May 17, 2020

Shining the spotlight on Proofpoint

Cyber Security
Cloud
Information Technology
Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
Technology Magazine takes a look at cybersecurity giant Proofpoint, below.

Business Overview

Proofpoint prides itself in being a next-generation cyber...

Technology Magazine takes a look at cybersecurity giant Proofpoint, below.

Business Overview

Proofpoint prides itself in being a next-generation cybersecurity company protecting people, data, and brands from advanced threats and compliance risks. The company offers; a proven suite of solutions, cloud-enabled speed and innovation and far-reaching intelligence and visibility. The company ensures that all of its clients’ personal information and sensitive data is protected from cyber attack incidents. 

Product portfolio

  • Email Protection - Email security and protection, Email fraud defence, Threat response auto-pull, Essentials for small businesses.

  • Advanced threat protection - Targeted attack protection in email, Targeted attack protection for SaaS, Browser isolation, Email isolation, Threat response, Emerging threats intelligence. 

  • Security awareness training - Simulated phishing and knowledge assessments, Training models, videos and materials, Phishing email reporting and analysis, Business intelligence, Integrations, Multinational support.

  • Cloud app security - Cloud account defence, Cloud app security broker

  • Archiving and compliance - Enterprise archive, Content capture, Intelligent Supervision, E-discovery analytics.

  • Information protection - Email data loss prevention, Email encryption, Data discovery.

  • Digital risk protection - Social media protection, Digital compliance, Domain fraud monitoring, Executive and location threat monitoring.

  • Premium security services - Technical account managers, Premium threat information service, Managed services for security awareness training, People-centric security programme.

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Proofpoint solutions

  • Office 365

  • Next-generation compliance solutions

  • Social media compliance

  • Email fraud

  • GDPR

  • Digital brand, security and compliance risk

  • Replace McAfee email security products

  • Upgrade your symantec email security

Happy customers of Proofpoint include; Half of Fortune 100, 7 of the top 10 global retailers, 5 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies and 14 of the top 15 research universities.

Executives

Meet the people who are behind the critical infrastructure of Proofpoint:

  • Gary Steele - Chairman/CEO

  • Paul R Auvill - Chief Financial Officer

  • Marcel Depaolis - Chief Technical Officer

Lately, cybercriminals are using COVID-19 panic as a cover for the greatest number of themed cyber-attacks that Proofpoint has ever seen. In this age, it is increasingly important that hackers do not gain unauthorized access to personal information. Research has found that hackers are targeting students who are learning remotely due to the global pandemic. In this digital age, it is of utmost importance that computer systems are up to date to prevent the installation of malicious software by hackers.

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Jun 8, 2021

Fastly's CDN Reportedly to Blame for Global Internet Outage

Technology
Fastly
servers
websites
Tilly Kenyon & Oliver James Fr...
3 min
Multiple outages have hit social media, government, and news websites across the globe

A huge outage has brought down a number of major websites around the world. Among those affected are gov.uk, Hulu, PayPal, Vimeo, and news outlets such as CNN, The Guardian, The New York Times, BBC, and Financial Times.

It is thought a glitch at Fastly ─ a popular CDN provider ─ is causing the worldwide issue. Fastly has confirmed it’s facing an outage on its status website but fails to specify a reason for the fault ─ only that the problem isn’t limited to a single data centre and, instead, is a “global CDN disruption” that is potentially affecting the company’s global network.

“We’re currently investigating potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” the firm said.

What is Fastly?

Fastly is a content delivery network (CDN) company that helps users view digital content more quickly. The company also provides security, video delivery, and so-called edge computing services. They use strategically distributed, highly performant POPs to help move data and applications closer to users and deliver up-to-date content quickly.

The firm has been proving increasingly popular among leading media websites. After going public on the New York Stock Exchange in 2019, shares rose exponentially in price, but after today’s outages, Fastly’s value has taken a sharp 5.21% fall and are currently trading at US$48.06. 

What are CDNs?

Content delivery networks (CDNs) are a web of small computers, or servers, that link together to collaborate as a single computer. CDNs improve the performance of internet-connected devices by placing these servers as close as possible to the people using those devices in different locations, creating hundreds of points of presence, otherwise known as POPs.

They help minimise delays in loading web page content by reducing the physical distance between the server and the user. This helps users around the world view the same high-quality content without slow loading times. 

Without a CDN, content origin servers must respond to every single end-user request. This results in significant traffic to the origin and subsequent load, thereby increasing the chances for origin failure if the traffic spikes are exceedingly high or if the load is persistent.

The Risk of CDNs

Over time, developers have attempted to protect users from the dangers of overreliance through the implementation of load balancing, DDoS (Denial of Service) protection, web application firewalls, and a myriad of other security features. 

Clearly, by the state of today’s major website outage, these measures aren’t enough. Evidently, CDNs present a risk factor that is widely underestimated ─ which needs to be rectified with haste. Content delivery networks have become a key part of the global infrastructure, and so it’s imperative that organisations start to figure out risk mitigation strategies to protect companies reliant on the interconnected service from further disruption and disarray. 

Over the coming days, both Technology Magazine and Data Centre Magazine will continue to provide updates on the current situation as developments are made.

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