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  • Quest Software has aligned itself with Tech Data to make a broad range of IT management, data protection and security software available to channel partners.

  • An analysis of cloud usage data from more than 30 million global users across major industries reveals that companies use an average of 1,427 cloud services. Yet, less than 9 percent of cloud providers implement the strict data security and privacy steps recommended for today's enterprise, according to the analysis conducted by Skyhigh Networks, a cloud access security broker (CASB). The Q4 2016 "Cloud Adoption & Risk Report" finds that enterprises are struggling in several areas: controlling risky employee behavior, accurately detecting threats and failing to enforce cloud governance. Cloud security requires a different approach and a new portfolio of technologies, and that offers channel partners the opportunity to act as a guiding hand and educate security teams on best practices in configuring and implementing new technologies like CASB, Kamal Shah, senior vice president of products and marketing at Skyhigh Networks told Channel Insider. He said the channel's expertise can help companies get the most out of new tools and overcome obstacles. Channel partners should emphasize the importance of integration between cloud security technologies to get the most out of existing infrastructure investments and correlate threats across platforms, Shah added. Here are 10 key findings from the report.

  • As both networking and security become more complex and difficult to manage, there will be a much greater tendency to rely on managed services, according to a survey of 700 IT professionals conducted by Cato Networks, a provider of software-defined network and security technologies. The survey also reports that managed global wide area network (WAN) connectivity platforms and firewall-as-a-service offerings are high on the list of approaches being considered. The survey results suggest that as computing becomes more distributed in the age of the cloud, many IT organizations are starting to come to terms with the fact that they often don't have the skills or resources required to keep pace. That creates an IT environment that is more receptive to leveraging expertise made available by managed service providers (MSPs). Historically, there's always been tension between MSPs and internal IT organizations, which often viewed the former as a potential threat to their jobs. But as enterprise IT continues to evolve in a time of prolific security threats, there's more willingness to collaborate. The challenge facing MSPs is how to go about having that conversation with internal IT professionals in a way that doesn't make them feel insecure.

  • Avnet launched a managed security service program for channel partners in North America that helps them grow their security practices without a huge investment.

  • Most people would agree that no company is immune from cyber-attacks, but the good news is that most organizations have some kind of plan in place to deal with them. However, nearly one-third of their IT teams believe key hardware and software systems are being left unprotected, according to the NetEnrich 2016 Cyber-Attack Readiness survey of 174 IT professionals. The biggest causes of cyber-attacks, said these IT pros, are stolen or weak passwords, followed by testing and monitoring system failure, and advanced persistent threats (APTs). Many of them believe these attacks could have been prevented by having a stronger cyber-security policy and better tools for testing and monitoring. Partnering with third-party consultants or managed security service providers also can significantly boost protection plans. Nearly 70 percent of the companies that use consultants or MSSPs to develop or implement their plans said their services were very helpful. Here are key survey takeaways that highlight why organizations need to be more proactive in their security plans, and why they should consider getting help from external partners.