Here is why Chicago is still in the running to be the leading renewable energy city

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Here is why Chicago is still in the running to be the leading renewable energy city

In light of recent announcements that bring a string of renewable energy projects to California, Chicago based rail and energy recruitment specialist, Samuel Knight (SKI Corp), has highlighted points for consideration, and why states such as Illinois, with industrious cities such as Chicago, are still in a position to be a leading renewable energy provider.

EDP Renewables North America and Shell Energy North America have recently closed on a 15-year power purchase agreement which will generate enough clean electricity to annually power more than 91,000 average Californian homes. Additionally, it has been approved for community choice aggregators (CCAs) to procure 3,300 megawatts of incremental clean energy capacity by 2023.

While these are progressive initiatives, California is still failing to attract enough skilled workers to ensure these projects are completed to schedule. The state’s energy talent pools have already been stretched, and skills shortages have been noted as a serious barrier to the completion of several developments.

This is where Chicago energy businesses truly stand out. In recent years, they have heavily focused on improving their attraction strategies – focusing on American talent, to build strong workforces ready to take future projects by storm. If firms continue to find innovative ways of developing their talent pools, such as enhancing diversity and inclusion strategies and remain engaging with the next generation of workers, it’s likely that more renewable energy projects, like those currently present in California, will be established in the city.

Commenting on this news, Dave Allen , Associate Director of Energy for SKI Corp, said:

“Although California is often seen as the king of renewables, there’s no reason why this success can’t be replicated in Illinois and indeed, other states. Chicago has one of the richest energy talent pools in the States and there are a number of exciting projects in the pipeline.”

“Firms must continue adapting their talent attraction strategies to be fit for the modern day. With more women in the sector than ever before, and new generations entering the workforce, it’s vital that companies have a modern and inclusive approach. By doing this, we can hopefully overcome the skills shortage and ensure that future projects have the manpower needed to be successful and delivered on time.”

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Chiquita invests in infrastructure and equipment in Puerto Almirante

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Chiquita invests in infrastructure and equipment in Puerto Almirante

Chiquita Brands International, the world’s leading banana company, has invested in the infrastructure and yard equipment of Puerto Almirante in Panama specializing in the movement of containerized cargo for the region.    

Puerto Almirante is located in Bocas del Toro province in the western side of Panama close to the border with Costa Rica. The distance to the border with Costa Rica is 40 kilometers and to David, Panama is 178 kilometers. Sailing time to Limon, Costa Rica is 4-6 hours and to Cristobal / Manzanillo, Panama is 8-10 hours.

The port has 312 meters of quay including two berthing positions with a total depth of 11 meters.  The company acquired at the end of 2018 two mobile harbor cranes (Liebherr LHM 500) and 8 yard hustlers in order to have a better operational flow between the yard and the quay. The yard has more than 500 plugs with a remote monitoring temperature system. Total capacity of the yard is 1,400 FEUs. 

“This year we achieved a historical milestone at the port when acquiring the new mobile harbor cranes and increasing by more than 100% our port equipment at the yard. This will enable us to achieve the highest standards of performance and efficiency at the port” said Andres Vargas Prada, Director of Logistics Latin America.  

Puerto Almirante has all the required international certifications on port security and protection including ISPS since 2004 and CT-PAT certified tier 3 since 2008. Security services include inspections on board, seal traceability, CCTV 24/7 monitoring with +60 cameras, K9 unit and the presence of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Marine equipment includes tug boat assistance, pilot and security boat and equipment for underwater inspections. Yard equipment includes 14 yard hustlers, 4 top loaders, VGM certified scale, a brand new cross dock facility and M&R shops for intermodal equipment repairs.  

The port works 24/7 365 days per year and currently has availability to attend new services in order to increase the imports / exports of the region.  

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Latin America News Q4 2019

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Latin America News magazine is a quarterly publication designed to provide you with all of the latest features and cutting-edge opinion pieces from across the region. For our final edition of the year we have decided to spotlight the work of truly innovative companies working in swiftly developing industries.

One such firm is Mondragon Assembly. As a specialist in the development of automation and assembly solutions, Mondragon Assembly has quickly forged a reputation as one of the leading pioneers in production technologies and solutions. We profiled the firm as our main feature.

