Work-From-Home Cyber Security Risks: Three Ways to Protect Your Network

prnewswire | August 26, 2020

Responding to the rapid increase in work-from-home cyber security incidents at small and midsized businesses (SMBs), DIGIGUARD is now focusing its Cyber Threat Protection Services on remote workforce IT security. "Managing and monitoring work-from-home (WFH) employees includes cybersecurity risk management. Controlling network access helps protect valuable business and customer data from cybercriminals," said DIGIGUARD's Harvey Yan. At a minimum, Yan urges SMBs do three things: Secure and update network perimeter defenses along with endpoints that access the network such as computers, laptops and mobile phones.

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The proliferation of smart phones, tablets, and other web-enabled mobile devices has dramatically altered the education landscape, transforming how students use online learning resources. Students are no longer physically tethered to workstations in classrooms or computer labs; instead, they can access the web and learn from wherever they are, at home or at school, using a wireless network environment. To save money and leverage the devices that students already own, many school systems have adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, in which students can use their own personal smart phones, laptops, or tablets to connect to their school’s network. However, BYOD policies also bring serious compliance and IT security risks. School leaders must make sure their students aren’t introducing malware or other threats to their network through an unsecured personal device.


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DATA SECURITY

Armis Selects Radware to Deliver Cloud Security for AWS

Radware | December 30, 2021

Radware a leading provider of cyber security and application delivery solutions, today announced that Armis, a leading unified asset visibility and security platform provider, chose Radware’s Cloud Native Protector to safeguard its Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment. This born-in-the-cloud business adopted Radware’s solution to fortify its cloud security posture and identify potential vulnerabilities before they evolved into threats. Armis’ security platform enables companies to safely use and control IoT and other unmanaged devices without fear of compromise by cyberattacks. Armis was looking for a solution that would give its DevOps team full visibility and control of its public cloud environment. The company turned to Radware to make it easier for its team to remotely track assets, supervise access to sensitive resources, and detect suspicious activity. “The Radware team understands that we are a dynamic company with requirements that are constantly changing,” said Roi Amitay, head of DevInfra at Armis. “Radware’s Cloud Native Protector plays an essential role in securing our cloud environment. It helps us see our full cloud picture and focus on what matters most. Radware provides trusted products and support, making this the best solution for our company.” Radware’s solution enhances the visibility and control Armis has over its public cloud environment. It automates manual analysis and notifies Armis about any publicly exposed assets and potential cyberattacks to help the company prioritize its work. “Cloud-native companies like Armis have unique and constantly shifting security requirements that need specialized solutions,Our Cloud Native Protector not only secures Armis’ cloud workloads but also is continually assessing risks and improving visibility and governance of their cloud.” Gilad Barzilay, director of public cloud sales at Radware Radware’s Cloud Native Protector is an agentless solution that provides centralized visibility and reporting for workloads and accounts on AWS and Microsoft Azure. Its intuitive 360-degree centralized dashboard shows alerts across accounts and clouds with risk-prioritized alerting so that security teams know which alert to focus on first. Using a multi-layered approach that covers a wide security posture of the cloud and threats to individual workloads, the solution also identifies and prevents public exposure of public facing assets, cloud security misconfigurations, excessive permissions, and malicious activity in the cloud. About Radware Radware is a global leader of cyber security and application delivery solutions for physical, cloud, and software defined data centers. Its award-winning solutions portfolio secures the digital experience by providing infrastructure, application, and corporate IT protection, and availability services to enterprises globally. Radware’s solutions empower enterprise and carrier customers worldwide to adapt to market challenges quickly, maintain business continuity, and achieve maximum productivity while keeping costs down. For more information, please visit the Radware website.

