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The Proper Privacy Regulations TeleHealth Needs Right Now
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When the average American thinks of March, the first thing that pops into their mind is the beginning of spring. Unfortunately, in March 2020, life as we know it has changed completely due to COVID 19. While only essential employees are allowed to continue work as usual (with additional regulations), anyone and everyone who is able to work remotely has transitioned from the office to home in order to keep things on an even keel. 

This new remote lifestyle has changed the way we live, work, interact with people, and how we approach doctor appointments as well. The healthcare sector quickly implemented changes to provide a more remote experience to comply with social distancing regulations. 

In order to decrease the amount of face-to-face doctor appointments, on March 17th the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced they “will not impose penalties for noncompliance with the regulatory requirements under the HIPAA Rules against covered health care providers in connection with the good faith provision of telehealth during the COVID-19 nationwide public health emergency.”

This popular move has allowed different healthcare providers to implement some of the most popular communication applications such as Zoom, Skype, WebEx, GoToMeeting, and others. Is this move to provide a remote option for patients the right decision for the current situation? 

The Right Healthcare Solution for the Current Situation

With the increasing rise of social distancing limitations and regulations, telehealth services are seeing an overflow of patients requesting a remote doctor appointment instead of face-to-face. 

As hospitals and governments are urging patients to avoid visiting emergency rooms,  many are turning to the online option of telehealth. The online option allows patients to consult with their doctors and specialists over the phone, video or chat as a feasible option. Telehealth video visits can be a successful tool for remotely monitoring and treating patients with mild symptoms who are staying home. Telehealth providers are easily able to monitor a patient’s symptoms and quickly decide whether they should stay home, go to the hospital, or meet their general practitioner. 

While telehealth has many benefits for patients, it comes with its challenges for healthcare providers – especially the traditional healthcare companies that did not have a telehealth program in place. Similar to scaling an entire company remotely, implementing telehealth programs takes time to establish the necessary technology, recruit doctors, train doctors about the best virtual practices and teach the patient how to use the platform. 

Healthcare providers that have not implemented a telehealth program yet should educate their patients with internal resources to learn more about moving to digital doctor appointments. In order to allow patients to take part in telehealth visits instead of in-person, providers should frequently provide medical best practices through their website, blog and social media to keep their patients engaged and informed.  

HIPAA Solves Privacy Risks

Due to surging increase of patients who are turning to telehealth services it comes with many privacy risks. Instead of doctors having previous knowledge of the patient’s medical history, the patients will need to explain more in-depth to their new doctors due to the lack of medical records on hand.

The lack of updated records on patients creates a massive privacy issue between the doctors and the telehealth platforms which they are using. Due to the history of healthcare’s super sensitive regulations for sharing records and the restriction of sharing patients’ data, this presents a problem for telehealth platforms. By sharing sensitive data over a communication app it creates an opportunity for hackers to be a fly on the wall of these more vulnerable conversations between doctor and patient, since communication apps may sometimes be easily breached and represent a trove of valuable patient information. Additionally, hospitals and healthcare providers need to double down on IT and cybersecurity to fight off potential privacy risks. This is where HIPAA comes into play. 

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Over the years, healthcare has been an attractive target for hackers trying to breach patients’ sensitive records. While medical data and records are some of the most delicate pieces of information out there, the healthcare industry has the right compliance regulations in place. HIPAA and other regulations have been around for years but since the HHS weakened the previous compliance regulations, telehealth is now a more attractive target for hackers.

Now that the government has become more lenient with telehealth regulation rules, enforcing HIPAA with telehealth communication is the right move to provide better privacy for patients.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires medical providers to adopt data security in order to protect their patients’ information from disclosure. The HIPAA regulation requirement of encryption initially sounds a bit confusing, however, it’s much more simple than suggested. The HIPAA encryption requirements for transmission security state that covered entities should “implement a mechanism to encrypt PHI whenever deemed appropriate.” 

In other words, majority healthcare organizations are required to be HIPAA compliant and each provider needs to have some level of security for PHI. Healthcare providers are required to encrypt their data unless they can justify why they can’t implement encryption and can provide an equal alternative.

Achieve HIPAA Compliance with Secure Solutions

Tasked with choosing the best way to store, access and back up electronically protected health information, many healthcare technology companies and providers are looking at cloud computing. Adopting cloud-based Network as a Service technology is a great choice in comparison to traditional hardware-based solutions, as it offers scalability, affordability and increased compatibility with cloud storage environments. But remember, the security service you choose must be SOC 2 type 2 compliant and ISO 27001-compliant and have signed multiple HIPAA BAAs. With these checks in place, a Network as a Service solution like Perimeter 81 for healthcare can offer a highly effective solution for any organization’s HIPAA compliance needs.

TeleHealth is the Future

As we are experiencing a global social distancing, telehealth is quickly evolving, as is the way that it presents a remote option for healthcare services. However, potential privacy and security risks could decrease its value moving forward. Soon, we should begin seeing more government bodies authorize and create federal telehealth privacy and security protocols which will help healthcare providers avoid risks to their patients and better show the numerous benefits telehealth has to offer. With the help of the government and best privacy and security in place telehealth will have that added security to fight off hackers, and be able to shrug off questions about its security.

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Employers See Rising Number of Remote Workers During Corona Scare
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In late January, the World Health Organization declared the Coronavirus outbreak an international health emergency, and on March 11, 2020, they officially declared the virus to be a pandemic. It’s the first time the organization has declared a pandemic since the H1N1 “swine flu” in 2009. Though the numbers keep rising, currently over 315,000 cases have been reported in 109 countries, and over 13,500 have died from the virus.

