NIBS (credit image/Pixabay/ Ryan McGuire)Last week, Immersive Labs unveiled an expansion of its enterprise-class, AI-ready platform. It now offers coverage for the entire organisation through its new Workforce Exercising solution. Origify announced a new solution to combat counterfeiting. It will take very high-definition photography of items before they are shipped from the factory, delivering the ability to prove authenticity.

The FIDO (Fast Identity Online) Alliance launched the FIDO Device Onboard (FDO) certification. Supply chain risk vendor apexanalytix has acquired Darkbeam, a London-based cyber vulnerability and threat management capability provider.

Babel Street

Babel Street announced the findings from a commissioned Total Economic Impact (TEI) Partner Opportunity Analysis study by Forrester Consulting. The study examined the quantifiable business benefits that Babel Street’s Rosette Name Indexer delivers to organizations.

Forrester identified that partners who innovate and build with Babel Street benefitted from 82% ROI over three years. They also benefited from an investment payback period of less than 12 months. While dramatically improving overall performance by reducing false positives and increasing accuracy.

Michael Southworth, CEO of Babel Street, commented, “At Babel Street, we’re continually developing the most advanced AI-driven solutions for identity screening, security, and contextual intelligence. Accurate and rapid results, including up to a 90% reduction in false positives, are essential for these organizations, and we’re proud that solutions like Rosette Name Indexer provide trusted insights and a measurable ROI for our customers.”


Cisco published the findings from a report it commissioned from Canalys. It revealed that IT channel partners focusing on managed services are expected to grow significantly in 2023. Despite global economic uncertainty, the projected outlook for managed services indicates a worldwide growth of 12.7%. Reaching a total value of US$ 472 billion. This growth surpasses the estimated 3.5% growth in overall IT spending.

A key driver of this demand is the pressing need for cybersecurity as organizations across the globe contend with a rapidly evolving threat landscape. 56% of channel partners expect revenues from cybersecurity-managed services to grow this year.

Alexandra Zagury, Vice President of Partner Managed Services and as-a-Service Sales at Cisco, said, “Customers are integrating more technology into their operations, and they expect their IT partners to provide agility, value and flexible consumption models to efficiently manage their growing and complex technology needs.

“The evolving ecosystem of IT partners selling managed services is adapting to meet customer needs and challenges by finding ways to modularize and package what once were customized solutions. We anticipate more innovation and specialization from channel partners through managed services that offer distinct business outcomes and exceptional experiences.”

The study also identified cloud infrastructure management as another key growth opportunity. With 55% of channel partners saying they expect revenues in this segment to grow in the current year. Other areas that will deliver revenue opportunities are the latest technologies, such as AI and sustainability initiatives.

Robin Ody, Senior Analyst at Canalys, said, “Managed services are the force driving the global IT industry’s adaptability and growth. Our research underscores the substantial potential for companies selling managed services, opening up diverse avenues for them to thrive in a post-pandemic era.”


Corero Network Security unveiled its “partner-first” go-to-market strategy and enhanced partner program. Effective October 1st, all new Corero business globally will be sold in collaboration with its channel partners.

Tanya Alfonso, Chief Revenue Officer at Corero Network Security, said, “Our partnerships play an integral role in our success, and we are committed to investing in these relationships. Partners will enjoy high satisfaction and recurring revenue. Working hand in hand, we can accelerate the momentum we are seeing today.”

The revamped partner program includes:

  • Turnkey marketing campaigns for lead generation
  • Simplified two-tiered program with clear partner deal discounts
  • New partner portal with enhanced collaboration on leads and opportunities
  • Corero subject matter expert sales support

Erik Britt-Webb, Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Channel at Corero Network Security, added. “Strengthening our ties with our channel partners is not just a strategy; it’s a commitment to mutual growth and customer satisfaction, with our customers ultimately benefiting.”


TeamViewer and Ivanti have combined to deliver a unified platform to effectively manage and secure all endpoints. This collaboration will leverage Ivanti’s leading mobile device management capabilities (Ivanti Neurons for MDM). It will enhance TeamViewer’s remote monitoring and management (RMM) offering. It will also provide businesses with a holistic overview of their desktop as well as mobile IT assets. The solution comes with designated security, compliance, and management features at scale.

The integrated platform offers the following benefits:

  • 360° Device Management – Holistic large-scale onboarding, management, and monitoring of mobile devices running iOS or Android by remotely rolling out company profiles with designated access rights and predefined apps. Simplification of the whole inventory, configuration of devices, identification and solving of IT-related issues before they result in downtime.
  • Increased security – Remote roll out of policies and patches to a global device fleet, enforcing security measures like PIN, biometric authentication, or two-factor authentication. Reliable backup or wiping of data, locking devices remotely, staying in control, independently of the device’s location.
  • Enhanced compliance – The mitigation of legal pitfalls by tracking and logging device location and usage for full auditability.

