CRITICALSTART Names Vice President Of Channels & Alliances

Hyper-growth MDR company adds cybersecurity industry expert Dwayne Myers as channel executive to expand nationwide distributor and channel program   PLANO, TX – August 19, 2019 – CRITICALSTART, a leading provider of Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services, today announced the appointment of Dwayne Myers as Vice President of Channels & Alliances, reporting to the […]

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Network Security: Keys to Adopting Zero-Trust, Micro-Segmentation

Adoption of zero-trust and micro-segmentation as core design principles can help improve the security posture of your network and the attached systems. However, it is important to understand how we got to our current state to understand how these principles can help us. Chris Yates, Senior Security Architect at CRITICALSTART, discusses the keys to adoption […]

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Tackling the Cybersecurity Talent Shortage, One Alert at a Time

Without question, there’s an acute shortage of cybersecurity talent, with approximately one million open cybersecurity jobs in the world today. The age-old cure for any skills shortage is to outsource and make staffing someone else’s problem. In the cybersecurity market, this means turning to security service providers to augment or replace internal security functions. Considering […]

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CRITICALSTART Signs U.S. Distribution Agreement With Ingram Micro

New distribution alliance expands reach and availability of Managed Detection and Response services backed by unique Zero-Trust Analytics Platform to resellers and customers nationwide PLANO, TX – July 10, 2019 – CRITICALSTART, a leading provider of Managed Detection and Response services, today announced a distribution agreement with Ingram Micro Inc. to provide the company’s Managed […]

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Decoding CRITICALSTART’s Rapidly Expanding MSSP Business

CRITICALSTART and Microsoft recently announced a collaboration that will see the Texas-based MSSP offer a managed detection and response service for Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). In addition to that deal, CRITICALSTART accepted a $40 million minority investment from Sagemount, a growth equity firm. The money will help fuel CRITICALSTART’s U.S. expansion – new field offices in […]

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What a Plano Cybersecurity Firm’s
$40M Capital Raise Tells Us About the Region’s Ecosystem

A Plano cybersecurity firm will open offices in Los Angeles and New York in a national expansion fueled by its first outside investment. Critical Start said it’s raised $40 million from New York private equity firm Sagemount to accelerate its expansion. The company’s software detects and investigates computer security alerts.   READ MORE Featured in […]

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Plano Cybersecurity Company Gets $40M in First Outside Investment, Has Valuation of $150M

CRITICALSTART is looking beyond itself to fuel fresh growth. The Plano cybersecurity company raised $40 million in its first outside investment, it said in a statement on Wednesday. The funding will help the company bolster its sales and marketing in North America and potentially Europe, according to Rob Davis, CRITICALSTART‘s chief executive. In addition, there […]

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Data Breach Threats in the Real World: How MSSPs Can Help Mitigate Them

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said this week that travelers’ images and personal data such as driver’s license info were compromised in a breach. While the threat of identity theft is very real, the real-world implications of one or more data breaches like this one will likely far exceed this expectation. “It does no good to […]

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Managed Detection and Response: CRITICALSTART Raises $40M

CRITICALSTART, a Top 100 MSSP with managed detection and response (MDR) cybersecurity services, has raised $40 million to expand nationwide across the United States. The funding involves a minority investment from Sagemount, a growth equity firm. Among the Plano, Texas-based company’s latest moves: Opening field service offices in New York City and Los Angeles, California to support […]

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Equifax Breach, Two Years Later: Lessons for the Financial Services Industry

The Equifax breach had been a security wakeup call for lawmakers and financial services providers. After nearly two years, the fallout is far from over. Callie Guenther, CYBERSOC Data Scientist for CRITICALSTART, discusses the serious flaws in the financial systems’ consumer data security framework and the impact of such an event.   READ MORE Featured […]

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AI and Machine Learning Make Data the New Source Code

