Global Search Marketing Agency, Directive, Announces Complete Rebranding

Directive Consulting | December 05, 2018

Directive, the leading B2B and enterprise search marketing agency, announced today the launch of their new branding to reflect their evolution into a global search marketing agency. Directive’s unique approach to search marketing has positioned the company as the agency of choice for leading B2B and enterprise companies since 2014 with a portfolio comprised of 90% in the B2B space. With their extensive rebranding efforts, the company continues to offer premier SEO, PPC, CRO, content marketing and paid social services that B2B and enterprises need to scale their business. Additionally, Directive continues to invest further in employee well-being, marketing technologies and superior support for clients. “Our rebranding does not impact our services, operations or our market, as we have been working with leaders in the B2B space for some time; however, our identity now reflects and matches that,” stated Hannah Mans, Directive’s 

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DATA SECURITY

SecurityScorecard Research Reveals Cyber Vulnerabilities Pose a Threat to U.S. Maritime Security

SecurityScorecard | December 21, 2021

SecurityScorecard, the global leader in cybersecurity ratings, today released a new report on the U.S. shipping industry, "Proactive Security Measures for Global Maritime Shipping." The research found that high severity cyber vulnerabilities pose a big risk to U.S. maritime security, especially ahead of a busy holiday season. In December 2021, SecurityScorecard conducted an analysis of the cybersecurity health of 100 global shipping container companies compared to the Forbes Global 2000 companies, finding that: Overall, the cybersecurity risk posture of the shipping industry was better than the Forbes Global 2000, but the shipping industry did not perform higher in every risk group factor The largest risks to the sector include vulnerabilities in application security, irregular patching cadence, and network security Data breach percentages for shipping container companies increased from 2018 through 2021, indicating that the industry may be an increasingly attractive target for malicious cyber actors during the 2021 winter holiday season Shipping container companies initially did better than the Forbes Global 2000 until April 2020, when high-profile attacks sank the industry average. Since mid-2020, shipping container companies have continued to struggle to build resilience in their cybersecurity and have not yet returned to their pre-2020 breach scores. Global supply shortages and shipping disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic pose a threat to U.S maritime security and threaten to disrupt the holiday gift-giving season. The maritime shipping network, which is responsible for 90% of the global trade, has gone from being a fast and cost-effective system to one plagued by delays, clogged shipping lanes, and exorbitant prices. "The shipping and maritime industry is already strained and taxed by the pandemic and resulting supply chain backlog,A potential cyber incident in the shipping industry could have catastrophic effects on people and businesses all across the world. This research is a key indicator that the industry should continue to keep a focus on cyber resilience through continuous monitoring." Aleksandr Yampolskiy, CEO and co-founder of SecurityScorecard SecurityScorecard continuously monitors millions of entities world-wide, and non-intrusively assesses their security posture across ten risk categories, including DNS health, IP reputation, web application security, network security, leaked information, hacker chatter, endpoint security, and patching cadence. This instantly delivers an easy-to-understand "A" through "F" security rating. About SecurityScorecard Funded by world-class investors including Silver Lake Partners, 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 25,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, and cyber insurance underwriting. SecurityScorecard continues to make the world a safer place by transforming the way companies understand, improve and communicate cybersecurity risk to their boards, employees and vendors. Every organization has the universal right to their trusted and transparent Instant SecurityScorecard rating.

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PLATFORM SECURITY

Red Sift Partners with SMX to Provide End-to-End Cloud Email Security to Organizations in Australia and New Zealand

