Finding that one in a million: Addressing security alert overload by applying business context

June 6, 2018 | 146 views

How many security alerts does a security operation center (SOC) have to deal with during an average day?  New research from Imperva claims that 27% of IT professionals reported receiving more than 1 million alerts a day, and 55% received more than 10,000 a day – or nearly 7 per minute! To try and address this deluge, 10% of respondents said that are hiring additional SOC engineers to assist with processing these alerts, while 57% said that they are adjusting their policies to reduce alert volume.  However, even when SOC teams take the steps to address or reduce the volume of alerts, the report found that they still face challenges in managing them.  53% noted that their organization’s SOC’s struggle to pinpoint which security incidents are critical and need attention, versus those that are irrelevant or false positives. So, it’s no surprise that 30% of respondents admitted to simply ignoring certain categories of alerts.  Worryingly, 4% said they turned off their alert notifications altogether, and more than half the respondents (54%) experienced significant stress and expressed frustration with their jobs.

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Top 5 Tactics for Improving Cloud Security Hygiene for Businesses

Article | July 8, 2022

In the past couple of years, the world has gone through a rapid digital transformation, which has led to a deeper penetration of modern technologies such as cloud computing, artificial intelligence, data analytics, and others. As a result, smart businesses are shifting their digital resources to the cloud to benefit from features such as streamlined operations, centralized data storage, increased operational flexibility, and hassle-free data transition. As per a study conducted in 2022, nearly 94% of businesses around the world are using at least one cloud service. Every enterprise possesses large volumes of sensitive data, including financial statements, business designs, employees’ identity information, and others. As organizations worldwide migrate from on-premises working to a remote working model, more data is being stored in the cloud than ever before, making cloud security one of the most crucial aspects for businesses today. 5 Proven Tips to Strengthen Cloud Security Hygiene for Businesses With the advent of cloudification and the increasing use of cloud-based applications, the prevalence of cybercrime has increased significantly. For instance, in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a significant spike in cybercrime, with reports of a 600% increase in malicious emails. Furthermore, a report from the United Nations says that cybercrime will cost the world economy $10.5 trillion every year by 2025. Even though cloud networks, such as Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and Amazon Web Services, have their own data protection measures for securing the cloud services they provide, it does not mean that businesses utilizing these services should rely solely on their security measures and not consider adopting additional measures. So what are the tactics modern businesses should adopt to improve cloud security hygiene? Let’s see: Deploy Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) When it comes to keeping hackers out of user accounts and protecting sensitive data and applications used to run a business online, the traditional username and password combination is often not enough. Leverage MFA to prevent hackers from accessing your cloud data and ensure only authorized personnel can log in to your cloud applications and critical data in your on- or off-premise environment. MFA is one of the most affordable yet highly effective controls to strengthen your business's cloud security. Manage Your User Access It is crucial for your business to ensure adequate permissions are in place to protect sensitive data stored on cloud platforms. Not all employees need access to certain applications and documents. To improve your cloud security and prevent unauthorized access, you need to establish access rights. This not only helps prevent unauthorized employees from accidentally editing sensitive company data but also protects your company from hackers who have stolen an employee's credentials. Monitor End User Activities Real-time analysis and monitoring of end-user activity can help you detect anomalies that depart from usual usage patterns, such as logging in from a previously unknown IP address or device. Identifying these out-of-the-ordinary events can stop hackers and allow you to rectify security before they cause mayhem. Create a Comprehensive Off-boarding Process After an employee leaves your firm, they should no longer have access to any company resources, including cloud storage, systems, data, customers, or intellectual property. Unfortunately, completing this vital security duty is sometimes put off until several days or weeks after an employee has left. Since every employee is likely to have access to a variety of cloud platforms and applications, a systemized deprovisioning procedure can assist you in ensuring that all access permissions for each departing employee are revoked and prevent information leaks. Provide Regular Anti-Phishing Training to Employees Hackers can acquire access to protected information by stealing employees' login credentials using social engineering techniques such as phishing, internet spoofing, and social media spying. As a result, cybersecurity has now become a collective responsibility, making comprehensive anti-phishing training necessary to educate your employees about these threats. As unscrupulous hackers frequently come up with new phishing scams by the day, regular anti-phishing training is essential for developing formidable cloud security. Bottom Line Cloud security hygiene no longer consists solely of strong passwords and security checks. Instead, it is a series of innovative procedures that organizations use nowadays to leverage cloud networks. With more businesses moving towards the cloud and cyberattacks on the rise, it is the responsibility of your organization to remain vigilant and protect itself from cyberattacks.

