SonicWall Sees Mixed Results in Malware Volumes
SonicWall, a Milpitas, California-based security vendor, says more than 7 billion malware attacks were launched during the first three quarters of 2019, as well as nearly 152 million ransomware attacks. That’s according to the company’s latest threat data analysis, which also points to a 33% increase in IoT malware, a 58% increase in encrypted threats, and a 37% increase in web app attacks.
Meanwhile, malware volume has actually dropped 15% year-over-year, and ransomware attacks have declined 5%. SonicWall says that while attacks may be trending down currently, the number of attacks is still very high and more nefarious than ever, even evading traditional sandbox technology.
“When we observe how ransomware spreads, we also identify that ransomware tactics have changed,” said SonicWall president and CEO Bill Conner. “Historically, the goal for most malware authors was quantity of infections and now we’re seeing attackers focus on fewer higher-value targets where they can spread laterally. This shift in tactics has also seen a corresponding rise in the ransom demands, as attackers attempt to make more money from fewer, but higher value, targets like local municipalities and hospitals.”
Phishing attacks are following suit with ransomware and malware, and are also trending down globally with a year-to-date decrease of 32%. Similar to ransomware, the attacks are being more targeted towards c-suite executives, HR personnel and IT leaders.
“What the data shows is that cybercriminals are becoming more nuanced, more targeted and savvier in their attacks,” added Connor. “We recommend that companies deploy a unified and layered security approach that provides real-time protection across all networks so that they don’t find themselves front page news for a data breach.”
SonicWall threat researchers gather, analyze and vet cross-vector threat information from the SonicWall Capture Threat network, consisting of global devices and resources, including more than 1 million security sensors in nearly 215 countries and territories.
While it’s nice to see some cyberattack data trending downwards, the SonicWall announcement underscores the need for channel partners to be vigilant in the defense of their customers’ data.
Nominet Launches Global Cyber Security Partner Program
Nominet, a cybersecurity company with headquarters in both London and Washington, has rolled out a new three-level partner program, marketed as “Velocity.”
Tier 1 “Power” partners have engaged both technical engineer and sales training, enabling them to demonstrate the NTX product line, technically deploy the solution and support customers. These partners, in return, receive the healthiest rebates and discounts, as well as access to the co-marketing funds.
NTX is Nominet’s network detection and response platform, purpose built to analyze billions of DNS data packets in real time, pinpointing and eradicating malicious activity, using the ubiquitous DNS layer.
Tier 2 “Accelerate” partners have participated in Nominet’s sales training session, ensuring that they are adequately equipped to talk authoritatively about NTX and can work with technical distributors and/or the Nominet technical team for the full demonstration and deployment.
Tier 3 “Motion” partners are at the entry level of their relationship with Nominet, with an emphasis on training and support.
The Velocity partner program is an evolution of the current relationships between Nominet and various cybersecurity channel partners. By formalizing its structure, reward and rebate systems, as well as any additional incentives and support available, the system can be rolled out more easily across its VAR, MSSP and SI network.
“We’re building a channel community that fosters an attitude for success,” said Dave Polton, Nominet’s VP of Solutions. “There is a huge Network Detection and Response opportunity on the horizon, and in formalizing our partner program we’re creating a structure where all of our partners can both realize and replicate success.”
The three-level partner program is designed to meet industry demand for simpler, more rewarding programs, which emphasize training, understanding of the product and the context of the environment. The product line focuses largely on the DNS layer.
Telarus Acquires Operations Team of Cynergy Telecom
Telarus has acquired the operations division of Cynergy. The purchase will transfer specific assets and customer account support functions to Telarus.
Cynergy focuses on selling to mid-sized enterprise organizations. The capabilities are considered a good match for Telarus, a master agent that has built a back office offering that includes engineering, project management, and account management.
“This sale allows us to leverage the scale of the Telarus operation so we can focus on expanding our sales efforts,” said Mike Emanuelo, Partner at Cynergy.
Cynergy customers will continue to be supported as they have been, while other Telarus partners should expect seeing an expansion of the Telarus support offering in 1Q 2020.
The companies have worked together in close partnership for over ten years. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Managements of the two companies forged the deal through recognition of certain synergies that would enable higher scales of sales efforts.