DATA SECURITY

Security experts discovered a 1,500%+ upsurge attacks towards VPN due to remote work

Nuspire | June 15, 2021

A leading managed security services provider (MSSP), Nuspire, has announced its 2021 Q1 Threat Landscape Report release. The report includes techniques and procedures (TTPs) with additional insight from its threat intelligence partner, Recorded Future, and new cybercriminal activity and tactics sourced from 90 billion traffic logs.

Nuspire had a 1,527% increase in Pulse Connect Secure VPN and a 1,916% increase in attacks against Fortinet's SSL-VPN in Q1 2021. Various vulnerabilities happen to allow a threat actor to get access to a network. They exfiltrate information and install ransomware once they are in.

Due to the increase in RDP and VPN vulnerabilities, threat reports of Nuspire find out botnet, malware, and suspicious activities are down compared to Q4. But still, threat actors are on the prowl. Other significant findings included in Nuspire's 2021 Q1 Threat Landscape Report are:


• Emotet botnet activity dropped -99.96% after the announcement of Law Enforcement seizing their infrastructure.
• ZeroAccess Botnet activity rushed during one week by 619,460% before trailing down into the end of the quarter.
• SMB Login Brute Force efforts contained 69.73% of all exploit activity witnessed in Q1.


About Nuspire

Nuspire, a security services provider (MSSP), is revolutionizing cybersecurity involvement by taking a hopeful and people-first approach. Nuspire offers complete services that syndicate award-winning threat recognition with more excellent response competencies to deliver end-to-end security across the gateway, network, and endpoint ecosystem. Our customer base spans thousands of enterprises of all sizes across numerous businesses and realizes the extreme risk reduction per cyber-dollar spent. At Nuspire, we are laser-focused on bringing a fantastic cybersecurity experience that surpasses the expectations of the clients.

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In the past, everything enterprises protected – data centers, applications, and databases - resided in the perimeter. Organizations had to secure the perimeter in order to keep assets protected. Yet today, as organizations adopt cloud technologies to improve overall efficiency and expand business opportunities, they face a more distributed network infrastructure and are required to protect assets beyond the perimeter.


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DATA SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY,WEB SECURITY TOOLS

Legit Security Discovers and Helps Remediate Software Supply Chain Vulnerabilities in Google Firebase & Apache Open-Source Projects

Legit Security | September 16, 2022

Legit Security, a cyber security company with an enterprise platform to secure an organization’s software supply chain, today announced that it discovered software supply chain attack vulnerabilities in popular open-source projects from Google and Apache. The discovered vulnerability affects GitHub, an extremely popular Source Code Management (SCM) system at the heart of many organization’s software supply chains and used by software developers globally. The Legit Security research team found a new type of CI/CD vulnerability called “GitHub Environment Injection” that allows attackers to take control of the vulnerable project's GitHub Actions CI/CD pipeline. Any GitHub user could exploit this vulnerability to modify the project’s source code, steal secrets, move laterally and attack inside the organization, and ultimately initiate a SolarWinds-like supply chain attack. The vulnerability was found in the Google Firebase project and in a very popular integration framework project from Apache. Both Google and Apache acknowledged and fixed the vulnerabilities after an initial disclosure by Legit Security. Legit Security has published a technical disclosure blog on their website including guidance for organizations to remediate this vulnerability. Legit Security’s Research Team discovered that a specially crafted payload written to a GitHub environment variable called “GITHUB_ENV” could allow an attacker to execute code on the target pipeline and thereby modify the source code or compromise the repository itself. This attack can be initiated by any GitHub user and is very easy to implement just by creating a “pull request” or a proposed change to the source code. The mere act of submitting the pull request will trigger the vulnerable build action and carry out a successful compromise and the attacker does not need to be subjected a code review approval from the source code maintainer for it to take effect. The Legit Security team disclosed these issues to Google and Apache project maintainers, along with remediation guidelines, and verified that these vulnerabilities weren’t exploited by a malicious actor. Both projects have been fixed and are now safe. However, these are not the only projects susceptible to this kind of attack. Since using the GITHUB_ENV file is currently considered the “safe” way to change environment variables in GitHub Actions, many repositories are using workflows that write untrusted data into this file, leaving them exposed to supply chain attacks. “This type of vulnerability joins many other software supply chain vulnerabilities and attacks targeting popular open-source projects, including GitHub, which is the largest and the de facto host of most open-source projects. “We, as a security community, must build the tools and processes to address these threats and allow organizations to trust software and use it safely. Here at Legit Security our mission is to secure every organization’s software supply chain and we are active conducting security research and collaborating on initiatives to achieve this goal." Liav Caspi, CTO and co-founder of Legit Security According to Gartner®, nearly half of organizations worldwide will experience an attack on their software supply chains by 2025, a three-fold increase from 2021. There has been a huge rise in attempts to compromise open-source projects and CI/CD build services, including GitHub Actions, to enable wide ranging attacks through software supply chains. For in-depth analysis of the GitHub Environment Injection vulnerability, along with broader information and guidance on how to protect your organization from software supply chain attacks, please visit the Legit Security website and blog. About Legit Security Legit Security protects software supply chains from attack by automatically discovering and securing the pipelines, infrastructure, code and people so that businesses can stay safe while releasing software fast. Legit provides an easy to implement SaaS platform that supports both cloud and on-premises resources and combines automated discovery and analysis capabilities with hundreds of security policies developed by industry experts with real-world SDLC security experience. This integrated platform keeps your software factory secure and provides continuous assurance that your applications are released without vulnerabilities.

