NIBS (credit image/Pixabay/ Ryan McGuire)After the bank holiday on Monday, last week had less news than many others across all the roundups.  On the security side, the news came from Avast, F-Secure, Qualys and Secureworks. There was no roundup last week, and the news from the previous week is not combined with this one.


Avast conducted a study in the European Champions League final build-up, cautioning fans against streaming the game for free. Davis Jursa, Malware Analysis Lead for Avast, commented, “As we know, cybercriminals capitalize on human emotions – and the desire of fans to watch their team play in the Champions League is a strong one.

“Unfortunately, criminals often use promises of free streaming as a lure and pepper popup ads, phishing sites, malvertising and other scams throughout a stream to get access to people’s personal data and devices.”

The study noted a spike in blocked URL attacks during the 2022-2023 UEFA Champions League season and estimates that this will only rise during the final between Inter Milan and Manchester City, the latter aiming for the treble. Avast ranked the markets from safest to most dangerous viewing behaviours based on increases in blocked URL attacks on match days versus non-match days:

  • Germany (35% increase in attacks)
  • United Kingdom (39% increase in attacks)
  • Italy (67% increase in attacks)
  • France (93% increase in attacks)
  • Spain (154% increase in attacks)

It offered three tips to fans:

  • Choose an authorized viewing method.
  • Think before you click.
  • Always use security software.


F‑Secure has partnered with la Mobilière, Switzer­land’s oldest private insurance company. La Mobilière will offer private individuals enhanced identity protection and online security services with a single F-Secure app.

Kenneth Olander, F‑Secure’s Senior Business Development Manager, said, “Adding complete, best-in-class identity and online protection will help the industry-leading cyber insurance offering of la Mobilière to stand out even more, Customers looking to reduce risk will now have access to solutions that will help them feel totally safe and relaxed on all their devices.

“Insurers continue to embrace F‑Secure Total as a perfect companion to their cyber insurance offering. Both the providers and their customers love how Total protects against the growing number of cyber threats that target financial data.”

According to research by F-Secure, consumers increasingly see cybersecurity as part of their insurance company offering. 84% of consumers also expect home insurance to contain internet security and insurance for cybercrime, presenting the opportunity for insurance companies to extend their offering and respond to a growing consumer need.


Qualys has announced that its Gateway service is now available on AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud Marketplaces. The announcement came in a blog by Joseph Rose, Senior Security Architect at Qualys. Qualys Gateway Service (QGS) is an extensible container platform mainly used for proxy and caching services.

It simplifies the connection to the Qualys platform and stage manifests, cloud agent binaries, config files, and patches. Other Qualys sensors, including Scanner and Network Passive Sensor, can also backhaul their traffic to the Qualys platform via QGS.

Rose also covered the reasons Qualys are seeing customers move to the cloud and their challenges. QGS offers a solution that offers multifaceted benefits across all three major cloud platforms.


Secureworks announced two new offerings to unify how industrial organizations prevent, detect, and respond to threats across the OT and IT landscapes.

  • Taegis XDR for OT – Secureworks award-winning XDR platform that combines intelligence from OT with security telemetry across the IT landscape into a single unified threat prevention, detection and response platform. The platform is for Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) who want to deliver Managed Detection and Response (MDR) solutions and for organizations that manage their SOCs.
  • Taegis ManagedXDR for OT – Secureworks MDR offering that empowers industrial organizations, such as manufacturers, to secure both OT and IT environments with a team of security experts detecting, investigating, and responding to threats 24×7.

Kyle Falkenhagen, Chief Product Officer, Secureworks, commented, “Industrial organizations will continue to be challenged by an expanding attack surface and evolving threat landscape. Their risks include unplanned shutdowns, financial losses, and harm to human populations that rely on critical services. And the potential costs are staggering. For example, manufacturers lose an average of $148 per second of unplanned downtime – almost $9,000 per minute.

“As a managed solution that unifies threat prevention, detection and response for OT and IT into a single platform, Secureworks helps organizations with OT environments reduce cyber risks and enhance their security postures as they complete their digital transformations.”

Security news from the week beginning 15th May 2023




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