Ghost flaws poses high risk to Linux distributions

computerworld | January 27, 2015

A fault in a widely used component of most Linux distributions could allow an attacker to take remote control of a system after merely sending a malicious email. The vulnerability, nicknamed "Ghost," is in the GNU C Library known as glibc, according to security vendor Qualys, which disclosed the issue on Tuesday as many Linux distributions released patches. Glibc is a C library that defines system calls.

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The first year of GDPR started slow, but companies and regulators alike are picking up speed. Our new infographic shows GDPR’s first year by the numbers. Unless you’ve been on a worldwide cruise for the last year (with no Wi-Fi), there’s little doubt you’ve heard of GDPR—the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. GDPR went into effect May 25, 2018, and severely affected companies’ ability to use, store, transmit, and process individual consumers’ data without their express permission. Now that GDPR is about a year old, let’s look at the state of compliance and what’s on the horizon for GDPR. Download the PDF, and read our analysis below.


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SOFTWARE SECURITY

JFrog Integrates with ServiceNow to Improve Software Security Vulnerability Response Times with “ServiceOps”

JFrog | May 27, 2022

JFrog Ltd. , the Liquid Software company and creators of the JFrog DevOps Platform, today unveiled new integrations for JFrog Xray with ServiceNow’s Lightstep Incident Response and Spoke products for IT Service Management. Available immediately, the JFrog Xray integrations with ServiceNow (NYSE: NOW) provide IT leaders with real-time insights on security vulnerabilities and compliance issues to quickly engage necessary team members from across the organization for more immediate response and remediation. “Successfully securing the software supply chain at the speed of business is a team sport, requiring efficient, cross-team collaboration for timely security incident remediation. Our integration with ServiceNow aims to change the relationship between developers and the rest of the business, so they can maintain the speed and frequency of releases, while avoiding downtime and loss of trust from end customers." Shlomi Ben Haim, Co-Founder and CEO, JFrog The new integration enables IT teams to proactively address security issues before they become major concerns. The combination of JFrog Xray and ServiceNow delivers a robust software composition analysis (SCA) tool that can quickly scan binaries for vulnerabilities and license compliance issues, then share those insights with the appropriate parties across the organization. The JFrog Xray-ServiceNow solution is unique in that it helps DevOps engineers, site reliability engineers (SREs), IT system administrators, and others, more securely build, deploy, run, and monitor applications effortlessly, in a single view. It also enables real-time security alerts and insights with assigned actions across all the tools, people, and processes needed for timely resolution. JFrog Xray & ServiceNow: Delivering Incident Response & Enterprise-wide Workflow Design for Security Incidents Identifying and effectively responding to malicious attacks must transcend business units and operational functions. By improving real-time insight, collaboration, and communication amongst and between enterprise security and IT teams, the JFrog Xray-ServiceNow integrations ensure swift responses to emerging security threats. The JFrog Xray integration with Lightstep Incident Response enables developers, SREs, and Security Administrators to: Monitor, collect and respond to license compliance and security vulnerabilities impacting the software supply chain across all stages of the software development and release lifecycle. Streamline vulnerability response by pulling-in the right team members across the organization for faster remediation. The JFrog Xray Spoke for ServiceNow allows IT operations staff to: Generate violation reports, create ‘ignore rules’, re-scan builds, add custom item properties, and more. Automate workflows that meet audit demands and avoid penalties for improper use of code segments obtained from the open-source community. Identify problems earlier in the application development pipeline and incorporate change management solutions. For more information on the new JFrog Xray integrations for ServiceNow Lightstep Incident Response, read this blog or solution sheet. Further details on the JFrog Xray integration with Spoke can be found in this blog. You can also connect with JFrog and ServiceNow solution experts during swampUP 2022 taking place in San Diego, May 25 - 26, 2022. For more information and to register, visit https://swampup.jfrog.com/. About JFrog JFrog Ltd. , is on a mission to power all the world’s software updates, driven by a “Liquid Software” vision to allow the seamless, secure flow of binaries from developers to the edge. The JFrog Platform enables software creators to power their entire software supply chain throughout the full binary lifecycle, so they can build, secure, distribute, and connect any source with any production environment. JFrog’s hybrid, universal, multi-cloud DevOps platform is available as both self-managed and SaaS services across major cloud service providers. Millions of users and thousands of customers worldwide, including a majority of the Fortune 100, depend on JFrog solutions to securely manage their mission-critical software supply chain. Once you leap forward, you won’t go back.

