Guidepost Solutions LLC | March 29, 2022
Guidepost Solutions LLC, a global leader in domestic and international investigations, compliance solutions, monitoring, and security and technology consulting, announced that it has acquired a significant equity stake in Truvantis, Inc., a cybersecurity company formed in 2010. Truvantis provides best-in-class cyber and privacy services to secure infrastructure, data, operations, and products. This strategic partnership allows both Guidepost and Truvantis to offer a wide-ranging suite of cybersecurity solutions and consulting services, at a time when cybersecurity risks are evolving and affecting all business operations.
Truvantis is led by its founder and CEO, Andy Cottrell. With more than 25 years of experience in IT and cybersecurity, Cottrell has designed and implemented security solutions, launched innovative security products to market, and helped countless small and large companies improve their security posture.
“I am pleased to announce this partnership with Truvantis, as part of our firm’s continued efforts to grow its capabilities and footprint in the cybersecurity arena. We are committed to providing our clients with unique solutions to defend against one of the greatest risks facing their companies – cyber threats. This partnership significantly expands our ability to fulfill that commitment.”
Julie Myers Wood, Guidepost Solutions CEO
This new alliance enables clients to leverage comprehensive threat, risk, vulnerability management, privacy, and assessment services to protect against a full spectrum of cyber and physical security issues and address a variety of regulatory and business-critical requirements. Today’s companies are faced with an increasing number of requests for independent verification of their cybersecurity and privacy policies and practices. Whether it’s an assessment against a security framework like the NIST CSF, ISO 27001, or CIS Controls, addressing compliance with privacy laws and requirements like the PCI DSS, or preparing for a SOC2 or HITRUST audit, companies are seeking help from highly qualified, credentialed consultants who can help address these complex cybersecurity and privacy challenges. The Guidepost/Truvantis team will afford clients a depth of expertise as well as a breadth of services to address a broad range of risk mitigation needs.
“Guidepost Solutions is a leader in investigations, compliance, and physical security consulting and we’re excited to bring these capabilities to our clients to provide comprehensive risk management solutions,” said Andy Cottrell, CEO, Truvantis. “As the market continues to evolve toward consolidated physical, personnel, and cybersecurity management, this partnership enables us to provide the most comprehensive solutions in the market.”
Through this investment and partnership, Guidepost Solutions and Truvantis are positioned to enhance cyber and physical security defenses for clients and provide resiliency for their critical systems. Specific security services include risk assessments, security testing, cyber investigations, cybersecurity governance, data protection, privacy consulting, operational security design and project management, vCISO, and remediation services.
About Guidepost Solutions LLC
Guidepost Solutions is a leader in domestic and international investigations, compliance solutions, monitoring, and security and technology consulting. We work wherever your needs take us – whether on the ground around the globe – or from one of our offices located in Bogotá, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Honolulu, London, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Palm Beach, Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Francisco, Seattle, Singapore, Walnut Creek, and Washington, DC.
About Truvantis Inc.
Truvantis® is a cybersecurity consulting organization providing best-in-class privacy and cybersecurity services to secure your organization’s infrastructure, data, operations, and products. We specialize in helping our customers improve their cybersecurity posture by implementing, testing, auditing, and operating information security programs.
Red Hat | May 11, 2022
Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced new security innovations and capabilities across its portfolio of open hybrid cloud technologies. Designed to help organizations mitigate risks and meet compliance requirements across increasingly complex IT environments that mix cloud services, traditional systems and edge devices, these enhancements are intended to minimize complexity, while helping customers improve their security posture and enable DevSecOps.
According to Red Hat’s 2021 Global Tech Outlook report, 45% of respondents put IT Security as their top funding priority. IT security, however, is not a static demand - regulatory controls, compliance demands and threat actors shift on an almost daily basis, requiring almost constant vigilance from IT security teams.
Red Hat has long been a leader in security for enterprise open source solutions, beginning with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, viewing security as a fundamental component and not an add-on. KuppingerCole Analysts recently recognized Red Hat as the Overall Leader in its Leadership Compass for Container Security. According to KuppingerCole’s evaluation, “With a massive market presence and proven expertise in container management, enhanced by the recent acquisition and integration of StackRox, a leading container security company, Red Hat is recognized as the Overall Leader in this Leadership Compass.”
With today’s news, Red Hat continues a relentless march of innovation to advance security across hybrid cloud environments—from on-premises to multi-cloud to the edge—across the entire technology lifecycle and software stack.
