August Hits: Hot off the press
Cyber Security, High Technology, Innovation, Technology Posted Aug 31, 2018 by Kayla Krause
Closing out the (wicked hot) summer with a bang, CHEN PR clients have certainly been making noise in the security and digital workspace this month! From attending industry events and discussing Russian geo-politics or Twitter botnets with press to announcing funding rounds, new channel programs and product enhancements, our clients have been busy. Check out the handful of stories below to see for yourself!
Cleantechnica’s Carolyn Fortuna highlighted Cadenza Innovation’s recent funding from New York State for a demonstration project featuring Li-ion supercell technology, a standalone system that includes a rack-mounted 200kWh, 50kW battery storage unit. The project is part of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s (NYSERDA) drive to pursue nation-leading clean energy goals, including Governor Andrew M. Cuomo’s energy storage target of 1500 megawatts in New York State by 2025.
Claroty’s VP of Threat Research Dave Weinstein spoke to FOX News anchor Mike Emanuel about the current cyberthreats the Russians bring the United States on a national scale. Drawing upon his experience as the former CTO of New Jersey and an operations planner for U.S. Cyber Command, Weinstein outlines the nature of two very different cyberthreats in motion: one that may influence the outcome of the upcoming midterm elections, another that could affect the stability of America’s critical infrastructure.
Digital Guardian announced the introduction of user and entity behavior analytics (UEBA) capabilities to its Data Protection Platform. These new capabilities complement the existing data loss prevention (DLP) features to more closely align identity and user behavior with security policy and enforcement. The UEBA feature also helps security teams gain insight into user behavior to identify potential malicious actions.
Security Week, New Open Source Tools Help Find Large Twitter Botnets
This month Duo Security shared research that compiled an analysis of 88 million Twitter accounts and over half-a-billion tweets. Based on the data, one of the largest random datasets of Twitter accounts analyzed to date, researchers Jordan Wright and Olabode Anise were able to create algorithms for differentiating humans from bots. Based on 20 unique account characteristics, coupled with Duo Security’s tools and techniques, researchers found a sophisticated cryptocurrency-related scam botnet powered by 15K+ bots. Upon this discovery, Duo made these tools and techniques public to help others detect botnets at the Black Hat USA conference earlier this month in Las Vegas.
KrebsonSecurity, HANGING UP ON MOBILE IN THE NAME OF SECURITY
It all started when an entrepreneur and virtual currency investor began suing AT&T for $224 million, alleging the mobile provider failed to prevent crooks from fraudulently executing a “SIM swap” on his cell phone and stealing millions of dollars in cryptocurrencies. This isn’t the first of its kind of high-profile attacks as scam artists often trick mobile providers into tying a victim’s service to a new SIM card that the attackers have control of. Krebs talks with Flashpoint’s Director of Security Researcher Allison Nixon about what she’s been seeing on the deep and dark web regarding SIM-swapping. Nixon says this SIM-jacking craze is a major identity crisis for cybersecurity on multiple levels.
StorageReview.com, VMworld 2018 News Bits
StorageReview.com’s Adam Armstrong recaps the latest news coming out of VMworld 2018, and highlight’s Lakeside Software’s latest version of its workspace analytics platform, SysTrack 8.4. Lakeside’s legacy system update comes with AIops Tool – a tool that leverages Artificial Intelligence (AI) for end-user computing data, Natural Language Processing – to analyze and score end-user feedback to address needs, Insight Engine Training Tool – to help users “train” the Ask SysTrack feature, a Self-help app, and new product integrations including Splunk, Service Now, OMS, and SCOM.
Homeland Security Today, HSTRisk: Define, Measure Risk Accurately to Avoid False Sense of Security
In a byline for Homeland Security Today, RiskLens Executive VP of Research and Development Jack Jones wrote about the importance of defining and measuring risk accurately in order to avoid having a false sense of security. He writes that visibility into cyber risk has become a central piece of recent announcements from the United States government on plans to improve cybersecurity. Jack says there’s a possibility that additional focus on risk will result in no meaningful improvements due to the amount of confusion and inconsistency in how risk is defined, measured, and communicated in the cybersecurity industry.
Channel Partners Online, SafeBreach Rolls Out First Global Partner Program
It was an exciting month for SafeBreach as they announced their first global partner program. In an interview with Channel Partners’ Ed Gately, SafeBreach head of channels John Bolger said its new partner program was designed to build and extend even greater incentives to attract, recruit and grow the channel. SafeBreach’s program is based on a tiering system, where focused partners receive the most integrated enablement and competitive margins, allowing partners to work with SafeBreach at various levels. SafeBreach also expanded its technical and sales product training on breach and attack simulation, which provides customized expertise and know-how to understand and deploy breach and attack simulations to add value to their customers. The overall goal of the new channel program is to enable current partners and recruit new innovative resellers that have a proven record in driving new business, expressing SafeBreach’s commitment to the channel.