HelpSystems announced the acquisition of Digital Defense, a provider of vulnerability management and threat assessment solutions. Digital Defense’s cloud-native vulnerability scanning engine gives organisations in healthcare, legal, financial services, and other industries the ability to proactively detect infrastructure security gaps and take effective remediation steps to safeguard against internal and external cyber threats. As part of HelpSystems’ cyber security portfolio, Digital Defense joins Core Security and Cobalt Strike to establish a comprehensive, best-in-class security assessment toolkit. “Every day we have customers who want to know what they can do to strengthen their security postures and protect their employees, customers, and sensitive information from malicious actors,” said Kate Bolseth, CEO, HelpSystems. Vulnerability management technology “The addition of Digital Defense offers threat-weary IT teams the capabilities they need to increase infrastructure security on two fronts: via leading-edge vulnerability management technology as well as seasoned pen testing resources to broaden our existing expertise. We are so happy to welcome the team and the award-winning products they’ve developed to HelpSystems.” The vulnerability scanning engine is noteworthy for its ability to enable pen-testers to focus their efforts on identified issues The Digital Defense platforms encompass enterprise security needs across penetration testing, employee training, cyber security defence, enterprise risk assessment, and physical security testing. The vulnerability scanning engine is noteworthy for its ability to enable pen-testers to focus their efforts on identified issues rather than blindly testing the network. For companies that lack the internal bandwidth or expertise necessary to carry out this critical function, Digital Defense’s team of US-based pen testers is a trusted resource to conduct the tests. Address information security “Digital Defense will continue to protect the ever-expanding IT underpinnings of thousands of organisations as part of HelpSystems,” said Larry Hurtado, President and CEO, Digital Defense. “This powerful combination not only enables our customers to take advantage of HelpSystems’ broad security and automation solutions, but it also gives us more horsepower to continue to advance how organisations around the world understand and address information security.” KPMG Corporate Finance LLC (“KPMG CF”) acted as exclusive investment banking advisor to Digital Defense, and Norton Rose Fulbright was the exclusive legal advisor to Digital Defense.
Digital Defense, Inc. and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Computer Science jointly announced a partnership that will provide students and faculty with access to an award-winning cloud-based information security platform to further enrich the students’ cybersecurity education. UTSA students and faculty will be able to utilise Digital Defense’s flagship Frontline.Cloud platform to evaluate the security posture of applications, systems and networks in classroom and lab environments both on and off campus. With Frontline.Cloud, students will not only be able to assess the security posture of software applications and systems they build and run on lab networks, but when coupled with the supervision and course curriculum provided by UTSA faculty, they will also learn how to use industry recognised tools to establish and execute an effective vulnerability lifecycle management program. Testing for hidden threats on target networks These systems will provide students with vulnerability and web application scanning capabilitiesUTSA will have access to three different systems available on the Frontline.Cloud platform. These systems will provide students with vulnerability and web application scanning capabilities, and Digital Defense’s new threat scanning solution (Frontline Active Threat Sweep), which allows testing for hidden threats on target networks. Mark Robinson, assistant professor in practice in the UTSA College of Sciences, will use the Frontline.Cloud platform in the classroom with his students this fall. “As the home of the nation’s top program in cybersecurity, UTSA is committed to developing partnerships that provide our students with unparalleled learning experiences so they can become the most competitive candidates in the marketplace,” said Robinson. “Frontline.Cloud is an incredibly powerful platform with a host of capabilities that will allow UTSA students and researchers to test their systems, applications and networks before they move into a production-style environment. We are also excited to evaluate integration possibilities for Frontline.Cloud into our security research and competitive events.” Enhanced classroom cybersecurity learning As a Security SaaS platform technology firm, Digital Defense is pleased to provide Frontline.Cloud's access to UTSA"“The alliance of our two San Antonio-based organisations is a natural fit,” states Larry Hurtado, president & CEO at Digital Defense. “We are excited to extend our existing relationship with UTSA, primarily focused on making paid internships available to UTSA students, to one that includes assisting UTSA faculty and students with more enhanced classroom cybersecurity learning. “As a global Security SaaS platform technology firm, Digital Defense is pleased to provide access to Frontline.Cloud to UTSA, one of the world’s leading cybersecurity education institutions. Working together with UTSA, we are able to provide a hands-on experience to students, enabling them to solve real-world information security challenges in a classroom setting. These types of skills are in high demand and the future will now be even brighter for these individuals as they enter the workforce.” Security research units of UTSA The UTSA Department of Computer Science offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees supporting a dynamic and growing program with over 1,300 undergraduates, 74 master’s students and 67 doctoral students. The department’s research and experimental facilities are supported by federal research and infrastructure grantsIts major research units include the Institute for Cyber Security, which operates the FlexCloud and FlexFarm laboratories dedicated to both basic and applied cybersecurity research, and the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security (CIAS), which focusses on the cybersecurity maturity of cities and communities while also conducting national cyber security defence competitions for college and high school students. The department’s research and experimental facilities are supported by federal research and infrastructure grants. San Antonio is home to one of the largest concentrations of cybersecurity experts and industry leaders outside Washington, D.C., which uniquely positions the city and UTSA to lead the nation in cybersecurity research and workforce development.
