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Apple cuts greenhouse gas emissions in half

Apple’s 2024 Environmental Progress Report shows the company has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 55 percent since 2015.

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Cyre Mercedes Denny | A 2024 Top 25 Women In Technology Winner

Mission Critical is excited to introduce you to the 2024 Top 25 Women in Technology. Meet Cyre Mercedes Denny.


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Insuring Cyber Health | Chubb’s Insight via SentinelOne Telemetry

In an expanding collaboration between Chubb, one of the largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance companies, and SentinelOne, a cybersecurity leader, clients of SentinelOne who are also Chubb policyholders can now share their enterprise cyber health assessment data with Chubb. This facilitates a more efficient and precise underwriting process.

With the increasing emphasis on cybersecurity investment, insurance carriers are seeking greater transparency into their insureds’ cybersecurity health. The collaboration not only offers policyholders streamlined access to SentinelOne’s cybersecurity solutions, but also enhances transparency into policyholders’ cyber health investments through SentinelOne’s Vital Signs Report.

This post captures a Q&A between Craig Guiliano, SVP of Threat Intelligence and Policyholder Services at Chubb, and Bridget Mead, Senior Manager of IR Cyber Risk at SentinelOne, as they address some frequently asked questions about the Vital Signs Report.

Q: What is the Vital Signs Report?

Chubb/Guiliano: The Vital Signs Report (VSR) is an assessment of our policyholders’ cybersecurity posture. This report is going to be a game changer for not only how we, as the carrier, assess our individual policyholder’s cybersecurity health, but for our ability to assess our portfolio exposure as one of the world’s largest insurance companies. Our underwriters are quickly moving away from checkboxes on a questionnaire and moving towards data-driven policy renewal decisions.

SentinelOne/Mead: The VSR is based on a collection of internal signals that we mapped to the Center for Internet Security’s (CIS) Critical Security Controls (CIS Controls) CIS18 framework. We make the report available to all SentinelOne clients at no charge. It displays the strength of a client’s digital environment in areas important to cyber security and the cyber insurance underwriting process. The graphic below shows the major categories included.

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Apple ramps up investment in clean energy and water around the world

Apple today announced new projects to expand clean energy and replenish fresh water around the world.

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S Ventures Invests in Guardz to Revolutionize Cybersecurity for SMBs

We are thrilled to announce our latest S Ventures investment in Guardz, a unified cybersecurity platform built to empower MSPs to secure and insure small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).

A Modern Approach to Cybersecurity for SMBs

SMBs today face a unique set of challenges when it comes to protecting against the evolving cybersecurity threat landscape. With cloud and SaaS adoption, SMBs’ IT infrastructures are becoming increasingly complex to manage. This is coupled with limited budgets and staff, making it difficult for SMBs to acquire and deploy best-in-class cybersecurity solutions. With 88% of the SMB market turning to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) for cybersecurity protection, there is a critical need to build a scalable, easy-to-use cybersecurity platform that is specifically tailored to the needs of MSPs and their SMB customers.

In comes Guardz – addressing this gap head-on and developing a modern approach for SMB cybersecurity. The Guardz platform combines a robust cybersecurity technology and deep insurance expertise that ensures MSPs and their SMB customers can proactively safeguard their digital assets against a myriad of cyber threats, mitigate cybersecurity risks, and prevent the next cybersecurity attack.

“Guardz offers a modern approach to protect the underserved SMB market, developing a  unified cybersecurity solution that is built for MSPs from day one. This investment underscores SentinelOne’s unwavering commitment to pioneering cybersecurity solutions and amplifies our partner-first philosophy.”

Ken Marks, Vice President, Worldwide Channels & MSSP

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Apple Developer Academy expands to Bali

Apple will open an Apple Developer Academy in Bali, expanding on its investment to increase opportunities for developers, students, and entrepreneurs.

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PinnacleOne ExecBrief | Navigating International Conflict and Escalation Dynamics

Last week, PinnacleOne detailed how firms can navigate the era of AI in cybersecurity and emerging tools to keep pace with advancing threats.

This week, we focus on recent escalation dynamics in the ongoing conflict in the Middle East.

