Cyber Security during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Cxotoday | March 30, 2020

With the ongoing spread of coronavirus, government guidance is changing rapidly. In many countries, healthy individuals are being asked for the first time to avoid unnecessary public exposure, for example at large gatherings, on public transport … and in the workplace. As a result, many businesses around the world are now either planning for or actively implementing a business model involving far more remote workers than they had ever anticipated. IT and management teams are hard at work on the infrastructure and organization to facilitate this. In the rush to keep businesses working, there is a significant risk that security will not be properly thought through.

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WEB SECURITY TOOLS

Star Atlas Launches Initiative to Establish Web3 Security Framework

Star Atlas | May 25, 2022

Star Atlas, a next-gen metaverse with triple-A game design and Unreal Engine 5 graphics built on the Solana blockchain, today announced an expanded focus on security to ensure consumer protection and digital safety in the metaverse. This multi-pronged initiative includes signing Kudelski Security, the cybersecurity division of the Kudelski Group - the world leader in digital security, and the forefront leader in providing security solutions for major blockchain-based applications, exchanges, and ecosystems - as its security partner. Kudelski Security will perform ongoing audits and analysis to help ensure the integrity of the Star Atlas metaverse is maintained and both partners will work together to explore setting standards for web3 security. "We are pleased to partner with the team at Kudelski Security to advance the digital security of our fast-expanding metaverse," said Michael Wagner, Co-Founder and CEO of ATMTA, Inc., the principal development studio of Star Atlas. "We understand there is a lot of skepticism when it comes to web3 and security, so we want to be proactive by partnering with one of the top cybersecurity firms to help make sure our community feels safe. Protection of assets is paramount, and we look forward to working with Kudelski Security to establish the best practices for security when it comes to web3 gaming." As security auditor of record, Kudelski Security will increase the safety and security of the Star Atlas metaverse by testing the protocols and looking for potential vulnerabilities to be addressed. Star Atlas players will have greater assurance that the metaverse has been built securely and tested rigorously, and that Star Atlas has taken the necessary action to become the leader in the web3 space when it comes to security. The relationship with Kudelski Security goes beyond the hardening of the Star Atlas environment. Star Atlas is looking to expand collaborations with the wider Group to focus on new standards that can help to transition companies and projects into web3, including security standards, tokenization, and best practices in web3 gaming. By developing standard technology and processes that enable safe and secure on-chain gaming, players will be protected from the hacks that currently plague web3 and some of the main barriers to wider stakeholder adoption will be lowered. "Web3 is growing rapidly, and we are seeing more need for developing a security standard that is adopted across the industry to act as a framework. This is why we are excited to partner with a native web3 leader like Star Atlas and to come together to solve potential security issues before they arise." Andrew Howard, CEO of Kudelski Security In addition to Kudelski Security's blockchain and cybersecurity experience, the Kudelski Group is recognized as global leaders in digital security – with specialized expertise in encryption, anti-piracy, watermarking, cryptography, and digital rights management. Executives from Star Atlas, the Kudelski Group, Kudelski Security, and NAGRA Kudelski are meeting during the World Economic Summit in Davos, Switzerland, to further discuss establishing a framework for securing the web3 ecosystem. ABOUT STAR ATLAS Star Atlas is a next-gen gaming metaverse emerging from the confluence of state of the art blockchain, real-time graphics, multiplayer video game, and decentralized financial technologies. Real-time graphics technology using Unreal Engine 5's Nanite allows for cinematic quality video game visuals. Blockchain technology using the Solana protocol establishes a largely serverless and secured gameplay experience. Non-fungible tokens obtained and traded within Star Atlas creates an economy that replicates the tangibility of real world assets and ownership.

