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Portnox CEO Ofer Amitai Featured in IoT Agenda

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Portnox’s CEO and Co-Founder Ofer Amitai was featured as a guest contributor in Tech Target’s IoT Agenda with an article entitled “Your security appliance is essentially an IoT device”. You can read the full article here.

The article surveys the similarities between security applications and IoT devices in that they are both “simplistic” devices that run software. Therefore, Amitai concludes, security appliances are susceptible to some of the same vulnerabilities as IoT devices – such as acting as a gateway for network breaches, DDoS, phishing and malware attacks, just to name a few. Read the full article here to find out how to secure security appliances so that they aren’t just another vulnerable IoT device on the network.

Portnox CEO Ofer Amitai Featured in IoT Agenda

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Portnox’s CEO and Co-Founder Ofer Amitai was featured as a guest contributor in Tech Target’s IoT Agenda with an article entitled “Your security appliance is essentially an IoT device”. You can read the full article here.

The article surveys the similarities between security applications and IoT devices in that they are both “simplistic” devices that run software. Therefore, Amitai concludes, security appliances are susceptible to some of the same vulnerabilities as IoT devices – such as acting as a gateway for network breaches, DDoS, phishing and malware attacks, just to name a few. Read the full article here to find out how to secure security appliances so that they aren’t just another vulnerable IoT device on the network.

Portnox Rapid Ransomware Response and Control Helps Organizations Quickly Recover from Attacks

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Using full network visibility, Portnox monitors and disconnects infected devices during ransomware attacks, speeding up recovery time.

July 11, 2017 – Portnox, a market leader for network visibility, today announced “Rapid Ransomware Response and Control” as part of its on-premise and cloud-based Network Access Control (NAC) Solutions, Portnox CORE and CLEAR. In light of recent EternalBlue exploit attacks, known as the ‘Petya’ or ‘NotPetya’ cyberattacks, which targeted known vulnerabilities in the server message block protocol in Microsoft Windows, Rapid Ransomware Response and Control allows organizations of all sizes to quickly recover from ransomware and malware attacks.

Rapid Ransomware Response and Control allows for quick recovery by automatically disconnecting infected devices, as well as those devices that are prone to infection or missing necessary patches, to prevent the lateral spread of the ransomware throughout the network. By providing full visibility into all network devices, Rapid Ransomware Response and Control enables organizations to identify unpatched devices and those lacking anti-virus updates, and automatically install updates across the network. It also identifies unmanaged devices, which cannot be patched and pose significant risk – a major factor in the EternalBlue exploit attacks – automatically removing them to a firewalled or segmented network with limited network access.

Remediation capabilities include disconnecting or quarantining managed network devices that have been infected or are likely to be infected; activating a script for patching those machines, pushing a specific patch to update a machine, and segmenting or isolating infected devices into a separate part of the network with limited Internet connection and restricted access to sensitive company information. In addition, Rapid Ransomware Response and Control remotely disconnects ports on all network devices to control the lateral spread of the attack throughout the organization, and to minimize the IT resource burden of manually disconnecting network devices.

“Complete visibility into the network health of managed and unmanaged network devices can prevent an additional wave of ransomware attacks in the future, and that, if attacked, organizations can effectively control damage to their assets by initiating automated remediation measures across all relevant endpoints,” said Ofer Amitai, CEO, Portnox. “With Ransomware Response and Control, IT teams will release a sigh of relief knowing that, in the unfortunate event of a network breach, they have full visibility and control over the emerging and real threats to their network.”

Rapid Ransomware Response and Control is available now. For more information or to request a demo, visit: http://l.portnox.com/core-demo-request-1-0-0.

About Portnox
Portnox secures connected organizations’ corporate networks utilizing its next-generation network access control and management solutions. Portnox’s solutions manage every user, every device – including: Internet of Things (IoT), BYOD, mobile and managed devices – accessing the network, everywhere.

