Aug 12, 2020

Comcast: Top ten cloud companies

Cloud
Technology
Kayleigh Shooter
2 min
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We take a closer look at Comcast, an innovative cloud company who claimed the fifth spot in our list of the top ten cloud companies...

Comcast Corporation is an American telecommunications company heading up its operations in Philadelphia. The company has had massive success since its founding in 1963, it is now the second largest broadcasting and cable company in the world and it is the largest home internet service provider in the United States. The company has built the nation’s largest “Gig-speed” network which allows the company to deliver unrivaled and unrelenting speeds to more businesses and people across the nation, making this a USP of the company. 

Comcast is committed to changing this current world through providing new and innovative technology solutions. However it is also committed to changing for future generations. The company says that they design all of their products to use up less energy, reduce emissions and cut down waste. Last year, employees across the company totalled 500,000 hours completing community work to try and evoke a change in its local community.

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a large impact on even the world’s most successful corporations, the company sent as many employees home as possible to work from home and still be able to provide its customers with good service, as we all need fast WiFi now all meetings are online. A dedicated number of Comcast employees added more fibre and ensured the maintenance of existing infrastructure to meet the challenges posed by the increased number of people working from home.

Earlier in the year, before COVID-19 took its toll, we sat down with Comcast’s distinguished engineer, Larry Macherome, to find out how the company is implementing DevSecOps at scale. Maccherone’s professional background heavily revolves around data analytics and Lean-Agile, and he started his first business while still an undergraduate at university. Upon joining Comcast in June 2016, Maccherone became responsible for overseeing the company’s DevSecOps transformation.

Since its creation over a decade ago, DevOps has become a vital component of how companies operate. Building upon the foundations of the agile movement, DevOps leverages automation, for quality and security testing as well as for formerly manual deployment and operations activities, in a bid to introduce software into production at speed. The primary goal of any DevSecOps initiative is to enable development teams to change their mindset and adopt security practices into their daily activities. 

You can read the full, exclusive interview using the button below. 

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Aug 3, 2021

Ivanti Acquires RiskSense to Combat Cyber Attacks

Technology
Ivanti
RiskSense
Cybersecurity
2 min
Ivanti has acquired RiskSense to change the patch management market and help customers combat cyber threats and ransomware attacks

Ivanti, an IT asset and service management software solutions provider, has acquired RiskSense, a company that works in risk-based vulnerability management and prioritisation, to drive the next evolution of patch management.

This combination of the two companies will enable organisations to ‘shrink their attack surface, prioritise vulnerabilities to remediate, and reduce their exposure to cyber threats and ransomware attacks by taking a proactive, risk-based approach to patch management’. The terms of the RiskSense transaction were not disclosed.

“Over the past two years, cyberattacks such as ransomware have crossed the line from being a nuisance to truly disrupting society,” said Srinivas Mukkamala, CEO of RiskSense. “And unpatched vulnerabilities remain one of the common points of infiltration into organisations’ ecosystems. I’m committed to the global fight against ransomware. And I truly believe that the combination of risk-based vulnerability prioritisation and automated patch intelligence can help organisations reduce their exposure and make a major impact in global cyberspace. Together, RiskSense and Ivanti will help customers drive operational efficiencies and defend against the next wave of sophisticated cyber threats, including ransomware attacks.”

 

Providing IT teams with the tools to tackle cyber issues

 

Solutions from the combined companies are expected to reduce the meantime to detect, discover, remediate, and respond to cyber threats, particularly critical vulnerabilities linked to or associated with ransomware. Together, Ivanti and RiskSense will provide security and IT teams with context and adaptive intelligence regarding what their organisation’s exposures are to vulnerabilities that are being actively exploited, including whether those vulnerabilities are tied to ransomware, and then enable them to quickly remediate those threats. 

Ivanti has already integrated the RiskSense Vulnerability Intelligence and Vulnerability Risk Rating, which prioritises and quantifies adversarial risk based on factors such as threat intelligence, in-the-wild exploit trends, and security analyst validation, into Ivanti Neurons for Patch Intelligence. 

“This combination will allow us to provide our customers with a holistic view of vulnerabilities and exposures, and then enable them to take fast action through Ivanti Neurons for Patch Intelligence. Customers will be able to greatly reduce their attack surface and risk of breach because of the vulnerability intelligence and the resulting remediation prioritisation based on actively trending exploits and ransomware attacks,” said Jim Schaper, Ivanti Chairman and CEO. 

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