ConnectWise launches first global cyber security framework for MSPs

ConnectWise | June 24, 2020

ConnectWise has announced the launch of the first global cyber security framework for managed service providers (MSPs), in an attempt to educate the market and make it easier for MSPs to deliver security solutions. Announced at ConnectWise’s virtual IT Nation Explore event today (24 June), the framework brings together existing security guidance produced by some of the world’s foremost security standards organisations, including the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre and the US’s National Institute of Standards and Technology. It incorporates NCSC’s Cyber Essentials programme and NIST’s Cyber Security Framework. Alongside the framework, ConnectWise is launching two new security products: ConnectWise Fortify for SaaS Security, a detection and response solution that monitors Microsoft accounts for unusual user behaviour, and ConnectWise Fortify for Assessment, a tool helping MSPs sell solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.

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The threat to the legal sector In the aftermath of headline-grabbing cyber attacks, managing partners in law firms around the world have been posing the same question to their firm’s IT leaders: “Could this happen to us?” “Yes” is likely the honest answer. As the legal industry has become increasingly digitised, it becomes even more susceptible to the threat of a debilitating data breach. Law practices are a potential goldmine for cyber criminals, with confidential client records offering rich pickings. The kind of information that circulates daily in firms – banking records, company accounting reports, address details, and insurance records – can be extremely valuable to cyber criminals. Identity theft, IP theft and bank fraud, just some of the hacker’s potential gains.


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Bearer Launches Data-First Security Solution

Bearer | November 15, 2022

Bearer, the data-first security software company, today announced the general availability of the Bearer Data Security Platform. Based on extensive interviews with more than 130 enterprise CISOs at high-growth and global 2,000 companies, Bearer is in beta use across multiple industries with one customer protecting the private data of more than 75 million medical patients. “At Bearer, we strongly believe the best approach for a data-first security approach is to start at the beginning of the journey, following the shift-left security trend. “Data-first security should start in the code. And to be truly effective, it should never impede developers and never allow access to private data itself while still providing ownership context and protecting against vulnerabilities created in the business logic of an application or service.” said Guillaume Montard, CEO and co-founder of Bearer Why Bearer Data Security Platform Now Data security is becoming a top priority for businesses, with customers and governments demanding better data protection driven by the demands of GDPR, CCPA, PDPA and more. Bearer’s detection engine protects PD, PHI, PII and financial data. Cloud native organizations have more complex and fragmented architectures than ever before, making properly-implemented data security risk controls impossible without a proper solution. More than two-thirds of the enterprise 2,000 are focusing on cloud-native applications. DevSecOps is gaining huge traction. 57% of security teams have shifted security left already or are planning to this year, making them ready to use a solution such as Bearer. Bearer has been tested on more than 20,000 open source software projects as well as more than 6,000 data repositories at beta users, partners and early customers. The Bearer Data Security Platform Bearer is a SaaS platform that enables scalable deployments and workflow automation for security management. It discovers sensitive data flows automatically by continuously scanning source code and associated metadata. By monitoring data security risks proactively, it can automatically detect gaps within data security policies during coding and in production. Finally, it can remediate data security issues at a massive scale, giving developers immediate actionable advice on how to mitigate as well as prioritize an issue. Bearer accomplishes these results through three major innovations: Identification of data security risks – Including business logic flaws: Bearer pinpoints data security technical and business logic flaws in code before it’s too late and costly to correct. It then provides actionable context and ownership information to fix issues quickly – in minutes. Before Bearer, pinpointing business logic flaws could only be achieved manually – often left ignored. Frictionless deployment: Bearer is a data security SaaS solution that fits into the development cycles of Global 2000 enterprises without requiring any changes to how software engineering teams work. Additionally, Bearer does not require access to the underlying source code nor the sensitive data itself. Extreme automation: Designed by developers for developers in a world of constant code iterations, Bearer automates the burden of data security compliance for software engineers so they don’t have to become experts on data security regulations across different global markets. Security and compliance teams love how Bearer prioritizes the most critical issues in remediation workflow to allow for speedy resolution between security and development. About Bearer Bearer, the data-first security software company, pioneered a solution for developers to automatically detect sensitive data flow and data security risks while coding. Its policy engine proactively monitors data security policies before releasing code and its unique remediation workflow prioritizes the most critical issues – including business logic flaws – for quick resolution between security and engineering teams. Venture-backed with more than $8 million in seed financing, Bearer is used in markets where privacy protection and data security are business-critical, including eCommerce, financial services, and healthcare.