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A Look at Cryptographic Use Case Trends Around the World

Article | July 29, 2022

Securing data, assets, and transactions is ever critical especially now with increased innovation, customer demand, and the need to navigate a complex regulatory landscape — not to mention staying ahead of evolving cyber threats. As a result, organizations of all sizes and in every country around the world require implementing cryptography solutions to help secure everyday business. This includes managing and securing transactions, managing encryption keys, authenticating identities, providing message integrity, and encrypting data and applications. From the largest global banks and payment processors that process thousands of transactions a second to the micro merchants that are newly accepting payments, cryptography works behind the scenes to ensure payments are secure and sensitive information is protected. Whenever and wherever cryptography is at work, organizations turn to either hardware or cloud options (or a combination of both) to ensure data and transactions are secure and compliant. Common cryptographic themes across industries and across countries: 1. Cloud adoption is happening across the board with payment processing taking the lead 2. Smaller FinTechs are innovating big time 3. Companies are continually seeking help to meet regulations, especially when it comes to data localization Since writing Cryptographic Management Trends Around the Globe, I talked again with Futurex team members from our offices around the world, including Ruchin Kumar, vice president, South Asia; Mark Howland, senior business development, EMEA; and Santos Campa, vice president, LAC, for more cryptographic insights and perspectives, including drilling down on cryptographic use cases to see what’s similar and what’s unique across regions. Let’s take a look at each region: South Asia, EMEA, and LAC. South Asia: Payment Ecosystem Thriving in South Asia Ruchin Kumar emphasized that the payment ecosystem in South Asia, particularly India, is thriving — indicating that financial services are the largest consumers of hardware security modules (HSMs) and cryptography in the entire region. HSMs play an important role in South Asia, securing the root of trust, keeping the private keys secure, managing Public Key Infrastructures (PKIs), and managing digital signing for non-repudiation and message integrity. In fact, he said, India represents almost 95% of HSM use cases in all of South Asia. Payment systems and securing payments go hand-in-hand with the standards and regulations required for payments/financial services. These include regulations set by Unique Identification of India (UIDAI), National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI), Payments Council of India (PCI), Information Technology Act of India, 2000 and its amendments 2008/2011/2016. Kumar sees organizations use general purpose HSMs for digital signing for non-repudiation and message integrity and payment HSMs used for acquiring, switching, card issuance, green PIN, and other payment application security needs (these types of HSMs are required by regulations). What’s on the horizon? From Kumar’s perspective, organizations are doing a lot of testing and evaluation for cryptography inclusion in their infrastructure and many organizations are looking into tokenization for security and agility, especially with Internet of Things (IoT), blockchain, and AI emerging. Additionally, remote key loading is becoming more sought after because every device in the field these days — ATMs, point-of-sale devices, handheld devices — requires key exchange with centralized servers. Companies in South Asia See Cryptography-as-a-Service and Local Data Centers Critical for Data Residency and Localization Over the past two years, most organizations in South Asia have adopted the cloud on a large scale, including using the cloud as a resource to host their critical applications. Security has played a big role in this cloud migration, with organizations wanting to retain ownership and control of their encryption keys. As a result, many organizations have turned to Futurex’s VirtuCrypt cloud HSM and key management service for both security and meeting regulatory compliance. Futurex’s data centers in India West and India Central help to power cryptographic automation, speed, latency, and data residency and data localization. “Local data centers provide customers a lot of assurance in terms of data residency, data localization, and key localization, which earlier was a barrier to move to the cloud. Now that Futurex’s cryptography services are hosted within Indian geography, we have seen a big difference in organizations migrating to HSM-as-a-service,” says Kumar. India is well-known as a FinTech hub for start-ups and innovation, with many unicorns emerging, according to Kumar. Progressive companies look to service-based, OpEx models for their applications as well as for cryptography. OpEx models offer flexibility, money savings, and serve as a resource for those needing help with cryptographic management. EMEA: Cloud and Payments Dominate HSM Use in Europe, Middle East, and Africa Cloud adoption is also rapidly increasing in EMEA, with many organizations looking to HSM virtualization technology, especially for payment applications. According to Mark Howland, “Customers are asking, ‘can we cut down our use of hardware, our reliance on hardware, and have the payment applications that we are heavily invested in, spun up and spun down seasonally?” Howland notes that smaller companies and VC-backed companies are more nimble and lean toward innovation by implementing such things as cryptography-as-a-service to meet PCI regulations. The early adopters are those organizations in the finance and payment industry, as consumer demand and pandemic adjustments have led to innovative payment processing including mobile payments and SoftPOS. Like South Asia, smaller companies including those in financial software and services, see the value of OpEx-based HSM cloud services, such as Futurex’s VirtuCrypt. Organizations across EMEA are deploying HSMs for POS key management, PIN management, and virtualization. What’s ahead? Howland sees that many organizations are, again, moving to a service-based model, looking at application encryption, encrypting data at rest, and the overall protection of data in all industry sectors, not just traditional high-security finance customers. LAC: Trends in Cryptography Use in Latin America and the Caribbean What’s trending in LAC? According to Santos Campa, he is seeing a mixture of both on-premises cryptographic architecture and cloud payment demands. Several banks already have a huge investment in their hardware infrastructure — their own data centers, racks, servers, etc. However, at least 35% of customers are converting from these on-premises architectures to cloud HSMs. Many are opening new branches or are creating new FinTechs inside their organizations. “We’re seeing the majority of organizations moving to the cloud, or at least moving part of their operations to the cloud,” says Campa. “It's very important for many organizations to keep control and management of the key lifecycle.” Again, much like other parts of the world, the financial sector is the big mover and shaker in terms of cryptographic implementations, using cryptography for PIN validation, key management, and tokenization. According to Campa, the cloud continues to be very important and beneficial, especially the ability to integrate cloud payment HSMs with the public cloud including AWS, Azure, and Google. As organizations are adding new models, such as transaction processing models, a must-have is a secure, compliant cryptographic solution — compliant with PCI and local and regional regulations throughout Latin America — that will allow them to scale. A nice-to-have is an OpEx option to give flexibility and cost savings. Pandemic trends have paved the way to make cryptographic management more streamlined — such as visualization and remote key management — and not needing to physically go to the data center. “Organizations are looking to a cryptographic platform that is future-proofed, one that is going to provide the best quality of service and support in the market,” says Campa. All around the globe, organizations are looking to innovate payments and embrace the cloud, keeping security, agility, and cryptography top of mind.

