Here’s hoping your post-holiday week is off to roaring start.
It certainly is at Kaspersky Lab, which hoped to spend the week showcasing a new and intriguing study, done in conjunction with B2B International, that found “employees hide IT security incidents in 40 percent of businesses across the globe to avoid punishment.”
For VARs and MSPs, that’s a bit of a bombshell. (For more on the study, which is well worth a look, click here: “Human Factor in IT Security: How Employees are Making Businesses Vulnerable from Within.”
Instead, however, Kaspersky is defending itself this week against a report from Bloomberg that says, “Kaspersky Lab Has Been Working With Russian Intelligence.”
Nonsense, says Kaspersky, which counters that neither the company nor its executives “have inappropriate ties with any government.”
We will continue to keep you apprised.
Arcserve Makes a Move
Data protection and availability software developer Arcserve made headlines this week when it announced the purchase of disaster recovery provider Zetta. Reporting for Talkin’ Cloud, our contributing editor Chris Burt reports that Arcserve made the move “to expand its Unified Data Protection (UDP) solution suite and deliver it to midmarket customers, the companies announced Tuesday.”
For the whole story, click here.
Microsoft, Microsoft, Microsoft
Whew! I may as well have typed, “Marcia, Marcia, Marcia” given how much attention the Redmond, Wash., software company is getting this week. But it’s Inspire week, so the consideration is well deserved.
At the event underway in Washington, Microsoft made the case that there are four basic ways channel partners can help customers. They are:
- Re-envision their business model and engage their customers
- Empower their employees
- Optimize their operations
- Transform their products
Microsoft provided examples of partners doing this.
EventTracker Launches Channel Program
SIEM provider EventTracker unveiled a new partner program Tuesday. The company says it will enable “MSPs to effectively serve as managed security service providers.”
That’s a big ambition given how exacting and demanding security is today. To offer customers real comprehensive security services, you better have your ducks in a row.
That said, EventTracker’s program is worth a look. It effectively combines its SIEM technology with a global SOC staffed around the clock by security analysts who are armed with managed threat detection and response capabilities. For more, click here.
Recognizing that everyone is interested in who came out on top, we bring you a profile of Sirius, which offers advice for fellow practitioners.
Brown writes the story of Sirius “provides a case study in employing growth by acquisition to add a first-class managed services operation to a value-added reseller.”
More to come.