• A Paradigm Shift for Cybersecurity Managed Service Providers

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: September 5th, 2018

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    Shifts in the current cybersecurity service provider market somewhat resemble an episode of the infamous game show Wheel of Fortune, where contestants purchase letters to capitalize and prosper on the show. We’ve seen Managed Service Providers (MSPs) “buy an S”, or invest heavily in their businesses in order to become a Managed Security Service Provider … Continue reading >>>

  • Hackers For Hire

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: November 30th, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    In today’s society, when someone speaks of a “hacker”, we automatically assume that the person was trying to do something illegal and perform a major scam or breach into a network. The term “hacker” stirs up controversy among organizations and leaves a sore-spot with many. What if there was a solution… Are there good hackers today? If you answered “YES”, then you answered correctly.

  • The Insanities of Network Security

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: November 15th, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    Thinking you have to allow every connection to every open network port. Thinking because you have a VPN portal it’s secure. Thinking your a IDS isn’t based on variables on the past, and can predict the future. Thinking you won’t be chasing your tail over and over on false positives, and will not become jaded. … Continue reading >>>

  • Irony of Network Security

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: October 5th, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    As I read through articles on the latest security threats, breaches, door opening exploits, and vulnerabilities that left doors opened. I Ironically see a firewall ad next to the security article saying ‘The Complete Firewall Solution, Get Total Visibility Into Your Security”. The article in Reuters explained how many security systems found they were susceptible … Continue reading >>>

  • Network Security Convolution

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: August 30th, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    It takes an army of security professional today to identify, isolate, track, and eliminate security threats, and breaches. The convolution within network security in my opinion have reached irresponsible levels. The days of the past where anomalies were quickly squashed by the network staff on hand is over from what I’m reading. It always seems to be a … Continue reading >>>

  • Overcoming the #1 Security Challenge in Operations

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: August 21st, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    The Problem The overwhelming volume of global IP traffic hitting networks today creates a crushing amount of security alerts. Too frequently, many of these alerts go unchecked while the quantity of alerts increases daily. Additionally, security analyst teams are frequently understaffed and resources/expertise are scarce across the industry. Together this presents the biggest security challenge … Continue reading >>>

  • WannaCry over WannaCrypt? PacketViper Blocks New Ransomware Threat

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: August 18th, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    The ransomware that brought hospitals throughout England and Scotland to an operational standstill is a strain of WannaCry/WannaCrypt ransomware which contains a potent and dangerous payload called ExtendBlue. What if you could block the ransomware? ExtendBlue exploits Microsoft’s SMB protocol and gives it legs. ExtendBlue allows the attacker to discover new exploitable systems within the … Continue reading >>>

  • Three Industries Benefit From Proactive Cybersecurity

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: July 25th, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    Financial Services Companies in the financial services sector possess highly sensitive data, and therefore cyber-attackers typically consider the time, effort and risk of attacking them to be well worth the potential reward. At the same time that financial services companies need to leverage technology advances to support customer demands, they also need to provide superior … Continue reading >>>

  • 5 Steps to Reducing Brute-Force and DDoS Attacks

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: May 19th, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    Relentless brute-force attacks and distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against enterprises continue to be on the rise. Most recently we have seen Mirai, and now there is Hajime. While these cyberattacks bear some technical differences, network administrators need to be concerned with the similarities of their objectives. Reduce DDoS attacks by following the five … Continue reading >>>

  • Threat Intelligence: Past performance does not indicate future results

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: May 9th, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    Most investors have seen the disclaimer, “Past performance is not indicative of future results.”  Network security professionals should have this in mind while considering threat intelligence as a foundational element for security strategies. The rapidly and ever-changing threat landscape makes the value of historical threat intelligence alone in predicting cyber attacks uncertain and the attacker’s … Continue reading >>>

  • Generate custom edge intelligence and transparency

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: April 5th, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    Edge Intelligence Drives Proactive Network Defense Network security executives are increasingly identifying visibility as one of their top priorities.  This is reinforced in a new study of over 220 senior IT executives.   CXOtoday News Desk: Network Visibility top CIO Priority Visibility at the perimeter is essentially important.  The ability to shine bright lights on the … Continue reading >>>

  • Proactive Threat Hunting: 2 Tips to Push the Hunt to the Perimeter

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: March 21st, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    Today’s threats demand more easy, proactive ways to identify, detect and respond to sophisticated attacks. Traditional security measures such as firewalls, IDS, endpoint protection, & SIEMs are each important, but each is only a piece of the network security puzzle. Threat hunting is a popular cybersecurity defense strategy. It is frequently associated with hunting for … Continue reading >>>

  • PacketViper Warns Popular DVR Surveillance Systems Spreading Mirai

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: March 2nd, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    Mirai Back Story Mirai was the botnet that was responsible for the largest DDoS attack to date. Some said this botnet strain was considered “unsophisticated” but one could argue that it was brilliant in its simplicity. This boutique malware scanned IP addresses looking for specific open network ports and used brute force to introduce a list of default usernames and passwords.  Once the victim source was infected, Mirai would disable remote … Continue reading >>>

  • Is Your IoT Cyber Defense Plan Really a Plan To Fail?

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: March 2nd, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    Much concern and effort today revolves around protecting networks from the the awesome power of a large scale DDoS attack like Mirai.  While the spreading of bots can be done in many forms, a good majority are spread by a simple scan to a network range, a response, then a password attempt. This is true … Continue reading >>>

  • Technology Research and Advisory Companies Need to Get Real!

    Written by: Francesco Trama | Published on: February 21st, 2017

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    Francesco Trama
    Francesco Trama As Chief Executive Officer and Founder, Frank is responsible for the overall operating performance, leading the strategic direction of the company’s products and solutions internally while building technical and business credibility externally as a market-facing thought leader.

    Do you ever wonder who these technology research and advisory companies are speaking to when they write recommendations on security. If everyone had eight eyes, ten arms, two brains, and an unlimited budget, security would be spectacular! Well, maybe! Unfortunately, the reality of nature that limits our physiology and budgets dictates something different. Here’s my advice … Continue reading >>>