NCG Extends Support to DoD Vendors with Crucial Tool for Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

NCG | July 07, 2020

Northcross Group (NCG) announced its latest innovative tool, a questionnaire to support the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)— a new U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) process going into effect later this year.  DoD will use CMMC to ensure a base level cybersecurity capability across the full Defense Industrial Base supply chain. Certification under CMMC will be required for all DoD vendors to renew or win new contracts starting later this year. NCG, a leader in cybersecurity services that support companies navigating through vast and complex business challenges while maintaining a business edge, has developed a free online questionnaire as a first step for DoD vendors to determine how they currently measure up to the CMMC model. The questionnaire helps an organization know where they stand and understand what is needed to achieve their targeted CMMC Maturity Level.  "As a DoD vendor ourselves, we understand the challenges of maintaining compliance and seek to provide a way for companies to get a good starting point," said Chris Bender, President of NCG. "We have helped organizations in healthcare, transportation, and banking build cybersecurity programs to meet similar requirements, and know having a good read on their current state is important," added Mr. Bender.

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Palo Alto Networks Bolsters Its Cloud Native Security Offerings With Out-of-Band WAAS

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QuSecure Launches Industry’s First End-to-End Post-Quantum Cybersecurity Solution to Uniquely Address Current and Future Quantum Computing Threats

QuSecure | May 21, 2022

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QuProtect’s unique differentiators include (partial list): Post-quantum open-source, end-to-end data protection on all platforms and networks – QuSecure applies post-quantum protections to all systems and devices – from cloud, to server, to laptop, to edge and IoT – protecting communications and data. QuProtect uses Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) to create quantum-resilient cryptographic keys which provide entropy throughout the entire network. Network-wide entropy is important because true quantum randomness protects systems from vulnerabilities and attacks such as pattern detection and cryptanalysis. Easy integration and deployment with zero client-side installations supporting most platforms – QuProtect is designed to be simple to deploy, operate and manage for existing devices and systems. Any existing platform that runs cryptography can be upgraded to PQC through QuProtect’s software-upgrade solutions. 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Thrive | May 20, 2022

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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). 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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. 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Cerby is a must-have for technology executives and their teams to protect the brand, stay secure and increase productivity.

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