Similarly, the region has been a veritable hub of activity when it comes to new talent acquisition and greater business development. Over the last few months in particular, large strides have been made to capitalise on a drive to be, simply, better. In this edition, we’ve highlighted the work of one bastion of the legal industry: Laura Farber, who has recently been recognised as a National Law Journal Trailblazer. Read inside to find out more.

The team here at Latin America News hope that you enjoy reading this packed edition and hope you have a fantastic start to the new decade.

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US Business News Q4 2019

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Welcome to the Q4 edition of US Business News magazine. As a quarterly publication we endeavor to provide you with a comprehensive breakdown all of the latest M&A activities, corporate issues and business trends from across the nation. With Thanksgiving just a few tantalizing days away – I can almost smell the Pumpkin Pie already – we’ve wrapped up a few of the top stories and ‘ones to watch’ on the greater business landscape.

Based out of Texas, RezFree is aiming to ‘cure the Earth’. No small task. We spoke to RezFree’s Mustafa Kaygusuz to find out more about its cutting-edge bio-technology product and how it is helping to drive the growth of residue-free agriculture.

Following on from this idea of eco-friendly innovations, we have also profiled OiL Chef.  With a mission to help kitchen operators to reduce their operating costs and carbon footprint, OiL Chef has positioned itself as the leader of a niche market. We spoke to President Sean Farry to find out more.

But this is just a small glimpse into this quarter’s issue. In the meantime, the team here at US Business News hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a fantastic rest of the year ahead.

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How to Get Your Business Website Noticed

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With so much competition out there, it’s essential that you make the right decisions – no matter how trivial they might seem – when creating and running your business website. Due to the height of the online market, your business website is one area you can’t afford to neglect or take for granted.

Here is a devised number of useful tips for you to apply to your business website and successfully have it noticed within the online consumer market.


Practical Design is Important

The journey to gaining more traffic and encouraging more people to land on your site can be a very difficult one, which means you want to avoid anything which deters them when they actually do land on your website. What this means is that attractive design is significantly important in holding the attention of your visitors, and allowing them to browse freely and easily on your business website.

You should consider all aspects of the design front, including color scheme, font, use of a logo, contact information, tabs and categories, and also thumbnail images and how your website fares when open at the same time as other tabs within a browser. Using a favicon can be a beneficial element to the tab of your business site that can add credibility. Therefore it’s important to plan your favicon design and how to use it in the best possible way.


Get to Grips with Your Keywords and Use Them Wisely

In order to get your business noticed in the right way, you need to understand which keywords will enable you to do that. You should take the time to understand your target keywords and devise a strategy that will best enable you to use them.

It isn’t enough to simply know which keywords you are targeting and throw them haphazardly into your content; you need to put some serious thought behind how best to use them in both a natural and productive way, and which avenues will allow you to get the most out of your keywords and hopefully drive more traffic to your website.

Some tips for using your keywords in the best possible way include:


– Putting yourself into your consumers’ shoes

This means thinking like them, and deciding how you would phrase a search term in a search engine if you were looking for your particular product. Understanding how consumers type search terms can be very beneficial when targeting your keyword phrases.


– Analyzing the keyword behavior of consumers

You need to make sure you have an analytical strategy in place which enables you to look and follow the behavior patterns of your target market, including how they are using search engines to find what they are looking for. Only then can you better target your keywords towards them.


– Avoiding neglecting long-tail keywords

Your keyword strategy should also include relevant phrases of three or more words. These phrases should help in better identifying your product or service and should be formulated alongside standalone keywords.



Invest in Your Own, Personalized Domain Name

Your website needs to be professional, no matter the business area, and a registered domain name is an important method in appearing professional. It can be tempting as a startup especially to create a free website quickly just to have something out there until you can advance your business plans, but free domain names can often seem unprofessional – or at the very least less enticing than a business competitor with their own domain name. It could be the reason a consumer clicks on to your competitor’s site instead of your own.


Build a List of Links (as Many as You Can)

In order to build authority for your site, it’s important to build as many external links and backlinks as possible. A great place to start is to create social media profiles for your business and then link back to your official website, such as through your biography and through the content you post on social media.

You then need to source as many backlinks as you can through external sites, such as being mentioned in another company’s blog post or being recommended by another service in order for people to click on your website.

Guest blogging and guest posting is also a beneficial area to look into, as you can then use another website to promote your business and hopefully receive lots of backlinks to your services.

At the end of the day, the more authority businesses and websites which are openly linking back to your business site looks impressive and trustworthy to any consumer who is looking.


