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.
UL | June 07, 2022
UL, a global safety science leader, today announced the latest enhancements to its product security and compliance life cycle management platform, SafeCyber. Launched last year, SafeCyber aims to democratize product security and empower device manufacturers, suppliers and system integrators to take charge of their connected ecosystems and mitigate growing threats from chip to cloud.
Amid an uptick in supply chain attacks, a shortage of security expertise and a dynamic regulatory environment, UL's new SafeCyber dashboard provides users with a comprehensive view of their product security maturity and projects in one place. SafeCyber also provides an easy-to-use portal to help users discover available device life cycle solutions to better manage and secure their ecosystems.
Through this new dashboard, users can view all their product security testing and evaluation activities in a single, central location. The new feature provides visibility on the security maturity of their product lines and certification readiness to industry standards, including ISA/SAE 21434 and IEC 62443 4-1, among others.
Additionally, UL formally announced Binary Check™, a new SafeCyber platform solution. Binary Check allows users to perform continuous, automated binary code analysis to ensure ongoing security and compliance readiness of connected devices and systems. This new solution includes the ability to generate a software bill of materials (SBOM), detect and manage vulnerabilities for faster remediation and obtain compliance readiness analysis.
"The skyrocketing adoption of connected devices creates countless benefits and opportunities but also leads to an increasingly large and attractive attack vector for bad actors. "As devices become progressively connected, it's challenging for businesses to keep up with growing device and security system complexities, making them vulnerable to ransomware and firmware attacks. Hardening security requires a proactive approach. At UL, we are committed to enabling organizations to innovate and bring products to the marketplace safely and securely. With SafeCyber, customers benefit from a 360-degree view of their security governance and processes to better manage and mitigate product security risks."
David Nosibor, platform solutions lead, Identity Management Security and head of UL's SafeCyber project
UL is a global safety science leader. We deliver testing, inspection and certification (TIC), training and advisory services, risk management solutions and essential business insights to help our customers, based in more than 100 countries, achieve their safety, security and sustainability goals. We believe our deep knowledge of products and intelligence across supply chains make us the partner of choice for customers with complex challenges.
Bluum | June 14, 2022
Bluum, North America's leading education technology solutions provider, recently announced the launch of a comprehensive cybersecurity offering to schools. Cybersecurity needs and solutions for schools have evolved in recent years – even beyond those brought about by hybrid and remote learning – so Bluum responded with security solutions for people, processes and technology.
According to the SecurityScorecard 2018 report, education ranks last out of 17 industries in terms of cybersecurity, demonstrating that a legacy solution that only includes a first-generation firewall and antivirus software has long been rendered obsolete. Since 2016, there have been more than 1,300 publicly disclosed attacks in the U.S., which averages out to more than one K-12 cyber incident per school day. More than three million students have been affected by cybersecurity breakdowns since February 2018, with education institutions spending an average of $2.73 million to address the impact of a ransomware attack.
"With limited budgets, highly skilled IT personnel and time, K-12 organizations are hard-pressed to create a solid cybersecurity plan. "Cybersecurity is an incredibly technical and extensive area in IT that is rapidly evolving and needs to stay ahead of ever-evolving attack methods. Historically, school IT budget constraints have resulted in ineffective and outdated systems, so Bluum has developed comprehensive countermeasures to fill that void."
Bluum Vice President of Product Strategy and Growth Andre Vashilko
Whether cybersecurity incidents are caused externally or self-inflicted, Bluum can assist in preventative measures before, during and after the incidents and attacks. To get started, Bluum has debuted easy-to-use services to help schools assess their cybersecurity needs and identify immediate and future solutions.
Vulnerability scans and penetration testing will detect critical areas of concern and exposure in the infrastructure, while a complementary customer survey will provide further insights into a school's specific needs.
Bluum empowers educators with technology solutions that improve learning and make it more accessible, assisting more than 27 million students grow and flourish.
QuSecure | May 21, 2022
QuSecure™, Inc., an innovator in post-quantum cybersecurity (PQC), today introduced its quantum orchestration platform, QuProtect™, the industry’s first end-to-end PQC software-based solution uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using quantum secure channels. With QuProtect, for the first time organizations can leverage quantum resilient technology to help prevent today’s cyberattacks, while future-proofing networks and preparing for post-quantum cyberthreats.
