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700-551 Express Security for Account Managers

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A person is allowed to fulfill the AM roles across a maximum of 4 tracks.
 A different person is allowed to fulfill the SE/Technical roles across a maximum of 2 tracks.
 AM and SE/Technical must be held by two unique individuals (cannot be held by same individual) in the Collaboration, Data Center, Networking, Security and SMB tracks.
 The Service Provider track requires only one individual for the single undefined role and does not count toward the 4-2 limits.
 Across tracks, individuals must hold only one role type. The AM in one track cannot be the SE/Technical in another track.
 Roles held in any Express track do not count toward any Advanced or Master specializations
A person is allowed to fulfill the AM roles across a maximum of 3 Architecture specializations.
 A different person is allowed to fulfill the SE roles across a maximum of 2 Architecture specializations.
 Another different person is allowed to fulfill the FE role across a maximum of 1 Architecture specializations.
 Within one Advanced Architecture specialization, a single person may fill up to two FE roles within that specialization.
 Each person may only hold one role type at a time (AM, SE or FE) and may not hold other role types across or within Architecture specializations.
 Roles held in Architecture specializations do not count toward any Express specializations.

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Innsbruck [Austria], July 28 (ANI/PRNewswire): The business and enterprise test report contains the test results for March-June of 2022, including the Real-World Protection, Malware Protection, Performance (Speed Impact) and False-Positives Tests.

Full details of test methodologies and results are provided in the report.

https://www.av-comparatives.org/tests/business-security-test-2022-march-june/

The threat landscape continues to evolve rapidly, presenting antivirus vendors with new challenges. The test report shows how security products have adapted to these and improved protection over the years.

To be certified in July 2022 as an 'Approved Business Product' by AV-Comparatives, the tested products must score at least 90 per cent in the Malware Protection Test, with zero false alarms on common business software, a rate below 'Remarkably High' for false positives on non-business files and must score at least 90 per cent in the overall Real-World Protection Test over the course of four months, with less than one hundred false alarms on clean software/websites.

Endpoint security solutions for enterprise and SMB from 18 leading vendors were put through the Business Main-Test Series 2022H1: Acronis, Avast, Bitdefender, Cisco, CrowdStrike, Cybereason, Elastic, ESET, G Data, K7, Kaspersky, Malwarebytes, Microsoft, Sophos, Trellix, VIPRE, VMware and WatchGuard.

Real-World Protection Test: The Real-World Protection Test is a long-term test run over a period of four months. It tests how well the endpoint protection software can protect the system against Internet-borne threats.

Malware Protection Test:

The Malware Protection Test requires the tested products to detect malicious programs that could be encountered on the company systems, e.g. on the local area network or external drives.

Performance Test:

Performance Test checks that tested products do not provide protection at the expense of slowing down the system.

False Positives Test:

For each of the protection tests, a False Positives Test is run. These ensure that the endpoint protection software does not cause significant numbers of false alarms, which can be particularly disruptive in business networks.

Ease of Use Review:

The report also includes a detailed user-interface review of each product, providing an insight into what it is like to use in typical day-to-day management scenarios.

Overall, AV-Comparatives' July Business Security Test 2022 report provides IT managers and CISOs with a detailed picture of the strengths and weaknesses of the tested products, allowing them to make informed decisions on which ones might be appropriate for their specific needs.

The next awards will be given to qualifying December 2022H2 (for August-November tests). Like all AV-Comparatives' public test reports, the Enterprise & Business Endpoint Security Report is available universally and for free.

https://www.av-comparatives.org/tests/business-security-test-2022-march-june/

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Killexams : Software supply chain security takes center stage at Black Hat 2022

black-hat-2022-software-supply-chain-securityBlack Hat is best known for hardware and traditional software exploits, but this year it showcases more software supply chain security issues—marking the shift in the threat landscape.

Black Hat, the annual gathering of hackers and information security pros in Las Vegas, kicks off next week — the 25th such gathering. It comes after two years of COVID-inspired cancellations and delays. Over the years, Black Hat and its sister conference, DEF CON, have made headlines by showcasing high-profile exploits of hardware and software — from Cisco routers and ATMs to enterprise platforms like Oracle, SQL Server, and Active Directory. 

