For those NFL fans of the Lions, Giants, Colts, Jaguars, and Jets, things look tough, because those teams have yet to win a game this year. Yes, 0-3, except for the Jaguars, who lost on Thursday night, making them 0-4. Cheer up, folks, the NBA season starts on October 19th, so your favorite roundball team is still undefeated. Also undefeated? These newstips.
News from industry giants. Microsoft Teams says, “hold the phone,” and adds some new features to Microsoft Teams Phone to make audio life easier. Start a call from Teams chat, transfer calls between a desktop and mobile phone and vice versa, and even use Apple CarPlay when on the road.
New features in Dell Technologies’ ProSupport Suite for PCs include remote remediation, more IT visibility, AI-driven support, and automated update catalog management and deployment tools.
Some individuals still need to print, often regularly and copiously. Hello to the new HP Smart Tank 7000 Series, low-cost printers with cost-efficient refillable tanks, dual-band Wi-Fi, and two-sided printing.
The proposed merger between Zoom and Five9 didn’t win shareholder approval. Zoom promises to continue working with all the major call center providers. But wait, there’s more! Zoom joined the AWS Partner Network for Public Sector Partners. Check it out in the AWS Marketplace for federal, state, and local government customers.
Security news. The new Trend Micro Zero Trust Risk Insights folds zero trust capabilities into Trend Micro’s unified cybersecurity platform. More visibility across the entire IT environment is just the first of many advantages.
Next time you peruse Google Cloud Marketplace, take notice of two new options: Exabeam Fusion XDR and Exabeam Fusion SIEM. Want to increase your cybersecurity skillz as well? The new Exabeam University is open and ready to help virtual attendees prepare to fill one of the one million plus job openings in the U.S.
Overwatch Managed Security, a business unit of High Wire Networks, just introduced the Overwatch Ransomware Kill Switch, powered by Airgap. It uses the Airgap agentless Ransomware Kill Switch. Aimed at MSPs for their customers.
Other product news. When you need a projector, be it in the office, your home office, or on the road, the new Epson 880X 3LCD 1080p Smart Portable Projector (pictured) is ready to go anywhere you go. Project an image up to 300 diagonal inches wide, four times larger than a 75-inch flat panel display.
Images to display must be stored somewhere, and the new WD Red SN700 NVMe SSD offers NVMe performance to small offices, home offices, and a hybrid of both. QNAP has a RAID NAS model with the drives on the market already.
Non-product vendor news. KnowBe4 jazzed up its research capabilities by appointing Kai Roer (pictured) as chief research officer.
Bitdefender rolls out a double-wide red carpet for Amy Blackshaw as vide president of product and technical marketing, and Dennis Goedegubuure as vice president of global new customer acquisition.
The Arctic Wolf acquired training platform vendor Habitu8. Jason Hoenich, Habitu8 co-founder, joins as vice president of service delivery.
UPSTACK acquired Legacy Solutions, a telecommunications consulting firm with strengths in forensic telecom audits and vendor management. Father and daughter co-founders, Michael Sanders and Lauren Sanders, will join UPSTACK as partners and true equity shareholders.
But wait! UPSTACK acquired Open Communications LLC, a UCaaS consulting firm. Founder Amanda Heinritz will join UPSTACK as partner and true equity shareholder.
To improve its no-code identity and security orchestration, Ping Identity acquired Singular Key.
Thanks to a new integration with BluLogix, Wildix partners using Wildix My Portal can now access BluIQ’s agile billing platform for automated processes and improved customer relations.
A new master distributor agreement with AVANT will make Alert Logic’s MDR products available to AVANT service providers.
Technology brokerage firm TBI added plenty of new service options and vendors to its provider portfolio. The list includes communications and security provider Digital Agent, edge cloud player Zenlayer, cloud security and networking group BullsEye Telecom, fiber networking firm Lux Speed, and European data and voice provider Voiped.
Data lifecycle management player Blancco Technology Group joined the AWS Independent Software Vendor (ISV) Accelerate program. Blancco and the AWS ISV sales group will work together.
Fine tune your cyber insurance with the release of the Cowbell Connector for Secureworks Taegis vulnerability, detection, and response program.
This week’s stats ticker:
The 2022 State of IT annual report from Spiceworks Ziff Davis gives a look at our post-pandemic world and potential budget shifts. SWZD surveyed 1,000+ IT buyers across North America and Europe. The majority, 61%, expect business revenues to increase, and a year-over-year look shows budget increases (53%) or status quo (35%). Less rosy are the worries over continued shortages, price increases, shipping delays, and other logistical issues. More dollars will shift to cloud and managed services, with plans to accelerate modernization for better support and security for remote workers. 64% of enterprises will raise IT budgets compared to 45% of SMBs. Emerging tech put on hold like Gigabit W-Fi, IoT, containers, hyperconverged infrastructure, and more will get a boost.
BetterCloud released its 2021 State of SaaSOps after surveying more than 500 IT and security pros about the latest challenges of managing SaaS at scale. They also analyzed data from nearly 2,000 organizations and millions of users about file security violations. This year, organizations use 110 SaaS apps on average compared to 80 last year. 55% say their top challenge is lack of visibility into user activity and data, along with knowing which SaaS apps are in use and managing app configurations. Data loss comes mostly from employees with good intentions but poor awareness who inadvertently expose sensitive information, say 72% of respondents. They expect the 45% of automated SaaS apps to rise to nearly 80% within the next three years.
The quarterly Internet Security Report from WatchGuard Technologies found that 91.5% of malware arrived over an encrypted connection, a dramatic increase from the previous quarter. In other words, examine encrypted HTTPS traffic or miss 9/10 of all malware. PowerShell tools showed up as a malware vector for the first time at the top of the list for overall encrypted threats. More good news? Fileless threats are soaring, already reaching 80% of last year’s total. Even with the shift to a remote workforce, network attacks are booming, up 22% with nearly 4.1 million attacks.
Egnyte released its 2021 Data Governance Trends Report, based on a survey of 400 IT execs in July 2021. Unchecked data growth, along with a lack of visibility, increases the risk of breaches, ransomware, and compliance violations dramatically. Remote work is here to stay for a while, with 88% reporting employees will work remotely at least some of the time throughout 2022. Ransomware is the top security concern for large companies, and 25% says its their biggest worry. Half worry most about being locked out of company data, while the other half are equally nervous about data being publicly exposed. Content sprawl hurts as well, with 100% of respondents saying scattered data from email, collaboration portals, and local devices are among the hardest to secure.
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Sorry, but you’re being beaten, at least since June, by a German name Mr. Goxx. His portfolio has a wide range of cryptocurrencies and is up more than 16% since he started trading, according to Protos data.
You’re OK with that, right? Smart guys are always winning, right?
Sorry, folks, but Mr. Goxx is a hamster. Your performance is being shamed by a small, furry, brown rodent. Is it happy hour yet?