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Balbix Announces Cybersecurity Posture Automation Support for Google Cloud Platform

Balbix | November 17, 2022

Balbix, provider of the world's leading platform for cybersecurity posture automation, announced today the general availability of support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Security teams can now use Balbix to easily quantify, prioritize and mitigate risks in their Google Cloud environments. With this announcement, Balbix has also extended its Cyber Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM) solution to support multi-cloud environments that span both GCP and Amazon Web Services. The rapid move to the cloud has made IT environments more complex to manage and secure. As a result, security teams struggle to get a consolidated view of risk. Yet, 63 percent of organizations say they look at security posture in the cloud separately from on-premises, according to Cybersecurity Insiders' 2002 State of Security Posture Report. "Our customers' environments can include over 1 million assets, spread across multiple clouds and their own facilities. Managing an attack surface this large is no longer a human-scale problem. "With Balbix's new support for GCP, our customers can use automation to manage cybersecurity posture across more of their environment." Gaurav Banga, Founder and CEO of Balbix Cyber Security Posture Automation for Google Cloud Platform Balbix now provides support for popular Google Cloud services, including Compute Engine, Cloud Storage, Cloud SQL, Google Kubernetes Engine (GKE) Cluster & Deployments, Cloud Functions, Cloud Key Management Service (KMS), Pub/Sub and Secret Manager. As a result, Balbix customers with Google Cloud environments can use automation and advanced analytics to: Get comprehensive, near real-time visibility of their Google Cloud assets. Combine data from Google Cloud with their other IT and security tools to gain security and business context for their assets. Discover misconfigurations – the most exploited attack vector for the cloud – as well as unpatched software vulnerabilities, weak credentials and trust issues. Measure risk in terms of breach likelihood and business impact in order to prioritize remediation. Calculate and report on cyber risk quantified in dollars (or other currencies) instead of risk scores Cyber Asset Attack Surface Management for Multi-Cloud Environments The addition of support for GCP extends Balbix's CAASM solution to multi-cloud environments. Security practitioners no longer need to use multiple tools or combine data manually from these tools in a custom spreadsheet to understand their security posture. They can see the relationships between assets, applications and users no matter where the assets are in the cloud or on-premises. They can also identify any gaps in coverage for security controls. Balbix provides more than just visibility. Unlike other vendors, Balbix combines CAASM with Risk-Based Vulnerability Management (RBVM) and Cyber Risk Qualification (CRQ) solutions so security teams are able to immediately take action to reduce their cyber risk. They can continuously identify, prioritize and mitigate security issues as they emerge, while quantifying and tracking residual cyber risk in dollars. Daily cybersecurity decisions – operational as well as executive – can be made using a unified and up-to-date view of cyber risk. "By adding support for Google Cloud, Balbix has broadened its risk model to be inclusive of multiple public cloud platforms and allowed organizations to better measure their overall cyber risk," said Ed Amoroso, Founder and CEO of research and advisory firm TAG Cyber. "Customers can leverage this unified risk model to quantify cyber risk by business unit, geography, site, asset type or business owner – and quickly remediate those risks." The API-based Balbix Connector for Google Cloud Platform collects asset inventory and misconfiguration data and is available now. Visibility into other types of vulnerabilities is provided by optional Balbix sensors. These sensors also catalog the software bill of materials (SBOM) of applications running in GCP. Data collected by Balbix connectors and sensors is automatically deduplicated, correlated and inferenced to provide security teams with an accurate and unified view of risk. About Balbix Balbix enables businesses to reduce cyber risk by identifying and mitigating their riskiest cybersecurity issues faster. Our SaaS platform, the Balbix Security Cloud™, ingests data from businesses' security and IT tools so they can understand every aspect of their cybersecurity posture, build a unified cyber risk model and obtain actionable insights for risk reduction. With Balbix, businesses can automate inventory of their cloud and on-premise assets, conduct continuous risk-based vulnerability management and quantify cyber risk in dollars. Executives and operational teams can make cybersecurity decisions based on data not opinions.

