NETWORK THREAT DETECTION
SecurityScorecard | April 07, 2022
SecurityScorecard, the global leader in cybersecurity ratings, today announced a Pan-European exclusive distribution agreement with Exclusive Networks, a global cybersecurity specialist for digital infrastructure, to accelerate adoption of security ratings throughout Europe. The partnership, with Exclusive Networks owned specialist value-added distributor Ignition Technology, enables European organisations to instantly rate, analyze and continuously monitor their security risk, to harden their security postures.
"The evolving geopolitical landscape is causing CISOs throughout Europe to reevaluate their cybersecurity postures, requiring them to have greater visibility across their attack surface than ever before. As the threat landscape expands, Exclusive Networks' expertise in helping disruptive cybersecurity solutions like SecurityScorecard breakthrough in EMEA will dramatically scale the number of European organizations that will be able to instantly improve their security postures through much needed data, visibility and insights."
Jan Bau, VP, EMEA Sales, at SecurityScorecard
SecurityScorecard provides comprehensive security ratings, automated assessments, and guidance from industry experts, providing easy-to-understand A-F graded scorecards for improved communication, effective compliance reporting and more informed decision making. The solution allows organisations to automate and accelerate questionnaire exchange with over 20 compliance survey templates and questionnaires at scale.
"Exclusive Networks is focused on meeting customer and partner demand across Europe for the most impactful cybersecurity solutions on the market today," said Sean Remnant, Chief Strategy Officer, Exclusive Networks. "SecurityScorecard provides our network of customers and partners with instant visibility into their security postures and that of their vendors and business partners, to fully understand their true cyber risk."
Exclusive Networks is a global trusted cybersecurity specialist for digital infrastructure driving the transition to a totally trusted digital future for all people and organisations. Located in 43 countries, with the ability to service customers in over 170 countries across five continents, Exclusive Networks has a unique 'local sale, global scale' model, combining the extreme focus and value of local independents with the scale and service delivery of a single worldwide distribution powerhouse.
Funded by world-class investors including Evolution Equity Partners, Silver Lake Waterman, Sequoia Capital, GV, Riverwood Capital, and others, SecurityScorecard is the global leader in cybersecurity ratings with more than 12 million companies continuously rated. Founded in 2013 by security and risk experts Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy and Sam Kassoumeh, SecurityScorecard's patented rating technology is used by over 30,000 organizations for enterprise risk management, third-party risk management, board reporting, due diligence, cyber insurance underwriting, and regulatory oversight. SecurityScorecard is the first cybersecurity ratings company to offer digital forensics and incident response services, providing a 360-degree approach to security prevention and response for its worldwide customer and partner base. SecurityScorecard continues to make the world a safer place by transforming the way companies understand, improve and communicate cybersecurity risk to their boards, employees and vendors.
Red Hat | May 11, 2022
Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced new security innovations and capabilities across its portfolio of open hybrid cloud technologies. Designed to help organizations mitigate risks and meet compliance requirements across increasingly complex IT environments that mix cloud services, traditional systems and edge devices, these enhancements are intended to minimize complexity, while helping customers improve their security posture and enable DevSecOps.
According to Red Hat’s 2021 Global Tech Outlook report, 45% of respondents put IT Security as their top funding priority. IT security, however, is not a static demand - regulatory controls, compliance demands and threat actors shift on an almost daily basis, requiring almost constant vigilance from IT security teams.
Red Hat has long been a leader in security for enterprise open source solutions, beginning with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, viewing security as a fundamental component and not an add-on. KuppingerCole Analysts recently recognized Red Hat as the Overall Leader in its Leadership Compass for Container Security. According to KuppingerCole’s evaluation, “With a massive market presence and proven expertise in container management, enhanced by the recent acquisition and integration of StackRox, a leading container security company, Red Hat is recognized as the Overall Leader in this Leadership Compass.”
With today’s news, Red Hat continues a relentless march of innovation to advance security across hybrid cloud environments—from on-premises to multi-cloud to the edge—across the entire technology lifecycle and software stack.
Enhancing software supply chain security
Securing applications from development through the entire lifecycle can be complex and frequently requires multiple components to work together. To help simplify the process of implementing security features throughout the complete build, deploy and run process, Red Hat is introducing a software supply chain security pattern.
Delivered via Red Hat OpenShift, patterns deliver complete stacks as code and define, build and test the necessary software configurations. Available as a preview, the software supply chain security pattern will bring together the necessary components to architect cloud-native applications from trusted components.
The pattern uses a Kubernetes-native, continuously-integrated pipeline through Red Hat OpenShift Pipelines and Red Hat OpenShift GitOps for version control, helping to reduce complexity and save time. Additionally, through Tekton Chains, the pattern will incorporate Sigstore, an open source project aimed at making cryptographic signing of code more accessible. This addition makes it easier for artifacts to be signed in the pipeline itself rather than after application creation.
