Cybersecurity in 2020: IoT Medical Devices, Ransomware, Legacy OS

healthitsecurity | December 12, 2019

The healthcare sector in 2019 has taken some massive blows when it comes to cybersecurity, big hacks, and third-party vendor breaches. The American Medical Collection Agency data breach dominated the first half of the year, impacting more than 25 million patients and sparking lawsuits and investigations. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights continued to crack down on potential HIPAA violations, imposing civil monetary fines in both the millions and thousands. Beazley noted a trend in the agency’s enforcement efforts with smaller breaches facing greater scrutiny. In fact, the latest breach settlement with OCR centered around a provider failing to adequately notify the agency of a breach. While Sentara Hospitals’ mailing error impacted just 577 patients, the $2.175 civil monetary penalty reflected the health system’s refusal to follow OCR’s directive to properly report the breach.

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Learn how the NIST Cybersecurity Framework aligns with the FTC’s work on data security. And hear how companies like yours can use the Framework and the FTC’s Start with Security guidance. The Federal Trade Commission deals with issues that touch the economic life of every American. It is the only federal agency with both consumer protection and competition jurisdiction in broad sectors of the economy. The FTC pursues vigorous and effective law enforcement; advances consumers' interests by sharing its expertise with federal and state legislatures and U.S. and international government agencies; develops policy and research tools through hearings, workshops, and conferences; and creates practical and plain-language educational programs for consumers and businesses in a global marketplace with constantly changing technologies.

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NETWORK THREAT DETECTION

Chariton Valley Commits To Protecting All Customers From Growing Cybersecurity Threats With Calix ProtectIQ Home Network Security

Calix | July 15, 2022

Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) announced today that Chariton Valley Telephone Corporation (Chariton Valley) expects to double its customer connections after providing ProtectIQ® home network security to all customers at no cost. Chariton Valley leverages the full power of Calix Revenue EDGE to transform its value proposition and improve the customer experience. In May, the 70-year-old broadband service provider (BSP) launched ProtectIQ, part of Calix Revenue EDGE Suites, as it continues to roll out GigaSpire® BLAST systems across its Midwestern communities. In a climate of increased cybersecurity concerns, Chariton Valley has equipped all GigaSpire BLAST customers with effortless access to robust home network security. In doing so, the BSP increases customer loyalty across rural regions and nearby cities in north-central and northeast Missouri. Many Chariton Valley customers have sophisticated internet habits—half identify as gamers and almost 40 percent work from home. By evolving its value proposition, the innovative BSP has also fortified itself against billion-dollar market cap competition in Palmyra and Hannibal. In its first two months of offering ProtectIQ to all customers, Chariton Valley blocked more than 48,000 web threats, intrusions, malware, and viruses from entering home networks—proving the immediate value of its investments. The comprehensive Revenue EDGE platform enables BSPs of all sizes to easily and quickly launch differentiating turnkey, managed offerings. Chariton Valley continues to evolve its value proposition and strengthen its growing customer connections by: Transforming its business to help communities thrive for decades. Chariton Valley is on track to complete a historic five-year, $42 million fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) buildout in its member service territory, and another $40 million in expansion opportunities next year by leveraging the secure broadband access network platform, Calix Intelligent Access EDGE™. In May, it began rolling out turnkey, managed offerings in EDGE Suites, starting with ProtectIQ, recently recognized by the cybersecurity industry as “Best in Anti-Phishing, Network Security & Management,” at no cost to its customers. As a result, Chariton Valley blocked thousands of web threats in only two months—further proving the value of its investment in the region. Creating internet experiences that grow with customers’ needs. After the successful rollout of ProtectIQ, Chariton Valley is now taking a targeted approach to introduce its second EDGE Suite, the advanced parental controls in ExperienceIQ®. Calix-partnered BSPs have seen a 178 percent increase in people using ExperienceIQ since the beginning of the year. Both ProtectIQ and ExperienceIQ are accessed through the BSP’s branded subscriber-facing mobile app, built on CommandIQ®, giving customers more control over their home networks. Leveraging data and insights to offer services that meet each customer’s unique needs. Using the insights and analytics in Calix Marketing Cloud (Marketing Cloud), even a small BSP like Chariton Valley can successfully leverage data for segmenting and targeting. For example, Chariton Valley uses Marketing Cloud to uncover which of its customers are most likely to need the advanced parental controls of ExperienceIQ. Now their marketing team can quickly identify the right people for the new service. This enables Chariton Valley to get maximum ROI from every dollar invested in marketing. “As a member-owned organization, the customer experience informs everything we do,” said Kirby J. Underberg, president and chief executive officer at Chariton Valley. “Chariton Valley is committed to the region’s future—the investment we made building a secure fiber network will benefit people living in north-central and northeast Missouri for the next three decades. However, we also understand that we are responsible for protecting our customers from the increasing threat of digital dangers that come along with the positive generational impact of secure, fast Wi-Fi. By adding critical services like home network security and advanced parental controls, we will continue to invest in our customers by providing superior internet experiences long after the latest deals from our competitors expire.” Along with ProtectIQ and ExperienceIQ, EDGE Suites also includes connected home camera security systems (Arlo Secure). Additionally, Calix is launching two new managed offerings this summer: social media monitoring (Bark) and connected device protection (Servify Care). “Chariton Valley’s incredible first two months offering ProtectIQ to all customers underlines why today’s successful broadband business must be about more than just fast Wi-Fi, ProtectIQ has helped BSPs of all sizes block millions of digital threats in 2022. The Missouri-based market leader competes against a billion-dollar market cap company and wins because it leverages the full power of the Revenue EDGE platform to easily and quickly launch turnkey, managed offerings like ProtectIQ that improve the customer experience. We look forward to supporting Chariton Valley’s continued growth as they evolve their value proposition to reflect their commitment to protecting customers in north-central and northeast Missouri.” Matt Collins, executive vice president of commercial operations and chief marketing officer at Calix About Calix Calix, Inc. Calix cloud and software platforms enable service providers of all types and sizes to innovate and transform. Our customers utilize the real-time data and insights from Calix platforms to simplify their businesses and deliver experiences that excite their subscribers. The resulting growth in subscriber acquisition, loyalty, and revenue create more value for their businesses and communities. This is the Calix mission: to enable broadband service providers of all sizes to simplify, excite, and grow. This press release contains forward-looking statements that are based upon management’s current expectations and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are based upon information available to us as of the date of this release, and we assume no obligation to revise or update any such forward-looking statement to reflect any event or circumstance after the date of this release, except as required by law. Actual results and the timing of events could differ materially from current expectations based on risks and uncertainties affecting Calix’s business. The reader is cautioned not to rely on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Additional information on potential factors that could affect Calix’s results and other risks and uncertainties are detailed in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.

