Live from RSA Conference 2017: How machine-learning helps fight malware

If you’re across the Atlantic or couldn’t get to RSA, we’re bringing RSA to you via Facebook Live.

In his presentation, Sophos product management director Russell Humphries talks about how machine learning will change the battle against malware. And, find out how we are bringing machine learning into the fold with our plans to acquire Invincea.

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SophosLabs malware forecast points to rising IoT threats, more ransomware

sophoslabsSophosLabs has released a malware forecast to coincide with the start of RSA Conference 2017.

Typically, our research papers focus on Windows, which has traditionally been the largest battleground. While some of the report does indeed look at Microsoft-specific challenges, we decided to focus more on the increasing malware threats directed at platforms where the risks are often not as well understood, specifically Linux, MacOS and Android devices.
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Consumers fear a cyberattack over a physical attack, but what are they doing about it?

Soph HomeWorking day in day out with IT departments around the world to keep cyber attacks at bay, we at Sophos understand what worries them about the ever-changing threat landscape, the effect a malware infection could have on the running of the business and the work the departments do to keep their businesses ticking over.

But, it is consumers who are the most susceptible to malware, ransomware and other cyberattacks. Without an up-to-date knowledge of the cyber security industry or the benefit of an IT department quietly looking after their backs, the role of ‘IT support’ often falls to the one person who holds the most knowledge. However, that person might not have the time, possess the self-assurance or even the know-how to look after a whole ‘family and friends’ network of computers.

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Get under the skin of ransomware

RansomwareIn 2016 alone, hackers have taken over $1 Billion in the form of ransoms from users trying to retrieve their files after being infected with ransomware.

Ransomware is the most successful malware attack today. It works by locking up your files and crippling your systems until you’ve handed over money.

And, one of the biggest problems in the fight against ransomware is the constantly reinvented attacks. Cybercriminals are finding new methods of spreading the malware, evading detection and even developing ransomware that deletes itself as soon as files are encrypted so that even IT security teams are unable to uncover what variant is on the system.

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Watch now – Sophos Intercept X: Signatureless Exploit Prevention in 60 Seconds

sophos-intercept-x-icon-150Exploits are one of the key methods attackers use to spread malware. They take advantage of the vulnerabilities in genuine software products to deliver their chosen flavor of malware on to your system.

This is where the signatureless exploit prevention technology in Intercept X excels. Instead of poring over a vast bank of malware samples, it concentrates on the relatively small number of techniques used to by the attackers to exploit the vulnerabilities; fending off attacks before they even get started.

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Your second chance to get a great impression with Sandstorm in Sophos Web Appliance

sophos-sandstormThey say you never get a second chance to make a first impression, but with the Sophos Web Appliance, we’re offering our customers a second 30-day trial of Sophos Sandstorm.

Try Sandstorm for a second time to see the value it can bring to your defenses against Ransomware, Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) and unknown malware.

SWA (now available) resets the Sandstorm trial state so that customers who have previously tried Sandstorm can run another trial to try out the great new features introduced in version 4.3.  Continue reading

How many of your staff installed a pirated copy of Pokémon GO?

The online game of the moment is Pokémon GO, a mobile phone app that became so popular so quickly that its availability was limited outside the USA in order to stop the game servers being overloaded.

But what about everyone outside the US who wants to join in the fun?

On iOS, there’s not a lot you can do to install apps from alternative markets, because Apple only officially supports the App Store for downloads.

On Android, however, there’s an option called “Allow apps from untrusted sources” that opens up your phone to software from anywhere, not just Google Play.

So, millions of people all over the world are deliberately lowering their Android security settings to pirate Pokémon GO from unofficial download sites.

Is it safe to do this?

After all, millions of people have already pirated the app, apparently without anything bad happening, so surely the many millions who follow the crowd will be OK, too?

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