Okta announces its new partnerships with endpoint security vendors VMware Carbon Black, CrowdStrike and Tanium. Integrating endpoint protection management analyses with Okta Verify’s user identity risk indicators, Okta Identity Cloud consolidates the information and creates a risk profile of the individual login attempt. This partnership enables Okta to determine the overall health of the device (e.g. firewall disabled, malware on device) and make contextual access decisions appropriately, such as denying access or asking for additional authentication measures.
While most organizations have multifactor authentication and an endpoint security solution deployed on their devices – key controls to securing a remote workforce – these two controls are often siloed with little to no cross-talk or collaboration. As a result, this brings to light a security vulnerability where users are susceptible to accessing sensitive information on a device that may already be hijacked or infected with a malicious agent. Thankfully, the partnership between Okta and the aforementioned endpoint security vendors close this gap and provide an option to compare against Microsoft’s in-house security offerings.
One of the most favorable aspects of this partnership, in my opinion, is the automatic containment efforts: if systems are compromised, access is limited automatically based on combined risk analysis of Okta and endpoint protection agents and with little to no intervention of professional services or the InfoSec team. From my point of view, this is how cybersecurity should work – dynamically and automatically with the overall objective of minimizing risk.
IBM is changing the terms of its ubiquitous Passport Advantage agreement to remove entitled discounts on over 5,000 on-premises software products, resulting in an immediate price increase for IBM Software & Support (S&S) across its vast customer landscape.
Based on data collected from real users, Malwarebytes Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) took the number one spot on SoftwareReviews’ Endpoint Protection Data Quadrant for its second consecutive year.
For organizations that experience time-sensitive incidents that must be resolved in the most optimal and efficient manner, Bomgar (Beyond Trust) and BMC Software may have the solution. The two vendors have teamed up to address a reduction in the time it takes to resolve problematic tickets and assist in lessening the impact of cyber threats to which all organizations are subjected.
More than ever, cybersecurity solutions are core to any MSPs offering. No longer should technology service providers be farming this out to dedicated security providers. Trust and peace of mind are the core tenets of what they are selling and solutions like Acronis Cyber Protect Cloud can provide the platform upon which to deliver on those promises.
Similar to how Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) was deployed for MacOS earlier last year, Microsoft is debuting its endpoint protection agent to Linux on servers for public preview.
Malwarebytes, the top player on Info-Tech’s Endpoint Protection SoftwareReviews’ Data Quadrant, announced its winter release of three key product enhancements.
This month, SyncDog announces its partnership with Symantec to protect mobile workforces using iOS and Android devices.
Clearlake Capital is shaking up Ivanti’s leadership. Expect greater focus on efficiency and acquisitions beyond ITSM and IT operations.
Avatier, an IAM vendor, has developed an innovative solution for automating mundane IAM tasks: a chatbot called Apollo. Apollo is a great example of how ANI can enable simple task automation that ultimately frees up IT staff to tackle more pressing issues.