Cyble | June 16, 2022
Cyble, the Y Combinator-backed leader in AI-powered global cyber threat intelligence, is proud to announce its latest threat intelligence platform for the Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs). Through the new program, Cyber MSSP partners can benefit from a comprehensive dashboard comprising advanced threat intelligence and cybercrime monitoring and mitigation. It will be instrumental in enabling both customers and partners to work in tandem towards achieving their cybersecurity goals.
The platform is designed to empower Cyble’s MSSP partners with an enhanced control to provide, configure, and monitor all services provided by Cyble Vision as a software suite to its end customers. This new update brings in features such as a multi-admin management console, seamless access to the user hierarchy dashboard for the easy understating of customer distribution and ownerships, centralized dashboards and consoles for access, and the ability to manage and maintain end-user dashboards from their own accounts. Additionally, it also enables tracking of all customer alerts, thereby fostering early intervention and safeguarding customer assets & interests.
Manish Chachada, COO and Co-founder of Cyble, said, “The launch of our MSSP program is a key development in Cyble’s journey. It will enable our partners to extend Cyble’s Threat Intelligence, Digital Risk Protection Services, and Darkweb and Cybercrime Monitoring capabilities to customers worldwide, ensuring seamless integration with their environment. We are completely committed to the needs of our clients and partners, and the ability of our MSSP program to provide users with a single intuitive dashboard for AI-enabled threat management, advanced threat hunting, and mitigation response has been a key differentiating factor against competitors.”
“Strategic partnership is a critical necessity for organizations due to the unprecedented need to quickly and efficiently address takedowns, incident response, 3rd party risk scoring, and monitoring emerging risks etc. The MSSP program will pave way for cost savings with ROI and access to increased visibility, operational efficiencies, control, and actionable intelligence for our partners' clients.”
Mandar Patil, Vice President International Market and Customer Success at Cyble
The MSSP platform comes with upgraded threat detection abilities backed by AI-based innovation, unlimited scalability, open platform with the capability to integrate effectively, and is governed by the GDPR privacy mandates. The news closely follows Cyble’s recent announcement on being the winner in 8 categories of the prestigious 10th Annual Global InfoSec Awards by the elite Cyber Defense Magazine (CDM), the industry’s leading electronic information security magazine.
“We are incredibly excited to release this core module to a broader partner base and can’t wait to help a larger enterprise community. This is an outcome of having worked tirelessly to design a solution that enhances the threat detection and proactive mitigation capabilities of our clients. MSSP partners look for nothing more than comprehensive, easy-to-navigate, secure solutions that provide the best-in-class threat intelligence and digital risk protection. Our solution does just that! Our excitement knows no bounds as we look forward to strengthening our existing strategic MSSP partnerships besides onboarding new partners worldwide,” said Beenu Arora, CEO, and Co-founder of Cyble.
Cyble is a global threat intelligence SaaS provider that helps enterprises protect themselves from cybercrimes and exposure on the Surface web, Deepweb, and Darkweb. Its prime focus is to provide organizations with real-time visibility into their digital risk footprint. Backed by Blackbird Ventures, Xoogler, and Y Combinator as part of the 2021 winter cohort, Cyble has also been recognized by Forbes as one of the top 20 Best Cybersecurity Start-ups, along with several other industry recognitions. Headquartered in Georgia, United States, and with offices in Dubai, Australia, Singapore, and India, Cyble has a global presence.
DataTribe | July 29, 2022
DataTribe, a global cyber foundry that invests in and co-builds next-generation cybersecurity and data science companies, announced today the launch of its fifth-annual DataTribe Challenge. The competition is poised to identify and curate Pre-Series A, high-technology start-ups with a vision to disrupt cybersecurity and data science.
Three finalists will split $20,000 in prize money, and one winner will be eligible to receive up to $2 million in seed capital from DataTribe. In 2021, the Challenge had two winners: Quickcode.ai and ContraForce. Quickcode.ai helps non-technical experts build machine learning training data with unprecedented speed and accuracy while ContraForce is the only platform to make comprehensive cybersecurity easy, effective, and accessible for the small to midsize enterprise.
“Over the last five years, the Challenge has evolved into an excellent platform for entrepreneurs to not only get exposure and feedback — but to actually fundraise. For the winner, it could take care of their entire seed round. We’re always humbled by the quality of submissions — as founders look over the horizon to chart the future of cyber. The Challenge is a lot of fun and we look forward to working with participants.”
John Funge, Managing Director of DataTribe
Mike Janke, Co-founder of DataTribe said, “The Challenge is the top cybersecurity startup competition in the world. We are inspired by the founders that participate and the innovations they present. We’re honored to be able to use all the resources we have at DataTribe to co-build with entrepreneurs, giving them an unfair advantage and creating the next generation of market-leading companies.”
In June 2021, Synopsys acquired the winner of the 2019 Challenge, Code Dx, a software security testing orchestration, correlation, and prioritization platform. The exit was a demonstration of the Challenge’s ability to draw top cybersecurity solutions, as well as of the success of the DataTribe model of partnering with over the horizon technology coming out of national security agencies.
