Security Market Gets Improved Next-Generation AI Image Sensor From SmartSens

SmartSens | July 27, 2020

SmartSens Technology today announced the SC500AI widescreen advanced image sensor, the latest product in the company's Advanced Imaging (AI) family. The majority of 5MP security camera sensors offer a 4:3 aspect ratio that is not optimized for the widescreen format of modern LCD displays. The SmartSens SC500AI addresses this shortcoming with 1620P 16:9 5MP video output in the same form factor. This next-generation sensor presents a marked improvement over previous designs — narrowing the gap between image output and natural human vision. SmartClarity Technology in the SC500AI increases the number of pixels by 20% compared to many 5MP products on the market—leveraging the full resolution of the sensor rather than cropping a 5MP 4:3 image down to 4MP to fit a 16:9 aspect ratio. This effectively reduces dark edges and distortion on both sides of the image due to uneven scaling while achieving a true 16:9 aspect ratio that includes an additional 10% of horizontal viewing area. The SC500AI achieves this crucial upgrade to match the majority of LCD displays on the market in applications such as security video and surveillance, which benefit from the sensor's low dark current under high-temperature conditions, enhancing sensitivity and reducing read noise.

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NETWORK THREAT DETECTION

SilverSky Announces Acquisition of Cygilant, Gains UK Presence and Renowned Data Research Talent

SilverSky | January 11, 2022

SilverSky, a cybersecurity innovator offering powerful managed detection and response (MDR) services, today announced it completed the acquisition of Burlington, Massachusetts-based Cygilant. As a leading cybersecurity-as-a-service provider, Cygilant operates a security operation center (SOC) in Belfast, Northern Ireland and also boasts some of the world's most notable Ph.D.-level talent focused on cybersecurity, advanced networks and data science. The addition of Cygilant's UK-based delivery center complements the current SilverSky footprint in Asia and North America while expanding SilverSky's access to European markets. In October 2021, SilverSky announced that ITOCHU International, Inc., the North American flagship company of Tokyo-based ITOCHU Corporation, made a strategic investment of $31.5 million in SilverSky. Additionally, in August 2021, SilverSky announced the completed acquisition of New Jersey-based Advanced Computer Solutions Group, LLC (ACSG) which added a notable customer base within the U.S. education sector and marked the company's first acquisition in a series of planned growth opportunities. "Alongside our recent growth-related announcements, this acquisition of Cygilant, a cybersecurity-as-a-service and threat-intelligence powerhouse, helps to further galvanize our efforts to globally expand the SilverSky presence as well as retain and nurture some of the industry's best cybersecurity and data science talent," said Richard Dobrow, CEO at SilverSky. "Cygilant shares our commitment to rich-service offerings that are unmatched in the industry. We're pleased to welcome the Cygilant team and their customers." "We are excited to join SilverSky,This represents a significant next-chapter of the Cygilant journey, as our innovative SOC capabilities and deep bench of cybersecurity expertise are combined with one of the industry's most comprehensive MDR offerings. The outcome for our customers will be access to the collective set of broader managed services that will continue to enrich their cyber protections and strengthen their security posture." Rob Scott, CEO and President at Cygilant who will be joining SilverSky as its Chief Strategy Officer About SilverSky Organizations of all sizes face the same cybersecurity threats, compliance mandates, and business risk as Fortune 500 companies. SilverSky levels the playing field and enables companies, regardless of their size, to access enterprise-grade cybersecurity to meet regulatory requirements, proactively respond to threats, and rapidly reduce risk. SilverSky offers one of the most comprehensive managed detection and response (MDR) solutions in the industry. Delivered as a managed services model, SilverSky MDR makes powerful cybersecurity simple, affordable, and accessible to organizations of all sizes and across industries. Customer environments are monitored 24x7x365 by highly skilled security operations analysts in SilverSky SOCs, which were developed based on military-grade security and are powered by the latest integrated technology. SilverSky has more than 20 years of operational cybersecurity success defending thousands of customers in some of the most demanding industry sectors.