You can find plenty of those talks this year, also. But they will share the stage with a growing number of discussions of cyber threats, vulnerabilities and potential attacks on developers, open source modules and the underlying infrastructure supporting modern DevOps organizations. Together, the talks mark a shift in the threat landscape and the growing prominence of security threats to the software supply chain.

Here are the talks related to software development and supply chain risk, and some of the themes that emerged.

Development teams in the crosshairs

The security of tools and platforms used by DevOps organizations is a clear theme at this year’s Black Hat Briefings, with a number of talks addressing specific threats to source code management systems for both closed- and open source software. 

On Wednesday, for example, NCC Group researchers Iain Smart and Viktor Gazdag will present their talk, RCE-as-a-Service: Lessons Learned from 5 Years of Real-World CI/CD Pipeline Compromises. In the talk, the two leverage years of work testing the security of development groups within a range of organizations – from small businesses to Fortune 500 firms. 

Describing CI/CD pipelines as the “most dangerous potential attack surface of your software supply chain,” the pair will argue that these development platforms are the crown jewel in any company’s IT infrastructure, providing attackers with a way to turn tools meant to accelerate software development into a malicious “Remote Code Execution-as-a-Service” platform. The pair will also talk about the best approach for defending CI/CD pipelines from attacks and compromises. 

Also picking up the theme of “threats to DevOps environments” is the Thursday presentation by researcher Brett Hawkins of IBM X-Force. Brett will dig into the various ways that source code management (SCM) systems like GitHub Enterprise, GitLab Enterprise and Bitbucket might be attacked and compromised.

Hawkins’ talk, Controlling the Source: Abusing Source Code Management Systems, presents research that has uncovered a variety of attack scenarios that can deliver malicious actors access to SCM systems. He will also release open source tools to facilitate SCM attacks including reconnaissance, manipulation of user roles, repository takeovers, and user impersonation. Hawkins will also provide guidance on how to defend SCM systems from attack. 

Open source: risky business

Given the software industry’s heavy reliance on open source software to facilitate development, and the growing prevalence of threats and attacks via open source platforms and code, it is no surprise that open source cyber risk is another central theme at this year’s Black Hat Briefings. Data compiled by the firm Synopsys, for example, found that the average software application in 2021 depended on more than 500 open source libraries and components, up 77% in two years. Attackers have taken notice. As we have noted, there have been numerous software supply chain attacks playing to developers (and development teams) heavy reliance on open source repositories like PyPi and npm

The agenda at Black Hat picks up on this trend, with talks that explore the risks posed by open source code and propose remedies. 

For example, researchers Jonathan Leitschuh, Patrick Way and Shyam Mehta use their talk to tackle a key problem in open source security: how to scale security response to meet the challenge of massive open source platforms like GitHub. While modern tools might allow us to automate vulnerability scanning and identification, the output of such endeavors often overwhelms the mere homo sapiens who are tasked with assessing, triaging and responding to the flood of identified flaws. 

Leitschuh, Way and Mehta propose one solution: automated bulk pull request generation, as well as tools such as the Netflix developed OpenRewrite that can help security teams scale their security response. Check out their talk, Scaling the Security Researcher to Eliminate OSS Vulnerabilities Once and For All, on Thursday at 3:20 PM. 

And, as companies let AI loose on the vast repository of open source code in the hopes of developing coding bots that might one day replace developers, the presentation In Need of ‘Pair’ Review: Vulnerable Code Contributions by GitHub Copilot deserves your attention. The work of a group of researchers from NYU and the University of Calgary, the talk analyzes the output of “Copilot,” an ‘AI-based Pair Programmer’ released by GitHub in 2021.

Copilot leverages a deep learning model trained on open-source GitHub code. But, as the researchers note, much of that code “isn’t great.” And, as Microsoft learned with its AI-based chatbot for Twitter, artificial intelligence is great at absorbing input and teasing out patterns, but terrible at assessing the underlying quality of the information it is being fed.  

