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Cybera announces strategic Virocom partnership and bolsters EMEA team

New agreement and strengthening of EMEA team offers a compelling proposition for the retail sector
LONDON, UK – 19th February 2019: Cybera, the market leader in delivering SD-WAN application and security services, has announced a new strategic partnership with leading network service provider, Virocom, which will enable Cybera to strengthen its channel relationships and drive rapid growth within the EMEA market.
Cybera’s purpose-built network services platform will empower Virocom’s retail customers that operate multiple remote business locations, to rapidly deploy, secure, and optimise new cloud-based applications and services.
Julian Andrews, Managing Director at Virocom, comments on the partnership: “Virocom and Cybera are key players in the dynamic area of retail transformation and innovative technology. We see high value in this partnership and are working together to present a powerful portfolio that accelerates retail customer success.”
“We are aware of the pain points businesses experience along the digital transformation journey – a journey that must be endeavoured to stay relevant and evolve in the volatile retail market. Together, we remove the fear of taking those first vital and obligatory steps of future proofing the integrity of a business’ infrastructure, whilst allowing them to gradually migrate to a digital environment. Our solution does more than help our customers survive current business needs. With us, they evolve and thrive.”
Hubert Da Costa, SVP and GM of EMEA operations at Cybera, adds: “Virocom’s stellar culture combined with the depth of quality throughout its organisation, makes it the perfect partner for continuing our global journey. This partnership enables Cybera to leverage the channel, which is the most powerful route to market for any organisation as it prioritises international expansion.”
“Unlike traditional networking approaches, we deliver secure application networks rather than site-to-site connections and VPNs. With Cybera, each application has its own secure network that is both optimised and prioritised based on specific business requirements, including performance and security. We truly believe that the opportunities for this new partnership between Cybera and Virocom are endless.”
To further accelerate its engagement with the channel partner community, Cybera has appointed Michael Prescott as its new EMEA Sales Director, while Roger Jones has joined as EMEA Solutions Director, helping to further build Cybera’s presence within the region.
With over 20 years of IT sales experience behind him, most recently with Dell Technologies, Michael’s previous leadership positions within Avaya, EMC and Honeywell has armed him with extensive knowledge of the channel, retail, hospitality and transport sectors. This will prove invaluable as Michael drives increased sales for Cybera.
Roger Jones joins Cybera with over a quarter-century of technical experience behind him and will oversee the direction of Cybera’s new and existing customer solutions. Previously leading O2’s technical team, Roger also possesses extensive knowledge of the retail sector, having played a leading role in securing a £70m, five-year managed WAN deal with UK retail giant, Sainsbury’s.
“Having Michael and Roger join the Cybera team is testament to our ambitious growth strategy. The experience that they both bring will prove invaluable to realising our short and long-term growth aspirations,” added Da Costa. “Their work with global, recognised technology and retail conglomerates is a major element of Cybera’s proposition, allowing us to increase the speed of engagement with partners, whilst developing targeted solutions that meet their business-critical needs.”
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About Cybera Inc.
Cybera enables business for distributed enterprises, including retail and hospitality, healthcare, financial services and other key verticals with many remote locations. The company is the market leader in delivering application-based SD-WAN services. Its cloud-based services are purpose-built for widely distributed enterprises and IoT devices, helping to take the complexity and cost out of secure application networking and to future-proofing new business opportunities. This allows customers and managed service provider partners to bring on new network and security services across 1000s of remote sites at a disruptive pace.
Cybera helps customers, power the world’s largest SD-WAN deployment with 16,000+ locations, the largest loyalty application in the world, and the largest mobile payment application. The company has been named an IDC Innovator, a Gartner Cool Vendor and recognised seven times by Inc5000 as one of America’s fastest growing private companies. Investors include Sumeru Equity Partners, a Silicon Valley based spin out of Silver Lake. For more information about Cybera, visit www.cybera.com.
About Virocom
Virocom are excited about technology and the potential power of its applications for the future and firmly believe that all consumers should achieve the maximum benefits from the tech they employ! Established in 2004 with an in-depth knowledge and experience of the business communications spectrum, Virocom deliver tailormade services through its unique software layer application Ascension Cloud.
We explore strategic partnerships, collaborating to increase automation, strengthen security and provide customer satisfaction by consistently providing solutions that enable frictionless and highly automated environments, simplifying complex and new tech for all enterprises.
Through partner alliances we offer vital multifaceted services identifying and offering fluid solutions that are firmly aligned to our customers’ goals keeping them relevant online and on the high street.

