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July 15, 2017 | Networking and Network Devices
By Chris Gonsalves, IANS Director of Technology Research

 Patch Now: Cisco Closes Nine Serious SNMP Holes in IOS, IOS-XE

Cisco Systems this week issued patches for a series of critical SNMP vulnerabilities in its popular IOS and IOS-XE network infrastructure software. The nine publicly disclosed security flaws could enable an unauthenticated attacker to run remote code on – or take complete control of – target systems

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April 2, 2016 | Mobile Access and Device Management
By Dave Shackleford, IANS Faculty

 Check Point Ponies Up $80 Million to Buy Mobile Security Firm Lacoon

ZDNet reports neither Check Point nor Lacoon would confirm the purchase price but Check Point is planning to fold Lacoon into its portfolio of traditional security products. Lacoon uses the cloud to evaluate behavior on mobile devices (both Android and iOS), and it compares the behavior to other reports and the Lacoon database of threats to help the system detect and identify zero-day attacks, malicious apps, botnets, rootkits and more. If a problem is detected, it can enable a VPN or institute new rules to prevent infected users from connecting to the enterprise network. Lacoon was founded in 2011 by veterans of the Israeli Army’s 8200 intelligence defense corps.

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January 5, 2016 | Malware and Advanced Threats
By Daniel Maloof, IANS Managing Editor

 Hacker-Caused Ukrainian Power Outage Marks First Known Attack With Immediate, Direct Public Impact

Security researchers have confirmed that a recently updated version of the highly destructive BlackEnergy malware package infected the systems of at least three power authorities in Ukraine, causing a massive outage that left thousands of homes in the Ivano-Frankivsk region of the country without electricity.

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