Create Good Content, and Think Logically About the Content You Produce

Although informative content is very important, you shouldn’t ever create content simply for content’s sake. Every piece of content you deliver should have a focus and goal in mind, whether it’s to push a particular keyword or keyword phrase or to offer a promotional piece on a new product or service.

Taking the time to understand why you are producing a particular piece of content means you can then tailor every aspect of it to fulfill that need and to ensure that it is of the highest quality.

For example, if you need to create a piece of content to showcase a new product, think about how best you can do so. Would a demonstrative video work better than a blog, in order for consumers to see a product in action? Or would a detailed blog be more beneficial to explain a certain area of your business, if consumers can then read at their leisure instead of needing to turn up the volume and listen closely?

Understand the need, and then the right content will follow.

You should also ensure that content methods vary across your site – it’s a good idea to try and tick off many forms of content, such as videos, blogs, quick posts on social media and images for your website. Content needs to be fresh and ever-changing; otherwise you risk visitors becoming bored with seeing the same sort of content time and time again on your website.

By following these steps, you’re providing your business with the best chance of being noticed.

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Eucalyptus pulplog prices in Brazil have reached their lowest level in three years

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Eucalyptus pulplog prices in Brazil have reached their lowest levels in three years

Pulpmills in Brazil had some of the lowest wood fiber costs in the world in the 2Q/19, according to the WRQ. Over the past three years Eucalyptus pulplog prices have fallen while the global Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI) has trended upward to reach its highest level in four years.

Seattle, USA. Lower operating rates at the major pulp mills in Brazil and healthy inventory levels of wood fiber took pressure off prices of Eucalyptus pulplogs in the 2Q/19. Eucalyptus pulplog prices have been on a roller-coaster ride ever since the Wood Resource Quarterly began tracking wood fiber prices in Brazil in 1988, mostly due to fluctuations in the exchange rates and changes in the fiber demand/supply balance.

Following a 15-year period from 1988 to 2003 when prices fluctuated between US$20-50/odmt, prices took off and trended upward for almost eight years to reach an all-time-high in the 3Q/11. From 2011 to 2015, prices fell substantially to reach an 11-year low in the 4Q/15, which was followed by a period with slightly higher prices. In the 2Q/19, the average price reached its lowest level in over three years as the value of the US dollar strengthened.

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It is interesting to compare the price developments for Eucalyptus in US dollar and Brazilian Real terms, as the exchange rate between the two currencies has fluctuated quite substantially over the years. Pulplog prices in Brazilian Real terms have generally trended upward over the past 15 years and reached a 25-year high in early 2019 when the average price was 50% higher than in 2005 (see chart). During the same period, prices in US dollar terms doubled before taking a plunge to 2005 levels. Pulpmills in Brazil now have some of the lowest wood fiber costs in the world. 

For the past eight years, the Eucalyptus pulplog prices in Brazil have consistently been lower than the global Hardwood Fiber Price Index (HFPI), a weighted average of delivered wood fiber prices for 15 key hardwood pulp-producing regions of the world. The discrepancy between the average Brazilian pulplog prices and the HFPI actually reached a 15-year record in the 2Q/19 when Brazil’s price fell to 70% of the HFPI price index. Wood fiber costs as a percentage of market pulp prices have been at record lows over the past year, leading to healthy profit margins for the industry.

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Hyve grows global IT services platform with new site in New York, as demand for managed hosting services booms

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Hyve grows global IT services platform with new site in New York, as demand for managed hosting services booms

Hyve, a leading managed services provider (MSP), has announced that, following a year of global expansion, it is now able to offer customers enterprise and private cloud as well as dedicated servers in New York. Acting in response to market demand for global IT hosting services and support, New York tops the list of locations opened by Hyve in 2019, which includes Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, Madrid, Zurich, Geneva, Milan, Bogota, and Tokyo. The firm now supports customers across five continents, with each location chosen in partnership with customers who want to benefit from the same high-quality IT services delivery and support they receive from Hyve in the UK across their international operations.

The appeal of managed IT hosting has grown as companies look to lower technology operating costs, increase security and take advantage of the performance and scale benefits of cloud computing. Consequently, the global managed services market has grown dramatically in the past two years – from $155.91 billion in 2017 to $193 billion in 2019.

