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Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) News: 31 October 2018

Each morning MSSP Alert broadcasts a quick lineup of news, analysis and chatter from across the global managed security services provider, SOC (security operations center) and IT outsourcing ecosystem.

Here’s the update for Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

9. U.S. Voting Systems: At least 20 different state voter databases are available for purchase on the dark web, according to Carbon Black Threat Report research...

8. Porn, Malware and Government Networks: A U.S. government network was infected with malware thanks to one employee’s “extensive history” of watching porn on his work computer, investigators have found, according to TechCrunch. The audit, carried out by the U.S. Department of the Interior’s inspector general, found that a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) network at the EROS Center, a satellite imaging facility in South Dakota, was infected after an unnamed employee visited thousands of porn pages that contained malware, which downloaded to his laptop and “exploited the USGS’ network," the report says.

7. Law Firm Cyberattack: Foley & Lardner LLP, a major law firm, experienced a cybersecurity incident earlier this month, but said there was “no unauthorized access to client data,” according to Bloomberg Law.

6. Cyber Insurance: Slice Labs Inc. and AXA XL have launched a cyber insurance policy specifically designed for small and midsize business (SMB) customers, the two companies say.

5. Nastiest Malware of 2018: Webroot has unveiled a list of the Nastiest Malware of 2018...

4. Qualys Earnings, Acquisition: Security software provider Qualys says revenues for the third quarter of 2018 increased by 20.5% to $71.7 million compared to $59.5 million for the same quarter in 2017, the company announced Tuesday. The results beat Wall Street's expectations. The company also acquired Layered Insight to push deeper into container security.

3. FireEye Earnings: Security software and incident response specialist FireEye says Q3 2018 revenue was $212 million -- up 7 percent from Q3 2017. The results beat Wall Street's expectations.

2. AlienVault Community Growth: The AlienVault Open Threat Exchange (OTX) community has grown to 100,000 global participants, up 36 percent from last year. AlienVault OTX, launched in 2012, is a free threat intelligence community that enables real-time collaboration between security researchers and IT security practitioners from around the world, the company says. Every day, participants  from more than 140 countries contribute 19 million pieces of threat data to the community, AlienVault adds.

1. Botnet Attack Mitigation: NTT Security, a Top 100 MSSP, has developed a new large-scale network analytics technology to protect NTT Group’s Managed Security Services (MSS) customers from botnet attacks.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.