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  • June 15, 2011 15 Jun'11

    Top Layer rebrands to Corero Network Security

    Following its acquisition in February by buy-and-build venture Corero, network IPS specialist Top Layer has today announced its formal rebranding to Corero Network Security and launched a new DDoS defence product designed to detect and block ...

  • June 14, 2011 14 Jun'11

    McAfee takes wraps off SME reseller specialisation

    McAfee has taken the wraps off an SME specialisation for resellers in response to the growing need for dedicated support for that customer segment.

  • June 13, 2011 13 Jun'11

    IMF attack highlights need for greater vigilance

    The revelation that one of the leading global financial organisations has been targeted by hackers will add to the growing number of examples resellers can draw on to encourage customers to take threats more seriously.

  • June 09, 2011 09 Jun'11

    Citibank joins growing list of breach victims

    The data breaches continue to come thick and fast, with Citibank the latest name to be added to an ever-expanding list. Already this year there have been breaches at RSA, Play.com and Lush, among others.

  • June 09, 2011 09 Jun'11

    Symantec recruits Dragon to advise UK resellers

    Symantec's small business focused partners are being given a novel chance to get some advice from a former Dragon's Den star.

  • June 08, 2011 08 Jun'11

    Data loss widespread problem for UK firms

    Firms including Play.com, Sony and Lush might hog the headlines when it comes to recent stories about data loss but there are many more firms, around 75% of UK businesses, suffering mishaps.

  • June 06, 2011 06 Jun'11

    Security resellers courted as advertisers on AV comparison site

    Security resellers are being given the chance to promote their services on the anti-virus comparison site RenewalBuddy.com to try and take advantage of tapping into an audience already looking for products.

  • June 02, 2011 02 Jun'11

    Security concerns persist around employee devices

    The prospect of employees bringing their own devices to work is still causing unease for those responsible for securing corporate networks.

  • June 01, 2011 01 Jun'11

    Anti-virus vendors respond to Mac troubles

    The anti-virus industry is starting to crank up the sales pitch around Apple after the vendor was hit by a highly publicised attack that has left users looking for a system update and guidance from the Mac maker.

  • May 31, 2011 31 May'11

    Lockheed Martin attack keeps security in the spotlight

    Security resellers will have kept an eye on the developments at Lockheed Martin over the weekend after the defence specialist revealed it had been the victim of a major attack designed to penetrate its network.

  • May 26, 2011 26 May'11

    Searching for the 'anti-virus' of the Cloud Age

    CRYPTOCard CEO Neil Hollister looks at the prospects for remote access technology in the cloud-based future. It was German astrophysicist Bernd Fix who developed the first anti-virus software in the late 1980s, scanning for infections passed on by ...

  • May 26, 2011 26 May'11

    Apple moves to counter Mac Defender scam

    Apple is reacting to one of the first major Mac targeted viruses, warning customers over the scam and looking to roll out a security update in the next day or so.

  • May 25, 2011 25 May'11

    e92plus gets Absolute exclusive

    Specialist security VAD e92plus has signed an exclusive contract with desktop and mobile device security software developer Absolute Software.

  • May 25, 2011 25 May'11

    Cisco vulnerability leaves networks wide open, says DiData

    A single security hole identified by Cisco nearly two years ago is thought to be the cause of a massive jump in the number of network devices carrying at least one known vulnerability, according to Dimension Data's annual Network Barometer Report, ...

  • May 23, 2011 23 May'11

    FUD around cloud selling not seen as helpful

    The channel used to thrive on the fear, uncertainty and doubt sales technique but these days voicing worries about technology in that way goes against the grain.

  • May 20, 2011 20 May'11

    McAfee channel boss turns up at LifeSize

    McAfee's European channel boss Georges Millet has jumped ship to Logitech's HD video comms unit Lifesize Communications, where he will take up the post of EMEA channels and alliance director.

  • May 18, 2011 18 May'11

    Hargreaves review unlikely to satisfy anti-piracy lobby

    The government backed review of intellectual property protection is unlikely to satisfy those in the channel struggling to fight piracy. The Hargreaves Review has reported back after taking several months to hear from the industry and review best ...

