Information Security Services

  • 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.

  • November 18, 2010 18 Nov'10

    Channel to get the chance to #asksymantec

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

  • November 18, 2010 18 Nov'10

    Overtis teams up with Panasonic to secure shop tills

    A chance meeting at InfoSec with Panasonic has helped Overt is significantly boost its presence in the retail market as it brings its security products to till points.

  • November 15, 2010 15 Nov'10

    SMBs urged to be wise to cold calling fraudsters

    Businesses have been warned to be alert to fraudsters posing as representatives of major web security vendors at the start of 2010's Get Safe Online week.

  • November 11, 2010 11 Nov'10

    In the cyber war a networked laptop has the power of a missile

    A cyber-attack on the infrastructure of the UK is a serious prospect in the next few years with the government calling for increased security measures and greater awareness of the threats.

  • November 10, 2010 10 Nov'10

    Cyber criminals increasing complexity of data attacks

    Security threats in 2011 will be targeted, sophisticated and have the feel of something more like cyber-terrorism as the criminals get slicker in their attacks.

  • November 09, 2010 09 Nov'10

    AVG tempts customers to switch with licence deals

    Anti-virus specialist AVG has come up with its own version of a trade-in programme hoping it will result in making the tills ring for its reseller channel.

  • November 04, 2010 04 Nov'10

    Banks need to take security more seriously

    Resellers in the financial sector with security knowledge could find their services much in demand as banks face up to the choice of improving data protection or losing customers.

  • November 03, 2010 03 Nov'10

    Disties should brace for deeper security checks after plot

    Following Monday's crackdown on imports of printer toner cartridges in the wake of the Yemeni bomb plot, risk, compliance and data management specialist Datanomic has said that the supply chain industry will need to adopt a risk-based approach to ...

  • November 02, 2010 02 Nov'10

    Fortinet denies IBM talks

    Network security vendor Fortinet has moved quickly to counter stories that appeared yesterday suggesting that the $2bn firm was close to being acquired by IBM.

  • November 01, 2010 01 Nov'10

    Webroot swoops on Prevx

    Cloud security vendor Prevx has been acquired by Webroot for an undisclosed sum to bulk up its own cloud practice. Derby-based Prevx specialises in cloud-based antivirus and behaviour-based malware detection, which Webroot believes will give it an ...

  • November 01, 2010 01 Nov'10

    Fortinet may be next buy for Big Blue

    Fresh from the closure of its acquisition of Blade Network Technologies at the end of last week, IBM's eyes are turning to pastures new, according to reports.

  • October 28, 2010 28 Oct'10

    Radware hits new heights

    Radware's recent spate of good results is showing no sign of abating after the Israel-based network security vendor made net sales of $36.8m (£23.17m), up 25.8% year-on-year and a new record.

  • October 26, 2010 26 Oct'10

    Clearswift undercuts rival with price guarantee

    Clearswift has vowed to undercut eight of its major rivals' renewal prices by 20% in an attempt to win over new customers and reseller partners.

  • October 22, 2010 22 Oct'10

    Insecure applications threaten move to the cloud

    Companies are continuing to leave themselves exposed to security vulnerabilities lurking in applications that they fail to check or mistakenly believe are safe.

  • October 20, 2010 20 Oct'10

    Network security sales fuel Check Point Q3 numbers

    Strong demand for network security and a return to spending in the Americas and Asia Pacific have buoyed the third quarter revenues for Check Point.

  • October 19, 2010 19 Oct'10

    PM spends on cyber security, makes cuts elsewhere in defence

    The government has announced plans to increase the spending on fending off cyber-attacks despite reducing traditional defence spending elsewhere.

  • October 18, 2010 18 Oct'10

    Cyber threat at top of fears for UK government

    The government has warned that cyber terrorism is on the rise and poses a problem for the country as more terrorism heads onto the web.

  • October 18, 2010 18 Oct'10

    European firms fending off data fraudsters

    European firms seem to have grasped the importance of data protection better than other territories with a healthy number fending off losses to fraud in the last year.

  • October 13, 2010 13 Oct'10

    Clearswift boss talks of coming through economic headwind

    The CEO of security player Clearswift has described the current economic conditions as trading in a "headwind" but indicated it is managing to sell more of its gateway products.

