HITRUST | December 18, 2021
HITRUST today announced it is addressing the need for a continuously-relevant cybersecurity assessment that aligns and incorporates best practices and leverages the latest threat intelligence to maintain applicability with information security risks and emerging cyber threats, such as ransomware. The design and selection of the controls for the HITRUST Implemented 1-year (i1) Assessment puts it in a new class of information security assessment that is threat-adaptive – designed to maintain relevance over time as threats evolve and new risks emerge, while retiring controls no longer deemed material.
Most existing assessment approaches are not designed to keep pace with current and emerging threats; those that do, rely heavily on broad control requirements that raise questions about suitability of control and consistency of review that ultimately impact reliability of results. In contrast, HITRUST identifies information security controls relevant to mitigating known risks and leverages cyber threat intelligence data to influence the selection – and where necessary, updating – of technically-focused HITRUST CSF requirements included in the HITRUST i1 Assessment. As a result, the HITRUST i1 Assessment includes controls selected to address emerging cyber threats active today.
“The HITRUST i1 Assessment is unique in both selection of controls and the design of its assurance program. Effort towards completion is comparable to other moderate assurance vehicles while delivering a higher level of reliability,”
Jeremy Huval, HITRUST Chief Innovation Officer
The HITRUST i1 Assessment is the first information security assessment of its kind with attributes not available through other assurance programs:
Designed to maintain relevant control requirements to mitigate existing and emerging threats and provide updates as new threats are identified (It is threat-adaptive, prescriptive, and focused on controls relevant to risk)
Designed to sunset controls that have lost relevance and have limited assurance value based on effort required to comply or assess
Its unique controls selection and assurance program design deliver a higher level of reliability than other moderate assurance options
The level of time and effort to complete is comparable to other moderate assurance options in the market
Offers a forward-looking, 1-year certification
As the HITRUST i1 was designed around relevant information security risks and emerging cyber threats, it is not surprising it provides coverage for numerous standards, such as NIST 800-171, GLBA Safeguards Rule, HIPAA Security Rule, and Health Industry Cybersecurity Practices (HICP).
HITRUST will evaluate security controls and review threat intelligence data no less than quarterly, and for each subsequent major and minor release of the HITRUST CSF, to ensure the HITRUST i1 Assessment requirement selection remains relevant over time. Guidance documents will also drive enhancements to the HITRUST CSF and HITRUST i1 Assessment control sets as needed. While the HITRUST i1 Assessment is intended to adapt and evolve to maintain relevance, it’s important to note that HITRUST i1 Assessment certified organizations will not be impacted by changes to the HITRUST i1 Assessment control requirements until their next HITRUST assessment cycle.
HITRUST is hosting a webinar at 11 a.m. CT on Thursday, February 3, 2022, to discuss the HITRUST Implemented 1-year (i1) Assessment in more detail. To register, and for more information, click here: Next Generation HITRUST Information Security Assessment Focuses on Continuous Cyber Relevance
Since it was founded in 2007, HITRUST has championed programs that safeguard sensitive information and manage information risk for organizations across all industries and throughout the third-party supply chain. In collaboration with privacy, information security, and risk management leaders from the public and private sectors, HITRUST develops, maintains, and provides broad access to its widely adopted common risk and compliance management frameworks as well as related assessment and assurance methodologies.
ConnectWise | April 20, 2022
ConnectWise, the world’s leading software company dedicated to the success of IT solution providers, today announced a new service offering designed to help MSPs and their clients rapidly respond to attacks and recover from security incidents. The ConnectWise Incident Response Service provides direct, around-the-clock access to a team of expert cybersecurity analysts to provide immediate assistance to assess, contain and remediate threats to minimize impact and business disruption.
According to the 2022 ConnectWise MSP Threat Report, there was a 10-15% increase in ransomware incidents by quarter in 2021, with 56% of all incidents occurring in the second half of the year. When it comes to cyberattacks, preparation is the best prevention for MSPs that are increasingly becoming targets of threat actors. For MSPs and their clients that often lack resources to properly respond to incidents, the ConnectWise Incident Response Service provides an immediate life-line to skilled cybersecurity experts that accelerate incident resolution and help avoid mistakes that can be costly to business operations.
“With a talent shortage, more sophisticated threat actors and more technologies to protect, cybersecurity incidents can quickly overwhelm an MSP and their end client and jeopardize protection of their client’s critical assets. Every second counts in a cyberattack, so having a team of security experts at a moment’s notice is a game-changing force multiplier for an MSP’s successful delivery of cybersecurity services. With this service, MSPs can confidently turn to ConnectWise to gain swift understanding and control of the situation to eradicate threats and prevent costly downtime.”
Raffael Marty, General Manager, Cybersecurity, ConnectWise
The ConnectWise Incident Response Service also aids in the recovery process with forensic examination of system data, user activity and artifacts of digital evidence to determine the extent of compromise and identify which threat actor might be involved. The ConnectWise Incident Response Service is available today to both ConnectWise partners and non-partners.
ConnectWise is the world's leading software company dedicated to the success of IT solution providers through our unmatched software, services, community. ConnectWise’s innovative, integrated, and security-centric platform – Asio™ - provides unmatched flexibility, automation, and scale that fuels profitable, long-term growth for our Partners. ConnectWise equips TSPs with cybersecurity solutions, unified monitoring and management solutions, and business automation solutions—all while providing industry-leading operational maturity offerings to accelerate business transformation.
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.
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.
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.
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.