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  • September 14, 2010 14 Sep'10

    Proofpoint joins VADition stable

    VADition has bulked up its SaaS line-up with the addition of security software vendor Proofpoint.

  • September 13, 2010 13 Sep'10

    HP swoops on ArcSight

    As predicted earlier today, Hewlett-Packard has signed a definitive agreement with security software vendor ArcSight to acquire the company for $43.50 per share, representing an enterprise value of $1.5bn (£973m).

  • September 13, 2010 13 Sep'10

    Symantec gives services resellers monthly billing option

    Symantec is offering SME resellers the chance to provide customers with pay-as-you-go monthly billing for managed services in response to demand from both partners and users.

  • September 07, 2010 07 Sep'10

    Product consolidation coming in the security space

    Consolidation in the security market could leave some resellers trailing the market as customers look to reduce the number of products they have to manage and update.

  • September 03, 2010 03 Sep'10

    Symantec and resellers to play data doctors in IT clinics

    Symantec has opened the doors on a small business IT clinic that will provide the vendor and its resellers with a chance to advise SMEs on security and data protection.

  • August 19, 2010 19 Aug'10

    SMEs viewing PCI compliance as a competitive sales tool

    There could be a significant silver lining for those smaller retailers and e-commerce operations that make the effort to become PCI compliant with customers more likely to shop with those that are visibly secure.

  • August 17, 2010 17 Aug'10

    High-street retailers struggling to be ready for PCI

    With the deadline looming for large retailers to get behind the PCI rules governing the way high-street shops look after credit card data many are not ready for to be compliant.

  • August 13, 2010 13 Aug'10

    New security metric builds case for investment

    by Warwick Ashford Security and data protection are consistently under-funded and under-staffedany potential investment has to be justified and pass budget approval hurdles, which typically require IT managers to show a return on investment (ROI), ...

  • August 11, 2010 11 Aug'10

    Fear of online data theft as bad as losing a job for many in US

    The fear of losing personal or financial information or having it stolen online is as strong for many Americans as losing their jobs or being unable to provide healthcare for their family.

  • August 11, 2010 11 Aug'10

    Sophos adds endpoint security to MSP programme

    Security vendor Sophos has announced the initial availability of an endpoint security as a service offering and formalised its managed service provider (MSP) programme.

  • August 10, 2010 10 Aug'10

    Malware production surged in first half of 2010 says McAfee

    Whatever happens to the wider economy going forward, the IT security industry is likely to stay busy as the threat from malware continues to grow with ten million new pieces produced in the first six months of 2010.

  • August 09, 2010 09 Aug'10

    WatchGuard CEO highlights need for total UTM speed stats

    WatchGuard has raised the gauntlet to its UTM rivals by promoting its tactic of detailing the performance of the entire unit with all the functions switched on.

  • August 06, 2010 06 Aug'10

    Open data could cause public sector disruption, says Socitm

    The current movement to open up public sector data could be as disruptive for government as the internet has been for the media industry, according to the Society for IT Management (Socitm).

  • August 06, 2010 06 Aug'10

    Company bosses biggest threat to IT security

    by Ian Grant Bosses are the biggest threat to corporate data because they use their personal IT devices to upload and download work on the corporate network, according to new research. Sourcefire, the creator of Snort, an open source network ...

  • August 04, 2010 04 Aug'10

    Majority of end-users misuse backup, recovery tools

    A majority of enterprise customers are failing to follow advice surrounding information management practice, with many improperly using backup and recovery software packages, according to new information from security specialist Symantec.

  • August 03, 2010 03 Aug'10

    UK users: Spam is bad but not receiving a message is worse

    Despite fears that spam could infect their computers with viruses or lead to identity theft, most UK users would rather receive spam than have a legitimate email mistakenly blocked by anti-spam software.

  • July 30, 2010 30 Jul'10

    Accumuli identifies aquisition targets in security channel

    Management at investment vehicle Accumuli has identified several acquisition prospects in the security market to build a managed services based reseller.

  • July 29, 2010 29 Jul'10

    Slow buying cycles and caution hit Symantec Q1 revenues

    A picture of elongated buying cycles and continuing caution was the scene painted by Symantec's CEO as he spoke about the landscape that contributed to flat first quarter revenues year-on-year.

  • July 29, 2010 29 Jul'10

    Fears of double dip voiced by Websense CEO

    Problems with the Euro zone currency and the potential of a double dip cast a shadow over Websense's second quarter numbers.

  • July 28, 2010 28 Jul'10

    McAfee cans Arc Technology as it concludes distribution review

    The security vendor has concluded its seven month review of its distribution partners deciding to go down from four to three on its roster. Arc Technology has missed out on the cut leaving McAfee using Computer 2000, Ingram Micro and Arrow which ...

