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Feb 18

Dell ‘Excited’ About Partners Selling New PowerEdge, Analytics for the Edge

By | Managed Services News

Three-quarters of all data will be created outside the data center by 2022.

As more data gets processed at the edge, and outside of the data center, Dell Technologies on Tuesday announced a new edge portfolio including PowerEdge servers, analytics, and new security and control capabilities.

The new products and services address the compute, network and storage needs within the edge. They include the PowerEdge XE2420, new Data Center Micro 415, and an updated PowerEdge XR2.

Dell's Matt Baker

Dell’s Matt Baker

“We see the edge as one part of a broader system and a system that’s defined by constraints that make it a little more difficult to deliver than a traditional unrestrained or clean data center,” said Matt Baker, senior vice president, strategy and planning at Dell Technologies.

The PowerEdge XE2420 is designed for harsh environments and dimensionally constrained environments. The XE2420 is a compact, high-performance server for edge deployments, that delivers the performance, availability and security required for telecommunications customers who are building out edge networks required for the 5G implementation, for example.

It’s a low-latency, two-socket system that accommodates up to four accelerators and 92TB of storage per server. The new device has Network Equipment-Building System certification with extended operating temperature tolerance.

In cases where customers need to deploy solutions in environments where no facility exists, the Dell EMC Modular Data Center Micro 415 (MDC Micro) is designed to fit the bill.

“These are modular data centers that are quite small – the size of a refrigerator for example – that allow us to build a controlled environment out into the harshest places in the world,” said Baker.

The updated version of the PowerEdge XR2 is a more ruggedized device with more GPUs.

Dell also announced two new offerings for edge analytics, designed to work cooperatively with one another. They are the Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform and the Dell EMC HPC Ready Architecture for AI and Data Analytics.

The Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform is designed to take real-time streaming data from the edge, process and analyze the data and return real-time insights. The enterprise-ready platform delivers a single solution for all customers’ data, whether streaming or not, that provides auto-scaling ingestion, tiered storage with historical recall on-demand and unified analytics for both real-time and historical business insights.

“This is something that our customers have been looking for and complements the Dell EMC storage portfolio quite well, particularly our Isilon unstructured portfolio where much of this new class of real-time data is landing,” said Baker.

The Dell EMC HPC Ready Architecture for AI and Data Analytics is designed for many AI and data analytics frameworks.

“It’s important to observe that this is an end-to-end system, and in order to develop a real-time inferencing application, it typically requires that you train it against a large set of data. This is designed to complement and be deployed, not physically alongside, but logically alongside the Streaming Data Platform,” said Baker.

Designed to provide security and control to the edge, the vendor also introduced the Dell EMC iDRAC9 Datacenter, a new Dell remote access controller that adds streaming data-analytics capabilities critical for understanding edge operations to all Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.

iDRAC 9 Datacenter helps customers meet the requirements for deploying, securing and operating edge environments. iDRAC 9 Datacenter helps with data security, edge management and control. It provides remote and automated data security with centralized key management, automated SSL certificate renewal, and real-time FIOS scanning for malicious firmware. There are capabilities around zero-touch configuration and simple, two-factor authentication, among other features. Additionally, there’s full-access management from core to edge for comprehensive control.

Initially availability for the Dell EMC PowerEdge XE2420 will begin in the second quarter; the Dell EMC Modular Data Center Micro is expected to be available beginning in the second half of 2020; and the Dell EMC iDRAC9 Datacenter and the Dell EMC Streaming Data Platform are available globally today.

The new offers will be available to partners, who Baker said critical to delivering edge solutions to customers.

“In many cases, when you find yourself in edge environments, you’re going from a relatively unconstrained and, in many ways, a vanilla environment – it’s standard racks, a big building somewhere – and increasingly, edge environments are really reflective of the core business of the customer. In many cases, our channel partners specialize in that business. So, we’re excited about the role that channel partners can play in helping us build and deliver edge solutions designed for their customer,” he said.

Feb 17

Cybersecurity Roundup: Tightening Up Election Security

By | Managed Services News

Election security offers big opportunities for MSSPs.

What better time to discuss election security, or the lack thereof, than President’s Day?

Problems with the Iowa Democratic Caucus and a bipartisan Senate Intelligence report confirming Russian interference in the 2016 election are raising concerns about the security and accuracy of upcoming primary and general elections.

