Accenture to buy Symantec's Cyber Security Services business

Technology Decision | January 13, 2020

Accenture’s security arm is set to get a boost with the anticipated acquisition of Symantec’s Cyber Security Services business.The professional services firm has agreed to buy Symantec’s Cyber Security Services business from Broadcom in a bid to enhance its ability to help companies prepare for, detect and respond to cyber threats, Accenture said. Symantec’s portfolio of cybersecurity services includes global threat monitoring and analysis through a network of security operation centres across the US, UK, India, Australia, Singapore and Japan, as well as real-time adversary and industry-specific threat intelligence and incident response services, Accenture explained.

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Legit Security Discovers and Helps Remediate Software Supply Chain Vulnerabilities in Google Firebase & Apache Open-Source Projects

Legit Security | September 16, 2022

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Cybersecurity platform CrowdSec announces new Enterprise features

CrowdSec | July 13, 2022

CrowdSec, the French security startup enhancing the open-source and collaborative cyber security solution landscape, has today announced that its IP reputation tool has expanded its features in a paid version for enterprises. While CrowdSec's Community product remains available for individual users for free, the new Professional and Enterprise features will allow organizations to maximize scarce IT resources by crowdsourcing a higher volume of cyber threat intelligence (CTI). At a time where cyber attacks are on the rise and bad actors leverage vulnerabilities stemming from scarce IT budgets and talent pools, it is important that enterprises equip themselves with the right resources to increase their capacity. That is why CrowdSec, through crowd-power, compiles a collaborative IP reputation database from its tens of thousands of users in 160+ countries. With over 3.5 million malicious IPs reported and curated to date, CrowdSec makes cyber defense a collaborative effort and increases the capacity of individual defenders to protect themselves from the global network of bad actors. From $99 per month for the Professional tier (with custom pricing for the tailored Enterprise offering), users will benefit from: Data retention of 30 days compared to seven days in the free version Multi-user set up for organizations A brand new filter feature 500 IP intelligence requests per day The ability to subscribe to topic specific and verticalized IP blocklists (ecommerce, blockchain, TOR, VPN points, etc). Dedicated support service Filter internet background noise "Shifting to a collaborative approach is critical for enterprises to increase their capacity in light of skill shortages and scarce resources. Equipping enterprises of all sizes with crowd-sourced threat intelligence levels the playing field between small and large organizations and strengthens the resilience of the defense community as a whole. "Collaborative tools like CrowdSec are more important now than ever, which is why we've launched these enhanced offerings to strengthen what enterprises can do." CrowdSec founder and CEO Philippe Humeau About CrowdSec Based in Paris and founded in 2019, CrowdSec is an open-source & collaborative IPS generating crowd-sourced CTI. CrowdSec takes a collaborative approach to cybersecurity by analyzing behaviors, responding to attacks, and sharing signals across the community.

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Safe Security Introduces Free Assessments to Provide Trusted Financial Risk Calculations for Cyber Attacks and Cyber Insurance Discussions

Safe Security | August 17, 2022

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Corelight Selects Normalyze As Its Primary Cloud and Data Security Platform

Normalyze | August 24, 2022

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