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Security by Sector: Improving Quality of Data and Decision-Making a Priority for Credit Industry

Article | July 12, 2022

The subject of how information security impacts different industry sectors is an intriguing one. For example, how does the finance industry fare in terms of information security compared to the health sector, or the entertainment business? Are there some sectors that face greater cyber-threats and risks than others? Do some do a better job of keeping data secure, and if so, how and why?A new study of credit management professionals has revealed that improving the quality of data and decision-making will be a top priority for the credit industry in the next three years. The research, from Equifax Ingnite in collaboration with Coleman Parkes, takes a deep dive into the views of credit management pros across retail, banking, finance and debt management/recovery sectors.

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3 Trends in Data Privacy Breach Laws That Will Carry Over to 2020

Article | February 12, 2020

During 2019, new privacy laws were introduced, and many current laws evolved in the United States and across the global landscape. With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in full effect, we saw expensive fines levied upon companies that fell victim to data privacy breaches. As we move into a new year, probably the biggest takeaway from 2019 is that being proactive and having a data privacy strategy in place is important to help mitigate the risk of a data privacy breach. The regulatory landscape continues to evolve as states and countries actively pass new expanded requirements for privacy and cybersecurity regulations. While laws in the U.S., like the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), are getting significant attention, many other states and countries are actively amending their breach notification laws to include tighter restrictions.

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Palo Alto Networks Announces Medical IoT Security to Protect Connected Devices Critical to Patient Care

