Cyber-Attack on US Water Company Causes Network Outage

Infosecurity | January 29, 2020

A South Carolina water company is recovering from a cyber-attack that took its phone and online payment systems offline for nearly a week. The cyber-attack on Greenville Water triggered a payment system outage that began on Wednesday, January 22. Company spokesperson Emerald Clark said 500,000 customers were affected by the incident. An investigation has been launched into the cyber-attack, the exact nature of which is yet to be revealed by Greenville Water. It's not yet known who targeted the water company or from where the attack was launched. Greenville Water CEO David Bereskin said he was "fairly certain" that the utility's data had not been compromised as a result of the incident.

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Security activities historically revolved only around the most critical web applications. However, recent attacks have proven that attackers can and will target non-critical applications. In today’s landscape, attackers no longer need to breach your most critical applications in order to steal valuable information that will cause financial losses or damage your company’s reputation. Instead, we now know that in many high-profile breaches the attackers can gain a beachhead by targeting less visible, and therefore less secure, applications such as no longer used or subsidiary websites. From these sites, hackers can now compromise your underlying security infrastructure through attacks such as SQL Injection. The notion that you have full web security coverage when you protect only securing flagship applications is no longer sufficient.


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NTT DATA Selects Swimlane to Deliver Low-Code Security Automation in EMEA

NTT DATA | June 01, 2022

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BlackBerry Helps Channel Partners Tap Exploding Managed Security Service Market

BlackBerry | June 09, 2022

BlackBerry Limited today announced a number of enhancements to the BlackBerry Partner Program to help Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) capture the exploding demand among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) for 24x7x365 Managed Extended Detection and Response (XDR) services, a market which industry experts expect will grow from $22.45 billion in 2020 to $77.01 billion by 2030. BlackBerry's 2022 Threat Report found SMBs experience 11-13 attacks every day. Amidst this growing threat landscape, the company has significantly increased its MSSP focus, launching new marketing incentives, a global hiring campaign to boost partner support and a revamped curriculum of training, tools and enablement resources to aid overall go-to-market efforts. Enhancements include: Greater Cybersecurity Protection for Customers & More to Sell – New products and services now available to MSSPs include CylanceGUARD®, CylancePERSONA™, and CylanceGATEWAY™. This will enable new service opportunities and help MSSPs secure their client environments. Increased Support & Field Seller Alignment – Commitment to significantly increase the size of BlackBerry's channel team, doubling employee headcount in roles such as partner management, customer success and channel enablement to ensure partners have the technical and sales support to compete and win in the crowded EDR/XDR market. BlackBerry has also introduced seller compensation on MSSP deals to encourage field alignment and to embrace MSSPs as a critical route to market. More Comprehensive Training – New BlackBerry Cyber Security Administrator (BCSA) technical training – aimed at MSSPs who will be configuring, managing, and troubleshooting BlackBerry UES products. Representing the next-generation evolution of the popular Cylance Security Professional Certification, the new program includes a blend of videos, instructor-led training, and online assessments on BlackBerry's industry-leading, AI-based, prevention-first solutions focused on preventing breaches before they happen. Lucrative Marketing Incentives – Expanded the generous 'Protect and Earn' partner incentive program that rewards MSSPs for uncovering and closing net-new BlackBerry logos. Partners earn cash-based rewards which are determined by the qualifying closed deal's Total Contract Value, with no limits. New Pricing – New flexible licensing and pricing options built to match the way MSSPs do business with customers. New MSSP-focused aid in partner business development including demand generation & sales support via proposal-based marketing funds, case studies, strategic Go-To-Market engagement and access to inside sales resources. The expanded investment and support for MSSPs comes following last month's joint warning from the Five Eyes Alliance of security authorities from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States, highlighting an increase in malicious cyber activity targeting managed service providers (MSPs) and urging them to protect the IT supply chain with a fresh set of cybersecurity measures. "With headline-grabbing hacks and a cybersecurity talent gap showing no signs of letting up, SMBs have never been more under-staffed or ill-prepared to meet the challenges posed by the continuously evolving threat landscape. "Our top 20 MSSPs have grown more than 50 per cent year over year and demand for human threat experts is through the roof. To that end, BlackBerry is doubling down and increasing our focus on our MSSP partners to ensure they're set up for success." Colleen McMillan, VP, Global Channel Sales at BlackBerry About BlackBerry BlackBerry provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including over 195M vehicles. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint management, endpoint security, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

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UL Launches New SafeCyber™ Solution and Platform Features to Address Mounting Security Threats