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SOFTWARE SECURITY

GTT Launches Secure Connect to Enhance Enterprise Cloud Security

GTT | March 23, 2022

GTT Communications, Inc., a leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, has announced its new Secure Connect offering to extend and strengthen the protection of the enterprise network connecting to the internet and accessed by users from any location. The new service is based on the SASE framework and integrates with GTT Managed SD-WAN. GTT Secure Connect leverages a single cloud platform for agile and ubiquitous delivery of network security, offering a range of features that include CASB (Cloud Access Security Broker), SWG (Secure Web Gateway), ZTNA (Zero Trust Network Access) and FWaaS (Firewall as a Service) capabilities. GTT Secure Connect addresses the growing requirement for secure access to enterprise resources in an environment characterized by the widespread use of digital technologies, broad adoption of cloud applications and a remote workforce. GTT Secure Connect utilizes a cloud delivery model that provides centralized policy control at a site and user level for improved scalability and extends the security perimeter to any network endpoint. Additionally, the integration of security with the functionality of GTT Managed SD-WAN improves performance and simplifies network management. The comprehensive SASE-based feature set can be tailored to meet individual enterprise requirements for anti-virus, firewall and anti-malware protections, more effective blocking of malicious sites, augmented cloud security monitoring, and prevention of unauthorized access to network resources in a work-from-anywhere model. With GTT Secure Connect, network access is based on user, device and application identity — rather than the physical location or IP address — enabling seamless and secure networking between users, private, SaaS and public clouds, and the enterprise data center. “In an enterprise environment where digital business and the use of cloud applications has become more critical, coupled with the challenge of supporting a hybrid workforce and an intensifying cyber-threat landscape, customers are demanding network integrated security solutions that are comprehensive with an improved user experience. GTT Secure Connect has been designed to meet these customer requirements, leveraging our industry-leading SD-WAN capability combined with state-of-the-art, cloud-based security technologies, delivering a more effective and efficient solution that provides next-generation connectivity and protection managed all in one place.” Don MacNeil, GTT COO According to industry research firm Omdia, only 15 percent of enterprises globally have a fully developed approach to cybersecurity and digital risk. Further research by the firm shows that when SD-WAN is combined with security, enterprises report an extra boost in perceived value over just SD-WAN. “Omdia finds securing networks a consistent area of enterprise concern and investment. Enterprise network transformation needs to address the complexity of securing internet VPNs, cloud applications and a remote workforce,” said Cindy Whelan, practice leader, enterprise network services at Omdia. “GTT’s new Secure Connect brings together network and security, supported by professional services, to help enterprises with their security and performance needs in a period of rapid digital transformation and an intensifying cyber-threat landscape.” The underlying technology platform of GTT Secure Connect is Prisma® Access provided by Palo Alto Networks, an industry leader in global cybersecurity. GTT Secure Connect integrates Prisma Access with GTT’s software-defined networking solutions and global Tier 1 IP network. GTT Secure Connect is complemented by GTT Professional Services, which offers the technical expertise and operational experience to support the complete solution from initial design to installation and ongoing service management. This includes project management, technical management and incident management support. Through EtherVision, GTT’s unified customer management portal, GTT Secure Connect provides customers with the insights and control they need to operate their network and manage their security environment. About GTT GTT provides secure global connectivity, improving network performance and agility for your people, places, applications and clouds. We operate a global Tier 1 internet network and provide a comprehensive suite of cloud networking and managed solutions that utilize advanced software-defined networking and security technologies. We serve thousands of businesses with a portfolio that includes SD-WAN and other WAN services, internet, security and voice services. Our customers benefit from a customer-first service experience underpinned by our commitment to operational excellence.

