DATA SECURITY, PLATFORM SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
VMware | October 31, 2022
The last two years accelerated Information Technology (IT) trends that were already underway: rapid increase in the adoption of cloud, multi-cloud, and internet of things (IoT); a smarter edge for use cases such as modern retail, healthcare, and manufacturing; and a distributed workforce, where employees can be anywhere. Software-defined (SD) WAN technology eliminates the traditional WAN connectivity challenges associated with distributed enterprise applications and IoT devices that held back this acceleration.
The need to more securely connect distributed users to cloud-based applications is driving the adoption for software-defined, cloud-delivered security. Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) combines the flexibility of SD-WAN technology with a full suite of security services it delivers from the cloud. SASE points of presence (PoPs) provide networking and security functions closer to the user, enabling fast and more secure access
Frost & Sullivan's latest white paper, As Edge Computing Gains Traction, the Business Case for SASE is Stronger than Ever, explores how market trends highlight the demand for the cloud-delivered networking, compute, and security architecture that SASE delivers.
As public cloud adoption levels continue to increase post-pandemic due to hybrid and multi-cloud configurations, businesses should:
Integrate edge computing as part of hybrid cloud architecture to optimize and more securely connect edge locations back to data centers and cloud-hosted applications.
Implement hybrid and multi-cloud configurations to become more distributed and easily build, deploy, and continually optimize app delivery, for a more competitive edge.
Support hybrid work trends and optimize user connectivity to cloud-based applications.
Auto apply security conditions to users accessing enterprise applications based on the user identity and the context to mitigate risks and protect digital assets.
VMware SASE is an example of the right way to secure and speed access in this distributed landscape through cloud-delivered SD-WAN Edge devices, Gateways, SASE Orchestrator, Edge Network Intelligence™, and Edge Compute Stack. The global network of scalable VMware SASE PoPs delivers apps to users reliably, quickly, and more securely over a single management interface. The VMware SASE product family delivers enterprise agility through a cloud-first open architecture, superior digital experience with rock-solid SD-WAN connectivity, security based on zero-trust principles, and operational simplicity with vendor-agnostic Artificial Intelligence for Operations that can help predict and prevent problems before they occur.
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PLATFORM SECURITY, SOFTWARE SECURITY
Vicarius | October 18, 2022
Vicarius, creators of vsociety, the open and independent social community for research and security professionals, has announced the publication of novel security research detailing multiple new exploits for popular developer tools. The publication comes in an effort to amplify safe hygiene practices during CISA’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month.
October 2022 marks the 19th anniversary of National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, with this year’s campaign theme — “See Yourself in Cyber” — demonstrating that while cybersecurity may seem like a complex subject itself, it’s really all about people. In alliance with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), who leverages the month to spread awareness of good cyber hygiene, Vicarius looks to enhance the security posture of organizations by publishing new research along with steps to mitigate the risk.
Among the publications, which are provided to the community by independent researchers and validated by Vicarius, is a zero-day vulnerability for a popular Python developer tool called yacmmal. In the post, anonymous researcher “M” lays out the steps taken to compromise the application and execute code remotely, going further to warn “as this exploit is not known and no patches are available, usage of the package should be avoided until patches are public,” while providing a workaround for temporary protection.
In a few subsequent posts to the community, the same researcher details an exploit to a beloved developer resource called Flask as well as a method to exploit a deserialization vulnerability in a python library called Jsonpickle. Both of these examples illustrate the potential for remote code execution and the steps required to mitigate the threat. Vicarius stresses the importance of providing mitigation details for any exploit posted to vsociety. Research is only published on the platform if it follows responsible disclosure and is accompanied by remediation details and documentation.
“Our goal is to make organizations more aware of potential vulnerabilities in the wild and provide the steps necessary to protect against them. “With the growing popularity and prominence of Awareness Month, we aimed to go a step beyond the typical materials provided by other CISA partners, encouraging awareness of previously unpublished threats in the wild which all security teams should be cognizant of.”
Vicarius CEO Michael Assraf
Vicarius will release additional pieces of research that will be published to vsociety throughout the month.
Vicarius helps security teams protect their most critical apps and assets against software exploitation through TOPIA, the company’s end-to-end vulnerability remediation platform. Founded by three security experts and backed by tier one investors from Silicon Valley, Vicarius’ mission is to provide customers with problem-solving solutions that proactively reduce risk wherever computer software resides.
DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
KnowBe4 | November 29, 2022
KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, today announced it is launching the new KnowBe4 Mobile Learner App to empower end users by introducing security awareness and compliance training on the go at no additional cost to customers, improving user engagement and strengthening security culture.
With a large majority of the world's population using smartphones today, mobile training revolutionizes the way people learn. This new app will enable end users to complete their security awareness and compliance training conveniently from their tablets or smartphones, giving them 24/7/365 access.
"The KnowBe4 Mobile Learner App is the first of its kind to launch in the security awareness and compliance training space, making it easier than ever to train users while subsequently strengthening an organization's security culture. "This new app will enable IT and security teams to improve engagement and completion rates for required training thanks to a seamless user experience. This will also help users to associate security with their personal devices, keeping it top of mind all the time rather than only when they are at work on their computers. We are making this substantial new capability available at no additional cost to all subscription levels as a show of our commitment to supporting our customers' security and human risk management objectives."
Stu Sjouwerman, CEO, KnowBe4
Based on subscription levels, KnowBe4 offers 100+ Mobile-First training modules that were designed specifically for mobile. The KnowBe4 Learner App supports push notifications for custom announcements, updates on assigned training as well as KnowBe4 newsletters.
