Microsoft April Patch Tuesday fixes three currently exploited vulnerabilities

SC Magazine | April 14, 2020

For the second consecutive month Microsoft rolled out a 100-plus batch of security updates for Patch Tuesday, this time including three vulnerabilities being exploited in the wild. Overall, the month saw 113 vulnerabilities addressed with 19 critical issues patched. The three currently exploited vulnerabilities are CVE-2020-1020, CVE-2020-0938, CVE-2020-0968 and CVE-2020-1027. The first two were initially disclosed on March 23 and can be found in the Adobe Font Manager Library and can lead to remote code execution. To exploit these flaws, an attacker would need to socially engineer a user into opening a malicious document or viewing the document in the Windows Preview pane, said Satnam Narang, principal research engineer at Tenable.

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DATA SECURITY

SentinelOne Expands Partner Ecosystem with New Zero Trust, CNAPP, Patch Management, and Threat Simulation Integrations

SentinelOne | January 15, 2022

SentinelOne an autonomous cybersecurity platform company, today announced integrations with Remediant, Blue Hexagon, Keysight, and Automox, expanding the set of capabilities available via SentinelOne’s Singularity Marketplace. With comprehensive integrations across enterprise use cases, the Singularity Marketplace enables customers to unify leading technologies to autonomously protect against threats at machine speed. Enable Zero Trust with Remediant SentinelOne’s joint solution with Remediant enables organizations to enforce Zero Trust solutions across cloud, hybrid, and on-premises infrastructure with a single agent. With the rise of credential stuffing attacks and ransomware, endpoints and identities are two of the most exploited attack vectors today. SentinelOne captures behavioral telemetry across user endpoints, cloud workloads and IoT, feeding process and file activities to Remediant. This enables administrators, auditors, and incident responders to identify malicious sessions and activity in a single workflow. “This partnership with SentinelOne marks one of the first, and best, examples of what becomes possible when leading identity and endpoint security solution providers align their capabilities,” said Paul Lanzi, Co-founder, Remediant. “As partners, we are both aware that today's remote workforce has to be secured by a new generation of tools that secure endpoints and privileged access. We're launching this partnership because EDR and identity vendors working together is one of the most powerful things we can do for our customers to ensure they can defend against attacks." Strengthens Cloud Ransomware Security with Blue Hexagon SentinelOne’s integration with Blue Hexagon enables the rapid detection and prevention of malware and ransomware in the cloud. As the first line of defense, SentinelOne secures endpoints, cloud workloads and IoT devices with AI powered protection, detection and response. The integration shares Blue Hexagon’s awareness of malware and ransomware reducing the time to respond through automated remediation. In addition, cloud misconfigurations are shared with SentinelOne. “We are excited to partner with SentinelOne, a leader in XDR, to provide a threat detection and response solution that unifies endpoint, cloud, and network security.With Singularity XDR and Blue Hexagon, joint customers can use leading solutions to seamlessly share ransomware intelligence and automate response across cloud environments.” Nayeem Islam, CEO and Cofounder, Blue Hexagon Proactive Threat Simulation with Keysight SentinelOne’s integration with Keysight allows joint customers to safely simulate threats in order to validate threat detection and remediation. Keysight’s Threat Simulator attacks both network and endpoints from a ‘Dark Web’ environment. Attacks are validated against Singularity XDR’s protection and detection models using SentinelOne’s rich API functionality, identifying gaps in the cyber kill chain and suggesting updates to organizational security infrastructure. “The integration of Keysight Threat Simulator with SentinelOne is exciting because it allows our joint customers to automate validation of their security processes and defenses before actual threats occur,” said Greg Copeland, Director of Technical Alliances, Keysight. “Cyber defense groups can test and train their operations teams using realistic scenarios, to sharpen their skills and procedures proactively.” Automate Vulnerability Management with Automox SentinelOne and Automox’s joint solution delivers end-to-end vulnerability discovery and remediation. As corporate networks become more technically diverse, organizations often struggle to keep up with patch management and cyber hygiene, forcing security teams to adopt multiple tools that require heavy training, dedicated on-site resources, and multiple dashboards. SentinelOne and Automox provide the visibility and workflows needed to significantly reduce the time to remediation and the burden on in-house resources. “As corporate IT environments become more distributed and overwhelmed with multiple operating systems and a vast inventory of third-party software, organizations are left wide open to cyber attacks,” said Jay Prassl, founder and CEO at Automox. “SentinelOne mirrors our mission to proactively reduce security exposure. Through our partnership, enterprise and government organizations benefit from a powerful, cloud-enabled solution to detect and remediate vulnerabilities, seamlessly and at scale.” About SentinelOne SentinelOne’s cybersecurity solution encompasses AI-powered prevention, detection, response and hunting across endpoints, containers, cloud workloads, and IoT devices in a single autonomous XDR platform.

