Specops study reveals biggest remote working cyber security concerns

Information Age | April 09, 2020

Most employees that have some kind of digital aspect present within their duties are now practicing remote working due to government guidelines amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and fresh cyber security concerns have risen as a result. This apprehension among senior company staff is further evidenced by the finding by Specops that 300,000 Google searches relating to cyber security were activated throughout the previous month. Senior staff from 14 different sectors, 100 from each, were asked to pick one of six security factors that they thought were their biggest concern. The most frequently cited factor among senior staff was reduced password and passcode security. This was predominantly chosen by the computer and IT, travel and hospitality, charity and voluntary work, and media and internet sectors.

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PLATFORM SECURITY

CrowdStrike and Mandiant Form Mission-Focused Strategic Partnership to Protect Organizations Against Cyber Threats

CrowdStrike | April 08, 2022

CrowdStrike , a leader in cloud-delivered protection of endpoints, cloud workloads, identity and data, and Mandiant , announced a strategic partnership that will help joint customers investigate, remediate and defend against increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity events that plague organizations globally. As part of the collaboration, Mandiant will utilize the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform and subscription offerings for its incident response (IR) services and proactive consulting engagements for joint customers. Further, the Mandiant Managed Defense offering intends to include support for customers leveraging the Falcon platform later this year.As two of the most respected leaders in the cybersecurity industry, CrowdStrike and Mandiant share a common mission to stop breaches and put customers' needs first. Both companies have long operated under the practice that in order to defend against tenacious cyber adversaries, there must be a combination of cutting edge products and elite cybersecurity experts. Because of this, both companies have embraced an open and collaborative approach with high caliber partners and technologies to provide organizations superior protection. Today’s complex threat environment calls for a collaborative approach that brings together industry-leading technologies and world class teams to build the strongest defense for customers, which is exactly what this partnership is about,” said George Kurtz, co-founder and chief executive officer of CrowdStrike. “CrowdStrike has worked with Mandiant many times over the years and there is a mutual respect for the caliber of technical and team expertise we both bring to the fight. We are proud to establish this alliance with them and to more effectively enable the people, processes and procedures necessary to secure the modern organization. “CrowdStrike and Mandiant have developed reputations as go-to cybersecurity resources for public and private sector entities across the globe,This partnership between two mission-focused companies strengthens cyber defenses at a time when cyber attacks have become a notable business issue faced by organizations every day.” -Kevin Mandia, chief executive officer of Mandiant. About CrowdStrike CrowdStrike , a global cybersecurity leader, has redefined modern security with the world’s most advanced cloud-native platform for protecting critical areas of enterprise risk — endpoints and cloud workloads, identity and data.Powered by the CrowdStrike Security Cloud and world-class AI, the CrowdStrike Falcon® platform leverages real-time indicators of attack, threat intelligence, evolving adversary tradecraft and enriched telemetry from across the enterprise to deliver hyper-accurate detections, automated protection and remediation, elite threat hunting and prioritized observability of vulnerabilities.Purpose-built in the cloud with a single lightweight-agent architecture, the Falcon platform delivers rapid and scalable deployment, superior protection and performance, reduced complexity and immediate time-to-value. About Mandiant, Inc. Since 2004, Mandiant® has been a trusted partner to security-conscious organizations. Effective security is based on the right combination of expertise, intelligence, and adaptive technology, and the Mandiant Advantage SaaS platform scales decades of frontline experience and industry-leading threat intelligence to deliver a range of dynamic cyber defense solutions. Mandiant’s approach helps organizations develop more effective and efficient cyber security programs and instills confidence in their readiness to defend against and respond to cyber threats.Join the conversation.

