NIBS (credit image/Pixabay/ Ryan McGuire)Last week Forter launched a new partner program to help organisations fight fraud with their clients. Menlo Security also announced investment into its channel program. Other security news last week included partnerships for F-Secure and Sophos. Microsoft and Secureworks announced new products. LastPass appointed a new CFO.


F‑Secure and Allianz Partners, a world leader in B2B2C insurance and assistance, are collaborating to develop a comprehensive cyber security suite, combining cyber security prevention, protection and insurance, delivered through Allianz, F‑Secure and their partners.

The new joint partnership, which will roll out in the second half of 2023, aims to offer a comprehensive package of cyber security and cyber care insurance, including one protection for all devices, browsing & banking protection, virus malware protection, ID monitoring and parental control.


LastPass appointed Terry Murphy as its Chief Financial Officer. He will be responsible for overseeing LastPass’ Global Finance Organization.

Menlo Security

Menlo Security announced a series of new initiatives and investments in its Boost! Channel Program. There are designed to further support and incentivize partners and drive international expansion and growth through the channel.

The new program initiatives will offer more flexibility and collaboration opportunities, including teaming to provide additional margin, enhanced training, and comprehensive go-to-market plans. Partners can access specialized reseller and distributor tools for onboarding new customers and provisioning end users.

There is also a new Learning Management System portal, sales and marketing training, and dedicated sales and pre-sales support. Menlo Security has also ring-fenced 30% of its global marketing budget to invest in partner-led field events over the next 12 months.

Menlo Security will release new tools to selected partners to assess a customer’s level of exposure to Highly Evasive Adaptive Threats (HEAT. The first of these, HEAT Check, allows customers to run a light penetration test to identify if they are susceptible to HEAT attacks.


Microsoft has completed the Cloud Data Management Capabilities (CDMC) 14 Key Controls and Automations certification, conducted by Accenture and Avanade, accelerating the industry’s move to the cloud. The 14 Key Controls and Automations are part of the EDM Council’s Cloud Data Management Capabilities framework formulated as a best practice to help all industries confidently migrate sensitive and non-sensitive data to the cloud.

Simon Thomas, Global Head of Data and AI Avanade, commented, “Across every industry, we’ve seen that clients who are capitalizing on data are driving innovation and competitive advantage. Avanade clients are transforming their business through data strategies and capabilities including data fabric, data mesh, and modern analytics and governance at scale.

“With the CDMC certification of Microsoft’s cloud platform, our clients will be able to leverage industry-leading governance best practices advanced by the EDM Council, and we will expand this to more organizations and achieve stronger business outcomes.”

Microsoft also unveiled two updates to Microsoft Defender for Business, Simplified Insights and the ability to protect mobile devices (iOS and Android).


Secureworks launched Taegis Security Posture Dashboard. Using the 600 billion security events Taegis analyzes daily, the Dashboard empowers customers to understand their cybersecurity posture and how resilient they would be in the face of a cyberattack. These powerful insights provide benchmarking data for customers with industry peers and across market verticals to strengthen cyber defences, decrease attack risk, and drive actions that close the cyber readiness gap.

Steve Fulton, President, Customer Success at Secureworks, commented, “As cyberattacks increase and we see more regulation around the globe, companies cannot afford a ‘check the box’ approach to cybersecurity. Executive boards want to know what their exposure is, where the risks lie, what steps are being taken to advance cyber defenses and how they’re keeping pace with their industry.”

“Our customers strive to be market leaders. Using proprietary industry risk benchmarks to inform data-driven conversations and decisions about managing cyber risks. They can ensure their cyber postures are consistently on upward trajectories – keeping their businesses and missions safer.”

Secureworks can now add telemetry from devices running in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and is integrated with key Google Workspace logs. It means that Taegis XDR supports organizations’ digital growth whether they run on GCP, Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or have a multi-cloud or hybrid strategy.

Mike Aiello, Chief Technology Officer, Secureworks, commented, “Support for Google Cloud and Google Workspace is another important step in our open XDR strategy. Our customers are now able to combine this cloud security telemetry with Taegis’ hundreds of integrations and response actions across our platform, all delivered through a single pane of glass.”


Sophos has partnered with Cowbell, a leading cyber insurance provider for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the US. The partnership provides businesses with an easy way to access cyber insurance. It will allow Sophos customers to share their security health information directly with Cowbell to better facilitate optimal premium quotes and policies.

Raja Patel, senior vice president of products at Sophos, commented, “Specifically with this partnership, Sophos endpoint customers will be able to ‘opt-in’ to share with Cowbell their endpoint security health status from the Sophos Central platform, using a new data connector. This easy-to-enable connection will streamline Cowbell’s risk assessment process, allowing assessors to efficiently evaluate Sophos customers’ defences against the requirements needed for insurance policies.

“Ideally, the best cyber defense is to have proper protection, detection and response security already in place, but some organizations still need guidance on best practices. This partnership will enable Sophos and Cowbell to provide real-time feedback to our customers about how to improve their practices and risk profile, if needed. We’re excited to work with Cowbell to help forge this path for our customers and other SMEs.”


Trustwave Government Solutions (TGS), a Federally-focused cybersecurity provider and the wholly-owned subsidiary of Trustwave Holdings, Inc, announced it had been awarded an expanded database security contract with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The expanded contract will allow USPTO to further build upon its robust Zero Trust Architecture (ZTA) with the expansion of DbProtect’s purpose-built database vulnerability management, Rights Management for advanced user rights review and Threat Monitoring.


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