Ampliphae selected to join LORCA cybersecurity cohort

11 innovative UK companies addressing the biggest industry challenges in cybersecurity
Ampliphae, an innovative provider of SaaS Risk Management solutions, has been selected to join the second cohort of LORCA (London Office for Rapid Cybersecurity Advancement), following a rigorous UK-wide selection process. LORCA, based in the Plexal centre in London, was established to support the most promising cybersecurity innovators in scaling and growing solutions to meet industry’s biggest challenges, while building the UK’s international cybersecurity profile. It is a joint collaboration between Plexal, the Centre for Security Information Technologies (CSIT) and Deloitte, and is funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.
The second LORCA cohort will focus on two main cybersecurity themes: securing supply chains and user-centric security. Ampliphae addresses these issues by allowing enterprises to discover, understand and control all of the externally-supplied Cloud Services and SaaS applications in use across the organisation, enabling businesses to manage the cybersecurity, data governance and business continuity risks associated with SaaS usage. It also empowers end users to become the first line of defence in safeguarding the business, through real-time alerts relating to risky behaviours and coaching on safe practices as they consume SaaS services in the workplace.
Lydia Ragoonanan, LORCA’s Director, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ampliphae as one of the 11 members of the second LORCA cohort. Each of our members has genuinely promising solutions to the biggest industry challenges in cybersecurity. Ampliphae’s solution addresses the risks associated with the rapidly-growing use of SaaS and cloud services across organisations of all sizes. At LORCA we work closely with industry and have selected Ampliphae to be part of LORCA because of the industry’s enthusiasm about their product and their stage of development. Ampliphae’s solution is a key element within a holistic approach to cybersecurity for any organisation concerned with data loss prevention, securing against attacks such as phishing and maintaining business continuity.”
Tim Croy, CTO of Ampliphae, said: “Having spent the past three years developing Ampliphae’s product offering and securing our initial set of customers, we are now ready to scale the business both within the UK and internationally. Becoming a member of the LORCA programme will bring us closer to our target markets and provide exposure and access to potential clients, as well as providing valuable advice and support as we refine our solution offering. We are especially looking forward to collaborating with the other members of the programme, learning from each other’s insights in the cybersecurity domain, and potentially partnering with member companies that have complementary offerings to our own.”
For more information on Ampliphae, visit: http://www.ampliphae.com/ or e-mail info@ampliphae.com
For more information on LORCA, visit http://www.lorca.co.uk/

UK Threat Report from Cybersecurity Firm Carbon Black Finds That 88% of UK Businesses Surveyed Have Been Breached During the Last 12 Months

