Archive for January 11, 2023

Strengthened Ericsson Private Network portfolio leads the market in solution choice

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 11, 2023 by itnerd

A broad range of enterprises and industries are set to benefit from a significant expansion in the Ericsson Private Network portfolio with the addition of a new IT-focused offering from the Ericsson subsidiary, Cradlepoint. 

Called NetCloud Private Networks, the software-defined solution is a complete subscription-based offering with an initial focus on traditionally lean IT-oriented enterprises, including the logistics, light manufacturing, government, large retail, healthcare, and hospitality sectors.

NetCloud Private Networks will be available from January 11, 2023, initially targeting the United States market via CBRS spectrum.

The addition of NetCloud Private Networks means that Ericsson has the most comprehensive Private Network portfolio in the industry as enterprises and industries worldwide embrace digitalization and the fourth industrial revolution.

With the addition of NetCloud Private Networks, the Ericsson Private Network portfolio now consists of:

  • Cradlepoint NetCloud Private Networks: Available through select Cradlepoint channel partners, the solution includes everything needed to build and operate a private cellular network. It includes: simplified and cloud-native operations via NetCloud Manager, scalability, plug-and-play deployment, and zero-trust access. For further details, read the related press release: Cradlepoint Announces NetCloud Private Networks – Offering Private Cellular Performance and Enterprise IT Simplicity 
  • Ericsson Private 5G: Available since 2021 through Ericsson channels, with deployments across several industrial sectors including manufacturing, ports, mining, energy, airports, oil and gas, Ericsson Private 5G is a next-generation private cellular 4G and 5G networking solution tailored to drive Industry 4.0 and business transformation for enterprise and industrial companies. 
  • Cradlepoint Private Network Endpoints: Cradlepoint provides a comprehensive selection of private network-compatible cellular endpoints that allow enterprises to connect devices to any 4G or 5G network, including Ericsson Private Network solutions.
  • Ecosystem partners: Ericsson and Cradlepoint have a dynamic ecosystem with easy-to-integrate solutions that facilitate digitalization, such as devices to connect and automate operations, sensors for data capture and analytics, and smart tools to augment the workforce to become more productive – purpose-built for industry verticals.

International Data Corporation (IDC) research forecasts the worldwide private LTE/5G market to top US$8.3 billion in revenue in 2026 — with a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 35.7 per cent across 2022-2026.

Such predicted growth will be driven by innovation shifts across enterprises and industries. Private mobile network solutions enable companies to easily enhance existing applications and introduce new augmented reality/virtual reality (AR/VR)-enhanced, security-dependent, and low latency applications.

ThriveDX and Exclusive Networks Unveil Strategic Plan to Bridge the Cyber Talent Shortage and Skills Gap in Europe

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 11, 2023 by itnerd

ThriveDX, the global leader in cybersecurity and digital skills training, is launching a road tour across Europe from Jan. 11 to Feb. 23, 2023 to introduce the company’s best-in-class human factor security solutions to Exclusive Networks’ ecosystem of more than 25,000 partners and to address the cybersecurity talent shortage, skills gap and lack of diversity and inclusion in the industry.

In October 2022, ThriveDX and Exclusive Networks announced their strategic partnership, following Exclusive Networks’ participation as a founding partner in the ThriveDX Cyber Talent Hub. Now, building off that momentum, throughout January and February, ThriveDX Enterprise CEO, Roy Zur, is launching the full suite of human factor security solutions to Exclusive Networks’ European ecosystem, specifically in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Sweden, Poland and additional countries. ThriveDX provides a 360° approach to human-factor security with employee education, training and simulations that goes beyond traditional security awareness programs, offering relevant cyber training for every position in the organization, including application security for developers and engineers, beyond awareness training for non-technical roles, specialized executive training, as well as cybersecurity bootcamps and talent solutions.

ThriveDX recently conducted a Global Cybersecurity Awareness Study with 1,900 CISOs and some of the results indicated that 97% of respondents are convinced that cybersecurity awareness training leads to greater corporate security. The timing for ThriveDX and Exclusive Networks strategic partnership is perfect because the study also indicated that 99% of the respondents recognize a positive influence on the culture of errors in the company with security awareness training.

