Sophos Expands Commitment to the Channel with New Dedicated Partner Care Offering

Sophos Expands Commitment to the Channel with New Dedicated Partner Care Offering

 Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, is expanding its commitment to the channel with the addition of Partner Care, a new offering in its global partner program that features a dedicated, 24×7 team of Sophos experts who handle non-sales related questions and operational support. The offering is designed to…

Fighting Fraud and Financial Crimes in the Generative AI age
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Fighting Fraud and Financial Crimes in the Generative AI age

In today’s increasingly digital world, fraud and financial crime has become a significant concern. Global research shows that 2022 saw a 72% increase in fraudulent activity while almost a quarter of survey respondents expect a significant budget increase for anti-fraud technology through 2025. Given how generative artificial intelligence (AI) has been reshaping virtually all industry sectors, the…

Criminals Leverage “As-a-Service” Business Model with Sha Zhu Pan Kits, Globally Expanding Cryptocurrency Fraud
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Criminals Leverage “As-a-Service” Business Model with Sha Zhu Pan Kits, Globally Expanding Cryptocurrency Fraud

After a Two-Year Investigation, Sophos X-Ops Discovers Unprecedented Sophistication in Scams That Trick Victims into Fake Investments Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today revealed how sha zhu pan scammers—those conducting elaborate, romance-based cryptocurrency fraud—are leveraging a business model similar to cybercrime “as-a-service” by selling sha zhu pan kits on…

Cyber Defenses and Cyber Insurance: A Holistic Approach to Cyber Risk Management
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Cyber Defenses and Cyber Insurance: A Holistic Approach to Cyber Risk Management

The landscape of cyber threats has significantly expanded in terms of volume, complexity, and impact of attacks over the past few years. Consequently, regardless of their size, industry, or geographic location, the vast majority of companies prioritize protection against these threats and primarily strive to implement robust cyber defense measures to counteract them. However, given…

Attackers Increase Their Use of Remote Ransomware 62% Annually, Based on Attacks Detected and Stopped by Sophos CryptoGuard Technology
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Attackers Increase Their Use of Remote Ransomware 62% Annually, Based on Attacks Detected and Stopped by Sophos CryptoGuard Technology

Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, has released a report, titled “CryptoGuard: An Asymmetric Approach to the Ransomware Battle,” which found that some of the most prolific and active ransomware groups, including Akira, ALPHV/BlackCat, LockBit, Royal, Black Basta, are deliberately switching on remote encryption for their attacks. In remote encryption attacks, also known as…

NDPC Issues Code of Conduct for Data Protection Compliance Organizations (DPCOs)
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NDPC Issues Code of Conduct for Data Protection Compliance Organizations (DPCOs)

Ahead of its enforcement drive in 2024 and in a bid to ensure professionalism among firms that are licensed to carry out compliance as a service, the Nigeria Data Protection Commission has issued a Code of Conduct for DPCOs in Nigeria. Whilst addressing the meeting of the Commission with the DPCOs, the National Commissioner, Dr….

Sophos Anticipates AI-Based Attack Techniques and Prepares Detections
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Sophos Anticipates AI-Based Attack Techniques and Prepares Detections

Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today released two reports about the use of AI in cybercrime. The first report—“The Dark Side of AI: Large-Scale Scam Campaigns Made Possible by Generative AI”—demonstrates how, in the future, scammers could leverage technology like ChatGPT to conduct fraud on a massive scale…

Cybercriminals disabled or erased logs in 82% of attacks with missing telemetry in Sophos Active Adversary Report cases.
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Cybercriminals disabled or erased logs in 82% of attacks with missing telemetry in Sophos Active Adversary Report cases.

 Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today released its Active Adversary Report for Security Practitioners, which found that telemetry logs were missing in nearly 42% of the attack cases studied. In 82% of these cases, cybercriminals disabled or wiped out the telemetry to hide their tracks. The report covers Incident…

Cybercriminals Successfully Encrypted Data in Ransomware Attacks on Nearly 75% of Healthcare Organizations That Sophos Surveyed
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Cybercriminals Successfully Encrypted Data in Ransomware Attacks on Nearly 75% of Healthcare Organizations That Sophos Surveyed

Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today shared its sector survey report, “The State of Ransomware in Healthcare 2023,” which revealed that, among those organizations surveyed, cybercriminals successfully encrypted data in nearly 75% of ransomware attacks. This is the highest rate of encryption in the past three years and a…

Digitalization: Empowering the future of work & home through cybersecurity vigilance

Digitalization: Empowering the future of work & home through cybersecurity vigilance

In the grand tapestry of human progress, few notable innovations have propelled the world forward as profoundly as digitalization. The convergence of technology, innovation, and information has subsequently disrupted the way we do things at almost all levels and in turn, birthed a new era where everything, more so the way we work and live is redefined daily. But even as we embrace…

NDPC and the Committee of Nigerian Vice Chancellors will collaborate on Student Data Protection.

