DATA SECURITY

Cigent Technology Introduces New Cybersecurity Solutions to Prevent Ransomware Attacks and Prevent Data Theft Even After a Security Breach

Cigent Technology | April 28, 2021

Cigent® Technology, an In-Q-Tel®-backed startup, today launched Cigent Data Defense, a game-changing solution that defends businesses and individuals against malware, data theft, and malicious insider attacks, putting an end to the cybersecurity industry's 30-year failure.

Cigent Data Defense technology makes use of Cigent's Windows®-based D3E® (Dynamic Data Defense EngineTM) software solution and Cigent's self-defending Safe Solid-State Drives (SSDs). Cigent Data Defense technology, which was originally designed for government/military use, is now available for private use by individuals, small-to-medium-sized businesses, large corporations, and government agencies.

Cigent Data Defense, which integrates D3E technologies with Cigent Secure SSDsTM, takes a different approach to data theft and ransomware protection than previous cybersecurity technology. Cigent's D3E for Windows is the first and only data protection software that uses file-level Zero-Trust access controls to defend sensitive files from any attack. D3E uses multi-factor authentication and encryption to protect confidential data anywhere they are shared or stored, even after a security breach. D3E can function as a stand-alone software solution or in combination with Cigent Secure SSDs.

The second half of the Cigent Data Defence solution consists of self-defending internal and external Secure SSDs from Cigent. Cigent Secure SSDs are the world's first and only storage devices that put cybersecurity safeguards as near to the data as practicable inside the device's firmware. This patented technique prevents data theft by keeping sensitive data unavailable and protected under the OS layer. It also protects against ransomware by incorporating machine learning algorithms into the storage that detect and repel unauthorized attempts to encrypt data. Cigent's Secure SSDs have "safe rooms" that use zero trust multi-factor authentication and hardware-based encryption to protect data at all times, right after the user logs in. When not in operation, they are invisible to an attacker and vanish from the OS layer when a threat is observed. When used together or separately, D3E applications and Cigent Secure SSDs have a layer of protection that is impossible to bypass.

About Cigent

Cigent is a cybersecurity firm backed by In-Q-Tel that was developed by data recovery, storage, and cyber threat specialists to protect companies and individuals from any threat vector, even after a security breach. Cigent Data Defense solves the cybersecurity industry's more than three decades of inability to combat ransomware, data theft, and insider theft by placing protection as near to the data as possible - within the firmware of storage devices - and adding Zero Trust multi-factor authentication that safeguards data at the edge, on the network, in the cloud, even when exchanged with trusted users. Cigent Data Defense is comprised of Cigent's D³E® (Dynamic Data Defense Engine™) Windows®-based software and Cigent's self-defending Secure Solid-State Drives (SSDs).

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Cloudflare Acquired Area 1 Security for Expanding its Zero Trust Platform

Cloudflare | February 24, 2022

Cloudflare, Inc. a security, performance, and reliability firm striving to build a better Internet, has agreed to buy Area 1 Security. Area 1 Security's cloud-native software, which integrates with any email provider, prevents phishing assaults by detecting and deleting them before they can cause harm in the workplace. As a result, the organization stopped more than 40 million harmful phishing operations in 2021 alone, including business email compromise, malware, ransomware, and other advanced threats. “Email is the largest cyber-attack vector on the Internet, which makes integrated email security-critical to any true Zero Trust network. That’s why today we’re welcoming Area 1 Security to help make Cloudflare’s platform the clear leader in Zero Trust, To us, the future of Zero Trust includes an integrated, one-click approach to securing all of an organization’s applications, including its most ubiquitous cloud application, email. Together, we expect we’ll be delivering the fastest, most effective, and most reliable email security on the market.” Matthew Prince, co-founder, and CEO of Cloudflare Malicious phishing attacks, especially business email intrusion, are the most costly, according to the FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center 2020 Internet Crime Report, with U.S. businesses losing more than $1.8 billion. For example, the JPMorgan Chase breach, in which a phishing attack impacted 76 million households and 7 million small businesses; SolarWinds, in which phishing led to the compromise of 18,000 customers, including multiple government agencies; Sony Pictures, in which a phishing attack reportedly resulted in the theft of more than 100 terabytes of proprietary data; and the United States elections, in which phishing has been cited as the cause of damage inflicted "The biggest challenges with email are its ubiquity and our readiness to trust it," Forrester says. Everyone has an email account, and many of them have many accounts, making it an easy target for hackers." As a result, businesses of all sizes must explore how to incorporate email solutions into their broader security stack and strengthen it with global threat intelligence. As a result, email continues to be an attractive entry point for increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. Research Director for IDC’s Network Security Products and Strategies, Chris Rodriguez, notes, "Email is often the largest cloud application for any organization; and also represents the largest attack vector. Instead of viewing email security as a standalone issue, more businesses realize that it needs to be part of their holistic security strategy. The combination of Cloudflare and Area 1 Security offers customers a uniquely differentiated and comprehensive Zero Trust offering with coverage across the entire threat lifecycle." “Today, email is a business’ most-used cloud application. It's unfortunately unprotected. We estimate that more than 90% of cyber security damages are the result of just one thing: phishing," said Patrick Sweeney, CEO, and President of Area 1 Security. "By combining our leading phishing protection and threat intelligence capabilities with Cloudflare’s global network, data capabilities, and Zero Trust platform, we truly believe that together we can help companies of any size better secure their entire network infrastructure and better protect against the most destructive cyber risks.” In 2021, Cloudflare launched its Advanced Email Security Suite, which includes creating bespoke email names, managing incoming email routing, and preventing email spoofing and phishing on outgoing emails. Because Cloudflare's global network blocks an average of 86 billion cyber threats per day, it has unique threat intelligence data that can help it better filter out targeted phishing attacks (spear phishing) and other security threats that legacy email security solutions and API-only email security offerings may miss. Area 1 Security has long adopted a proactive approach to email security to halt phishing operations in their infancy. The two businesses will create a complete Zero Trust solution that clients may enable through Cloudflare's global edge by combining Area 1 Security's highly scalable technology and years of experience in email protection with Cloudflare's worldwide network. Cloudflare will pay $162 million for Area 1 Security, subject to normal adjustments, with 40-50 percent of the amount paid in Cloudflare's Class A common stock and the rest paid in cash. The transaction is expected to close in the first half of 2022, subject to usual closing conditions.

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Cybersixgill | March 18, 2021

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