Hyve hosts core IT applications for customers at its data centres, either on dedicated servers, private cloud or enterprise cloud environments, and provide associated managed services including cyber security protection and disaster recovery. Each data centre is connected to National Internet backbones with multiple 100Gb uplinks so customers can host demanding applications such as video streaming. Customers rely on Hyve to host and deliver core IT services so that their own IT teams can focus on developing new technology-driven services to move their businesses forward.

Hyve’s global network means its international customers can now host their IT services wherever their end-users are in the world and abide by local regulations on data storage. Livesource, which helps some of the world’s leading manufacturers eliminate hidden risks in their supply chains, is using Hyve sites in New York, Miami, Geneva and Zurich to enable it to deliver services to its customers. Award winning online gaming company, Mr Green, is using Hyve’s London and Madrid sites to ensure it is compliant with local data regulations.

A critical differentiator for Hyve is its ability to offer a personal service, no tiered support and small teams that work with its customers one-to-one, rather than multiple tiers of support with anonymous engineers. “We’re in a great place both in terms of market demand for the service we offer as well as our position in the market,” explained Hyve Co-Founder, Jon Lucas. “Our global IT services platform might be built on cutting edge technology but, in a world that is fast moving towards AI and robotics, we are proud to say we’re avoiding that route when it comes to customer service. Each customer relationship is built around engineers they know by name and who understand their business and technology estate, it’s a significant reason why our customers want to work with Hyve, wherever they are in the world.”

Hyve’s customers include Safestore, Carluccio’s, Pure Gym, Caffè Nero, Dog’s Trust, and Teenage Cancer Trust. Customer, Jean-François Blachon, CTO at LiveSource commented: “Hyve provides LiveSource with a high-performance hosting platform in multiple global locations. It is great to partner with a host who provides a reliable service and can manage all of our locations for us. Working with one provider takes the stress out of managing multiple locations, and we know that we will always get fast and responsive service from the support team at Hyve.”

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An Interview with Mexico’s leading actress Sarah Barlondo

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An Interview with Mexico’s leading actress Sarah Barlondo

Born and raised in the South of France, Barlondo was first scouted as a teenager in Mexico City, where she soon became the only French actress to make it on Mexican television, a sensation on Mexico’s beloved Televisa. Since then, she has also become the only actress from Televisa to make it into a Warner Bros production, earning an undisclosed role in the Patty Jenkin’s upcoming Wonder Woman 1984.

Barlondo is also an award-winning forensic architect, she completed studies at Parsons in New York and the Architectural Association and Central St. Martins in London. In 2018, she was the recipient of the 2018 Design for Peace Award.

1.    From top-ranking professional tennis player to architect and accomplished international actress, now with a role in the upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 – one might say you are a bit of a wonder woman yourself. What is it about acting that means you’ve chosen it above all your other professions?

That’s very kind, thank you. When I was studying architecture and playing tennis, I continued to act in my spare time and work towards perfecting my craft. Acting is definitely what I am most passionate about. Although I paused my career during my studies, I continued to study the craft, memorising monologues and staying aware of the market and new productions. It was important for me to get a degree outside of my acting career and design work has taught me the process of researching and building something piece by piece where every element has a specific purpose.

I started acting when I was about 16 years old and quitting was never an option for me. I have always known that acting was the right path, it is what makes me feel the most complete.


2.    You are one of Mexico’s biggest TV stars. What is it like to be the first and only French actor to make it on Mexican television? And do you find the process of filming for a Hollywood blockbuster any different?

I wouldn’t dare say that I am one of Mexico’s biggest TV stars but thank you. I will hopefully get more opportunities to work towards this in the future. I was so young when I started acting in Mexico and I didn’t realise how unusual my profile was. I didn’t speak Spanish at the time, but I followed my gut and everyone was so welcoming.  I am still learning everyday which is something I love about this experience. There is always a new word or type of food or music that I don’t know about.

From my experience, filming a Hollywood blockbuster is different from any TV production I have worked on. Filming a feature is a different process and another level of preparation. As an actor I prepare in the same way, but in terms of logistics and production, it is very different. Television work appears on the screen much faster but with cinema, it takes a year, a year and a half or more to see the work and realise its impact.


3.    You’re trained in the famed Lee Strasberg method, do you have personal methods you use in your practice, and do you think this impacts your everyday life?

I have definitely developed a sense of awareness and sensorial memory. The training I had in Mexico was based on the Stanislavski method and both complement each other really well. I like to prepare physically as well as emotionally for my roles so it definitely impacts my everyday life. I still use some of the techniques I learned as a tennis player and implement them in my acting preparation.

