DATA SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
Accenture | September 13, 2022
Accenture has been named a Leader in the latest Forrester Research report on European managed security service (MSS) providers, which notes that Accenture sets itself apart from the rest of the market by the way in which it develops assets that are embedded in its services for the benefit of clients.
The report — "The Forrester Wave™: European Managed Security Service Providers, Q3 2022" — includes a comprehensive 39-criteria assessment of the top 10 cybersecurity consulting providers across three high-level categories: “Current Offering”; “Strategy”; and “Market Presence.” Client references and buyer feedback were also factored into each criterion evaluated in the report.
Accenture received the highest score in the Current Offering category among competitors evaluated, with the highest possible score in twelve criteria, including: data sovereignty and European service delivery; managed application security; business and technical value; product vision; execution roadmap; innovation roadmap; and partner ecosystem.
The report says that:
Accenture stands out for its vision roadmap, with several planned items focusing on emerging CISO [chief information service officer] needs for managed services providers.
Accenture also continues to set the standard for strong partnerships to drive unique technology and services IP.
When noting how Accenture sets itself apart by developing assets that are embedded in services for clients, the report said that one particularly strong example of this was its Intelligent Application Security Platform (IASP), which delivers significant value for developers within its application security services.
Reference customers praise the flexible personnel, highly competent technical staff, and strong partnership approach.
Accenture is a good match for customers who want end-to-end security capabilities that deliver a wide array of managed services.
“We’re on a mission to make cybersecurity a priority for business leaders in Europe, and our managed security services team can help clients navigate the challenges. “It’s an honor to be recognized for our work helping clients build better defenses and strengthen their cybersecurity capabilities. Because cyber risk is a constantly moving target, we help our clients identify not only existing threats but also emerging threats to their enterprises.”
Jacky Fox, who leads Accenture Security in Europe
In addition to being named a Leader among European MSS providers by Forrester, Accenture was recently named the No. 1 cybersecurity service provider by HFS Research and positioned as a Leader in the latest IDC MarketScape analysis of managed security services (MSS) providers in Europe. In 2021, Accenture was positioned as a Leader in two Forrester reports on cybersecurity: The Forrester Wave™: Global Cybersecurity Consulting Providers, Q4 2021 and The Forrester Wave™: European Cybersecurity Consulting Providers, Q3 2021.
More information on Accenture in “The Forrester Wave™: European Managed Security Service Providers, Q3 2022” report can be found here.
Accenture is a global professional services company with leading capabilities in digital, cloud and security. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries, we offer Strategy and Consulting, Technology and Operations services and Accenture Song — all powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. Our 710,000 people deliver on the promise of technology and human ingenuity every day, serving clients in more than 120 countries. We embrace the power of change to create value and shared success for our clients, people, shareholders, partners and communities.
DATA SECURITY, PLATFORM SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
Veristor Systems, Inc. | September 28, 2022
Veristor Systems, Inc., a trusted provider of transformative business technology solutions, and SANS Security Awareness, the global leader in providing security awareness training, today announce that Veristor has become a certified provider of SANS Security Awareness' comprehensive suite of products to enable a data-driven approach to cybersecurity training for an organization's end users.
"Researchers from Stanford University found that as much as 88% of all data breaches are caused by an employee mistake. "This shows that end users are the most critical vulnerability gap in today's enterprise. Yet if properly trained, they can also be the most resilient security defense – a human firewall. Together with the experts from SANS Security Awareness we are helping customers guard their environments with an army of well-trained employees. With proven training to spot and act when suspicious activity arises, users can take an active role in preventing the growing wave of cyberattacks."
Daniel Martin, Principal Security Consultant, vCISO, Veristor
The SANS Security Awareness suite of dynamic multilingual computer-based training, games, phishing simulations, and engagement materials teach vital security behaviors to effectively manage human cyber risk. With different training styles to match different corporate cultures, employee comprehension levels, and learning preferences, SANS Security Awareness training equips workforces to recognize and prevent current cyberattacks, including work-from-home threats. The platform delivers valuable metrics to measure the effectiveness of each program, and customization features to tailor training to meet specific organizational needs."
