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Optiv MXDR optimizes detection and reaction!

As technology evolves, employee weariness sets in, and complicated cloud or digital transformation programs put a burden on resources, enterprise security teams are facing unprecedented attack surface growth. Optiv, the cyber advisory and solutions leader, announced the expansion of its Managed XDR (MXDR) offering to help clients protect critical data, applications, and systems in the cloud (public or multi-cloud) in near real-time with an all-star roster of integrated platforms, including the following:

  1. Amazon Web Services (AWS), which gives clients additional detection and response capabilities to protect them from increasingly complex cyberattacks.
  2. Google Cloud Platform (GCP), a multi-cloud platform that provides complete visibility and workload protection at scale.
  3. Microsoft Azure is a cloud computing platform that provides comprehensive data security and integrated services.

Users rely on Optiv MXDR’s unsocial quality to gather, signify, and prioritize information alerts and configuration changes, as well as correlate them across aggregate unreality sources. Optiv streamlines information postulation and enrichment by connecting unneurotic services with starred platforms, providing customizable insights to strengthen information controls. Clients can program threat detection and visibility in accordance with a standard that suits their unique level of virtual reality adoption. Furthermore, the expansion of the service offers in-depth analysis and access to expedited probe and effect measures.

Rocky Destefano, Optiv’s chief technology officer stated, “Organizations require enhanced and fully integrated solutions to counter the evolving methods and increased number of cyberattacks by threat actors. As part of Optiv’s Advanced Detection and Response solution, MXDR and AWS, GCP, and Azure help our clients reduce their risk and focus their valuable resources on the things that matter most. By innovating with world-class cloud partners, we’re taking Optiv’s security analysis expertise to the next level and helping our clients secure their future by focusing on the very best of what the market has to offer.”

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Deloitte and VMware partner to form Distributed Cloud!

Deloitte and VMware partner to form Deloitte VMware Distributed Cloud (DVDC) practice to support clients in efficiently adopting and leveraging distributed cloud architectures to help them transform their businesses and the industries they serve. This strategic DVDC practice facilitates clients to adopt distributed cloud architectures, including public, private, and edge, more effectively and economically to deliver significant changes and handle certain industry issues.

Zia Yusuf, senior vice president of strategic ecosystem and industry solutions, VMware said, “VMware and Deloitte have a proven track record of helping clients achieve faster, more predictable outcomes, realize faster time to value on new products and services, and deliver innovation-driven differentiation in the most highly competitive industries around the world. As exemplified by being a multi-year VMware Partner Achievement award winner, it’s clear that VMware and Deloitte are fully aligned on our commitment to delivering outcomes as a service to our mutual clients.”

Clients will benefit from the strategic DVDC practice area’s strong software engineering and multi-cloud services capabilities, which will help them accelerate product velocity in dispersed cloud environments. Deloitte and VMware will assist clients in making the transition to contemporary software engineering by improving the developer experience and providing tools and services that enable more efficient and successful product and application development and delivery. Deloitte’s industry cloud solutions combine relevant client expertise from similar projects, leading practices and techniques for predictable results, pre-integrated software ecosystems, reference architecture, business transformation elements, and delivery accelerators. VMware Cross-Cloud services, specifically VMware Tanzu, will provide a contemporary cloud-native apps platform as part of an ecosystem strategy that will enable Deloitte to deploy apps to production faster and more securely across industries including retail, health, finance, and government sector.

Ranjit Bawa, principal, and U.S. cloud leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP said, “The Deloitte VMware Distributed Cloud practice will focus on transforming our client’s technology to become an innovation enabler. A leading provider of multi-cloud services, the DVDC practice leverages VMware’s innovative multi-cloud infrastructure, management, and migration technologies; and Tanzu modern application capabilities with Deloitte’s extensive software engineering and digital transformation capabilities to guide organizations through their journey. I am extremely proud of how we have scaled this practice area which allows us to deliver modern application and hence business outcomes across on-premises, edge, and public cloud.”

Diebold Nixdorf Releases Vynamic Retail Platform!

Diebold Nixdorf releases Vynamic Retail Platform, a cloud-native software solution that will power the retail of the future. This company is a global leader in driving connected commerce for the retail and financial industries The modular platform provides retailers with the functionality and flexibility depending on today’s changing customer needs environment.

The Vynamic Retail Platform integrates all aspects of the retail operation, such as customer journeys, stores, and back-office operations, into a single open, flexible software environment, resulting in new efficiencies and cost savings. As physical and digital channels continue to merge and customers’ needs shift daily, a holistic approach to retail management is becoming increasingly important.

