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Key Enhancements to Tenable Cloud and Application Security Portfolio Deliver Holistic Visibility into Cyber Exposure

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Key Enhancements to Tenable Cloud and Application Security Portfolio Deliver Holistic Visibility into Cyber Exposure

Enhancements are designed to enable the end-to-end DevOps process

COLUMBIA, Md., London, UK  (June 5, 2018)  — Tenable®, Inc., the Cyber Exposure company, announced a series of new product and ecosystem enhancements to Tenable.io®, its cloud-based Cyber Exposure platform, to help security teams discover, assess and manage cybersecurity risks across highly dynamic cloud environments. These enterprise-ready cloud enhancements are the first ever to deliver a unified view of Cyber Exposure from web applications to containers to cloud infrastructure, accelerating the adoption of DevOps practices while reducing risk.

Public clouds enable organizations to use infrastructure as code – meaning that the various building blocks they offer, such as storage services, virtual machines, containers and the underlying network itself, can all be modified via calls to the public cloud APIs.

Cloud computing has afforded organizations enormous speed and agility advantages and has driven the emergence of DevOps practices — which allow new application features to be deployed on a daily or even hourly basis. Yet for all of their advantages, cloud computing and DevOps introduce new complexities for security teams, including rapid-fire changes to production environments alongside short-lived and even server-less assets that create security blind spots. This leads to reduced visibility into the infrastructure itself and more often than not, to unmanaged cyber risk.

Organizations require both comprehensive security approaches and visibility into assets, vulnerabilities and exposures. Tenable’s new product and ecosystem enhancements deliver a unified view into Cyber Exposure across traditional IT and heterogeneous cloud platforms and enable security to be built into the entire software development lifecycle, from build to production. New Tenable.io platform and cloud ecosystem enhancements include:

  • Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Cloud Connectors: Automatically and continuously discover and track asset changes in Azure and GCP cloud environments to ensure all cloud workloads are known and assessed for vulnerabilities. The Tenable.io Cloud Connectors for Azure and GCP complement the existing Cloud Connector for Amazon Web Services (AWS) to provide a unified view of cybersecurity risks across the top three most widely deployed public cloud (IaaS) platforms.
  • Container Runtime Scanning: Gain visibility into the Cyber Exposure of containers running in production. Tenable.io Container Security automatically identifies new containers in production, as well as changes to running containers, so they can be assessed for vulnerabilities. This complements existing capabilities for security testing of container images during the build process and identification of Docker hosts running in production. Together, Tenable.io Container Security and Tenable.io Vulnerability Management seamlessly integrate security into the end-to-end DevOps process, while providing a consistent view of data and unified customer experience.
  • Web Application Discovery: Identify web applications owned and deployed across an organization, including previously unknown applications, to understand the Cyber Exposure throughout an organization’s web application estate. Until now, security teams had to specify which web applications to scan by knowing the target URLs. Web application discovery solves a critical visibility challenge because the number of web applications deployed is often much higher than what the security team is aware of, creating a significant blind spot and increasing cyber risk.
  • Cloud Security Alliance: Tenable is a corporate member of the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and has completed a CSA STAR (Security, Trust & Assurance Registry) self-assessment for Tenable.io. CSA STAR is the industry’s most powerful program for security assurance in the cloud.

“Widespread cloud adoption is leaving critical blind spots for security teams or forcing them to adopt point tools and later attempt to cobble together a complete picture of their environment,” said Dave Cole, chief product officer, Tenable. “This is far too much work and the antithesis of moving at cloud or DevOps speed. We want to make it fast and incredibly easy for our customers to manage the complete spectrum of modern risk and we believe that means taking new challenges head-on in Tenable.io.”

Additional resources:

The Azure and GCP Cloud Connectors and container runtime scanning will be generally available within 60 days.  Web application discovery will be generally available in 2H 2018.  The Cloud Connectors are included at no extra cost with Tenable.io Vulnerability Management.  Container runtime scanning is included with Tenable.io Container Security.  Web application discovery is included with Tenable.io Web Application Scanning.

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Oil prices hit 11-month highs on tighter supplies, Fed assurance on low rates

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By Florence Tan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Oil prices rose for a fourth straight session on Thursday to the highest levels in more than 11 months, underpinned by monetary easing policies and lower crude production in the United States.

Brent crude futures for April gained 19 cents, 0.3%, to $67.23 a barrel by 0400 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for April was at $63.30 a barrel, up 8 cents, 0.1%.

Both contracts touched their highest since January earlier in the session with Brent at $67.44 and WTI at $63.67.

An assurance from the U.S. Federal Reserve that interest rates would stay low for a while boosted investors’ risk appetite and global financial markets.

“Comments from Fed Chairman, Jerome Powell, earlier in the week relating to the need for monetary policy to remain accommodative have probably helped, but sentiment in the oil market has also become more bullish, with expectations for a tightening oil balance,” ING analysts said in a note.

