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What are the top IoT security challenges in corporate settings?

The image of what constitutes a “security risk” has changed a lot in the digital age, from burly men in leather jackets to hoody-wearing computer hackers. Now, the face behind a data breach might not have a face at all — and it looks a lot like a Keurig.

At the “Help! My coffee maker is trying to hurt me!” panel during the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) International conference in Atlanta, experts weighed in on what they consider the biggest IoT security challenges:

  • long product lifecycles
  • simplistic perspectives on IoT risk

Existing IoT security and compliance regulations are often focused on products that hold personally identifiable information and devices that have a replacement window of three to four years, panelists said. Panel moderator and ISSA Board President Candy Alexander noted that this perspective has led both individual and corporate consumers to ignore the safety risks of implementing an IoT device.

Panelist Loren Roberts, senior security advisor at HP Inc., agreed.

“It’s not always the first device you think of. The smart refrigerator in the break room might be the way into your business,” Roberts said.

Low-priority, high-security risk IoT devices

Sandy CarielliSandy Carielli

These types of IoT devices — think refrigerator, coffee machine or printer — highlight the issue of longevity in data security, panelists said. Devices that are low-security priority can quickly become high risk when they exceed the typical three- to five-year shelf life of an IT server, said Sandy Carielli, director of security at Entrust Datacard Corp.

“The manufacturer who is patching and maintaining IoT technologies has to look out for a 20- or 30-year shelf life,” Carielli continued.

Katherine FithenKatherine Fithen

Katherine Fithen, managing principal consultant at SecureWorks Inc., noted that vendors and manufacturers would rather ignore security risks than begin to tackle “20 years’ worth of back managing” their products IoT security challenges.

Another aspect of the struggle to secure these IoT devices is the inability to apply patches and conduct maintenance on devices that are in constant use. IT security professionals are dealing with an uncharted part of the market — they can’t shut down IoT devices like cars, medical machines and pacemakers to conduct maintenance.

One solution: Start using security as a value-add or business differentiator, which would incentivize manufacturers to articulate the ROI of security management alongside cost-effectiveness in the manufacturing process, Carielli said.

Fithen noted that the differentiation will only come when consumers let go of their innate trust in IoT security measures and begin choosing products with manufacturer safety measures in mind.

“Until consumers ask for IoT security as a differentiator, it won’t be,” Fithen said.

Biggest IoT challenges for network managers

Who should herald the IoT security revolution?

The panel of experts called for a tiered response for improvement: Start with changing customers’ perception of IoT devices, then let go of the instinctive trust in existing security measures and demand a federal change.

Loren RobertsLoren Roberts

Roberts said that customers need to take responsibility and consider the risks and IoT security challenges that come with the devices they use.

“I’m always looking for ways to automate … but I have some criteria. If I can’t manage it, if I can’t create a password, it’s not coming into my environment. If there is a compromise, if I can’t patch it, it’s not coming into my environment,” Roberts said.

Fithen said security advocates — both corporate and legislative — need to think from the consumer perspective. Consumers usually don’t think of the risks involved and just assume that they are protected, she noted.

“Government oversight agencies have a responsibility, but we first need to hear that [people] are concerned,” Fithen said.

If risk becomes even a semi-universal concern among consumers, panelists agreed that experts must then implement product development standards to reach a unified understanding of what a secure and safe device entails, and then push to enact federal data protection regulation to enforce these standards.

Candy AlexanderCandy Alexander

ISSA’s Alexander noted that despite the constant data breaches where the majority of users were affected, customers have demanded little change. Public support for data protection and security measures usually only follows a major event such as the loss of life in automated vehicle accidents, she observed.

“[A data breach] might hurt you a little bit, the company a little bit, but does this mean that with the adoption of IoT devices it will take someone getting hurt before there are changes?” Alexander asked.

For Sale – Lenovo Thinkcentre E73 / i3 4150 3.5 GHz / 8 GB RAM / 500 GB HDD/ Windows 10 Pro

Lenovo Thinkcentre E73 in full working order.

Minor marks and scratches. You will receive exactly as pictured.

It’s a very capable bit of kit!

