Did you melt your credit card during this year’s Amazon Prime Day(s)? Some folks did, to the tune of $12.7 billion in the U.S. on a portion of the 375 million items sold worldwide. So many packages are piling up porch pirates can’t steal them all.
Security news. WatchGuard rolled out AuthPoint Total Identity Security (pictured), which includes multifactor authentication, a certified password manager, and dark web monitoring for any leaked credentials.
Acronis, Trend Micro, Liongard, and Nodeware are all partnering with cyberinsurance broker DataStream to protect end users and lower rates.
While most security efforts watch for outsiders, insiders steal right under your nose. Cato Networks addressed that with enhancements to its Cato SASE Cloud by extending ZTNA inside the office without additional policies or infrastructure.
You’ll have to wait for general availability of Cork’s cyber warranties because the Early Access Program hit full capacity in three short weeks. Full release is expected this fall.
Action1 is offering, for free, several tools to deal with MOVEit exploits, including a vulnerability status report, software inventory, and mor
NETSCOUT released the latest version of Arbor Edge Defense, which includes machine learning-based Adaptive DDoS protection.
Mako Networks and X10 Technologies teamed up to deliver the Mako System to X10’s Canadian business clients, including grocery stores and other retailers.
IoT news. MIT tries to enlighten us on how the IoT, AI, the cloud, and security can all work together better than ever by adding some blockchain to the mix.
If you’re new to IoT, Analytics Insight has a roundup of some of the major security challenges in the technology.
In another chapter of unusual places to find IoT, add in the ways IoT devices are improving medical radiation safety around the world.
Our friends at Parks Associates just released a study describing the ways ISPs have a market advantage for selling smart home devices to multiple dwelling units, usually meaning apartments. ISP in this case could mean “integrator/service provider”, because installation and monitoring the users who control the devices are important to 78% of property managers.
On the industrial side of that coin, here’s an overview of how IoT is revamping building management systems.
Other product news. Some problems never go away, do they? Auvik SaaS Management (pictured) has arrived to find and help you eliminate shadow IT SaaS installations.
Transcribing contact center calls can leave you with some sensitive data hidden within. How to deal? Try the new Intermedia Cloud Communications AI Transcription Redaction feature, which uses SPARK AI tech to clean those transcripts.
Impartner jazzed up its Partner Marketplace to let users search for partners directly, assign leads in real time, and more.
Non-product vendor news. The red carpet leading to Addigy is for Ben Greiner, who joined as Apple champion & growth advisor.
Over at Perimeter 81, the new guy who parked in your special shady space in the lot might be Gadi BenMark (pictured), the new chief marketing officer.
John Peterson, the man delivered by the Welcome Wagon to High Wire Networks, is now the chief product officer.
Rev.io has bought PSA leader Tigerpaw.
UPSTACK announced the acquisition of teXium, a technology consulting firm in Florida.
The ASCII Group and ConnectWise started an initiative to boost emerging technology vendors participating in the ConnectWise PitchIT accelerator program.
Just launched, the Auvik Partner Program follows the tiered model, with silver, gold, and platinum levels along with goodies like discounts, training certificates, and, if you’re lucky, a t-shirt.
Need another t-shirt? Maybe the new 8×8 Technology Partner Ecosystem, with more than 30 partners already, has your size. Participants can break down data barriers for organizations across multiple apps and interfaces, access next-generation technology, and more.
A “powerful” partnership between Scheider Electric and Compass Datacenters expands modular data center solutions with a Schneider integration facility next to Compass’ Red Oak campus in Texas.
Spread the word about ACW Community Connect, a new initiative from the Alliance of Channel Women to connect members one-on-one seamlessly for coaching, mentoring, and networking.
This week’s stats ticker:
July means half-year reports are appearing, starting with the H1 2023 ESET Threat Report. Cybercriminals are unfortunately getting smarter and working hard to exploit vulnerabilities, gain unauthorized access, grab sensitive information, or defraud individuals. In response to Microsoft tightening macro security, miscreants are weaponizing OneNote files and embedding malware files directly into OneNote. The Emotet botnet may be controlled by a new group of thieves, and ransomware bad actors increasingly use and reuse previously leaked source code to build new ransomware variants. While cryptocurrency threats have slowed, cryptomining and cryptostealing are speeding up with more versatile malware strains.
Barracuda will second the crypto targeting, since they recently teamed up with researchers from Columbia to analyze over 300,000 emailed extortion attempts spotted by Barracuda Networks’ AI-based detectors. A small group causes most of the trouble, with 10 Bitcoin addresses appearing in about 30% of emails. At least the extortion requests are dropping in size, with over 90% asking for less than $2,000. Bitcoin remains the payment medium of choice. Barracuda suggests getting AI-based protection, account takeover protection, security awareness training, and more.
Keeper Security used S&P Market Intelligence data to show that just 43% of SMBs have deployed privileged access management (PAM). Other security tech, like security for networks, email, and endpoints, are all above 75%. Reasons for slow PAM adoption? High barriers to entry, something cloud-native PAM tools can reduce.
The H1 2023 Phishing and Malware Report from Vade revealed the top 10 most impersonated brands in phishing emails, and the “winners” are Facebook followed closely by Microsoft. The rest of the top five are Credit Agricole, SoftBank, and Orange. Financial services, like SoftBank, remain the most impersonated industry, because criminals go where the money is, right? U.S-based First Citizens Bank (the folks who bought Silicon Valley Bank after its collapse in March) experienced a 4,000% increase in unique phishing URLs between Q1 and Q2 of 2023.
Don’t mess with mama hawk. The Post Office creed promised that “neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” Except for a few more weeks in the Travis Heights neighborhood of Austin, just south of Lake Travis from downtown.
What’s stopping mail delivery there? A dive-bombing hawk. Yes, hawk. Travis Heights is a lovely area with lots of mature trees, and one has a nest with newly-hatched hawklets and an over protective mother.
The Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife said the protectiveness will stop when the baby birds are large enough to fly away. Then, of course, mom will have an empty nest of babies that don’t call home nearly often enough.