  • May 17, 2011 17 May'11

    Acronis signs EntaTech for system builder push

    Disaster recovery and data protection specialist Acronis is hoping a new distribution partnership with EntaTech will enable it to tap into what remains of the UK system builder market.

  • May 16, 2011 16 May'11

    D-Link targets specialist video channels with Norbain distie deal

    IP video and CCTV distributor Norbain has signed an agreement to sell D-Link's IP camera and security line-up as well as its wireless networking, routing and switching portfolio.

  • May 13, 2011 13 May'11

    AVG looks to reward resellers with shared online revenue

    The idea of keeping resellers in the loop when sales are handled via the web is one that has foxed many a software vendor but AVG appears to have come up with a solution for its partners.

  • May 12, 2011 12 May'11

    Private equity firm picks up Tripwire

    IT security and automated compliance specialist Tripwire is talking up its growth ambitions after being acquired by private equity outfit Thoma Bravo.

  • May 11, 2011 11 May'11

    Signify mourns loss of co-founder John Stewart

    Security specialist Signify is mourning the death of its co-founder John Stewart who has sadly lost his three-year battle against prostate cancer.

  • May 10, 2011 10 May'11

    HP hands TSD security product exclusive

    Hewlett-Packard is looking to Technical Services Distribution (TSD) to expand its security reseller numbers after handing the channel player exclusive rights to its Protect Tools portfolio.

  • May 10, 2011 10 May'11

    Burden of security education wrongly falling on staff

    The opportunity for security resellers to educate users around the risks of failing to protect their data appears to be as high as ever.

  • May 06, 2011 06 May'11

    Sophos extends network protection portfolio with Astaro buy

    In a move that will provide further evidence of the consolidation between the networking and security world Sophos has acquired Astaro.

  • April 27, 2011 27 Apr'11

    Sony warns millions of PlayStation Network users after hack

    Sony has admitted that hackers have accessed the personal details of millions of PlayStation Network users that may include credit card details, writes Warwick Ashford.

  • April 20, 2011 20 Apr'11

    McAfee, Infineon wireless buys boost Intel's Q1

    Boosted by revenues and profits from the McAfee and Infineon wireless division acquisitions, Intel recorded Q1 net profits of $3.2bn (£1.95bn)- up 29% on the $2.44bn of Q1 2010 - on revenues of $12.8bn - up 25% from the $10.3bn of Q1 2010, ...

  • April 20, 2011 20 Apr'11

    ICO failing to get tough over data breaches

    The fines might have started coming and the fear of them is certainly on the corporate radar but the Information Commissioners Office is still not yet baring a full set of teeth when it comes to cracking down on those being careless with data.

  • April 18, 2011 18 Apr'11

    ComputerLinks signs up with Pillar Data Systems

    Computerlinks has continued its march into the storage arena signing up Pillar Data Systems. The distributor, best known for its security expertise, has been widening its reach as it moves into the cloud and provides resellers with a greater range ...

  • April 14, 2011 14 Apr'11

    Cloud and consumerisation to dominate security discussions

    Cloud and securing the consumerisation of IT are the trends likely to dominate next week's InfoSec event in London. As more vendors reveal their plans for the event it is becoming clear that those two topics are the ones that will be discussed over ...

  • April 11, 2011 11 Apr'11

    BitDefender signs up with EntaTech

    The UK arm of internet security vendor BitDefender has signed a distribution agreement with EntaTech with the emphasis on reaching local independent system builders, resellers and network integrators usually overlooked by larger security firms.

  • April 07, 2011 07 Apr'11

    M&S latest to reveal it's a victim of Epsilon data breach

    Marks and Spencer has become the latest high profile name to be embroiled in the Epsilon data breach. The high street retailer has had to inform customers that their details might have been compromised and as a result they might be victims of more ...

