UHS Hospitals hit by ransomware attack

UHS Hospitals hit by ransomware attack

A recent cyberattack has recently caused UHS hospital network, one of the largest healthcare centers network in the US, to shut down its IT computer systems all across the US.

While it’s not yet clear if any patient data was stolen, but the attack did require a complete shut-down of the entire UHS computer network. Reports by UHS employees hint that the ransomware involved was Ryuk, which can be difficult to detect and contain as the initial infection usually happens via spam/phishing and can propagate and infect IoT/IoMT devices.

Shimon Zigdon, CEO and founder of Assac Networks, an Israeli-based provider of mobile security anti-hacking and anti-tapping smartphone solutions, says that “such attacks take place much more frequently than people realize”, and that “such an incident once again proves how important it is to ensure that all the organization’s devices which are connected to the  IT network, including smartphones and tablets, are fully secured with anti-malware and anti-hacking systems.” The reason is that mobile devices constitute the very weakest link in the organization’s cybersecurity line of defense, and therefore they serve as the easiest way through which a hacker can infiltrate an organization’s IT network.

“Especially now, due to Covid-19, hundreds of millions of people are working remotely, conducting business activities using their mobile devices,” said Zigdon. “This is compounding the cybersecurity threat, as so much sensitive data, files, and information are being processed using BYOD devices. With mobile devices being so prone to, for example, phishing attacks, all that a hacker needs to do in order to gain access to the IT network is to send an innocent-looking SMS or an e-mail with a link to one of the organization’s employees. Once any one of those employees clicks thelink, a whole chain of hacking events is set in motion, eventually infecting the entire organization’s IT and iOT network. “

These attacks occur on a daily basis,” summarizes Shimon, ”yet many of them stay unreported for various reasons. CISOs need to consider the risks and the potential damage, and take proactive steps in order to mitigate such threats.”

 

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Can you tell if a hacker has control over your smartphone?

Can you tell if a hacker has control over your smartphone?

Cyber attacks that target mobile devices are becoming more common, as cybercriminals take advantage of the relative ease with which these devices can be hacked. In many cases, a hacked smartphone is used in order to gain access to organizations’ IT networks and steal vital information.

According to a McAfee’s report, in the first quarter of 2019 alone, more than 35 million cyber hacking incidents involving mobile devices took place, 10 million more than in the previous quarter. In addition, during September 2019 alone, about 172 malicious apps were identified in the Google Play Store, and those were downloaded more than 335 million times. The numbers of malicious apps are astronomical, and are only expected to grow from year to year.

“There are thousands of different types of malicious apps out there that are installed on millions of mobile devices,” says Shimon Zigdon, CEO and founder of Assac Networks, a cyber defense company which developed ShieldiT, the first-ever app to provide both anti-hacking and anti-tapping protect3ion for smartphones and mobile communications. “These malicious apps run covertly, without the devices’ users ever knowing about it. While the goal of some of these apps is to simply make money by displaying advertisements, the goals of many other malicious apps is to collect data stored in mobile devices, record everything the user types in, such as bank account information, credit card numbers, personal data, etc. The information collected by these apps is transmitted to cyber criminals, who can use it in a variety of harmful ways.”

“For example, it’s quite possible that every time you log into your bank account, or make a purchase from a website using your credit card, a malicious app installed on your device collects the data you type in and transmits it to a hacker,” says Zigdon. “The risk of malicious applications can go much further when it comes to employees of commercial and government organizations, because a hacked mobile devices can easily be used by cyber criminals to access organizations’ IT networks and servers – mail, data, sensitive files, etc,  steal organizational  data, install malicious software and more.”

How easy is it for hackers to install malicious apps on a mobile device? Very easy

“Hackers no longer need for you to install a malicious app,” Shimon adds. “All they need you to do is click a video on any social channel or an icon on a website, and from that point onwards, what is yours is theirs to know. Without an anti-hacking detection and protection app, you will never know that their app is running in the background, wreaking havoc to your organization, collecting information about you, and recording all your mobile calls. Those apps can also record whatever is said in the vicinity of the device. Cyber criminals can even turn on the camera and film whatever you’re doing without you ever knowing about it. “

The only way to mitigate these threats is to use an app that continuously monitors and scans your mobile device, and detect if any malicious apps are running on it,”  adds Shimon. “That’s the reason we’ve developed ShieldiT. It’s a single solution that protects individuals and organizations against both hacking and tapping. You can find apps that protect you from either tapping OR hacking, but ShieldiT is unique in that it provides dual protection- from both hacking and tapping. “

ShieldiT was originally developed to meet the need of governmental and HLS security organizations, but with cyber threat and attacks on BYOD becoming so ubiquities, the technology was adapted to meet the security needs of enterprises, telecom service providers, and other organizations. The app’s anti-tapping protection utilizes military-grade encryption technology and provides anti-tapping protection even in scenarios where the party on the other end of the call uses a non-encrypted device.

