To Train or Not to Train, That is the Question (Video)

ESG research shows that cybersecurity training can help reduce cyber-attacks. Our research also shows that awareness training is not considered as effective as many other security services.

Join Jon Oltsik and Christina Richmond for a discussion on why we must continue training our non-technical employees how to spot phishing and business email compromise (BEC) attacks and how we must strive to engage the entire company culture in the belief that cybersecurity is all of our responsibility. 

Topics: Cybersecurity

Veeam Acquisition: The Net Net

2020 started with a bang in the data protection space with the announcement of the acquisition of Veeam by Private Equity firm Insight Partners. Insight Partners is no stranger to the space, having invested in Acronis, as well. In this short blog, I am going to net out my views on this acquisition.  

It's great news for the market! Let's be clear, the backup and recovery space is hot and growing, but it is yesterday's market. It is evolving into something else, which I have coined the data intelligence market, an evolution of backup and recovery that places data and data reuse at the heart of the enterprise. Whether enabling digital transformation or leveraging "dark" or dormant data, the idea is to leverage data assets. This acquisition is about the next stage of the market.

Topics: Data Protection

Accenture to Acquire Symantec CSS

Accenture announced today that it has agreed to acquire Symantec's Cyber Security Services (CSS) business from Broadcom. This is big news for both Accenture and Symantec. 

Topics: Cybersecurity

Putting Some Heat on Phishing and Credential Theft

Today’s announcement of Mimecast acquiring Segasec should help companies close another important gap in the race against the rampant phishing and credential theft attacks.

As Mimecast builds out their Email 3.0 strategy, the acquisition of Segasec will put the heat on bad actors who are busy stealing credentials by impersonating many of the world's biggest companies. With so many phishing attacks attempting to lead users to fake or impersonated web sites where they unknowingly give up login credentials and other sensitive information, many of the largest online companies become the biggest targets.

Mimecast continues to extend their email security platform to protect against the growing email-led threat vector. While many email security companies have implemented filtering techniques to detect and slow down url and domain spoofing, impersonation sites have been left unattended. Segasec’s subscription service proactively hunts down impersonation sites and shuts them down. This is kind of like going after the drug dealer’s home instead of the drug user. To accomplish this, Segasec continuously monitors domain name registrations, certificates, social networks, and more, looking for indications of impersonation. And when they find them, they have several methods of blocking access or taking down the impersonated sites.

Topics: Cybersecurity

The CCPA is here. What does it mean for AI?

As of January 1st, the California Consumer Privacy Act is now in effect. The CCPA lets anyone in California request all the information a company has on them as a consumer, including what data has been sold to /accessed by other companies. And when it comes to penalties, if a company is notified of being out of compliance (i.e., unable to provide all the data of their consumers), they have 30 days to comply or they will get fined per record. And that “per record” component is important because it highlights how quickly a fine could balloon into billions of dollars in fines. The interesting component of this is that if a company doesn’t comply, it opens companies to face class action lawsuits from consumers.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

ESG Digital Work Survey – Cybersecurity Takeaways

ESG recently completed an interesting study where, rather than surveying IT buyers and practitioners as is normally the case, we targeted employees in non-IT roles like sales, human resources, marketing, and finance. This provided a view of how the typical worker thinks about technology and the impact it has on their professional life. While a lot of the survey focused on end-user focused processes and technologies (mobile devices, applications, voice assistants), respondents were also asked for their perspectives on cybersecurity.

Topics: Cybersecurity

A Pure Market Conversation

It’s always refreshing to hear from vendor peeps that are not based in their main corporate HQ. I had that opportunity recently with Patrick Smith, the EMEA CTO for Pure Storage, who is based in London. It’s not that he is off-message (of course not!) but his insights into what customers are looking for and grappling with are born of myriad direct end-user conversations, as well as his decades of experience as an end-user himself prior to joining Pure. It made for a very considered discussion, the highlights of which are captured in this video:

Topics: Storage

Actifio Triples Down on Modern Intelligent Data Management

Actifio just announced a new version of its platform, Actifio 10C, and it comes with a bunch of goodies just in time for year-end festivities. The version numbering itself reveals a triumvirate of themes around the letter C: cloud, containers, and copy data. While the first too are critical in supporting the "how to" or "where," the third (copy data) is really about the ability to further leverage data assets, an area in which I believe Actifio has done better than others. 

Topics: Data Protection

Intel Acquires Habana Labs for $2 Billion

For the last few years, the processing space has been red hot. Between startups and mainstay chip vendors, it’s an ongoing arms race to address the specialized needs of modern workloads and applications in core data centers, at the edge, and in the public cloud. In fact, when ESG asked respondents to cite the aspects across the entire data pipeline that are most frequently responsible for causing delays, the top response was data processing. Organizations want speed, reliability, and cost effectiveness. And to get there, it’s forcing organizations to rethink their approach to computing, especially with the rapid adoption of AI technologies fueling the booming compute market.

Topics: Data Platforms, Analytics, & AI

Cisco's Plan to Build the Internet for the Future

Last week, I attended Cisco’s #InternetForTheFuture event in San Francisco. This was a major announcement for Cisco and marked their entry into selling merchant silicon and optics developed by Cisco. Specifically, it announced Silicon One, the 8000 series portfolio with IOS XR7 and a line of optics solutions

Topics: Networking