Palo Alto Networks | December 05, 2022

As healthcare providers use digital devices such as diagnostic and monitoring systems, ambulance equipment, and surgical robots to improve patient care, the security of those devices is as important as their primary function. Today, Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW) announced Medical IoT Security — the most comprehensive Zero Trust security solution for medical devices — enabling healthcare organizations to deploy and manage new connected technologies quickly and securely. Zero Trust is a strategic approach to cybersecurity that secures an organization by eliminating implicit trust by continuously verifying every user and device. "The proliferation of connected medical devices in the healthcare industry brings a wealth of benefits, but these devices are often not well secured. For example, according to Unit 42, an alarming 75% of smart infusion pumps examined on the networks of hospitals and healthcare organizations had known security gaps. "This makes security devices an attractive target for cyberattackers, potentially exposing patient data and ultimately putting patients at risk." Anand Oswal, senior vice president of products, network security at Palo Alto Networks While a Zero Trust approach is critical to help protect medical devices against today's innovative cyberthreats, it can be hard to implement in practice. Through automated device discovery, contextual segmentation, least privilege policy recommendations and one-click enforcement of policies, Palo Alto Networks Medical IoT Security delivers a Zero Trust approach in a seamless, simplified manner. Medical IoT Security also provides best-in-class threat protection through seamless integration with Palo Alto Networks cloud-delivered security services, such as Advanced Threat Prevention and Advanced URL Filtering. The new Palo Alto Networks Medical IoT Security uses machine learning (ML) to enable healthcare organizations to: Create device rules with automated security responses: Easily create rules that monitor devices for behavioral anomalies and automatically trigger appropriate responses. For example, if a medical device that typically only sends small amounts of data unexpectedly begins to use a lot of bandwidth, the device can be cut off from the internet and security teams can be alerted. Automate Zero Trust policy recommendations and enforcement: Enforce recommended least-privileged access policies for medical devices with one click using Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls or supported network enforcement technologies. This eliminates error-prone and time-consuming manual policy creation and scales easily across a set of devices with the same profile. Understand device vulnerabilities and risk posture: Access each medical device's Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and map them to Common Vulnerability Exposures (CVEs). This mapping helps identify the software libraries used on medical devices and any associated vulnerabilities. Get immediate insights into the risk posture of each device, including end-of-life status, recall notification, default password alert and unauthorized external website communication. Improve compliance: Easily understand medical device vulnerabilities, patch status and security settings, and then get recommendations to bring devices into compliance with rules and guidelines, such as the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and similar laws and regulations. Verify network segmentation: Visualize the entire map of connected devices and ensure each device is placed in its designated network segment. Proper network segmentation can ensure a device only communicates with authorized systems. Simplify operations: Two distinct dashboards allow IT and biomedical engineering teams to each see the information critical to their roles. Integration with existing healthcare information management systems, like AIMS and Epic Systems, helps automate workflows. Healthcare organizations are using Palo Alto Networks products to secure the devices that deliver cutting-edge care to millions of patients all over the world. "Establishing and maintaining acute situational awareness of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) environment is paramount to establishing an effective enterprise cybersecurity program. The ability to accurately detect, identify and respond to cyber threats is critical to ensuring minimal operational impact to clinical operations during a cyber event," said Tony Lakin, CISO, Moffitt Cancer Center. "Palo Alto Networks IoT capability seamlessly integrates with our continuous monitoring processes and threat-hunting operations. The platform consistently provides my teams with actionable information to allow them to proactively manage the threat surface of our medical device portfolio." "With thousands of devices to manage, healthcare environments are extremely complex and require intelligent security solutions capable of doing more. Palo Alto Networks understands this requirement and is leveraging machine learning (ML) for Medical IoT security. Adding intelligence will enable providers to improve operational efficiency, which will enhance patient and practitioner experience and alleviate the burden of an ongoing IT skills shortage," said Bob Laliberte, principal analyst, ESG. "Healthcare providers continue to be high-value targets for attackers. This reality, combined with the diversity of medical IoT devices and their inherent vulnerabilities, points to a real need for device security that is purpose-built for healthcare use cases. The ability to defend against threats targeting critical care devices while maintaining operational availability and strengthening the alignment of device governance responsibilities between IT and Biomed engineering teams is quickly becoming a necessity for the protection of patient data and lives," said Ed Lee, research director, IoT and Intelligent Edge Security, IDC. About Palo Alto Networks Palo Alto Networks is the world's cybersecurity leader. We innovate to outpace cyberthreats, so organizations can embrace technology with confidence. We provide next-gen cybersecurity to thousands of customers globally, across all sectors. Our best-in-class cybersecurity platforms and services are backed by industry-leading threat intelligence and strengthened by state-of-the-art automation. Whether deploying our products to enable the Zero Trust Enterprise, responding to a security incident, or partnering to deliver better security outcomes through a world-class partner ecosystem, we're committed to helping ensure each day is safer than the one before. It's what makes us the cybersecurity partner of choice.

