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Gartner Identifies CardinalOps as a Sample Vendor for Automated Security Controls Assessment (ASCA)

I’m thrilled to share some exciting news with you all! CardinalOps, the detection posture management company, has been recognized as a Sample Vendor in two prestigious Gartner Hype Cycles – Gartner Hype Cycle for Security Operations, 20231 and Gartner Hype Cycle for Workload and Network Security, 20232. It’s a remarkable honor for us and a testament to the innovative solutions we’re providing in the world of cybersecurity.

Gartner identified us as a Sample Vendor in the emerging category of Automated Security Controls Assessment (ASCA), a technology that’s changing the game for organizations seeking to validate and fortify their cybersecurity defenses. According to Gartner, “ASCA improves the security posture by verifying the proper, consistent configuration of security controls, rather than simply verifying the existence of controls.”

Gartner explains that “Organizations implementing ASCA processes and technologies enhance staff efficiency, minimize the impact of human errors and improve resilience in the face of organizational churn. ASCA reduces security control configuration gaps that unnecessarily expose the organization to otherwise preventable attacks.”

We understand that security is of paramount importance to any organization, and that’s precisely why we’re so passionate about it. But we also know that security operations has become increasingly challenging over time, and our mission is to help the defender community address many of these challenges.

In fact, Gartner states that “The volume of misconfigurations in security controls continues to grow with the increased complexity of environments, emerging threat vectors, the proliferation of new security tools, and the high turnover of administration staff, leading to a more exposed attack surface.”

The SEC’s new cybersecurity rules (Regulation S-K Item 106) are particularly relevant to the ASCA category. In 10-K reports, organizations are now required to describe their processes for “assessing, identifying, and managing material risks from cybersecurity threats” as well as to “describe the board of directors’ oversight of risks from cybersecurity threats and management’s role and expertise in assessing and managing material risks from cybersecurity threats.”

To download a complimentary copy of the entire Gartner Hype Cycle for Security Operations, 2023 report, click here.

So, how does CardinalOps address ASCA and the SEC’s new cybersecurity rules, you may ask?

Well, it’s simple – we’re all about specialized analytics, automation, MITRE ATT&CK (and our human expertise). Our platform works relentlessly to identify and remediate security control gaps within existing enterprise SIEMs, including big names like Splunk, Microsoft Sentinel, IBM QRadar, Google Chronicle SIEM, CrowdStrike Falcon LogScale, and Sumo Logic.

With our threat-informed strategy, we help organizations assess their detective controls and log configurations and improve their coverage to fend off potential breaches. Here are some highlights of our detection posture management platform:

1. Mapping SIEM Detection Rules to MITRE ATT&CK: We take your existing SIEM detection ruleset and map it to the MITRE ATT&CK framework, exposing high-risk coverage gaps, allowing targeted improvements, and producing coverage and health metrics that support management and the board in assessing and managing risk.

2. Continuous Detection Coverage Improvement: Our platform is designed to deliver new, ready-to-deploy detections that address critical gaps based on threat intelligence, your organization’s priorities, and your unique environment. With us, you’ll always be one step ahead.

3. Remediation of Broken and Noisy Detections: We identify and help you fix broken and noisy detections that attackers can exploit to deploy ransomware and steal sensitive data.

4. Enhanced Detection Engineering Productivity: By boosting detection engineering productivity by 10x, we take mundane tasks off your plate and reduce the need to hire additional SOC personnel.

We’re proud of the value we’re bringing to the defender community. Our mission has always been to help organizations stay one step ahead and eliminate detection gaps before adversaries can exploit them. Being recognized by Gartner further validates the importance and impact of our solution.

See Us at Black Hat!

Oh, and before I go, we’ve got another exciting update! CardinalOps is sponsoring next week’s Black Hat conference and we’ll be at booth #2268. We have a bunch of other fun activities going on throughout the week including sponsoring the week’s most highly-anticipated after-party, the Level Up party! Join us alongside other industry leaders like ZeroFox, Snyk, VMWare, Guidepoint Security, and more for custom cocktails, stunning views of Las Vegas from atop the Delano Hotel, and a retro arcade with over 200 classic games like Zelda, Mario Kart, Donkey Kong, and more. Don’t miss out – sign up here!

At CardinalOps, we’re committed to empowering organizations to secure the future of cybersecurity. With our ASCA solution and relentless pursuit of innovation, we’re confident that together, we can build a safer digital landscape for everyone.

Stay secure,

Michael Mumcuoglu
CEO and Co-Founder, CardinalOps

1Gartner, Hype Cycle for Security Operations, 2023, Jonathan Nunez, Andrew Davies, 20 July 2023
2Gartner, Hype Cycle for Workload and Network Security, 2023, Charlie Winckless, Feng Gao, 31 July 2023
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