Attivo Networks®, the experts in identity security and lateral movement attack prevention, and a Multi-Award Winner in the 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Awards Program, has been awarded a Department of Defense (DoD) Small Business Innovation and Research (SBIR) contract through AFWERX/AFVentures for its innovative ransomware mitigation capabilities.
The contract extends Attivo’s strategic support to the three major branches of the DoD: the Air Force, Army, and Navy.
The DoD previously awarded Attivo a SBIR contract for its Active Directory assessment technology.
Now, the company’s anti-ransomware technology supports the Air Force in protecting critical data related to Air Force Network (AFNET) operations and accelerates technology innovation to support the warfighter.
(Attacking Active Directory and obtaining domain admin-level access is one of the attackers’ primary objectives. Active Directory and Domain controllers are prime reconnaissance targets to hunt for privileged credentials and privileged access. Attivo Networks provides innovative solutions for assessing Active Directory cyber hygiene, identifying specific domain, computer, and user-level risks, and detecting live attacks. Courtesy of Attivo Networks and YouTube.)
The Attivo ThreatDefend® Detection & Response Platform’s ransomware mitigation functions can derail even the most sophisticated ransomware attacks.
Using cloaking technology, the platform hides and denies access to local credentials and Active Directory objects, preventing an attacker from gaining access and the authority to change policies or perform mass ransomware distribution.
(Learn how Attivo’s ThreatDefend® Platform delivers unparalleled attack prevention, detection, and adversary intelligence collection based on cyber deception and data concealment technologies for an informed defense. The platform efficiently derails attacker discovery, lateral movement, privilege escalation, and collection activities early in the attack cycle across endpoints, Active Directory, and network devices on-premises, in clouds, and on specialized attack surfaces. Courtesy of Attivo Networks and YouTube.)
Additionally, it can cloak local files, folders, removable devices, and mapped network or cloud shares, preventing the attacker from encrypting or modifying them.
It also creates fake network file shares that feed the attackers misleading data to stall the attack so the organization can promptly isolate infected systems and limit damages.
This new contract demonstrates the demand for protecting high-value assets and preventing disruption of service attacks through a unified risk management platform.
“The DoD is continually looking to accelerate technology innovation to support the warfighter,” explains Todd Helfrich, VP Federal, Attivo Networks.
“A ransomware attack could debilitate DoD operations if critical data fell into the hands of the adversary.”
“This latest SBIR contract award with Air Force and other DoD partners confirms the need for a more innovative approach to solving the ransomware problem and we’re proud to help advance the cybersecurity capabilities for Airmen.”
(The Attivo Networks Endpoint Detection Net DataCloak function hides and denies access to local files, folders, removable storage, network or cloud shares, local administrator accounts, and application credentials. By denying attackers the ability to see or exploit critical data, organizations can disrupt their discovery or lateral movement activities and limit the damage from ransomware attacks. Courtesy of Attivo Networks and YouTube.)
“We’re honored to expand our relationship with the Department of Defense,” continued Helfrich.
“The Attivo Networks anti-ransomware technology is unique in that it focuses on action-based detections rather than signature or anomaly-based techniques, which often make it difficult to detect adversaries with persistence.”
“The Attivo technology protects a system’s directory structure by hiding production data before it’s encrypted, resulting in greater effectiveness to stop the adversary in their tracks.”
“After all, adversaries can’t attack what they can’t see.”
“Ransomware is a growing threat to national security and DoD operations, especially as attackers are making it clear that they will not adhere to traditional ethical boundaries,” added Tony Cole, CTO of Attivo Networks.
“Adversaries frequently bypass perimeter and traditional endpoint threat detection defenses, and it’s time for a new approach that provides effective countermeasures to fight adversaries conducting attacks against DoD.”
“Attivo Networks active cyber defense technology detects the adversary early and throughout the attack’s lifecycle, denying access to production assets and data allowing for quick mitigation of the attack.”
(The Attivo Networks Endpoint Detection Net (EDN) Suite anticipates attacker methods to move laterally from infected endpoints and ambushes their moves with lures, bait, and misdirection to speed threat detection. EDN boosts existing endpoint security detection performance by showing exposed credential attack paths, credential misuse, and attempts to enumerate Active Directory. Concealment technology hides and denies access to critical files, data, AD objects, and credentials. The solution prevents discovery, credential theft, privilege escalation, data collection, and lateral movement. Courtesy of Attivo Networks and YouTube.)
