How the NSA can break trillions of encrypted Web and VPN connections

Arstechnica | October 15, 2015

For years, privacy advocates have pushed developers of websites, virtual private network apps, and other cryptographic software to adopt the Diffie-Hellman cryptographic key exchange as a defense against surveillance from the US National Security Agency and other state-sponsored spies

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PLATFORM SECURITY

Contrast Security Achieves AWS DevSecOps Competency Status

Contrast Security | May 13, 2022

Contrast Security (Contrast), the leader in code security that empowers developers to secure-as-they code, announced today that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) DevOps Competency for development, security, and operations (DevSecOps) garnered by demonstrating technical proficiency and proven customer success specializing in DevSecOps. Contrast was selected as one of the official launch partners of the DevSecOps Competency by AWS, which is an extension of the DevOps category. Achieving the AWS DevOps Competency for DevSecOps differentiates Contrast Security as an AWS Partner with deep domain expertise in delivering software products that integrate security across every stage of the development and delivery cycles, including pre-, during, and post-deployment. Contrast Security is part of a small group of innovative security technologies to achieve the AWS DevSecOps Competency in its inaugural year. "We're honored to achieve AWS DevSecOps Competency status on top of the DevOps Competency status that we received last year. It is a true testament to our efforts in helping large enterprises ensure security and compliance across the entire lifecycle of their web applications and APIs running on AWS. We're looking forward to expanding our AWS capabilities so that organizations garner continuous visibility and centralized point-of-control for software risk through a single platform." Surag Patel, Chief Strategy Officer at Contrast Security By using instrumentation technology, Contrast Security is embedding self-assessment and self-protection capabilities directly into AWS applications during run-time. This enables DevSecOps teams to detect accurate code-level vulnerabilities (both custom code and open source libraries) in development and quality assurance (QA) environments, and monitor and block production applications from threats and attacks in real-time. Envestnet | Yodlee, the leading data aggregation and data analytics platform, helps consumers live better financial lives through innovative products and services created for more than 1,400 financial institutions and financial technology (FinTech) companies. The company revolutionizes financial services with its intelligent APIs, innovative applications, and advanced analytics products. With the help of Contrast Security and AWS, the company was able to seamlessly integrate new applications and accelerate its time-to-market. The AWS offerings have helped Envestnet | Yodlee launch products to market quickly and effectively. By implementing Contrast as part of their DevSecOps initiatives, Envestnet | Yodlee further secured its financial software solutions and by adopting a DevSecOps methodology, security and development teams are jointly responsible for bolstering security by essentially bringing development and operations together. "Envestnet | Yodlee requires an application security framework that is repeatable, scalable, and can find and remediate vulnerabilities by using the best software security solutions," said Saran Makam, Director of Application Security at Envestnet | Yodlee. "My team chose Contrast Security because their solution was well received by our development and security teams and because it works continuously and in real-time." About Contrast Security Contrast Security secures the code that global business relies on. It is the industry's most modern and comprehensive Code Security Platform, removing security roadblock inefficiencies and empowering enterprise developers to write and release secure application code faster. Embedding code analysis and attack prevention directly into software with instrumentation, the Contrast platform automatically detects vulnerabilities while developers write code, eliminates false positives, and provides context-specific how-to-fix guidance for easy and fast vulnerability remediation. Doing so enables application and development teams to collaborate more effectively and to innovate faster while accelerating digital transformation initiatives. This is why a growing number of the world's largest private and public sector organizations rely on Contrast to secure their applications in development and extend protection to cloud and on-premise applications in production.

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SOFTWARE SECURITY

CyCognito and Carahsoft Partner to Deliver Attack Surface Management and Protection Solutions to the Public Sector