So what needs to be done by who to secure upcoming elections? To find out more, we spoke with David Mason, director of channel partner success at SiteLock.

Channel Futures: What aren’t those holding elections doing what they should be doing to ensure optimum cybersecurity? And what aren’t candidates doing that they should be doing?

David Mason: Those who are holding elections are running on a tight budget, which limits the amount of resources they can allocate toward increasing cybersecurity measures. Hackers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, so those holding elections need to do more to ensure optimum cybersecurity to protect voter information and guarantee accurate election results. This can be achieved by choosing an MSSP that offers a wide range of security solutions and the right level of expertise to help build out a package tailored to the customers budget and specific security needs.

SiteLock's David Mason

SiteLock’s David Mason

When it comes to candidates, they should not only partner with security experts to ensure their campaign is protected from hackers, but also ensure that cybersecurity is a part of their platform. Once in office, these elected officials can make sure we implement the necessary policies to increase innovation and funding to guarantee future elections are not affected by malicious actors. One of the best ways a candidate can achieve this is by partnering with a trusted MSSP that can not only audit existing security practices, but also provide clear guidance on how to build a comprehensive and bulletproof security strategy.

CF: How can MSSPs and other cybersecurity providers help ensure secure elections?

DM: To ensure elections remain safe, MSSPs and other cybersecurity providers must first ensure they have a … comprehensive portfolio of security solutions to meet the specific security needs of these clients including endpoint, website and email security solutions at a variety of price points. If they have these solutions available, they could consider volunteering these services or offering them at a discounted rate that election organizers can afford. By expanding these offerings to election officials and polling places, MSSPs and cybersecurity providers can ensure safe elections while further reinforcing their reputation in the community as a trusted security advisor and resource.

CF: Is the shortage of cybersecurity talent impacting elections? If so, what can be done about that?

DM: The shortage of cybersecurity talent is impacting the entire industry and is sure to affect elections. Because cybersecurity professionals are high in demand, they can be selective about what companies and projects they work for. If elections are unable to offer these professionals the compensation they require, it will be difficult to …

Feb 15

Datera Data Services Platform Gains Veeam Ready Certification

By | Managed Services News

The certification means it will be easier for partners and customers to use the products together.

Software-defined storage vendor Datera’s data services platform now has Veeam Ready certification, which better integrates the products and makes them easier for channel partners and customers to solve business data storage and backup problems.

Datera‘s autonomous block software-defined storage (SDS) platform, will now enable Veeam customers to back up Tier 1 primary data in VMware environments running on Datera primary storage to another Datera cluster under the partnership, the company said.

Chris Cummings, Datera’s chief marketing officer, told Channel Futures that the Veeam Ready certification will help channel partners make more successful services pitches to customers who need reliable backup and disaster recovery within their storage systems.

Datera's Chris Cummings

Datera’s Chris Cummings

“Enterprises are looking for new ways to deliver the agility and automation their customers need for their enterprise clouds, but they also want the highest levels of data availability and protection,” said Cummings. “With this new designation, the channel can harness Datera’s autonomous data-management platform to deliver enterprise-grade cloud infrastructure and protect their data with Veeam’s proven protection capabilities.”

Datera customers have been asking for these kinds of tighter collaborations with Veeam services as they’ve actively been incorporating their existing virtualized applications into their enterprise cloud deployments, said Cummings.

“Channel partners similarly are looking to round out Datera deployments, which typically include software and hardware for primary data with a robust protection package. Now they have it.”

By bringing together both products for partners and customers, Datera and Veeam are providing a software foundation for Tier 1 workloads in enterprise clouds that require the highest levels of protection, explained Cummings.

“Both companies are committed to unifying the underlying hardware across multiple vendors, storage media types and generations, providing a holistic approach that helps customers address common infrastructure challenges and solidifies the channel’s position as a long-term trusted adviser.”

The new offering can be purchased from any HPE channel partner through SKUs on their HPE price lists, and HPE will provide enterprise-class support to ensure customer success, enabling partners to build an annuity stream of revenue as their customer’s data environment grows, said Cummings.

Eric Slack, an IT analyst with Evaluator Group, said that the collaboration between the two companies will be helpful for channel partners and customers.