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PLATFORM SECURITY

Evo Security Announces the Launch of Evo Partner Identity Cloud for MSPs

Evo Security | June 21, 2022

Evo Security today announced the launch of Evo Partner Identity Cloud or EPIC. Evo Partner Identity Cloud is the first all-in-one identity and access management (IAM) solution designed exclusively with the needs of managed service providers (MSPs) and their business customers in mind. The enterprise-grade cloud platform is a comprehensive identity and access management solution that gives MSPs an easy and highly secure way to protect small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises from the most common types of cybersecurity attacks that frequently exploit login and access vulnerabilities to penetrate network and cloud assets. Evo Partner Identity Cloud includes multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), privileged access management (PAM), technician elevated access, secrets management, and unified directory services, among other critical security capabilities. Evo Partner Identity Cloud is the easiest and most complete way for MSPs to simultaneously protect login credentials and apply least-privilege access across applications, networks, and infrastructure for themselves and their customers in a single scalable, multi-tenant solution. "Traditional enterprise identity and access management solutions are built for 1:1 administration, which means they cannot adequately support the MSP and the MSP's customers simultaneously. Point solutions have helped bridge the gap, but don't provide the enterprise-grade security and platform approach required by MSPs seeking to build a sound security practice" said Evo Security's CEO and Founder, Mike Roth. "We built Evo Partner Identity Cloud with a multi-tenant architecture to provide MSPs an enterprise-grade level of security that they can use to protect themselves and all of their SMB and SME customers at scale with purpose-built platform that means business." said Evo's CEO and Founder, Michael Roth. "What's great about Evo Security's Partner Identity Cloud is that it works with our existing MSP managed technology stack to provide comprehensive identity and access management capabilities for us and our customers. It helps keep our internal systems secure, while providing cloudIT with new ways to generate revenue and enforce best security hygiene practices in our customers' networks." Vince Kent, CEO of managed service provider cloudIT The Evo Partner Identity Platform supports MSPs by providing the ability to: Turn identity and access management (IAM) into a highly profitable revenue center that can immediately produce new revenue with industry-leading margins; Replace multiple point solutions, including password vaults, password rotation tools, multi-factor authentication (MFA) tools, and privileged access management (PAM) tools, with a comprehensive identity and access management platform that reduces overhead expenses, provides enterprise-grade protection, and simplifies application and security administration for the MSP and its customers; Deploy login security at scale across customers for web applications, workstations, Macs, servers, VPNs, firewalls, switches, and other network devices; Establish least-privilege and exceed-compliance controls in managed and co-managed scenarios using granular permissions and security groups; Completely eliminate sharing of customer passwords and MFA codes, while simultaneously streamlining technician access across all customer endpoints and apps; Migrate from Microsoft to Evo as the sole Identity Provider (IdP) or build a hybrid IdP scenario based on customer configuration needs; Connect to common MSP tools, such as ConnectWise, Datto, and Microsoft, and improve internal management efficiencies; Gain visibility and real-time security intelligence across customer infrastructure to improve value of services delivery and stop attacks before they start. Evo Security CEO Michael Roth said "Evo Partner Identity Cloud isn't just an all-in-one MSP identity and access management platform. It's an all-in-one MSP business solution." About Evo Security Based in Austin, Texas, Evo Security is an identity and access management cybersecurity company that builds enterprise-grade security products with the MSP in mind. Evo Security's solutions are designed to protect MSPs and their SMB and enterprise customers with comprehensive, multi-tenant security solutions. They are easy to implement and help manage security across managed service providers' internal and external users, while providing MSPs new ways to generate new and highly profitable revenue streams.

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DATA SECURITY

Netskope Revolutionizes Data Protection with Patented Lightweight, Cloud-Powered Endpoint Data Loss Prevention

Netskope | May 24, 2022

Netskope, the leader in Security Service Edge (SSE) and zero trust,announced a key expansion of data protection capabilities to endpoint devices and private apps. The introduction of a patented endpoint data loss prevention (DLP) solution will enable Netskope Intelligent SSE customers to protect data everywhere it moves across the hybrid enterprise. Zero trust principles are critical to SSE, which describes the security stack needed to enable a modern Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture. Data protection is of utmost importance throughout a SASE architecture—specifically, the need for security to move with data wherever it is accessed, and apply zero trust to determine the right level of access. Additionally, legacy and endpoint DLP offerings have failed enterprises by being siloed, complicated, and intrusive, hindering user productivity. Netskope has been consistently recognized by top industry analysts for its advanced data protection capabilities. With today's continued expansion of the Netskope Intelligent SSE platform, Netskope customers will be able to protect data across SaaS, IaaS, private applications, web, e-mail, and endpoint devices from a single converged data protection solution, leveraging machine learning, user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA), and insider threat mitigation capabilities to improve security efficacy, efficiency, and agility. Notable features of Endpoint DLP include: Context-aware, zero trust data protection on local peripherals and devices, such as USB drives and printers Unified data classification, policy enforcement, and incident management for DLP across SaaS, IaaS, private apps, web, e-mail, and endpoint devices A patented lightweight endpoint agent with cloud-based inspection and contextual data protection policies that enhance the user experience Machine learning and Advanced Analytics to help simplify data classification and policy definition, lowering operational overhead UEBA, which makes it possible to identify and stop complex data loss scenarios such as insider risk, where users are unintentionally or even maliciously abusing their access to data "No SASE or zero trust journey will be successful without data protection capabilities that can address all critical use cases in a way that is easy to deploy and doesn't slow down users, The introduction of Endpoint DLP extends Netskope's award-winning data protection capabilities that much further, to critical use cases with endpoint devices. While some competitors may offer unified policy and management or provide data protection for certain vectors, Netskope is the only vendor that can provide truly converged data protection across the full IT environment. We are very excited to deliver Endpoint DLP to customers as another Netskope game-changer." John Martin, Chief Product Officer, Netskope "With Netskope's new eDLP, we can now offer single-pass data protection —across all vectors, from the cloud to the endpoint —with unified policies, within a single management console," said Mick Coady, Global Vice President CyberSecurity Solutions, World Wide Technology. "As a Platinum Partner in Netskope's Evolve partner program, we're seeing the huge growth opportunity that Netskope's Intelligent SSE approach represents. This new addition will accelerate that growth." A work-from-anywhere, or "hybrid," environment makes it increasingly difficult to maintain security models based on implicit trust in any entity that wants to connect. Zero trust principles enable organizations to govern access to data based on behavior by users, devices, networks, and applications— increasing confidence in policy enforcement everywhere. By evaluating several contextual elements—user identity, device identity and security posture, time of day, geolocation, business role, sensitivity level of the data, and more—the resource itself can determine an appropriate level of confidence, or trust, only for that specific interaction and only for that specific resource. Using Netskope Intelligent SSE with zero trust principles applied throughout the environment, businesses become more agile, reduce risk, and streamline solution deployment and maintenance. "DLP has been extremely complicated and cumbersome, and that's before you factor in cloud, web, email, private apps, and endpoints," said Frank Dickson, IDC Group Vice President, Security & Trust. "Netskope looks to address complexity with integration, providing a unified cloud delivered solution. Compared to old school network and endpoint-based DLP solutions, having DLP in this integrated solution makes it dramatically easier to protect data wherever it may be and in a manner that is frictionless for end users. It is a win-win." About Netskope Netskope, a global cybersecurity leader, is redefining cloud, data, and network security to help organizations apply zero trust principles to protect data. The Netskope Intelligent Security Service Edge (SSE) platform is fast, easy to use, and secures people, devices, and data anywhere they go. Netskope helps customers reduce risk, accelerate performance, and get unrivaled visibility into any cloud, web, and private application activity. Thousands of customers, including more than 25 of the Fortune 100, trust Netskope to address evolving threats, new risks, technology shifts, organizational and network changes, and new regulatory requirements.