Intel i3 4150 3.5 GHz

2 x 4 = 8 GB DDR3

500 GB SATA HDD

DVD-R/RW Drive

Onboard Graphics through a Display Port I think. I’ve never used it.

ATI Radeon HD 5450 1 GB Graphics with HD Audio (this is an older card that I recently purchased on eBay to fill the gap so I can’t guarantee it. If you don’t want it let me know and I’ll remove it before sending).

Software installed below to get you started

Windows 10 Pro Activated and Updated through Microsoft upgrade program

AVG Internet Security Activated and Updated

Nero 12 Platinum

Item will be fully insured and sent by Parcelforce 48.

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Microsoft is helping Abbey Road RED explore the future of music recording – Microsoft News Centre UK

Abbey Road Studios, the world-famous studio that was home to The Beatles and Pink Floyd, is trying to shape the future of music creation at its first hackathon using Microsoft technology.

The London studio’s audio technology incubator, Abbey Road RED, invited around 100 developers, technologists, designers and music producers to find new ways of capturing sound and revolutionising the engineering process.

Microsoft provided artificial intelligence technology and experts for the event, which will gather feedback on how the music industry could use its cognitive services.

“I’m incredibly excited to share some of the latest Microsoft AI tools with participants in the Abbey Road RED Hackathon,” said Noelle LaCharite, Leading Applied AI DevEx at Microsoft. “Our suite of AI technology, including object detection, sentiment analysis and natural language understanding, has awesome potential for musicians, engineers, audio programmers and designers.”

A 360-degree view of Studio One at Abbey Road Studios

The hackathon was held in Studio One, where Sir Edward Elgar performed Land of Hope and Glory in 1931 and was the recording venue for scores to The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Gravity and Black Panther.

Start-ups and partners of Abbey Road RED demoed smart microphones, innovative instruments and chip-level hardware devices to inspire the hackers, while art/tech group Hackoustic built a sound art installation and performed at the end of the event.

Dom Dronska, Head of Digital at Abbey Road Studios, said: “In the same room that witnessed the inception of the recording industry, we embraced the next paradigm shift in music creation – exploring the influence of the newest technologies and high performance computing on our creative tools.

“For the first time ever, we brought together the brightest technologists and music producers and created a unique inspirational atmosphere where beautiful accidents can happen. Abbey Road’s sole reason of existence is to enable creativity in its many forms, and today we are employing AI and machine learning to see how music makers can apply technology in the post digital era.”

The main Microsoft prize went to Rapple for their AI-powered rap battle partner. The creation, which uses speech recognition software from Microsoft, listens to you freestyle using a beat and then responds on the same beat. It is hoped that the solution could help freestyle rappers to practice and inspire songwriters.

Microsoft is one of the world’s leading experts on AI, developing systems that are designed to help the environment and protect people across the world. In January, Microsoft published a book entitled The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its role in society, which provides readers with the company’s view on where AI technology is going and the new societal issues it has raised.

As Microsoft continues to work towards breakthroughs in AI, RED is doing the same for recording. The incubator is currently exploring the use of spatial audio – a way of producing sounds in 360 degrees around a listener that creates results similar to those people hear in real-life.

Abbey Road RED was Europe’s first music technology incubator when it was launched in 2015. It finds and works with promising music technology start-ups to develop new products, and is now home to four companies – BroomX, Cotodama, Humtap and Lickd.

The incubator forms part of the legendary studios that recorded Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse and The Beatles, whose members were famously photographed crossing the road outside.

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LiveAction updates LiveNX network management service

LiveAction has updated its LiveNX network management service to LiveNX 8 after integrating Savvius technology. This latest version of the network performance management and diagnostics platform integrates flow data with packet capture and analysis.

As a network management service, LiveNX 8 is designed to improve network monitoring and diagnostics for network operations teams. It looks to identify root causes of network issues, so organizations can correct them. LiveNX 8 can also automate existing workflows.

This week, LiveAction also introduced LiveWire, an appliance designed for network edge deployment. It captures and converts real-time packet data, which feeds into the visualization engine of LiveNX 8.

