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Software Advisor Nov/Dec 2014

26 Nov 2014

Software Advisor


NEWS


Microsoft Windows Server 2003 End of Support Means Taking a Good Hard Look at Software Needs

Moving off of Windows Server 2003 in advance of the end of support deadline of July 15, 2015 starts as a server and hardware conversation, but quickly becomes one about what applications require support or upgrades. Insight Microsoft Practice Director, David Mayer, describes the considerations in this video.

McAfee Founds Cyber Threat Alliance with Industry Partners

As the largest dedicated security vendor, McAfee’s goal is to help customers and consumers feel secure in the digital world. It’s certainly not simple, and it’s challenging to keep up with the bad guys. One way to do that is to match our adversaries’ aggressive drive to innovate with our own deeper commitment to collaborate with other members of the security industry.

It’s with that in mind that McAfee has joined Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and Symantec as cofounders of the Cyber Threat Alliance. The purpose of the alliance is to drive more effective industry-level collaboration on the analysis and eradication of cybersecurity threats, and to deliver stronger protection to individuals and organizations across all industries.

Security vendors already share threat feeds of various kinds. In fact, McAfee currently has more than 50 partners in our security research ecosystem, through which we exchange threat data or consume threat feeds. What’s different about this agreement is that Cyber Threat Alliance members will share fresher, more complete, and more actionable threat data on the complex and subtle aspects of modern threats:

McAfee Founds Cyber Threat Alliance with Industry Partners

As the largest dedicated security vendor, McAfee’s goal is to help customers and consumers feel secure in the digital world. It’s certainly not simple, and it’s challenging to keep up with the bad guys. One way to do that is to match our adversaries’ aggressive drive to innovate with our own deeper commitment to collaborate with other members of the security industry.

It’s with that in mind that McAfee has joined Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and Symantec as cofounders of the Cyber Threat Alliance. The purpose of the alliance is to drive more effective industry-level collaboration on the analysis and eradication of cybersecurity threats, and to deliver stronger protection to individuals and organizations across all industries.

Security vendors already share threat feeds of various kinds. In fact, McAfee currently has more than 50 partners in our security research ecosystem, through which we exchange threat data or consume threat feeds. What’s different about this agreement is that Cyber Threat Alliance members will share fresher, more complete, and more actionable threat data on the complex and subtle aspects of modern threats:

  • Zero-day vulnerabilities
  • Botnet control server information
  • Mobile malware samples
  • Indicators of compromise (IoCs) related to targeted attacks

The alliance establishes a simple model through which member organizations can securely and expeditiously share threat data. This data will help members—and their customers—by bringing greater visibility into threats and techniques that they might otherwise lack.

How will this information sharing benefit McAfee customers? Customers will have access to an even broader and fresher collection of threat intelligence to improve protection. By incorporating new threat knowledge into their McAfee security infrastructure, customers will be able to protect their assets sooner and more comprehensively, despite the increasing complexity of threats.

The shared data will become part of McAfee’s back-end databases and processes that McAfee Global Threat Intelligence (GTI) uses to enhance protection. It will then be visible to all of McAfee’s network and endpoint security products through their integration with McAfee GTI.

We need to understand and be poised to react to the latest complex and multidimensional attacks of today and tomorrow. This alliance provides a critical framework for educating each other on the infrastructure and evolving tactics behind these attacks. For more information about McAfee’s Global Threat Intelligence, contact a Specialist here.

Adobe Ideas Grows Up

Recently, Adobe Ideas, our popular vector drawing app for iPad and iPhone, that’s been downloaded over 2.2 million times since May 2013, grew up and got better. Adobe Illustrator Draw is a transformation that means a newer, more modern version of the full-featured drawing app that people have come to rely on. Read the full article.

One-click Disaster Recovery in the Cloud from Microsoft and Symantec

Implementing an effective disaster recovery strategy can seem daunting. Failover sites can be costly to acquire and maintain, while the best-laid plans can fail to meet recovery time objectives. The advent of virtual and cloud environments adds more complexity to this problem.

Insight can help you ease disaster recovery with Symantec and Microsoft®.

Symantec™ Disaster Recovery Orchestrator (DRO) with Microsoft® Azure combines Symantec’s leading disaster recovery technologies with the flexibility of the Microsoft Azure platform. By taking advantage of the cloud for disaster recovery, your business can:

  • Achieve enterprise-class business continuity for your services and applications.
  • Eliminate capital investments associated with hardware requirements.
  • Scale disaster recovery capabilities freely according to business needs.

Learn more about making Symantec Disaster Recovery Orchestrator a part of your business, or contact an Insight representative today at 1-800-INSIGHT.

 


New Releases


Excel Power Map Filtering and Custom Maps, to make your experience using Power Map easier and more exciting!

Each month we strive to improve Excel Power Map with features that matter most to you, so you can tell richer and more creative stories with your data. This month we are rolling out two big features, Power Map Filtering and Custom Maps, to make your experience using Power Map easier and more exciting! Learn more.

Microsoft announces new MPSA licensing program that will replace Select Plus

Microsoft just announced a new licensing program that will replace Select Plus. The Microsoft Products and Services Agreement supports both software and online services, which can now be purchased under the same agreement. It also allows customers to set up their own Purchasing Accounts, and work with multiple resellers for each account. Microsoft has also designed a new Volume License Center for customers to manage their accounts, licenses, software downloads, Software Assurance benefits and online subscriptions — all with the same online tool. Your Insight rep can tell you how these changes affect your business, and how signing a new MPSA can streamline your software and services purchasing. Learn more on the Insight Resource HubLearn more.


PROMOTIONS


Microsoft Extends O365 Onboarding Service to New Customers

Effective right now, Microsoft has rolled out a new and complimentary O365 Onboarding Service. Microsoft’s FastTrack Onboarding Service will give you helpful advice and how–to information to get O365 deployed to your company.

Key features of the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center:

  • Direct remote assistance provided by an Office 365 onboarding expert who will assist with critical onboarding activities working with customers and partners.
  • Robust suite of automated checks and configuration tools to enable tasks such as current state assessment, identity management, and domain configuration.
  • Onboarding support will be available in the following languages: English, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.
  • Available worldwide starting September 1, 2014.

Ensuring that customers realize the value of Office 365 in their organizations quickly while providing a smooth onboarding experience to their users is a top priority for the Office 365 team. We are excited to make the Office 365 FastTrack Onboarding Center and the Office 365 Adoption Offer available to qualified new customers starting today. For more details see Office 365 Deployment Center and be sure to select Insight as your partner.

 

More Information

Insight and Symantec Present: The Security Maturity Model & Solutions for Healthcare
Insight’s Marc Johnson, chief technologist, along with Rick Bryant, national healthcare practice manager at Symantec present on security for the healthcare space.
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