While people think coronavirus is a new outbreak of disease, it is actually a common thread of various, known viruses. Officially named the 2019 Novel Coronavirus, or Wuhan Coronavirus, this latest and ongoing outbreak contains the most severe type of the virus. Some of the symptoms include coughs, sore throat, vomiting, lack of breath, and fever. A respiratory illness, the severity for patients has ranged from a mild cold to very serious symptoms that can (and do) lead to death. These symptoms tend to occur between 2 to 14 days after being infected. 

The effects of this particular coronavirus have put a spotlight on the need to protect employee health and that of their organizations. Accordingly, remote work has gone from an already popular workplace strategy to a necessary one for companies worldwide. Organizations that have contact with people affected by the Wuhan strain of coronavirus need to consider how to restrict their employees from being in physical contact with each other and potentially infected individuals. As a central tenet of this strategy, gatherings of large numbers of people in public places or in the office should be avoided as much as possible. 

A clear example of this precaution is the recently canceled World Mobile Congress. A majority of vendors decided to pull out of the event and its organizers requested that the city of Barcelona declare a state of health emergency, due to numerous attendees coming directly from the epicenter of Wuhan Coronavirus’s origins.

Coronavirus Has Boosted Remote Work

The concept of working remotely or working on the go isn’t a new trend, and has largely become the status quo for modern organizations. Allowing employees to work “off-campus” is a perk that has mutual advantages for both employees and organizations, and this is why 61% of organizations allow staff the privilege of remote work.

According to Harvard Business Review, ““A key takeaway from our research is that if a work setting is ripe for remote work – that is, the job is fairly independent and the employee knows how to do their job well – implementing WFA (working from anywhere) can benefit both the company and the employee”. This trend is only increasing, and has already grown 159% since 2005 – skyrocketing past the growth of the rest of the workforce.

In places like the UK and USA, the prevalence of flexible work policies runs parallel with employee preferences.

This is no surprise, as managers and executives have found that implementing a remote work policy improves productivity so much that it’s easily measurable, with the estimate that flexible work models will save organizations up to $4.5 trillion in the US alone by 2030. One part of this more tangible productivity is sick days, which traditionally cost organizations significantly when they need to be used, but are reduced by over 13% among remote workers. Another measure is retention. It comes as no great shock that when 70% of potential hires consider remote work flexibility a top priority as to whether or not they’ll join, that organizations who do offer it will retain employees with 10% greater efficiency in 2020.

A New Purpose for Remote Work

To fight off the spread of Coronavirus, organizations are enforcing remote work as a necessity instead of a privilege. Around 60 million people in China were forced to work from home in January as the government tried to contain the virus. Most recently, with the global spread of the virus, major tech giants have begun to follow suit. Twitter has asked all of its international employees to work from home, and Amazon, headquartered in Seattle, now labeled “America’s Corona Virus Capital,” has begun planning remote access stress tests for all employees.

Over the past ten years, organizations around the globe are increasing and expanding opportunities for remote work due to the need for an agile workforce spurred on by new technology. Yet despite the advancement of tech and the tools that create an increasingly mobile workforce, the trend comes with risks that have more to do with network health than personal health. 

More Remote Workers, More Security Holes 

The burgeoning remote work paradigm is creating countless security gaps for organizations. While remote workers might be easier targets for hackers, all employees must be aware of the different attacks that will exploit human behavior to open the door for hackers. One of the easiest attack vectors is unsecured Wi-Fi networks. 

When allowing employees to work remotely, organizations must clearly outline those remote employees’ responsibilities regarding IT security best practices and the importance of data protection. To provide another layer of defense vs unauthorized network access, organizations must implement remote-worker-specific security policies which include device monitoring, multi-factor authentication and Wi-Fi security.

Today the majority of global organizations still depend on legacy hardware-based VPN technology for secure network access and access to cloud resources on different networks.  These site-centric and hardware-based network security appliances that we’ve relied on for the past 30 years are no longer adequate in securing remote and on-premise access.

In providing secure network access to remote workers, organizations need to create and implement different security strategies to fight off different attacks on their network and resources. The user-centric Zero Trust security model enforces multiple layers of verification before granting resource access to any user.

Additionally, by implementing a solution that offers Software-Defined Perimeter architecture, organizations are helped to deploy perimeters globally while retaining the traditional model’s value of invisibility and inaccessibility to “outsiders”. These can be deployed anywhere – on the internet, in the cloud, at a hosting center, on the private corporate network, or across some or all of these locations.

Security Hygiene and Health Go Hand in Hand

To prevent remote access risks such as a sudden movement of employees off-premises in order to fight off Coronavirus, organizations should implement Software-Defined Perimeter technology and the Zero Trust model to ensure secure access by authorized devices, users and locations. They should also seek services that include advanced or even automatic Wi-Fi security features, ensuring employee communications are encrypted across all Internet connections. With the right security tools in place, organizations can ensure that only authorized connections are being established while leaving their cloud environments completely hidden from attacks, giving networks as clean a bill of health as their users.

 

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One Small Step for SASE: Perimeter 81 Lands at RSA 2020
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After a record-breaking and thought-provoking 2020 RSA conference, we’re excited to gush about Perimeter 81’s successes and reminisce on the latest security trends – not to mention the adventures we had in sunny San Francisco. 

While it will be impossible to cover all that was discussed during the countless visits to our (literally) stellar booth, some of the most important highlights can definitely do our accomplishments justice.

RSA Revs Up

Over 650 companies attended this year, and the space was a loudly buzzing forum for security-centric activity and discussion. Despite the hubbub, we grabbed a significant amount of attention from thousands of curious event-goers, and so our team was constantly on their feet demonstrating the advantages of Perimeter 81’s Secure Network as a Service platform.

