Getting Ahead Of Hackers And The Next Malware Attack
WannaCry? That is both a question and the name of last year’s largest ransomware attack. If you were a victim of this malware or any of the others that popped up shortly thereafter – Spectre, Meltdown – or you worked in security at Equifax, more than a few tears were probably shed.
If it is any consolation, you are not alone. In fact, according to a recent study done by the Ponemon Institute, over 40% of US businesses were victim to some form of cyber security attack in 2017. And 2018 isn’t shaping up to be any better – just ask the nice folks in Atlanta about their thoughts on SamSam.
No doubt, IT Security is a tough job where the only two constants are the existence of threats and change. For manufacturers building systems to combat these threats with firewalls, antivirus, antispam, anti-fill-in-the-blank-security, getting in front of these hackers is equally challenging.
As these vendors develop new solutions, a tremendous amount of testing goes into interoperability, quality, effectiveness, etc. Obviously, the most important feature to test is that it actually stops the threat. However, it may be just as important that it does so while still performing at webscale speeds. This is why there was so much discussion about the performance impacts to chips in regards to patches for Meltdown and Spectre. It is great the patch stopped the threat, but at what cost?
To stay ahead of hackers while ensuring performance, security vendors are developing creative new solutions at an incredibly hurried pace. This requires their testing teams to operate with extreme efficiency and to implement faster, better ways to test more. We at Tokalabs are excited to be working with some of the best teams in the security business to help them achieve these goals.
In fact, for the past year we have been working alongside one of the leaders in security innovation, helping them scale up their testing practice across the organization. To learn more about how their technical marketing group was able to more than double testing capacity, read the success story here.
Here are just a few highlights of the benefits discussed in the paper:
Reduced testing time
Reduced OPEX and CAPEX
Delivered products to market faster