Leading experts, including Arthur Herman, senior fellow and director of the Quantum Alliance Initiative at The Hudson Institute, believe that a Cryptographically Relevant Quantum Computer (CRQC), which is a quantum computer that can break current cryptography and will expose the world’s encrypted communications and data, will be available within the next 3-5 years. Additionally, nation-state attackers are currently stealing encrypted data, using a “Steal Now, Decrypt Later” (SNDL) strategy to collect global encrypted data, which will be retroactively decrypted once a CRQC is available. As a result, on May 4, the White House mandated PQC compliance via the National Security Memorandum “Promoting United States Leadership in Quantum Computing While Mitigating Risks to Vulnerable Cryptographic Systems.” Also, the bipartisan Endless Frontiers Act would establish a Technology and Innovation Directorate at the National Science Foundation which would use $100 billion in federal funds over five years to research emerging technologies including quantum computing, and specifically mentions the need for PQC. Organizations will need to follow suit to protect their data and communications from post-quantum cyberthreats.
QuProtect provides quantum-resilient cryptography, anytime, anywhere and on any device. QuProtect uses an end-to-end quantum security as a service (QSaaS) architecture that addresses the digital ecosystem’s most vulnerable aspects, uniquely combining zero-trust, next-generation post-quantum-cryptography, quantum-strength keys, high availability, easy deployment, and active defense into a comprehensive and interoperable cybersecurity suite. The end-to-end approach is designed around the entire data lifecycle as data is stored, communicated, and used.
“Quantum technologies have the potential to represent a platform shift, and platform shifts don’t come around that often,” said Laura Thomas, former CIA Chief of Base with more than 17 years in various national security and leadership roles and currently VP of Corporate Strategy at ColdQuanta, a quantum computing and sensing company. “When they do, they bring enormous opportunity coupled with the power for intense disruption, in all arenas, to include national security and economic security. Organizations should be evaluating post-quantum encryption solutions now and mapping out the resources and timelines needed to deploy them on their networks. QuSecure is playing a key role in future-proofing our networks from current classical and future quantum attacks.”
QuSecure also today announced its formal company launch. See accompanying company launch press release issued by QuSecure today at QuSecure Company Launch.
“Enterprises are charged with providing high levels of data security,” said Skip Sanzeri, QuSecure Founder and COO. “We are facing the largest computer upgrade cycle in history as all public key cryptography globally needs to be upgraded to PQC. Our QuProtect solution provides organizations with a first-mover advantage as the industry accelerates toward a quantum future. QuProtect allows organizations and their clients to maintain the highest level of quantum-resilient security to address cyberthreats with minimal disruption to existing systems.”
QuProtect protects any node on the network by using National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) approved quantum algorithms to create secure quantum communications channels. Its technology enables backwards compatibility and can translate back and forth from PQC to standard Transport Layer Security (TLS), ensuring interoperability with any network. No other company combines QuSecure’s broad-based quantum and post-quantum technologies providing secure, interoperable cybersecurity to protect organizations’ networks from quantum threats. QuProtect’s unique differentiators include (partial list):
Post-quantum open-source, end-to-end data protection on all platforms and networks – QuSecure applies post-quantum protections to all systems and devices – from cloud, to server, to laptop, to edge and IoT – protecting communications and data. QuProtect uses Quantum Random Number Generation (QRNG) to create quantum-resilient cryptographic keys which provide entropy throughout the entire network. Network-wide entropy is important because true quantum randomness protects systems from vulnerabilities and attacks such as pattern detection and cryptanalysis.
Easy integration and deployment with zero client-side installations supporting most platforms – QuProtect is designed to be simple to deploy, operate and manage for existing devices and systems. Any existing platform that runs cryptography can be upgraded to PQC through QuProtect’s software-upgrade solutions.
QuSecure’s solution enables controlled, phased deployment in highest priority segments first, enabling organizations to audit and/or delay endpoints which don’t need immediate upgrade. QuProtect permits instantaneous re-selection of algorithms enabling crypto agility while NIST finalizes the PQC algorithms to be standardized.
Continuous monitoring and attack resilience – QuProtect improves security through continuous anomaly monitoring, machine learning-enabled attack detection, and active remediation.
QuProtect is the industry’s most advanced PQC solution providing end-to-end quantum-resilience for many of today’s critical use cases, including satellite, network, and IoT communications. QuProtect can be hosted on-premise or via cloud-based orchestration delivering the most compatible solution to the post-quantum problem. An organization can implement PQC across all devices on the network with minimal disruption to existing systems, protecting against current and future classical and quantum attacks which could irreparably disrupt industries and infrastructures across government and commercial sectors.
QuSecure is an innovator in post-quantum cybersecurity with a mission to protect enterprise and government data from quantum and classical cybersecurity threats. Its patent-pending, quantum-safe solutions provide an easy transition path to quantum resiliency across any organization. The company’s QuProtect solution is the industry’s first PQC software-based platform uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using a quantum secure channel. QuSecure has current customer deployments in banking/finance, healthcare, space/satellite, IT/data enterprises, datacenters and various Department of Defense agencies. QuSecure is investor backed and has offices in Silicon Valley.