The Truth About Patch Validation – Charles Leaver

Written By Logan Gilbert And Presented By Charles Leaver



A recent report shows almost twenty thousand brand-new software vulnerabilities were discovered in 2017 – an all-time record. Consider that for a second. That’s approximately fifty five new vulnerabilities per day. That’s a big amount for any IT shop to manage.

Now there’s good news and bad news. The bright side is that patches were available for 86% of those vulnerabilities on the day they are disclosed. The bad news is that a lot of companies continue to deal with patch prioritization, application, and validation. And as IT workloads progressively migrate to the cloud, vulnerability visibility tends to decrease – exacerbating an already difficult problem.

Let’s take a more detailed look at ways to manage cloud patch validation effectively.

Initially, a Patch Management Guide

Patch management is the practice of updating software applications with code changes that attend to vulnerabilities exploitable by cyber attackers. Although it’s been around for decades, patch management remains a tough procedure for a lot of IT organizations.

Modern businesses have complicated IT environments with several integration points in between business systems. That means it is hard for software developers to account for all unexpected repercussions, e.g., a piece of code that might close a port, disable critical infrastructure interaction, or perhaps crash its host server.

And focusing on the reliable patching of recognized vulnerabilities is the undeniable ‘huge bang for the buck’ play. In 2017, Gartner stated that 99% of exploits are based upon vulnerabilities that have already been known to security and IT professionals for a minimum of one year.

Cloud Patching Principles

The first secret to shutting down the right vulnerabilities in your cloud IT infrastructure is being able to see everything. Without visibility into your cloud systems and applications, you cannot actually understand if both those systems and applications are patched where it is most important. The 2nd key is patch validation. Just firing off a patch is no assurance that it activated effectively. It may, or may not, have actually released successfully.

How would you be sure of this?

The Ziften Approach

Ziften offers the visibility and recognition you need to guarantee your cloud IT environment is safe and safe from the vulnerabilities that are the most crucial:

– Comprehensive capture of found OS and application vulnerabilities

– Findings mapped to vulnerability insight points, e.g., OWASP, CIS, CVE, CWE, and OSVDB

– Detailed explanations of the implications of findings, business effects, and dangers for each of the identified exposures

– Vulnerability prioritization based upon asset urgency and danger of attack

– Remediation recommendations to close recognized shortages

– In-depth actions to follow while reducing reported shortages

– Detection and mitigation of attacks that take advantage of unpatched systems with quarantine treatments

Far too frequently we discover that the data from customer’s patching systems incorrectly report that vulnerabilities are indeed patched. This develops a false sense of security that is undesirable for IT operations and security operations teams.

GDPR And Cybersecurity Monitoring – Charles Leaver

Written By Dr Al Hartmann And Presented By Charles Leaver


Robust business cybersecurity naturally consists of monitoring of network, end point, application, database, and user activity to prevent, identify, and respond to cyber dangers that could breach privacy of business staff, partners, suppliers, or clients. In cyber space, any blind spots become totally free fire zones for the legions of hackers looking to do damage. But tracking likewise captures event records that may consist of user “personal data” under the broad European Union GDPR analysis of that term. Enterprise personnel are “natural individuals” and hence “data subjects” under the guideline. Prudently balancing security and personal privacy issues throughout the business can be tough – let’s go over this.

The Mandate for Cyber Security Monitoring

GDPR Chapter 4 governs controller and processor roles under the regulation. While not clearly mandating cybersecurity tracking, this can be inferred from its text:

-” … When it comes to an individual data breach, the controller will without unnecessary delay and, where practical, not later than seventy two hours after having actually become aware of it, notify the individual data breach to the supervisory authority …” [Art. 33( 1)]

-” … the controller and the processor shall execute suitable technical and organizational steps to make sure a level of security appropriate to the danger …” [Art. 32( 1)]

-” Each supervisory authority shall have [the power] to carry out investigations in the form of data defense audits.” [Art. 58( 1)]

One can well reason that to find a breach one must monitor, or that to verify and to scope a breach and provide timely breach notice to the supervisory authority that one must also monitor, or that to carry out proper technical procedures that a person need to monitor, or that to react to a data security audit that one should have an audit path which audit paths are produced by monitoring. Simply put, for an enterprise to safeguard its cyber space and the individual data therein and validate its compliance, it reasonably must monitor that space.