KnowBe4, the provider of the world's largest security awareness training and simulated phishing platform, is used by more than 54,000 organizations around the globe. Founded by IT and data security specialist Stu Sjouwerman, KnowBe4 helps organizations address the human element of security by raising awareness about ransomware, CEO fraud and other social engineering tactics through a new-school approach to awareness training on security. Kevin Mitnick, an internationally recognized cybersecurity specialist and KnowBe4's Chief Hacking Officer, helped design the KnowBe4 training based on his well-documented social engineering tactics. Tens of thousands of organizations rely on KnowBe4 to mobilize their end users as their last line of defense.
DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY,SOFTWARE SECURITY
Absolute | December 01, 2022
Absolute Software™ , the only provider of self-healing, intelligent security solutions, today announced new product innovations, empowering customers with deeper visibility and intelligence, expanded software integrations, and a refreshed user experience through its latest updates to Absolute Secure Endpoint and Absolute Secure Access.
These product releases continue the company’s investment in bringing together the combined power of Absolute Secure Endpoint and Absolute Secure Access with our unique, firmware-embedded self-healing capability, enabling customers to achieve truly resilient Zero Trust environments and deliver an optimal user experience. This announcement builds on the launch of Absolute ZTNA – the industry’s first self-healing Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) solution – and Absolute Insights™ for Endpoints and Network, providing unparalleled intelligence into device, application, and network performance.
Embedded in more than 600 million devices, Absolute is the only intelligent security solutions provider capable of delivering visibility, control, and resiliency across endpoints, applications, and network connections. The Absolute Platform enables IT and security teams to ensure their endpoints remain compliant and mission-critical applications remain operational, and empowers them to transition from traditional VPNs to a resilient Zero Trust approach without hindering security or user productivity.
A recent 451 Research report validates Absolute’s differentiated platform approach and capabilities, saying: Too often, organizations don’t fully consider the resilience of the deployed zero-trust environment, and network access and device security are handled independently. It’s a situation that complicates security operations and one that can impact employee productivity.
“Our common platform addresses a wide range of market needs, as we have the unique ability to apply self-healing capabilities to devices, applications, and network access. “Organizations are acknowledging that they need resilience-focused Zero Trust approaches, capable of integrating endpoint and access assessments at every step. By providing the critical components needed to achieve that resiliency - deep visibility, intelligence, and firmware-embedded Persistence - we are enabling them to not only protect devices, data, and users but also ensure critical controls are operating at maximum efficacy.”
John Herrema, EVP of Products and Strategy at Absolute
New capabilities available to Absolute Secure Endpoint customers in the latest product release include:
Public API Expansion: The latest Absolute Secure Endpoint release adds new Public APIs to our existing library, allowing customers and partners to integrate our device actions into their existing workflows - significantly improving the efficiency of their existing workflows and enhancing automation capabilities.
Absolute Connector for ServiceNow™: The Absolute Connector for ServiceNow enables joint customers to access Absolute’s comprehensive asset intelligence and single source of truth within their ServiceNow platform environment – enabling them to efficiently respond to service requests, supplement their ServiceNow workflows, and rapidly demonstrate compliance.
Expanded Application Resilience™ Catalog: The Absolute Application Resilience catalog now includes support for more than 60 critical security applications that IT and security administrators can self-heal across their endpoints. Recent additions include WinMagic® MagicEndpoint™, Dell™ Trusted Device, Deep Instinct™, Norton 360™, OPSWAT™, UNOWHY™, Aranda Software™, and Pixart® MDM.
The company also announced upcoming server and client enhancements to Absolute Secure Access, including:
New Look and Feel: The names, status icons, fonts, and colors have been updated to reflect new product names and refreshed corporate brand; the core functionality and upgrade experience remain smooth and easy.
SaaS Enhancements: The SaaS offering adds native NAT capabilities and enhanced alerting.
Enhanced 5G Telemetry and Detection: Insights for Network dashboards that display cellular coverage, signal quality, and usage now include the 5G mid-band spectrum, and reflect improved 5G sensitivity.
Deeper Visibility: The Secure Access/webService API has been enhanced, offering programmatic access to key pool performance metrics, including status information for our Active/Active server infrastructure.
Faster NAC Checks: NAC capabilities are optimized, significantly reducing the time it takes for the VPN to connect and begin tunneling traffic.
Android Client Enhancements: Collecting network telemetry on Android devices can now be done with the screen off to improve battery life, ensuring that administrators have actionable device and network information even if a device is in sleep mode. The Android cryptographic libraries providing FIPS 140-2 cryptography are also updated.
The features included in the latest Absolute Secure Endpoint release are available now. For additional details, including which are available to Control, Visibility, or Resilience tier customers, visit here. The company expects to make Absolute Secure Access updates available to customers in January 2023.
About Absolute Software
Absolute Software is the only provider of self-healing, intelligent security solutions. Embedded in more than 600 million devices, Absolute is the only platform offering a permanent digital connection that intelligently and dynamically applies visibility, control and self-healing capabilities to endpoints, applications, and network connections - helping customers to strengthen cyber resilience against the escalating threat of ransomware and malicious attacks. Trusted by 18,000 customers, G2 recognized Absolute as a leader for the eleventh consecutive quarter in the Fall 2022 Grid® Report for Endpoint Management and as a high performer in the Grid Report for Zero Trust Networking.