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WatchGuard Technologies is one of the leading providers in the field of IT security. The product portfolio ranges from unified threat management and next-generation firewall platforms to multi-factor authentication and technologies for WLAN protection and endpoint protection, as well as intelligent IT security services. More than 250.000 customers worldwide trust in the protection mechanisms at enterprise level.

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End devices: Malware continues to increase massively in 2024
End devices: Malware continues to increase massively in 2024 Image: MS - KI

A recent Internet Security Report from WatchGuard focuses on malware that attacks end devices, such as the widespread "Pandoraspear" malware that targets smart TVs in companies and seeks access. In its new Internet Security Report, WatchGuard Technologies has identified a sharp increase in malware detections for end devices. While the number of malware attacks targeting networks fell by almost half compared to the previous quarter, attacks with malware for end devices rose by 82 percent. Chromium-based browsers in particular increasingly became the source of the malware threat at the beginning of the year. TV hacks: Attackers are looking for new ways...

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Report: More Email Server Attacks and Evasive Malware
Report: More Email Server Attacks and Evasive Malware MS-AI

WatchGuard Internet Security Report documents a dramatic increase in so-called “evasive malware,” contributing to a significant increase in overall malware volume. Also noticeable are increased attacks on email servers. WatchGuard Technologies has released the latest Internet Security Report, in which WatchGuard Threat Lab experts highlight the top malware trends and threats to network and endpoint security. The findings show a dramatic increase in so-called “evasive malware,” contributing to a significant increase in the overall malware volume. Increased attacks on email servers are also noticeable. Furthermore, the results indicate a decreasing number…

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January 28, 2024: European Data Protection Day
January 28, 2024: European Data Protection Day - KI MS

January 28, 2024 is European Data Protection Day. In this context, it is important to raise awareness of privacy and data protection and to raise awareness of relevant IT security issues - regardless of whether they concern the private or corporate environment. Advances in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) are an obvious theme on Data Protection Day 2024 - both because of the potential benefits that such tools bring with them and because of the dangers that come with them, which are certainly cause for concern care for. According to Carla Roncato, Vice President of Identity, WatchGuard Technologies. AI…

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2024: AI-based arms race enters the next round
2024: AI-based arms race enters the next round - Frank Reppold on Pixabay

Artificial intelligence and automation provide attackers and defenders with crucial springboards for successful action. These are tools such as AI-based voice chatbots or AI spear phishing tools. As the year nears its end, it is time, as always, for WatchGuard Technologies to look to the future and focus on potential attack trends and developments in the IT security environment. The WatchGuard Threat Lab sees, among other things, malicious prompt engineering tricks that target Large Language Models (LLM) as having a great chance of causing trouble in 2024. The same goes for “vishers” who carry out their malicious operations with...

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A lack of experts is greatly increasing demand for MDR 
A lack of experts is greatly increasing demand for MDR

WatchGuard is responding to the increasingly clear demand for services to proactively deal with current threat trends with an MDR service that keeps an eye on the threat situation 24/7. Companies benefit from threat detection and defense “as a service”. The new “Managed Detection & Response” (MDR) offering enables companies and especially managed service providers (MSPs) to map threat detection and defense around the clock without having to set up and manage their own security operations center (SOC). . The new 24/7 cybersecurity service, which is managed by an AI-supported elite team of IT security experts, opens up easy access to...

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Security Report: Double Extortion Ransomware Attacks
Security Report: Double Extortion Ransomware Attacks - Image by Cliff Hang on Pixabay

Double-extortion is increasingly the keyword in cases of ransomware attacks. The attackers put the victim under double pressure: either they pay to have their data decrypted or the attackers publish the data. This and more in the WatchGuard Threat Lab Internet Security Report Q2/2023. WatchGuard Technologies' Second Quarter 2023 Internet Security Report highlights top malware trends and threats to network and endpoint security. The analysis by researchers at the WatchGuard Threat Lab revealed, among other things, that 95 percent of malware is transmitted via encrypted connections…

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Identity and Access Management with Dark Web Monitor 
Identity and Access Management with Dark Web Monitor

Stolen or leaked credentials lead cyber attackers into the corporate network without any hurdles. WatchGuard strengthens its identity and access management with additional functions such as a password manager and a dark web monitor service for improved implementation of zero trust policies. With the recently presented "AuthPoint Total Identity Security" bundle, WatchGuard Technologies is expanding its offering in the area of ​​identity and access management in a targeted manner. The new service package expands the already established multi-factor authentication (MFA) "WatchGuard AuthPoint" with a dark web monitor service and a suitable password manager. Through the coordinated interaction of these functionalities along the risk-based zero trust policies of the WatchGuard Unified Security Platform architecture, managed...

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IT-SIG 2.0: KRITIS protection made easy
IT-SIG 2.0: KRITIS protection made easy - Image by Pete Linforth from Pixabay

The IT Security Act 1 - IT-SiG 2023 - started on May 2.0, 2.0 and the transition periods have already expired. Legal requirements can be fully covered with WatchGuard EPDR after a short introductory period. Since May 1, 2023, operators of critical infrastructures (KRITIS) have been obliged to introduce attack detection systems (SzA). According to Ralf Taegener, Managing Director of BOC IT-Security GmbH, there is still room for improvement in terms of the implementation rate - and not only for companies in the field of municipal waste disposal, which are affected for the first time: "Many companies...

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Security report Q1/23: New malware often from Russia and China 
Security report Q1/23: New malware often from Russia and China - Image by Egonetix_xyz on Pixabay

Cyber ​​attackers are constantly coming up with new attack methods. The security report for the first quarter of 1 not only shows new traps, but also proves that three of the four newcomers on the top 2023 malware list come from Russia and China. According to WatchGuard's Internet Security Report, attackers are now discovering new ways to trick users surfing the Internet. After web browsers have recently upgraded their protection mechanisms against pop-up abuse, cybercriminals are now focusing on the still relatively new browser notification options. Malware trends for Q10/1 How the analysis…

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Huge rise in endpoint ransomware

WatchGuard's Internet Security Report Q4/2022 shows the increase in endpoint ransomware and less network malware. The analysis confirms that encrypted connections have become the method of choice for spreading malware. The latest WatchGuard Internet Security Report (ISR) for the fourth quarter of 2022 shows how massively end devices are the focus of attackers. While the number of malware detected on the network is declining, the researchers at the Threat Lab have seen a surge in ransomware on endpoints - the increase is a staggering 627 percent. Over 600 percent more ransomware…

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