Sophos warns of more SamSam ransomware copycat attacks in 2019

Instead of using mass spamming techniques to blast malware to millions of recipients in the hope of collecting thousands of dollars each from thousands of victims scattered all over the world, the SamSammers used a more pin-point approach. They identified lists of networks where they knew there was a security hole, such as a remote access […]

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Sophos 2019 Threat Report unveils the rise of the hand-delivered, targeted

Sophos has launched its 2019 Threat Report providing insights into emerging and evolving cybersecurity trends. The report, produced by SophosLabs researchers, explores changes in the threat landscape over the past 12 months, uncovering trends and how they are expected to impact cybersecurity in 2019. “The threat landscape is undoubtedly evolving; less skilled cyber criminals are being forced out […]

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Report: WannaCry is still alive hitting almost 75,000 users in Q3 2018

One and a half years after its epidemic, WannaCry ransomware tops the list of the most widespread cryptor families and the ransomware has attacked 74,621 unique users worldwide. These attacks accounted for 28.72% of all users targeted by cryptors in Q3 2018. The percentage has risen over the last year, demonstrating more than two-thirds growth […]

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IT Leadership: Preventing your network from becoming a Botnet

By Harish Chib, vice president, Middle East & Africa, Sophos Botnets are large volumes of distributed networked computers and devices that have been taken over by a cybercriminal. Botnets, also referred to as bots, are usually taken over by malicious software to enable remote control by a threat actor. They are set up and developed by […]

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More than 40% of ICS computers were attacked in H1 2018

More than 40% of all industrial control system (ICS) computers protected by Kaspersky Lab solutions were attacked by malicious software at least once during the first half of 2018. This is according to findings of the Kaspersky Lab ICS CERT report on the industrial threat landscape in H1 2018 According to the findings, the Middle […]

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SamSam: The new ransomware that has raised ransom demands of almost $6 million

Network and endpoint security leader Sophos has uncovered a new ransomware which it claims has raised vastly more ransom demands of almost of $6 million. Known as SamSam, Sophos says the ransomware is used in targeted attacks by a skilled team or individual, who breaks into a victim’s network, surveils it and then runs the […]

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Sophos introduces Sophos Intercept X for Server To Protect Businesses Against Cyber Threats

Sophos has today announced Sophos Intercept X for Server, its next-generation server protection with predictive deep learning technology that provides constantly evolving security against cyber threats. Sophos says its deep learning neural networks are trained on hundreds of millions of samples to look for suspicious attributes of malicious code and prevent never-before-seen malware attacks. According […]

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Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report: Organisations now investing in Machine Learning and AI to defend against threats

Security leaders are increasingly relying on tools that use AI and machine learning to defend against cybersecurity threats. This is according to the Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR) released last week. The report came a time when malware sophistication is increasing as adversaries begin to weaponize cloud services and evade detection through encryption, used […]

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Something Phishy: How to Identify and Avoid Phishing Scams

By Harish Chib, VP MEA Sophos. Phishing is one of the most common attack vectors for hackers who exploit end-user behavior as the weakest link in an organizations cyber-defense. For years, criminals have disguised attacks in email and today we see phishing emails as a primary delivery method for ransomware payloads. Phishing emails have led to […]

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Be cyber-savvy: Employees should not be secondary to technology

“Our employees are our greatest asset” is a phrase that continues to be published far and wide in a plethora of company profiles, human resources sections in annual reports, motivational speeches and so much more. “And while it does sound a whole lot better than a CEO stating ‘our employees are our greatest risk’, in […]

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The war on cybercrime – why all Kenyan organisations need to play their part

By Brian Pinnock, Mimecast Africa and the Middle East Cyberattacks in Kenya are on the rise. There’s barely a day that goes by where you don’t hear about a major data breach or an organisation that has unsuspectingly fallen victim to ransomware, spear-phishing or impersonation fraud. The government has seen the urgency and on 16 […]

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SMEs Should Partner with Cyber Security Specialists to Prevent Loss of Billions

Imagine waking up one beautiful Monday only to realize that your website has been hacked. Your online accounts, your most precious work and even your personal assets are gone. What do you do? According to the 2017 Cyber Security Report released by Serianu LTD, Kenyan businesses lost an astounding Ksh. 21B to cyberattacks in 2017 […]

