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Not surprisingly, mobile security ranks among the top challenges IT faces when it comes to protecting small and mid-sized businesses. What is surprising, however, is that only 16% of SMBs worldwide responding to a recent Techaisle survey say they’re prepared to deal with mobile security challenges. For some small businesses, this is constraining mobile adoption; for others, it's creating concerning security gaps. However, it also creates an opportunity for channel partners to step in and become trusted advisors. Right now, many MSPs... [Read More]
by RSS Esther Shein  |  Sep 24, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
For the second year in a row, BlackHat Asia was held in Singapore, at the end of March, in the luxury Marina Bay Sands hotel. As usual, the 2 days briefings were fully loaded of plenty of topics. 3 distinct tracks were offered, plus the business track (briefings sponsored by companies) and of course the technical Arsenal rooms. This year Fortinet had a booth, I was asked to help. We had a lot of great conversations with prospective customers and passerby generally interested in industry trends. I was also able to attend some briefings,... [Read More]
by RSS David Maciejak  |  Apr 02, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
A recent news article described email as the undying "cockroach of the Internet". To validate this statement, seeing some of the Android malware samples I've analyzed recently, malware authors might share that sentiment. In 2013, we saw the first Android botnet variant that used email as a means to 'call home'. However, over the past few months there has been a surge in the number of samples discovered that follow suit (thanks to Crypto Girl for the observation). The table below lists all such variants we've seen so far : Variant Name Date... [Read More]
by RSS Ruchna Nigam  |  Sep 15, 2014  |  Filed in: Security Research
Today we announced the availability of the first firewall to cross the 1 Terabit per second threshold. That's 1 trillion bits, or 1 with 12 zero's after it (1,000,000,000,000). But why is it needed now and why is it important? The way we do business has changed, and the threat landscape along with it. Mobile computing, public and private cloud services, social media, everything-as-a-Service, and Big Data. These trends mean the firewall cannot become a bottleneck, and the bar has to constantly be raised higher and higher. The new FortiGate-5144C... [Read More]
by RSS Tamir Hardof  |  Jul 23, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
Ransomware is a type of malware that restricts usage of the device it infects, demanding a ransom from the end-user in order to regain control over the device. Now, the malware could actually damage/encrypt the system and the files on it or it could take the easier way out by merely giving a semblance of having performed these functions. Although in both cases, phone usage becomes difficult for the user Ransomware threats have been big on mobile phones this year - from the emergence of the first variant targetting iOS devices to the first Android... [Read More]
by RSS Ruchna Nigam  |  Jun 25, 2014  |  Filed in: Security Research
2014 has come out swinging with lots of things to discuss in the security threat landscape for January. Our very own Derek Manky, Global Security Strategist, talks with IDG Enterprise's Keith Shaw on the Target hack, the worst passwords, and the 10-year anniversary of mobile malware. For more on the Target breach read an interesting take on the recent hack written by Rick Popko Learn more about staying safe online with Data Privacy Day: Top 5 Ways to Protect Your Privacy For more on the 10th anniversary of mobile malware check out... [Read More]
by RSS Michael Perna  |  Jan 28, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
This Tuesday, January 28th, marks a significant day of observation. No, it's not another presidential holiday. And you probably won't get the day off from work - at least not without calling in sick. January 28 is in fact Data Privacy Day. Led by the non-profit public-private partnership National Cyber Security Alliance, Data Privacy Day is a concerted, international effort that aims to educate and empower users to better safeguard their personally identifying information and take control of their digital footprint. The effort stems from the... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Jan 28, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
A recent article by Italian IT company, TG Soft brought to light an Android malware that is being served by the official Google Play Store. According to Google Play statistics, the application was installed on 10,000-50,000 devices. The malware presents itself as an application called 'Real Basketball' in the official Google Play Store. However, it is designed to confuse the user by its appearance. It appears in the main menu as the 'Google Play Store' application itself. Fig : Phone's main menu after installation of malware One of the Play... [Read More]
by RSS Ruchna Nigam  |  Jan 22, 2014  |  Filed in: Security Research
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Cabir, the world's first mobile phone malware. To mark this occasion, Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs is taking a stroll down memory lane to examine the evolution and significance of mobile threats during the last 10 years. From Cabir to FakeDefend, the last decade has seen the number of mobile malware explode. In 2013, Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs has seen more than 1,300 new malicious applications per day and is currently tracking more than 300 Android malware families and more than 400,000 malicious Android... [Read More]
by RSS Michael Perna  |  Jan 21, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News
With the end of the year coming around, 'tis the season for threat predictions. Today, our very own Derek Manky spoke with Network World's Keith Shaw about Fortinet's take on what is to come for 2014. There is definitely a lot of talk about the ever looming threat and sleuth of the modern day botnet, new and ever-changing Android malwares, and the advent of ransomware on mobile devices. For more, see the interview for you self: For more follow the following links - Fortinet's 2014 Threat Predictions - A Day in the Life of a Mobile Ransomware -... [Read More]
by RSS Michael Perna  |  Dec 17, 2013  |  Filed in: Industry Trends & News