DATA SECURITY

SYNNEX Corporation Adds Proofpoint to its Security and Networking Portfolio

SYNNEX | July 22, 2021

A leading provider of distribution, systems design, and integration services for the technology industry, SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX) has announced its expansion of networking and security portfolio with a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, Proofpoint products and services.

Through SYNNEX, resellers can have access to the whole Proofpoint line. They can leverage their combined suite of cloud-based solutions, assisting companies globally to safeguard their data, stop targeted threats,  and make their users stronger against cyber attacks and threats. This agreement boosts compliance solutions and SYNNEX's cybersecurity and guarding people on all channels, including web,email, social media cloud, and mobile messaging.

Through SYNNEX, many inclusive pre-sales support offerings will be accessible such as bill of materials design, assistance with opportunity qualification, access to complementary training, and proof of concept demonstrations. In addition, the dedicated team in SYNNEX Proofpoint can assist with product management and specialization, marketing, business development, and overall business management. With renewal automation, SYNNEX also offers rewarding financial assistance and incentives. This support is aimed to help clients upsurge their operational efficiencies and successfully grow their dealings in businesses.

About SYNNEX Corporation

Founded in 1980, SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX) is a Fortune 200 corporation. It is also a leading provider of systems design and integration services and a comprehensive range of distribution for the technology industry to many enterprises. It operates in several countries throughout South and North America, Asia-Pacific, and Europe

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Qualys Introduces TotalCloud with FlexScan Delivering Cloud-Native VMDR

Qualys | November 02, 2022

Qualys, Inc., a pioneer and leading provider of disruptive cloud-based IT, security and compliance solutions, is announcing TotalCloud with FlexScan delivering cloud-native VMDR with Six Sigma Accuracy via agent and agent-less scanning for comprehensive coverage of cloud-native posture management and workload security across multi-cloud and hybrid environments. As business applications and on-premises infrastructure migrate to the cloud, security teams struggle with managing cyber risk across cloud workloads, services, resources, users, and applications. Additionally, teams must deal with a plethora of industry acronym-driven point solutions that provide a fragmented view of risk without context. This approach increases security costs and complexity while leaving cloud applications vulnerable to attacks. "Qualys is enhancing its widely used platform to deliver visibility, context, speed, automation, and orchestration in a comprehensive solution to help organizations scale their security and compliance programs for modern software development. "Qualys TotalCloud incorporates security into development workflows, enabling them to release secure, reliable code while giving security teams the control and visibility they need to manage risk by reducing their attack exposure and rapidly responding to threats." Melinda Marks, senior analyst at ESG "As a finance organization, we need a continuous view of the security and compliance posture across our cloud applications, with clear insights into risk," said Prabhuram Rajarathinam, CISO at Cholamandalam Investment and Finance Company. "Qualys TotalCloud with FlexScan will enable our cloud security and DevOps teams to use the multiple assessments to further strengthen the security of our cloud