In light of rising software supply chain security attacks, Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., introduced new legislation today that aims to help Federal contractors identify and fix software vulnerabilities before adversaries can exploit them.
The Federal Cybersecurity Vulnerability Reduction Act would require all Federal contractors to implement vulnerability disclosure policies (VDPs) in an effort to better protect information systems for both the public and private sectors.
The Federal government has long recognized VDPs as one of the most effective methods for retaining insights into security vulnerabilities. In fact, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) required Federal agencies to develop and publish VDPs for their internet-accessible systems in 2020.
However, not all Federal contractors are required to implement VDPs. The IoT Cybersecurity Improvement Act of 2020 is the only current guideline that applies to certain Federal contractors, but not all contractors are required to implement VDPs.
Through the new bill, Rep. Mace – the chairwoman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Information Technology, and Government Innovation – aims to bring a comprehensive approach to protecting Federal systems and data. By requiring VDPs for Federal contractors, the bill would ensure continuous monitoring of Federal contractors’ business systems and offer clear instructions to the security researchers who safely disclose the vulnerabilities.
In a study conducted in the fall of 2021 by CyberRisk Alliance Business Intelligence, 91% of 250 U.S.-based IT and cybersecurity decision makers and influencers surveyed reported a security incident related to a third-party partner in the past year. Fifteen percent reported 20 or more partner-related incidents. One senior IT engineer in the insurance industry worried about “staying ahead of [third-party] risks as they are coming at us so quickly.” A counterpart in healthcare noted, “Too many partners, not enough resources to manage.”
Companies working in financial services were most likely to report a cyber incident involving a third-party breach. That can likely be attributed to the fact that financial services sector has long been a frequent target of cybercriminals, and is heavily regulated with strict guidelines to report these incidents to authorities.
With cybersecurity incidents on the rise, it’s understandable that organizations want to reduce their risk exposure when it comes to vendors and contractors. Virtually every survey participant registered some level of concern. Most were mildly (20%) or moderately (40%) concerned, while 27% were very concerned about the threat posed, particularly those working in healthcare. Regulatory compliance was the top priority for healthcare, while those working in the public sector were most concerned with remediation times. Insurers were more likely to worry about partnerships and supply chains, and financial service providers ranked risk assessments and remote monitoring as the biggest concern.
Currently, the only way for organizations to retain full control when transitioning to the Cloud is through Anonymization of data or rendering enough sensitive data fields inaccessible when in the Cloud and only accessible again when coming back on-premise or back within their span of control. This is where the Hold Your Own Key (HYOK) concept becomes essential. Encrypting data prior to sending to it the Cloud and only decrypting once back on-premise is the only way to satisfy any more conservative trust models.
Cloud Service provider encryption solutions, however, cannot strike the required balance. Disk, file, tablespace or even Column level encryption solutions still mean the Cloud Provider controls the keys! This protects against an intruder walking out of the data center with a disk drive but not any normal access channels to the data. Cloud Services provided solutions including Bring Your Own Key (BYOK) designs, are not acceptable to organizations in any highly regulated industries or processing particularly sensitive data.
Another major problem is encrypting all the data. If data is 100% encrypted, then fields and columns cannot be accessed and are therefore are inadequate for use as a data set. It becomes impractical then from a business standpoint, to encrypt all data fields or offer access only on a “need-to-know” basis. The result is that most data is shared on the CSP without encryption at all. Your data is then 100% reliant on the CSP not being breached.
Enter BLAKFX. The Helix22 offers 100% data security on your firms data while it is at rest, in use or in transit. It also works on every CSP and on any device or in any programming language.
Here is how HELIX22 works
BLAKFX provides Device-2-Device (D2D) Encryption with multi-patented DNA BindingTM cryptography that embeds with the data itself. The key exchange originates on an encrypted device (not in software or an app) and is augmented with a genuine “zero-knowledge” universal key server. The recipients device must have Helix22 installed in order to exfiltrate the data. Therefore, we offer perfect data security with 100% compliance, in your control, at all times. This of course is the optimal scenario. Your firm controls full control over access to your data sets at all time.
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With Helix22, this means that data is protected on your infrastructure, on a CSP and is 100% compliant. Also, it means that no other service provider or 3rd party will be able to access data or have it breached. Compliance is controlled also 100% by your frim as all the keys are in your possession and/or generated by the BLAKFX key serer, which is 100% zero-knowledge.
What we understand better than anyone else is the new era of data security is one that requires new solutions. At BLAKFX, we understand that protection of your data requires that it be protected wherever it is. Whether on the cloud, in transit on a foreign network or on a trusted suppliers system. Data security cannot just be about protecting your own systems. Therefore, we know that the era of perimeter defenses is over as it is proving impossible to keep hackers from breaching the perimeter and accessing data. Also, E2E encryption based on old models of RSA cryptography will be obsolete when quantum computing becomes more widespread.
