ENTERPRISE SECURITY, PLATFORM SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
PRWeb | May 23, 2023
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced the launch of its new QR Code Phishing Security Test (QR Code PST) tool. The no-charge tool assists organizations in identifying users that are most susceptible to scanning malicious QR codes.
Many organizations are aware of the typical social engineering techniques used by bad actors such as phishing, spear phishing and impersonation, to manipulate employees and infiltrate systems. However, bad actors are now taking advantage of the rise in popularity of QR codes and are using them to launch targeted phishing attacks.
QR code phishing is a social engineering attack that includes a malicious link within a QR code that users are prompted to scan with their smartphones. According to QRTIGER, an online QR code generator company, dynamic QR code scans increased 433% globally from 2021 to 2022 and scans quadrupled in 2022 alone.
The malicious links in QR Codes take users to risky websites, execute malware or ransomware on their devices or steal information. In fact, last year the FBI released a warning that QR codes may be tampered with by cybercriminals to direct victims to malicious sites. This is also sometimes referred to as QRLjacking.
KnowBe4’s new QR Code PST helps manage the threat of malicious QR codes by identifying users who may scan these codes and expose an organization to vulnerabilities that have the potential to cause significant downtime and security breach risks. The new, complementary tool is available for immediate use for up to 100 users in 35 languages with additional feature options. Additionally, after being used the tool calculates an organization’s Phish-prone™ Percentage (PPP) — the number of end users who are prone to being phished.
“QR codes pose a unique cybersecurity threat because unlike traditional phishing, there is no URL to verify or way to confirm its legitimacy before scanning the code,” said Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4. “As bad actors diversify their social engineering techniques, it is imperative that organizations educate their employees on the potential danger of QR codes. KnowBe4’s new QR Code Phishing Security Test is a great tool to use as a first step in determining how vulnerable an organization is to the threat of malicious QR codes. Training employees to be alert and to think twice before scanning, contributes towards strengthening an organization’s security culture and encourages a healthy level of skepticism.”
To begin using the new, complementary QR Phishing Security Test, visit: https://info.knowbe4.com/qr-code-phishing-security-test.
KnowBe4, the provider of the world’s largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 60,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4’s Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense.
DATA SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY, WEB SECURITY TOOLS
Businesswire | April 18, 2023
Imperva, Inc., (@Imperva) the cybersecurity leader that protects critical applications, APIs, and data, anywhere at scale, and Fortanix, Inc. (@Fortanix), the Data Security company powered by Confidential Computing, announce that they have signed a partnership agreement, and have each joined the other’s strategic partner program.
This partnership brings together two of the most innovative and trusted cybersecurity companies focused on multicloud data protection. The joint offerings from Imperva and Fortanix will provide the ability to manage the entire data security workflow for customers ensuring data privacy and compliance.
Imperva now offers Fortanix Data Security Manager (DSM), a highly scalable data security platform that delivers unified cryptographic and privacy services such as encryption, tokenization, dynamic data masking (DDM), secrets management, and enterprise key management. The solution works across multiple cloud service providers (CSPs) and provides an “easy button” to secure over 100 services. Fortanix DSM is simple to deploy and is offered in two editions — on-premises and a cloud-based SaaS solution — providing data security controls with both backed by FIPS 140-2 Level 3 certification.
"We’re thrilled to partner with Imperva and take a best-in-class solution to the market together,” says Anand Kashyap, CEO of Fortanix. “With Imperva’s data discovery and classification capabilities and the Fortanix Data Security Manager SaaS and multicloud offering, customers have an end-to-end solution for securing workloads across the entire Data Lifecycle. This solution will help customers accelerate their data journey to the cloud while meeting the highest level of compliance.”
Imperva Data Security Fabric (DSF) is a robust and scalable hybrid, multicloud platform for data discovery and classification, activity monitoring, access controls, security analytics, threat detection, and compliance reporting. Imperva DSF provides protection for unstructured, semi-, and structured data — both on-premises and in the cloud.
Organizations continue to seek the most efficient and effective data security solutions to address multiple use cases such as sensitive data protection, insider threat detection, and data risk management. They must also meet compliance and privacy requirements while operating diverse ecosystems at scale and consolidating legacy tools, all without impacting the speed and agility of the application development team to achieve the highest level of ROI.
With the combined strength of Imperva DSF and Fortanix DSM, this data security partnership will benefit organizations that find their traditional controls are no longer sufficient as they move data workloads and applications to the cloud. These data security solutions address data security and privacy regulations such as GDPR, CCPA, PCI DSS, and HIPAA by employing methods to help protect and control data confidentiality, data integrity, and data access across the hybrid multicloud environment.
“With the unprecedented explosion of data over recent decades and every day, unknown sensitive data might be anywhere — potentially exposed, and unsecured. But with this new partnership between Imperva and Fortanix, companies can now discover, classify, and secure their data using encryption and tokenization wherever it resides,” says Dan Neault, SVP and GM of Data Security at Imperva. “Using the intelligence and flexibility of Imperva DSF combined with the power of the Fortanix DSM, finding sensitive data and taking the right steps to secure it is now easier than ever.”
Additionally, Imperva is now able to provide customers with Fortanix DSM via the Imperva End-User License Agreement (EULA) providing streamlined procurement via a single vendor for sales, implementation, training, support, and services.
Building a complete cybersecurity technology ecosystem dedicated to data security and compliance
The Imperva Technology Alliance Program (TAP) enables technology companies, security vendors, and cloud service providers to co-market, sell, and integrate their products and platforms with the award-winning Imperva cybersecurity portfolio to create solutions that deliver added value for customers and generate revenue growth for TAP partners.