Enhancing software supply chain security
Securing applications from development through the entire lifecycle can be complex and frequently requires multiple components to work together. To help simplify the process of implementing security features throughout the complete build, deploy and run process, Red Hat is introducing a software supply chain security pattern.
Delivered via Red Hat OpenShift, patterns deliver complete stacks as code and define, build and test the necessary software configurations. Available as a preview, the software supply chain security pattern will bring together the necessary components to architect cloud-native applications from trusted components.
The pattern uses a Kubernetes-native, continuously-integrated pipeline through Red Hat OpenShift Pipelines and Red Hat OpenShift GitOps for version control, helping to reduce complexity and save time. Additionally, through Tekton Chains, the pattern will incorporate Sigstore, an open source project aimed at making cryptographic signing of code more accessible. This addition makes it easier for artifacts to be signed in the pipeline itself rather than after application creation.
In addition, in Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2.2, Red Hat is introducing a technical preview of Ansible content signing technology. The new capability helps with software supply chain security by enabling automation teams to validate that the automation content being executed in their enterprise is verified and trusted.
Enhancing application security lifecycle from the datacenter to the edge
As organizations adopt cloud-native architectures, the core enterprise needs for hardened environments, lowered attack surfaces and faster detection and response to threats remain. Applications running outside of traditional IT environments, including at the edge, introduce further security requirements that compound these already complex challenges.
Beyond the physical security requirements of edge devices, CIOs and IT decision-makers are increasingly seeing a need to protect the container workloads running on these devices. An example could be implementing strategies and capabilities to prevent the lateral movement of potential attacks or breaches across edge deployments. Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes brings a deployment-ready answer to these concerns, with key capabilities to protect edge workloads, including:
Automated DevSecOps in the CI/CD pipeline to help protect the software supply chain for edge environments through vulnerability management, application configuration analysis and CI/CD integration
Threat protection provides threat detection and incident response capabilities at runtime for common threats
Network segmentation to enforce workload isolation, analyze container communication and detect risky network communication paths
Integrated security starts with the operating system
In the 2022 Gartner® Board of Directors Survey, 88% of board members classified cybersecurity as a business risk; just 12% called it a technology risk.1 The broad ramifications of a cyber attack or data breach have led to increased scrutiny across IT environments by investors and regulators alike. Fortifying IT environments against these potentially damaging incidents is critical, and Red Hat believes that this effort starts at the foundation, at the operating system level, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 lays the foundation for runtime integrity verification of the operating system and application files by providing file digital signatures within RPM packages. The platform uses integrity measurement architecture (IMA) at the kernel level to verify individual files and their provenance. IMA file verification specifically helps to detect accidental and malicious modifications to systems, providing more remediation capabilities for security teams in addressing potential issues or breaches.
Additional key security features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 include:
Enhanced security around root privileges by disabling root login via SSH by default. This helps to prevent the discovery of root passwords through brute force attacks and improving baseline security postures of an operating environment.
Support for latest cryptographic frameworks with the integration of OpenSSL 3. This enables IT teams to enact new ciphers for encrypting and protecting sensitive information.
Bolstered security best practices by disabling the cryptographically-broken SHA-1 hash function by default for digital signature, driving improved security hygiene.
Additionally, Red Hat and IBM Research are collaborating around expanding the core security aspects of the Linux kernel, such as through support for signing and verifying elliptic curve digital signatures. This work expands the algorithms supported and reduces the size of digital signatures used throughout the Linux kernel.
About Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.
Futurex | February 25, 2022
Futurex receives top scores for cloud HSM service and strong cloud integration, extensive payment HSM platform, richest features, customer flexibility
BULVERDE, Texas, February 24, 2022 — ABI Research, global technology intelligence firm, today named Futurex a leader in hardware security modules (HSMs). In its latest Hardware Security Module: OEM competitive assessment report, ABI Research gave Futurex, a leader in enterprise-class data security solutions, high scores for its cryptography-as-a-service options, extensive payment HSM offerings, rich features, hybrid deployment options, and customer flexibility.
“The HSM market is changing rapidly. This is propelling highly flexible HSM offerings that can scale easily and adapt quickly to emerging demands,” the report by ABI Research reads. “Futurex showcases an extensive payment HSM platform with strong cloud integration and service availability, enabling it to carve itself a particularly successful niche in the HSM market which it is actively expanding.”
“We are honored to be recognized by ABI Research as a leader in the HSM space,” said Ryan Smith, vice president, global business development, at Futurex. “Our four decades of HSM R&D, in-depth knowledge of enterprise security needs, and being the first in industry to offer cryptography-as-a-service, have made us the trusted HSM partner for the world’s largest enterprises.”