  • April 06, 2011 06 Apr'11

    Customers continue to drive security consolidation

    Security resellers are continuing to get calls from customers to help consolidate products as users look for simplicity. The trend towards making things simpler was identified last year by those in the security channel but it shows no sign of ...

  • April 06, 2011 06 Apr'11

    Ritz-Carlton Hotels hit by Epsilon security breach

    The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company is the latest high profile victim of a data security breach following the attack from hackers on its marketing partner Epsilon that manages customers' emails on behalf of the chain.

  • April 05, 2011 05 Apr'11

    Microsoft highlights benefits of secure software

    Microsoft believes the software industry can do a lot better to improve the security of applications, writes Warwick Ashford. Most of the thousands of high severity vulnerability disclosures in applications each year are relatively easy to exploit, ...

  • April 05, 2011 05 Apr'11

    Clearswift moves to single tier channel model

    Clearswift has handed Arrow notice it is going to a single tier model in the UK and Ireland after informing its reseller base of the decision this morning.

  • April 05, 2011 05 Apr'11

    Symantec identifies massive growth in web threats

    Increases in targeted attacks, social network based scams and more risks around mobile platforms feature heavily on the latest review of the security landscape.

  • April 04, 2011 04 Apr'11

    RSA discloses phishing-attack data breach details

    RSA, the security division of EMC, has revealed the firm's data breach in mid-March was the result of a spear phishing attack. The spear phishing attack exploited an Adobe Flash vulnerability that was unpatched at the time, writes Warwick Ashford.

  • April 04, 2011 04 Apr'11

    Epsilon data breach could be largest in US history

    The week has started with a fresh data leak highlighting the ongoing danger of failing to protect information from hacking attacks.

  • March 30, 2011 30 Mar'11

    Accumuli acquires security specialist Boxing Orange

    AIM-listed buy and build strategist Accumuli has forked out £5.48m for IT security firm Boxing Orange Ltd and its subsidiary Web screen.

  • March 30, 2011 30 Mar'11

    CA latest to offer RSA trade-in after hack

    In the wake of this month's embarrassing security breach at RSA, CA Technologies has become the latest rival to launch a trade-in scheme, offering RSA SecurID token customers a one-for-one swap with its own CA ArcotID software package.

  • March 29, 2011 29 Mar'11

    IP theft and blackmail the motivation for cyber criminals

    Money might still motivate cyber criminals but the way they are getting it increasingly involves blackmail and theft of intellectual property.

  • March 25, 2011 25 Mar'11

    TripAdvisor hack attack joins growing list of breaches

    Travel website TripAdvisor has warned some customers they might receive spam after email details were stolen by hackers from its site.

  • March 22, 2011 22 Mar'11

    Public losing faith in government's ability to secure data

    The prospect that government cuts could undermine the security of confidential data is a rising fear among members of the public not convinced that their records can be kept safe as cutbacks are rolled out across the public sector.

  • March 22, 2011 22 Mar'11

    Online retailer Play.com hit by security breach

    Online retailer Play.com has informed customers that it has been victim of a security breach but moved quickly to assure customers that no credit card information has been compromised.

  • March 21, 2011 21 Mar'11

    Rivals move to plug gap left by RSA uncertainty

    Rivals have moved to plug the gap left by the uncertainty caused by the RSA server breach offering alternative protection as a well-known research firm warns users not to use tokens that might have been compromised.

  • March 21, 2011 21 Mar'11

    Nation state attacks now firmly on security agenda

    Nation state attacks are going to become an increasing feature in the security landscape as large enterprises fall firmly in the sites of government-backed hackers.

  • March 18, 2011 18 Mar'11

    RSA reveals its servers have been hacked

    Security companies are constantly the focus of attacks but rarely do they suffer a breach as embarrassing as the one RSA has had to admit to.

  • March 18, 2011 18 Mar'11

    Corero sales down at end of tumultuous year

    Network security and BPM outfit Corero has turned in full-year sales of £4m, down 18% on 2009, and reversed a full-year loss of £176,000 to post total comprehensive income of £404,000.

