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  • Tech Data's channel partners have access to Cisco's full security portfolio, including network security appliances and services from the Sourcefire acquisition.

  • One in five Android-device users may be at risk of a malware attack, according to a study conducted by Kaspersky Lab in collaboration with Interpol. At the greatest risk are Android users in Russia who often pay for online services and content using Short Message Service, making them attractive targets for cyber-criminals. But Kasperksy's "Mobile Cyber-Threats" study, based on data collected from August 2013 to July 2014, shows that users of Android devices in the United States were also at risk of attacks, but to a lesser degree than those in other countries. "While security solutions are a must, criminals will always find other victims and devices that are not so well protected," said John Murdock, vice president of channel sales for Kaspersky. "We expect to continue to see not only individual cyber-criminals targeting the Android platform, but organized criminal groups, as well. The only thing that can stop them is wider adoption of security solutions to make it harder for them to attack and the involvement of law-enforcement organizations." Study results were tabulated using Kaspersky's cloud-based Security Network, which includes more than 5 million users of Android-based devices. Here are key takeaways from the study.

  • This week's briefs include Tech Data's cloud-focused education and enablement program, CompTIA's free IT security assessment tool and more news.

  • A new survey finds that half of information security and network operations professionals polled admitted they have little confidence in the controls put in place by managed security service providers. As troubled as these tech pros may seem, however, nearly two-thirds said that manual processes limit their security visibility, which results in poor change-management processes when it comes to security, according to the survey, conducted by firewall management software specialist AlgoSec. One challenge they all face is that they are running more business-critical applications in their data centers than ever—which, in turn, increases the footprint of the IT environment they are trying to secure. In addition, three-quarters of them report they are not making use of the cloud to host some of those applications to one degree or another. The trouble is that about a third are unsure about how to go about securing those clouds. As troubling as all this may be, however, it also suggests there is a significant security opportunity for solution providers in the channel that can clearly demonstrate they know what they're doing.