Evaluator Group's Eric Slack

Evaluator Group’s Eric Slack

“Veeam is ubiquitous,” said Slack. “This gives enterprises a scale-out repository for Veeam backups on site, which is made more useful because it supports block and object protocols. For partners this is an entrance into these organizations to show the Datera solution.”

The certification is particularly valuable for partners because of Veeam’s large ecosystem, plus the strength of Datera, said Slack.

“Channel partners should have it on their line cards,” he said.

Feb 14

MSP 501 Profile Podcast: Marco Technologies on the Shifting IT Skill Set and Sustaining Security Talent

By | Managed Services News

501-er Marco Technologies talks about the scary threat landscape and the shortage of talented security professionals.

Company Name: Marco Technologies

Company MSP 501 Rank: 14 

Chief Information Security Officer: Mike Burgard

Headquartered: St. Cloud, MN

Primary Services:

  • Business IT Services
  • Copiers
  • Cloud Services
  • Phone Systems
  • Carrier Services
  • Managed IT
  • Managed Print
  • Printers
  • Audio Systems
  • Hosted Services
  • Video Systems
  • Document Management

Twitter: @MarcoTechnology

When talking to CISOs, it’s not uncommon for the subject of the security shortage to come up. That is, the scarily small number of qualified security experts out there these days, and the high price tag they come with when they do pop their heads up. As the demand for security talent increases while the supply lags behind, the outlook for finding talented security professionals will become even more challenging and expensive.

So, how can MSPs help clients address this shifting skill set and subsequent shortage? That is a question our featured 501er this week, Marco Technologies, No. 14 on our list, seeks to answer.

We sat down with Mike Burgard, chief information security officer at Marco, to discuss security talent being so expensive these days and what small to midsize MSPs can do about it.

Feb 14

Centrify Chooses Tenable Vet to Lead Global Channel

By | Managed Services News

Centrify’s new channel chief brings more than 30 years of enterprise channel, sales and marketing experience.

Centrify, a provider of privileged access management (PAM), has hired Chris Peterson, previously with Tenable, as its vice president of worldwide channels and alliances.

In this role, Peterson will be responsible for leading all aspects the company’s global channels and alliances, with an emphasis on partner alignment, demand creation and gaining customers.

Centrify's Chris Peterson

Centrify’s Chris Peterson

“Our partners are essential to helping customers understand best practices for least privilege solutions, and how to best secure and manage their infrastructure as they go through cloud transformations,” Peterson said. “I’m excited to join the Centrify team and optimize our partner ecosystem so we can more effectively communicate the value of an identity-centric approach to PAM. That starts with providing a choice of solutions and deployment options to our customers, as well as a best-in-class selection of channel partners, technology partners and global systems integrators to reach and positively impact the enterprise and key vertical markets.”

Peterson brings more than 30 years of enterprise channel, sales and marketing experience to Centrify. He most recently was vice president of global channels at Tenable, where he designed, built and executed a channel and MSSP program. Before that, he was vice president of worldwide sales at Niara, which was acquired by Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). He also held senior channel and sales leadership positions at Sourcefire, ArcSight and McAfee.

“Chris is the perfect channel executive to help Centrify transform into a channel-first market leader where he can repeat his success driving companies like ours to their next stage of scale,” said Howard Greenfield, Centrify’s chief revenue officer. “The combination of demand for privilege management in the market, our innovative technology and our partners will provide extreme value for our customers.”

Feb 14

Ingram Micro Shuffles Executives to Build More Solutions, Attract New Partners

By | Managed Services News

Ingram Micro accelerating growth in Australia and New Zealand.

A trio of appointments are underway within Ingram Micro’s global technology solutions team to accelerate sales and enhance partner support in the United States, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Tim Ament, senior vice president of advanced solutions for the U.S. team, has been promoted to senior vice president and chief country executive for Ingram Micro’s Australia and New Zealand business. He will report to Diego Utge, executive vice president and group president Asia Pacific. His new position is effective March 1 and he is moving to Australia.

Ingram Micro's Tim Ament

Ingram Micro’s Tim Ament

“There’s so much energy around the growth potential of advanced technologies and cloud solutions for partners outside of North America — I’m excited to team up with our leaders, associates, partners and vendors in Australia and New Zealand to bring these established and emerging technology solutions to markets, and work together to continue our growth across our commercial business, as well as our commerce and life-cycle services,” he said. “Globally, we are focused on the experience everyone has with Ingram Micro — partners, providers, customers and our associates. And I am excited to see first hand the potential in Australia and New Zealand, and what we can do together to build even more sustainable value for businesses with technology.”