  • March 17, 2011 17 Mar'11

    Despite spam dip security channel has to continue education

    The dip in spam activity over the last few months might have given customers the idea that the fight against the malicious inbox blocking emails has been won.

  • March 17, 2011 17 Mar'11

    Websense shares rise after sale talk

    Websense could be getting closer to selling itself after it emerged the vendor had turned to acquisition advisors to steer it through a sale process.

  • March 16, 2011 16 Mar'11

    Wolverhampton City Council latest to fall foul of ICO

    The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has fingered Wolver Hampton City Council for dumping files in a skip and breaching the Data Protection Act.

  • March 15, 2011 15 Mar'11

    Resellers have role to play helping users manage security

    A burden of numerous security tools, various vendor contracts and a need to update systems to combat ongoing threats is causing major headaches for users.

  • March 15, 2011 15 Mar'11

    UK firms failing to understand security threat

    UK firms are not only unprepared for hackers but have little comprehension of the way the latest attacks are mounted.

  • March 14, 2011 14 Mar'11

    ISSA proposes SME security standard

    The Information Systems Security Association (ISSA) in the UK has published a proposed new security standard for SMEs in response to its 2010 research report on SME security for the UK Information Commissioner's Office, writes Warwick Ashford.

  • March 09, 2011 09 Mar'11

    GP surgeries could be fertile ground for security players

    The prospect of GPs being given more responsibility for patient data as the government looks to devolve responsibility for IT spending down to local surgeries away from NHS primary care trusts is causing some channel security players concern.

  • March 08, 2011 08 Mar'11

    Users lack confidence in retailers data protection skills

    Despite the need for large retailers to adhere to credit card data protection requirements the public doesn't have the confidence that high-street stores are capable of looking after their information.

  • March 04, 2011 04 Mar'11

    Criminals turn their attention to Twitter

    Twitter is firmly in the sights of hackers with the social networking platform seeing a hike in malicious activity as criminals start using it to spread malware.

  • March 01, 2011 01 Mar'11

    Intel finalises £5bn acquisition of McAfee

    Intel has confirmed the completion of its $7.7bn (£5bn) acquisition of security software giant McAfee, writes Jenny Williams.

  • February 28, 2011 28 Feb'11

    Former Redstone security unit RMS relaunches

    RMS IT Security, the former security resale arm of Redstone Managed Solutions which was sold for £1m in an MBO at the end of 2010, has today officially unveiled new brand identity and formally relaunched itself.

  • February 23, 2011 23 Feb'11

    Nebulas Solutions expands scope of incubator programme

    Nebulas Solutions has tweaked its technology incubator programme to go beyond just focusing on start-ups to established players that can help the reseller extend its own capabilities.

  • February 17, 2011 17 Feb'11

    Security camera growth handing data dealers opportunities

    The opportunities for resellers confident of networking CCTV systems continue to expand with the market defying the recession with double digit growth last year.

  • February 14, 2011 14 Feb'11

    Visa moves to reduce PCI DSS burden send out mixed signals

    There has been a mixed response to the moves made by Visa to reduce the burden faced by retailers having to become PCI DSS compliant.

  • February 10, 2011 10 Feb'11

    Pat Hume pops up at GFI

    Network security software outfit GFI has taken on the services of former SAP and Avaya channel sales supremo Pat Humeto run its worldwide sales operation. Hume will report directly to CEO Walter Scott and has been charged with expanding the vendor's...

  • February 09, 2011 09 Feb'11

    Westcon Security given lift-off for Europe from Skybox Security

    Westcon Security has landed the appointment of risk management specialist Skybox Security after the US vendor made its first major EMEA distribution appointment.

  • February 09, 2011 09 Feb'11

    Latest data loss fines keep issue in the spotlight

    The Information Commissioner's Office has handed out another couple of fines to councils that have failed to look after data keeping the issue in the spotlight.

  • February 08, 2011 08 Feb'11

    Blue Coat launches partners at secure clouds

    WAN optimisation vendor Blue Coat has introduced a dedicated Cloud Partner Programme to get its dealer network up to speed on its internet-delivered cloud services offering. The programme includes two designations, one based on cloud and one on ...

