Windows 7 users should update to avoid cyber-security risks

Kotov | January 13, 2020

Computer updates can be confusing, but the newest Microsoft Windows update is vital to keep you online information safe. The end of Microsoft 7 support will actually take place on Jan.14.While may seem harmless not to update your computer, it will actually open you up to things like viruses and hacking."If you don't upgrade to Windows 10, then over time security vulnerabilities will be found in Window 7 and since Microsoft is no longer offering support they won't be making patches for that, and that will open you up to vulnerabilities that hackers will take advantage of, "said Spencer Hayden, the owner of IT service company Conducive Data Hayden says users may receive a warning message if they are still using Windows 7, but they don't need to panic.

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There have been an increasing number of articles in the press related to various threats and attacks on computer systems and networks. The critical infrastructures upon which our communities, states, and nation rely are increasingly dependent on computer systems and networks and are thus also increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks upon them.
Communities understand their responsibility in terms of being prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to most natural and man-made disasters but few understand what is involved in defending against cyber attacks. The Community Cyber Security Maturity Model provides a structure which communities and states can use to determine their level of preparedness and to create a plan to improve their security posture and enhance their chances of successfully preventing or detecting and responding to a cyber attack.


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GreyNoise Intelligence Partner Network Launches in the Cybersecurity Arena

GreyNoise Intelligence | November 07, 2022

GreyNoise Intelligence, the cybersecurity company analyzing internet scanning traffic to separate threats from background noise, today announced the official launch of a mulit-faceted partner program to help customers defend against mass exploitation attacks. As an ecosystem for cybersecurity solution providers, the program offers an array of opportunities for technical alliances, channel resale and OEM partners. "Mass exploitation attacks like Log4j have become the attack vector of choice for cyber criminals and state actors. "Security teams are struggling to defend themselves against these kinds of attacks with tools and threat intelligence designed for last year's threats. By building partnerships with other leading cyber solution providers, we can help customers implement new security strategies to end mass exploitation attacks." Andrew Morris, Founder and CEO of GreyNoise Mass exploitation attacks leverage internet-wide scanning technologies to find and exploit vulnerable computer systems around the world in minutes. When a new internet-exploitable vulnerability like Log4j is announced, these attacks can start in a matter of hours, before security teams have a chance to put their defenses in place. The GreyNoise Intelligence Partner Network enables other cybersecurity solution providers to expand their reach, increase revenues and deepen customer relationships. The network has three primary components: 1) GreyNoise Technical Alliance Program. GreyNoise provides contextual data on noisy IP addresses that scan the Internet. Technical Alliance partners collaborate with GreyNoise to ensure that mutual customers can seamlessly leverage inter scanner intelligence in their existing workflows, tools and processes. Customers use this data to reduce their alert volumes by 25% and minimize alert fatigue. GreyNoise also sharpens threat detection fidelity for mutual customers by providing valuable context on known malicious internet-wide scanners, speeding up the triage process. With GreyNoise data, technical partners have real time visibility into mass exploitation IPs targeting specific vulnerability, which provides critical actionable data during an active emergent attack. “Whenever a vulnerability is disclosed the dinner bell sounds for good and bad actors alike, meaning organizations are already on their back foot,” explains Robert Huber, chief security officer and head of research, Tenable. “We know threat actors are monitoring disclosure programs in the same way we are, looking for newly announced vulnerabilities, studying all available information such as proof of concepts, but they’re looking to utilize the flaw. OUr partnership with GreyNoise gives our customers the tools to address these weaknesses when they’re publicly announced. In doing so, we reduce that intelligence gap and hand the advantage back to the good guys.” 2) GreyNoise OEM Partnership Program. GreyNoise provides an integrated out-of-the-box threat intelligence solution for security vendors, ISPs and technology firms to embed in their product and service offerings. Unlike other threat intelligence vendors, GreyNoise is solely focused on providing high fidelity data on IPs that are actively mass scanning, crawling and attacking the internet. Integrating GreyNoise data directly into the platform of OEM partners enables customers to intelligently rule out internet background noise, and helps them to prioritize emerging threats and targeted activity more effectively. “Modern security teams need a fast, flexible and scalable platform for threat detection capable of analyzing terabytes of data per day, with built-in threat intelligence to rule out activity from trusted sources, and immediately flag activity from known bad actors,” said Jack Naglieri, CEO and founder, Panther Labs. “With Panther and GreyNoise, security teams can cut through background noise, improve alert fidelity, speed up analyst workflows and ensure prioritization of the most critical alerts. By making detection and response faster and more accurate, security teams can better protect their organizations from disruptive cyberattacks.” 3) GreyNoise Channel Resale Program. GreyNoise is committed to developing partnerships with highly focused, security-dedicated channel partners to deliver the best results to mutual customers. Value-added resellers and distributors offer GreyNoise protection and intelligence solutions to meet the IT security needs of their enterprise customers. In addition to providing a unique data and automation security solution that is relevant to Incident Response, SOC and Threat Intel teams, GreyNoise has a transparent, simple and profitable, channel sales program with a generous deal registration and rebate structure. GreyNoise sales teams provide materials for channel partners to explain the value GreyNoise offers in improving analyst efficiency, leveraging customer investment in existing technologies, and reducing the overall risk landscape. About GreyNoise Intelligence GreyNoise is THE source for understanding internet noise. We collect, analyze and label data on IPs that saturate security tools with noise. This unique perspective helps analysts waste less time on irrelevant or harmless activity, and spend more time focused on targeted and emerging threats. GreyNoise is trusted by Global 2000 enterprises, government organizations, top security vendors and tens of thousands of threat researchers.