Putting Innovation and Customers First
ABI Research’s report highlights Futurex’s commitment to innovation by recognizing the operational flexibility and application versatility its HSMs have to offer. The report also noted that Futurex is the only company offering the same suite of features with its cloud HSM as with its on-premises hardware.
With multiple payment HSM vendors currently going through end-of-life processes with their HSMs, organizations are looking for options including migrating their infrastructures to the cloud without changing any application code. As organizations look for robust security while optimizing costs with OPEX models, many turn to Futurex’s VirtuCrypt Cloud Payment HSM for their cryptographic needs.
For more than 40 years, Futurex has been a trusted provider of hardened, enterprise-class data security solutions. More than 15,000 organizations worldwide, including financial services providers and corporate enterprises, have used Futurex’s innovative hardware security modules, key management servers, and enterprise-class cloud solutions to address their mission-critical systems, data security, and cryptographic needs. This includes the secure encryption, storage, transmission, and certification of sensitive data. For more information, please visit futurex.com.
Veracode | March 30, 2022
Veracode, a leading global provider of application security testing solutions, has released new findings that show the public sector has the highest proportion of security flaws in its applications and maintains some of the lowest and slowest fix rates compared to other industry sectors. Analysis of data collected from 20 million scans across half a million applications revealed these sector-specific findings as part of Veracode’s annual report on the State of Software Security (SOSS).
"Public sector policy makers and leaders recognize that dated technology and vast troves of sensitive data make government applications a prime target for malicious actors. That’s why the White House and Congress are working together to update regulations governing cybersecurity compliance. In the wake of May 2021's Executive Order to improve the nation's cybersecurity and protect federal government networks, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, Department of Defense and the White House have issued four memos addressing the need to adopt zero trust cybersecurity principles and strengthen the security of the software supply chain. Our research confirms this need.”
Chris Eng, Chief Research Officer at Veracode
No Time to Waste: Fix More Flaws Faster
Veracode’s research found that compared to other industries, the public sector has the highest proportion of applications with security flaws, at 82 percent. When it comes to how quickly organizations fix flaws once detected, the public sector posts the slowest times on average—roughly two times slower than other sectors. The research also revealed that 60 percent of flaws in third-party libraries in the public sector remain unfixed after two years, which is double that of other sectors and lags the cross-industry average by more than 15 months. Finally, with only a 22 percent fix rate overall, the public sector is challenged to keep software supply chain attacks from impacting critical state, local, and educational applications.
Eng continued, “Organizations in this sector must act with urgency. They can improve their secure DevOps practices significantly by using multiple types of scanning—static, dynamic, and software composition analysis—to get a more complete picture of an application’s security, which in turn will help them to improve remediation times, comply with industry regulations, and make the case for increasing application security budgets.”
High Severity Flaws Are Priority One
Demonstrating a positive trend, the public sector ranks highly when it comes to addressing high severity flaws. The research reveals that government entities have made great strides to address high severity flaws, which appear in only 16 percent of applications. In fact, the number of high severity flaws has decreased by 30 percent in the last year alone, suggesting that developers in the sector increasingly recognize the importance of prioritizing flaws that present the greatest risks. This is encouraging and may reflect growing understanding of new software security guidelines, such as those outlined in the U.S. Executive Order on Cybersecurity and the U.K. Government Cyber Security Strategy 2022 – 2030.
Eng closed, "Recognizing that time is of the essence, public sector leaders are beginning to set timelines. For example, in “Moving the US Government Toward Zero Trust Cybersecurity Principles”, Shalanda Young has set a deadline of September 30, 2024 for all US federal agencies to meet specific cybersecurity standards. We think that the progress made against high security flaws is a great starting point and support all public sector agencies who seek to gain better control over their software supply chains."
About the State of Software Security Report
The twelfth volume of Veracode’s annual report on the State of Software Security (SOSS) examines historical trends shaping the software landscape and how security practices are evolving along with those trends. This year’s findings are based on the full historical data available from Veracode services and customers and represent a cross-section of large and mid-sized companies, commercial software suppliers, and open-source projects. The report contains findings about applications that were subjected to static analysis, dynamic analysis, software composition analysis, and/or manual penetration testing through Veracode’s cloud-based platform.
Veracode is a leading AppSec partner for creating secure software, reducing the risk of security breach, and increasing security and development teams’ productivity. As a result, companies using Veracode can move their business, and the world, forward. With its combination of process automation, integrations, speed, and responsiveness, Veracode helps companies get accurate and reliable results to focus their efforts on fixing, not just finding, potential vulnerabilities.