With some groups requiring even greater specialized training, in addition to addressing core human behavior risk topics, SANS Security Awareness also offers secure development and coding techniques, understanding NERC CIP compliance requirements, and handling Industrial Control Systems (ICS) incidents.
"We are very pleased to be partnering with the cybersecurity experts at Veristor to provide the SANS Security Awareness program to their customers," said Brad Stilling, Director of Global Sales for SANS Security Awareness. "Regular awareness training is an essential activity for organizations looking to ensure security and compliance. When employees feel informed and empowered to recognize and address cyber risks, they can protect the organization. With SANS Security Awareness, Veristor customers are now better positioned to detect and prevent cyber-attacks."
For organizations starting their awareness training journey, Veristor delivers a SANS Human Risk Insight assessment to identify program cost reductions, eliminate unneeded staff training, and create risk metrics to baseline and benchmark an organization's human cyber risk.
The SANS Security Awareness training solutions are now offered as a part of Veristor's suite of security solutions that are designed to solve business challenges through the intelligent application of next-generation security technology.
About Veristor Systems, Inc.
Veristor, which recently announced a merger with Anexinet, is a leading provider of transformative business technology solutions that helps its customers accelerate the time-to-value for the software, infrastructure and systems they deploy. We do this by harnessing deep expertise in today's most advanced data center, security, networking, hybrid cloud, and big data technologies and guiding businesses to the right solutions for their most pressing challenges. And with a full suite of design, deployment, support, and managed service offerings, we work shoulder-to-shoulder with our customers at every step of their technology journey to make technology truly work for them.
About SANS Security Awareness
SANS Security Awareness provides organizations with a complete and comprehensive security awareness solution, enabling them to easily and effectively manage their human cybersecurity risk. SANS Security Awareness has worked with over 1,300 organizations and trained over 6.5 million people around the world. The SANS Security Awareness program offers globally relevant, expert authored tools and training to enable individuals to shield their organization from attacks and a fleet of savvy guides and resources to work with you every step of the way.
DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
Abnormal | November 16, 2022
Abnormal Security, the leading behavioral AI-based security platform, announced today its newest addition to the product portfolio as the company progresses toward delivering the most comprehensive cloud email security in the market. The latest innovation protects customers from emerging email platform attacks that are increasing in volume and severity as attackers find new ways to target organizations.
The open, interconnected nature of cloud email platforms creates new entry points for attackers to exploit and manipulate—increasing the need for security tools that protect organizations from attacks beyond those that are delivered through inbound email. While advanced inbound email attacks like business email compromise and credential phishing remain the primary cloud email attack vector, accounting for $43 billion in exposed losses since 2016, this addition to the Abnormal product portfolio expands the capabilities of cloud email security to protect against side-channel attacks that directly target the entire email platform. In recent headlines, cybercriminals have exploited unguarded entry and exit points to carry out sophisticated platform attacks, including:
Compromising user and administrator accounts by bypassing MFA policies
Exploiting global administrator privileges by setting up tenant-wide email forwarding rules that send company emails to attacker inboxes
Tricking employees into installing malicious OAuth applications through consent phishing email links disguised as file-sharing links
These examples showcase the need for security tools that can detect changes to the cloud email environment and provide full visibility into the current posture. But because security teams often share responsibility for these platforms alongside IT and messaging teams, it is operationally difficult and manual to understand the full scope of potential configurations across thousands of users, third-party applications and email tenants, and manage them accordingly.
“As we’ve spoken to our customers, we’ve heard increasing concerns about this next generation of attacks. Since they have implemented Abnormal to secure the inbound channel against advanced attacks such as BEC, attackers are looking for new ways to access their inboxes and email platforms. “Implementing a solution that can alert security teams to new integrated applications, over-permissioned users, and other potentially risky events will be extremely helpful to security leaders, and Abnormal is excited to evolve our inbound email security platform to provide this capability and better protect our customers from the full spectrum of attacks.”
