Demystifying the Role of AI in Cybersecurity

Learing hub | May 14, 2020

Demystifying the Role of AI in Cybersecurity
There's a lot of anticipation and expectation in business around the role of artificial intelligence (AI) and the cybersecurity benefits we can expect to gain from our diversified integrations. From website chatbots providing improved customer service, to biometric identification and cutting-edge customer data analysis, AI is set to transform the world as we know it. The topic is as hotly debated as it is shrouded in mystery, as dreams of AI leading into a brave new future collide with the popular dystopian science fiction fantasies portraying human beings dominated by hyper-intelligent machines.

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Data protection has never been more in the forefront, as information increasingly is the lifeblood and differentiator in a constantly changing world. As the leader we see across the enterprise, which helps solve the larger information management problems that come from accelerating digital business. Keep up with the latest trends and use the following tips to maximize the value of your data protection investment - meeting more demanding SLAs, simplifying management across a complex IT environment, and reducing costs - so you can free up resources to innovate and create business value.

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Trend Micro Demonstrates Threat Expertise at Virtual Black Hat USA 2021

Trend Micro | August 03, 2021

Trend Micro Incorporated (TYO: 4704; TSE: 4704), a global cybersecurity leader, today announced its participation at virtual Black Hat USA 2021, July 31st - August 5th. Attendees can visit the virtual booth to test their skills in the Exploit Elimination Challenge, as well as see how threat intelligence fuels Trend Micro's platform security and attend sessions with Trend Micro's industry experts. Trend Micro Research is at the heart of the company's ongoing innovation to anticipate and protect against existing, emerging and future threats. The company's cybersecurity platform delivers visibility and extended detection and response (XDR) using telemetry across endpoints, email, cloud workloads and networks. Built-in threat intelligence informs correlated detections and actionable alerts to ease the workload of security teams. About Trend Micro Trend Micro, a global cybersecurity leader, helps make the world safe for exchanging digital information. Fueled by decades of security expertise, global threat research, and continuous innovation, Trend Micro's cybersecurity platform protects hundreds of thousands of organizations and millions of individuals across clouds, networks, devices, and endpoints. As a leader in cloud and enterprise cybersecurity, the platform delivers a powerful range of advanced threat defense techniques optimized for environments like AWS, Microsoft, and Google, and central visibility for better, faster detection and response. With 7,000 employees across 65 countries, Trend Micro enables organizations to simplify and secure their connected world. www.TrendMicro.com.

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COVID-19 Pandemic Moves Organizations to Increase Cybersecurity Spending

Cisco | May 22, 2020

Coronavirus crisis creating new opportunities for cybercriminals, 70 percent of organizations are seeing the value of increasing their investments in cybersecurity solutions. The challenge for many organizations is continuing to accomplish their security must-dos with significantly less resources. It’s important for security providers to understand that their goal is to help an organization maintain security continuity during this period, not to replace their teams long term. With coronavirus crisis creating new opportunities for cybercriminals, 70 percent of organizations are seeing the value of increasing their investments in cybersecurity solutions. According to a LearnBonds.com report, besides boosting their cybersecurity spending, as the top IT priority this year, around 55 percent of major organizations will boost their investments in automation solutions, revealed HFS Research survey conducted in April. Smart analytics, hybrid or multi-cloud and artificial intelligence follow, with 53 percent, 49 percent and 46 percent of those bodies asked naming them as their leading IT investments this year. The statistics show spending on augmented and virtual reality technology, blockchain and edge computing is under pressure this year, with just 32 percent, 30 percent and 27 percent of enterprises planning to increase their spending on these technologies in 2020. Though recent years have witnessed a surge in the use of artificial intelligence, helping businesses to improve their efficiency, quality and speed, statistics show artificial intelligence solutions are set to witness a massive drop in spending this year, with 23 percent of major enterprises planning to cut their investments on these technologies. Blockchain follows with an 18 percent share among those asked downsizing their IT budgets. However, data revealed IT vendors are much more optimistic about their clients spending on AI technology, with 59 percent of respondents expecting increased investments this year. Jack Mannino, CEO at nVisium, says, “The challenge for many organizations is continuing to accomplish their security must-dos with significantly less resources. Learn more: SINGLE LAYERS OF SECURITY AREN’T ENOUGH TO PROTECT YOUR ORGANIZATION’S DATA . "Employees working from home are using their personal mobile devices to connect to home networks, which means traditional perimeter-based security tools no longer provide visibility or control for security teams. CISOs are adapting to provide endpoint security to all devices in this new normal, to enable teams and organizations to get back to business." ~ Cisco Team Relying on a pool of trusted security partners is critical, as niche skills or deep expertise may come from external sources when internal headcount is constrained. Historically, companies have increased their security outsourcing in periods where it’s hard to justify increasing or maintaining internal head count. It’s important for security providers to understand that their goal is to help an organization maintain security continuity during this period, not to replace their teams long term.” Budgets will have more scrutiny than ever before, however, a risk-based approach is still required. Non-essential spending should be pushed back, but it would be foolish to stop mitigating risks in the near term. "CISOs were focused on endpoint protection for traditional work devices like laptops. In a remote work world, cybersecurity tools must protect all devices employees connected to corporate cloud data - in particular mobile devices," Historically, cybersecurity is a sector where spending still occurs, even when the economy dips. There are risks to smaller and emerging firms, but sales revenue and the amount of capital raised provides resilience. To avoid going under, startups must have enough funds to cover operating expenses over the next few months to survive the COVID-19 storm.” Steve Durbin, managing director of the Information Security Forum, cautions about organizations reducing their cyber workforce at a vulnerable time. “It is more likely that businesses will be exposed because they neither have in-house, nor external access to the necessary skills to deliver their business operations with a remote workforce. I don’t see a short term altering of spending, but clearly this will come for many organizations as the COVID-19 crisis continues. It would extremely short sighted for business leaders to reduce cybersecurity staff and budget at a time when the majority of the workforce is critically dependent on cyber to function. 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ENTERPRISE SECURITY

