Inside the Mind of a Cybercriminal
The rise of open source malware, IoT-based threats and criminal services-for-hire is fomenting a new era in cybercrime. While global cybercrime is expanding and cybercriminals are stuffing their bank accounts, individuals and businesses (especially SMBs) are directly impacted. Many worry about the safety and security of their online experiences and what communication service providers (CSPs) are doing to protect them.
Digital transformation is about more than how technology advances can improve efficiencies in the collection, processing and distribution of information. Today’s empowered subscribers are demanding more control over their digital experiences, which requires communications service providers (CSPs) to offer innovative services that are simple to use, secure, and that enhance the digital lifestyle. A key part of this transformation is cybersecurity, given the amount of time consumers spend online and the number of online transactions they complete every day. The need for strong protections – both for users and for the networks they use – is particularly acute in the telecom sector.
I recently sat down with Steve Saunders of Light Reading to talk about the role DNS plays in understanding and fighting emerging cyberthreats. In the interview, we went through the highlights of Nominum’s recent Data Science report, in which our Data Science team studied more than 15 trillion queries over a three-month period and reported on the world of cybersecurity through the lens of DNS, uncovering trends in phishing attacks, DDoS, the Mirai botnet, Locky ransomware, IoT-based threats and more.
Enabling service provider digital transformation is a major focus at Nominum. But what does this mean to the subscriber? How does telecom transformation improve people’s lives? How do Nominum solutions enable CSPs to become a valued provider of services that secure and enrich the digital lifestyle?
With cyberthreats increasing in size and scope, businesses are scrambling to find new ways to protect their financial and human capital assets. Many enterprise solutions offer endpoint protection and network security, but the SMB sector doesn’t have the budget to deploy enterprise security solutions and typically lacks the in-house expertise to keep their networks and users adequately protected. In particular, as employees bring mobile devices onto corporate networks, and with new attack variants being introduced almost daily, small and mid-sized businesses have no way of keeping up. This is where communications service providers (CSPs) can step in to provide a broad layer of protection, visibility, and control from within their own networks.
Ovum recently published a new report about the digital transformation efforts of communications service providers (CSPs) and the benefits of DNS in enabling a “subscriber-first” approach – a key step to achieving digital transformation. The report, based on the findings of a global survey of 100 CSPs, offers a detailed look at key business and technical priorities and discusses how DNS contributes to optimizing the online subscriber experience and delivering personalized and differentiated services.
Telecom providers are taking steps to transform from communications service providers (CSPs) to digital service providers (DSPs). In doing so, they are shifting their focus from being network-centric to subscriber-centric. This is crucial. It’s no longer about how a subscriber interacts with a service provider’s network; now, the focus is almost entirely on how the service provider can enrich the subscriber’s digital lifestyle. That’s a substantial shift in thinking and market approach.
One of the biggest cyberthreats making the rounds on the internet is the Mirai botnet. Mirai targets connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices, using each infected device to launch DDoS attacks and cause website outages around the globe by flooding them with queries. Examples of recent Mirai-generated web outages are the Dyn attack which took down or significantly slowed sites like Airbnb, Twitter, the New York Times, CNN, Fox News, Netflix and many other popular domains in late October of this year, as well as the attack that temporarily took down security expert Brian Krebs’ KrebsOnSecurity website in September.
A Best Practices Guide for Implementing In-Browser Messaging Solutions
When was the last time you checked the email account given to you by your service provider? If your answer is, “I can’t remember” or, “more than a month ago”, you’re not alone. Research conducted by 451 Research shows that in today’s crowded messaging environment, email—whether your default service provider email or other personal account—is no longer an effective way for service providers to communicate with subscribers.