Tag Archives: cloud security

Sev1Tech Achieves AWS Advanced Consulting Partner Status; Matt Jordan Quoted

Matt Jordan

Sev1Tech announced on Wednesday that the company has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Advanced Consulting Partner status in the AWS Partner Network (APN). Sev1Tech leverages the capabilities of AWS to deliver complete cloud services and a cloud management portfolio that provides agencies and enterprise customers with fast, flexible access to the cloud.

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Brandon Wales: CISA to Pilot ‘Threat Hardened Cloud Environment’

Brandon Wales

Brandon Wales, acting director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), said CISA plans to test secure cloud instances using some of the $650 million in funds the agency received through the American Rescue Plan in response to the SolarWinds hack. He also cited plans to establish the Joint Cyber Planning Office and continue recruitment efforts.

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Forcepoint Acquires Cyberinc; CEO Manny Rivelo Quoted

Manny Rivelo

Forcepoint announced on Thursday that it has acquired Cyberinc. Cyberinc’s Smart Isolation capability technology gives administrators granular control to minimize risk without impeding user productivity.  Forcepoint will integrate Smart Isolation capabilities within its Data-first SASE architecture to strengthen its information technology portfolio.

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FedRAMP Issues Guidance for Container-Based Cloud Vulnerability Scanning

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The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) has released a document for vulnerability scanning procedures involving container technology for cloud environments. The Vulnerability Scanning Requirements for Containers guidance details standards for security considerations, processes and architectures in line with the assessments of cloud service providers during a technical exchange meeting. 

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CISA Warns Organizations of Techniques Used by Hackers to Compromise Cloud Services

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The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has issued an analysis report in response to cyber attacks on cloud services of various organizations. The agency also found that hackers take advantage of email forwarding rules created by users to gain access to sensitive data. CISA has recommended several measures to help organizations protect cloud environments.

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Vice Adm. Nancy Norton on DISA’s Cloud-Based Threat Isolation Effort

Vice Adm. Nancy Norton

Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) and Wash100 awardee, has said the agency is working to “isolate” suspicious activities in a cloud environment to support remote work operations, DOD News reported Thursday. "Our primary goal is to preserve and protect the ability of our workforce to conduct mission central operations that we support on national defense and current worldwide military missions," she said.

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FedRAMP’s Ashley Mahan on Increase in Cloud Services Reuse

Ashley Mahan

Ashley Mahan, director of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), said that FedRAMP saw a 50 percent rise in government agencies reusing certified cloud services in fiscal year 2020 as those organizations continue to work to meet the telework requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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NIST, FedRAMP Developing Programming Language to Help Automate Cloud Security Assessments

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The Federal Risk Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) is working with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to implement a universal programming language that can help accelerate cloud certification and drive automation in government operations. “What normally would take an assessor weeks to do, an OSCAL tool can perform in seconds,” said David Waltermire

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Zscaler Extends VMware Partnerships to Advance Workplace Security; Jay Chaundhry, Sanjay Poonen Quoted

Jay Chaudhry

Zscaler has expanded its strategic partnership with VMware to help organizations simplify security in the changing workplace. Under the partnership, Zscaler will align the next-generation networking and security capabilities from its offerings as well as VMware, to help large global enterprises simplify the adoption of a complete Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) architecture. 

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Zscaler Adds New Features to Zero Trust Exchange; Amit Sinha Quoted

Amit Sinha

Zscaler has announced new data protection innovations in the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange that will protect organizations in telework by securely connecting users, devices and applications. Zscaler has built its Zero Trust Exchange on a Secure Access Services Edge (SASE) framework, which will expand the offering’s data protection capabilities. 

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