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DATA SECURITY,ENTERPRISE IDENTITY

Keeper Security's Cybersecurity Census Finds U.S. Businesses are Unprepared for Escalation in Cyberattacks

Keeper Security | September 15, 2022

Keeper Security, the leading provider of zero-trust, zero-knowledge and FedRAMP Authorized cybersecurity software, today released findings from its second annual Cybersecurity Census. The report explores insights from IT decision-makers at businesses and organizations across the U.S., revealing that most respondents expect the onslaught of cyberattacks to intensify over the next year, yet 32% lack a management platform for IT secrets–posing a significant risk to organizational security. The 2022 U.S.Cybersecurity Census Report explores the ongoing threats of cyberattacks and the need for cybersecurity investment. The report maps the evolving cybersecurity landscape as hybrid and remote work have transformed businesses over the past two years. According to survey findings, the average U.S. business experiences 42 cyberattacks annually—between three to four each month. Still, fewer than half (44%) of respondents provide their employees with guidance or best practices for governing passwords and access management. IT leaders reveal a lack of preparedness for cyberattacks U.S. businesses face many cyberattacks each year, significantly impacting their organizations. Most respondents agree the total number of attacks will increase over the next year, with 39% predicting the number of successful cyberattacks will also rise. Most organizations in the U.S. believe they're prepared to fend off cyberattacks, with 64% of respondents rating their preparedness at least an eight on a 10-point scale and 28% rating themselves as a 10/10. At the same time, the majority of respondents (57%) say it is taking longer to respond to attacks and only 8% say responses are getting faster. Though most report feeling prepared for attacks, leaders admit their tech stacks lack essential tools. Nearly one-third of respondents (32%) lack a management platform for IT secrets, such as API keys, database passwords and privileged credentials. 84% are concerned about the dangers of hard-coded credentials in source code but 25% don't have software to remove them. More than one-quarter of respondents (26%) said they lack a remote connection management solution to secure remote access to IT infrastructure. With the rise in hybrid work and remote work, this is a significant security gap. This lack of investment in cybersecurity tools is alarming, especially considering the lasting impact of cyberattacks that survey respondents revealed. Nearly one-third (31%) suffered a disruption of partner or customer operations in the wake of a cyberattack and the same percentage experienced theft of financial information. 18% of organizations experienced theft of money, with the average amounting to more than $75,000, while 37% lost $100,000 or more. 23% experienced the inability to carry out business operations. In addition to direct costs, cyberattacks can cause lasting damage to business perception and client trust. More than one-quarter of respondents (28%) suffered reputational damage due to a successful cyberattack and 19% reported losing business or a contract. "The volume and pace at which cyberattacks are hitting businesses is increasing and with that come severe financial, reputational and organizational penalties," said Darren Guccione, CEO and co-founder of Keeper Security. "Leadership must prioritize cybersecurity, enabling their security teams to address rapid shifts in technology and distributed remote work. The impact these shifts have on cybersecurity are both pervasive and extreme. Building a culture of trust, accountability and responsiveness is critical." U.S. businesses must take immediate action against cyber threats Cybersecurity is a pillar of every good business and these findings underscore the need for business leaders to make cybersecurity a part of organizational culture. U.S. business leaders are working to source the necessary talent to stay secure. Nearly three-quarters (71%) of respondents have made new hires in cybersecurity over the past year and 58% say they've increased cybersecurity training. A devastating cyberattack is one stolen password away, but despite this threat, fewer than half (48%) of respondents state they have plans to invest in password management, visibility tools for network-based threats or infrastructure secrets management. Only 44% of respondents provide their employees with guidance and best practices governing passwords and access management. 30% of respondents allow employees to set and manage their passwords and admit that employees often share access to passwords. A mere 26% have a highly sophisticated framework for visibility and control of identity security. Many organizations are considering future investments with 73% of respondents expecting their cybersecurity budgets to increase. However, they face being outmatched by rising external threats and the demands created by existing weaknesses. Cybersecurity in company culture Employees understand the dangers of both external and internal threats. An overwhelming 79% of IT professionals are concerned about a breach from within their organization and 47% have suffered a breach of that nature. As more employees work remotely, businesses must rethink their investments in order to maintain security. In fact, 40% of respondents highlighted remote and hybrid work as a top concern, with rising external threats close behind at 39%. IT leaders themselves admit a lack of transparency in cyber incident reporting within their organizations, with nearly half of respondents (48%) being aware of a cyberattack, but keeping it to themselves. Businesses must foster a sense of trust and transparency in their organizations, creating an open dialogue to recognize the scale of the cybersecurity challenges their organization faces. Only with that recognition can resources be devoted to education and embedding a cybersecurity mindset into the organization's culture. Keeper's 2022 U.S. Cybersecurity Census Report demonstrates that cyberattacks present a profound and ongoing threat. Preventative measures, including investment, education and cultural shifts, are essential for businesses to drive resilience and protect their organizations from cybercriminals. Methodology The report yielded results from 516 IT leaders and decision-makers in businesses across the U.S. About Keeper Security Keeper Security, Inc. ("Keeper") is transforming the way organizations and individuals protect their credentials, secrets, connections and sensitive digital assets to significantly reduce the risks of identity security-related cyberattacks, while gaining visibility and control. Keeper is the leading provider of zero-trust and zero-knowledge security cloud services trusted by millions of people and thousands of organizations for password management, secrets management, privileged access, secure remote infrastructure access and encrypted messaging.

