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SAN JOSE, Calif. —Malware sophistication is increasing as adversaries begin to weaponize cloud services and evade detection through encryption, used as a tool to conceal command-and-control activity. To reduce adversaries’ time to operate, security professionals said they will increasingly leverage and spend more on tools that use AI and machine learning, reported in the 11th Cisco® 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report (ACR).  


While encryption is meant to enhance security, the expanded volume of encrypted web traffic (50 percent as of October 2017) — both legitimate and malicious — has created more challenges for defenders trying to identify and monitor potential threats. Cisco threat researchers observed more than a threefold increase in encrypted network communication used by inspected malware samples over a 12-month period.


Applying machine learning can help enhance network security defenses and, over time, “learn” how to automatically detect unusual patterns in encrypted web traffic, cloud, and IoT environments. Some of the 3,600 security professionals interviewed for the Cisco 2018 Security Capabilities Benchmark Study report, stated they were reliant and eager to add tools like machine learning and AI, but were frustrated by the number of false positives such systems generate. While still in its infancy, machine learning and AI technologies over time will mature and learn what is “normal” activity in the network environments they are monitoring.


“Last year’s evolution of malware demonstrates that our adversaries continue to learn,” said John N. Stewart, Senior Vice President and Chief Security and Trust Officer, Cisco. “We have to raise the bar now – top down leadership, business led, technology investments, and practice effective security – there is too much risk, and it is up to us to reduce it.”


Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report Additional Highlights

  • The financial cost of attacks is no longer a hypothetical number:
    • According to study respondents, more than half of all attacks resulted in financial damages of more than US$500,000, including, but not limited to, lost revenue, customers, opportunities, and out-of-pocket costs.

 

  • Supply chain attacks are increasing in velocity, complexity
    • These attacks can impact computers on a massive scale and can persist for months or even years. Defenders should be aware of the potential risk of using software or hardware from organizations that do not appear to have a responsible security posture.
      • Two such attacks in 2017, Nyetya and Ccleaner, infected users by attacking trusted software.
      • Defenders should review third-party efficacy testing of security technologies to help reduce the risk of supply chain attacks.

 

  • Security is getting more complex, scope of breaches is expanding
    • Defenders are implementing a complex mix of products from a cross-section of vendors to protect against breaches. This complexity and growth in breaches have many downstream effects on an organization’s ability to defend against attacks, such as increased risk of losses.
      • In 2017, 25 percent of security professionals said they used products from 11 to 20 vendors, compared with 18 percent of security professionals in 2016.
      • Security professionals said 32 percent of breaches affected more than half of their systems, compared with 15 percent in 2016.

 

  • Security professionals see value in behavioral analytics tools in locating malicious actors in networks
    • 92 percent of security professionals said behavior analytics tools work well. Two-thirds of the healthcare sector, followed by financial services, found behavior analytics to work extremely well to identify malicious actors.

 

  • Use of cloud is growing; attackers taking advantage of the lack of advanced security
    • In this year’s study, 27 percent of security professionals said they are using off-premises private clouds, compared with 20 percent in 2016
    • Among them, 57 percent said they host networks in the cloud because of better data security; 48 percent, because of scalability; and 46 percent, because of ease of use.
    • While cloud offers better data security, attackers are taking advantage of the fact that security teams are having difficulty defending evolving and expanding cloud environments. The combination of best practices, advanced security technologies like machine learning, and first-line-of-defense tools like cloud security platforms can help protect this environment.

 

  • Trends in malware volume have an impact on defenders’ time to detection (TTD)
    • The Cisco median TTD of about 4.6 hours for the period from November 2016 to October 2017 — well below the 39-hour median TTD reported in November 2015, and the 14-hour median reported in the Cisco 2017 Annual Cybersecurity Report for the period from November 2015 to October 2016.
    • The use of cloud-based security technology has been a key factor in helping Cisco to drive and keep its median TTD to a low level. Faster TTD helps defenders move sooner to resolving breaches.


Additional Recommendations for Defenders:

  • Confirm that they adhere to corporate policies and practices for application, system, and appliance patching.
  • Access timely, accurate threat intelligence data and processes that allow for that data to be incorporated into security monitoring.
  • Perform deeper and more advanced analytics.
  • Back up data often and test restoration procedures, processes that are critical in a world of fast-moving, network-based ransomware worms and destructive cyber weapons.
  • Conduct security scanning of microservice, cloud service, and application administration systems.