Digital Defense, Inc. has announced the availability of its Frontline.Cloud integration with Attivo Networks, the award-winning leader in deception for cybersecurity threat detection. Digital Defense’s Frontline.Cloud vulnerability management and threat assessment platform identifies high-risk/critical assets with business context that are highly vulnerable to exploits, remain unpatched, are unpatchable or have already been infected in real-time. Integration with Attivo Networks Frontline.Cloud is the industry's only true threat asset risk posture assessment app built for hybrid cloud environments The integration with the Attivo Networks BOTsink solution allows administrators to quickly and confidently make strategic decisions on where to dynamically deploy additional deception technology assets to enhance their deception deployment and further misdirect attackers. This gives organisations the advantage of time to detect, analyse, and stop an attacker even as their risk posture and critical assets change. Frontline.Cloud is the industry's only true on-demand vulnerability and threat asset risk posture assessment app built for hybrid cloud environments. Frontline.Cloud lets security teams focus on identifying and prioritising the most important assets to proactively harden them against an attack without requiring agents. Frontline.Cloud security platform Frontline.Cloud utilises data from the BOTsink solution to provide risk-based intelligence and for dynamically deploying additional deception technology assets to augment the current deception environment. Additionally, Frontline.Cloud enables security teams to be more effective in identifying compromised assets and assets under immediate attack in order to quickly misdirect attackers and prioritise remediation of the most important systems based on business context. Securing IoT/ICS Networks A significant security capability for ICS networks and critical infrastructure is drawing attackers away from these systems and detecting how they are trying to exploit vulnerabilities. This is especially true in environments where it is often a challenge to patch systems due to limited access and minimal maintenance windows or, in many cases, no patch for a known vulnerability is even available. Attackers continue to exploit different types of vulnerabilities, compromised systems and blind spots in infrastructure" “Attackers continue to exploit different types of vulnerabilities, compromised systems and blind spots in infrastructure. We are now seeing them target critical infrastructure and IoT devices because of the difficulties in patching those assets,” said Larry Hurtado, CEO of Digital Defense. “Security teams have been challenged with identifying and tracking dynamically changing assets, understanding risk in real-time and prioritising patching efforts, while Digital Defense provides the solution to help security teams address these challenges, it is now time to turn the tables on attackers.” Effect threat detection “Attivo has an extensive deception fabric for accurately detecting and derailing threats and the partnership with Digital Defense further ups the game against attackers,” said Tushar Kothari, CEO of Attivo Networks. “The ability to automatically deploy Attivo deception based on shared vulnerability insights provides a unique and innovative way to reduce risk while increasing the difficulty of an attack. It is a powerful example of how organisations can proactively strengthen their security posture while also building out an Active Defense.”
