PLATFORM SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
Vicarius | October 18, 2022
Vicarius, creators of vsociety, the open and independent social community for research and security professionals, has announced the publication of novel security research detailing multiple new exploits for popular developer tools. The publication comes in an effort to amplify safe hygiene practices during CISA’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
October 2022 marks the 19th anniversary of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with this year’s campaign theme — “See Yourself in Cyber” — demonstrating that while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject itself, it’s really all about people. In alliance with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), who leverages the month to spread awareness of good cyber hygiene, Vicarius looks to enhance the security posture of organizations by publishing new research along with steps to mitigate the risk.
Among the publications, which are provided to the community by independent researchers and validated by Vicarius, is a zero-day vulnerability for a popular Python developer tool called yacmmal. In the post, anonymous researcher “M” lays out the steps taken to compromise the application and execute code remotely, going further to warn “as this exploit is not known and no patches are available, usage of the package should be avoided until patches are public,” while providing a workaround for temporary protection.
In a few subsequent posts to the community, the same researcher details an exploit to a beloved developer resource called Flask as well as a method to exploit a deserialization vulnerability in a python library called Jsonpickle. Both of these examples illustrate the potential for remote code execution and the steps required to mitigate the threat. Vicarius stresses the importance of providing mitigation details for any exploit posted to vsociety. Research is only published on the platform if it follows responsible disclosure and is accompanied by remediation details and documentation.
“Our goal is to make organizations more aware of potential vulnerabilities in the wild and provide the steps necessary to protect against them. “With the growing popularity and prominence of Awareness Month, we aimed to go a step beyond the typical materials provided by other CISA partners, encouraging awareness of previously unpublished threats in the wild which all security teams should be cognizant of.”
Vicarius CEO Michael Assraf
Vicarius will release additional pieces of research that will be published to vsociety throughout the month.
Vicarius helps security teams protect their most critical apps and assets against software exploitation through TOPIA, the company’s end-to-end vulnerability remediation platform. Founded by three security experts and backed by tier one investors from Silicon Valley, Vicarius’ mission is to provide customers with problem-solving solutions that proactively reduce risk wherever computer software resides.
DATA SECURITY, ENTERPRISE IDENTITY
SandboxAQ | September 14, 2022
SandboxAQ, an enterprise SaaS company delivering the compound effects of AI and Quantum tech (AQ) to governments and the Global 1000, today announced it has acquired Cryptosense, a leading cybersecurity and encryption analysis software company. SandboxAQ's acquisition comes just weeks after the company unveiled its Strategic Investment Program and initial investment in evolutionQ.
The acquisition of Cryptosense complements and accelerates the deployment of SandboxAQ's Post-Quantum Cryptography (PQC) solutions to corporations and government institutions worldwide. SandboxAQ's cybersecurity products enable large enterprises to scale cryptography management across their IT infrastructure, providing CISOs with a single, 360° view of how encryption is used throughout the enterprise – a critical first step in migrating to PQC.
This migration to stronger cybersecurity is important for critical infrastructure sectors such as financial services, technology, energy, biopharma, logistics, and government.
Cryptosense is used by leading technology and financial services organizations and is a fellow NIST NCCOE partner. The combined customer relationships will help SandboxAQ bring its PQC solutions to market faster and protect these organizations and their customers from existing and emerging quantum threats, such as Store Now, Decrypt Later (SNDL) attacks.
"Rapid advances in quantum computing and AI challenge the effectiveness and performance of existing cryptography-based cybersecurity solutions. The combined leadership, talent, and expertise that SandboxAQ and Cryptosense bring to the marketplace accelerates the deployment of more effective cryptography solutions to protect the world against the security threats of today and tomorrow," said Jack D. Hidary, CEO of SandboxAQ. "The caliber of the Cryptosense team is recognized throughout the information security community, with the leadership by Graham Steel and Clément Jeanjean. We welcome Cryptosense to the SandboxAQ family and look forward to our continued success as one company."
"The complementary functionality and expertise between Cryptosense and SandboxAQ enables us to build and deliver SaaS solutions at scale with higher touch customer service. PQC implementation is critical to protect the world's sensitive data and together we will make a greater impact."
Dr. Graham Steel, Cryptosense founder
Cryptosense was advised by Stifel and Hogan Lovells and SandboxAQ was advised by Morgan Lewis.
SandboxAQ is an enterprise SaaS company, providing solutions at the nexus of AI and Quantum technology (AQ) to address some of the world's most challenging problems. The company's core team and inspiration formed at Alphabet Inc., emerging as an independent, growth-capital-backed company in 2022.
Cryptosense is an enterprise SaaS company that helps organizations identify and catalog the cryptography leveraged within their applications and infrastructure. Some of the largest technology and financial services companies worldwide use Cryptosense for their cybersecurity needs. Cryptosense announced a $4.8 million funding round in May 2021 backed by Amadeus Capital Partners, Elaia Partners and BGV.
DATA SECURITY, PLATFORM SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
SaaS Alerts | September 12, 2022
SaaS Alerts, the cybersecurity company purpose-built for Managed Service Providers (MSPs) to protect and monetize their customers' core business SaaS applications, announced today that it has secured a $22 million growth investment from global software investor Insight Partners to accelerate the growth of its SaaS Security monitoring and response platform.
