DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
Abnormal | November 16, 2022
Abnormal Security, the leading behavioral AI-based security platform, announced today its newest addition to the product portfolio as the company progresses toward delivering the most comprehensive cloud email security in the market. The latest innovation protects customers from emerging email platform attacks that are increasing in volume and severity as attackers find new ways to target organizations.
The open, interconnected nature of cloud email platforms creates new entry points for attackers to exploit and manipulate—increasing the need for security tools that protect organizations from attacks beyond those that are delivered through inbound email. While advanced inbound email attacks like business email compromise and credential phishing remain the primary cloud email attack vector, accounting for $43 billion in exposed losses since 2016, this addition to the Abnormal product portfolio expands the capabilities of cloud email security to protect against side-channel attacks that directly target the entire email platform. In recent headlines, cybercriminals have exploited unguarded entry and exit points to carry out sophisticated platform attacks, including:
Compromising user and administrator accounts by bypassing MFA policies
Exploiting global administrator privileges by setting up tenant-wide email forwarding rules that send company emails to attacker inboxes
Tricking employees into installing malicious OAuth applications through consent phishing email links disguised as file-sharing links
These examples showcase the need for security tools that can detect changes to the cloud email environment and provide full visibility into the current posture. But because security teams often share responsibility for these platforms alongside IT and messaging teams, it is operationally difficult and manual to understand the full scope of potential configurations across thousands of users, third-party applications and email tenants, and manage them accordingly.
“As we’ve spoken to our customers, we’ve heard increasing concerns about this next generation of attacks. Since they have implemented Abnormal to secure the inbound channel against advanced attacks such as BEC, attackers are looking for new ways to access their inboxes and email platforms. “Implementing a solution that can alert security teams to new integrated applications, over-permissioned users, and other potentially risky events will be extremely helpful to security leaders, and Abnormal is excited to evolve our inbound email security platform to provide this capability and better protect our customers from the full spectrum of attacks.”
Mike Britton, chief information security officer at Abnormal Security
The new Security Posture Management product from Abnormal gives security teams immediate visibility to each of the potential entry and exit points to the cloud email platform. Increased visibility begins with three new Knowledge Bases, in addition to the existing VendorBase, which present comprehensive databases of employees, third-party applications, and email tenants. Each of the three new Knowledge Bases provides the foundational visibility security teams need to understand potentially exposed surface areas in Microsoft 365 and conduct security investigations.
AppBase: Provides a running inventory of all of the third-party applications that have access to data within Microsoft 365. It provides a summary of important information about application permissions and data access, as well as an activity timeline of recent events.
PeopleBase: Provides a directory of each active user in the environment. It uses contextual, behavioral data to build a dynamic user genome. PeopleBase also provides an activity timeline of recent events, including sign-on patterns, suspicious email activity, and more.
TenantBase: Provides a catalog of each of the email tenants Abnormal Security protects and relevant permissions governing access to them.
Taking the information derived from these Knowledge Bases, the new Security Posture Management product then monitors each entity for potentially risky configuration changes. Key changes may include the escalation of administrator privileges or the integration of new unverified applications with read-write access to mailboxes. When changes occur, Security Posture Management alerts administrators so they can understand the impact and take appropriate downstream action to protect their cloud email platform from insider threats or attacker infiltration.
While the monitoring and alerting capabilities of Security Posture Management are available as an add-on purchase to Inbound Email Security, Abnormal is providing the foundational visibility of its new Knowledge Bases at no cost to all customers with Microsoft 365.
New Product Continues to Drive Abnormal Growth in the Email Security Market
The posture management offering underscores Abnormal’s commitment to providing its customers with the most effective email security platform on the market. In recent weeks, Abnormal was named to the CNBC Top 25 Startups for the Enterprise list of companies that are best suited to meet the needs of large enterprises, as well as the Madrona Intelligent Applications 40 list for the platform’s superior capabilities in using machine learning to extract useful information from real-time and historical data.
These awards highlight the continued success of the company as Abnormal continues to experience more than 2x growth per year, with notable customers including Xerox, Urban Outfitters, Royal Caribbean International, and Groupon. The company maintains a 4.8-star review on Gartner Peer Insights, with 100% recommendation from participating companies. This continued growth is driven by the recent Series C funding round in which Abnormal raised $210 million with backing from Insight Partners, Greylock Partners, and Menlo Ventures.
Security Posture Management is the second major product launch in the past six months, with Abnormal releasing the Email Productivity module in August 2022. The Email Productivity add-on uses behavioral AI to filter time-wasting promotional emails away from employee and executive inboxes, automatically personalizing protection to each user based on behavior cues like folder moves. By shielding employees and executives from the growing barrage of promotional emails, including vendor cold calls, newsletters, and marketing promotions, Email Productivity saves enterprises multiple hours per employee per month. Both new products are part of the Abnormal Cloud Email Security platform, which stops the full spectrum of email-borne attacks.