Businesses report breaches are most likely to spawn from phishing attacks
Reading, UK, 11th February 2019: Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK), a leader in next-generation endpoint security delivered via the cloud, today released the results of its second UK Threat Report. The research indicates that the UK’s cyber threat environment is intensifying. According to the report, attacks are growing in volume, and the average number of breaches has increased. The report analyses survey results from different vertical sectors, organisation sizes and IT team sizes to build a picture of the modern attack and cyber defence landscape in the UK.
Key survey research findings:
  • 88% of UK organisations reported suffering a breach in the last 12 months
  • The average number of breaches per organisation over the past year was 3.67
  • 87% of organisations have seen an increase in attack volumes
  • 89% of organisations say attacks have become more sophisticated
  • 93% of organisations plan to increase spending on cyber defence
Compared with the previous report, published in September, the average number of breaches has increased from 3.48 to 3.67. More than 5% of organisations have seen an increase in attack volumes.
100% of Government and Local Authority organisations surveyed reported being breached in the past 12 months, suffering 4.65 breaches, on average. 40% have been breached more than five times. In the private sector, the survey indicates that Financial Services are the most likely to report a breach, with 98% of the surveyed companies reporting breaches during the past 12 months.
“We believe our second UK threat report underlines that UK organisations are still under intense pressure from escalating cyberattacks,” said Rick McElroy, Head of Security Strategy for Carbon Black. “The report suggests that the average number of breaches has increased, but as threat hunting strategies start to mature, we hope to see fewer attacks making it to full breach status.”
The Weakest Link in Cybersecurity: Humans
According to the report, malware remains the most prolific attack type in the UK, with more than a quarter (27%) of organisations naming it the most commonly encountered. Ransomware holds second position (15%). However, the human factor plays a part in the attacks resulting in breaches. Phishing attacks appear to be at the root of one in five successful breaches. Combined, weaknesses in processes and outdated security technology were reported factors in a quarter of breaches, indicating that failures in basic security hygiene continue to be high risk vectors that organisations should address as a priority.
Cyber Defence Investment Increases in the Face of Increasing Attack Volumes
Organisations across all sectors reported increases in the volume of attacks during the past 12 months. However, of the organizations surveyed Government and Local Authority organisations saw particularly high increases, with 40% noting more than 50% increase in the number of attacks. Similarly, in Healthcare, 29% of respondents noted increases of 50% or more.
A silver lining here is that 6% more of the organisations plan to increase cybersecurity spending compared to six months ago.
Threat Hunting is Delivering on its Promise
60% of UK organisations surveyed said they are actively threat hunting and more than a quarter (26%) have been doing so for a year or more. A very encouraging 95% reported that threat hunting has strengthened their defences. The survey results suggest that threat hunting is most mature in the financial services sector, with 53% threat hunting for more than a year.
“We believe threat hunting is an integral part of a mature security posture,” McElroy said. “It’s encouraging to see this numbers continuing to climb.”
Click here https://www.carbonblack.com/resources/threat-research/global-threat-report-series/ to download the full report from Carbon Black.
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Survey Methodology
Carbon Black commissioned a survey, undertaken by an independent research organisation, Opinion Matters, in January 2019, published in February. More than 250 UK CIOs, CTOs and CISOs were surveyed from companies in a range of industries including: Financial, Healthcare, Government, Retail, Manufacturing, Food and Beverage, Oil and Gas, Professional Services, and Media and Entertainment. This is the second UK Threat Report from Carbon Black, building on the first survey undertaken in August 2018. This forms part of a global research project across multiple countries, including: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore and the UK.
About Carbon Black
Carbon Black (NASDAQ: CBLK) is a leading provider of next-generation endpoint security delivered via the cloud. Leveraging its big data and analytics cloud platform – the CB Predictive Security Cloud – Carbon Black consolidates prevention, detection, response, threat hunting and managed services into a single platform with a single agent and single console, making it easier for organizations to consolidate security stacks and achieve better protection. As a cybersecurity innovator, Carbon Black has pioneered multiple endpoint security categories, including application control, endpoint detection and response (EDR), and next-generation antivirus (NGAV) enabling customers to defend against the most advanced threats. More than 4,600 global customers, including one-third of the Fortune 100, trust Carbon Black to keep their organizations safe.
Carbon Black and CB Predictive Security Cloud are registered trademarks or trademarks of Carbon Black, Inc. in the United States and/or other jurisdictions.
 

ThreatQuotient Featured in Ovum Market Radar Report

ThreatQuotient continues to be ranked as a key player within the Threat Intelligence Platform market
London – 5th February 2019 - ThreatQuotient™, a trusted threat intelligence platform innovator, today announced that industry analyst firm Ovum has included ThreatQuotient as one of the threat intelligence platform (TIP) vendors as part of their latest Market Radar reports.
The report, ‘Ovum Market Radar: Threat Intelligence Platforms,’ highlights areas where ThreatQuotient’s TIP, ThreatQ™, excelled, including ThreatQuotient’s ability to provide visibility into threats and customer controls to prioritise workloads using threat intelligence, which can be deployed by managed security service providers (MSSPs) to reach smaller customers. It also noted that ThreatQuotient “goes beyond conventional TIPs by offering the ThreatQ Threat Library™, which prioritises threat intelligence, provides context and enrichment, and automatically identifies the highest priority threats facing an organisation.”
The report discusses the capabilities of threat intelligence platforms, the TIP market landscape and description of the main players. The ‘On the Radar’ series of the report highlights vendors bringing innovative ideas, products, or business models to the markets and their potential impact within enterprise and public sector IT organisations.
“The reality of cybersecurity today is that our adversaries are always evolving,” explains John Czupak, President and CEO, ThreatQuotient. “This means it is vital that the technologies and strategies of our customers must evolve as well. We empower our customers by providing them with stronger visibility and understanding of the exact threats they are facing, and to be included in Ovum’s TIP Market report only emphasises our commitment to be the advanced threat intelligence platform to keep on your radar.”
With threat intelligence as an organisation’s foundational element, ThreatQuotient is making security operations more efficient and effective. Continues Czupak, “Every company has its own unique environment and faces different threats, so ThreatQ allows them to set their own specific controls for prioritising the threat intelligence that is most relevant to them.”
Access the full report
About ThreatQuotient
ThreatQuotient™ understands that the foundation of intelligence-driven security is people. The company’s open and extensible threat intelligence platform, ThreatQ™, and cybersecurity situation room solution, ThreatQ Investigations, empower security teams with the context, customisation and prioritisation needed to make better decisions, accelerate detection and response, and advance team collaboration. Leading global companies use ThreatQuotient solutions as the cornerstone of their security operations and threat management system. ThreatQuotient is headquartered in Northern Virginia with international operations based out of Europe and APAC. For more information, visit https://threatquotient.com.
About Ovum
Ovum is a market-leading data, research and consulting firm, focused on helping digital service providers and their vendor partners thrive in the connected digital economy. With over 150 analysts worldwide, we offer expert analysis and strategic insight across the telecoms, media and technology industries. Founded in 1985, Ovum has one of the most experienced analyst teams in the industry and we are a respected source of guidance for technology business leaders, CIOs, vendors, service providers, and regulators looking for comprehensive, accurate, and insightful market data, research, and consulting. With 23 offices across six continents, Ovum offers a truly global perspective on technology and media markets and provides thousands of clients with insight including workflow tools, forecasts, surveys, market assessments, technology audits, and opinion.

