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ICYMI: Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of May 3rd

Security solutions from Trend Micro and Kaspersky, hardware from HP, new leadership at Tech Data, and a 12-year-old who will make you feel like a lockdown slacker are among the far too numerous stories we’re just now bringing your way. By James E. Gaskin

Sunday is Mother’s Day (some help for those who forgot until this moment), so step up. And a shout-out for those with mothers in the tech biz. Why? For one reason, those old jokes saying, “X is so easy your mother could do it,” fall flat. Here’s to the kids on the playground slinging insults like, “Go 127.0.0.1 and cry to mommy!” and the moms who raise them.

StellarOneSecurity news. What do cybercriminals target? Everything, so the new TXOne StellarProtect from Trend Micro and TXOne Networks secures endpoints in industrial control systems and operational networks.

The new edition of Kaspersky Industrial CyberSecurity for Networks now flags vulnerabilities in equipment and recommends mediation, and supports the BACnet protocol for smart buildings.

Phishers get smarter so the phished must keep up. Hello to the new feature from KnowBe4, AI-Driven Phishing. It now leverages machine learning to develop phishing campaigns to better trick the unwary executive, er, user.

McAfee and Ingram Micro worked together to make available the full MVISION portfolio of McAfee Device-to-Cloud suites all across the globe. Check out the Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace.

Privileged access management player BeyondTrust and Ingram Micro did the deal to offer its Universal Privilege Management tools across North America.

And true, it has little to do with security, but as long as we’re talking about Ingram and distribution deals, check out the agreement with healthcare software maker Pixel Health.

Thanks to a new partnership, TeamViewer Remote Management will embed Malwarebytes for real-time cyberprotection for users. Helps against known and unknown malware including zero-day exploits.

Malwarebytes and Digitunity shook hands to offer cyberprotection to Digitunity’s network of non-profit partners, many full of vulnerable people and the underserved.

Cybersecurity provider Forcepoint acquired Cyberinc and its intelligent remote browser isolation (RBI) technology, which will be folded into Forcepoint’s SASE product offerings.

A merger in the web security market saw Sectigo acquire SiteLock to expand its product capabilities. Sectigo also grabbed Patchman and its content management system vulnerability scanning and patching tools.

IRONSCALES upgraded and relaunched its Channel Partner Program. New benefits for the email security firm’s partner include a refined tiering structure, additional resources, marketing support, and more goodies.

Like Juniper Networks but need more SASE help? Then rejoice at the new Juniper Security Director Cloud that distributes security services to sites, users, and applications.

Enterprise networks keep getting more complicated (branch office = kitchen table), so Riverbed revved up the performance of SSL/TLS-encrypted applications. Help for WFH, SaaS, and cloud initiatives.

MSPs and MSSPs might enjoy the new Sumo Organizations from Sumo Logic, a multi-account management solution to increase security intelligence across all their managed operations, departments, and teams.

To offer current and future customers and channel partners unified network performance monitoring and diagnostics, LiveAction acquired CounterFlow AI.

Help cut out spoofing and phishing consequences with the new DigiCert Smart Seal, which shows the site has been validated and protected by an active certificate. In other words, more security than the HTTPS lock symbol.

HP EliteOne 800 G8Other product news. Helping careless customers keep track of data is a full-time job, but the new Axcient x360Recover Direct-to-Cloud suite can turbocharge your BCDR without adding local appliances.

You can look at the HP EliteOne 800 G8 All-in-One (pictured), and it will look back with its pop-up dual-facing camera. 23.8- and 27-inch models include premium audio features, and all are powered by an 11th Gen Intel Core processor. Also on the shelf? Three models of HP EliteDesk 800 G8 PCs, in mini, small form factor, and tower configs.

More Epson EcoTank printers hit the streets, aimed at SMBs and those who need to print high quality photos. Check out the EcoTank Photo ET-8500 and EcoTank Photo ET-8550, and the EcoTank Pro ET-5150 and EcoTank Pro ET-5170

Microsoft Teams users looking for voice communications should check out the two new versions of Intermedia Unite from Intermedia Cloud Communications. Work within or alongside Microsoft Teams.