NDPC and the Committee of Nigerian Vice Chancellors will collaborate on Student Data Protection.

The Committee of Vice Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (CVCNU) has asked the Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) to collaborate on building capacity for vice chancellors and data officers in universities as part of steps to safeguard student data across Nigerian universities. At a courtesy visit by CVCNU members to Dr. Vincent Olatunji, the National Commissioner/CEO…

Sophos Supports Shift to Hybrid Environments with New Generation of Remotely Managed Wi-Fi 6 Access Points
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Sophos Supports Shift to Hybrid Environments with New Generation of Remotely Managed Wi-Fi 6 Access Points

Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today announced the Sophos AP6 Series to support the shift to hybrid environments with a new generation of remotely managed Wi-Fi 6 access points. The new offering adds another component to Sophos’ secure access portfolio, which includes Sophos Firewall and Sophos Switch.   “With cloud-managed Wi-Fi, Sophos…

Nigerian Government Pledges to Safeguard Citizens’ Data
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Nigerian Government Pledges to Safeguard Citizens’ Data

The Minister of Communications, Innovation and Digital Economy, Dr. Bosun Tijani in a 2-Day sensitization workshop organised by the National Data Protection Commission (NDPC) held in Abuja recently said that the government is committed to protecting the citizens’ data. The workshop was organized for stakeholders, including heads of government agencies, and members of the Association of…

NUC Adds Cybersecurity Software Engineering, Others to Nigerian University Curriculum
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NUC Adds Cybersecurity Software Engineering, Others to Nigerian University Curriculum

Redesigned core technology courses have just been added to Nigerian institutions’ curricula by the National institutions Commission (NUC). During a recent stakeholder meeting, Dr. Chris Maiyaki, the commission’s acting Executive Secretary, reaffirmed that the new curriculum will be implemented beginning in September 2023. According to Maiyaki, universities will decide on the remaining 30% of the…

Rising cyberthreats loom over Africa’s digitalization push, experts  raise concerns

Rising cyberthreats loom over Africa’s digitalization push, experts raise concerns

With cybercrime increasingly posing a significant risk to enterprises globally, cybersecurity experts in South Africa are forecasting more challenging times ahead as threat actors exploit emerging innovations to launch sophisticated cyber attacks. Driven by heightened technological advancements such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), cybercriminals relentlessly utilize popular digital tools and platforms to…

Adversary-Sponsored Research Contests on Cybercriminal Forums Focus on New Methods of Attack and Evasion, Sophos Research Reveals

Adversary-Sponsored Research Contests on Cybercriminal Forums Focus on New Methods of Attack and Evasion, Sophos Research Reveals

Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today announced that it has uncovered how research contests run by cybercrime forums are helping to inspire new methods of attack and detection evasion. The contests mirror legitimate security conference ‘Call For Papers’ and provide the winners considerable financial rewards and recognition from peers and…

Sophos Launches Incident Response Retainer

Sophos Launches Incident Response Retainer

Sophos Retainer Cuts Red-Tape, Allowing Sophos Incident Responders to Quickly Investigate and Remediate Active Attacks Shorter Attacker Dwell Times Require Faster Response, as Indicated in Sophos’ New Active Adversary Report for Tech Leaders  Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today announced its new Sophos Incident Response Retainer, which provides organizations…

Surviving in a Digital World: Why Cyber Protection is the Ultimate Defense for African Enterprises

Surviving in a Digital World: Why Cyber Protection is the Ultimate Defense for African Enterprises

In the wake of today’s highly interconnected digital landscape, African enterprises are increasingly battling a ballooning number of cyber threats that have enormous potential to cripple their day-to-day operations, expose sensitive data, and inflict irreparable financial losses. Driven by the acceleration of technological advances and the relentless malicious actors becoming more sophisticated, it is now becoming crucial for businesses in the region…

CryptoRom Scammers Add AI Chat Tool, Like ChatGPT, and Fake Hacks on Crypto Accounts to Their Toolset, Sophos Finds

CryptoRom Scammers Add AI Chat Tool, Like ChatGPT, and Fake Hacks on Crypto Accounts to Their Toolset, Sophos Finds

 Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today released new findings on CryptoRom scams—a subset of pig butchering (sh? zh? pán) schemes designed to trick users of dating apps into making fake cryptocurrency investments—in its latest report, “Sha Zhu Pan Scam Uses AI Chat Tool to Target iPhone and Android Users.” Since May, Sophos…

NDPC Tasks Data Controllers and Processors on Data Protection Compliance, Registration
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NDPC Tasks Data Controllers and Processors on Data Protection Compliance, Registration

The Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC) has urged all banks, telecom operators, educational institutions, government parastatals, and other organizations that collect and process data in Nigeria to register with the Commission between now and December, 2023 for data protection compliance monitoring. The National Commissioner of the NDPC, Dr. Vincent Olatunji stated this at a sensitisation…

We are committed to safeguarding the data protection rights of Nigerians, NDPC boss

We are committed to safeguarding the data protection rights of Nigerians, NDPC boss

Data protection plays a crucial role in safeguarding critical information from corruption, compromise, or loss and ensuring data privacy to protect individuals’ rights and foster trust in the digital economy.  And Nigeria is firmly positioning itself as a responsible and secure destination for digital transactions and investments, with a clear emphasis on preserving the data…

Sophos Launches Managed Detection and Response (MDR) for Microsoft Defender

Sophos Launches Managed Detection and Response (MDR) for Microsoft Defender

Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, today launched Sophos Managed Detection and Response (MDR) for Microsoft Defender, a fully-managed offering that provides the industry’s most robust threat response capabilities for organizations using Microsoft Security. Sophos MDR for Microsoft Defender adds a critical layer of 24/7 protection across the Microsoft Security…

Working remotely during Summer 2023: 5 steps to protect yourself from cyberattacks according to Sophos

Working remotely during Summer 2023: 5 steps to protect yourself from cyberattacks according to Sophos

Before the pandemic, cybersecurity started to be considered as a fundamental area in a company. But it’s really after the implementation of teleworking during confinement and the cyberattacks that many companies suffered, due to the exposure of their devices, that IT teams are increasingly focused on raising awareness among their workers. The objective is clear,…

Twitter’s Crypto Scammers are on the Rise on Threads
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Twitter’s Crypto Scammers are on the Rise on Threads

Last week, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, combined Instagram with Threads, a brand-new Twitter-like site. Five days after its introduction, Threads has already established itself as a haven for cryptocurrency scammers. On numerous social networking sites, members of the global Web3 and crypto communities are posting advisories to warn unwary victims about the financial…

We are Committed to the Culture of Data Protection in Nigeria, NDPC Boss

We are Committed to the Culture of Data Protection in Nigeria, NDPC Boss

Data management and protection laws are critical for any nation to thrive in today’s highly digitized world. These laws are necessary to safeguard both corporations and individuals from data breaches and identity theft. Recognizing this need, the Federal Government of Nigeria established the National Commissioner of Nigeria Data Protection Commission (NDPC). The Nigeria Data Protection Act 2023, signed…

More Than Two-Thirds of Manufacturing Companies Hit by Ransomware Had Their Data Encrypted, Sophos Survey Finds

More Than Two-Thirds of Manufacturing Companies Hit by Ransomware Had Their Data Encrypted, Sophos Survey Finds

 Sophos, a global leader in innovating and delivering cybersecurity as a service, has announced a new sectoral survey report, “The State of Ransomware in Manufacturing and Production 2023,” which found that in more than two-thirds (68%) of ransomware attacks against this sector, the adversaries successfully encrypted data. This is the highest reported encryption rate for the…

France Joins Forces With South Africa to Bolster Cyber Security

France Joins Forces With South Africa to Bolster Cyber Security

For the purpose of enhancing the cyber forensic capabilities of the Special Investigating Unit, South Africa and France have signed a cooperation protocol agreement. The partnership is anticipated to result in the opening of an anti-corruption academy in Tshwane that will assist the SIU as well as law enforcement and anti-corruption organizations in the Southern…

Microsoft Shares Third Edition of Cyber Signals, Highlights New Security Risks for IT Teams

Microsoft Shares Third Edition of Cyber Signals, Highlights New Security Risks for IT Teams

Internet-of-Things (IoT) and Operational Technology (OT) device pervasiveness, susceptibility, and cloud connectivity provide a fast-rising, frequently unregulated risk surface affecting a broader range of industries and organizations. The rapid growth of IoT provides attackers with a larger entry point and attack surface. Access to less secure OT is creating the possibility for devastating infrastructure attacks…