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Veza Announces Open Authorization API to Extend Identity-First Security Across the Enterprise Data Landscape

Veza | December 02, 2022

Veza today announced that its Open Authorization API (OAA) is now public on GitHub for community collaboration, extending the reach of identity-first security across the enterprise. Developers can now create and share connectors to extend the Veza Authorization Graph to all sensitive data, wherever it lives, including cloud providers, SaaS apps, and custom-built internal apps, accelerating their company’s path to zero trust security. Security professionals espouse the principle of ‘Least Privilege’ to secure enterprise data, but the rush to a multi-cloud, multi-app environment has exploded the complexity and layers of interconnection for which access must be understood, monitored, and constantly remediated to achieve and maintain least privilege. Recent attacks on Okta and Twilio demonstrate that companies are allowing overly-broad access to data via constructs of groups, roles, policies, and system specific permissions. Veza connects the dots of effective permissions across cloud providers, SaaS apps and identity platforms, making it easy to visualize who can view or delete sensitive data. OAA allows organizations and the broader community to create their own integrations with Veza, extending visibility to any resource, including SaaS apps like GitLab and Jira as well as custom-built internal apps. “The vast majority of cybersecurity failures are rooted in issues with the gap that exists between identity, access to data, and permissions,” said Tarun Thakur, co-founder and CEO, Veza. “Since our founding, we have been committed to protecting our customers from threats like ransomware, privilege abuse, and data breaches. With Veza Open Authorization API, we are extending our identity-first security approach broadly in the market and arming organizations with the tools they need to remediate undesirable and unnecessary data access at a granular level, and meet the requirements of access governance for enterprise systems, both on-premises and in the cloud." With Veza's Open Authorization API, customers can translate and visualize authorization metadata from any SaaS app, custom and in-house applications. Users can explore identity-to-data relationships through the Authorization Graph, monitor for least privilege misconfigurations and violations, and conduct comprehensive entitlement reviews for all of their sensitive data. “We specifically chose Veza because their Open Authorization API allowed us to connect to our custom internal applications. We follow the principle of least privilege, but with so many systems to review, we valued Veza’s unique ability to give us a comprehensive view quickly. They made it faster and easier for our team to review all permissions with confidence.” -Riaz Lakhani, CISO of Barracuda Networks. As an open-source project on GitHub, Veza’s Open Authorization API allows customers and partners to learn from, and build upon, each other’s work to create a control plane that reaches all data. By bringing OAA SDK and connectors available on GitHub Community, Veza empowers customers to ingest authorization metadata previously isolated in internal systems and SaaS applications. The OAA community has already created integrations for critical SaaS apps including GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, Jira, Zendesk, Slack, Coupa Software, Pagerduty, and Looker. These integrations are available now to all Veza customers. “Veza solves the problem of aligning identities to data,” said Craig Rosen, Chief Security & Trust Officer at ASAPP. “Veza’s Open Authorization Platform helped us extend that visibility to all the apps and data that matter most to us, like GitHub and Jira. Now it is easy for our security professionals to understand (and remediate) who has access to our important intellectual property.” About Veza Veza is the authorization platform for data. Built for hybrid, multi-cloud environments, Veza enables organizations to visualize, remediate, and control who can and should take what action on what data. We empower customers to take an identity-first approach to secure data by addressing critical business needs of streamlining identity and access governance, implementing data lake security, managing cloud entitlements, and modernizing privileged access. Our Authorization Graph connects identities to data across enterprise systems, enabling analysis, monitoring, and certification of end-to-end access. Global enterprises like Blackstone, ASAPP, Barracuda Networks, Choice Hotels, and a number of Fortune 500 and emerging organizations trust Veza to secure their enterprise data. Founded in 2020, Veza is headquartered in Los Gatos, California, and is funded by Accel, Bain Capital, Ballistic Ventures, GV, Norwest Venture Partners, and True Ventures.

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Laminar Supports Launch of Amazon Security Lake