Digital Defense, Inc., global security technology and solutions provider, has announced that president and CEO, Larry Hurtado, has been selected as one of QuantumShift’s Top Entrepreneurs in America for 2019 by KPMG LLP’s Private Markets Group and the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. QuantumShift draws an impressive class of founders, owners and CEOs of private, high growth U.S.-based companies to boost their development through an intensive, five-day learning, networking and collaboration program featuring sessions with Ross School of Business faculty and talented industry professionals. Cybersecurity experts I’m blessed to be surrounded by some of the most talented cybersecurity and IT talent on the planet" “I’m blessed to be surrounded by some of the most talented cybersecurity and IT talent on the planet, that added to the fact we have industry leading technology and products, makes my role infinitely easier,” said Hurtado. "I’m always continuing to learn from my staff, my peers, my family and friends and looking forward to being among and gaining knowledge from the other top entrepreneurs at Michigan’s Ross School of Business.” Hurtado and Digital Defense were selected to be part of the QuantumShift 2019 class by the Michigan Ross QuantumShift Admissions Committee having demonstrated a strong track record for revenue growth and future growth potential. This collaborative project between KPMG LLP’s Private Markets Group – the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm – and the University Of Michigan’s Ross School of Business offers CEOs access to an exclusive peer-to-peer Fellows Network focused on ongoing problem solving, development and mentorship in addition to the intensive program. Data security solutions veteran The QuantumShift program recognises the achievements of high-growth entrepreneurs who are at the top" “We are thrilled that Larry Hurtado from Digital Defence is part of a select group of entrepreneurs selected to complete the 2019 QuantumShift program,” said Brian Hughes, National Leader, KPMG LLP’s Private Markets Group. “We welcome him into this exclusive fellowship of high-growth business leaders and believe the week-long program at the University of Michigan will have a long-lasting positive impact on the participating founders and CEOs, and the companies they lead.” “The QuantumShift program recognises the achievements of high-growth entrepreneurs who are at the top of their game, and helps them lay a groundwork for the future,” said Stewart Thornhill, executive director of the Zell Lurie Institute at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. “We’re looking forward to working with Larry and Digital Defense, and we are excited to see what they accomplish.”
Digital Defense, Inc., a SaaS security technology provider, announces over 200% growth of their partner channel from the prior year by focusing on trends and challenges faced by MSSPs (managed security service providers). Digital Defense leverages AWS (Amazon Web Services) to provide its solution globally with many MSSPs leveraging the company’s SaaS platform to effectively and seamlessly deliver vulnerability and threat management services to their customers. “Perhaps the biggest challenge of all for MSSPs lies in finding the right technology infrastructure partners,” says Cybersecurity Ventures’ Steve Morgan. Security management It’s not just about the technology though. It’s as much about the people" “It’s not just about the technology though. It’s as much about the people. We asked Larry Hurtado to join us, in part, because he’s been with Digital Defense since 2002, and CEO there for the past thirteen years. He’s steadily grown the company, which now has more than a hundred employees — with a focus on ensuring success for clients and partners.” Digital Defense has identified the trends as platform scalability, true multi-tenancy, solution accuracy, single pane of glass enablement, and service gap-fill. Challenges MSSPs will face in the years to come include, but are not limited, to threat volume and diversity, skilled labour shortage, brand awareness growth and protection, and complexity introduced with the security management of multiple technologies. Business growth strategies Emtec, an IT consultancy and solutions provider and Digital Defense partner, responds to MSSP challenges by helping clients drive transformation and growth by employing the latest technologies and processes to empower their employees, accelerate innovation and deliver amazing client experiences. Enterprise security is not something that is ‘bolted on’ to business processes and applications" “Enterprise security is not something that is ‘bolted on’ to business processes and applications — it MUST be woven into the fabric of the enterprise operations and business growth strategies,” says Doug Goodall, managing director for Emtec, an IT consultancy headquartered in Radnor, Pa., with offices throughout North America and India. Cyber risk assessment “The Digital Defense advanced cyber risk assessment and VMaaS solutions suite is a critical component of our overall Cyber Risk Management portfolio strategy.” “The breadth of the Digital Defense platform capabilities coupled with the incredible ease of management from their consolidated analyst reporting and multi-tenant architecture creates a powerful offering for our clients – and the ability for us to tightly integrate the Digital Defense platform into our complementary monitoring and IDR solution platforms as a comprehensive client solution results in a market leading enterprise IT/IOT cyber risk solution suite. Emtec is proud to be a partner with Digital Defense.”