Will the NFL’s Washington Commodes, er, Commanders, be Amazoned? CNN reports Jeff Bezos, Original Boxer, may partner with Jay-Z to buy the team. The Denver Broncos sold for $4.65 billion, so the Commodes may require a splurge to $6 to $7 billion. But why does Jeff need Jay-Z? Even with the recent stock market adjustments downward, he’s worth over $120 billion.
Security news. SkyKick’s upgraded Security Manager, now available, promises to consolidate Microsoft 365 security into one centralized console.
The single-vendor SASE from Fortinet, called FortiSASE, offers cloud-delivered goodies for devices in the cloud, on-premises, and remote. You know, hybrid.
Zyxel just launched its Connect and Protect tools for Wi Fi access points, which will first appear on its NWA11OAx and NWA1123Acv3 APs.
Ready for more free services bundled with Kaspersky’s Threat Intelligence Portal? Then you should like the new Threat Heatmap and Lookup capabilities.
Trend Micro launched a federal committee staffed by current U.S. government executive leaders to increase its business with federal agencies.
Hornetsecurity will protect companies against ransomware by strengthening the “human firewall,” meaning employees, the weakest security protection in every company, with awareness training.
The FTC’s stricter data security rules for automotive dealers kick in on December 9th. ComplyAuto and Coro claim to be the first “all-in-one” solution for dealers.
The new release of Check Point Quantum Titan covers cloud to on-premises to IoT devices with AI and deep learning-enhanced advanced threat protection.
Apple device management software provider Addigy now integrates with Malwarebytes for real-time cyber protection. Includes Malwarebytes IR, EP, EPS, EDR, and EDRS.
Palo Alto Networks and Cortex XDR teamed up to deliver incident response services to MSSPs.
Optiv will extend its cyber advisory expertise to OT environments with traditional IT technologies for management and security.
SentinelOne and Mandiant’s new integration will combine the former’s Singularity XDR platform with the latter’s threat intelligence and incident response tools.
Other product news. Seagate’s cloud import data transfer feature now works with Lyve Cloud, along with Amazon S3, Google Cloud Platform, and Microsoft Azure.
AIOps powers the now-available NetApp BlueXP, which offers a hybrid multicloud management experience across on-premises and cloud environments.
Some bosses may be corralling workers into cubicles again, but many workers remain remote, so JumpCloud launched Remote Assist, a free cloud-based tool to support workers globally.
Hello to the new Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C4310 color inkjet printer (pictured), with Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connections.
Small businesses need Wi-Fi, and EnGenius just released EnGenius Fit for them, including access points and switches managed via the cloud.
Supermicro expanded its adoption of key open hardware and open source technologies in its core server portfolio.
Small but powerful, the new Nfina 112-i9 NUC Mini-PC sports an Intel Core i9 Extreme Edition processor with either integrated graphics or a full-length discrete GPU.
Non-product vendor news. The red carpet at Axcient rolled out for Rod Mathews (pictured), the new president and CEO.
Another carpet of crimson leads to the door of Auvik for new CEO Douglas Murray.
Red carpet shortage alert! Acronis bought up what little inventory remained to welcome Katya Ivanova as its new Chief Sales Officer.
Order new business cards for Troels Rasmussen now that he’s moved up to general manager of security products at N-able.
The Welcome Wagon met Johnna Bowley at Egnyte as she became vice president of global channel sales and go-to-market.
Kathy Lord joined 1WorldSync as chief revenue officer. But wait, there’s more! 1WorldSync also welcomed Dan Parris as director of production.
TD SYNNEX launched its Data-IoTSolv in the Americas, to give partners tools like data analytics, IoT, and AI.
Ingram Micro Cloud received Amazon Web Services Config Service Delivery validation within the AWS Service Delivery Program, offering partners both a bird’s eye and close-up view of configurations.
Designers can now work from anywhere thanks to new support the latest Wacom Pro devices in Splashtop’s remote access software.
This week's stats ticker:
The Americas ISG Index for Q3 showed slowed demand for IT and business services among companies with an annual contract value of $5 million or more in both everything-as-a-service (XaaS) and managed services. A bit of a mixed bag, however, as the $12.4 billion in Q3 tops last year slightly, but is 2% lower than the second quarter. Enterprises are reducing and/or delaying spending on IT and business services in response to the global economic climate. Respondents are focusing on using technology to optimize costs and efficiency, along with optimizing their current technology spend. ISG maintained its 2022 global growth forecast for managed services but lowered its XaaS forecast.
After surveying 1,800 MSPs worldwide, the Datto Global State of the MSP Report found 29% felt competition was their top concern, while revenue growth and profitability tied with 28%. Another 24% said that acquiring new customers is the most difficult obstacle, the same number who reported hiring as their biggest challenge. Surprisingly, income from break-fix increased, as corporate IT departments reluctant to work with new vendors asked their MSP to fix a problem for them. Top products offered included cloud-based infrastructure design and management at 83%, the same as office productivity software, followed by BCDR at 79%.
The recent 2022 SonicWall Cyber Threat Mindset Survey including third quarter information reported that customers saw an average of 1,014 ransomware attempts, a flood even though the total dropped 31% below attempts in 2021. 91% reported they were most concerned about ransomware attacks, a rising source of anxiety for security professionals. Ransomware-as-a-Service offerings make it easy to attack, and perpetrators are increasingly targeting financial firms with cryptojacking attempts, which were up 35% in the quarter. SonicWall’s Real-Time Deep Memory Inspection tools identified 375,756 malware variants never seen before during the first three quarters of 2022.
Veeam’s Cloud Protection Trends Report 2023 found that huge numbers of organizations felt the need to increase data protection for cloud workloads against cyber security threats. Nearly 90% of Microsoft 365 customers used supplemental measures over built-in recovery capabilities. 88% brought workloads from the cloud back to their data center for better control over development, cost/performance, and data recovery. 98% use cloud-hosted infrastructure as part of their data protection strategy, although 34% do not yet backup their cloud-hosted file shares, and 15% don’t back up their cloud-hosted databases.
Keep walking, stupid people. On Crenshaw Road in Pasadena, Texas, outside Houston, a new sign caught people’s attention. On the fence of Pets Gone Wild Resort, a large sign had a twist on the ever-present “Help Wanted” sign. This one said, “Now Hiring non-stupid people.”
After trying to hire new workers for a while and replace ones they hired that had to be flushed after a few days, the owner went looking for new sign, and found one on Amazon.
It doesn’t always help, said owner Walter Parsons. “They don’t think they’re stupid, so they came in to apply.” It did get attention, however, and Parsons found the three non-stupid employees he needed and will take down the sign soon.
Be aware that smart prospects ask for more money than stupid ones, in case that needs explaining.