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Microsoft Looks to Transform Security into a Service

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Mike Vizard |   IT Unmasked   |   Posted 18 Nov, 2015

Looking to address what Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella describes as the most pressing issue of our time, Microsoft this week launched a flurry of security offerings intended to turn security into a set of continuously delivered services.  Microsoft

Speaking at a Microsoft Government Cloud Forum, Nadella says that in much the same way that Microsoft now manages Windows 10 as a service, everything from behavioral analytics of attacks to remediation will soon become a set of common services spanning the desktop, server and Microsoft cloud offerings.

To that end, Microsoft announced the formation of a Microsoft Enterprise Cybersecurity Group made up of security professionals that will work with a new Cyber Defense Operations Center that Microsoft is setting up to detect threats in real time using what Nadella describes as an intelligent fabric that Microsoft will continue to expand and invest in over time.

In addition, Microsoft is extending the capabilities of its Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) support for Windows, Apple iOS and Google Android applications and devices without requiring organizations to enroll those devices and applications, while at the same time giving organizations more control over access to their data stored in Office 365 and Equivio Analytics for eDiscovery.

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The Internet of Things continues to lead industry news and innovation in the second half of 2015, and myriad providers and vendors are attuned to IoT’s importance. 

MachNation, an IoT insight services and application development firm, announced today recommendations for five security vendors and 10 requirements for creating a secure solution in “IoT Security Landscape and Vendor Recommendations 2015.”

“MachNation has been providing our customers with industry-leading analysis and strategic support for their IoT initiatives,” said Steve Hilton, co-founder and President, MachNation. “Today, we are thrilled to announce a new publication that provides a list of 5 recommended IoT security vendors and 10 requirements to help public and private sector organizations craft a holistically secure IoT solution. We recommend the IoT security solutions of ARM, Bayshore Networks, Cisco, Intel and Wipro.”

The report, available here, covers the five recommended providers in detail and provides information about 13 other IoT security vendors.

stonewareStoneware, Inc., an Indiana-based Lenovo company, recently announced that it will be releasing a SaaS version of its webNetwork solution. In addition, the company stated that it has two new add-ons for webNetwork, designed for online security and ease of browsing.

The SaaS version of webNetwork will be hosted in secure data centers. Features of this upcoming release include enhanced support for HTML5, Chromebook, Android tablet and Mac technologies, webPass Single-sign-on, access to public cloud and network storage via webStorage and the ability to deliver published Windows/virtual apps to a variety of devices.

Heartbleed Bug Update: Community Response

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heartbleedAs many of you remember, we covered the Heartbleed Bug news break last week. This latest security flaw has grabbed the attention of IT Professionals and SMB end users alike due to its attack on the OpenSSL standard, and the fact that it took so long to uncover. We have recently received two responses from our community with tips for ensuring safety in the wake of this bug.

To start, long-time SMB Nation Community member, Carl Mazzanti, CEO, eMazzanti Technologies, sent over an e-mail with information on how they are keeping their eCare customers safe:

“Heartbleed Bug” Impact

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heartbleedWe recently received a high-priority message from Jessica DeVita, the Uber Geek Girl, regarding the recent breach of HTTPS security. The so-called “Heartbleed bug” attacks the OpenSSL technology, taking users’ personal login information for many sites.

In fact, Tumblr yesterday issued this statement about the breach: “We have no evidence of any breach and, like most networks, our team took immediate action to fix the issue. But this still means that the little lock icon (HTTPS) we all trusted to keep our passwords, personal emails, and credit cards safe, was actually making all that private information accessible to anyone who knew about the exploit.”

snom logosnom technology recently announced that it has partnered with Secusmart GmbH to add an anti-tapping feature to its phones. Secusmart GmbH is the company that is currently responsible for securing the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel’s phone, and the two organizations have entered into numerous partnerships since 2012.

Earlier this week, ThreatTrack Security released news that it is recruiting specialized security partners to add the company’s ThreatAnalyzer solution to their offering portfolio. The company explained that the new program is available starting Q1 2014 to VARs and MSPs, and will include sales, marketing and technical support.

AVG to Sponsor Child Internet Safety Summit

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AVG TechnologiesAVG recently announced that it will be the headline sponsor at the 2014 Child Internet Safety Summit, being held in Westminster, London, UK on July 3, 2014. This particular summit, currently in its third year, is focused on creating a safer web environment in which children can learn.

McAfee Labs Releases Q3 2013 Threat Report

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mfe primary logo rgb.smallEarlier today, McAfee Labs released its Q3 2013 report, titled “McAfee Labs Threats Report: Third Quarter 2013.” The McAfee Labs team is made of 500 researchers in over 30 countries, who look through real-world examples to build each quarterly report.

Luke WallingAVG Technologies today announced the addition of Online Backup to their CloudCare solution. As many of you remember, AVG launched their CloudCare platform during the 2012 SMB Nation Fall Conference, and the company has reported high adoption numbers among channel partners.