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PLATFORM SECURITY

SecurityScorecard Joins Snowflake Partner Network

SecurityScorecard | June 23, 2022

SecurityScorecard, the global leader in cybersecurity ratings announced today that it has joined Snowflake's Partner Network, enabling mutual customers to gain instant visibility into their own security posture and that of their third and fourth party software vendors. Catching Third-Party Risks Early Snowflake customers now have access to "call" security data within Snowflake, gaining direct access to SecurityScorecard Ratings data that can be correlated with various systems and processes including third party risk, identity and access and IT asset management to catch potential security risks early and create a unified view. "CISOs need to know the scale and scope of their cyber environment and that includes third and fourth-party vendors that can pose substantial risks to their organization," said Alex Rich, Vice President of Alliances at SecurityScorecard. "The insights gleaned from continuous monitoring with SecurityScorecard ratings data helps Snowflake data cloud customers get a broad view into their Third Party Risk Management, supply chain management, and business intelligence applications with continuous cybersecurity data." SecurityScorecard collects and analyzes global threat signals that give organizations instant visibility into the security posture of vendors and business partners as well as the capability to do a self-assessment of their own security posture. The technology continuously monitors 10 groups of risk factors to instantly deliver an easy-to-understand A-F rating. The Snowflake Partner Network unlocks the potential of the Data Cloud with a broad array of tools and partners. Certified partnerships and integrations enable customers to leverage Snowflake's flexibility, performance, and ease of use to deliver more meaningful data insights. "With SecurityScorecard on the Snowflake Data Marketplace - organizations can now access and use robust vendor risk data directly in their Snowflake account. "Joint customers of Snowflake and SecurityScorecard can now easily combine, enrich, and contextualize vendor risk data with procurement, legal, IT, compliance, and security data, systems, and processes, accelerating the modern CIO and CISO's priority of data-driven, risk-based, and automated security and compliance." Joshua McKibben, Director Security Compliance & Risk Management at Snowflake "Our partnership with SecurityScorecard is delivering customers the detailed cybersecurity ratings data they need to refine and enrich data around numerous different use cases," said Tarik Dwiek, Head of Technology Alliances at Snowflake. "From third party risk and M&A due diligence, to cyber insurance, SecurityScorecard and Snowflake are helping global enterprises better manage their third-party risk management programs." About SecurityScorecard Funded by world-class investors including Evolution Equity Partners, Silver Lake Waterman, Sequoia Capital, GV, Riverwood Capital, and others, SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings with more than 12 million companies continuously rated. Founded in 2013 by security and risk experts Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy and Sam Kassoumeh, SecurityScorecard's patented rating technology is used by over 30,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, cyber insurance underwriting, and regulatory oversight.

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Cloud Security Alliance Offers Governance Best Practices for Protecting Data Throughout Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Lifecycle

Cloud Security Alliance | June 10, 2022

The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications, and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today released Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Governance Best Practices for Cloud Customers. Drafted by the SaaS Governance Working Group, the paper provides a baseline set of SaaS governance best practices for protecting data within SaaS environments, enumerates and considers risks according to the SaaS adoption and usage lifecycles, and finally, provides potential mitigation measures from the SaaS customer’s perspective. The SaaS environment ultimately presents a shift in the way organizations handle cybersecurity that introduces a shared responsibility between producers and consumers. While the domain of cloud adoption and security continues to evolve, not much guidance is available regarding SaaS governance and security. This, despite the reality that increasingly, different departments within an organization (Shadow IT) are occasionally utilizing SaaS offerings to power their critical business processes and functions and often storing sensitive data in SaaS environments. “SaaS requires a different security governance mindset. Because SaaS apps allow businesses to quickly and easily optimize business operations, adoption has come at the price of security. Few recognize how complex the configuration and permission settings of SaaS apps can be, which results in numerous misconfigurations, giving attackers the potential to access sensitive data,” said Amir Ofek, CEO of AxoniusX, the new innovation unit of Axonius, which sponsored the paper. “By following a widely adopted security framework, such as NIST CSF, coupled with the best-practices and recommendations in this document, organizations will be able to better establish SaaS governance and security processes to mitigate risk associated with SaaS usage, eliminate misconfigurations, and gain full control over their entire SaaS environment.” “While SaaS offers tremendous opportunities for organizations to change the way they operate, consume innovative capabilities, and offload many of the operational burdens associated with both creating and maintaining applications, it isn’t without its concerns. As organizations continue to adopt SaaS-based applications and solutions, traditional organizational cybersecurity must be updated to reflect this new operating model. Failing to do so can increase the potential risk and ramifications of security incidents associated with the consumption of SaaS.” Chris Hughes, co-founder and CISO at Aquia and project lead/lead author of the paper The guide defines three necessary components that, when combined into a cohesive strategy, can provide integrated security for SaaS systems and solutions: Process security. Protects the integrity of procedural activities to ensure the input and output of processes aren’t easily compromised. These are the managerial aspects, including policies and procedures, to ensure that an organization’s processes are consistent. Platform security. Deals with the security strength of the platform and the underlying dependencies of a SaaS service. These include the SaaS infrastructure, operating systems, and its potential suppliers. Application security. Deals with the security of the SaaS application itself. A SaaS application can only stay secure if it does not contain exploitable vulnerabilities and has implemented hardened configurations aligned with organizational and vendor security best practices, as well as compliance requirements. The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Governance Working Group aims to benefit all parties in the SaaS ecosystem by supporting a common understanding of SaaS related risks from the perspectives of the cloud customer and cloud service provider. Individuals interested in becoming involved in future research and initiatives are invited to join the working group. SaaS Governance Best Practices for Cloud Customers was sponsored by Axonius, a leader in cybersecurity asset management and SaaS management. CSA research prides itself on vendor neutrality, agility, and integrity of results. Sponsors are CSA Corporate Members who support the findings of the research project but have no added influence on the content development or editing rights to CSA research. About Axonius 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. About Cloud Security Alliance The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, training, certification, events, and products. CSA's activities, knowledge, and extensive network benefit the entire community impacted by cloud — from providers and customers to governments, entrepreneurs, and the assurance industry — and provide a forum through which different parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem.