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‘Step away from the fish tank!’ – how an IoT hack could be a line from a modern-day cartoon

For movie buffs and television fans, some lines are enduring classics. For example, how many times have you heard the phrase: “Step away from the vehicle?” in one form or another? From movies like The Saint (1997) and Herbie Fully Loaded (2005), to television classics like Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, That 70s Show, Blue Bloods and JAG, this is a […]

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Artificial Intelligence: Your Bot Will See You Now

Next time you contact your insurer there is a good chance that you will be dealing with Artificial Intelligence (AI). Insurers are starting to use intelligent computers to give advice and speed up the process of buying insurance and paying claims. Virtual underwriters and risk advisors are no longer confined to insurers’ research and development […]

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Still waiting to catch the IoT bus? Here’s where it’s going in 2018

The breakthroughs that change our lives do not, usually, arrive in the world with a loud fanfare and an instant acceptance and understanding of the new arrival’s enormous significance. The Wright brothers, for example, were the first aviators to successfully pilot a power-driven, heavier-than-air flying machine on 17 December 1903. It was a ground-breaking (should […]

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Opinion: Of banks and cybersecurity

If there’s one industry we should be most concerned about when it comes to cyber criminals and security, it’s the one that looks after our money.   “The financial services industry is under continual threat from cyber crooks, and the methods they use to try and infiltrate bank security systems are becoming more sophisticated every […]

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5 Ways to Secure Your Identity in the Data Breach Era

By Patrick Rono, Security Technical Professional- IBM East Africa With major cybersecurity incidents dominating headlines for the past several years, consumers are well aware of the threats they are facing and the basic tips to stay safe online. In Kenya, banks have become the leading target of cybercrime as people increasingly adopt the use of […]

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User lock-down or education? Just one of today’s cybersecurity issues in a rapidly evolving landscape

According to the recent PwC report, The Global State of Information Security Survey 2018, companies around the globe are becoming more reliant on cyber capabilities.  This means that, in turn, they must also recognise and manage the associated risks, or make themselves vulnerable to large-scale events with significant disruptive consequences. Anton Jacobsz, managing director at […]

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National Bank of Kenya loses Ksh.29 Million to hackers.

The National Bank of Kenya has lost about Ksh.29 million to hackers. The hacking incident is said to have happened on Wednesday 17th. “We confirm that there was an attempted fraud in normal course of business on 17th January but the bank’s monitoring and security resources frustrated the attempt.’’ the company said in a statement […]

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Top five business risks for Southern Africa

Political uncertainty through transitions and instability are among the key risks for businesses in Southern Africa in 2018, says specialist global risk consultancy Control Risks in its annual political and security risk forecast RiskMap. According to Control Risks’ Senior Partner for Southern Africa George Nicholls  “2018 will see continued uncertainty around political leadership in our Southern […]

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Opinion: Taking enterprise security to the board

It’s that time of year, again, with many companies busying themselves in the art of budgeting and forecasting for 2018. In some companies, this means the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) having to communicate the importance of including enterprise security in this planning, using a language that the members of the board will understand. “For […]

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ESET Releases 2018 Report: Predicts Trends in Cybersecurity

Global cybersecurity services leader ESET has warned that the ransomware menace is likely to continue into 2018 with further growth in incidents and risks following an increase in, and sophistication of, cybersecurity incidents in 2017.    According to a 2018 cybersecurity trends report “Cybersecurity Trends 2018: The Cost of our Connected World”, released today by […]

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Female Journalists in Kenya to be trained on online safety

With more users now spending time online, the ways they can get compromised on the internet have gotten more numerous and sophisticated. From phishing to identity theft more people, especially women face a potentially huge cybersecurity problem. Now, more than ever, it is important for online users to follow the best practices to give themselves […]

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Opinion: Preparation is key when defending against DDoS attacks

By Bryan Hamman, Arbor Networks territory manager for Sub-Saharan Africa If you are well prepared with your security systems – deployed in a holistic manner – you can prevent generic threats from getting into your environment. With the right tools, processes, and people, you can detect and contain more advanced threats before they have an […]

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Cyber Security and The Impending Era of Connected Devices

