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CyberCube | February 17, 2023
On February 16, 2023, CyberCube, a leading provider of cyber risk analytics, has identified vulnerable companies at risk of attack in a new ransomware campaign affecting thousands of businesses worldwide.
A ransomware campaign called ESXiArgs, which is automated, targets outdated VMware ESXi servers globally. The cybersecurity community reported that threat actors had improved their attacks starting on February 9, 2023. The campaign encrypts configuration files on at-risk ESXi servers, potentially making clients' virtual machines (VMs) unusable. Internet-wide scans conducted within days after the first reports indicated a fast infection rate, with over 2,000 servers infected.
The "CyberCube Briefing: Ransomware Risks & VMware Servers" report revealed that around 70,000 ESXi hypervisors worldwide could be at risk. CyberCube, through analysis of companies in its Industry Exposure Database (IED has identified organizations that utilize VMware ESXi hypervisors that may be at risk of the ESXiArgs ransomware.
CyberCube has modeled a ransomware attack on a large scale as part of Portfolio Manager. This scenario-based data-driven model allows risk professionals to generate insights for their teams and senior leadership. This tool also enables stress testing of insurance risk portfolios, helping identify areas of accumulation risk and loss drivers.
CyberCube's Cyber Threat Intelligence Principal, William Altman, commented, "Large US-based insureds operating in banking, education, manufacturing, non-profit, aviation, and agriculture are at higher risk of being attacked by threat actors leveraging vulnerabilities in ESXi hypervisors compared to insureds operating in other industries."
He added, "Large insureds ($1 billion-plus revenue) are at greater risk than medium, small, or micro-sized insureds. Large-sized companies are more likely to require the use of hypervisors and virtual machines as the foundation for the large-scale deployment of cloud computing and cloud storage resources."
(Source – Business Wire)
CyberCube, founded in 2015, is a leading cyber risk analytics provider focused on the insurance industry. Its cloud-based platform enables insurance organizations to quantify cyber risk for placing insurance, underwriting cyber risk, and managing cyber risk aggregation using best-in-class data access and advanced multi-disciplinary analytics. The company's enterprise intelligence layer includes modeling on thousands of points of technology failure and provides insights on millions of companies globally.
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Delinea | March 15, 2023
On March 14, 2023, Delinea Platform, a cloud-native platform for Delinea's well-known PAM solutions, enabled dynamic permission controls, end-to-end visibility, and adaptive security.
Delinea Platform supports the latest version of Secret Server, its winning vault solution. It also supports a secure remote access service for suppliers and remote workers that doesn't require a VPN, as well as a rich environment for integration across the Delinea marketplace.
According to the Identity Defined Security Alliance study, 84% of firms had an identity-related breach last year. Gartner predicts that enterprises that deploy cybersecurity mesh architectures will cut security incident costs by 90% by 2024. By implementing a privileged access management platform as part of their cybersecurity mesh strategy, enterprises are able to move away from multiple-point solutions. This results in improved visibility, security, and efficiency across the organization. Delinea Platform enables streamlined authorization for all identities, restricting access to an organization's critical hybrid cloud infrastructure and sensitive data. This simplified security approach helps minimize risk and ensure compliance with industry regulations.
The growing number of siloed security products and the exponential expansion of human and machine identities with privileges make the management of privileged access difficult. As Delinea Platform adds more features, businesses will be able to manage authorization for all types of identities from a single location, which will improve efficiency and security. With analytics-based access controls and adaptive privilege automation in IT infrastructure, future updates to Delinea Platform will make sure that security stays consistent. This will ensure that identities get the right access at the right time with the authorized permissions.
Phil Calvin, Chief Product Officer at Delinea, stated, "The Delinea Platform will revolutionize the market by unifying and extending Privileged Access Management, dramatically reducing risk from the most common thread across all cyberattacks – compromised identities."
He added, "We are excited to take this first step by unifying the critical and core PAM capabilities on the Delinea Platform to provide world-class usability, seamless security, and simplified pricing that will accelerate adoption for our customers."
(Source – CISION PR Newswire)
Delinea, an upcoming enterprise, is a significant provider of privileged access management (PAM) solutions for modern and hybrid organizations. Delinea Platform effortlessly extends PAM by authorizing all identities, limiting access to an organization's most crucial hybrid cloud infrastructure and sensitive data, reducing risk, ensuring compliance, and making security easier. The company simplifies and limits access for thousands of clients globally. Its customer base includes small enterprises as well as large-scale financial institutions, intelligence agencies, and companies involved in constructing and maintaining critical infrastructure.
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MacStadium | February 20, 2023
MacStadium, a company that makes Mac private clouds and software-as-a-service, said that its Orka Platform is a great alternative for businesses that want to switch from VMware's vSphere ESXi running macOS on last-generation Intel-based Mac computers to its Orka Platform. The Orka Platform from MacStadium is a complete solution that lets businesses switch from VMware's vSphere ESXi running macOS on Intel-based Mac computers from the last generation to their own private cloud.
The Orka Platform works with Apple chips and gives a smooth alternative to VMware's announcement in October that vSphere ESXi 7.0 will no longer support macOS. The Orka Platform has everything developers need to replace vSphere ESXi workloads on Mac platforms, such as high-performance virtual macOS environments, easy orchestration through RESTful APIs, enterprise-grade performance, and Kubernetes support.
Greg McGraw, co-founder and CEO at MacStadium, said, “Orka Platform represents the perfect tool for application development teams who rely on using virtualized Mac compute and must now move on from VMware.” He added, “MacStadium already has helped leading organizations seamlessly transition to the Orka Platform from VMware. He also said, "Orka Platform supports Apple silicon, and the MacStadium team will assist those making the migration with a customized proof-of-concept environment, as well as all the technical support they require.”
Customers who switch from VMware can get a free, customized proof-of-concept environment as well as technical support from MacStadium. MacStadium's Orka Platform has a number of benefits for businesses that want to move away from VMware's vSphere (ESXi) running macOS.
MacStadium provides enterprise-level infrastructure-as-a-service for workloads that require macOS. They offer private clouds and dedicated servers, all-flash and disk-based SAN storage, and Mac private cloud solutions. Their services are trusted by iOS developers, mobile testing teams, and DevOps engineers worldwide. They have five data centers for reliability and offer support from trained experts. MacStadium was started in 2011 in Atlanta and only makes cloud solutions for macOS that are scalable, secure, and new. They also offer the Orka® Platform, the only virtualization layer available for Mac-based infrastructure.