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Miggo Launches First Application Detection and Response (ADR) Solution
Miggo announced $7.5 million in seed funding led by global cybersecurity VC firm YL Ventures with the participation of CCL (Cyber Club London), cybersecurity leaders from Elastic and Everon and former CISOs of Google, Zscaler and Nike. Miggo's ADR platform addresses a critical gap in application security by enabling security teams to detect and respond to targeted application attacks in real-time.

2023 saw a rise in high-profile application attacks that went undetected by traditional tools. The MOVEit, Microsoft SharePoint, Ivanti Gateway and GoAnywhere breaches highlight critical AppSec blind spots of application behavior in runtime and how attackers are hedging their bets on this well-known, ongoing security gap. According to Justin Somaini, Partner at YL Ventures and former CISO of Unity, SAP and Yahoo!, "Applications in production constitute one of the few true blind spots of today's security programs. Last year's incidents alone underscore how critically we need to secure the application layer. This is a space that still needs a lot of innovation to address what traditional tools cannot."

Today, applications are the primary target of nearly 80% of data attacks, according to Verizon's 2023 Data Breach Investigations Report. More recent shifts to distributed application architecture, which requires multiple chains of trust between different services, have further broadened the domain's threat landscape. Attackers can manipulate flows between services without detecting existing security sensors like EDR, WAF and CNAPP tools. The only way to identify such malicious activity is with direct views into applications while they're running.

Under the leadership of Daniel Shechter, CEO and co-founder, and Itai Goldman, CTO and co-founder, Miggo developed a platform that analyzes interactions and data flows within applications to detect and mitigate attacks before they can escalate into breaches. "We need to proactively tackle this massive and largely unseen attack surface. Not only do we need precise detection and response for unexpected behaviors directly in live application environments, but also insight and understanding into the inner workings of today's distributed applications as they run," explained Shechter.

Miggo's technology precisely discovers and maps the architecture of distributed applications to establish behavioral baselines and monitor for deviations from intended design or code execution flows. Leveraging live in-application context, Miggo determines if a deviation indicates that the application is exploitable, under active exploitation or backdoored, and initiates targeted mitigations to contain breaches by pinpointing the offender and affected areas to recommend precise remediation strategies.

The combined ability to detect live threats to applications and respond within the applications themselves are key innovations, according to CISO Mike Melo. "Miggo is finally providing transparency for our most significant attack vector with the exact tools each stakeholder requires to protect and defend mission-critical assets. ADR is the unified solution we need to not only give us application-layer visibility and control but also dramatically lower our mean time to detect and respond to application attacks," he said.

Published Wednesday, April 17, 2024 12:43 PM by David Marshall
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