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Comodo Cybersecurity partners with 1-grid to expand its web security solutions to South Africa

Leading cybersecurity solutions provider – Comodo Cybersecurity, announced a partnership with Under the partnership, 1-grid will be bundling Comodo cWatch website security along with its web hosting services.

1-grid specializes in providing hosting solutions for small and medium size businesses (SMBs) across South Africa. is a leader in its marketplace in providing managed services for its online SMB customers,” said Jeffrey Eckhaus, Comodo VP Web Security Solutions.”

Adding further he said, “Including Comodo cWatch Web in the hosting control panel streamlines security implementation for hosting customers. With a single click, small business web sites gain comprehensive protection from malware and other cybersecurity threats.”

Rising cybersecurity threats are not only a challenge for the large enterprises but for the SMBs too, with over 61% of the malware victims being identified as small businesses, per Ponemon Institute 2017. The intensity and risk factors associated with these attacks are becoming more severe and sophisticated.

Compromised websites are the most common feeding ground for cybercriminals. Users who visit such websites unknowingly download malware their systems. This can lead to grave consequences like denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.

Comodo and 1-grid aim to provide SMBs the ultimate protection against such vulnerabilities, by offering cWatch security tools with 1-grid hosting solutions.

cWatch powered by Comodo, will act as the complete website repair and protection solution to help companies protect their website and stop malware from coming back.

Together with Comodo, stands at the forefront in the fight against cybercrime,” said Thomas Vollrath, Head, hosting business.

Comodo is the ideal partner and cWatch Web the best offering to serve the cybersecurity needs of our market here in South Africa. Comodo makes it easy to help customers secure their web properties, fueling our growth and building customer confidence,” he added further.

Last month only, Comodo has rolled out Platinum version of Dome shield for DNS based security and visibility. By partnering with 1-grid they are expanding the reach of their cybersecurity solutions to the South African hosting market, ensuring safe browsing for all.

Source: Globe Newswire

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25% of businesses had their data stolen from public cloud: McAfee Study

One-in-four businesses experienced data theft from a public cloud, and one-in-five businesses experienced an advanced attack against their public cloud infrastructure, as per a report released by the cybersecurity firm – McAfee.

The report, “Navigating a Cloudy Sky”, is based on the sampling of 1400 IT personnel, and was released at the RSA Conference in San Francisco.

The report outlined the current cloud adoption state, concerns with the public and private cloud services, security implications in the cloud and the impact of unmanaged cloud usage.

It was found that inadequate visibility and control were the greatest challenges to cloud adoption in any organization. However, the business benefits of cloud and availability of modern cloud security tools outweighed any security concerns, helping it move ahead.

“Despite the clear prevalence of security incidents occurring in the cloud, enterprise cloud adoption is pressing on,” said Rajiv Gupta, senior vice president of the cloud security business unit at McAfee. “By implementing security measures that allow organizations to regain visibility and control of their data in the cloud, businesses can leverage the cloud to accelerate their business and improve the security of their data.”

Other findings of the report have been summarized here:

  • Rise in cloud adoption

McAfee found that the number of businesses who used public, private and hybrid cloud had increased from 93% to 97% in the last one year. The rise in cloud adoption was significant at the hybrid cloud front.

Of the businesses who used any kind of cloud services, 88% of them stored sensitive data in the public cloud. 69% of the businesses trusted public cloud to keep their data safe. Whereas, 16% stated that they stored no sensitive data in the cloud.

61% of the businesses said that the most common sensitive data stored on the cloud was the personal information of their customers. 40% stored internal documentation, payment card details, personal staff information, and government identification data. Whereas, around 30% stored intellectual property, healthcare records, competitive intelligence and network pass cards in the cloud.

  • Malware attacks have increased

The highlight of the survey report was that one in every four businesses who used IaaS, PaaS, or SaaS cloud service had their data stolen, and one in five had experienced an advanced attack against the public cloud infrastructure.

Furthermore, the malware attacks against the cloud applications rose from 52% to 56% over the course of one year. 25% of the businesses said that the malware was injected to the cloud by phishing.

  • Decline in ‘shortage of cybersecurity skills’

The positives from the survey were that the ‘shortage of cybersecurity skills’ and its impact on the cloud adoption in the organizations had decreased.

The number of organizations who reported ‘no skills shortage’ increased from 15% to 24% in one year.

Of the organizations who reported ‘skills shortage’, only 40% reduced the rate of cloud adoption, compared to 49% last year.

  • GDPR to fuel cloud adoption

With General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming in action next month, the service providers will have to ramp up their compliance efforts. With the better compliance and security in the cloud, the businesses will be more confident about cloud adoption.

Only less than 10% businesses said that they might decrease their cloud investment because of GDPR.

Key takeaways – recommended security practices

  • Integration of development DevOps and DevSecOps within the business environments can improve the quality of coding and reduce the vulnerabilities.
  • Automation that brings together the human advantages and machine advantages are critical for modern IT operations. The use of tools like Chef and Puppet can be useful on this front.
  • The use of a unified management platform across multiple clouds, rather than multiple management tools for multiple cloud, can reduce the costs and increase the security.

Also read: McAfee Cloud Workload Security with container support to aid enterprises accelerate cloud business with compliance and security


IBM, Packet Clearing House and Global Cyber Alliance’s new free service to protect users against cyberattacks

IBM Security, Packet Clearing House (PCH) and Global Cyber Alliance recently launched a privacy-enhancing technology – Quad9 Domain Name System (DNS). The new free service is designed to give internet users improved privacy and security protection.

Quad9 ( will help protect consumers and businesses from accessing malicious internet sites which can steal their personal information or inject any malware or ransomware into their systems.
The Quad9 DNS is more than a simple DNS name resolution. It uses DNS to protect users’ systems against the most malicious cyber-attacks. Quad9 translates numeric addresses into memorable URLs, while adding a layer of security and privacy before the user actually reaches the web address.

Consumers and small businesses traditionally didn’t have free, direct access to the intelligence used by security firms to protect big businesses. With Quad9, we’re putting that data to work for the industry in an open way and further enriching those insights via the community of users. Through IBM’s involvement in Quad9, we’re applying these collaborative defense techniques while giving users greater privacy controls.” – Jim Brennan, Vice President, Strategy and Offering Management, IBM Security.

Quad9 is different from other DNS services as it does not store any personally identifiable information of its users. It requires users to simply reconfigure their device setting to use as their DNS server.

Quad9 not only protects traditional PCs and laptops, but extends its protection to include every internet connected device or IoT devices.

It is designed to give users automatic protection against malicious websites without affecting their standard browsing speed.

Whenever the user clicks on any website link, Quad9 will check the site against IBM X-Force’s threat intelligence data, covering around 40 billion web pages and images. It also taps data from 18 other threat intelligence partners. With PCH’s global expertise and presence, Quad9 has points-of-presence in 70+ locations across 40 countries and plans to increase this number in the next 18 months.

We strongly support the values Quad9 places on end-user privacy. The personal information protections and selectable DNS encryption, DNSSEC, and blocklist that are in place show that this project is in line with PCH’s values. Quad9 will inspire trust in both individuals and businesses who understand the importance of securing their private browsing data.” – Bill Woodcock, Executive Director, Packet Clearing House.

Philip Reitinger, President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance – the non-profit coalition, believes that Quad9 will be able to solve much of the security issues of the small and medium size enterprises, without raising their cost concerns.

Talking about Quad9 he added, “It is memorable, easy to use, relies on excellent and broad threat information, protects privacy, and security and is free.”

Visit Quad9’s website to know in detail about the service and browse safe on the internet.