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Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) is a software solution that allows organizations to monitor and manage all devices like computers, mobile devices, scanners, network devices, IoT, etc. connected to their network using a single management interface. UEM treats all end-users or devices as “Endpoints”.

The Evolution of UEM – Unified Endpoint Management is replacement and upgradation for various traditional tools like Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), Mobile Device Management (MDM) and Client Management Tools (CMT).

  • Client Management Tools were used to handle client systems and various tasks like software delivery, patch management, and remote control. However, CMT lacked the ability to manage new devices and technologies like mobile devices and the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) System.
  • As a result, Mobile Device Management (MDM) started being used in situations where the company owned and managed every device solely for security reasons. MDM is the process of remotely managing the utility of mobile devices and allocating functions like corporate functionality, supportability, security while also allowing users some freedom and flexibility. MDM solutions worked at the device level and they lacked control of other external applications, it was difficult to overcome the obstacles posed by BYOD.
  • The limitations visible in MDM solutions, however, led to development of Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) which includes features Mobile App Management, Mobile Content Management, Containerization, and Identity Management in a centralized solution. This provides a comprehensive approach that addresses all aspects of the device. EMM now allowed employers to remotely manage all devices like smartphones, laptops, tablets, etc., and applications used by organization’s employees. With the introduction of these versatile applications, allowing organizations to communicate and access business resources seamlessly, the emphasis shifted away from application visibility and control towards streamlining worker productivity.

UEM Removes the Need for Multiple Tools

As stated above, there is a shortage of expertise with the use of different tools. Since, administrators must perform a variety of tasks like operating system updates, security measures, and remote monitoring, and it is difficult for administrators to educate themselves on different tools, their negligence may lead to costly mistakes. Therefore, organizations felt the need to avoid multiple solutions. Enterprise firms wanted a solution that brought the management of all end-users and endpoints together on one unified solution.This led to the development of Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) Solutions. UEM solutions are the most recent iterations of software applications that control and track all devices of employees and clients throughout their life cycle. Clients appreciate the right to use their own devices, and employers appreciate the risk minimization and increased productivity that comes with knowing that employees can safely access and use company’s resources.

Features of UEM Solutions

Integration with Multiple Platforms – Unified Endpoint Management is designed to work with multiple platforms like Android, MacOS, Chrome OS, Windows, Linux, etc. It can update, monitor, control, configure and help in migration of device or OS from a single management dashboard.

Compliance – The first step in ensuring system enforcement is deciding which types of devices UEM will allow to enroll as endpoints in company’s network. With user and endpoint compliance UEM establishes perimeter-based security to protect company’s assets. Endpoints are subjected to routine compliance tests to ensure that they are up to date on security fixes, operating system updates, patches and how to treat devices that have been compromised. After a user registers and uses the organization’s network services, the endpoint user must comply with user compliance policy.

Mobile Application Management (MAM) – MAM applies security controls and policies to applications with an option to block dangerous apps. One of the key reasons for failures in a company’s security system is differences in security and management policies for controlling entities, security applications and operating system maintenance. Corporate applications that have been developed in-house can be deployed and controlled through MAM. They can also be isolated from personal applications to protect private information – so an employee does not need to separate their work and personal device but also can maintain distance between their personal and professional lives.

Identity and Access Management – Endpoints are the subject of identity and access management, which ensures that only trusted individuals or devices have safe access to organization’s data. By associating registered devices (endpoints) with users’ credentials with various services like application signing and Single Sign-On (SSO), UEM assesses an endpoint’s behaviour to calculate certificate management risk. This helps indicates whether a user is to be granted or refused access to a particular resource.

Data Stripping – Data stripping is a security technique that removes company’s information from standard applications and redirects it to protected ones. It is a security feature of UEM. It provides a secure and isolated approach to protect organization’s sensitive information.

Devices are becoming more advanced; employees and work policies are changing, and the security environment is constantly changing. These factors are pushing businesses to implement a single endpoint management system (UEM) to handle and protect all endpoints, their users, applications and information in an efficient manner.