OutSystems and Omnext Launch Application Risk Analysis Services

New services combined with leading low-code development platform target technical debt by providing insights into code maintainability
LONDON - 30th January 2019 - OutSystems, provider of the number one low-code platform for rapid application development, today announced two new code-review offerings from partner, Omnext. Omnext Fit Test and Stay Fit will help organisations ensure that all OutSystems applications they build adhere to best practices for maintainability, reliability, performance, and security. This will effectively reduce technical debt of new software before deployment.
Research estimates that new business applications contain at least $1M in technical debt upon release. As software is updated and new functionality added, that number increases as organisations struggle to balance quality with delivery speed. Accenture’s CIO survey in early 2018 revealed that 70 percent of CIOs want to keep existing core systems as long as possible. As well, 70 percent also said that legacy debt is limiting their ability to innovate.
Through reports and dashboards, the new Omnext services give organisations a third-party-validated risk analysis that helps them quantify their quality standards so they can move forward faster, with less risk and effort. Omnext Fit Test provides a snapshot-in-time, deep risk analysis of code based on the ISO 25010 quality model. Customers can then use the Stay Fit program to schedule a risk analysis to match their development teams’ efforts, such as after sprints or every week.
For example, KPMG, a global professional services firm and OutSystems 2018 Partner of the Year, is using the Omnext services to help its clients identify and remediate potential risks in generated code before it can impact critical production environments. As part of the launch of these new services, Omnext and KPMG are offering each OutSystems customer a free analysis of one of their apps (Quick Fit Test). The output of the scan will include a high-level report expressing an overall quality risk indication. In addition, the report will also include an overview of most common Best Practice violations found in the app.
“OutSystems delivers a platform that can take a lot of the burden out of the developers' hands when adopted successfully,” said Joost Koedijk, partner digital enablement at KPMG. “Development is rarely perfect and errors can, and usually will, occur. Tools like Fit Test 4 OutSystems by Omnext allow us to do an efficient and automated deep-dive into the technical quality of the developed software and help our clients improve the quality and maintainability of their solutions.”
“IT teams using low-code platforms are moving faster than ever, so it’s imperative that the code we build or layer onto existing systems isn’t introducing new legacy debt,” said Mike Hughes, senior director of product marketing for OutSystems. “These new services developed through our partnership with Omnext offer peace of mind to organisations. They now have a way of knowing that new apps and functionality aren’t introducing unnecessary risk and won’t impact service delivery or availability.”
To learn more and register for a complimentary app analysis, please visit
https://www.omnext.com/en/outsystems-quick-fit-test
About Omnext
Omnext specialises in software analysis for almost 20 years and is the first company to provide fully automated ‘code reviews’ (Fit Tests) for OutSystems applications worldwide. Omnext was founded from the observation that organisations are becoming more and more dependent on their software applications and struggle with quality related challenges. To help these organisations to (re)gain control over their application landscape by managing risk and increasing quality, Omnext developed the Fit Test platform.
The Fit Test platform currently supports over 40 different programming languages and technologies and allows users to perform what can be described as an ‘automated peer review’ whenever required. By analysing your applications on a frequent basis, our platform provides insight in quality characteristics based on the ISO-25010 guideline for software quality, such as Maintainability, Performance, Reliability and Security. In other words, our Fit Tests enables your development teams, and organisation as a whole, to stay in control over your software’s quality at all times.
Visit us at www.omnext.com or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/omnext.
About OutSystems
Thousands of customers worldwide trust OutSystems, the number one low-code platform for rapid application development. Engineers with an obsessive attention to detail crafted every aspect of the OutSystems platform to help organisations build enterprise-grade apps and transform their business faster. OutSystems is the only solution that combines the power of low-code development with advanced mobile capabilities, enabling visual development of entire applications that easily integrate with existing systems. Visit us at www.outsystems.com, or follow us on Twitter @OutSystems or LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/outsystems.