Siemplify bought out by Google Cloud to bolster security services

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Siemplify, an Israeli cybersecurity start-up, has been bought out by Google’s cloud operation for $500 million (£370m).

The company specialises in end-to-end security services and will be integrated into the Google Cloud platform, and specifically its Chronicle division.

The deal follows Google’s pledge to US President Joe Biden in August 2021 that it would invest $10 billion (£7.38bn) in cybersecurity over the next five years.

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Stephen Boyer, CTO, BitSight: Risk quantification and ransomware

Data Breach

If 2021 stood out for one thing in the cybersecurity industry, it would have to be the rise in security breaches. From lone ransomware incidents on small, digitising businesses to US government data breaches through SolarWinds software, the pandemic instilled a before unseen vitality into cyber criminals and bad actors.

BitSight, currently celebrating its 10th year as a company, works with more than 2,100 customers to provide risk management solutions to half a million...

Ben Jenkins, ThreatLocker: Dealing with the scourge of ransomware

A padlock on a shed.

Threatlocker was founded in 2017. What was it set up to do?

Endpoint security, and we do that by following zero trust. Now, the problem is zero trust is not the best name to describe things. And it's kind of this industry buzzword or buzz term that's come out that we kind of had to stick to using because it’s what people know. But we don't like to describe things as zero trust. 

Essentially, we do it through four main pillars. So we have our application...

Breaking through the cloud security skills gap

Cloud Security

With the proliferation of remote workers over the past eighteen months, companies have had to rely on cloud-based applications to ensure they remained in business. The recent Application Security Report from Fortinet and Cybersecurity Insiders found that 48% of respondents had more than 100 unique applications running in their environment, whilst 26% reported using more than 500 unique applications. This rapid proliferation of applications has intensified current challenges that security...

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...

Why cybersecurity isn’t cybersecure without detection and recovery

Anyone responsible for data security who doesn’t get a shiver down their spine when they read the about yet another high-profile ransomware attack in the news is either doing something very right, or something very wrong.  

The danger of falling victim to a cybersecurity issue is getting greater as the volume of attacks continues to rise and bad actors become increasingly sophisticated. Interpol has highlighted how Covid-19 affected both the number and nature of...