  • October 13, 2010 13 Oct'10

    Spy boss warns of growing network threat

    The head of the government's communications intelligence agency, GCHQ, has warned of a growing threat to the UK's network infrastructure and called for a "holistic" response to the potential danger posed by both criminals and hostile foreign ...

  • October 12, 2010 12 Oct'10

    RSA calls for air traffic control approach to security

    The security industry needs to develop a coordinated system to fend off attacks in the same way air traffic control determines which planes can land safely.

  • October 11, 2010 11 Oct'10

    SMEs' data exposed to partners and fraudsters

    SMEs could be leaving themselves open to attacks from fraudsters or might reveal confidential information because the companies they work with do not have adequate information security in place, writes Karl Flinders.

  • October 06, 2010 06 Oct'10

    Bloxx cuts prices to gain advantage over rivals

    In a move that will gain publicity and disrupt rivals in the security market, email and web filtering specialist Bloxx has cut its prices. The decision to reduce UK prices by 5% is being positioned as a move designed to help customers hard hit by ...

  • October 05, 2010 05 Oct'10

    Symantec launches reseller advisory council

    Symantec has launched a partner advisory council to increase the feedback it receives from its resellers across Europe.

  • October 05, 2010 05 Oct'10

    McAfee unveils ex-Juniper executive as EMEA boss

    McAfee has appointed a fresh head to run its EMEA operations as it looks to set out its stall following its acquisition by Intel. Gert-Jan Schenk is taking over as president of EMEA from the outgoing David Quantrell who has decided to pursue other ...

  • October 01, 2010 01 Oct'10

    Arc Technology becomes Exclusive in rebrand

    Security distributor Arc Technologies is undergoing a name change and setting out a fresh direction for the business following its re-branding as Exclusive Networks Limited. The Exclusive Group, which runs a pan-European distribution operation, ...

  • September 30, 2010 30 Sep'10

    eSoft offloads UTM appliance product range

    Web filtering specialist eSoft has offloaded its UTM appliance line for an undisclosed cash amount to eSoft Acquisition Limited. The deal has been backed by shareholders and the board and means eSoft will change its name to zvelo continuing to sell ...

  • September 30, 2010 30 Sep'10

    AVG adds social media protection

    AVG has become one of the first security companies to highlight its ability to protect users in social media environments as a key selling point of its software.

  • September 28, 2010 28 Sep'10

    Wick Hill signed by Sipera to spread UC security message

    Wick Hill has continued to expand its voice security portfolio signing up unified comms protection specialist Sip era.

  • September 28, 2010 28 Sep'10

    PCI checklist approach a false economy for retailers

    With the latest deadline in credit card data compliance just two days away there are fears being expressed in the security industry over the position of retailers.

  • September 23, 2010 23 Sep'10

    Interactive Ideas appointed by Cyberoam

    UTM specialist Cyberoam has expanded its UK distribution roster, appointing Interactive Ideas, to support a push into the SME and retail market.

  • September 23, 2010 23 Sep'10

    Firms struggling to find budget to fight off cyber attacks

    Many enterprises are not protecting themselves against cyber-attack thoroughly enough despite the increased awareness of the potential risks.

  • September 20, 2010 20 Sep'10

    Corero turns profit, moves closer to security acquisitions

    AIM-listed BPM software outfit turned security acquisition vehicle Corero has posted a modest pre-tax profit of £21,000 and made sales of £2.2m in the six months to the end of June.

  • September 17, 2010 17 Sep'10

    Slow retailers face missing PCI deadline

    The deadline for retailers to be prepared for PCI is looming nearer with a feeling from those selling security tools to ensure complaince that a portion of the market is still not ready.

  • September 16, 2010 16 Sep'10

    Virtualisation security to be top priority in 2011

    Research conducted ahead of next month's IP Expo infrastructure trade show has suggested that concerns around virtualisation and data security will dominate IT managers' thoughts over the next 12 months.

  • September 14, 2010 14 Sep'10

    Data security budgets to rocket, says PwC

    Corporate spending on data security will increase sharply, according to a global poll by consultancy firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). More than half of respondents said their companies planned to spend more on technological defences against ...

  • 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.