Involta | August 08, 2022
Involta, an award-winning data center, hybrid IT, and cloud-forward consulting firm, announces today a partnership with HacWare, an AI-driven cybersecurity awareness and training SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) product that combines threat intelligence with user behavior to help lean IT teams combat today's most advanced phishing attacks.
"Today, email phishing attacks remain the number one source of security breaches, causing over 90% of data breaches," states Tiffany Ricks, Founder and CEO of HacWare, Inc. "The average employee is vulnerable because they spend 1,500 hours a year using email, and many are unaware of email security best practices. Partnering with Involta gives us the opportunity to help businesses improve their email security awareness and build up their first line of defense against cyberattacks."
HacWare's internal risk assessment provides real-time threat intelligence to show internal vulnerabilities. HacWare learns from the intelligence to provide personalized phishing simulations and training. The phishing technology leverages behavioral psychology best practices to improve cyber posture, saving businesses up to 40% in labor costs.
"At Involta, we know the two most important things our customers can do to protect themselves from a phishing attack is awareness and education," comments Mark Cooley, Involta VP of Security and Compliance. "Making sure that your company's employees understand the prevalence and sophistication of these attacks is crucial. HacWare's security awareness technology combines open-source data and data science to show employees how to avoid scams while significantly saving on traditional security training and awareness labor costs. The automated, easy-to-use platform is the perfect addition to our robust security solution suite."
Ricks' motivation comes from an entrepreneurial spirit and the desire to help people. She has led HacWare, Inc. to be widely recognized by leading publications such as The Wall Street Journal, Dark Reading, TechCrunch, Forbes and Women's Business Council.
"We are thrilled to partner with Tiffany and her team at HacWare to bring her expertise and innovative solutions to our customers and prospects. "Not only is her product both superior and necessary in today's security landscape, but she is also a true role model for our industry's next generation of female leaders. As more women continue to enter into the world of security and digital infrastructure, it's critical to align with them and help bolster their positions while working alongside them to close the gender gap."
Jim Buie, Involta President and CEO
Involta's commitment to supporting women in tech and empowering girls to explore STEM fields includes a partnership with Girls, Inc. of Pinellas County, Florida, where they recently introduced digital infrastructure as a potential career path.
Involta is an award-winning hybrid IT and cloud-forward consulting firm orchestrating digital transformation for the nation's leading enterprises. Involta's ongoing mission is rooted in partnership. Its personalized approach identifies customers' requirements while earning their trust to ultimately deliver Superior Infrastructure and Services, Operational Excellence and People Who Deliver, keeping with the Involta brand promise.
ShardSecure | August 09, 2022
ShardSecure, inventor of the innovative MicroshardTM technology that mitigates data security and privacy risks in the cloud, will be exhibiting at Black Hat 2022, the leading information security event, from August 6 to 11 in Las Vegas, Nevada. While at Black Hat, ShardSecure will showcase their patented microsharding solution at Booth #30 in the Business Hall's Innovation City.
During the conference, ShardSecure will demonstrate how microsharding renders sensitive data unintelligible in the wrong hands, offering crucial protection in multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud environments. ShardSecure Lead Developer Anthony Whitehead will present "Microsharding, an Alternative to Encryption for Data at Rest" from 2:25 to 2:45 p.m. PT on August 10 in the Business Hall, Theater C. Additionally, VP of Marketing Marc Blackmer will be interviewed on microsharding and encryption by Chuck Harold of SecurityGuyTV at 9:20 a.m. PT on August 11.
"We're looking forward to making new connections and sharing how we can help organizations strengthen their data resilience, maintain business continuity, and mitigate the impact of ransomware," said Marc Blackmer. "Black Hat is an excellent opportunity for ShardSecure to participate in key industry conversations, strengthen our brand, and grow our networking opportunities."
Microshard technology works to desensitize sensitive data by digitally shredding it into tiny microshards. Those microshards are then mixed with poison data and distributed to multiple customer-owned storage locations of the customer's choosing. Its self-healing data also reverses unauthorized data deletion and tampering — including ransomware — for data at rest.
Through its ability to reconstruct data impacted by storage service outages, ShardSecure also helps protect against the effects of data loss and allows business operations to continue unaffected during an outage.
"We're pleased to be sharing Microshard technology with a wide audience of thought leaders and vendors at Black Hat. "Combined with several new partnerships and our recent availability in Azure Marketplace, Black Hat is allowing us to reach more organizations with our innovative data security and data resilience solution. We look forward to continuing the discussion about how we can help organizations maintain control of their sensitive data in the cloud while protecting it from outages and attacks."
Bob Lam, CEO and Co-Founder of ShardSecure
About Black Hat
Now in its 25th year, Black Hat USA is a leading cybersecurity event. With trainings, briefings, and virtual and in-person events, Black Hat 2022 will present the latest research, development, and trends in the information security industry.
ShardSecure is changing the nature of data security. It believes that all organizations can easily and securely enjoy the benefits of cloud adoption without surrendering control of their data. Inventors of the patented Microshard technology, ShardSecure cloud-enables sensitive data by desensitizing it in multi-cloud and hybrid-cloud environments.
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.
CrowdSec | July 13, 2022
CrowdSec, the French security startup enhancing the open-source and collaborative cyber security solution landscape, has today announced that its IP reputation tool has expanded its features in a paid version for enterprises. While CrowdSec's Community product remains available for individual users for free, the new Professional and Enterprise features will allow organizations to maximize scarce IT resources by crowdsourcing a higher volume of cyber threat intelligence (CTI).
At a time where cyber attacks are on the rise and bad actors leverage vulnerabilities stemming from scarce IT budgets and talent pools, it is important that enterprises equip themselves with the right resources to increase their capacity. That is why CrowdSec, through crowd-power, compiles a collaborative IP reputation database from its tens of thousands of users in 160+ countries. With over 3.5 million malicious IPs reported and curated to date, CrowdSec makes cyber defense a collaborative effort and increases the capacity of individual defenders to protect themselves from the global network of bad actors.
From $99 per month for the Professional tier (with custom pricing for the tailored Enterprise offering), users will benefit from:
Data retention of 30 days compared to seven days in the free version
Multi-user set up for organizations
A brand new filter feature
500 IP intelligence requests per day
The ability to subscribe to topic specific and verticalized IP blocklists (ecommerce, blockchain, TOR, VPN points, etc).
Dedicated support service
Filter internet background noise
"Shifting to a collaborative approach is critical for enterprises to increase their capacity in light of skill shortages and scarce resources. Equipping enterprises of all sizes with crowd-sourced threat intelligence levels the playing field between small and large organizations and strengthens the resilience of the defense community as a whole. "Collaborative tools like CrowdSec are more important now than ever, which is why we've launched these enhanced offerings to strengthen what enterprises can do."
CrowdSec founder and CEO Philippe Humeau
Based in Paris and founded in 2019, CrowdSec is an open-source & collaborative IPS generating crowd-sourced CTI. CrowdSec takes a collaborative approach to cybersecurity by analyzing behaviors, responding to attacks, and sharing signals across the community.