Todd Boehler, ProcessUnity: Risk management, digital transformation and the role of the CISO 

Could you tell us a little bit about ProcessUnity and what it does? 

We're a cloud provider of risk management program automation. 

We help organisations make risk management activities more effective and efficient in their businesses. We have a core concentration around third-party risk and cybersecurity program management, but we also help customers across the entire GRC (governance, risk management, and compliance) landscape. We specialise...

Ransomware mitigation sees focus from AWS, Azure, Google Cloud

Ransomware mitigation strategies have become an increasingly important aspect of major cloud providers’ offering following the pandemic.

In recent weeks, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud have all published articles recommending mitigation tactics and best practice in the event of a ransomware attack.

A ransomware attack occurs when company files are encrypted and money is demanded in exchange for the decryption key and the maintained privacy...

Cloud and Cyber Security Expo 2021: COVID-19, development security, and risk vs. reward

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An Allied Market Research (AMR) forecast has shown that the global cloud services market will rake in $555 billion in revenues this year. 

This indicates a 17.5% overall growth rate for the cloud computing industry from the previous year. There’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated cloud adoption around the globe and, with it, organisations’ cybersecurity risks have also been ramped up.

The Cloud and Cyber Security Expo 2021, hosted this week in...

Greg Day, Palo Alto Networks: On protecting our way of life in the digital age

Security threats have evolved considerably over the years and Palo Alto Networks knows more than most that “protecting our way of life” also requires a digital approach in the modern world.

Historically, nations would protect their way of life by having the sharpest swords, the biggest guns, the sturdiest tanks, or the fastest planes. Nowadays, it’s as much – if not more – about who has the most secure networks and systems.

CloudTech spoke with Greg Day, VP...

Palo Alto unveils third-gen Cortex XDR solution

Palo Alto Networks has unveiled Cortex XDR 3.0, the next generation of the cybersecurity firm’s extended detection and response (XDR) solution.

The upgrade will provide updated analytic tools to deal with the increasingly sophisticated cybersecurity attacks initiating cloud and identity-based threats.

More specifically, the third generation offers security operations centres even broader protections across their attack surface. By extending detection, monitoring, and...

Microsoft bolsters cloud security approach with CloudKnox acquisition

Microsoft has acquired start-up CloudKnox Security, an identity and access management platform designed in tune with the sensibilities of modern cloud computing.

Through the acquisition, Microsoft will be able to offer CloudKnox’s package of complete visibility into privileged access, helping organisations right-size permissions, enforce least-privilege principles to reduce risk, and employ continuous analytics to prevent security breaches.

In a blog post announcing...

Amazon shuts down cloud infrastructure linked to NSO Group

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has shut down infrastructure and accounts connected to Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group.

The decision follows an investigation held by a consortium of media organisations into the firm’s ‘Pegasus’ spyware.

The investigation found that NSO’s military-grade spyware was involved in at least 37 successful hacks of smartphones belonging to journalists, government officials, and human rights activists around the world.

NSO Group...

Cloud account compromises costs organisations £4.5m annually

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The average cost of cloud account compromises reached $6.2 million (£4.5m) over a 12-month period according to more than 600 IT and IT security professionals in the US.

This finding is the most revealing of many from a new report on ‘The Cost of Cloud Compromise and Shadow IT’ released by Proofpoint, a cybersecurity and compliance company, and the Ponemon Institute, an IT security research organisation.

Of the respondents, 68% believe cloud account takeovers present...

Williams selects Pax8 cloud distributor as Acronis #CyberFit partner

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Williams Racing has welcomed Pax8, a platform on which IT professionals can buy cloud products, as the Acronis #CyberFit Partner.

This is in line with the Cyber Protection Partnership between Williams and Acronis that was renewed earlier in 2021.

Software firm Acronis has supported Williams since the 2018 Formula One season, providing cyber protection technology to manage growing volumes of data without compromising the security and flexibility mandated by the...

AWS acquires messaging encryption startup Wickr

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) has snapped up Wickr, which develops secure, end-to-end encrypted communication technology. 

With Wickr, customers and partners can benefit from advanced security features not available with traditional communications services – across messaging, voice and video calling, file sharing, and collaboration. This gives security conscious enterprises and government agencies the ability to implement important governance and security controls to help them meet...