Next Gen: Cylance Antivirus Review

CylancePROTECT

About two years ago, I stumbled upon Cylance. They marketed their product, CylancePROTECT, as being ‘next
generation’ security software, utilising artificial intelligence and machine learning to beat malware and other online threats. Instantly I was intrigued. Wanting to know more, I started looking online for community reviews and/or downloadable trials. Unfortunately neither seemed to exist, so I put a bookmark in my browser and decided to return again another day.

Fast track to today, and things have changed. There’s been a public AMA on RedditNSS Labs and AV-TEST have tested the product, and best of all, it can now be purchased for use on individual PCs via MalwareManaged.

In this blog post I’m going to be testing the security effectiveness of Cylance PROTECT, and putting it head to head with other competing products from TrendMicro, ESET, Sophos, Webroot and Malwarebytes.

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Azure Server Management Tools

Even though they’ve been out in preview for almost a year, I only recently found out about Azure Server Management Tools! In essence, it’s a light version of Microsoft’s ‘Server Manager’ ported to the Azure web management GUI.

If you have a hybrid cloud deployment to Azure, or are looking for ways to manage on-premise Windows VM’s (including Nano), this tool could be for you.

In this quick guide, I’m going to show you how to setup a monitoring in Azure, installing the gateway agent, and some use scenarios.

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Installing Hyper-V Nano server to SD Card

2018 Update: Microsoft have unfortunately dropped support for Hyper-V on Server Nano. Windows Server Core should now be used instead.

Hyper-V Nano server is Microsoft’s true answer to VMware’s ESXi hypervisor. It weighs in at a tiny 500MB (approx) disk footprint and completely cuts out any sort of GUI, instead solely relying on remote management.

This really is the future of the Windows Server ecosystem: significantly reduced attack surface (92% fewer ‘critical’ vulnerabilities), scriptable PowerShell remote management, and a tiny disk footprint.

In this post I’m going to detail the steps I followed to setup a Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V Nano server image, and install it to the internal SD card of my home lab server, a HP ProLiant DL360 Gen8.

Prerequisites

Before getting started, you’re going to need a few things.:

  • Windows Server 2016 ISO image
  • Windows 10 ADK (link)
  • Nano Server Image Builder Tool (link)
  • USB Memory stick
  • 16GB SD Card

The image builder tool will need direct access to a USB flash disk, so this needs to be done on a physical Windows PC or a Mac running parallels.

Summary

This guide is going to be in three main parts. Building our custom Nano Server image, then onto generating the installation ISO/USB flash drive based on WinPE, and finally installing to the actual SD card.

Once we have generated a working installation USB drive or ISO, you can use this over and over again to easily install Nano Server.

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Fixing my Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite

For the price-to-performance ratio, you can’t really beat Ubiquiti. Over the past couple of years they’ve been releasing some fantastic products which are clearly aiming to disrupt the ‘enterprise’ market.

One downfall, however, can be their quality. Prior to purchasing the EdgeRouter, I had a UAP-LR, which unfortunately started exhibiting strange performance issues after about 6 months. Luckily, Ubiquiti support were very helpful and organised for me to return the defective unit and then upgrade to a UAP-AC-PRO (which is fantastic might I add).

Just recently, my EdgeRouter Lite locked up and completely stopped responding. Up until this point the device had been rock-solid, with no reboots for well over 6 months. Having Googled the problem, I certainly wasn’t alone with my issue, and without a warranty I decided to take matters into my own hands.

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