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PLATFORM SECURITY

Cybersecurity Startup ActZero Partners with Measured Analytics and Insurance

ACTZERO | December 15, 2021

ActZero, a cybersecurity startup whose AI-driven platform makes best-in-class security accessible for businesses of all sizes, today announced a strategic partnership with Measured Analytics and Insurance, the data and analytics-driven cyber insurance company. The partnership will enable businesses to protect themselves against emerging security threats with an integrated risk management approach. Recent reports by lead researchers have found that a majority of organizations have experienced incidents of ransomware or phishing in the last 12 months, while other cybersecurity threats are also on the rise. This trend means that more and more businesses need to level up their cybersecurity posture, while also preparing for the ramifications of potential attacks with cybersecurity-specific insurance. The partnership between ActZero and Measured is among the first to holistically address a business's cybersecurity needs by combining sophisticated managed detection and response services designed to stop attacks and extortion with insurance services that position companies to mitigate potential losses. "We're pleased to be working with Measured, which will serve as the foundation of our integrated risk management distribution channel,Pairing our solution with insurance coverage to better protect customers represents another leap forward in our pursuit of making cybersecurity more effective and affordable for small and mid-sized enterprises." Chris Finan, ActZero's Chief Operating Officer The ActZero platform combines next-generation antivirus protection, endpoint detection and response, extended detection and response technologies, and 24/7 automated and managed threat hunting capabilities to detect and prevent all types of cybersecurity threats, from commodity malware to sophisticated, headline attacks across endpoints, network and cloud. The combined offering with Measured means that ActZero clients can now take advantage of streamlined access to cyber insurance at better rates. Measured Analytics and Insurance sells industry-leading comprehensive cyber insurance backed by the most reputable reinsurance companies in the world. Measured tackles the challenge of underwriting cyber insurance by combining proprietary data and machine learning algorithms to assess and price cyber insurance for small- and mid-sized businesses. In partnering with ActZero, Measured's clients gain access to a robust suite of cybersecurity technologies at preferred rates. "In this era of growing concerns and evolving threats, it's critical to complement our cyber insurance offering with innovative detection and response capabilities to stop problems before they start," said Jack Vines, CEO of Measured Insurance. "ActZero is the ideal partner to deliver on this promise, enabling our customers to implement sophisticated risk management strategies, thereby best positioning themselves against today's current threat climate." ABOUT ACTZERO ActZero is a cybersecurity startup that makes small- and mid-size businesses more secure by empowering teams to cover more ground with fewer internal resources. Our intelligent managed detection and response service provides 24/7 monitoring, protection and response support that goes well beyond other third-party software solutions. Our teams of data scientists leverage cutting-edge technologies like AI and ML to scale resources, identify vulnerabilities and eliminate more threats in less time. We actively partner with our customers to drive security engineering, increase internal efficiencies and effectiveness and, ultimately, build a mature cybersecurity posture. Whether shoring up an existing security strategy or serving as the primary line of defense, ActZero enables business growth by empowering customers to cover more ground. ABOUT MEASURED ANALYTICS AND INSURANCE Measured Insurance offers an analytics-based approach to cyber insurance, specifically quantifying specific exposure to ransomware attacks. Measured Insurance is bridging the gap between technology and insurance by using AI-powered analytics that tracks individual exposure in real-time to create smarter insurance products. Every policy is tailored to fit the individual client–clearly identifying pre-event exposure in seven fundamental areas and customizing post-event loss mitigation services with real experts, real people, and real help if ever needed.

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HITRUST i1 Assessment control selection leverages security best practices, threat intelligence

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 About HITRUST 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.

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Illumio Collaborates with IBM Security to Bolster Cyber Resilience for Modern Organizations

Illumio | May 06, 2022

Illumio, Inc., the Zero Trust Segmentation company, today announced an expanded relationship with IBM Security and a new integration between the companies’ technologies for advanced end-to-end threat detection and response. The integration combines IBM Security QRadar XDR with Segmentation from Illumio to provide pre-attack protections for accelerated detection and automated containment and remediation capabilities to help defend against the impacts of aggressive cyberattacks, including ransomware. “In 2021, over half of organizations globally reported suffering a ransomware attack that blocked access to critical systems or data,” said Frank Dickson, Program Vice President at IDC. “As ransomware, and the attackers behind it, continues to plague every industry, organizations must act now to bolster cyber and business resiliency. The best way firms can safeguard their organizations is to address the five core elements of a ransomware attack: initial compromise, lateral movement, privilege escalation, data exfiltration and the encryption. Given the complexity and difficulty of the task, security tools should be adaptable, scalable and emphasize real-time visibility to enable real-time action.” The integration provides customers with enhanced visibility into network traffic and can help limit the potential spread of attacks by segmenting application networks. When an intrusion takes place, an attacker’s external communication and movement throughout an organization’s network can be quickly detected, denied, and analyzed with the help of Illumio and QRadar SIEM. This centralized visibility and analysis can help with the detection of threats and ransomware that moves, often undetected, throughout organizations. Beyond detection, Illumio’s integration with QRadar SOAR enables incident responders to activate Illumio’s emergency ransomware containment controls in near real time, helping them to reduce the impact of ransomware and accelerate the eradication and recovery process. “The onslaught of ransomware attacks demands end to end visibility, advanced analytics and automated actions based on an open platform – which are the foundational elements on which QRadar XDR was designed. “By leveraging its open architecture and segmentation platforms like Illumio, QRadar XDR helps customers achieve early detection, orchestration, and rapid, automated response to ransomware and other fast-moving attacks.” Chris Meenan, VP of Product Management at IBM Security “In February 2022, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency reported ransomware incidents against 14 of the 16 U.S. critical infrastructure sectors, which signals the urgent business resilience risk it poses,” said John Skinner, VP, Business Development at Illumio. “Not only is ransomware today becoming more sophisticated and targeted, but incident rates are climbing. Successful detection and response depends on segmentation aligned with Zero Trust principles to isolate and stop ransomware before it spreads. Together, Illumio and IBM Security are empowering organizations to minimize the business impact of devastating attacks by combatting known risks at every phase.” About Illumio Illumio, the Zero Trust Segmentation company, prevents breaches from spreading and turning into cyber disasters. Illumio protects critical applications and valuable digital assets with proven segmentation technology purpose-built for the Zero Trust security model. Illumio ransomware mitigation and segmentation solutions see risk, isolate attacks, and secure data across cloud-native apps, hybrid and multi-clouds, data centers, and endpoints, enabling the world’s leading organizations to strengthen their cyber resiliency and reduce risk.

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The proliferation of smart phones, tablets, and other web-enabled mobile devices has dramatically altered the education landscape, transforming how students use online learning resources. Students are no longer physically tethered to workstations in classrooms or computer labs; instead, they can access the web and learn from wherever they are, at home or at school, using a wireless network environment. To save money and leverage the devices that students already own, many school systems have adopted a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, in which students can use their own personal smart phones, laptops, or tablets to connect to their school’s network. However, BYOD policies also bring serious compliance and IT security risks. School leaders must make sure their students aren’t introducing malware or other threats to their network through an unsecured personal device.

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