Founded in 2007, Portnox provides its global customers with a complete view of device and network visibility, reducing security risks and improving network control. Portnox offers two solutions – CORE for On-Premise NAC and CLEAR for cloud-based NAC – allowing companies to grow, optimize, and evolve their infrastructure while maintaining the upmost security and compliance. The company was recognized by Gartner as a pure-play security vendor of network access control solutions and is a recipient of the 2016 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership, among other Security Industry Awards. Portnox has offices in the U.S. and in Europe.
www.portnox.com

CEO Insights: Top cybersecurity challenges in the healthcare industry

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Portnox CEO and co-founder Ofer Amitai shares his insights on cybersecurity challenges in healthcare with IIoT World journalist Lucian Forgos. In the article, Ofer discusses some of the major threats to this sensitive industry such as the use of end of life operating systems on medical machinery and a lack of awareness on the importance of consistent system patching.

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Patched or Unpatched? – That is the Question

Patched or Unpatched? – That Is the Question

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“Ransomware” may now officially be the most searched word on Google. That’s because this month, the alleged hacker group the Shadow Brokers executed yet another global ransomware attack, the ‘Petya’ attack, which manipulated many of the same vulnerabilities as the May WannaCry attack. In light of this new and worrisome wave of ransomware cyber crime, it’s time to discuss an unresolved for so many organizations – patched and unpatched devices.

A major network security pitfall in organizations of all sizes, but mainly large organizations, is that they lack visibility into which devices have been patched for the EternalBlue/EternalRomance vulnerabilities, and which devices are unpatched and are therefore prone to attacks. While Microsoft did what it could to issue the patches in time to prevent the spread of the attack, a number of devices remain unpatched, and in some cases, it is impossible for IT admins to tell if there are devices left to patch or not. There could be two reasons for this oversight: 1. The IT administrators lack appropriate network/endpoint visibility tools with compliance mechanisms such as automated patching or quarantining of rogue devices; or 2. There are unmanaged company devices accessing the network. In the case of the latter, it is impossible to tell if they have been patched or not, unless the admins make the effort of manually installing the patch updates themselves. While there is much to be said for the benefits of network visibility tools, it’s the unmanaged devices that really worry me.

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So how can we prevent a third massive ransomware attack? One could return to the vendor or Point of Sale of said unmanaged device and ask them to manually install the firmware, but this is a manual process and, with all of the ransomware attacks lately, these vendors are probably swamped with requests. The more logical option is to establish an active inventory of the unmanaged devices (such as BYODs) on the network so that, on the eve of an attack or, in light of suspicious activity, these devices can be automatically quarantined or blocked from the network. Another option is to perpetually place these devices in a segmented or firewalled part of the network that will limit their access to the Internet and sensitive company information. Here, it is possible to assign unmanaged devices to a guest or contractor network with limited access capabilities from the start.

Why is this so important, you ask? Because the perpetrators of the ‘Petya’ and WannaCry attacks were able to incur damage on a global scale by infiltrating vulnerabilities on one or two devices, then spreading the ransomware using freeware tools to thousands of others. It’s really the same way that worms work. This lateral movement throughout the organization can put IT admins in disaster mode – and that’s added to the fact that it takes 40% of IT teams at least two to three hours to realize they’ve been attacked!

In order to stop the ransomware bad guys in their tracks, it’s recommended to automate remediation methods to control the extent of the damage. Without this cushioning in place, hackers like the Shadow Brokers have free reign over not just one or two vulnerable devices, but the entire network, including personal devices and information attained in phishing attacks.

Let’s take the right actions this time to ensure that a third global ransomware attack doesn’t happen again anytime soon.

Portnox Adds Visibility and Control To Help Secure Networks

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Business networks are wrestling with increasing complexity and population, and as a result- with a greater potential of security attacks. These challenges are sure to grow.

Ofer Amitai, Portnox CEO believes visibility is the first step in protecting your network followed by monitoring the devices to control the risk. Portnox has made a lot of news this year with both its on-premise and cloud-based solutions.

TMCNet covers Portnox’s solutions and its newest product releases in their latest blog.

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Innovation Spotlight: Securing the Internet of Things in the BYOD Era

Innovation Spotlight: Securing the Internet of Things in the BYOD Era

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IoT devices are possibly the weakest point in the corporate network and their vulnerabilities are unlikely to disappear anytime soon.

Securing the IoT in the BYOD era is no doubt going to increase the complexity exponentially in organizations both large and small. Visibility is the key to protecting your corporate network. Ofer Amitai, the co-founder and CEO of Portnox, discusses this with Information Age in its ongoing series, Innovation Spotlight.

“What I think we are missing as an industry, or as a society is that this problem of digital crime – which is on the rise – is not just for us as security vendors to solve, said Ofer Amitai, Portnox CEO and cofounder. We’re happy and we’re committed to helping organizations protect themselves against crime, but this is essentially the job of governments as well”

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Softprom by ERC Signs a Collaboration Agreement with Portnox

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On June 14th, 2017 Portnox, market leader for network access control and risk management
solutions, and the Value Added Distributor Softprom by ERC announced a collaboration
agreement to ensure their customers’ complex networks run smoothly and securely. The
agreement covers territories of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russian
Federation, Ukraine and also EU countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and
Slovakia.
The connected world is evolving, creating more complexity and challenges for today’s
organizations to accommodate an ever-changing landscape of users, devices, and locations.
As the variety and complexity grows, the challenge to secure the corporate network, while
maintaining policy and compliance, amplifies. Portnox delivers complete network access
control, visibility, risk management and policy compliance. Its award-winning on-premises
and cloud-based network access and control solutions, Portnox CORE and Portnox CLEAR,
helps CISOs and network security administrators manage the health of corporate and
personal assets including IoT, BYOD and other mobile devices at all times.
“Our expanded partnership will enable us to explore best solutions to manage any Internet of
Things (IoT) connected devices or any user devices accessing the network, including remote
locations and whether on mobile, BYOD or managed device,” – said Alexander Georgiev,
Head of IT Security Solutions Department, Softprom by ERC, – “We’re excited to embark on
the relationship with Portnox that will expand possibility of network management solutions
delivery.”
“As we continue our mission of helping companies secure IoT and BYOD devices, we look for
innovative partners that share our common goal,” said Ofer Amitai, CEO, Portnox. “This
partnership brings tremendous value to the Eastern European market and we look forward to
working with ERC to ensure our joint customers’ networks and devices are kept safe, from
anywhere and anytime.”

About Portnox
Portnox secures connected organizations’ corporate networks utilizing its next-generation network access control and management solutions. Portnox’s solutions manage every user, every device – including: Internet of Things (IoT), BYOD, mobile and managed devices – accessing the network, everywhere.

Founded in 2007, Portnox provides its global customers with a complete view of device and network visibility, reducing security risks and improving network control. Portnox offers two solutions – CORE for On-Premise NAC and CLEAR for cloud-based NAC – allowing companies to grow, optimize, and evolve their infrastructure while maintaining the upmost security and compliance. The company was recognized by Gartner as a pure-play security vendor of network access control solutions and is a recipient of the 2016 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership, among other Security Industry Awards. Portnox has offices in the U.S. and in Europe.

www.portnox.com

About Softprom by ERC
Softprom by ERC is a Value Added Distributor in the CIS to which trust more than 1000 partners.
In the 2016 year, Softprom by ERC opened door in the Poland and Europe market.
Softprom by ERC was founded in 1999 and today has more 40 distribution contracts with the
world’s largest vendors.
www.softprom.com

Enterprise IoT Is Heating Up. Here Are Some Key Tips For Protecting Your Business

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The implementation of IoT technology in enterprise has a number of business benefits, but over time it is becoming clear that these benefits come with a risky price. One of the weakest points for IoT is visibility of all devices on the network. Portnox CEO and co-founder Ofer Amitai shares his insights on how to segment IoT technology to gain total visibility and increased network security.
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