  • July 23, 2010 23 Jul'10

    Becta closure sparks school security fears

    Security specialists have expressed concerns that in the absence of guidelines from the shortly to be closed Becta schools IT buying group educational buyers will be exposed to threats.

  • July 23, 2010 23 Jul'10

    Fortinet encouraged by strong European performance

    UTM Provider Fortinet has announced Q2 results showing an increase in revenue of 24% on the same quarter in 2009. Total revenue for the period ending 30th June 2010 was $76.3m (£49.6m), up from $61.3m year-on-year. Product revenue was up 27% ...

  • July 23, 2010 23 Jul'10

    Data loss from MoD costs taxpayers thousands

    Despite the high profile loss of the data discs containing millions of consumer records by HMRC the public sector continues to mislay sensitive information on unencrypted hardware.

  • July 21, 2010 21 Jul'10

    Check Point bolstered by rising product sales

    Security vendor Check Point has been able to report strong product sales across all regions as it served up its second quarter numbers.

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    Symantec opens up SME channel specialisation

    Symantec has lowered the entry requirements for its small business specialisation to make it appeal to a wider number of resellers.

  • July 19, 2010 19 Jul'10

    Sophos reveals appetite for tougher penalities for data loss

    Despite potential fines of half a million pounds from the Information Commissioner's Office for failing to protect data and prevent leaks many firms think the penalties don't go far enough.

  • July 14, 2010 14 Jul'10

    Public sector cuts being felt in security market

    The impact of cuts in the public sector is having an impact beyond just education and government channel specialists.

  • July 13, 2010 13 Jul'10

    GFI buys Sunbelt Software

    US-based SME software infrastructure player has picked up security software vendor Sunbelt for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition was driven by Sunbelt's VIPRE product set, and GFI said today that it would fold the VIPRE security portfolio into its...

  • July 09, 2010 09 Jul'10

    PCI deadline stirs retail interest in security

    The looming deadline for compliance to the PCi credit card security measures are forcing retailers to look to the channel for support as they try to get on the right side of the law.

  • July 09, 2010 09 Jul'10

    Security appliance market returns to growth

    The security appliance market has returned to growth after being hit hard in the recession managing to climb back into a positive position for the first time since the first quarter of last year.

  • June 22, 2010 22 Jun'10

    Sphinx Group brand to disappear says Arrow ECS

    The European president at Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions (ECS) has confirmed that the Sphinx Group brand will disappear in the summer as the acquired business forms the backbone of its networking and security division.

  • June 21, 2010 21 Jun'10

    Arrow ECS acquires Sphinx Group

    Another UK national has lost its independence after it emerged today that Arrow Electronics has swallowed up Sphinx Group.

  • June 17, 2010 17 Jun'10

    AVG sets out to remind Mac users they are not safe

    AVG is hoping that greater awareness of the universal nature of web-based threats will attract Mac users as it targets that operating system for the first time. Traditionally Mac has been perceived as a secure platform with the virus threats being ...

  • June 11, 2010 11 Jun'10

    Security budget share to fall through 2011

    The share of the enterprise budget devoted to security spending can and will be safely reduced by as much as 6% through 2011, according to new figures from sector analysts at Gartner.

  • June 04, 2010 04 Jun'10

    Private equity pounces on SonicWALL

    Security, back-up and recovery specialist SonicWALL is to be acquired for $717m (£489.4m) or $11.50 per share by a consortium of investors led by private equity firm Thoma Bravo LLC.

  • June 03, 2010 03 Jun'10

    Despite the lessons of lost data firms still running risks

    The prospect of a data leak on the scale of the HMRC one that lost discs containing millions of personal user's data continue to be a daily reality as the lessons of that event appear to be ignored by some businesses.

  • May 28, 2010 28 May'10

    Fortinet expects reseller expansion as it pushes portfolio

    Firewall specialist Fortinet is echoing the general trend in the security industry to encourage resellers to sell more of its portfolio and expects to swell its channel ranks as a result.

  • May 26, 2010 26 May'10

    McAfee buys into mobile security space

    McAfee has quickly followed in the footsteps of its rival Symantec buying into the mobile security space with the acquisition of Trust Digital.

  • May 25, 2010 25 May'10

    McAfee resellers on track to make transition to solution model

    McAfee's efforts to move partners to a solution based channel programme are on schedule to be completed this summer months before the October deadline.

  • May 24, 2010 24 May'10

    McAfee sets July as the date to reveal results of distie review

    McAfee is evaluating the responses from distributors looking to come through its channel revaluation process and has set the first week of July as the date a decision will be made.

