DarkMatter introduces ‘Trusted Transparency’ programme
The programme aims to strengthen national and enterprise-level security and will offer source code review for its products
UAE headquartered, cyber security firm DarkMatter, used its participation at GISEC 2017 last month to launch a Trusted Transparency Programme.
The cyber security firm also called on the technology ecosystem to evolve its outlook to embrace more rigorous vetting of platforms, infrastructure, and operating systems to remove vulnerabilities.
According to DarkMatter, its Trusted Transparency Programme has two primary components: Trusted Transparency, which is a platform for DarkMatter's customers to conduct a full review of DarkMatter's own hardware and source code before installation and XEN1TH Labs, a testing and validation of any product to identify vulnerabilities, backdoors and other security weaknesses across all areas of hardware, software, cryptography and mobile.
Faisal Al Bannai, founder and CEO of DarkMatter, said the Trusted Transparency Programme is "a call to action for the technology industry."
He added that: "The current outdated cyber security model is broken. Cyber criminals, with varying degrees of sophistication, are finding vulnerabilities and new opportunities to compromise IT systems with relative ease. All because the software and hardware that governments and businesses are forced to use have not always been adequately vetted or lag behind the capability of modern-day hackers."
The Programme will be available to approved entities and the review will be confidential between the customer and DarkMatter. For maximum security, the review will be conducted as the final stage of the procurement process.
DarkMatter products will be tested and validated by XEN1TH Labs using advanced technologies and human intelligence to build a full understanding and assessment of any product. XEN1TH Labs will operate four test and validation environments namely hardware, software, cryptography, and mobile and telecommunications, providing an integrated testing environment that covers the full spectrum of cyber security vulnerabilities. Products will receive a ‘Tested by Xen1th' certification report with documented results of the tests.
The widening threat surface for cyber attack makes it clear that entities ought to perform security assessments in order to understand their digital systems, the risks facing them, and who might seek to breach them. Once this exercise has been completed, it is advisable that cyber security experts are engaged in order to actually implement any security recommendations made during the assessment.
With this outlook in mind, DarkMatter recently announced a commercial partnership with UAE telecom provider du to offer enhanced cyber security products and services to enterprises across the country.
The commercial partnership complements du's current suite of managed service products and services for its enterprise customers that are demanding higher levels of security. Through the partnership, DarkMatter will provide its expertise to du's extensive business customer base.