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Archives for July 2014
Alert Logic Announces Security Solutions for Google Cloud Platform
Alert Logic first to deliver IDS and log management capabilities to Google cloud customers
HOUSTON, July 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Alert Logic , the leading provider of Security-as-a-Service solutions for the cloud, today announced availability of Alert Logic Log Manager and Alert Logic Threat Manager for Google Cloud Platform. With these product releases, the company will deliver network and system security for workloads running on Google’s public cloud – the same cloud infrastructure that powers such highly-trafficked software applications as Google Search and YouTube.
Alert Logic offers Security-as-a-Service in the cloud – a platform of fully managed products and services to keep a customer’s data and infrastructure safe and compliant. Whether a company’s IT infrastructure is on-premises, in the cloud or hybrid, the Alert Logic portfolio of solutions and services allow unprecedented visibility into their business environment, providing continuous protection, deep security insight and lower overall security costs.
The complete suite of Alert Logic solutions provides a unique set of benefits to the customer, including:
- Deep insights into security via Alert Logic’s Security-as-a-Service-based big-data analytics and correlation engine, global threat visibility and security research focused on emerging threats and security best practices.
- Continuous protection down the application stack via a 24×7 Security Operations Center that analyzes, escalates and works with customers to remediate threats with actionable intelligence.
- Cloud-based delivery model – no hardware or software for the customer to manage and a flexible op-ex based licensing model.
“The same infrastructure, tools, processes and systems that are used internally to build applications like Google Search and Gmail are now available to power your start-up or business,” said Gray Hall, CEO of Alert Logic. “With our unique platform, process and software solutions, we’re excited to be the first to offer Security-as-a-Service for Google Cloud Platform and its users.”
While cloud platforms tend to be inherently secure, generally, applications built on top of the cloud can be susceptible to vulnerabilities, and traditional security tools weren’t built for cloud environments and deployments. Alert Logic’s solution combines advanced cloud-based technology with human expertise which allows customers to fulfill their security and compliance requirements with a single solution across cloud and hybrid IT environments.
Cloud9 IDE, an online application development environment, deployed Alert Logic on its Google Cloud Platform infrastructure to monitor security and compliance on the applications built by developers on their environment.
Kaspersky – IT Security Risks Survey 2014
According to Kaspersky Lab’s 2014 IT Security Risks summary report, conducted in collaboration with B2B International, 94% of companies have experienced some form of external security incidents within the past 12 months. But despite this nearly-universal rate of encounters with cybercrime, businesses tend to prioritize IT spending – which includes IT security – quite differently depending on their size.
The survey found that businesses with fewer than 100 employees are significantly less likely to prioritize their IT strategy than larger businesses, potentially leaving smaller businesses with security gaps that could cripple these growing companies. Only 19% of companies with fewer than 25 employees ranked IT Strategy as one of their top strategic concerns, and this response rate was almost the same – 21% – for businesses with 26-99 employees. But in businesses with 100 employees or more, the rate of IT Strategy prioritization rose sharply to 30% or higher, with 35% of enterprises ranking IT Strategy as one of their top two priorities.
Cyber-crime a real threat to small business in Britain
LONDON, July 21 (UPI) –The danger of Cyber-crime isn’t only a concern for large businesses but is also a costly danger to small British enterprises, a new analysis reports.
Kaspersky Lab, a vendor of computer security products, recently surveyed 250 small enterprises of 10 employees or less in the country and found that two-thirds have internet-connected laptops and half allow IT-enabled mobile and remote working. Many, however, were unprepared for an IT security breach.
One third of those studied — from legal firms to medical clinics — said they would not know how to respond to a security breach; four in 10 said they would struggle to recover lost data, and 25 percent said they wouldn’t be able to recover any lost data.
“… The threat to smaller firms is significant and real, Kaspersky said. “According to the Federation of Small Business, 41 per cent of small firms were hit by cyber-crime in 2013, with one in 10 the victim of online fraud and one in five affected by a computer virus.”
“While it is encouraging to see the extent to which micro-firms are embracing the latest technologies, this must go hand in hand with a strong approach to internet security,” said Kirill Slavin, Kaspersky Lab’s managing director in Britain.
“One in 10 of those surveyed admitted that an IT security breach would probably cost them their business. This must be addressed, and quickly. Micro firms don’t have to become IT security experts. Most of the time it’s the IT equivalent of remembering to lock all the doors and windows when you go out, make sure you have some additional protection and not to leave valuables where others can easily see and get to them.”
Kaspersky quoted Alex Grant, Barclays, Managing Director of Fraud Prevention as saying that cyber-fraud affects one in eight small businesses in Britain, resulting in fraud losses to estimated of more than $34 billion.
“Fraud can happen to any type of business in many different ways, impacting their revenue, reputation and the long-term health of the business, with no business being too small to be targeted,” he said. “The most important investment a business can make is to take the time to identify where they may be at risk from fraud and reduce those risks where possible to stay in control.”
Cyber Fraudsters Tweet Malicious MH17 URLs Hours After Incident
July 21, – InfoSecurity
As always, online gangs are among the first to react to tragic news.
Online fraudsters have predictably jumped on the tragic downing of Malaysian flight MH17 to trick users to click on spammy and malicious Twitter links which could lead to malware infection, according to Trend Micro.
In a blog post on Friday, researchers at the security giant said it spotted suspicious looking online activity just hours after Malaysia Airlines tweeted its first portentous post about losing contact with the aircraft whilst it flew over Ukrainian airspace.
The tweets, written in Indonesian, used the hashtag #MH17 which soon began trending on the micro-blogging site.
They featured various .tk URLs which resolve to two IP addresses.
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