  • May 20, 2010 20 May'10

    Symantec adds indentity tools with VeriSign security buy

    Symantec has moved to bolster its remote security credentials with the acquisition of VeriSign's identity and authentication business.

  • May 18, 2010 18 May'10

    User security burden an opportunity for specialist resellers

    The threat of proposed cuts across government departments might weaken the ability of public sector bodies to keep on top of security compliance regulations.

  • May 17, 2010 17 May'10

    Hosted identity services could overcome slow adoption

    The move towards securing access for staff, resellers and other third parties is on customer radars but management systems are yet to be implemented by the majority of users.

  • May 13, 2010 13 May'10

    McAfee reorganises around solution areas

    McAfee is reorganising its business around specific solution areas with the intention of meeting customer demands for more complex support. The vendor has reorganised around four areas: endpoint security, network security, content security and risk ...

  • May 10, 2010 10 May'10

    Astaro considers vertical focus following reseller sign-ups

    Security specialist Astaro is considering changes to the partner programme after a number of vertical focused resellers came on board.

  • May 07, 2010 07 May'10

    Russia and China main sources of web-based threats

    It might be a stereotypical view that most of the threats circling the internet come from current or former Communist countries but research from Kaspersky Lab indicates it is a view that still holds water.

  • May 06, 2010 06 May'10

    Wide product portfolio helps Symantec bounce back in 2010

    Symantec has managed to get the black pens out again and banish the red ones as it reveals its end of year results.

  • May 04, 2010 04 May'10

    Apax takes majority stake in Sophos

    Apax Partners has taken a majority stake in security vendor Sophos with the aim of getting a foothold in a strong performing sector. There had been some expectations among the analyst community that Sophos would opt for a listing but the Apax deal ...

  • April 30, 2010 30 Apr'10

    Radware cashes in on Alteon acquisition

    Application delivery solutions vendor Radware is still feeling the after-effects of its acquisition of Alteon last year, as it posted figures for the first quarter of 2010. Radware bought Alteon from Nortel in 2009 in the first major sale of the ...

  • April 30, 2010 30 Apr'10

    Securing our digital future

    Identity protection will play a key part as IT advances our digital world, writes Simon Quicke With the number of mobile devices continuing to expand and cheque books and cash becoming less common as money increasingly flows through cyberspace, the ...

  • April 29, 2010 29 Apr'10

    Symantec acquires PGP and GuardianEdge

    Against a background of increasing interest in encryption thanks in part to the continued high profile data losses and threat of fines from the Information Commissioners Office the decision of Symantec has splashed out $300m to buy PGP.

  • April 29, 2010 29 Apr'10

    Fortinet sales investment pays off

    Ken Xie, CEO of Network security and UTM provider Fortinet, has highlighted "increased investments in the sales organisation" after posting increased Q1 sales and profits.

  • April 28, 2010 28 Apr'10

    Increase in software subscriptions drives Websense recovery

    The security sector might not have experienced the dip suffered by other areas of the channel during the downturn but it is sharing in the recovery as the latest Q1 figures from Websense show all too clearly.

  • April 28, 2010 28 Apr'10

    Symantec outlines partner scheme with focus on specialisms

    Symantec has given notice to its reseller base that changes are coming to its channel programmes with an emphasis on technology specialisations.

  • April 27, 2010 27 Apr'10

    VADition goes Dutch with first European office

    Security distributor VADition has opened an office in the Netherlands to serve the Benelux region as the first move into Europe.

  • April 27, 2010 27 Apr'10

    InfoSec: Securing identity and finances key to next decade

    The future for those operating in the security channel will be dominated by trying to secure the cloud, make cashless payments safe and in helping customers and firms establish and protect their digital identities.

  • April 27, 2010 27 Apr'10

    WatchGuard sets sights on enterprise market

    Unified Threat Management (UTM) specialist WatchGuard has set its sights an extending its reach beyond the SME market into the enterprise space.

  • April 27, 2010 27 Apr'10

    Check Point sees new record quarter

    Internet security specialist Check Point has weighed in with its latest numbers as the stream of quarterly results continues throughout the industry this week. Like many of its peers, Check Point reported growth in both sales and net profits, as ...

  • April 27, 2010 27 Apr'10

    Threat of data loss fines a spur for the security channel

    The threat of fines of up to half a million pounds from the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) which came into force earlier this month are already causing phones to ring in the channel.

  • April 23, 2010 23 Apr'10

    Security showstoppers at InfoSec 2010

    The great and the good in the security world meet in London next week at the InfoSec show, which runs for three days.

