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Microsoft and Darktrace Collaboration Extends Autonomous Cyber Defense Across the Cloud

Darktrace | May 10, 2021

Darktrace, a leading autonomous cybersecurity AI firm, revealed today that it has partnered with tech giant Microsoft. The collaboration provides joint customers with enterprise-scale, self-learning AI that identifies and reacts to cyber-threats autonomously.

This partnership expands Darktrace's self-learning artificial intelligence for cybersecurity within Microsoft environments, such as Microsoft 365 and cloud apps like Azure Sentinel. When companies and workforces around the world depend more on cloud infrastructure and virtual collaboration tools, the collaboration ensures that threats can be halted by Microsoft's technologies in conjunction with Darktrace's Autonomous Cyber AI technology.

Microsoft and Darktrace's collaboration improves security through multi-platform and multi-cloud environments, automates threat investigations, and allows teams to prioritize strategic activities that matter.

The two organizations are working together to help companies in a variety of important areas:

Cyber AI Email Security – Antigena Email, which utilizes Darktrace's autonomous response technologies to counter the most advanced email attacks, is now hosted on Microsoft Azure and available on the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Simplified and Streamlined Security Workflows – Darktrace also works smoothly with Azure Sentinel, with a customized Workbook enabling users to send and envision Darktrace threat alerts and automatic threat investigation reports within Sentinel.

Seamless data integration – With one click, users can connect Darktrace's AI detection capability to Microsoft Defender for endpoint security.

"As cyber-attacks get more advanced, AI is introducing a deeper level of security in detecting these risks," said Clare Barclay, CEO of Microsoft UK. The collaboration between Microsoft and Darktrace will help in the security of organizations, allowing them to concentrate on their core business and customers."

"I am happy to be working with Microsoft to put Darktrace's Cyber AI and autonomous response into joint customer environments," said Poppy Gustafsson, CEO of Darktrace. "Darktrace secures Microsoft wherever it runs."

About Darktrace

Darktrace is the pioneer of Autonomous Response technologies and a leading autonomous cybersecurity AI organization. It protects the cloud, email, IoT, traditional networks, endpoints, and industrial platforms for over 4,700 organizations in over 100 countries.

Darktrace AI, a self-learning technology, tracks, investigates and reacts to advanced cyber-threats such as insider threats, remote working risks, malware, data loss, and supply chain vulnerabilities.

The corporation employs 1,500 people worldwide, with headquarters in Cambridge, UK. Darktrace AI detects a cyber threat every second, preventing it from causing harm.

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Palo Alto Networks Announces Medical IoT Security to Protect Connected Devices Critical to Patient Care

Palo Alto Networks | December 05, 2022

As healthcare providers use digital devices such as diagnostic and monitoring systems, ambulance equipment, and surgical robots to improve patient care, the security of those devices is as important as their primary function. Today, Palo Alto Networks (NASDAQ: PANW) announced Medical IoT Security — the most comprehensive Zero Trust security solution for medical devices — enabling healthcare organizations to deploy and manage new connected technologies quickly and securely. Zero Trust is a strategic approach to cybersecurity that secures an organization by eliminating implicit trust by continuously verifying every user and device. "The proliferation of connected medical devices in the healthcare industry brings a wealth of benefits, but these devices are often not well secured. For example, according to Unit 42, an alarming 75% of smart infusion pumps examined on the networks of hospitals and healthcare organizations had known security gaps. "This makes security devices an attractive target for cyberattackers, potentially exposing patient data and ultimately putting patients at risk." Anand Oswal, senior vice president of products, network security at Palo Alto Networks While a Zero Trust approach is critical to help protect medical devices against today's innovative cyberthreats, it can be hard to implement in practice. Through automated device discovery, contextual segmentation, least privilege policy recommendations and one-click enforcement of policies, Palo Alto Networks Medical IoT Security delivers a Zero Trust approach in a seamless, simplified manner. Medical IoT Security also provides best-in-class threat protection through seamless integration with Palo Alto Networks cloud-delivered security services, such as Advanced Threat Prevention and Advanced URL Filtering. The new Palo Alto Networks Medical IoT Security uses machine learning (ML) to enable healthcare organizations to: Create device rules with automated security responses: Easily create rules that monitor devices for behavioral anomalies and automatically trigger appropriate responses. For example, if a medical device that typically only sends small amounts of data unexpectedly begins to use a lot of bandwidth, the device can be cut off from the internet and security teams can be alerted. Automate Zero Trust policy recommendations and enforcement: Enforce recommended least-privileged access policies for medical devices with one click using Palo Alto Networks Next-Generation Firewalls or supported network enforcement technologies. This eliminates error-prone and time-consuming manual policy creation and scales easily across a set of devices with the same profile. Understand device vulnerabilities and risk posture: Access each medical device's Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) and map them to Common Vulnerability Exposures (CVEs). This mapping helps identify the software libraries used on medical devices and any associated vulnerabilities. Get immediate insights into the risk posture of each device, including end-of-life status, recall notification, default password alert and unauthorized external website communication. Improve compliance: Easily understand medical device vulnerabilities, patch status and security settings, and then get recommendations to bring devices into compliance with rules and guidelines, such as the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and similar laws and regulations. Verify network segmentation: Visualize the entire map of connected devices and ensure each device is placed in its designated network segment. Proper network segmentation can ensure a device only communicates with authorized systems. Simplify operations: Two distinct dashboards allow IT and biomedical engineering teams to each see the information critical to their roles. Integration with existing healthcare information management systems, like AIMS and Epic Systems, helps automate workflows. Healthcare organizations are using Palo Alto Networks products to secure the devices that deliver cutting-edge care to millions of patients all over the world. "Establishing and maintaining acute situational awareness of the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) environment is paramount to establishing an effective enterprise cybersecurity program. The ability to accurately detect, identify and respond to cyber threats is critical to ensuring minimal operational impact to clinical operations during a cyber event," said Tony Lakin, CISO, Moffitt Cancer Center. "Palo Alto Networks IoT capability seamlessly integrates with our continuous monitoring processes and threat-hunting operations. The platform consistently provides my teams with actionable information to allow them to proactively manage the threat surface of our medical device portfolio." "With thousands of devices to manage, healthcare environments are extremely complex and require intelligent security solutions capable of doing more. Palo Alto Networks understands this requirement and is leveraging machine learning (ML) for Medical IoT security. Adding intelligence will enable providers to improve operational efficiency, which will enhance patient and practitioner experience and alleviate the burden of an ongoing IT skills shortage," said Bob Laliberte, principal analyst, ESG. "Healthcare providers continue to be high-value targets for attackers. 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Keeper Security Announces StateRAMP Authorization