In addition, in Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform 2.2, Red Hat is introducing a technical preview of Ansible content signing technology. The new capability helps with software supply chain security by enabling automation teams to validate that the automation content being executed in their enterprise is verified and trusted.
Enhancing application security lifecycle from the datacenter to the edge
As organizations adopt cloud-native architectures, the core enterprise needs for hardened environments, lowered attack surfaces and faster detection and response to threats remain. Applications running outside of traditional IT environments, including at the edge, introduce further security requirements that compound these already complex challenges.
Beyond the physical security requirements of edge devices, CIOs and IT decision-makers are increasingly seeing a need to protect the container workloads running on these devices. An example could be implementing strategies and capabilities to prevent the lateral movement of potential attacks or breaches across edge deployments. Red Hat Advanced Cluster Security for Kubernetes brings a deployment-ready answer to these concerns, with key capabilities to protect edge workloads, including:
Automated DevSecOps in the CI/CD pipeline to help protect the software supply chain for edge environments through vulnerability management, application configuration analysis and CI/CD integration
Threat protection provides threat detection and incident response capabilities at runtime for common threats
Network segmentation to enforce workload isolation, analyze container communication and detect risky network communication paths
Integrated security starts with the operating system
In the 2022 Gartner® Board of Directors Survey, 88% of board members classified cybersecurity as a business risk; just 12% called it a technology risk.1 The broad ramifications of a cyber attack or data breach have led to increased scrutiny across IT environments by investors and regulators alike. Fortifying IT environments against these potentially damaging incidents is critical, and Red Hat believes that this effort starts at the foundation, at the operating system level, with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 lays the foundation for runtime integrity verification of the operating system and application files by providing file digital signatures within RPM packages. The platform uses integrity measurement architecture (IMA) at the kernel level to verify individual files and their provenance. IMA file verification specifically helps to detect accidental and malicious modifications to systems, providing more remediation capabilities for security teams in addressing potential issues or breaches.
Additional key security features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 include:
Enhanced security around root privileges by disabling root login via SSH by default. This helps to prevent the discovery of root passwords through brute force attacks and improving baseline security postures of an operating environment.
Support for latest cryptographic frameworks with the integration of OpenSSL 3. This enables IT teams to enact new ciphers for encrypting and protecting sensitive information.
Bolstered security best practices by disabling the cryptographically-broken SHA-1 hash function by default for digital signature, driving improved security hygiene.
Additionally, Red Hat and IBM Research are collaborating around expanding the core security aspects of the Linux kernel, such as through support for signing and verifying elliptic curve digital signatures. This work expands the algorithms supported and reduces the size of digital signatures used throughout the Linux kernel.
About Red Hat, Inc.
Red Hat is the world’s leading provider of enterprise open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to deliver reliable and high-performing Linux, hybrid cloud, container, and Kubernetes technologies. Red Hat helps customers integrate new and existing IT applications, develop cloud-native applications, standardize on our industry-leading operating system, and automate, secure, and manage complex environments. Award-winning support, training, and consulting services make Red Hat a trusted adviser to the Fortune 500. As a strategic partner to cloud providers, system integrators, application vendors, customers, and open source communities, Red Hat can help organizations prepare for the digital future.
ReliaQuest | February 18, 2022
ReliaQuest, the leader in Open XDR-as-a-Service, today announced the expansion of its GreyMatter platform with support for MITRE ATT&CK v10 and Risk Scenarios that visually maps and measures a security program’s detection coverage in terms of threats and cyber risks. This new feature enables security leaders to close the communications gap with business leaders while demonstrating how well their security program mitigates cyber risks of most concern to the enterprise.
Many leaders are challenged with measuring the progress of their security program and the impact of their security investments. According to a recent Ponemon Institute Research report, 64% of security leaders say a lack of standardized security metrics to measure progress is the primary obstacle to implementing an IT security risk management program. What’s more, 58% say that the lack of a well-defined security and risk management program is what makes their organization most vulnerable to cyberattacks.
With the ability to map coverage against Risk Scenarios, GreyMatter enables security leaders to have a real-time view into how they are performing against individual threats or cyber risks they are most concerned about. They can pinpoint any gaps in coverage and make informed decisions on how best to proceed with investments and actions to close these gaps. Breakdowns by cyber risk categories and subcategories within them help security leaders focus on areas of concern at a granular level.
“Too often, leaders rely on technical metrics that lack a holistic view of how security tools are operating together, leaving them at a loss when it comes to communicating cyber risks to the business, What’s more, translating the effectiveness of security tools in a language that leadership understands poses even more of a challenge. Now, with Risk Scenarios, security leaders have a more comprehensive view into how much coverage they have across cyber risk areas that concern them the most. This will help them make informed decisions on how best to approach these issues and communicate them effectively to leadership.”