Castellan’s The New Crisis Management Module Allows Holistic Resilience Management

Castellan Solutions, a leading firm providing resilience management solutions, announced the launch of its new Crisis Management module, which enables companies to act quickly and effectively in the crucial times following the onset of a business disruption.

The risk landscape has evolved, and business as usual is being called into question on a daily basis. As supply chain disruptions continue and cyber attacks grow in magnitude and frequency, the question is no longer whether disruption will occur, but when.

Organizations can integrate better and optimise readiness activities (operational resilience, disaster recovery, business continuity, and compliance planning) and response activities (crisis/incident management and emergency notification) to reduce the impact of business disruptions affecting their people, consumers, reputation, and revenue by taking a holistic approach to risk management through resilience management.

Castellan’s SaaS platform provides a fully integrated solutions can help users to analyse and prioritise risk, develop actionable response and recovery plans, interact with colleagues through multiple channels, stress test plans using possible scenarios, and rapidly mobilise response teams in the critical moments of an incident occurring – all from a single platform.

The Crisis Management module fully integrates with Castellan’s multi-modal emergency notification capability, allowing organisations to communicate and manage an incident with confidence through:

Task Management: Activate plans and drive accountability with interactive task management and tracking, with an ability to assign ad hoc tasks based on the unique nature of the incident.

Encrypted Chat: Collaborate securely across teams with encrypted chat inside each incident, even if normal channels are compromised.

Mobile Functionality: Drive all response coordination, from incident creation to task management, straight from your mobile device.

Executive Dashboards: Provide real-time updates on the situation and the overall response.

“To confidently achieve the right level of resilience, organizations must work to close high priority vulnerabilities and build a world-class response capability “The innovation and expansion of our SaaS platform paired with our consulting and managed services enables our clients and partners to manage their response to multiple, simultaneous threats with ease,” said Jon Ezrine, CEO of Castellan Solutions.

Frog Teams Up With Slack To Increase The Awareness About Key Software Development Events

JFrog has introduced a new Slack integrator For JFrog Artifactory and JFrog Xray. The new JFrog app for Slack enables developers to notify an extended team of stakeholders in real-time about significant software development events, such as new security vulnerabilities or licensing compliance violations, allowing them to optimize release cycles and reduce time-to-resolution.

“Collaboration has always been an integral part of DevOps, but when it comes to security-related events, you need to communicate early and often. We are thrilled to work with Slack – one of the world’s leading collaboration tools – on enhancing the way developers work today so they can deliver stronger features, faster releases, continuous updates, and improved security for their entire DevOps pipeline,” said Stephen Chin, vice president of Developer Relations, JFrog.

The JFrog app for Slack combines artefact management and security with operational efficiency to boost company results. It lets one or more Slack channels to receive notifications, information, and actions connected to specific software incidents. For example, developers can communicate vulnerability and licensing compliance notifications with a broader team of stakeholders directly from their workstations, based on policies set up in JFrog Xray.

The interactive notifications allow receivers to take action, such as create “ignore” rules, view details, and so on. From within the Slack channel, you can pause, delete, or invoke the JFrog Platform for more information about notifications.

UL Launches SafeCyber to Protect Connected Devices

UL, a global leader in safety science, announced a new solution SafeCyber Digital Security, a suite of solutions aimed at democratising IoT security and equipping key businesses like device manufacturers, suppliers, and systems integrators to take control of their networked infrastructure. UL’s SafeCyber Digital Security Platform working to mitigate the growing amount of cyberthreats faced by these enterprises, from smart home gadgets and complex medical equipment to advanced automotive and Industry 4.0 technology.

“The proliferation of connected devices has unlocked immense new economic potential, but it has also introduced a flurry of cybersecurity risks that can materially impact businesses. SafeCyber helps organizations holistically understand and assess risk, allowing both new and existing assets to be designed and maintained to conform with the latest cybersecurity legislation and best practices,” said Jukka Makinen, managing director of the Identity Management and Security division at UL.

UL also unveiled its Maturity Path capability as part of the launch, a solution that gives device manufacturers, suppliers, and system integrators with a maturity assessment for linked device security in order to develop long-term product security governance and processes.

