EKANS Ransomware Raises Industrial-Control Worries

Dark reading | February 03, 2020

A fairly unsophisticated ransomware attack has raised a few eyebrows among security researchers for its ability to force computers to stop specific activities, or processes, related to industrial control systems, critical-infrastructure security firm Dragos stated in a report published on February 3.In the past, ransomware has generally caused disruption in industrial control system (ICS) environments as a side effect of the malware's destructive activity — encrypting data would cause some software to fail, causing outages. Although a relatively primitive attack, the EKANS ransomware actively targets certain products common in ICS environments, says Joe Slowik, an adversary hunter with Dragos.

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CrowdStrike and Mandiant Form Mission-Focused Strategic Partnership to Protect Organizations Against Cyber Threats

CrowdStrike | April 08, 2022

CrowdStrike , a leader in cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data, and Mandiant , announced a strategic partnership that will help joint customers investigate, remediate and defend against increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity events that plague organizations globally. As part of the collaboration, Mandiant will utilize the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform and subscription offerings for its incident response (IR) services and proactive consulting engagements for joint customers. Further, the Mandiant Managed Defense offering intends to include support for customers leveraging the Falcon platform later this year.As two of the most respected leaders in the cybersecurity industry, CrowdStrike and Mandiant share a common mission to stop breaches and put customers' needs first. Both companies have long operated under the practice that in order to defend against tenacious cyber adversaries, there must be a combination of cutting edge products and elite cybersecurity experts. Because of this, both companies have embraced an open and collaborative approach with high caliber partners and technologies to provide organizations superior protection. Today’s complex threat environment calls for a collaborative approach that brings together industry-leading technologies and world class teams to build the strongest defense for customers, which is exactly what this partnership is about,” said George Kurtz, co-founder and chief executive officer of CrowdStrike. “CrowdStrike has worked with Mandiant many times over the years and there is a mutual respect for the caliber of technical and team expertise we both bring to the fight. We are proud to establish this alliance with them and to more effectively enable the people, processes and procedures necessary to secure the modern organization. “CrowdStrike and Mandiant have developed reputations as go-to cybersecurity resources for public and private sector entities across the globe,This partnership between two mission-focused companies strengthens cyber defenses at a time when cyber attacks have become a notable business issue faced by organizations every day.” -Kevin Mandia, chief executive officer of Mandiant. About CrowdStrike CrowdStrike , a global cybersecurity leader, has redefined modern security with the world’s most advanced cloud-native platform for protecting critical areas of enterprise risk — endpoints and cloud workloads, identity and data.Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud and world-class AI, the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence, evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities.Purpose-built in the cloud with a single lightweight-agent architecture, the Falcon platform delivers rapid and scalable deployment, superior protection and performance, reduced complexity and immediate time-to-value. About Mandiant, Inc. Since 2004, Mandiant® has been a trusted partner to security-conscious organizations. Effective security is based on the right combination of expertise, intelligence, and adaptive technology, and the Mandiant Advantage SaaS platform scales decades of frontline experience and industry-leading threat intelligence to deliver a range of dynamic cyber defense solutions. Mandiant’s approach helps organizations develop more effective and efficient cyber security programs and instills confidence in their readiness to defend against and respond to cyber threats.Join the conversation.

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ZeroEyes Announces Partnership with Veteran-Owned Cybersecurity Firm Layer 8 Security