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SOFTWARE SECURITY

BlueVoyant Recognized as the 2022 Microsoft U.S. Security Partner of the Year Winner

BlueVoyant | July 05, 2022

BlueVoyant, a rock-solid cyber defense platform company converging internal and external security, today announced it has won the 2022 Microsoft Security U.S. (MSUS) Partner of the Year award. The Microsoft Partner of the Year Awards recognize Microsoft partners who have developed and delivered outstanding Microsoft-based applications, services, and devices during the past year. The MSUS Partner Awards were created to supplement Microsoft's Partner of the Year program, both of which recognize outstanding work by Microsoft partners. The MSUS awards highlight US-specific partner impact. "BlueVoyant and Microsoft both recognize that cybersecurity is a team sport. "BlueVoyant has developed enablement technologies and scalable services to help customers maximize their Microsoft Security investments — bringing together the very best of both companies to drive the outcomes our customers demand. We are honored that Microsoft named BlueVoyant its prestigious U.S. Security Partner of the Year, among other recent accolades. We look forward to continuing to work closely with Microsoft to deliver the very best in cybersecurity to our joint customers." Milan Patel, global head of managed security services (MSS) at BlueVoyant The MSUS Partner of the Year Award recognizes BlueVoyant's commitment and trust that stands behind the company's cloud-native and outcomes-based platform, BlueVoyant Elements™. The platform helps companies across a variety of industries improve their cyber defense posture. Elements not only continuously monitors for problems, but also takes action against any vulnerabilities, risks, or threats, usually in a matter of minutes. The platform is based on three key pillars that help give clients the advantage over attackers — technology, telemetry, and talent. BlueVoyant has more than 700 customers, and 650 employees across five continents, with a proven track record of sustained high growth. The U.S. Security Partner of the Year award is the latest in a long list of accolades BlueVoyant has won from Microsoft. In 2021, BlueVoyant was named a Microsoft Security 20/20 Partner Awards Winner for Top MDR (Managed Detection and Response) Team. BlueVoyant was a 2022 finalist in the Microsoft Security Excellence Awards for Security MSSP (Managed Security Service Provider) of the Year. In addition, the company is a finalist for the Microsoft Canada 2022 Impact Awards in two categories — Healthcare Impact Award and Security Impact Award. BlueVoyant was also named as one of Microsoft's top 150 managed security partners. In May, BlueVoyant announced that the company was a key design partner for Microsoft's three new security services, including Microsoft Security Experts for hunting, a proactive threat hunting expert service; Microsoft Security Experts for XDR, a new hunting service that extends beyond endpoint hunting; and Microsoft Enterprise Security Services for customers looking for more tailored, hands-on help with security posture management, modernization and proactive hunting. About BlueVoyant BlueVoyant converges internal and external cyber defense capabilities into an outcomes-based, cloud-native platform called BlueVoyant Elements™. Elements continuously monitors your network, endpoints, attack surface, and supply chain as well as the open, deep, and dark web for vulnerabilities, risks, and threats; and takes action to protect your business, leveraging both machine learning-driven automation and human-led expertise. Elements can be deployed as independent solutions or together as a full-spectrum cyber defense platform. BlueVoyant's approach to cyber defense revolves around three key pillars — technology, telemetry, and talent — that deliver rock-solid cyber defense capabilities to more than 700 customers across the globe.