In SafeCyber platform, UL also introduced Firmware Check and Field Monitoring features. Firmware Check will provide stakeholders with a security check on firmware implementations that are presently in development, whereas Field Monitoring will allow those companies to run large-scale security checks on firmware that is already in the market.

“For more than 125 years, UL has been a trusted partner helping organizations ensure the safety and compliance of their products and solutions. Today’s launch of SafeCyber marks an important milestone in our long-term vision to develop a best-in-class capability that helps organizations move beyond a compliance mindset, and toward a proactive stance that enables them to actively manage their security posture in what is becoming an increasingly connected, ever-evolving threat landscape,” added Makinen.

SafeCyber’s clients will get immediate access to UL’s Maturity Path, Firmware Check and Field Monitoring. Any connected device stakeholder can begin a free Maturity Path self-assessment as part of UL’s efforts to make best quality product security practises better accessible. 

IT Ally and Ascend Technologies launched SMB Fortify™ to offer small and mid-sized businesses a solution for managing cybersecurity threat

IT Ally, cybersecurity advisory company serving small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) called has released SMB Fortify™, an end-to-end cybersecurity solution that combines Ascend Technologies’ security and network operational excellence with strategic cyber advisory, governance, risk, and compliance expertise.

Program management, network and security operations capabilities are all included in SMB Fortify™. The integration of IT Ally’s strategic advice and Ascend’s operational excellence results in a unique and geared solution to secure against business-impacting cyber incidents.

“As SMBs have emerged as the new targets for ransomware and government sponsored hacking, we are seeing many of our clients shift their position on risk tolerance in the cybersecurity arena. Clients are also seeing increased demands from their customers to implement more robust cybersecurity protection. SMBs have typically under-invested in this area and having appropriate cybersecurity protection is beginning to surface as a competitive differentiator and strategy to preserve the valuation of their business. The SMB Fortify solution provides the resources, expertise, tools and techniques specifically designed for SMBs to become more resilient and cyber ready,” said Michael Fillios, Founder & CEO, IT Ally.                                                        – 

“The SMB Fortify™  solution represents a perfect union of the capabilities of our two companies. With staggering statistics such as 60% of companies going out of business within 6 months of experiencing a security breach and, 74% of companies not getting their data back after paying a ransom, we consider cybersecurity to be the primary threat to the success of any company in the SMB space,” said Wayne Kiphart, CEO, Ascend Technologies.

SGT Capital acquired Utimaco, the global leader in cybersecurity solutions

SGT Capital, a worldwide alternative asset manager with offices in Germany and Singapore, announced that the EQT Mid Market Europe fund has come to an agreement to sell Utimaco Verwaltungs GmbH to SGT Capital.

Utimaco is a trusted company for cybersecurity and compliance solutions and services. For governed critical systems, the firm offers on-premises and cloud-based hardware security modules, as well as key management and data intelligence solutions. Utimaco employs over 470 people across the world. The firm’s emphasis on protecting data, identities, and essential infrastructures from cyber-crime makes it a vital force in trying to make the world a safer place.

“Utimaco is the clear market leader in global cybersecurity as well as data intelligence solutions and has executed an impressive innovation, growth and M&A strategy. We look forward to working with Stefan Auerbach and the entire Utimaco team as well as EQT Private Equity and Bain Capital Credit going forwards,” said Joseph Pacini, Co-Managing Partner of SGT Capital, said.

“Utimaco plays a crucial role in fighting cyber-crime making the world a safer place. We would like to thank all employees for this exciting journey – we are convinced that Utimaco will continue its successful path with its new majority owner and are happy to stay invested as a minority owner,” said Florian Funk, Partner within EQT Private Equity’s Advisory Team.

“We have been very impressed with the performance of Utimaco over the last few years. Bain Capital is delighted to support SGT Capital in their investment and to continue to work alongside this talented management team led by Stefan Auerbach,” said Tom Maughan, Head of Private Credit in Europe for Bain Capital Credit.

