Symantec has announced the opening of its largest security operations centre (SOC) in Chennai. The new facility accomodates over 140 staff with room for another hundred as the company escalates its efforts against cybercrime in order to protect all their customers, from the largest corporates to individuals at home. What is it that makes a SOC important?
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It's been clear for a while now that the old signature and heuristics systems used to detect malware have been woefully inadequate for preventing and detecting online threats. That's resulted in a lot of effort being made to use big data and analytics to prevent and detect attacks. But that effort has primarily been at the enterprise level. Norton Core is a new product that will available in Australia soon that brings intelligence and automation to the home.
Lots of discussions about complex topics start with the premise that there are two types of people. That's where Symantec's Chief Technology Officer Hugh Thompson began his discussion on the challenges facing the security industry. He began his entertaining security keynote at this year's CeBIT event in Sydney telling the story of a bird that flew into a commercial aircraft as the plane was being loaded by ground staff. It was trapped in the passenger cabin, only becoming known when the trans-Atlantic flight was in the air. The reactions to the story are indicative, he said, about differing attitudes to security risks.
An previously unknown attack group, dubbed Orangeworm by Symantec threat researchers, is installing the Kwampirs backdoor and is targeting the healthcare sector in the US, Europe and Asia. The backdoor is then used to install a remote access program, giving the attackers access to compromised machines.
As browsers move away from unsecured HTTP, SSL certification has become an increasingly more public topic. Free services such as Let's Encrypt simplify the process of acquiring certificates, but the likes of Symantec still offer pay-for options if it makes you feel better. Except it shouldn't, as security researcher Hanno Böck recently discovered.
Symantec's researchers have uncovered a potential link between the WannaCry ransomware worm, that hit systems just over a week ago, and code used by the Lazarus Group, the hackers that attacked Sony in 2015 and $81M theft from the Bangladesh Central Bank and are believed to be based in North Korea.
Despite increased awareness of cybercrime and potential ramifications of online attacks, Australians continue to have a cavalier attitude towards online security, according to survey of over 1000 local consumers. This attitude carries over into the workplace and can put businesses at risk.
What's surprising is that those who have suffered a cyberattack in the past often continue to engage in unsafe online practices such as sharing passwords. Here are the full details of the survey.
Virtual private networks (VPNs) have existed for years, both as a legitimate tool for business users to make secure connections to their corporate networks remotely and for consumers to circumvent geo-blocking on overseas content websites like Netflix. People also use VPNs to encrypt their traffic when pirating copyrighted content. Now a major security vendor, Norton By Symantec, is entering the already crowded VPN market with its Norton WiFi Privacy offering for mobiles. Here's how it differs from the other VPN services.
Google had put in additional security measures to make it hard for malware to steal banking information on the Android operating system. But, as we know, cybercriminals are a tenacious bunch and they have found a way to bypass the additional security through Android's accessibility services. Here are the details.
Australia is very popular right now, but with the wrong kind of people. Cybercriminals see Australia as a goldmine and are sending waves of ransomware to our shores to extort victims into handing over money to unencrypt precious files. This is just one of the insights from Symantec's Internet Security Threat Report, which analyses security threats from around the world in 2015. We take a closer look at the findings that directly impact Australia.
It was inevitable that cybercriminals would capitalise on the global attention on the Zika virus outbreak. Security vendor Symantec has issued a warning on a malicious spam campaign that lures people into downloading a piece of malware called JS.Downloader by claiming to have additional information on the Zika virus. Here are the details.
When Kristie Green, owner of North Star Scaffolding, saw a traffic infringement notice email come through on the computer she uses to run her small business, she didn't even think twice about clicking it. The computer instantly froze up and then a message appeared on the screen informing her the device has been hijacked and that she needed to pay a $900 ransom to gain access to all her files again. Kristie had been hit by a cryptovirus.
The computer-security firm Symantec says it may have found some of the most sophisticated malicious software ever made. The cyber-espionage bug, called Regin, has been making attacks for many years without being caught.
As Lifehacker covered in 'The Next Five Years Of IT', the modern data centre is no longer a static environment. To stay competitive, you need an agile data centre which can deploy on-premises, pure cloud or hybrid technologies as the need arises. But what's the best way to effectively manage and deploy those resources? Here's how to control your data across all major platforms and protect against security breaches, loss of data and business downtime.
A recent Gartner study reminds us that with more companies harnessing data for a competitive edge, there are increased challenges to secure information and protect against data breaches or targeted attacks. So how are security vendors responding? In Symantec's case, by going far beyond anti-virus. As one of the largest civilian threat intelligence platform in the world, Symantec has deployed a range of tools to help organisations improve IT security. Here's what you need to know.
Symantec's Melbourne Security Data Centre generates root keys for certificate authorities, a task that can't be undertaken lightly given their vital role in online security. Here's a photo tour of the rarely-seen and highly-secured centre, including the "Ceremony Room" used to generate the new keys.