Mike Britton, chief information security officer at Abnormal Security
The new Security Posture Management product from Abnormal gives security teams immediate visibility to each of the potential entry and exit points to the cloud email platform. Increased visibility begins with three new Knowledge Bases, in addition to the existing VendorBase, which present comprehensive databases of employees, third-party applications, and email tenants. Each of the three new Knowledge Bases provides the foundational visibility security teams need to understand potentially exposed surface areas in Microsoft 365 and conduct security investigations.
AppBase: Provides a running inventory of all of the third-party applications that have access to data within Microsoft 365. It provides a summary of important information about application permissions and data access, as well as an activity timeline of recent events.
PeopleBase: Provides a directory of each active user in the environment. It uses contextual, behavioral data to build a dynamic user genome. PeopleBase also provides an activity timeline of recent events, including sign-on patterns, suspicious email activity, and more.
TenantBase: Provides a catalog of each of the email tenants Abnormal Security protects and relevant permissions governing access to them.
Taking the information derived from these Knowledge Bases, the new Security Posture Management product then monitors each entity for potentially risky configuration changes. Key changes may include the escalation of administrator privileges or the integration of new unverified applications with read-write access to mailboxes. When changes occur, Security Posture Management alerts administrators so they can understand the impact and take appropriate downstream action to protect their cloud email platform from insider threats or attacker infiltration.
While the monitoring and alerting capabilities of Security Posture Management are available as an add-on purchase to Inbound Email Security, Abnormal is providing the foundational visibility of its new Knowledge Bases at no cost to all customers with Microsoft 365.
New Product Continues to Drive Abnormal Growth in the Email Security Market
The posture management offering underscores Abnormal’s commitment to providing its customers with the most effective email security platform on the market. In recent weeks, Abnormal was named to the CNBC Top 25 Startups for the Enterprise list of companies that are best suited to meet the needs of large enterprises, as well as the Madrona Intelligent Applications 40 list for the platform’s superior capabilities in using machine learning to extract useful information from real-time and historical data.
These awards highlight the continued success of the company as Abnormal continues to experience more than 2x growth per year, with notable customers including Xerox, Urban Outfitters, Royal Caribbean International, and Groupon. The company maintains a 4.8-star review on Gartner Peer Insights, with 100% recommendation from participating companies. This continued growth is driven by the recent Series C funding round in which Abnormal raised $210 million with backing from Insight Partners, Greylock Partners, and Menlo Ventures.
Security Posture Management is the second major product launch in the past six months, with Abnormal releasing the Email Productivity module in August 2022. The Email Productivity add-on uses behavioral AI to filter time-wasting promotional emails away from employee and executive inboxes, automatically personalizing protection to each user based on behavior cues like folder moves. By shielding employees and executives from the growing barrage of promotional emails, including vendor cold calls, newsletters, and marketing promotions, Email Productivity saves enterprises multiple hours per employee per month. Both new products are part of the Abnormal Cloud Email Security platform, which stops the full spectrum of email-borne attacks.
Abnormal Security provides the leading behavioral AI-based security platform that leverages machine learning to stop sophisticated inbound email attacks and dangerous email platform attacks that evade traditional solutions. The anomaly detection engine leverages identity and context to analyze the risk of every cloud email event, preventing inbound email attacks, detecting compromised accounts, and remediating emails in milliseconds—all while providing visibility into configuration drifts across your environment. You can deploy Abnormal in minutes with an API integration for Microsoft 365 or Google Workspace and experience the full value of the platform instantly.
DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
GreyNoise Intelligence | November 07, 2022
GreyNoise Intelligence, the cybersecurity company analyzing internet scanning traffic to separate threats from background noise, today announced the official launch of a mulit-faceted partner program to help customers defend against mass exploitation attacks. As an ecosystem for cybersecurity solution providers, the program offers an array of opportunities for technical alliances, channel resale and OEM partners.
