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  • Blue Coat has formed the Alliance Ecosystem of Endpoint Detection and Response partners to share malware protection and trend data.

  • The SkySecure Partner Program is based on a sales model in which customers pay a monthly fee to use the company's hyperconverged x86 services.

     

  • The second enhancement to Intel Security's new partner program focuses on simplifying and improving profitability for reseller and distributor partners.

  • Intel Security's new Microsoft Office 365 Channel Kit includes an email Phishing Tool to help partners assess customers' ability to identify phishing attacks.

  • Investments in IT security are starting to level off, largely because most organizations lack the internal expertise to master them, according to a recent global survey of 1,825 IT management and security professionals conducted by The Ponemon Institute on behalf of Dell SecureWorks. From a channel perspective, the most aggravating part of the these survey results is that only a quarter said IT security is a high priority, which may account for why only 19 percent of the IT security budget is allocated to managed or outsourced services. This has serious implications for the channel. The study suggests that much of the fault for this IT security disconnect lies with CIOs/CTOs and business unit leaders that exercise the most control over the IT security budget. In terms of greatest satisfaction with IT security technologies, the study finds that investments in security information event management (SIEM) and encryption appear to be providing the biggest bang for the buck. Channel Insider examines key takeaways from the study.

  • Datto is beefing up its data protection cloud services, and announced support for a Linux agent and file and synchronization software from the ownCloud project.

  • Businesses face a rising security threat from within their companies due to increased adoption of the cloud and mobile devices, according to new research, conducted by Crowd Research Partners, and sponsored by Bitglass, a cloud access security broker. The study, based on a survey of 500 IT and security professionals, reveals that more than six in 10 respondents have seen an increase in insider threats over the past 12 months. They attribute the growth of insider threats to insufficient data protection, more data leaving the network and more devices with sensitive data. What's troubling is that many organizations lack information about how many insider threats actually occurred within the organization. Yet insider attacks can damage a company's reputation, and remediation costs can reach into the millions. The challenge for companies is detecting insider threats, particularly as more apps and data migrate to the cloud. Here are key takeaways from the report that show why IT and security teams need to implement tools and services that give them greater visibility and control of their data.

  • Changes in the data center create new security needs. vArmour aims to work with solution providers with deep knowledge of how modern data centers are evolving.