CyCognito | December 29, 2021

CyCognito, the leader in external attack surface management and protection, today announced a strategic go-to-market alliance with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as CyCognito’s first Public Sector Distributor. The new relationship expands and deepens CyCognito’s reach across and within the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), OMNIA Partners, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint, and National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), as well as through Carahsoft’s reseller partners. “Together with our channel partners, CyCognito is using its platform, program and best practices to help the Public Sector establish a stronger security posture and proactively identify, protect and prevent cyberattacks from happening,” says Channel Chief and CyCognito’s Worldwide Sales Leader Lori Cornmesser. Most of today’s cyberattacks continue to intrude through external attack vectors. CyCognito’s innovative platform automates the discovery, multi-factor security testing and risk prioritization of all externally-exposed assets in an organization’s extended IT ecosystem. Once cyber threats are identified, CyCognito orchestrates data sharing to automatically start the remediation process by creating an incident response ticket. The platform integrates its findings and intelligence into existing vulnerability lifecycle management processes through channels such as Slack, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, and several additional platforms. This proven and proactive layer of automated security ensures an organization’s entire attack surface is protected quickly and efficiently when risks are detected. “Empowering organizations to find and eliminate the paths attackers easily exploit is a vital tactic within any surface management and protection strategy,Prevention and remediation must remain top of mind for channel partners and IT decision makers, especially those working within the Public Sector where the stakes are high and the impact of a single breach has the potential to span states, the nation and even the globe.” Rob Gurzeev, Founder and CEO, CyCognito CyCognito and Carahsoft are enabling forward-thinking security value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs), global systems integrators (GSIs) and managed security services providers (MSSPs) with a new and enhanced lineup of SLED and Federal-focused sales and marketing assets. Offered at no charge, these business-building assets are readily available within CyCognito’s partner portal and include how to market, how to pitch and position, and how to demo the technology. “Agencies today are under tremendous pressure to protect their customers from cybercrime,” said Michael Shrader, Vice President of Intelligence and Innovative Solutions at Carahsoft. “CyCognito’s leading platform preempts attacks and helps businesses satisfy key elements of most common security frameworks and regulatory compliance standards. We look forward to working with CyCognito and our reseller partners to help educate and better enable the Public Sector with the knowledge, specialization and technology needed to properly assess their cyber risk and eliminate exposure.” About CyCognito CyCognito solves one of the most fundamental business problems in cybersecurity: seeing how attackers view your organization, where they are most likely to break in, what systems and assets are at risk and how you can eliminate the exposure. Founded by national intelligence agency veterans, CyCognito has a deep understanding of how attackers exploit blind spots and a path of least resistance. The Palo Alto-based company is funded by leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists, and its mission is to help organizations protect themselves from even the most sophisticated attackers. It does this with a category-defining, transformative platform that automates offensive cybersecurity operations to provide reconnaissance capabilities superior to those of attackers. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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DATA SECURITY

Armis Selects Radware to Deliver Cloud Security for AWS

Radware | December 30, 2021

Radware a leading provider of cyber security and application delivery solutions, today announced that Armis, a leading unified asset visibility and security platform provider, chose Radware’s Cloud Native Protector to safeguard its Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment. This born-in-the-cloud business adopted Radware’s solution to fortify its cloud security posture and identify potential vulnerabilities before they evolved into threats. Armis’ security platform enables companies to safely use and control IoT and other unmanaged devices without fear of compromise by cyberattacks. Armis was looking for a solution that would give its DevOps team full visibility and control of its public cloud environment. The company turned to Radware to make it easier for its team to remotely track assets, supervise access to sensitive resources, and detect suspicious activity. “The Radware team understands that we are a dynamic company with requirements that are constantly changing,” said Roi Amitay, head of DevInfra at Armis. “Radware’s Cloud Native Protector plays an essential role in securing our cloud environment. It helps us see our full cloud picture and focus on what matters most. Radware provides trusted products and support, making this the best solution for our company.” Radware’s solution enhances the visibility and control Armis has over its public cloud environment. It automates manual analysis and notifies Armis about any publicly exposed assets and potential cyberattacks to help the company prioritize its work. “Cloud-native companies like Armis have unique and constantly shifting security requirements that need specialized solutions,Our Cloud Native Protector not only secures Armis’ cloud workloads but also is continually assessing risks and improving visibility and governance of their cloud.” Gilad Barzilay, director of public cloud sales at Radware Radware’s Cloud Native Protector is an agentless solution that provides centralized visibility and reporting for workloads and accounts on AWS and Microsoft Azure. Its intuitive 360-degree centralized dashboard shows alerts across accounts and clouds with risk-prioritized alerting so that security teams know which alert to focus on first. Using a multi-layered approach that covers a wide security posture of the cloud and threats to individual workloads, the solution also identifies and prevents public exposure of public facing assets, cloud security misconfigurations, excessive permissions, and malicious activity in the cloud. About Radware Radware is a global leader of cyber security and application delivery solutions for physical, cloud, and software defined data centers. Its award-winning solutions portfolio secures the digital experience by providing infrastructure, application, and corporate IT protection, and availability services to enterprises globally. Radware’s solutions empower enterprise and carrier customers worldwide to adapt to market challenges quickly, maintain business continuity, and achieve maximum productivity while keeping costs down. For more information, please visit the Radware website.

