Top-10 IT Security Trends and Developments

#HJpicksEvery week, the editorial staff publishes a special selection of editorial pieces on a certain topic or trend. The editor’s picks are being marked as #HJPICKS on our social media channels. This week our editors provide you with a Top-10 list of the most interesting news items on IT Security market trends and developments.

Cloud Security Alliance Establishes New European HQs And ‘GDPR Center of Excellence’ in Berlin

Cloud Security Alliance Jim ReavisSeptember 2018 – The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), one of world’s leading organizations dedicated to defining standards, certifications and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, will be opening a new CSA Europe headquarters and with it, creating a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Center of Excellence for cloud computing in Berlin, Germany, later this year. Read further.

The opening of a new European headquarters for the Cloud Security Alliance is in response to rapid membership growth throughout the region. “We have seen strong growth in our enterprise members throughout Europe, most notably in the financial services sector. We also are collaborating closely with several national governments on critical, national cloud-security standards. In addition, CSA’s research in developing a GDPR Code of Conduct and related best practices has put us in the forefront of the industry in assisting both customers and cloud providers in addressing this critical regulation,” said Jim Reavis, CEO of Cloud Security Alliance.

US Signal Expands Product Portfolio With Cloudflare-Powered DDoS Protection

US-Signal-Stephen-OyerSeptember 2018 – US Signal, an end-to-end IT solutions provider headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, has partnered with Internet performance and security company Cloudflare to bring a fully managed and customizable Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) protection solution to market. Read further.

The new service delivered by US Signal provides DDoS mitigation for network, transport and application layers and is backed by a 100 percent SLA. It is powered by Cloudflare’s global Anycast network and is implemented by US Signal’s information security and provisioning team, with support and customization from its technical operations engineers.

“US Signal’s new DDoS protection service is ideal for companies looking to update their existing DDoS mitigation strategies or for businesses lacking the manpower or skills to manage these risks internally. It is aimed at all market sectors but is particularly beneficial to high-risk areas such as tech, government, finance and healthcare. But regardless of the economic sector in which your company operates, Cloudflare’s 15Tbps plus network throughput should offer peace of mind, as it can handle 15 times more traffic than the largest DDoS attack has produced to date,” said Stephen Oyer, President of US Signal.

eero’s CTO on Privacy and Data Security for Startups

August 2018 – VIDEO – What tools and processes should every startup consider when building their company’s privacy and security? eero Co-founder and Hardware CTO Nate Hardison discusses why it’s imperative for startups to design products and networks with security in mind. He also shares eero’s startup story on how they disproved the “hardware is hard” maxim and have been able to scale with acceleration. Read further and Watch the VIDEO.

Cisco Accelerates Intent-Based Networking Offerings, Acquires Duo Security for $2.35B

Cisco-David-GoeckelerAugust 2018 – Cisco has announced its intent to acquire privately-held Duo Security, headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan – a provider of unified access security and multi-factor authentication delivered through the cloud. Read further.

“In today’s multicloud world, the modern workforce is connecting to critical business applications both on- and off-premise. IT teams are responsible for protecting hundreds of different perimeters that span anywhere a user makes an access decision. Duo’s zero-trust authentication and access products integrated with our network, device and cloud security platforms will enable our customers to address the complexity and challenges that stem from multi-and hybrid-cloud environments,” said David Goeckeler, executive vice president and general manager of Cisco’s networking and security business.

The Lesson of the GitHub DDoS Attack: Why Your Web Host Matters

Infinity-Virtual-Adam-SternJune 2018 – Expert Blog – “Surviving a cyberattack isn’t like weathering a Cat 5 hurricane or coming through a 7.0 earthquake unscathed. Granting that natural disasters too often have horrendous consequences, there’s also a “right place, right time” element to making it through. Cyber-disasters – which can be every bit as calamitous in their own way as acts of nature – don’t typically bend to the element of chance. If you come out the other side intact, it’s probably no accident. It is, instead, the result of specific choices, tools, policies and practices that can be codified and emulated – and that need to be reinforced.”