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The Crown of the Conference

Though RSA is where “the world talks about security”, our booth design was the real talk of the town. 45,000 people attended RSA this year and thousands were drawn to our space-themed booth, which was the biggest we’ve ever had. With asteroid beanbags and an anti-gravity prize display, it was pretty hard to miss. Just ask this enthusiastic visitor:

It was even harder to miss the intrepid Perimeter 81 team, outfitted with some sassy SASE jackets to signify that we’re already far along on our expedition to take network security to places it’s never been – and beyond. Secure Access Service Edge is the way the security sector’s rocket ship is headed: a unified cloud-based solution for both network and security.

The team, fully outfitted, flexing on the streets of San Fran.

The “SASE Squad” wore our colors around town as well, and it wasn’t just for the famously temperate San Fran weather (but they did help). Though we had tons of fun exploring, seeing the sights, and eating our way through the city, as always it was important to balance work with play. And work we did.

Leading the Discussion on Network Security

Our presence as an industry leader was exemplified during panels in which our CEO Amit Bareket and Director of Business Development James Alvarez led their respective conversations, perking ears and drawing crowds as they outlined the biggest issues in network security that organizations face and talking with other industry leaders about what the future will look like.

The panel left our fearless leaders a bit hungry, but they’re not the type to dismiss an opportunity when it comes into their orbit. Accordingly, they managed to find time to grab a quick bite with security expert and prolific author Richard Stiennon, who quickly found himself deep in conversation with the two executives, and was generous enough to give them a copy of his Security Yearbook 2020: A History and Directory of the IT Industry. Cheers Richard!

RSA 2021 Here We Come

Given the skyward trajectory of Perimeter 81’s ship, we’ve already booked a booth that’s double the size as this year’s for RSA 2021, and we look forward to showing off our complete, fully unified Secure SASE platform. See you there!

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Why Your Organization Needs to Become California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) Compliant
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Over the past decade, organizations are getting familiar with the different new privacy laws being enforced by governments. In 2018, GDPR went into effect and we are seeing the huge impact this law has had on organizations when dealing with people’s personal data. Now, there’s another major regulation that just went into effect.

On January 1, 2020, the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA) went into effect and sets new requirements and rights relating to personal information of California consumers. This is the first state-level privacy law in the United States.

Data-driven companies are quickly making the right adjustments with the new regulation into their system, similar to how they prepared for GDPR. 

Despite not knowing how much of an impact this new regulation will have on organizations, it’s always best to prepare and be compliant. In this blog post, we will explain what the CCPA is, how it will impact your business and any other lingering questions you may have about CCPA. 

What is the CCPA?

The CCPA was created in order to protect the privacy and personal data of consumers who live within the state of California. The CCPA grants people the right to know what information businesses are storing about them. The act additionally gives people the right to tell businesses they cannot use their personal information.

Similar to GDPR, people may request that a business discloses the types of personal information it collects, the purpose of collecting that information, and who the information is being sold to. According to the regulation, people are allowed to request this data report twice a year, free of charge.

Why did California pass CCPA?

The California legislature approved the CCPA regulation after the mining of personal data was brought to light in 2018 with the famous data mining Cambridge Analytica scandal and how the congress hearing proved how vulnerable personal information can be misused. The state desired to create more laws that will implement better data privacy control and transparency.   

According to CNET, more states are considering similar laws and similar proposals are being presented at the federal level.

What CCPA Means for Consumers

The CCPA regulation provides California residents with 4 basic rights with their personal information:

  • The right to know what personal information, including specific pieces of information which are being stored and what the business is doing with the information.
  • The right to request that the business who is storing their information delete their personal information.
  • The right to opt-out of the sale of their personal information. 
  • If a consumer takes advantage of their rights under the CCPA, freedom from discrimination of price or services. However, a business may offer financial incentives, including payments to consumers, for the collection, sale, or deletion of personal information

How Do I Know If My Organization Is Impacted by the CCPA?

The CCPA regulation affects any organization that collects, shares, or sells California residents’ personal data and meets any of the following three criteria:

  • Has an annual gross revenue of $25 million or more.
  • Possesses the personal information of 50,000 or more consumers, households, or devices.
  • Earns more than half of its annual revenue by selling personal information.

How Can My Organization Become CCPA Compliant?

Your organization can implement different privacy steps to ensure consumers are able to exercise their rights under the CCPA. Here are the key steps to make:

  • Provide two or more methods for consumers to submit requests about their personal information. At a minimum, these methods must include a toll-free telephone number and at least one additional method such as a designated email address or online form.
  • Establish protocols to respond to consumer requests within 45 days of receiving them.
  • Update your privacy policies to include new CCPA privacy rights.
  • Analyze your data collection and documentation processes. Ensure that you are able to track how you collect data, how you use it, where it resides, and have a system in place to provide consumers with this information. 
  • Provide consumers with notice that their personal information is being sold. Implement a process to honor opt-out requests in a timely manner.
  • Assess and document your data security practices to ensure your business takes the necessary steps to avoid data theft and any other security breaches. 

Make sure your legal team reviews the entire CCPA initiative to identify all steps your business must implement to remain CCPA compliant. We highly recommend that you educate your entire staff on the main factors of CCPA compliance. 

Meeting CCPA with a Zero Trust Network As a Service

Although the law requirements are clear, CCPA does not provide a technical direction on how to meet these standards. Instead, organizations are required independently to create a plan to meet data security requirements. Admittingly, this sounds quite data-heavy, but each of these benchmarks can be easily met using a Zero Trust Network as a Service platform.

A Zero Trust Network as a Service (ZTNA) uses pre-shared keys to identify, authenticate and authorize user access. Using a ZTNA which offers a centralized cloud management platform, an entity can create customized user access to sensitive data – including cloud environments, SaaS services, sandbox and production environments, and more.

Additionally, any data which passes over any network is secured with advanced encryption. This creates a virtual tunnel so data can’t be intercepted by users who don’t have access. By offering network visibility and identifying risks and vulnerabilities to your systems and data, detailed activity reports provide insight into which resources are being accessed, what applications are being used, and how much bandwidth is being consumed.