applications." With more than 31 million workloads already secured by Qualys, Qualys TotalCloud extends the industry-leading accuracy of VMDR with cloud-native FlexScan assessments to unify Cloud Posture Management and Cloud Workload Security in a single view with risk insights. TotalCloud automates inventory, assessment, prioritization and risk remediation via an easy-to-use drag-and-drop workflow engine for continuous and zero-touch security from code to production cloud applications. Qualys FlexScan Qualys TotalCloud introduces FlexScan a comprehensive cloud-native assessment solution that allows organizations to combine multiple cloud scanning options for the most accurate security assessment of their cloud environment. Security teams will have multiple hybrid assessment capabilities to secure the entire cloud attack surface including: Zero-touch, agent-less, cloud service provider API-based scanning for fast analysis. Virtual appliance-based scanning to assess unknown workloads over the network for open ports and remotely exploitable vulnerability detection. Snapshot assessment that mounts the workload snapshot for periodic offline scanning including vulnerabilities and OSS scanning. Qualys Cloud Agents in the workload for comprehensive, real-time vulnerability, configuration and security assessment. Qualys TotalCloud provides security teams with: Immediate multi-cloud posture insights - The unified cloud posture dashboard provides inventory, security and compliance posture insights across multi-cloud environments in minutes. Teams can easily identify and prioritize the misconfigurations that cause the highest risk with additional context on workload vulnerability and security posture. Unified security view to prioritize cloud risk with TruRisk - A single view of cloud security insights across cloud workloads, services and resources is provided via the console. Additionally, Qualys TruRisk quantifies security risk by workload criticality and vulnerability detections and correlates it with ransomware, malware and exploitation threat intelligence to prioritize, trace and reduce risk. Fast remediation with no code, drag-and-drop workflows - The integration of QFlow technology into TotalCloud saves security and DevOps teams valuable time and resources. Automation and no-code, drag-and-drop workflows help simplify the time-consuming operational tasks of assessing vulnerabilities on ephemeral cloud assets, alerting on high-profile threats, remediating misconfigurations, and quarantining high-risk assets. Shift-left security to catch issues early– TotalCloud provides shift-left security integrated into developers existing CI/CD tools to continuously assess cloud workloads, containers and Infrastructure as Code (IaC) artifacts. This allows for the rapid identification of security exposures and remediation steps during the development, build and pre-deployment stages while providing support for the major cloud providers including AWS, Azure and Google Cloud. "Cloud security is getting very fragmented with too many point solutions, which brings more complexity," said Sumedh Thakar, president and CEO of Qualys. "Our customers want seamless, comprehensive insight into cyber risk across their multi-cloud and non-cloud assets. With our innovative TotalCloud offering, we bring flexible, high-quality cloud-native risk assessment to our customer base as they look to expand into the cloud with Qualys." About Qualys Qualys, Inc. is a pioneer and leading provider of disruptive cloud-based security, compliance and IT solutions with more than 10,000 subscription customers worldwide, including a majority of the Forbes Global 100 and Fortune 100. 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BeyondTrust Releases Cybersecurity Predictions for 2023 and Beyond