By Jacob Haney One of the major problems that we see with the sudden boom in connected devices is that information security systems are not able to keep pace with the ever-evolving cyber-threats. As companies continue to grow and bring more devices to your phone, they also become bigger targets. This is a threat that […]

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ESET announces free online cybersecurity training for businesses in Kenya

Internet security company ESET East Africa has announced the availability of free cybersecurity training for businesses and their employees in Kenya. The ESET Cybersecurity Awareness Training course that will be offered over the internet aims at enabling firms to curb the impact of cyber attacks and data breaches that are becoming more severe to business […]

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ESET supports call for standardized cybersecurity breach reporting

Internet security company ESET East Africa has added its voice to the call for legislation to compel organizations to share or release information to a supervisory authority, affected individuals or organizations in case of cybersecurity breaches. According to Teddy Njoroge, ESET Country Manager in charge of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda, this would help responsible […]

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Sophos says its XG firewall is secure from WannaCry Ransomware

Security firm Sophos has issued a detection update for its customers after the WannaCry ransomware attack last week on Friday. The malware is reported to have effectively disabled over 200,000 computers running on Windows operating system in over 150 countries. According to SophosLabs, WannaCry mimics an old school computer insecurity technique where viruses swept files […]

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ICT CS Joe Mucheru urges private sector to boost investment in cybersecurity

ICT Ministry Cabinet Sectretary Mr. Joe Mucheru, has urged the private sector to bolster investment in cybersecurity to curb the growing incidences of cybercrime targeting Kenya’s digital economy. Though a recent report by Jumia Business Intelligence and GSMA Mobile showed that kenya is leading Africa in internet penetration with over 30 million having access to […]

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Kenyan companies accruing massive losses amidst rising cyberattacks

Banks have become the leading target of cybercrime as people increasingly adopt the use of financial technology. In fact, according to Serianu’s Cybersecurity Report 2016, African countries lost at least $2 billion in cyber attacks in 2016. In Kenya alone, the public sector lost more than Sh5 billion from cyber attacks, with the financial services […]

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ESET signs M.O.U with @iLabAfrica centre to fight cybercrime in Kenya

Internet security company ESET East Africa has signed a memorandum of understanding (M.O.U) with Strathmore’s @iLabAfrica aimed at enhancing the fight against cybercrime in Kenya. The M.O.U according to Teddy Njoroge, Country Manager ESET East Africa, will support Strathmore University’s current academic programs on cybersecurity.  This will be ‘’through collaborative research and benchmarking approaches on […]

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Sophos launches new solution to Combat Low Security Awareness Among End-Users

Sophos has today launched a new advanced phishing attack simulator and training solution to combat low-security awareness among end-users.  Known as Sophos Phish Threat, the solution is fully integrated with the company’s cloud-based security management platform, Sophos Central. With centralized management and automated campaign analysis, Phish Threat dramatically reduces the time and resources required to affect […]

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Businesses in Africa worried about market volatility and political risks

Businesses operating in Africa increasingly worry about the unpredictable business environment where markets are volatile and political perils are on the rise. This is according to the key findings of the 6th annual Allianz Risk Barometer analyzing corporate risks globally, as well as by region, country, industry, and size of business. Other growing concerns for […]

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Cybersecurity: Hacking the vote -Should Alshabaab make us worried about 2017 polls?

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest challenges Kenya has been trying to fight. Reports of government institutions being hacked by unknown people have been on the rise in recent times. In fact this year in May, the online hacktivist Anonymous conducted a sophisticated attack on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs servers stealing 1TB of data, […]

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Zcash Fever: Criminals Exploiting Users PCs to Make Profits Mining Cryptocurrency

At the end of October, the new cryptocurrency Zcash was launched. It is positioned by its creators as a more secure alternative to Bitcoin. Soon after the launch, the price of Zcash coins skyrocketed, followed by a spike in the installation of the application used to generate Zcash on personal computers. In many of these […]

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Number of the Year 2016: One Billion Items of Malware Held in Kaspersky Lab’s Cloud Database

