Ransomware has been dominating the news for several weeks, and is likely to stay in the news for most of the year. Ransomware is a distinct type of cyber attack, in that it extorts payment from the victim in exchange for allowing access to something that was encrypted in the attack. The most prevalent type of malware used in this kind of crime is ‘crypto-ransomware', which normally encrypts the files on the compromised system, and then demands a ransom in return for the ability to decrypt and recover the files. The latest iteration of crypto-ransomware is called Locky, and is the most advanced version of ransomware we have seen in the wild.
With 2015 coming to a close, it's time for us to take a look at what we are expecting to see in 2016. This year we speak to Sanjay Ramnath, Senior Director of Product Management for Barracuda. Sanjay takes us through some specific observations and his thoughts on what the security industry will face over the next 12 months.
These security outlook posts are a regular event for us, and normally we start by reviewing the previous outlook and comparing it to what happened during the current year. Here's a brief summary of how we did:
The recent defacing of the Army Public website has been making big news. According to Newsweek:
The hackers first started tweeting about the hack around 1 p.m., writing messages like “Hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army” in pop ups and posting a screenshot of users of the U.S. army’s website, including entire email addresses of military members.
The website was taken down by 3 p.m., though the hackers saved an archive of the site. The hackers claimed they had posted an image stated “The defender of honor, Syrian Arab Army” on the website.
2014 is behind us, which means it’s a great time for us to reflect on the past year, and take a look at what we can expect in 2015.
Let's start with a look back on our 2014 predictions, and moves Barracuda made to address the trends.
|Growth of network virtualization||Barracuda Offers Integrated Security; Boosts Portfolio with Consolidated Network and Content Security Solution (Barracuda Security Suite)|
|Security virtualization in public cloud||Barracuda expanded our security offerings in Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure.|
|Online file sharing being embraced by corporate IT||Barracuda expands Copy file sync & share services for companies, and launched the Barracuda Copy Site Server appliance (in both physical and virtual deployment options).|
|Growth in data and availability demands make cloud storage more appealing||Barracuda launches cloud-connected archiving and federated search for the Barracuda Message Archiver, and makes cloud-connectivity an integral piece of Data Protection Plus.|
|SMB next- generation firewall becomes cloud-connected||Barracuda's next-generation firewalls leverage the cloud for multiple functions: both Barracuda Firewall and Barracuda NG Firewall offload web filtering functionality to the Barracuda Web Security Service to improve performance and scalability, and the Barracuda NG Firewall employs cloud-based Advanced Threat Detection to prevent sophisticated, targeted attacks.|
|End user and mobile app usage continues||Barracuda launches Mobile Device Manager and adds features to the Barracuda SSL VPN to extend private cloud access to mobile devices.|
|Cloud for offsiting, mobility and elasticity||Cloud connectivity is integrated into Barracuda Data Protection Plus and Barracuda Total Threat Protection.|
As you can see, Barracuda has had great success in alignment with our predictions for 2014.
You may have heard us mention Total Threat Protection a few times. This is our approach to helping customers make sure that all threat vectors are secure. Barracuda offers a range of security solutions to protect the many threat vectors created by modern connectivity. Here's a quick rundown on how Barracuda solutions secure these threat vectors:
Companies like Facebook, Google and YouTube have been taking a proactive approach to help fight the Ebola virus that has taken countless lives in Africa. When visiting these sites, you may notice that these companies are asking users to donate to finding a cure for the Ebola virus. Hackers in turn are also recognizing the opportunity to capitalize on the new trending topic.
With the fear of the Ebola virus making its way to the States, it’s not surprising that many folks are raising awareness and are now trying to educate themselves on the virus.
Just like anything else that you need to protect, your network is only as secure as its weakest link. As business connectivity increases, hackers improve their attacks against companies and individuals. Even small companies have to fight off advanced Internet threats. How do you secure all of your threat vectors in this environment without breaking your bank?
Barracuda solutions are thoughtfully integrated with common management, common hardware, common architecture and more. Our security solutions designed to work together to help you secure all of these threat vectors through simple deployment and administration.