A rare winter storm in Texas has caused U.S. crude production to drop by more than 10%, or 1 million barrels per day (bpd) last week, the Energy Information Administration said. [EIA/S]

Fuel supplies in the world’s largest oil consumer could also tighten as its refinery crude inputs had dropped to the lowest since September 2008.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and their allies including Russia, a group known as OPEC+, is due to meet on March 4.

The group will discuss a modest easing of oil supply curbs from April given a recovery in prices, OPEC+ sources said, although some suggest holding steady for now given the risk of new setbacks in the battle against the pandemic.

Extra voluntary cuts by Saudi Arabia in February and March have tightened global supplies and supported prices.

(Reporting by Florence Tan)

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Australian media reforms pass parliament after last-ditch changes

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By Colin Packham and Swati Pandey

CANBERRA (Reuters) – The Australian parliament on Thursday passed a new law designed to force Alphabet Inc’s Google and Facebook Inc to pay media companies for content used on their platforms in reforms that could be replicated in other countries.

Australia will be the first country where a government arbitrator will decide the price to be paid by the tech giants if commercial negotiations with local news outlets fail.

The legislation was watered down, however, at the last minute after a standoff between the government and Facebook culminated in the social media company blocking all news for Australian users.

Subsequent amendments to the bill included giving the government the discretion to release Facebook or Google from the arbitration process if they prove they have made a “significant contribution” to the Australian news industry.

Some lawmakers and publishers have warned that could unfairly leave smaller media companies out in the cold, but both the government and Facebook have claimed the revised legislation as a win.

“The code will ensure that news media businesses are fairly remunerated for the content they generate, helping to sustain public-interest journalism in Australia,” Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Communications Minister Paul Fletcher said in a joint statement on Thursday.

The progress of the legislation has been closely watched around the world as countries including Canada and Britain consider similar steps to rein in the dominant tech platforms.

The revised code, which also includes a longer period for the tech companies to strike deals with media companies before the state intervenes, will be reviewed within one year of its commencement, the statement said. It did not provide a start date.

The legislation does not specifically name Facebook or Google. Frydenberg said earlier this week he will wait for the tech giants to strike commercial deals with media companies before deciding whether to compel both to do so under the new law.

Google has struck a series of deals with publishers, including a global content arrangement with News Corp, after earlier threatening to withdraw its search engine from Australia over the laws.

Several media companies, including Seven West Media, Nine Entertainment and the Australian Broadcasting Corp have said they are in talks with Facebook.

Representatives for both Google and Facebook did not immediately respond to requests from Reuters for comment on Thursday.

(Reporting by Colin Packham in Canberra and Swati Pandey in Sydney; Writing by Jonathan Barrett; Editing by Leslie Adler, Stephen Coates and Jane Wardell)

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OPEC+ to weigh modest oil output boost at meeting – sources

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By Ahmad Ghaddar, Alex Lawler and Olesya Astakhova

LONDON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – OPEC+ oil producers will discuss a modest easing of oil supply curbs from April given a recovery in prices, OPEC+ sources said, although some suggest holding steady for now given the risk of new setbacks in the battle against the pandemic.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+, cut output by a record 9.7 million bpd last year as demand collapsed due to the pandemic. As of February, it is still withholding 7.125 million bpd, about 7% of world demand.

In January OPEC+ slowed the pace of a planned output increase to match weaker-than-expected demand due to continued coronavirus lockdowns. Saudi Arabia made extra voluntary cuts for February and March.

Three OPEC+ sources said an output increase of 500,000 barrels per day from April looked possible without building up inventories, although updated supply and demand balances that ministers will consider at their March 4 meeting will determine their decision.

“The oil price is definitely high and the market needs more oil to cool the prices down,” one of the OPEC+ sources said. “A 500,000 bpd increase from April is an option – looks like a good one.”

A rally in prices towards $67 a barrel, the highest since January 2020, the rollout of vaccines and economic recovery hopes have boosted confidence the market could take more oil. India, the world’s third biggest oil importer, has urged OPEC+ to ease production cuts.

Saudi Arabia’s voluntary cut of 1 million barrels per day (bpd) ends next month. While Riyadh hasn’t shared its plans beyond March, expectations in the group are growing that Saudi Arabia will bring back the supply from April, perhaps gradually.

Some OPEC+ members also anticipate that the Saudis will be willing to ease cuts further, but it was not clear if they had had direct communication with Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia has warned producers to be “extremely cautious” and some OPEC members are wary of renewed demand setbacks. One OPEC country source said a full return of the Saudi barrels in April would mean the rest of OPEC+ should not pump more yet.

“The Saudi voluntary cut will be back to the market,” the source said. “I’m personally with no more relaxation, not until June.”

Russia, one of the OPEC+ countries which was allowed to boost output in February, is keen to raise supply and a source last week said Moscow would propose adding more oil if nothing changed before the March 4 virtual meeting.

(Additional reporting by Rania El Gamal and Nidhi Verma; Editing by Elaine Hardcastle)

 

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