Frank Ziarno, Vice President of Product Management at TeamViewer, said. “This partnership represents a significant step forward in simplifying the complex task of managing and securing remote devices. Ivanti’s mobile device management capabilities, when integrated with our existing RMM offering, will empower IT teams to effectively control and monitor their mobile devices, ultimately leading to enhanced productivity and reduced operational challenges.”

Michelle Hodges, Senior Vice President, Global Channels and Alliances at Ivanti, commented. “We are thrilled to join forces with TeamViewer to enable IT teams to manage even more devices and operating systems. By combining TeamViewer’s proven remote monitoring and management capabilities with Ivanti’s award winning mobile device management, we are poised to deliver an unparalleled experience for businesses seeking comprehensive IT oversight.”


LIveAction released the newest version of the LiveWire product family. This will supercharge network visibility, empower SecOps and NetOps teams and boost packet analysis capabilities by up to 600%.

The update includes a 3x boost to existing software with real-time, lossless compression and massive upgrades in the underlying hardware of LiveWire Core and PowerCore appliances, which boosts potential density by 600%, all within the same footprint. LiveWire has also introduced a SaaS-based management layer designed to manage many instances across large environments.

John Smith, Founder at LiveAction, notes that “network professionals are dealing with a massive uptick in network traffic and yet often their packet analysis capabilities can’t keep up with the sheer volume of traffic that needs to be analysed.

“This ultimately leads to degradations, outages and security incidents. The new generation of LiveWire appliances will help them accommodate this new reality by upgrading their capacity by as much as 600%.”


Microsoft revealed that the latest update to Windows 11 contains several security enhancements:

  • Phish-resistant credentials with Windows Hello for Business Passwordless: Windows 11 devices with Windows Hello for Business or FIDO2 security keys can protect user identities by removing the need to use passwords from day one. IT can now set a policy for Microsoft Entra ID-joined machines, so users no longer see the option to enter a password when accessing company resources. Once the policy is set, it will remove passwords from the Windows user experience for device unlock and in-session authentication scenarios.
  • Maintain IT policy control with Config Refresh: Config Refresh is designed to revert policies to a secured state if they’ve been tampered with by potentially unwanted applications or user tampering with the registry. Config Refresh allows Windows 11 devices to be reset every 90 minutes by default or every 30 minutes, if desired, within the policy configuration service provider (CSP).
  • Only allow trusted apps with Custom App Control: With application control, only approved and trusted apps are allowed onto devices. By controlling unwanted or malicious code from running, application control is critical to an overall security strategy. Organizations using Microsoft Intune to manage their devices can now configure App Control for Business in the admin console, including setting up Intune as a managed installer.
  • New configurations in Windows Firewall: Application Control for Business (previously known as Windows Defender Application Control) app ID tagging with Windows Firewall rules through Intune. The ability to configure network list manager settings to determine when a Microsoft Entra ID (previously known as Azure Active Directory) device is on your on-premises domain subnets so firewall rules can properly apply. There is now better support in settings to configure more granular Windows Firewall logging for domain, private, and public firewall profiles, as well as the ability to specify Windows Firewall inbound and outbound rules for ICMP types and codes.

Noname Security

Noname Security announced the findings from its annual API security report, “The API Security Disconnect 2023.” The report reveals that the number of API security incidents continues to increase. So API security is more of a priority now than it was 12 months ago.

Key findings include:

  • 78% of respondents have suffered an API security incident in the last 12 months (2022 – 76%)
  • The primary causes were Web Application Firewalls (26%), Network Firewalls (20%) and API Gateways (18%)
  • 72% of cybersecurity professionals have full API inventories (2022 – 67%), but of those, only 40% have visibility into which return sensitive data
  • 55% of respondents undertake testing (2022 – 39%)
  • 81% of respondents stated that API security is more of a priority now than it was 12 months ago

Shay Levi, CTO and Co-Founder of Noname Security, commented, “The continuing increase in reported API security incidents over the last two years that we conducted this research demonstrates that this is not a fleeting trend but a pressing reality that organizations must deal with and prioritize.

“APIs are indispensable in today’s modern environment, but everyone is worried about ransomware, phishing attacks and data breaches. This research validates why security leaders must prioritize API security.”

