Doble's Transient Cyber Asset Security Service a Hit among Top Electric Utilities, Demand Rises

Doble Engineering Company, a leader in power grid diagnostic solutions and subsidiary of ESCO Technologies Inc. (NYSE: ESE), today announced it has seen sustained growth in its Transient Cyber Asset (TCA) program. During the first half of 2020, the company achieved a record client renewal rate and strong customer acquisition growth, especially among the Fortune 500 and top electric utilities in the U.S. Doble's Transient Cyber Asset program is a comprehensive Managed Security Services (MSS) solution that supports electric utility field crews. As part of the offering, customers can choose from a range of rugged, special-purpose laptops or tablets, called Doble Universal Controllers (DUCs), or use their own transient devices. Doble's expert team hardens the devices to minimize cybersecurity risks and optimizes them for efficient field work. Doble's solution also includes remote management, 24/7 customer support, and compliance monitoring to ensure the devices remain secure and compliant to applicable regulations over their operational lifetime. Doble's Transient Cyber Asset program is growing due to the continuing evolution of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation's (NERC) critical infrastructure protection (CIP) cybersecurity standards. NERC CIP-003-8, which went into effect in January 2020, expanded transient cyber asset requirements to low impact substations, bringing many more power plants and utilities within scope of the security mandates.

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Picus Launches New MSSP Program to Make Starting Security Validation Simple

Picus Security | December 12, 2023

Picus Security, the pioneer of Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS), today announced the Picus Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) Partner Program. Picus has a long-standing 100% channel approach and works closely with MSSPs to deliver security validation services that quantify risk and reduce threat exposure. Now, it's easier than ever for MSSPs and their customers to get started with security validation to measure the effectiveness of security controls with real-world attack simulations and then scale up testing programs to perform validation checks consistently. The new Picus MSSP Program provides the flexibility MSSPs need to introduce automated validation services and generate new recurring revenues quickly. Designed for customers of varying levels of cyber maturity, the program features interval-based and continuous licensing options. With interval-based licensing, MSSPs can purchase credits that allow an entry cadence for validation assessments. Then, once customers are ready to advance their security program maturity and increase the frequency of assessments they can easily switch to a continuous licensing model. The program means MSSPs can help customers to 'crawl,' 'walk,' and then 'run' with validation. "With this new MSSP program, it's never been simpler for managed service providers to get the consistent and accurate validation insights needed to improve security outcomes for clients," said Ryan Kunker, Picus Security, Senior Director of Channels and Alliances. "By shining a light on security effectiveness in areas such as security control validation, automated security validation presents an enormous opportunity for MSSPs to improve security outcomes for clients and identify new upsell opportunities." Security validation powered by BAS is a core pillar of Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM). It helps security teams to understand if security controls provide the coverage needed to defend organizations against the latest threats, including ransomware and Advanced Persistent Threats. Gartner estimates that security services providers that adopt cybersecurity validation assessments will see an improvement of over 5% in their acquisition, retention and upsell rates.* "We are constantly looking for new ways to provide real actionable value to our clients," said Perry Schumacher, Chief Strategy Officer at Ridge IT. "We evaluated Picus in our cyber range against our best practice configurations and it showed us opportunities to improve beyond today's best tools and practices. The Picus platform helps us provide better security for our clients by increasing our effectiveness. Our clients who purchase Picus begin a continuous improvement journey for their cyber security and are always in a cyber-ready state." In addition to real-world threat simulation, the Picus platform also offers asset and vulnerability discovery, attack path mapping, detection engineering as code, and AI-based threat profiling - capabilities that help MSSPs to manage customers' threat exposure even more efficiently. To enable MSSPs to validate the security of multiple clients simultaneously, the platform also offers a multi-tenant portal. "Now more than ever, every dollar spent in the security budget must be carefully weighed on merit and returned value," said Darren Humphries, Acora Group CISO and MSSP Cyber Portfolio CTO. "For strengthening the security of our own company portfolio and that of our customers, Picus is a key tool that helps us measure the efficacy of the protective security tools we use as well as our detective SOC and SIEM capabilities. Picus is a true force multiplier." About Picus Security Picus Security helps security teams consistently and accurately validate their security posture. Our Security Validation Platform simulates real-world threats to evaluate the effectiveness of security controls, identify high-risk attack paths to critical assets, and optimize threat prevention and detection capabilities. As the pioneer of Breach and Attack Simulation, we specialize in delivering the actionable insights our customers need to be threat-centric and proactive. Picus has been named a 'Cool Vendor' by Gartner and is recognized by Frost & Sullivan as a leader in the Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) market.

