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Top 10 information security technologies listed

July 9th, 2014

Gartnerrecently highlighted the top ten technologies for information security and their implications for security organizations in 2014.

“Enterprises are dedicating increasing resources to security and risk. Nevertheless, attacks are increasing in frequency and sophistication. Advanced targeted attacks and security vulnerabilities in software only add to the headaches brought by the disruptiveness of the Nexus of Forces, which brings mobile, cloud, social, and big data together to deliver new business opportunities,” says Neil MacDonald, vice president and Gartner Fellow. “With the opportunities of the Nexus come risks. Security and risk leaders need to fully engage with the latest technology trends if they are to define, achieve, and maintain effective security and risk management programs that simultaneously enable business opportunities and manage risk.”

The top 10 technologies for information security are:

Cloud Access Security Brokers

Cloud access security brokers are on-premises or cloud-based security policy enforcement points placed between cloud services consumers and cloud services providers to interject enterprise security policies as the cloud-based resources are accessed. In many cases, initial adoption of cloud-based services has occurred outside the control of IT, and cloud access security brokers offer enterprises to gain visibility and control as its users access cloud resources.

Adaptive Access Control

Adaptive access control is a form of context-aware access control that acts to balance the level of trust against risk at the moment of access using some combination of trust elevation and other dynamic risk mitigation techniques. Context awareness means that access decisions reflect current condition, and dynamic risk mitigation means that access can be safely allowed where otherwise it would have been blocked. Use of an adaptive access management architecture enables an enterprise to allow access from any device, anywhere, and allows for social ID access to a range of corporate assets with mixed risk profiles.

Pervasive Sandboxing (Content Detonation) and Inversion-of-Control Confirmation

Some attacks will inevitably bypass traditional blocking and prevention security protection mechanisms, in which case it is key to detect the intrusion in as short a time as possible to minimize the hacker’s ability to inflict damage or exfiltrate sensitive information. Many security platforms now include embedded capabilities to run (“detonate”) executables and content in virtual machines (VMs) and observe the VMs for indications of compromise. This capability is rapidly becoming a feature of a more-capable platform, not a stand-alone product or market. Once a potential incident has been detected, it needs to be confirmed by correlating indicators of compromise across different entities—for example, comparing what a network-based threat detection system sees in a sandboxed environment to what is being observed on actual endpoints in terms of processes, behaviors, registry entries and so on.

Endpoint Detection and Response Solutions

The endpoint detection and response market is an emerging market created to satisfy the need for continuous protection from advanced threats at endpoints (desktops, servers, tablets and laptops)—most notably significantly improved security monitoring, threat detection and incident response capabilities. These tools record numerous endpoint and network events and store this information in a centralized database. Analytics tools are then used to continually search the database to identify tasks that can improve the security state to deflect common attacks, to provide early identification of ongoing attacks (including insider threats), and to rapidly respond to those attacks. These tools also help with rapid investigation into the scope of attacks, and provide remediation capability.

Big Data Security Analytics at the Heart of Next-generation Security Platforms

Going forward, all effective security protection platforms will include domain-specific embedded analytics as a core capability. An enterprise’s continuous monitoring of all computing entities and layers will generate a greater volume, velocity, and variety of data than traditional security information and event management systems can effectively analyze. Gartner predicts that by 2020, 40% of enterprises will have established a “security data warehouse” for the storage of this monitoring data to support retrospective analysis. By storing and analyzing the data over time, and by incorporating context and including outside threat and community intelligence, patterns of “normal” can be established and data analytics can be used to identify when meaningful deviations from normal have occurred.

Machine-readable Threat Intelligence, Including Reputation Services

The ability to integrate with external context and intelligence feeds is a critical differentiator for next-generation security platforms. Third-party sources for machine-readable threat intelligence are growing in number and include a number of reputation feed alternatives. Reputation services offer a form of dynamic, real-time “trustability” rating that can be factored into security decisions. For example, user and device reputation as well as URL and internet protocol address reputation scoring can be used in end-user access decisions.

Containment and Isolation as a Foundational Security Strategy

In a world where signatures are increasingly ineffective in stopping attacks, an alternative strategy is to treat everything that is unknown as untrusted and isolate its handling and execution so that it cannot cause permanent damage to the system it is running on and cannot be used as a vector for attacks on other enterprise systems. Virtualization, isolation, abstraction, and remote presentation techniques can be used to create this containment so that, ideally, the end result is similar to using a separate “air-gapped” system to handle untrusted content and applications. Virtualization and containment strategies will become a common element of a defense-in-depth protection strategy for enterprise systems, reaching 20% adoption by 2016 from nearly no widespread adoption in 2014.

Software-defined Security

“Software defined” is about the capabilities enabled as we decouple and abstract infrastructure elements that were previously tightly coupled in our data centers: servers, storage, networking, security, and so on. Like networking, compute, and storage, the impact on security will be transformational. Software-defined security doesn’t mean that some dedicated security hardware isn’t still needed—it is. However, like software-defined networking, the value and intelligence moves into software.