“In the last years, we have built a global platform leader for trusted cybersecurity solutions, providing the highest level of security and compliance to the world’s largest corporates and governments. We look forward to the next phase of growth together with SGT Capital,” said Stefan Auerbach, CEO of Utimaco.

“Utimaco clearly fits within the SGT Capital business model of investing in market leading business with excellent executives and significant future global growth potential – particularly into high growth regions such as Asia. We look forward to opening up doors of success together with the Utimaco team, EQT Private Equity and Bain Capital Credit,” said Carsten Geyer, Co-Managing Partner of SGT Capital.

Clearlake Capital invests in RSA

The Clearlake Capital Group made strategic equity investment in RSA Security LLC. RSA is a worldwide provider of mission critical cyber security solutions, governance risk and compliance management tools to businesses. Clearlake joins Symphony Technology Group as an equal partner, having acquired the company from Dell Technologies in 2020 alongside Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board. The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan continues to be a large minority shareholder. The transaction’s terms were not released.

The strategic equity investment in RSA Security LLC by Clearlake Capital Group, L. P. has been completed. RSA is a worldwide provider of mission critical cyber security solutions, governance risk

RSA offers enterprise risk, security and fraud teams to manage digital risk in a comprehensive manner, including threat detection and response, integrated risk management, identity and access management and omnichannel fraud prevention.

“Clearlake’s investment in RSA comes at an opportune time and will support the Company as it looks to accelerate innovation in the key cybersecurity and risk management markets in which we operate. We are thrilled to partner with Clearlake and look forward to leveraging their proprietary O.P.S.® framework to continue to deliver best-in-class software to a large and growing global customer base,” said Rohit Ghai, Chief Executive Officer of RSA.

“RSA is a pioneer in the cybersecurity and risk management markets and its mission critical software solutions are more relevant than ever in today’s marketplace. We believe the robust market growth and strong secular tailwinds underpinning RSA’s leadership position as well as STG’s successful efforts to establish RSA as a standalone company have positioned the Company well for continuing to serve its blue-chip customer base. We look forward to partnering with STG in transforming the business and investing to accelerate both organic and inorganic growth,” said Behdad Eghbali, Co-Founder and Managing Partner, and Prashant Mehrotra, Partner, of Clearlake.

William Chisholm, Managing Partner of STG said, “Clearlake’s distinguished track record of investing in leading software companies, as well as their deep understanding of the growing importance of RSA’s risk and cybersecurity solutions in the digital age, made them a perfect partner for us in helping RSA during its next phase of growth.”

SYNNEX Corporation partners Proofpoint adds security and networking to portfolio

SYNNEX Corporation, a leading provider of technology distribution, systems design, and integration services, introduced a range of Proofpoint products and services to its networking and security portfolio. Proofpoint is a leading cybersecurity and compliance firm.

“Proofpoint’s people-centric approach to cybersecurity equips partners with the tools and knowledge to help customers protect their people, data, and brand. We are thrilled to add Proofpoint to our linecard and integrate our services and expertise to deliver effective solutions that keep customers safe from cyber threats,” said Reyna Thompson, Senior Vice President, Product Management, North America, SYNNEX.

Through SYNNEX, resellers have access to Proofpoint product line and can use their integrated suite of cloud-based solutions to assist businesses all over the world stop targeted cyberattacks, protect their data, and make their clients more robust to cyber attacks. SYNNEX’s cybersecurity and compliance solutions will be enhanced as a result of the partnership, which will secure consumers across all channels, including email, social media, web, cloud and mobile messaging.

“In today’s environment, a company’s most important asset – their people – can also be their biggest cybersecurity threat. We are excited to work with SYNNEX to deliver innovative security and compliance solutions to their vast network of resellers. Our comprehensive portfolio, backed by SYNNEX’ leading services and dedicated support, provides partners with the intelligence and tools to help keep their customers safe, especially as people expand how and where they work,” said Joe Sykora, SVP, Worldwide Channels and Partner Sales, Proofpoint. 