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SOFTWARE SECURITY

Guidepost Solutions Acquires Significant Equity Interest in Cybersecurity Solutions Firm Truvantis, Inc.

Guidepost Solutions LLC | March 29, 2022

Guidepost Solutions LLC, a global leader in domestic and international investigations, compliance solutions, monitoring, and security and technology consulting, announced that it has acquired a significant equity stake in Truvantis, Inc., a cybersecurity company formed in 2010. Truvantis provides best-in-class cyber and privacy services to secure infrastructure, data, operations, and products. This strategic partnership allows both Guidepost and Truvantis to offer a wide-ranging suite of cybersecurity solutions and consulting services, at a time when cybersecurity risks are evolving and affecting all business operations. Truvantis is led by its founder and CEO, Andy Cottrell. With more than 25 years of experience in IT and cybersecurity, Cottrell has designed and implemented security solutions, launched innovative security products to market, and helped countless small and large companies improve their security posture. “I am pleased to announce this partnership with Truvantis, as part of our firm’s continued efforts to grow its capabilities and footprint in the cybersecurity arena. We are committed to providing our clients with unique solutions to defend against one of the greatest risks facing their companies – cyber threats. This partnership significantly expands our ability to fulfill that commitment.” Julie Myers Wood, Guidepost Solutions CEO This new alliance enables clients to leverage comprehensive threat, risk, vulnerability management, privacy, and assessment services to protect against a full spectrum of cyber and physical security issues and address a variety of regulatory and business-critical requirements. Today’s companies are faced with an increasing number of requests for independent verification of their cybersecurity and privacy policies and practices. Whether it’s an assessment against a security framework like the NIST CSF, ISO 27001, or CIS Controls, addressing compliance with privacy laws and requirements like the PCI DSS, or preparing for a SOC2 or HITRUST audit, companies are seeking help from highly qualified, credentialed consultants who can help address these complex cybersecurity and privacy challenges. The Guidepost/Truvantis team will afford clients a depth of expertise as well as a breadth of services to address a broad range of risk mitigation needs. “Guidepost Solutions is a leader in investigations, compliance, and physical security consulting and we’re excited to bring these capabilities to our clients to provide comprehensive risk management solutions,” said Andy Cottrell, CEO, Truvantis. “As the market continues to evolve toward consolidated physical, personnel, and cybersecurity management, this partnership enables us to provide the most comprehensive solutions in the market.” Through this investment and partnership, Guidepost Solutions and Truvantis are positioned to enhance cyber and physical security defenses for clients and provide resiliency for their critical systems. Specific security services include risk assessments, security testing, cyber investigations, cybersecurity governance, data protection, privacy consulting, operational security design and project management, vCISO, and remediation services. About Guidepost Solutions LLC Guidepost Solutions is a leader in domestic and international investigations, compliance solutions, monitoring, and security and technology consulting. We work wherever your needs take us – whether on the ground around the globe – or from one of our offices located in Bogotá, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, Walnut Creek, and Washington, DC. About Truvantis Inc. Truvantis® is a cybersecurity consulting organization providing best-in-class privacy and cybersecurity services to secure your organization’s infrastructure, data, operations, and products. We specialize in helping our customers improve their cybersecurity posture by implementing, testing, auditing, and operating information security programs.

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As businesses become increasingly digital, their exposure to cybersecurity threats also increases, meaning that cybersecurity has become an in-demand area of expertise. We spoke to Sean Feeney, a senior cybersecurity software engineer at Fidelity Investments, about the skills you need to work in this vibrant sector.

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