Laminar | November 30, 2022

Laminar, a leader in public cloud data security, today announced it is supporting the launch of Amazon Security Lake from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon Security Lake automatically centralizes an organization’s security data from cloud, on-premises, and custom sources into a customer owned purpose-built data lake. With support for the Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework (OCSF) standard, Amazon Security Lake reduces the complexity and costs for customers to make their security solutions data accessible to address a variety of security use cases such as threat detection, investigation, and incident response. “All cybersecurity in the end is about protecting data and all cybersecurity is more effective and efficient with data-context. “Laminar is proud to be a launch partner for Amazon Security Lake, adding data-context to security events for better risk models, effective investigations and efficient remediation.” Amit Shaked, co-founder and CEO, Laminar Amazon Security Lake helps organizations aggregate, manage, and derive value from log and event data on the cloud and on-premises to give security teams greater visibility across their organizations. With Amazon Security Lake, customers can use the security and analytics solutions of their choice to simply query that data in place or ingest the OCSF-compliant data to address further use cases. Amazon Security Lake helps customers optimize security log data retention by optimizing the partitioning of data to improve performance and reduce costs. Now, analysts and engineers can easily build and use a centralized security data lake to improve the protection of workloads, applications, and data. Laminar is a Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) leader that delivers autonomous, agentless, and continuous data security for everything that you build and run on the cloud. Laminar provides autonomous discovery and classification for all data across AWS and hybrid cloud environments into a cloud data catalog, prioritization of data assets by our proprietary risk model, and an agentless and asynchronous approach to DSPM to reduce the exposure surface without impacting performance. “Data is every enterprise’s most valuable asset, which makes protecting it a critical capability for all cybersecurity solutions,” said Rod Wallace, General Manager for Amazon Security Lake. “Amazon Security Lake enables security teams to optimize security log data collection and retention by optimizing the partitioning of data to improve performance and reduce costs. With the Laminar integration, analysts and engineers can store their data in the OCSF format for further analytics to improve the protection of workloads, applications, and data.” About Laminar Laminar’s Cloud Data Security Platform protects data for everything you build and run in the cloud across cloud providers and cloud data warehouses. The platform autonomously and continuously discovers and classifies new datastores for complete visibility, prioritizes risk based on sensitivity and data risk posture, secures data by remediating weak controls and actively monitors for egress and access anomalies. Designed for the multi cloud, the architecture takes an API-only approach, without any agents, and without sensitive data ever leaving your environment. Founded in 2020 by a brilliant team of award winning Israeli red team experts, Laminar is proudly backed by Insight Partners, Tiger Global, Salesforce Ventures, TLV Partners, and SentinelOne.

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Palo Alto Networks Announces Medical IoT Security to Protect Connected Devices Critical to Patient Care

Palo Alto Networks | December 05, 2022

As healthcare providers use digital devices such as diagnostic and monitoring systems, ambulance equipment, and surgical robots to improve patient care, the security of those devices is as important as their primary function. Today, Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW) announced Medical IoT Security — the most comprehensive Zero Trust security solution for medical devices — enabling healthcare organizations to deploy and manage new connected technologies quickly and securely. Zero Trust is a strategic approach to cybersecurity that secures an organization by eliminating implicit trust by continuously verifying every user and device. "The proliferation of connected medical devices in the healthcare industry brings a wealth of benefits, but these devices are often not well secured. For example, according to Unit 42, an alarming 75% of smart infusion pumps examined on the networks of hospitals and healthcare organizations had known security gaps. "This makes security devices an attractive target for cyberattackers, potentially exposing patient data and ultimately putting patients at risk." Anand Oswal, senior vice president of products, network security at Palo Alto Networks While a Zero Trust approach is critical to help protect medical devices against today's innovative cyberthreats, it can be hard to implement in practice. Through automated device discovery, contextual segmentation, least privilege policy recommendations and one-click enforcement of policies, Palo Alto Networks Medical IoT Security delivers a Zero Trust approach in a seamless, simplified manner. Medical IoT Security also provides best-in-class threat protection through seamless integration with Palo Alto Networks cloud-delivered security services, such as Advanced Threat Prevention and Advanced URL Filtering. The new Palo Alto Networks Medical IoT Security uses machine learning (ML) to enable healthcare organizations to: Create device rules with automated security responses: Easily create rules that monitor devices for behavioral anomalies and automatically trigger appropriate responses. For example, if a medical device that typically only sends small amounts of data unexpectedly begins to use a lot of bandwidth, the device can be cut off from the internet and security teams can be alerted. Automate Zero Trust policy recommendations and enforcement: Enforce recommended least-privileged access policies for medical devices with one click using Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls or supported network enforcement technologies. This eliminates error-prone and time-consuming manual policy creation and scales easily across a set of devices with the same profile. Understand device vulnerabilities and risk posture: Access each medical device's Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and map them to Common Vulnerability Exposures (CVEs). This mapping helps identify the software libraries used on medical devices and any associated vulnerabilities. Get immediate insights into the risk posture of each device, including end-of-life status, recall notification, default password alert and unauthorized external website communication. Improve compliance: Easily understand medical device vulnerabilities, patch status and security settings, and then get recommendations to bring devices into compliance with rules and guidelines, such as the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and similar laws and regulations. Verify network segmentation: Visualize the entire map of connected devices and ensure each device is placed in its designated network segment. Proper network segmentation can ensure a device only communicates with authorized systems. Simplify operations: Two distinct dashboards allow IT and biomedical engineering teams to each see the information critical to their roles. Integration with existing healthcare information management systems, like AIMS and Epic Systems, helps automate workflows. Healthcare organizations are using Palo Alto Networks products to secure the devices that deliver cutting-edge care to millions of patients all over the world. "Establishing and maintaining acute situational awareness of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) environment is paramount to establishing an effective enterprise cybersecurity program. The ability to accurately detect, identify and respond to cyber threats is critical to ensuring minimal operational impact to clinical operations during a cyber event," said Tony Lakin, CISO, Moffitt Cancer Center. "Palo Alto Networks IoT capability seamlessly integrates with our continuous monitoring processes and threat-hunting operations. The platform consistently provides my teams with actionable information to allow them to proactively manage the threat surface of our medical device portfolio." "With thousands of devices to manage, healthcare environments are extremely complex and require intelligent security solutions capable of doing more. Palo Alto Networks understands this requirement and is leveraging machine learning (ML) for Medical IoT security. Adding intelligence will enable providers to improve operational efficiency, which will enhance patient and practitioner experience and alleviate the burden of an ongoing IT skills shortage," said Bob Laliberte, principal analyst, ESG. "Healthcare providers continue to be high-value targets for attackers. This reality, combined with the diversity of medical IoT devices and their inherent vulnerabilities, points to a real need for device security that is purpose-built for healthcare use cases. The ability to defend against threats targeting critical care devices while maintaining operational availability and strengthening the alignment of device governance responsibilities between IT and Biomed engineering teams is quickly becoming a necessity for the protection of patient data and lives," said Ed Lee, research director, IoT and Intelligent Edge Security, IDC. About Palo Alto Networks Palo Alto Networks is the world's cybersecurity leader. We innovate to outpace cyberthreats, so organizations can embrace technology with confidence. We provide next-gen cybersecurity to thousands of customers globally, across all sectors. Our best-in-class cybersecurity platforms and services are backed by industry-leading threat intelligence and strengthened by state-of-the-art automation. Whether deploying our products to enable the Zero Trust Enterprise, responding to a security incident, or partnering to deliver better security outcomes through a world-class partner ecosystem, we're committed to helping ensure each day is safer than the one before. It's what makes us the cybersecurity partner of choice.