“Consider the recent case of GitHub, the target of the largest DDoS attack ever recorded. GitHub’s experience is instructive, and perhaps the biggest takeaway can be expressed in four simple words: Your web host matters,” said Adam Stern
, founder and CEO of Los Angeles-based hosting provider Infinitely Virtual.  Read further.

Fear DDoS attacks? Worry no more.

March 2018 – VIDEO – The rate and sophistication of cyber security threats are constantly growing, but security would not have to be a barrier for enterprises on their journey to cloud. IBM and Cloudflare have joined forces to launch IBM Cloud Internet Services, a set of edge network services easily accessible through IBM Cloud. Read further.

Neustar Expands Its DDoS Mitigation Defence Network in EMEA and Japan

Neustar_Barrett_LyonNeustar, a provider of real-time information services and Internet security solutions, has announced the expansion of its DDoS mitigation defense network in EMEA. Scrubbing centers in London, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and Marseille have been expanded, while new facilities in Stockholm and also Tokyo have gone live. Read further.

“As part of Neustar’s quest to end the DDoS attack arms race, the construction of our enhanced network with regionalized nodes is a game-changer for our customers. We are continually future-proofing the network to meet and defeat new attacks head-on, with enhanced and localized scrubbing. Put another way, unlike anything else available on the market today, Neustar is building a constantly evolving network that delivers clients with the required level of sophisticated DDoS defense capabilities needed to defend against the attacks of tomorrow,” said Barrett Lyon, General Manager, DDoS Defence, Neustar.

Cloud-based Portal Released to Launch DDoS Attacks on Your Own Internet Assets

Dosarrest_Jag-BainsJanuary 2018 – DOSarrest Internet Security, a cloud based Internet security services company founded in 2007 in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, has released a new service offering called Cyber Attack Preparation Platform (CAPP). This new service would allow customers to log in to the CAPP portal and launch DDoS attacks on their own Internet assets – to see how their existing defenses stand up to real-world attacks. Read further.

“It’s interesting to see how different systems react to attacks, CAPP not only shows you the traffic to the victim but also shows you the traffic response from the victim. A small attack to a target can actually produce a response back that’s 500 times larger. This is the best tool I’ve seen to fine tune your cybersecurity defenses, if you fail you can make changes and launch the exact same attack again, to see if you can stop the attack,” said Jag Bains, CTO of DOSarrest.

A10 Networks Security Report: Multi-Vector DDoS Attacks Continue to Increase

September 2017 – Organizations are experiencing an increase in the magnitude of DDoS attacks, with the average size of attacks over 50 Gbps quadrupling in just two years, according to a report released from A10 Networks. Multi-vector DDoS attacks continue to increase and assault networks and applications at a rapid pace, according to the report, which found the percentage of organizations that experienced between 6 to 25 attacks per year has increased from 14% in 2015 to 57% in 2017.

Conducted in partnership with IDG Connect, the study also found the gargantuan 1 Tbps attacks that started last year with the Mirai botnet have begun to leave their mark, with 42% of organizations reporting an average size of DDoS attacks greater than 50 Gbps, a significant increase from 2015, when only 10% of attacks were above that size. Read further.

PhoenixNAP Increases Mitigation Capacity to Handle Significantly Bigger DDoS Attacks


September 2018 – PhoenixNAP, a global IT services provider offering Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions from locations worldwide, announced Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) enhancements. The company’s increased mitigation capacity would allow them to handle significantly bigger attacks. Read further.

“Our DDoS enhancements have undergone multiple phases of maturity and there are more to come in the near future. In the current, fourth phase, we increased overall capacity, which allows us to handle significantly bigger attacks and address smaller single-server attacks that do not have an impact on overall network performance, but that can be detrimental to a single client,” said Ian McClarty, President of phoenixNAP.

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