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Genetec Simplifies the Move to Hybrid Cloud with New Streamvault Edge



Genetec has announced that it will unveil Streamvault Edge at ISC West (Genetec booth #13062).  The Edge is an innovative new line of connected appliances that enables the easy transition to a hybrid-cloud infrastructure and marks the beginning of a new edge platform strategy for Genetec.

Ideally suited for multi-site operations such as banking, retail, or businesses with remote or unmanned sites, Streamvault Edge enables organizations to modernize their security infrastructure while leveraging existing legacy sensor infrastructure. The Edge enables the gradual migration of security systems to a hybrid architecture without disrupting operations.  The appliance is also a low-maintenance, easy-to-install edge device that makes the commissioning, deployment, and management of connected remote sites simple and straightforward without the need for specialized IT expertise.

At its initial launch, Streamvault Edge will focus on delivering a hybrid cloud architecture for enterprise-grade video surveillance, with more security and IoT devices to be supported in the coming months. “This is just the beginning of a new edge platform strategy, and a more efficient way of delivering our solutions to customers,” said Christian Morin, Vice President Product Engineering and Chief Security Officer at Genetec, Inc. “We are starting with video, but Streamvault Edge will soon evolve to power a broader range of capabilities from access control to advanced operations technologies.”

A connected Linux-based appliance, Streamvault Edge has little to no impact on IT resources and can be easily installed and configured by non-specialized technicians. It offers the simplicity of the cloud for easy connectivity, configuration/deployment, scalability, maintenance, and updates, regardless of where sensor data is archived.

For systems integrators, Streamvault Edge offers an ideal solution to help modernize existing installations and extend the useful life of legacy equipment while future-proofing new infrastructure. Streamvault Edge will be available worldwide from the Genetec network of authorized partners.


VMware Enhances End-to-End Security Offering for Cloud-Native Workloads



VMware has unveiled new container runtime security capabilities that build upon strong end-to-end security offering to help customers better secure modern applications at scale. VMware’s portfolio of security solutions for modern applications spans the entire application lifecycle and leverages the company’s deep expertise in workloads, security, and Kubernetes.

Containerized applications present unique runtime security challenges, including how to only allow legitimate traffic in, how to enable least-privileged communications between services and defend against the lateral movement of attackers, and how to validate that the workload itself is operating within the expected guardrails. VMware provides customers with a robust end-to-end security offering that addresses these challenges at the edge, in the microservices network layer, and in the workload itself.

This gives organizations greater visibility and control over both their overall security posture as well as the compliance of their containerized applications for improved protection from development to production. “At VMware, we aspire to be the best in the world at protecting applications from within,” said Tom Gillis, senior vice president and general manager, Networking and Advanced Security Business Group, VMware. “Protecting the runtime is the foundation of securing the inner workings of a modern application. With the introduction of container runtime protection, our end-to-end security offering is now tightly integrated across the entire application lifecycle, protects all east-west traffic, and brings a new level of distributed visibility and security to APIs.”

As threat actors increasingly launch attacks targeting containers, 97 percent of technology leaders surveyed by VMware say they have concerns about Kubernetes security, and 1 in 5 cite securing containerized workloads at runtime as their biggest concern. To help customers stay one step ahead of attackers, VMware is adding container runtime protection capabilities to enhance its end-to-end security offering for cloud-native workloads. These capabilities build upon the VMware Carbon Black Container solution released in April 2021.

VMware’s new container runtime security capabilities include:

  1. Runtime cluster image scanning enables security and DevOps teams to automate runtime vulnerability scanning and customize policies to reduce risk and ensure images used in running containers are secure. This expansion for image scanning capabilities allows for images to be scanned in Kubernetes clusters, whether they are on-premises or in the cloud.
  2. Integrated alerts dashboard provides a single pane of glass for security teams to view events and address anomalies in their runtime environment, and enable faster investigation and correlation of events from both host and container layers.
  3. Kubernetes visibility mapping allows DevOps and security teams to quickly understand the architecture of an application that was set pre-deployment to better identify egress destination connections, potential workload policy violations, and vulnerable images.
  4. Workload anomaly detection leverages artificial intelligence to standardize networking modules and alert SecOps teams on any deviation from that module, which is critical when setting up new workloads.
  5. Egress and ingress security provide security teams with added visibility into the external source that is reaching out to the Kubernetes service and easier detection of malicious egress connectivity based on the IP address and the behavioral data.
  6. Threat detection allows customers to scan open ports to check for vulnerabilities and quickly see if there is a lateral attack in progress. If an attacker tries to exploit a vulnerability to find the next lateral move, the internal port scan, and egress port scan will raise an alert.

Attackers often attempt to hide in the noise of an environment, so container runtime security helps to reduce the noise and alert on real, active events, or block the events immediately while minimizing impact to the application and user experience. By consolidating these events to a single dashboard, security teams can accelerate their investigation into incidents impacting endpoints, virtual machine workloads, and containerized workloads. This provides VMware’s customers with a better understanding of their overall security posture while reducing alert fatigue, effectively managing risk, and easing enforcement of compliance.