4.    As a part of one of Mexico’s leading telenovelas, what do you think they bring to their audiences? Do you love filming them as much as we love watching them?

I love storytelling and being close to the audience. I feel that telenovelas touch the audience in a different way by being present in their home every day and telling stories that everyone can relate to.

5.    You’re a trained forensic architect – it’s a far cry from acting. Do you use any of those skills in your current career? What interested you in this particular field?

Yes, the two couldn’t be more different but Forensic Architecture and Architecture in general have helped me become much more specific in my research and character work. I have learned to be even more rigorous than I was as a tennis player. Thanks to my studies, I approach character work as I would construction work, with the same attention to detail.

I became passionate about Forensic Architecture very quickly. I was interested in law before design and found a way to combine both. I literally googled ‘legal architecture’ when I was in the process of choosing a focus for my thesis. Before discovering that field, I was doing humanitarian work for disability rights and found emergency and forensic architecture as a medium to express myself and help people. Traditional architecture was too slow for me, I wanted to go out on the field, investigate, combine journalism, research, design, humanitarian and investigation work and forensic architecture made that possible.

6.    A former top-ranked ITF and WTA professional tennis player, you travelled extensively in your career – where are your favourite places? And how did you end up as an actress from this profession?

Without a doubt Mexico and Costa Rica! I always felt most comfortable playing in these two countries, the tournaments were some of the most organised I have seen and they always took really good care of the players. Mexico and Costa Rica have a special place in my heart as I spent many Christmases and New Year’s Eves there as a teenager and always felt at home. It is also where I learned my first words of Spanish and discovered Latin American culture, which I fell in love with.

7.    Finally – how are you finding living in London? It must feel very different to Mexico – or are there similarities in the places and people?

I love living in London and it feels like home now.  I do miss Latin America very much, its people, language, food, music…  London is very international so I have friends from all over the world and I still get to speak to my Mexican friends everyday. I have a lot of Latin American and Mediterranean friends here.

What has helped me stay connected to Latin America is definitely its food and the music. I still listen to Latin music everyday at home and have my favourite places around town for a dose of quesadillas, chicharón and guacamole. I have been missing my tortillas de Nopal and Tajin though, which I am yet to find in London!  London feels like a combination of small villages, just like Mexico City. People have been very welcoming and it’s always busy, so it hasn’t been hard to adapt.

8.    What’s the most exciting thing you find about London, having recently moved there?

One of my favourite things about London are its museums! The number of free exhibitions, the diversity of people, its streets…  I am still discovering the city every day. It is a great place to access anywhere in the world, I can go and see my family in France and go back to Mexico very easily. I love being able to experience both city and country life.

Finally, what’s next in the world of Sarah Barlondo?

 I am excited to have 2 movies coming out in 2020; Wonder Woman 1984 and Framed. I am auditioning for a couple of new projects, travelling for press and hope to be able to share more soon. 

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Seedstars Summit LATAM to empower 35 growth stage startups from the region this November

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Seedstars Summit LATAM to empower 35 growth stage startups from the region this November

Announced in July as one of the leading regional startup events of the season, the Seedstars Summit LATAM will gather Latin America’s top startups, investors, industry leaders, and innovative partners from over 20 countries, to foster change and sustainable growth in the region.

Seedstars, the leading emerging market startup community and investor, has joined forces with Ruta N, the regional innovation agency, and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (UPB) to bring the 4th Seedstars Summit LATAM to Colombia on November 27th to 29th. Wrapping up the 2019 Seedstars World Competition in Latin America, the Summit will showcase more than 30 of the  most promising startups from LATAM who will pitch in front of investors and industry experts.

By invitation-only, the event will gather over 350 key stakeholders from over 20 countries in a 3 day journey that will conclude with a main stage conference with the flagship topic: Fostering Digital Talent: Education, Acquisition & Leadership. 

Previous to the main event, the journey will begin with an intensive growth bootcamp at Ruta N, followed by the well known Investor Forum of Seedstars at the UPB sponsored by Amazon, that will exhibit startup pitches in front of prominent regional investors such as Monashees, Redwood Ventures, or Village Capital. Investors from Ewa Capital, and INQLAB will share their opinion on “What is the right obligation of good investors?”. Julio Gaitan from Softbank, will also share some valuable insights on how the rest of the world views in investment landscape in Latin America, along with Diego Tovar, CEO of Everis.