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Flashpoint and Scale AI Forge Strategic Partnership to Empower Government Clients With AI-Enhanced Threat Intelligence

Flashpoint | December 11, 2023

Flashpoint, the leader in high-fidelity threat intelligence and data-driven insights, and Scale AI, whose proprietary data engine powers the most advanced large language, generative, and computer vision models with high-quality data, announced today a groundbreaking partnership that unites Donovan, Scale’s AI-powered decision-making platform, with Flashpoint's pioneering open-source intelligence. This strategic alliance promises to advance intelligence and security operations for government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Defense and Intelligence Community, substantially enhancing their ability to tackle complex global security challenges with advanced threat detection and in-depth analysis. “Merging Scale’s advanced AI technology with Flashpoint's unparalleled intelligence and data isn't just about setting a new industry standard; it's about revolutionizing how government agencies manage national security challenges in today's digital landscape," said Andrew Makridis, the former COO of the Central Intelligence Agency who serves on the advisory boards of both Scale and Flashpoint National Security Solutions (FNSS), a dedicated Flashpoint business unit that serves the unique needs of national security organizations. "This partnership will enable agencies to quickly adapt to emerging threats and leverage data-driven insights for strategic operations.” "Flashpoint's collaboration with Scale AI represents a significant expansion of our capabilities in national security intelligence," said Flashpoint CEO Josh Lefkowitz. "Our tailored, actionable intelligence perfectly complements Scale’s AI technology, enhancing our ability to help organizations in the public sector identify and address evolving security challenges effectively." “Our partnership with Flashpoint is a game-changer. Through our Donovan LLM platform, we are helping analysts in the cyber and infrastructure security domain take advantage of the data trove Flashpoint delivers. We are enhancing decision-making and security frameworks for our government clients," said John Brennan, General Manager of Scale AI’s Public Sector business unit. "We chose Flashpoint for their unparalleled cyber intelligence depth and actionability, a cornerstone in our joint efforts to fortify national and homeland security through artificial intelligence." Flashpoint will discuss the advanced capabilities from our partnership with Scale AI at booth #1937 during 2023 DoDIIS Worldwide Conference in Portland, Oregon, starting December 12. Visit our booth to learn about how this partnership will equip national security teams with the essential data, intelligence, and insights needed for mission success. Flashpoint National Security Solutions (FNSS) FNSS is a dedicated Flashpoint business unit that serves the unique needs of national security organizations. FNSS partners with teams across defense, federal law enforcement, federal civilian agencies, state and local government, and the intelligence community, to enhance global situational awareness and drive mission success through industry-leading technology and intelligence expertise. About Flashpoint Trusted by governments, commercial enterprises, and educational institutions worldwide, Flashpoint helps organizations protect their most critical assets, infrastructure, and stakeholders from security risks. Leading security practitioners—including physical and corporate security, cyber threat intelligence (CTI), fraud, vulnerability management, national security, and vendor risk management teams—rely on Flashpoint’s Ignite platform and its team of intelligence analysts to proactively identify and mitigate risk and stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape. Discover more at flashpoint.io or join the conversation on LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube. About Scale Scale unlocks AI for every industry. Our proprietary data engine powers the most advanced large language, generative, and computer vision models with high-quality data. Our experience partnering with leading AI companies allows us to provide the blueprint for any organization to apply AI. Scale is trusted by industry leaders including Meta, Microsoft, U.S. Army, DoD's Defense Innovation Unit, Open AI, Cohere, Anthropic, Stability AI, General Motors, Toyota Research Institute, Brex, Instacart and Flexport.