Accelerate Your CCPA Compliance with Perimeter 81

At Perimeter 81, we are committed to protecting your company’s data and your customers’ data. In order to ensure complete CCPA compliance, we have:

  • Undergone a full third-party audit
  • Updated our terms of service and Privacy Policy
  • Ensured that our platform meets all data storage requirements

To help you navigate the CCPA and secure your clients’ data, we provide:

Automatic Wi-Fi Security for CCPA Compliance

With CCPA in effect, the way businesses handle Wi-Fi security will change drastically. At Perimeter 81, we have made this one of our key priorities. Our patented, Automatic Wi-Fi Security feature is a special built-in functionality to all of our applications that allows users to automatically deploy a VPN connection even if the device is locked and in your pocket.

Once you install Perimeter 81’s client applications, you can rest assured that data passing over any network is secured with 256-bit bank-level encryption. Perimeter 81’s innovative Automatic Wi-Fi Security immediately shields data by automatically activating VPN protection when employees connect to unknown, untrusted networks. Those advanced features, that come out of the box, are the reasons why Perimeter 81 is considered to be one of the best OpenVPN replacement.

If you have any more questions about CCPA, our Automatic Wi-Fi Security feature, or the steps we at Perimeter 81 have taken to protect your data, please don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

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Top 10 Security Experts You Should be Following in 2020
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Data breaches and cybersecurity attacks tend to dominate the global headlines with the prominent details of the attack or hack. However, when looking for the bolts and nuts of a security breach, you need to know where and whom should you go for answers. 

Twitter and different security blogs are the most popular places to gain more insights and expertise from different security experts. These ever-changing platforms provide any user or person to engage and learn from the best minds in the security industry. You have the chance to communicate and interact with experts that you normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to by reaching out, commenting or tagging them in their tweets or comment section of their blog post.

While the common internet user will go to Twitter to see what their favorite athlete or musician is commenting or discussing on, the network security community uses the platform to provide another angle on different attacks or the direction of the industry. 

So before you go follow everyone who says they are the “must follow” security expert, you need to ask yourself who you should be following. We recommend that you check their expertise in security, whether they are active, and finally, what do they actually tweet or blog about. Once you know who to follow or subscribe to, we recommend creating Twitter lists or feeds per category of the expert. This will be key to simplifying the different numerous network security expert opinions that matter most to you.

We have assembled the best network security experts you should be following in 2020 and forward. Don’t have time to follow them all? Follow our list here

Brian Krebs (@briankrebs)

Brian Krebs is the most well-known cybersecurity expert in security. He is an independent investigative security journalist who spends his days investigating and reporting the latest hacks and breaches. Krebs started his career as a reporter for The Washington Post but only started to write about cybersecurity after his entire home network was taken over by a Chinese hacking group. His security blog mainly focuses on all things considered computer security and cybercrime. Brian tweets on a daily basis about security vulnerabilities and current InfoSec issues.

Graham Cluley (@gcluley)

Graham Cluley is one of the most active security bloggers, researchers, podcasters, and public speakers. Since the early ’90s, Cluley has been fighting to make the internet a safer place with his endless investigations and blogging about different hacks and breaches. Graham’s blog and daily tweets cover the latest security news, malware, breaches and cyberattacks.

Troy Hunt (@troyhunt)

Troy Hunt is one of the best experts when it comes to data breaches and security practices. Currently Troy is the  Microsoft Regional Director, a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for Developer Security and an international speaker on web security. He also runs the site Have I been pwned?, a free tool that aggregates every public data breach and instantly lets people know if their email account has been compromised in a breach. He tweets and blogs about network attacks and app security on a daily basis.

Bruce Schneier (@schneierblog)

Bruce Schneier is an internationally known privacy specialist and cybersecurity writer who famously was named the “Security Guru” by The Economist. Over the years, he has shared his cybersecurity experience and in-depth knowledge as an author of over 13 books. On his website Schneier on Security”, he regularly writes about the top security issues that we as internet users are facing. While he has an active Twitter account, it’s best to bookmark his security blog as that’s where he goes into the small details.   

The Grugq (@thegrugq)

While The Grugq doesn’t share his real identity, he is one of the most popular and well respected independent information security consultants and anti-forensic researcher. His detailed blogs on Medium are insightful and must-reads after a hack has become public. His Twitter account provides a sharp and witty commentary for pointing out the absurd and real concerns in the security space

Richard Stiennon (@stiennon

Richard Stiennon is an industry analyst who not only covers the IT security space but has spent a lot of time investigating the technology research business. Richard authored the book “There Will Be Cyberwar”, a book about the U.S. military’s shift to network-centric warfare and what that portends for cyberwar. He was named one of the “50 Most Powerful People in Networking” by Network World Magazine. His twitter account is filled with his interviews and articles on different topics within cybersecurity. 

Shira Rubinoff (@shirastweet)

Shira Rubinoff is one of the most recognized and popular female cybersecurity experts who leads multiple women-in-technology efforts. Additionally, she is one of the leading experts when it comes to the human factors of information technology and security. She lectures and publishes on a  regular basis on different topics that relate to cybersecurity and psychology. She tweets daily about all things considered security and how the human factor plays into cybersecurity.

Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker)

Zack Whittaker is the lead security editor for TechCrunch. He has been a security journalist for over 10 years writing for ZDNet, CNET and CBS News. Additionally, his articles have been featured in Time, WIRED, Fortune and other online outlets. He is constantly tweeting about news stories on security, legal, privacy, cybersecurity, national security, government and technology. He also produces a cybersecurity newsletter where he summarizes the previous week’s news.

InfoSec Taylor Swift (@SwiftOnSecurity)

Swift On Security is a parody account that was originally created to discuss with the Twittersphere about the famous HeartBleed bug, but currently, it has grown to Twitter famous in the security industry. For those who like their security with the right amount of mockery and passion, this is a must-follow.