Kaspersky Lab’s cloud malware database now carries a billion malicious objects, including viruses, Trojans, backdoors, ransomware, and advertisement applications and their components. A fifth were discovered and identified as malicious by Astraea – a machine-learning based malware analysis system working inside Kaspersky Lab’s infrastructure. The number of cyberthreats appearing every day is now so big […]

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Simple ways to protect yourself from Phishing attacks

Phishing is a form of identity theft where cybercriminals try to obtain private details such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity. Kenya faces a potentially huge cyber insecurity problem. As argable as this may seem, the fact is cases of cyber-attacks are on the rise going by recent […]

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Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance, to raise awareness on cybersecurity

Kaspersky Lab and Smart Africa sign MoU to raise awareness on cybersecurity in Africa

  Kaspersky Lab has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Smart Africa Alliance, to raise awareness on cybersecurity. The MOU will also see the two parties work together to drive improvement of protection of networks and critical systems in the continent. According to the two organisations, the Alliance is responsible for bringing together […]

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As much as 70 percent of IoT devices comprise security flaws, which means devices that you own could get hacked by online criminals too.

Guest Post: Do You Own One of the Most Hackable Devices?

An IT solutions company in the Philippines, as well as other cybersecurity firms, have stressed that everything connected to the Internet is hackable. From traffic lights to electrical grids, highway signs to fitness trackers—all of these are wired to the Internet, a web of connected systems so diverse that they fall into the nondescript category […]

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Cyber Crime: Are your online banking transactions safe?

‘Checking your account balance, paying bills and managing your finances… Nowadays, it is pretty normal to do all those things online…. But are you sure you do them in the most secure way? Presently, cybersecurity or (insecurity) in Kenya is the single biggest threat to business in terms of the consumption and use of Information […]

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Kaspersky Lab Indicates Main Threat Vectors for Europe

Global cybersecurity company, Kaspersky Lab, held its annual European Cyber Security Weekend in Malta from 20 to 23 October. The event brought together company experts, guest speakers from the Dutch National Police, journalists and business guests from all over the region, as well as Israel and South Africa. This year, one of the main topics […]

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Kaspersky Lab launches Talent Lab, global cybersecurity competition

Kaspersky Lab has unveiled an international competition aimed at solving topical cybersecurity challenges.  The Talent Lab competition will see competitors use their technical and creative talents to solve these problems with winners getting a chance to receive education funding or sent to the most acclaimed global industry events – such as the Cannes Lions and […]

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Sophos Intercept X installs alongside existing endpoint security software from any vendor, immediately boosting endpoint protection by stopping malicious code before it executes.

Sophos unveils Sophos Intercept X to extend its Next-Generation Endpoint Security Capabilities

Sophos has announced has unveiled its next-generation endpoint security product that stops zero-day malware, unknown exploit variants and stealth attacks. Known as Sophos Intercept X, the product includes an advanced anti-ransomware feature that can detect previously unknown ransomware within seconds. Sophos Intercept X installs alongside existing endpoint security software from any vendor, immediately boosting endpoint […]

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One of the most valuable assets you have as a business owner is your server, and IT security issues like a data breach is a huge business nightmare.

Guest Post: 7 Ways to Protect Your IT Infrastructure from a Data Breach

Succumbing to cyber attacks can hurt your brand image. Fortunately, there are many techniques to infiltrate your systems such as having an IT security and audit check. Consumers allow you to connect with them in more ways than one whenever they provide you sensitive information like name, email address, birthday, and mobile number. In exchange […]

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Kaspersky Lab opens its first Research and Development office in Europe

Kaspersky Lab has announced the opening of its first European research and development (R&D) center, in Dublin, Ireland. The company initial investment into the office is said to be about USD$5 million, and according to the company, the location was selected on account of Dublin’s growing reputation as a major European tech hub. The newly […]

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Guest Post: The security questions raised by IoT

In a world where devices are getting more powerful and smaller, IoT has become a common term even to the layman. Using sensors and genius level engineering, devices are getting smaller, more efficient and anything can be connected to anything. Today hotels are using RFID tags to remotely track their towel inventory, you can turn […]

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One Cryptomalware attack cost Small Medium Businesses up to $99K in 2015

One cryptomalware attack cost small and medium businesses up to $99,000 on average last year, a global research, Corporate IT Security Risks 2016, conducted by Kaspersky Lab has found out. According to the research, despite the fact that cybercriminals do not guarantee the return of corporate data, 34% of entrepreneurs admitted paying extortionists. The total […]

