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Do you specialise in Browser Security? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on IT Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the cyber security market – and in June we’re focussing on Browser Security solutions. It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help IT security buyers find the best products and services available today. So, if you’re a Browser Security solutions specialist and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk. Here’s our full features list: Jun – Browser/Web Security July – Authentication Aug – Penetration Testing Sep – Vulnerability Management Oct – Employee Security Awareness Nov – Malware Dec – Network Security Management

The Security IT Summit is almost here – Make sure you register today!

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Have you claimed you free place at the next Security IT Summit. If not, sign up today, as delegate spots are being snapped up quickly!

Wednesday 29th June – Hilton London Canary Wharf

This unique event is entirely FREE for you to attend – simply reserve your place here.

  • Source new innovative and budget-saving suppliers
  • Attend inspirational seminar sessions from industry thought-leaders
  • Network with like-minded peers
  • Enjoy complimentary lunch and refreshments

Register now to avoid disappointment or contact us for more information.

Security IT Summit: Don’t miss June’s essential event for cybersecurity leaders

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We have a free place waiting for you at next month’s Security IT Summit. Can you join us?

Wednesday 29th June – Hilton London Canary Wharf

This unique event is entirely FREE for you to attend – simply reserve your place here.

  • Source new innovative and budget-saving suppliers
  • Attend inspirational seminar sessions from industry thought-leaders
  • Network with like-minded peers
  • Enjoy complimentary lunch and refreshments

Register now to avoid disappointment or contact us for more information.

5 Minutes With… PortSys CEO Michael Oldham

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For the latest instalment of our cybersecurity executive interview series we spoke to Michael Oldham, CEO of PortSys, where he works on access control solutions across many industries, including finance, government, defense, utilities, healthcare, education, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), construction, retail, and other market segments where secure access to enterprise information is vital

Tell us about your company, products and services.

PortSys is a global Zero Trust Access Control company.  Total Access Control (TAC), our Zero Trust solution, allows organizations to consolidate their access infrastructure, make it easier for their end users, dramatically improve security, reduce costs, and empower their businesses.

What have been the biggest challenges the IT security industry has faced over the past 12 months?

Complexity, complacency and lack of funding. Over the years we’ve tackled security challenges in the same ways over and over again: a problem comes up, some smart people create a solution for that problem, and we implement it in our datacenters.  Recently these issues have exploded with cloud-based offerings of IaaS, PaaS, SaaS – Everything as a Service, essentially. And we just can’t keep up on the security front.

Complexity hasn’t been any one person’s or team’s fault; but over the last three or four decades we created a Frankenstructure – an incredibly complex infrastructure monster that we have lost control of. The more technologies we bring in, the more prohibitively expensive it gets to own them and keep them up to date. Too many products from too many different vendors, all of which don’t work together, creates a massive amount of security chaos across the enterprise, giving hackers too many cracks in your armor to exploit.

In addition, it’s not a matter of if you get hacked – it’s a matter of when. That’s why being complacent, staying with what you already have while hackers continue to evolve their tactics, is a recipe for failure. Most organizations still rely on a castle-and-moat defense, an outdated approach that wasn’t designed to protect us in today’s perimeterless world.

When hackers breach a perimeter (and don’t fool yourself, they will), it’s game over. Once inside, they can pivot and attack – stealing data, compromising accounts, installing ransomware, or just laying in wait for the right time to spring into action. Most organizations don’t see it coming.

It’s not solely the fault of IT – long-term, short-sighted budget neglect by the C-suite is often at the root of these security lapses. It’s hard to pivot from what we’ve done in the past to what we need to do for future threats without adequate financial resources. Yet IT security is still often seen as a cost center. We need to become more than just a line-item expense to successfully protect – and grow – our organizations.

And what have been the biggest opportunities?

We can have a direct impact on how our organizations operate and create a competitive advantage as well. IT security was always a boat anchor that dragged down innovation, particularly around mobility. Today we have technologies that make accessing information  – from anywhere, on any device – easier and far more secure than ever. So employees, suppliers, business partners and volunteers can be more productive than ever.

The emergence of these relatively recent innovations accelerated as practically the entire world migrated to a remote work environment during the pandemic. These security technologies possess an often hidden – or at least little understood – superpower when it comes to digital transformation. With certain solutions, using Zero Trust principles of security, we can now gain a seat at the table when the big strategic decisions are being made: we can actually empower new strategies that ensure the long-term success of our organizations by improving productivity and protecting access to the crown jewels more securely than ever.

What is the biggest priority for the IT security industry in 2022?

Cleaning up the mess of the past three or four decades. There must be a strategic imperative to consolidate the dizzying array of technologies out there, shrink our attack surface, and empower the business for the long haul. With Zero Trust, we now have the right security approach not only to protect our organizations in today’s perimeterless world, but also to reduce costs and grow the business.

