Week in review: Strengthening firmware security, Help Net Security: XDR Report released

Here’s an overview of some of last week’s most interesting news, articles and interviews:

Help Net Security: XDR Report has been released
The topic of this inaugural report is extended detection and response (XDR), an emerging technology that has been receiving a lot of buzz in the last few years.

Apache OpenOffice users should upgrade to newest security release!
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) has released Apache OpenOffice 4.1.11, which fixes a handful of security vulnerabilities, including CVE-2021-33035, a recently revealed RCE vulnerability that could be triggered via a specially crafted document.

Apple fixes iOS zero-day exploited in the wild (CVE-2021-30883)
With the newest iOS and iPad updates, Apple has fixed another vulnerability (CVE-2021-30883) that is being actively exploited by attackers.

Microsoft patches actively exploited Windows zero-day (CVE-2021-40449)
On October 2021 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft has fixed 71 CVE-numbered vulnerabilities. Of those, only one was a zero-day exploited in attacks in the wild (CVE-2021-40449) and three were publicly known before the release of the patches.

How do I select a SASE solution for my business?
To select a suitable SASE solution for your business, you need to think about a variety of factors. We’ve talked to several industry professionals to get their insight on the topic.

REvil/Sodinokibi accounting for 73% of ransomware detections in Q2 2021
McAfee released a report which examines cybercriminal activity related to ransomware and cloud threats in the second quarter of 2021.

Strengthening firmware security with hardware RoT
Hackers are growing smarter and more sophisticated in their attempts to avoid detection. With IT security and visibility efforts still largely focused higher in the stack at the application layer, bad actors are seeking to breach systems further down the stack at the firmware level.

Remote work exposing SMEs to increased cybersecurity risk
Remote working is leading to increased cybersecurity risks for SMEs, a research from ServerChoice shows. The research, conducted with 1,000 business leaders at SMEs, found that changes in working patterns are resulting in infrastructure being left…