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Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Cyberbit Shifts Global Headquarters to the United States

Cyberbit Shifts Global Headquarters to the United States
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Cyberbit Shifts Global Headquarters to the United States

Cyberbit Shifts Global Headquarters to the United States

Cyberbit Inc., a leading provider of cybersecurity skill development platforms, is pleased to announce the relocation of its global headquarters to Newburyport, MA. Additionally, Cyberbit has launched Cyberbit Federal Inc., a new subsidiary dedicated to enhancing engagement with government agencies, Reuters reported.

This milestone is strengthened by the appointment of key US based executives and innovators in the cybersecurity field. In November 2023, Cyberbit announced the appointment of Caleb Barlow as CEO. Mr. Barlow, formerly the Vice President of Threat Intelligence at IBM Security and creator of the IBM Cyber Range, brings extensive experience and a proven track record of collaborating with US government agencies. Joining him in key leadership roles are several former colleagues, all part of the IBM team that established the world’s first commercial cyber range.

"While at IBM, we were successful in pioneering the cyber-range product concept. However, technology has significantly evolved over the past decade. Building a cyber range today goes beyond building an impressive room with big screens; it is fundamentally about creating engaging content and scenarios that mirror the diverse commercial products, cloud environments and attack paths that cyber professionals encounter every day,” said Mr. Barlow. “With our new headquarters, we believe we are well-positioned to deliver the most comprehensive cyber-range content to a fast-growing customer base across North America.”

“We are excited about Cyberbit’s new US headquarters and the exceptional leadership team that Caleb has assembled,” said Darren Battistoni, Managing Director of Charlesbank Capital Partners and Chairman of the Board of Directors at Cyberbit. “As a company headquartered in the US, Cyberbit has tremendous potential to expand opportunities within the federal government and to capitalize on the growing demand for its products and services in the region.”

About Cyberbit Inc.:

Cyberbit is the company bridging the global cybersecurity workforce gap.

Just like excelling in a sport, elite cyber operators must face off against dynamic opponents and unforeseen scenarios to be field-ready. Similarly, Cyberbit revolutionizes cybersecurity skill development, replacing traditional courses, on-the-job learning and tabletop exercises with a hyper-realistic playing field that prepares cyber operators and executives for real-world incidents. The Cyberbit platform spins up massive cyber ranges and interactive cyber crisis simulations within minutes, mirroring the attacks, networks, and security tools that cyber professionals and executives experience day to day, including market leading SIEMs, firewalls, WAFs and EDRs.

By putting teams through hyper-realistic scenarios, cybersecurity leaders can rapidly assess and mitigate skill gaps, building top-performing teams.

Cyberbit delivers over 1 million hours of exercises annually to industry, government, and higher education institutions and is headquartered in Newburyport, Massachusetts.

About Charlesbank:

Based in Boston and New York, Charlesbank Capital Partners is a middle-market private investment firm with more than $17 billion of capital raised since inception. Charlesbank focuses on management-led buyouts, growth capital financings, opportunistic credit, and technology investments. The firm seeks to invest in companies with sustainable competitive advantage and excellent prospects for growth.



Aswat Asharq Al-Awsat : Google Scraps Plan to Remove Cookies from Chrome

FILED - 09 January 2024, US, Las Vegas: The Google logo can be seen on the Internet company's pavilion at the CES technology trade fair. Photo: Andrej Sokolow/dpa
FILED - 09 January 2024, US, Las Vegas: The Google logo can be seen on the Internet company's pavilion at the CES technology trade fair. Photo: Andrej Sokolow/dpa
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Google Scraps Plan to Remove Cookies from Chrome

FILED - 09 January 2024, US, Las Vegas: The Google logo can be seen on the Internet company's pavilion at the CES technology trade fair. Photo: Andrej Sokolow/dpa
FILED - 09 January 2024, US, Las Vegas: The Google logo can be seen on the Internet company's pavilion at the CES technology trade fair. Photo: Andrej Sokolow/dpa

Google is planning to keep third-party cookies in its Chrome browser, it said on Monday, after years of pledging to phase out the tiny packets of code meant to track users on the internet.
The major reversal follows concerns from advertisers - the company's biggest source of income - saying the loss of cookies in the world's most popular browser will limit their ability to collect information for personalizing ads, making them dependent on Google's user databases, Reuters reported.
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority had also scrutinized Google's plan over concerns it would impede competition in digital advertising.
"Instead of deprecating third-party cookies, we would introduce a new experience in Chrome that lets people make an informed choice that applies across their web browsing, and they'd be able to adjust that choice at any time," Anthony Chavez, vice president of the Google-backed Privacy Sandbox initiative, said in a blog post.
Since 2019, the Alphabet unit has been working on the Privacy Sandbox initiative aimed at enhancing online privacy while supporting digital businesses, with a key goal being the phase-out of third-party cookies.
Cookies are packets of information that allow websites and advertisers to identify individual web surfers and track their browsing habits, but they can also be used for unwanted surveillance.
In the European Union, the use of cookies is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which stipulates that publishers secure explicit consent from users to store their cookies. Major browsers also give the option to delete cookies on command.
Chavez said Google was working with regulators such as the UK's CMA and Information Commissioner's Office as well as publishers and privacy groups on the new approach, while continuing to invest in the Privacy Sandbox program.
The announcement drew mixed reactions.
"Advertising stakeholders will no longer have to prepare to quit third-party cookies cold turkey," eMarketer analyst Evelyn Mitchell-Wolf said in a statement.
Lena Cohen, staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said cookies can lead to consumer harm, for instance predatory ads that target vulnerable groups. "Google's decision to continue allowing third-party cookies, despite other major browsers blocking them for years, is a direct consequence of their advertising-driven business model," Cohen said in a statement.