ThriveDX serves customers in more than 60 countries globally and already has millions of users in Europe including Fortune-500 companies and top European banks, tech companies, manufacturers, health care providers, universities, governments and more. Exclusive Networks chose the company after an extensive review, determining that ThriveDX’s solutions will effectively solve human factor security challenges of their partners and end customers and address the first line of defense, the human risk factor.

To learn more about the upcoming tour, including locations and dates visit Exclusive Networks’ and ThriveDX’s information here.

Guest Post: Blockchain hackers stole over $3.5 billion in 2022

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 11, 2023 by itnerd

One of the key selling points of blockchain is its security. The technology’s decentralized nature should make it resistant to tampering and fraud. However, as with any technology, blockchain is not immune to hacking.

According to the data collected by the Atlas VPN team, blockchain hackers stole over $3.5 billion worth of cryptocurrencies in 2022.

Blockchain bridges lost $1.2 billion worth of cryptocurrencies in just 16 events. Ronin Network sidechain bridge suffered the biggest hack of the year, as the attacker walked away with $610 million.

Furthermore, the BSC ecosystem lost over $870 million in 76 attacks or scams in 2022. The Ethereum ecosystem is not far behind, with 49 events resulting in losses of more than $500 million in cryptocurrencies.

Other crypto-related projects and people were victims of 48 hacks, causing nearly $370 million in losses.

In addition, it is worth mentioning that while we did not include the FTX collapse that lost more than $8 billion of its customers’ money, it is considered a fraudulent exchange by most crypto experts.

Cybersecurity writer at Atlas VPN, Vilius Kardelis, shares his thoughts on blockchain hacks:

“As the use of blockchain technology continues to grow and become more mainstream, we can expect to see a corresponding increase in the number of hacking attempts targeting these systems.”

Blockchain hacks are on the rise

Despite the fall of the crypto market in 2022, cybercriminals are still targeting blockchain networks and exchanges for their financial gain.

In 2022, cybercriminals and scammers caused a total of 301 blockchain incidents. Last year hacks rose by 27% compared to 2021, when researchers registered 237 blockchain events.

The first quarter of 2022 started strong with 79 blockchain incidents, the most recorded in a quarter at that time. However, in the second quarter, hacks were up by 24% and reached new heights at 98 events.

Due to the fallen prices of most crypto, blockchain hacks have dipped significantly to 56 events in the third quarter, a 43% drop compared to Q2. While the crypto market is still down, blockchain hackers and scammers came back with more schemes in the last quarter of the year, with 68 incidents and more than $1 billion in stolen profit.

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Twitter Blocks Hashtags Associated With Child Sexual Abuse Material After Being Called Out For Doing Nothing To Stop Child Sexual Abuse Material On The Platform

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 11, 2023 by itnerd

Last week, Twitter was found by NBC News to be doing absolutely nothing when it came to child sexual abuse martial (CSAM) on the platform after Elon Musk claimed that it was “Priority #1.” Today, NBC News is finding that hashtags associated with child sexual abuse material are being blocked by Twitter:

NBC News found that a series of hashtags on the platform related to the file-sharing service Mega served as rallying points for users seeking to trade or sell CSAM. NBC News observed the hashtags over a period of several weeks, and counted dozens of users who collectively published hundreds of tweets daily.

The accounts used thinly veiled keywords and terms related to CSAM to promote the content they said was stored on Mega, which they said was available for purchase or trade.

This really isn’t an effective means to deal with this problem as the actors who are distributing and looking for this stuff will simply evade this. Thus turning this into a game of “whack-a-mole” where Twitter will never, ever come out on top. The fact is that you need people to stop CSAM from appearing on any platform. Twitter fired most of the people responsible for this. Thus there’s no way that I can see that allows them to get this addressed in any meaningful way. All this shows is how badly that Elon Musk has failed the users of Twitter, not to mention illustrating (again) that when he says something, he doesn’t actually mean it.