UL | June 07, 2022

UL, a global safety science leader, today announced the latest enhancements to its product security and compliance life cycle management platform, SafeCyber. Launched last year, SafeCyber aims to democratize product security and empower device manufacturers, suppliers and system integrators to take charge of their connected ecosystems and mitigate growing threats from chip to cloud. Amid an uptick in supply chain attacks, a shortage of security expertise and a dynamic regulatory environment, UL's new SafeCyber dashboard provides users with a comprehensive view of their product security maturity and projects in one place. SafeCyber also provides an easy-to-use portal to help users discover available device life cycle solutions to better manage and secure their ecosystems. Through this new dashboard, users can view all their product security testing and evaluation activities in a single, central location. The new feature provides visibility on the security maturity of their product lines and certification readiness to industry standards, including ISA/SAE 21434 and IEC 62443 4-1, among others. Additionally, UL formally announced Binary Check™, a new SafeCyber platform solution. Binary Check allows users to perform continuous, automated binary code analysis to ensure ongoing security and compliance readiness of connected devices and systems. This new solution includes the ability to generate a software bill of materials (SBOM), detect and manage vulnerabilities for faster remediation and obtain compliance readiness analysis. "The skyrocketing adoption of connected devices creates countless benefits and opportunities but also leads to an increasingly large and attractive attack vector for bad actors. "As devices become progressively connected, it's challenging for businesses to keep up with growing device and security system complexities, making them vulnerable to ransomware and firmware attacks. Hardening security requires a proactive approach. At UL, we are committed to enabling organizations to innovate and bring products to the marketplace safely and securely. With SafeCyber, customers benefit from a 360-degree view of their security governance and processes to better manage and mitigate product security risks." David Nosibor, platform solutions lead, Identity Management Security and head of UL's SafeCyber project About UL UL is a global safety science leader. We deliver testing, inspection and certification (TIC), training and advisory services, risk management solutions and essential business insights to help our customers, based in more than 100 countries, achieve their safety, security and sustainability goals. We believe our deep knowledge of products and intelligence across supply chains make us the partner of choice for customers with complex challenges.

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Noetic Cyber Delivers Platform Update to Bring Data Science into Cyber Asset Management

Noetic Cyber | June 06, 2022

Noetic Cyber, an innovator in Cybersecurity Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM), today announced the availability of a new version of its Continuous Cyber Asset Management and Controls platform. The latest version of the Noetic platform is focused on delivering immediate time to value for security teams by identifying high priority security gaps and exploitable vulnerabilities, using innovative data science techniques. Since its public launch in July 2021, Noetic has been working with security leaders in the United States and the United Kingdom to help them reduce their growing attack surface and improve their cybersecurity posture. The challenge these cyber leaders often face is to understand cyber risk across complex environments, where assets can exist for a short period of time in public or private cloud platforms, as well as having to manage legacy on-premises workloads. To gain the insights needed to be effective, they need confidence in their data quality, full visibility across all assets and contextual intelligence to help prioritize decision making. "The continued innovation we are delivering reflects the expanding use cases we see across our customer base. "Security teams are putting cyber asset intelligence at the heart of their security programs and our ability to continuously adapt and respond to changing environments is critical to their success." Paul Ayers, CEO and co-founder, Noetic Cyber Delivering Immediate Time to Value Security teams need to know what assets they have, and understand which ones are creating the most cyber risk. Noetic is delivering innovative cyber asset intelligence to help customers assess their current cyber posture readiness and focus the security team's efforts on the highest priority activities. The Noetic platforms helps customers successfully do this with: External Cyber Asset Intelligence – Mapping industry data including CISA's Known Exploited Vulnerabilities catalog, MITRE ATT&CK® mitigations and others to provide greater context on asset risk and exposure. Coverage Gap dashboards –Helping security teams quickly identify common and easily resolved security coverage gaps. Support for ad-hoc security data – Many organizations keep important information on critical applications or security risks in spreadsheets. Noetic's new data ingestion capability supports importing ad-hoc data into the model. Simplifying and Extending Cyber Asset Management use cases The Noetic platform uses Graph database technology to map cyber relationships between assets. This innovative technology approach enables Noetic to navigate deep hierarchies and find hidden connections, providing the context to help security teams to make more informed decisions. The latest release of the Noetic platform builds on native Graph capabilities to deliver additional value such as: Understanding & improving data quality –Noetic's new data analytics feature automatically and continuously analyzes data for each different source for completeness and accuracy, providing a data quality score. Simplifying Graph queries – Noetic has adopted openCypher, a widely used open query language. Noetic has developed a graphical point-and-click UI to guide security analysts through the steps of creating powerful relationship-based queries with little or no training. Supporting Cloud and On-premises applications – Organizations need to protect assets across public and private clouds, as well as traditional on-premises networks. Noetic Outpost supports secure ingestion from behind the corporate firewall, and private clouds. "The challenge of identifying and managing assets in the context of cybersecurity has grown considerably in recent years," said Dr. Ed Amoroso, CEO of TAG Cyber. "Noetic's innovations are important as their ability to prioritize and automate helps security teams to focus on critical areas of cyber risk." About Noetic Cyber Noetic provides a proactive approach to cyber asset and controls management, empowering security teams to see, understand, fix and improve their security posture and enterprise ecosystem. Our goal is to improve security tools and control efficacy by breaking down existing siloes and improving the entire security ecosystem. Founded in 2019, Noetic is based in Boston and London.

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Security activities historically revolved only around the most critical web applications. However, recent attacks have proven that attackers can and will target non-critical applications. In today’s landscape, attackers no longer need to breach your most critical applications in order to steal valuable information that will cause financial losses or damage your company’s reputation. Instead, we now know that in many high-profile breaches the attackers can gain a beachhead by targeting less visible, and therefore less secure, applications such as no longer used or subsidiary websites. From these sites, hackers can now compromise your underlying security infrastructure through attacks such as SQL Injection. The notion that you have full web security coverage when you protect only securing flagship applications is no longer sufficient.

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