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Insight Focus | Navigating International Conflict and Escalation Dynamics

Summary of Recent Events

Conflict between Israel and Iran simmered for decades before the most recent spike in tensions. The proximate cause for Iran’s assault on Israel this weekend was the result of that country violating well-established norms. Israel bombed an Iranian diplomatic facility adjacent to the main embassy in Syria killing senior Iranian generals. Embassies and their compounds are considered the sovereign land of the country that they represent – in the U.S., law enforcement agencies (like local police) are prohibited from stepping foot within their walls.

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Cybersecurity – Week 15

The Good | Police Unmask 200 LockBit Affiliates

Following the takedown of their operations earlier in the year, the inner workings of LockBit’s affiliate infrastructure have become clearer this week as investigations continue. The UK’s National Crime Agency, with assistance from the FBI, have reportedly matched a list of pseudonyms used by the ransomware gang to suspected cybercriminals.

So far, investigators have been able to link some 200 affiliates of LockBit who were using nondescript usernames to real world identities. The NCA’s senior officer on the case further confirmed that authorities have been able to connect specific affiliates back to particular cyberattacks. As the investigations carry on, all details collected are helping law enforcement to pursue more of the gang’s influential members, as well as any associated money launderers and malware developers.

Over the past three years, LockBit’s Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS) operations have left a long line of victims in its wake, with their ransom demands totalling at least $120 million.

Despite a dramatic takedown in February and having a senior administrator sentenced in March, LockBit lingers on through a new blog and data leak site, though lacking its prior momentum. Still, the gang’s ringleaders remain at large and cyber defenders continue to monitor for signs of rebranding – a strategy used by Hive and predecessors of BlackCat/ALPHV. Law enforcement’s efforts in matching up outstanding LockBit usernames to known criminals is a major step in disrupting LockBit’s new and future operations.

The Bad | New Phishing Campaign Drops Multi-Stage Malware via SVG Files

Security researchers this week reported on a complex cyberattack leveraging phishing emails to spread a wide range of malware, including Venom RAT, Remcos RAT, XWorm, NanoCore RAT, and a crypto wallet stealer.

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Navigating the Campaign Registry Requirements for SMS: A Guide for Our Customers

Navigating the Campaign Registry Requirements for SMS: A Guide for Our Customers Campaign Registry Requirements for SMS

As your trusted VoIP provider, we want you to stay informed about all aspects of your service, including how to comply with industry regulations that impact your communication. One such requirement that has come into effect for businesses sending SMS messages involves registration with the Campaign Registry. We suggest all new customers using the E...

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Understanding the New FCC Ruling on SMS and the DNC List: What You Need to Know

Understanding the New FCC Ruling on SMS and the DNC List: What You Need to Know New FCC Ruling on SMS and the DNC List

Recently, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has implemented new regulations that significantly affect how businesses and individuals can send SMS messages to users listed on the Do Not Call (DNC) registry. As a service provider committed to ensuring that you stay informed and compliant, we've put together this guide to help you understand...

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Revolutionizing Productivity: The Power of Elevate AI Assistant

Elevate AI Assistant

In today's fast-paced business environment, productivity and efficiency are more than just buzzwords—they are the pillars on which successful enterprises are built. Recognizing this, the introduction of the Elevate AI Assistant marks a significant leap forward in integrating Generative AI technology into everyday business operations. This tool is i...

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Apple to expand repair options with support for used genuine parts

Customers and independent repair providers will soon be able to utilize used Apple parts in repairs, beginning with select iPhone models.

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Apple Vision Pro brings a new era of spatial computing to business

New enterprise experiences leverage spatial computing to customize workspaces, collaborate on 3D designs, deliver special employee training, and more.

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Pushing the limit with Apple Watch Ultra and The Speed Project

Members of L.A.’s Koreatown Run Club and New York’s Old Man Run Club join forces to take on The Speed Project.

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Odata expands in Mexico

According to research by IDC (International Data Corporation), released in December 2023, IT business growth in Mexico reached 22%, ahead of Brazil with 15%.

nLighten acquires edge data centers in Europe

Strategic acquisition of seven edge data centers from EXA Infrastructure will open new markets for nLighten in Belgium, Switzerland and Spain and expands its footprint in France, the UK and the Netherlands.

Quiz | Fire Protection

While a fire protection system may save a data center from fire, it could still be a risk to the data it stores. It’s important to understand what is being protected in each area to make the most effective decisions about data center fire protection

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