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How to protect endpoints

Endpoint protection is one of the primary considerations for cybersecurity. There was a time when on-premise desktop computers were the only thing that had to be secured. However, BYOD and enterprise mobility have changed all that, says INDI SIRINIWASA, Vice President, Sub-Saharan Africa, Trend Micro.

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There are now a number of different devices that are using an organisation’s network – including tablets, multiple laptops and smart phones. Added to this, cybercriminals are developing more sophisticated methods of attack in order to exploit vulnerabilities. This all adds to the complexity of end point security and adds to the struggle of cybersecurity specialists.

Where to begin? First, it’s important to understand endpoint detection and response (EDR). The terms was coined by Anton Chavukin, a researcher with Gartner in 2014. He described EDR as

“the tools primarily focused on detecting and investigating suspicious activities (and traces of such) [and] other problems on hosts/endpoints.”

The concept is that attacks and threats are identified and there is a response to them as quickly as possible. This is done in a number of different ways such as monitoring activities and events within the network; recording of these events and then analysing these records and finding threats.

There are several things that can be done to strengthen the security around endpoints – starting with educating the user and training them to be aware of the role they may potentially play in breaches. This includes teaching them about the risks that are out there and how they may unintentionally open a door for hackers. It’s important that staff understand the ramifications of not being vigilant and that they are well schooled in the company’s security policies.

When a breach does occur, it’s also valuable to understand why precisely it’s happened and what can be done to stop them from happening again. For it to be effective, EDR needs to be a strategy that is part of an organisation’s security policy and not an activity or event that occurs only once in a while. Sadly, many companies don’t make endpoint security a priority when it comes to planning.

We regularly hear about the skills shortage in the cybersecurity sector, and this is certainly a factor that has contributed to many aspects of security being overlooked – including EDR. This does indeed impact how many organisations do security, however the solution may lie in appointing someone who does managed detection and response (MDR).

MDR is a perfect fit for companies who lack the right kind of resources or funds to have a skilled security professional on board full time. It certainly addresses the skills gap that we know exists in the industry. Ultimately, whatever solution a company employs, it needs to be the right fit for their needs.

Cybercriminals are constantly evolving – so are we.

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Nintendo announces Stranger Things 3 game

The Netflix Original show is set to launch a retro-style game on the Nintendo Switch.

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In collaboration with Netflix, developer BonusXP has created Stranger Things 3: The Game. It is the official companion game to Season 3 of the hit original series. The game and latest season are expected to launch on US Independence Day, the 4th of July, a date that will, of course, stick in American gamers’ memories.

This adventure game blends a distinctively retro 16-bit art style, reminiscent of games from the time when the series was set. It is claimed to have modern gameplay mechanics to deliver nostalgic fun with a fresh new twist. Players will be able to experience their favourite show through a mix of exploration, puzzles, and combat.

Just ad in the show, teamwork is at the heart of Stranger Things 3: The Game. Players can team up in a two-player local co-operative, or in single player mode alongside an AI partner. Players can choose to play as one of twelve characters from the show, each with different abilities and attributes. Together, they’ll play through familiar events from the series, while also uncovering never-before-seen Stranger Things secrets, ensuring a fun experience for those new to the world of Stranger Things as well as for those familiar with the series.

Key Features:

  • Experience the show in a new way, exploring the eerie world of Hawkins to uncover new mysteries beyond what’s seen in Season 3.
  • Jump right into the action of this pick-up-and-play adventure: gameplay mechanics that allow players from beginner to advanced skill levels to get in on the fun.
  • Take your game to a higher level by trying out different character combinations and collecting all the secrets the expansive world of Hawkins has to offer.
  • Team up with a friend, leveraging drop-in/drop-out local co-op to take on the mysterious monsters of Hawkins together. While playing solo, use a collection of “buddy commands” to control both characters and still experience all the fun.
  • Choose from 12 playable characters, each with their own unique talents and stats.

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New AirPods and iMac in iStore this weekend

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iStore has announced availability of the new second generation AirPods and iMac, unveiled this week, in store this weekend.

The AirPods are priced from R2 899 and the new iMac from R23 499. Customers can also order these new products from iStore’s website.

“AirPods revolutionised the wireless audio experience with a breakthrough design and the new AirPods build on the magical experience customers love,” said iStore in its announcement. “The new Apple-designed H1 chip, developed specifically for headphones, delivers performance efficiencies, faster connect times, more talk time and the convenience of hands-free ‘Hey Siri’.”

AirPods come with either a standard charging case or a new wireless charging case that works with Qi standard chargers. The wireless charging case can be ordered for R3 699. The case can be used with the first or second generation AirPods.

The iMac line now has up to 8-core Intel 9th-generation processors and powerful Vega graphics options, delivering dramatic increases in both compute and graphics performance. The new iMac is faster for everyday tasks, up to demanding pro workloads. It includes retina display, all-in-one design, quiet operation, fast storage and memory, modern connectivity and macOS Mojave.

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