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.


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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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PLATFORM SECURITY

Cybersecurity Startup ActZero Partners with Measured Analytics and Insurance

ACTZERO | December 15, 2021

ActZero, a cybersecurity startup whose AI-driven platform makes best-in-class security accessible for businesses of all sizes, today announced a strategic partnership with Measured Analytics and Insurance, the data and analytics-driven cyber insurance company. The partnership will enable businesses to protect themselves against emerging security threats with an integrated risk management approach. Recent reports by lead researchers have found that a majority of organizations have experienced incidents of ransomware or phishing in the last 12 months, while other cybersecurity threats are also on the rise. This trend means that more and more businesses need to level up their cybersecurity posture, while also preparing for the ramifications of potential attacks with cybersecurity-specific insurance. The partnership between ActZero and Measured is among the first to holistically address a business's cybersecurity needs by combining sophisticated managed detection and response services designed to stop attacks and extortion with insurance services that position companies to mitigate potential losses. "We're pleased to be working with Measured, which will serve as the foundation of our integrated risk management distribution channel,Pairing our solution with insurance coverage to better protect customers represents another leap forward in our pursuit of making cybersecurity more effective and affordable for small and mid-sized enterprises." Chris Finan, ActZero's Chief Operating Officer The ActZero platform combines next-generation antivirus protection, endpoint detection and response, extended detection and response technologies, and 24/7 automated and managed threat hunting capabilities to detect and prevent all types of cybersecurity threats, from commodity malware to sophisticated, headline attacks across endpoints, network and cloud. The combined offering with Measured means that ActZero clients can now take advantage of streamlined access to cyber insurance at better rates. Measured Analytics and Insurance sells industry-leading comprehensive cyber insurance backed by the most reputable reinsurance companies in the world. Measured tackles the challenge of underwriting cyber insurance by combining proprietary data and machine learning algorithms to assess and price cyber insurance for small- and mid-sized businesses. In partnering with ActZero, Measured's clients gain access to a robust suite of cybersecurity technologies at preferred rates. "In this era of growing concerns and evolving threats, it's critical to complement our cyber insurance offering with innovative detection and response capabilities to stop problems before they start," said Jack Vines, CEO of Measured Insurance. "ActZero is the ideal partner to deliver on this promise, enabling our customers to implement sophisticated risk management strategies, thereby best positioning themselves against today's current threat climate." ABOUT ACTZERO ActZero is a cybersecurity startup that makes small- and mid-size businesses more secure by empowering teams to cover more ground with fewer internal resources. Our intelligent managed detection and response service provides 24/7 monitoring, protection and response support that goes well beyond other third-party software solutions. Our teams of data scientists leverage cutting-edge technologies like AI and ML to scale resources, identify vulnerabilities and eliminate more threats in less time. We actively partner with our customers to drive security engineering, increase internal efficiencies and effectiveness and, ultimately, build a mature cybersecurity posture. Whether shoring up an existing security strategy or serving as the primary line of defense, ActZero enables business growth by empowering customers to cover more ground. ABOUT MEASURED ANALYTICS AND INSURANCE Measured Insurance offers an analytics-based approach to cyber insurance, specifically quantifying specific exposure to ransomware attacks. Measured Insurance is bridging the gap between technology and insurance by using AI-powered analytics that tracks individual exposure in real-time to create smarter insurance products. Every policy is tailored to fit the individual client–clearly identifying pre-event exposure in seven fundamental areas and customizing post-event loss mitigation services with real experts, real people, and real help if ever needed.

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SOFTWARE SECURITY

Contrast Security Joins Foojay Advisory Board to Accelerate Java Developer Community Growth, Raise Security Perspective