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Veza, the Data Security Platform Built on the Power of Authorization, Announces Blackstone as a Customer and Strategic Series C Investor

Veza | June 27, 2022

Veza, the data security platform built on the power of authorization, announced an investment in their Series C funding round from Blackstone Innovations Investments, along with participation from previous investors. To date, Veza has raised a total of $110 million from top-tier investors including Accel, Bain Capital, Ballistic Ventures, GV, Norwest Venture Partners, True Ventures, and others. Blackstone has also selected Veza to help modernize its data security and access governance. Veza empowers organizations to address today’s greatest cybersecurity challenge: who can and should take what action on what data. As the world increasingly moves online, our changing behaviors are driving a transformational shift toward multi-cloud data systems, apps, computing, and infrastructure. This shift creates a complex, distributed web of human identities, accounts, apps, services, and access points that are constantly changing and susceptible to vulnerabilities. To address this, Veza takes a comprehensive approach that pulls together authorization data from disparate systems, giving customers a single source of truth to manage data access and controls. “Having a world-class cybersecurity program that protects our brand, reputation, investors and intellectual property is of paramount importance to our firm, and we are continuing to incorporate innovative technology solutions,” says Adam Fletcher, Chief Security Officer at Blackstone. “Our team is always looking for ways to develop a more comprehensive view of access across all of our applications and cloud infrastructure to allow us to modernize the firm’s access controls. We are excited to partner with Veza to help us accomplish this.” “Blackstone Innovations Investments is committed to investing in cutting-edge technology companies that we believe will have a meaningful impact on Blackstone, our portfolio companies, and the broader industry. We look forward to working with Veza and their impressive leadership team as they enter this next phase of growth,” comments Stevi Petrelli, Head of Blackstone Innovations Investments. “Institutions across multiple industries view Blackstone as an example of exceptional technology deployment and cybersecurity expertise. “Veza has greatly benefited from Blackstone’s product feedback and market insights. We are thrilled to work with Blackstone’s Security team to further modernize data security for their hybrid and multi-cloud environment.” Tarun Thakur, CEO and Co-Founder of Veza Additional investment in Veza comes from notable entrepreneurs including Dheeraj Pandey, Co-founder & CEO, DevRev and former CEO, Nutanix, and Lars Dalgaard, Founder Luv Ventures, Founder & Former CEO, SuccessFactors. “Authorization is the source of truth when it comes to understanding who has access to what,” says Dheeraj Pandey, Co-Founder and CEO of DevRev. “Understanding authorization at scale is one of the hardest problems to address and I am excited to watch team Veza bring on a new era of identity, rooted in authorization. Veza is defining authorization as a standard for protecting data against ransomware and other forms of data breach.” “Entrepreneurs will tell you that company building is one of the hardest, yet rewarding experiences, with real potential to make an impact,” says Lars Dalgaard, Founder Luv Ventures, Founder & Former CEO SuccessFactors. “When evaluating any company, I look for deep technical breakthrough for a massive market opportunity, deal composition and company traction, and passion amongst founders. And, I’m very excited to be partnering with Tarun and Veza on the mission to build an iconic company that will revolutionize the data security industry for decades to come.” About Veza Veza is the data security platform built on the power of authorization. Our platform is purpose-built for hybrid multi-cloud environments to help you use and share your data safely. Veza makes it easy to understand, manage, and control who can and should take what action on what data. We organize authorization metadata across identity providers, data systems, cloud service providers, and applications — all to address the toughest data security challenges of the modern era. Founded in 2020, the company is funded by top-tier investors including Accel, Bain Capital, Ballistic Ventures, Blackstone, GV, Norwest Venture Partners, and True Ventures. To learn more, please visit us at veza.com. Many Fortune 500, Fortune 1000 and smaller organizations use its data security platform for protection against ransomware, modernizing access governance for critical data and apps, and implementing data lake security for Snowflake and other solutions.

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The first year of GDPR started slow, but companies and regulators alike are picking up speed. Our new infographic shows GDPR’s first year by the numbers. Unless you’ve been on a worldwide cruise for the last year (with no Wi-Fi), there’s little doubt you’ve heard of GDPR—the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation. GDPR went into effect May 25, 2018, and severely affected companies’ ability to use, store, transmit, and process individual consumers’ data without their express permission. Now that GDPR is about a year old, let’s look at the state of compliance and what’s on the horizon for GDPR. Download the PDF, and read our analysis below.

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