Information Security Science

The following is an excerpt from Information Security Science by author Carl Young and published by Syngress. This section from chapter 1 explores information security risks.

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Data Security

Rubrik Chosen by Carhartt to Drive Complete Cyber Resilience

Rubrik | January 10, 2024

Rubrik, the Zero Trust Data Security™ company, today announced that America’s premium workwear brand Carhartt has consolidated multiple legacy backup tools with Rubrik Security Cloud to achieve cyber resilience. After moving to Rubrik, Carhartt realized more than 50 percent in monthly cost savings, while significantly improving its data security capabilities. “Data resilience is key to the continued security and success of our business. We work hard to ward off intruders but we have to operate on the assumption that they will find a way in,” said Michael Karasienski, cloud platforms manager at Carhartt. “Rubrik Security Cloud restores data fast and without fail for both our cloud and on-premises environments. Rubrik plays a key role in building trust in our system with secure protocols and access controls; it isn’t just a data security solution, it’s peace of mind for our brand.” Established in 1889, Carhartt has a rich heritage of developing rugged products for workers on and off the job. The company honors hard work, approaching its business with the same honesty, dependability, and trust that its consumers display day-in and day-out. Prior to Rubrik, Carhartt used a variety of different backup solutions across its operations. After an upgrade of a critical application failed, Carhartt’s administrators discovered that that application data hadn’t been backed up, forcing the team to reconstruct more than two-weeks’ worth of data manually. Furthermore, the Carhartt team discovered malware in backups from its legacy tools, resulting in weeks of searching data sets to manually complete the investigation. With Rubrik Security Cloud, Carhartt’s IT team can now devote more time to other priorities — like business requests, incidents, and reducing technical debt — while saving more than 50 percent in operational costs each month. The company’s IT and Security teams are also collaborating to reduce risk to the organization, zeroing in on malware and tying investigations into its security operations center. “A highly interconnected business like Carhartt is responsible for mountains of sensitive data. Protecting that data is paramount to maintain customer trust and minimize business disruption,” said Anneka Gupta, Chief Product Officer at Rubrik. “Outdated legacy technology was never built with security in mind, so organizations must turn to modernized platforms and zero-trust methodologies to defend their data. With a holistic solution like Rubrik Security Cloud, organizations like Carhartt know their business will be resilient in the face of any cyber threat.” Carhartt utilizes numerous Rubrik products, including Anomaly Detection, Sensitive Data Monitoring, Threat Hunting, as well as its integration with Microsoft Sentinel. About Rubrik Rubrik is on a mission to secure the world’s data. With Zero Trust Data Security™, we help organizations achieve business resilience against cyberattacks, malicious insiders, and operational disruptions. Rubrik Security Cloud, powered by machine learning, secures data across enterprise, cloud, and SaaS applications. We help organizations uphold data integrity, deliver data availability that withstands adverse conditions, continuously monitor data risks and threats, and restore businesses with their data when infrastructure is attacked.

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End Point Protection

Malwarebytes Unveils New K-12 ThreatDown Bundle to Defend Schools and Districts from Cyberattacks

