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New cybersecurity solutions of the week: November 25, 2021

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A brief overview of the main novelties on the information security solutions market for the week.

A new version of the 1Password password manager for Windows has been released. 1Password 8 features redesigned designs, improved performance, and improved security. 1Password 8 also allows you to enjoy the latest browser add-on features such as preserving credentials, creating strong and unique passwords, built-in menus, and general app and browser add-on locking.

Palo Alto Networks has released a new version of Prisma Cloud, a solution for securing infrastructure, applications and enterprise data in hybrid and multi-cloud environments. Prisma Cloud 3.0 offers organizations cloud code protection by introducing critical security systems into the development process, agentless security in addition to existing agent protection and Cloud Infrastructure Entitlement Management (CIEM) for Microsoft Azure.

WatchGuard Technologies announced four new endpoint security modules for WatchGuard Cloud: Patch Management, Full Encryption, Reporting Tool (ART), and Data Control.

Saviynt has released Enterprise Identity Cloud, a cloud-based identity and management platform built for simplicity and scalability. The Saviynt Enterprise Identity Cloud brings together many different identity management options on a single connecting platform. The platform provides unified risk management tools for every application, user, and cloud in an enterprise environment. It allows administrators to connect users, applications, and machines in minutes and selectively enable access and control functions.

Viavi Solutions has released a new version of its Observer 3D integrated platform for cloud and hybrid visibility. Observer 3D v18.6, improves end-to-end network performance and monitoring to provide true 3D network visibility across locations, data sources and deployment scales.

Fortanix has released the new Fortanix Confidential AI service. The service provides software and infrastructure by subscription. Fortanix Confidential AI uses Fortanix confidential computing technology to improve the quality, accuracy and security of data models. With Fortanix Confidential AI, data teams in regulated privacy-sensitive industries such as healthcare and financial services can leverage private data to develop and deploy better AI models. Fortanix Confidential AI is offered as an easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy software and infrastructure subscription service.

StorONE has released the StorONE S1: Backup backup security solution. StorONE S1: Backup works with Veeam, Rubrik, HYCU, Commvault and others to protect backups from ransomware attacks and add value to your backup infrastructure while lowering the total cost of ownership of your backup storage.

Jetico has released a new, fifth, version of its utility for cleaning hard drives BCWipe Total WipeOut. Wipe plugins now have a security signature. This new feature allows for smooth integration with Windows and saves time on reboots because there is no need to disable secure signature verification before flushing. In addition, BCWipe Total WipeOut supports modern NVMe devices without performance degradation.

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Instagram said it is strengthening the protection of its underage users

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The head of Instagram is due to speak at a hearing in the US Congress on December 7 and talk about the measures taken by his service to protect children.

Tuesday, December 7th, Instagram administration stated the intention to carefully select the content recommended for teens and to nudge them to other areas if they get hung up on one thing. On its blog, the service announced a few more changes that will affect teenagers.

Instagram chief Adam Mosseri is due to speak at a hearing in the US Congress on Wednesday, December 7, and talk about the measures taken by his service to protect children online.

Recently, Instagram and parent company Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) have come under fire for the potential harm to the mental health and safety of children online.

According to Mosseri, Instagram will disable the ability for users to tag or mention teenagers who are not their followers. Starting in January 2022, teenagers will have the opportunity to massively delete their content, previously set “likes” and written comments.

The service looked at control tools to limit potentially harmful or sensitive content to teens through search, hashtags, short videos (Reels) and featured pages, Mosseri said.

Instagram is also launching a Take a Break feature for users in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, which will remind users to distract themselves if the user is stuck in the app for a long time.

In March 2022, Instagram will launch its first parental control tool that will allow parents and guardians to see how much time a teen is spending on the app.

In September of this year, the Instagram administration decided to postpone the launch of the version of the application for children for now, and now the press service of the service has confirmed that the Instagram management does not intend to return to this project yet.

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Israeli authorities strengthen oversight of cyber technology exports

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The move follows a series of scandals involving Israeli spyware developer NSO Group.

Israel’s Defense Export Control Agency has decided to tighten oversight over the export of offensive cyber products. Companies buying Israeli cyber technologies will have to sign a declaration to use the products “only for the investigation and prevention of terrorist attacks and serious crimes.” Countries that violate the terms of use may be subject to sanctions, “including restricting and / or shutting down the cyber system.”

As the Associated Press reported, the decision was made just days after another NSO Group spyware scandal. US diplomats in Uganda have been targeted by a software tool developed by the NSO Group. Spyware, developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, has been used to hack iPhone smartphones by at least nine US foreign policy officials.

The NSO Group has faced a flood of international criticism over accusations that it helps governments spy on political opponents and human rights defenders. However, according to the company itself, its product is intended solely to help countries in the fight against crime and terrorism. Israel’s Defense Ministry has also drastically reduced the list of countries to which Israeli companies are allowed to sell their cyber technology. If earlier the list included 102 countries, now it has been reduced to 37. In particular, Israel’s new allies Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, in which cases of human rights violations are known, were excluded from it.

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Life360 service is suspected of selling geodata of children to third parties

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The company is one of the largest providers of confidential information on the personal data market.

Specialists of the non-profit organization The Markup spent investigation into the service Life360, which allows tracking the geolocation of children. As it turned out, the company is one of the largest providers of confidential information in the personal data market.

The Markup contacted two former employees of the so-called “data brokers” Cuebiq and X-Mode. Life360 made about $ 16 million in 2020 from selling user data to dozens of different companies, according to whistleblowers. In addition, two former Life360 employees also told the organization about the company’s additional source of income.

According to a former X-Mode employee, the raw location data from Life360 was one of the most valuable offerings on the market due to the sheer volume and accuracy of the data. A former Cuebiq employee joked that the company would not be able to carry out its marketing campaigns without the constant stream of location data from Life360.

The privacy policy of the application specifies the transfer of personal data, but the wording of the document actually allows the company to “transfer information to third parties in a form that allows you to identify the user.”

The functionality of the service allows you to prohibit the transfer of data, but this is not directly communicated to the user. This function is hidden in several sub-items of the settings, and consent to the use of information for commercial purposes is activated by default.

Whistleblowers said the company did not maintain adequate user anonymity and only removed names or home addresses prior to the sale. The rest of the information made it possible to easily identify the identity of the user. Any organization could become a buyer of data from Life360; the company did not enter into transactions only with government agencies.

The founder of the company, Chris Hulls (Chris Hulls) was unable to confirm or deny the results of the investigation.

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