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Block CryptoLocker Before It Installs with Comodo Endpoint Security

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CryptoLocker, first spotted in September, continues to claim victims of both consumers and businesses alike. The Trojan is a form of ransomware that spreads mainly through fake emails, mimicking the look of legitimate businesses. Other users report being tricked into installing the ransomware via phony FedEx and UPS tracking notices.How does CryptoLocker work?Once the user opens the malicious message, CryptoLocker installs itself on the user’s system and scans the hard drive to sniff out files within the network. If one computer on a network becomes infected with CryptoLocker, mapped network drives could also become infected. Then, the ransomware encrypts the selected files and renders them inaccessible to the user until he or she pays a ransom to receive a decryption key.Defend your system against CryptoLocker

The best defense against CryptoLocker is to never let it enter your system in the first place. The great news is – SMBs and enterprises that use Comodo Endpoint Security Manager are protected. ESM and its Comodo Endpoint Security(CES) software is able to proactively stop threats including the CryptoLocker ransomware by automatically isolating all unknown applications (malicious or not).

How does Comodo Endpoint Security work?

Comodo Endpoint Security focuses on prevention, not purely detection. Our Auto Sandboxing technology creates a virtual shield that identifies safe, unsafe, and questionable files and executables and automatically isolates both unsafe and unknown files. Thus, allowing only known, trusted files to penetrate your system. If the threat is known to be malicious, the Antivirus (AV) will detect the signature and prevent the encryption of your files. If the threat is unknown, the HIPS and Auto-Sandbox will intercept it and stop it from contaminating the underlying operating system so the virus is never actually installed on the system.
What is Endpoint Protection?

Once detected, CryptoLocker can be deleted by the administrator in four simple clicks.

CESM 3 packages the protective power within our next-generation remote administrative console. This enables the administrator to receive real-time alerts through a panoramic view of all endpoints and system management capabilities, a feature generally found only in dedicated Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM)  systems. So, when the user unknowingly “installs” CryptoLocker, CES will detect the malicious (or unknown) file, automatically sandbox it, and alert the administrator. Once alerted, the administrator is able to remotely remove the ransomware from the end user’s computer, regardless of the end user’s location.

Four clicks to security:

  1.  Administrator views the list of files within the sandbox.
  2. Administrator selects the malicious executable(s) in to be removed.
  3. Administrator remotely accesses the end user’s computer to select the malicious file running on the sandbox.
  4. Administrator deletes the file location to rid the user’s system of the malicious application.

Four clicks to security. It’s really that simple! But don’t just take our word for it. Comodo Endpoint Security (CES) is powered by the same patent-pending prevention-based technology that our consumer product, Comodo Internet Security (CIS), uses to protect consumers against CryptoLocker. CIS was recently awarded the top position in the Proactive Security Challenge 64 by matousec.com, a project run by a respected group of independent security experts dedicated to improving end user security. Following the challenge, matousec.com named CIS engine the “Ultimate Protection Machine.”

In addition to its ability to protect enterprises from malware like CryptoLocker, ESM has many other great capabilities. For instance, the latest upgrade to ESM added several capabilities such as centralized monitoring of sandboxed (unknown) and malicious files, Endpoint auto-synchronization via Active Directory, Encrypted VNC sessions to local & remote endpoints and support for Windows 7 Embedded Standard.

Be proactive and protect your endpoints from CryptoLocker and other malware with ESM today! Download a 60-Day, 60 user free trial now.

Source: https://blog.comodo.com/comodo-news/be-proactive-block-cryptolocker-before-it-installs-using-comodo-endpoint-security/

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Airgain unveils extended portfolio of 5G OMNIMAX Dipole series antennas for M2M and IoT apps

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Airgain announced the release of its OMNIMAX Next Dipole antennas, the latest addition to Airgain’s 5G product portfolio designed to deliver ultra-wideband connectivity for 5G NR sub-6GHz IoT and M2M applications.

The OMNIMAX Next Dipole series includes 5G NR sub-6GHz products for low profile and shock resistant outdoor applications, including “salt shaker” style antennas, indoor dipole “paddle” antennas, and outdoor “candlestick” dipole antennas.

