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Cynet Takes Cyber Threat Protection Automation to the Next Level with Incident Engine

Cynet Takes Cyber Threat Protection Automation to the Next Level with Incident Engine

September 09, 2020The Hacker News
We have all heard of the "cybersecurity skills gap" — firms' inability to hire and retain high-level cybersecurity talent. I see this gap manifesting in two ways. First, companies that want to hire cybersecurity talent simply cannot find candidates with sufficient skills. Second, companies that cannot afford specialized cybersecurity talent and therefore lack the necessary skills to adequately protect their organizations from the growing and increasingly sophisticated cyber threats. Both of these are real problems, and both can lead to devastating consequences. It's also fair to say that most cybersecurity teams today are overworked and understaffed. One of the primary reasons we need such high-level cybersecurity skills lies in the shortcomings of cybersecurity technologies. Due to the changing and increasingly sophisticated stream of attack techniques, the breadth and depth of cybersecurity defensive technologies used to combat these threats and protect org
XDR: The Next Level of Prevention, Detection and Response [New Guide]

XDR: The Next Level of Prevention, Detection and Response [New Guide]

August 19, 2020The Hacker News
One new security technology we keep hearing about is Extended Detection and Response (XDR). This new technology merges multiple prevention and detection technologies on a single platform to better understand threat signals so that you don't need to purchase, integrate, and manage various control and integration technologies. Think of XDR as prepackaged EDR, NTA, UEBA (and perhaps other prevention and detection) technologies all tightly integrated on a SOAR-like platform. Of course, you don't need SOAR technology with XDR as the entire platform is integrated and orchestrated out of the box. In Gartner's recently published Top 9 Security and Risk Trends for 2020 , XDR was listed first. Cybersecurity company Cynet just released an interesting XDR eBook [ Download it here ] that provides an excellent primer on this promising new technology. According to Cynet, the expense and issues involved with combining multiple siloed control technologies usually make an effort n
Case Study: How Incident Response Companies Choose IR Tools

Case Study: How Incident Response Companies Choose IR Tools

August 05, 2020The Hacker News
Many companies today have developed a Cybersecurity Incident Response (IR) plan. It's a sound security practice to prepare a comprehensive IR plan to help the organization react to a sudden security incident in an orderly, rational manner. Otherwise, the organization will develop a plan while frantically responding to the incident, a recipe ripe for mistakes. Heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson once said, "Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth." A significant cybersecurity incident is an equivalent punch in the mouth to the cybersecurity team and perhaps the entire organization. At least at first. Developing an Incident Response plan is undoubtedly smart, but it only gets the organization so far. Depending on the severity of the incident and the level of cybersecurity expertise within the breached organization, a cybersecurity incident often leads to panic and turmoil within the organization – plan or no plan. It's very unsettling to have system
Use This Definitive RFP Template to Effectively Evaluate XDR solutions

Use This Definitive RFP Template to Effectively Evaluate XDR solutions

July 01, 2020The Hacker News
A new class of security tools is emerging that promises to significantly improve the effectiveness and efficiency of threat detection and response. Emerging Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions aim to aggregate and correlate telemetry from multiple detection controls and then synthesize response actions. XDR has been referred to as the next step in the evolution of Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions. In fact, Gartner named XDR as the first of their Top 9 Security and Risk Trend for 2020. Because XDR represents a new solution category, there is no single accepted definition of what capabilities and features should (and shouldn't) be included. Each provider approaches XDR with different strengths and perspectives on how what an XDR solution should include. Therefore, selecting an XDR provider is quite challenging as organizations must organize and prioritize a wide range of capabilities that can differ significantly between providers. Cynet is no
Solution Providers Can Now Add Incident Response to Their Services Portfolio For Free

Solution Providers Can Now Add Incident Response to Their Services Portfolio For Free

June 17, 2020The Hacker News
The Incident Response (IR) services market is in accelerated growth due to the rise in cyberattacks that result in breaches. More and more organizations, across all sizes and verticals, choose to outsource IR to 3rd party service providers over handling security incidents in-house. Cynet is now launching a first-of-its-kind offering, enabling any Managed Security Provider (MSP) or Security Integrator (SI) to add Incident Response to its services portfolio, without building an in-house team of incident responders, by using Cynet's IR team and technology at no cost. Managed Service providers interested to add Incident Response to their service portfolio with no investment in people or technology can apply here . As cyber threats grow in sophistication and volume, there is an increasing number of cases in which attackers succeed in compromising the environments they target. This, in turn, fuels a rapidly growing demand for IR technologies and services. Since in most cases
New Skill Testing Platform For 6 Most In-Demand Cybersecurity Jobs

