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Industrial Defender, a leader in operational technology (OT) cybersecurity innovation, today released the results from their inaugural 2022 State of OT Cybersecurity Research. The research survey was completed by 101 OT/ICS security professionals across 10 industries between October 2021 and May 2022. The findings show organizations are focused on solving specific gaps and overlaps across OT security, while trying to better integrate with big picture IT security strategies and goals.
"Our research indicates that the rapid evolution of both cybersecurity threats and cyber-related compliance regulations, along with staffing shortages, is creating demand for security solutions and programs that can empower OT teams to defend their organization's unique environments more efficiently," said Jay Williams, CEO at Industrial Defender. "Today's landscape requires a new commitment from IT and OT teams and senior leadership, to create formalized transformational programs that strategically address the technology and talent gaps that ultimately stand in the way of achieving end-to-end cyber resilience."
Industrial Defender's 2022 State of OT Cybersecurity Research Report key findings include:
- The unique constraints of OT environments demand multiple paths to both security and compliance.
Teams are deploying multiple platforms and solutions to safeguard their control environments, layering passive and manual collection tools with other solutions. There is a broad distribution of governance models, with organizations splitting nearly evenly between being led by IT, OT or via shared responsibility.
- People-adjacent challenges are outpacing technology-centered problems.
Budget limitations are the top barrier to OT security success with lack of in-house expertise and in-house politics close behind, showing that many OT teams are facing people-related barriers to doing their jobs successfully.
- Top drivers of risk strategy are overwhelmingly external.
Most respondents, at 39%, were most focused on meeting government regulations, while 35% were motivated by fear of the attacks themselves.
- OT leaders are working to stay out in front of a rapidly changing threat landscape.
The survey period, from October 2021 to May 2022, saw an industry still absorbing the impact of Colonial, as worries about Russia and Ukraine grew. Respondents rated ransomware as the largest current driver of security strategy, at 62%, followed by concerns about hostile nation state attacks.
- Most organizations are committed to moving away from manual data collection processes where possible.
When we asked respondents about future data collection plans, it's clear that both passive and active data collection methods have a role to play.
To download the full 2022 State of OT Cybersecurity Research Report, visit https://www.industrialdefender.com/2022-state-of-ot-cybersecurity-research-report/.
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Apptega, the innovative cybersecurity and compliance software company, announced the addition of the newest member of its executive leadership team, Hank Vanjaria, as Chief Financial Officer.
Vanjaria will be responsible for implementing new processes, procedures, and systems to align all departments in financial goals. Vanjaria, an experienced leader, will also be at the forefront in providing operational support to teams across departments and aiding in the growth strategy of Apptega.
"I'm truly excited to be joining Apptega—there is a lot of positive momentum supporting the overall growth of Apptega," says Hank Vanjaria. "I look forward to supporting the company's financial goals as we scale rapidly as an organization while we continue to strive in meeting Apptega's evolving customer needs and innovating the platform. When it comes to financial goals, we will continue to drive value in our platform to fulfill the ongoing projection of revenue growth."
Prior to Vanjaria's appointment to Apptega's executive team, he held lead finance roles in high-growth financial and technology organizations, serving in roles including controller and being promoted to CFO in 2017. Prior, he held senior positions in private industry and public accounting following a career in real estate development and property management. Additionally, Vanjaria's resume includes executive leadership experience as CFO at ParkMobile, where he led the company through multiple transactions and company revenue grew by over 820% during his eight-year tenure. He was also recognized by the Atlanta Business Chronicle as a finalist for CFO of the Year award in 2021.
"Hank is a tremendous addition to our team as we continue to rapidly scale the Apptega platform and our market strategies," says Armistead Whitney, Chief Executive Officer at Apptega. "Apptega will benefit tremendously not only from Hank's financial experience but also operationally across all of our functional groups. He's much more than a CFO, and we're thrilled he's on the Apptega team."
As cyber-threats and regulatory mandates continue to expand, organizations are challenged by the difficulties of implementing effective cybersecurity and compliance programs. With Apptega, organizations of all sizes, including Fortune 500 enterprises and Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs), are meeting the challenges of cybersecurity, compliance, and certification. Apptega is at the intersection of simple user experiences and pioneering technology, providing an innovative platform paired with industry frameworks used to build, manage and report great cybersecurity. For more information, visit https://www.apptega.com/.
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Today, Inc. revealed that Apptega is No. 234 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. Breaking into the top 500 is an honor, the list represents a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy's most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. Facebook, Chobani, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.
"It's an incredible honor to be featured on the Inc. 5000 list, particularly in the top 500," said Armistead Whitney, CEO of Apptega. "Our growth is a testament to our amazing team that works incredibly hard to provide value to our customers and partners with outstanding cybersecurity and compliance management software. Our mission is to make cybersecurity and compliance easy for companies of all sizes, and to be recognized on the prestigious Inc. 5000 list is both motivating and rewarding."
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, which will be available on August 23.