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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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DATA SECURITY

CloudCover Continues to Move Into a New Era of CyberSafety with the Launch of CloudCover’s Cyber Liability

CloudCover | December 27, 2021

The cybersecurity insurance market is in trouble, fueled by a rapid increase in cyber attacks – up 486% from the beginning of 2018 through the end of 2021, according to Aon. As a result, insurers have little choice but to raise rates and scrutinize policy terms and conditions, as there’s no historical data to set policies and premiums like traditional insurance products. CloudCover, the company Reimagining CyberSecurity, is making strides to improve cyber safety by creating the first end-to-end cyber security technology and insurance platform. Today, the company announces the continued rollout of its suite of CloudCover insurance products with the launch of a new insurance offering: CloudCover Cyber Liability (CCCL) and Information Systems Business Interruption (ISBI) insurance. The release of the cybersecurity insurance coverage brings forward an entirely new market category: cybersecurity network and data insurance cover that utilizes the CC/B1 PlatformTM to obtain the data analytic set required to efficiently underwrite and set accurate premiums. CloudCover’s $1 Million Ransomware Warranty was launched in September 2021. Through its CCCL insurance, CloudCover will issue a $1 million cover per occurrence and a $10 million aggregate policy. This insurance option covers: First-party response costs, including any costs associated with the investigation and remediation of cybersecurity breaches, as well as payment for costs associated with notifying affected parties of the breach, Third-party liability and regulatory costs, including any costs associated with the defense of lawsuits, regulatory fines, and penalties in addition to the costs associated with any judgements rendered from those activities, and Cover for any ransom demanded by cyber criminals who have locked the insured company’s network or computer systems. Similar to the CCCL coverage, CloudCover will also issue $1 million coverage per occurrence and a $10 million aggregate policy for its ISBI coverage. The insurance policy provides payment for lost revenue in the event that a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack disrupts or compromises the insured party’s network. Both insurance covers are powered by CloudCover’s CC/B1 Platform, an advanced Intelligent Threat ManagementTM security solution. The CC/B1 relies on a patented AI/ML (automated intelligence/machine learning), X-NDR (extended network detection and response), SOAR (security, orchestration, automation and response) technology that empowers risk awareness, risk control, and risk transfer in near real time. The platform operates as a Firewall EverywhereTM, collecting data from all corners of an organization’s network, streamlining and utilizing machine learning to detect, analyze, and stop suspicious activity – all while using the collected network patterns with risk scoring and building actuarial models for incremental cybersecurity network insurance. “This marriage of cybersecurity technology and cyber insurance represents the creation of a new market,No other security vendor is able to provide cybersecurity risk scoring, risk event mitigation and mediation, accurate identification and threat stopping, and cyber risk insurance underwriting and auto-adjudication for claims in one platform. Using cybersecurity technology to learn about a company’s network and utilizing that data to create more accurate premiums and better coverage gives our industry the opportunity to better control cybersecurity insurance losses in the future, as we’ll be able to detect threats and issue micro-policies in a fraction of a second.” Stephen Cardot, founder and CEO of CloudCover In the months ahead, CloudCover plans to debut the final product in its initial CyberSafety Insurance Coverage portfolio: Cybersecurity Network Data Insurance, which will be the first insurance policy to insure data in motion with both first- and third-party liability coverage. This insurance, which will launch in February 2022, makes it possible for organizations to insure and thereby value their intangible assets, i.e., data, just as they would other company assets – something that’s been long seen as impossible in the FASB/GAAP industry. In order to purchase CloudCover’s insurance offerings, a company will need to have the CC/B1 Platform installed on its network in addition to completing CloudCover’s CyberSafety Registry. About CloudCover CloudCover is an AI-driven, virtual machine-learning cybersecurity platform. CloudCover has reimagined cybersecurity as a risk-predictive CyberSafety Platform – delivering real-time extended network detection and response through a patented, math-based security orchestration automated response risk aware/control solution. The CloudCover SOAR capability accumulates data between an organization’s diverse security technologies and environments and streamlines them into holistic actions on potential risks. The CC/B1 Platform provides an ever-evolving, protective security layer to your existing cybersecurity tech stack – meaning network threats are detected in near zero-second speed with near zero-threat accuracy. With CloudCover, the elusive “single pane of orchestration” capability of an organization’s network security isn’t a myth – it’s reality.