DataTribe invites contestants to join the Challenge who have developed a robust concept and/or initiated development of a minimal viable product (MVP) – i.e., a product developed with sufficient features to entice early adopters. The firm anticipates a strong showing from teams with experience working in national security, defense, national laboratories, or at organizations specializing in cybersecurity and data science R&D.
Applicants will have until August 31, 2022 to enter an application. DataTribe will review submissions for technical merit, market potential, and readiness of the team. On October 12, 2022, DataTribe will announce up to three finalists. These teams will then have 3 weeks to refine their pitch and prepare for final judging, with assistance from DataTribe’s team of startup veterans. In a live event, finalists will present a pitch and answer questions from a panel of esteemed judges on November 3, 2022.
“Winning the 2021 DataTribe Challenge was a major catalyst in achieving the product and market momentum necessary to grow our customer base,” said Stan Golubchick, ContraForce Co-Founder and CEO. “DataTribe is more than just an investor. Their unique foundry approach is a true partnership, adding the experience, support, and knowledge of successful company-builders to our team.”
DataTribe is a startup foundry that invests in and co-builds world-class startups focused on generational leaps in cybersecurity and data science. DataTribe was launched in 2015 with the vision of empowering technologists in the Washington, D.C. region to build and grow successful companies.
Veza | June 27, 2022
Veza, the data security platform built on the power of authorization, announced an investment in their Series C funding round from Blackstone Innovations Investments, along with participation from previous investors. To date, Veza has raised a total of $110 million from top-tier investors including Accel, Bain Capital, Ballistic Ventures, GV, Norwest Venture Partners, True Ventures, and others. Blackstone has also selected Veza to help modernize its data security and access governance.
Veza empowers organizations to address today’s greatest cybersecurity challenge: who can and should take what action on what data. As the world increasingly moves online, our changing behaviors are driving a transformational shift toward multi-cloud data systems, apps, computing, and infrastructure. This shift creates a complex, distributed web of human identities, accounts, apps, services, and access points that are constantly changing and susceptible to vulnerabilities. To address this, Veza takes a comprehensive approach that pulls together authorization data from disparate systems, giving customers a single source of truth to manage data access and controls.
“Having a world-class cybersecurity program that protects our brand, reputation, investors and intellectual property is of paramount importance to our firm, and we are continuing to incorporate innovative technology solutions,” says Adam Fletcher, Chief Security Officer at Blackstone. “Our team is always looking for ways to develop a more comprehensive view of access across all of our applications and cloud infrastructure to allow us to modernize the firm’s access controls. We are excited to partner with Veza to help us accomplish this.”
“Blackstone Innovations Investments is committed to investing in cutting-edge technology companies that we believe will have a meaningful impact on Blackstone, our portfolio companies, and the broader industry. We look forward to working with Veza and their impressive leadership team as they enter this next phase of growth,” comments Stevi Petrelli, Head of Blackstone Innovations Investments.
“Institutions across multiple industries view Blackstone as an example of exceptional technology deployment and cybersecurity expertise. “Veza has greatly benefited from Blackstone’s product feedback and market insights. We are thrilled to work with Blackstone’s Security team to further modernize data security for their hybrid and multi-cloud environment.”
Tarun Thakur, CEO and Co-Founder of Veza
Additional investment in Veza comes from notable entrepreneurs including Dheeraj Pandey, Co-founder & CEO, DevRev and former CEO, Nutanix, and Lars Dalgaard, Founder Luv Ventures, Founder & Former CEO, SuccessFactors.
“Authorization is the source of truth when it comes to understanding who has access to what,” says Dheeraj Pandey, Co-Founder and CEO of DevRev. “Understanding authorization at scale is one of the hardest problems to address and I am excited to watch team Veza bring on a new era of identity, rooted in authorization. Veza is defining authorization as a standard for protecting data against ransomware and other forms of data breach.”
“Entrepreneurs will tell you that company building is one of the hardest, yet rewarding experiences, with real potential to make an impact,” says Lars Dalgaard, Founder Luv Ventures, Founder & Former CEO SuccessFactors. “When evaluating any company, I look for deep technical breakthrough for a massive market opportunity, deal composition and company traction, and passion amongst founders. And, I’m very excited to be partnering with Tarun and Veza on the mission to build an iconic company that will revolutionize the data security industry for decades to come.”
Veza is the data security platform built on the power of authorization. Our platform is purpose-built for hybrid multi-cloud environments to help you use and share your data safely. Veza makes it easy to understand, manage, and control who can and should take what action on what data. We organize authorization metadata across identity providers, data systems, cloud service providers, and applications — all to address the toughest data security challenges of the modern era. Founded in 2020, the company is funded by top-tier investors including Accel, Bain Capital, Ballistic Ventures, Blackstone, GV, Norwest Venture Partners, and True Ventures. To learn more, please visit us at veza.com. Many Fortune 500, Fortune 1000 and smaller organizations use its data security platform for protection against ransomware, modernizing access governance for critical data and apps, and implementing data lake security for Snowflake and other solutions.
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.