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Navigating Cybersecurity in the Intelligent Era



The intelligent era, characterized by the convergence of AI, cloud computing, and IoT, has revolutionized how we live and work. However, this technological advancement also presents new cybersecurity challenges. As networks become increasingly complex and interconnected, the attack surface expands, demanding a more robust and adaptable approach to security. Traditional security measures, often reliant on static rules and manual intervention, are proving inadequate against the dynamic and sophisticated threats of the modern digital landscape.

Huawei’s Xinghe Intelligent SASE (Secure Access Service Edge) solution embodies this paradigm shift. By integrating network and security capabilities into a unified platform, Xinghe streamlines enterprise branch deployment and operations while enhancing overall security. This holistic approach leverages AI-powered analysis, detection, and handling, enabling enterprises to establish a comprehensive, efficient, intelligent network security protection system for their global branches.

Unveiled during the Middle East and Central Asia stop of Huawei Network Summit 2024 in Baku, Azerbaijan, Xinghe Intelligent SASE solution demonstrates Huawei’s dedication to advancing cybersecurity intelligence and supporting industries in their accelerated journey into the intelligence era.

Speaking at the event, Adrian Chirita, Principal Network Security and AI Research Expert, at Huawei European Research Center, observed that “Huawei Xinghe Intelligent SASE Solution has leading intelligent defence capabilities spanning the cloud, network, edge, and endpoint, providing a future-proof intelligent network-security convergence solution for enterprise branches through intelligent analysis, detection, and handling.”

Adrian Chirita, Principal Network Security and AI Research Expert, Huawei European Research Center

On the cloud, Huawei’s Qiankun security analysis platform employs more than 8,000 inference rules to automatically handle 99% of security events across the entire network within seconds. Additionally, 25 security detection models are trained through AI, enabling automatic correlation analysis of security events based on massive volumes of security alarms. Handling policies are automatically delivered and matched, facilitating rapid closed-loop handling of security events within seconds and automatic branch maintenance without dedicated personnel, ultimately improving operational efficiency by 100 times.

On the network front, the HiSec SASE Solution supports ultra-large networking of 16 hubs and networking of up to 20,000 enterprise branches, catering to the multi-site, multi-data centre requirements of large enterprises with multiple branches. Huawei’s exclusive dynamic tunnelling technology, Ethernet VPN (EVPN), automatically sets up tunnels in real-time, ensuring key service experience even with a packet loss rate of 30%, guaranteeing optimal experience of enterprise branch service networks.

At the edge, the HiSec SASE security gateway boasts four dedicated built-in AI security engines, achieving a threat detection rate of up to 99.9%. The HiSec SASE security gateway also integrates a host of network and security capabilities, such as firewall, switching, and routing capabilities. The solution stands out with network-security convergence, making it ideal for building a simplified network architecture for enterprises, helping to simplify enterprise branch deployment and O&M, and reducing OPEX by 30%.

On the endpoint side, Huawei’s latest HiSec Endpoint intelligent endpoint security system, derived from the HarmonyOS technology kernel, offers advanced, intelligent, and efficient protection. HiSec Endpoint utilizes the industry’s first threat source tracing graph engine to identify and accurately detect 100% of ransomware. Its ransomware detection rollback technology enables one-click automatic recovery, precisely protecting enterprise endpoint data security.

AI: The Driving Force in Modern Cybersecurity
AI has become an indispensable tool in the cybersecurity arsenal. Its ability to analyze vast amounts of data, identify patterns, and automate responses is crucial in the face of ever-evolving threats. AI-powered systems can detect anomalies, predict potential attacks, and adapt to new threat vectors in real time, significantly outpacing traditional rule-based approaches.

Furthermore, AI can automate repetitive security tasks, freeing up human analysts to focus on more complex threats and strategic decision-making. This automation not only improves efficiency but also reduces the potential for human error. Additionally, AI can continuously learn and adapt, enhancing its threat detection and response capabilities over time.

Huawei’s Commitment to Security Innovation
With over 20 years of experience in security, Huawei has established six security technology labs and employs more than 2,500 security R&D personnel worldwide. The company holds over 3,000 patented security technologies and remains focused on customer requirements. It provides world-leading security products and solutions while helping customers enhance their capabilities to defend against various network attacks through technological innovation.