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Sophos email system now available on its Cloud-Based Management Platform

Security solutions provider Sophos has today announced that Sophos Email is now available on its cloud-based Sophos Central management platform. This means customers and partners can now manage their email protection solution alongside Sophos endpoint, mobile, the web and wireless security products from a unified, simple to use console. Sophos Email boosts security for cloud-based […]

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Every 10th crypto-ransomware attack is aimed at corporate users

The business segment is becoming a more and more attractive target for cipher-malware developers. According to a Kaspersky Lab report based on Kaspersky Security Network (KSN)[1] data, the number of attacks against the corporate sector 2015-2016, compared with 2014-2015 has grown six fold (from 27,000 to 158,000). Thus, ransomware tried to encrypt the data of […]

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Nearly a quarter of Wi-Fi networks around Olympic venues in Rio are unsecure

In the lead-up to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Kaspersky Lab analysts and researchers mapped and assessed the security of the Wi-Fi networks visitors will encounter. More than 4,500 single unique access points were discovered in areas near Olympic Games venues. 18% of Wi-Fi networks tested were open – which means that the […]

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Law Enforcement and IT Security companies join forces to fight Ransomware

The Dutch National Police, Europol, Intel Security and Kaspersky Lab have launched an online portal aimed at informing the public about ransomware. Known as No More Ransom, the portal will also help victims recover their data without having to pay ransom to the cybercriminals. Ransomware is a type of malware that locks the victims’ computer […]

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As much as 70 percent of IoT devices comprise security flaws, which means devices that you own could get hacked by online criminals too.

University of Nairobi Twitter Account and Blog compromised by hackers

No one is immune to getting their social media accounts or even website being hacked. Be it, individuals or corp-orates, all them have always fallen victims. In the last couple of months we have seen Twitter accounts of top tech giants CEOs being hacked. In Kenya, the Ministry of Foreign affairs sever was recently hacked […]

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s Twitter account hit by hackers

No one is immune to to getting their social media accounts hacked. Last month we told how the most followed account on Twitter Katy Perry  with 89 million followers was hacked.  The account posted some few vulgar and racist tweets something that might have intrigues most of her followers. The tweets were being posted by […]

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Android ransomware attacks increases four-fold in just one year

The number of users attacked by ransomware targeting Android-based devices has increased four-fold in just one year, hitting at least 136,000 users globally. According to a new report on the ransomware threat landscape, conducted by Kaspersky Lab,  the majority of attacks are based on only four groups of malware. The report covers a full two-year […]

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Hackers break into Acer’s website, Compromises Credit Card Details of 34,500 Customers

In yet another massive security breach to be reported this year, data of of as many as 34,500 Acer products customer might have been compromised. The company has announced that hackers broke into their online store and  stole customer’s sensitive information. What this means is that if you bought something from Acer’s online store in the […]

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Kaspersky Lab Announces its Advanced Solution to Detect Targeted Attacks

Kaspersky Lab announced has announced a major expansion of its enterprise security product portfolio with a solution designed to detect targeted attacks. The Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack Platform which was announced in South Africa this week is a premium solution based on the most advanced technology to date that draws on Kaspersky Lab’s expertise in […]

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Kaspersky Lab Releases New Version of Kaspersky Security for Windows Server with Protection against Cryptomalware  

Kaspersky Lab has today unveiled new version of Kaspersky Security for Windows Server application, which it says has been developed specifically for high performance corporate servers. The new Kaspersky Security for Windows Server according to Kaspersky provides cost-effective, reliable, scalable security for shared file storage, with minimal impact on resources. The solution’s Anti-Cryptor technology is […]

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Sophos upgrades its Email Appliance to counter risk of cyber threats

Network and endpoint security firm Sophos has today announced that its has upgraded its email Appliance to counter cyber threats. With the upgrade, Sophos Email Appliance now includes Sophos Sandstorm, an advanced, next-generation sandboxing technology that quickly and accurately detects, blocks and responds to sophisticated, constantly-changing cyber threats. Sophos Sandstorm is an advanced persistent threat […]

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