Each product is designed to blend into the environment, with flexible mounting options while providing ultra-wideband connectivity for virtually any indoor or outdoor cellular module, modem, or gateway. The 5G ready OMNIMAX Next Dipole series provides future-proof performance, with backward compatibility from 5G to 4G and 3G global frequency bands.

“Supporting sub-6GHz 5G, particularly the lower bands approaching 600MHz, is challenging for the form factors of these products,” said Kevin Thill, Airgain’s Senior Vice President of Engineering.

“These antennas achieve excellent broadband performance without compromising the form factor, while outperforming competing solutions that we have seen in the market today. These antennas feature a unique and patent pending Coplanar Waveguide feed, which is key to enabling the ultra-wideband performance in the given form factors.

“We are excited to offer the expansion of our product portfolio of 5G ready antennas designed to accommodate wider bandwidth requirements demanded by 5G. The OMNIMAX Next Dipole series provides a cost-effective solution while delivering dependable quality.”

Building on Airgain’s antenna design expertise of CENTURION Next, the industry’s first 9-in-1 5G and Wi-Fi 6 fleet antenna, the OMNIMAX Next Dipole series includes 617 MHz to 6 GHz wideband cellular 5G support. OMNIMAX Indoor Dipole Next, OMNIMAX Outdoor Dipole Next, and M2M SN Next are available through our trusted channel partners or direct at 1-855-AIRGAIN.

Source: https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/07/09/airgain-omnimax-next-dipole-antennas/

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You Are The Weakest Link

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Tom Finan on human imperfection and cyber security culture




A craftsman never blames their tools. It is not the systems  that ultimately fail cyber security professionals- it’s the people. Insider threats do abound but more often than malfeasance, misfeasance is the key to a breach. It wasn’t the firewall that failed Capitol One, it was a misconfiguration. Tom Finan dives in on culure vs. strategy quoting both Peter Drucker and…Barbara Streisand.  

Episode Overview

Covid 19 has changed 2020 in unprecedented ways in how we work, live our lives, and measure Cyber Risk. Listen to Episode #141 of Task Force 7 Radio as the Cyber Growth Leader from Willis Towers Watson, Tom Finan and Co-Host Andy Bonillo dive into how the “Cyber Security Superheroes” are working together to manage the human element during the pandemic. As claims data shows, effective Cyber Risk prevention and mitigation is largely a people problem. In response, companies need to assess and analyze the elements of their cultures that shape both positive and negative cyber attitudes and behaviors that makes the human element one of the largest risks to a company.

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Source: https://www.cshub.com/executive-decisions/articles/you-are-the-weakest-link

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Axio360 platform to provide holistic view and identify financial impact of risk for Archer’s clients

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Axio announced a strategic partnership with cybersecurity consulting firm Archer. This partnership will merge Archer’s expertise in critical infrastructure protection with the Axio360 platform and allow clients to measure cyber risk exposure in financial terms and manage their cybersecurity program from a holistic point of view.

The Axio360 platform will assist Archer’s clients in identifying cyber risks across business units and threat vectors that may not have previously been considered. The platform estimates all-in costs of exposure and evaluates how specific controls and mitigations will reduce risk.

“The Axio platform was built to fundamentally redefine how organizations solve cybersecurity problems. Our intention is to enable business-centric decision-making by putting the risk in financial terms,” said Brendan T. Fitzpatrick, Senior Vice President of Channels & Partnerships for Axio.

“Our operating system aligns all key constituents and delivers clarity in real-time. This partnership with Archer allows our software to make critical infrastructure safer and more secure.”

“This partnership allows our asset owners to receive tailored recommendations from Axio and our dedicated team. For the first time, our clients will be able to measure their cybersecurity program and benchmark it across their industry peers,” stated Patrick C. Miller, Managing Partner for Archer.

“This collaboration will help the overall assessment and understanding of cybersecurity risk for critical infrastructure.”

Axio360’s methodology and software empowers organizations to continuously answer the four most critical questions for cyber risk:

  • What’s my exposure in financial terms?
  • How should I manage my cyber program?
  • Do I have the financial ability to recover?
  • Where should I invest?

Source: https://www.helpnetsecurity.com/2020/07/09/axio-archer/

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