The NFL preseason starts this week, and for the first time since the year 2000, something’s missing: Tom Brady. Officially, he retired on February 1st. Unofficially, he’s retired before and risen again like gas station sushi. But he’ll be back on Sunday sports TV before long. His $375 million dollar contract with Fox NFL’s broadcast team will put him in the announcer’s booth starting in the fall of 2024.
News from Black Hat and elsewhere in security-land. Ransomware has become a modern plague of locusts, so Cisco enhanced its extended detection and response (XDR) tools, including ways to automatically recover from a ransomware attack, integrations with data backup and recovery products, and more.
SentinelOne’s Singularity Ranger Insights (pictured), an addition to its portfolio, builds on asset discovery and protection to reduce complexity in vulnerability management
New-Scale SIEM from Exabeam and Cribi’s IT and Security are now nicely integrated to speed detection, investigation, and response to the latest attacks.
MDR player CRITICALSTART announced its new risk-based Vulnerability Prioritization tool for security teams with gaps in their vulnerability management programs.
If you worry about phishing attacks, get on the beta list for IRONSCALES GPT-powered Phishing Simulation Testing.
Aimed at small and medium businesses, eSentire Agent uses the company’s SaaS-based XDR platform to offer affordable prevention, detection, and response tools.
Passwordless login fans, or those curious about same, should check out the new FIDO2 authenticators from LastPass, which support biometrics and more. Better than passwords on notes hidden under the keyboard.
IoT news. The second release of Avnet’s IoTConnect on Amazon Web Services for OEMs revved up with support for AWS IoT Greengrass, dynamic dashboards, a smart rules engine, and more.
PCTEL announced its new 5G FR1 Omnidirectional antenna has been optimized for industrial IoT applications.
Microsoft reiterated IoT security commitments in line with the recent US National Cybersecurity Strategy guidelines. Zero Trust for IoT, the Edge Secured-Core program, and updates to Windows IoT are just a few of the goodies.
Automation.com dives into how and why the enterprise IoT market is a hot topic (no pun intended) for the energy industry. Sensors, actuators, monitoring, you know, all those good things to improve our energy infrastructure.
Sony, along with Soracom, Kigen, Murata, and Quectel, rolled out an updated Integrated Subscriber Identity Module (iSIM) for IoT devices. The System-on-Chip hardware adds flexibility and security.
Builtin has an update on the ever-constant push to improve security on IoT endpoints and networks.
If you haven’t found time to read your latest edition of Urban Transport News, be sure to look for the article listing nine ways IoT is improving rail lines and other people movers.
Other product news. Zomentum and Atera integrated their full-stack revenue platform and RMM software, and have a free trial available.
RingCentral integrated its AI platform, RingSense, across almost everything in its catalog, adding real-time transcripts, conversation analysis, and more.
The new family of cloud-enabled bizhub MFPs (sample pictured) from Konica Minolta are built for SMBs to help their digital transformation with enhanced scan-to-cloud tools for most major cloud storage destinations.
Ever lost one or both of your AirPods? The new Belkin BoostCharge Pro 2-in-1 Wireless Charging Pad with MagSafe can help by providing a single charging spot for both iPhone and AirPods.
Non-product vendor news. Update the contact info for Tarek Robbiati over at RingCentral because he’s moved from the board of directors to CEO.
The guy wandering the halls at Lenovo might be Ryan McCurdy (pictured), the new senior vice president and president, North America.
Order new business cards for Craig Donovan at Pax8 to show he’s the chief experience officer, a new position for the cloud disti.
Cybersecurity player Seceon acquired Helixera and appointed its founder, Waldek Mikolajczyk, as VP of cybersecurity solutions architecture.
The red carpet leading to Navisite is for Mary Fratto Rowe, moving in as chief customer officer.
Syncro pulled the curtain on its Industry Affiliate Program for content creators, industry leaders, and educators in the MSP space to foster strategic partnerships.
NetApp launched its Partner Sphere Partner Program with a unified engagement model that should accelerate their revenue.
Check Point signed the papers to acquire Perimeter 81, the SSE company. Terms were not disclosed.
Cisco announced its intent to acquire Working Group Two and fold it into the Mobility Services Platform. Terms were not disclosed.
Rubrik agreed to acquire Laminar, a player in the data security posture management area. No terms disclosed here either.
Epson America partnered with Konica Minolta so the latter firm can offer Epson’s commercial scanning solutions through its channel.
UScellular will now resell the Ooma AirDial line as a POTS replacement.
CompTIA went to the White House and joined the effort to strengthen cybersecurity in the K-12 schools throughout the country.
This week’s stats ticker:
The new Privileged Access Management Survey: Deployment Amid Economic Uncertainty from Keeper Security checked in with 400 global security execs and found they consider PAM critical but cost and complexity barriers remain high. 56% tried to deploy a PAM solution but didn’t fully implement it, and 92% named overly complex products as the main reason. Another 58% of IT teams didn’t even attempt an install because of the high cost of the traditional platforms. Of those who have, 91% of IT leaders say PAM gave them more control and decreased the risk of insider and external breaches. Another 62% reported the downturn in economic conditions would likely make them scale back their current PAM platform. Requests include a PAM product that’s easier to manage and maintain (70%), easier to integrate with existing security stacks (55%), and lower cost or not paying for features the organization doesn’t need (44%).
Addigy’s Corporate IT in Focus report found global organizations are falling behind in support of cross-border compliance regulations. Only 42% say they’re only “somewhat” ready, meaning far more than half are further behind than that. GDPR has been around long enough that 88% of all 250 corporate IT decision maker respondents have compliance with those rules as a focus of their compliance policies. The good news is that 91% report they have a cybersecurity insurance policy. Of those who don’t, 90% promise they plan to get one.
Robot anchor. In all the jokes about our “robot overlords” taking over, we never heard the part about those same robot overlords, in the guise of attractive female news anchors, delivering that news to us. But those anchors are already on TV in parts of India, where the need to broadcast in multiple languages makes automation necessary.
The stations promise the “newsbots” only read text and make no editorial decisions. Or were they ordered to say that?