SecurityScorecard Partners with Tenable to Deliver Complete Cyber Risk Monitoring

SecurityScorecard | August 23, 2021

SecurityScorecard, the global leader in security ratings, today announces a partnership with Tenable the Cyber Exposure company, to deliver a comprehensive view into an organization's risk posture by marrying Tenable's unmatched visibility and depth of analytics into enterprise environments with external cyber monitoring powered by SecurityScorecard. As a result of this partnership, CISOs, IT leaders and security teams are able to review their SecurityScorecard rating, assess their external cybersecurity health, and understand their risk posture directly within the Tenable Lumin dashboard. "Understanding your up-to-date risk posture has become a necessity in a world that's increasingly more complex, dynamic and transient," said Ray Komar, vice president of technical alliances, Tenable. "We're excited to partner with SecurityScorecard to give customers complete visibility into the risks that exist inside and outside their environment, and guidance for how to most effectively reduce that risk, all in a single platform." Point-in-time or periodic cybersecurity testing procedures have become antiquated. Today's cyber risks change by the minute and companies need a solution that keeps pace with the dynamic nature of cybersecurity by continuously monitoring for exposures and measuring the security posture and cyber resilience across the organization. "Organizations must be proactive to address cyber breaches, and security ratings are the foundation to measuring and understanding security resilience in real time," says Aleksandr Yampolskiy, CEO and co-founder of SecurityScorecard. "Together, SecurityScorecard and Tenable are advancing a new standard for continuous monitoring by blending external and internal risk assessments, which provide organizations with a holistic view into the risks that exist in their environments." The integration pairs Tenable Lumin's advanced analytics capabilities for assessing risk alongside real-time visibility of external vulnerabilities from SecurityScorecard. This arms Tenable Lumin customers with the intelligence to develop external risk management and threat detection playbooks through real-time updates, allowing organizations to effectively identify and respond to threats and risks. SecurityScorecard continuously monitors millions of entities globally, and uses non-intrusive proprietary methods to assess their security posture across ten risk categories to instantly deliver an easy-to-understand "A" through "F" rating; including DNS health, IP reputation, web application security, network security, leaked information, hacker chatter, endpoint security, and patching cadence. On a daily basis, these ratings are updated based on objective, publicly-available data that, similar to credit ratings, provides an "outside-in" view of an entity's security posture. About SecurityScorecard Funded by world-class investors including Silver Lake Partners, Sequoia Capital, GV, Riverwood Capital and others, SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings with tens of millions of companies continuously rated. Founded in 2013 by security and risk experts Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy and Sam Kassoumeh, SecurityScorecard's patented rating technology is used by over 18,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, and cyber insurance underwriting. SecurityScorecard continues to make the world a safer place by transforming the way companies understand, improve and communicate cybersecurity risk to their boards, employees and vendors. Every company has the universal right to their trusted and transparent Instant SecurityScorecard rating.

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Data protection has never been more in the forefront, as information increasingly is the lifeblood and differentiator in a constantly changing world. As the leader we see across the enterprise, which helps solve the larger information management problems that come from accelerating digital business. Keep up with the latest trends and use the following tips to maximize the value of your data protection investment - meeting more demanding SLAs, simplifying management across a complex IT environment, and reducing costs - so you can free up resources to innovate and create business value.