Interactive Application Security Testing

Interactive application security testing (IAST) combines static application security testing (SAST) and dynamic application security testing (DAST) techniques. This aims to provide increased accuracy of application security testing through the interaction of the SAST and DAST techniques. IAST brings the best of SAST and DAST into a single solution. This approach makes it possible to confirm or disprove the exploitability of the detected vulnerability and determine its point of origin in the application code.

Security Gateways, Brokers, and Firewalls to Deal with the Internet of Things

Enterprises, especially those in asset-intensive industries like manufacturing or utilities, have operational technology (OT) systems provided by equipment manufacturers that are moving from proprietary communications and networks to standards-based, internet protocol-based technologies. More enterprise assets are being automated by OT systems based on commercial software products. The end result is that these embedded software assets need to be managed, secured, and provisioned appropriately for enterprise-class use. OT is considered to be the industrial subset of the “Internet of Things,” which will include billions of interconnected sensors, devices, and systems, many of which will communicate without human involvement and that will need to be protected and secured.


SourceClear Raises $1.5M Seed Round For Its Software Security Platform

June 12th, 2014

Modern development frameworks and libraries can make writing software quite a bit easier, but at the same time, hackers are also aware of this and they specifically target popular frameworks to find potential exploits. Unless you constantly track alerts and update your frameworks religiously, there is a good chance you end up vulnerable sooner or later. SourceClear believes that the best approach to tackle this problem is to build security tools right into the development tools that developers are already using.

Today, the company announced that it has raised a $1.5 million seed round from a group of investors that include Justin Somaini, the Chief Trust Officer at and former CSO at Yahoo; Frank J. Marshall, the former VP of Engineering at Cisco Systems Inc.; Amos Michelson, the Chairman of Kardium and Mary Cirillo, a board member at Thomson Reuters (TRI).

public__laptop–rulesThe company’s team has an impressive amount of experience in the security business. SourceClear was founded by a number of security veterans with experience at companies like Microsoft and McAfee’s Foundstone division. Its CEO Mark Curphey previously headed the software security program and Charles Schwab and led the information security tools team and Microsoft.

The company’s advisory board is similar impressive and includes Box’s Somaini, as well as privacy expert and author Siobhan MacDermott, CrowdStrike CEO and former McAfee global CTO George Kurtz, software security expert John Viega and user experience expert Charlie Claxton.

So what does the company actually do? It uses analytics and machine-learning tools to monitor code right where it’s created — in the developer’s IDE. Right now, the service is only integrated into Eclipse, but the team plans to launch support for Visual Studio and JetBrains’ various IDEs soon. Users can also use the service to scan their GitHub repositories.

“Developers are the ones burdened with security failures,” said Frank Marshall, former VP of Engineering at Cisco Systems Inc. “By operating within developers’ workflows and helping them find and fix issues in real-time, SourceClear is addressing the biggest security vulnerability: The inability of organizations to distribute the right information to the right people at the right time.” He also previously argued that trusting software security to developers is “the fastest, cheapest, most efficient, and certainly most secure engineering workflow possible,” but to do so, developers have to be empowered with big-picture information about the whole development process.

This is only one approach the company is taking, though. It also plans to launch the ability for companies to set their own security rules for developers soon.

In addition, the team plans to release server agents to alert users of newly discovered vulnerabilities that have already been deployed in production code, as well as integration into continuous integration servers to stop vulnerable code from ever getting deployed.


Check Point releases software-defined protection security architecture

June 12th, 2014

Check Point Software Technologies Limited, the worldwide leader in securing the internet, says it has introduced Software-defined Protection (SDP), a revolutionary security architecture that can protect organisation in today’s fast-evolving IT and threat landscape. Software-defined Protection offers modern security today that can effectively protect against tomorrow’s threats, through a design that is modular, agile and most importantly, secure.

SDP is a three-layer security architecture comprised of enforcement, control and management layers. This framework decouples the control layer from the enforcement layer, enabling robust and highly-reliable enforcement points that obtain real-time protection updates from a software-based control layer. SDP converts threat intelligence into immediate protections and is managed by a modular and open management structure.

“The threat landscape has become far more sophisticated while at the same time, enterprise IT environments have grown in complexity. Enterprises are looking for advice on how they can become more secure, but in a way that is manageable and simple to use. SDP is today’s security architecture for tomorrow’s threats; it is simple, flexible and can robustly convert threat intelligence into real-time protections,” said Amnon Bar-Lev, president at Check Point Software Technologies.

“Check Point’s new Software-defined Protection is a sound blueprint to architecting security that just makes a lot of practical sense,” said Dan Meyer, vice president of technology at Carmel Partners. “Security attacks have changed radically over the years, and SDP represents a very smart shift forward in protecting organisations of all sizes in a pragmatic, modular and secure approach.”

“By offering a security architecture driven by function, threat and need, Check Point’s Software-defined Protection architectural blueprint can help IT better redesign their enterprise security network to accommodate both today’s IT borderless environment and the dynamic threat landscape,” said Charles Kolodgy, research vice president with IDC Security Products team.

“There are a multitude of point security products that are reactive and tactical in nature rather than architecturally oriented. We developed the Software-defined Protection in response to this gap and to give organisation an agile and secure security infrastructure,” concluded Bar-Lev.


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