  • April 22, 2010 22 Apr'10

    Sunbelt moves to exploit McAfee update problems

    Sunbelt Software is aiming to exploit potential problems its rival McAfee might be having after it emerged that an anti-virus update the vendor sent out caused major headaches for XP users.

  • April 21, 2010 21 Apr'10

    Cloud and social networking emerge as top security threats

    Social networking and cloud computing are leaving users exposed to cyber-attacks as hackers start to exploit the latest ways of sharing data over the web.

  • April 20, 2010 20 Apr'10

    Focused enterprise attacks emerge as main security trend

    Getting users to download fake security software in the hope that they have protected themselves remains one of the main routes for hackers hoping to get their hands on sensitive data.

  • April 19, 2010 19 Apr'10

    Is the death of the authentication token greatly exaggerated?

    Dave Abraham, CEO of Signify, takes a look at the token versus tokenless 2FA question and concludes that both are needed With the growth in anywhere, anytime working, two-factor authentication (2FA) has, at long last, become the de facto standard ...

  • April 15, 2010 15 Apr'10

    Check Point takes first steps into leak prevention game

    Check Point has taken its first steps into the data leak prevention (DLP) game with the launch of a new network-based DLP software solution designed to pre-emptively stop sensitive data leaving a corporate network while retaining an element of human...

  • April 09, 2010 09 Apr'10

    Buoyant first quarter builds channel optimism

    Opinion is divided over whether or not the recession is over, but the outlook for 2010 is positive overall, writes Steve Moyes.

  • April 08, 2010 08 Apr'10

    Fortinet expands distribution line-up with Arc appointment

    Fortinet has turned to Arc Technology in a move to increase its penetration into the enterprise market.

  • April 06, 2010 06 Apr'10

    Trend Micro appoints Arrow ECS to reach virtualisation channel

    In a move aimed at exploiting the closer links between security and virtualisation Trend Micro has appointed Arrow Enterprise Computing Solutions to its UK distribution line-up.

  • March 26, 2010 26 Mar'10

    Security appliance market claws back to 2008 levels

    The security appliance market in Western Europe is treading water managing to end 2009 in roughly the same place it was the year before. According to IDC revenue from security appliances totalled $1.61bn last year a 3% decrease compared to 2008.

  • March 25, 2010 25 Mar'10

    Network access control: A discerning approach to security

    The sophisticated capabilities of network access control make it a flexible, effective security tool, writes Anish Chauhan. Although network access control (NAC) has been around in one form or another for two or three years, it is now gaining ...

  • March 22, 2010 22 Mar'10

    CA finds virtualisation security fears have substance

    The security industry has been warning for a while about the dangers of unsecured virtual environments and those fears appear to be justified.

  • March 18, 2010 18 Mar'10

    Arrow ECS to beef up security and networking line

    Arrow ECS is planning on beefing up its security portfolio and making overtures at networking and voice vendors after missing out on Cisco's UCS play.

  • March 17, 2010 17 Mar'10

    Sunbelt Software aims to build AV share

    A strategy of building a consumer business alongside cracking the enterprise market is the approach being taken by Sunbelt Software which is looking to take market share from rival anti-virus vendors.

  • March 16, 2010 16 Mar'10

    Security market shows strength through the recession

    The security market has remained one of the most robust in the face of the worst recession for sixty years maintaining growth when other sectors experienced deep cuts in their rates of expansion.

  • March 16, 2010 16 Mar'10

    Becrypt adds Security IP as distie to target enterprise space

    In a move designed to increase its presence in the enterprise market data encryption specialist Becrypt has added Security IP to its distributor roster.

  • March 15, 2010 15 Mar'10

    Blended threats demand fresh approach, says Websense

    Blended threats are the chief online security risk to enterprises and a new approach is needed to defend against these threats, says security firm Websense.

  • March 01, 2010 01 Mar'10

    Ex-Detica chief Black on look out for IP surveillance firms

    Former Detica boss Tom Black is planning to stage a roll up in the IP surveillance vertical through acquisition vehicle Digital Barriers.

  • February 26, 2010 26 Feb'10

    McAfee boss talks of acquisition plans

    McAfee is planning to make a handful of acquisitions every year to expand its portfolio and underpin its ambitions for the future.

  • February 24, 2010 24 Feb'10

    Security mangement shoots up user priority list

    Security management is rising up the corporate agenda as resource strapped users struggle to cope with expanding threats. As more users are encouraged to embrace the age of collaboration and social networking the pressure to do that securely is ...

  • February 23, 2010 23 Feb'10

    Intel targeted in sophisticated hacking attack

    Intel has revealed that just as Google was being targeted by hackers last month it was also being attacked although it is not relating the incidents.

