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Logpoint poll highlights extent of insecure and unmonitored business-critical systems

Logpoint | May 27, 2022

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Logpoint has today announced findings from a recent poll to uncover the security and cost implications enterprises face with their existing IT infrastructure. The poll, issued on Twitter, was targeted at cybersecurity and IT professionals in both the US and UK.

The poll revealed the extent of insecure and unmonitored business-critical systems, with 40 percent noting that they do not include business-critical systems such as SAP in their cybersecurity monitoring. In addition, a further 27 percent were unsure if it was included in their cybersecurity monitoring at all. This is concerning given that SAP serves as the core system behind every aspect of business operations. Not including this in the centralized security monitoring solution leaves organizations vulnerable and exposed to the risk of cyber threats.

"Considering that 77 percent of global transactions touch an SAP system, protecting it against cyber-attacks is vital. Organizations store their most critical assets within SAP, and this data must be protected. SAP systems require extensive protection and security monitoring, and businesses need to ensure they have an integrated security operations platform that monitors all IT infrastructure to ensure they have complete visibility into their SAP system" said Andrew Lintell, Logpoint VP for EMEA.

Furthermore, when asked how they currently review SAP logs for cybersecurity events or cyber threat activity, almost 30 percent of respondents admitted to not reviewing SAP logs in any way, and again, nearly 30 percent said they didn't know if this was being monitored. Failure to do so can create a blind spot for businesses and make it challenging to detect and quickly respond to fraud and threats within SAP.

To add to this, only 23 percent said the process of reviewing SAP logs for cybersecurity events or cyber threat activity was automated through SIEM, with almost 19 percent still doing so manually.

"Bringing SAP systems under the remit of cybersecurity solutions can massively reduce the security risks and provide logs to aid any audit processes. Accommodating it within the SIEM, for example, can enable these applications to benefit from automation and continuous monitoring, as well as coordinated threat detection and response with log storage and log management, to assist in subsequent investigations," commented Lintell.

"The problem though, is that businesses are trying to fill the gaps in their cybersecurity stacks by devoting more spend to a growing litany of cloud security products, with many toolsets and features going unused or resulting in configuration failure and, ultimately, data breaches that could be avoided," Lintell added.

For those businesses looking to invest in cloud security, a near 40 percent of respondents regarded software licensing in the cloud as too expensive, with 24 percent declaring it led to unknown future costs. Lock-in or lack of control with software licensing was also flagged as an issue by 22 percent, along with a lack of user-based licensing options by 14 percent, as the predominant model of charging is data usage-based.

Lintell commented - "Businesses must continue to build out their cloud presence, and the market is seeing some natural consolidation as complementary technologies such as SIEM and SOAR converge. There are cost-effective options available, and a SaaS all-in-one solution can limit the costs associated with licensing, particularly if it's based on the number of devices sending data rather than on the volume of your data, which is where businesses are seeing costs escalate".

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Parlement Technologies | September 19, 2022

Parler, the leading viewpoint-neutral, free speech social media platform, today announced that it has secured $16M in Series B funding, for a total of $56 million in funding to date. The new capital will fuel Parler's vision to leapfrog the industry by building the world's premier free speech technology infrastructure and platform. With today's funding news, the company is also announcing the acquisition of Irvine, CA-based private cloud company Dynascale Inc., which provides businesses around the globe with private and hybrid cloud solutions and customized managed services as an alternative to Big Tech providers. In addition to the company's funding and acquisition news, Parler is also announcing that it has restructured into Parlement Technologies, Inc., and will operate a diversified yet cohesive portfolio of technology and platforms to power the future of free speech. Dynascale Inc. will anchor the company's infrastructure division and Parler, its social media division. "We are entering a new era as Parlement Technologies, one that goes far beyond the boundaries of a free speech social media platform. "Beginning today, we are building a new company that powers vital functions across business touch points from front-of-house customer viewpoints to back-of-house web infrastructure. We believe that Parlement Technologies will power the future. And the future is uncancelable." Parlement Technologies CEO George Farmer Dynascale Inc., which will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Parlement Technologies, provides companies with best-in-class private and hybrid cloud solutions, disaster recovery, colocation, managed network services, custom managed services, and free transition support while offering 24/7/365 live support for all customers. The company has a raised floor footprint of more than 50 thousand square feet and serves a global list of enterprise companies spanning across every business vertical. Dynascale holds SOC2 TYPE2 and HITRUST yearly compliance audits, helping companies meet their individual compliance requirements. "We're thrilled to be joining the Parlement team, especially now as the company enters a new and exciting era of forward-thinking leadership and innovation," said Igor Shalkevich, former President of Dynascale Inc. and now Head of Business Development of Dynascale. "Our solutions facilitate cloud maturity, and we're honored to serve as the anchor for building out what will become an entire ecosystem to secure business infrastructure and help amplify free speech platforms." About Parlement Technologies Parlement Technologies serves as the parent company and home of the premier free speech social media app, Parler, and leading technology systems, including Web3 and secure cloud services, known as DeepRedSky and Dynascale Inc. The company is a guiding force in the fight against Big Tech, Big Government, censorship, and cancel culture. Parlement is based in Nashville, TN, and has a growing global community of industry trailblazers, product and service providers, content creators, freethinkers, and loyal platform users.

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Cortex Gives Global Enterprises Autodiscovery for Cloud Infrastructure

Cortex | July 27, 2022

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Senet and IotaComm Partner to Deliver Advanced Wireless Networks for Smart Infrastructure Sensors

Senet, Inc. | July 21, 2022

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Through a combination of sensors, meters, and its Delphi360™ wireless connectivity and data analytics platform, IotaComm provides an end-to-end smart building and smart city solution used by building managers, industrial site managers, and city planners to better manage the health, safety, and sustainability goals of their organizations and facilities. In addition, IotaComm uniquely combines its FCC-licensed spectrum within the LoRaWAN standard to enable carrier-grade, low power wide area connectivity for critical infrastructure applications, such as smart metering and predictive maintenance. To support growing customer demand for power efficient, battery operated indoor and outdoor smart building sensors, IotaComm operates more than 140 tower sites nationwide and plans to deploy 150 LoRaWAN gateways by 2023. For customers preferring added levels of network and application performance, Senet and IotaComm are collaborating to create a new LoRaWAN service using the 800 MHz licensed spectrum. IotaComm already owns enough 800 MHz spectrum to cover about 90 percent of the US and plans to deploy multi-access gateways to deliver a premium smart building connectivity offering. IotaComm will use Senet’s cloud-based platform to manage both its public LoRaWAN network and private on-premises networks and application deployments using the 800 MHz FCC-licensed spectrum. “We’re honored to be working alongside of Senet in the quest to provide the wireless connectivity efficiency and flexibility that industries are requiring. “This partnership fully supports our goals of building the largest national, carrier-grade LPWAN dedicated to the IoT. 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