Cybersecurity firm Cyemptive Technologies has helped the Department of Homeland Security conduct research on virtual private networks and identify risks that come with using the technology.
Cyemptive said Thursday it informed DHS of potential security issues in VPNs used by more than 400M individuals representing government and industry entities. DHS conducted a research effort on the matter after Cyemptive warned of attempted VPN hacks experienced by its customers.
The department found specific risks associated with the technology and prompted commercial entities to patch VPN issues to meet security standards.
Rob Pike, founder and CEO at Cyemptive, said advanced cyber threats known as “metamorphic attacks“ can use VPNs to provide external networks with access to company assets without getting detected by artificial intelligence or machine learning capabilities.
“Most companies leverage VPN technology to securely join multiple office locations or enable remote users to connect into corporate offices, not realizing the risks they have now enabled against the corporate network,“ he noted.
Cyemptive is headquartered in Snohomish, Wash., and offers preemptive cybersecurity tools with perimeter defense functions. The company previously won a DHS national competition for innovative commercial technologies.