New Skill Testing Platform For 6 Most In-Demand Cybersecurity Jobs

June 03, 2020The Hacker News
Building a security team is a necessity for organizations of all industries and sizes. It makes selecting the right person for the job a critical task in which testing candidates' domain knowledge is a core component of the hiring process. A common practice is for each organization to put together a dedicated set of questions for each role. Today, Cynet launches the Cybersecurity Skill Tests website to optimize the hiring process with an automated online questionnaire form for each such position. Cynet has assembled a vast question pool with hundreds of dedicated questions for the 6 leading cybersecurity positions (see below), covering all aspects of each selected role. A selection algorithm is used to generate a set of 25 questions in increasing difficulty level, which touches all the important knowledge areas of each candidate's position. No two questionnaires are the same to ensure the answers' reliability. How does this work in practice? Following the
Cynet Offers IR Specialists Grants up to $1500 for each IR Engagement

Cynet Offers IR Specialists Grants up to $1500 for each IR Engagement

May 12, 2020The Hacker News
In the past, the autonomous breach protection company Cynet announced that it is making Cynet 360 threat detection and response platform available at no charge for IR (incident response) service providers and consultants. Today Cynet takes another step and announces a $500 grant for Incident Responders for each IR engagement in which Cynet 360 was used, with an additional $1,000 grant if the customer if the customer purchases an annual Cynet 360 subscription after the IR process is concluded. Learn about this new offering here . Incident response investigations come in a thousand different variations, but most can be broken down into two main parts. The first is discovering the few suspicious machines, user accounts, and network connections out of the mass activities within the attacked environment. The second part follows these discoveries and involves a surgical-like collection and analysis of forensic artifacts to refute or validate the suspicion and if validated to disclo
The Incident Response Challenge 2020 — Win $5,000 Prize!

The Incident Response Challenge 2020 — Win $5,000 Prize!

April 21, 2020The Hacker News
Cybersecurity firm Cynet today announced the launch of a first of its kind challenge to enable Incident Response professionals to test their skills with 25 forensic challenges that were built by top researchers and analysts. The challenge is available on https://incident-response-challenge.com/ and is open to anyone willing to test his or her investigation skills, between April 21st and May 15th. What's more interesting is that there's a USD 5000 prize for the first-place winner of the challenge. Forensic investigation is at the core of any IR processes and provides the critical path from the initial stage of suspicion or limited attack view to the concrete and actionable knowledge on the attack's root cause and the impact that is essential for recovery and restore operations. The challenge of the incident responder is to identify and collect the scattered traces the attackers have left them and connect the dots to understand the how, what, and where of the atta
How to Provide Remote Incident Response During the Coronavirus Times

How to Provide Remote Incident Response During the Coronavirus Times

March 24, 2020The Hacker News
While the Coronavirus pandemic continues to strike chaos across the global economies, threat actors keep on launching cyberattacks on organizations from all sizes and verticals. IR providers face a unique challenge when approached by these organizations since, due to the Coronavirus mass quarantine, conducting incident response engagements by arriving physically to the customers' offices is impossible. Cynet 360, a tool of choice for a number of IR providers (offered to IR providers for free), enables responders to compensate on the lack of physical access with the ability to conduct a full IR operation remotely ( learn more here ) by seamless and rapid remote deployment, complete visibility into the attacked organization's environment, automated threat detection, and integrated MDR services. Attackers always seek easy opportunities, and it's no wonder many threat actors take advantage of the current mayhem of the Coronavirus pandemic to increase their attacks'
Report to Your Management with the Definitive 'Incident Response for Management' Presentation Template

Report to Your Management with the Definitive 'Incident Response for Management' Presentation Template

October 15, 2019The Hacker News
Security incidents occur. It's not a matter of 'if' but of 'when.' There are security products and procedures that were implemented to optimize the IR process, so from the 'security-professional' angle, things are taken care of. However, many security pros who are doing an excellent job in handling incidents find effectively communicating the ongoing process with their management a much more challenging task. It's a little surprise — managements are typically not security savvy and don't really care about the bits and bytes in which the security pro masters. Cynet addresses this gap with the IR Reporting for Management PPT template , providing CISOs and CIOs with a clear and intuitive tool to report both the ongoing IR process and its conclusion. The IR for Management template enables CISOs and CIOs to communicate with the two key points that management cares about—assurance that the incident is under control and a clear understanding of imp
Cynet Launches Free Offering For Incident Response Service Providers