While the artificial intelligence and machine learning industry are on an upward trajectory, limiting factors such as data storage and networking bottlenecks must be addressed to assure the maximum benefit from these technologies. Callie Guenther, CYBERSOC Data Scientist at CRITICALSTART, outlines the importance of fully optimized storage solutions for AI and ML training and understanding […]

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Next-Gen Firewalls: Key Considerations to Make the Most of Your Investment

Determining the best implementation methodology when deploying next-generation firewall technology can be a daunting task. Chris Yates, Senior Security Architect for CRITICALSTART, offers his step-by-step approach on how to minimize the impact on end-users and critical business processes, while drastically improving the security posture of your network, providing increased visibility and enforcement capability.   READ […]

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CRITICALSTART Takes
“Radical Transparency” for MDR Customers to New Level with SOCReview

Automated and audited process integrated into the MDR provider’s Zero-Trust Analytics Platform ensures the quality and consistency of security alert analysis in full view for customers Plano, TX – February 7, 2019 – CRITICALSTART, a leading provider of cybersecurity solutions, today announced SOCReview™, the world’s first automated and audited process for measuring the subjective nature […]

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Cisco Warns of Critical Remotely Exploitable Vulnerabilities

Cisco has issued security alerts for 30 vulnerabilities across a range of its products and services, with three being ranked as critical and remotely exploitable. Some 20 different Cisco products contain a vulnerable version of the Apache Struts 2 framework that is currently under active exploitation by miscreants dropping cryptocurrency miner malware on exposed systems.   READ MORE Featured in iTnews […]

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Cisco Releases 16 Security
Alerts Rated Critical and High

Cisco published on Wednesday 30 security advisories on vulnerabilities identified in its products. Half of them are for high and critical severity bugs. Only three alerts refer to security problems with critical impact; among them is the recently disclosed remote code execution vulnerability in Apache Struts, for which several proof-of-concept exploits exist. Cisco notes that not all of its products that […]

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High-Severity Flaws in Cisco Secure Internet Gateway Service Patched

Two high-severity vulnerabilities have been disclosed in Cisco’s security platform that could allow an attacker to gain administrative privileges – and take full control of the impacted machine. The glitches, disclosed Wednesday, affect two parts of Cisco Umbrella, a secure internet gateway that acts as a cloud-delivered security service for corporate networks. Specifically, the Cisco […]

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Cisco Warns Customers of
Critical Security Flaws, Advisory
Includes Apache Struts

Cisco has issued a security advisory to customers detailing a swathe of critical and highly-rated vulnerabilities which have been resolved. The security advisory documents three critical vulnerabilities, 19 bugs rated “important,” and a number of medium-severity security flaws. One of the most serious bugs is a vulnerability impacting Apache Struts 2, which was publicly disclosed in August together with […]

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New Tech: CRITICALSTART Applies
‘Zero-Trust’ Security Model to
Managed Security Services

All companies today are exposed to intense cyber-attacks. And yet the vast majority simply do not have the capability to effectively defend their networks. That’s where managed security services providers, or MSSPs, come in. MSSPs monitor and manage cybersecurity systems as a contracted service. This can include spam filtering, malware detection, firewalls upkeep, vulnerability management […]

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Cisco Patches Serious Flaws in RV,
SD-WAN, Umbrella Products

Cisco informed customers on Wednesday that patches are available for over a dozen critical and high severity vulnerabilities affecting the company’s RV series, SD-WAN, Umbrella, and other products. Patches are also available for serious privilege escalation and information disclosure bugs in WebEx, a DoS flaw in Prime Access Registrar, a privilege escalation in Data Center […]

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How Legacy MSSPs Increase Cybersecurity Risks

Jordan Mauriello, Chief Technology Officer of CRITICALSTART, discusses how the operational model of legacy managed security service providers (MSSPs) can actually leave organizations more vulnerable to cyberattacks, increasing the risk of security breaches and potential compliance issues.   READ MORE Featured in Corporate Compliance Insights | July 16, 2018 […]

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