Attivo Networks®, the experts in identity security and lateral movement attack prevention, delivers a superior defense for countering threat activity.
Through cyber visibility programs, deception, and conditional access tactics, the Attivo ThreatDefend® Platform offers a customer-proven, scalable solution for denying, detecting, and derailing attackers and reducing attack surfaces without relying on signatures.
The portfolio provides patented innovative defenses at critical points of attack, including at endpoints, in Active Directory, in the cloud, and across the entire network by preventing and misdirecting attack activity. Forensics, automated attack analysis, and third-party integrations streamline incident response.
Deception as a defense strategy continues to grow and is an integral part of NIST Special Publications and MITRE® Shield, and its capabilities tightly align to the MITRE Engage™ Framework.
Attivo has won over 180 awards for its technology innovation and leadership.
In addition to the Platinum Award, Attivo Networks also won a much-coveted 2021 ‘ASTORS’ Extraordinary Leadership & Innovation Award, in recognition of their best-in-class cybersecurity and identity security platform in the global marketplace.
For additional information about Attivo Networks Federal solutions, join the team at the WEST 2022 conference in booth #2640 from February 16 – 18 in San Diego, CA, and the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Cyberspace Symposium in booth #91 from February 21 – 24 in Colorado Springs, CO.
To Learn More, please visit www.attivonetworks.com.
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Attivo Networks (First of Three)
Best Identity Detection & Response Solution
Attivo Networks®, a leader in identity detection and response, has expanded its portfolio to include cloud identity security.
Organizations provision human and non-human identities (applications, virtual machines, serverless functions, and such) on the network and in the cloud, which attackers target early in the attack cycle to progress their attacks.
By stealing these identities, they can impersonate authorized users, access resources, move laterally throughout the network and cloud environments, conduct reconnaissance, elevate privileges, identify targets, and compromise data.
While many tools intend to keep networks secure, Identity Detection and Response (IDR) gives organizations a critical new weapon in their arsenal to find and fix credential and entitlement weaknesses and detect live attacks on a real-time basis.
As modern cybercriminals attempt to exploit vulnerable credentials and entitlements to move through networks undetected, IDR solutions play a meaningful role in stopping them, whereas other tools simply cannot.
Attivo Networks IDR Suite of Products can seamlessly extend to the cloud and deliver detailed entitlement visibility for identities – including users, applications, containers, serverless functions, and other assets.
Attivo Networks (Second of Three)
Best Intrusion Detection & Prevention Solution
Attack surfaces have expanded dramatically with the shift toward remote work putting identity at the forefront of security, a major shift from traditional perimeter-based strategies.
Organizations must now defend identities across the entire enterprise with identity-based, least-privilege access programs and defenses capable of detecting attack escalation and lateral movement on-premises and in the cloud.
Attivo Networks has leveraged its deep experience in privilege escalation and lateral movement detection to become a significant player in the Identity Detection and Response space.
In the last year, the company has secured its leadership position based on its broad portfolio of capabilities that focus on unprecedented visibility to exposures and misconfigurations of identities and entitlements and early detection of credential theft, misuse, and privileged escalation activities.
(The Attivo ThreatDefend® Platform delivers unparalleled attack prevention, detection, and adversary intelligence collection based on cyber deception and data concealment technologies for an informed defense. The platform efficiently derails attacker discovery, lateral movement, privilege escalation, and collection activities early in the attack cycle across endpoints, Active Directory, and network devices on-premises, in clouds, and on specialized attack surfaces. Courtesy of Attivo Networks and YouTube.)
Attivo Networks (Third of Three)
Best Cloud Security Solution
IDEntitleX is Attivo Networks’ Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement (CIEM) solution, which provides unprecedented visibility for cloud permissions management.
Customers gain actionable visibility to cloud identity risks and entitlement exposures so they can address risky entitlements and drift from security policies.
This solution makes it easy to identify and reduce risk by providing intuitive and interactive graphical visualizations for cloud identities, roles/permissions, and resources.
Defenders now gain the visibility needed to see misconfigurations and excess permissions attackers can leverage to create attack paths and persistence within the cloud environment.
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