The report looks deeper into the increased targeting of PII. It also found that the increased testing of API security in US organisations has led to a drop in security incidents. Concerningly, there is a difference in awareness between security teams and the CSuite about the number of incidents.

Levi noted, “This research raises questions about how many API security incidents have been elevated into the consciousness of the C-suite or whether there is a disconnect and lack of communication between C-suite technology leaders and AppSec professionals in organizations.

“AppSecs are at the coalface dealing with these incidents daily and are at the very heart of application development lifecycles. Increased communication and collaboration needs to take place if organizations are to truly tackle the rising number of API security incidents.”


Sonatype announced the appointment of Megan Lueders as Chief Marketing Officer. Lueders joins from Silicon Labs, where she contributed to significant revenue growth. She also established Silicon Labs as a pioneer in IoT.

Lueders has held senior leadership and advisory positions for B2B firms, including Zenoss, LifeSize and Verizon. Throughout her career, Lueders has built high-performing teams with expertise in brand strategy, growth marketing, revenue acceleration, product marketing, communications and operations.

Alex Berry, President of Sonatype, commented, We are thrilled to welcome Megan as our new Chief Marketing Officer. Her extensive industry experience, impressive track record, and transformative approach to high-growth strategies makes Megan the perfect leader to steer our marketing initiatives as we embark on the next phase of our business.

“Her dynamism and business acumen have made an impact on Sonatype already, and align seamlessly with our long-term objectives. We have complete confidence in Megan’s ability to play a pivotal role in shaping Sonatype’s future and further consolidating our position as a leader in software supply chain management.”

Lueders said, As global enterprises and governments recognize the importance of managing their software supply chain, the impact Sonatype has already had on the industry is undeniable. I’m thrilled to join a team that has built an incredible solution and is transforming the way organizations both innovate and secure software.

“The potential to amplify Sonatype’s marketing influence, both internally and externally, is immense. I look forward to working with this exceptionally talented and growing team to further empower our customers to innovate at an accelerated pace.”


SonicWall has appointed Christine Bartlett as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Bartlett will oversee the global marketing team, responsible for building the global brand and driving partner marketing.

Bartlett joins SonicWall from Cisco Systems, where she served as the Senior Director of Integrated Marketing, including Channel Marketing. Bartlett has a strong communications background and is an expert in building foundational bridges within an organization to deliver results. Before Cisco Systems, she was a consultant driving marketing and communications campaigns for HP, Chevron and PG&E.

Bob VanKirk, SonicWall CEO and President commented, “SonicWall is a channel-first company, and the addition of Christine is another indication of how much we want to enable our partners around the globe. As we bring to market more innovative offerings and further strengthen our complete security portfolio, we have a tremendous opportunity to increase our global awareness, and we’re excited to have Christine as our marketing leader.”


Sycope unveiled the latest release of its network traffic and security monitoring software. Sycope 2.4 includes an enhanced dashboard experience, a new remote support mode and licensing automation.

The refreshed dashboard groups include DNS analytics, HTTP analytics, Groups analytics, and Countries analytics. With drill-down capabilities, users can dive deep into data, gaining unprecedented control and visibility into their IT infrastructure.

Customers can now easily initiate a VPN tunnel to our AWS support instance with minimal assistance from Sycope. Sycope can access their instance and make real-time fixes without network reconfiguration.

Sycope has simplified the licensing process. Customers only need to input their License ID and Company ID into the jumpstart. This can be prepared beforehand on the Portal. If the instance has internet access, it becomes operational automatically, reducing installation hassles and enhancing user experience.

The full release notes are available here and include details of further changes and fixes.


Trustwave announced it has attained two highly sought-after achievements from Microsoft. Reaching Microsoft Verified Managed Extended Detection and Response (MXDR) Solution status and becoming a FastTrack Ready Partner for Microsoft 365.

Garrett Gee, Trustwave Global Vice President of Indirect Channels and Alliances, commented, “We’re committed to prioritizing the benefits for mutual Microsoft and Trustwave clients on various fronts. With the added distinctions of being an MXDR solution and a FastTrack Ready Provider, we are thrilled to enhance our clients’ protection with our industry-leading offerings.”

Rob Lefferts, CVP, Modern Protection and SOC, Microsoft, said, “With malicious attacks on the rise, we understand security is front and centre for our customers. That is why I am excited to congratulate Trustwave on achieving Microsoft Verified: Managed Extended Detection and Response solution status.

“Their solution closely integrates with Microsoft 365 Defender and Microsoft Sentinel and has been verified by Microsoft Security engineering to ensure that it provides comprehensive service coverage across the Microsoft Security portfolio.”

Security news from the week beginning 18th September



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