On November 29th, all experts will gather together at  the UPB for the morning program consisting of a Growth Marketing workshop powered by Hubspot, Investing in Colombian Tech supported by Procolombia, and a Roundtable discussion on the Best Practices & Learnings on Corporate Venturing. All of this will be followed by an afternoon mainstage program featuring keynotes from Sully Siucho, COO of RebajaTusCuentas.com, Orlando Reyes, Co-Founder at Wisy and Freddy Marimon, the 13-year-old surfer who has become the first Colombian paralympic extreme sports athlete. Peppered in between will be 1-minute pitches from the 16 entrepreneurs who will have the chance to continue to the Global Seedstars Summit to win $500K in investment, followed by a panel discussion with executives from Rappi, Slidebean and Laboratoria on “Building the digital talent pool for growth  in Latam.” To celebrate 3 days of collaboration and knowledge sharing, all guests will be invited to a celebratory cocktail. 

Among the companies and institutions that help make the Seedstars Summit LATAM 2019 possible are Ruta N, the Swiss Embassy of ColombiaAvianca, Amazon, ISA and the UPB with the media support of France24Entrepreneur, & Forbes.


Here is a list of all Seedstars World 2019 startups attending:

Manzana Verde, from Peru

Social Gest, from Venezuela

Evimed, from Uruguay

Mesa, from Chile

Cuantis, from Colombia

Ruedata, from Colombia

SomosFit, from Argentina

PostEarly, from Dominican Republic

PIXDEA, from Costa Rica   

Unnaki, from Paraguay   

Ribon, from Brazil   

Mynkana, from Ecuador   

Elemental School, from Bolivia   

Baubap, from Mexico    

TBD, from Panama City   

TBD, from Guatemala   

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SonicWall Sees Dramatic Jump In IoT Malware, Encrypted Threats, Web App Attacks Through Third Quarter

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SonicWall Sees Dramatic Jump In IoT Malware, Encrypted Threats, Web App Attacks Through Third Quarter

SonicWall, the trusted security partner protecting more than 1 million networks worldwide, has released new threat intelligence data from SonicWall Capture Labs, revealing 7.2 billion malware attacks were launched in the first three quarters of 2019 as well as 151.9 million ransomware attacks, marking 15% and 5% year-over-year declines, respectively.

Key findings include:

– IoT malware jumped to 25 million, a staggering 33% increase
– Encrypted threats spiked 58% through the first three quarters
– Web app attacks are on the rise, showing a 37% increase over the same period last year
– Malware volume reaches 7.2 billion, a 15% year-over-year drop
– Ransomware attacks reaches 151.9 million, a 5% year-over-year decrease
– 14% of malware attacks came over non-standard ports

While attacks may be trending down currently, the reality is the number of attacks is still very high and more nefarious than ever, even evading traditional sandbox technology. The SonicWall Capture Threat Network has recorded an increase in targeted geographic attacks beyond the United States to include the United Kingdom and Germany. SonicWall Capture Labs threat researchers are also analyzing new and growing attack vectors, such as side-channel attacks and evasion.

“When we observe how ransomware spreads, we also identify that ransomware tactics have changed,” said SonicWall President and CEO Bill Conner. “Historically, the goal for most malware authors was quantity of infections and now we’re seeing attackers focus on fewer higher-value targets where they can spread laterally. This shift in tactics has also seen a corresponding rise in the ransom demands, as attackers attempt to make more money from fewer, but higher value, targets like local municipalities and hospitals.”

Phishing attacks are following suit with ransomware and malware, and are also trending down globally with a year-to-date decrease of 32%, a number that has held steady for most of the year. Similar to ransomware, the attacks are being more targeted towards c-suite executives, HR personnel and IT leaders.

While an average of 14% of malware came across non-standard ports through three quarters, attacks across the vector have grown in both the second (20%) and third quarters (17%). SonicWall’s non-standard port data is based on a sample size of more than 275 million malware attacks recorded worldwide through September 2019.

“What the data shows is that cybercriminals are becoming more nuanced, more targeted and savvier in their attacks. Businesses need to align to create stricter security rules within their organizations to reduce the threats that our researchers are identifying,” said Conner. “We recommend that companies deploy a unified and layered security approach that provides real-time protection across all networks so that they don’t find themselves front page news for a data breach.”

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