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July 30, 2021 |

ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of July 26th

Smaller chips from Intel, container security software from Bitdefender, professional services from OpenText, and “”puptails”” for your pooch are among the all too numerous stories we’ve finally brought you way.

The Tokyo 2020 +1 Olympics are all over your TV, at least on every channel connected to NBC, and who knew there were that many NBC channels? All the better to watch the grueling, sweaty, heart-pumping, extreme exertion of those rugged athletes fighting for a gold medal on the … golf course?

Intel AcceleratedNews from industry giants. Intel plans to accelerate development of new 7nm, 4nm, and even smaller (photographic evidence to the contrary), more advanced products, and make the process clearer to non-Intelians. New hot stuff includes RibbonFET, the first new transistor architecture in more than a decade, and PowerVia, a new backside power delivery technology. More goodies across a range of departments also on the way.

Now that we’re drowning in data, what do we do with it? Microsoft acquired Suplari to help manage data from sources like contracts, purchase orders, invoices, and so on. Look for a boost in Dynamics 365 Customer Insights.

HP will acquire Teradici to help customers access high-performance computing from PCs, Chromebooks, and tablets. Teradici’s PCoIP remote display protocol makes sense in today’s remote workspaces. (Just ask Nerdio).

An extended strategic partnership between Google Cloud and SAP will help customers with business transformations and cloud migrations, as well as rev up Google Cloud with AI and machine learning.

Security news. Hello to Bitdefender’s new GravityZone Security for Containers, which expands its cloud workload security tools with run-time support for containers and Linux kernel module independence.

Zerto 9, now generally available, adds immutability and automation features to keep retained data safe from alterations by ransomware.

Data loss prevention player Digital Guardian now delivers enterprise DLP data protection for Microsoft Teams with its Endpoint DLP. Ensures compliance with regulations like GDPR and PCI DSS.

Data can be structured or not, but Sumo Logic Span Analytics still allows customers to search, analyze, and query all that data. A simplified search experience and clever filters help.

Optiv Security has a new Zero Trust Readiness Assessment to guide organizations through the zero-trust journey with more access control and less ransomware and insider threat risks, while minimizing attack surface penetration.

Other product news. If you’re looking for a way to increase customer value from all their investments in information management, the new OpenText Advisory Services offers up strategic consulting.

Extreme Networks AP4000Wi-Fi 6E is real. Latest proof: Extreme Networks announced a new enterprise-grade Wi-Fi 6E access point, the Extreme AP4000 (pictured), for high-density environments.

Hello to the OmniLink TM T88VII from Epson, tagged the fastest POS receipt printer currently available. Share it with fixed PC-POS terminals, mobile devices, and cloud servers all at the same time.

Epson America, meanwhile, received a Sourcewell contract for its digital imaging solutions including business inkjet, print, scan hardware, and large-format printers. Easier now for state and local governments to get bids.

Have some Apple devices to manage? Handy that Jamf integrated TeamViewer inside its Enterprise Mobility Management platform, Jamf Pro.

Moving more functions to the edge means new admin issues, but NETSCOUT’s new Smart Edge Monitoring gives IT complete visibility and insights with synthetic testing and packet analysis, plus more.

The boffins at Supermicro pulled the curtain on new top-loading storage boxes, the new X12 60-bay and 90-bay systems with the new Simply Double storage system. Loaded with the latest 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors and PCI-E 4.0 NVMe drives.

Chenbro’s RM252 and RM353 series of rackmount systems is the company’s new short depth 2U and 3U edge computing server chassis. Great for 5G data applications.

Can’t escape video meetings yet, so might as well make them better. One way are the new 8×8 Experience Communications as a Service (XCaaS) enhancements. Up to 500 active participants in meetings, so nobody will notice when you answer your emails.

High Wire Networks added Managed Endpoint Detection and Response to its Overwatch managed security services marketplace, says parent company Spectrum Global Solutions.

The newest enhancements to Nintex K2 Five help process management and automation users create low-code workflows with built-in error resolution and other goodies. The Nintex Workflow Cloud now offers AI enhancements and seamless integration with SharePoint on-premises and other third-party SaaS applications.