Over the next few weeks, Ament will transition the leadership of Ingram Micro’s advanced solutions teams to Eric Kohl, vice president of security and data center software, and Jeff Yelton, who has been promoted to vice president of infrastructure and specialty technologies.

In this expanded role, Kohl will continue to oversee Ingram Micro’s networking and security business unit, cloud harmonics and emerging vendors in those categories. He also will take on responsibility for the IBM, data center software and infrastructure, and Promark business units within Ingram Micro.

In addition, Kohl will be responsible for Ingram Micro’s U.S. software business, as well as its U.S. cloud portfolio, working in collaboration with the Ingram Micro Cloud team, as a strategic growth opportunity for partners building out their security and data center practices.

Ingram Micro's Eric Kohl

Ingram Micro’s Eric Kohl

“Security runs deep across the solutions landscape, and I am excited to expand my leadership role so we can support more partners in delivering security solutions via edge, cloud or hybrid network technologies,” Kohl said. “Every business within Ingram Micro shares the commitment to being indispensable to our channel partners. One of the foundational ways we do this is by aligning our efforts, and enabling our channel partners to do more to protect and serve the businesses that count on them.”

In this new role, Yelton will oversee Ingram Micro’s Cisco, HPE, and Integrated Solutions business units, in addition to the specialty technology business unit and digital transformation team. He also will have responsibility for growing Ingram Micro’s U.S. cloud IaaS business, in collaboration with the Ingram Micro Cloud team.

“Digital transformation is being implemented by every major company and they need trusted experts who can serve as guides on where to invest, what to automate and how technology can be used to accelerate business processes and customer experiences,” Yelton said. “I’m thrilled to be able to work with our Cisco, HPE and Integrated Solutions teams, in collaboration with our specialty and digital transformation teams to pull new solutions together that work in harmony with the way our partners need to support their end business customers.”

Also, on the Ingram Micro Cloud side of the business, Renee Bergeron is leaving to pursue another opportunity and Tim FitzGerald is stepping in in the interim to lead the APAC and Americas efforts for cloud. He’s been focused on the Americas to date.

Feb 14

Q&A: Digging Into the Channel Significance of the AppScale-Packet News

By | Managed Services News

AppScale CEO Woody Rollins talks importance of hybrid cloud, AWS compatibility and channel plans.

As more enterprises seek to avoid cloud vendor lock-in through hybrid options, providers are innovating and accommodating.

The latest such news this week comes from AppScale Systems and Packet.

First, though, some background. AppScale is an Amazon Web Services-compatible IaaS platform. It is basically the former Eucalyptus — “same code, same people,” AppScale says on its blog — after a years-long M&A saga that involved Hewlett Packard. Eventually, the inventors of Eucalyptus got their product back and have rebranded it as AppScale.

Packet, meanwhile, specializes in public cloud data centers and bare-metal automation. Together, AppScale and Packet are enabling enterprises to deploy AWS workloads on Packet’s bare-metal servers without modifying those workloads. The companies say this allows for use cases including development and testing, placing computation close to data, and moving workloads to the appropriate platform based on current application requirements.

AppScale's Woody Rollins

AppScale’s Woody Rollins

Channel Futures wanted to know what this all means for the channel and get a better feel for AppScale’s plans for its indirect partners. In this edited Q&A, AppScale CEO Woody Rollins explains.

Channel Futures: Talk about what the Packet deal means for channel partners. What’s the significance for them and their ability to build their businesses?

Woody Rollins: Today, almost 60% of enterprises are driving a hybrid cloud strategy that aligns application requirements and platform capabilities. Many of these enterprises want to leverage their existing AWS investments and embrace a single AWS development and deployment paradigm across hybrid cloud environments (Gartner sees 20% of enterprise customers deploying an AWS hybrid cloud by 2022).

The AppScale-Packet solution, which allows deployment of AWS workloads on Packet’s bare-metal servers, is a significant growth opportunity for partners as enterprises look to deploy AWS hybrid environments; and at the same time, fulfill key business objectives: vendor independence, data control and cost effectiveness. The complexities of hybrid cloud deployments will push the majority of enterprises to enlist partners to help with the assessment, migration and management of these AWS public/non-public environments.

