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How Isolation Would Have Stopped The Russian Election Cyberattacks

Posted by Jay Kelley on Jul 19, 2018

Regardless of the political fall-out from Special Counsel Robert J. Mueller’s indictment of twelve Russian intelligence operatives for tampering with the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, this much seems clear after reading the 29-page, John LeCarre-like document: It has become unreasonable to expect any organization to successfully defend against such a massive, coordinated cyberattack.

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Tags: Mueller, U.S. election, presidential election, spear-phishing, phishing, cyberattacks, Russian hackers, Russian operatives, Russian intelligence, GRU, Clinton Campaign, DNC, Democratic National Committee, DCCC, Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, isolation, browser isolation, remote browsing, credential theft, malware, Podesta, Clinton, cryptojacking, cryptocurrency, X-Agent

10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Consider Isolation

Posted by Jay Kelley on Dec 7, 2017

 

While this post is intended to be a little tongue-in-cheek for readers, it’s been written to provoke discussion on how organizations continue to do the same things they have done for the last 15 years, without thinking of all the issues they bring with them…

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Tags: ransomware, phishing, isolation, web isolation, spear-phishing, malvertising

The SWIFT Security Controls Framework and Isolation

Posted by Jay Kelley on Nov 7, 2017

If you are in the financial services community, you are likely well-aware of and well-acquainted with SWIFT and the services it performs. As a quick primer for the uninitiated, SWIFT is an acronym for the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, a cooperative built over forty years ago by banks and financial institutions globally to address a mutual problem: A better, more secure, and automated way to communicate inter-bank payments across borders. SWIFT addressed this common issue, and today, it is a world-leading provider of secure messaging services for over 11,000 banks, financial organizations, and enterprises in over 200 countries.

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Tags: SWIFT, cyber attacks, phishing, spear-phishing, malware, isolation technology, isolation platform

Mission Impossible 17 – Spear Phishing

Posted by Jason Steer on Oct 24, 2017

Spear phishing attacks continue to plague businesses of all sizes, across all sectors. Detection of these messages remains an impossible feat. Spear phishing messages plague everyone and their intent ranges from delivering malware or ransomware, to stealing passwords and personal information, such as bank account information. All of these things have a high value in the online criminal world, hence why spear phishing is the most popular tool in the cyber attack arsenal today.

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Tags: spear-phishing, anti-phishing, cyber attacks, cyber security, ransomware, cyber training

Why Financial Institutions Are Phishing’s “Big Catch”

Posted by Jay Kelley on Aug 29, 2017

The financial services industry is consistently among the most highly targeted industries for cyberattacks. Financial services institutions (FSIs) are a popular and frequent focus of attackers because, to quote famed bank robber Willie Sutton, when asked why he robbed banks: “That’s where the money’s at.”  

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Tags: financial services industry, cyberattacks, phishing, phishing attacks, phishing prevention, malware, ransomware, isolation, banking credentials, keyloggers, employee credential theft, credential theft, watering hole attacks, drive-by exploits, spear-phishing

Gartner Cool Vendor Report Names Menlo Security and Describes Benefits of Browser Isolation

Posted by Peter Lunk on Jun 16, 2017

If you find it challenging to prioritize which security innovations to implement this year, this latest Gartner report can help. It names Menlo Security as a 2017 Cool Vendor for Security for Mid-Size Enterprise, and explains how any resource-constrained IT team can use browser isolation to reduce exposure to malware and phishing attacks.

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Tags: cyber attacks, spear-phishing, anti-phishing, isolation, cybersecurity, gartner, browser-based attacks, browser, remote browsing, email threats

Manipulating Democracy by Spearphishing Candidates

Posted by Jay Kelley on Jun 7, 2017

Recent news is all about election hacking, with the publication this week by The Intercept of a top-secret report from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA), detailing how Russian military intelligence or state-sponsored attackers – or, maybe as Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in a recent interview, “patriotically minded” private Russian hackers – launched a multi-pronged phishing and spearphishing attack on voter registration during the 2016 U.S. presidential elections.

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Tags: cyber attacks, spear-phishing, anti-phishing, isolation, infosec euope, cybersecurity

Email Phishing and Web Malware: Still the Same

Posted by Jason Steer on May 31, 2017

It’s 2017, and many organisations are still grappling with solving two of the biggest routes of attack into their business from the Internet - via their employees' in-boxes and web browsers. 

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Tags: cyber attacks, spear-phishing, anti-phishing, credential theft, isolation, infosec euope, cybersecurity

Is Your Web Viewing Dangerous? Over 350k Web Sites Run Vulnerable Software

Posted by Peter Lunk on May 25, 2017

Over 350,000 of the world’s top 1 million web sites may be running vulnerable software --  which the recent WannaCry cyber attack has shown can spell considerable risk of hacker exploitation. According to the Menlo Security State of The Web report, software on some web sites dates back to over a decade ago, as far back as the year 2000. The cyber security research reveals that nearly half (46%) of the Internet’s top 1 million web sites, as ranked by Alexa, are risky, and that 1 in 5 domains run vulnerable software.

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Tags: wannacry, cyber attacks, malware vulnerabilities, ransomware, credential theft, hackers, financial security firms, banks, credit unions, isolation, web threats, email threats, spear-phishing, phishing prevention

Phishing & Whaling at FS-ISAC

Posted by Jay Kelley on May 22, 2017

Exhibiting at the recent FS-ISAC Annual Summit 2017 at the Dolphin Convention Center (which could have doubled as a meat locker at times because it was so cold, while other times it could have been a large sauna it was so hot and steamy!), there was a mini-monsoon outside at one point. It was like Mother Nature was mimicking the downpour of cyber attacks confronting the financial services players at the event. It was a deluge! 

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Tags: FS-ISAC Annual Summit 2017, spear-phishing, cyber attacks, financial services, malware, ransomware, drive-by exploits, isolation, credential theft, cybersecurity

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