BeyondTrust | November 04, 2022

BeyondTrust, the leader in intelligent identity and access security today released its annual forecast of cybersecurity trends emerging for the New Year and beyond. These projections, authored by BeyondTrust experts Morey J. Haber, Chief Security Officer and Brian Chappell, Chief Security Strategist, EMEA/APAC, are based on shifts in technology, threat actor habits, culture, and decades of combined experience. Prediction #1: Negative, Zero, and Positive Trust -- Next year, expect products to actually be “zero trust-ready", satisfy all seven tenants of the NIST 800-207 model, and support an architecture referenced by NIST 1800-35b. Zero trust product vendors will create marketing messages that may imply positive and/or negative intent (maybe not using such simple puns on the number zero). Some will provide positive zero trust authentication and behavioral monitoring, while others will work using a closed security model to demonstrate what should happen when a negative zero trust event occurs. Prediction #2: Camera-Based Malware is here. Say “Cheese”! -- In 2023, expect to see the first of many exploits that challenge smart cameras and the technology embedded within to leverage vulnerabilities. While there have been timeless discussions on the risks of using QR codes, we’re only now beginning to understand the risks from our smart cameras. As cameras become more complex, the risk surface is expanding for novel approaches that could lead to their exploitation. Prediction #3: Reputation for Ransom—The rise of Ransom-Vaporware – We will see a rise in the extortion of monies based purely on the threat of publicizing a fictional breach. Society so willingly accepts the veracity of breaches reported in the news—and without evidence. For a threat actor, this could mean the need to perpetrate an actual breach is reduced and a threat alone, that is not even verifiable, becomes an attack vector all in itself. Prediction #4: The Foundation of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) Invincibility Fails -- Expect a new round of attack vectors that target and successfully bypass multifactor authentication strategies. In the next year, push notifications, and other techniques for MFA will be exploited, just like SMS. Organizations should expect to see the foundation of MFA eroded by exploit techniques that compromise MFA integrity and require a push to MFA solutions that use biometrics or FIDO2-compliant technologies. Prediction #5: Cyber Un-insurability is the New Normal -- In 2023, more businesses will face the stark realization that they are not cyber-insurable. As of the second quarter of 2022, U.S. cyber-insurance prices already increased 79% over the prior year. The truth is, it’s becoming downright difficult to obtain quality cyber insurance at a reasonable rate. Prediction #6: The Latest Concert Hack: Wearable Risk Surfaces and Hackable E-Waste -- If you have recently attended a large concert, you may have received a disposable LED bracelet that can receive RF transmissions during the event. The device is meant to be low cost, disposable, and have potentially only single use. In 2023, expect threat actors to easily decode the RF transmissions using tools like Flipper Zero to wreak havoc on venues that use these enhancements. Some, may be to form a protest for some other purpose. Prediction #7: Compliance Conflicts are Brewing -- Significant compliance standards, best practices, and even security frameworks, are starting to see a diverging in requirements. In 2023, expect more regulatory compliance conflicts, especially for organizations embracing modern technology, zero trust, and digital transformation initiatives. Prediction #8: The Death of the Personal Password -- The growth of non-password-based primary authentication will finally spell the end of the personal password. More applications, not just the operating system itself, will start using advanced non-password technologies, such as biometrics, either to authenticate directly or leverage biometric technology, like Microsoft Hello or Apple FaceID or TouchID, to authorize access. Prediction #9: De-Funding of Cyber Terrorists Becomes Law -- Governments all over the world will entertain a new approach to protect organizations from ransomware and stop the funding of terrorists: ban ransomware payouts outright. Granted, threat actors may move on to a new form of cyber crime to fund their operations, but ransomware as we know it will fade away. Prediction #10: Cloud Camouflage is Confronted -- To mitigate cloud security risks, expect a push for transparency and visibility into the security operations of SaaS solutions, cloud providers and their services. The push to ensure transparency of the architecture, foundational components, and even discovered vulnerabilities, will extend beyond SOC and ISO certifications. Prediction #11: Social Engineering in the Cloud -- Attackers will turn from their software toolkits to their powers of persuasion as they increase the number of social engineering attacks leveled at employers and organizations across the cloud. Prediction #12: Unfederated Identities to Infinity and Beyond -- Expect a push into unfederated identities to help provide a new level of services and potentially physical products that will become a mild access control and management nightmare. The size and scope will feel truly infinite—unless it is well-defined for identity management teams to provide access beyond what typically is available today. Prediction #13: OT Gets Smarter, Converges with IT -- Expect attack vectors for basic Operational Technology (OT) to expand based on similar exploits that target IT. OT which once had a single function and purpose is now becoming smarter, leveraging commercial operating systems and applications to perform expanded missions. As these devices expand in scope, their design is susceptible to vulnerabilities and exploitation. Predictions #14: Headline Breaches Move to Second-Page News -- Expect news of breaches to be buried deeper—whether in print or online format based on audience fatigue, lack of interest, or just because it is no longer exciting. With that said, legal, regulatory, and compliance responses will become front-page news should an organization fail to follow the proper steps for public disclosure and risk mitigation. Prediction #15: A Record-“Breaching” Year -- Expect a record-breaking year of cyber security breach notifications, not only because of the sophistication of threat actors, but also due to the larger changes in the world that will impact an organization's ability to mitigate, remediate, or prevent a problem. About BeyondTrust BeyondTrust is the worldwide leader in intelligent identity and access security, empowering organizations to protect identities, stop threats, and deliver dynamic access to empower and secure a work-from-anywhere world. Our integrated products and platform offer the industry's most advanced privileged access management (PAM) solution, enabling organizations to quickly shrink their attack surface across traditional, cloud and hybrid environments. BeyondTrust protects all privileged identities, access, and endpoints across your IT environment from security threats, while creating a superior user experience and operational efficiencies. 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Zapata Computing Earns Two New Patents for Post-Quantum Cybersecurity Threat Intelligence