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DATA SECURITY

Security Tops Retailers’ Wish Lists this Holiday Season

Futurex | November 17, 2021

Record sales expected in 2021, along with hackers; Futurex recommends point-to-point encryption for retailers to protect cardholder data BULVERDE, Texas, November 17, 2021 — As we enter the biggest retail season of the year, transactions are increasing, as are the numbers of hackers and skimmers — targeting shoppers’ cardholder data. The last thing retailers need to worry about is cyber threats that lead to ransomware or data breaches, as they welcome shoppers and juggle supply chain disruptions. Futurex, a leader in hardened, enterprise-class data security solutions, recommends retailers implement point-to-point encryption (P2PE) to encrypt cardholder data at the point of sale to keep it safe from malware that might be spying on network traffic and capturing credit card numbers. Futurex secures transactions for several of the nation’s largest retailers, protecting shoppers’ sensitive cardholder data and payment information. U.S. retail sales now through December are expected to grow 10.5% to a record $859 billion, compared to 2020, according to the National Retail Federation. Meanwhile, the FBI and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have warned about the increase of cyber threats, including ransomware, around the holidays. “Behind every gift, every purchase, and every payment, retailers and consumers depend on secure transactions to protect payment information,” said Ryan Smith, vice president, global business development, at Futurex. “As the critical security backbone of the global financial ecosystem, we work with the world’s largest retailers and financial institutions to safeguard data in transit and at rest." The use of hardware security modules (HSMs) in transaction processing is critical, as payment HSMs provide the cryptographic functions needed to support end-to-end data security, including encryption and cryptography key management. In a compliant P2PE environment, sensitive data is encrypted from the point of interaction and decrypted only within the secure boundary of a FIPS 140-2 Level 3 or PCI HSM-validated HSM. Learn more about point-to-point encryption. About Futurex 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.

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SOFTWARE SECURITY

Contrast Security Introduces Cloud-Native Automation

Contrast Security | April 23, 2022

Contrast Security , the leader in code security that empowers developers to secure-as-they code, today announced the introduction of cloud-native automation for users leveraging Red Hat OpenShift, the industry's leading enterprise Kubernetes platform. Red Hat OpenShift users can now deploy containerized applications with embedded security features within a native continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipelines. This enables Red Hat OpenShift users to retain scalability, while adding automated security testing and protection as a routine part of the software delivery process. These added capabilities result in minimized manual configuration, reduction in additional overhead costs, and overall security efficiencies. Contrast enables customers to continuously monitor OpenShift applications at runtime to deliver the most actionable results without requiring AppSec teams to waste hundreds of hours validating results and causing delays for developers. "Unfortunately many organizations lack the means to implement scalable security gates within their CI/CD pipelines, which translates to insecure code being shipped across distributed cloud environments. Contrast helps these teams drive their DevSecOps transformation with automation at scale. These new capabilities are another component to Contrast's overall mission of ensuring developers are empowered to embed security capabilities within their environments without imposing additional work on them. We want to make security a value-add for everyone." Sanjay Ramnath, Vice President of Product Management at Contrast Security Contrast enables Red Hat OpenShift users to benefit from the following capabilities: Source-to-Image Deployment: Cloud developers can embed Contrast's Assess and Protect agents into their source code image to implement continuous vulnerability detection with runtime context and help protect their apps from targeted attacks in production. CI/CD Jenkins Pipelines: AppSec teams can trigger automated security tests within native Jenkins pipelines and establish security policy gates to mitigate potential vulnerabilities. Alternatively, users can also automate in their Jenkins CI/CD pipelines by pulling the agent from Contrast. OpenShift Pipelines via Tekton: Contrast provides OpenShift users with automated tasks that can be used to create repeatable pipeline templates within OpenShift Pipelines environments. APIs provided by the Contrast Secure Code Platform help initiate automated vulnerability static scanning at build time and instrument applications for security telemetry from within prior to deployment. The Contrast Secure Code Platform is available today with support for Java, .NET, and Node.js applications. 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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Ransomware can have a negative – even crippling – impact on businesses. This type of attack is becoming increasingly common and is constantly evolving into new, more advanced strains. Many companies are unaware of the threat it poses; however, it is important to protect your organization, and your data, against ransomware.

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