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PLATFORM SECURITY

Swimlane Extends Cloud-Based Security Automation into APJ Amid Momentous Growth in Region

Swimlane | April 19, 2022

Swimlane, the leader in low-code security automation, today announced the general availability of Swimlane Cloud in the Asia-Pacific Japan (APJ) region. This deployment is further evidence of Swimlane’s continued commitment to empowering APJ customers to enable new use cases previously not possible with traditional security orchestration, automation and response (SOAR). This includes unlocking the use of automation beyond the SOC, where Swimlane serves as the system-of-record for the entire security organization. Meeting the APJ Staffing Shortage Head-On with Swimlane Cloud The APJ region faces a significant cybersecurity talent shortage with an estimated 2.045 million open cybersecurity roles, accounting for 66% of the total global shortage, signaling the struggle to find qualified, skilled professionals to handle increasing security alerts. Without automation, these overburdened security administrators must manually perform repetitive and time-consuming tasks needed to track, mitigate and resolve security events across multiple security platforms. Despite significant time investments, security teams cannot realistically analyze and adequately prioritize security alerts and events at the rate necessary to protect networks. “In order to mature our security operations, we knew it was necessary to advance how we monitor and respond to threat intelligence by taking a more proactive approach to security operations,” said Tanajak Watanakij, CISO, R V Connex. “With our existing talent pool, we turned to Swimlane’s low-code security automation offering to create a centralized system of record for our Security Operations Center (SOC) and remove dependencies on a host of manual processes. Swimlane’s interactive dashboards and automated, easily customizable workflows reduced our mean time to respond and ultimately helped us ensure continuous compliance and prevent breaches across the entire R V Connex Corporation and our MSSP customers.” “Security teams across APJ need solutions that reduce the manual operations needed to respond to security threats and speed up incident response. We are a customer-focused company with a powerful platform for helping companies ease the burden security teams face daily. Swimlane is fully dedicated to supporting the region’s ongoing cybersecurity challenges through the adoption of low-code security automation.” Johan Wikenstedt, Vice President of Asia Pacific and Japan (APJ) for Swimlane Demand for Low-Code Automation Continues to Climb Swimlane’s current product initiatives in APJ continue to drive regional market traction highlighted by: 173% revenue growth of regional presence in the past four months, with more than 7x revenue growth in the past 6 months. 142% growth of regional employee headcount in the past six months. New sales offices established in Australia, Malaysia and South Korea. Net-new customer adoption in Australia, Bangladesh, India, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and New Zealand. Vertical expansion of customer adoption across banking, technology, financial services, government, MSSP, and manufacturing industries. 8 new go-to-market partners established in the region. Lumen Technologies turned to Swimlane after experiencing a rapid period of growth that challenged the company’s security team to capacity. Swimlane’s low-code security automation platform allowed the organization to maintain the integrity of its security operations and quickly adapt to business growth across its SecOps infrastructure. Within the first quarter of implementing the solution, Lumen achieved a 30% automation level. Today, 70% of security events hitting the Security Operations Center (SOC) can be fully automated without human intervention. “Swimlane was a partner from the start, helping us ensure the solution was easy to manage and operate and providing technical support whenever we needed,” said Wai Kit Cheah, Director of the Security Practice at Lumen Technologies. “With Swimlane’s robust automation engine, events can be processed from any source, enabling our security team to integrate security automation with user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) and third-party threat intelligence feeds. This allowed us to achieve a holistic look at our ecosystem and has quickly made Swimlane’s platform an essential component of our SOC.” Swimlane Medley Partner Program Expands to Malaysia Swimlane has invested significantly in Malaysia due to the region’s robust national cybersecurity strategy and world-class talent. As part of its growth in the region, Swimlane recently announced a partnership with CyberSecurity Malaysia, the national cyber security specialist agency under the purview of the Ministry of Communications and Multimedia Malaysia (KKMM), to assist the organization on its mission to build a more resilient cyber ecosystem throughout Malaysia. “Our strategic partnership with Swimlane comes at an exciting time for CyberSecurity Malaysia as we seek to elevate a strategic cybersecurity vision for the region,” said Dato’ Ts. 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About Swimlane Swimlane is the leader in cloud-scale, low-code security automation. Supporting use cases beyond SOAR, Swimlane improves the ease with which security teams can overcome process and data fatigue, as well as chronic staffing shortages. Swimlane unlocks the potential of automation beyond the SOC by delivering a low-code platform that serves as the system-of-record for the entire security organization and enables anyone within the organization to contribute their knowledge and expertise to the protection of the organization.

