ITC Secure | December 16, 2021
ITC Secure (ITC), a leading advisory-led cyber security services company and a Microsoft Gold cyber security partner, and Cassava Technologies, the pan-African technology leader, announced today that they have entered into a Joint Venture (JV) to build and launch an extensive portfolio of cyber security services, powered by Microsoft Azure cloud technologies in Africa.
Hardy Pemhiwa, the CEO of Cassava Technologies said: “Digital transformation in Africa is accelerating the adoption of cloud services which is creating an urgent need to better protect users and business-critical data. Cassava Technologies footprint covering more than 15 countries in Africa, we are well-positioned to meet the growing needs of businesses and individuals and expand access to cybersecurity and other digital services. We look forward to bringing ITC’s world-class cyber expertise, coupled with Microsoft’s industry-leading technology, to build Africa’s digital future.”
“The strategic partnership between ITC Secure and Cassava Technologies, as a pan-African technology leader, will bring Microsoft’s cutting-edge cloud security solutions to the African market to drive the growth of the technology sector and innovation across Africa.”
Andre Pienaar, the Chairman of ITC Secure
Admiral Mike Mullen, the Chairman of ITC Secure USA said: “The combination of ITC Secure and Cassava Technologies will help guide us to the future while addressing the growing needs of individuals and organisations in the African market for a secure digital world, built on the best solutions and delivered by the best experts.”
Replicating best practice of a leading UK SOC to build a cutting-edge SOC in Africa
ITC’s 24/7 Operations Centre, based in London, is at the forefront of delivering managed security services. As part of the JV, ITC and Cassava Technologies will build a state-of-the-art SOC in Africa. The centre will leverage Cassava Technologies’ in-depth knowledge of the African continent and ITC’s extensive experience in cybersecurity, to enable the rapid delivery of cyber services and operations on the continent.
Steering the future
ITC’s mission to ‘make the digital world a safer place to do business’ echoes Cassava Technologies’ vision of a digitally connected future that leaves no African behind. This JV addresses the growing need to ensure that individuals and organisations are safe and secure online and will further demonstrate how cyber security can be a business enabler, helping to drive growth and create jobs across Africa.
Facilitating knowledge transfer locally
The skills gap in the cyber security industry continues, with recruitment and retention an ongoing challenge. The JV will facilitate access to experts globally and close collaboration and knowledge transfer locally. This will enable faster on the ground response, the sharing of cyber security best practice and streamlined sharing of internal resource.
Extended portfolio of cyber security services
ITC’s integrated delivery model provides access to the best cyber security skills, technology, and governance. Encompassing a unified suite of solutions that start with an advisory-led approach, including Identity and Access Management capabilities and managed security services like Managed Detection and Response.
At the heart of ITC’s integrated delivery model is PULSE, an extended detection and response platform powered by Microsoft Sentinel, that integrates specialist knowledge and expertise.
ITC is a Microsoft Gold partner in Security and Cloud and a member of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association. Organisations will gain access to a level of expertise recognised by Microsoft as the “highest, most consistent capability” – underpinned by a cohesive set of services that scale.
About ITC Secure
ITC Secure is an advisory-led cyber security services company.
We have a 25+ year track record of delivering business-critical services to over 300 blue-chip organisations - bringing together the best minds in security, a relentless focus on customer service and advanced technological expertise to help businesses succeed.
With our integrated delivery model, proprietary platform and customer-first mindset, we work as an extension of your team throughout your cyber journey and always think not only about you, but also your customers and the reputation of your brand.
ITC Secure a certified Great Place to Work® and is headquartered in London, UK. With a dynamic balance of the best in people, technology, and governance, we make cyber resilience your competitive advantage.
