Evo Security | June 21, 2022
Evo Security today announced the launch of Evo Partner Identity Cloud or EPIC. Evo Partner Identity Cloud is the first all-in-one identity and access management (IAM) solution designed exclusively with the needs of managed service providers (MSPs) and their business customers in mind. The enterprise-grade cloud platform is a comprehensive identity and access management solution that gives MSPs an easy and highly secure way to protect small and medium-sized businesses and enterprises from the most common types of cybersecurity attacks that frequently exploit login and access vulnerabilities to penetrate network and cloud assets.
Evo Partner Identity Cloud includes multi-factor authentication (MFA), single sign-on (SSO), privileged access management (PAM), technician elevated access, secrets management, and unified directory services, among other critical security capabilities. Evo Partner Identity Cloud is the easiest and most complete way for MSPs to simultaneously protect login credentials and apply least-privilege access across applications, networks, and infrastructure for themselves and their customers in a single scalable, multi-tenant solution.
"Traditional enterprise identity and access management solutions are built for 1:1 administration, which means they cannot adequately support the MSP and the MSP's customers simultaneously. Point solutions have helped bridge the gap, but don't provide the enterprise-grade security and platform approach required by MSPs seeking to build a sound security practice" said Evo Security's CEO and Founder, Mike Roth. "We built Evo Partner Identity Cloud with a multi-tenant architecture to provide MSPs an enterprise-grade level of security that they can use to protect themselves and all of their SMB and SME customers at scale with purpose-built platform that means business." said Evo's CEO and Founder, Michael Roth.
"What's great about Evo Security's Partner Identity Cloud is that it works with our existing MSP managed technology stack to provide comprehensive identity and access management capabilities for us and our customers. It helps keep our internal systems secure, while providing cloudIT with new ways to generate revenue and enforce best security hygiene practices in our customers' networks."
Vince Kent, CEO of managed service provider cloudIT
The Evo Partner Identity Platform supports MSPs by providing the ability to:
Turn identity and access management (IAM) into a highly profitable revenue center that can immediately produce new revenue with industry-leading margins;
Replace multiple point solutions, including password vaults, password rotation tools, multi-factor authentication (MFA) tools, and privileged access management (PAM) tools, with a comprehensive identity and access management platform that reduces overhead expenses, provides enterprise-grade protection, and simplifies application and security administration for the MSP and its customers;
Deploy login security at scale across customers for web applications, workstations, Macs, servers, VPNs, firewalls, switches, and other network devices;
Establish least-privilege and exceed-compliance controls in managed and co-managed scenarios using granular permissions and security groups;
Completely eliminate sharing of customer passwords and MFA codes, while simultaneously streamlining technician access across all customer endpoints and apps;
Migrate from Microsoft to Evo as the sole Identity Provider (IdP) or build a hybrid IdP scenario based on customer configuration needs;
Connect to common MSP tools, such as ConnectWise, Datto, and Microsoft, and improve internal management efficiencies;
Gain visibility and real-time security intelligence across customer infrastructure to improve value of services delivery and stop attacks before they start.
Evo Security CEO Michael Roth said "Evo Partner Identity Cloud isn't just an all-in-one MSP identity and access management platform. It's an all-in-one MSP business solution."
About Evo Security
Based in Austin, Texas, Evo Security is an identity and access management cybersecurity company that builds enterprise-grade security products with the MSP in mind. Evo Security's solutions are designed to protect MSPs and their SMB and enterprise customers with comprehensive, multi-tenant security solutions. They are easy to implement and help manage security across managed service providers' internal and external users, while providing MSPs new ways to generate new and highly profitable revenue streams.
HYAS | August 10, 2022
Leading security technology firm HYAS Infosec — whose proactive solutions ensure that businesses can keep moving full forward in our ever-changing world — today announced the general release of its newest product, HYAS Confront, a cybersecurity solution offering complete visibility into every corner of a production environment. HYAS will be demoing Confront at Black Hat USA in Las Vegas from August 8 to August 11.
Production environments are increasingly becoming a target for bad actors, as they want their attacks to cause as much disruption as possible. Afterall, if a company’s production environment is rendered inoperable, its ability to generate income is shut down. HYAS Confront addresses this growing issue by giving DevSecOps teams complete visibility into their production environment. HYAS Confront finally gives them a definitive picture of which devices on their network are communicating with one another, which devices are sending traffic outside the network, and how often and to whom they are sending it. HYAS Confront also automatically identifies communication to known command and control servers as well as other risks and threats.
“We have gotten an excellent response from our first customers, who began using the service during development and testing. “We are extremely proud of the solution we have brought to market and the vital role it fulfills in providing complete network visibility.”
HYAS CEO David Ratner
Most cybersecurity solutions on the market today focus on protecting the perimeter of your network, but unfortunately, regardless of the strength of your outward-facing security posture, you will be breached at some point. The numbers bear this out, with 97 percent of companies reporting having experienced a successful cybersecurity breach at some point.