“ShieldiT is in fact the only app today that provides comprehensive protection – against malicious apps, wiretapping, and also the interception of text messages made from the device,” summarizes Shimon. “The solution thus provides private users and especially organizations with the protection they need through computer-based learning identification., thereby it can even detect and prevent ZERO DAY attacks.”

For further information about ShieldiT anti-hacking and anti-tapping protection for smartphones and mobile communications, please contact us:
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A Gartner report highlights the threat posed by malicious apps to enterprises’ IT networks

A Gartner report highlights the threat posed by malicious apps to enterprises’ IT networks

Gartner has recently published a report Avoid Mobile Application Security Pitfalls (July 27, 2020). The report provides essential guidelines for organizations how to avoid data breach stemming from mobile devices.

“Mobile application security failures are increasingly responsible for fraud and enterprise breaches,” says the report. It emphasizes the global concern about growing data breach events in which hackers use apps and malware installed on employee’s smartphones to access enterprises’ IT infrastructure.

Providing guidelines for app developers, the report stresses the importance of incorporating hardened security in the app’s architecture. Among the most common threats to enterprises are these:
• Not enough secured applications that enable hackers to obtain sensitive data contained in those apps;
• Infiltration of the organization’s IT network through the employees’ mobile devices;
• Fraudulent financial transactions in which hackers use a variety of methods, including malware installed on mobile devices, to secretly steal credentials.

Proactive and combined measures of anti-hacking and anti-tapping can mitigate the threats and protect  your organization from malicious apps and hackers
For over a decade, Assac Networks has revolutionized the field of smartphone security, mobile communication encryption, and malware-detection solutions. It introduced the world’s first solution to incorporate both anti-hacking and anti-tapping protection in a single app called ShieldiT. ShieldiT’s industry-leading threat detection and prevention app runs in the background to prevent hacking of BYOD smartphones, data theft and even breaching of your organization’s IT network. And, together with the central security management dashboard called ManageiT, Assac Networks provides CISOs and CIOs with a peace of mind. They know that their employees’ smartphone devices and mobile communications are protected by the most advanced and comprehensive solution available.

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Assac Networks will participate in CYBERTECH TEL-AVIV 2020

Assac Networks will participate in CYBERTECH TEL-AVIV 2020

Assac Networks, a leading developer of cyber security solutions for mobile devices and communication networks, will present its revolutionary ShieldiT integrated anti-hacking, anti-tapping app and its newly released ManageiT management console at Israel’s largest cyber-related trade show – CYBERTECH 2020. The event will be held at the Tel-Aviv EXPO between 28.1.20-30.1.20.

Come meet our CEO Shimon Zigdon and our team, who will provide demos of the world’s first app to integrate both anti-hacking protection and anti-tapping encryption – providing protection from hacking of mobile devices and preventing any attempt to tap mobile voice and message communications.

For further information, please contact us at: info@assacnetworks.com

See you at Cybertech!

Assac Networks has implemented its ShieldiT app and ManageiT management console in three leading European organizations

Assac Networks has implemented its ShieldiT app and ManageiT management console in three leading European organizations

Tel Aviv. Israel. December 16, 2019. For immediate release

Assac Networks has implemented its ShieldiT app and ManageiT management console in three leading European organizations– providing both anti-tapping and anti-hacking protection for the three organizations’ communication networks and mobile devices

The organizations, which names were not disclosed for security reasons, have installed Assac Networks’ integrated ShieldiT app and ManageiT to prevent data breach and ransomware attacks as well as tapping of their networks’ voice and message communications.

Assac Networks, a leading provider of telecommunications security solutions in the field of mobile and fixed-line communications, announced today that three leading European organizations – which names were not disclosed due to security considerations – have recently purchased and implemented its integrated ShieldiT and ManageiT app and system solution.

The three organizations, two of which operate in the real estate and energy fields, and a third one – a national institution, chose ShieldiT over competing apps and solutions thanks to ShieldiT’s unique integration of both anti-hacking and anti-tapping protection for both iOS and Android devices, a feature no other app currently offers.

Assac Networks’ ShieldiT, which is successfully used by security and commercial organizations worldwide, integrates proven technologies to provide 360° protection against both hacking of mobile devices and tapping of mobile voice and message communications. The package implemented by the three European organizations included the ShieldiT app and Assac Networks’ recently-released ManageiT – a console that integrates with ShieldiT to enable organizations’ CISOs to effectively monitor and manage their networks’ endpoints as well as communication activities.