Helix22 delivers perfect security assurance due to our genius engineering team that has invented a new model for data security that required an innovative look at the problem. The approach we took was to protect the data itself. Almost all other data security products attempt to build a perimeter or being fanatic on user credentials. However, once the product is breached or a password is stolen, even if it is 2FA or encrypted, your firms data is in the clear.
You see, the Helix22 cryptography is embedded with the data itself through our inventive and multi-patented process of DNA BindingTM. Therefore, even if credentials are stolen the data cannot be exfiltrated. This means that all data is 100% protected regardless of the type of attack.
Another substantial advantage of Helix22, is that it protects all data whether at rest, in use or in transit. All communication apps for example, only encrypt data while in transit. Therefore, that encryption become useless for internal IT security or Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning experimentation. All data generated during these massive computing exercises is equally protected in real time. Plus, the latency period for the Helix22 is exponentially less than any other security product, so it actually contributes to faster processing times.
The Helix22 is easy to install and runs on all platforms, programming languages, networks and devices.
“In Math We Trust”
In this protocol, we are truly a “zero-knowledge” server so your private communications and transmissions remain completely top secret. Even in the event that BLAKFX were subpoenaed, we can honor the request by just handing over the encrypted content…as that is literally all we have. Helix22 also only use keys just one-time and then destroys them. This way the data security is future forward prefect. Therefore, in our unique user-to-user encryption (U2U) world, there is no opportunity ever for any data leak.
The Helix22 data security SDK accomplishes the following:
- Protects all your firms data at rest, in use and in transit
- Renders ransomware threats obsolete
- Eliminates human error
- Eliminates all malicious or interior attacks
- Verifies original content i.e. minimizes the threat of impersonation attacks and deep fakes
- Reduces latency and optimizes 5G networks
- Installs with 5 lines of code
- Runs on any platform, network, device and in any programming language
- Provides perfect future/forward secrecy
- Delivers “zero-knowledge” encryption
- Compatible with all cloud, 3rd party and vendor services
- Enables Internet of Things data security by providing protection at the Edge and has ultra low latency
- Ensures privacy and security for blockchain and all cryptocurrency transactions
- Is quantum ready – so there’s no need to upgrade when the time comes
- Requires no employee training
- Exceeds all gov’t and banking security standards
- Meets all international compliance regulations
We can make this claim as the tech engineers at BLAKFX invented and patented a genuine device2device (D2D) encryption. We manage data security transmission through the truly brilliant and also patented universal Helix22 key service. The Helix22 encryption originates on your network or device, not just when the app is opened. This means, that when data arrives to our key server, it is already encrypted so all it needs to do is issue another key. Signal and Telegram cannot claim this level of security. This key will then only work with the intended device, which generates a matching key required to open the data. In this protocol, we are truly a “zero-knowledge” server so your communications and transmissions remain completely top secret. Even in the event that BLAKFX were subpoenaed, we can honor the request by just handing over the encrypted content…as that is literally all we have. Helix22 also only use keys just one-time and then destroys them. This way the data security is future forward prefect. Therefore, in our unique device-to-device (D2D) world, there is no opportunity at all for any data leak.
This same protocol just described, can be the same with all your 3rd party vendors and suppliers. It does not matter in the least what platform they are running or what device they are using or even the type of data, it is all 100% protected. We do however, strongly advise that all firms involved be utilizing Helix22 due to the nature of the data content. Helix22 can ensure that whatever data they are generating is protected as well.
Let’s take it a step further. Even if your organization were a victim of an internal attack or a victim of malicious open source downloads, there is no reason for concern. Any data that has been forwarded, downloaded, copied or saved cannot be exfiltrated. Period. We have the technology industries foremost data packets which are protected with multi-layered, military grade encryption algorithms that have already proven the ability to withstand penetration testing from MI5 and quantum computing attacks.
One final practical genius of DNA BindingTM is in that it is immediately compatible with whichever system or software you are utilizing. Therefore, any organization can forward information to another and then discuss it and there is immediate privacy.
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Our founders, Robert Statica PhD and Kara Coppa, also founded Wickr, which is used by the US military and has never been hacked since its inception in 2012. The Helix22 data security SDK is several generations enhanced since then. Dr. Statica also delivered the encryption for the world’s most secure phone, Katim.
Founder – Robert Statica PhD Founder – Kara Coppa
Co-Founders of Wickr KatimTM Ultra Secure Smartphone
Finally, the Helix22 encryption is quantum computing ready so no need to redo all your data security methodologies in a couple of years when everything else becomes obsolete.
We like to refer to Helix22 as “22nd Century Data Security.”
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