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BlastWave and Knight Studios Premiere Catastrophe, Inc. Film, a Cyber-thriller that Explores the Vulnerabilities of VPNs

A panel discussion will follow, looking at the state of cybersecurity, why VPNs are dead and how to migrate to a zero-trust, zero-everything model.

Palo Alto, Calif. – May 18, 2022 BlastWave, in partnership with Knight Studios, will premiere the movie Catastrophe, Inc., a gripping cyber-thriller that explores the vulnerabilities of VPNs following the RSA event, Wednesday, June 8 at 8:00 p.m. at the AMC Metreon Theatres in San Francisco. Following the screening, a panel discussion will include the CEO of BlastWave, Tom Sego, and multiple CISOs about the state of cybersecurity and why companies need to embrace zero trust as an effective approach in today's cloud-first world. The Master of Ceremonies for the event will be Dave DeWalt, a trailblazer in the cybersecurity industry, serial CEO and currently the CEO of NightDragon.

WHAT:Catastrophe, Inc. Movie Premiere followed by a panel discussion moderated by BlastWave’s CEO, Tom Sego including CISO panelists; Melissa Knight, the film’s Executive Producer, and Alissa Knight, the film’s Director, and Keao Caindec, Co-founder and principal analyst, Farallon.

WHEN: Wednesday, June 8, 8:00 - 10:30 p.m.

WHERE: AMC Metreon Theatres, 135 4th St, San Francisco, CA

Cybercriminals have been targeting VPNs for years because it's a single point of entry into an organization's network and allows remote access to its resources. This event will expose the challenges with VPNs, highlighting how cyber threat actors utilize new techniques that render VPNs ineffective in helping organizations protect themselves against online threats such as ransomware or data theft. According to recently published Valley of Kings: SDP Rising and The Fall of VPNs," whitepaper citing a Zscaler report, "93 percent of organizations surveyed have deployed VPNs, even though that same survey shows that 94 percent know that VPNs are a popular target for cybercriminals.

With the rise of cloud computing and mobile devices, organizations need a new way to secure their networks. Software-Defined Perimeter (SDP) solutions offer a zero-trust security model that uses authentication and authorization to control access to the network. This makes it more difficult for cybercriminals to compromisean organization's network. In addition, SDP solutions can reduce latency and improve performance by microsegmenting the network. And because they don't rely on passwords, SDP solutions are more secure than traditional perimeter security models.

The event and panel will also discuss the benefits of zero-trust techniques and what considerations companies should take, including why they should take it further and make it 'zero everything.' (Zero usernames, zero performance bottlenecks, zero exposure to bugs and zero configuration).

ABOUT THE FILM

A Cannes Independent Film Festival nominated and San Francisco Indie Short Festival semi-finalist, Catastrophe, Inc. is a gripping new cyber-thriller that explores the vulnerabilities of VPNs. The narrative is centered on a fictional financial company. When a major cyber-attack brings down their VPNs and exposes the company's confidential data, employees are forced to scramble as they race against time to identify the source of the intrusion and prevent further damage. While some may assume that high-level security measures like VPNs will protect against all attacks, this film illustrates how fallible they can be in the face of determined hackers. The film's release is timed perfectly with today's heightened awareness of cybersecurity risks.

About BlastWave

Founded by former executives and technologists from Apple and Cisco, BlastWave is taking a fundamentally different approach to security to protect the privacy and connected devices from cyberattacks. BlastWave's patented product, BlastShield™️, is an integrated, zero trust stack that combines state-of-the-art passwordless multifactor authentication with high-performance, resilient encrypted connectivity and built-in microsegmentation. BlastWave is backed by Rocket Strategies, Lucas Venture Group, and Millennium Investments. The company is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. To learn more, visit www.blastwave.io and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter @blastwaveinc.

About Knight Studios

Knight Studios continues to set the standard for visual storytelling in cybersecurity, creating some of the most successful content marketing campaigns for cybersecurity vendors since 2019. At the forefront of the video revolution in content marketing, Knight Studios is bringing industrial light and magic to cybersecurity as it continues to break new ground in visual effects and immersive entertainment as leaders in cybersecurity experiential marketing.

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