The accelerated rate of SaaS Application adoption by businesses, driven by the need to provide collaboration and productivity tools to remote workforces and for more centralized and tightly controlled business data resources, has elevated awareness and critical concern for major threat vectors and security gaps that exist in SaaS Application security. These security concerns present opportunities for MSPs to better safeguard their clients while offering SaaS security services that drive profitable new revenue streams.
SaaS Alerts was designed to help MSPs monitor and protect their customers' usage of today's most popular SaaS applications such as Microsoft 365, Google Workspace, Salesforce, Dropbox and more – and to safeguard against security threats to a business' SaaS environment such as data theft, data that's at risk due to unintentional employee mishaps and actions taken by bad actors.
"We couldn't be more excited to partner with Insight Partners and we see their investment in SaaS Alerts as a monumental endorsement for what we have built and what we intend to build as we collaborate going forward. "I'm very proud of our team for reaching this milestone and look forward to working with Insight to continue to build value for our MSP partners and stakeholders."
Jim Lippie, CEO of SaaS Alerts
"SaaS applications have become essential for businesses of every size and MSPs need the ability to better protect those applications on behalf of their customers. SaaS Alerts has pioneered SaaS security for MSPs and has a clear vision for how detecting and correlating abnormal user behavior can greatly impact the MSP industry," said Philine Huizing, Principal at Insight Partners. "We're excited to partner with SaaS Alerts as the company scales to address this unique opportunity."
About SaaS Alerts
SaaS Alerts is the cybersecurity company purpose-built for MSPs to protect and monetize customers' core SaaS business applications. SaaS Alerts offers a unified, real-time monitoring platform for MSPs to protect against: data theft, data at risk and bad actors and integrates with the most popular SaaS Applications. Learn more at www.saasalerts.com.
About Insight Partners
Insight Partners is a global software investor partnering with high-growth technology, software, and Internet startup and ScaleUp companies that are driving transformative change in their industries. As of June 30, 2022, the firm has over $80B in regulatory assets under management. Insight Partners has invested in more than 700 companies worldwide and has seen over 55 portfolio companies achieve an IPO. Headquartered in New York City, Insight has offices in London, Tel Aviv, and Palo Alto. Insight's mission is to find, fund, and work successfully with visionary executives, providing them with practical, hands-on software expertise to foster long-term success. Insight Partners meets great software leaders where they are in their growth journey, from their first investment to IPO.
DATA SECURITY, PLATFORM SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
Veristor Systems, Inc. | September 28, 2022
Veristor Systems, Inc., a trusted provider of transformative business technology solutions, and SANS Security Awareness, the global leader in providing security awareness training, today announce that Veristor has become a certified provider of SANS Security Awareness' comprehensive suite of products to enable a data-driven approach to cybersecurity training for an organization's end users.
"Researchers from Stanford University found that as much as 88% of all data breaches are caused by an employee mistake. "This shows that end users are the most critical vulnerability gap in today's enterprise. Yet if properly trained, they can also be the most resilient security defense – a human firewall. Together with the experts from SANS Security Awareness we are helping customers guard their environments with an army of well-trained employees. With proven training to spot and act when suspicious activity arises, users can take an active role in preventing the growing wave of cyberattacks."
Daniel Martin, Principal Security Consultant, vCISO, Veristor
The SANS Security Awareness suite of dynamic multilingual computer-based training, games, phishing simulations, and engagement materials teach vital security behaviors to effectively manage human cyber risk. With different training styles to match different corporate cultures, employee comprehension levels, and learning preferences, SANS Security Awareness training equips workforces to recognize and prevent current cyberattacks, including work-from-home threats. The platform delivers valuable metrics to measure the effectiveness of each program, and customization features to tailor training to meet specific organizational needs."
With some groups requiring even greater specialized training, in addition to addressing core human behavior risk topics, SANS Security Awareness also offers secure development and coding techniques, understanding NERC CIP compliance requirements, and handling Industrial Control Systems (ICS) incidents.
"We are very pleased to be partnering with the cybersecurity experts at Veristor to provide the SANS Security Awareness program to their customers," said Brad Stilling, Director of Global Sales for SANS Security Awareness. "Regular awareness training is an essential activity for organizations looking to ensure security and compliance. When employees feel informed and empowered to recognize and address cyber risks, they can protect the organization. With SANS Security Awareness, Veristor customers are now better positioned to detect and prevent cyber-attacks."
For organizations starting their awareness training journey, Veristor delivers a SANS Human Risk Insight assessment to identify program cost reductions, eliminate unneeded staff training, and create risk metrics to baseline and benchmark an organization's human cyber risk.
The SANS Security Awareness training solutions are now offered as a part of Veristor's suite of security solutions that are designed to solve business challenges through the intelligent application of next-generation security technology.
About Veristor Systems, Inc.
Veristor, which recently announced a merger with Anexinet, is a leading provider of transformative business technology solutions that helps its customers accelerate the time-to-value for the software, infrastructure and systems they deploy. We do this by harnessing deep expertise in today's most advanced data center, security, networking, hybrid cloud, and big data technologies and guiding businesses to the right solutions for their most pressing challenges. And with a full suite of design, deployment, support, and managed service offerings, we work shoulder-to-shoulder with our customers at every step of their technology journey to make technology truly work for them.
About SANS Security Awareness
SANS Security Awareness provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their human cybersecurity risk. SANS Security Awareness has worked with over 1,300 organizations and trained over 6.5 million people around the world. The SANS Security Awareness program offers globally relevant, expert authored tools and training to enable individuals to shield their organization from attacks and a fleet of savvy guides and resources to work with you every step of the way.