Keeper Security | December 08, 2022

Keeper Security, the leading provider of zero-trust and zero-knowledge cybersecurity software protecting passwords, secrets and connections, today announced that the company has obtained StateRAMP Authorization at the Moderate Impact Level for its Keeper Security Government Cloud (KSGC). The nationwide StateRAMP cybersecurity verification program promotes the adoption of secure cloud services across state and local governments by providing a standardized approach to security and risk assessment for cloud technologies. StateRAMP Authorization differentiates KSGC from its competitors as the best in class zero-trust and zero-knowledge security solution for state and local governments, as well as higher-educational institutions, to protect their passwords, data, and secrets. StateRAMP Authorization enables these governments and organizations to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing by creating transparent standards and processes for security authorizations. It allows them to leverage Keeper's password management and cybersecurity platform on an institution-wide scale with confidence that the solution meets strict standardized security requirements. KSGC is hosted in AWS GovCloud (US), designed to host sensitive data, regulated workloads, and address the most stringent security and compliance requirements. Keeper's StateRAMP Authorization comes on the heels of KSGC achieving FedRAMP Authorization at the Moderate Impact Level in August 2022. While StateRAMP Authorization typically takes two years to complete, KSGC's existing FedRAMP Authorization accelerated the certification. To receive FedRAMP Authorization, organizations must implement controls from 17 different control families that originate from National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-53. Now, KSGC is the first and only FedRAMP and StateRAMP Authorized password management platform in the industry. "We are proud to bring Keeper's password management and cybersecurity platform to StateRAMP Authorized status, and thrilled to be the first FedRAMP and StateRAMP Authorized password management platform. "KSGC's StateRAMP Authorization underscores our dedication to the highest standards of internal security controls and encryption. Keeper is eager to help state and local governments and higher-educational institutions protect their digital assets from ransomware, data breaches and other password-related cyberattacks." Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-Founder of Keeper Security Keeper provides government agencies with a human-centric cybersecurity solution that promotes adoption of password best practices, like the use of MFA, by employees and contractors. Keeper also promotes secure collaboration with encrypted record sharing that allows system administrators to regulate privileged access to files, as well as masking credentials. Keeper's zero-knowledge system architecture provides the highest levels of security and privacy. Encryption and decryption of data always occurs locally on the user's device, and only the encrypted ciphertext is stored in KSGC. KSGC's FedRAMP and StateRAMP Authorizations follow a White House Executive Order mandating zero-trust architecture and strong encryption, along with a draft memorandum by the Office of Management and Budget and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency mandating all federal agencies adopt a zero-trust security architecture by 2024. The memorandum specifically calls out password security requirements that KSGC facilitates, including strong password policies, the removal of a deprecated requirement to require special characters and regular password rotation, and the ability to compare user passwords against weak and breached data. About Keeper Security Keeper Security is transforming the way organizations of all sizes secure their passwords, secrets and confidential information. Keeper's easy-to-use cybersecurity platform is built on a foundation of zero-trust and zero-knowledge security to protect every user on every device, while meeting the most stringent government security and compliance requirements. Keeper is SOC 2 and ISO 27001 certified, FIPS 140-2 validated, FedRAMP and StateRAMP Authorized. Trusted by federal agencies including the Departments of Justice and Energy, Keeper is the leader for best-in-class password management, secrets management, privileged access, secure remote access and encrypted messaging.

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AWS Clients Globally Can Now Use Apiiro Cloud Application Security Platform

Apiiro | January 04, 2023

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