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Malwarebytes Unveils New K-12 ThreatDown Bundle to Defend Schools and Districts from Cyberattacks

Malwarebytes | January 24, 2024

Malwarebytes, a global leader in real-time cyber protection, today announced the availability of ThreatDown K-12 Bundle, combining the cybersecurity technologies and services that K-12 education institutions need into a streamlined, cost-effective bundle. Purpose-built to reduce risk, complexity and costs for districts and schools, the ThreatDown K-12 Bundle delivers unified protection with an intuitive, easy-to-manage design. The ThreatDown K-12 Bundle allows schools to optimize device uptime and improve productivity, while protecting students and staff, devices and data from the latest cyber threats. "Schools are increasingly facing cyber threats with limited IT resources, leading to a rise in ransomware attacks that affect staff, teaching, and student well-being," said Marcin Kleczynski, Founder and CEO of Malwarebytes. "Historically, cost barriers prevented schools from adopting cybersecurity managed services. Our K-12 Bundle packages together everything districts need to reduce risk and comply with regulations within a manageable budget. We're committed to making powerful protection and managed services accessible to vulnerable schools and students." Bridging the Cybersecurity Gap for Resource-constrained K-12 IT Teams Modern K-12 educational institutions have a wide range of school-, staff- and student-owned devices – from traditional laptops, desktops and servers to Chromebooks, iPadOS, iOS, and Android devices. While these devices greatly enrich the student learning experience and streamline operations for staff, they also introduce new risks. Key features of the ThreatDown K-12 Bundle include: Award-winning endpoint security: K-12 Bundle is built on ThreatDown's strongest AI/ML-driven prevention, detection and response technologies fortified by built-in innovations to reduce the attack surface. These technologies simplify the process of finding and patching software vulnerabilities and prevent unauthorized programs from executing. 24x7x365 managed services: The K-12 Bundle combines ThreatDown advanced technologies with Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service of ThreatDown cybersecurity experts to manage security and resolve alerts around the clock, delivered as an affordable, hassle-free bundle. Unified endpoint management: ThreatDown extends powerful endpoint protection across workstations, servers and mobile device to substantially strengthen schools' cybersecurity postures in compliance with new and pending regulations. Quick and easy to deploy, the K-12 Bundle saves time and resources with unified endpoint management for both traditional and mobile devices – all from a single, cloud-native console. Centralized, real-time visibility: K-12 IT teams can easily view activity across all devices in real time. With a unified platform and visibility for traditional and mobile endpoints, teams can monitor and protect devices from a single pane of glass. Teams can understand the threats to devices in their environments and mitigate potential risks. Advanced mobile protection: ThreatDown K-12 Bundle provides effective protection for Chromebooks, iPadOS, iOS, and Android devices, guarding against the latest mobile threats such as ransomware, malicious apps, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). With real-time protection, schools can also prevent accidental access to harmful websites, safeguard against malicious apps, block unwanted in-app ads, and enable a secure mobile experience for students. About Malwarebytes Malwarebytes is a global cybersecurity leader delivering award-winning endpoint protection, privacy and threat prevention solutions worldwide. Built on decades of experience as the last resort to find and eradicate the latest malware, Malwarebytes is now trusted by millions of individuals and organizations to stop threats at each stage of the attack lifecycle, secure digital identities and safeguard data and privacy. A world class team of threat researchers and proprietary AI-powered engines provide unmatched threat intelligence to detect and prevent known and unknown threats. The company is headquartered in California with offices in Europe and Asia. For more information and career opportunities, visit https://www.malwarebytes.com.