However, even if bad actors sneak past your perimeter security, they can’t hide from the foundational network monitoring provided by HYAS Confront. Once deployed, a process that usually takes less than 30 minutes, it establishes a baseline of normal, healthy network traffic. With this data, HYAS Confront can recognize aberrations from normal traffic patterns that could indicate a problem. When such an anomaly is discovered, Confront alerts administrators so they can take appropriate action.
But the benefits of full production environment visibility doesn’t end with security. HYAS Confront can also reveal issues like misconfigurations, violations of policies or controls, and incomplete removal of malware after an attack. One of the most difficult aspects of incident response is ensuring that the environment is actually clean again, and HYAS Confront’s visibility can play a vital role in that process. It can also be a useful tool for understanding service assurance. This innovative solution integrates seamlessly with other network management and security infrastructure, working alongside them to enhance the value of these pre-existing investments. This improves overall network health, preventing problems down the road and giving businesses the confidence to move forward at full speed.
“Production environments are so critical to a company’s ability to function, and unfortunately, no matter how strong your perimeter is, bad actors will eventually find a way in,” said Ratner. “HYAS Confront’s distinctive ability to detect anomalies within your production environment ensures that even in these cases, you can uncover the problem before it does damage, letting businesses operate confidently and without fear of costly interruptions.”
HYAS is a valued partner and world-leading authority on cyber adversary infrastructure and communication to that infrastructure. We help businesses see more, do more, and understand more about the nature of the threats they face — or don’t even realize they are facing — in real time. HYAS’s foundational cybersecurity solutions and personalized service provide the confidence and enhanced risk mitigation that today’s businesses need to move forward in an ever-changing data environment.
Talon Cyber Security | August 04, 2022
Talon Cyber Security, the leading secure enterprise browser provider, today announced $100 million in Series A funding, led by Evolution Equity Partners, with participation from Ballistic Ventures, CrowdStrike’s Falcon Fund, Merlin Ventures, SYN Ventures and previous investors CrowdStrike co-founder and CEO George Kurtz, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Sorenson Ventures and Team8. The funds will be used to accelerate go-to-market efforts to meet the increasing global demand for Talon’s secure enterprise browser, TalonWork, and deliver new product enhancements to continuously improve security for modern workforces.
As organizations have embraced distributed work for employees and contractors, the reliance on SaaS applications has risen, and security needs have evolved drastically. The traditional ways of enabling secure access to enterprise applications are complex, expensive, and put organizations at risk. The TalonWork browser simplifies security by allowing secure access to corporate applications and data on any device, managed or unmanaged, and on any operating system. With Talon, security teams benefit from deep visibility into browser and application activity, as well as native security features like authentication, data loss prevention and Zero Trust controls. Based on Chromium, TalonWork delivers the consistent and familiar user experiences expected by today’s workers, fostering productivity across the enterprise.
“We have built the team and technology to redefine and power security for the future of work – a future where security is delivered naturally through the enterprise’s most heavily-used application: the browser. “The world and the applications the largest organizations rely on are moving to the web, creating an extensive need for a vehicle that can provide secure access without changing the way work is conducted. This new funding will allow us to continue to show why that vehicle is Talon’s secure enterprise browser.”
Ofer Ben-Noon, co-founder and CEO, Talon Cyber Security
Co-founded by Ben-Noon and CTO Ohad Bobrov, Talon was named the winner of the Innovation Sandbox Contest at RSA Conference 2022, and has demonstrated unrivaled market and technical leadership since launching the industry’s first secure enterprise browser in October 2021. The company’s recent momentum includes numerous customer deployments at large organizations, the release of the industry’s first secure enterprise browser for mobile devices, and established partnerships with the two leaders in endpoint security: CrowdStrike and Microsoft.
The round includes the conversion of $17 million in SAFE (Simple Agreement for Future Equity) investments announced earlier this year into A round shares, bringing Talon’s total amount raised to over $126 million.
As part of today’s announcement, Richard Seewald, Founder and Managing Partner of Evolution Equity Partners, is joining Talon’s board of directors.
“In cybersecurity, the word innovative gets thrown around often, but with Talon, it is a perfect descriptor,” said Richard Seewald, Founder and Managing Partner, Evolution Equity Partners. “I have never seen a company create and lead a category with such authority, and experience such impressive traction with customers so quickly. Talon has the potential to become one of the leading companies in the broader security industry, and it’s an honor to help them on their journey.”
“Today’s threat environment is complex, but an organization’s approach to security should not be,” said George Kurtz, co-founder and CEO, CrowdStrike. “By delivering enterprise-grade security through the TalonWork browser, Talon makes security simple and effective for its customers.”
“When we launched Ballistic, we made it our mission to find and partner with companies that have the technology and what it takes to change the trajectory of cybersecurity, and Talon fits this bill perfectly,” said Jake Seid, co-founder and General Partner, Ballistic Ventures. “The browser has fundamentally become the most important tool for today's workforce. Talon’s secure enterprise browser does something few security products do. It offers the trifecta of strong security, seamless end-user experience, and low cost and complexity for the enterprise. Talon’s team and solution are some of the strongest I have ever come across, and this financing will help propel the company to new heights.”