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Noname Security Announces Ambitious EMEA Channel Strategy to Capitalise on Accelerating Demand for API Security

Noname Security | November 02, 2022

Noname Security, the leading API security company, today shared its EMEA channel strategy, which builds on significant momentum achieved in the past six months and is led by Ides Vanneuville, recently appointed EMEA Channels & Alliances Director. Vanneuville is an experienced leader in the cybersecurity market with a strong track record in cybersecurity and solutions engineering, having held a number of senior positions at organisations such as Palo Alto Networks, Nutanix, and Aviatrix. Demand for API security solutions is accelerating throughout EMEA as businesses continue to transition to public cloud and are increasingly adopting cloud-native development strategies. High-profile API breaches have underlined the critical nature of API security and the need for advanced solutions such as the Noname API Security Platform that accelerate digital transformation while addressing API security risks and vulnerabilities. This offers a new and growing market for established cybersecurity resellers and new entrants alike. "I am excited to join Noname Security at a time when the channel is transforming to meet growing demand for the powerful yet easy-to-use API security that our platform delivers," comments Vanneuville. "We are building productive partnerships with traditional cybersecurity companies seeking to expand their offering into the DevSecOps market, along with the innovative application-centric resellers that are carving out opportunities in this space." Noname Security operates a 100% indirect sales model, and its channel strategy focuses on building out presence across EMEA by securing key partnerships with a range of cybersecurity resellers, consultancies, systems integrators, and distributors. Since March 2022, Noname Security has signed new partnerships with Oblivion, part of Xebia (Netherlands, Denmark & Germany), NewGens Pte (Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand), CyberGate Defense (UAE), Evanssion (Middle East & Africa), Aditinet (Italy), iSOC24 (Benelux) and HighPoint (UK & NL) . These partners join a diverse group of existing partners across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. These partners will be supported by Noname Security's global partner program, which provides the resources they need to address key customer pain points in their region and build sizable revenue opportunities in the API security market. The program is tailored to reflect the variations in maturity and background of the API security market in each geographic area. "API security is a rapidly evolving area that wraps around the ways APIs are being used in different territories," adds Vanneuville. "For example, the increase in open banking in emerging regions like Turkey is driving demand for API security in that region, and we have new Noname Security partners in place to meet that need. Similarly, the booming m-commerce market in Africa is a valuable target for our partners to focus on. Our program helps partners target these key vertical markets and build a reputation for excellence." API Security Workshops Provide Essential Partner and Market Education Noname Security is running a series of workshops to educate the market and channel partners about the importance of protecting APIs against attacks and how to go about it. These are currently available, both virtually and in-person in a variety of worldwide cities, and will help Noname's channel partners as well as their end-users to understand: The underlying security risks when deploying APIs Emerging threats facing applications and APIs Techniques used to exploit vulnerable APIs How Noname Security monitors API traffic for anomalies. "These educational workshops form an important part of Noname's go-to-market strategy," concludes Vanneuville. "An educated market is a receptive market, and with these workshops we aim to ensure that customers and partners fully understand the urgency of securing APIs in order to protect core revenue streams against disruptive attackers. This is a relatively new area, but one that is of critical importance for the success and stability of modern enterprises as the cloud transition continues and born-in-the-cloud businesses ramp up innovation and expansion." About Noname Security Noname Security is the only company taking a complete, proactive approach to API security. Noname works with 20% of the Fortune 500 and covers the entire API security scope across three pillars: posture management, runtime security and API security testing. Noname Security is privately held, remote-first with headquarters in Palo Alto, California, and offices in Tel Aviv and Amsterdam.

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Anglepoint Launches New Public Sector Software Compliance Offering