Partners who have invested in AWS expertise, hybrid cloud professional services, and who can deliver attractive solution options that address unique enterprise requirements should see strong demand as the market for hybrid cloud solutions based on the public cloud market leader accelerate.

CF: Can you provide a concrete example of what the AppScale-Packet partnership might look like to a partner? In other words, what kind of client would a partner target with this combined capability and what specific business-outcome value would the partner bring to the table?

WR: AppScale and Packet are looking for partners that offer a full range of hybrid cloud services (assessment, migration, management) that complement the joint AWS-compatible infrastructure as a service platform offering. Partners can target a wide variety of enterprise customers who have embraced the AWS public cloud, intend to deploy a hybrid cloud solution based on AWS technology, and who find themselves looking for a solution that maintains business flexibility, allows for control of business-critical data and ensures cost objectives are met.

Today, partners can start by helping enterprises with…

Feb 14

Flashpoint Vet Takes Leadership Role at Terbium Labs

By | Managed Services News

Terbium Labs’ new CRO will drive the company’s next phase of growth.

Terbium Labs' Ayesha Prakash

Terbium Labs’ Ayesha Prakash

Flashpoint vet Ayesha Prakash has joined Terbium Labs, a digital risk protection company, as its chief revenue officer.

Prakash was Flashpoint‘s head of worldwide channels and partnerships. She built and then spearheaded the 150% year-over-year growth of the organization’s SPARK Partner Alliance program.

Part of her role at Terbium Labs will be encouraging closer collaboration with the company’s technical, marketing and sales personnel to help grow business with partners. She also is building specialization within the partner organizations to better solve problems for more partners, teams, and in more use cases.

“As I witnessed in previous roles, channel partners are always searching for solutions to reduce third-party risk for their customers and their own organization,” Prakash tells Channel Futures. “I’m excited by this opportunity to expand the offerings in the channel to include a seamless approach to monitoring and detecting their most sensitive information – all without exposing that data to any further digital risk. By focusing on building our partners of MSPs and MSSPs, Terbium Labs has the opportunity to focus on our core differentiator – our patented digital fingerprinting technology.”

Prakash has with more than 15 years of experience across IT and cybersecurity industries, and was named a Channel Partners Top Gun 51, which recognizes a new generation of channel executives, those who build and execute programs in a way that drives partner, customer and supplier success.

“Ayesha’s successes in driving business development, channel expansion and strategic partnerships makes her the perfect candidate to lead Terbium Labs along our next phase of growth,” said Patrick Clawson, Terbium Labs” CEO. “We are so thrilled to welcome Ayesha to Terbium Labs and know that she’ll make an incredible impact on our organization.”

Matchlight, Terbium Lab’s digital risk protection (DRP) platform, features continuous digital asset monitoring, analytics, and intelligence, to identify and minimize the impact of exposed data across the internet – whether it’s the open, deep or dark web.

Feb 14

Amazon Gets Its Wish: Federal Judge Says Microsoft Has to Halt JEDI Work

By | Managed Services News

One analyst calls Amazon’s legal fight for the coveted cloud computing project “a completely understandable move.”

Microsoft earlier this week was slated to start work on the giant Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing project at the U.S. Department of Defense but, on Thursday, a federal judge put the kibosh on those plans.

The move, which is temporary, came two days after Microsoft was supposed to take the initial steps on JEDI implementation. However, legal tactics from its biggest competitor, Amazon Web Services, which expected to take home the JEDI contract, interfered with those plans.

AWS filed its much-expected lawsuit not long after the DoD awarded JEDI – which could be worth up to $10 billion – to Microsoft Azure. AWS contends President Trump’s longstanding beef with Amazon founder and The Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos directly led to Microsoft landing JEDI. In fact, the company wants to depose the president. Whether that effort will be successful remains unknown.

Futurum Research's Shelly Kramer

Futurum Research’s Shelly Kramer

Meantime, the federally imposed work stoppage comes as little surprise to Shelly Kramer, founding partner and principal analyst at Futurum Research.

“This isn’t about capabilities, it’s about a presumption of fair and equitable processes in the vetting and selection of candidates in a government bidding process,” she wrote in a Feb. 13 blog. “Ask Oracle and IBM how they feel about this — they have all the feelings on this front.”