Daniel Miessler (@DanielMiessler)

Daniel Miessler is one of the most veteran security bloggers in the industry. He has shared his thoughts on the interactions between technology and society since 1999 and his current focus is on the security of networks, web applications, mobile, and IoT systems. His Twitter account is a great place to find out what’s happening with all aspects of cybersecurity that you rarely will find elsewhere. Every week he puts an email newsletter about all the interest security news over the past week, you can subscribe here.

We’ve highlighted just a few of the best security experts in the industry that will help you stay connected with everything security-related. Of course, we have to mention that you can always stay updated with all our news and content by following @Perimeter_81 on Twitter.

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AWS re:Invent 2019: The Future is in the Cloud
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December started with a bang, culminating in the always exciting AWS re:Invent conference. Over 65,000 attendees made the trek to Las Vegas to get a grasp of the plethora of new updates at AWS and learn more about the different security vendors (including Perimeter 81) who were exhibiting at the conference. 

After the action-packed week that was AWS re:Invent, it’s time to reflect on the highlights and great conversations we had with customers, partners and thousands of potential clients that we met throughout the four-day conference.

Join us as we look back on last week’s event from start to finish, sharing our key learnings, conversations and booth activities.

AWS Doubling Down on Entire Cloud Migration

Every re:Invent, AWS announces different new features and services to their customers and this year they kept it simple with Andy Jassy’s keynote session. The clear message was organizations need to migrate everything to the cloud. Jassy’s and AWS vision is that by organization fully adopting AWS cloud services it will unlock additional IT spending. The main point presented was that AWS has the most features and capabilities of any provider and that competitors aren’t getting any closer. So in short AWS wants to become the pillar of next-generation of businesses in the upcoming year. A migration should always be followed be the implementation of a complete AWS security solution

One of the Best Conference to meet Customers

While exhibiting at AWS re:Invent, we had endless opportunities to meet with our amazing clients. Even if it’s just a quick hello or a longer conversation, it’s great to have the face to face discussion with our customers. While at the conference we had great conversations with different customers from different sectors and each conversation provided us with real-time customer insights into our solution. Their personal insights and feedback will help our team to continue to build the best Network as a service solution in the market.

                       Catching up with True{X} at the Perimeter 81 booth

Attendees Came for Company Swag and Were Welcomed with Demos

Like other large security conferences, we went all out at AWS re:Invent – we ran a voluminous amount of demos so attendees could receive a better understanding of our product and walk through our Zero Trust Network as a Service solution and all of its capabilities.

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We also made sure that people didn’t leave empty-handed! Attendees who stopped by our booth had the option of different company stickers and swag.

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Additionally, each visitor of our booth received a scratch card with the opportunity to win great prizes. Winners received Bluetooth turntable with speakers, portable speakers, Instax cameras and more.

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Until Next Time

When looking back at the jam-packed week that was AWS re:Invent, it was a very enjoyable and exciting week, filled with great activities, the opportunity to meet up with old colleagues, and the chance to make some new connections. A big hats-off to everyone who helped make AWS re:Invent 2019 a huge success! We look forward to seeing you at the next industry event soon.

We’d love to have you join us for a webinar discussing simplifying connectivity to AWS transit gateway with Perimeter 81. 

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Perimeter 81 Completes a $10M Funding Round Led by Partner SonicWall to Add Unified Network Security Services
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2019 was a banner year for Perimeter 81 as we introduced and launched the second version of our Zero Trust solution, Zero Trust Application Access. Additionally, we were selected by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in Network and Cyber-Physical Systems Security and named a Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ rankings for EMEA.

As we are nearing the end of 2019, we are thrilled to share that we have recently announced a new round of funding of $10 million dollars. This round was led by our new partner SonicWall, a Francisco Partners portfolio company, together with Spring Ventures, and our existing investors. This latest round of funding will help us to deliver more security and network features for our customers and accelerate the growth of our company.

This is the latest move in a year of exponential growth for Perimeter 81. Since we have launched in February 2018, we have already seen 400% year over year revenue growth, expanding from 180 businesses using Perimeter 81 to 500 in the past ten months alone. More than 81% of Perimeter 81’s customers use it as their secure corporate network and not only as Zero Trust Access, replacing the need for a Business VPN.

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Co-Founders Amit Bareket and Sagi Gidali

Why Perimeter 81 is Partnering with SonicWall 

Over the past year, we have consistently received great feedback from our customers about the different changes and updates that we were making in our platform, including requests for more security features. We listened to your feedback and requests and today we signed a new partnership with SonicWall in order to create this holistic solution. 

This partnership comes at a critical juncture in the network security space. With cloud and mobility solutions changing the way we work, we are seeing an increasing number of employees working on the go. This is driving a need to shift from a dated site-centric security model to a more cloud user-friendly, service-based platform. Perimeter 81 is one of the only vendors offering a comprehensive set of converged secure network capabilities, delivered and managed from its multi-tenant cloud. 

When we created our Network as a Service solution, we made it possible to easily offer security solutions on top of our existing platform. We knew right away that we wanted to partner with a strong security player to make that happen, which is why we chose SonicWall. In our OEM agreement with SonicWall, we will be integrating their advanced security solution into our secure Network as a Service platform which will create a unified network & security platform that will be a one-stop-shop for network and security offerings as a service. Among the security features that we will be integrating are secure gateways, network policies rules, IPS, Sandboxing, application control and more.

Now with the security features embedded into our platform, customers will be able to consume Zero Trust access to internal resources, user and branch internet security, branch interconnectivity and endpoint security all in one place. This new perimeter-less and unified network and security platform will revolutionize the way companies consume network security solutions, allowing companies of any size to replace the traditional and perimeter-based network security services with a cloud and service-based solution. The advanced security features are expected to launch during the second half of 2020.