Cynet Launches Free Offering For Incident Response Service Providers

July 09, 2019The Hacker News
More and more, organizations take the route of outsourcing incident response to Managed Security Service Providers. This trend is distinct regardless of the organization's cyber maturity level and can be found across a wide range of cyber maturity, from small companies with no dedicated security team to enterprises with a fully equipped SOC. The hands of the incident response service providers are extremely busy, and the need from their side to scale while maintaining top quality has never been greater. To address this need, Cynet offers IR service providers to collect data, analyze, investigate and remediate threats on their customers' environments with Cynet 360 platform for free, introducing unmatched speed and reliability into their operations. Any incident responder can now simply sign up to Cynet and immediately get free access to the platform. "Cynet tackles the incident response play at its most fundamental core – speed," said Eyal Gruner, co-fo
Cynet's Free Incident Response Tool — Stop Active Attacks With Greater Visibility

Cynet's Free Incident Response Tool — Stop Active Attacks With Greater Visibility

May 07, 2019The Hacker News
The saying that there are two types of organizations, those that have gotten breached and those who have but just don't know it yet, has never been more relevant, making the sound incident response a required capability in any organization's security stack. To assist in this critical mission, Cynet is launching a free IR tool offering, applicable to both IR service providers in need of a powerful, free incident response platform , and to organizations that either suspect security incidents and want to get immediate visibility into what happened, or that know they have a breach and need to respond immediately. The Cynet Free IR tool offering for IR providers can be accessed here . The Cynet Free IR tool offering for organizations can be accessed here . Incident response is about getting two things done as fast as possible: accurately knowing breach scope and impact; ensuring that all malicious presence and activity are eliminated. Cynet introduces unmatched speed and effi
Secdo Automates End-to-End Incident Response with Preemptive IR

Secdo Automates End-to-End Incident Response with Preemptive IR

March 07, 2017Mohit Kumar
As vast volumes of digital data are created, consumed and shared by companies, customers, employees, patients, financial institutions, governments and so many other bodies, information protection becomes a growing risk for everyone. Who wants to see personal customer purchasing data flying into the hands of strangers? What company can tolerate the pilfering of its intellectual property by competitors? What government can stand idly by while its military secrets are made public? To protect their valuable and private information, organizations purchase numerous cyber security systems – like intrusion detection systems, firewalls, and anti-virus software – and deploy them across their networks and on all their computers. In fact, a typical bank, manufacturer or government department might have dozens of such products operating at all times. Cyber security systems work non-stop to thwart network infiltration and data-theft. Whenever they notice an activity that seems outside the sc
How to Build a Successful Incident Response Plan

How to Build a Successful Incident Response Plan

November 12, 2015Wang Wei
The fight to protect your company's data isn't for the faint of heart. As an embattled IT warrior, with more systems, apps, and users to support than ever before, keeping everything up and running is a battle in itself. When it comes to preventing the worst-case scenario from happening, you need all the help you can get, despite your super-hero status. According to SANS, there are 6 key phases of an incident response plan. Preparation - Preparing users and IT to handle potential incidents in case they happen Identification - Figuring out what we mean by a "security incident" (which events can we ignore vs. which we must act on right now?) Containment - Isolating affected systems to prevent further damage Eradication - Finding and eliminating the root cause (removing affected systems from production) Recovery - Permitting affected systems back into the production environment (and watching them closely) Lessons Learned - Writing everything down and reviewing an
Emergency Patch released for Latest Flash Zero-Day Vulnerability

Emergency Patch released for Latest Flash Zero-Day Vulnerability

October 17, 2015Khyati Jain
Two days ago, The Hacker News (THN) reported about the Zero-day vulnerability in the freshly patched Adobe Flash Player . The vulnerability was exploited in the wild by a well-known group of Russian hackers, named " Pawn Storm ," to target several foreign affairs ministries worldwide. The zero-day flaw allowed hackers to have complete control of the users' machine, potentially putting all the Flash Player users at a potentially high risk. Since then, there was no patch available to make flawed utility safe. However, Adobe has now patched the zero-day vulnerability, along with some critical vulnerabilities whose details are yet to be disclosed. Yesterday, the company published a post on their official security bulletin ( APSB15-27 ) detailing the risks associated with the zero-day and how a user can get rid of them. The critical vulnerabilities are assigned following CVE numbers: CVE-2015-7645 CVE-2015-7647 CVE-2015-7648 Also, Adobe is kn
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