Together, LiveWire and LiveNX 8 offer visual insights and analytics to traditionally “dark” environments, such as application classification; performance management for software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) deployments; or holistic visibility for legacy, multivendor edge switch environments. LiveWire use cases include branch wireless monitoring, point-of-sale transaction troubleshooting and voice-over IP troubleshooting.  

The LiveNX network management service uses a range of data sources, including various flow protocols, packet capture and analysis, Simple Network Management Protocol and API tools, providing network visibility across multifabric networks, including branch locations, WANs, SD-WANs, data centers and multi-cloud environments.

Kaloom, Red Hat partner for virtual central office service

Kaloom, a provider of automated data center networking software, has teamed up with Red Hat for a virtual central office (VCO) service for multivendor network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments at the network edge. The service looks to speed and simplify the deployment of value-added residential, enterprise and mobile services by telcos and enterprises.

Kaloom offers an automated VCO networking service with Red Hat’s NFV infrastructure. The service uses Kaloom’s programmable fabric, which can boost the performance and lower the latency of NFV applications. By using open source software-defined networking capabilities, the Red Hat VCO can support virtualized, next-generation mobile services and define a multivendor central office for both 4G and 5G technologies.

The Kaloom service looks to enhance CPU use for virtual network functions (VNF) applications by offloading service-chaining functionality and embedding it into the data plane. It also offers a way to program infrastructure using the open standards-based P4 programming language to add services and capabilities. In-band telemetry is offered to manage and support the VNF infrastructure at scale.

Through their collaboration, Red Hat and Kaloom aim to strengthen NFV infrastructure automation, potentially changing how cloud and data center networks are built, managed and maintained for operators, wireless providers, enterprises and cloud providers.  

Siemens, Aruba join forces for integrated networks

Digitalization, Industry 4.0 and industrial IoT are raising new challenges, because data must now traverse the boundary separating operational technology (OT) and IT. Typically, industrial OT networks are not coupled tightly with enterprise IT networks, which creates gaps in data and device visibility, application assurance and security.

To address this concern, Siemens and Aruba have teamed up to bridge the OT and IT worlds. The companies aim to support customers with reliable and secure data networks for high plant and network availability. Customers could benefit from integrated networks with interoperability from factory floors to corporate offices. Siemens provides industrial Ethernet network components, while Aruba offers wired and wireless LAN infrastructure.

The combined services offer wired and wireless networking products and related software that can be implemented through different channels, including the companies’ partner networks, with access to engineering and support experts.

The services aim to ensure network security that spans the IT and OT worlds. For example, Aruba’s 360 Secure Fabric for IT networks can be combined with Siemens’ Defense in Depth OT security concept. And because of varied customer security needs, Siemens and Aruba also aim to tailor security services to address specific customer requirements.

For Sale – Gigabyte Brix celeron 4gb memory 240gb SSD

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Microsoft is helping Abbey Road RED explore the future of music recording – Microsoft News Centre UK

Abbey Road Studios, the world-famous studio that was home to The Beatles and Pink Floyd, is trying to shape the future of music creation at its first hackathon using Microsoft technology.

The London studio’s audio technology incubator, Abbey Road RED, invited around 100 developers, technologists, designers and music producers to find new ways of capturing sound and revolutionising the engineering process.

Microsoft provided artificial intelligence technology and experts for the event, which will gather feedback on how the music industry could use its cognitive services.

“I’m incredibly excited to share some of the latest Microsoft AI tools with participants in the Abbey Road RED Hackathon,” said Noelle LaCharite, Leading Applied AI DevEx at Microsoft. “Our suite of AI technology, including object detection, sentiment analysis and natural language understanding, has awesome potential for musicians, engineers, audio programmers and designers.”

A 360-degree view of Studio One at Abbey Road Studios

The hackathon was held in Studio One, where Sir Edward Elgar performed Land of Hope and Glory in 1931 and was the recording venue for scores to The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Gravity and Black Panther.

Start-ups and partners of Abbey Road RED demoed smart microphones, innovative instruments and chip-level hardware devices to inspire the hackers, while art/tech group Hackoustic built a sound art installation and performed at the end of the event.

