Category Archives: Opinion

DNS Amplification DDOS Attack

Tweet A Domain Name Server (DNS) amplification attack is a distributed denial of service (DDoS) that uses publically accessible open DNS servers to overwhelm a victim system with DNS response traffic. The primary technique consists of an attacker sending a DNS name lookup request to an open DNS server with the source address spoofed to be the target’s address. When the…

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Anatomy of an IoT Attack

Tweet This is a very neat 3Min film showing you why, who and how to carry out an IoT attack. Cisco made it, but cleverly they don’t product name drop or even drop their brand name until the very end. Neat.  

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New 2017 Outpost24 advert on Youtube

Tweet Whilst browsing some Symantec information on YouTube around the subject of CASB (Cloud Access Security Brokers) I was played the new Outpost24 advert. I like it because it’s simple and to the point. Have a look here.  

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ITogether the first UK partner to offer monthly free Check Point Blade Courses

Tweet ITogether, the fastest growing UK Check Point Three Star partner yet again are providing additional value to the Check Point user base in the UK. On 18th and 19th October 2017 ITogether are offering ANY Check Point or ‘would like to be Check Point’ customer free Check Point Blade Training. There is no cost for the course and lunch…

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MDSM Multi-Domain Security Management Provider-1 and Check Point Managed Services in the UK

Tweet ITogether are one of the few (we are fairly positive the only !) Check Point Partner in the United Kingdom offering Check Point Multi-Domain Security Management (AKA MDSM or Provider-1) What is Check Point MDSM ? A rarely promoted product in the UK, but one that has it’s roots in a product formally called Provider-1. Check Point produced a ‘service…

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WannaCry and Other Ransomware – What is it and How to Defend Against It?

Tweet WannaCry and Other Ransomware – What is it and How to Defend Against It? This isn’t the first time we have been here. Remember CryptoLocker in 2013? This all sounds to familiar. The last few days have seen an unprecedented ransomware attack that has affected organisations in over 150 countries. The software called WanaCrypt0r 2.0 (aka WannaCry or WCry)…

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Akamai Prolexic compared to Radware for DDOS

Tweet I thought it might be useful to put some information together to compare Akamai and Radware. Akamai is all about depth, breadth, and years of experience in the Internet landscape. This is the primary reason I selected ITogether to sell their service over Arbor (they came a close second and Arbor have very good heritage in the market) Organisations…

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DYN DDOS Attack

Tweet The Dyn DDOS attack was committed using the Mirai source code released on the dark web earlier in October. It was an IOT attack. Cameras, and PVR’s were used to create a mass BOT network. This delivered over 300Gbps of DDOS attack at DYN and flattened it for a while. This then took out some big hitters in the…

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What is a DDOS and why can’t an IPS help protect me from one ?

Tweet I’ve written a follow up article to this one. I thought it would be useful to clarify the position of IPS in DDOS. In the light of events at Dyn on Friday 21st October 2016 this is also relevant. The attack on Dyn was an IOT based DDOS. An excellent analysis of Mirai pre-attack is here. http://www.itogether.co.uk/2015/08/akamai-prolexic-vs-cloudflare-vs-check-point-ddos-protection-vs-corero-smartwall-appliance-v-incapsula-imperva/ You wanted…

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Website and Webserver Cyber Security – 15 steps on how to improve it ?

Tweet We often get asked a very straightforward question. How can I improve the security of my website ? This is on the face of it a common requirement. Why would you NOT want to ensure your website has the maximum levels of security ? You have a duty of care morally and legally to protect the site from compromise…

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