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  • Kaspersky Lab's 2017 channel partner program adds new regional support, training and rewards, along with new MSP and technology specializations.

  • The latest platform release from RiskSense delivers security as a service that aligns a customer's vulnerability management priorities with the biggest threats.

  • The company is building connectors between its Domain Name System appliances and complementary third-party networking and security products and cloud services.

  • A majority of organizations are engaging with managed security service providers (MSSPs) to augment their internal cyber-security capabilities, according to a recent Intel Security survey. The report also found organizations that use MSSPs expect to increase these partnerships over the next 18 months to improve their investigations and scoping of potential incidents, as well as to broaden security monitoring and monitoring coverage. Meanwhile, the "McAfee Labs Threats Report: December 2016" looks at how organizations use security operations centers (SOCs) and MSSP partnerships, and it highlights trouble spots, such as overwhelming numbers of alerts that negatively impact business. Malware, ransomware and other cyber-threats are growing, according to the report, which surveyed nearly 400 global security practitioners. Therefore, the highest spending priority should be on ways to improve the ability to respond to confirmed attacks. This opens big opportunities for MSSPs, particularly within companies that still use an ad hoc approach to security operations. Here are survey highlights that show why many organizations use MSSPs as part of their security strategy.

  • A survey of WatchGuard Technologies' global channel partners gives a look inside the minds of resellers. The survey of more than 1,400 partners, conducted by Vanson Bourne, reveals what resellers think about their customers' biggest threat concerns, alert management resources, and their understanding of security technologies. Resellers believe that ransomware will be their customers' biggest concern this year, and a majority of them think that at least some customers will pay the ransom. This finding indicates that with the rise in ransomware threats, many businesses may be spending more money than they anticipated this year. Other customer challenges include having the resources to manage incoming alerts and understanding the difference between Unified Threat Management (UTM) appliances and Next Generation Firewalls (NGFW). Key survey findings indicate many businesses don't have the time, personnel or resources to protect their networks from new cyber-threats and attacks. As a result, they rely on reseller partners to help them in key areas of network security solution management and mitigation of cyber-threats.

  • 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.