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gemaltoDigital security provider Gemalto released today the findings of the 2015 Data Security Confidence Index, which revealed a deepening gap between the perception and reality of perimeter security effectiveness as the number of global data breaches increases.

“With the number of sophisticated breaches on the rise, relying on perimeter security systems alone is no longer enough. Traditional security staples such as firewalls and anti-virus should be part of a much greater security strategy. IT decision makers need to take into account that if someone is motivated enough they will breach a network, no matter how well it is protected,” said Tsion Gonen, vice president of strategy for identity and data protection at Gemalto.

Though 72 percent of IT decision makers surveyed indicated increased investment in perimeter security in the past five years, 30 percent said their company had experienced a breach in the past 12 months; these results suggest the need for changing security strategies.

More than 900 security and IT executives were polled by Vanson Bourne on behalf of Gemalto to develop the report, which is available in full here.

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WatchGuard Names Prakash Panjwani as New CEO

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WatchGuardWatchGuard Technologies today announced that it has named Prakash Panjwani, formerly of SafeNet, as its new CEO. In addition, Panjwani and current CEO Mike Kohlsdorf will both be joining the company’s Board of Directors.

Panjwani brings with him 12 years of experience at SafeNet. During his time there, he moved from the GM and SVP of the Data Protection sector, to the position of CEO. He also presided over the acquisition of 12 companies, including Cryptocard, and helped the company adapt to emerging sales models.

D&H Distributing
and MakerBot today announced that it has signed a distribution agreement, which will allow D&H to sell MakerBot 3D printers and scanners to a wide range of verticals. As many of you know from our past coverage of D&H, the PA-based disty is laser-focused on new technologies and the education opportunity for resellers.

In fact, today’s announcement will enable D&H to add the 3D printers and scanners to its K-12 education offerings, and product training via D&H’s well-respected Solution Lab. As of this writing, MakerBot has its 3D printers and scanners in over 5000 educational institutions, and the company was one of the first 3D printer manufacturers to make the technology more affordable.

Security-as-a-Service provider My Digital Shield announced today Caleb Sima, executive chairman co-founder of Blueblox Security, has joined MDS’ advisory board. my digital shield

“We’re thrilled to welcome Caleb to our advisory board and are confident that his unparalleled expertise in web security technologies will be a significant asset to our team,” MDS CEO Andrew Bagrin said. “His understanding of the field and insight into emerging trends will be a driving force in helping expand MDS’ growth.”

Sima has more than 20 years of experience in the web security industry, and was chosen for his ability to expand MDS’s expertise within the security space and accelerate growth in IT channel and SMB markets.

Information and biographies on MDS advisory board members are available here.

Avnet Technology Solutions announced today it expanded its portfolio of cost-effective cloud-ready solutions to include Office in the Cloud services from Intermedia. avnet

“Avnet’s new alliance with Intermedia further enables our Avnet Cloud Solutions team to supply our partners with strategic guidance, resources and packaged offerings to quickly build and grow subscription- and consumption-based cloud solutions for their customers,” said Tim FitzGerald, vice president of Cloud Solutions, Avnet Technology Solutions, Americas. “The addition of Intermedia to Avnet’s ecosystem of world-class cloud providers and unmatched training and enablement make it easier, more efficient and more cost-effective than ever for partners to transition their customers to cloud-based environments.”

The Office in the Cloud suite includes email and phone systems, file sync and share, identity and access management, archiving, security and mobility. More information about the partnership is available here.