Nyotron: pioneering endpoint protection
Digital transformation has changed the operational landscape for all organizations, large or small. The introduction of new and innovative technologies, migration to the cloud and, as a result of COVID-19, the growth of remote working, has opened new opportunities for all businesses. It has also increased the cyber threat landscape and placed the effective management of cybersecurity at the heart of any digital strategy.
It is here that Nyotron plays a crucial role. The business is an innovative, world-leading provider of a progressive endpoint security solution that enable the combating of malicious cyber attacks and the building of a modern and secure IT infrastructure. “We’re an absolute pioneer in the cyber security space - we’ve reimagined endpoint and server security from scratch,” says Sagit Manor, CEO at the business. Manor is a hugely experienced CEO who prides herself on supercharging enterprise security through innovation; she has been at Nyotron for close to three years overseeing a restructure and reinvigoration of the company’s core aims that have placed it at the forefront of the industry.
“The focus on endpoint detection and response really picked up pace in the last five years so,” she explains, “with the focus on detection and not prevention, unfortunately. We, at Nyotron, have the proven, best prevention solution out there and it’s based around the knowledge that you cannot stop the attack from happening - infiltration is inevitable, but damage doesn’t have to be. Most companies rely on some type of antivirus or anti-malware solution to protect their endpoints and servers, but the reality is that those blacklisting-based products, have only 50% to 80% efficacy. Our PARANOID solution closes those remaining gaps that are left by other security products so that companies can focus on their digital transformation journeys without fear of data breaches or ransomware attacks.”
PARANOID is the industry’s first OS-centric positive security solution that strengthens antivirus (AV) or next-generation antivirus (NGAV) protection. It does so by mapping legitimate operating system behavior, understanding all the normative ways that may lead to damage and being entirely agnostic to threats and attack vectors. When any attack attempt happens, PARANOID blocks it in real time. The solution works with a company’s AV or NGAV systems to provide industry-leading defense in depth that enables greater threat detection and enhanced protection.
This level of protection is invaluable for customers worldwide, including Kettering Health Network, a nonprofit health organization based in the US. “Kettering is at the forefront of care and technology,” says Manor, “and we’re really proud to have them as one of our key customers. They’re an early adopter of our technology and believe in the defense in depth strategy that we provide. Actually, we proved our worth in the early stages of our relationship - Kettering was looking for an endpoint detection and response solution but, during our proof of concept work, we detected and prevented malicious activity”
Nyotron works with customers across a broad spectrum of industries which, as Manor explains, can bring a wide range of potential threats. “Even before COVID-19, which has brought a huge growth in working from home, the security pyramid in any organization had moved to the endpoint, meaning it was outside of the protection of corporate firewalls or other existing network security. With the impact of digital transformation, endpoint security is now more important than ever. In healthcare specifically, this is typified by the explosion in wearable and connected medical devices that support patients’ lives but also run very outdated versions of windows.
“By far the most important thing on any CISO’s agenda now is endpoint security,” she continues. “When people are working from home - and COVID has changed that permanently - protection is essential. After that, they need to address networks and robust VPNs, then consider mobile security; these are the three most important things right now for any organization to address when it comes to cybersecurity.”
It is for this reason that an effective and innovative partner like Nyotron, is essential to any transforming organization. Manor explains that, when the company works with a customer, building a close and lasting relationship is essential. “It’s something I’m passionate about as I’m a strong believer in truly listening to our customers,” she states. “Kettering, as with our other customers, plays an important role in our major roadmap decisions and our development. They also play a role in our executive advisory council, which meets twice a year to discuss the major cybersecurity concerns facing enterprises. We’ll continue this relationship and continue to support them in the future. The prospect of that is really exciting and being a true partner ensures we can keep them secure as they continue their transformation journey.”
Zoom enters the healthcare market - a timeline
Since the pandemic began Zoom has become an integral part of daily life for people working from home, as well as a vital tool for families and friends to communicate. However it's also been eyeing up the healthcare space since 2017, and following the boom in telehealth the company has been rolling out additional services. Here we chart Zoom's move into healthcare.
2011 - 2013
Zoom is founded in San Jose, California, by Eric Yuan, formerly of Cisco. He got the idea to create a video calling platform from his visits to his girlfriend while he was a student, which would take 10 hours by train.
A beta version is released in 2012, which can host up to 15 participants. In 2013 this rises to 25. By mid-2013, Zoom has 1 million users.
2014 - 2017
Zoom attracts investors, including Sequoia Capital, Emergence and Horizon Ventures. By January 2017, Zoom has a series D funding worth $100 million.
2017 - 2019
Zoom for Telehealth launches, including an integration with EHR system Epic. It has cloud-based video, audio, and content sharing features, a "waiting room" for patients, and can easily be integrated into healthcare provider's workflows.
In 2019 Zoom goes public, with its IPO rising 72% in one day.
As a result of the pandemic, Zoom gains 2.2 million new users, more than in the whole of 2019. On the 23rd of March alone - the day the UK lockdown was announced - the platform was downloaded 2.13 million times around the world.
Share prices rise to around $150, and founder and chief executive Eric Yuan becomes one of the world's richest people, with an estimated net worth of $7.9 billion.
Early security issues are addressed by encrypting data with the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). By now the the platform allows 99 people to be on a call simultaneously
New features launch, including Zoom Home and Zoom for Chats. Throughout the year the platform is used to replace most kinds of real life events: work meetings, online classrooms, church services and social events.
Renamed Zoom for Healthcare, users can share secured video, audio, and content through desktops, mobile phones, and conference devices. As well as Epic, it can be integrated with Strmr, IntakeQ, and Practice Better.
It can also be used with diagnostic cameras and other point-of-care devices, including digital stethoscopes.
In an interview with Korea Biomedical Review, Zoom Global Healthcare Lead Ron Emerson said: "Our service is not simply a virtual care and telemedicine platform but a multi-purpose platform that can satisfy the needs of healthcare institutions."
"It can be used for administrative tasks, including telemedicine, medical team meetings, recruitment, medical education, employee training, and disease prevention. Analysing electronic records managed by Zoom could provide meaningful insights into patient care."
Phoenix Children's Hospital, Belfast's Hospital Services Limited, Butler Health Services and the global Project ECHO are among Zoom for Healthcare's current customers.