SureCity Networks: delivering secure digital transformation
The digital transformation of enterprises, driven by innovative technologies, the shift to broader and more complex networks and migration to the public cloud shows little sign of slowing. And while that transformation brings numerous benefits, it also brings greater complexity and a heightened threat landscape. As a result, network and cyber security plays a pivotal role in enabling such transformations.
“Digital transformation isn’t a new phenomenon,” says Tim Kirk, Founder and CEO of SureCity Networks . “But, while that transformation journey has been happening for some years, more recently there’s been a significant increase in organisations using multiple public cloud providers and increasing complexity of networks make it harder to prevent and secure networks.”
This shift, says Kirk, has brought significant change to the traditional threat landscape for organisations such as DuluxGroup .
“The risk exposure now is very different,” he explains. “As a result of that push towards the public cloud, companies are realising they have a greater number of assets that are publicly facing and which, as a consequence, could be at risk. Our specialty is being able to secure those environments in an agile and creative way that doesn’t hold up their business processes and delivers a best-in-class solution.”
SureCity Networks provides this service for companies across several sectors, including DuluxGroup. The business specialises in network and cyber security, delivering across three core areas of consultancy, managed or hosted services, and cyber security products.
In working with partners, SureCity Networks limits attackers abilities to move throughout Networks and Systems. It is able to set itself apart by being a true, vendor and solution agnostic company. SureCity Networks takes a proactive role, believing that prevention is more effective than cure, and aims to prevent cyber-attacks at the earliest opportunity.
The company has been working with DuluxGroup for more than two years, transitioning over that period from initial work around public cloud to a far closer relationship.
“For any organisation, the crucial aspect is that digital transformation means speed and agility, of course, but the key thing is to do that while maintaining optimal security at all times,” says Kirk.
“When we started working with DuluxGroup, the scope of work initially involved helping them with consultancy work,” he continues. “This included securing their journey to public cloud and a next generation firewall security assessment. As part of the latter, we delivered analysis, a report and recommendations, and it was really the depth of that work that cemented the partnership and saw it develop into a full managed services solution. Essentially, that means we operate their networks, manage all of their next generation firewalls and consult on digital transformation strategies around moving workloads to public cloud so as to enable a faster and more effective route to market for products.”
According to Kirk, SureCity Networks brings several key advantages to DuluxGroup and other partners:
- Context: what do alerts, notifications and data mean to the business?
- Visibility: full visibility over the entire network for planning, capacity and detecting threats that could be harmful.
- Automation: a core aspect of an organisation’s ability to respond to threats that are automated in nature, so, ‘fighting machines with machines’ so that automated attacks can be combated with a similar response.
The latter, Kirk explains, is becoming increasingly important. “The reality is that hackers don’t switch on and hack you between nine and five - it’s a 24-hour consistent threat. Our job is to ensure that DuluxGroup’s security keeps pace with its development and ongoing Digital Transformation program, and so we work hard to ensure a platform is in place that self learns and re-programs to block any attack that occurs at any time.”
Naturally, such an approach requires a close relationship - something that Kirk reiterates is a key differentiator of SureCity Networks’ success. “We’ve been really fortunate to work with DuluxGroup in particular for several reasons,” he states.
“As a critical partner, they are one of few that work really closely with us to give insight into things like long-term strategies and vision. As an example, they have a regular internal convention for partners and suppliers that is solely focused on future plans and vision. From our perspective, it’s a great way of helping us to align with the strategy and deliver the best possible outcome that we can.”
Ivanti Acquires RiskSense to Combat Cyber 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.