Abnormal Security provides the leading behavioral AI-based security platform that leverages machine learning to stop sophisticated inbound email attacks and dangerous email platform attacks that evade traditional solutions. The anomaly detection engine leverages identity and context to analyze the risk of every cloud email event, preventing inbound email attacks, detecting compromised accounts, and remediating emails in milliseconds—all while providing visibility into configuration drifts across your environment. You can deploy Abnormal in minutes with an API integration for Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace and experience the full value of the platform instantly.
DATA SECURITY,ENTERPRISE IDENTITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
Wib | November 08, 2022
Wib, the fast-growth cybersecurity startup pioneering a new era in API security, today announced a $16 million investment led by Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT), the growth and venture arm of Koch Industries, Inc, with participation from Kmehin Ventures, Venture Israel, Techstars and existing investors. The investment will be used to enhance Wib's pioneering holistic API security platform and accelerate international growth as it expands operations across the Americas, UK and EMEA.
API security is one of the biggest challenges facing CIOs today. Traditional API security solutions are siloed and fragmented, leaving CIOs with a choice of multiple point products or bolt-on integrations to create a patchworked solution. This results in increased cost and complexity, reduced visibility and control, and greater exposure to risk.
Wib's holistic API security platform is the only solution to provide complete visibility across the entire API landscape, from code to production, helping unify software developers, cyber defenders, and CIOs around a single holistic view of their complete API domain. By delivering rigorous real-time inspection, management, and control at every stage of the API lifecycle, Wib can automate inventory and API change management; identify rogue, zombie and shadow APIs and analyse business risk and impact, helping organisations to reduce and harden their API attack surface.
"APIs have become the Achilles heel of cyber defenses and the number one threat vector for cyber-attacks. "APIs account for 91% of today's internet traffic with over 50% being invisible to business IT and security teams. These unknown, unmanaged, and unsecured APIs are creating massive blind spots for CIOs that expose critical business logic vulnerabilities and increase risk.
Gil Don, CEO and Co-Founder of Wib
"What's more, traditional and legacy web security approaches, like WAFs and API Gateways, were never designed to protect against modern logic-based vulnerabilities. The Wib platform has been purposely built for an API driven world creating a new category of API native security."
A recent report by industry research firm GigaOm, placed Wib as a "fast mover" in the "leaders" category, stating, "Wib is a new company but brings a strong enough offering to jump straight into the leaders category" and "Wib is a new entrant in this space, but it offers a comprehensive solution." Wib was also called out for its capability in "source code analysis with an eye toward API weaknesses is Wib's greatest strength." The report ranks Wib's API Runtime Protection, Monitoring and Reporting as exceptional in its focus and execution. This is a real testament to the Wib's innovative API security platform and approach.
Wib is pioneering a new era in API security with its industry first holistic API security platform. Providing continuous and complete visibility and control across the entire API ecosystem, Wib enables developers to code with confidence and security teams to secure with surety.
DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
Fordefi | November 09, 2022
Fordefi, a financial technology and software company, today announced an $18 million seed round and the public launch of its institutional MPC wallet built for transacting on decentralized applications (dApps). Led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, the investors of the firm's initial capital raise also include Electric Capital, Alameda Research, Jump Crypto, Castle Island, Pantera Capital, Illuminate Financial, PayPal Alumni Fund, Nima Capital, Digital Currency Group, Defiance Capital and StarkWare.
"The Fordefi team is bringing to market a solution that addresses two of the biggest challenges in DeFi today: institutional-grade security and smart contract transparency," said Sam Harrison, Senior Advisor at Lightspeed Venture Partners and Managing Partner at Faction. "We are excited to support an experienced team bringing a powerful solution to market that directly solves pain points that have held institutions back from achieving the full potential of decentralized finance."
"Wallet hacks made major headlines this year. Until now, decentralized finance was missing a secure, stable, and seamless way to connect to dApps," said Ken Deeter, Partner at Electric Capital. "Fordefi's single-browser extension paired with a top-notch institutional grade MPC wallet platform will unlock opportunities across DeFi for all crypto-native institutions. We're excited to be part of Fordefi's journey, as an investor, design partner and customer."