Malwarebytes | January 24, 2024

Malwarebytes, a global leader in real-time cyber protection, today announced the availability of ThreatDown K-12 Bundle, combining the cybersecurity technologies and services that K-12 education institutions need into a streamlined, cost-effective bundle. Purpose-built to reduce risk, complexity and costs for districts and schools, the ThreatDown K-12 Bundle delivers unified protection with an intuitive, easy-to-manage design. The ThreatDown K-12 Bundle allows schools to optimize device uptime and improve productivity, while protecting students and staff, devices and data from the latest cyber threats. "Schools are increasingly facing cyber threats with limited IT resources, leading to a rise in ransomware attacks that affect staff, teaching, and student well-being," said Marcin Kleczynski, Founder and CEO of Malwarebytes. "Historically, cost barriers prevented schools from adopting cybersecurity managed services. Our K-12 Bundle packages together everything districts need to reduce risk and comply with regulations within a manageable budget. We're committed to making powerful protection and managed services accessible to vulnerable schools and students." Bridging the Cybersecurity Gap for Resource-constrained K-12 IT Teams Modern K-12 educational institutions have a wide range of school-, staff- and student-owned devices – from traditional laptops, desktops and servers to Chromebooks, iPadOS, iOS, and Android devices. While these devices greatly enrich the student learning experience and streamline operations for staff, they also introduce new risks. Key features of the ThreatDown K-12 Bundle include: Award-winning endpoint security: K-12 Bundle is built on ThreatDown's strongest AI/ML-driven prevention, detection and response technologies fortified by built-in innovations to reduce the attack surface. These technologies simplify the process of finding and patching software vulnerabilities and prevent unauthorized programs from executing. 24x7x365 managed services: The K-12 Bundle combines ThreatDown advanced technologies with Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service of ThreatDown cybersecurity experts to manage security and resolve alerts around the clock, delivered as an affordable, hassle-free bundle. Unified endpoint management: ThreatDown extends powerful endpoint protection across workstations, servers and mobile device to substantially strengthen schools' cybersecurity postures in compliance with new and pending regulations. Quick and easy to deploy, the K-12 Bundle saves time and resources with unified endpoint management for both traditional and mobile devices – all from a single, cloud-native console. Centralized, real-time visibility: K-12 IT teams can easily view activity across all devices in real time. With a unified platform and visibility for traditional and mobile endpoints, teams can monitor and protect devices from a single pane of glass. Teams can understand the threats to devices in their environments and mitigate potential risks. Advanced mobile protection: ThreatDown K-12 Bundle provides effective protection for Chromebooks, iPadOS, iOS, and Android devices, guarding against the latest mobile threats such as ransomware, malicious apps, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs). With real-time protection, schools can also prevent accidental access to harmful websites, safeguard against malicious apps, block unwanted in-app ads, and enable a secure mobile experience for students. About Malwarebytes Malwarebytes is a global cybersecurity leader delivering award-winning endpoint protection, privacy and threat prevention solutions worldwide. Built on decades of experience as the last resort to find and eradicate the latest malware, Malwarebytes is now trusted by millions of individuals and organizations to stop threats at each stage of the attack lifecycle, secure digital identities and safeguard data and privacy. A world class team of threat researchers and proprietary AI-powered engines provide unmatched threat intelligence to detect and prevent known and unknown threats. The company is headquartered in California with offices in Europe and Asia. For more information and career opportunities, visit https://www.malwarebytes.com.

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Data Security

GuidePoint Security Announces Portfolio of Data Security Governance Services

GuidePoint Security | January 30, 2024

GuidePoint Security, a cybersecurity solutions leader enabling organizations to make smarter decisions and minimize risk, today announced the availability of its Data Security Governance services, which are designed to help customers address the challenges of unstructured data and data sprawl through a proven process and program to meet their unique needs. GuidePoint’s Data Security Governance services consist of policies, standards, and processes leveraging the newest technologies to meet organizations’ data governance goals in both on-prem and cloud environments. Once the right strategy is determined with the customer, GuidePoint Security consultants will review program requirements, assess current policies and controls, perform gap analysis, design and develop/enhance the program, recommend and implement supporting technologies, and create operational processes and metrics. “Whether an organization is just beginning to build their data security governance program or needs help assessing and improving an existing program, our team and service capabilities are built to meet them at their current maturity level,” said Scott Griswold, Practice Director - Security Governance Services, GuidePoint Security. “We work side by side with the customer to conduct the necessary data discovery in their environment and provide tailored recommendations for solutions and processes to ultimately build/improve upon the data security governance program.” GuidePoint’s Data Security Governance Services include: Sensitive Data Cataloging: For organizations just getting started in the process of protecting their sensitive data, GuidePoint offers Data Identification workshops to identify sensitive data types in the environment, including trade secrets, intellectual property, and sensitive business communications. Data Security Governance Program Assessment: For organizations with existing Data Security Governance or Data Protection programs, GuidePoint Security experts will assess the program to identify policy non-compliance, gaps in data protection requirements—whether legal, regulatory, contractual, or business—and program maturity levels. Data Security Governance Program Strategy Development: The GuidePoint team will work with an organization's key stakeholders to design a program strategy aligned with relevant requirements. The outputs of this effort include delivering ongoing sensitive data discovery, automated classification and labeling, the application of required sensitive data protections, restrictions on where sensitive data can be stored and sent, and data retention policy enforcement. Merger and Acquisition Data Identification: This offering provides the ability to identify sensitive data within an M&A target or recent acquisition (including locations, amounts, and access rights) and then perform penetration testing on the storage repositories where that sensitive data exists to determine the risk of data compromise. 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. Learn more at www.guidepointsecurity.com.

