Aqua Security | July 26, 2022
Aqua Security, the leading pure-play cloud native security provider, today announced the launch of out-of-the-box runtime protection with minimal configuration to stop attacks in real time on running workloads. Protection is composed of new curated and optimized default security controls, as well as advanced threat intel from observations of real attacks on cloud native environments. Both the controls and threat intel are the result of knowledge gained through years of securing customers’ live production environments. Customers can now apply this knowledge to achieve trusted and advanced runtime protection in minutes without requiring in-depth knowledge of their applications and environments.
Using eBPF technology and threat intel from cyber research team Aqua Nautilus to identify advanced threats, Aqua surfaces the most critical issues in real time while also implementing a set of controls to protect running workloads immediately, without disrupting the business.
“Aqua is transforming the runtime security paradigm. “Traditional runtime security requires security teams to have a great deal of cloud native knowledge, and as a result has been slow to adopt. Aqua is removing this barrier to adoption by making cloud workload threat protection immediately effective and easy for security professionals.”
Amir Jerbi, CTO and co-founder, Aqua Security
Stopping Attacks in Real Time with Runtime Security
Recent data from Nautilus shows that one in three live attacks could be missed when relying exclusively on snapshot scanning of running workload images. Nautilus also found tens of thousands of instances of in-memory attacks and fileless attacks in a one-month period—attacks that would not be seen or stopped without kernel-level visibility.
Aqua’s detection of anomalous behavior goes beyond point-in-time snapshots and catches malicious behavior of known and unknown threats in real time—this includes both known CVEs and zero-day exploits that have yet to be discovered. The new default runtime controls are based on ongoing recommendations from Aqua Nautilus, who detect and analyze 80,000 attacks a month using Aqua’s open source eBPF-based threat detection engine, Aqua Tracee. The result is real-time visibility at the kernel level that alerts customers the moment an attacker breaches a running workload, reducing attackers’ dwell time from months to milliseconds.
Aqua’s Runtime Protection solution is part of Aqua’s fully integrated Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP), the Aqua Platform. Customers of the Aqua Platform also have access to the entire, full set of customizable, advanced runtime capabilities if and when they decide to define and implement more stringent policies.
Key benefits of Aqua Runtime Protection include:
Discover attacks immediately with continuously updated kernel-level behavioral detection. Updates are based on cloud native threat research from Aqua Nautilus along with years of experience securing customer workloads in production.
Respond faster and reduce attacker dwell time by stopping attacks with pattern-based anti-malware in production and the option to block or delete malware on access.
Simplify incident investigation and rapidly determine the impact and attack path of a security incident with a detailed incident timeline including rich contextual information.
“Unlike overly complex runtime solutions, legacy solutions not designed for cloud-native applications, or solutions that can’t detect in real time, our goal with this release is to provide runtime security that is simple to deploy, giving you effective real-time security out-of-the-box,” said Jerbi. “What this boils down to is that, unlike alternative solutions, Aqua’s Platform will both detect sophisticated attacks and stop them in real time.”
Aqua’s out-of-the-box Runtime Protection is now available and will make an industry debut at AWS re:Inforce on July 26-27 in Boston at Booth 104. To learn more, visit Aqua’s YouTube.
About Aqua Security
Aqua Security stops cloud native attacks and is the only company with a $1 Million Cloud Native Protection Warranty to guarantee it. As the pioneer and largest pure-play cloud native security company, Aqua helps customers unlock innovation and build the future of their business. The Aqua Platform is the industry’s most integrated Cloud Native Application Protection Platform (CNAPP), prioritizing risk and automating prevention, detection and response across the lifecycle. Founded in 2015, Aqua is headquartered in Boston and Ramat Gan, Israel, with Fortune 1000 customers in over 40 countries.
NETWORK THREAT DETECTION
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
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.
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Lumu | August 08, 2022
Lumu, creators of the Continuous Compromise Assessment cybersecurity model that empowers organizations to measure compromise in real time, today announced it has closed an $8 million investment round, bringing total funding to $15.5 million. Led by Panoramic Ventures, the investment will serve as growth capital for sales and marketing initiatives to further Lumu's mission of helping organizations operate cybersecurity proficiently. Other investors include KnowBe4 Ventures, Lane Bess, former Zscaler and Palo Alto Networks executive, and Tom Noonan, former CEO at Internet Security Systems and the SoftBank Group's SB Opportunity Fund.
"We are excited to continue to support Lumu through this phase of hypergrowth, as organizations across all verticals are realizing the value of measuring compromise within their networks and acting on this factual data immediately," said Paul Judge, Managing Partner of Panoramic Ventures. "The innovation Lumu is bringing to the market is evident and a true game-changer for cybersecurity operations."
Lumu's Continuous Compromise Assessment model enables any organization to measure and understand compromise to close the breach detection gap from months to minutes continuously and intentionally. Teams receive actionable information about who was impacted, when the incident took place and how best to respond before it escalates to a bigger problem. The company has experienced hyper-growth in 2021 and 2022 and now has more than 3,100 organizations using its technology. The Lumu platform has analyzed more than 1 trillion metadata and detected more than 345 million adversarial contacts.
"With today's economy, hiring constraints and the non-stop cyber threats, companies need tools that enable an accurate understanding of, and swift response to, potential attacks. "Our platform provides context at the granular level to understand each and every incident and the specific techniques used by attackers so that cybersecurity operators can mitigate malicious incidents and overall improve their cybersecurity stack. With cybercriminals quick to take advantage of economic downturns, this funding round emphasizes just how critical of a time it is for enterprises to prioritize protection and defense mechanisms."
Ricardo Villadiego, Founder and CEO of Lumu
The capital will also be used to scale the company's initiative to consistently attract exceptional talent to amplify the reach of Lumu's cyber industry-leading resilience message and to build credibility with target audiences to help companies of all sizes and verticals proficiently operate cybersecurity functions.
KnowBe4 is one of the key investors joining Lumu's funding round. The companies will join forces to further their missions of enabling employees and security teams to make smarter security decisions every day.
Miami-based Lumu is founded and led by Ricardo Villadiego, a successful second-time founder who is part of the SB Opportunity Fund's community of visionary Black, Latinx, and Native American entrepreneurs.
Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Lumu is a cybersecurity company focused on helping enterprise organizations illuminate threats and isolate confirmed instances of compromise. Applying principles of Continuous Compromise Assessment, Lumu has built a powerful closed-loop, self-learning solution that helps security teams accelerate compromise detection, gain real-time visibility across their infrastructure, and close the breach detection gap from months to minutes.