SMB cybersecurity platform Coro purchased an early-stage Israeli startup to bring network connectivity to its SASE offering for midmarket organizations. Coro said its buy of Jerusalem-based Privatise will give Coro clients a secure way to connect, manage and filter out malicious content.
Is the Akira ransomware story coming to an end? Security researchers say the group was competing in a competition designed by Royal to give it a new cryptolocker - but lost. Even with a free decryptor now available for Akira victims, however, it's too soon to say if the group might be doomed.
Francisco Partners plans to split Forcepoint's government and commercial security practices, selling the former to TPG for $2.45 billion. The deal represents an impressive return on investment for Francisco Partners, which bought all of Forcepoint from Raytheon in January 2021 for just $1.1 billion.
A growing number of security teams are looking to consolidate tools to simplify operations, said Gartner analyst Dionisio Zumerle. "When you have the complexity, it's very hard to identify misconfigurations between the different overlapping tools, and it's also hard to identify security gaps."
Buying both the networking and security pieces of SASE from a single vendor will be the predominant long-term approach, given the benefits of tight integration, said Cato Networks CEO Shlomo Kramer. Some three-fourths of Cato clients today get both SD-WAN and security service edge from the company.
Crosspoint Capital Partners has joined Thoma Bravo and others in the take-private cybersecurity spree, agreeing to buy endpoint security vendor Absolute Software for $657 million. The deal will allow Absolute Software to expand from asset visibility and control to endpoint resilience and access.
Over the years, most organizations acquire multiple tools for protecting data, but a variety of personnel and policies make it difficult to manage enterprisewide. Skyhigh Security's Nate Brady says it's time to look into the latest security service edge and secure access service edge solutions.
Complexity has made it tough for organizations to be secure and efficient, which is driving many customers to look at vendor consolidation, said Palo Alto Networks President BJ Jenkins. Organizations that deploy a lot of point solutions are stuck finding a way to make all the products work together.
Continued reliance on legacy VPNs hinders remote work performance and fails to provide users or organizations with zero trust security protection, said Netskope's Sanjay Beri. Companies often start by augmenting their VPNs to enable zero trust network access before moving to full replacement.
CISOs have gone from complaining that they don't get enough time and attention from the board of directors to presenting to the board every quarter, said Zscaler CEO Jay Chaudhry. Conversations with CIOs or boards tend to focus on what architectural changes can be made to reduce business risk.
Small and midsize businesses need proactive measures to ensure security just as much as any large organization. But challenges abound for SMBs as they struggle with a smaller staff and budget constraints, making them more vulnerable to cyberattacks, said SonicWall President and CEO Bob VanKirk.
The way we secure workloads today is vastly different due to remote work and the move to the cloud following the pandemic. More modern SASE solutions such as zero trust have been adopted, and organizations are moving from legacy such as MPLS to software-defined networking and cloud-based solutions.
ChatGPT is "amazing" and "has reformed the way we interact with computing," says Nikesh Arora, chairman and CEO of Palo Alto Networks. But to get value from AI and to use it to make the SOC more proactive, we need to have a lot of data - and pay attention to what it's telling us, he says.
Cradlepoint has bought seasoned Israeli security veteran Ericom Software to bring SASE, zero trust and cloud security to hybrid 5G and wireline environments. The deal will help Cradlepoint's SASE and zero trust technology portfolio cover fixed-site, remote worker, in-vehicle and IoT use cases.
Platform players such as Cisco and Palo Alto Networks and pure-play vendors such as Lookout and Versa Networks top the first-ever vendor evaluation of the SASE market. Versa edged out Palo Alto Networks in product leadership, and Cisco was a distant third, the KuppingerCole Leadership Compass found.