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Software Security

Picus Launches New MSSP Program to Make Starting Security Validation Simple

Picus Security | December 12, 2023

Picus Security, the pioneer of Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS), today announced the Picus Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) Partner Program. Picus has a long-standing 100% channel approach and works closely with MSSPs to deliver security validation services that quantify risk and reduce threat exposure. Now, it's easier than ever for MSSPs and their customers to get started with security validation to measure the effectiveness of security controls with real-world attack simulations and then scale up testing programs to perform validation checks consistently. The new Picus MSSP Program provides the flexibility MSSPs need to introduce automated validation services and generate new recurring revenues quickly. Designed for customers of varying levels of cyber maturity, the program features interval-based and continuous licensing options. With interval-based licensing, MSSPs can purchase credits that allow an entry cadence for validation assessments. Then, once customers are ready to advance their security program maturity and increase the frequency of assessments they can easily switch to a continuous licensing model. The program means MSSPs can help customers to 'crawl,' 'walk,' and then 'run' with validation. "With this new MSSP program, it's never been simpler for managed service providers to get the consistent and accurate validation insights needed to improve security outcomes for clients," said Ryan Kunker, Picus Security, Senior Director of Channels and Alliances. "By shining a light on security effectiveness in areas such as security control validation, automated security validation presents an enormous opportunity for MSSPs to improve security outcomes for clients and identify new upsell opportunities." Security validation powered by BAS is a core pillar of Continuous Threat Exposure Management (CTEM). It helps security teams to understand if security controls provide the coverage needed to defend organizations against the latest threats, including ransomware and Advanced Persistent Threats. Gartner estimates that security services providers that adopt cybersecurity validation assessments will see an improvement of over 5% in their acquisition, retention and upsell rates.* "We are constantly looking for new ways to provide real actionable value to our clients," said Perry Schumacher, Chief Strategy Officer at Ridge IT. "We evaluated Picus in our cyber range against our best practice configurations and it showed us opportunities to improve beyond today's best tools and practices. The Picus platform helps us provide better security for our clients by increasing our effectiveness. Our clients who purchase Picus begin a continuous improvement journey for their cyber security and are always in a cyber-ready state." In addition to real-world threat simulation, the Picus platform also offers asset and vulnerability discovery, attack path mapping, detection engineering as code, and AI-based threat profiling - capabilities that help MSSPs to manage customers' threat exposure even more efficiently. To enable MSSPs to validate the security of multiple clients simultaneously, the platform also offers a multi-tenant portal. "Now more than ever, every dollar spent in the security budget must be carefully weighed on merit and returned value," said Darren Humphries, Acora Group CISO and MSSP Cyber Portfolio CTO. "For strengthening the security of our own company portfolio and that of our customers, Picus is a key tool that helps us measure the efficacy of the protective security tools we use as well as our detective SOC and SIEM capabilities. Picus is a true force multiplier." About Picus Security Picus Security helps security teams consistently and accurately validate their security posture. Our Security Validation Platform simulates real-world threats to evaluate the effectiveness of security controls, identify high-risk attack paths to critical assets, and optimize threat prevention and detection capabilities. As the pioneer of Breach and Attack Simulation, we specialize in delivering the actionable insights our customers need to be threat-centric and proactive. Picus has been named a 'Cool Vendor' by Gartner and is recognized by Frost & Sullivan as a leader in the Breach and Attack Simulation (BAS) market.

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