About Cassava Technologies
Cassava Technologies is a pan-African technology leader providing a vertically integrated ecosystem of digital solutions, designed to significantly accelerate connectivity and drive digital transformation across the African continent. Cassava Technologies creates the enabling digital infrastructure with cross-border fibre, renewable energy solutions, and a state-of-the-art network of data centres that provides access for millions to complementary digital services of Wi-Fi, Cloud, cybersecurity and fintech solutions. This ecosystem aims to transform the lives of individuals and businesses across the continent by enabling social mobility and economic prosperity.
QuSecure | May 21, 2022
QuSecure™, Inc., an innovator in post-quantum cybersecurity (PQC), today introduced its quantum orchestration platform, QuProtect™, the industry’s first end-to-end PQC software-based solution uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using quantum secure channels. With QuProtect, for the first time organizations can leverage quantum resilient technology to help prevent today’s cyberattacks, while future-proofing networks and preparing for post-quantum cyberthreats.
Leading experts, including Arthur Herman, senior fellow and director of the Quantum Alliance Initiative at The Hudson Institute, believe that a Cryptographically Relevant Quantum Computer (CRQC), which is a quantum computer that can break current cryptography and will expose the world’s encrypted communications and data, will be available within the next 3-5 years. Additionally, nation-state attackers are currently stealing encrypted data, using a “Steal Now, Decrypt Later” (SNDL) strategy to collect global encrypted data, which will be retroactively decrypted once a CRQC is available. As a result, on May 4, the White House mandated PQC compliance via the National Security Memorandum “Promoting United States Leadership in Quantum Computing While Mitigating Risks to Vulnerable Cryptographic Systems.” Also, the bipartisan Endless Frontiers Act would establish a Technology and Innovation Directorate at the National Science Foundation which would use $100 billion in federal funds over five years to research emerging technologies including quantum computing, and specifically mentions the need for PQC. Organizations will need to follow suit to protect their data and communications from post-quantum cyberthreats.
QuProtect provides quantum-resilient cryptography, anytime, anywhere and on any device. QuProtect uses an end-to-end quantum security as a service (QSaaS) architecture that addresses the digital ecosystem’s most vulnerable aspects, uniquely combining zero-trust, next-generation post-quantum-cryptography, quantum-strength keys, high availability, easy deployment, and active defense into a comprehensive and interoperable cybersecurity suite. The end-to-end approach is designed around the entire data lifecycle as data is stored, communicated, and used.
“Quantum technologies have the potential to represent a platform shift, and platform shifts don’t come around that often,” said Laura Thomas, former CIA Chief of Base with more than 17 years in various national security and leadership roles and currently VP of Corporate Strategy at ColdQuanta, a quantum computing and sensing company. “When they do, they bring enormous opportunity coupled with the power for intense disruption, in all arenas, to include national security and economic security. Organizations should be evaluating post-quantum encryption solutions now and mapping out the resources and timelines needed to deploy them on their networks. QuSecure is playing a key role in future-proofing our networks from current classical and future quantum attacks.”
QuSecure also today announced its formal company launch. See accompanying company launch press release issued by QuSecure today at QuSecure Company Launch.
“Enterprises are charged with providing high levels of data security,” said Skip Sanzeri, QuSecure Founder and COO. “We are facing the largest computer upgrade cycle in history as all public key cryptography globally needs to be upgraded to PQC. Our QuProtect solution provides organizations with a first-mover advantage as the industry accelerates toward a quantum future. QuProtect allows organizations and their clients to maintain the highest level of quantum-resilient security to address cyberthreats with minimal disruption to existing systems.”
QuProtect protects any node on the network by using National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) approved quantum algorithms to create secure quantum communications channels. Its technology enables backwards compatibility and can translate back and forth from PQC to standard Transport Layer Security (TLS), ensuring interoperability with any network. No other company combines QuSecure’s broad-based quantum and post-quantum technologies providing secure, interoperable cybersecurity to protect organizations’ networks from quantum threats. QuProtect’s unique differentiators include (partial list):
Post-quantum open-source, end-to-end data protection on all platforms and networks – QuSecure applies post-quantum protections to all systems and devices – from cloud, to server, to laptop, to edge and IoT – protecting communications and data. QuProtect uses Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) to create quantum-resilient cryptographic keys which provide entropy throughout the entire network. Network-wide entropy is important because true quantum randomness protects systems from vulnerabilities and attacks such as pattern detection and cryptanalysis.
