THIS DAY NEWSPAPER: Webroot Introduces Cloud-based Cybersecurity Solution

Webroot, a new generation cloud-based cybersecurity solution has been introduced in Nigeria to protect computer systems from hackers and phishers.

Webroot is a new generation protection solution that gives users full control of their data and assets with maximum protection from hackers and phishers.

One of Webroot’s key strengths as a cybersecurity provider has been its leadership in developing next generation approaches to prevent attacks, and a proven technology base that spans millions of devices.

CEO of Ethnos IT Solutions Limited, a leading cyber security company based in Lagos, Nigeria, Mr. Peter Ejiofor, described Webroot as the solution against hackers that use every guise to access people’s systems.

“Computers in the real sense are designed to have little or no security. By default, most computer users have multiple services turned on, no firewall installed, and with haphazard or little patching, leaving organisation’s data susceptible to phishing; all these forces combined makes computers and the data contained in the system, vulnerable to hacking, as hackers can remotely scan and hack into literally millions of computers without the need for interaction by the end user, Ejiofor explained.

He noted that to combat the threat, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) had worked tirelessly to build security into computers by deploying firewalls enabled by default, reducing services, using advanced memory protection, standardised patching processes and other features.

“To mitigate these attacks, the next generation of system users and technologist have come to embrace the idea of computing and securing data in the cloud, however, it is imperative to ask this question, how does your company use the cloud? Almost certainly it allows your employees to work more efficiently by enabling them to access email and vital documents wherever they are in the world. The salient question therefore is, are you taking advantage of the benefits of the cloud to protect your email servers, support data privacy and integrity, and protect your intellectual property from cyber theft and phishing? If yes, what technology did you adopt? Is the technology adopted optimised to serve your needs?” Ejoifor asked.

The company’s staff, Damilola Oluwatunmise further explained that Webroot was a Next-Generation Endpoint security with cloud-based threat intelligence services for mobile security, security of web gateway, IoT cybersecurity among others.

“The cloud based security has become the present and future of securing email and protecting against malicious Web traffic; for managing user account, identification and accesses; for continuously monitoring threat activities and patching vulnerabilities across a geographically dispersed and mobile workforce,” Oluwatunmise said.

YSKPUBLISHING COMPUTER.COM: Checkmarx, EthnosIT Host Experts on Application Security

The demand for paying with mobile devices may have gotten off to a slow start, but the next few years will see the mobile payment landscape explode. IDC estimates that by 2020 the global mobile payment market will be worth nearly $4 trillion (N796 tri).

From paying bills and transferring money to friends and family, paying for coffee to ordering clothes, food, cabs, and other services , all done through mobile devices , the landscape for mobile payments has dramatically increased and security has been left in the dust.

Undertstanding this, Ethnos IT Solutions a leading Nigerian solutions technology firm in collaboration with Checkmarx, an Israeli based enterprise grade applications security solutions provider, organised a strategic applications security summit for developers and IT security experts in Lagos.

The forum, a gathering of application and security professionals focused on Application Security in the Financial Sector, where the state of mobile application security and top security challenges developers are facing and how to solve them among other application related issues were discussed intensively.

Speaking on the increasing need for Cybersecurity, Mr Eli Menashe ,Regional Sales Manager ,Checkmarx said that the cyberspace is facing increasing threats and challenges from hacking, adding that Checkmarx is in a position to provide application security programs, for which the company already has has hundreds of fortune 500 and 5MB customers.

On cyber threats, he stated that 85% of the vulnerabilities were created at the coding stage, for which he proposed the Strategic Applications Security Testing (SAST) module which the company deploys. He advised that for companies to ensure robust protection of their IT assets, they must deploy the Run-time Application Security Protection (RASP) and Web Application Firewall (WAF).

Considering the prevalence of hacking on the infrastructure and assets of notable companies, Menashe said lack of awareness, insecure source code development, poor/inadequate testing methods and lack of budget to support security of IT solutions are stringent factors responsible for this.

Mr. Peter Ejiofor, CEO, Ethnos IT Solutions described the gathering as a timely initiative to empower and equip stakeholders on the essence of security in the midst of phenomenal global technological revolutions.

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