Hello to Rackspace Services for VMware Cloud , which delivers a fully-managed VMware cloud experience that can mix and match shared and dedicated tenancy.

Cradlepoint has been 5G’ing so long they just released second-generation 5G products, including 5G-embedded routers, modular modems, and wideband adapters.

If the mainframe did die, it was reborn as a Linux server. Proof is running with Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z and LinuxONE hardware, including the new IBM LinuxONE III Express, which requires 18.7 times fewer cores compared to x86 servers.

Up customer confidence with the new certification earned by Cloudera Data Platform Private Cloud for Dell EMC PowerScale/Ision 8.2.2, gaining expanded migration support.

Sammy KinlawNon-product vendor news. Lots of new business cards over at Tech Data as business transformation efforts continue. Congrats to Sammy Kinlaw (pictured), senior vice president of North American sales; Kevin Kennedy, senior vice president of endpoint solutions; and Stacy Nethercoat, senior vice president of advanced solutions.

Following the Rule of Threes, SolarWinds extended its executive team with a trio of new appointments. Shout outs to Rohini Kasturi EVP and chief product officer; Tim Brown, CISO; and Andrea Webb, SVP and chief customer officer.

Extreme Networks welcomes Paul Semak as senior vice president of Americas sales.

The new face over at High Wire Networks is Don Schmidt, now executive vice president of technology solutions.

You can now find Sage Intacct in the AWS Marketplace catalog.

Through a new partnership, Alliance of Channel Women members have affordable access to the resources of wiseHer, a global expert marketplace to help professionals accelerate their careers and businesses.

This week’s stats ticker:

Feeling efficient lately? The new report from NinjaRMM titled “Adapting to the Digital Future: IT Efficiency in 2021” says you might rethink. Take endpoint patch management, for one painful example: 77% of IT teams spend more than three hours per endpoint on patch management. MSPs who do it better should highlight that fact, since only 24% of business leaders report their MSP handles patch management for them, 28% let MSPs manage endpoint security, and 41% get MSP server support. Sadly, 87% have an increase in new devices under management, but haven’t automated routine device maintenance. 900 business leaders in the U.S., U.K., and Germany involved with IT were surveyed.

PC Matic did a public opinion survey concerning cybersecurity and government readiness, and “concerning” is the key finding from “Americans on Cybersecurity”. 57% are not confident the government can defend itself against a cyber attack at the federal level, and 61% believe the feds should do more to protect American citizens from such threats. IT professionals, with more hands-on knowledge, aren’t much more confident, with 46% doubting the defensive capabilities of the U.S. government. 40% would like to see Congress pass cybersecurity-related legislations, but only a quarter believe Congress should allocate more funding to cybersecurity attack prevention.

ISACA and HCL Technologies just released the “State of Cybersecurity 2021 Part 1 survey report”, and found the cybersecurity workforce escaped the employment bloodbath seen in many industries during lockdowns. However, hiring and retention challenges from years past continue at similar levels. 61% of the 3,600 infosec professionals surveyed indicated their teams are understaffed, leading 55% to unify some cybersecurity positions. Half say applicants are not well-qualified, which explains the only 31% who say HR understands their cybersecurity hiring needs. Fixes? 43% are training non-security staff to move into security roles, 37% use more contract employees or outside contractors, and 23% are using more reskilling programs.

Lockdown ChampAnd all you did in lockdown was watch Tiger King. Many of us had extra time during the COVID-19 pandemic, as shown by the bump in Netflix and other streaming service viewing. Brag on your Tiger King and Marvel Cinematic Universe knowledge all you want, but not in front of Mike Wimmer, a twelve-year old in Salisbury, N.C.

Wimmer finished high school by doing more and more online classes. Well, finished isn’t the correct word since he graduated with a GPA of 5.45 and was class valedictorian.

Time for Netflix? Nope. Wimmer, at the same time, got his two-year college associates degree, with a GPA of 4.0.

You: Cheetos dust all over the couch. Mike Wimmer, 12: High school AND college degree during the pandemic. Oh, yeah, he also created his own startup business to simplify smart home technology.

Photo: CNN Newsource

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

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