NEW YEAR, NEW OPPORTUNITIES: 2019 CHANNEL PARTNER TRENDS

Happy New Year! As 2019 begins, we can expect changes, large and small, to take place within the channel partner ecosystem. Predicting what the year holds is hardly a science, not even one that artificial intelligence can foresee. However, when we listen to our customers, listen to our partner community, and observe shifting business dynamics, we can anticipate where the market is going and, more importantly, how our partners can maximize their success with us. Here are three trends that I expect to take off in 2019.

Cyber Security Today – Canada hit by COVID cheque fraud; Webex, Teams under attack, more COVID email scams and three big data breaches

Canada hit by COVID cheque fraud; Webex, Teams under attack, more COVID email scams and three big data breaches

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Cyber Security Today – Beware of Lucifer, better privacy controls from Apple and Google, and more

Beware of Lucifer, better privacy controls from Apple and Google and more. Welcome to Cyber Security Today. It’s Friday June 26th. I’m Howard Solomon, contributing reporter on cybersecurity for ITWorldCanada.com.

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How COVID-19 is accelerating digital transformation for three Canadian CISOs

The COVID-19 crisis has meant a leap in the move to digital transformation at three major Canadian institutions, say their CISOs.

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Cyber Security Today – Canada hit by COVID cheque fraud; Webex, Teams under attack, more COVID email scams and three big data breaches

Canada hit by COVID cheque fraud; Webex, Teams under attack, more COVID email scams and three big data breaches

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Canadian health researchers and firms targeted with COVID-19 phishing

COVID-19 phishing scams have been reportedly going out to consumers, trying to get them to buy face masks, protective gear, phony medical cures as well as give up bank or government login credentials to get government-backed coronavirus financial aid.

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Canadian coronavirus response workers targeted in ransomware attack, says U.S. cybersecurity report

Increase seen in phishing attacks in which criminals use the pandemic as a hook to trick people into opening an attachment or clicking a link.

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Palo Alto Networks’ XSOAR redo more than a rebrand

Demisto is now Cortex XSOAR, but the big news around the evolution of the platform is the addition of threat intelligence capabilities.

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Palo Alto Networks gears up for next stage of partner services expansion

After having started a major revamp of its partner program a year ago, Palo Alto Networks is now in the final stages of development of a comprehensive model for expanding partner services capabilities further.

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Cyber Security Today – Security conference offers advice, healthcare industry warning and macro phishing alert

Every year around this time a security company called RSA holds a huge week-long conference in San Francisco where over a hundred presenters tell terrible stories of hacks and what companies and governments should have done to prevent them. This week’s conference is no different.

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Cyber Security Today – Three email password scams to watch out for

According to security vendor Malwarebytes, Playstation subscribers are getting fake messages on the platform from the developers of the game Elder Scrolls threatening to kick them off the game.

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Cyber Security Today – Don’t get burned by wildfire donor pitches, domain registrars hacked, bad Android apps, password woes and more

Don’t get burned by wildfire donor pitches, domain registrars hacked, bad Android apps, password woes and more.

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How can we help our employees care about cybersecurity?

How can we help our employees care about cybersecurity

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Palo Alto Network’s Demisto SOAR platform gets major visualization, scalability boosts

Demisto also becomes the first SOAR vendor to add chat support for their mobile application.

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Plusieurs services de VPN touchés par une faille de sécurité

Des groupes de pirates étatiques exploitent activement des failles de sécurité dans des services de réseau privé virtuel (VPN) des entreprises Pulse Secure, Fortinet et Palo Alto Networks, selon l’Agence de sécurité nationale américaine (NSA).

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Cyber Security Today: Security survey of Canadians, can Facebook hear you, Zoom video conferencing app warning

Security survey of Canadians, can Facebook hear you, Zoom video conferencing app warning

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Canadians are confident with data protection but hope for better cybersecurity education: survey

Canadians are doing just fine with protecting their data and online privacy. However, many feel that a solid education for cybersecurity is needed, according to a recent survey.

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Cloud: Shared Responsibility Model, an interview with Coleman Mehta, Palo Alto Networks

Governments around the world are increasingly relying on cloud-based IT services to fulfill their technology needs, so it is therefore vital to ensure that policymakers account for the “shared responsibility” in the cloud.

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Palo Alto Networks rebrands and upgrades cloud products within new Prisma suite

Prisma is basically a ‘Branding Plus’ exercise, where the big news is the rebranding of existing products into a new suite, but the products receive some enhancements – with more to come – to make them work more smoothly together.

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Mirai botnet targets more enterprise devices: Report

Additions to the Mirai botnet suggest those behind the automated IoT-based attack mechanism are turning more to enterprise devices, says a report from Palo Alto Networks.

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Cyber Security Today: What to expect from RSA Conference with Palo Alto Networks

Contributing writer Howard Solomon is there reporting and filed this pre-conference interview with Ryan Olson, vice-president of threat research at Palo Alto Networks, on what to expect.

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Palo Alto Networks unveils ‘super-EDR’ capability with Cortex platform and key Cortex XDR application

Cortex is the next-generation of Palo Alto Networks’ Application Framework, with the ability to create a much deeper data lake and analyze it more effectively. The newly announced Traps 6.0 endpoint solution contributes to this, as it now gathers data like an EDR solution for the first time.

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Palo Alto Networks adds managed services program to partner program

Palo Alto Networks announced major tweaks to its NextWave Partner Program this week, including a new dedicated managed services program.

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Palo Alto Networks partners with IBM Canada and British Columbia

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks recently announced the launch of Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy in collaboration with IBM Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Education. The Santa Clara-based company stated the latest facility is intended to bridge the skills gap by preparing students for careers in cybersecurity.

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Palo Alto Networks emphasizes new services opportunities in major partner program overhaul

This is the first major ‘tweak’ of Palo Alto Networks’ partner program since its inception, and the changes are extremely significant, and multi-faceted.

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Palo Alto Networks to launch cyber security academy for BC high school students

EToday is Safer Internet Day around the world, and to honour the occasion Santa Clara-based cybersecurity company Palo Alto Networks has announced that is has joined forces with IBM Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Education to launch the Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy.

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Palo Alto Networks and IBM Canada Launch Youth Cybersecurity Program

Today is Safer Internet Day, and it’s never to early in life to get youth involved with initiatives to protect themselves and their work online.

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BC HIGH SCHOOLS LAUNCH CYBERSECURITY PROGRAM FOCUSED ON BRIDGING SKILLS GAP

Palo Alto Networks has partnered with BC’s Ministry of Education and IBM Canada to launch Palo Alto Networks Cybersecurity Academy, the first of its kind in Canadian high schools. The program aims to bridge the tech skills gap in Canada by preparing students for careers in cybersecurity.

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Customers’ ability to secure public clouds like AWS and Azure has to improve, says Palo Alto Networks’ Canadian country manager

Public cloud adoption in Canada is rising, but so are the challenges organizations face when it comes to securing public cloud environments such as Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure, according to Rob Lunney, Canada’s country manager for Palo Alto Networks.

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Security in Canada going through interesting times: Palo Alto Networks Canada country manager Rob Lunney

Palo Alto Networks’ Canadian country manager talks about the challenges his company faces, how it has adapted its strategies to meet them, and what the channel needs to do to keep pace.

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2019 Cloud Security Predictions

Enterprises have been enjoying the flexibility and torrent of innovation that public cloud platforms have provided over the years. However, adopting public cloud services can also magnify security risks and compliance challenges if not carefully planned for in advance. Here are some cloud security trends I’ve observed over the last year and predictions I have for 2019.

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