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GreyNoise Intelligence Partner Network Launches in the Cybersecurity Arena

GreyNoise Intelligence | November 07, 2022

GreyNoise Intelligence, the cybersecurity company analyzing internet scanning traffic to separate threats from background noise, today announced the official launch of a mulit-faceted partner program to help customers defend against mass exploitation attacks. As an ecosystem for cybersecurity solution providers, the program offers an array of opportunities for technical alliances, channel resale and OEM partners. "Mass exploitation attacks like Log4j have become the attack vector of choice for cyber criminals and state actors. "Security teams are struggling to defend themselves against these kinds of attacks with tools and threat intelligence designed for last year's threats. By building partnerships with other leading cyber solution providers, we can help customers implement new security strategies to end mass exploitation attacks." Andrew Morris, Founder and CEO of GreyNoise Mass exploitation attacks leverage internet-wide scanning technologies to find and exploit vulnerable computer systems around the world in minutes. When a new internet-exploitable vulnerability like Log4j is announced, these attacks can start in a matter of hours, before security teams have a chance to put their defenses in place. The GreyNoise Intelligence Partner Network enables other cybersecurity solution providers to expand their reach, increase revenues and deepen customer relationships. The network has three primary components: 1) GreyNoise Technical Alliance Program. GreyNoise provides contextual data on noisy IP addresses that scan the Internet. Technical Alliance partners collaborate with GreyNoise to ensure that mutual customers can seamlessly leverage inter scanner intelligence in their existing workflows, tools and processes. Customers use this data to reduce their alert volumes by 25% and minimize alert fatigue. GreyNoise also sharpens threat detection fidelity for mutual customers by providing valuable context on known malicious internet-wide scanners, speeding up the triage process. With GreyNoise data, technical partners have real time visibility into mass exploitation IPs targeting specific vulnerability, which provides critical actionable data during an active emergent attack. “Whenever a vulnerability is disclosed the dinner bell sounds for good and bad actors alike, meaning organizations are already on their back foot,” explains Robert Huber, chief security officer and head of research, Tenable. “We know threat actors are monitoring disclosure programs in the same way we are, looking for newly announced vulnerabilities, studying all available information such as proof of concepts, but they’re looking to utilize the flaw. OUr partnership with GreyNoise gives our customers the tools to address these weaknesses when they’re publicly announced. In doing so, we reduce that intelligence gap and hand the advantage back to the good guys.” 2) GreyNoise OEM Partnership Program. GreyNoise provides an integrated out-of-the-box threat intelligence solution for security vendors, ISPs and technology firms to embed in their product and service offerings. Unlike other threat intelligence vendors, GreyNoise is solely focused on providing high fidelity data on IPs that are actively mass scanning, crawling and attacking the internet. Integrating GreyNoise data directly into the platform of OEM partners enables customers to intelligently rule out internet background noise, and helps them to prioritize emerging threats and targeted activity more effectively. “Modern security teams need a fast, flexible and scalable platform for threat detection capable of analyzing terabytes of data per day, with built-in threat intelligence to rule out activity from trusted sources, and immediately flag activity from known bad actors,” said Jack Naglieri, CEO and founder, Panther Labs. “With Panther and GreyNoise, security teams can cut through background noise, improve alert fidelity, speed up analyst workflows and ensure prioritization of the most critical alerts. By making detection and response faster and more accurate, security teams can better protect their organizations from disruptive cyberattacks.” 3) GreyNoise Channel Resale Program. GreyNoise is committed to developing partnerships with highly focused, security-dedicated channel partners to deliver the best results to mutual customers. Value-added resellers and distributors offer GreyNoise protection and intelligence solutions to meet the IT security needs of their enterprise customers. In addition to providing a unique data and automation security solution that is relevant to Incident Response, SOC and Threat Intel teams, GreyNoise has a transparent, simple and profitable, channel sales program with a generous deal registration and rebate structure. GreyNoise sales teams provide materials for channel partners to explain the value GreyNoise offers in improving analyst efficiency, leveraging customer investment in existing technologies, and reducing the overall risk landscape. About GreyNoise Intelligence GreyNoise is THE source for understanding internet noise. We collect, analyze and label data on IPs that saturate security tools with noise. This unique perspective helps analysts waste less time on irrelevant or harmless activity, and spend more time focused on targeted and emerging threats. GreyNoise is trusted by Global 2000 enterprises, government organizations, top security vendors and tens of thousands of threat researchers.