Introducing the Fordefi Platform
Co-founders Josh Schwartz, CEO, Dima Kogan, CTO, and Michael Volfman, Vice President of Research and Development, began developing the Fordefi platform in 2021, an unprecedented year for crypto adoption, as institutions took notice of the explosive growth and massive volumes of digital assets moved into the markets. A boom in the development of new blockchains and decentralized applications created opportunities for investing that institutions could not safely participate in, as available wallets had been designed years before and lacked the technology to securely and confidently connect them.
"Decentralized finance is evolving quickly and its complexities require a dynamic solution," said Schwartz. "Legacy wallet providers are unable to meet the needs of institutions that want to access the new opportunities DeFi has created while ensuring their assets are protected. Fordefi has taken a DeFi-first approach and has built a solution engineered for how clients interact with dApps."
"DeFi transactions are much more complex than simple asset transfers, and that's the key to DeFi's exciting new opportunities," said Kogan. "Unfortunately, this complexity also brings with it many new security risks. Fordefi enables institutions to interact with DeFi applications with increased operational efficiency and security through in-depth visibility into each transaction and the ability to set the right controls."
A first of its kind wallet and security platform, Fordefi enables market participants to easily and securely connect to decentralized applications. Fordefi's platform is the only institutional MPC wallet on the market built for firms transacting on decentralized applications across blockchains. The solution delivers a previously unavailable degree of insight into transactions, translating smart contracts into language that users can understand, simulating every transaction in advance and independently verifying dApp names. Its advanced MPC key management capabilities are built to protect against any single point of failure, and the platform's unique policy management capabilities offer users the ability to create and define their own workflows, proactively protecting themselves from both internal and external vulnerabilities.
"Fordefi has been a tremendous addition to our DeFi workflow. We've seen accelerated deployment efficiency across a comprehensive set of on-chain opportunities, alongside enhanced user intuitiveness and without compromising security." Shane Al, Head of Investments at Arc Capital and Fordefi design partner.
"The Fordefi platform provides robust solutions for institutions to access thousands of DeFi opportunities with the highest levels of security. The platform is extremely customizable and allows us to manage our own policies and controls, ensuring a balance between flexibility and security - crucial for liquid fund strategies." Jacob Goh, Head of Operations & Investor Relations at DeFiance Capital, Fordefi investor and design partner.
Fordefi's MPC wallet platform and Web3 gateway enables institutions to seamlessly connect to dApps across a wide range of chains while keeping digital assets secure. Fordefi is the first institutional MPC wallet and security platform built for decentralized finance (DeFi), offering MPC key management, self-serve DeFi policy controls, time-of-transaction smart contract insights, transaction simulation and risk alerts. Fordefi was founded in 2021 by crypto custody and cybersecurity experts, and designed in close collaboration with industry-leading trading firms, funds and custodians. Fordefi is a financial technology and software company with offices in New York and Tel Aviv.
About Fordefi's Founders
Josh Schwartz, Dima Kogan and Michael Volfman founded Fordefi after establishing themselves with decades of experience as leaders in crypto, cybersecurity, and financial services. Schwartz served as Chief Operating Officer at Curv, an institutional MPC wallet acquired by PayPal in 2021, and was Vice President of Sales at digital custody platform BitGo. Dr. Kogan's career spans more than 15 years in academia, industry and government. He received his PhD from Stanford with a specialization in applied cryptography and was awarded the "Best Young Researcher" prize at Eurocrypt 2018, the Theory of Cryptography Conference 2019, and Eurocrypt 2020. Volfman is an engineering manager with 20 years of experience in cybersecurity, serving as Vice President of R&D at Toka, was Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of an edtech startup, and a Director at Guardicore.
DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
KnowBe4 | November 29, 2022
KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced it is launching the new KnowBe4 Mobile Learner App to empower end users by introducing security awareness and compliance training on the go at no additional cost to customers, improving user engagement and strengthening security culture.
With a large majority of the world's population using smartphones today, mobile training revolutionizes the way people learn. This new app will enable end users to complete their security awareness and compliance training conveniently from their tablets or smartphones, giving them 24/7/365 access.
"The KnowBe4 Mobile Learner App is the first of its kind to launch in the security awareness and compliance training space, making it easier than ever to train users while subsequently strengthening an organization's security culture. "This new app will enable IT and security teams to improve engagement and completion rates for required training thanks to a seamless user experience. This will also help users to associate security with their personal devices, keeping it top of mind all the time rather than only when they are at work on their computers. We are making this substantial new capability available at no additional cost to all subscription levels as a show of our commitment to supporting our customers' security and human risk management objectives."
Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4
Based on subscription levels, KnowBe4 offers 100+ Mobile-First training modules that were designed specifically for mobile. The KnowBe4 Learner App supports push notifications for custom announcements, updates on assigned training as well as KnowBe4 newsletters.
KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 54,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense.