MSC Data Center Closes Following Suspected Cyber-Attack

infosecurity | April 14, 2020

A container shipping company has said malware could be to blame for the closure of one of its data centers last week. The Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) took to Twitter on Good Friday to report a network outage issue affecting the website msc.com, which was still down at time of writing. The incident, which is thought to have occurred on Thursday, April 9, also brought down the shipping company's myMSC portal. A message posted from the Twitter account MSC Cargo on April 10 stated: "We are sorry to inform you that http://MSC.com and myMSC are currently not available as we've experienced a network outage in one of our data centers. We are working on fixing the issue."

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Bluum Launches Comprehensive Cybersecurity Offering to Schools

Bluum | June 14, 2022

Bluum, North America's leading education technology solutions provider, recently announced the launch of a comprehensive cybersecurity offering to schools. Cybersecurity needs and solutions for schools have evolved in recent years – even beyond those brought about by hybrid and remote learning – so Bluum responded with security solutions for people, processes and technology. According to the SecurityScorecard 2018 report, education ranks last out of 17 industries in terms of cybersecurity, demonstrating that a legacy solution that only includes a first-generation firewall and antivirus software has long been rendered obsolete. Since 2016, there have been more than 1,300 publicly disclosed attacks in the U.S., which averages out to more than one K-12 cyber incident per school day. More than three million students have been affected by cybersecurity breakdowns since February 2018, with education institutions spending an average of $2.73 million to address the impact of a ransomware attack. "With limited budgets, highly skilled IT personnel and time, K-12 organizations are hard-pressed to create a solid cybersecurity plan. "Cybersecurity is an incredibly technical and extensive area in IT that is rapidly evolving and needs to stay ahead of ever-evolving attack methods. Historically, school IT budget constraints have resulted in ineffective and outdated systems, so Bluum has developed comprehensive countermeasures to fill that void." Bluum Vice President of Product Strategy and Growth Andre Vashilko Whether cybersecurity incidents are caused externally or self-inflicted, Bluum can assist in preventative measures before, during and after the incidents and attacks. To get started, Bluum has debuted easy-to-use services to help schools assess their cybersecurity needs and identify immediate and future solutions. Vulnerability scans and penetration testing will detect critical areas of concern and exposure in the infrastructure, while a complementary customer survey will provide further insights into a school's specific needs. About Bluum Bluum empowers educators with technology solutions that improve learning and make it more accessible, assisting more than 27 million students grow and flourish.

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SecurityScorecard Joins Snowflake Partner Network

SecurityScorecard | June 23, 2022

SecurityScorecard, the global leader in cybersecurity ratings announced today that it has joined Snowflake's Partner Network, enabling mutual customers to gain instant visibility into their own security posture and that of their third and fourth party software vendors. Catching Third-Party Risks Early Snowflake customers now have access to "call" security data within Snowflake, gaining direct access to SecurityScorecard Ratings data that can be correlated with various systems and processes including third party risk, identity and access and IT asset management to catch potential security risks early and create a unified view. "CISOs need to know the scale and scope of their cyber environment and that includes third and fourth-party vendors that can pose substantial risks to their organization," said Alex Rich, Vice President of Alliances at SecurityScorecard. "The insights gleaned from continuous monitoring with SecurityScorecard ratings data helps Snowflake data cloud customers get a broad view into their Third Party Risk Management, supply chain management, and business intelligence applications with continuous cybersecurity data." SecurityScorecard collects and analyzes global threat signals that give organizations instant visibility into the security posture of vendors and business partners as well as the capability to do a self-assessment of their own security posture. The technology continuously monitors 10 groups of risk factors to instantly deliver an easy-to-understand A-F rating. The Snowflake Partner Network unlocks the potential of the Data Cloud with a broad array of tools and partners. Certified partnerships and integrations enable customers to leverage Snowflake's flexibility, performance, and ease of use to deliver more meaningful data insights. "With SecurityScorecard on the Snowflake Data Marketplace - organizations can now access and use robust vendor risk data directly in their Snowflake account. "Joint customers of Snowflake and SecurityScorecard can now easily combine, enrich, and contextualize vendor risk data with procurement, legal, IT, compliance, and security data, systems, and processes, accelerating the modern CIO and CISO's priority of data-driven, risk-based, and automated security and compliance." Joshua McKibben, Director Security Compliance & Risk Management at Snowflake "Our partnership with SecurityScorecard is delivering customers the detailed cybersecurity ratings data they need to refine and enrich data around numerous different use cases," said Tarik Dwiek, Head of Technology Alliances at Snowflake. "From third party risk and M&A due diligence, to cyber insurance, SecurityScorecard and Snowflake are helping global enterprises better manage their third-party risk management programs." About SecurityScorecard Funded by world-class investors including Evolution Equity Partners, Silver Lake Waterman, Sequoia Capital, GV, Riverwood Capital, and others, SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings with more than 12 million companies continuously rated. Founded in 2013 by security and risk experts Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy and Sam Kassoumeh, SecurityScorecard's patented rating technology is used by over 30,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, cyber insurance underwriting, and regulatory oversight.

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NowSecure Integrates with GitHub Dependabot for Developer-First Mobile Software Supply-Chain Security

NowSecure | July 06, 2022

NowSecure, the leading standards-based mobile app security and privacy software company, today announced a new GitHub Action for Dependency Graph integration to bring automated mobile app Software Bill of Materials (SBOM) generation to developer workflows directly inside GitHub. Now iOS and Android mobile app developers can gain visibility into the components, third-party libraries and frameworks they use and ensure their proper version, security and privacy as they build them — all to deliver high-quality, secure mobile app releases faster. GitHub,the leading software development platform for more than 83 million developers, announced new extensions for dependency information in the GitHub Dependency Graph with new GitHub Actions. As a recognized leader in mobile app security, NowSecure has delivered the first automated dynamic mobile app SBOM solution integrated into GitHub Dependency Graph. The NowSecure GitHub Action for Mobile SBOM to populate the GitHub Dependency Graph is now available in early access via the GitHub Marketplace. In addition, the NowSecure Platform can now be purchased through Microsoft Azure Marketplace. As part of the early access program, all GitHub mobile developers can request a free scan for dynamic SBOM generation into GitHub Dependency Graph. Underlying the urgency of managing software dependencies, software supply-chain attacks in 2021 grew by 650% with major incidents from SolarWinds, Microsoft, Kasaya, log4j and others. White House Cybersecurity Orders in 2021 identified critical risks in the global software supply chain and set out requirements for government agencies to establish standards and policies for securing the software supply chain. "Developers want to deliver innovative, high-quality mobile applications fast," said NowSecure CEO Alan Snyder. "This means they need a developer-first, easy to use and accurate mobile security solution embedded directly in their dev workflows. While mobile developers depend on third-party code for innovative experiences, complex functionality and time to market, they must ensure the code they use is up to date and secure. We are excited to extend our partnership with GitHub and the community by adding dynamic SBOM generation into GitHub Dependency Graph to help developers protect their software supply chain." NowSecure offers two GitHub Actions for automated mobile app analysis and mobile app SBOMs. The NowSecure GitHub Action provides automated static and dynamic security analysis of iOS and Android mobile apps built in any language or framework including Swift, Objective-C, Java, Kotlin, Dart, React-Native and more. The NowSecure GitHub Action for Mobile SBOMs generates component detail for visibility into the libraries/frameworks included in all mobile apps, identifying transitive dependencies, pinpointing libraries/frameworks that are using older versions, identifying components that remain but may have previously specified to be removed, and uncovering component license details. "The NowSecure GitHub Action for Mobile SBOM populates the GitHub Dependency Graph with mobile data so that in the future GitHub Dependabot alerts can update dependencies to the latest and more secure versions of libraries in mobile apps. "Furthermore, comparing SBOMs and dependencies from different versions of a mobile app provides insight into changes made by the developer over time that may require further analysis or help identify technical debt. Overall, we've been very impressed with GitHub's implementation, enabling third-parties to extend the Dependency Graph and Dependabot to support new ecosystems like mobile." NowSecure CTO David Weinstein "The software supply chain starts with the developer. Extending automated visibility into your SBOM means developers can significantly reduce their usage of vulnerable software dependencies as well as be confident in shipping new mobile features and products with security built in by design," said Jose Palafox, Director of Business Partnerships at GitHub. The NowSecure GitHub Action for Mobile SBOM early access program for GitHub Dependabot Graph is part of the world's most comprehensive suite for mobile app security including NowSecure Platform for continuous security testing in the development pipeline for DevSecOps, NowSecure Workstation kit for pen tester productivity, NowSecure Supply Chain Risk Management, NowSecure Pen Testing Services, and NowSecure Academy training courseware for dev and security teams. Built on a foundation of standards and automation, NowSecure empowers organizations to deliver secure mobile apps faster and continuously monitor their mobile app supply chains for risk. Top mobile innovators, global businesses and agencies trust NowSecure to secure their mobile apps including AT&T, Caribou Coffee, Chime, iRobot and Uber. About NowSecure As the standards-based mobile app security and privacy company, NowSecure protects the Mobile App Economy. The world's most demanding organizations, innovative mobile developers and advanced security teams entrust NowSecure to safeguard millions of mobile app users across banking, insurance, high tech, IoT, retail, hospitality, energy and government sectors. Only NowSecure delivers the full solution suite of continuous security testing for DevSecOps, mobile app supply-chain monitoring, expert mobile pen testing and training courseware with the depth, speed, accuracy, and efficiency to meet modern business demands. Dedicated to the open-source community and standards including OWASP, ioXt and NIAP, NowSecure is SOC 2 certified and recognized by IDC, Gartner, Deloitte Fast 500, and TAG Cyber.

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Cerby Launches With World’s First Security Platform for Unmanageable Applications

Cerby | June 28, 2022

Cerby officially launched today with the world’s first security platform for unmanageable applications and an approach that enhances security practices by empowering both employees and security teams. The Cerby Zero Trust architecture takes on the challenges of unmanageable applications in the shadow IT universe—technologies that are selected and onboarded by business units outside the purview and visibility of the IT department, or don’t support industry standards like SAML for authentication and SCIM for user provisioning. The Cerby offering is very different from other options on the market because it moves security automation capabilities into the hands of business users—in effect, it balances empowerment and autonomy with security and productivity. The company, which has been operating in stealth mode since 2020, already has early customers—including Fox, L’Oréal, MiSalud, Dentsu, Televisa, and Wizeline—where the technology is used to address common application liabilities efficiently while facilitating collaboration. It also announced today $12 million in seed funding from Ridge Ventures, Bowery Capital, Okta Ventures, Salesforce Ventures and others, bringing total funding to $15.5 million. “Our goal at Cerby is simple but sweeping: To increase productivity for enterprises by empowering employees to use the technologies they prefer while automating compliance and security,” said Co-Founder and CEO, Belsasar Lepe. “In this era of IT consumerization, employee choice and enterprise security are not mutually exclusive—with the right tools and strategies, they go hand-in-hand. When business professionals get real autonomy, security becomes everyone’s responsibility, rather than just one of many priorities for the IT department. The Cerby platform for unmanageable applications enables organizations to boost efficiency, comply with existing policies and reduce exposure to cyberattacks—it’s truly a win-win-win.” Cerby’s enrollment-based platform combines proprietary technology, robotic process automation (RPA) and seamless integrations with identity providers like Okta and Azure AD. This powerful functionality enables the platform to understand commonly used SaaS applications in a business context, and automate security policies before they lead to breaches. The scale of the problem is undeniable, in part because while employees choose the applications, they don’t pay for them. Analyst firms, such as Everest Group report that shadow IT spending represents 50% or more of the overall IT outlay in large enterprises. Meanwhile, teams preferring application autonomy are twice as likely to prioritize productivity over security. Cerby’s own research confirms this trend. The company just commissioned its own study of this critical subject, and the preliminary findings show how much attitudes have hardened with regard to employee choices. The comprehensive study of over 500 business professionals in North America and the UK employed by companies with more than $100M in annual revenue, conducted in partnership with Osterman Research, reveals that a staggering 91% of respondents believe they should have full control over the applications they purchase. On a related note, 52% want the company or IT department to “just get out of the way,” and when employers disallow applications desired by end users, respondents say it will “negatively affect” the way work gets done. To be clear, these perspectives are not emerging from a vacuum. More than three quarters of the companies surveyed, 78%, have policies in place regarding which applications employees can and cannot use, and just over half the respondents report knowledge or experience of particular applications being disallowed. These actions don’t necessarily go down well with employees: 68% ask for an alternative solution, preferably one that is stress-free and automated; 35% seek an alternative of their own, while stating that it negatively affects the way work is done; and 42% “demand a good reason” for the ban. “We chose Cerby because we needed a secure and centralized place to manage access to our paid social accounts. “Because Cerby can seamlessly integrate with our organization’s single sign-on technology and also connect to the social platforms’ APIs, we are able to create organizational efficiencies by granting and removing access within one place. Additionally, the automated access removal of employees who have left the company provides a level of security we did not previously have.” Nina Donnard, AVP, Paid Social, L’Oreal The issue of unmanageable applications within the organization is particularly sensitive because it puts two forces—employee autonomy and corporate security—in direct conflict. The C-suite—enterprise CIOs, CMOs, CISOs—wants security to be frictionless; when security teams take a heavy-handed approach, they often end up blocking key applications and negatively affecting productivity. This encompasses three core problems, which are sometimes contradictory. They feature: Brand risk (including errors, cyberattacks, and fraud); non-compliance (corporate policy, contracts, and industry/government regulations); and inefficient processes (insufficient resources; inconsistent, error-prone access reviews; extraneous steps and wasted time). Cerby steps into this chasm with numerous capabilities to plug security, compliance and productivity gaps. For example, end users can log in securely to any application, even those that don’t support SSO natively, store log-in data, and share this information securely with collaborators. At the same time, IT and security teams can set policy at the application, team, and company level. Throughout this process, Cerby is actively monitoring connected applications to ensure they are securely configured to meet corporate security standards for two factor authentication, password complexity and many other commonly missed security settings. “I love that Cerby solves a problem every CIO faces: unmanageable applications,” said Yousuf Khan, Partner at Ridge Ventures and former CIO. “When non-IT employees use unauthorized applications, they might be gaining productivity, but they are also unlocking a Pandora’s box of security vulnerabilities. The pandemic only made it worse: 71% of users in the US now acquire their own applications to do their jobs. Cerby is the first solution I’ve seen that significantly reduces the risk of these unmanageable applications by applying zero trust principles and automating the entire application lifecycle. The best part of it is that it’s not a top-down, managerial edict: Employees become an active and motivated part of the solution. Business professionals get the power to choose their applications, productivity gets a boost, and the company ensures security and compliance–everyone wins. Other cybersecurity products demand enforcement; Cerby encourages enrollment. This is the best way to enhance employee trust and increase productivity.” The technology is designed to help teams in diverse disciplines use the applications they choose while ensuring security. For example, marketing teams can now securely use any social platforms they prefer—Cerby provides a single place to add and remove access for employees and third-party agencies instead of signing into multiple social accounts and sharing passwords. In other fields, such as finance, Cerby provides an easy way for CFOs and their teams to securely manage access to bank accounts and credit lines without having to share passwords. About Cerby Cerby delivers the world’s first platform built to positively guide employees' security behaviors no matter which applications they use. We protect brands around the world, including some of the most recognizable businesses, by taking an approach that empowers both employees and security teams, using Zero Trust principles. Our proprietary technology uses robotic process automation to understand applications in a business context and automatically enforces security best practices before misconfigurations turn into breaches. Cerby is a must-have for technology executives and their teams to protect the brand, stay secure and increase productivity.

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