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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of June 24th

AWS adding security services, Extreme Networks buying Aerohive, and millennial smartphone addicts growing horns in the back of their head (really!) are all among the far too many stories we’ve just now gotten around to telling you about. By James E. Gaskin

Smells like summer, doesn’t it? People arguing about which players should be in the baseball All-Star game (“your guy is a bum, mine was cheated”), arguing about whether Toy Story 4 was a triumph or merely pretty good, and the Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic was a nearly unanimous Rookie of the Year selection (only 98 of 100 votes?). Funnest part? His mother, Mirjam Poterbin, kept getting identified as his girlfriend. You know, summer stuff.

AWS Security HubNews from AWS re:Inforce. Meeting in Bawston, AWS re:Inforce rolled out a big wad of news. First up? AWS Security Hub hit general availability. It aggregates and prioritizes alerts from tools like Amazon GuardDuty, Amazon Inspector, and Amazon Macie, and from a large and growing list of AWS Partner Network solutions.

AWS Control Tower also reached GA, making it easier to setup and manage multi-account AWS environments. No additional charges or upfront commitments required.

Speaking of security (we always do), Cisco’s Duo Security (MFA) and Zero Trust announced MFA support for AWS. Yay! Another reason to curse when you leave your phone at home.

Symantec announced that its Cloud Workload Protection now works with Amazon GuardDuty to provide automated remediation to AWS workloads and storage.

Now available, the newly updated McAfee MVISION Cloud for AWS will help with security and improve compliance. Nice phrase: preemptive risk avoidance.

Vectra’s Cognito network threat detection and response platform now uses Amazon Virtual Private Cloud traffic mirroring and integrates with AWS Security Hub.

The FortiWeb Cloud Web Application Firewall from Fortinet is now available as a service on AWS.

Keeper Security BreachWatchAs long as we’re discussing security news. The Malwarebytes Cloud Platform has been certified as integrated with ServiceNow Security Incident Response.

Kaspersky’s new Red Teaming service is just one of the features available in its new offering for Security Operations Centers. Red Teaming tests existing security operations.

Tired of scrolling log files? Arctic Wolf feels your pain and has added Log Search to its Managed Detection and Response service.

Keeper Security unveiled BreachWatch (pictured), a dark web monitoring and risk assessment solution.

Threat Stack expanded its host-level support to include Windows Server OS. All can be managed within the Threat Stack Cloud Security Platform and across Linux and Windows cloud workloads.

OPAQ and PSA Insurance & Financial Services joined hands to offer security to SMBs.

Passwordless login and advanced MFA can always be better, right? That’s what Ping Identity indicates as it revved up PingOne.

Kudelski Security added optional device support to its Fortinet Security Device Management service. Manufacturers supported? F5, Juniper, and Pulse Secure, among others.

Behold ObserveIT 7.8, the newest release from ObserveIT’s insider threat management system. Increased visibility around email activity and more.

Elastic Stack 7.2 just hit the streets, adding Elastic SIEM, App Search, and other goodies like Real User Monitoring Agent.

Azure Blockchain WorkbenchOther product news. File wrangling can be a thankless task, but Microsoft Azure says help is on the way. Hello to GA of Azure premium files, a fully managed file services offering with hot performance built on SSDs. But wait, there’s more! Block your chains or chain your blocks with Azure Blockchain Workbench 1.7.0 (pictured) and the new Azure Blockchain Service.

Pulseway added its File Transfer features to the Pulseway Remote Desktop applications.

What was that weird thing that happened? Find out with LogicMonitor and its new anomaly detection feature.

Addigy just added BrightGauge’s dashboard and reporting tools to its Apple device management software.

Wireless Health Monitor and Facebook W-iFi are just two of the new toys in the expanded portfolio of Zyxel’s Nebula Cloud Management program.

Red carpet for the new NETGEAR GS100TPP Smart Managed Pro Switch with 8 PoE+ ports.

The NETGEAR Nighthawk Pro Gaming Mesh WiFi system (XRM570) bundles a Nighthawk router and extender for hot gaming Wi-Fi fast enough to beat all your friends and that last boss.

