What is…an exploit?

shutterstock_189045062Most cyberattacks involve criminals exploiting some sort of security weakness.

That weakness could be down to a poorly chosen password, a user who falls for a fake login link, or an attachment that someone opened without thinking.

However, in the field of computer security, the word exploit has a specific meaning: an exploit is a way of abusing a software bug to bypass one or more security protections that are in place.

Software bugs that can be exploited in this way are known as vulnerabilities, for obvious reasons, and can take many forms.

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Sophos XG Firewall is coming to Microsoft Azure

XG FirewallWe are excited to announce that Sophos XG Firewall is coming to Microsoft Azure in October.

Sophos XG Firewall is a next-generation firewall that deploys as an all-in-one solution. It combines advanced networking with protections such as Intrusion Prevention (IPS) and Web Application Firewall (WAF), as well as user and application controls.

Sophos XG Firewall is designed to help you protect your Azure-based workloads against advanced threats.

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Introducing Sophos Intercept X – a completely new approach to endpoint security

sophos-intercept-x-icon-150At Sophos, we’re no strangers to next-generation security. You can see it across our entire product line, from our powerful Security Heartbeat technology that leverages Sophos Central to facilitate communication between endpoints and the network, to our advanced behavioral analytics and malicious traffic detection features (and a whole lot more).

Today, with the introduction of Sophos Intercept X, we’re taking a massive leap forward in next-generation protection – not just for Sophos, but across the entire security industry as a whole.

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Sophos showcases anti-ransomware technologies and more at Cloud Expo Asia 2016

CloudExpoAsiaThe future of cloud security is a hot topic, and we can expect further insights on the subject at Cloud Expo Asia 2016, which happens on 12 and 13 October in Singapore.

Sophos will be there, as the official Cloud Security Expo Keynote Theatre sponsor where our security experts will be giving talks, and at the Sophos booth (P9). Our friendly team will be on hand with tips and advice, so make sure you stop by the booth and say hi!

Throughout the two-day event, you’ll hear from our Sophos experts, including:

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New SophosLabs research: Cryptomining malware on NAS servers worldwide

sophoslabs-150SophosLabs has just released a research paper on a new way that cybercriminals are distributing malware that makes money by “borrowing” your computer to mine cryptocurrency.

The report by Attila Marosi, Senior Threat Researcher at Sophos, investigates the Mal/Miner-C malware, which criminals are using to mine the cryptocurrency Monero.

In this paper, Marosi examines how Mal/Miner-C quietly infects victims’ computers and communicates with host servers to run mining operations covertly in the background.

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Sophos is a Magic Quadrant Leader in Unified Threat Management for the fifth year running

gartner-magic-quadrant-150We’re excited to announce that the new Gartner Magic Quadrant for Unified Threat Management* is out, and Sophos is positioned in the Leaders Quadrant for the fifth year running.

We continue to be one of only three vendors in the Leaders Quadrant. And we think that says a lot about our standing in the eyes of customers, partners and industry analysts.

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Sophos CEO Kris Hagerman recognized as 14th Most Influential Executive by CRN

Kris Hagerman

Kris Hagerman
Sophos CEO

We’re delighted to say that Kris Hagerman, our CEO and fearless leader, has been ranked 14th in CRN’s Top 25 Most Influential Executives and CRN’s Top 100 Executives (US). These two high profile lists recognize Kris as a leader and visionary in the channel, security sector and technology in general.

In building its shortlist of top influential executives, CRN says it looks for those who “through their vision, passion and fire have set the agenda for the channel and for the tech industry as a whole.”

Since joining Sophos in September 2012, Kris has certainly done that.

Kris took Sophos public in 2015 – the largest ever IPO in the UK for a software company – and under his leadership the company launched synchronized security, along with our revolutionary Security Heartbeat technology – a first of its kind in the industry.

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