Lack of Employee Security Training Plagues US Businesses

Infosecurity Magazine | November 06, 2015

Employee security awareness continues to be the subject of a dramatic disconnect: Research reveals that 73% of US employees believe their company provides sufficient training on how to protect sensitive information, while a similar percentage of IT personnel (72%) say that employers are not doing enough to educate employees. The research, from Clearswift, underscores the need for more collaboration between the executive team, IT, HR and other employees within an organization to ensure the safety of sensitive information and intellectual property (IP), given that improperly trained staff are at risk of clicking on phishing links that invite attackers in, or inadvertently sending out information hidden within documents and metadata.

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Evo Security Announces the Launch of Evo Partner Identity Cloud for MSPs

Evo Security | June 21, 2022

Evo Security today announced the launch of Evo Partner Identity Cloud or EPIC. Evo Partner Identity Cloud is the first all-in-one identity and access management (IAM) solution designed exclusively with the needs of managed service providers (MSPs) and their business customers in mind. The enterprise-grade cloud platform is a comprehensive identity and access management solution that gives MSPs an easy and highly secure way to protect small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises from the most common types of cybersecurity attacks that frequently exploit login and access vulnerabilities to penetrate network and cloud assets. Evo Partner Identity Cloud includes multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), privileged access management (PAM), technician elevated access, secrets management, and unified directory services, among other critical security capabilities. Evo Partner Identity Cloud is the easiest and most complete way for MSPs to simultaneously protect login credentials and apply least-privilege access across applications, networks, and infrastructure for themselves and their customers in a single scalable, multi-tenant solution. "Traditional enterprise identity and access management solutions are built for 1:1 administration, which means they cannot adequately support the MSP and the MSP's customers simultaneously. Point solutions have helped bridge the gap, but don't provide the enterprise-grade security and platform approach required by MSPs seeking to build a sound security practice" said Evo Security's CEO and Founder, Mike Roth. "We built Evo Partner Identity Cloud with a multi-tenant architecture to provide MSPs an enterprise-grade level of security that they can use to protect themselves and all of their SMB and SME customers at scale with purpose-built platform that means business." said Evo's CEO and Founder, Michael Roth. "What's great about Evo Security's Partner Identity Cloud is that it works with our existing MSP managed technology stack to provide comprehensive identity and access management capabilities for us and our customers. It helps keep our internal systems secure, while providing cloudIT with new ways to generate revenue and enforce best security hygiene practices in our customers' networks." Vince Kent, CEO of managed service provider cloudIT The Evo Partner Identity Platform supports MSPs by providing the ability to: Turn identity and access management (IAM) into a highly profitable revenue center that can immediately produce new revenue with industry-leading margins; Replace multiple point solutions, including password vaults, password rotation tools, multi-factor authentication (MFA) tools, and privileged access management (PAM) tools, with a comprehensive identity and access management platform that reduces overhead expenses, provides enterprise-grade protection, and simplifies application and security administration for the MSP and its customers; Deploy login security at scale across customers for web applications, workstations, Macs, servers, VPNs, firewalls, switches, and other network devices; Establish least-privilege and exceed-compliance controls in managed and co-managed scenarios using granular permissions and security groups; Completely eliminate sharing of customer passwords and MFA codes, while simultaneously streamlining technician access across all customer endpoints and apps; Migrate from Microsoft to Evo as the sole Identity Provider (IdP) or build a hybrid IdP scenario based on customer configuration needs; Connect to common MSP tools, such as ConnectWise, Datto, and Microsoft, and improve internal management efficiencies; Gain visibility and real-time security intelligence across customer infrastructure to improve value of services delivery and stop attacks before they start. Evo Security CEO Michael Roth said "Evo Partner Identity Cloud isn't just an all-in-one MSP identity and access management platform. It's an all-in-one MSP business solution." About Evo Security Based in Austin, Texas, Evo Security is an identity and access management cybersecurity company that builds enterprise-grade security products with the MSP in mind. Evo Security's solutions are designed to protect MSPs and their SMB and enterprise customers with comprehensive, multi-tenant security solutions. They are easy to implement and help manage security across managed service providers' internal and external users, while providing MSPs new ways to generate new and highly profitable revenue streams.