"The accomplishment of building one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., in light of recent economic roadblocks, cannot be overstated," says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. "Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that have established themselves through innovation, hard work, and rising to the challenges of today."
Apptega was founded in 2018 with the mission of making cybersecurity and compliance easy for everyone. Apptega's cybersecurity and compliance management software was created by IT, security, and compliance professionals - who want to use technology to unify, track and report cybersecurity and compliance more easily than any other approach. Through this collaboration, small and medium businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) now have an innovative, easy-to-use platform to go beyond compliance and make cybersecurity easy and effective.
As cyber-threats and regulatory mandates continue to expand, organizations are challenged by the difficulties of implementing effective cybersecurity and compliance programs. With Apptega, organizations of all sizes, including Fortune 500 enterprises and Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs), are meeting the challenges of cybersecurity, compliance, and certification. Apptega is at the intersection of simple user experiences and patent-pending technology, providing an innovative platform paired with industry frameworks used to build, manage and report great cybersecurity. For more information, visit https://www.apptega.com/.
More about Inc. and the Inc. 5000
The world's most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.
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Profit.co is an enterprise-class SaaS application built around OKR methodology for businesses to turbocharge goal management and execution in an increasingly Digital Workplace. This recognition from the Gartner Hype Cycle for digital workplace applications validates the market leadership of Profit.co and traction with Global 2000 customers.
Profit.co's OKR software allows companies and teams to define their goals as OKRs and manage their collaborative execution through the full life cycle of OKRs. Quarterly goals (OKRs) can be broken down to daily "Tasks'' and managed through the "Task management" application. Profit.co also provides "Employee Development" and "Employee Engagement" modules to facilitate the people processes in the achievement of goals. Profit.co is the most comprehensive results management platform helping businesses to focus, measure and achieve outcomes.
Since the pandemic, the digital workspace has become more dynamic with new priorities. Global organizations are looking to integrate, align, track and motivate employees dispersed across time zones. The Gartner Hype Cycle states - "OKR application is experiencing a revival of interest and adoption among executives who seek ways to improve strategy execution in their organizations." The Gartner report further states that "As OKRs move further into the mainstream - as evidenced by large vendors like Microsoft embedding the capability into their productivity suite - OKR applications and components are needed to improve the model's usability, effectiveness, and scalability". Therefore, business leaders are rapidly embracing OKRs to bridge the "strategy-execution" gap.
The Gartner listing of Profit.co under the OKR applications category is a testament to the product leadership, the best-in-class OKR software - easy to use, spanning from Strategy to Tasks. Profit.co also offers award-winning 24X7 live support and an outcome-focused OKR coaching and consulting program that helps customers to consistently realize their goals.
Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product, or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner's research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.
Profit.co is now used by some of the world's most innovative companies, from startups to Fortune 100 Corporations. Founded in 2018, Profit.co, HQ in Fremont, CA, USA, is an enterprise OKR platform, integrated with Performance Management, Task Management, Employee Engagement, and Strategy Execution. It allows users to align vertically with their management or horizontally across different departments, ensuring complete alignment of OKRs across the organization. Learn more at Profit.co, or connect on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
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ValidSoft today announced that guaranteeing user identity with voice authentication is at the center of real zero trust security. The recent high-profile Lapsus$ attack has made it abundantly clear that zero-trust must start with guaranteeing a user's identity. Without this ability, physical network and authorization constraints are meaningless.
Biometrics is the only form of authentication that prove human identity as distinct from possessing a device or some knowledge that can be easily attained.
Voice, apart from being the most accurate and most usable of the biometric modalities, is also the only modality that is two-dimensional. It can be analyzed for both who is speaking and what they are saying. This unique two-dimensional nature delivers an unparalleled mathematically precise identity assurance model, to non-repudiation levels.
By introducing the strength of mathematical probability combined with the accuracy of biometric identity, ValidSoft technology provides the highest level of precision identity assurance, free of the risks associated with trust in proxy and possession forms of authentication.
Pat Carroll, Founder, and CEO of ValidSoft: "Authentication without guaranteed identity assurance is no longer fit for purpose. Businesses need to adopt advanced voice authentication technology to guarantee user identity and safeguard from breaches, scams, identity theft, and such. We're proud to deploy our award-winning technology to all our customers and enable real zero trust security."
To learn more about ValidSoft's Advanced Voice Authentication Solutions, click here.
About ValidSoft: ValidSoft is a leading voice authentication company with a long history of innovation in voice authentication and identity assurance. Our VoiceID® technology is built using active, passive, and continuous voice-based authentication, guaranteeing that the speaker is who they are, always. Our solutions help to eliminate fraud and identity theft. ValidSoft's EuroPriSe™ privacy seals ensure 100% compliance with EU GDPR and other leading Data Protection and Data Privacy laws worldwide, as well as privacy frameworks such as HIPAA, Digital Identity Guidelines, Vectors of Trust, Federal Identity Program Guidelines, etc.
ValidSoft is consistently recognized by third-party analyst firms as a market leader. See how ValidSoft is powering the future of identity at www.validsoft.com
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