The following features are included in the Vynamic Retail Platform:

• Checkout: A highly customizable checkout solution that can be applied to any retail segment. There are three pre-configured checkout solutions to help with quick implementation: Vynamic GRx for Grocery, Vynamic SFx for Specialty & Fashion, and Vynamic FCx for Fuel & Convenience.

• Loyalty: Vynamic Engage is the platform’s modular solution for providing personalized, cross-channel experiences to customers based on real-time insights into their preferences and purchase history. Loyalty management, promotions and campaigns, and customer rewards are available as separate modules.

• Retail Management: With Vynamic Retail Management, retailers can efficiently run all back-office processes from the cloud, including inventory management, online order fulfillment, POS configurations, reporting, and more.

• Compliance: Vynamic CPaaS is a software module that ensures every touchpoint in every store has to access to the cloud repository, which serves as the single source of truth for all legal and fiscal requirements. Vynamic CPaaS, which stands for “Country Package as a Service,” offers retailers a constantly updated repository of legal and fiscal regulations for more than 60 countries.

Bernd Kraus, senior vice president, Retail software, at Diebold Nixdorf, said: “Rather than ‘cloudifying’ our current solutions, we built a new cloud-native software platform from scratch. We believe this is the only way to achieve true scalability, security and performance in the cloud. Hosted as-a-service and leveraging open APIs and modular microservices, Vynamic Retail Platform is the best cloud solution in the market to support connected, flexible and efficient shopping experiences for retail customers.”

Mahindra Group Migrates Applications to Google Cloud

Mahindra Group migrates its business-critical applications to Google Cloud and revamps its DevSecOps capabilities. It includes SAP data warehouse and data lake on the cloud that helps businesses achieve customer-centricity, sustainability, process intelligence, and automation.

Group chief technology officer of the Mahindra and Mahindra, Mohit Kapoor, said, “A digital mindset is a front and center in every aspect of the Mahindra Group. We are building for the future with advanced cloud-based technologies and data-driven strategies to speed up decision making and maximize synergies across our business.”

The transfer will take place over the next three years, according to Mahindra Group, which has companies in farm equipment such as tractors, utility vehicles, IT, and financial services.

It aims to be able to better predict trends and consumer sentiments, accelerate product innovation and deliver personalized customer experiences by then, as well as simplify data administration, cut total cost of ownership, and increase security and governance.

Mahindra will also use Google Cloud’s site reliability engineering (SRE) and DevSecOps teams to bolster its own cloud engineering and cloud-native operations capabilities.

Mahindra’s shift to Google Cloud follows the establishment of its technology services division, which is focused on providing industry-specific capabilities in areas like precision agriculture and remote patient monitoring.

“By utilizing Google Cloud’s best-in-class infrastructure and data capabilities, we can innovate faster for competitive differentiation, advance our enterprise sustainability goals, and strengthen our talent pool by attracting the best tech talent in the industry,” added Mohit Kapoor, Group chief technology officer of the Mahindra and Mahindra.

Microsoft Launches Defender for Google Cloud Platform!

Microsoft has announced that their defender for cloud protection is now available for Google Cloud Platform environments as well. Threat detection and security warnings are ensured across all clouds because of this. Because many firms use a hybrid cloud solution, this benefits most consumers. Defender for Cloud is a Microsoft security product that discovers and alerts vulnerabilities in protected multi-cloud and hybrid settings monitor cloud services for threats and offer recommendations to improve security.

However, the group’s ability to support cloud solutions has been limited thus far. Another amazing partner is on the way in the form of the Google Cloud Platform or GCP for short. Microsoft revealed native multi-cloud compatibility for Amazon AWS at the Ignite 2021 conference just a few weeks ago.

Microsoft Partner Group Program Manager Gilad Elyashar revealed that Microsoft Defender for Cloud now supports Google Cloud Platform natively with CSPM and CWP capabilities, eliminating the need for Google 1st party tools.

With the addition of AWS and GCP support, businesses can now use Defender for Cloud to get a quick overview of the security health of their multi-cloud environment using Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), all from one place in the Defender for Cloud portal. Microsoft is now the only cloud provider that offers native multi-cloud protection for the industry’s top three platforms, thanks to GCP support.

Kinetic Business launches OfficeSuite Express to provide cloud-based communications for small businesses!

