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.
ENTERPRISE SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
Wiz | December 15, 2022
Wiz, the leading cloud security platform that rapidly enables customers to find and remove critical cloud risks, today announced its newest project, The PEACH framework, a tenant isolation framework for cloud applications. This framework will enable industry-wide collaboration and provide cloud customers and cloud application developers with the necessary guidance to build cloud services securely and prevent critical risks in the implementation process.
"Over the past year and a half, Wiz researchers and other members of the cloud security community discovered several cross-tenant vulnerabilities in various multi-tenant cloud applications. "Although these issues have been reported extensively and were dealt with appropriately by the relevant vendors, we've seen little public discussion on how to mitigate such vulnerabilities across the entire industry. This is where we see an opportunity to strengthen the collaboration between members of the security community."
Wiz CEO Assaf Rappaport
Beyond offering a guideline for organizations, PEACH is a starting point for empowering security teams to work together to establish standard transparency and common language when it comes to mitigating cloud threats.
Serving as a step-by-step framework for modeling and improving SaaS and PaaS tenant isolation, PEACH manages the attack surface exposed by user interfaces and provides a clear standard for transparency on tenant isolation assurance. Wiz developed the following parameters based on lessons learned to address the rising cross-tenant vulnerabilities, lack of a standard for transparency, and missing common langue among vendors:
Privilege hardening – ensure tenants and hosts have minimal permissions in the service environment.
Encryption hardening – confirm the data belonging to each tenant is encrypted with a unique key, regardless of where the information is stored.
Authentication hardening – validate that communication between each tenant and the control plane use authentication with a validated key unique to each tenant.
Connectivity hardening – establish that all inter-host connectivity is blocked by default unless explicitly approved by the tenants involved.
Hygiene – verify that unnecessary secrets, software and logs scattered throughout the environment are purged to avoid leaving clues or enabling quick wins for malicious actors.
The second part of the security review process consists of remediation steps to manage the risk of cross-tenant vulnerabilities and improve isolation as necessary. These include reducing interface complexity, enhancing tenant separation, and increasing interface duplication -- all while accounting for operational context such as budget constraints, compliance requirements, and expected use-case characteristics of the service.
This framework was reviewed and collaborated on with cloud security industry experts from AWS, Google, IBM, Netflix and Cisco. Instead of commercializing PEACH though, Wiz will be offering the framework for free.
Wiz secures everything organizations build and run in the cloud. Founded in 2020, Wiz is the fastest-growing software company in the world, scaling from $1M to $100M ARR in 18 months. Wiz enables hundreds of organizations worldwide, including 30 percent of the Fortune 100, to rapidly identify and remove critical risks in cloud environments. Its customers include Salesforce, Slack, Mars, BMW, Avery Dennison, Priceline, Cushman & Wakefield, DocuSign, Plaid, and Agoda, among others. Wiz is backed by Sequoia, Index Ventures, Insight Partners, Salesforce, Blackstone, Advent, Greenoaks and Aglaé.
ENTERPRISE SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
Living Security | January 02, 2023
Living Security, the pioneer in human risk management, announced entering into a strategic partnership with GuidePoint Security, a renowned value-added reseller (VAR) that enables enterprises to make more informed cybersecurity decisions and reduce their risk exposure.
The partnership will combine GuidePoint Security's ecosystem with Living Security's industry-leading human risk management products and security awareness training.
"According to the Computer Emergency Response, cyberattacks have been ranked as the fifth most significant danger for the year 2020 and have become the standard in both the public and private sectors."
Each day, the number of cybersecurity events continues to rise, and the vast majority of these problems can be traced back to human action. Using a data-driven methodology, Living Security enables security directors to identify the most vulnerable elements of their workforce in order to decrease human risk exposure, control the contribution to overall risk over time, and alter organizational behavior.
About Living Security
Living Security's objective is to transform human risk in order to generate a dramatic increase in human behavior, organizational security culture, and information security program efficacy.
With the company's Human Risk Management platform, Living Security connects each employee with creative and pertinent context and content while simultaneously enabling management to recognize, report on, and proactively mitigate the risk posed by human behavior. Living Security is trusted by security-conscious firms such as MasterCard, MassMutual, Verizon, Biogen, Hewlett Packard, AmerisourceBergen, and Target.
About GuidePoint Security
GuidePoint Security offers dependable cybersecurity insights, solutions, and services that enable businesses to make risk-averse decisions. The company's specialists serve as trusted advisors by evaluating the cybersecurity posture and ecosystem in order to identify risks, maximize resources, and deploy the most appropriate solutions. GuidePoint's unparalleled knowledge has enabled a third of Fortune 500 organizations and over half of U.S. cabinet-level agencies to enhance their security posture and decrease risk.