing attacks are another cyber-attack technique with a high data leakage success rate. 

         

        Data Leakage Prevention

        Since the threat is real, it needs serous data leakage prevention. Data loss prevention (DLP) is an approach that ensures end users are not able to send private or delicate information outside of the organizational network. These approaches are likely to involve a blend of user and security policies and security tools. These software solutions allow managers to set business rules that pigeonhole private and sensitive information so that it cannot be revealed maliciously or inadvertently by unauthorized end use. AMSAT’s DLP solution lets you determine and control all delicate data easily and recognize your chanciest users in a few moments, giving you granular control over the data that is important without impacting output or progress. Data security protection is key to a company’s existence, and it can only ignore it to its own detriment.

         

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          By AMSAT Oct 26,2020

          A Comprehensive Review of Endpoint Protection Platform

          Endpoint protection provides crucial security for several types of endpoints. An endpoint protection platform (EPP) is a unified set of technologies that spots and halts legions of threats at the endpoint. Some of the major endpoint protection technologies include antivirus, data encoding, intrusion prevention, and data loss prevention.

          The volume and complexity of cyberattacks are on the increase, and information technology (IT) systems and data are under persistent risk of attack. Cyberattacks have become progressively layered, using manifold, synchronized methods to slip into an organization’s IT systems. Endpoints are often the door through which invaders gain primary access.

          EPP versus individual endpoint products


          There are several groups of endpoint security products, including anti-malware, web browser security, mobile device security, implanted device security, and endpoint detection and response (EDR). These diverse products help to secure various endpoints, including servers, desktops, laptops, smartphones, and implanted devices such as printers and routers.


          The challenge of discrete endpoint security products is the difficulty of dealing with them all efficiently. IT departments often supervise numerous endpoint solutions. These discrete applications all have diverse interfaces, necessitating employees to change between screens, reducing effectiveness. According to a 2018 study, 55% of IT departments strive to make sense of data when three or more security management consoles are available. Siloed point products also may not be able to trade data, which spoils the opportunity for deeper examination of security issues, which means that the products are not only less efficient, but they are also hypothetically less effective.

          How to select an endpoint protection platform (EPP)

          The very basic step in choosing an EPP is to register the numerous security products already in the organization. Companies often find they have many types of obsolete security software. An IT department can assess these current applications to decide which to keep and how they might fit into an EPP execution. According to research, IT security experts need endpoint security solution to prevent attack, prevent and remediate it. They also need the ability to manage all this in an integrated manner.

          What exactly does a top-of-the-line endpoint protection platform include? Here are the chief features of leading endpoint protection platforms:

          Several threat detection and remediation techniques

          An EPP includes several detection and remediation mechanisms combined into the platform. Some of these abilities include anti-ransomware signature scanning, web browser security, threat vector blocking, credential theft supervision, and rollback remediation. Endpoint detection and response (EDR) and data loss prevention (DLP) are the two key features that are being employed at EPP platform.

          Real-time threat data

          An EPP involves constant access to real-time threat data, both in the enterprise and globally, to spot and block zero-day attacks. The vendor dealing with endpoint protection platform should deliver access to a worldwide database of continuing threat activity.

          EPPs help defend organizations against attacks on susceptible endpoints, while enabling different security technologies to trade information about security events. This provides profounder investigation and a better understanding of how to improve the organization’s endpoint security.

           

          AMSAT Endpoint Security offers cutting-edge endpoint protection

          AMSAT, a well-known name in endpoint security, offers an extensive range of solutions that integrate powerful endpoint protection with effective endpoint management. Faster time to protection, better performance, and sturdier management allow security teams to resolve more threats quicker with fewer resources. Thanks to profound integration and automation, AMSAT eliminates silos between once-isolated abilities to improve productivity and protection. AMSAT’s Endpoint Security fuses recognized abilities such as firewall, reputation, and heuristics with leading-edge machine learning and containment, with a single management console. The subsequent combined endpoint protection platform keeps users productive and linked while ending zero-day malware, like ransomware, before it can infect the first endpoint.

          Since AMSAT resolutely believes security is a team effort, its endpoint security is just one component of its open integration fabric that helps enterprises spot, defend, and correct across the continuum—from device to cloud.

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            By AMSAT Oct 23,2020

            What is Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)?

            Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) works by unceasingly supervising activity on endpoints, aimed at recognizing doubtful or intimidating behavior in real time. In EDR, information is chronicled and analyzed for internal or external attacks. It can recognize explicit behaviors to warn organizations of potential threats before the hackers can cause damage. After a threat is identified, EDR can detach and ricochet attacks from internal and outside sources, securing endpoint devices from certain risks.

             

            The end-to-end evaluation is backed by an array of ground-breaking technologies, including machine learning and behavioral analysis. With remote work becoming more prevalent, robust endpoint security is a highly important module of any organization’s cybersecurity plan. Arranging an effective EDR security solution is key to securing both the company and the remote worker from cyber-threats.

            Why is EDR Important?

            EDR is designed to go beyond detection-based, responsive cybersecurity. Rather, it offers security experts with the tools that they need to proactively recognize threats and secure the organization. EDR offers several features that enhance the organization’s capacity to manage cybersecurity risk, such as:

             

            Enhanced Visibility:

             

            EDR security solutions carry out constant data collection and analytics, and report to a single, unified system. This provides a security team with full discernibility into the state of the network’s endpoints from a single console.

            Swift Investigations:

            These solutions are intended to systematize data collection and processing, and certain response activities, allowing a security team to swiftly gain background about a possible security event and swiftly take steps to remediate it.

            Remediation Automation:

            These solutions can automatically carry out certain incident response activities based upon predefined guidelines. This allows them to block or quickly remediate certain events and decreases load on security analysts.

            Contextualized Threat Hunting:

            EDR solutions’ constant data gathering and analysis provide deep perceptibility into an endpoint’s status, enabling threat hunters to recognize and explore potential signs of a current infection.

            Major Components of an EDR solution

            An EDR security solution needs to provide support for both cyber-threat finding and response on an organization’s endpoints. To allow security experts to efficiently and proactively spot cyber-threats, an EDR solution should comprise the following parts:

            Incident Triaging Flow:

            Security teams are usually bombarded with alerts, a large proportion of which are false positives. An endpoint solution should automatically triage potentially wary or malevolent procedures, allowing the security analysts to prioritize their investigations.

            Threat Hunting:

            Since not all security events are blocked or spotted by an organization’s security solutions, endpoint detection solutions ought to provide support for threat hunting activities to allow security experts to proactively search for potential intrusion.

            Why Endpoint Protection Is More Important than Ever

            EDR has always been a vital component of an enterprise’s cybersecurity plan. While network-based protections play a key role at blocking a large number of cyberattacks, some will slip through and others can avoid these defenses completely. An endpoint-based security solution allows a company to enforce defense-in-depth and grow its likelihood of classifying and responding to these threats.

            Nevertheless, the significance of strong endpoint protection has increased as organizations have started backing remote working more often than before. Employees working from home may not be secured against cyber threats to the same level as on-site staffs and may be using private devices or ones that do not have the latest updates and security fixes. Moreover, employees working in a more informal setting may be more easygoing about their cybersecurity as well.

            AMSAT’s advanced endpoint protection solution is an all-inclusive security solution for companies operating in a new “work from home” reality with remote employees. It provides defense against the most impending threats to the endpoints with immediate and full redress, even in offline mode, including malware.

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