Layer 8 Security | February 02, 2022

ZeroEyes, Inc., creators of the only AI-based video analytics platform focused solely on gun detection, is proud to announce its partnership with Philadelphia-based company, Layer 8 Security. Layer 8 Security is a cybersecurity consulting and technical services firm that arms organizations with practical security, compliance, and privacy strategies. Starting in 2022, Layer 8 Security will assist ZeroEyes with the company's information security certifications. Both companies are veteran-founded, owned, and operated, and are part of the Veterans Business Referral Network with over 200 members in the Greater Philadelphia area. In addition to the local connections, both companies are well-known on the national stage for being leaders in their respective disciplines. "I've known members of the ZeroEyes team for years,ZeroEyes' focus on gun detection and physical security complements our focus on being the 'sheepdogs,' protecting people in any way we can. In our case our focus is on data privacy and protecting businesses from hackers. I'm excited to leverage our shared goals as veterans helping veterans." Kevin Hyde, President and Co-Founder at Layer 8 Security "Layer 8 Security and ZeroEyes are both focused on security and building veteran-owned businesses," adds ZeroEyes' Chief of Staff, Kieran Carroll. "We're excited to support Layer 8 Security in their mission and appreciate their services in securing our own business." About ZeroEyes ZeroEyes is the industry's leading AI-based weapons detection solution. Our software integrates into existing security camera systems and sends out a series of alerts when a verified gun is detected via our best-in-class weapons detection algorithms. Founded by a team of Navy SEALs and military veterans with over 50 years of military experience with deep special operations and intelligence community expertise, ZeroEyes is the trusted weapons detection provider of numerous clients, including the US Department of Defense, leading public K-12 school districts, commercial property groups, Fortune 1000 corporate campuses, shopping malls, and big-box retail. About Layer 8 Security Layer 8 Security is a cybersecurity consulting, advisory, and technical services firm that arms organizations with practical security, compliance, and privacy strategies. Today's business environment requires seamless integration with third-party vendors, clients, and partners. Layer 8 Security ensures your information ecosystem is secure, compliant, and resilient to the severity and frequency of a disruption resulting from a cyber attack.

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Palo Alto Networks Calls on Cybersecurity Industry to Adopt ZTNA 2.0 -- Zero Trust with Zero Exceptions

Palo Alto Networks | May 12, 2022

Palo Alto Networks , the global cybersecurity leader, today urged the industry to move to Zero Trust Network Access 2.0 (ZTNA 2.0) — the foundation for a new era of secure access. ZTNA was developed as a replacement for virtual private networks (VPNs) when it became clear that most VPNs did not adequately scale and were overly permissive, but the first-generation ZTNA products (ZTNA 1.0) are too trusting and can put customers at significant risk. ZTNA 2.0 solves these problems by removing implicit trust to help ensure organizations are properly secured. "This is a critical time for cybersecurity. We are in an era of unprecedented cyberattacks, and the past two years have dramatically changed work — for many, work is now an activity, not a place. This means that securing employees and the applications they need is both harder and more important. Zero trust has been embraced as the solution — and it is absolutely the right approach! Unfortunately, not every solution with Zero Trust in its name can be trusted. ZTNA 1.0 — for example — falls short." Nir Zuk, founder and chief technology officer at Palo Alto Networks For modern organizations where hybrid work and distributed applications are the norm, ZTNA 1.0 has several limitations. It is overly permissive in granting access to applications because it can't control access to sub-applications or particular functions. Additionally, there is no monitoring of changes in user, application or device behavior, and it can't detect or prevent malware or lateral movement across connections. ZTNA 1.0 also cannot protect all enterprise data. ZTNA 2.0-capable products, such as Palo Alto Networks Prisma® Access, help organizations meet the security challenges of modern applications, threats and the hybrid workforce. ZTNA 2.0 incorporates the following key principles: Least-privileged access — enables precise access control at the application and sub-application levels, independent of network constructs like IP addresses and port numbers. Continuous trust verification — after access to an application is granted, continuous trust assessment is ongoing based on changes in device posture, user behavior and application behavior. Continuous security inspection — uses deep and ongoing inspection of all application traffic, even for allowed connections to help prevent threats, including zero-day threats. Protection of all data — provides consistent control of data across all applications, including private applications and SaaS applications, with a single data loss prevention (DLP) policy. Security for all applications — consistently secures all types of applications used across the enterprise, including modern cloud native applications, legacy private applications and SaaS applications. In a new report, John Grady, ESG senior analyst, said: "[F]irst-generation/ZTNA 1.0 solutions fall short in many ways on delivering on the promise of true zero trust. In fact, they grant more access than is desired. What's more, once access is granted in ZTNA 1.0 solutions, the connection is implicitly trusted forever, allowing a handy exploit route for sophisticated threats and/or malicious actions and behavior." Grady also said, "It is time to embrace a new approach to ZTNA, one that has been designed from the ground up to meet the specific challenges of modern applications, threats, and a hybrid workforce." "Securing today's hybrid workforce, with an increase in cloud and mobile technologies and evolving requirements, can be complicated," said Jerry Chapman, engineering fellow, Optiv. "Rethinking Zero Trust is essential for modern, hybrid organizations to prevent threats. Together with Palo Alto Networks, we're advising our customers to incorporate ZTNA 2.0 principles like continuous review of identity and connection across their domains to stay secure." New Prisma Access Capabilities Palo Alto Networks Prisma Access is the industry's only solution that meets today's ZTNA 2.0 requirements. Prisma Access protects all application traffic with best-in-class capabilities while securing both access and data. New additions to Prisma Access announced today add the following capabilities: ZTNA connector — simplifies the process of onboarding cloud native and traditional applications into the service, helping make ZTNA 2.0 easier to deploy and more secure. The industry's only unified SASE product — providing a common policy framework and data model for all SASE capabilities, managed from a single cloud management console. 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Noetic Cyber Partners with SentinelOne to address growing cybersecurity asset management challenges

