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October 20, 2023 |

ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of October 16th, 2023

Security updates from Acronis, Sophos, Huntress, and others, hardware updates from HP, Zyxel, and ViewSonic, and a new post-graduate degree for people determined to be unemployable are among the many recent stories we’ve just now gotten to.

Stretching a summer sport to the breaking point, Major League Baseball will decide the World Series winner as late as November 4th this year. Question: will the fourth World Series game, on Halloween include players in costume? Asking for a friend.

N-able Attack Surface ManagementSecurity news. N-able did the team-up dance with SentinelOne to give MSPs attack surface management functionality.

The new Acronis CyberApp Standard broadens the Acronis ecosystem to all third-party vendors, so they can tie their products and services into the Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud.

Blackpoint Cyber launched Identity Response for Azure AD, which offers MDR for SSO.

Team-up #2 links Sophos and Boise State University to provide Sophos endpoint security products to rural school districts, counties, and cities users in Idaho and link Sophos Intercept X with XDR to the Institute for Pervasive Cybersecurity’s Cyberdome.

That fanfare you heard was the GA announcement for the new Managed Detection and Response for Microsoft 365 product from Huntress.

Trend Micro’s Vision One platform updated its cloud container security capabilities in ways that they say shorten incident investigations by up to two weeks.

Users of Keeper Secrets Manager can use SSH keys stored in the Keeper Vault to sign git commits that confirm code authenticity.

Container security make you nervous at times? Check out the newly announced Kaspersky Container Security, which integrates into an end user’s IT infrastructure.

Check out the pack of new goodies, er, advanced features added to the JumpCloud Go open directory platform, including passwordless authentication.

Powered by many of BlackBerry’s 57 patents in the AI/ML space, Cylance AI customers can now access BlackBerry’s new Generative AI-powered assistant for SOC teams.

BlackBerry announced two new Unified Endpoint Management products: BlackBerry UEM at the edge and BlackBerry UEM for the IoT. But wait, there’s more! Team-up #3: ServiceNow’s Flow Designer and BlackBerry UEM now integrate.

Check Point opened the curtain on Quantum SASE, using tech from recently acquired Perimeter 81, to deliver what thew vendor says is 2x faster internet security.

ManageEngine has added next-generation antivirus to its Endpoint Central UEM product, making it a full-blown endpoint protection platform.

IoT News. Cyber Defense Magazine dives into some interesting details in the article, “How Hacking of the Internet of Things Works in Practice.”

Nokia, BT Group, and MediaTek ran a series of tests to establish the potential of reduced capability (RedCap) 5G to welcome potentially billions of new devices to the 5G world, particularly small IoT devices.

Cybernews hits on one of the weak spots in the IoT world: the lack of a global standard, or even standards. Technavio did a study and found that lack of interoperability will stall IoT progress over the next five years. lists some of the IoT products and services that overlap with robots available now or coming soon.

Many groups continue to search for a way to deploy remote IoT devices in locations with no power that are impossible to reach for replacing batteries. A startup in France, Dracula Technologies, offers organic photovoltaic cells that harvests energy even in low-light situations.

Dropbox DashOther product news. Dropbox waved the announcement flag for the open beta of Dropbox Dash (pictured), plus news about Dropbox AI, an updated web experience, and Dropbox Studio.

Hello to the Egnyte Document Room, a secure platform for content collaboration and governance. Share with and collect documents from external parties safely.

ViewSonic launched three ViewBoard IFP52 ED displays, from 65 to 75 to 86 inches, all certified by the Android Enterprise Devices Licensing Agreement.

Customers in virtual production, 3D rendering, AI, and machine learning are prospects for the new HP Z6 G5 A, a desktop workstation powered by the AMD Ryzen Threadripper PRO CPU supporting three high-end GPUs.

Tingling fingers and cramped wrists will relax with one of the new Logitech Wave Keys Wireless Ergonomic Keyboards available now in graphite and off-white, with rose shipping next spring.

Shipping in Q4, the Zyxel WBE660S WiFi 7 BE22000 Triple-Radio NebulaFlex Pro Access Point handles Wi-Fi 7, as the name promises.