According to a recent study, 70 percent of developer and security managers believe better alignment between their teams creates more secure applications. VMware Cross-Cloud services help customers reduce team silos to accelerate the development lifecycle and enable security to be built in from the beginning. For example, VMware Carbon Black is highly complementary with VMware Tanzu solutions in addressing the security challenges of modern applications. Together, the two solutions enable more secure applications and simplify operations for security and DevOps teams.

Container runtime protection is currently available through the VMware Carbon Black Cloud Container Advanced Bundle.

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Rackspace Technology Expands Strategic Partnership with Cloudflare



Rackspace Technology has announced an expanded strategic partnership with Cloudflare to offer expert services for Cloudflare Zero Trust, to help businesses reach their cloud-centric goals faster, support remote workers, and provide a Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) for their cloud applications, data, users, and devices. Rackspace Technology is offering managed services for Cloudflare Zero Trust through the Rackspace Elastic Engineering for Security portfolio which is available to customers globally.

“We want to forge partnerships that really bring best-in-class cloud solutions to our customers. Our cloud-first delivery model supports businesses globally as they transform their networks, modernize applications, and now to help adopt zero trust security architectures,” said Gary Alterson, Vice President of Security Services for Rackspace Technology. “We are partnering to evolve our service models with Rackspace Elastic Engineering support for Cloudflare Zero Trust to meet the demands of our customers for expert guidance on zero trust cloud architectures.”

The Rackspace Technology Elastic Engineering for Security service provides consultative services to help businesses of all sizes around the globe gain access to Rackspace Technology security experts who are available on-demand to help businesses customize, optimize, and manage their Cloudflare security platform. By adding Cloudflare Zero Trust into our Rackspace Security Service portfolio, Rackspace Technology can provide customers with a modernized SASE architecture that can grow rapidly with direct alignment to our customers’ strategic cloud initiatives.

Broad adoption of zero trust architectures is taking place across the world, as a critical component to secure cloud architectures. In fact, a recent Rackspace Technology Survey of Global IT Leaders revealed 49% of organizations believe that adoption of zero trust security practices can help tackle their most prevalent cybersecurity challenges with network, platform, and web application attacks.

Rackspace Technology is a key worldwide Cloudflare System Integrator and Accredited Managed Services Partner, providing expert services and always-on support (24x7x365) for the Cloudflare platform. Rackspace Technology global security experts have deep knowledge and experience in cloud security and hold over 800 security industry certifications, including cloud security certificates from AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform, and more than 100 accredited Cloudflare certifications.

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Barracuda to Showcase How Middle East Businesses Can Securely Embrace Cloud at GITEX 2021



This year, Barracuda, a trusted partner and leading provider of cloud-enabled security solutions, will return to GITEX with a full range of cybersecurity solutions that enable businesses to secure their mission-critical applications and data in a digitally transformed world. The company’s technology focus will be on its Cloud Application Protection solution which provides powerful application security that is easy to use and helps protect applications deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or hybrid. Barracuda is also set to unveil expanded incident response capabilities for its Total Email Protection offering, a suite of powerful security solutions that offer protection against a wide range of email threats.

“Middle East businesses have faced unprecedented change over the last 18 months and rapid digitalisation has left many vulnerable to cyberattack. While the threat landscape is indeed daunting, Barracuda’s message to attendees is that robust protection is both affordable and easy to deploy. While packed with powerful features, Barracuda’s enterprise-grade security solutions offer consumer-level ease of use, enabling organisations to focus on realising their digital ambitions with confidence in the security of their digital services and assets,” said Chris Ross, SVP International Sales, Barracuda Networks.

In its latest report title ‘The state of application security in 2021’, Barracuda found that 72% of organisations got breached through web applications. Moreover, the causes of these attacks varied, with top threats including bad bots (43%), software supply chain attacks (39%), vulnerability detection (38%), and securing APIs (37%). By leveraging machine learning, vulnerability scanning and remediation, and Advanced Threat Protection, Barracuda Cloud Application Protection provides active threat intelligence for powerful protection against these and other application threat vectors.

The company is also set to help regional businesses address ransomware – a threat that has seen a 64% increase in attacks year over year. Fundamental to defence is the company’s Total Email Protection solution which combines gateway defence with inbox protection and user security awareness into a single, powerful solution. Named a Leader in “The Forrester WaveTM: Enterprise Email Security, Q2 2021,” Barracuda received the highest score possible in the deployment options, content processing capabilities, incident response, scalability and reliability, and support and customer success criteria.

The company also intends to highlight its relationship with Microsoft and the value that this relationship offers to organisations as they embrace cloud solutions such as Office 365. This year, the security vendor released the latest version of Barracuda Cloud-to-Cloud Backup with a new platform that delivers a fast search and restore experience for Office 365 data, including Teams, Exchange Online, SharePoint, and OneDrive.

As with previous editions of the show, key executives from Barracuda’s Middle East and international technical and sales teams are set to attend and will be present at the company’s stand (A20 in Hall 2) through the five days of the event. “GITEX gives us the unique opportunity to meet a large number of our customers and resellers at a single location – something that has been notably missing over the last year. The show of course represents a significant investment of budget, time, and effort and by participating, we are sending a strong message to our customers, resellers, and other stakeholders about Barracuda’s deep commitment to the Middle East region,” said Ross.

“I hope that the success of GITEX will pave the way for the return of such large-scale events and exhibitions,” he concluded.

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