By embracing AI and a holistic approach, Huawei empowers organizations to navigate the challenges of the intelligent era and build a secure digital future.

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Cyber Security

Netskope Joins Google Workspace Security Alliance



Netskope has joined the Google Workspace Security Alliance to extend security and data protection for Workspace users. The Netskope One Platform provides a number of advanced security capabilities that protect data, defend against threats, and ensure users have fast and secure access to Google Workspace productivity and collaboration tools, including Gemini for Workspace.

As organizations increasingly adopt cloud technologies to drive innovation and efficiency, they are also challenged to secure sensitive data from a range of cyber risks, including:

  • Ongoing increases in the number of users uploading sensitive data to personal instances of cloud applications
  • New and evolving threat techniques such as abuse of certain applications for critical data access, back doors, and financial gain; compromise of credentials to access critical business data; insider threats; and more
  • Data exposure from the insecure use of both managed and unmanaged AI-based productivity tools

Netskope and Google Workspace empower organizations to embrace modern collaboration and productivity by enabling the secure use of AI-based productivity tools. Netskope provides advanced data loss prevention (DLP) techniques, delivering real-time visibility and control over users, data, and corporate vs. personal cloud instances. In addition, Netskope’s comprehensive threat protection through both API and inline controls detects threats in Google applications and monitors data movement and threat propagation between Google Workspace apps and third-party ecosystem applications.

“Netskope is proud to expand its partnership with Google Workspace by joining the Workspace Security Alliance. There are already thousands of customers using Netskope to safeguard their Google Workspace applications, and this new partnership further enhances the secure usage capabilities for application specific data protection policies,” said Andy Horwitz, VP, Global Partner Ecosystems, Netskope. “Together, Netskope and Google Workspace can help customers modernize their productivity stack. We look forward to helping customers safely optimize their employees’ daily productivity.”

The Netskope and Google Workspace partnership enables organizations to embrace collaboration and productivity while safeguarding critical data. Joint customers can now more effectively:

  1. Support best practice use of Gemini for Google Workspace: Leverage real-time user coaching to help enforce best practices in application usage. Organizations can gain visibility into data movement to minimize sensitive information sharing while achieving data compliance objectives.
  2. Protect sensitive data: Detect and manage access to sensitive data within Google Workspace applications, enforcing policies to prevent unauthorized data movement across platforms, including third-party services like Microsoft OneDrive, Box and Dropbox.
  3. Stop insider threats like data exfiltration: Prevent the download of sensitive data from Google Workspace business instances and then the upload to personal instances, which is one of today’s top reasons for data loss. Additionally, apply this control to unmanaged devices: allow unmanaged or personal device access to a specific cloud app for collaboration, however, do not allow downloading of sensitive data.
  4. Detect and stop elusive threats and malware: Protect against malware and phishing delivered from the cloud. Netskope’s multi-layered advanced threat protection (ATP) enhances security within Google Workspace and across cloud applications.
  5. Maintain compliance in Google Workspace: Ensure that organizations can adhere to regulations and meet compliance needs by enforcing security policies within Google Workspace.

“By partnering with Netskope, a leading SASE vendor, customers can confidently expand their Google Workspace adoption leveraging their existing IT infrastructure investments,” said Nikhil Sinha, Group Product Manager, Google Workspace. “Netskope instance awareness enables fine grained data governance policy differences to both corporate and personal Google Workspace accounts. We are excited to partner with Netskope to provide these advanced security capabilities to our customers.”

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Channel Talk

AmiViz and BitSight Join Forces to Elevate Middle East Risk Management



AmiViz has partnered with Bitsight, a leading provider of cyber risk management solutions. This collaboration marks a significant step forward in bolstering cybersecurity capabilities across the region and facilitating Bitsight’s expansion efforts in the Middle East.

The partnership between AmiViz and Bitsight will enhance the cybersecurity landscape in the Middle East by introducing state-of-the-art solutions designed to tackle the evolving cyber threats confronting regional organizations. With both companies committed to improving cybersecurity awareness and resilience, they are set to pave the way for a safer and more secure digital environment in the region.