Brian Foster, Chief Product Officer at ReliaQuest
Additionally, ReliaQuest announced an upgrade of its support for the latest MITRE ATT&CK framework version 10. By upgrading to support v10 of the framework, GreyMatter users are better able to visualize and measure detection coverage aligned to the latest techniques. In line with keeping with improving efficiencies for security operators, GreyMatter delivers enhancements to reduce tool hopping by automating collection of various contextual information, aiding in faster investigations and further streamlining the security operations workflow.
ReliaQuest, the leader in Open XDR-as-a-Service, is the force multiplier for security operations teams. ReliaQuest GreyMatter is a cloud-native Open XDR platform that brings together telemetry from any security and business solution, whether on-premises, or in one or multiple clouds, to unify detection, investigation, response and resilience. ReliaQuest combines the power of technology and 24/7/365 security expertise to give organizations the visibility and coverage they require to make cybersecurity programs more effective.
Flashpoint | January 13, 2022
Flashpoint, the trusted leader in threat intelligence and risk prevention, today announced it has acquired Risk Based Security (RBS), a Richmond, Virginia-based company specializing in vulnerability and data breach intelligence, as well as vendor risk ratings. The integration of RBS’s collections and technology into the Flashpoint platform offers a wide range of cybersecurity practitioners—including cyber threat intelligence (CTI), vulnerability management, DevSecOps, and vendor risk management teams—the contextual threat intelligence and automation they need to detect, prioritize, and thwart emerging cyber risks rapidly and holistically.
“I am incredibly excited to welcome the RBS team to Flashpoint,This acquisition will enable our clients to rapidly detect critical vulnerabilities before they are widely known, and then automate how they prioritize and remediate these issues. This is a game changer for security teams and represents a vital step towards achieving Flashpoint’s vision of being the single vendor that enterprises can rely on to mitigate all types of security risks and protect critical assets.”
Flashpoint CEO Josh Lefkowitz
Since its founding in 2011, Risk Based Security has partnered with a diverse group of clients, including Microsoft, BlackRock, Northrop Grumman, Swisscom, American Electric Power, Amtrak, and numerous other enterprises across the technology, financial, insurance, and consumer goods sectors. To date, RBS possesses over 90,000 vulnerabilities in its collections that are not assigned CVE IDs and therefore do not exist in the National Vulnerability Database (NVD). RBS’s proprietary technology consistently identifies vulnerabilities before they are commonly known—and maps those vulnerabilities to an enterprise’s software—providing clients with a critical edge and head-start on potential adversaries.
“We’re thrilled to join forces with Flashpoint,” said Jake Kouns, CEO of RBS. “It’s rare to find two organizations so similar in culture with a mutual drive to get things done. Our visions align perfectly, and we are excited to collaborate with them to bring a holistic, risk-based intelligence offering to a broad market.”
AN ASSET-BASED APPROACH TO INTELLIGENCE AND RISK MANAGEMENT
RBS’s extensive vulnerability, data breach, and proprietary vendor risk ratings empower security teams to quickly assess and remediate vulnerabilities based on their unique risk profile—making it the only vulnerability management tool on the market that provides scanless, real-time vulnerability intelligence with vendor and product risk ratings. With this technology, Flashpoint will be able to reveal a customer’s exposure to critical vulnerabilities and supply chain weaknesses, provide contextual awareness into how these vulnerabilities are being exploited by threat actors, and prioritize and automate the actions needed to remediate potential threats.
In light of recent critical vulnerabilities like the highly-publicized disclosure of Log4j, early detection and rapid prioritization of risks is more important than ever. Moving beyond a reactive approach to threats, a combined Flashpoint and RBS solution will drive immediate and differentiated value to all types of security practitioners who are focused on protecting critical assets and infrastructure.
Trusted by governments and the Fortune 500, Flashpoint helps organizations protect their most critical assets, infrastructure, and stakeholders from security risks such as cyber threats, ransomware, fraud, physical threats, and more. Leading security practitioners—including cyber threat intelligence (CTI), vulnerability management, DevSecOps and vendor risk management teams—rely on Flashpoint's intelligence platform to proactively identify and mitigate risk and stay ahead of the evolving threat landscape.
ABOUT RISK BASED SECURITY
Risk Based Security (RBS) provides detailed information and analysis on Vulnerability Intelligence, Vendor Risk Ratings and Data Breaches. Our product, the Risk Based Security Platform, combines VulnDB and Cyber Risk Analytics (CRA), providing organizations access to the most comprehensive security intelligence knowledge bases available, including advanced search capabilities, access to raw data via API, and email alerting to assist organizations in taking the right actions in a timely manner.