"Mass exploitation attacks like Log4j have become the attack vector of choice for cyber criminals and state actors. "Security teams are struggling to defend themselves against these kinds of attacks with tools and threat intelligence designed for last year's threats. By building partnerships with other leading cyber solution providers, we can help customers implement new security strategies to end mass exploitation attacks."
Andrew Morris, Founder and CEO of GreyNoise
Mass exploitation attacks leverage internet-wide scanning technologies to find and exploit vulnerable computer systems around the world in minutes. When a new internet-exploitable vulnerability like Log4j is announced, these attacks can start in a matter of hours, before security teams have a chance to put their defenses in place.
The GreyNoise Intelligence Partner Network enables other cybersecurity solution providers to expand their reach, increase revenues and deepen customer relationships. The network has three primary components:
1) GreyNoise Technical Alliance Program. GreyNoise provides contextual data on noisy IP addresses that scan the Internet. Technical Alliance partners collaborate with GreyNoise to ensure that mutual customers can seamlessly leverage inter scanner intelligence in their existing workflows, tools and processes. Customers use this data to reduce their alert volumes by 25% and minimize alert fatigue. GreyNoise also sharpens threat detection fidelity for mutual customers by providing valuable context on known malicious internet-wide scanners, speeding up the triage process. With GreyNoise data, technical partners have real time visibility into mass exploitation IPs targeting specific vulnerability, which provides critical actionable data during an active emergent attack.
“Whenever a vulnerability is disclosed the dinner bell sounds for good and bad actors alike, meaning organizations are already on their back foot,” explains Robert Huber, chief security officer and head of research, Tenable. “We know threat actors are monitoring disclosure programs in the same way we are, looking for newly announced vulnerabilities, studying all available information such as proof of concepts, but they’re looking to utilize the flaw. OUr partnership with GreyNoise gives our customers the tools to address these weaknesses when they’re publicly announced. In doing so, we reduce that intelligence gap and hand the advantage back to the good guys.”
2) GreyNoise OEM Partnership Program. GreyNoise provides an integrated out-of-the-box threat intelligence solution for security vendors, ISPs and technology firms to embed in their product and service offerings. Unlike other threat intelligence vendors, GreyNoise is solely focused on providing high fidelity data on IPs that are actively mass scanning, crawling and attacking the internet. Integrating GreyNoise data directly into the platform of OEM partners enables customers to intelligently rule out internet background noise, and helps them to prioritize emerging threats and targeted activity more effectively.
“Modern security teams need a fast, flexible and scalable platform for threat detection capable of analyzing terabytes of data per day, with built-in threat intelligence to rule out activity from trusted sources, and immediately flag activity from known bad actors,” said Jack Naglieri, CEO and founder, Panther Labs. “With Panther and GreyNoise, security teams can cut through background noise, improve alert fidelity, speed up analyst workflows and ensure prioritization of the most critical alerts. By making detection and response faster and more accurate, security teams can better protect their organizations from disruptive cyberattacks.”
3) GreyNoise Channel Resale Program. GreyNoise is committed to developing partnerships with highly focused, security-dedicated channel partners to deliver the best results to mutual customers. Value-added resellers and distributors offer GreyNoise protection and intelligence solutions to meet the IT security needs of their enterprise customers. In addition to providing a unique data and automation security solution that is relevant to Incident Response, SOC and Threat Intel teams, GreyNoise has a transparent, simple and profitable, channel sales program with a generous deal registration and rebate structure. GreyNoise sales teams provide materials for channel partners to explain the value GreyNoise offers in improving analyst efficiency, leveraging customer investment in existing technologies, and reducing the overall risk landscape.
About GreyNoise Intelligence
GreyNoise is THE source for understanding internet noise. We collect, analyze and label data on IPs that saturate security tools with noise. This unique perspective helps analysts waste less time on irrelevant or harmless activity, and spend more time focused on targeted and emerging threats. GreyNoise is trusted by Global 2000 enterprises, government organizations, top security vendors and tens of thousands of threat researchers.