TRENDnet added Extended Ring Protection Switching to its line of industrial managed network switching. Upgrade via a free firmware update today and juice up that old Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol.

Ruckus Networks R570 Wi-Fi 6 access point aims at schools two ways: faster networking and a new IoT partnership with Soter Technologies to detect student vaping.

Mist Systems’ new AP43 access point uses AI to boost 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) in campus environments.

Supermicro says it’s the first to support Enterprise and Datacenter Storage Form Factor NVMe drives. All-flash NVMe to the next level.

Jessica DaugheteeNon-product vendor news. New business cards for Jessica Daughetee (pictured) as she moves up to chief marketing officer at Avnet.

Reinvent Telecom will get bulk pricing for biz cards with all the additions to its white-label reseller UCaaS products:

  • Robert Pauls, VoIP Engineer III
  • Kevin Stalker, VoIP Engineer II
  • Jeff Cothrun, VoIP Engineer I
  • Jessica Glass, Partner Success Specialist

And promotions:

  • David Ansehl, Director, Wholesale Channel
  • Julia Dengate, Sales Engineer

Extreme Networks and Aerohive Networks signed papers for Extreme to buy up all outstanding Aerohive shares for a purchase prices of about $272 million. Net cost after cash etc. should be about $210 million.

Druva (clouds) launched Druva Compass, a new partner program.

8x8 rolled out its new Elev8 Partner Program featuring three tiers and benefits for both master agents and sub agents.

Talend announced its new Technology Alliance Program for partners of its Talend Data Fabric. Includes not one but two open source development tool kits.

Steelcase and Microsoft are sitting in the same cubicle with new products like Steelcase Roam for Surface Hub 2.

Vonage (maybe the original VoIP success story?) hooked up with Sendinblue, the marketing automation folks.

Tech Data CEO Rich Hume signed the CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion pledge, as have over 700 other companies.

SYNNEX and Circular Computing planted 15,000 trees in Plumas County, Calif., in connection with the agreement the two companies signed in March to plant five trees for every remanufactured laptop sold to SYNNEX customers.

This week’s stats ticker:

Unitrends (a Kaseya company) released info from its fifth annual Unitrends Cloud and Disaster Recovery Survey. More than 400 respondents gave their thoughts on RTO, data loss, and cloud-based recovery as a service. Surprise! Still too much data loss. 30 percent report losing data as the result of a data center outage. More than 40 percent reported downtime this year. In better news, 60 percent use the cloud for data protection. Of those who don’t do so now, over 50 percent say they will within the next year. Offsite data storage remains the most popular option.

From Austin, Texas, the Spiceworks folks announced a new study on Public Cloud Trends in 2019 and Beyond. On average, businesses run 27 percent of their workloads and apps in public clouds and expect this figure to nearly double to 48 percent in the next one or two years. 2020 should see edge computing, serverless computing, and container technologies in use at one-third of companies.

In the Again? category, WatchGuard released its Internet Security Report for Q1 2019. Ouch: a massive 62 percent increase in overall malware detections over the fourth quarter of 2018. Malicious Office documents were blocked by more than 17 percent of WatchGuard’s Firebox firewalls, making the most widespread malware list. Mac OS malware is on the rise, and web application exploits were soaring ever higher. DNS filtering now blocks more than five million malicious sites. Bad URL, bad. Mimikatz malware remains the #1 threat, up by 73 percent.

Phone HornsPhone horns. We already have plenty of reasons to caution young people about getting too enraptured by their phones. You know, the world is 3D not 2D, you’re missing reality, you deserve to walk into the light pole, and all the rest.

Here’s a new one: two Australian researchers discovered that young people aged 18 to 30 are growing horns on the back of their head. These bony outgrowths usually only appear in old people as a result of stress on the neck. Now kids have them as the stress of looking down into the glowing light strains muscles and the bone forms to help provide a better anchor to support the dropped head posture.

Of course, if the horns gave better reception, millennials would line up at tattoo parlors to have them grafted on. Bi-phoners might need one horn for iOS and one for Android, causing a slight imbalance. Then what, one orthopedic shoe like grandma has to counteract the lean?

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JAMES E. GASKIN is a ChannelPro contributing editor and former reseller based in Dallas.

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