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PLATFORM SECURITY

SentinelOne and Okta Integration Accelerates Incident Response with XDR and Identity Security

SentinelOne | May 31, 2022

SentinelOne, an autonomous cybersecurity platform company, today announced SentinelOne XDR Response for Okta, enabling security teams to quickly respond to credential compromise and identity-based attacks. The integration of SentinelOne’s XDR platform with Okta’s identity management capabilities offers a powerful new solution to accelerate response and minimize enterprise risk. “Attackers exploit endpoint and identity security and access gaps. SentinelOne and Okta are leaders in securing both of these enterprise domains. “Incorporating SentinelOne Singularity XDR into the Okta identity platform improves the contextual awareness of our solution, ensuring that every identity is verified and malicious actors cannot advance laterally in pursuit of high-value targets. With SentinelOne across enterprise attack surfaces and Okta enforcing identity policies, organizations enjoy the best of both worlds in a single solution.” Stephen Lee, VP Technical Strategy & Partnerships, Okta According to the 2022 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report, 82% of breaches involved the human element including the use of stolen credentials. While there are existing solutions that secure various pieces of the enterprise they are often siloed, causing gaps in visibility and making it difficult to achieve a holistic understanding of an organization’s security posture. “Groupon is on a constant journey of modernization, adopting new and cutting-edge cloud technologies like SentinelOne Singularity XDR and Okta to best protect our employees and customers,” said Ryan Ogden, Director of Information Security, Groupon. “Consolidating context from various tools and automating response force multiplies our team to address the growing scale and speed of threats.” SentinelOne’s StorylineTM observes all concurrent processes across OSs and cloud workloads, providing rich context for any potential endpoint security incident. When a threat is detected, Singularity XDR informs Okta of the last logged-in user for that endpoint and Okta provides identity context from Okta data. By combining XDR and identity context, the joint solution helps security analysts quickly determine who is doing what on which device, significantly reducing the risk of endpoint or identity-based attacks. SentinelOne XDR Response for Okta provides a fully automated remediation process, alleviating the burden on the SOC team and allowing analysts to focus on higher-value tasks. Other key use cases include: Threat Enrichment - automatically enriches threats within Singularity XDR with recent login information via Okta to make security data actionable. User Suspension - terminates active sessions originating from compromised devices to minimize response time for prevention and remediation. Reset Password - forces password resets, preventing SSO-enabled lateral movement across corporate applications. Force Reauthentication - initiates a multi-factor authentication (MFA) workflow within Okta, locking the account until the user re-authenticates with a valid MFA token for identity verification. “Compromising identities and moving laterally to exploit an organization’s ‘crown jewels’ is the blueprint of modern attacks,” said Yonni Shelmerdine, Vice President of Product Management, SentinelOne. “Organizations need robust endpoint protection and visibility into user sessions to respond effectively to malicious activity. With SentinelOne and Okta, enterprises gain enterprise-grade context for effective security operations.” About SentinelOne SentinelOne’s cybersecurity solution encompasses AI-powered prevention, detection, response and hunting across endpoints, containers, cloud workloads, and IoT devices in a single autonomous XDR platform.

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