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May 6, 2023 |

ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of May 1st, 2023

Belated security news from the RSA Conference, a google/JumpCloud alliance, goodies from GoTo, and a group bike ride event in Philadelphia that once seen can never be unseen are among this week’s we-finally-got-there stories.

Set your alarm now for 6 a.m. ET for the start of the coronation of King Charles III, or earlier for pregame coverage. After 90 minutes or so, the St. Edward’s Crown will be placed on his head, and the party begins. Burger King U.K. has a special deal on two burgers, crown included (cardboard, not jewel-encrusted).

Log360(Belated) RSA news. Security time, as RSA Conference 2023 brings us all things AI, starting with SentinelOne. Its new threat-hunting platform links real-time, embedded neural networks and a large language model-based natural language interface. But wait, there’s more! The new Singularity Security DataLake uncovers and responds to threats with real-time intelligence.

The new CrowdStrike CrowdStream, powered by Cribl, accelerates and simplifies XDR adoption.

An AI-based deep learning framework intertwines Deep Instinct with eSentire to protect customers zero-day and unknown attacks.

ManageEngine launched the MSSP Edition of its SIEM product, Log360 Cloud (pictured).

VMware rolled out a batch of new security tools, including Carbon Black Workload and Cloud Configuration, enhanced Firewall Service, Secure App IX, and Workspace ONE updates.

The Cisco Security Cloud (AI-driven, of course) platform now has new XDR tools and advanced goodies in Duo MFA.

Cyber insurance gets more and more complicated, so check out the cyber risk management tools in the new Arctic Wolf Cyber JumpStart Portal for cyber insurance brokers and carriers.

Proofpoint turbo-charged its Aegis Threat Protection, Identity Threat Defense, and Sigma Information Protection platforms.

Flashpoint’s Ignite, a new intelligence platform for risk mitigation across CI, vulnerability management, and more, is now out on the street.

If you believe “the log knows all,” then check out all the powered-up improvements to Sumo Logic Cloud SIEM, SOAR, and more. Yes, machine learning powered.

Remember your mother telling you, with her “I’ve had enough” voice, to “stop that right now?” Code42 takes that tack with the new real-time blocking capabilities for its Incydr IRM product.

The curtain opened on ExtraHop IDS, integrated with ExtraHop Reveal and coordinated with Palo Alto Cortex XSOAR.

Hello to Arista Guardian for Network Identity, from Arista Networks, built on its CloudVision platform to expand zero trust networking to enterprise and IoT endpoints.

SaaS Alerts UnifyOther security news. The Sophos partnership with Measured Analytics and Insurance will mean premium savings for U.S.-based Sophos customers.

Add another brick to the remote worker security wall with ManageEngine’s ADSelfService Plus for offline MFA.

Action1 adds vulnerability discovery and prioritization to its patch management tools.

Unify from SaaS Alerts (pictured) shines a light into that dark corner where end user devices reach up to SaaS cloud apps.

Secure Link, the new feature in Scale Computing Fleet Manager, adds secure remote management access for edge deployments.

BlackBerry named Solutions Granted a Master MSSP.

LG GramOther products news. Google Cloud bundled multiple migration tools into the new Rapid Migration Program, or RaMP.

JumpCloud and Google teamed up to combine Google Workspace with the open directory platform from JumpCloud.

GoTo juiced up its GoTo Resolve, GoTo Rescue, and GoTo Connect products with dozens of new features, such as integration with Google Translate and ChatGPT.

TeamViewer released the next generation of its remote tools, dubbed TeamViewer Remote.

It seems everyone wants to lose some size today (insert your favorite Ozempic joke here), but LG did it. The new LG Gram SuperSlim laptop (pictured) is just .43-inches thick, the company’s slimmest model ever.

Ooma AirDial, its POTS replacement, has a batch of new management features.

HPE Aruba revealed its Network-as-a-Service capabilities for the next generation of HPE Aruba Networking Central.

Intermedia Artificial Intelligence Interaction Summary (yep, more AI) provides improved call notes, better coaching and training, and other goodness.

Nfina Technologies added two new server systems, a tower and a 1U rack, both featuring 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors and a five-year warranty.

Users of Microsoft Office 365 and Google Workspace can get unlimited cloud-to-cloud backup now with IDrive Backup.

Throw some confetti for the new MyCloud Contact Center from Reinvent Telecom with features like IVR, queued callback, and more.

Impartner shook hands with Amanda AI to power its new Google Ads for the Channel tool.

Need more smart techs? DOXA Talent launched MSP Talent to address that very issue.

IoT News. Verizon announced that its virtualized radio access network will automatically configure changes and scale resources dynamically to respond to demands from IoT and other 5G network devices.

In the never-ending quest to eliminate batteries from IoT devices, the Universities of Waterloo and Toronto have a new option: convert mechanical vibrations into electricity. Yes, they called them “good vibrations.”

