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SecurityScorecard Research Reveals Cyber Vulnerabilities Pose a Threat to U.S. Maritime Security

SecurityScorecard | December 21, 2021

SecurityScorecard, the global leader in cybersecurity ratings, today released a new report on the U.S. shipping industry, "Proactive Security Measures for Global Maritime Shipping." The research found that high severity cyber vulnerabilities pose a big risk to U.S. maritime security, especially ahead of a busy holiday season.

In December 2021, SecurityScorecard conducted an analysis of the cybersecurity health of 100 global shipping container companies compared to the Forbes Global 2000 companies, finding that:

  • Overall, the cybersecurity risk posture of the shipping industry was better than the Forbes Global 2000, but the shipping industry did not perform higher in every risk group factor
  • The largest risks to the sector include vulnerabilities in application security, irregular patching cadence, and network security
  • Data breach percentages for shipping container companies increased from 2018 through 2021, indicating that the industry may be an increasingly attractive target for malicious cyber actors during the 2021 winter holiday season
  • Shipping container companies initially did better than the Forbes Global 2000 until April 2020, when high-profile attacks sank the industry average. Since mid-2020, shipping container companies have continued to struggle to build resilience in their cybersecurity and have not yet returned to their pre-2020 breach scores.

Global supply shortages and shipping disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic pose a threat to U.S maritime security and threaten to disrupt the holiday gift-giving season. The maritime shipping network, which is responsible for 90% of the global trade, has gone from being a fast and cost-effective system to one plagued by delays, clogged shipping lanes, and exorbitant prices.

"The shipping and maritime industry is already strained and taxed by the pandemic and resulting supply chain backlog,A potential cyber incident in the shipping industry could have catastrophic effects on people and businesses all across the world. This research is a key indicator that the industry should continue to keep a focus on cyber resilience through continuous monitoring."

Aleksandr Yampolskiy, CEO and co-founder of SecurityScorecard

SecurityScorecard continuously monitors millions of entities world-wide, and non-intrusively assesses their security posture across ten risk categories, including DNS health, IP reputation, web application security, network security, leaked information, hacker chatter, endpoint security, and patching cadence. This instantly delivers an easy-to-understand "A" through "F" security rating.

About SecurityScorecard
Funded by world-class investors including Silver Lake Partners, Sequoia Capital, GV, Riverwood Capital, and others, SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings with more than 12 million companies continuously rated. Founded in 2013 by security and risk experts Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy and Sam Kassoumeh, SecurityScorecard's patented rating technology is used by over 25,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, and cyber insurance underwriting. SecurityScorecard continues to make the world a safer place by transforming the way companies understand, improve and communicate cybersecurity risk to their boards, employees and vendors. Every organization has the universal right to their trusted and transparent Instant SecurityScorecard rating.

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Datadog Announces Integration with Amazon Security Lake

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ThreatX Launches Robust Online Training to Increase Access to Cybersecurity Expertise

ThreatX | November 17, 2022

ThreatX, the leading API protection platform, today announced the launch of the ThreatX Academy, an online portal hosting an extensive library of cybersecurity training modules. These courses provide an accessible and approachable opportunity for those looking to begin, or advance, their cybersecurity careers. ThreatX is providing all foundational 100-level content at no charge. Training content spans many areas of cybersecurity, including Application Security, Data Protection and Privacy, Networking, Secure DevOps and Wireless Security, among others. The need for cybersecurity professionals has been growing at a rapid pace, and that demand is expected to continue. The number of unfilled cybersecurity positions worldwide grew 350% between 2013 and 2021 (from 1 million to 3.5 million). Further, it is predicted that the same number of jobs will still be open in 2025. This cybersecurity skills gap, along with the accelerated pace at which both technology and cyberattackers’ tactics are evolving, has made protecting digital assets increasingly difficult for businesses. In fact, 80% of organizations suffered one or more breaches due to a lack of cybersecurity skills and/or awareness within the last 12 months, underscoring the need for solid and robust training content. Alongside Massachusetts-based training company, Security Innovation, ThreatX developed more than 140 hours of online security training videos beginning at an introductory level and progressing to more advanced subjects, such as Blockchain Security and Automating Security Updates. All 100-level content will be available free of charge, while 200 and 300-level content will be accessible via subscription. Through the integrated learning management platform, users will be able to consume the content in sequential fashion and earn certifications. The ThreatX Academy experience is powered by Raven360, a Massachusetts-based digital Academy business. ThreatX will share all content, free of charge, with select nonprofit organizations, including participants of the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission’s (MRC) Networking Technology Program. In addition, ThreatX Academy has partnered with (ISC)2 and is now an approved (ISC)2 CPE Submitter Partner. ThreatX content may count toward (ISC)2 CPE credits. (ISC)², is an international nonprofit cybersecurity professional organization. Through (ISC)², members can earn several well-established security certifications, including: CISSP Certified in Cybersecurity SSCP - Security Administration CCSP - Cloud Security CSSLP - Software Security In order to maintain these certifications, members must earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credits. Through ThreatX’s partnership with (ISC)², security practitioners will now be able to earn CPE Credits for consuming ThreatX Academy content. “Cybersecurity is a continuous learning experience, and the need for training resources in the industry is only growing stronger. “We are excited to announce the launch of ThreatX Academy, and we look forward to advancing the program in the future as part of our broader effort to close cybersecurity’s ongoing talent gap.” Gene Fay, CEO of ThreatX About ThreatX ThreatX’s API protection platform and complete managed services make the world safer by protecting APIs from all threats, including DDoS attempts, complex botnets, zero-day and multi-mode attacks. ThreatX applies artificial intelligence and machine learning to detect and respond to even the slightest indicators of suspicious activity in real-time. Today, ThreatX protects APIs for companies in every industry across the globe.

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Fortinet Launches Managed Cloud-Native Firewall Service to Simplify Network Security Operations, Available Now on AWS

Fortinet | November 29, 2022

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