  • February 07, 2011 07 Feb'11

    Corero backs into US security outfit Top Layer

    Datatec boss Jens Montanana's buy-and-build network security and BPM software business Corer plans to carry out a reverse takeover of Massachusetts-based security solutions developer Top Layer Networks for $15.3m (£9.4m).

  • February 02, 2011 02 Feb'11

    Websense Triton products start to deliver on investment

    Investments in upgrading its web and email protection appear to have paid off for Websense with the vendor reporting a solid set of numbers for its last fiscal year.

  • January 31, 2011 31 Jan'11

    Check Point breaks the $1bn revenue mark

    Security specialist Check Point has broken through the $1bn revenue mark for the first time fueled by a strong demand for network protection products. Numbers filed for the year ended 31 December showed a 19% year-on-year increase in revenue to ...

  • January 27, 2011 27 Jan'11

    EU gives Intel green light on McAfee deal

    Intel has been given the green light by the EU to complete the acquisition of McAfee on condition it gives rivals access to its technology.

  • January 26, 2011 26 Jan'11

    Fortinet Q4 numbers grow in healthier economy

    Networking security and unified threat management vendor Fortinet has posted fourth quarter and full-year sales of $96.3m (£60.6m) and $324.7m, up 32% and 37% year-on-year respectively.

  • January 25, 2011 25 Jan'11

    SonicWALL chief lauds private equity move

    SonicWALL CEO Matt Medeiros has lauded the firm's acquisition by private equity outfit Thoma Bravo LLP last June, saying it has refocused the company and allowed it to move into the enterprise space without pressure from financial analysts.

  • January 25, 2011 25 Jan'11

    Security breach could cost cosmetics firm

    Those wondering what the implications are for failing to uphold PCI DSS security guidelines around credit card transactions might have their curiosity satisfied if soap retailer Lush gets hauled over the coals.

  • January 17, 2011 17 Jan'11

    Security attacks could create 'perfect storm'

    With nation state led cyber-attacks becoming a feature of the security landscape the OECD has warned that combined with a natural disaster hackers could exploit a perfect storm to wreak chaos.

  • January 14, 2011 14 Jan'11

    Back up: learning the hard way

    If you need reminding of how difficult it is to get people to back up their data, you couldn't do much better than the strange story involving the theft of a MacBook from the car of medical researchers at Oklahoma University.

  • January 13, 2011 13 Jan'11

    Actebis takes final steps to sealing deal with Swiss Also

    Merger discussions between Actebis and Swiss distributor Also have completed and the tie-up between the two distributors should be given shareholder backing next month.

  • January 10, 2011 10 Jan'11

    Symantec puts out distie tender for enterprise security range

    Symantec is putting a tender out to distribution to attract partners that are willing to specialise and put the resources behind selling the vendor's enterprise security product portfolio.

  • January 05, 2011 05 Jan'11

    Symantec secures former Morse director Nutt

    Channel veteran Mark Nutt has returned to the vendor fold after joining security firm Symantec to drive sales and strategy across the EMEA region. Nutt pitched up at Morse in the summer of 2001 as a divisional head having worked at HP for 13 years.

  • December 20, 2010 20 Dec'10

    EU raises possibility of Intel McAfee probe

    European regulators may investigate Intel's McAfee acquisitionover anti-competition concerns, writes Kathleen Hall. The European Union has expressed concerns about Intel's plans to embed security features directly into its microprocessors following ...

  • December 17, 2010 17 Dec'10

    Security is still an issue for cloud adopters

    There is no doubt that the cloud is here and increasing its foothold in the channel but there continues to be some debate around whether or not the barriers to adoption have been overcome.

  • December 14, 2010 14 Dec'10

    HP sets sights on carving out major slice of security market

    Hewlett-Packard is setting its sights on establishing itself as a major security player having an impact on both resellers and customers.

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    Fujin Technology sold to Accumuli for £2m

    Buy and build outfit Accumuli has netted its second acquisition in a month after agreeing to pay £2m in cash for security integrator Fujin Technology.