New Partnership Leads The SASE Market 

Cloud and mobility solutions are changing the way we work; the internet today is fast and connectivity is everywhere. It is becoming more common to employ mobile workers from anywhere in the world causing the need for a shift from the outdated site-centric security model to a cloud-friendly service-based platform. Traditional network security, a market of tens of billions of dollars will go through disruption in the next 5 years, due to cloud and mobility, in favor of cloud-based services.

With our new partnership with SonicWall, we will have integrated the different security features and strengthen our current offering, helping us to create one of the strongest Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) model offerings in the network security space. SASE was recently named by Gartner as one of the most promising emerging technology in enterprise networking. The relatively new technology is still in early adoption stages with less than 1% of organizations adopting the new model. However, we will see the adoption rate by organizations grow in the upcoming years. 

Perimeter 81 is one of the first vendors with SASE model capabilities to build out a comprehensive set of converged secure network capabilities, delivered and managed from its multi-tenant cloud, allowing companies of all sizes to access to an enterprise-grade network security solutions as a service. 

Moving Forward to 2020 and Beyond

The latest financial investment and partnership will enable us to create and develop new features and solutions that will revolutionize the way cyber and network security is consumed moving forward. In the coming months, we will be launching new security features and product updates, creating a unified platform for secure network, cloud and application access for the modern and mobile workforce. 

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Perimeter 81 Named Wi-Fi Security Solution of the Year in 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards
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Company Wins “Wi-Fi Security Solution of the Year” Award in 2019 CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards

Perimeter 81, the leading Zero Trust Secure Network as a Service provider, today announced that it has been named the winner of the “Wi-Fi Security Solution of the Year” award from CyberSecurity Breakthrough, an independent organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global information security market today.

The annual CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards honor excellence and recognize the innovation, hard work and success in a range of information security categories, including cloud security, threat detection, risk management, fraud prevention, mobile security, email security and more. This year’s program attracted more than 3,500 nominations from companies across the globe.

“This prestigious recognition from the CyberSecurity Breakthrough awards inspires us to look ahead and continuously seek new, innovative ways to improve our product,” said Amit Bareket, CEO and Co-Founder of Perimeter 81. “We’re continuing to work on transforming the world of secure network access and help businesses of all industries securely move to the cloud and empower their modern, mobile workforce.”

“This award is an attestation to the hard work our team has put in the past year to make Perimeter 81 one of the leading Wi-Fi Security solutions. We are looking forward to continuing to build on this momentum in 2020 and moving forward,” says Sagi Gidali, CPO and Co-Founder of Perimeter 81.

About CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards

Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in information security and cybersecurity technology companies, products and people. The CyberSecurity Breakthrough Awards provide a platform for public recognition around the achievements of breakthrough information security companies and products in categories including Cloud Security, Threat Detection, Risk Management, Fraud Prevention, Mobile Security, Web and Email Security, UTM, Firewall and more

View the complete list of winners

About Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service that has taken the outdated, complex and hardware-based traditional network security technologies, and transformed them into a user-friendly and easy-to-use software solution — simplifying secure network access for the modern and distributed workforce. Founded by two IDF elite intelligence unit alumni, CEO Amit Bareket and CPO Sagi Gidali, Perimeter 81 serves a wide range of businesses, from midsize to Fortune 500 companies, and has established partnerships with the world’s foremost integrators, managed service providers and channel resellers.

 

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Perimeter 81 Honored as Gold Winner in the 11th Annual 2019 Golden Bridge Awards
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TEL AVIV, Israel- Perimeter 81, the leading Zero Trust Secure Network as a Service provider, announced its Zero Trust Network as a Service solution was named a Gold Winner in the 2019 Golden Bridge Awards for Startup of the Year in Cyber Security Cloud/SaaS.

The annual Golden Bridge Awards program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, innovations, products and services, executives and management teams, women in business and the professions, as well as innovations, best deployments, product management, etc. from every major industry in the world. Organizations from all over the world are eligible to submit nominations including public and private, for-profit and nonprofit, largest to smallest and new start-ups. Winners will be honored in San Francisco on Monday, October 28, 2019 during the annual Red Carpet SVUS Awards Ceremony.

“We are honored to be recognized for our product innovation,” said Amit Baraket, CEO and Co-Founder of Perimeter 81. “Today, employees are working from everywhere and anywhere and are increasingly using cloud technologies. With Perimeter 81, it is our aim to help businesses seamlessly secure network, cloud and application access for the modern and mobile workforce. We are very proud to be recognized by the Golden Bridge Awards for our innovative and user-centric Software-Defined Perimeter and Zero Trust technology.”

Perimeter 81’s win adds to a list of other 2019 honors that have recognized the Zero Trust Network as a Service, including being selected by Gartner as a Cool Vendor in Network and Cyber-Physical Systems Security” and the Frost & Sullivan Software-Defined Access Technology Leadership Award.

About the Golden Bridge Awards

The Golden Bridge Awards are an annual industry and peers recognition program honoring the best companies in every major industry from large to small and new start-ups in North America, Europe, Middle-East, Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin-America. The Award highlights the Best New Products and Services, Best Innovations, Management and Teams, Women in Business and the Professions, Case Studies, Customer Satisfaction, and PR and Marketing Campaigns from all over the world. Learn more about Golden Bridge Awards at www.goldenbridgeawards.com

About Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service that has taken the outdated, complex and hardware-based traditional network security technologies, and transformed them into a user-friendly and easy-to-use software solution — simplifying secure network access for the modern and distributed workforce. Founded by two IDF elite intelligence unit alumni, CEO Amit Bareket and CPO Sagi Gidali, Perimeter 81 serves a wide range of businesses, from midsize to Fortune 500 companies, and has established partnerships with the world’s foremost integrators, managed service providers and channel resellers.