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Axonius Unveils SaaS Management Solution to Combat Complexity, Cost, and Risk

Axonius | January 20, 2022

Axonius, the leader in cybersecurity asset management, today unveiled Axonius SaaS Management, a new comprehensive solution that helps security, IT, finance, and risk teams control the complexity, cost, and risk of software as a service (SaaS) with a single source of truth into their SaaS application landscape. As businesses rapidly increase consumption of SaaS applications, they face acute IT, security, and business challenges. The rate of SaaS adoption makes manual approaches to gaining a credible SaaS asset inventory woefully inadequate and exposes extremely difficult visibility challenges into both known and unknown SaaS applications. Compounding these visibility challenges, companies struggle to identify how data flows between apps, manage a myriad of configurations, and close security gaps, as well as track licensing and spend, across hundreds sometimes thousands of SaaS applications. Axonius SaaS Management lets customers address the operational and financial challenges of SaaS asset management, as well as the security and risk gaps, all via a seamless, nonintrusive deployment that delivers actionable insights from day one. This is the first product delivered by AxoniusX, the company’s innovation-focused business unit that launched in June 2021. “Over the past few years, we’ve seen tools emerge that address some aspects of SaaS management from either the business side or SaaS security posture management, but these approaches still leave companies with gaps in visibility and siloed information,We’ve built on our unique approach to cybersecurity asset management to deliver the same results for SaaS applications. With our rich history in building and maintaining API integrations with SaaS solutions, Axonius has the expertise and market traction to bring massive value to organizations struggling with the complexity of modern apps and infrastructure.” Amir Ofek, CEO and co-founder of AxoniusX Axonius SaaS Management uses adapters (API connections to data sources) and proprietary SaaS discovery tools to create a detailed inventory of all SaaS applications, permissions, and data flows. By connecting to all layers of the SaaS application stack, the solution discovers both the SaaS applications known to and sanctioned by organizations as well as shadow and unmanaged apps. This approach provides comprehensive visibility into all data types and interconnectivity flows, identifies misconfigurations and data security risks, and delivers actionable insights for better IT management and cost optimization. Axonius SaaS Management integrates with Axonius Cybersecurity Asset Management to provide a comprehensive platform that unifies all digital assets from SaaS apps to devices, user accounts, cloud assets, and more so customers can easily and effectively control complexity across the entire IT environment. About Axonius Axonius gives customers the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, automating response actions, and informing business-level strategy. With solutions for both cyber asset attack surface management (CAASM) and SaaS management, Axonius is deployed in minutes and integrates with hundreds of data sources to provide a comprehensive asset inventory, uncover gaps, and automatically validate and enforce policies. Cited as one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity startups, with accolades from CNBC, Forbes, and Fortune, Axonius covers millions of assets, including devices and cloud assets, user accounts, and SaaS applications, for customers around the world.