Red Sift | May 09, 2022

Red Sift, provider of the only integrated cloud email security and brand protection platform, today announced a strategic partnership with SMX, the cybersecure email specialist, to help enterprises in Australia and New Zealand strengthen their email security posture and threat protection. Through this exclusive arrangement, Red Sift’s best-in-class Reporting Platform integrates with SMX’s new Domain Protection Service (DPS) to deliver a new joint DMARC implementation offering, helping customers improve email threat monitoring and agility in responding to threats. Red Sift and SMX will be showcasing their joint offering at AusCERT 2022 in Broadbeach, Australia, May 10-13 (booth #B19). SMX’s DPS service enables enterprises to maintain an effective DMARC implementation, using Red Sift’s best-in-class Reporting Platform to identify, quantify, and respond in real-time to dynamic threats. Red Sift’s real-time reporting provides vital data that allows SMX to deliver their expertise in refining the security profile and manage SMX DPS deployments effectively across an enterprise’s domains. SMX’s expertise, coupled with Red Sift’s reporting capabilities, provides the level of agility and monitoring required to keep up with today’s email threat landscape. “Every company in Australasia has a unique threat environment and clients increasingly want a region-specific, locally designed and supported approach to cyber security,” says Richard Fraser, CEO of SMX. “Our DMARC managed service, DPS, made possible through this strategic partnership with Red Sift, provides clients with the tailored protection profile required to respond in real-time to dynamic threats, and will enhance email cyber-security throughout Australia and New Zealand.” According to Gartner, 90% of the Global 2000 will have DMARC in place by 2026. As email threats continue to evolve and become increasingly complex, it is more important now than ever before that enterprises establish a streamlined and sustainable DMARC implementation process that can be easily updated to reflect today’s dynamic digital environment. With the Red Sift and SMX partnership, enterprises now have access to an end-to-end email threat monitoring service, powered by real-time reporting with actionable insights that enable them to maximize their agility in quantifying and responding to threats. As a result, customers have greater confidence in their DMARC implementation and overall email security posture. “SMX shares our mission to provide enterprises with the solutions necessary to proactively protect their business and brand reputation from email security threats, rather than ‘mopping up’ after an attack. Our partnership with SMX enables us to help more organizations in Australia and New Zealand strengthen their DMARC implementations, and we’re excited to continue to scale globally in partnership with SMX.” Cameron McLean, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, Red Sift Experts from Red Sift and SMX will be on hand at booth #B19 at AusCERT 2022 to showcase their joint DMARC managed service for enterprises. About Red Sift Red Sift enables security-first organizations to successfully communicate with and ensure the trust of their employees, vendors and customers. As the only integrated cloud email and brand protection platform, Red Sift automates BIMI and DMARC processes, makes it easy to identify and stop business email compromise, and secures domains from impersonation to prevent attacks. Founded in 2015, Red Sift is a global organization with international offices in the UK, Spain, Australia, and North America. It boasts a client base of all sizes and across all industries, including Wise, Telefonica, Pipedrive, ITV, Dominos, and top global law firms. Find out how Red Sift is delivering actionable cybersecurity insights to its global customers at redsift.com. About SMX SMX is a cyber security company with specialist expertise in email. It’s all we do. That means you get local expertise to help you secure your organisation’s email. And when you protect your email, you’re also protecting your brand reputation. For more than 17 years, our in-house development team has been delivering that to hundreds of public and private sector businesses, offering training, support and the latest in tech solutions.

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LeanIX Announces Cloud Security Alliance Membership

LeanIX | March 11, 2022

LeanIX , the platform to plan and manage continuous transformation across the enterprise, today announced its membership in the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world's leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. LeanIX is published on CSA's Security, Trust, Assurance, and Risk (STAR) Registry, a publicly accessible registry that documents the security and privacy controls provided by popular cloud computing offerings. The company has maintained STAR Level ONE status on the registry since September 2020 and is now a registered SaaS Solution Provider with CSA. LeanIX builds information technology tools that promote a culture capable of navigating all types of change, both planned and unexpected. Its enterprise-ready, secure, and trusted SaaS platform supports the needs of leading companies around the world by providing the data, insights and common language needed to master software complexity. Whether rationalizing IT landscapes, preparing for a major technology migration, enabling flexible approaches to SaaS management, or mapping value streams from code to customer, LeanIX is the trusted partner for turning change into a competitive advantage. "SaaS depends on trust. We believe transparency around the protection of customer data and everything we do to ensure compliance and system availability helps build that trust. As proud CSA members, we share the organization's commitment to ensuring a trusted and secure cloud computing environment." LeanIX Co-founder and CEO André Christ "Publishing and maintaining Level ONE status on the STAR Registry is a testament to LeanIX's relentless commitment to information security, and we're thrilled to have the company as a member of the CSA," said Jim Reavis, CSA co-founder and CEO. "As a newly registered SaaS Solution Provider, our continued work with LeanIX will help promote excellent security practices and build on the foundation of trust for customers and the greater marketplace." About the 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, 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 diverse parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem. About LeanIX LeanIX's Continuous Transformation Platform® is trusted by Corporate IT and Product IT to achieve comprehensive visibility and superior governance. Global customers organize, plan and manage IT landscapes with LeanIX's automated and data-driven approach. Offering SaaS for Enterprise Architecture Management, SaaS Management, and Value Stream Management, LeanIX helps organizations make sound decisions and accelerate transformation journeys. LeanIX has hundreds of customers globally, including Adidas, Atlassian, Bosch, Dropbox, Santander or Workday. The company is headquartered in Bonn, Germany, with offices in Boston, Hyderabad and around the world.