AVG Cloud Care with Online Backup, or OLB, has been integrated into the existing AVG CloudCare system and can be activated with one click. I was able to speak with Luke Walling, Vice President of Sales and Operations, AVG (pictured) earlier today, and he mentioned that the addition of the OLB option is the first time that AVG as a company has a solution focused primarily on data protection as opposed to “frontline security.”

mfe primary logo rgb.smallMcAfee recently released the findings of a survey conducted jointly with Office Depot on SMB security perceptions. The survey, conducted in September 2013, found that 66% of the 1000 SMBs polled said that they felt confident about the security of their data and devices, while 77% said that they had never been hacked.

Ari RabbanBy Ari Rabban, Co-founder and CEO,

Would you pay $33,000 for a used Dell PowerEdge R410 blade server? What if it were the one that made WikiLeaks a household name?

That’s what someone paid on eBay, where Bahnhof, Wikileaks’ hosting provider, put the server up for sale. The auction is a cautionary tale for any SMB that outsources its telecom or IT to a cloud provider.

Cbeyond Releases Security Best Practice Tips List

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cbeyond smallCbeyond recently released a list of five best-practice security tips for SMBs as part of their “Technology Ally” series. The list was composed primarily for employee and customer data practices, and was aimed at SMBs, as they have a lot to lose from a data breach.

The five tips outlined by Cbeyond are as follows:

Fortinet logoFortinet said earlier this week that it has added its newest product line known as FortiGate Unified Threat Management (UTM) designed for SMBs, distributed enterprises, retail networks and branch/home offices.

The 10 new products include the FortiGate-200D series, which includes the FortiGate-240D andFortiGate-200D, the FortiGate-100D series, which includes the FortiGate-140D, FortiGate-140D-POE, FortiGate-140D-POE-T1 and FortiGate-100D, FortiGate-90D/FortiWiFi-90D and FortiGate-30D/  FortiWiFi-30D, providing SMB customers with an unparalleled range of security and deployment options to meet their unique security requirements.

McAfee said today that it has made progress in its acquisition of Stonesoft Oyj by completing the tender offer that was announced on May 6.  Stonesoft is known for its next-generation firewall, which is being positioned as “visionary” in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for Enterprise Network Firewalls.  With the completion of the tender offer, Stonesoft is now a McAfee group company, and all Stonesoft products and technologies are part of the McAfee portfolio. 

The timing couldn’t have been better following the NSA whistleblower matter. I recently met with Microsoft executive Tim Rains to review his new study titled “Bridging the Gap: Cloud Computing Delivers Surprise Silver Lining for Business,” which focuses on security and reliability. But first–a wee bit of background on the whole trustworthy computing initiative inside Microsoft.

Click on the image at right to view my chat with Tim Rains.

SymantecEarlier this week, Symantec released the results of their 2013 Global SMB IT Confidence Index. This report is based on the responses from 2452 SMB organizations (1-20 employees) from 20 countries, all of whom were asked 17 questions which were condensed to form an overall confidence rating. Respondents were all responsible for their organization’s IT. The report found three tiers of SMB in terms of business success, top, middle and bottom, which correlated directly to their confidence score.

McAfee Appoints New SVP of SMB Division

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mfe primary logo rgb.smallThis morning, McAfee released news that they have named Bill Rielly as the Senior Vice President for the company’s SMB division. In his new role, Mr. Rielly will work with company President, Michael DeCesare, on strengthening McAfee’s global presence in the SMB sector.

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PASSPORTAL today announced the results of their comprehensive MSP Password Security Study and released a major update to its password management solution designed for MSPs.

F5 Networks LogoF5 Networks, Inc., yesterday announced the results of their 2013 RSA Security Trends Survey, conducted last week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, CA. The key finding of this survey is that many organizations are finding it difficult to keep up with the rapidly-changing security environment. In the report, F5 lists the respondents’ top security impacts, and how they feel about traditional safeguards.

Barracuda Networks Releases Next-Gen Firewall

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Barracuda LogoYesterday, California-based Barracuda Networks, Inc. announced the release of the Barracuda Firewall. This next-generation firewall solution is designed specifically for the SMB space.

McAfee logoToday, McAfee announced that they have added eleven new partners to the McAfee Security Innovation Alliance (SIA). In addition, seven existing partners were promoted to the status of “Technology Partner” within the program.

AVG TechnologiesToday, AVG Technologies released their latest mobile security solutions for Android tablets and smartphones. AVG AntiVirus FREE and PRO 3.1 include an updated user interface and better security features for mobile devices.

As reports of corporate data breaches regularly surface, Dell Software is now enabling IT to drive connected security across the organization, offering protection from the inside and the outside. As a result, the company announced the release of Quest One Privileged Access Suite for Unix, which combines Active Directory bridge and root delegation technologies to combat against poorly managed privileged accounts with a single, intuitive interface, to help protect the organization--from the inside out.

AlgoSec said its latest version of the AlgoSec Security Management Suite is now available. The new version marks the general availability of AlgoSec BusinessFlow as an integral product of the suite, delivering innovative, application-centric security policy management that boosts business agility and the availability of enterprise applications. Additional enhancements to the Security Management Suite include extended device support, deeper integration capabilities, enhanced reporting and performance and IPv6 support.

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