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Aug 03, 2022
CVE-2022-31656 – Critical VMware Vulnerability
THE THREAT On August 2nd, 2022, VMware disclosed a new critical vulnerability impacting multiple VMware products. The vulnerability, tracked as CVE-2022-31656 (CVSS: 9.8) is an authentication…
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eSentire is The Authority in Managed Detection and Response Services, protecting the critical data and applications of 1500+ organizations in 80+ countries from known and unknown cyber threats. Founded in 2001, the company’s mission is to hunt, investigate and stop cyber threats before they become business disrupting events.
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Aug 11, 2022
eSentire Researchers Unmask the Top Malware Supplier to Russia’s Most Notorious Financial Crime Families: Fin6 and Cobalt Group
Waterloo, ON, and Las Vegas, NV, August 11, 2022 — eSentire, the Authority in Managed Detection and Response (MDR), released a report today, unmasking the threat actor behind the Golden Chickens malware, the weapon of choice for Russia’s most infamous financial cybercrime families— FIN6 and Cobalt Group. Joe Stewart and Keegan Keplinger, security researchers with eSentire‘s Threat Response Unit…
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PRIVATE EQUITY

Multi-Signal Managed Detection and Response for Private Equity Firms

Cybersecurity breaches and threats are a concern for any entity that stores valuable data or manages large sums of money. Private equity firms are no exception. eSentire proactively detects, disrupts, and remediates cyber threats targeting Private Equity Firms before they impact your business and your portfolio companies.

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Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies need cybersecurity expertise to proactively detect, disrupt and remediate cyber threats before they become business impacting.

Cyberattackers recognize that portfolio companies are easy targets because they are growth-focused and are often secured with lean, less mature cyber operations. Private equity firms also have detailed disclosure requirements to abide by, making it easy for attackers to find these valuable targets.

Sophisticated attackers perform complex reconnaissance on private equity firms and their portfolio companies in order to obtain stolen/hijacked/poorly secured firm documents and harvest key employee credentials. They understand operational details, the names of key employees, and once they are embedded, they can hijack relationships, intercept emails, and even initiate wire transfers to steal millions of dollars.

Adding to the challenge, CIOs at private equity firms are hampered by a lack of visibility into all their portfolio firms as well as a lack of control. Defensive tools across their portfolio companies are almost always inconsistent.

Breaches can and will impact deal execution, deal value, integration, and put reputations and future deals at risk. In fact, the public nature of private equity work paints a target on both the buyer and seller.

How eSentire Managed Detection and Response Can Help

eSentire is recognized globally as the Authority in Managed Detection and Response because we hunt, investigate and stop known and unknown cyber threats before they become business disrupting events. We were founded in 2001 to secure the environments of the world’s most targeted industry - financial services. We proudly protect over 100 Private Equity firms and their portfolio companies. With over $6.5T in AUM, we are the most trusted security company that protects private equity portfolio companies at scale.

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We have demonstrated success working with private equity firms and their portfolio companies. Through our experience, we’ve developed a leading framework for firms to address the most common concerns and risks security leaders face:

  • Lack of confidence in the integrity of all portfolio companies’ security postures
  • New acquisitions come with surprises that can negatively impact deal value and lead to potential vulnerabilities
  • The need to bridge the gap from startup business bootstrap mindset to portfolio company
  • The lack of a uniform foundation and uniform exit documentation
  • The need for a reliable way to track and rank risk across portfolio
  • They require enterprise protection at a cost-effective price

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How eSentire Protects Private Equity Firms

Key Industry Challenges

Risk Illumination And Mitigation Throughout The Entire Investment Lifecycle

Falling Victim to
Ransomware Attacks

Operational
Disruption

The Need for Cost-effective Security Services That Provide Consistency And Visibility Across Portfolio Companies

How eSentire Managed Detection & Response Helps

  • Our 24/7 Elite Threat Hunters and SOC Cyber Analysts actively hunt for threats across your environment. We detect intrusions and contain attacks before data can be exfiltrated.
  • M&A Assessment service available as part of our Managed Risk services offering with rapid eDiscovery investigation capability through eSentire's Atlas XDR Investigator.

We monitor your attack surface 24/7 to discover intrusion attempts, preventing the pervasive deployment of malware and ransomware.

  • We support multi-signal coverage ensuring visibility across endpoint, network, log, cloud, and other data sources for deep investigation and response capabilities.
  • We offer endpoint protection to prevent your defenses from being disabled.

We detect malicious administrative activity through remote access tools and stop intrusions before they can deploy malware throughout your environment.

We provide customized Managed Risk, MDR and Incident Response services that can be packaged and adopted by Private Equity firms’ entire portfolios, driving consistency and measurable cyber KPIs.

