Whistic | May 23, 2022
Today, Whistic, the proactive vendor security network for both buyers and sellers, announced support for the Minimum Viable Secure Product (MVSP) framework, a security baseline developed by Google in a collaborative effort with Okta, Slack, and Salesforce.
Until the introduction of MVSP, there was no commonly accepted baseline available among security professionals that indicated the importance of security controls. With MVSP, vendors can demonstrate to their customers that they are meeting, at a minimum, the baseline of security as outlined by some of the industry’s top security professionals.
“We believe a vendor-neutral security baseline is an important step in establishing minimum acceptable security requirements for enterprise software and services. “By assuring enterprise solutions include the core security building blocks, we can work to reduce third-party risk, and promote security as a key part of the product development lifecycle.”
Chris John Riley, Senior Security Engineer at Google
Vendors that utilize Whistic to share security documentation via the MVSP help streamline and accelerate the security review process for their customers, helping them to rapidly understand the vendor’s security posture.
“Enabling companies to showcase their security posture using the MVSP and other industry frameworks is a key step toward ensuring transparent relationships between vendors and their customers,” stated Nick Sorensen, Whistic CEO. “In addition to announcing support of MVSP, we recently launched Whistic Basic Profile that enables any business regardless of size to proactively share their security posture with customers and publish it to the Whistic Vendor Security Network for free.”
Basic Profile allows vendors to self-assess against industry standard frameworks, including MVSP. It also includes a limited number of Profile shares, and the ability to publish to the Whistic Trust Catalog, enabling Whistic customers to conduct Zero-Touch Assessments of the vendor’s security posture.
“Okta has already added MVSP to our Whistic Profile and we look forward to seeing more and more of our vendors adopt this baseline in their Profiles,” said Gen Buckley, Director, Customer Assurance Customer Trust at Okta Security and founding committee member of MVSP. “We are always looking for ways to streamline our vendor security reviews and drive a more secure ecosystem, and MVSP helps accomplish that while also promoting transparency and collaboration between vendors and customers.”
Marat Vyshegorodtsev, Enterprise Security JAPAC representative at Salesforce adds, “Organizations of all sizes often purchase dozens of software products managed by third parties. The onboarding process alone can take weeks or months, especially when it comes to vetting the security posture for each. MVSP helps solve this—it standardizes this process and eliminates overhead, complexity, and confusion for both parties while ensuring the minimum-security requirements.”
Located in the heart of the Silicon Slopes in Utah, Whistic is the network for assessing, publishing, and sharing vendor security information. The Whistic Vendor Security Network accelerates the vendor assessment process by enabling businesses to access and evaluate a vendor’s Whistic Profile and create trusted connections that last well beyond the initial assessment. Make security your competitive advantage and join businesses like Airbnb, Okta, Betterment, and Atlassian who are leveraging Whistic to modernize their vendor security programs.
Involta | August 08, 2022
Involta, an award-winning data center, hybrid IT, and cloud-forward consulting firm, announces today a partnership with HacWare, an AI-driven cybersecurity awareness and training SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) product that combines threat intelligence with user behavior to help lean IT teams combat today's most advanced phishing attacks.
"Today, email phishing attacks remain the number one source of security breaches, causing over 90% of data breaches," states Tiffany Ricks, Founder and CEO of HacWare, Inc. "The average employee is vulnerable because they spend 1,500 hours a year using email, and many are unaware of email security best practices. Partnering with Involta gives us the opportunity to help businesses improve their email security awareness and build up their first line of defense against cyberattacks."
HacWare's internal risk assessment provides real-time threat intelligence to show internal vulnerabilities. HacWare learns from the intelligence to provide personalized phishing simulations and training. The phishing technology leverages behavioral psychology best practices to improve cyber posture, saving businesses up to 40% in labor costs.
"At Involta, we know the two most important things our customers can do to protect themselves from a phishing attack is awareness and education," comments Mark Cooley, Involta VP of Security and Compliance. "Making sure that your company's employees understand the prevalence and sophistication of these attacks is crucial. HacWare's security awareness technology combines open-source data and data science to show employees how to avoid scams while significantly saving on traditional security training and awareness labor costs. The automated, easy-to-use platform is the perfect addition to our robust security solution suite."
Ricks' motivation comes from an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to help people. She has led HacWare, Inc. to be widely recognized by leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dark Reading, TechCrunch, Forbes and Women's Business Council.
"We are thrilled to partner with Tiffany and her team at HacWare to bring her expertise and innovative solutions to our customers and prospects. "Not only is her product both superior and necessary in today's security landscape, but she is also a true role model for our industry's next generation of female leaders. As more women continue to enter into the world of security and digital infrastructure, it's critical to align with them and help bolster their positions while working alongside them to close the gender gap."