Shimon Zigdon, Assac Networks’ CEO, said that: “There is increasing awareness among data and communication security officers worldwide to the fact that mobile devices and communications constitute a very weak link in the security of organizations’ vital business data. The reason for this is that hackers can very easily, using widely available means, tap mobile voice and message conversations and install malware on mobile devices to later use them to launch attacks and breach IT networks. With ShieldiT currently being the only app to provide both anti-tapping and anti-hacking protection, we’re seeing a great deal of interest in our solution, and are expecting sales and implementation of ShieldiT and ManageiT to increase substantially in 2020.”

About Assac Networks:

Assac Networks develops, integrates and markets telecommunications security products and solutions in the field of mobile and fixed-line communication for government agencies, commercial organizations and telecom service providers.

The Company’s ShieldiT app and system solution provides a holistic and revolutionary approach to organizations’ cyber security and secured communications needs by integrating both anti-hacking and anti-tapping protection in a single app. ShieldiT encapsulates tactics and services which work together in order to provide organizations with seamless, highly secure voice and message communications as well as best-of-breed cyber protection against hacking of their employees’ mobile devices, thus preventing malware from jeopardizing the organization’s IT network.

For further information, please contact:
Shimon Zigdon, CEO
Assac Networks Ltd.
info@assacnetworks.com
Int’l phone number: +44-203-2879223

Assac Networks launches ManageiT – an advanced mobile communication end-point security management platforms to monitor and protect against malware and data breach incidents

Assac Networks launches ManageiT – an advanced mobile communication end-point security management platforms to monitor and protect against malware and data breach incidents

Tel Aviv. Israel. November  6, 2019. For immediate release

 

Assac Networks launches ManageiT – an advanced mobile communication end-point security management platforms to monitor and protect against malware and data breach incidents

Integrating with Assac Network’s  ShieldiT anti-hacking and anti-tapping app, ManageiT enables organizations’ CISOs to efficiently manage the organizations’ user group and mobile devices, monitor and map attacks, control access to premium “termination” functions, impose mitigations scales and measures, manage encryption keys and more.

Assac Networks, a leading provider of telecommunications security solutions in the fields of mobile and fixed-line communication, announced today the launch of  ManageiT – a revolutionary end-point security management platform which enables organizations’ CISOs to better control and monitor mobile devices used by their organizations’ employees in order to mitigate data breach incidents whereby hackers install malware on mobile devices in order to gain access to the organizations’ IT network.

ManageiT complements Assac Networks’ ShieldiT app which uniquely provides protection against both hacking of mobile devices and tapping of voice and chat communications. ManageiT controls all three utilities of the ShieldiT app: secure dialing, Secured Chat and Mobile Threat Management.

ManageiT dashboard enables CISO to efficiently monitor and collect essential data from the mobile devices used by the organization’s employees on an ongoing basis, to map out threats and malware incidences and to take proactive actions in order to mitigate threats in real-time.

Shimon Zigdon, Assac Networks’ CEO, said that: “over the past few years, we’ve witnessed an alarming increase in the number of incidences whereby hackers install malware on organizations’ employees’ mobile devices in order to gain access to IT networks and breach sensitive data. The costs of such attacks can be enormous, in both financial and legal terms. Assac Networks, which has been providing cyber protection solutions for mobile communications for nearly two decades, has identified the need for a single solution to prevent such attacks, and developed an integrated solution: ShieldiT – for both anti-hacking and anti-tapping protection, and ManageiT – which goes a step further, providing CISOs with the ability to centrally control, monitor and manage their entire mobile network and take immediate actions anytime and anywhere a threat is detected.”

 

About Assac Networks:
ASSAC NETWORKS develops, integrates and markets telecommunications security products and solutions in the fields of mobile and fixed-line communication for governmental agencies, commercial organizations and telecom service providers.

The Company’s ShieldiT app and system solution provides a holistic and revolutionary approach to organizations’ cyber security and secured communications needs by integrating both anti-hacking anti-tapping protection in a single app. ShieldiT encapsulates tactics and services which work together in order to provide organizations with seamless, highly secured voice and chat communications as well as best-of-breed cyber protection against hacking of their employees’ mobile devices, thus preventing malware from jeopardizing the organization’s IT networks.

For further information, please contact:
Shimon Zigdon, CEO
Assac Networks Ltd.
info@assacnetworks.com
Int’l phone number: +44-203-2879223

 

 

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