Kinetic Business has introduced OfficeSuite Express to provide small businesses with an affordable communication solution for 10 or fewer desktop phones in one place.

Mark Lederman, vice president of marketing for Kinetic products said, “Businesses of all sizes across our 18-state footprint count on Kinetic Business for affordable, reliable and quality communications solutions. OfficeSuite UC has been a successful solution for many business customers, allowing their employees to stay connected and collaborate even while working remotely, maintaining business continuity. We are proud to bring a similar solution to our small business customers.”

OfficeSuite Express is designed to meet the different and unique needs of small businesses which enable employees to work anywhere on any device. It is a turnkey solution that provides direct access to an affordable, state-of-the-art cloud-based communications system by integrating OfficeSuite UC service with up to 10 desktop phones, allowing businesses to vent their guesses on their communication technology needs and make their phone system faster and have professional installation installed. This device carries features that escalate efficiency and productivity like one can work anywhere and at any time, add or receive calls and manage emails on any device, meet face to face and interact in real-time with OfficeSuite HD Meeting video conference, also access and manage all business communications securely online.

TSB Golden Gate Release Helps Developers Configure Policies For Their Applications

Tetrate declared the general availability of Tetrate Service Bridge (TSB), Golden Gate release.

API Gateway, a web application firewall (WAF), and service mesh capabilities are all combined into a single administration plane in this latest edition, resulting in a cloud-agnostic unified application connection platform.

TSB delivers centralized governance and decentralized enforcement to application networking by unifying these capabilities—essential for enabling zero-trust security across historical and new workloads.

The Envoy-based application networking layer from TSB blurs the lines between north-south and east-west traffic, making it all just application traffic. From the edge to the workload, developers may now apply capabilities previously only available in an API gateway to any element of their application topology. API Gateway and a comprehensive set of API governance tools are included in the TSB Golden Gate release out of the box.

Developers may find it difficult to gain access and understand how to configure application-specific network and security policies, which can have a negative impact on productivity. Simultaneously, networking and security teams lack the resources necessary to enforce policy demands and ensure that they are followed. This misalignment of access and knowledge results in non-compliant networking and uneven policy enforcement, which leads to security breaches.

With the Golden Gate version, TSB now allows developers to create policies for their applications without having to grasp the complexity of new technologies like Envoy and Istio while yet harnessing their potential.

CEO, and co-founder of Tetrate, Varun Talwar said, “Application architectures are increasingly becoming distributed in nature. When combined with the need for multi-cloud infrastructures, application networking, and security policies, management becomes a complex problem. TSB elegantly simplifies this challenge with its management plane, a layer that binds the runtime system to the users and teams. Enterprises can implement controls for regulatory requirements with confidence and maintain many unrelated teams on the same infrastructure without shared-fate outages.”

Alcor launched AccessFlow, an IAM Product with Automated, Centralized, Seamless Integrations

Alcor, a leading and global provider of cloud solutions, security, and implementation services, launched its IAM product, AccessFlow. It is an automated, self-service access management product built on the Service Now platform that helps organizations in achieving automated, centralized, and seamless integrations with different platforms. As a Built on now application, AccessFlow provides the performance, Security, and GUI of the Service Now platform – designed and tested for fast, agile, secure, resistant, and allied digital transformation. 

To automate access provisioning, improve visibility, and optimize process compliance, AccessFlow now enables businesses to relish the benefits of: 

  • Assembled Access Management: Seamlessly verifies and manages crucial tasks such as – access provisioning, de-provisioning, license management, visibility into third-party integrations, and also offers a single source of information with consolidated reporting and dashboards.  
  • Secured Compliance: Automation of the entire access management lifecycle ensures secure operations. This helps organizations maintain data integrity, extend audit support, and proactively identify, monitor risk-based roles and leaves no place for error. 

Chairperson, and Senior Principal at Alcor, Monisha Singh says, “The updated version of AccessFlow takes access governance to a new level by providing efficient third-party integrations, ServiceNow GRC collaboration, and SOC1 Compliance with effective internal controls for data protection. This automated and unified approach of managing access over extended integrations with other robust features like SoD, Role-Based Access Matrix, Training Prerequisites, Dormant Account Alert, and more will enable organizations to significantly reduce time, cost, and effort. The all-new AccessFlow is bigger, better, and bolder with a single view of accesses, compliance assurance, and multiple brand-new features curated to meet the IAM needs of modern organizations.”  