  • December 13, 2010 13 Dec'10

    Cohort appointed by IronKey

    IronKey has added Cohort to its distribution roster to provide channel coverage in the UK and Ireland. The secure flash drive specialist already works with Simms International but is broadening its distribution channel to gain more traction through ...

  • December 10, 2010 10 Dec'10

    Security channel has to face IT consumerisation challenge

    The consumerisation of technology in the workplace poses one of the greatest challenges to users but one of the greatest opportunities for security resellers over the next couple of years.

  • December 09, 2010 09 Dec'10

    Mobile security world set for consolidation

    The next part of the security world set for consolidation seems to be around the large numbers of smaller players targeting the mobile device and application market.

  • December 08, 2010 08 Dec'10

    Sourcefire increases deal registration incentives

    Web security specialist Source fire has ramped up its rebates for deal registration in an effort to encourage resellers to log their activities sooner in the sales cycle.

  • December 07, 2010 07 Dec'10

    Blue Coat soups up partner programme

    Application delivery networking specialist Blue Coat has made a series of tweaks to its Channel Advantage Programme to boost sales and ROI on its WAN optimisation gear.

  • December 03, 2010 03 Dec'10

    Channel warned over voice security neglect

    The rush towards convergence among voice and data resellers means that the security of voice and VoIP installations is being neglected with potentially damaging consequences.

  • December 01, 2010 01 Dec'10

    Wikileaks DDOS attack highlights need for web security

    The thousands of confidential diplomatic cables that have been posted on Wikileaks and filtering out this week have made it clear that government departments in both the US and the UK have more to do in order to protect information.

  • November 30, 2010 30 Nov'10

    Radware relaunches channel programme

    Application delivery networking provider Radware has lifted the lid on a new reseller-facing programme dubbed Smart Choice. The firm bought the Alteon switching business from Nortel in 2009 and pledged to revitalise the flagging unit.

  • November 30, 2010 30 Nov'10

    Cryptzone acquires British-based NETconsent

    Cryptzone has acquired NETconsent in a move that reflects the wider trend for convergence between the data loss prevention market and the security arena.

  • November 29, 2010 29 Nov'10

    Wikileaks reveals theory behind Chinese Google hack attack

    The hacking attacks that led Google to quit China and for the security industry to raise serious concerns about nation-state backed activity could have been down to one Chinese politician disliking the material he read about himself on the web.

  • November 26, 2010 26 Nov'10

    Avnet looks to build automated security channel with nCircle

    Avnet is working closely with vendor partner nCircle to gain more channel interest in risk management and compliance products.

  • November 24, 2010 24 Nov'10

    First fines handed out by ICO for data protection failures

    The first fines for failing to comply with the data protection act have been handed out by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) handing a readymade sales pitch to those resellers specialising in information security.

  • November 23, 2010 23 Nov'10

    Twitter being used to update resellers on latest security threats

    Using Twitter as a means of channel and customer communication has been given a thumbs up by Symantec's UK channel boss. Walker, director of SMB and distribution in the UK agreed to take questions for an hour this lunchtime on Twitter in a display ...

  • November 23, 2010 23 Nov'10

    Time for the channel to #asksymantec

    Resellers will be given the chance from noon today to ask a senior channel executive at Symantec questions live on Twitter. MicroScope has worked with the vendor to set up a live Twitter question and answer session between 12-1 this lunchtime.

  • November 22, 2010 22 Nov'10

    SMEs understand need for security but failing to have enough

    Small businesses are leaving themselves wide open to security attacks with a worrying number failing to install any protection against web threats.

  • November 19, 2010 19 Nov'10

    Mobile app security worries causing channel concerns

    With security vulnerabilities in applications a problem the shift towards mobile devices is going to cause even more headaches.

  • November 18, 2010 18 Nov'10

    Channel alarm over fake security scams

    Following this week's report on a rise in fraudulent activity by criminals claiming to represent legitimate antivirus and security companies, the industry has been quick to speak out over the impact to their businesses.

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