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The ‘Near Future’ and Business Alignment of Security for Managed Services

Posted by Robert Krauss

Jul 17, 2014 11:08:18 AM

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In the most recent post, I described both the challenges and the opportunities that are facing Managed Services Providers (MSPs) looking to expand their portfolios to include information security offerings.

To quickly summarize: It’s a whole new world for MSPs, many of whom are seeing their entire business model being turned upside-down by the fast growth of cloud computing and the “as-a-service” trend.

While offering cloud-based information security technology and services presents a big opportunity for revenue growth and competitive advantage, MSPs face a host of challenges and potential revenue risks, not the least of which is managing the way licensing models are presented.

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Topics: Public Cloud, Cloud Security, Service Provider, Reseller

When, where, and why do I need different endpoint security when going virtual?

Posted by Shaun Donaldson

Jul 16, 2014 11:22:00 AM

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In the endpoint security world, specifically antimalware (or antivirus, depending on your definition, but more on that in another post) vendors are offering different features and architectures to address performance in virtualized datacenters. A simple question that organizations have is, “When, where, and why do I need this stuff?” Of course, as a vendor, the tempting answer is, “Always, everywhere, and just because”. However, reality is always more nuanced than the average PowerPoint presentation.

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Topics: Enterprise Security, Virtualization, VDI

APTs and the next generation security - technology facelift or real innovation?

Posted by Horatiu Bandoiu

Jul 10, 2014 8:00:00 AM

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This is the first post in a series dedicated to the trendiest, most disputed and most used acronym in the recent history of information security. My purpose for this series of three posts is to define the phenomenon (as we see it), to take a look at possible counter-measures – a review of the self-denominated “next generation security solutions” – and finally to try to come up with an effective response that shouldn’t cost you a fortune. 

I. The WHY

Why have I decided to dedicate a series of posts to APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats), in context?

The answer is simple; after having seen and read a lot of literature on this topic and after directly observing, first-hand, several APTs, the worry is that the more this is written about, the more it is adding to the confusion of notions or the intentional or unintentional misclassifications and the marketing veils that create further confusion.

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Topics: Enterprise Security, Advanced Threats

Security Solutions Offer MSPs a Great Opportunity for Business Growth, But Service Providers Must Address the Licensing Issues

Posted by Robert Krauss

Jul 3, 2014 9:23:00 AM

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Managed services providers (MSPs) are experiencing a world of change these days, as cloud computing and the “as-a-service” trend continues to grow and have a huge impact on virtually every aspect of IT.

Consider the impact that the growth of public cloud services from Amazon Web Services and other providers has had on IT operations. And think about how much virtualization technologies from vendors such as VMware has changed the way data centers are designed and operated.

As research firm Forrester Research pointed out in a 2013 report, entitled “The Shape-Shifting Tech Industry Channel Ecosystem”, while cloud computing has been a boon for the technology industry in general, channel partners “have to deal with shrinking product margins, skills shortages, and new competitor types”.

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Topics: Enterprise Security, Cloud Security, Service Provider, Reseller

As Global Security Concerns Spike, All SMBs Should Bolster Security

Posted by Catalin Cosoi

Jun 24, 2014 11:21:36 AM

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Small and medium businesses should shore up their defenses as allegations of rampant spying and massive security breaches cast a pall of doubt on the safety of the Internet. Here’s some advice to help SMBs cope with growing risks and keep expenses under control.

Studies show that data security can be a crucial issue of customer/client trust. In the wake of the Snowden NSA leaks, SMBs are at greater risk than huge corporations, as they have limited money for cyber-security.

From netbooks to smartphones and picture-playing devices, employees become more and more tech-savvy and bring a wide variety of Internet-connected devices to the office. To increase efficiency and mobility, they commonly access corporate data and networks on the go, while chatting with friends, posting social media messages, listening to music and sharing pictures online.

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Topics: SMB Security, BYOD, Advanced Threats

DevOps and SecOps – the Impossible Conciliation?

Posted by Horatiu Bandoiu

Jun 23, 2014 12:20:22 PM

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When dealing with greatness and great companies one should try to find out what it is that they are doing so outstandingly well, and what lessons are to be learned from them? What do Google, Amazon, Facebook, LinkedIn, Netflix, Intuit, Bank of America, GAP or Macy’s - just to name a few - have in common?

Apart from being very big enterprises and highly successful, they also share an IT-related approach that has become a cultural trait: they all embraced DevOps as a way of delivering their products/ services to the clients. As security practitioners, we have the duty to ask ourselves – where does security fit into this DevOps philosophy?

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Topics: Enterprise Security, AWS, Amazon Web Services, DevOps

INFOGRAPHIC: SMBs are Urged to Bolster Security

Posted by Catalin Cosoi

Jun 20, 2014 1:12:00 PM

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BITDEFENDER HQ, June 20, 2014 – Almost one in five small and medium businesses worldwide are exposed to major security risks as they are still using Windows XP after Microsoft ended support for the operating system, according to a three-month study Bitdefender conducted in countries such as the US, the UK, Australia, Germany, Spain and Brazil.

The study proved that businesses still rely on the legacy Microsoft OS despite security concerns. Millions of malware attacks target companies every month and hackers try to steal confidential data by taking advantage of the system’s vulnerabilities.

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Topics: SMB Security, BYOD

Compliance: A Big Challenge That Channel Partners Can Help Address

Posted by Robert Krauss

Jun 18, 2014 11:28:48 AM

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Regulatory compliance has become a way of life for many companies, especially in industries such as healthcare and financial services. The number and variety of regulations has increased in recent years - and for many organizations the process of ensuring compliance is both costly and time consuming.

Consider what the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has meant for IT and security departments within healthcare organizations. A portion of HIPAA defines the policies, procedures and guidelines for maintaining the security and privacy of individually identifiable health information, and creates standards for the use and dissemination of healthcare information. 

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Topics: Enterprise Security, Service Provider, Reseller, Compliance

Count your blessings: Cloud options for Disaster Recovery

Posted by Alexandra Gheorghe

Jun 17, 2014 11:00:00 AM

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You are part of an industry leading organization with thousands of customers, but do you have a plan-B? Organizations of all budgets and sizes are looking for an efficient and reliable backup option, but without the headaches and costs of traditional disaster recovery. In this context, the cloud makes a great alternative. One of the most heavily hyped technologies of the last decade, the cloud can act as a secondary data center to help your organization recover data and systems quickly after any kind of interruption. An earthquake or an unexpected data breach might happen to you.

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Topics: Enterprise Security, Public Cloud, Cloud Security

When Amazon Zigs, Everyone Else Zigs and Zags

Posted by Shaun Donaldson

Jun 12, 2014 8:52:00 AM

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For the most part, corporate press releases are boring. It’s an exercise in patting oneself on the back while saying next-to-nothing of significance that IT companies are especially guilty of performing as a rote exercise. Then again, every now and then an announcement produces a reaction that stirs things up. To me, the significant parts that go unsaid in an announcement are, in exceptional cases, revealed by the reaction of others (or the lack thereof). Last week, Amazon was good enough to create an interesting example of a PR-by-reaction.

It began with an announcement from Amazon, which can be found here. The post was part of announcing the release of AWS Management Portal for vCenter. Basically, it’s a vCenter plug-in that makes it easy to lift VMs to AWS. It has some additional features, but overall, is compelling only in that it lives with vCenter. To flip that around, it’s really exciting because it’s in vCenter. It’s all in the interpretation…

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Topics: Enterprise Security, Public Cloud, AWS, Amazon Web Services

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