AccessFlow Product Manager, Jenifer Rubavathy adds, “Over a past few years, we have seen a big increase in the demand of automating the access management processes for granting authorizations in accordance with compliance requirements. As a result, AccessFlow has collaborated with ServiceNow GRC and also extended Integrations with Azure AD and middleware platforms. Some of the essential holistic approaches to IAM that enable you to develop your cyber security posture include preventive Segregation of Duties into the access request process, effectively controls for permission level risks, and offering enterprise-wide access visibility increases the organization’s security, process efficiency as well as avoids the penalties for noncompliance.”  

Starburst Announced Saas Product Galaxy To Solve Cross-Cloud Analytics Challenges, Giving Access To Data Anywhere

Starburst, an analytics anywhere firm, announced the industry’s first cross-cloud analytics solution with the latest instalment of its SaaS product Starburst Galaxy announced it at AWS re:Invent, hosted by Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS). This most recent version of Starburst Galaxy, first released in February 2021, now enables clients to query data across cloud platforms smoothly without compromising speed or access.

“Analyzing data across cloud providers is a growing concern for enterprises as data is increasingly generated and stored in multiple clouds, as well as on-premises data centers. Starburst is at the forefront of helping enterprises address this issue with its Starburst Galaxy managed service, which enables SQL queries to be federated across data stored in cloud object stores and data warehouses, on multiple clouds, without data movement,” said Matt Aslett, Vice President and Research Director at Ventana Research.

As a result of this year’s rapid digitization, countless companies are now using multiple cloud providers. Until now, running a business on multiple cloud providers’ platforms has been inefficient due to data access issues and pricing. Clients can now operate efficiently on AWS and other major cloud providers with Starburst Galaxy, removing data silos and challenges of the past.

“Many vendors make their products available in each of the major cloud providers and refer to them as ‘multi-cloud.’  Starburst is taking the industry to a new frontier, as the first to offer “cross-cloud” analytics, enabling SQL joins across tables living in different clouds. At Starburst, we believe you should own your own data and have the freedom to decide where it lives. With Galaxy, we’re excited to bring the first cross-cloud analytics SaaS platform to market, and proud to say it includes native security features, a flexible consumption model, and a great user experience,” said Justin Borgman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Starburst.

“Starburst and AWS are working together to provide a seamless, easy-to-access architecture across the cloud environment to meet customers’ demands in today’s modern, cloud-first workforce. Starburst Galaxy on AWS empowers organizations across industries with a cloud-based managed service that streamlines the querying and analysis of data so companies can quickly make data-driven decisions,” said Sabina Joseph, General Manager, Technology Partners at AWS.

Cloud analytics is offered by other vendors in the data analytics industry, but the Starburst Galaxy offering is significantly different. Until now, there has been no other architecture in the market that addresses these issues of cross-cloud analytics.

“We’re very excited about the future of Starburst Galaxy and cross-cloud analytics. The demand for an intuitive, easy to use platform where our customers can query across their cloud infrastructure is very high. Starburst Galaxy opens the door to meet this demand and help companies gain new insights that were previously impossible in the time they were needed,” said Michael Cesino, President at Visible Systems Corporation.

Fugue and CWS Team Up to Solve Enterprise Cloud Security Gaps with End-to-End Policy as Code Enforcement

CWS, an IT services firm that helps large, highly regulated companies migrate to the cloud, has teamed up with Fugue, a cloud security SaaS company, to provide developer-first cloud security for mission-critical and time-sensitive cloud deployments. Fugue’s SaaS platform secures cloud infrastructure throughout all stages of the software development life cycle by employing the same infrastructure controls as code checks and the cloud runtime environment. CWS and Fugue have teamed together to focus on delivering safe cloud infrastructure quickly, starting with a large telecoms firm and resulting in a 90 percent faster deployment with half the engineering staff.

“Time and again we see critical cloud initiatives get bogged down in time-consuming enterprise security processes that kill development velocity. After evaluating a number of tools, Fugue was the only one that addressed cloud security end-to-end using the same set of policies, reducing delivery times for security-critical cloud infrastructure from months to days and requiring only a fraction of the engineering investment previously needed,” said Rajat Sharma, founder of CWS.

“Security is the rate-limiting factor for how fast enterprises can go in the cloud, and key to changing this is developer-centric security based on policy as code and automated enforcement.  CWS has a track record of helping engineering teams innovate fast in challenging regulatory environments, and we’re thrilled they’ve chosen Fugue as their platform for operationalizing cloud security across the software development life cycle,” said Josh Stella, co-founder and CEO of Fugue.