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SOFTWARE SECURITY

CyCognito and Carahsoft Partner to Deliver Attack Surface Management and Protection Solutions to the Public Sector

CyCognito | December 29, 2021

CyCognito, the leader in external attack surface management and protection, today announced a strategic go-to-market alliance with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as CyCognito’s first Public Sector Distributor. The new relationship expands and deepens CyCognito’s reach across and within the Public Sector through Carahsoft’s NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V, Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2), OMNIA Partners, National Association of State Procurement Officials (NASPO) ValuePoint, and National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA), as well as through Carahsoft’s reseller partners. “Together with our channel partners, CyCognito is using its platform, program and best practices to help the Public Sector establish a stronger security posture and proactively identify, protect and prevent cyberattacks from happening,” says Channel Chief and CyCognito’s Worldwide Sales Leader Lori Cornmesser. Most of today’s cyberattacks continue to intrude through external attack vectors. CyCognito’s innovative platform automates the discovery, multi-factor security testing and risk prioritization of all externally-exposed assets in an organization’s extended IT ecosystem. Once cyber threats are identified, CyCognito orchestrates data sharing to automatically start the remediation process by creating an incident response ticket. The platform integrates its findings and intelligence into existing vulnerability lifecycle management processes through channels such as Slack, PagerDuty, ServiceNow, and several additional platforms. This proven and proactive layer of automated security ensures an organization’s entire attack surface is protected quickly and efficiently when risks are detected. “Empowering organizations to find and eliminate the paths attackers easily exploit is a vital tactic within any surface management and protection strategy,Prevention and remediation must remain top of mind for channel partners and IT decision makers, especially those working within the Public Sector where the stakes are high and the impact of a single breach has the potential to span states, the nation and even the globe.” Rob Gurzeev, Founder and CEO, CyCognito CyCognito and Carahsoft are enabling forward-thinking security value-added resellers (VARs), managed service providers (MSPs), global systems integrators (GSIs) and managed security services providers (MSSPs) with a new and enhanced lineup of SLED and Federal-focused sales and marketing assets. Offered at no charge, these business-building assets are readily available within CyCognito’s partner portal and include how to market, how to pitch and position, and how to demo the technology. “Agencies today are under tremendous pressure to protect their customers from cybercrime,” said Michael Shrader, Vice President of Intelligence and Innovative Solutions at Carahsoft. “CyCognito’s leading platform preempts attacks and helps businesses satisfy key elements of most common security frameworks and regulatory compliance standards. We look forward to working with CyCognito and our reseller partners to help educate and better enable the Public Sector with the knowledge, specialization and technology needed to properly assess their cyber risk and eliminate exposure.” About CyCognito CyCognito solves one of the most fundamental business problems in cybersecurity: seeing how attackers view your organization, where they are most likely to break in, what systems and assets are at risk and how you can eliminate the exposure. Founded by national intelligence agency veterans, CyCognito has a deep understanding of how attackers exploit blind spots and a path of least resistance. The Palo Alto-based company is funded by leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists, and its mission is to help organizations protect themselves from even the most sophisticated attackers. It does this with a category-defining, transformative platform that automates offensive cybersecurity operations to provide reconnaissance capabilities superior to those of attackers. About Carahsoft Carahsoft Technology Corp. is The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider, supporting Public Sector organizations across Federal, State and Local Government agencies and Education and Healthcare markets. As the Master Government Aggregator for our vendor partners, we deliver solutions for Cybersecurity, MultiCloud, DevSecOps, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, Open Source, Customer Experience and Engagement, and more. Working with resellers, systems integrators and consultants, our sales and marketing teams provide industry leading IT products, services and training through hundreds of contract vehicles.

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