  • February 23, 2010 23 Feb'10

    Websense plans to be selective with managed services players

    Websense has announced the global launch of a managed services reseller programme in a move designed not only to reflect the growing demand for those skills but the desire to grow its channel base.

  • February 23, 2010 23 Feb'10

    Poor governance at the heart of poor data security, says ICO

    By Warwick Ashford Failure to put existing security policies into effect is another common failing, said Smith, showing that people remain one of the biggest challenges to getting information security right. Another common thread running through ...

  • February 22, 2010 22 Feb'10

    Annual cost of security on average setting enterprises back $2m

    Security remains one of the top issues for enterprises with three quarters suffering an attack last year which is costing firms millions to protect against.

  • February 18, 2010 18 Feb'10

    McAfee appoints EMEA channel head

    McAfee has moved to boost its credentials in the vendor's "Year of the Partner" by appointing Autodesk veteran Georges Millet as EMEA vice president of the channel.

  • February 16, 2010 16 Feb'10

    McAfee and Brocade form product partnership

    Brocade and McAfee have formed a strategic partnership to deliver network security protection which should extend the products their respective channels can bring to the market.

  • February 16, 2010 16 Feb'10

    Security market awash with fear, uncertianty and doubt

    Security resellers wondering what to wave into a sales pitch might are being handed plenty of topical fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) by vendors.

  • February 11, 2010 11 Feb'10

    McAfee posts solid Q4 numbers helped by currency fluctuations

    All the arrows were pointing upwards for McAfee as it unveiled its Q4 numbers with the vendor benefitting from currency fluctuations and the continued strength of the security market.

  • February 10, 2010 10 Feb'10

    Astaro revises licence fee model to widen UTM market

    In a move that has echoes of the razor blades model Astaro has moved to make its virtual UTM appliances and software effectively free with the costs shifting towards services.

  • February 10, 2010 10 Feb'10

    Kaspersky extends deal registration across reseller base

    Security specialist Kaspersky Lab has extended deal registration benefits across its entire channel base to protect the business discovered by its smaller partners.

  • February 08, 2010 08 Feb'10

    Trend Micro moves SME security into cloud to boost margins

    Trend Micro is emphasising the cheaper installation and services costs as it launches a hosted version of its Worry Free SME targeted security product.

  • February 03, 2010 03 Feb'10

    Websense losses decrease in 2009

    Websense has cut its losses on the back of a decent performance in Q4 with its subscription business expanding and the general demand for security holding up through the recession.

  • February 02, 2010 02 Feb'10

    WatchGuard highlights strength of UK market in Q4

    Watchguard has highlighted the strength of the UK market as one of the contributing factors to a healthy Q4 and a strong finish to 2009.

  • February 01, 2010 01 Feb'10

    Symantec extends SME reseller support

    Symantec's decision to extend its flexible credit terms to SME specialist resellers until next year is an indication that despite the emerging signs of the recovery vendors are going to have to continue to support partners financially.

  • January 28, 2010 28 Jan'10

    Clearswift portfolio sales strategy embraced by channel

    Clearswift has managed to encourage its resellers to sell across its web and email appliance portfolio in the last year having a direct impact on its third quarter sales.

  • January 28, 2010 28 Jan'10

    Check Point 09 numbers show continued strength in security

    Check Point has singled out the channel for praise in helping the security vendor get through a tough year after it recorded increases in revenue and net income for 2009.

  • January 28, 2010 28 Jan'10

    Fortinet shows off first results since IPO

    Fourth quarter profits at network security and UTM specialist Fortinet rose over 400% to $43.9m (£27m) after the firm booked a $37.8m tax benefit in the final quarter of 2009, the company has announced.

  • January 27, 2010 27 Jan'10

    Security and compliance feed into improved Symantec Q3

    Continued strong performances from its security and compliance product portfolio helped Symantec continue to show signs of recovery in its third fiscal quarter.

  • January 27, 2010 27 Jan'10

    Resellers set to benefit from political hacking fears

    Those resellers wondering if the Chinese Google hack attack is going to be a spur for business might well find it does raise the urgency of discussions about protecting data with public sector organisations.

  • January 26, 2010 26 Jan'10

    McAfee declares 2010 the year of the partner

    McAfee has dubbed 2010 as "the year of the partner" in a bid to put the muscle behind the channel to support its push into the mid-market.

  • January 26, 2010 26 Jan'10

    Chinese attacks on Google most sophisticated ever

    The Chinese attack on Google was "one of the most sophisticated ever seen" according to the head honcho of McAfee.

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