Center for Internet Security Announces New Partnerships to Provide Affordable, Industry-Recognized Cyber Security Tools
Agreements with NetLib, Rocky Mountain RAM, Duo Security and LabTech Offer Comprehensive Range of Multi-Layer Defenses for State and Local Governments, Public Education and Not-for-Profits
East Greenbush, N.Y. (PRWEB) September 20, 2012
The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving cyber security in the public and private sectors, today announced new partnerships that will help state and local governments, the public education sector and not-for-profits (Partners) improve their security posture by implementing cost-effective solutions to defend against some of the most critical cyber security threats and vulnerabilities. CIS is partnering with NetLib, Rocky Mountain RAM, Duo Security and LabTech to provide significantly discounted purchasing opportunities on a broad array of products and services that range from the foundations of data and device encryption, to two-factor authentication that can be accessed by a mobile device. The discounts are being offered through the CIS Trusted Purchasing Alliance. Company and product choices were selected by CIS with input from a product review board compromising representatives from CIS Partner organizations.
“The basics of security protections, combined with new, cutting-edge solutions, are critical components of a strong, defense-in-depth approach, and these purchasing agreements offer both. We strive to find the right companies and products that meet the needs of our Partners, engaging companies that have been staples in the industry as well as new businesses,” said William F. Pelgrin, CIS President and CEO. “We are pleased to join forces with NetLib, Rocky Mountain RAM, Duo Security and LabTech to bring a comprehensive suite of purchasing opportunities that will help our Partners address crucial cyber challenges in an affordable way.”
The products offered through these four partnerships provide a well-rounded set of solutions that meet a number of recommended strategies identified as industry best practices, such as those outlined in the SANS Top 20 Critical Security Controls and the Australian Government Defense Signals Directorate, two leading security guides.
According to the 2012 Verizon Data Breach report, 94 percent of data compromised in breaches resulted from database servers. In order to help organizations address this, CIS is partnering with NetLib to offer a discount on the NetLib Encryptionizer, a FIPS 140-2 validated whole database encryption software. The CIS-NetLib partnership allows state and local governments, public education entities and not-for-profits to purchase the NetLib Encryptionizer at a 78 percent discount. The current discount offering is available through October 31, 2012.
"Our partnership with CIS underscores the growing importance for tackling the critical business issue today: protecting sensitive data," stated Neil Weicher, Founder and CTO, NetLib. "With extensive experience in the government sector and a dedicated team of highly skilled engineers, NetLib has been at the forefront of data protection for more than two decades. We are thrilled to be able to offer affordable solutions to help CIS partners improve their data security effectiveness."
More than 20 million records were involved in data breaches since 2010 as a result of lost or stolen portable devices—such as hard drives and USB flash drives—according to the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Securing the data contained on portable devices is a key strategy in preventing their unauthorized access. To that end, CIS is partnering with Rocky Mountain RAM, a small woman-owned manufacturer and distributor, to provide discounts on a selection of critical encryption products, including self-encrypting hard drives and flash drives. Rocky Mountain RAM products were one of only two hardware product lines to gain DOD approval. This opportunity allows state and local governments, not-for-profit entities and public education institutions the ability to purchase important encryption hardware products at one percent over cost. The current discount offering is available through November 30, 2012.