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Pinnacle, Comodo target last 1% of cyber threats putting SA firms at risk

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Joseph Jaghab
Joseph Jaghab

Pinnacle’s new cyber security division has partnered with Comodo Cybersecurity to offer managed service providers a solution that blocks unknown cyber threats putting organisations at risk in South Africa.

Announcing the new opportunity for South African MSPs during a webinar held in partnership with ITWeb, Joseph Jaghab, Head of Partnerships at Comodo Cybersecurity, noted: “You will never prevent 100% of malware from entering your network.”

He said traditional security approaches can achieve a 99% detection rate, but there remains a 1% gap representing all the unknowns, with thousands of pieces of undetected malware daily.

Jaghab said Comodo prevented unknowns from entering the native environment, but allowed them to access an auto-containment vault – a replicated space within the kernel of the endpoint. “Unlike a sandbox, this is extremely lightweight and robust compared to a full VM, the process is fully automated, and the end-user will be able to safely access any unknown file, so productivity is not hindered.”

The auto-containment works with Valkyrie (Comodo’s threat intelligence) to run a dynamic analysis, he said. “Ninety-five percent of the time, we determine if a file is good or bad in under 45 seconds. If Valkyrie can’t make a determination in that timeframe, our SOC team is available to make an analysis. They will reverse engineer that file in under four hours.”

Erdal Ozkaya
Erdal Ozkaya

Dr Erdal Ozkaya, CISO at Comodo Cybersecurity, said cyber security had changed and cyber risk had increased over the past year, making it all the more important for organisations to address the 1% gap presented by unknown threats. “Our world has changed – it is not the same world it was just two years ago as a result of COVID-19,” he said. “The way we live, communicate and work – and even the way we get hacked – has changed. Everyone believes they have the best cyber security solutions – unfortunately they aren’t aware of what is happening in the cyber security landscape. Not a day goes past without news of a hack. There are now two types of organisations – those who know they have been hacked, and those who don’t. Going forward there will also be two kinds of organisations – those implementing the right steps and cyber security tools, and those who make it into the news.”

The Comodo Cybersecurity opportunity for local MSPs is designed to make it easy to onboard and manage security for customers. It includes Dragon Enterprise Platform and Auto Containment – the world’s only active breach protection that renders malware, ransomware and cyber attacks useless – and the Comodo SOCaaP managed threat detection and response service backed by Comodo’s in-house security operations centre and security information and event management.

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