Today’s interview is with Bill Connor, CEO of SonicWall. He has an award-winning executive and has experience as a White House cybersecurity advisor. One of the surprises of the interview is when Bill reveals that the venerable PDF has been cracked.
Most people who have been around a server or two know SonicWall – they have been leaders in technology for decades. The interview talks about enterprise cybersecurity and brings up two topics that may be a surprise to listeners: security of the Adobe’s “bulletproof” PDF file and multilayer attacks that could include Microsoft.
It is shocking to think that there are one billion malware attack in the typical week. These attacks are automated and take advantage of artificial intelligence and machine learning like anyone else. In a never-ending search for vulnerabilities – the venerated PDF file has finally been breached. Adobe’s PDF has been a trusted method since 1993. Now, one must be able to screen PDFs for malicious code.
Microsoft has also been the victim of advanced malware attacks. Microsoft Defender is reported to have been attacked in a peculiarly pernicious manner. All the attacker does is disable protection.
When you are looking at protecting federal assets you will have to understand that tradition “safe” technologies may not be safe anymore. During the discussion, Bill Connor talks about attacks on non-standard ports, encrypted communication, advanced threat protection.