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Deloitte Names Perimeter 81 as One of the 500 Fastest-Growing EMEA Tech Companies
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TEL AVIV, Israel – Perimeter 81 announced that it has been recognized in the 2018 Deloitte Technology Fast 500™ rankings for EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa). This annual ranking of the fastest-growing EMEA companies in the technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech sectors. 

For more than 20 years, Deloitte has recognized the fastest-growing public and private technology companies globally. Award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2014 to 2017. Perimeter 81 impressive growth nearly reached 1287% during the three-year period.

With this recognition, we are positioned as one of the fastest-growing technology companies in the network security industry. “Cloud and mobility are creating a mega shift in traditional network security,” said Amit Baraket, CEO and Co-Founder of Perimeter 81. “With Perimeter 81, it is our aim to help businesses seamlessly secure network, cloud and application access for the modern and mobile workforce. Being named by Deloitte in this prestigious list of technology companies is truly an honor and a clear example of our employees’ dedication, talent and passion for our innovative and user-centric Software-Defined Perimeter and Zero Trust technology.”

“We are proud to be recognized as an industry player whose network security solution has grown over 1200% in the past three years, it is an incredible validation for our solution and company we’ve worked hard to build.” says Sagi Gidali, CPO and Co-Founder. 

About Deloitte’s 2018 Technology Fast 500™

Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 provides a ranking of the fastest-growing technology, media, telecommunications, life sciences and energy tech companies — both public and private — in North America. Technology Fast 500 award winners are selected based on percentage fiscal year revenue growth from 2014 to 2017.

In order to be eligible for Technology Fast 500 recognition, companies must own proprietary intellectual property or technology that is sold to customers in products that contribute to a majority of the company’s operating revenues. Companies must have base-year operating revenues of at least $50,000 USD, and current-year operating revenues of at least $5 million USD. Additionally, companies must be in business for a minimum of four years and be headquartered within North America.

Click here to see the rankings

About Deloitte

Deloitte provides audit & assurance, consulting, financial advisory, risk advisory, tax and related services to public and private clients spanning multiple industries. Deloitte serves four out of five Fortune Global 500® companies through a globally connected network of member firms in more than 150 countries and territories bringing world-class capabilities, insights and service to address clients’ most complex business challenges. 

About Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service that has taken the outdated, complex and hardware-based traditional network security technologies, and transformed them into a user-friendly and easy-to-use software solution — simplifying secure network access for the modern and distributed workforce. Founded by two IDF elite intelligence unit alumni, CEO Amit Bareket and CPO Sagi Gidali, Perimeter 81 serves a wide range of businesses, from midsize to Fortune 500 companies, and has established partnerships with the world’s foremost integrators, managed service providers and channel resellers.

If you’d like to receive a full tour of Perimeter 81’s award-winning Zero Trust Network as a Service be sure to request a complimentary demo.

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Weak WeWork Wi-Fi Network Security Leaves Tenants’ Records Exposed
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With the rise of the mobile and remote workforce, more and more organizations are changing from the outdated cubicle office architecture to the modern coworking space option. Coworking spaces such as WeWork and Green Space offer many different advantages for organizations, from lower office costs, flexibility in working, networking opportunities, happy hours and more. However, along with the advantages there are always some security risks.

Working out of a coworking space might save your organization money and overhead, but it’s important to consider the security implications it presents to your organization’s resources. In the case of the lead coworking space WeWork, massive security risks have grabbed the headlines over the past month.

WeWork’s Lax Wi-Fi Security

Security issues with WeWork’s Wi-Fi network were first introduced in August 2019 in a Fast Company report, which noted that the company “used the same weak passwords and outdated Wi-Fi system throughout all its branches”. WeWork’s lack of password security has gotten to the point that it has regularly been featured on the list of the worst passwords that anyone can possibly use. The report described that WeWork’s Wi-Fi weak security is “laughably weak” and “downright dangerous.”

The “laughably weak” Wi-Fi at WeWork now has resulted in exposing the sensitive documents and data of it’s New York’s Financial District members.

CNET reported that a WeWork tenant named Teemu Airamo who joined the New York shared workspace in 2015 scanned the facility’s Wi-Fi security upon arrival to ensure his organization would not be vulnerable to an attack. Airamo noticed that other companies located at the WeWork were visible on the network and were spilling out an “astronomical amount” of data.

Airamo disclosed the issue to the WeWork management, and despite the Wi-Fi security risk, WeWork never patched the vulnerability. Four years later, this Wi-Fi security risk is still intact. Airamo over the years has continued to run regular scans of the network and found that over 700 devices are leaking information from the WeWork network. The different kinds of sensitive data exposed included emails, financial records, and client databases as well as scans of people’s IDs, their bank account credentials and, quite randomly, a virtual birthday card with a cat photo of Nicolas Cage.

Public Wi-Fi Security Risks 

With 90 percent of Americans using their personal devices for work, employees are constantly at risk of accidentally opening access to company data. To fight off potential hacks on the network or the risk of exposing critical data, everyone needs a better understanding of the different security risks that correlate with using public Wi-Fi networks.

Insufficient Encryption

Many Wi-Fi hotspots have absolutely no form of encryption, or they utilize a weak WEP protocol that can result in a potential security breach.

Poor Password Protection

Wi-Fi hotspots often have widely shared passwords, or even worse, absolutely no password protection. This provides incredibly easy access to hackers to access the network and compromise your data.

Lack of Awareness

Most people are not aware of the different kinds of risks when using public Wi-Fi and assume the network must be secure. In fact, only one in three people can actually tell the difference between secured and unsecured Wi-Fi networks.

Steps to Secure Wi-Fi Network

One of the most popular network misconceptions is that free public Wi-Fi is completely secure. If you’re using public Wi-Fi without the proper protection, you’re potentially putting your organization’s sensitive data at risk. Here are a few measures you can take right now to start protecting your data on public Wi-Fi.