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GuidePoint Security Achieves AWS Security Competency Status

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.

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Talon Cyber Security Announces $100M in Series A Funding to Redefine Security for the Future of Work

Talon Cyber Security | August 04, 2022

Talon Cyber Security, the leading secure enterprise browser provider, today announced $100 million in Series A funding, led by Evolution Equity Partners, with participation from Ballistic Ventures, CrowdStrike’s Falcon Fund, Merlin Ventures, SYN Ventures and previous investors CrowdStrike co-founder and CEO George Kurtz, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sorenson Ventures and Team8. The funds will be used to accelerate go-to-market efforts to meet the increasing global demand for Talon’s secure enterprise browser, TalonWork, and deliver new product enhancements to continuously improve security for modern workforces. As organizations have embraced distributed work for employees and contractors, the reliance on SaaS applications has risen, and security needs have evolved drastically. The traditional ways of enabling secure access to enterprise applications are complex, expensive, and put organizations at risk. The TalonWork browser simplifies security by allowing secure access to corporate applications and data on any device, managed or unmanaged, and on any operating system. With Talon, security teams benefit from deep visibility into browser and application activity, as well as native security features like authentication, data loss prevention and Zero Trust controls. Based on Chromium, TalonWork delivers the consistent and familiar user experiences expected by today’s workers, fostering productivity across the enterprise. “We have built the team and technology to redefine and power security for the future of work – a future where security is delivered naturally through the enterprise’s most heavily-used application: the browser. “The world and the applications the largest organizations rely on are moving to the web, creating an extensive need for a vehicle that can provide secure access without changing the way work is conducted. This new funding will allow us to continue to show why that vehicle is Talon’s secure enterprise browser.” Ofer Ben-Noon, co-founder and CEO, Talon Cyber Security Co-founded by Ben-Noon and CTO Ohad Bobrov, Talon was named the winner of the Innovation Sandbox Contest at RSA Conference 2022, and has demonstrated unrivaled market and technical leadership since launching the industry’s first secure enterprise browser in October 2021. The company’s recent momentum includes numerous customer deployments at large organizations, the release of the industry’s first secure enterprise browser for mobile devices, and established partnerships with the two leaders in endpoint security: CrowdStrike and Microsoft. The round includes the conversion of $17 million in SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) investments announced earlier this year into A round shares, bringing Talon’s total amount raised to over $126 million. As part of today’s announcement, Richard Seewald, Founder and Managing Partner of Evolution Equity Partners, is joining Talon’s board of directors. “In cybersecurity, the word innovative gets thrown around often, but with Talon, it is a perfect descriptor,” said Richard Seewald, Founder and Managing Partner, Evolution Equity Partners. “I have never seen a company create and lead a category with such authority, and experience such impressive traction with customers so quickly. Talon has the potential to become one of the leading companies in the broader security industry, and it’s an honor to help them on their journey.” “Today’s threat environment is complex, but an organization’s approach to security should not be,” said George Kurtz, co-founder and CEO, CrowdStrike. “By delivering enterprise-grade security through the TalonWork browser, Talon makes security simple and effective for its customers.” “When we launched Ballistic, we made it our mission to find and partner with companies that have the technology and what it takes to change the trajectory of cybersecurity, and Talon fits this bill perfectly,” said Jake Seid, co-founder and General Partner, Ballistic Ventures. “The browser has fundamentally become the most important tool for today's workforce. Talon’s secure enterprise browser does something few security products do. It offers the trifecta of strong security, seamless end-user experience, and low cost and complexity for the enterprise. Talon’s team and solution are some of the strongest I have ever come across, and this financing will help propel the company to new heights.” “From my time as a CISO and now as an investment partner for leading security companies, I have evaluated countless technologies,” said Jay Leek, co-founder and Managing Partner, SYN Ventures. “The widespread problem that Talon addresses and the time to value of its technology is beyond impressive – it's a game changer. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the company and help accelerate its growth.” About Talon Cyber Security Talon Cyber Security is modernizing security programs and improving user experiences for hybrid work by delivering the first secure enterprise browser. Built on Chromium, the TalonWork browser provides customers with the consistent user experiences, deep security visibility, and control over SaaS and web applications needed to simplify security for the future of work. Talon was named the Most Innovative Startup of 2022 at the prestigious RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest.

