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Secret CSO: Rick Howard, Palo Alto Networks

Rick Howard is the Chief Security Officer (CSO) for Palo Alto Networks where he is responsible for building a Threat Intelligence Team, supporting the product line and acting as a thought leader and company evangelist in the cybersecurity industry.
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What government can do to keep its cyber workforce

The government needs to do a better job showing that it values cybersecurity professionals as it battles to attract and retain a digital workforce, industry professionals told Fifth Domain during a week of information security conferences in Las Vegas, Nevada.
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The state of container security: Tools, policy trail the technology

Gartner recently included container security as one of its Top 10 Security Projects for 2019. However, container technology remains something of a mystery to many cybersecurity pros.
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Report finds 34M vulnerabilities across AWS, Google Cloud and Azure

A new report from Unit 42, the threat intelligence team at Palo Alto Networks Inc. has uncovered 34 million vulnerabilities across leading cloud service providers, highlighting that organizations are struggling with securing cloud installations.
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Build a proactive cybersecurity approach that delivers

It's not your imagination. Smart and resourceful bad actors are out to get your organization's data. You've got to do something. You've heard about proactive cybersecurity strategies like zero trust, but what does zero trust really mean, how much will it cost and where do you start? Whatever the strategy, the first step for IT leaders is to come to grips with the threats their organizations are facing.
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The 10 Coolest New Cybersecurity Tools And Products Of 2019 (So Far)

Prisma was released in May, and gives customers what they need to consistently govern access, protect data, and secure applications. Palo Alto Networks CEO Nikesh Arora said Prisma is the largest cloud security business in the world with 9,000 enterprise customers and a billings run rate in excess of $250 million.
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Americans Want to Protect Their Information, but Don't Know How: Survey

Americans are keen on security, but do not necessarily understand it. This is the conclusion of a new survey of 1,300 Americans undertaken by YouGov, which basically suggests that attitudes towards cybersecurity exceed actions taken to ensure cybersecurity.
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The Problem With Containerization

Containerization offers plenty of benefits — including potentially smaller server costs — which tempts brands to containerize applications and adopt technologies such as Docker and Kubernetes.
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Never Trust, Always Verify: Demystifying Zero Trust to Secure Your Networks

The point of Zero Trust is not to make networks, clouds, or endpoints more trusted; it's to eliminate the concept of trust from digital systems altogether.
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6 Top Cloud Security Threats To Know About In 2019 (And Beyond)

From compromised credentials to misconfigured containers to the excessive use of privileged accounts, here's a look at six of the biggest cloud security threats technical experts are worried about this year.
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Top 9 Biggest AWS Security Mistakes To Avoid

From failing to address the spread of shadow IT to losing or having credentials stolen to treating containers like traditional appliances or VMs, here are nine of the most common AWS security mistakes seen by technical experts.
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Palo Alto Networks Reports Identify Container Security Concerns

A pair of reports published by Palo Alto Networks makes it apparent that the biggest issue in container security is not how secure the containers are, but rather how they are configured.
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7 Must-Have Cloud Security Certifications In 2019

Technical experts at seven of the world's leading cloud security firms provide their recommendations for which certifications they value most when making hiring decisions or mentoring subordinates.
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Data Breaches Make Zero Trust The New Buzzword In Cybersecurity

Despite huge spending on computer security, the good guys aren't even close to getting the upper hand vs. hackers.
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Palo Alto Networks launches Prisma, a cloud security suite

Palo Alto Networks has launched its new cloud security suite called Prisma, comprised of four platforms -- Prisma Access, Prisma Public Cloud, Prisma SaaS and VM-Series.
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Palo Alto Networks shells out $410M for Portland’s Twistlock and its container security technology

Security will always be one of the top concerns of any major company doing business on the internet, and Palo Alto Networks announced Wednesday that it will acquire Portland-based Twistlock Security for $410 million to help secure the next generation of cloud workloads.
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Palo Alto Networks Launches Prisma Cloud Security as Twistlock Acquisition Rumors Swirl

Palo Alto Networks today rolled out its new Prisma cloud security suite as rumors swirled that the vendor had reached deals to acquire Twistlock and another security startup. The company is also scheduled to report its third quarter 2019 earnings today after the market closes.
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Palo Alto Networks announces Prisma for cloud security

The new cloud security suite is designed to consistently govern access, protect data and secure applications.
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Palo Alto Networks to acquire container security startup Twistlock for $410M

At KubeCon last week in Barcelona, container security was a hot topic, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Palo Alto Networks announced today that it was buying container security startup, Twistlock for $410 million.
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Palo Alto Networks launches new ‘Prisma’ cloud security suite

Palo Alto Networks Inc. today announced a new cloud security suite designed to provide easier-to-use advanced security features.
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In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc

In Baltimore and Beyond, a Stolen N.S.A. Tool Wreaks Havoc
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Nigerian BEC Scammers Use Malware to Up the Ante

Nigerian email scammers have come a long way from the days of asking for money to help a member of the country's royal family.
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SilverTerrier cybergang evolving new techniques for BEC scams

actors have been attributed to more than 51,000 malware samples and 1.1 million cyber attacks over the last four years as they are gaining experience quickly as they adopt new technologies, techniques, and malware to advance their schemes, according to a May 9 blog post.
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ThreatList: Nigerian Cybercrime Surged 54 Percent in 2018

Nigerian scam groups launched even more attacks in 2018 – and used more complex types of malware to reach more victims.
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Nigerian Cybercrime 'Group' Has 400 Malicious Actors

SilverTerrier is not a traditional cybercrime group. It is the collective name Unit 42 of Palo Alto Networks gives to Nigerian cybercriminals. SilverTerrier continues to grow (over 400 individual actors) and evolve (from advance fee and 419 scams to business email compromise (BEC) and malware distribution).
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Nigerian BEC Scammers Shifting to RATs As Tool of Choice

Scammers running business email compromise (BEC) fraud have grown in number, attack more often, and turn to remote access trojans as the preferred malware type to accompany their raids.
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Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.

Companies like IBM and Palo Alto Networks scramble to hire hundreds of thousands of corporate hackers to defend networks and data
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Despite Doxing, OilRig APT Group Remains a Threat

Despite a doxing of its targets and tools in March, the advanced persistent threat group known as OilRig remains a significant threat to governments and businesses, researchers at Palo Alto Network's Unit 42 report.
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Attackers actively exploiting Atlassian Confluence and Oracle WebLogic flaws

Attackers are actively exploiting recently fixed vulnerabilities in Oracle WebLogic and the Widget Connector macro in Atlassian Confluence to deliver ransomware, mine cryptocurrency and make the compromised machines participate in DDoS attacks.
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Muhstik Botnet Variant Targets Just-Patched Oracle WebLogic Flaw

Researchers are urging Oracle WebLogic users to update quickly – after new Muhstik botnet samples started targeting a critical flaw in the servers.
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