“From my time as a CISO and now as an investment partner for leading security companies, I have evaluated countless technologies,” said Jay Leek, co-founder and Managing Partner, SYN Ventures. “The widespread problem that Talon addresses and the time to value of its technology is beyond impressive – it's a game changer. I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the company and help accelerate its growth.”
About Talon Cyber Security
Talon Cyber Security is modernizing security programs and improving user experiences for hybrid work by delivering the first secure enterprise browser. Built on Chromium, the TalonWork browser provides customers with the consistent user experiences, deep security visibility, and control over SaaS and web applications needed to simplify security for the future of work. Talon was named the Most Innovative Startup of 2022 at the prestigious RSA Conference Innovation Sandbox Contest.
Cloud Security Alliance | June 10, 2022
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining standards, certifications, and best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment, today released Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Governance Best Practices for Cloud Customers. Drafted by the SaaS Governance Working Group, the paper provides a baseline set of SaaS governance best practices for protecting data within SaaS environments, enumerates and considers risks according to the SaaS adoption and usage lifecycles, and finally, provides potential mitigation measures from the SaaS customer’s perspective.
The SaaS environment ultimately presents a shift in the way organizations handle cybersecurity that introduces a shared responsibility between producers and consumers. While the domain of cloud adoption and security continues to evolve, not much guidance is available regarding SaaS governance and security. This, despite the reality that increasingly, different departments within an organization (Shadow IT) are occasionally utilizing SaaS offerings to power their critical business processes and functions and often storing sensitive data in SaaS environments.
“SaaS requires a different security governance mindset. Because SaaS apps allow businesses to quickly and easily optimize business operations, adoption has come at the price of security. Few recognize how complex the configuration and permission settings of SaaS apps can be, which results in numerous misconfigurations, giving attackers the potential to access sensitive data,” said Amir Ofek, CEO of AxoniusX, the new innovation unit of Axonius, which sponsored the paper. “By following a widely adopted security framework, such as NIST CSF, coupled with the best-practices and recommendations in this document, organizations will be able to better establish SaaS governance and security processes to mitigate risk associated with SaaS usage, eliminate misconfigurations, and gain full control over their entire SaaS environment.”
“While SaaS offers tremendous opportunities for organizations to change the way they operate, consume innovative capabilities, and offload many of the operational burdens associated with both creating and maintaining applications, it isn’t without its concerns. As organizations continue to adopt SaaS-based applications and solutions, traditional organizational cybersecurity must be updated to reflect this new operating model. Failing to do so can increase the potential risk and ramifications of security incidents associated with the consumption of SaaS.”
Chris Hughes, co-founder and CISO at Aquia and project lead/lead author of the paper
The guide defines three necessary components that, when combined into a cohesive strategy, can provide integrated security for SaaS systems and solutions:
Process security. Protects the integrity of procedural activities to ensure the input and output of processes aren’t easily compromised. These are the managerial aspects, including policies and procedures, to ensure that an organization’s processes are consistent.
Platform security. Deals with the security strength of the platform and the underlying dependencies of a SaaS service. These include the SaaS infrastructure, operating systems, and its potential suppliers.
Application security. Deals with the security of the SaaS application itself. A SaaS application can only stay secure if it does not contain exploitable vulnerabilities and has implemented hardened configurations aligned with organizational and vendor security best practices, as well as compliance requirements.
The Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Governance Working Group aims to benefit all parties in the SaaS ecosystem by supporting a common understanding of SaaS related risks from the perspectives of the cloud customer and cloud service provider. Individuals interested in becoming involved in future research and initiatives are invited to join the working group.
SaaS Governance Best Practices for Cloud Customers was sponsored by Axonius, a leader in cybersecurity asset management and SaaS management. CSA research prides itself on vendor neutrality, agility, and integrity of results. Sponsors are CSA Corporate Members who support the findings of the research project but have no added influence on the content development or editing rights to CSA research.
Axonius gives customers the confidence to control complexity by mitigating threats, navigating risk, automating response actions, and informing business-level strategy. With solutions for both cyber asset attack surface management (CAASM) and SaaS management, Axonius is deployed in minutes and integrates with hundreds of data sources to provide a comprehensive asset inventory, uncover gaps, and automatically validate and enforce policies. Cited as one of the fastest-growing cybersecurity startups, with accolades from CNBC, Forbes, and Fortune, Axonius covers millions of assets, including devices and cloud assets, user accounts, and SaaS applications, for customers around the world.
About Cloud Security Alliance
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) is the world’s leading organization dedicated to defining and raising awareness of best practices to help ensure a secure cloud computing environment. CSA harnesses the subject matter expertise of industry practitioners, associations, governments, and its corporate and individual members to offer cloud security-specific research, education, training, certification, events, and products. CSA's activities, knowledge, and extensive network benefit the entire community impacted by cloud — from providers and customers to governments, entrepreneurs, and the assurance industry — and provide a forum through which different parties can work together to create and maintain a trusted cloud ecosystem.