An analysis of Copilot code revealed a high preponderance of common flaws, among them SQL injection, buffer overflow and use-after-free vulnerabilities. In fact, of 1,689 suggestions generated across 89 different scenarios using the Copilot AI, the researchers found approximately 40% to be vulnerable.

The talk has implications for development organizations that would look to offload low-level coding work to bots, of course. But the high density of flaws in GitHub repositories is also a red flag to organizations that more scrutiny is needed to assess the quality and stability of open source components before dependencies are created, rather than after. 

Developers: the elephant in the security living room

The elephant in the living room of DevOps security is, of course, the developer themself. While Source Code Analysis tools can Improve security assessments of proprietary and open source code, and vulnerability scans can identify flaws and weaknesses in developed code, the best security “fix” comes in the form of better written, high quality code. 

That’s the subject that researcher Adam Shostack tackles in his talk A Fully Trained Jedi, You Are Not, on Wednesday, August 10 at 11:20. Shostack, an expert in threat modeling, secure development and DevOps, talks about the ‘boil the ocean’ problem that many organizations face as they try to train up developers in the intricacies of secure development without sacrificing other priorities, like developing usable code on time and on budget. 

In this talk, Shostack talks about how organizations can operationalize security training for developers. The goal is not to produce a staff of “Jedi-quality” secure developers, but to Improve the security awareness and skills of the broad population of developers, with a goal of reducing common but still prevalent security issues that plague developed applications. 

“A rebellion doesn’t run on a single Jedi,” Shostack notes. To that end, he’ll present the broad outlines of a “knowledge scaffolding and tiered approach to learning” that is scalable across development organizations. 

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*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from ReversingLabs Blog authored by Paul Roberts. Read the original post at: https://blog.reversinglabs.com/blog/software-supply-chain-security-takes-center-stage-at-black-hat-2022

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Duo Security is set to be acquired by Cisco in a blockbuster deal worth about $2.35 billion.

The purchase will bring San Jose, CA-based Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)—which sells a variety of IT hardware, digital products, and services—a software-as-a-service security tool used to authenticate a user’s access to things like software, networks, and devices. The company was apparently happy to pay up to gain control of Ann Arbor, MI-based Duo, which claimed last year it was valued at about $1.17 billion after a $70 million round of funding. That put Duo in the rare category of so-called “unicorn” businesses valued by their investors at $1 billion or more.

Duo isn’t Cisco’s largest cybersecurity acquisition: it paid approximately $2.7 billion for Sourcefire in 2013. Cisco’s other security deals in latest years include the $635 million purchase of San Francisco-based OpenDNS in 2015 and the $293 million purchase of Waltham, MA-based CloudLock in 2016.

It appears Cisco won’t be changing too much about Duo, at least not right away. Co-founder and CEO Dug Song is going to continue leading the business after the deal closes, and Cisco says Duo will be a unit of the company’s networking and security business. The companies are going to continue operating separately until the deal closes, which isn’t expected until the start of 2019, according to a press release.

Duo—which has offices across the globe, including Detroit; Austin, TX; San Mateo, CA; and the U.K.—sells a cloud-based, two-factor authentication technology that gives a second method of confirming a user’s identity when trying to log into a website or database. Cisco has been working to build out its cloud-based security portfolio, David Goeckeler, the general manager of Cisco’s networking and security business, wrote in a blog post.

In a separate post, Song wrote that the deal will deliver Duo the ability to operate on a global scale. “Cisco views our leadership in zero-trust security as transformational to their business, bringing cloud-based user and device trustworthiness to an already impressive security product portfolio,” Song wrote.

Like other similar software, Duo verifies a user’s identity through a second device, like a smartphone, or through a piece of information only the user has, as Xconomy has previously reported. Duo’s software can also check the health of its customers’ devices, and block access to those deemed risky. Its customers include some of the world’s biggest tech companies, including Facebook, Etsy, Yelp, and Zillow.

The multi-billion-dollar deal is a boon to the Michigan startup scene, which has been seeking to elevate its profile. Duo has raised some $119 million from investors since its founding eight years ago, which helped it achieve the highest private valuation of any startup in the state’s history, according to the Michigan Venture Capital Association. Duo has 12,000 customers and 700 employees.