Noetic Cyber | February 03, 2022

Noetic Cyber, a cloud-based continuous cyber asset management and controls platform, today announced a partnership with autonomous cybersecurity platform company SentinelOne (NYSE:S). This partnership delivers an end-to-end cybersecurity asset management solution that leverages SentinelOne's endpoint and cloud workload telemetry, combined and correlated with information from other information sources, to generate a high-fidelity, continuously updated, multidimensional map of all assets and their cyber relationships. The current fragmentation of IT management, DevOps and security tools makes it difficult for security teams to see all the assets in the business and to understand the relationships between them. In fact, 71% of global IT leaders admit to finding new endpoints in their environment on a weekly basis. Endpoint and cloud workload telemetry is a vital part of this information, providing high-fidelity, relevant insights into threats and cyber assets. The integration of SentinelOne Singularity XDR and the Noetic platform enables teams to extend the visibility, detection and endpoint insights of SentinelOne into a wider asset inventory and management architecture, maximizing their value. "We are very excited to be partnering with Noetic Cyber on this integrated solution," said Chuck Fontana, SVP of Business Development, SentinelOne. "There is a significant security challenge in not understanding the cyber risk of all assets in your environment. Together with Noetic, we're able to close that gap and ensure a hygienic cybersecurity environment for organizations across industries." The SentinelOne Connector for Noetic is an API-based integration. Joint customers install the SentinelOne Connector into the Noetic platform and provide it with API credentials to establish a bi-directional integration between the two platforms. The Noetic platform periodically polls SentinelOne, looking for information indicating new, updated or removed endpoints. This information is ingested, aggregated and correlated with information from other data sources, presented to security teams via innovative graph database technology. Pre-packaged queries and dashboards help analysts to uncover coverage and compliance gaps and hidden risks. The Noetic platform also includes a comprehensive automation workflow engine, which allows security teams to pre-determine corrective action, such as deploying the SentinelOne agent to unprotected machines, triggering a scan or disconnecting a machine from the network. "Through this innovative partnership with SentinelOne, we are able to jointly address security coverage gaps and automatically correct misconfigured endpoints that could otherwise leave organizations vulnerable,Leveraging the high-fidelity data provided by SentinelOne, Noetic provides unparalleled insights into your cyber assets, identifies security risks and uses automation to continuously close them." Paul Ayers, CEO of Noetic 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 platform. About Noetic Cyber Noetic Cyber enables security teams to make faster, more accurate decisions to detect coverage gaps and reduce cyber risk. The Noetic solution is a cloud-based Continuous Cyber Asset Management & Controls Platform that provides teams with unified visibility of all assets across their cloud and on-premises systems, and delivers continuous, automated remediation to close coverage gaps and enforce security policy. Noetic improves 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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