Our program delivers rapid time to value with onboarding in days vs weeks or months, and provides scalable multi-signal 24/7 coverage across the complete attack surface.

Key Industry Challenges
With How eSentire MDR Helps

Risk Illumination And Mitigation Throughout The Entire Investment Lifecycle

  • Our 24/7 Elite Threat Hunters and SOC Cyber Analysts actively hunt for threats across your environment. We detect intrusions and contain attacks before data can be exfiltrated.
  • M&A Assessment service available as part of our Managed Risk services offering with rapid eDiscovery investigation capability through eSentire's Atlas XDR Investigator.

Falling Victim to
Ransomware Attacks

We monitor your attack surface 24/7 to discover intrusion attempts, preventing the pervasive deployment of malware and ransomware.

  • We support multi-signal coverage ensuring visibility across endpoint, network, log, cloud, and other data sources for deep investigation and response capabilities.
  • We offer endpoint protection to prevent your defenses from being disabled.

Operational
Disruption

We detect malicious administrative activity through remote access tools and stop intrusions before they can deploy malware throughout your environment.

The Need for Cost-effective Security Services That Provide Consistency And Visibility Across Portfolio Companies

We provide customized Managed Risk, MDR and Incident Response services that can be packaged and adopted by Private Equity firms’ entire portfolios, driving consistency and measurable cyber KPIs.

Our program delivers rapid time to value with onboarding in days vs weeks or months, and provides scalable multi-signal 24/7 coverage across the complete attack surface.

eSentire Cybersecurity Services Portfolio for Private Equity Firms

At eSentire, we go beyond the market’s capability in threat response. eSentire’s multi-signal MDR approach ingests endpoint, network, log, cloud, asset and vulnerability data that enables complete attack surface visibility. Enriched detections from the eSentire Threat Response Unit are applied to captured data identifying known & unknown threats including suspicious activity and zero-day attacks. With two 24/7 Security Operations Centers staffed with cyber experts and Elite Threat Hunters, an industry-leading XDR Cloud Platform, and refined security operations processes, eSentire can detect and respond to cyber threats with a Mean Time to Contain of 15 minutes.

Our Private Equity Industry Services

Managed Risk Services

Strategic services including Vulnerability Management, Managed Phishing and Security Awareness Training to identify gaps, build defensive strategies, operationalize risk mitigation and continuously advance your firm’s security program

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Managed Detection and Response

We deliver complete and robust Response. By combining cutting-edge machine learning XDR, 24/7 threat hunting expertise and security operations leadership, we hunt and disrupt known & unknown threats before they impact your firm.

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Digital Forensics and Incident Response

Battle-tested Incident Commander level expertise driving incident response, remediation, recovery, and root cause analysis. Emergency Incident Response, Security Incident Response Planning Services and an industry-leading 4-hour Threat Suppression SLA with our eSentire On Demand 24/7 Incident Response Retainer, are available.

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The Cost of Ransomware Attacks for Firms is Growing

We’ve worked with numerous private equity firms for incident response after ransomware attacks on portfolio companies have taken out their backups, encrypted the data on their server environments, taken their businesses offline for days or weeks, and cost them millions of dollars. The following case studies capture the immediate operational and financial impacts ransomware attacks inflicted on these portfolio companies. Beyond that, these attacks also caused indirect damage to the private equity backers due to profitability and investment losses.

Customer Case Study #1

  • Attackers breached the portfolio company network and back up devices, using Mimikatz to obtain login and password information to move laterally in the environment unrestricted for 6 weeks.
  • Ransomware took down all back-ups, wiped out PC environments, and encrypted all company servers and computers using PowerShell commands.
  • The portfolio company was down for 7 days with no access to data, systems, emails or phones.
  • After completing Incident Response, PE engaged eSentire.

Total Cost: $2,000,000

Customer Case Study #2

  • Trickbot malware harvested credentials at the portfolio company and encrypted the main ERP database servers.
  • Despite having antivirus, network and endpoint protections in place with different vendors, lack of security best practices allowed the attack to go undetected.
  • The portfolio company was completely down for 7 days, suffered an additional attack mid-recovery, and had to scan and reimage over 1200 computers, and change every single password across all systems company wide.
  • After completing Incident, PE engaged eSentire.

Total Cost: $1,000,000

Why Our Private Equity Customers Choose eSentire

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It’s to the point where one of the first things my managing partners say after we close a deal is - when are we going to bring in eSentire?"
CIO
Private Equity
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The combination of tools, technology and eSentire's Security Operations Center (SOC) means that we have eyes and ears on our network at all times. We consider eSentire as an extension of our team."
Eric Feldman
Chief Information Officer | Riverside

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