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Safe Security Launches First Cybersecurity MGA to Underwrite Cyber Insurance Based on Continuous “Inside-Out” Cyber Risk Telemetry

Safe Security | December 19, 2022

Safe Security Inc., global leader in cyber risk quantification and management (CRQM), today launched SafeInside Insurance, the first cybersecurity Managing General Agent (MGA) leveraging API-based cyber risk telemetry and quantified insights to underwrite cyber insurance. Backed by an AM Best “A-rated” carrier and panel of prominent, global reinsurance partners, SafeInside is introducing dynamic insurance policies for companies hosted in one or a combination of the leading public cloud service providers and leading SaaS solutions. For example, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Microsoft Office 365, Google Cloud Platform and Google Workspace, Salesforce, and Zoom. “Safe Security is thrilled to become the world’s first MGA for cyber insurance using actual cyber telemetry for underwriting. Our vision is to establish a new, de-facto industry standard for how cyber insurance is underwritten, and to provide more transparency between the investment in cybersecurity and cyber insurance. “We are paving the way for a sustainable, profitable cyber insurance ecosystem based on trust and certainty for all stakeholders. Safe Security looks forward to helping insurance buyers get the right cyber insurance policy at the right price for their organization’s specific requirements, as well as assisting brokers and underwriters make more informed decisions and dynamically adjust their portfolios.” Saket Modi, co-founder and CEO, Safe Security The underwriting process through SafeInside takes less than 20 minutes to assess an organization. All insureds also receive access to the SAFE CRQM platform, winner of the 2022 CISO Choice Award for Risk Management, which simultaneously accumulates signals using APIs from existing cybersecurity products, external threat intelligence, and business context to provide unprecedented visibility into possible areas of cyber exposure, and the exact financial risk associated with those cyber exposures. With an objective of improving underwriting standards across the industry, Safe Security will also provide access to its cyber risk quantification platform to other carriers and reinsurers. Safe Security recently announced a partnership with Mosaic Insurance to offer real-time cyber risk evaluation. “Safe Security’s inside-out approach is differentiated from existing market offerings by focusing on the most common techniques used by attackers and examining how attackers think and behave, not how internal IT teams think they behave,” added Steven Schwartz, VP of Insurance Strategy and Underwriting, Safe Security. “This approach removes subjectivity, allowing companies to answer questions about their security controls with precision instead of guess work, at all times. We are working with the entire insurance ecosystem to improve the standards of cyber underwriting.” About Safe Security Safe Security Inc. is a leader in cyber risk quantification and management (CRQM), with a mission to build a safer digital future. Safe Security’s CRQM platform – SAFE – enables organizations to manage cyber risks in real-time. Its platform automatically collects signals from inside and outside a company’s environment to give the company-specific cyber risk rating, or SAFE Score, the financial impact of a potential breach, and an action plan. This enables organizations to have a common language across teams - from the board all the way down to an analyst - to align with a consistent risk metric. Other benefits include justifying investments in cybersecurity and purchase of cyber insurance for the organization.

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The threat to the legal sector In the aftermath of headline-grabbing cyber attacks, managing partners in law firms around the world have been posing the same question to their firm’s IT leaders: “Could this happen to us?” “Yes” is likely the honest answer. As the legal industry has become increasingly digitised, it becomes even more susceptible to the threat of a debilitating data breach. Law practices are a potential goldmine for cyber criminals, with confidential client records offering rich pickings. The kind of information that circulates daily in firms – banking records, company accounting reports, address details, and insurance records – can be extremely valuable to cyber criminals. Identity theft, IP theft and bank fraud, just some of the hacker’s potential gains.

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