PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
Phosphorus | December 13, 2022
Phosphorus, the leading provider of proactive and full-scope security for the extended Internet of Things (xIoT), today announced new security features that will enable organizations to discover and monitor their networks for the presence of xIoT devices that the U.S. government deems a significant security risk. The new features also include the capability to remotely disable and remove the devices from the network.
Phosphorus’s security update follows the FCC’s ban on the sale or importation of devices made by several Chinese manufacturers that it considers to pose “an unacceptable risk to national security of the United States or the security or safety of United States persons.” The Covered List includes video surveillance and telecommunications equipment produced by Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporation, Hytera Communications, Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology, and Dahua Technology (and their subsidiaries and affiliates).
“The Phosphorus xIoT Security Platform is the industry’s only solution that can discover the presence of these prohibited devices and remotely render them inert at scale. “These unique capabilities will empower enterprises and government organizations across the U.S. to discover, disable, and remove banned or potentially dangerous devices from their enterprise environments.”
John Vecchi, Chief Marketing Officer at Phosphorus
Advanced Discovery Capability
A recent study by Phosphorus’s global research division, Phosphorus Labs, found that organizations consistently struggle to identify all of their xIoT devices – this means many companies may not realize they have banned devices lurking inside their networks. According to its research, 80% of enterprise security teams can’t identify the majority of their xIoT devices and customer estimates of xIoT inventories are consistently off by 40-60%.
Phosphorus’s Enterprise xIoT Security Platform has unique capabilities for discovering xIoT assets, and it is the only technology platform able to communicate with these devices (ranging from security cameras to PLCs) in their native languages. This enables a high degree of accuracy, granularity, and speed when discovering and analyzing these devices to create comprehensive inventories of xIoT assets that include device type, brand, model, firmware version, credential status, default/enabled protocols, certificate status, and more.
Disabling and Isolating High-Risk Devices
Phosphorus empowers organizations by giving them direct control over every single device in their wide-ranging xIoT deployments. Through the platform’s Hardening and Remediation capabilities, organizations can update and rotate a device’s credentials, manage firmware, disable remote services, turn off unnecessary connectivity features, check for valid certificates, and reboot the device.
For organizations that have detected banned xIoT technologies in their networks, specific device-level actions such as changing passwords, disabling services and reducing connectivity will be critical for limiting the potential risks of these devices prior to their removal from the network.
World’s First and Only Proactive xIoT Security Platform
Phosphorus’s Enterprise xIoT Security Platform is the industry’s only consolidated xIoT security offering, delivering state-of-the-art Attack Surface Management, Hardening and Remediation, and Detection and Response across the full range of IoT, OT, and Network-connected devices – spanning both new and legacy devices.
For the first time in industry history, teams in IT, Facilities, and Security are able to collaborate on a single platform to safely discover, assess, remediate, and monitor their xIoT devices. Phosphorus is now the solution of choice for enterprises to secure devices that were previously unknown or overlooked, beginning with fundamental xIoT security hygiene.
The company’s Enterprise xIoT Security Platform is currently deployed in Fortune 100, Fortune 500, and government networks.
Phosphorus Cybersecurity® is the leading xTended Security of Things™ platform designed to secure the rapidly growing and often unmonitored Things across the enterprise xIoT landscape. Our Enterprise xIoT Security Platform delivers Attack Surface Management, Hardening & Remediation, and Detection & Response to bring enterprise xIoT security to every cyber-physical Thing in your enterprise environment. With unrivaled xIoT discovery and posture assessment, Phosphorus automates the remediation of the biggest IoT, OT, and Network device vulnerabilities—including unknown and inaccurate asset inventory, out-of-date firmware, default credentials, risky configurations, and out-of-date certificates.
DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
BlueVoyant | November 14, 2022
BlueVoyant, an industry-leading cyber defense company that combines internal and external cybersecurity, today released the findings of its third annual global survey into supply chain cyber risk management. The study reveals that 98% of firms surveyed have been negatively impacted by a cybersecurity breach that occurred in their supply chain. This is up slightly from 97% of respondents last year. Digital supply chains are made of the external vendors and suppliers who have network access that could be compromised.
"The survey shows that supply chain cybersecurity risk has not decreased and, in fact, more enterprises than ever have reported being negatively impacted by a cybersecurity disturbance in their supply chain," said Adam Bixler, BlueVoyant's global head of supply chain defense. "The good news is that across industries and regions, organizations are making supply chain defense a priority, but these organizations need to better monitor suppliers and work with them to remediate issues to reduce their supply chain risk."
Other key survey findings include:
40% of respondents rely on the third-party vendor or supplier to ensure adequate security.
In 2021, 53% of companies said they audited or reported on supplier security more than twice per year; that number has improved to 67% in 2022. These numbers include enterprises monitoring in real time.
Budgets from supply chain defense are increasing, with 84% of respondents saying their budget has increased in the past 12 months.
The top pain points reported are internal understanding across the enterprise that suppliers are part of their cybersecurity posture, meeting regulatory requirements, and working with suppliers to improve their security.
"While supply chain defense is a challenge, there are solutions for enterprises to better defend against this risk," said James Rosenthal, BlueVoyant's CEO and co-founder. "Enterprises should continuously monitor their supply chain to be able to quickly remediate threats. As companies are being negatively impacted by supply chain disturbances, they must prioritize this risk with the appropriate budget."
The study was conducted by independent research organization, Opinion Matters, and recorded the views and experiences of 2,100 chief technology officers (CTOs), chief security officers (CSOs), chief operating officers (COOs), chief information officers (CIOs), chief info security officers (CISOs), and chief procurement officers (CPOs) responsible for supply chain and cyber risk management in organizations with more than 1,000 employees across a range of industries. These include: business services, financial services, healthcare and pharmaceutical, manufacturing, utilities and energy, and defense. It covered 11 countries: U.S., Canada, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Philippines, and Singapore.
The 2021 research was also conducted by Opinion Matters and recorded the views and experiences of 1,200 CTOs/CSOs/COOs/CIOs/CISOs/CPOs in similar enterprises and the same industries. It covered six countries: U.S., Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, the U.K., and Singapore.
Analysis of the responses from different commercial sectors revealed considerable variations in their experiences of supply chain risk:
While healthcare and pharmaceutical was the third-highest vertical in terms of experiencing greater board scrutiny for supply chain risk at 42%, the sector also indicates the lowest likelihood to increase budget for external resources to bolster supply chain cybersecurity, by a margin of 7% below the next closest vertical. This sector is also the least likely of any vertical (34%) to have no way of knowing if an issue arises with a third party's environment.
The energy sector was most likely to report negative impact from at least one supply chain breach in the last year (99%) but 49% are monitoring supply chain cyber risk regularly or in real time, and 44% are updating senior leadership monthly or more frequently. In addition, energy companies say they are increasing their budget for supply chain cyber risk by an average of 60%.
In manufacturing, 64% of respondents say that supply chain cyber risk is on their radar and 44% say they have established an integrated enterprise risk management program.
BlueVoyant combines internal and external cyber defense capabilities into an outcomes-based platform called BlueVoyant Elements™. Elements is cloud-native and continuously monitors your network, endpoints, attack surface, and supply chain plus the clear, deep, and dark web for vulnerabilities, risks, and threats; and takes action to protect your business, leveraging both machine learning-driven automation and human-led expertise. Elements can be deployed as independent solutions or together as a full-spectrum cyber defense platform. BlueVoyant's approach to cyber defense revolves around three key pillars — technology, telemetry, and talent — that deliver industry-leading cybersecurity to more than 700 clients across the globe.
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.