ANGLEPOINT | December 08, 2022

Anglepoint, the leading Software Asset Management (SAM) services provider for the Public Sector and the Global 2000, has launched the Software Supply Chain Security (SSCS) offering. As mandated by Executive Order 14028, federal government agencies must complete a full audit of their software as part of widespread efforts to improve the nation's cybersecurity. The SSCS offering encompasses a pre-packaged suite of tools and support for agency compliance with the new requirements as set forth by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in accordance with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) under publication 800-218. "More than ever before, the government's mission to safeguard information and systems against threats and vulnerabilities sits firmly at the forefront of every agency Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Anglepoint stands ready to assist Federal agencies in meeting all requirements as specified by the OMB security regulations in accordance with NIST 800-218 within the designated time frames. We are excited to collaborate with government agencies to meet these important milestones." -Philippe de Raet, Anglepoint's Vice President of Business Development for Public Sector clients. SSCS addresses the three major areas of the regulations that agencies must meet, including: 1) completing a software inventory, 2) developing process and training plans, and 3) attaining self-attestation from all software vendors. Anglepoint's Chief Product Officer, Kris Johnson, says, Anglepoint understands the unique security concerns faced by the US government. SSCS was carefully crafted to offer agencies a level of service in achieving compliance with these complicated regulations that is not available anywhere else. Rather than relying on already over-burdened internal teams or a patchwork of outside consultants, Anglepoint's SSCS experts take agencies through each step necessary to achieve compliance while adhering to the quick succession of deadlines. ABOUT ANGLEPOINT: Anglepoint is the leading provider of SAM & ITAM services to the Fortune 500 & Global 2000. Anglepoint's services drive cost optimization, risk mitigation, strategic planning within the cloud, SaaS, enterprise software and hardware estates of complex hybrid IT environments. We deliver comprehensive managed services including SAM strategy, execution, process automation, technology selection and implementation.

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Wib Forges Partnership with SecureIT to Accelerate API Security Across Nordics

SecureIT | December 14, 2022

Wib, the fast-growth cybersecurity startup pioneering a new era in API security, today announced a strategic partnership with SecureIT to accelerate its go-to-market momentum across the Nordics region. Based in Iceland, SecureIT is a leading provider of cybersecurity compliance, consulting and managed services to international financial institutions, airlines, large retailers, utility, biotech and healthcare, as well as multiple entities in the critical infrastructure and the government. In the wake of its recent launch and $16 million funding, Wib is actively investing in building out an international channel ecosystem of specialist cybersecurity partners to expand its reach, drive growth and leverage growing market demand for API security. The partnership with SecureIT gives access to Wib's industry-first holistic API security platform and recently launched API PenTesting-as-a-Service (PTaaS) capabilities, helping organisations across the region identify API vulnerabilities, defend against the growing tide of API based attacks and meet increasingly API centric regulatory compliance standards such as PCI DSS. "Building out our channel ecosystem is a strategic priority for Wib as we look to scale our go-to-market presence across key international territories, SecureIT has a trusted brand and strong reputation across the Nordics region with a dynamic team of qualified and experienced security and compliance professionals. Its consultative-led approach, strong compliance expertise and managed services capabilities made them the ideal partner for us and we're looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship." -Ran Ohayon, CRO at Wib. The Nordic countries are synonymous with innovation and entrepreneurship, with an early-adopter mentality and pioneering spirit when it comes to new technologies,"explained Magnús Birgisson, CEO at SecureIT. However, where innovation leads insecurity tends to follow. APIs are critical in driving the modern applications and innovative new web services many organisations use today, but many are undetected, unmanaged and unprotected, creating vulnerability and risk. Our mission is to deliver cyber resilience to our customers across the region and our partnership with Wib is a great addition to our portfolio and will help us achieve this mission. Wib's holistic API security platform provides complete visibility across the entire API landscape, from code to production. By delivering rigorous real-time inspection, management, and control at every stage of the API lifecycle, Wib can automate inventory and API change management; identify rogue, zombie and shadow APIs and analyse business risk and impact, helping organisations to reduce and harden their API attack surface. Wib's new PTaaS solution combined with its API security platform, is the only offering that provides complete visibility, automatic inventory, auto-generated API documentation, and simulated attacks against test and/or production systems. About SecureIT: SecureIT is a leader in cyber security consultation, compliance and managed security services. Founded in early 2017, SecureIT has worked with multiple international financial institutions, airlines, large retailers, utility, biotech and healthcare, as well as multiple entities in the critical infrastructure and the government. SecureIT focuses on providing exceptional quality services, and to help the customer reach and maintain the desired and necessary security posture. SecureIT offers tailored consultation, assessments and audits, security testing and verification services, risk management and cyber threat intelligence services, along with extensive 24/7 monitoring, detection and response services, managed endpoint protection, API security and DDoS mitigation assessments and simulations. Meeting compliance, contractual and regulatory requirements is critical in today's business environment. About Wib: Wib is pioneering a new era in API security with its industry first holistic API security platform. Providing continuous and complete visibility and control across the entire API ecosystem, Wib enables developers to code with confidence and security teams to secure with surety. Wib's elite team of developers, attackers, defenders and seasoned cybersecurity professionals draw on real-world experience and expertise to help define and develop innovative technology solutions that enable customers with the identity, inventory and integrity of every API, wherever it may be within the development lifecycle, without compromising development or stifling innovation.

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There have been an increasing number of articles in the press related to various threats and attacks on computer systems and networks. The critical infrastructures upon which our communities, states, and nation rely are increasingly dependent on computer systems and networks and are thus also increasingly vulnerable to cyber attacks upon them.
Communities understand their responsibility in terms of being prepared to prevent, detect, and respond to most natural and man-made disasters but few understand what is involved in defending against cyber attacks. The Community Cyber Security Maturity Model provides a structure which communities and states can use to determine their level of preparedness and to create a plan to improve their security posture and enhance their chances of successfully preventing or detecting and responding to a cyber attack.

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