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It’s been another fantastic year on The State of Security blog. With over 350 blogs published from all walks of the security community, we like to think of the blog as more of an industry resource that caters to not only experienced security professionals but also to those who are new to the community.
To finish the year off, I wanted to look back on some of my personal favorites. I’ve tried to include a mixture of different styles, topics and authors. If you haven’t already, have a read of the 10 State of Security blog posts below and sign up to our daily feed here.
BlueKeep (CVE- 2019-0708) was big news in 2019. The vulnerability was described as “wormable” by Microsoft, and users were warned that BlueKeep might be exploited in a similar fashion to how the WannaCry ransomware used the Eternal Blue vulnerability to spread widely in 2017. As with WannaCry, many organizations were vulnerable to this exploit, especially those who use operating systems like Windows XP. In this blog, ICS security expert, Gary DiFazio looks at the impact this vulnerability has on the ICS environment and provides some tips to help users stay secure.
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It’s almost 2020, and phishing attacks still don’t show any sign of slowing down. In this blog, David Bisson looks at six of the most common methods of phishing attacks and then provides useful tips for readers on how they can protect themselves. Also, this blog is complemented by some great graphics to share with your colleagues, family and friends.
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Cyber security firm FireEye Inc reported a surprise 3.4 percent rise in quarterly revenue, helped by strength in its product subscription and services business.
FireEye’s shares jumped 13.8 percent to $13.90 after the bell on Tuesday.
The company’s billings, a closely watched indicator of future business, fell 18 percent to $152.4 million in the first quarter, compared with a fall of 14 percent in the previous quarter.
However, billings in the latest quarter beat analysts’ estimates of $142.5 million, according to financial data and analytics firm FactSet.
FireEye expects billings of $173 million-$179 million in the second quarter, above analysts’ estimate of $170.9 million.
The company is amid a transition to a software-as-a-service model (SaaS) from its traditional business that centered around the sale of hardware boxes.
“The revenue level looks like it could be stabilizing, you’re probably seeing a change in complexion of the revenue towards more subscription and services,” Wedbush Securities analyst Steve Koenig said.
FireEye remains confident of renewed growth in the second half of 2017, helped by the introduction of products such as the Helix platform, which combines network processing and analytics with endpoint analytics.
“We fully expect in the fourth quarter that we’re going to be non-GAAP profitable, and then you would expect that to be the case from 2018 on,” FireEye Chief Financial Officer Frank Verdecanna said in an interview on Tuesday.
The Milpitas, California-based company also forecast revenue of $173 million to $179 million for the current quarter. Analysts on average were expecting revenue of $173.31 million, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S.
FireEye, which provides web, email and malware security to businesses and governments, said its revenue rose to $173.7 million in the quarter ended March 31, from $168 million in the year-earlier period.
Analysts on average had expected revenue to fall about 2.6 percent to $163.7 million.
Net loss attributable to the company’s shareholders narrowed to $83 million, or 48 cents per share, from $155.9 million, or 98 cents per share.
Excluding items, FireEye reported a loss of 9 cents per share. Analysts were expecting a loss of 26 cents.
Through Tuesday’s close, the stock had risen 2.6 percent, underperforming the 10.8 percent gain in the broader Nasdaq Composite index.
(Reporting by Narottam Medhora in Bengaluru; Editing by Maju Samuel and Martina D’Couto)
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