We’re Still Not Prepared for Future Cyber Attacks

The cybersecurity threat is getting out of hand. Some of the biggest cities, hospitals, schools, government agencies are still unprepared and still vulnerable. Worse, according to FireEye, as noted by Cybersecurity Insiders, “Nearly 29% of organizations haven’t tested their cyber defenses for a year and out of them more than half weren’t confident about whether their plans will work as per the expectations.” Even you’re at risk. Your most personal information, banking details, social security numbers, your children's information.  That’s all increasing the need for far better cybersecurity from companies like Plurilock Security (TSXV:PLUR) (OTC:PLCKF), Palo Alto Networks (NYSE:PANW), Fortinet Inc. (NASDAQ:FTNT), Check Point Software Technologies (NASDAQ:CHKP), and Proofpoint Inc. (NASDAQ:PFPT).

Major companies, like Colonial Pipeline were allegedly so unprepared, hackers were able to access a remote account with a single password, and wreak havoc, says Fox Business. Even the world’s biggest meatpacker, JBS was hit with a ransomware attack. Unfortunately, there are hundreds more examples of cyberattacks we could list. Problem is – we’re still not ready for future attacks, forcing the need to address the global threat.

Plurilock Security (TSXV:PLUR)(OTC:PLCKF) Signs Order with U.S. Special Forces Command

Plurilock Security, an identity-centric cybersecurity solutions provider for workforces, has signed a contract extension worth US$120,000 with the U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM) under National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Solution for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP), a U.S. Government-Wide Acquisition Contract Vehicle (GWAC).

Per the terms of the order, the Company will be providing Atlassian software license renewal and continued maintenance support for the product. The contract extension represents the second SEWP contract signed with Plurilock by the U.S. Department of Defense in recent weeks, as the Company continues efforts to expand sales within the government vertical.

Other related developments from around the markets include:

Palo Alto Networks introduced five key innovations that make it easier for customers to adopt Zero Trust across their network security stack. "The productivity of a hybrid workforce lies in the ability for users to move freely on and off the campus network and still securely access any applications or data from any device in any location. Enabling this seamless experience securely is one of the many promises of a Zero Trust architecture," said Anand Oswal, senior vice president, Firewall as a Platform, Palo Alto Networks. "Today we are making it significantly simpler for companies to adopt complete Zero Trust Network Security."

Fortinet Inc., a leader in broad, integrated, and automated cybersecurity solutions, announced that Fortinet has been named a manufacturer on the Information Technology Enterprise Solutions – Software 2 (ITES-SW2) contract for the U.S. Army Computer Hardware Enterprise Software and Solutions (CHESS). This contract is held by Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, and is effective through August 30, 2025. ITES-SW2 is a firm-fixed price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract vehicle for commercial off-the-shelf software products and related services and hardware. The contract has no fees, and ordering is open to all Army, DoD and Federal agencies and authorized systems integrators on a worldwide basis. Under this contract, Carahsoft provides cybersecurity solutions from Fortinet to support Federal agencies’ enterprise infrastructure goals.

Check Point Software Technologies,  a leading provider of cyber security solutions globally, announced it has been named a Microsoft Security 20/20 award winner for the Most Transformative Integration Partner category. The company was honored among a global field of top Microsoft partners for demonstrating excellence in innovation, integration, and customer implementation with Microsoft technology. “The rapid transformation to remote work and cloud connectivity has opened many security gaps for organizations,” said Erez Yarkoni, Head of Cloud and Telco Sales at Check Point Software Technologies. “Together, Microsoft and Check Point deliver one of the most advanced threat prevention solutions to Azure customers, keeping their cloud network, data and applications protected from the most sophisticated cyberattacks today. Check Point is honoured to be recognized for demonstrating excellence in innovation, integration, and customer implementation with Microsoft technology.”

Proofpoint Inc., a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, announced Proofpoint Cloud App Security Broker (Proofpoint CASB) is now a certified data loss prevention (DLP) partner for Microsoft Teams. Available as part of Proofpoint’s Information Protection platform, organizations worldwide can now ensure real-time data security and compliance while millions of users collaborate in Teams. This is Proofpoint’s third business-critical integration with Teams since launching its Content Capture and Enterprise Archiving integration in 2020 as part of Proofpoint’s Compliance platform.

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