Roaming support isn’t an issue for smart phones anymore, but it is for IoT. Nice that U.K.-based Eseye and Orange in France worked out a way to cover roaming for IoT devices on 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G and cellular networks across 220+ destinations.

Amazon’s Sidewalk low power wide area network (LPWAN) has a free test kit for developers, and this Hackaday article offers ways to get started with Sidewalk.

Speaking of LPWAN, Actility and UnaBiz worked out a way to tie Sigfox 0G tech into LoRaWAN and make it all work.

Maria MartinezNon-product vendor news. In a mix of new people and promotions, Barracuda upgraded their global channel presence. Welcome Maria Martinez (pictured) as VP of channels and congrats to Karen Ward for her promotion to VP MSP sales, Americas. Andy Lau joined as director, partner ecosystems and alliances for Asia Pacific & Japan and Makoto Suzuki as regional sales director for Japan. In March, Paul Crighton jumped onboard as regional sales director for Australia, New Zealand & the Pacific Islands.

The red carpet at Extreme Networks greeted Kevin Rhodes who has taken over as executive vice president and CFO.

Someone show Kyle Campos where the breakroom is, as he’s the new CTO at CloudBolt.

A double-decker Welcome Wagon dropped off four new channel leaders at Nextiva. Wave at Scott Forbush, vice president, channel-west, Jolynn Antonacci, vice president, channel marketing, Ed Pearce, vice president channel-north, and Brandon Ackert, strategic partner director. Job one for the new folks might be to spread the work about NexConnect, the marketing enablement platform just built for Nextiva partners.

The cloud marketplace at Pax8 has a new entry: Splashtop and its remote access, support, and endpoint monitoring tools for MSPs. To help MSPs with password-related risks, Keeper Security also signed with Pax8.

A big hello to the new IGNYTE reseller partner program that’s now part of the Aryaka Accelerate Global Partner Program.

The Overwatch Managed Cybersecurity Partner Program for MSPs strapped on some rocket boosters and added market opportunity analysis, expert consultation on market positioning, one-on-one sales training, and integrated ticketing with the partner’s RMM/PSA program.

Simplify your charitable programs with the new Tech4Change “Giving as a Service,” program.

This week’s stats ticker:

Wasn’t it Mike Tyson who said everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth? Consider a successful ransomware attack the same as a right cross, because according to the 2023 Global Ransomware Report from Fortinet, more than three-quarters of companies said they had a plan to detect and reject attacks, yet half still fell victim and suffered. About 75% pay some ransom to recover, despite industry guidance that advises otherwise. The vast majority, 88%, had cyber insurance, but nearly four in ten didn’t receive as much coverage as expected, and, in some cases, didn’t receive a thing because of an exception from the insurer. 569 cybersecurity leaders from around the globe responded to the survey.

Sometimes the threat comes from inside, according to Capterra’s 2023 Insider Threats Survey. Fraud, sabotage, and data theft by employees with excessive or unrestricted data access plagued 71% of survey respondents. Worse, these incidents of fraud, sabotage, and data theft cost 79% of businesses more time to recover than from insider threats, along with the loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Insider fraud schemes are the most expensive, costing businesses an average of $262,138. Opportunists may run frauds, but many are disgruntled employees striking back. Data theft is most common, often triggering data breach laws, followed by misappropriation of assets and disclosure of trade secrets.

The Cyber Risk Index from Trend Micro, released every six months, has some “good news” of sorts: the cyber-risk level has dropped from “elevated” to “moderate.” However, insiders remain a persistent threat for global organizations (see story above). Although organizations are taking steps to improve cyber preparedness, much remains to be done. 70% reported it was somewhat to very likely they’d suffer a breach of customer data, while 69% said that about intellectual property. 78% felt the same about a successful cyber-attack. Although these numbers are a decline from the last report, the declines were only 1%, 2%, and 7%, respectively. The four top threats listed were clickjacking, business email compromise, ransomware, and fileless attacks. Employees made up three of their top five infrastructure risks, so keep an eye on that shady guy in the next cubicle.

TMI BikingWay too easy rider. Everyone loves a bike ride, correct? Especially in the late summer in a tree-heavy city like Philadelphia? If that’s for you, mark August 26th down as the date to stay away, unless your idea of a pleasant ride is to participate in the Philly Naked Bike Ride. Yes, you read that right: constant devourers of cheese steaks want to ride naked through your Philly neighborhoods.

The 10-mile ride, related to the World Naked Bike Ride movement, draws about 3,000 “bikers in the buff.” The mind boggles.

The ride used to be in September, but sometimes it gets chilly, so they moved it to August 26th this year. Let’s hope they have plenty of sunscreen, and citizens have plenty of blackout hoods to protect themselves. Or retreat inside and focus on their computers.

Photo: The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP

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