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Keeper Streamlines Compliance Processes With Granular Sharing Enforcements

Keeper Security, Inc. | January 11, 2024

Keeper Security, the leading provider of zero-trust and zero-knowledge cybersecurity software protecting passwords, passkeys, privileged access, secrets and remote connections, announces Granular Sharing Enforcements will soon be available for all products in the Keeper® platform. Granular Sharing enables administrators to enforce detailed creating and sharing permissions at the user level. By implementing these permissions, organizations can ensure employees only have access to the resources necessary for their roles, minimizing the risk of unauthorized access, data breaches and lateral movement within a network. "It's critical for organizations to have security solutions that help them adhere to increasing regulations and compliance requirements," said Craig Lurey, CTO and Co-founder of Keeper Security. "Granular permission control helps organizations enhance their security posture by restricting access to sensitive information and systems. With Granular Sharing Enforcements, it's easier than ever for IT administrators to better control the principle of least privilege and streamline operations within their organizations." Keeper's added Granular Sharing Enforcement policies provide more detailed restrictions that administrators can apply to users for both creating and sharing records. Most employees do not need access to all of the data or functionalities within an organization, and many industries and geographical regions have specific regulations and compliance requirements regarding data protection and privacy, including HIPAA, GDPR, PCI DSS and SOX. Granular permission controls enable organizations to align with local and industry regulations by allowing them to define and enforce access policies. This helps in ensuring the organization is compliant with industry standards and legal requirements. Key features of Keeper's Granular Sharing Enforcements include: Auditing: Keeper provides clear alerting and reporting on over 100 different event types. Version control: Only a small subset of users have permissions to update or share records, helping teams ensure information is consistent and accurate. Seamless access on any device: Keeper provides the same user experience across platforms, ensuring cross functionality and ease of use, whether on web, desktop or mobile. Encryption: Keeper provides secure sharing with elliptic curve encryption, ensuring cybercriminals cannot intercept passwords or other shared records in transit. Keeper Administrators can easily customize permissions to best suit the compliance needs of their organization. Administrators modify permissions in the Enforcement Policies section of the Admin Console for the chosen role by selecting Creating and Sharing. Most permissions are activated by default for maximum security. Enforcements have been designed to be simple and powerful, allowing admins to choose the appropriate settings for their unique needs. Granular Sharing Enforcements will be available for all sharing needs within Keeper's Enterprise Password Manager, Keeper Secrets Manager and KeeperPAM. With Keeper's zero-knowledge password management and security platform, IT administrators have complete visibility into employee password practices, enabling them to monitor password use and enforce password security policies, including strong, unique passwords, Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA), Role-Based Access Control (RBAC), and other security policies. Keeper Secrets Manager® is a fully managed cloud-based, zero-knowledge platform for securing infrastructure secrets such as API keys, database passwords, access keys, certificates and any type of confidential data. Its latest offering, KeeperPAM™, provides next-generation Privileged Access Management (PAM) that is disrupting the traditional PAM market. KeeperPAM delivers enterprise-grade password, secrets and privileged connection management within a unified SaaS platform that is cost-effective, easy to use and simple to deploy. KeeperPAM enables least-privilege access with zero-trust and zero-knowledge security. Enterprises select Keeper because of its strong security architecture, ability to support federated and passwordless authentication with any identity provider, seamless integration into on-premises, cloud or hybrid environments and ease of use across desktop and mobile devices. About Keeper Security Keeper Security is transforming cybersecurity for people and organizations around the world. Keeper's affordable and easy-to-use solutions are built on a foundation of zero-trust and zero-knowledge security to protect every user on every device. Our next-generation privileged access management solution deploys in minutes and seamlessly integrates with any tech stack to prevent breaches, reduce help desk costs and ensure compliance. Trusted by millions of individuals and thousands of organizations, Keeper is the leader for best-in-class password and passkey management, secrets management, privileged access, secure remote access and encrypted messaging.

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