What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2022?

First, reduce supply chain risks. The Solar Winds attack placed a harsh spotlight on the inadequate controls that are in place across our technology supply chain.

Supply chain attacks are just another method the opportunistic hackers have launched, just another way to get inside our infrastructure where protections are few or non-existent. Once inside, they will wreak havoc, so it is critically important to stop their ability to access our resources and applications, and to create segmentation within our infrastructure to prevent any lateral movement.

The other trend will be to reduce the complexity of our security infrastructure. We have to more robustly secure our proprietary information and resources, and yet be nimble in doing so. Zero Trust has been talked about for years, but confusion about what it actually is and a lack of understanding, caused by overhyped marketing, slowed adoption. That marketing haze is starting to lift as organizations gain a better understanding of how a technology like Zero Trust Access Control helps ensure long-term success.

In 2025 we’ll all be talking about…?

The risks associated with multi-tenant cloud environments. It was inevitable that we would see a breach of a major cloud service that would impact many customers in a single attack, even in the security realm. The recent breaches in Okta and Microsoft cloud services are evidence of that. But  while significant, these breaches will not be the last. Over the next few years we will see more of these and IT security will rise in importance on the list of priorities by affected and concerned customers of these large multi-tenant providers. These services are incredibly tempting to criminal elements because organizations have started to put all their security assets into one cloud basket. Just imagine if they are able to get valid credentials and a convenient sign-in method to thousands of organizations, how much would that be worth? It’s too tempting of a target and it will be exploited in both the cyber and physical worlds.

What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learnt about the IT security sector?

How at risk most organizations are, and how many people just don’t see or  acknowledge and address those risks. They are too focused on the details to see the bigger picture.  They are too focused on just trying to keep up with all the security products they already have in place. They don’t have time to think outside of the box they’ve created.

What’s the most exciting thing about your job?

It’s different every day. I love talking with customers about how our technology improved their business. There are so many unique digital ecosystems out there that every day we learn of another way that we help organizations to stay more secure and more productive.

And what’s the most challenging?

Rising above the noise in the market. There are so many different marketing messages related to Zero Trust that it’s human nature to just tune everyone out. That’s why it’s so important to engage with folks on the front lines and at the decision-making level to make sure they understand which approach works best for their unique needs.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?

Never cheat on your taxes and always watch the money!

Succession or Stranger Things?

Stranger Things for sure! It’s more fun for me to see a bunch of people working together to fight unexpected challenges than to watch a group of people fighting with each other for their own benefit.

What an Endpoint is, and how EDR can benefit business

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By Eleanor Barlow, Content Manager, SecurityHQ

An endpoint, in its simplest form, is any device that can be connected to a given network, including, and not limited to laptops, computers, mobiles, servers, IoT devices, switches, cameras, digital printers, smart watches, and more. What constitutes as an endpoint is growing by the day. Be it in the form of health trackers or navigation systems, with any advancement in technology, the number of endpoints and, with it, the number of vulnerabilities grows.

What is Endpoint Detection & Response and How is it Used?

Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) is a service usually provided by a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) that is used to continually monitor endpoints, gain full visibility of the clients IT environment, detect incidents, receive instant notifications and advice on how to contain and mitigate a threat and stop breaches

The challenge most organisations have within their security teams is that responses to cyber attacks are simply not fast enough. This is primarily due to the fact that organisations do not often have the right processes, systems, experts in place who can monitor, action and respond to threats effectively and in rapid time.

EDR is designed to speed up this response time by identifying the root cause of a threat and make blind spots instantly visible. With this visibility of their threat landscape, businesses can then understand and prioritise threats, as well as respond to what needs to be responded to first.

How Does EDR Work?

EDR can be used to monitor all potential threats and behaviours, through this, security teams can understand how a threat appeared, what created it, if it made a connection, if the registry setting was modified, what eff­ects this had, and more.

As this service is usually ran by a dedicated team, 24/7 SOC monitoring means that attacks already in progress are contained, and the infected systems are then isolated. The system processes are then terminated, and the hashes banned across the entire enterprise to ensure effective containment of a threat

Real-time response means that you can proactively locate the most advanced threats, that make it past your usual defences. This is often achieved by a combination of ML and human intelligence, to identify anomalous endpoint behaviour.

What Next?

To find out more on how to gain full visibility of your whole IT environment, detect incidents, and stop breaches, download this EDR data sheet here, for a comprehensive view of the features and benefits available.

Or, if you are experiencing a current security breach or possible incident and require immediate assistance, please complete this form and a member of our Security Operations Team will aim to be in contact within 15 minute.