Jim Buie, Involta President and CEO
Involta's commitment to supporting women in tech and empowering girls to explore STEM fields includes a partnership with Girls, Inc. of Pinellas County, Florida, where they recently introduced digital infrastructure as a potential career path.
Involta is an award-winning hybrid IT and cloud-forward consulting firm orchestrating digital transformation for the nation's leading enterprises. Involta's ongoing mission is rooted in partnership. Its personalized approach identifies customers' requirements while earning their trust to ultimately deliver Superior Infrastructure and Services, Operational Excellence and People Who Deliver, keeping with the Involta brand promise.
Talon Cyber Security | June 30, 2022
Talon Cyber Security, provider of the first secure enterprise browser, today announced it has been selected as a partner for Microsoft for Startups, a global program dedicated to accelerating the trajectory of high-potential startups. As a program member, Talon will receive access to Microsoft technology, mentorship and business support.
“Talon is proud to be working with an established leader like Microsoft as we continue to aggressively scale to meet the demand for our secure enterprise browser. “Our goal is to make security for the future of work simple by enabling secure access for managed and unmanaged devices, and the feedback we have received from the world’s largest brands has been amazing. As we continue to gain traction, it is incredible to have the support of a true industry giant like Microsoft.”
Ofer Ben-Noon, co-founder and CEO, Talon Cyber Security
The traditional approach of enabling secure access to modern applications is complex, expensive and puts organizations at risk. The TalonWork browser acts as the first line of defense and control point for enterprise security, while drastically reducing complexity and cost.
Talon brings enterprise-grade security to the browser, delivering native features like authentication, data loss prevention, zero trust controls and more. Customers leverage TalonWork to gain visibility into and secure SaaS applications, web activity, managed devices and unmanaged devices. Built on Chromium, TalonWork consistently delivers the high-quality user experiences required to secure the future of work.
“Talon’s mission to help its customers simplify security programs for distributed workforces is a great fit for the program,” said Jeff Ma, Vice President, Microsoft for Startups, Microsoft. “We look forward to helping Talon deliver their innovative solution to our joint customers.”
Talon leverages Microsoft’s infrastructure to facilitate seamless, real-time collaboration among its global team that enables it to deliver exceptional service to its customers. The company’s unique approach to security has led to significant corporate momentum. Talon won the Innovation Sandbox Contest at RSA Conference 2022, a prestigious competition where 10 industry leaders battle for the title of “Most Innovative Startup” each year.
About Talon Cyber Security
Talon Cyber Security is modernizing security programs and improving user experiences for hybrid work by delivering the first secure enterprise browser. Built on Chromium, the TalonWork browser provides customers with the consistent user experiences, deep security visibility, and control over SaaS and web applications needed to simplify security for the future of work. Talon was named the Most Innovative Startup of 2022 at the prestigious RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest.
Bluum | June 14, 2022
Bluum, North America's leading education technology solutions provider, recently announced the launch of a comprehensive cybersecurity offering to schools. Cybersecurity needs and solutions for schools have evolved in recent years – even beyond those brought about by hybrid and remote learning – so Bluum responded with security solutions for people, processes and technology.
According to the SecurityScorecard 2018 report, education ranks last out of 17 industries in terms of cybersecurity, demonstrating that a legacy solution that only includes a first-generation firewall and antivirus software has long been rendered obsolete. Since 2016, there have been more than 1,300 publicly disclosed attacks in the U.S., which averages out to more than one K-12 cyber incident per school day. More than three million students have been affected by cybersecurity breakdowns since February 2018, with education institutions spending an average of $2.73 million to address the impact of a ransomware attack.
"With limited budgets, highly skilled IT personnel and time, K-12 organizations are hard-pressed to create a solid cybersecurity plan. "Cybersecurity is an incredibly technical and extensive area in IT that is rapidly evolving and needs to stay ahead of ever-evolving attack methods. Historically, school IT budget constraints have resulted in ineffective and outdated systems, so Bluum has developed comprehensive countermeasures to fill that void."
Bluum Vice President of Product Strategy and Growth Andre Vashilko
Whether cybersecurity incidents are caused externally or self-inflicted, Bluum can assist in preventative measures before, during and after the incidents and attacks. To get started, Bluum has debuted easy-to-use services to help schools assess their cybersecurity needs and identify immediate and future solutions.
Vulnerability scans and penetration testing will detect critical areas of concern and exposure in the infrastructure, while a complementary customer survey will provide further insights into a school's specific needs.
Bluum empowers educators with technology solutions that improve learning and make it more accessible, assisting more than 27 million students grow and flourish.