Massive Ransomware Attack Underscores Threats To Internet Security

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This month's massive global ransomware attack is a clear sign that cybersecurity is an escalating concern for businesses and private internet users. CEO Francis Dinha of OpenVPN explains why it's essential to develop proactive policies and tools to safeguard our digital information.

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"VPN alone cannot solve this problem, but the good news is that a VPN, coupled with advanced cyber threat management tools, will definitely shield those devices against many cyber threats," Dinha said.

The startling ransomware attack that began Friday has spread across 150 countries, held internet users’ computer files hostage and exposed a dangerous gap in cybersecurity among businesses and individuals. Unfortunately, it is only a sign of things to come, says Francis Dinha, CEO of OpenVPN, creator of Private Tunnel.

"We will definitely see more attacks and possibly more advanced threats that might cause more damage to our society,” Dinha cautions. “Society, businesses and policymakers have to be more proactive in developing policies, guidelines and security tools to prevent major attacks from having the kind of negative impact we've seen."

The ransomware assault isn’t the first. Six percent of internet users around the world already have experienced ransomware, and another 11 percent know someone who has encountered a malicious program, according to a summary of the Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust.

Problematically, ransomware is just one of many security dangers facing internet users, Dinha says. More awareness of these threats is needed among the public and businesses, and more research is essential to understand the risks computers face when they logo onto public resources on the internet and the tools that can protect them.

Advanced cyber threat management tools, for example, can block communication between infected devices and ransomware command centers.

"VPN alone cannot solve this problem, but the good news is that a VPN, coupled with advanced cyber threat management tools, will definitely shield those devices against many cyber threats," Dinha explains. "VPN is a key component for tunneling all traffic and ensuring that all traffic is routed through advanced cyber threat management before it accesses any public internet resources."

To learn more about how VPNs protect businesses and other internet users from cybercriminals, read Dinha’s column for the Forbes Technology Council or visit Private Tunnel.

Francis Dinha is available for interviews. For scheduling, contact nineveh(at)privatetunnel(dot)com.

About Private Tunnel
OpenVPN Technologies Inc has integrated a suite of leading-edge networking and software technologies to deliver virtual network software that provides secure, reliable, and scalable communication services, not only fulfilling the requirements of the traditional virtual private network (VPN) market, but also addressing the future demands of SDN – Software Defined Network, Remote Access to private Cloud/ networks, tunneling to UTM – Unified Threat Management Firewall Clouds/ Gateways, tunneling to DDOS Clouds/ Gateways to protect against malicious attacks. OpenVPN, our award-winning open source VPN protocol, has emerged to establish itself as a de-facto standard in the open source networking space with over 50 million downloads since inception. OpenVPN Technologies is the provider of next-generation secure and scalable communication services.

Following the successful inception of the OpenVPN Project in 2002, Francis Dinha and James Yonan co-founded OpenVPN Technologies, Inc. to secure a solid foundation for OpenVPN and further develop its commercial potential.

About OpenVPN
OpenVPN is a private company that enables consumers and businesses to leverage mobility, access, security and privacy to simplify IT. Google, Samsung, Amazon, HP, IBM, Trane, Universities, Public Schools and over 100,000 business are protected on premise, in the cloud, and in the field with OpenVPN software. They join over 3.6 million consumers who rely on our OpenVPN powered Private Tunnel service for increased security, privacy and access over the internet. We are based in Hacienda Business Park, Pleasanton California.

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Nineveh Madsen, Private Tunnel, OpenVPN Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
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