LONDON and NEW YORK, March 27, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Businesses and government organizations can now make data-driven security decisions, and focus their security spend where it will have most impact, thanks to unmatched cyber-threat information delivered by a new security assessment framework - the Verizon Risk Report (VRR). 

The Verizon Risk Report combines Verizon's Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) series' extensive cybercriminal activity database, the company's Professional Service consultants' expertise and specialized data sources from technology providers, including  BitSight, Cylance, Recorded Future and Tanium, to create an automated, comprehensive security risk scoring framework that identifies current security gaps, weaknesses and associated risks on a daily basis.

"Security strategies have historically been focused on static defenses," said Alex Schlager, executive director, security services, for global products and solutions at Verizon, "but in today's fast-evolving security landscape, to be truly effective they need to be dynamic, proactive and adaptable. Businesses can no longer wait for cyber-threats to occur, or rely on historical security strategies created to deal with yesterday's threat landscape. The Verizon Risk Report uses threat intelligence sourced daily from multiple data security sources, to allow customers to make data-driven security decisions based on today's threats, and adaptively, and efficiently, address gaps in their security posture. With VRR, Verizon is changing not only how security solutions are used, but more importantly, how customers can develop their security strategies."

Traditionally, businesses have made security purchasing decisions based on previous expenditure or previous market trends, resulting in budget being spent without direction and often wasted. Christina Richmond, program vice president from IDC, says: "Senior executives still struggle to have complete visibility of their company's security position, and the current threat environment, in order to make truly effective security decisions. The cybercrime threat today is very real, and organizations need to be able to adjust and prioritize spending on security solutions in a more dynamic and effective manner. The Verizon Risk Report enables businesses to obtain cyber-threat intelligence, and transform how they use security services to more effectively mitigate against threats."

How it works

The Verizon Risk Report enables enterprises to quantify their current exposure to cyber-related risks, and obtain an understanding of the probability of a potential future breach. In addition, it provides a quantitative and qualitative assessment of preventative measures, all underpinned by a framework for sustainable and measurable improvements.

Customers benefit from three service modules that integrate the specialized threat data sources via a consolidated customer security portal:
  • Level 1 - the 'outside-in view': This initial view uses BitSight's security rating service combined with deep web and dark web information from Recorded Future for external assessments. This data is enhanced and contextualized with insights from the Verizon Data Breach Investigation Report (DBIR).  
  • Level 2 - the 'inside-out view': The external risk score obtained in level 1 can be enriched with an internal analysis of the business' in-house systems using Cylance and Tanium software agents. These are deployed on critical customer endpoints to provide an external and internal risk profile. The threat intelligence provided at this level is specific to the customer's individual industry.
  • Level 3 - the 'culture and process view': Finally, information obtained by levels 1 and 2 can then be combined with qualitative assessments of an enterprise's security policies, processes and organizational behavior. This step concludes and completes the crucial 360-degree assessment of customer's cybersecurity posture.  

In all cases, Verizon provides specific recommendations based on the risk report's results to help businesses to proactively address vulnerabilities, prepare for potential threats, and improve their risk management position.

The Verizon Risk Report is currently in customer beta trials and will be available around the world in Spring 2018.

Verizon will be showcasing the Verizon Risk Report and other intelligent security solutions at RSA 2018 in San Francisco. For more information, please come and visit us there - Moscone North Hall booth #4121.

[Editorial note: Please see attached sheet for specific quotes from Verizon's Technology Partners]

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Editorial note: Quotes from Verizon's Technology Partners -

BitSight:"BitSight pioneered the Security Ratings market in 2011 to help companies gain more control of their cyber risk. Today with over 1,000 customers and the largest ecosystem of users and information, we clearly understand the benefit of giving companies more visibility into their security posture. The Verizon Risk Report closely aligns with our vision to help companies not only understand their risk, but prioritize and allocate resources to minimize risk and maximize security spend. Our role as an objective Security Ratings organization supports Verizon's strategy to create a risk posture by integrating a comprehensive internal view with an independent, industry-standard external view of an organization's cyber risk. Needless to say, we are thrilled to be a part of Verizon's unique offering and the impact it will have in helping companies make informed, data-driven security decisions."

-- Dave Fachetti, senior vice president of strategic partnerships, BitSight

Cylance:"Cylance is delighted to partner with Verizon. Our industry leading AI powered threat prevention technology is now included into the comprehensive Verizon Risk Report. The unique intelligence provided by Cylance regarding malicious and suspicious activities and behavior will provide VRR clients with immediately actionable recommendations for improving security posture and reducing risk."

--- Stuart McClure, chairman and chief executive officer , Cylance

Recorded Future:"We are thrilled to join Verizon's Risk Report partner program as a founding member and collaborate with other best in class security solutions. 

Recorded Future's leading threat intelligence solution allows IT and cybersecurity professionals to drive their programs with much deeper context for what's happening in the world around them, why it's happening, and who's doing it. We're working to keep cybersecurity teams one step ahead of attackers by pulling everything they need to be the very best intel analyst, SOC operator, risk analyst, and incident responder into a single view. 

This partnership with Verizon will enable more effective prioritization and strategy by adding our threat intelligence across security functions, putting power back into the hands of the good guys."

-- Dr. Christopher Ahlberg, chief executive officer and co-founder, Recorded Future

Tanium:"We're thrilled to help power The Verizon Risk Report. The Report provides enterprises with one of the most comprehensive, accurate, and timely views into their risks available anywhere. Pairing Verizon's experience and knowledge with the complete and real-time visibility and control Tanium provides will enable businesses to make meaningful, measurable improvements to their security posture and resilience. Together, we can help keep our customers' business running even with the attacks they face."

-- Orion Hindawi, chief executive officer and co-founder, Tanium

Media contact:Clare Ward +44 (0) 118 9053501 clare.ward@uk.verizon.com Twitter: @ClareWSpeaks

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