Dom Dronska, Head of Digital at Abbey Road Studios, said: “In the same room that witnessed the inception of the recording industry, we embraced the next paradigm shift in music creation – exploring the influence of the newest technologies and high performance computing on our creative tools.

“For the first time ever, we brought together the brightest technologists and music producers and created a unique inspirational atmosphere where beautiful accidents can happen. Abbey Road’s sole reason of existence is to enable creativity in its many forms, and today we are employing AI and machine learning to see how music makers can apply technology in the post digital era.”

The main Microsoft prize went to Rapple for their AI-powered rap battle partner. The creation, which uses speech recognition software from Microsoft, listens to you freestyle using a beat and then responds on the same beat. It is hoped that the solution could help freestyle rappers to practice and inspire songwriters.

Microsoft is one of the world’s leading experts on AI, developing systems that are designed to help the environment and protect people across the world. In January, Microsoft published a book entitled The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its role in society, which provides readers with the company’s view on where AI technology is going and the new societal issues it has raised.

As Microsoft continues to work towards breakthroughs in AI, RED is doing the same for recording. The incubator is currently exploring the use of spatial audio – a way of producing sounds in 360 degrees around a listener that creates results similar to those people hear in real-life.

Abbey Road RED was Europe’s first music technology incubator when it was launched in 2015. It finds and works with promising music technology start-ups to develop new products, and is now home to four companies – BroomX, Cotodama, Humtap and Lickd.

The incubator forms part of the legendary studios that recorded Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse and The Beatles, whose members were famously photographed crossing the road outside.

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Zoho CRM Plus gets AI boost, aims to connect departments

The second version of Zoho CRM Plus signals a move for the CRM software vendor toward customer experience and unifying disparate customer data for users.

Zoho initially released Zoho CRM Plus four years ago, and the product’s latest upgrade, released Nov. 15, brings together sales, marketing and customer support to help customer data flow from one department to another and potentially reduce the problem of isolated data. Zoho also added more AI and analytics capabilities, as well as improved social media monitoring.

A possible differentiator for Zoho CRM Plus is that Zoho built all the applications in-house, rather than integrated by way of mergers or acquisitions.

“It’s been one of the hallmarks of Zoho — it’s completely organic when it comes to how they built their apps and platform,” said Brent Leary, a CRM and customer experience (CX) analyst. “Because all of their apps are built on the same underlying architecture, it makes it easier to put in the AI layer beneath it.”

Zoho continues to try to make itself an attractive CRM platform for SMBs with its suite of applications and relatively low price tag, according to Leary. But unlike enterprise options such as Salesforce or Microsoft Dynamics 365, Zoho still lacks some of the functionality and integration larger organizations need, he said.

Zoho released a new version of Zoho CRM Plus, adding AI capabilities and making it more unified for users across sales, marketing and support.
A screenshot shows Zoho’s new integrated dashboard, which enables users to combine sales and support analytics in one report.

The move toward CX

Zoho’s new release is part of a software industry move toward CX. And the trend toward experience management over relationship management is accelerating, according to Gartner. A 2017 Gartner survey showed that more than 66% of respondents said their companies compete on the basis of CX, and that percentage is expected to rise to 81% by 2019.

“It’s very difficult to bring these integrations into the fold manually,” said Taylor Backman, evangelist at Zoho. “By building this out natively, we see it as a next generation application and a chance to provide our users a customer experience platform.”

Zoho is looking to improve its market standing with its Zoho CRM Plus. In Gartner’s 2018 sales force automation report, Zoho was grouped with other niche players. Gartner noted that Zoho doesn’t differentiate between needs of SMBs and larger enterprises, and that its sales execution needed improvement, with customers citing problems with contracting and pricing processes.

It’s been one of the hallmarks of Zoho — it’s completely organic when it comes to how they built their apps and platform.
Brent LearyCRM and CX analyst

“There are still things Zoho needs to do to be more attractive to midmarket and enterprise companies,” Leary said. “Bigger operations are looking for system integrations, application partnerships and professional services.”