Browse Only over HTTPS Encrypted Sites

When you browse on a website you want to check for a green lock symbol at the start of the URL. This indicates that your traffic is being encrypted through SSL encryption technology and that the data transferred between your browser and the website is secured. However, this method is still vulnerable to SSL stripping.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) is a great way to prevent your accounts from being hacked. It ensures that, in addition to your username and password, a second layer of verification such as an SMS code is required. However, in the case of public Wi-Fi, this method only protects your account during the login process, so it isn’t enough to keep you safe online.

Disable Auto Join to Wi-Fi Networks

Many Wi-Fi hotspots are unsecured. However, your phone automatically remembers previous networks you’ve connected to and will reconnect to them even if you don’t interact with your phone. Since it’s important to make sure that the network you’re connecting to is authorized, reliable and trustworthy, you should disable auto-join on your device.

Use a Business VPN

Our Business VPN provides you with a highly encrypted and secured connection. Wherever you are, you can connect remotely to your company ressources without any risk.

Authorized Access is Key

Many organizations are still relying on outdated hardware-based VPN technology for their secure network access, however, it’s not enough to fight off the new network attacks.

Secure network access must be defended and protected by adopting security strategies, like the popular Zero Trust security model, which enforces multiple layers of verification before granting resource access.

Furthermore, this breach highlights the need to embrace cloud-compatible cybersecurity solutions. According to the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), Software-Defined Perimeters provide “the ability to deploy perimeters that retain the traditional model’s value of invisibility and inaccessibility to “outsiders,” but can be deployed anywhere – on the internet, in the cloud, at a hosting center, on the private corporate network, or across some or all of these locations.

To prevent similar risks such as WeWork’s Wi-Fi security risks, organizations should use Software-Defined Perimeter technology and the Zero Trust model to ensure secure access by authorized devices, users and locations. They should also seek services such as Perimeter 81 which include advanced or even automatic Wi-Fi security features, ensuring employee communications are encrypted across all Internet connections. With Perimeter 81, organizations can ensure that only authorized connections are being established while leaving their cloud environments completely hidden from attacks.

To learn more about Perimeter 81’s Zero Trust Network as a Service be sure to request a complimentary demo.

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Perimeter 81 Continues Winning Streak with 12 Awards in the 14th Annual IT World Awards
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Perimeter 81, the leading Zero Trust Secure Network as a Service provider, has been named the winner of twelve different awards in the 14th Annual Network Products Guides 2019 IT World Awards. The wins include Gold for Fastest Growing IT Company of the Year | 11 – 2,499 Employees and Silver for Startup of the Year | Israel. Additionally, Sivan Tehila, Perimeter 81’s Director of Solution Architecture, was recognized in the category of Woman in Information Technology for her work in promoting women in cybersecurity.

The IT World Awards is the Information Technology (IT) industry’s premier excellence awards program honoring achievements in every facet of the IT industry. An annual achievements and recognition awards program with active participation from a broad spectrum of industry voices, the coveted annual IT World Awards recognition program encompasses the world’s best in organizational performance, products and services, hot technologies, executives and management teams, successful deployments, product management and engineering, customer satisfaction, and public relations in every area of IT.

“This prestigious recognition from IT World Awards inspires us to look ahead and continuously seek new, innovative ways to improve our product,” said Amit Bareket, CEO and Co-Founder of Perimeter 81. “We’re continuing to work on transforming the world of secure network access and help businesses of all industries securely move to the cloud and empower their modern, mobile workforce.”

“I’m honored and humbled to be included in an award celebrating such powerful and inspiring women in tech,” said Sivan Tehila, Director of Solution Architecture of Perimeter 81. “It’s exciting to be recognized for my work promoting women in cybersecurity, and I hope I am motivating more women to join the field.”

The full list of awards Perimeter 81 received includes:

Fastest Growing IT Company of the Year | 11 – 2,499 Employees – Gold
Startup of the Year | Israel – Silver
Women in Information Technology | 11 – 2,499 Employees – Bronze, recognizing Perimeter 81’s Director of Solution Architecture Sivan Tehila
Company of the Year | Information Technology Software | 11 – 2,499 Employees – Bronze
Company of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS | 11 – 2,499 Employees – Bronze
Company of the Year | Security Services | 11 – 2,499 Employees – Bronze
Startup of the Year | Information Technology Software – Bronze
Startup of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS – Bronze
Startup of the Year | Security Software – Bronze
Hot IT Company of the Year | Information Technology Software – Bronze
Hot IT Company of the Year | Security Cloud/SaaS – Bronze
Hot IT Company of the Year | Security Software – Bronze

About NPG’s IT World Awards

As the industry’s leading technology research and advisory publication, Network Products Guide plays a vital role in keeping decision-makers and end-users informed of the choices they can make in all areas of information technology. The Annual IT World Awards is part of the SVUS Awards® recognition program from Silicon Valley in the United States of America which also includes other programs such as CEO World Awards, Consumer World Awards, Customer Sales and Service World Awards, Golden Bridge Awards, Globee Awards, Info Security PG’s Global Excellence Awards, Pillar World Awards, PR World Awards, and Women World Awards. 

View the complete list of winners

About Perimeter 81

Perimeter 81 is a Zero Trust Network as a Service that has taken the outdated, complex and hardware-based traditional network security technologies, and transformed them into a user-friendly and easy-to-use software solution — simplifying secure network access for the modern and distributed workforce. Founded by two IDF elite intelligence unit alumni, CEO Amit Bareket and CPO Sagi Gidali, Perimeter 81 serves a wide range of businesses, from midsize to Fortune 500 companies, and has established partnerships with the world’s foremost integrators, managed service providers and channel resellers.

If you’d like to receive a full tour of Perimeter 81’s award-winning Zero Trust Network as a Service be sure to request a complimentary demo.

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