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Veza Announces Open Authorization API to Extend Identity-First Security Across the Enterprise Data Landscape

Veza | December 02, 2022

Veza today announced that its Open Authorization API (OAA) is now public on GitHub for community collaboration, extending the reach of identity-first security across the enterprise. Developers can now create and share connectors to extend the Veza Authorization Graph to all sensitive data, wherever it lives, including cloud providers, SaaS apps, and custom-built internal apps, accelerating their company’s path to zero trust security. Security professionals espouse the principle of ‘Least Privilege’ to secure enterprise data, but the rush to a multi-cloud, multi-app environment has exploded the complexity and layers of interconnection for which access must be understood, monitored, and constantly remediated to achieve and maintain least privilege. Recent attacks on Okta and Twilio demonstrate that companies are allowing overly-broad access to data via constructs of groups, roles, policies, and system specific permissions. Veza connects the dots of effective permissions across cloud providers, SaaS apps and identity platforms, making it easy to visualize who can view or delete sensitive data. OAA allows organizations and the broader community to create their own integrations with Veza, extending visibility to any resource, including SaaS apps like GitLab and Jira as well as custom-built internal apps. “The vast majority of cybersecurity failures are rooted in issues with the gap that exists between identity, access to data, and permissions,” said Tarun Thakur, co-founder and CEO, Veza. “Since our founding, we have been committed to protecting our customers from threats like ransomware, privilege abuse, and data breaches. With Veza Open Authorization API, we are extending our identity-first security approach broadly in the market and arming organizations with the tools they need to remediate undesirable and unnecessary data access at a granular level, and meet the requirements of access governance for enterprise systems, both on-premises and in the cloud." With Veza's Open Authorization API, customers can translate and visualize authorization metadata from any SaaS app, custom and in-house applications. Users can explore identity-to-data relationships through the Authorization Graph, monitor for least privilege misconfigurations and violations, and conduct comprehensive entitlement reviews for all of their sensitive data. “We specifically chose Veza because their Open Authorization API allowed us to connect to our custom internal applications. We follow the principle of least privilege, but with so many systems to review, we valued Veza’s unique ability to give us a comprehensive view quickly. They made it faster and easier for our team to review all permissions with confidence.” -Riaz Lakhani, CISO of Barracuda Networks. As an open-source project on GitHub, Veza’s Open Authorization API allows customers and partners to learn from, and build upon, each other’s work to create a control plane that reaches all data. By bringing OAA SDK and connectors available on GitHub Community, Veza empowers customers to ingest authorization metadata previously isolated in internal systems and SaaS applications. The OAA community has already created integrations for critical SaaS apps including GitHub, GitLab, Bitbucket, Jira, Zendesk, Slack, Coupa Software, Pagerduty, and Looker. These integrations are available now to all Veza customers. “Veza solves the problem of aligning identities to data,” said Craig Rosen, Chief Security & Trust Officer at ASAPP. “Veza’s Open Authorization Platform helped us extend that visibility to all the apps and data that matter most to us, like GitHub and Jira. Now it is easy for our security professionals to understand (and remediate) who has access to our important intellectual property.” About Veza Veza is the authorization platform for data. Built for hybrid, multi-cloud environments, Veza enables organizations to visualize, remediate, and control who can and should take what action on what data. We empower customers to take an identity-first approach to secure data by addressing critical business needs of streamlining identity and access governance, implementing data lake security, managing cloud entitlements, and modernizing privileged access. Our Authorization Graph connects identities to data across enterprise systems, enabling analysis, monitoring, and certification of end-to-end access. Global enterprises like Blackstone, ASAPP, Barracuda Networks, Choice Hotels, and a number of Fortune 500 and emerging organizations trust Veza to secure their enterprise data. Founded in 2020, Veza is headquartered in Los Gatos, California, and is funded by Accel, Bain Capital, Ballistic Ventures, GV, Norwest Venture Partners, and True Ventures.