Imperva DSF continues to deliver more value to customers through these alliances. Additionally, Fortanix also supports the Imperva Web Application Firewall (WAF) by being able to store WAF encryption keys.
Meet with us at RSA Conference
Join Imperva and Fortanix at RSA Conference 2023 on April 24-27 in San Francisco, CA. Imperva will be exhibiting at booth #5180, North Hall, and Fortanix will be exhibiting at booth #449, South Hall. There will be representatives from both companies at both booths throughout the conference including;
Terry Ray, SVP, Data Security GTM and Field CTO at Imperva, will be speaking at the Fortanix booth at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, April 25: “Why organizations need monitoring AND encryption for data security, not monitoring OR encryption.”
Sumanth Kakaraparthi, VP of Data Security Product Management at Imperva, will be speaking at the Fortanix booth at 3:00 pm on Wednesday, April 26: “You can’t protect your sensitive data unless you know where it is and what it is.”
Learn more about the Imperva Data Security Fabric (DSF)
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Imperva is the cybersecurity leader that helps organizations protect critical applications, APIs, and data, anywhere, at scale, and with the highest ROI. With an integrated approach combining edge, application security, and data security, Imperva protects companies through all stages of their digital journey. Imperva Research Labs and our global intelligence community enable Imperva to stay ahead of the threat landscape and seamlessly integrate the latest security, privacy, and compliance expertise into our solutions.
Fortanix secures data, wherever it is. The company’s data-first approach to security powered by Confidential Computing complements traditional infrastructure-centric solutions and allows businesses of all sizes to modernize their data security posture on-premises, in the cloud, or everywhere in between. Rated highly by customers, and with 100-plus tech integrations, the company’s award-winning flagship Data Security Manager (DSM) platform delivers a unified approach to the data security and privacy lifecycle while reducing risk and increasing compliance. Fortanix customers include global banks and financial services institutions, technology companies, retailers, government agencies, healthcare institutions as well as cloud service providers.
DATA SECURITY, ENTERPRISE SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
Globenewswire | May 17, 2023
Aqua Security, the pioneer in cloud native security, today announced the launch of Real-Time CSPM, a next-gen cloud security posture management (CSPM) solution, offering the best visibility and context in the industry. Real-Time CSPM provides a complete view of multi-cloud security risk, pinpoints threats that evade agentless detection, and dramatically reduces noise so security practitioners can rapidly identify, prioritize, and remediate the most important cloud security risks, saving time and money.
“Customers have told us that they are bogged down by too much noise from current CSPM offerings,” said Amir Jerbi, CTO and co-founder, Aqua Security. “They receive too many findings yet lack complete visibility and therefore the ability to properly prioritize. Simply put, they fix the wrong things and end up compromised. This is where Aqua comes in. We are introducing Real-Time CSPM so security practitioners can pinpoint the most significant cloud risks and remediate them quickly.”
With Real-Time CSPM, teams have a complete view of cloud security risk and surface the most critical findings. This includes the ability to match correlated findings across multi-cloud environments, deduplicate findings and focus on identifying real cloud risks with smarter insights. Instead of wasting time on issues with low effective risk, customers can focus on what truly matters most and provide the context needed for resource owners to remediate quickly and secure their cloud applications.
“One of the world’s largest telcos turned to Aqua to provide better visibility and context. They went from 120M risk findings to 50k and they saw a reduction in their attack surface by 99% in just months. If everything is a priority, then nothing is – that’s why they chose Aqua,” said Jerbi.
Detailed context also allows teams to connect issues found in their cloud to their respective code repositories. With better prioritization and the ability to identify risk ownership, Real-Time CSPM then allows for rapid remediation of those most critical issues. Security professionals can focus their limited resources to manage, investigate and respond faster.
Identify Attacks That Agentless Solutions Cannot See
Point-in-time scanning opens the door for increased attacks. According to the IDC report, “The State of Cybersecurity Maturity in Vulnerability Management Among U.S. Organizations,” 74% of organizations scan less than 85% of their IT assets when they do scan, leaving an opportunity for many vulnerabilities to go undiscovered until an attacker makes use of them. By then it is too late.
Aqua Real-Time CSPM eliminates that risk and delivers real-time visibility and risk prioritization in a single, unified platform for faster, more effective risk management. Unlike point-in-time scanning solutions, Aqua Real-Time CSPM provides a deeper layer of visibility for better context, leading to the ability to prioritize the most critical cloud security risks.
“Other CSPM solutions give you a false sense of security. Whether you scan daily or monthly, you’re only seeing a portion of the risks with a point-in-time scan. And that’s not true security,” said Jerbi.
Further data from Aqua Nautilus, Aqua’s cloud security research team, supports the need for real-time scanning. Nautilus uses an extensive honeypot network to detect and analyze over 80,000 attacks a month. Of those attacks, one in three do not leave a footprint and would be missed by point-in-time scanning solutions. Similarly, zero-day attacks are missed, whilst other standard operating procedures like ephemeral containers and transient attacks raise that number to 50%.
Real-Time CSPM is part of the Aqua Cloud Security Platform, a cloud native application protection platform (CNAPP). The Aqua Platform is composed of a fully integrated set of security and compliance capabilities to discover, prioritize, and eliminate risk in minutes across the full software development life cycle. Aqua improves operational efficiency by connecting cloud to code and tracing runtime risks to the code and developer who can fix them. By connecting CSPM to runtime, it shields risks that cannot be immediately addressed with a code fix.
For more information on Aqua’s Real-Time CSPM, visit the blog.
About Aqua Security
Aqua Security stops cloud native attacks and is the only company with a $1M 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, MA and Ramat Gan, IL with Fortune 1000 customers in over 40 countries. For more information, visit https://www.aquasec.com/.