While there are advantages to Zoho CRM Plus and the vendor’s other productivity apps being built on the same infrastructure, it’s unlikely enterprises are willing to run their entire operation on a single platform and that integrations with third-party vendors are still needed, according to Leary.

Enhanced AI, social capabilities

Other features of the Zoho upgrade include a unified search application and unified configuration, which the company said would ease rollout to departments already using Zoho CRM.

Mirroring another market trend, Zoho is adding AI capabilities to Zoho CRM Plus with Zia, an intelligence assistant. Zoho previously integrated Zia into sales to help with voice dialing and email sentiment, but now the vendor has introduced the AI assistant into marketing with lead quality rating, lead trend monitoring and lead anomaly detection, as well as support with ticket tracking, ticket sentiment — the ability to understand customer emotion within service tickets — and auto-tagging within support tickets.

Zoho also added Zia voice chatbot capabilities, supporting natural language and chat interactions, to its Zoho Desk customer service module. Zoho also said it enabled improved social media monitoring, so users can turn any social media post into a customer service ticket with Zoho Social.

Users can upgrade to Zoho CRM Plus at no extra cost. The cost of the CRM system is $60 per user, per month on a monthly basis, or $50 per user, per month with an annual contract.

Wanted – Intel Compute Stick m3/m5, or Azulle Access3

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Microsoft is helping Abbey Road RED explore the future of music recording – Microsoft News Centre UK

Abbey Road Studios, the world-famous studio that was home to The Beatles and Pink Floyd, is trying to shape the future of music creation at its first hackathon using Microsoft technology.

The London studio’s audio technology incubator, Abbey Road RED, invited around 100 developers, technologists, designers and music producers to find new ways of capturing sound and revolutionising the engineering process.

Microsoft provided artificial intelligence technology and experts for the event, which will gather feedback on how the music industry could use its cognitive services.

“I’m incredibly excited to share some of the latest Microsoft AI tools with participants in the Abbey Road RED Hackathon,” said Noelle LaCharite, Leading Applied AI DevEx at Microsoft. “Our suite of AI technology, including object detection, sentiment analysis and natural language understanding, has awesome potential for musicians, engineers, audio programmers and designers.”

A 360-degree view of Studio One at Abbey Road Studios

The hackathon was held in Studio One, where Sir Edward Elgar performed Land of Hope and Glory in 1931 and was the recording venue for scores to The Lord of The Rings trilogy, Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, Gravity and Black Panther.

Start-ups and partners of Abbey Road RED demoed smart microphones, innovative instruments and chip-level hardware devices to inspire the hackers, while art/tech group Hackoustic built a sound art installation and performed at the end of the event.

Dom Dronska, Head of Digital at Abbey Road Studios, said: “In the same room that witnessed the inception of the recording industry, we embraced the next paradigm shift in music creation – exploring the influence of the newest technologies and high performance computing on our creative tools.

“For the first time ever, we brought together the brightest technologists and music producers and created a unique inspirational atmosphere where beautiful accidents can happen. Abbey Road’s sole reason of existence is to enable creativity in its many forms, and today we are employing AI and machine learning to see how music makers can apply technology in the post digital era.”

The main Microsoft prize went to Rapple for their AI-powered rap battle partner. The creation, which uses speech recognition software from Microsoft, listens to you freestyle using a beat and then responds on the same beat. It is hoped that the solution could help freestyle rappers to practice and inspire songwriters.

Microsoft is one of the world’s leading experts on AI, developing systems that are designed to help the environment and protect people across the world. In January, Microsoft published a book entitled The Future Computed: Artificial Intelligence and its role in society, which provides readers with the company’s view on where AI technology is going and the new societal issues it has raised.

As Microsoft continues to work towards breakthroughs in AI, RED is doing the same for recording. The incubator is currently exploring the use of spatial audio – a way of producing sounds in 360 degrees around a listener that creates results similar to those people hear in real-life.

Abbey Road RED was Europe’s first music technology incubator when it was launched in 2015. It finds and works with promising music technology start-ups to develop new products, and is now home to four companies – BroomX, Cotodama, Humtap and Lickd.

