BlastWave | June 17, 2022
BlastWave, a zero-trust networking solution provider that reduces the cost and complexity of remote access VPN management, today announced enhancements to its zero-trust security software solution, BlastShield™. The enhancements include added security capability for the three main cloud service providers, identity manager unification, Azure gateway security integration and easy bulk onboarding. BlastWave sees these updates as increasingly important with the global workforce shift to remote cloud environments on multiple vendor platforms.
The recent update allows BlastShield users to link with hybrid cloud network providers like AWS, Google, and the most recent addition, Azure, in one secure environment without forcing a user to rely on the respective security measures of each provider. This means users can have workloads distributed across provider environments but only one user authentication system. The update continues BlastWave's mission of convenient, cutting-edge cybersecurity, all while offering enhanced protection within identity management systems. Most importantly, users can take advantage of BlastShield's heightened speed and functionality, two vital features in multi-functional, cloud environments.
This latest update also adds support for gateway security in Azure environments, expanding on BlastShield's previous gateway security capabilities in GCP, AWS, ESXi and COTS hardware systems. This new gateway security integration increases functionality for Azure users, allowing them to rely on password-less authentication instead of dated VPN security measures within their cloud-based Azure environments.
BlastShield's latest update streamlines bulk onboarding, a typically arduous process, leveraging customers' SSO functionality. This update's features rely on an industry-standard API, System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM), designed to simplify the management of user identities in cloud-based services as well as applications. It enables the automatic exchange of user information between identity domains, eliminating the insecure provisioning of identity managers when onboarding large numbers of users in distributed cloud environments. Identity managers have conventionally suffered from potential exposure to credential theft, SIM jacking, and other threat vectors. BlastShield's update addresses these vulnerabilities without hampering the convenience of identity managers.
"BlastShield's latest update enhances our proven security mechanisms with single sign-on identity management tools and offers simplified bulk onboarding. "Many competitors are focusing more on endpoint security in these hybrid cloud environments, but we're offering a macro-level security approach that combines the convenience of identity management systems like Okta and One Identity with the proven agile security of BlastShield's network-level ZTNA and microsegmentation."
Michael Bacon, BlastWave Solution Engineer
The recent software update and resulting functionality are automatic for new subscribers and can be implemented with the click of a button in the BlastShield interface for current professional and enterprise customers.
"In the past, cybersecurity may have elicited groans from providers, largely due to its perceived inconvenience. This update lends BlastWave's proven security stack to the login convenience offered by established identity managers," said Mel Knight, Brier and Thorn CISO. "Once again, whether through bulk onboarding via secure provisioning or enhanced Azure environment security, BlastWave continues to imbue existing technologies with their patented, proven ZTNA security solution. We are excited for our customers to experience this update's improved, secure convenience, bulk onboarding, and multi-vendor cloud security."
Founded by former executives and technologists from Apple and Cisco, BlastWave is taking a fundamentally different approach to security aimed at protecting privacy and connected devices from cyberattacks. BlastWave's patented product, BlastShield™️, is an integrated, zero-trust stack that combines state-of-the-art passwordless multi-factor authentication with high-performance, resilient encrypted connectivity and built-in microsegmentation. BlastWave is backed by Rocket Strategies, Lucas Venture Group, and Millennium Investments. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California.
GuidePoint Security | July 27, 2022
GuidePoint Security, a cybersecurity solutions leader enabling organizations to make smarter decisions and minimize risk, announced today that it has achieved the Compliance and Privacy distinction in the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Security Competency. This designation recognizes that GuidePoint Security has demonstrated and successfully met AWS’s technical and quality requirements for providing customers with a deep level of consulting services expertise in Compliance and Privacy to help them achieve their cloud security goals.
Achieving the Compliance and Privacy distinction in the AWS Security Competency differentiates GuidePoint Security as an AWS Partner that provides specialized consulting services designed to help companies from startups and mid-sized businesses to the largest global enterprises to adopt, develop, and deploy security into their AWS environments, increasing their overall security posture on AWS. To receive the designation, partners must possess deep AWS expertise and deliver solutions seamlessly on AWS.
“GuidePoint Security was an original AWS Security Competency launch partner and we are proud to be launch partner yet again for the updated AWS Security Competency program having achieved the Compliance and Privacy distinction,” said Anil Badruddin, Practice Director – AWS Cloud Security, GuidePoint Security. “Our team is dedicated to helping organizations achieve their security goals by combining our in-depth knowledge of technical solutions along with our deep expertise of the powerful security tools AWS provides.”
AWS is enabling scalable, flexible, and cost-effective solutions from startups to global enterprises. To support the seamless integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS established the AWS Competency Program to help customers identify AWS Partners with deep industry experience and expertise.
