15 April 2021

Group-IB teams up with Virtual Vendors in Australia and New Zealand to deliver local companies rock solid cyber defense

Group-IB, a global threat hunting and adversary-centric cyber intelligence company, has signed a partnership agreement with Virtual Vendors, an Australia based cyber security advisory company. The two companies aim to join forces to connect local business and government organizations to Group-IB’s products and services trusted by the world’s biggest financial, energy, telecommunications, eCommerce companies, and enterprises amid growing frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks on IT and OT networks.

According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), an average of 164 cybercrime reports are made by Australians every day. Banking trojans and ransomware groups are increasingly active in the region. The top five sectors to report ransomware incidents to the ACSC are healthcare, government, education, transport and retail. As stated in the Hi-Tech Crime Trends Report 2020-21, Australia is one of the most favorite targets of infamous ransomware gangs, such as REvil and Ryuk. Cybercriminals are also actively interested in payment cards issued by the local banks: Australia is in the top-10 countries in the world by the number of card dumps traded on the underground marketplaces, as per the report.

The increased attack surface, caused by the growing remote workforce, is further driving change in the threat landscape for Australian and New Zealand private and public companies, whose cybersecurity teams are constantly challenged in the protection of the customer and corporate assets. Thanks to the partnership between Virtual Vendors and Group-IB, local financial sector, eCommerce, telecommunications, industrial companies and government institutions can now leverage Group-IB full suite of battle-tested Cyber Threat Intelligence & Attribution, Threat Hunting, Fraud Hunting, and Digital Risk Protection technologies. Group-IB smart cybersecurity ecosystem uniting Group-IB’s patented innovative technologies helps cybersecurity teams consolidate, prioritize, and make informed decisions on relevant threats posed to their organization.

Virtual Vendors has extensive commercial experience, active cyber expertise, and technical knowledge. The partners aim to deliver valuable real time defense, based upon Group-IB’s 18 years of proactive threat research and analysis. The ability to inform cyber teams of links between scatter incident data, cybercrime groups, phishing attacks, botnet and fraudulent activity is invaluable to Australia and New Zealand government and private enterprises as they continue to digitize their business.

Virtual Vendors are confident that both government and private enterprises across our region will benefit from Group-IB’s technological leadership which is built on more than 18 years of experience in cybercrime investigations worldwide, and more than 65,000 hours of incident response. We are pleased to partner with Group-IB, to make these essential, market-leading cyber solutions available to all Australian and New Zealand enterprises.„ The recent attack at Channel Nine again highlighted that organization’s need tools driven by real time information to defend against these new variants of malware or ransomware, that’s why the platforms and expertise that Group IB provides, is invaluable in helping to protect valuable digital assets by understanding key vulnerabilities, based upon great intelligence.

Gregory Ryan

Gregory Ryan

Managing Partner at Virtual Vendors

Group-IB’s continued investment into the Australian market is essential to our growth as a Singaporean company and to further support clients within the region for their Cyber Threat Intelligence, Network Security, Anti-Fraud and Digital Risk Protection needs. The Australian government has placed significant focus on developing cyber security in all critical infrastructure segments. Our partnership with Virtual Vendors was taken given the significant experience of its leadership team working with the financial and government segments as former CISO and business leaders within the Australian market and we look forward to working together with our new partners to bring visibility to the threats and adversaries that their customers and all of Australia faces.

Nicholas Palmer

Nicholas Palmer

Head of Group-IB Global Business

Group-IB is one of the leading providers of solutions aimed at detection and prevention of cyberattacks, online fraud, and IP protection. Group-IB Threat Intelligence & Attribution system was named one of the best in class by Gartner, Forrester, and IDC.

Group-IB’s technological leadership is built on the company’s 17 years of experience in cybercrime investigations worldwide and 65,000 hours of incident response accumulated in our leading forensic laboratory and 24/7 CERT-GIB.

Group-IB is a partner of INTERPOL, Europol, and a cybersecurity solutions provider, recommended by SWIFT and OSCE. Group-IB is a member of the World Economic Forum.

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