The $2.35 billion is a mix of cash and “assumed equity awards” for Duo’s outstanding shares, warrants, and equity incentives, Cisco says.

David Holley is Xconomy's national correspondent based in Austin, TX. You can reach him at [email protected]

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What do Netflix, Twitch, LinkedIn, and Facebook have in common? Aside from luring you to spend hours and hours on their site, these hotshot tech companies are known to use AWS or Amazon Web Services

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Killexams : How the price action of Cisco Systems (CSCO) is used to our Advantage

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Killexams : Cisco and Loop Capital Host a Tech Talk on Cisco's Optical Business

SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Cisco will host a webcast with Loop Capital and Bill Gartner, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Cisco's Optical Systems and Optics Group, to discuss Cisco's optical strategy, portfolio evolution and market dynamics. Interested parties can find more information on Cisco's Investor Relations website at https://investor.cisco.com/.

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Bill Gartner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Optical Systems and Optics Group

Moderator:
Fahad Najam, Managing Director, Loop Capital

This event will be webcast and a replay will be available one month after the event. Interested parties can view this event on Cisco's Investor Relations website at investor.cisco.com.

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Killexams : Cisco to simplify IT experiences with latest offering No result found, try new keyword!Cisco unveiled the new cloud management capabilities at its Cisco Live networking and security event. The cloud management offering provides a unified experience across the Cisco Meraki ... Mon, 18 Jul 2022 23:43:00 -0500 text/html https://www.itp.net/infrastructure/cloud/cisco-launches-smart-cloud-managed-network Killexams : Cisco opens DevNet portal

Cisco has unveiled DevNet, its online portal for developers looking to work with Cisco products. In a blog entry discussing a software-intense future, Susie Wee, Cisco’s vice president and CTO of networked experience, wrote that Cisco would be making resources available to developers worldwide through the DevNet site.

Already, DevNet hosts forums and information on Cisco’s product lines. The site also hosts a free-access sandbox for developers. In the sandbox, developers can get access to running labs filled with Cisco hardware and software. For example, WebEx is included in the sandbox, thus allowing developers to build software that can interact with the WebEx service without having to pay for WebEx time just to test their software.

The Sandbox services offered by Cisco are currently heavily weighted on the communications and mobile side of its product line, but the company is planning on releasing more capabilities into the sandbox. Currently, the DevNet Sandbox is divided into two distinct sets of services: dedicated and shared labs. Dedicated labs actually deliver developers admin-level access to the hardware and software they’re using. Currently, most of the services offered are available in the dedicated form.

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Killexams : Cisco SD-WAN Provides Full-stack Multilayer Security Capabilities: Ritesh Doshi

In a world where cloud-first strategy is on the minds of organisations, providing secure access to applications for users has become a priority. But as organisations and users become distributed, the attack surface continues to expand – driving up the demand for easy access to applications without compromising on security. To bridge this gap organisations need to factor in security closer to the user and edge. This can support network agility and minimise network latency. Software Defined WAN (SD-WAN) can cover it all.

BW Businessworld got in touch with Ritesh Doshi, Director of Enterprise Networking at Cisco India and SAARC, to understand more about SD-WAN. Read on for excerpts from the interview.

Excerpts:

How does SD WAN help organizations scale with simplicity?

The moment you talk about software-defined, you are basically abstracting the software layer from the hardware layer. So, now there is no dependency on the hardware. With so many users in an enterprise spread across various regions, connectivity mediums that an organisation wants is ease of management. 

The second thing that they want is deep visibility into what the user is doing. For example, when I'm working from home, I'm connecting to the company internet or the company network. In such a scenario, it is quite possible that I'm also accessing some sites or certain workloads, which may carry a potential risk. And if an organisation doesn't have a deep visibility into what my machine is communicating to the Internet, whether it is towards the company network or towards the outside network, they won't be able to figure out how to stop a potential attack from happening. So, in the case of a software-defined WAN (SD-WAN), you can kind of do entire policy management, entire controls at a central level, thereby bringing in a lot of simplicity. 