GuidePoint Security’s distinction for Compliance and Privacy is based on the following attributes:
Specialized consulting service offerings including: cloud security assessments, cloud governance, solution design and implementation, and security automation
The ability to develop enterprise-wide security playbooks to help organizations mature their cybersecurity programs
Deep technical expertise for a wide range of third-party security solution providers and AWS native services to help customers identify, implement, and manage the right solutions for their environment and business
Expertise in helping customers ensure Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliance on AWS (GuidePoint Security is certified as a PCI QSA)
About GuidePoint Security
GuidePoint Security provides trusted cybersecurity expertise, solutions, and services that help organizations make better decisions that minimize risk. Our experts act as your trusted advisor to understand your business and challenges, helping you through an evaluation of your cybersecurity posture and ecosystem to expose risks, optimize resources and implement best-fit solutions. GuidePoint’s unmatched expertise has enabled a third of Fortune 500 companies and more than half of the U.S. government cabinet-level agencies to improve their security posture and reduce risk.
Cerby | June 28, 2022
Cerby officially launched today with the world’s first security platform for unmanageable applications and an approach that enhances security practices by empowering both employees and security teams. The Cerby Zero Trust architecture takes on the challenges of unmanageable applications in the shadow IT universe—technologies that are selected and onboarded by business units outside the purview and visibility of the IT department, or don’t support industry standards like SAML for authentication and SCIM for user provisioning. The Cerby offering is very different from other options on the market because it moves security automation capabilities into the hands of business users—in effect, it balances empowerment and autonomy with security and productivity.
The company, which has been operating in stealth mode since 2020, already has early customers—including Fox, L’Oréal, MiSalud, Dentsu, Televisa, and Wizeline—where the technology is used to address common application liabilities efficiently while facilitating collaboration. It also announced today $12 million in seed funding from Ridge Ventures, Bowery Capital, Okta Ventures, Salesforce Ventures and others, bringing total funding to $15.5 million.
“Our goal at Cerby is simple but sweeping: To increase productivity for enterprises by empowering employees to use the technologies they prefer while automating compliance and security,” said Co-Founder and CEO, Belsasar Lepe. “In this era of IT consumerization, employee choice and enterprise security are not mutually exclusive—with the right tools and strategies, they go hand-in-hand. When business professionals get real autonomy, security becomes everyone’s responsibility, rather than just one of many priorities for the IT department. The Cerby platform for unmanageable applications enables organizations to boost efficiency, comply with existing policies and reduce exposure to cyberattacks—it’s truly a win-win-win.”
Cerby’s enrollment-based platform combines proprietary technology, robotic process automation (RPA) and seamless integrations with identity providers like Okta and Azure AD. This powerful functionality enables the platform to understand commonly used SaaS applications in a business context, and automate security policies before they lead to breaches.
The scale of the problem is undeniable, in part because while employees choose the applications, they don’t pay for them. Analyst firms, such as Everest Group report that shadow IT spending represents 50% or more of the overall IT outlay in large enterprises. Meanwhile, teams preferring application autonomy are twice as likely to prioritize productivity over security.
Cerby’s own research confirms this trend. The company just commissioned its own study of this critical subject, and the preliminary findings show how much attitudes have hardened with regard to employee choices. The comprehensive study of over 500 business professionals in North America and the UK employed by companies with more than $100M in annual revenue, conducted in partnership with Osterman Research, reveals that a staggering 91% of respondents believe they should have full control over the applications they purchase. On a related note, 52% want the company or IT department to “just get out of the way,” and when employers disallow applications desired by end users, respondents say it will “negatively affect” the way work gets done.
To be clear, these perspectives are not emerging from a vacuum. More than three quarters of the companies surveyed, 78%, have policies in place regarding which applications employees can and cannot use, and just over half the respondents report knowledge or experience of particular applications being disallowed. These actions don’t necessarily go down well with employees: 68% ask for an alternative solution, preferably one that is stress-free and automated; 35% seek an alternative of their own, while stating that it negatively affects the way work is done; and 42% “demand a good reason” for the ban.
“We chose Cerby because we needed a secure and centralized place to manage access to our paid social accounts. “Because Cerby can seamlessly integrate with our organization’s single sign-on technology and also connect to the social platforms’ APIs, we are able to create organizational efficiencies by granting and removing access within one place. Additionally, the automated access removal of employees who have left the company provides a level of security we did not previously have.”
Nina Donnard, AVP, Paid Social, L’Oreal
The issue of unmanageable applications within the organization is particularly sensitive because it puts two forces—employee autonomy and corporate security—in direct conflict. The C-suite—enterprise CIOs, CMOs, CISOs—wants security to be frictionless; when security teams take a heavy-handed approach, they often end up blocking key applications and negatively affecting productivity. This encompasses three core problems, which are sometimes contradictory. They feature: Brand risk (including errors, cyberattacks, and fraud); non-compliance (corporate policy, contracts, and industry/government regulations); and inefficient processes (insufficient resources; inconsistent, error-prone access reviews; extraneous steps and wasted time).
Cerby steps into this chasm with numerous capabilities to plug security, compliance and productivity gaps. For example, end users can log in securely to any application, even those that don’t support SSO natively, store log-in data, and share this information securely with collaborators. At the same time, IT and security teams can set policy at the application, team, and company level. Throughout this process, Cerby is actively monitoring connected applications to ensure they are securely configured to meet corporate security standards for two factor authentication, password complexity and many other commonly missed security settings.