Keap (formerly Infusionsoft) partnered with HelloSign to integrate the latter’s eSignature tool with its sales and marketing automation software.

BenQ and Peerless-AV did that partner thing to provide new mounting solutions for BenQ’s meeting room displays. Wall and flat panel cart options.

Poly VVX x50 desk phones now include Microban for antimicrobial protection.

Calvin RowlandNon-product vendor news. CybeReady rolled out the red carpet for Eitan Fogel as CEO.

Extreme Networks welcomes Calvin Rowland (pictured) as senior vice president of software-as-a-service.

The Welcome Wagon delivered Vice President of Marketing Raquel Wiley to NetFortris.

Jean English joins Armis as the new chief marketing officer.

Infoblox made a space for Brad Rinklin as chief marketing officer and executive vice president.

Up in Ottawa, Nabeel Youakim joined Tehama as chief development officer.

The Alliance of Channel Women announced a call for nominations for the 2021 ACW LEAD Awards. Nominations will be accepted through August 27th.

UPSTACK acquired LanYap Networks of Phoenix. Terms were not disclosed.

Pax8 will now offer Isoolate’s zero-trust web threat protection platform globally.

Ooma will make available the UJET contact center program to enterprise customers.

This week’s stats ticker:

The mid-year update to the 2021 SonicWall Cyber Threat Report shows the number of ransomware attacks through June is greater than the global total for all of 2020. Year-to-date spikes of 185% in the U.S. and 144% in the U.K. come partly from increased focus on the government, education, healthcare, and retail verticals by attackers. IoT malware is up 59% YTD. Never-before-seen malware showed up more than ever, a 54% YTD increase over the first half of 2020. The 51.1 million cryptojacking attempts are a 23% increase over the first six months of 2020, driven by a huge 248% increase in Europe. This shows cybercriminals are willing to shift markets to maintain online anonymity if they can make money. IoT attacks were up only 15% in the U.S., but up 113% in Europe and 190% in Asia. Shared threat analysis came from more than 50 industry collaboration groups and research organizations collected data from 1.1 million sensors in 215 countries and territories.

Barracuda’s Spear Phishing: Top Threats and Trends Vol. 6 – Insights into attackers’ evolving tactics and who they’re targeting report found an average organization is targeted by over 700 social engineering attacks each year. 77% target employees outside of financial and executive roles, and 43% of phishing attacks impersonate Microsoft. An average CEO receives 57 targeted phishing attacks in a year. 20% of attacks target employees in sales roles. Attackers focus on lower-level employees then work their way up to higher value targets.

Analyst ESG and the Information Systems Security Association released The Life and Times of Cybersecurity Professional 2021, the fifth annual global study of cybersecurity professionals. Sadly, the cybersecurity skills crisis continues and has impacted 57% of organizations, resulting in an increased workload for the cybersecurity team (62%), unfilled job openings (38%), and high burnout among staff (38%). Amazingly, 95% of respondents say the skills shortage and its impact have not improved over the past few years, and 44% say it’s gotten worse. Why are companies short of staff? For 38%, it’s because they don’t offer competitive compensation. No surprise then that the main reason CISOs leave a company is for another employer paying more (33%). 76% says it’s difficult to recruit and hire cybersecurity staff, while 18% claim it’s extremely difficult. What could companies do? 59% report they can’t keep up with cybersecurity skills development because job requirements get in the way.

Doggie BarHappy cats and booze hounds. Cat owners seem to care if their cats are unhappy, even if their cats don’t return the favor. One way to tell is a new phone app from called Tably that analyzes images of your feline to tell if your furry buddy is in pain or not. The app studies head and ear position, eye-narrowing, muzzle tension, and whisker placement to detect distress, based on the “”Feline Grimace Scale,”” or FGS. Oops, our cats have a high FGS every time dinner is late. 

In London, dog owners who don’t want to drink alone can bring their best friend to “”After Bark,”” a bar serving “”puptails”” such as a Bloodhound Mary or a Barkarita. You can also order some plant-based snacks good for patrons with two or four legs. Don’t worry, there’s no alcohol involved in the puptails, so make your furry friend your designated driver and see if the police fall for it. Or maybe just let your dog call a car service for you.

Photo: Reuters

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