About the Report:

The Cisco 2018 Annual Cybersecurity Report, now in its 11th year, highlights findings and insights derived from threat intelligence and cybersecurity trends observed over the past 12-18 months from threat researches and six technology partners: Anomali, Lumeta, Qualys, Radware, SAINT, and TrapX. Also, included in the report are results of the annual Security Capabilities Benchmark Study (SCBS), which this year surveyed 3,600 chief security officers (CSOs) and security operations (SecOps) managers from 26 countries about the state of cybersecurity in their organizations.

Request a courtesy copy of Annual CyberSecurity Report 2018 by contacting Micropac Technologies.


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Company to resell StorReduce software with its ActiveScale™ object storage system, delivering a more efficient data protection solution compared to traditional backup appliances

SAN JOSE, CA – March 27, 2018 – Creating environments for data to thrive, Western Digital® Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) today announced that it is relieving big data pressures on IT managers by offering enterprises a cost-effective and scalable backup and recovery solution for on-premises and hybrid cloud environments. Two powerful technologies, ActiveScale object storage system and StorReduce deduplication software, provide petabyte-scale storage that protects data efficiently, and facilitates a data forever architecture, saving companies up to 70%¹ compared to traditional backup appliances. With this modern approach, protected data is stored in an open format so customers can analyze and extract hidden value from the data to help transform businesses or achieve new breakthroughs faster.

There’s no doubt that data is growing rapidly. This is putting multiple pressures on IT managers to optimize budgets and resources, reduce backup and restore times, design for regulatory and security mandates, and more efficiently balance workloads and applications on-premises and in the cloud. Today, traditional backup methods such as expensive backup appliances, or magnetic tape for long-term retention, are rendering themselves ineffective due to the volume, velocity and variety of data.

Gartner estimates that “by 2021, 50% of organizations will augment or replace their current backup application with another solution, compared to what they deployed at the beginning of 20172.” Adding to such a situation is the need to create a scalable long-term strategy that protects data that’s captured, preserved, accessed and transformed for delivering greater insights and intelligence through data analytics and machine learning. 

“Together, Western Digital and StorReduce address many challenges IT managers face in protecting their valuable data,” said Phil Bullinger, general manager, Data Center Systems Business Unit, Western Digital. “Western Digital has the breadth and depth of products, systems and solutions, leveraging vertical innovation and integration, and industry experience to help solve tomorrow’s challenges today. By working with StorReduce, we are enabling organizations to consolidate backup appliances, tape and other unstructured data silos into a single, easy-to-manage private or hybrid cloud solution.”

The ActiveScale object storage system bundled with StorReduce’s scale-out deduplication software enables on-premises or hybrid cloud-based storage for primary and secondary backups, with throughputs and recovery speeds faster than legacy backup appliances. The modular ActiveScale system starts at 480TB usable and can help enable a data forever architecture, allowing for non-disruptive upgrades, and seamless data durability across multiple hardware generations. As your system grows and changes, the ActiveScale and StorReduce solution can grow and change to meet those needs without sacrificing performance, data durability or TCO.

“We are excited to partner with Western Digital to offer our customers a combined solution designed with the ability to maximize storage efficiency for hybrid and private cloud environments,” said Vanessa Wilson, CEO, StorReduce. “In today’s ever-changing IT landscape, we are now able to provide customers with a seamless solution built for the cloud to protect increasing amounts of data easily and cost effectively, while also giving customers the ability to leverage data for analytics, search, machine learning and more.”

The combined solution is available today through Western Digital. To learn more about this partnership, visit www.hgst.com/storreduce. For more information about the ActiveScale family, visit: https://www.hgst.com/products/systems.

More Information:
Blog: “Are Your Backup Appliances Multiplying Like Rabbits?
Webinar: “How to Solve Backup Appliance Sprawl

 

About Western Digital
Western Digital creates environments for data to thrive. The company is driving the innovation needed to help customers capture, preserve, access and transform an ever-increasing diversity of data. Everywhere data lives, from advanced data centers to mobile sensors to personal devices, our industry-leading solutions deliver the possibilities of data. Western Digital® data-centric solutions are marketed under the G-Technology®, HGST, SanDisk®, Tegile™, Upthere™, and WD® brands.