“I love that Cerby solves a problem every CIO faces: unmanageable applications,” said Yousuf Khan, Partner at Ridge Ventures and former CIO. “When non-IT employees use unauthorized applications, they might be gaining productivity, but they are also unlocking a Pandora’s box of security vulnerabilities. The pandemic only made it worse: 71% of users in the US now acquire their own applications to do their jobs. Cerby is the first solution I’ve seen that significantly reduces the risk of these unmanageable applications by applying zero trust principles and automating the entire application lifecycle. The best part of it is that it’s not a top-down, managerial edict: Employees become an active and motivated part of the solution. Business professionals get the power to choose their applications, productivity gets a boost, and the company ensures security and compliance–everyone wins. Other cybersecurity products demand enforcement; Cerby encourages enrollment. This is the best way to enhance employee trust and increase productivity.”
The technology is designed to help teams in diverse disciplines use the applications they choose while ensuring security. For example, marketing teams can now securely use any social platforms they prefer—Cerby provides a single place to add and remove access for employees and third-party agencies instead of signing into multiple social accounts and sharing passwords. In other fields, such as finance, Cerby provides an easy way for CFOs and their teams to securely manage access to bank accounts and credit lines without having to share passwords.
Cerby delivers the world’s first platform built to positively guide employees' security behaviors no matter which applications they use. We protect brands around the world, including some of the most recognizable businesses, by taking an approach that empowers both employees and security teams, using Zero Trust principles. Our proprietary technology uses robotic process automation to understand applications in a business context and automatically enforces security best practices before misconfigurations turn into breaches. Cerby is a must-have for technology executives and their teams to protect the brand, stay secure and increase productivity.
Noetic Cyber | June 06, 2022
Noetic Cyber, an innovator in Cybersecurity Asset Attack Surface Management (CAASM), today announced the availability of a new version of its Continuous Cyber Asset Management and Controls platform. The latest version of the Noetic platform is focused on delivering immediate time to value for security teams by identifying high priority security gaps and exploitable vulnerabilities, using innovative data science techniques.
Since its public launch in July 2021, Noetic has been working with security leaders in the United States and the United Kingdom to help them reduce their growing attack surface and improve their cybersecurity posture. The challenge these cyber leaders often face is to understand cyber risk across complex environments, where assets can exist for a short period of time in public or private cloud platforms, as well as having to manage legacy on-premises workloads. To gain the insights needed to be effective, they need confidence in their data quality, full visibility across all assets and contextual intelligence to help prioritize decision making.
"The continued innovation we are delivering reflects the expanding use cases we see across our customer base. "Security teams are putting cyber asset intelligence at the heart of their security programs and our ability to continuously adapt and respond to changing environments is critical to their success."
Paul Ayers, CEO and co-founder, Noetic Cyber
Delivering Immediate Time to Value
Security teams need to know what assets they have, and understand which ones are creating the most cyber risk. Noetic is delivering innovative cyber asset intelligence to help customers assess their current cyber posture readiness and focus the security team's efforts on the highest priority activities. The Noetic platforms helps customers successfully do this with:
External Cyber Asset Intelligence – Mapping industry data including CISA's Known Exploited Vulnerabilities catalog, MITRE ATT&CK® mitigations and others to provide greater context on asset risk and exposure.
Coverage Gap dashboards –Helping security teams quickly identify common and easily resolved security coverage gaps.
Support for ad-hoc security data – Many organizations keep important information on critical applications or security risks in spreadsheets. Noetic's new data ingestion capability supports importing ad-hoc data into the model.
Simplifying and Extending Cyber Asset Management use cases
The Noetic platform uses Graph database technology to map cyber relationships between assets. This innovative technology approach enables Noetic to navigate deep hierarchies and find hidden connections, providing the context to help security teams to make more informed decisions. The latest release of the Noetic platform builds on native Graph capabilities to deliver additional value such as:
Understanding & improving data quality –Noetic's new data analytics feature automatically and continuously analyzes data for each different source for completeness and accuracy, providing a data quality score.
Simplifying Graph queries – Noetic has adopted openCypher, a widely used open query language. Noetic has developed a graphical point-and-click UI to guide security analysts through the steps of creating powerful relationship-based queries with little or no training.
Supporting Cloud and On-premises applications – Organizations need to protect assets across public and private clouds, as well as traditional on-premises networks. Noetic Outpost supports secure ingestion from behind the corporate firewall, and private clouds.
"The challenge of identifying and managing assets in the context of cybersecurity has grown considerably in recent years," said Dr. Ed Amoroso, CEO of TAG Cyber. "Noetic's innovations are important as their ability to prioritize and automate helps security teams to focus on critical areas of cyber risk."
About Noetic Cyber
Noetic provides a proactive approach to cyber asset and controls management, empowering security teams to see, understand, fix and improve their security posture and enterprise ecosystem. Our goal is to improve 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.