Easy integration and deployment with zero client-side installations supporting most platforms – QuProtect is designed to be simple to deploy, operate and manage for existing devices and systems. Any existing platform that runs cryptography can be upgraded to PQC through QuProtect’s software-upgrade solutions.
QuSecure’s solution enables controlled, phased deployment in highest priority segments first, enabling organizations to audit and/or delay endpoints which don’t need immediate upgrade. QuProtect permits instantaneous re-selection of algorithms enabling crypto agility while NIST finalizes the PQC algorithms to be standardized.
Continuous monitoring and attack resilience – QuProtect improves security through continuous anomaly monitoring, machine learning-enabled attack detection, and active remediation.
QuProtect is the industry’s most advanced PQC solution providing end-to-end quantum-resilience for many of today’s critical use cases, including satellite, network, and IoT communications. QuProtect can be hosted on-premise or via cloud-based orchestration delivering the most compatible solution to the post-quantum problem. An organization can implement PQC across all devices on the network with minimal disruption to existing systems, protecting against current and future classical and quantum attacks which could irreparably disrupt industries and infrastructures across government and commercial sectors.
QuSecure is an innovator in post-quantum cybersecurity with a mission to protect enterprise and government data from quantum and classical cybersecurity threats. Its patent-pending, quantum-safe solutions provide an easy transition path to quantum resiliency across any organization. The company’s QuProtect solution is the industry’s first PQC software-based platform uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using a quantum secure channel. QuSecure has current customer deployments in banking/finance, healthcare, space/satellite, IT/data enterprises, datacenters and various Department of Defense agencies. QuSecure is investor backed and has offices in Silicon Valley.
Axonius | January 20, 2022
Axonius, the leader in cybersecurity asset management, today unveiled Axonius SaaS Management, a new comprehensive solution that helps security, IT, finance, and risk teams control the complexity, cost, and risk of software as a service (SaaS) with a single source of truth into their SaaS application landscape.
As businesses rapidly increase consumption of SaaS applications, they face acute IT, security, and business challenges. The rate of SaaS adoption makes manual approaches to gaining a credible SaaS asset inventory woefully inadequate and exposes extremely difficult visibility challenges into both known and unknown SaaS applications. Compounding these visibility challenges, companies struggle to identify how data flows between apps, manage a myriad of configurations, and close security gaps, as well as track licensing and spend, across hundreds sometimes thousands of SaaS applications.
Axonius SaaS Management lets customers address the operational and financial challenges of SaaS asset management, as well as the security and risk gaps, all via a seamless, nonintrusive deployment that delivers actionable insights from day one. This is the first product delivered by AxoniusX, the company’s innovation-focused business unit that launched in June 2021.
“Over the past few years, we’ve seen tools emerge that address some aspects of SaaS management from either the business side or SaaS security posture management, but these approaches still leave companies with gaps in visibility and siloed information,We’ve built on our unique approach to cybersecurity asset management to deliver the same results for SaaS applications. With our rich history in building and maintaining API integrations with SaaS solutions, Axonius has the expertise and market traction to bring massive value to organizations struggling with the complexity of modern apps and infrastructure.”
Amir Ofek, CEO and co-founder of AxoniusX
Axonius SaaS Management uses adapters (API connections to data sources) and proprietary SaaS discovery tools to create a detailed inventory of all SaaS applications, permissions, and data flows. By connecting to all layers of the SaaS application stack, the solution discovers both the SaaS applications known to and sanctioned by organizations as well as shadow and unmanaged apps. This approach provides comprehensive visibility into all data types and interconnectivity flows, identifies misconfigurations and data security risks, and delivers actionable insights for better IT management and cost optimization.