Gartner famously said that says SASE is the future of network security cloud. What’s at the crux of the SASE transformation? 

SASE is a framework. It is not a product; it is not a specific solution. Under the SASE framework, there are various pillars which come into play that enable secure access to applications wherever users are a significant priority. But while delivering speed and agility, the multi-cloud environment creates challenges such as an expanded attack surface and less control over the user experience. As security shifts to the cloud, the legacy perimeter must also transform. Now, one critical pillar of the entire SASE framework is the SD-WAN, which is becoming cloud-programmable platform for security and SASE components. Then, we look at cloud-based security services coming towards the edge. Here, what we are talking about is that all the security services, which can potentially help protect a user from direct exposure, or from a direct threat is taken absolutely towards the edge. And that's where the solutions like - virtual firewall, cloud-based CASB, and etc - come into play. Now, all of these solutions have to work in close coordination with each other, and work as part of the framework. The result is a superior application experience and secure connectivity for employees and customers.

When we recommend our customers to go towards a SASE framework, we recommend them to create a long-term blue print to achieve the end-state. Look at the potential window where they have either an upgrade, refresh, or an expansion coming in and start putting various pieces in place keeping the end-state in mind. 

We believe, no customer in today's world will be able to turn around toward SASE overnight. At Cisco, help them define a framework around the key fundamental pillars like SD-WAN, CASB, like cloud-based security (Cisco Umbrella solution), which works in close coordination with Talos, our Threat Intelligence and Research solution that extracts intelligence around what is happening globally in terms of cyber threats, etc., and feeding that back in the solution to deliver the entire end-to-end outcome for the customer.

Could you deliver us an instance where you helped a client tap into the power of SD-WAN and SASE?

We helped an Indian private bank with 5500+ branches. The bank has users who are business correspondents, accessing the company network from various remote places, not necessarily getting connected to the branches. The bank has been a long-standing customer for Cisco. We have helped this bank chart out the blueprint with three different architectures, including ACI, SD-WAN, and the SDA architecture, coming together with security layer built on top of it. 

Now, the customer has an existing network in place in all these three areas. So, we created a step-by-step approach for them that will help them reach the end-state in about 18 to 24 months depending on their execution plan and whenever they get the window to exercise it. But the end-objective in this whole exercise for us and the customer is to achieve two things: 

  • User Mobility: The bank has a lot of mobile users mostly in the sales organisation. They want the policies to travel along with the user. 
  • User Provisioning: Customer today touches seven or eight different points to provision a user, when they are onboarded. What I mean by that is that at the moment, whenever there is a new user in the organisation depending on the department, one has to touch the Active Directory, which is where the user is created. Then, the LAN port needs to be provisioned, access to the WAN, Corporate Firewall and access through all the security devices both on-prem and cloud needs to be done to allow the user access workload. We have helped the bank laydown the blueprint which will help them do one-touch provisioning by using tighter integration capabilities between various solution components thereby delivering simplicity, centralised management, greater visibility and tighter security to the environment.

How is Cisco SD-WAN bridging an organisation’s security with SASE rollouts?

In any organization, when we define the end objective it is to make sure that, we are covering every part of the attack surface that we have exposed. With the advent of the whole cloud journey and, most of the applications are moving towards cloud. On the other side, users are getting exposed more and more to the internet as the attack surface widens. With SASE as a framework and SD-WAN as one of its important pillars, we are moving security as close to the edge as possible. 

Cisco SD-WAN provides full-stack multilayer security capabilities for both on-premises and cloud. It bridges organisations' current security deployments with their SASE rollout by providing consistent security policy enforcement that can be deployed and managed anywhere. It provides:

  • Constant protection against all internal and external threats, from branches to SaaS.
  • Improved user experience via secure direct internet and cloud access.
  • Increases overall network efficiency and reliability with micro-segmentation and identity-based policy management.
  • Centralized visibility and control for all internal, inbound, and outbound traffic.
  • Reduced cost and complexity using a single product for networking, security, and cloud.

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