Forward-looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding the StorReduce software, ActiveScale storage system, combined solution of the two, and their expected availability, performance, features and benefits to customers. There are a number of risks and uncertainties that may cause these forward-looking statements to be inaccurate including, among others: the StorReduce software, ActiveScale storage system, and combined solution of the two may not perform as expected or be available when expected; volatility in global economic conditions; business conditions and growth in the storage ecosystem; impact of competitive products and pricing; market acceptance and cost of commodity materials and specialized product components; actions by competitors; unexpected advances in competing technologies; our development and introduction of products based on new technologies and expansion into new data storage markets; risks associated with acquisitions, mergers and joint ventures; difficulties or delays in manufacturing; and other risks and uncertainties listed the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange commission (the “SEC”) and available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, including our most recently filed periodic report to which your attention is directed. We do not intend to update the information contained in this release.

1Savings, based on StorReduce analysis, are calculated over five years, and may vary depending upon many factors including but not limited to: the amount and type of data stored, the frequency with which it is stored, and the solution being replaced.

2Source: Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for Data Center Backup and Recovery Solutions,” Dave Russell, Pushan Rinnen, Robert Rhame, July 31, 2017.

Western Digital, the Western Digital logo, G-Technology, SanDisk, Tegile, Upthere, WD, and ActiveScale are registered trademark or trademarks of Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates in the US and/or other countries. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

As used for storage capacity, one gigabyte (GB) = one billion bytes and one terabyte (TB) = one trillion bytes. Total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment. Product specifications subject to change without notice. Not all products are available in all regions of the world.

©2018 Western Digital Corporation or its affiliates. All rights reserved.

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Irvine, CA –Micropac Technologies is proud to partner with Western Digital (HGST) and offer extended Enterprise Storage solutions for business across every aspect of data growth. As data storage complexity expands in specification and budget requirements, the ability to handle sensitive business data with reliability, scalability and affordability become ever more important. 

Known for enabling new levels of enterprise total cost of ownership (TCO) with HelioSeal® helium hard drive technology and industry leading capacity drives, Western Digital Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) is expanding its portfolio for enterprise customers with a new, mid-range series of 4 terabyte (TB), 6TB and 8TB air-based hard drives. The new products enable corporate data centers having data set sizes smaller than found in hyperscale environments to harness the power of data across a broad spectrum of Big Data applications such as analytics and distributed file systems.


Western Digital leads the high-capacity enterprise hard drive market for hyperscale and cloud environments with its 10TB, 12TB and 14TB drives, where the company’s HelioSeal helium-sealing technology is required for the highest capacities and densities to deliver the lowest (or best) TCO. However, many applications have small data sets or benefit from optimal performance from implementation of a cluster of lower capacity, air-based hard drives. Many traditional data center systems still rely on moderate capacity points for RAID-based block-and-file systems.


“The power of Big Data is driving the need for higher capacities across a broad spectrum of applications,” said Brendan Collins, vice president of marketing, Devices Business Unit, Western Digital. “Today, mid-range applications are preparing to move from 1TB and 2TB configurations to higher capacities. Our new enterprise solutions blend the technology and TCO leadership of Western Digital’s capacity enterprise product line with a high-density, air-based hard drive design, allowing OEMs to offer data centers a solution to keep Big Data on-premises, rather than transition entirely to the cloud.”


Distributed file systems such as Apache Hadoop® often have workloads that require higher access density in order to maintain performance when running Big Data analytics jobs. The “sweet spot” capacities for these applications are 4TB, 6TB and 8TB. Western Digital’s new enterprise solutions are designed for this space, while providing enterprise-level performance and specifications for storage OEM partners to serve end customers with a range of capacity and price points while maintaining the enterprise integrity demanded by today’s data center architects.


Available immediately for qualification, the new Ultrastar® 7K6, supporting 4TB and 6TB capacity points, utilizes a new 4-disk, enterprise class, air-based design. The new products provide up to 12 percent faster performance than the prior generation Ultrastar 7K6000 and is designed for traditional storage and server applications as well as distributed and scalable computing, including block-and-file storage architecture. Later this quarter, the company will deliver an Ultrastar 7K8 8TB solution, which is based on an air-based design and is the ninth generation of the company’s 5-disk platform. Further information regarding the Ultrastar 7K6 and 7K8 is available on the website.


The 4TB, 6TB and 8TB offerings will be ready for volume ramp during the second calendar quarter of 2018. Western Digital’s media cache and flash-based non-volatile cache (NVC) are implemented to improve write performance. These new enterprise drives will be available in either SAS or SATA interfaces and provide an enterprise-class MTBF rating of 2M hours. 

For additional product information including spec sheets, data and sales quote, please contact Micropac Technologies directly. Micropac is an authorized Western Digital partner. 


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