CyberSeek™ Data Confirms the Need for Cybersecurity Professionals Remains Very Robust

CyberSeek™ | July 20, 2020

Cybersecurity professionals remain in high demand by employers across the United States and in virtually every industry, according to new data published this month on CyberSeek™, a free source of comprehensive cybersecurity workforce analytics and career planning information. U.S. employers advertised nearly 508,000 job openings for cybersecurity workers between June 2019 through May 2020. This is in addition to the 922,720 workers employed in cybersecurity-related jobs in the same time period. Created in 2016, CyberSeek is a joint initiative between the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST); Burning Glass Technologies, a leading provider of job market analytics and strategic intelligence; and CompTIA, the nonprofit association for the global technology industry.

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RangeForce Collaborates with The Black Cybersecurity Association to Enhance Career Advancement Opportunities

RangeForce | April 06, 2021

RangeForce, the company that is revolutionizing cybersecurity training, confirmed recently a collaboration with the Black Cybersecurity Association (BCA) to provide BCA members with hands-on cyber skills training. The partnership will assist BCA members in acquiring new capabilities to advance their careers and find new employment opportunities. “This collaboration with RangeForce will help us to achieve our member training goals by offering hands-on and role-based learning modules that are available anywhere, at any time,” said Darold Kelly Jr., BCA founder. “We are excited to be able to provide our members with access to this world-class training platform.” BCA programs strive to significantly influence communities by engaging and inspiring members to become industry leaders. The BCA will have access to RangeForce modules that will help individuals and teams with their cybersecurity training. The RangeForce on-demand and cloud-based solution help learners to work with leading security tools, training them to detect and respond to the most recent cyber threats. “Darold and the entire BCA organization are assisting the industry in addressing a lack of qualified cyber experts while supporting members in advancing their careers,” said RangeForce's Jackson Thibodeau, Sr. Director of Channels. “The organization's inclusive and community-first approach to career mentoring is setting a new standard in our industry. We are pleased to be partnering with BCA and its 2,000 members.” About BCA BCA is a non-profit organization that focuses on community and career mentoring for underrepresented minorities in the cybersecurity sector. Darold Kelly Jr. founded the BCA on July 9, 2020, to inspire, engage, and empowering their members to reach their full potential and becoming global leaders who positively impact their communities. The BCA has community-impacting programs such as KIDS CAN CODE, SECURITY+ STUDY GROUPS, OSCP BOOTCAMP, and several more. About RangeForce RangeForce develops user-friendly cybersecurity training experiences for organizations and the staff. It helps customers operationalize a SaaS-based cybersecurity training program in hours, saving up to 65% over conventional training and up to $1M annually on hosted cyber ranges, due to the industry's first integrated training platform and virtual cyber range. RangeForce's advanced learning platform is revolutionizing cybersecurity training by further training and cross-training DevOps, IT, and security professionals.

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Palo Alto Networks and PwC Join Forces to Boost Cybersecurity Defenses

prnewswire | October 29, 2020

Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, and PwC today announced an expanded partnership to deliver managed detection and response (MDR) services to joint customers. The offering combines MDR services delivered by PwC — Managed Cyber Defence — and Cortex XDR™ by Palo Alto Networks. Together, customers can take advantage of a state-of-the-art managed threat hunting, protection, detection and response service from anywhere, globally. The Managed Cyber Defence service fuses the power of PwC's global threat intelligence, thousands of hours of incident response expertise, and advisory services with Cortex XDR, the industry's first fully integrated detection and response platform, to provide a unique level of protection with unrivaled visibility and detection capabilities. As a result, security teams can significantly reduce attack dwell time, down to minutes, and manual day-to-day security operations workloads by up to 90%, elevating organizations to a mature security posture. According to Christina Richmond, vice president of Worldwide Security Services research at IDC, "The evolving threat landscape has forced organizations to mature their security capabilities, creating opportunities for PwC to elevate their offerings and provide a blending of managed security/MDR and professional security capabilities." Built to cater to organizations of any size, in any industry, PwC's Managed Cyber Defense reduces response times from what typically takes days to minutes, minimizing the likelihood of an emerging threat manifesting as a breach. Detection of emerging attacker behaviors and pivoted attack scenarios put organizations on a path to proactive defense against "the unknown," while extending protection across on-premises, cloud, virtualized and IoT environments. Cortex XDR is the industry's first extended detection and response platform that runs on integrated endpoint, network, cloud and third-party data to reduce noise and focus on real threats. By combining Cortex XDR with MDR services, customers can relieve the day-to-day burden of security operations and achieve 24/7 coverage, from alert management and investigation to incident response. Colin Slater, cyber security partner at PwC UK, had this to say: "Our unique market insight and trusted relationships with our clients makes us best placed to advise on their cyber challenges. Using this in-depth knowledge, we have meticulously created a service offering to address our clients' pain points. We are excited to work with Palo Alto Networks as the market demands new ways to do detection and response. COVID-19 has spurred a move to remote work at a scale that has left many businesses more vulnerable than ever to cyberattacks because they are less able to respond and recover remotely. PwC's cybersecurity team has responded to several major incursions from nation-state threat groups and mitigated cyber breaches caused by vulnerabilities introduced through transitions to remote work at scale. Preventing these attacks is a core element of the PwC and Palo Alto Networks approach." Shailesh Rao, senior vice president for Cortex at Palo Alto Networks, offered: "We are thrilled to expand our partnership with PwC through the delivery of best-in-class managed detection and response (MDR) services powered by Cortex XDR to our joint customers. More and more enterprise customers have validated PwC's service over the last year in detecting and responding to cyberattacks. The combination of advisory services, analytics, and modern, AI-driven detection and response capabilities and metrics, with visibility across an enterprise's entire infrastructure, is made possible by our unmatched joint Cortex XDR and MDR service offering." About PwC At PwC, our purpose is to build trust in society and solve important problems. We're a network of firms in 157 countries with over 276,000 people who are committed to delivering quality in assurance, advisory and tax services. About Palo Alto Networks Palo Alto Networks, the global cybersecurity leader, is shaping the cloud-centric future with technology that is transforming the way people and organizations operate. Our mission is to be the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life. We help address the world's greatest security challenges with continuous innovation that seizes the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, analytics, automation, and orchestration. By delivering an integrated platform and empowering a growing ecosystem of partners, we are at the forefront of protecting tens of thousands of organizations across clouds, networks, and mobile devices. Our vision is a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. Palo Alto Networks, Cortex, and the Palo Alto Networks logo are trademarks of Palo Alto Networks, Inc. in the United States and in jurisdictions throughout the world. All other trademarks, trade names, or service marks used or mentioned herein belong to their respective owners.

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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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