Indeed, the whole JEDI process has been fraught with disagreements and lawsuits. Kramer, for her part, suspected all along that Microsoft would end up with the contract, “largely not because of the company’s qualifications, but because the current administration has made no secret of its animosity toward Amazon’s Jeff Bezos.”

That’s not to say, she added, that Microsoft hasn’t proven itself. In fact, it’s important to note that Microsoft Azure has an extensive track record within the federal government and recently secured certification to allow it to store classified data in the cloud.

“I believe Microsoft is both prepared and capable of doing exactly what it is the DoD seeks with regard to the consolidation of its cloud services with one vendor,” Kramer wrote. “Bottom line, both Amazon and Microsoft are fully capable of undertaking this project and delivering stellar results.”

Beth Kindig, tech analyst

Beth Kindig

Not all industry analysts have been convinced by Amazon’s argument. At least one, Beth Kindig, has said Microsoft Azure is the superior choice when it comes to cloud security and working with the government.

Meantime, both Microsoft and the DoD are expressing frustration over the temporary halt on Azure’s JEDI implementation.

Here’s Microsoft’s official statement, given to CNBC: “While we are disappointed with the additional delay we believe that we will ultimately be able to move forward with the work to make sure those who serve our country can access the new technology they urgently require. We have confidence in the Department of Defense, and we believe the facts will show they ran a detailed, thorough and fair process in determining the needs of the warfighter were best met by Microsoft.”

The Department of Defense told CNBC it’s disappointed in the ruling and believes the actions tied…

Feb 14

Google Photos Leak Poses Enterprise Threats

By | Managed Services News

MSSPs need to secure mobile image data to mitigate security and compliance risks for affected companies.

A recent Google Photos data leak underscores the fact that any company is subject to technical issues, software glitches and employee mistakes.

Some users were surprised to learn that despite proactively taking strong security measures across its product lines, Google slips up too. Most recently, the search giant managed to make errors in Google Photos where it exported some user videos to other, unrelated users’ archives for no apparent reason. While this mishap may inconvenience or even embarrass some affected users, there is additional threat potential for affected businesses as well.

Inkscreen's Josh Bohls

Inkscreen’s Josh Bohls

“Every day, businesses and public-sector organizations capture photos, audio, video, scanned documents and mixed media content gathered on mobile devices to conduct business — much of it captured on employee devices with little or no organizational governance over content or security and compliance protections,” said Josh Bohls, Founder at Inkscreen, an enterprise mobile content management provider.

“Google’s lapse in sending individuals’ photos to other users sheds new light on this lack of protection and perilous compliance risk,” Bohls added.

Google said the problem sprang from a technical issue that affected the “Download your data” export service in Google Photos from Nov. 21-25. The tech giant informed users who had requested the service during that time that the resulting download may have been “incomplete” but also likely contained “videos that are not yours.” The suggested actions to take was to delete the previously downloaded data and download the content again.

The company said that less than 0.01% of Photos users were affected and none of Google’s other products was affected.

MSSPs should strongly consider providing the means to protect enterprise image data taken or stored on employee privately owned phones as strongly as other apps and data are. To grasp both the opportunity and the dangers, it’s important for MSSPs to fully understand the security risks visual data uniquely poses to a variety of businesses.

“Whether the content is captured by insurance adjusters, health care professionals, critical infrastructure administrators, financial services liaisons or any number of similar professionals while performing routine line-of-business activities, the fact is that such potentially sensitive content could easily be inadvertently released in this Google privacy breach … or another breach down the road,” said Bohls.

“IT, security, compliance and C-suite executives – whether with law firms, health care providers, insurance companies, or other regulated industries – need to wake up to this problem, evaluate secure content capture solutions for mobile users, and better protect and manage this content,” Bohls added.

Panorays' Elad Shapira

Panorays’ Elad Shapira

While users should demand better security from companies like Google, it’s important to realize that given the complexities of businesses today, leaks will continue to happen as often through human error as technical vulnerabilities.

Take for example, an incident in December, when consulting firm IMGE accidentally exposed the names, phone numbers, home and email addresses of more than 6,000 Boeing staff. In that data snafu, too, an enterprise and its employees were exposed because of a third-party cloud misconfiguration.

“To help deter such data leaks, organizations must thoroughly assess and continuously monitor the security of their third parties and to be vigilant about how data is stored,” said Elad Shapira, Head of Research at Panorays.