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Swimlane Extends Cloud-Based Security Automation into APJ Amid Momentous Growth in Region

Swimlane | April 19, 2022

Swimlane, the leader in low-code security automation, today announced the general availability of Swimlane Cloud in the Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ) region. This deployment is further evidence of Swimlane’s continued commitment to empowering APJ customers to enable new use cases previously not possible with traditional security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR). This includes unlocking the use of automation beyond the SOC, where Swimlane serves as the system-of-record for the entire security organization. Meeting the APJ Staffing Shortage Head-On with Swimlane Cloud The APJ region faces a significant cybersecurity talent shortage with an estimated 2.045 million open cybersecurity roles, accounting for 66% of the total global shortage, signaling the struggle to find qualified, skilled professionals to handle increasing security alerts. Without automation, these overburdened security administrators must manually perform repetitive and time-consuming tasks needed to track, mitigate and resolve security events across multiple security platforms. Despite significant time investments, security teams cannot realistically analyze and adequately prioritize security alerts and events at the rate necessary to protect networks. “In order to mature our security operations, we knew it was necessary to advance how we monitor and respond to threat intelligence by taking a more proactive approach to security operations,” said Tanajak Watanakij, CISO, R V Connex. “With our existing talent pool, we turned to Swimlane’s low-code security automation offering to create a centralized system of record for our Security Operations Center (SOC) and remove dependencies on a host of manual processes. Swimlane’s interactive dashboards and automated, easily customizable workflows reduced our mean time to respond and ultimately helped us ensure continuous compliance and prevent breaches across the entire R V Connex Corporation and our MSSP customers.” “Security teams across APJ need solutions that reduce the manual operations needed to respond to security threats and speed up incident response. We are a customer-focused company with a powerful platform for helping companies ease the burden security teams face daily. Swimlane is fully dedicated to supporting the region’s ongoing cybersecurity challenges through the adoption of low-code security automation.” Johan Wikenstedt, Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) for Swimlane Demand for Low-Code Automation Continues to Climb Swimlane’s current product initiatives in APJ continue to drive regional market traction highlighted by: 173% revenue growth of regional presence in the past four months, with more than 7x revenue growth in the past 6 months. 142% growth of regional employee headcount in the past six months. New sales offices established in Australia, Malaysia and South Korea. Net-new customer adoption in Australia, Bangladesh, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and New Zealand. Vertical expansion of customer adoption across banking, technology, financial services, government, MSSP, and manufacturing industries. 8 new go-to-market partners established in the region. Lumen Technologies turned to Swimlane after experiencing a rapid period of growth that challenged the company’s security team to capacity. Swimlane’s low-code security automation platform allowed the organization to maintain the integrity of its security operations and quickly adapt to business growth across its SecOps infrastructure. Within the first quarter of implementing the solution, Lumen achieved a 30% automation level. Today, 70% of security events hitting the Security Operations Center (SOC) can be fully automated without human intervention. “Swimlane was a partner from the start, helping us ensure the solution was easy to manage and operate and providing technical support whenever we needed,” said Wai Kit Cheah, Director of the Security Practice at Lumen Technologies. “With Swimlane’s robust automation engine, events can be processed from any source, enabling our security team to integrate security automation with user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) and third-party threat intelligence feeds. This allowed us to achieve a holistic look at our ecosystem and has quickly made Swimlane’s platform an essential component of our SOC.” Swimlane Medley Partner Program Expands to Malaysia Swimlane has invested significantly in Malaysia due to the region’s robust national cybersecurity strategy and world-class talent. As part of its growth in the region, Swimlane recently announced a partnership with CyberSecurity Malaysia, the national cyber security specialist agency under the purview of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM), to assist the organization on its mission to build a more resilient cyber ecosystem throughout Malaysia. “Our strategic partnership with Swimlane comes at an exciting time for CyberSecurity Malaysia as we seek to elevate a strategic cybersecurity vision for the region,” said Dato’ Ts. Dr. Haji Amirudin Abdul Wahab, CEO of CyberSecurity Malaysia. “Together, Swimlane and Cybersecurity Malaysia will leverage our combined experience, capabilities, and products to deliver innovative cybersecurity solutions across Malaysia and ensure companies in the region have access to the world’s most-capable low-code automation technology to safeguard their networks and data.” Join Swimlane at the SecOps Automation Summit 2022 Swimlane will hold the SecOps Automation Summit 2022 in South Korea, Malaysia and Australia in late April and early May. Presenters include Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Cody Cornell and other members of the Swimlane team, along with various current partners and customers, to explore new and future innovations in the dynamic field of security automation. To learn more about the summit and Swimlane’s expansion in the APJ region, visit https://swimlane.com/swimlane-helps-address-asia-pacifics-security-skills-shortage. About Swimlane Swimlane is the leader in cloud-scale, low-code security automation. Supporting use cases beyond SOAR, Swimlane improves the ease with which security teams can overcome process and data fatigue, as well as chronic staffing shortages. Swimlane unlocks the potential of automation beyond the SOC by delivering a low-code platform that serves as the system-of-record for the entire security organization and enables anyone within the organization to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the protection of the organization.

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