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VMware | August 09, 2022
At Black Hat USA 2022, VMware, Inc. released its eighth annual Global Incident Response Threat Report, which takes a deep dive into the challenges faced by security teams amid pandemic disruptions, burnout, and geopolitically motivated cyberattacks. Sixty-five percent of defenders state that cyberattacks have increased since Russia invaded Ukraine, according to report findings. The report also shines a light on emerging threats such as deepfakes, attacks on APIs, and cybercriminals targeting incident responders themselves.
“Cybercriminals are now incorporating deepfakes into their attack methods to evade security controls,” said Rick McElroy, principal cybersecurity strategist at VMware. “Two out of three respondents in our report saw malicious deepfakes used as part of an attack, a 13% increase from last year, with email as the top delivery method. Cybercriminals have evolved beyond using synthetic video and audio simply for influence operations or disinformation campaigns. Their new goal is to use deepfake technology to compromise organizations and gain access to their environment.”
Additional key findings from the report include:
Cyber pro burnout remains a critical issue. Forty-seven percent of incident responders said they experienced burnout or extreme stress in the past 12 months, down slightly from 51% last year. Of this group, 69% (versus 65% in 2021) of respondents have considered leaving their job as a result. Organizations are working to combat this, however, with more than two-thirds of respondents stating their workplaces have implemented wellness programs to address burnout.
Ransomware actors incorporate cyber extortion strategies. The predominance of ransomware attacks, often buttressed by e-crime groups’ collaborations on the dark web, has yet to let up. Fifty-seven percent of respondents have encountered such attacks in the past 12 months, and two-thirds (66%) have encountered affiliate programs and/or partnerships between ransomware groups as prominent cyber cartels continue to extort organizations through double extortion techniques, data auctions, and blackmail.
APIs are the new endpoint, representing the next frontier for attackers. As workloads and applications proliferate, 23% of attacks now compromise API security. The top types of API attacks include data exposure (encountered by 42% of respondents in the past year), SQL and API injection attacks (37% and 34%, respectively), and distributed Denial-of-Service attacks (33%).
Lateral movement is the new battleground. Lateral movement was seen in 25% of all attacks, with cybercriminals leveraging everything from script hosts (49%) and file storage (46%) to PowerShell (45%), business communications platforms (41%), and .NET (39%) to rummage around inside networks. An analysis of the telemetry within VMware Contexa, a full-fidelity threat intelligence cloud that’s built into VMware security products, discovered that in April and May of 2022 alone, nearly half of intrusions contained a lateral movement event.
“In order to defend against the broadening attack surface, security teams need an adequate level of visibility across workloads, devices, users and networks to detect, protect, and respond to cyber threats, When security teams are making decisions based on incomplete and inaccurate data, it inhibits their ability to implement a granular security strategy, while their efforts to detect and stop lateral movement of attacks are stymied due to the limited context of their systems.”
Chad Skipper, global security technologist at VMware
Despite the turbulent threat landscape and rising threats detailed in the report, incident responders are fighting back with 87% saying that they are able to disrupt a cybercriminal’s activities sometimes (50%) or very often (37%). They’re also using new techniques to do so. Three-quarters of respondents (75%) say they are now deploying virtual patching as an emergency mechanism. In every case, the more visibility defenders have across today’s widening attack surface, the better equipped they’ll be to weather the storm.
VMware conducted an online survey about trends in the incident response landscape in June 2022, and 125 cybersecurity and incident response professionals from around the world participated. Percentages in certain questions exceed 100 percent because respondents were asked to check all that apply. Due to rounding, percentages in all questions may not add up to 100 percent.
In addition to VMware’s presence at Black Hat USA 2022, there will be more than 100 security talks at VMware Explore, the global multi-cloud industry event taking place August 29 – September 1, 2022 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. Register today to begin building your agenda.
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Citrix | August 05, 2022
Forced by the pandemic to provide employees with access to the systems and information they needed to work from home, IT organizations around the world turned to traditional technologies like Virtual Private Networks (VPN). And they worked. But as the world moves to hybrid work, 96 percent of IT leaders who participated in a recent global survey conducted by Gartner Peer Insights on behalf of Citrix Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CTXS), say they no longer cut it. And they’re rethinking their approach.