Commenting on the partnership with Bitsight, Ilyas Mohammed, COO at AmiViz said, “Our decision to onboard Bitsight demonstrates our commitment towards the evolution of the cybersecurity landscape in the Middle East. As organizations grapple with increasingly sophisticated cyber threats, the partnership between these two industry leaders promises to deliver enhanced value by equipping organizations with the tools and insights needed to effectively manage cyber risks and safeguard their digital assets in an ever-evolving threat landscape.”

Bitsight’s solutions can proactively assess and manage their cyber risk exposure and provide organizations with actionable intelligence to optimize their security investments, streamline vendor risk management processes, and enhance cyber resilience. With a focus on continuous monitoring and data-driven insights, Bitsight empowers organizations to make informed decisions and stay ahead of emerging cyber threats.

The Middle East has often been an attractive target for cyber-attacks, and this partnership will empower companies to address vulnerabilities and protect their digital assets proactively. By combining AmiViz’s deep understanding of the regional market dynamics with Bitsight’s cutting-edge technology and global expertise, the partnership will offer next-generation cybersecurity solutions tailored to the unique challenges and requirements of Middle Eastern organizations.

“We are proud to partner with AmiViz to transform the cyber risk management landscape in the Middle East,” said Xavier Artiguebieille, Senior Vice President, EMEA Sales at Bitsight. “Our combined efforts will equip organizations with the critical tools and intelligence needed to navigate and mitigate the complexities of modern cyber threats, enhancing their overall security and resilience.”

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Artificial Intelligence

ESET’s New AI Assistant Streamlines Threat Detection and Response



ESET has introduced ESET AI Advisor, an innovative generative AI-based cybersecurity assistant that transforms incident response and interactive risk analysis. First showcased at RSA Conference 2024, the new solution is now available as part of the ESET PROTECT MDR Ultimate subscription tier and ESET Threat Intelligence.

Unlike other vendor offerings and typical generative AI assistants that focus on soft features like administration or device management, ESET AI Advisor seamlessly integrates into the day-to-day operations of security analysts, conducting in-depth analysis. Building on over two decades of ESET’s expertise in AI-driven endpoint protection, the offering provides detailed incident data and SOC team-level advisory. This is a game-changer for companies with limited IT resources who want to utilize the advantages of advanced Extended Detection and Response (XDR) solutions and threat intelligence feeds.

“As cybersecurity threats become increasingly sophisticated, ESET remains committed to providing cutting-edge solutions that address these challenges. The ESET AI Advisor module represents a significant leap forward in our mission to close the cybersecurity skills gap and empower organizations to safeguard their digital assets effectively,” said Juraj Malcho, Chief Technology Officer at ESET.

One of the primary benefits of this new solution is closing the cybersecurity skills gap. Security analysts of all skill levels can use ESET AI Advisor to conduct interactive risk identification, analysis, and response capabilities, which are provided in an easily understandable format. The user-friendly interface makes sophisticated threat data actionable even for less experienced IT and security professionals.

The ESET AI Advisor also excels in facilitating faster decision-making for critical incidents. Security analysts can simply consult the ESET AI Advisor to understand the specific threats their environment faces. Leveraging extensive XDR collected data, the ESET AI Advisor identifies and analyzes potential malware threats, providing intuitive insights into their behaviour and impact. It assists in recognizing phishing attempts and advising users on how to avoid falling victim to fraudulent emails or websites. By monitoring network traffic, the ESET AI Advisor can flag unusual or suspicious behaviour, helping security teams take appropriate action. Its ability to automate repetitive tasks is an additional advantage. Managing routine processes such as data collection, extraction, and basic threat detection, allows security teams to focus on more strategic initiatives.

In ESET Threat Intelligence, the new module will help researchers analyze vast quantities of unique APT reports and understand latest developments in world of cyber threats. With its conversational prompts and interactive dialogue, ESET AI Advisor empowers organizations to analyze and mitigate threats effortlessly and fortify their cybersecurity posture.

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