Axonius SaaS Management integrates with Axonius Cybersecurity Asset Management to provide a comprehensive platform that unifies all digital assets from SaaS apps to devices, user accounts, cloud assets, and more so customers can easily and effectively control complexity across the entire IT environment.
Axonius gives customers the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, automating response actions, and informing business-level strategy. With solutions for both cyber asset attack surface management (CAASM) and SaaS management, Axonius is deployed in minutes and integrates with hundreds of data sources to provide a comprehensive asset inventory, uncover gaps, and automatically validate and enforce policies. Cited as one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity startups, with accolades from CNBC, Forbes, and Fortune, Axonius covers millions of assets, including devices and cloud assets, user accounts, and SaaS applications, for customers around the world.
ACTZERO | December 15, 2021
ActZero, a cybersecurity startup whose AI-driven platform makes best-in-class security accessible for businesses of all sizes, today announced a strategic partnership with Measured Analytics and Insurance, the data and analytics-driven cyber insurance company. The partnership will enable businesses to protect themselves against emerging security threats with an integrated risk management approach.
Recent reports by lead researchers have found that a majority of organizations have experienced incidents of ransomware or phishing in the last 12 months, while other cybersecurity threats are also on the rise. This trend means that more and more businesses need to level up their cybersecurity posture, while also preparing for the ramifications of potential attacks with cybersecurity-specific insurance. The partnership between ActZero and Measured is among the first to holistically address a business's cybersecurity needs by combining sophisticated managed detection and response services designed to stop attacks and extortion with insurance services that position companies to mitigate potential losses.
"We're pleased to be working with Measured, which will serve as the foundation of our integrated risk management distribution channel,Pairing our solution with insurance coverage to better protect customers represents another leap forward in our pursuit of making cybersecurity more effective and affordable for small and mid-sized enterprises."
Chris Finan, ActZero's Chief Operating Officer
The ActZero platform combines next-generation antivirus protection, endpoint detection and response, extended detection and response technologies, and 24/7 automated and managed threat hunting capabilities to detect and prevent all types of cybersecurity threats, from commodity malware to sophisticated, headline attacks across endpoints, network and cloud. The combined offering with Measured means that ActZero clients can now take advantage of streamlined access to cyber insurance at better rates.
Measured Analytics and Insurance sells industry-leading comprehensive cyber insurance backed by the most reputable reinsurance companies in the world. Measured tackles the challenge of underwriting cyber insurance by combining proprietary data and machine learning algorithms to assess and price cyber insurance for small- and mid-sized businesses. In partnering with ActZero, Measured's clients gain access to a robust suite of cybersecurity technologies at preferred rates.
"In this era of growing concerns and evolving threats, it's critical to complement our cyber insurance offering with innovative detection and response capabilities to stop problems before they start," said Jack Vines, CEO of Measured Insurance. "ActZero is the ideal partner to deliver on this promise, enabling our customers to implement sophisticated risk management strategies, thereby best positioning themselves against today's current threat climate."
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. We actively partner with our customers to drive security engineering, increase internal efficiencies and effectiveness and, ultimately, build a mature cybersecurity posture. Whether shoring up an existing security strategy or serving as the primary line of defense, ActZero enables business growth by empowering customers to cover more ground.
ABOUT MEASURED ANALYTICS AND INSURANCE
Measured Insurance offers an analytics-based approach to cyber insurance, specifically quantifying specific exposure to ransomware attacks. Measured Insurance is bridging the gap between technology and insurance by using AI-powered analytics that tracks individual exposure in real-time to create smarter insurance products. Every policy is tailored to fit the individual client–clearly identifying pre-event exposure in seven fundamental areas and customizing post-event loss mitigation services with real experts, real people, and real help if ever needed.