Consultation in opportunity qualification, bill of materials design, proof of concept demonstrations, and exposure to complimentary training are all accessible through SYNNEX’s comprehensive pre-sales support solutions. Business development, product management and specialization, marketing, and entire business management can all be assisted by the dedicated SYNNEX Proofpoint team. SYNNEX additionally provides financially enticing incentives as well as aid with renewal automation. This high level of service is aimed to assist customers improve operational efficiencies and expand their businesses more successfully.

David Swick, Senior National Account Manager, North American Distribution, Proofpoint said, “As the Proofpoint channel business continues to experience double digit growth year over year, we look forward to further evolving our already strong distribution landscape. SYNNEX offers a unique opportunity for us to access new security partners and routes to market.”

Digital Asset Exchange BlockQuake™ Collaborates with Prominent Cybersecurity Firm Friedman CyZen

BlockQuake™, a regulatory-driven digital asset exchange announced collaboration with Friedman CyZen (“CyZen”), a prominent cybersecurity company with decades of experience in technological compliance with multiple regulatory frameworks. CyZen, a subsidiary of Friedman LLC, offers services such as continuous security log auditing, penetration testing, cybersecurity control, processing audits, and compliance consultation. BlockQuake™ will use CyZen for a number of these services, boosting investor security and privacy while also allowing for a higher level of self-regulation. BlockQuake™ just completed a penetration test conducted by CyZen that found no serious vulnerabilities or other cybersecurity flaws that may be exploited. 

“We are proud to partner with CyZen, which will support us in maintaining the highest standards of security on the BlockQuake™ Exchange. With the prevalence of large-scale security breaches and crypto scams, cryptocurrency traders, especially new investors, are rightly concerned about how to choose an exchange that is legitimate and safe. This partnership should bring confidence to our investors, who know they are trading on an exchange that prioritizes their safety and security,” said Antonio Brasse, CEO, and Co-founder of BlockQuake™.

Cyberattacks are a threat to all businesses, including cryptocurrencies. Several cryptocurrency exchanges have had huge security breaches in the last year, with hackers compromising investor data and stealing millions of dollars.

BlockQuake™ has added CyZen with BSA-compliant Custodian Prime Trust, Chainalysis, and Fireblocks as another regulatory-forward partner ahead of its impending launch. These significant vendor collaborations will aid BlockQuake™ in mitigating potentially disastrous security risks, as well as contributing to the resolution of key security concerns raised by traders in the cryptocurrency space.

“Hackers do not just go after multi-million dollar institutions. Cryptocurrency exchanges are becoming more frequent targets of ransomware and other cyberattacks. With CyZen’s vast experience in cybersecurity, we bring peace of mind to BlockQuake™ and its investors that their funds are always protected. We also provide the multifaceted services they need to navigate evolving cyber threats,” said William Mendez, Managing Director of Operations for CyZen.

Kovack Securities Has Selected Entreda To Provide Its Financial Advisors And Registered Representatives With An Industry-Leading Cybersecurity Compliance Platform

Kovack Securities, an independent broker-dealer and registered investment adviser that manages $13.45 billion in total client assets, has chosen Entreda to provide its 400 registered representatives and financial advisors with Entreda’s proprietary cybersecurity software and solutions.

Entreda’s selection by Kovack Securities demonstrates the company’s position as the leading cybersecurity provider to successful wealth management organisations. Entreda’s unique Cyber Risk Number, a scoring system that evaluates users’ and organisations’ cybersecurity postures; Entreda’s remediation, training, and education solutions; and its third-party vendor vetting products are all part of the Unify platform.

Sid Yenamandra, CEO and founder of Entreda, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Smarsh, said, “Though the country is emerging from the pandemic and making progress towards returning to normal, wealth management firms still need to be vigilant of cyber threats, which increased in intensity and frequency in the past year-plus as companies shifted to remote operations. Entreda’s platforms and solutions provide deep visibility on the cybersecurity posture of an organization’s users, devices, networks and vendors. This data is necessary for organizations to confidently do business and serve clients in this uncertain environment. We are thrilled to partner with Kovack Securities with their cybersecurity compliance needs.”