NIBS (credit image/Pixabay/ Ryan McGuire)Last week was World Backup Day. Most vendors in the space put out press releases about the need for backup and its role in cybersecurity. Among those was Pure Storage, which positioned backup as key to resiliency and data protection.

BlueVoyant

BlueVoyant has been included in the CRN 2024 Partner Program Guide for the fourth consecutive time. This annual guide provides essential information to solution providers exploring technology vendor partner programs that offer high value and align with their business needs and goals.

Michael Conley, BlueVoyant’s Chief Revenue Officer, said. “We are honored that CRN continues to acknowledge BlueVoyant’s comprehensive cyber risk platform, and validates our channel-first commitment. Our team continues to invest in enabling partners to provide AI-driven cyber defense to enterprises across the globe.”

Egress

Egress delivered its roadmap to become a net zero company. From a 2022 baseline, it aims to halve emissions by 2030 and achieve net zero by 2050. The details were laid out in a report titled the Net Zero Transition Plan.

It has three key initiatives to tackle the ambitious targets:

  • Focus efforts on robust engagement activities with key suppliers by updating procurement processes and supplier review procedures.
  • Continue collaborating with office landlords and other building tenants to improve energy consumption, better recycling facilities and enable sustainable commuting.
  • Embed sustainability into Egress’ business model and decision making, providing sustainability and net zero training to all team members regularly.

According to Ed Bodey, Group General Counsel at Egress, “We’re so excited to share our Net Zero Transition Plan and proud to announce our commitment to achieve net zero by 2050. It’s an ambitious goal but the entire team at Egress is determined to work collaboratively and embrace the opportunities the journey will provide.  

“We are well aware of the need to urgently address the climate crisis to mitigate the most damaging effects. As a team we are passionate about doing everything we can in the near-term, and adapting as we grow to ensure we have a positive social, environmental, and economic impact. 

“It’s estimated that digital technologies globally are responsible for approximately 3.7% of carbon emissions, so I encourage other tech companies to join Tech Zero and start reviewing their own net zero plans.” 

FBI

The FBI announced that seven hackers associated with the Chinese government for computer intrusions targeting perceived critics of China. They were also targeting US businesses and politicians. The campaign appears to have been going on for over 14 years, a shockingly long timescale.

“Over 10,000 malicious emails, impacting thousands of victims, across multiple continents. As alleged in today’s indictment, this prolific global hacking operation – backed by the PRC government – targeted journalists, political officials, and companies to repress critics of the Chinese regime, compromise government institutions, and steal trade secrets,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco.

Two New York men, John Sapienza, 60, and Tyshawn Wilson, have been sentenced by US District Judge David Bunning for identity theft and fraud. Both men were found guilty of using counterfeit identification with Sapienza’s photograph but the account details of their victims. Using the forged identity documents, they then defrauded victims at several banks.

Sapienza was sentenced to 38 months in prison, and Wilson was sentenced to 44 months. Both must serve 85% of their sentences. They will then be on probation for three years.

Security news from the week beginning 18 March 2024

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