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DATA SECURITY

Years of Growth Lead to Covail Acquisition by Cybersecurity Firm GoSecure

Covail | December 23, 2021

Covail, a Columbus-based cybersecurity and digital optimization firm founded by Central Ohio’s largest companies, is being acquired by a leading Managed Detection and Response firm. Covail announced today that it has agreed to be acquired by cybersecurity and managed detection and response (MDR) services provider GoSecure. The transaction is estimated to close in December 2021. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. “Since our founding six years ago as the Columbus Collaboratory, our goal has been to find ways to leverage collaboration to deliver successful AI, cybersecurity and cloud-based software solutions to our Fortune 500 clients,With this acquisition by GoSecure, our clients will now have access to an even broader set of capabilities and expertise thanks to our ability to leverage GoSecure’s class-leading capabilities and solutions. This will also help to further accelerate market penetration for our leading-edge security products and AI capabilities.” Covail CEO Matt Wald Covail, as Columbus Collaboratory, was born out of the aspiration of seven of the largest companies in central Ohio – American Electric Power (AEP), Battelle, Cardinal Health, Huntington Bank, L Brands (now Bath & Body Works), Nationwide, and OhioHealth – in partnership with One Columbus. The goal of the endeavor was to solve common automation, AI, and cybersecurity challenges across multiple industries. “The diversity and maturity of these founding companies made Covail the innovative, value-driven, solutions partner that it is today”, said Michael Krouse, SVP of Strategy and Transformation at Ohio Health and Chairman of the Covail Board. “Covail accelerated the cybersecurity and AI capabilities of the founding companies, upskilled critical tech talent for the region, and built a high-growth company that contributed to our region’s economic growth engine. It’s exciting to be able to leverage this strategic relationship to secure Columbus as the Midwest’s premier cybersecurity hub.” Through its ecosystem of collaborators and commercial partners, Covail’s technology teams executed over 1,000 engagements and collaboration sessions that solved complex business challenges using machine learning and the latest cyber defense practices. The firm’s work attracted top technology talent to the region, Wald said, and led to the development of software products that enabled advanced cyber threat detection and continuous risk management. GoSecure is a recognized cybersecurity leader and innovator. The company is the first and only to integrate endpoint, network and email threat detection into a single Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service. GoSecure plans to leverage Covail’s talent, proprietary technology, and client relationships to build a regional presence in Central Ohio that will help accelerate its momentum in the US market. GoSecure’s access to technology talent and partnerships made Columbus an attractive, economically viable location for a cybersecurity hub, Wald said. Wald said partnership with the original companies in the Covail firm will continue, along with an expansion to additional businesses with the goal of making Central Ohio a major U.S. cybersecurity operations center. About Covail Covail™ is a trusted solutions partner, enabling organizations to optimize through Intelligent Operations solutions that lower total risk and cost for key business functions, equipping them to transform from a position of strength. Since 2015, Covail’s experts in Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Automation have been delivering business results for leading Fortune 500 companies across industries. Trustworthy, Intelligent Operations. Accelerated. Learn more at covail.com. About GoSecure GoSecure is a recognized cybersecurity leader and innovator, pioneering the integration of endpoint, network, and email threat detection into a single Managed Detection and Response service. The GoSecure TitanTM platform delivers predictive multi-vector detection, prevention, and response to counter modern cyber threats. Titan MDR offers a detection to mitigation speed of less than 15 minutes, delivering rapid response and active mitigation services that directly touch the customers’ network and endpoints. For over 10 years, GoSecure has been helping customers better understand their security gaps and improve their organizational risk and security maturity through MDR and Advisory Services solutions delivered by one of the most trusted, skilled and experienced teams in the industry.

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October is observed as Cyber Security Month which is an annual campaign organized to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. Here’s an infographic that puts together 31 tips on Internet Security that will help you protect your digital devices, identity, and personal information from all types of threats on the Internet.

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