About The Author

Based in London, Eleanor specialises in researching and reporting on the latest in cyber security intelligence, developing trends and security insights. As a skilled Content Manager and experienced named author and ghost writer, she is responsible for SecurityHQ’s content strategy. This includes generating content for the latest articles, press releases, whitepapers, case studies, website copy, socials, newsletters, threat intelligence and more. Eleanor holds a first-class degree in English Literature, and an MA from the University of Bristol. She has strong experience writing in B2B environments, as well as for wider technology-based research projects.

Do you specialise in Advanced Threat Dashboards? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on IT Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the cyber security market – and in May we’re focussing on Advanced Threat Dashboard solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help IT security buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re an Advanced Threat Dashboard solutions specialist and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our full features list:

May – Advanced Threat Dashboard
Jun – Browser/Web Security
July – Authentication
Aug – Penetration Testing
Sep – Vulnerability Management
Oct – Employee Security Awareness
Nov – Malware
Dec – Network Security Management

BlueFort’s FREE CISO event now available on-demand

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By BlueFort

Our latest virtual live CISO event last week was a success! Get access to the free recordings of our exciting sessions, discussing all the latest threats organisation’s face in a post-covid world.

Our partners’ Virtual Exhibition stands are ready to visit where you can download content and even book a meeting with one of their cybersecurity experts. The show may be over but there’s still plenty of content for you to enjoy.

Catch up on our event where F5, CyCognito and NoName answered the question “Where is my application cyber threat surface in 2022 and how do I defend it?”.

This exciting event, hosted by the vibrant Graham Cluley, also explored:

✅ What are my assets and are they secured?

✅ How can I ensure the security of my apps?

✅ How can I automate consistent cyber protection?

View the on-demand recordings 👉 bluefort.live/labs/1Q2022

Meetings, networking & learning – The Security IT Summit has it all

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Your delegate place at June’s Security IT Summit will allow you to meet 1-2-1 with a range of suppliers, attend great seminars and network with peers – there is no hard sell, just a great opportunity to discuss your upcoming projects.

You’ll also be able to enjoy our buffet lunch and refreshments throughout the day – don’t miss out, click here to register today!

29th June, at the Hilton – London Canary Wharf

Here is one of the three seminar sessions that you can enjoy;

“I can steal your sh1t!”

If you dare to join my audience, I will steal your information in front of you – then I will point you in the right direction to do something about it.

·         Could you stop a Mind Reader from stealing your passwords?

·         Bridge that gap between security and people

·         I steal stuff, so that the scammers can’t

·         Your tech may be secure, but are your people?

·         The public speaker that will steal your sh1t!

Presented by: Paul Newton, Owner, MentalTheft

Speaker BioPaul Newton, under the brand MentalTheft has become the biggest voice for bridging the gap between cybersecurity experts and the average person. As a charismatic and exciting entertainer, Paul wow’s and captivates audiences, all whilst educating them on the issues of scams, theft and cyber security. Loved by industry experts and everyday people alike, Paul and his team are helping to increase security and to fight crime.

Security IT Summit – Wednesday 29th June – Hilton London Canary Wharf

You can confirm your attendance here via our online booking form – www.securityitsummit.co.uk/live/online-form/

Do you specialise in Phishing Detection? We want to hear from you!

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Each month on IT Security Briefing we’re shining the spotlight on a different part of the cyber security market – and in April we’re focussing on Intrusion Detection & Prevention solutions.

It’s all part of our ‘Recommended’ editorial feature, designed to help IT security buyers find the best products and services available today.

So, if you’re a Phishing Detection solutions specialist and would like to be included as part of this exciting new shop window, we’d love to hear from you – for more info, contact Chris Cannon on c.cannon@forumevents.co.uk.

Here’s our full features list:

Apr – Phishing Detection
May – Advanced Threat Dashboard
Jun – Browser/Web Security
July – Authentication
Aug – Penetration Testing
Sep – Vulnerability Management
Oct – Employee Security Awareness
Nov – Malware
Dec – Network Security Management

CISO Live Interactive Event – Last chance to register!

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Today’s the day! In a few short hours our virtual live event for CISOs and about CISOs will be starting. Our interactive event will give you the chance to ask questions about the latest topics in cyber security and vote in our polls about the latest threats organisations face.   

Join F5, CyCognito and NoName at our live virtual event as we answer the question “Where is my application cyber threat surface in 2022 and how do I defend it?”.  

This exciting event, hosted by the vibrant Graham Cluley, where we’ll explore: 

✅ What are my assets and are they secured? 

✅ How can I ensure the security of my apps? 

✅ How can I automate consistent cyber protection? 

Save your seat here 👉 bluefort.live/register