SOFTWARE SECURITY

Cybersecurity Startup ActZero Announces Partnership with Tech Data

ActZero | August 28, 2021

ActZero, a cybersecurity startup whose AI-driven managed detection and response (MDR) platform makes best-in-class security accessible for businesses of all sizes, today announced a strategic partnership with Tech Data, one of the world's largest technology distributors and solutions aggregators. Together, ActZero and Tech Data aim to help organizations accurately detect, learn from, and prevent emerging security threats.

The ActZero platform combines next-generation antivirus protection, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and 24/7 automated and managed threat hunting capabilities, enabled by a purpose-built AI engine, delivered through its single, cost-effective solution. As a result, ActZero detects and prevents all types of threats, from commodity malware to sophisticated attacks, all in sub-second responses.

The partnership will accelerate adoption of ActZero's novel security platform as part of the Tech Data edge-to-cloud portfolio and broaden access to superior security for small and mid-size businesses through the IT distributor and solutions aggregator's global footprint. In addition, this scale helps unlock powerful network effects that enrich ActZero's machine learning engines and improve its ability to detect and contain threats.

"We're excited to roll out this partnership," said John Nurczynski, co-founder and Head of the Summit partnership program at ActZero. "Our goal is to democratize cybersecurity for small and mid-size businesses, and Tech Data's well known distribution platform and industry-leading security expertise unlocks the ability to get ActZero's superior approach in the hands of more companies."

"With year-over-year cybercrime statistics increasing exponentially, making smart investments in security solutions is a no-brainer for businesses grappling with how to handle malware, ransomware and proliferating cyber threats," said Tracy Holtz, vice president of security solutions at Tech Data. "Adding cybersecurity innovators like ActZero to our portfolio of solutions arms Tech Data customers with critical online security tools so the businesses they serve – especially small and mid-sized companies – are equipped to protect from edge to cloud."

ABOUT ACTZERO
ActZero is a cybersecurity startup that makes small- and mid-size businesses more secure by empowering teams to cover more ground with fewer internal resources. Our intelligent managed detection and response service provides 24/7 monitoring, protection and response support that goes well beyond other third-party software solutions. Our teams of data scientists leverage cutting-edge technologies like AI and ML to scale resources, identify vulnerabilities and eliminate more threats in less time.

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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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Blackpoint Cyber Launches Three Product Features

Blackpoint Cyber | November 11, 2022

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IronYun® Announces Integration with Genetec™ Security Center Designed For Comprehensive Visual Intelligence

IronYun | November 01, 2022

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Laminar Supports Launch of Amazon Security Lake

Laminar | November 30, 2022

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