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The rhetoric surrounding mainframes and their uses in modern enterprises tends to be largely negative. Mainframes are seen by many as outdated legacy IT systems that are, or will be, obsolete in the near future as businesses increasingly move to the cloud. However, these notions are one-sided. The reality is that mainframe computing remains alive and well within many infrastructure-critical industries, including some of the largest organizations in the world. It’s reported that 71 percent of Fortune 500 companies still run much of their... [Read More]
by RSS Bill Hogan  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
The healthcare sector has undergone dramatic changes in the past several years, primarily spurred by the adoption of new medical technology. Beginning with the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and continuing on into the increased use of medical applications, online patient portals, connected devices, and wearables, the healthcare sector has been capitalizing on digital advancements to improve overall patient experiences and outcomes. This effort has been well received by patients and physicians alike, as it simplifies communication... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Oct 13, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Recently, FortiGuard Labs found a phishing campaign targeting French Nationals. In this campaign, a PDF file with an embedded javascript is used to download the payload from a Google Drive shared link. As it turns out, the downloaded file is an HTA (HTML Application) file, a format that is becoming more and more common as a malware launch point. It is usually used as a downloader for the actual binary payload. However in this campaign,... [Read More]
by RSS Joie Salvio and Rommel Joven  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  Filed in: Security Research
Because they have traditionally had clear borders and full control of their respective areas, OT and IT people tend to be nearly as territorial as the raccoons. But as the line between IT and OT continues to blur, issues arise that sometimes render these teams unable to work together to implement a common solution, such as security measures, segmentation and monitoring. [Read More]
by RSS James Cabe  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
This change is also causing OT and IT to fight over the control of digital ground. While OT is growing, it is primarily growing into the spaces usually controlled by IT as it is being bolted onto the same networks that phones, routers and laptops touch. This is creating a whole range of security challenges that neither group has ever had to deal with in the past and affects the delivery of applications and information that reaches all the way into the executive suite. [Read More]
by RSS James Cabe  |  Oct 12, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
This week, Fortinet hosted Fast and Secure in Dallas, Texas. Almost 200 Service Providers, influencers, and decision makers attended this event to discuss the impact that the transition to a digital economy and new digital business models are having on their business. We sat down with Matt Pley, Fortinet’s Vice President of Cloud, Carriers, Service Providers, & Strategic Accounts to get his key takeaways from the event. [Read More]
by RSS Matt Pley, John Welton  |  Oct 11, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology
The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us, with the digital transformation of business largely consisting of automation, AI, and rapid technological innovation. Industrial processes and machines are becoming smarter and more modular. A critical enabler of this transformation is the Internet of Things (IoT). Smart, always-connected devices provide real-time contextual information with low overhead to optimize processes and improve how companies and individuals interact, work, and live. Over a million new IoT devices are connected to the Internet... [Read More]
by RSS Phil Keeley  |  Oct 10, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Surveying over 1,800 IT decision makers, Fortinet found almost half believe security is still not a top priority discussion for the board. At the same time, they also strongly contend that cybersecurity should become a top management priority, with 77% of respondents indicating that the board should put IT security under greater scrutiny. [Read More]
by RSS Patrice Perche  |  Oct 09, 2017  |  Filed in: Business and Technology, Industry Trends
Cybercriminals have increasingly taken notice of schools and universities as profitable targets for cyberattacks. A key reason for this is the types of information schools keep on students, parents, and staff. Typically, upon infiltrating an institution’s network, cybercriminals will probe for, find, and exfiltrate valuable user data. This could be anything from health records, financial information, or any other personally identifiable information, such as social security numbers. Cybercriminals typically then take this data and sell it... [Read More]
by RSS Susan Biddle  |  Oct 06, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
If the news about ransomware in recent weeks hasn’t gotten your attention, then maybe the fact that its threat magnitude has grown 35X over the past year will jolt you into a state of awareness. Further, ransomware isn’t a threat confined to just a few industries or geographical regions; it is a global problem facing organizations—and even individuals—of all shapes and sizes. The Magnitude of the Threat Upwards of 4,000 ransomware attacks happen daily, infecting between 30,000 and 50,000 devices each month. The financial... [Read More]
by RSS Jeannette Jarvis  |  Oct 05, 2017  |  Filed in: Industry Trends