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  • LightCyber's Active Breach Detection, only sold through the channel, looks at user behavior and known attack vectors to curtail potential security breaches.

  • CharTech announced its new Relyenz division, which functions as a value-added distributor for security technologies delivered as a cloud service.

  • Many IT and security professionals express confidence about the results of their efforts to improve their firms' cyber-security over the past three years, but more than seven in 10 said the threat level of attacks is escalating, according to a recent survey, released by The Aspen Institute and Intel Security. The study, conducted by Vanson Bourne, is based on interviews with 625 IT and security professionals at critical infrastructure organizations, including finance, energy, transport and government in the United States, the United Kingdom, France and Germany. Nearly half the respondents believe a cyber-attack will take down critical infrastructure with the potential loss of life within the next three years. Yet the majority believes an attack resulting in fatalities has not happened yet because good IT security is in place. These and other findings suggest a potential disconnect between critical infrastructure providers and the current threat landscape, reports Aspen. Here are 12 key takeaways from the study.

  • 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.