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DATA SECURITY,NETWORK THREAT DETECTION,PLATFORM SECURITY

Pathlock Expands SAP Capabilities with Acquisition of Grey Monarch

Pathlock | September 27, 2022

Pathlock, the leading provider of application security and controls automation for critical business applications, today announced the acquisition of Grey Monarch, a UK-based specialist SAP Partner dedicated to SAP Process Automation. The acquisition will strengthen Pathlock's vision of providing the industry's most complete 360-degree platform for application security and controls automation for the SAP ecosystem. Since 2008, Grey Monarch has developed expertise in SAP Security, Segregation of Duties, SAP Licence Optimization, SAP Background Processing Automation and Secure Managed File Transfer. With this acquisition, the SAP community will benefit from the very best SAP Process Automation advice, implementation skills, and software and training capabilities, improving levels of security, enhancing their users' experience and streamlining audit, compliance and control procedures. "It's now more imperative than ever for organizations to utilize a holistic view of user access and privileges so they can be managed, monitored and controlled to ensure the maximum protection of data, business processes and intellectual property," said David Lloyd, Director and Co-Founder, Grey Monarch. "Combining Grey Monarch's capabilities with the Pathlock family of expertise, resources and product portfolio will provide our customers, existing and new, with an unsurpassed visibility into their business applications." "We're thrilled to complete the acquisition of Grey Monarch. "We continue to see a strong demand for our globally recognized application security and controls automation solutions, and know that with Grey Monarch's specialization in SAP process automation we can continue to enable our global customers to revolutionize the way they secure their sensitive financial and customer data." Piyush Pandey, CEO of Pathlock In May 2022, Pathlock announced a $200M capital raise sponsored by Vertica Capital Partners alongside a merger with Appsian and Security Weaver and the acquisition of Belgium-based CSI Tools and Germany-based SAST SOLUTIONS. The company has successfully doubled in size in terms of revenue and employees and is now servicing over 1,400 customers across all major industries on a global scale with offices across the United States, Belgium, the UK, Germany, Israel and India. About Pathlock Pathlock is the leader in application security and controls automation. With Pathlock, enterprises can manage all aspects of access governance via a single platform, across applications, including user provisioning, ongoing User Access Reviews, segregation of duties, control testing, and audit preparation. Today, many of the world's most respected, global 2000 companies rely on Pathlock to protect their critical digital assets from financial, operational, regulatory and security threats, ensure corporate compliance and improve performance. Our customers have saved millions in employee productivity, labor costs, audit fees and data loss prevention.

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SOFTWARE SECURITY

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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