DATA SECURITY, ENTERPRISE IDENTITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
Persistent | October 31, 2022
Persistent Systems, a global Digital Engineering provider, today announced the launch of a trailblazing solution that enables organizations to recover more quickly from cyber-attacks. Together with Google Cloud, the Persistent Intelligent Cyber Recovery (PiCR) solution provides a comprehensive and scalable cyber recovery approach, allowing organizations to reduce data loss and minimize the negative impact to brand reputation from prolonged downtime. Persistent Intelligent Cyber Recovery is now available on the Google Cloud Marketplace.
Hackers are increasing the frequency and scale of ransomware attacks. They are using continually evolving and sophisticated techniques, which makes recovery from attacks more challenging. These attacks may lead to sensitive data leakage, loss of business, and damage to brand reputation. It is crucial for organizations to not only focus on protection against cyber-attacks but also strengthen their recovery process.
Traditional backup and Disaster Recovery (DR) solutions are not designed for recovery from cyber-attacks. Persistent Intelligent Cyber Recovery includes tailored recovery plans, Persistent IP for finding and remediating malware, and the optional managed services to administer the recovery process. Persistent's solution integrates with Google Cloud to provide a secure recovery environment and Google Cloud Backup and DR for protecting the server images.
Persistent Intelligent Cyber Recovery offers the following benefits:
Reduction in data loss
Decreased risk of recurrent attacks through the removal of malware
Faster recovery from ransomware and zero-day attacks (from weeks/months to hours/days)
Potential cyber insurance cost reduction
Scalable solution depending on enterprise size challenges
Nitha Puthran, Senior Vice President – Cloud, Infrastructure and Security, Persistent:
"The digital environment today is constantly evolving and so are the risks associated with it. We are leveraging our strong relationship with Google Cloud and our product engineering expertise to create an industry-leading solution that allows enterprises to recover faster from cyber-attacks, thereby reducing the impact on their business.
"Persistent Intelligent Cyber Recovery combines strategic planning and the creation of playbooks, integration with Google Cloud services and our own IP to find anomalies that indicate malware, remove the malware, and use automation to set up test and production environments to scale. It takes a services and product mindset to create a solution like Persistent Intelligent Cyber Recovery and Persistent is uniquely positioned in the market to deliver both."
Dai Vu, Managing Director, Marketplace and ISV GTM Programs, Google:
"As cyber threats become more prevalent, customers need solutions that can help them quickly address and recover from cyber-attacks. With the Persistent's Intelligent Cyber Recovery (PiCR) solution available on Google Cloud Marketplace, customers can quickly deploy PiCR to their Google Cloud environment and utilize it alongside Google Cloud technologies and capabilities to address cyber-attacks quickly and securely."
DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
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. This reality, combined with the diversity of medical IoT devices and their inherent vulnerabilities, points to a real need for device security that is purpose-built for healthcare use cases. The ability to defend against threats targeting critical care devices while maintaining operational availability and strengthening the alignment of device governance responsibilities between IT and Biomed engineering teams is quickly becoming a necessity for the protection of patient data and lives," said Ed Lee, research director, IoT and Intelligent Edge Security, IDC.
About Palo Alto Networks
Palo Alto Networks is the world's cybersecurity leader. We innovate to outpace cyberthreats, so organizations can embrace technology with confidence. We provide next-gen cybersecurity to thousands of customers globally, across all sectors. Our best-in-class cybersecurity platforms and services are backed by industry-leading threat intelligence and strengthened by state-of-the-art automation. Whether deploying our products to enable the Zero Trust Enterprise, responding to a security incident, or partnering to deliver better security outcomes through a world-class partner ecosystem, we're committed to helping ensure each day is safer than the one before. It's what makes us the cybersecurity partner of choice.
DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
1Password | November 07, 2022
1Password, a leader in human-centric security and privacy, today announced the acquisition of Passage, a developer-first passwordless authentication company. 1Password will use Passage's technology to launch a passwordless authentication platform for enterprises – enabling a safer, simpler, and more secure end-user experience across any platform or device.
"1Password is focused on empowering companies and consumers to have safer and simpler digital experiences. As the world evolves, that means helping companies and consumers navigate all the complexities on the path to a passwordless future," said Jeff Shiner, chief executive officer of 1Password. "With today's Passage acquisition, we are committing to giving businesses and end users what they want and deserve: the convenience of passwordless without compromising security."
Together, 1Password and Passage Identity will enable developers, businesses, and consumers to make progress toward a passwordless future by accelerating adoption of passkeys. Passkeys represent the opportunity to replace passwords in favor of more secure and seamless user experiences. With passkeys, the pain of forgotten passwords is a thing of the past, and users minimize exposure to phishing attacks. For businesses, passwordless authentication can improve top- and bottom-line revenue by eliminating forgotten customer passwords and reducing sign-up friction.
"Passwords are ubiquitous, but ever-changing requirements can make them a hassle to use, and that can harm the user experience and cause real ramifications for businesses. "1Password's market leadership and human-centric mission make them a natural fit to achieve our shared vision of a secure, user-friendly experience that enables businesses to deliver a frictionless and safe experience to users on any device – no QR codes required."
Cole Hecht, co-founder and chief executive officer of Passage
The entire Passage team, including co-founders Cole Hecht (CEO) and Anna Pobletts (CTO), will bring their technical expertise and exclusive focus on passkey authentication to 1Password. The Passage team will continue to focus on developing passkey-first authentication for consumer-facing businesses. This solution will be available in beta in early 2023.
The FIDO Alliance is an open industry association focused on improving authentication standards to minimize password use and improve online security. "Enterprises around the world are rapidly adopting FIDO-based solutions in order to accelerate the journey toward a safer, passwordless future," said Andrew Shikiar, executive director and CMO of the FIDO Alliance. "With the Passage acquisition, 1Password has bolstered their solution offering which stands to help more companies reduce reliance on passwords in favor of user-friendly and unphishable FIDO authentication."
1Password's human-centric security keeps people safe, at work and at home. Our solution is built from the ground up to enable anyone – no matter the level of technical proficiency – to navigate the digital world without fear or friction. The company's award-winning security platform is re-shaping the future of authentication, including passwordless. 1Password is trusted by over 100,000 businesses such as IBM, Slack, Snowflake, Shopify, and Under Armour and protects the most sensitive information of millions of individuals and families across the globe. The company's ultimate goal is to help consumers and businesses get more done in less time – with security and privacy as a given.