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GrammaTech and T.E.N. Announce Call for Nominations for Product Security Executive of the Year Awards

GrammaTech | August 16, 2022

GrammaTech, a leading provider of application security testing products and software research services, and T.E.N., founder of the Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Awards, today announced the Product Security Executive (PSE) of the Year Awards. This annual competition will recognize individuals whose contributions have delivered advancements in security for embedded or commercial software products. Nominations are now being accepted through October 10, 2022 at The judging panel includes: Edna Conway, Vice President, Security & Risk Officer, Cloud Infrastructure at Microsoft, former CSO, Cisco Global Value Chain and a member of the Executive Committee of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Task Force on ICT Supply Chain Risk Management. Malcolm Harkins, Chief Security & Trust Officer with Epiphany Systems, former Chief Security and Privacy Officer (CSPO) and the first CISO at Intel Corporation. Troy Rydman, Senior Practice Leader - Global Strategic Accounts, Security, Risk, & Compliance for Amazon Web Services (AWS) and former cybersecurity executive with Silicon Valley Bank, with fourteen years of increasing cybersecurity leadership. “In a world of increasingly autonomous products, from cars to appliances to robots, managing the integrity of the software that enables our connected world is critical. The Product Security Executives who drive quality, security and safety of our many devices are pivotal to the digital economy. “It is time to recognize these individuals and the significant contributions they make in securing the software at the heart of our hyper-connected world.” Edna Conway, VP, Security & Risk Officer, Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure Eligibility U.S.-based executives, including those with director, vice president, chief product security officer or similar titles, who are responsible for product security management are eligible for consideration. This includes individuals overseeing security at all stages of the product development lifecycle for software, firmware and/or embedded code; as well as secure product design, risk and vulnerability management and standards/regulatory compliance. There is no cost to enter. “There’s an increased emphasis on maintaining the safety and security of embedded software across virtually all industries, which is becoming the responsibility of a Product Security Executive whether or not the title exists,” said Andrew Meyer, Chief Marketing Officer for GrammaTech. “We collaborated with T.E.N. to create this award competition and recognize the men and women on the front lines of this new discipline, honor their accomplishments and share their best practices with the industry.” “The number of IoT devices is in the billions and we will continue to see an ever-growing number of devices become smart and connected,” explains Marci McCarthy, CEO and President of T.E.N. “Every device is at risk for cyberattacks, and threat actors are taking advantage of every opportunity to exploit product security vulnerabilities. Demand for product security has thus grown across multiple industries, especially consumer electronics, automotive and healthcare. Because product security is a relatively new concept whose time has come, we are thrilled to partner with GrammaTech to recognize individuals for advancements and innovations leading to more secure products going to market.” About T.E.N. T.E.N. is an award-winning technology and security networking and marketing firm that hosts relationship-building events between top Information Security executives, industry pioneers and innovative solution providers within the cybersecurity industry. Its flagship program, the nationally acclaimed Information Security Executive® (ISE®) of the Year Program Series and Awards, is North America’s largest leadership recognition and networking program for security professionals, honoring both leading executives and deserving project teams. About GrammaTech GrammaTech is a leading global provider of application security testing (AST) solutions used by the world’s most security conscious organizations to detect, measure, analyze and resolve vulnerabilities for software they develop or use. The company is also a trusted cybersecurity and artificial intelligence research partner for the nation’s civil, defense, and intelligence agencies. GrammaTech has corporate headquarters in Bethesda MD, a Research and Development Center in Ithaca NY, and publishes Shift Left Academy, an educational resource for software developers.

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