Supporting the latest NVIDIA GH200 Grace Hopper and NVIDIA Grace CPU Superchips, the Supermicro NVIDIA MGX server family includes air-cooled and water-cooled 1U and 2U servers.

Nikhil HarshNon-product vendor news. The red carpet Cytracom’s door was to welcome Nikhil Harsh (pictured) as senior vice president of sales and revenue operations.

The Welcome Wagon at JumpCloud greeted Khanh Tran as chief product officer.

Sherweb ordered new business cards for Laura Holdright, who moves up to vice president of security and governance, risk & compliance.

Procure IT named Managing Partner Dylan Bouterse to lead the cybersecurity consulting practice. Hide those password sticky notes!

Arctic Wolf will acquire Revelstroke to use its technology with the Arctic Wolfe Security Operations Cloud. Terms were not disclosed.

ScalePad acquired Quoter. Terms were also not disclosed.

UPSTACK acquired Network One Solutions, folding its team into UPSTACK and adding CEO Michael Stevens as a Partner. You guessed it: terms were not disclosed.

TD SYNNEX enhanced and relaunched its MyShop ecommerce platform for U.S. partners.

Check Point tagged D&H Distributing to carry its full suite of products.

Syncro and Channel Program teamed up (#4!) to release the 2023 Channel Technology Map, which categorizes industry vendors by product specialties.

The Pax8 marketplace now includes Perimeter 81.

OpenText announced its new OpenText Partner Network, which includes the recently acquired Micro Focus partners.

Asimily’s new channel partner program is named Launch.

Broadvoice and ArenaCX (#5 team-up this issue) announced the new marketplace CXHub.

This week’s stats ticker:

The IDC report GenAI Implementation Market Outlook: Worldwide Core IT Spending for GenAI Forecast, 2023-2027, forecasts that businesses will spend nearly $16 billion worldwide on GenAI products in 2023. Over the next several years, organizations will move from early pilots to building out targeted use cases and then adopt GenAI across business activities. GenAI infrastructure, including hardware, will be the largest piece of the investment during the build-out phase, but GenAI services will overtake infrastructure by 2027 with a five-year CAGR of 76.8%. tl;dr: AI begets more AI.

Ransomware still a daily worry? You’re not alone. Hornetsecurity’s Ransomware Survey found almost 60% of businesses are very to extremely concerned about ransomware attacks. And with good reason, since 20% of respondents, one in five, said their company suffered an attack in 2023 already. More than nine out of ten are aware of the potential for negative impact, but only 54% of respondents said their leaders are actively involved in conversations and decision making about preventing such attacks. Four in ten said they shift the burden to IT and let them deal with it. Almost 90% used endpoint protection with anti-ransomware capabilities, and 22.4% mentioned “AI-enabled security solutions” as a tool.

Accounting and more software maker Sage released information from its “Cybersecurity for SMBs: Navigating Complexity and Building Resilience” report. First pain point? 48% of SMBs have experienced a cybersecurity incident in the past year, so 91% expect cybersecurity investments to increase or remain the same in the coming year. 44% admit economic uncertainty and higher costs of living reduced their cybersecurity budgets. 19% rely solely on basic controls, and only 58% backup their data. While only 64% of SMBs have cyberinsurance now, 74% plan to use it next year.

Magic the MajorMagic, the major. All you philosophy, French literature, and modern dance majors rejoice: there’s now proof that your degree is not the most useless. Thank Britain’s University of Exeter, which next year will offer a master’s degree in magic and occult science.

Is this the public university version of Hogwarts? Sorry, it’s a real university, but the degree is in the analysis of the occult in literature, philosophy, archaeology, sociology, psychology, drama, and religion. Of course, several of those areas overlap the useless degrees your parents complain about, so learning about magic seems far less interesting than learning actual magic.

Unless you can make a living by appearing on podcasts as an expert on the mystical arts, your parents may have the last laugh. C’mon, Exeter, can’t you give us one teeny magic spell?

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