Are we sports crazy? Exhibit 1: During the NBA and NHL playoffs, in the middle of the Major League Baseball season, the NFL draft is live on TV three successive days. Thursday and Friday evenings during primetime, and then on Saturday afternoon’s prime slot for sports, you can watch people you don’t know drafted by 29 teams that you don’t follow. Yep, sports crazy.
Microsoft news. The answer to the “work from home, office, the road, everywhere?” question is yes. To help serve hybrid work situations, Citrix and Microsoft teamed up to make Citrix DaaS, formerly Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops Services, available in Azure Marketplace.
Microsoft Cloud for Financial Services hit general availability in November 2021, with a list of major partners and customers. Enhancements now include expanding beyond North America and the U.K. to nine more countries, including France and Germany, as well as a preview for Intelligent Appointments in the U.S. and U.K. markets.
Security news. Hello to Trend Micro One, the new unified cloud-based cybersecurity platform from Trend Micro. Continuous risk and threat assessment, attack surface discovery, cyber risk analysis, threat mitigation and response, with lower costs for compliance and more.
The new edition of Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud, now called Kaspersky Endpoint Security Cloud Pro, adds built-in training for IT staff and other capabilities.
Kudelski Security released MDR ONE, a cloud-based managed detection and response tool built on its proprietary XDR architecture.
To build a better breach prevention platform, IGI CyberLabs partnered with ThreatAdvice. Integrates IGI’s Nodeware into ThreatAdvice.
Startup BOXX Insurance launched its Virtual CISO (vCISO) to make it more affordable for small to midsize organizations to protect themselves.
BeyondTrust revved its partners program into an all-in-one global program. Partners now have more chances to sell, implement, and support clients. Better security for them, more profit for you.
SOCSoter has been approved as a candidate Certified 3rd Party Assessor Organization (C3PAO) by the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB).
Other product news. Thanks to new capabilities, CloudBolt Software now offers eight specific modules to help manage a multi-cloud, multi-tool environment, including Active Cloud Governance, Role-Based Cloud Visibility and Reporting, and six more.
As we learned, working from home doesn’t let you avoid teleconference meetings. Might as well listen to your manager blather on and on with better audio, with help from the new, all-in-one USB Poly Sync 10 speakerphone (pictured).
Epson added to its Pro Series of live event and venue projectors with the world’s smallest and lightest 20,000 lumen devices: the EB PU-2220B and EB-PU2120W. Yes, 4K enhancement included.
Display integrators welcome the new VuWall Application Server, designed to work with its PAK video wall nodes and VuScape video wall controllers.
Targus just released two Thunderbolt 3 docks, DOCK215 and DOCK222, that connect a laptop to dual 4K UHD monitors, along with bunches of other ports, plugs, and even fast-charging USB-A 3.2 Gen 1 ports.
Non-product vendor news. The red carpet in front of LastPass is for new CEO Karim Toubba (pictured).
Over at Ivanti, the crimson walkway is for new COO Dennis Kozak.
Everyone needed red carpet this week. At Arctic Wolf, it was for Duston Williams, the new CFO.
HIPAA compliance can be a complicated sale, so the Compliancy Group launched a sales enablement program for their MSP partners to make sure customers get all the advanced security offerings needed for full compliance.
AWS Partner Funding programs help partners migrate customers, and the AWS Migration Acceleration Program now includes several formerly separate funding programs. Get your MAP digital Training & Certification Badge to verify your expertise.
Supermicro and FS.COM teamed up to put more of their rack servers and network solutions into data centers.
Consulting services and contact center programs from Inoria are now available through TBI.
This week’s stats ticker:
Kaspersky’s DDoS Attacks in Q1 2022 report shows, no surprise, more DDoD attacks along with unprecedented duration for DDoS sessions, particularly when aimed at banks and state resources. The surge started in late February as a result of the fighting in Ukraine. Q1 2022 saw the number of attacks increase by 46% over Q4 2021 which was previously the all-time highest period of DDoS attacks. “Smart” or advanced and targeted attacks grew at 81% compared to the previous quarter. New twists include mimicking the popular 2048 puzzle game to gamify DDoS attacks on Russian websites, as well as a push to build a volunteer IT army to facilitate more attacks. An average DDoS session was 80 times longer than in the first quarter of 2021, with the longest attack continuing for 177 hours. Experts feel many of these are by “ideologically motivated cyberactivists.”
Dog’s breakfast. Admit it, sometimes you discover after you pour a bowl of cereal that your milk has turned or disappeared. Do you pour your cereal back in the box, or pour something else on your cereal?
Before you reach for your water tap, here’s a new consideration for you: orange juice. Yes, Tropicana suggests you pour orange juice on your cereal.
Not just any cereal, of course, but their own Tropicana Crunch, a honey almond cereal designed (yes, on purpose) to be eaten with orange juice rather than milk.
Maybe this isn’t as genius or goofy as you might think. Tropicana’s website is giving away the cereal, so this is all marketing. But watch that website on May 4th for ways you can win a box.
Photo: Tropicana Products Inc.