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Laminar Supports Launch of Amazon Security Lake

Laminar | November 30, 2022

Laminar, a leader in public cloud data security, today announced it is supporting the launch of Amazon Security Lake from Amazon Web Services (AWS). Amazon Security Lake automatically centralizes an organization’s security data from cloud, on-premises, and custom sources into a customer owned purpose-built data lake. With support for the Open Cybersecurity Schema Framework (OCSF) standard, Amazon Security Lake reduces the complexity and costs for customers to make their security solutions data accessible to address a variety of security use cases such as threat detection, investigation, and incident response. “All cybersecurity in the end is about protecting data and all cybersecurity is more effective and efficient with data-context. “Laminar is proud to be a launch partner for Amazon Security Lake, adding data-context to security events for better risk models, effective investigations and efficient remediation.” Amit Shaked, co-founder and CEO, Laminar Amazon Security Lake helps organizations aggregate, manage, and derive value from log and event data on the cloud and on-premises to give security teams greater visibility across their organizations. With Amazon Security Lake, customers can use the security and analytics solutions of their choice to simply query that data in place or ingest the OCSF-compliant data to address further use cases. Amazon Security Lake helps customers optimize security log data retention by optimizing the partitioning of data to improve performance and reduce costs. Now, analysts and engineers can easily build and use a centralized security data lake to improve the protection of workloads, applications, and data. Laminar is a Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) leader that delivers autonomous, agentless, and continuous data security for everything that you build and run on the cloud. Laminar provides autonomous discovery and classification for all data across AWS and hybrid cloud environments into a cloud data catalog, prioritization of data assets by our proprietary risk model, and an agentless and asynchronous approach to DSPM to reduce the exposure surface without impacting performance. “Data is every enterprise’s most valuable asset, which makes protecting it a critical capability for all cybersecurity solutions,” said Rod Wallace, General Manager for Amazon Security Lake. “Amazon Security Lake enables security teams to optimize security log data collection and retention by optimizing the partitioning of data to improve performance and reduce costs. With the Laminar integration, analysts and engineers can store their data in the OCSF format for further analytics to improve the protection of workloads, applications, and data.” About Laminar Laminar’s Cloud Data Security Platform protects data for everything you build and run in the cloud across cloud providers and cloud data warehouses. The platform autonomously and continuously discovers and classifies new datastores for complete visibility, prioritizes risk based on sensitivity and data risk posture, secures data by remediating weak controls and actively monitors for egress and access anomalies. Designed for the multi cloud, the architecture takes an API-only approach, without any agents, and without sensitive data ever leaving your environment. Founded in 2020 by a brilliant team of award winning Israeli red team experts, Laminar is proudly backed by Insight Partners, Tiger Global, Salesforce Ventures, TLV Partners, and SentinelOne.

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