Zapata Computing | December 06, 2022

Zapata Computing, the leading enterprise quantum software company, today announced that the company has earned two new patents for post-quantum cybersecurity techniques. The new patents are for its Variational Quantum Factoring (VQF) and Quantum-Assisted Defense Against Adversarial AI (QDAI) algorithms. With the addition of these patents, Zapata now owns one of the world’s largest quantum computing software patent portfolios. The company’s growing portfolio includes a diverse range of proprietary quantum algorithms, machine learning, optimization and hardware methods. VQF and QDAI In the Age of Post-Quantum Cybersecurity Threat Intelligence As the narrative regarding post-quantum cybersecurity continues to gain momentum across the security, intelligence and technology landscapes, VQF and QDAI underpin Zapata’s post-quantum cybersecurity threat intelligence solutions for its customers. VQF is a heuristic algorithm for cryptanalysis that can run on near-term quantum devices, quantum-inspired data structures, and other special purpose classical hardware. The hybrid quantum-classical algorithm was developed by Zapata’s technical experts and is a technique that demonstrates that an adversary can already start attempting to compromise existing encryption schemes using heuristic algorithms. A heuristic algorithm is designed to solve a problem faster than traditional methods by sacrificing accuracy or completeness for speed. This means that VQF is effective at identifying specific instances of the encryption vulnerability – helping enterprises shore up defenses in advance of an attack. “VQF introduces a new category of decryption possibilities that could arrive a lot sooner than the market expects. “We don’t need to wait for a fully fault-tolerant computer that can run Shor’s algorithm to see the threat. It’s not a sudden ‘one-day’ jump. VQF demonstrates that an adversary can try to compromise existing encryption schemes using heuristic algorithms that don’t have a mathematically provable guarantee they will compromise all instances. Using Shor’s algorithm, factoring a 2048-bit RSA number requires a quantum computer with millions of physical qubits running for hours. We estimate that VQF can factor a 2048-bit RSA number with approximately several thousand NISQ qubits in around the same amount of time.” Yudong Cao, CTO and co-founder of Zapata Computing QDAI is the first hybrid quantum-classical algorithm for defense against adversarial attacks. Machine learning (ML) classification models are prone to adversarial attacks. These attacks add a very small -- but carefully chosen -- variance to data that confuses the classifier, rendering results to be incorrect. Quantum computers provide a new method of attack against ML models that possess a uniquely quantum noise meant to confuse the model. QDAI trains ML models to be immune to these types of adversarial AI attacks. “Quantum computers have a high potential to exploit potential vulnerabilities of neural networks,” added Cao. “As threats accumulate and adversarial AI models get stronger, we must leverage the power of quantum and classical resources to successfully defend against these attacks. That’s exactly the reason we developed QDAI. As quantum computers grow, we may be able to switch to a fully quantum classifier, but in the meantime, there is potential for significant gains with the quantum-classical hybrid approach like QDAI.” “Zapata is consistently pushing the innovation envelope, developing new proprietary methods and technology that can benefit our customers and the ecosystem,” said Christopher Savoie, CEO of Zapata Computing. “These patents represent a growing focus and concern regarding the threat that quantum computers present to national security and global enterprises. We developed VQF and QDAI as proactive threat intelligence techniques in order to develop countermeasures so our enterprise and government customers can assess their systems and make them more robust against an attack. We anticipate that more vulnerabilities will emerge as quantum and AI technology mature, and we’ll continue to research and identify new threats down the road to try to stay a step ahead.” About Zapata Computing Zapata Computing, Inc. is a leading enterprise quantum software company. The Company’s Orquestra® platform supports the research, development, and deployment of quantum-ready applications® for enterprises’ most computationally complex problems. Zapata has pioneered new methods in ML, optimization, and simulation to maximize value from near-term quantum devices, and works closely with ecosystem hardware providers such as Amazon, D-Wave, Google, NVIDIA, Quantinuum, IBM, IonQ and Rigetti. Zapata was founded in 2017 and is headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts.

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