A Seismic Change
Hybrid models have radically changed where and how work gets done – and even who does it. Of the organizations who participated in the Citrix poll:
96 percent have a hybrid work policy or allow both fully remote and hybrid work
85 percent say their workforce is more geographically dispersed than it was two years ago
75 percent have seen an increase in the number of seasonal, contract, or freelance workers
A Major Miss
When it comes to supporting these changes, respondents say the solutions they put in place to enable remote work fall short in the following areas:
Fail to protect against additional security risks posed by employees working from anywhere (96 percent)
Create a digital divide between in-office and remote employees (63 percent)
Don’t provide a consistent user experience (46 percent)
Hinder efficient collaboration among distributed employees (46 percent)
Don’t support bring-your-own-device initiatives (33 percent)
Difficult to scale and manage (25 percent)
A Strategic Shift
And they are increasing their investments in technologies that allow them to provide a simpler, more consistent and secure experience for employees regardless of where they work, including:
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) (69 percent)
Virtual apps and desktops (56 percent)
Desktops as a Service (DaaS) (42 percent)
Zero trust network access (34 percent)
A Layered Approach
VPN remains the most popular solution to support remote work. But as the Citrix research reveals, it’s not enough to enable safe and productive hybrid work on its own. According to the poll, 87 percent of respondents using VPN have implemented at least one other solution to close the gaps, including:
VDI (69 percent)
Virtual Apps and Desktops (49 percent)
DaaS (39 percent)
And in doing so, they’re achieving their goal. When asked to identify the top three benefits their hybrid work solutions provide, participants in the Citrix poll said they:
Provide layered protection for all devices on the network, including unmanaged and BYOD
Create an equitable work experience by providing employees with consistent and reliable access to applications and data regardless of where they are working
Provide layered protection and consistent security management for all applications
“Hybrid work is the future of work, Innovative organizations recognize this and are reimagining the solutions used to support it so they can deliver it today.”
Tim Minahan, Executive Vice President of Strategy, Citrix
Citrix provides a complete digital workspace platform that companies of all sizes can use to enable secure work. With Citrix, employees can work where and how they prefer, and IT can be confident their information and devices remain safe. Click here to learn more about Citrix solutions and the value they can provide.
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Sangfor Technologies | July 18, 2022
Fiber-optic internet service provider Surf Broadband Solutions has completed an extensive rebranding effort, reflecting the evolution of the company, as well as a renewal to its corporate mission and values. At the heart of this rebrand is a change of the company name to Surf InternetSM and an update to the corporate logo.
"This transformation reinforces Surf's commitment to elevate the customer experience as we illuminate communities throughout the Great Lakes region, Today's announcement is just the beginning of many more good things to come. Our team is excited to build on Surf's foundation of a customer-first mindset and comprehensive range of business and residential internet service offerings."
Chief Marketing Officer Lana Frank
Initial elements of Surf's brand evolution include:
New Name, Logo, and Brand Colors: Surf's new name clearly communicates the company's core service offerings. The logo's blue arch inserted above the "S" bends like light and is symbolic of connection and expansion. The color palette has been slightly updated to include hues of blue, orange, bright green, and purple, retaining familiarity while also lending a more contemporary, dynamic, and cutting-edge look.
Expanded Mission Statement: "We believe that high-speed, reliable internet service is the great equalizer. We're on a mission to transform the future of our region by building an unparalleled network and providing an unsurpassed customer experience for the communities where we live, work, and serve."
About Surf Internet
Surf Internet is an innovative fiber-optic internet company that serves as the essential gateway to connectivity across the Great Lakes region of Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. The company is building a bridge to the wide-open future by delivering high-speed, reliable internet to homes and businesses in underserved, rural communities. Surf's 100-plus person team is local, giving them an edge when it comes to customer care and advocacy for the region. Headquartered in Elkhart, Ind., Surf also has offices in La Porte, Ind., Byron Center, Mich., and Coal City and Rock Falls, Ill.