Earlier today, at the Black Hat USA security conference in Las Vegas, U.K.-based security vendor Sophos Ltd. published a new white paper about an insidiously slick and effective “ransomware-as-a-service” (RaaS) kit named Philadelphia. Here’s an inside look at that underworld product offering and preview of the threat landscape ahead based on a recent conversation with Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of the end user and network security group at Sophos.
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Even the best security systems are powerless to protect companies from free-clicking, uninformed employees. Sophos, Schiappa observes, has 3,000 employees.
“If 2,999 are great at not clicking things, you’re going to find the one who does,” he says. “It’s amazing how easy it is to get people to open attachments or click links.”
In that vulnerability, though, lies an opportunity for channel pros to protect their customers while making extra money by offering security awareness training. Sophos, Schiappa notes, shipped an anti-phishing user education tool earlier this year.
“That’s another great thing for our partners, to be able to go out and explain the dangers of phishing and then be able to provide a tool to their customer that can actually help them solve that problem through training,” he states.
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