The incubator forms part of the legendary studios that recorded Pink Floyd, Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Ed Sheeran, Amy Winehouse and The Beatles, whose members were famously photographed crossing the road outside.

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Container security tools push multi-cloud closer to reality

Container portability across clouds is the holy grail of IT management for many enterprises, but it takes more than multi-cloud Kubernetes compatibility to get there.

Early adopters of multi-cloud infrastructures can handle the initial Kubernetes setup on their own with open source software. But as the complexity of multi-cloud management sets in, they turn to container security tools from third-party specialists, such as Aqua Security, Twistlock and StackRox. These tools consolidate security monitoring into one interface as containers become too numerous and spread out across cloud data centers to scan for vulnerabilities manually. They also provide alerts and request blocking and container quarantine features that help users quickly address container security issues.

Mux Inc., a video streaming startup that serves media giants such as CBS and PBS, is one such early adopter of container security tools in a multi-cloud environment. The company runs thousands of containers for its video data analytics and video streaming services, and it set up container infrastructure with the kops open source management tool for Kubernetes on Amazon and Google public clouds. But, as workloads grew, Mux DevOps engineers quickly became overwhelmed with container image security scanning and security incident response.

“As our services have grown, we’ve gotten more and more enterprise contracts, which have required more enterprise security audits and compliance,” said Adam Brown, co-founder of Mux in San Francisco. “We wanted something we could drop in to what we have with minimal friction, that offered the quickest turnaround time to know what’s broken and triage vulnerabilities as quickly as possible.”

Mux evaluated Aqua Security, Twistlock and StackRox, and it opted for StackRox based on its easy deployment and for its management interface.

StackRox software is installed as a privileged Kubernetes DaemonSet that monitors system calls at the host kernel layer, creates dashboards and issues alerts as it detects potential security vulnerabilities among containers. For Mux engineers, StackRox offered a balance between fine-grained container security data collection and simple quarantine and response procedures that cut through the noise of the growing container environment.

“We like the way StackRox ranks vulnerabilities by severity — not just for containers, but network services, as well,” Brown said.

For now, his team is less interested in automated responses to anomalous container behavior than in dashboards that quickly pinpoint areas for his team to manually investigate.

“We have a lot of flux in our current infrastructure, as it is still an early and rapidly evolving product. So, we don’t want to cause more problems for ourselves by terminating legitimate traffic until things are very stable,” Brown said.

Aqua Security Workload Explorer
Aqua Security’s Workload Explorer distills Kubernetes cluster monitoring into a simplified visual interface in an appeal to DevOps pros.

Enterprises face paradox of choice with container security tools

As a small company without a separate IT security team, Mux faced few internal political hurdles in selecting its container security tool, and it was able to pick the one it felt offered the best developer experience and simplest interface.

We have a lot of flux in our current infrastructure … we don’t want to cause more problems for ourselves by terminating legitimate traffic until things are very stable.
Adam Brownco-founder, Mux

Container security tool selection is more difficult for large enterprise companies with IT security teams and DevOps teams that share responsibility for applications in containers. For these buyers, specialized container security tools also fight for attention against incumbent IT security vendors, such as Trend Micro, that have added container support in 2018 — all while enterprises struggle internally to achieve cooperation between DevOps and security teams.

Aqua says its user base of large enterprises demands not only more advanced automation features for containers, but also support for serverless security, which the company now offers in version 3.5 of its Container Security Platform (CSP) released this week. Aqua CSP 3.5 includes more granular policy enforcement and role-based access control features, as well as a Workload Explorer visualization tool to simplify container security monitoring in complex Kubernetes environments.

Unfortunately for IT buyers, no tool exists to manage the market’s complexity the way container security tools manage complex vulnerabilities in Kubernetes clusters.

“It makes me think of the idea of the paradox of choice in economics, that too many choices may make buyers less happy with their selection and may actually lead to fewer purchases,” said Fernando Montenegro, analyst at 451 Research, referring to a 2004 book by American psychologist Barry Schwartz.

The market will need more time for container security tool vendors to rise to the top of buyers’ radar and for security decisions to be concentrated within smaller, centralized DevSecOps teams, Montenegro said.