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DATA SECURITY

QuSecure Partners with DataBridge Sites

DataBridge Sites | June 15, 2022

QuSecure, Inc., a pioneer in post-quantum cybersecurity (PQC), announced today a collaboration with DataBridge Sites, a cutting-edge data center provider that serves off-site business critical IT environments, to demonstrate its Quantum-as-a-Service (QaaS) orchestration platform QuProtect. QuProtect is the industry's first end-to-end post-quantum cybersecurity software-based solution that uses quantum secure channels to safeguard encrypted communications and data with quantum resilience. As an outcome of the collaboration, QuProtect is the first and only PQC solution provided as a live service in a data center. Business, IT, and security executives may quickly learn more about a successful PQC implementation by offering an accessible and tangible example of advanced PQC at datacenters like DataBridge. According to Shor's algorithm, any quantum computer with sufficient power would ultimately overcome all present global encryption. As a result, in order to secure data and communications, all business and government bodies must update to quantum-resistant equipment. Furthermore, data stolen now can be decoded in the future by a quantum computer, thus major enterprises must begin the strategic and information collecting stages of transitioning their cybersecurity to assure quantum resilience. The QuSecure/Databridge collaboration offers a technique for demonstrating quantum resilience. “Our team is very excited to now be home to the QuSecure environment, which is the first PQC software that is currently live in a data center. Our company sees the quantum computing industry as a rapid growth area that can be used widespread through the commercial and federal marketplace. QuSecure’s unique offering will add to our ecosystem of service providers for clients to utilize.” Mike Lozupone, DataBridge Sites director of business development He further added, “DataBridge sees this partnership as being mutually beneficial, and we feel fortunate to work with companies like QuSecure as their business continues to grow. We expect new customers to be driven to our facility to benefit from the combination of QuSecure’s quantum security offerings and the infrastructure scale and physical security provided by DataBridge Sites.” QuProtect delivers quantum-resistant cryptography at any time, on any device. QuProtect employs an end-to-end, quantum-security-as-a-service (QSaaS) architecture that addresses the most vulnerable aspects of the digital ecosystem by combining zero-trust, next-generation post-quantum cryptography, quantum-strength keys, high availability, simple deployment, and active defense into a detailed and coherent cybersecurity suite. The end-to-end method is built around the full data lifecycle, including data storage, communication, and consumption. Skip Sanzeri, QuSecure Founder and COO said that “DataBridge is a world-class organization, and we are pleased to partner with them to provide the first instance of post-quantum cybersecurity available in a data center. The quantum threat, or Q-Day, is coming at us rapidly, and in May the White House published two initiatives to actively build U.S. quantum computing and post-quantum cybersecurity programs. Our partnership with DataBridge is another big step along the way to National Security in line with the White House memos.” QuProtect is the most sophisticated PQC solution in the market, offering quantum-resilience for many of today's key use cases such as network, IoT, edge devices, and satellite communications. QuProtect may be hosted on-premises or in the cloud, giving the most suitable solution to the post-quantum dilemma and addressing today's complicated compliance concerns, such as BYOD and work-from-home regulations. PQC can be implemented across all network devices with minimum interruption to existing systems, defending against present and future quantum assaults that might irrevocably destroy industries and infrastructures in the government and commercial sectors.

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