DATA SECURITY,ENTERPRISE SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
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.”
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.
DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
Neosec | November 16, 2022
Neosec, the pioneer in discovering and identifying API threats using behavioral analytics, today announced that it now tokenizes API activity data to enable organizations to fully see and store API data, removing the possibility of keeping sensitive data at-rest.
Today, many organizations are blind to the threats lurking within their API traffic. Even worse, organizations are forced to implement basic logging of its API traffic that doesn't contain the meaningful information about who accessed, what records were accessed or manipulated and how. There exists a justified fear of logging sensitive data or being out of compliance, and with the lack of technology that can perform it at scale, they prefer to log with low fidelity. Those logs tell you that "somebody modified or accessed a record" but typically don't disclose who accessed it, which record, or what action was performed.
This decision also results in a downstream issue of "insufficient logging", which is noted by the Open Web Application Security Project as one of the top security problems in its 2021 OWASP API Top 10. "Insufficient logging" is poor for incident forensics and, in practice, means that you can't detect abuse or investigate a case, even if you know it happened.
Tokenization is the process of substituting a sensitive data element, like a credit card number, for a non-sensitive equivalent that has no intrinsic or exploitable value or meaning. Neosec's automated tokenization is part of its 'privacy by design' philosophy and is already deployed successfully at customers around the world in financial services, insurance and hospitality companies among others.
The process allows retaining tokenized API activity data for the purposes of performing true behavioral analytics over time, ensures that sensitive data is never stored at rest, and enables only the customer to de-tokenize, based on the strictest data privacy practices.
"Solving API security starts with basic visibility and the ability to see how the APIs are used. The problem is that virtually every company logs API activity with low fidelity that doesn't enable this basic visibility. "In order to perform true behavioral analytics and investigate cases you must store and examine historical data. But if this analysis is performed on un-tokenized data you risk storing PII and creating compliance issues. Neosec successfully retains all API activity data, in the highest fidelity, and ensures it meets data privacy standards."
Giora Engel, co-founder and chief executive officer, Neosec
This focus on data and the visibility it brings is what previously defined the creation of the EDR (Endpoint Detection & Response) security space. "Trying to implement API security without enabling basic visibility of activity is like going back to the antivirus age before the advent of EDR. Visibility into API activity allows you to detect threats, understand behavior, investigate and remediate" said Engel.
The Neosec API security solution discovers and maintains an up-to-date inventory of all APIs in use by an organization and then uses machine learning and behavioral analytics on tokenized data to find fraud and abuse by third parties and attackers. Neosec also enables proactive API threat hunting and investigations without storing any sensitive data.
The automated API data tokenization is now a capability of the Neosec platform and is fully available. There is no extra cost for use of this unique capability.
Neosec is re-inventing application security with a powerful platform that unifies security and development teams to protect modern applications from threats. The foundation of the SaaS platform is built on data and analytics to manage security at scale. Neosec prevents threats from abusing the complex network of APIs that connect today's businesses. The platform helps organizations discover every API and audit risk. Neosec has pioneered the use of behavioral analytics to understand normal versus abnormal API usage and delivers powerful threat hunting capabilities together with a team of expert threat hunters. Neosec prevents threats and stops abuse hiding within APIs and brings new intelligence to application security. Neosec is based in Palo Alto, California with R&D in Tel Aviv, Israel.
DATA SECURITY, PLATFORM SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
Aunalytics | September 27, 2022
Aunalytics, a leading data management and analytics company delivering managed IT and data platform services for mid-sized and enterprise businesses, today initiated its Security Patching Platform, Co-managed Patching as a Service to complement the company’s Advanced Security solution suite. Windows OS and supported 3rd party patch management allow for tighter security in the defense against cyberattacks and the new offering ensures active remediation.
According to a 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon, around 70 percent of successful cyberattacks exploited known vulnerabilities with available patches, making it important to update operating systems and applications regularly to prevent such attacks. Now, Aunalytics’ new technology as a service includes the tools, structure, strategy and intelligence for managing patch deployment and is a complete solution with best practices, templates, libraries, and built-in alert thresholds.
Lack of security patching leads to vulnerabilities within an organization’s information systems, internal controls, or system processes, which can then be exploited by cybercriminals. Using a collection of tools, cyber attackers use the vulnerability to gain unauthorized access to corporate systems and data. Identifying and resolving vulnerabilities is very important since a successful exploit can lead to a full-scale system breach.
Workstation and server application patching ensures that organizations have baseline protection against the latest security vulnerabilities, preventing such attacks before they occur. However, patching can be difficult to manage and update in real-time as software fixes are published on an ongoing basis. Setting up and coordinating manual patching across an organization can be extremely cumbersome, taking days to organize, schedule, and execute across an entire company.
McKinsey cites good patch management as a top proactive maintenance measure that can help organizations prevent cyberattacks. However, knowing the priority level for patch installment can be confusing and lead to poor patch management as a result. Enlisting the help of a partner to employ security patching best-practices can add true value to many organizations. Aunalytics patch detection, download, and installment methods are developed considering each client's security and uptime requirements and prioritized in order of threat potential. Aunalytics’ experienced security patching team proactively monitors for updates, eliminating worry for end users and server administrators.
As part of the new service, users gain access to comprehensive security solutions with customized alerting and vulnerability prioritization, leveraging proprietary solutions and processes. The platform facilitates collaboration between IT and security teams and includes the following capabilities:
Inventory and performance management and proactive alerting
Patch deployment control strategy, prioritization, planning
Patch vetting and blacklisting intelligence
Windows Operating System patch management
Supported 3rd Party Patch Management
DNS-based Malware Protection
Device Encryption Management
Innovative management tool library
“Security patch exploits can have extremely damaging effects on an organization, decreasing revenues or causing reputational damage, making it imperative to have security patching in place. “Aunalytics’ Security Patching Platform services allow for the rapid resolution of these concerns to maintain the highest levels of cyber-resiliency.”
Chris Nicholson, Vice President of Managed IT Services
Aunalytics is a leading data management and analytics company delivering Insights-as-a-Service for mid-sized businesses and enterprises. Selected for the prestigious Inc. 5000 list for two consecutive years as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies, Aunalytics offers managed IT services and managed analytics services, private cloud services, and a private cloud-native data platform for data management and analytics. The platform is built for universal data access, advanced analytics and AI -- unifying distributed data silos into a single source of truth for highly accurate, actionable business information.