Contrast Security | April 13, 2022

Contrast Security (Contrast), the leader in code security that empowers developers to secure-as-they code, today announces its commitment to helping Java developers build code securely by joining the Foojay Advisory Board. "Prior to the creation of Foojay, the ecosystem of OpenJDK users lacked a vendor-neutral community platform for many years. It is wonderful to see more and more individuals and organizations, such as Contrast Security, getting involved since the foundation's inception in April 2020. Contrast Security not only shares their insights about the OpenJDK, but also provides valuable security tips and tricks as well as helps collaborate around Foojay, the place for friends of OpenJDK." said Geertjan Wielenga, Senior Director of Open Source Projects at Azul, the initiator of Foojay. Contrast Security along with the other Foojay Advisory Board Members will help guide the direction, content and oversight of Foojay.io, the community site for developers who use, target, and run their applications on top of Java and OpenJDK, with a focus on growing the community and meeting its mission to provide free information for everyday Java developers. "We're honored to join the Foojay Advisory Board because we know Java developers rely on the Foojay community and the foundation's mission of sharing information and improving the entire market as a whole. Contrast is proud to help progress security within Java applications and assist developers to build securely without having to change the way they work." Steve Wilson, Chief Product Officer at Contrast Security Contrast Secure Code Platform is the only platform on the market that embeds intelligent agents directly into the code to enable developers to detect vulnerabilities during and post-production. In addition to Java support, Contrast Secure Code Platform supports .NET, Ruby, Python, Node, PHP and Go. About Foojay: Foojay, a place for Friends of OpenJDK, is a fast-growing community focused around the OpenJDK, providing tips and insights for Java developers, and user-focused Java and OpenJDK technical dashboards with free information on all things Java. A dedicated blogging area is available on Foojay to anyone who has thoughts or code to share on topics relevant to the Java ecosystem. About Contrast Security: Contrast Security secures the code that global business relies on. It is the industry's most modern and comprehensive Code Security Platform, removing security roadblock inefficiencies and empowering enterprise developers to write and release secure application code faster. Embedding code analysis and attack prevention directly into software with instrumentation, the Contrast platform automatically detects vulnerabilities while developers write code, eliminates false positives, and provides context-specific how-to-fix guidance for easy and fast vulnerability remediation. Doing so enables application and development teams to collaborate more effectively and to innovate faster while accelerating digital transformation initiatives. This is why a growing number of the world's largest private and public sector organizations rely on Contrast to secure their applications in development and extend protection to cloud and on-premise applications in production.

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DATA SECURITY

Dataprise Expands its DRaaS and Data Protection Offerings with Acquisition of Industry Leader Global Data Vault

Dataprise | January 18, 2022

Dataprise, a leading strategic IT managed service provider, today announced the acquisition of Global Data Vault, a leader in Disaster-Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS), Backup-as-a-Service (BaaS) and modern data protection solutions. The addition of Global Data Vault creates one of the industry's broadest portfolios of integrated data protection and cybersecurity offerings to solve client's toughest business resilience, risk mitigation and compliance challenges. "Clients turn to Dataprise to be their one strategic IT partner, which requires we bring the broadest portfolio of services powered by the best technology and deepest expertise. Today, the mandate for a holistic cybersecurity and data protection strategy is a top priority for our clients, Global Data Vault is a powerful addition as they bring industry leading cloud-based data protection solutions that bolster our premier cybersecurity portfolio, top-notch employees, a strong Veeam partnership, and relentless focus on client success." Steve Lewis, CEO of Dataprise Founded in 2004, Global Data Vault is a recognized leader in the BaaS and DRaaS industry and holds the distinction of being a Platinum Veeam Cloud & Service Provider. Global Data Vault's mission is to protect organizations' critical data with modern data protection strategies to ensure business continuity and eliminate downtime. Headquartered in Dallas, TX, Global Data Vault protects hundreds of clients across the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. "Our clients are facing new challenges driven by dramatic changes in the cybersecurity threat landscape and evolution of IT strategies including cloud adoption," said Anthony Galley, Chairman of Global Data Vault. "Dataprise has an enviable portfolio of cybersecurity, managed IT services, and cloud services that enhance the value of our modern data protection and DRaaS offerings. Together with Dataprise we are perfectly positioned to provide our clients even greater value." "We're excited for the opportunity that joining Dataprise presents for our clients, employees and partners. We now have a much broader set of services, capabilities and resources all aimed at protecting client data and ensuring business continuity," said Will Baccich, CEO of Global Data Vault. This marks Dataprise's second acquisition as the company executes on its strategy to build the broadest managed services portfolio and give clients one strategic IT partner to solve it all. The recent acquisition of Wireless Watchdogs added a comprehensive Mobility Managed Services (MMS) and Mobile Device Management (MDM) portfolio aimed at solving mobile device, Internet of Things (IoT) and endpoint management challenges. About Dataprise Founded in 1995, Dataprise believes that technology should enable our clients to be the absolute best at what they do. This commitment to client success is why Dataprise is recognized as the premier strategic managed service and security partner to strategic CIOs and IT leaders across the United States. Dataprise delivers best-in-class managed cybersecurity, disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS), managed infrastructure and managed end-user services that transform business, enhance user experiences, and eliminate risks.

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PLATFORM SECURITY

Veracode Research Reveals Software Supply Chain Security Shortfalls for Public Sector

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. About Veracode 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.

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