RansomFree protection software gets key upgrades

Today, at RSA Conference 2017 in San Francisco, Cybereason launched the latest version of RansomFree, the free, anti-ransomware protection software, which works on PCs running Windows 7, 8 and 10, Windows 2010 R2 and Windows 2008 R2. Designed for use by consumers and small businesses, RansomFree 2.2.3.0 detects and stops more than 99 percent of ransomware variants from encrypting files. Cybereason also announced that more than 100,000 installations of RansomFree have taken place since the … More

Redefining the role of security in software development

Software is becoming increasingly important for market success, driving an ever greater need for speed in the development process. The rapid adoption of DevOps is testimony to this shift, with agile development no longer making the grade for many companies. Accelerating time-to-market is of increasing importance for developers, with over a quarter of British and German development operations managers stating that meeting budget and delivery schedules is their top concern in a recent survey conducted … More

Zcash mining software covertly installed on victims’ machines

Software “mining” the recently established Zcash (ZEC) cryptocurrency is being foisted upon unsuspecting users, Kaspersky Lab warns. The actual software is not illegal, and not technically malware – it is meant to be used by individuals who are willing to dedicate their machine(s) and pay for the increased electricity usage that accompanies cryptocurrency mining. Unfortunately, there are unscrupulous individuals looking to get the coins without the cost, and they have been installing the software on … More

SMBs will spend $564 billion on IT hardware, software, and services

IDC forecasts SMBs will spend $564 billion on IT hardware, software, and services, including business services, in 2016. This amount is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.2%, reaching $668 billion in 2020. “The Third Platform has disrupted traditional IT markets and how large organizations deliver IT services. For SMBs, the result has been largely positive: a stronger ability to compete with larger firms, more easily enter new markets, more … More

Ransomware success creates apathy towards traditional antivirus software

In the last 12 months, 48 percent of organizations across the globe have fallen victim to a ransomware campaign, with 80 percent indicating that they’ve suffered from three or more attacks, according to a global survey conducted by Vanson Bourne. In response to ransomware attacks, 67 percent of businesses globally have increased IT security spending, and 52 percent reported that they are changing their security strategies to focus on mitigation. Fifty-four percent also agreed that … More

GitLab plugs critical flaw in its code repository manager software

GitLab (the company) has pushed out security updates for both the Community Edition (CE) and Enterprise Edition (EE) of the GitLab software, fixing a critical security flaw in the “import/export project” feature. “This feature did not properly check for symbolic links in user-provided archives and therefore it was possible for an authenticated user to retrieve the contents of any file accessible to the GitLab service account. This included sensitive files such as those that contain … More

Encryption software market to reach $8.94 billion by 2021

The ecryption software market size is estimated to grow from $3.05 billion in 2016 to $8.94 billion by 2021, at an estimated CAGR of 24.0%, according to MarketsandMarkets. “Digital Transformation of the world is well underway, moving physical industry off physical paper and onto virtual computers. Everything we do today as we go about our lives is governed by computer software and the data that feeds it. That means that data is becoming more and … More

Twitter, Facebook revoke access to social media surveillance software used by cops

Geofeedia, a US-based company that offers its social media aggregation platform “to a broad range of private and public sector clients”, also numbers among its clients over 500 law enforcement and public safety agencies across the country. Until a month ago, the company’s name was unknown to most US citizens. But with the publication of a Daily Dot article and, most recently, of a post by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the wider public … More

OpenChain Project: Best practices for an ecosystem of open source software compliance

Yesterday at LinuxCon in Berlin, The Linux Foundation announced that the OpenChain Project has established its first set of requirements and best practices for consistent free and open source software (FOSS) management processes in the open source software supply chain. The OpenChain Specification 1.0 aims to facilitate greater quality and consistency of open source compliance to help reduce duplication of effort caused by lack of standardization and transparency throughout professional open source organizations. Goals and … More

Should you trust your security software?

The complaint that security is broken isn’t new and even industry insiders are joining the chorus. Companies spent an estimated $75 billion last year on security products and yet cyber attacks and data breaches are still a common occurrence. Now, we’re finding that security tools themselves have vulnerabilities that are putting organizations at risk. Given that vulnerabilities in software are the root cause of most attacks and security tools are inherently intrusive in order to … More