The Enterprise as Controller of Data

Under the GDPR it is the controller that “figures out the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.” The business decides the purposes and scope of monitoring, selects the tools for such monitoring, determines the probe, sensor, and agent releases for the tracking, picks the services or personnel which will access and evaluate the monitored data, and chooses the actions to take as a result. In other words, the enterprise serves in the controller function. The processor supports the controller by providing processing services on their behalf.

The business also employs the staff whose personal data may be included in any event records recorded by monitoring. Personal data is specified rather broadly under GDPR and may consist of login names, system names, network addresses, filepaths that consist of the user profile directory site, or any other incidental information that might fairly be connected to “a natural individual”. Event data will frequently include these aspects. An event data stream from a specific probe, sensor, or agent might then be connected to an individual, and expose aspects of that person’s work efficiency, policy compliance, or even elements of their individual lives (if enterprise devices or networks are not used correctly for private business). Although not the object of cybersecurity tracking, prospective privacy or profiling concerns may be raised.

Accomplishing Clarity through Fair Processing Notices

As the enterprise employs the staff whose personal data might be captured in the cybersecurity tracking dragnet, they have the opportunity in employment agreements or in separate disclosures to inform staff of the requirement and function of cyber security tracking and get educated approval straight from the data topics. While it might be argued that the legal basis for cybersecurity monitoring does not necessarily demand informed approval (per GDPR Art, 6( 1 )), but is a consequence of the data security level the business must preserve to otherwise abide by law, it is far more preffered to be transparent and open with staff. Employment agreements have actually long included such provisions defining that workers consent to have their office interactions and devices monitored, as a condition of work. However the GDPR raises the bar substantially for the specificity and clarity of such permissions, termed Fair Processing Notices, which need to be “freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous”.

Fair Processing Notifications must clearly lay out the identity of the data controller, the kinds of data collected, the function and lawful basis for this collection, the data subject rights, in addition to contact info for the data controller and for the supervisory authority having jurisdiction. The notification needs to be clear and easily comprehended, and not buried in some prolonged legalistic employment contract. While numerous sample notifications can be discovered with a simple web search, they will need adaptation to fit a cyber security monitoring context, where data subject rights might conflict with forensic data retention mandates. For example, an insider hacker may demand the deletion of all their activity data (to ruin proof), which would overturn personal privacy regulations into a tool for the obstruction of justice. For other guidance, the widely used NIST Cyber Security Framework addresses this balance in Sec. 3.6 (” Method to Safeguard Personal Privacy and Civil Liberties”).

Think Worldwide, Act In Your Area

Given the viral jurisdictional nature of the GDPR, the severe charges imposed upon lawbreakers, the tough dynamics of tweezing out EEA from non-EEA data subjects, and the likely spread of comparable policies globally – the safe course is to apply rigid personal privacy regulations across the board, as Microsoft has done.

In contrast to global application stands regional application, where the safe course is to position cybersecurity tracking infrastructure in geographic areas, rather than to face trans border data transfers. Even remote querying and viewing personal data may count as such a transfer and argue for pseudonymization (tokenizing individual data fields) or anonymization (redacting individual data fields) throughout non-cooperating jurisdictional borders. Just in the last stages of cyber security analytics would natural person identification of data subjects end up being pertinent, and then most likely only be of actionable value in your area.

Whitelisting Is Important For Your Network – Charles Leaver

Written By Roark Pollock And Presented By Charles Leaver



Similar to any form of security, the world of IT security is one of establishing and implementing a set of allow/disallow rules – or more formally entitled, policies on security. And, merely stated, allow/disallow rules can be expressed as a ‘whitelist’ or a ‘blacklist’.

In the past, a lot of guidelines were blacklist in nature. The good ‘ole days were when we trusted almost everyone to behave well, and when they did this, it would be rather simple to recognize bad behavior or abnormalities. So, we would only have to compose a few blacklist guidelines. For example, “don’t permit anyone into the network originating from an IP address in say, Russia”. That was kind of the very same thing as your grandparents never ever locking the doors to your house on the farm, because they were aware of everyone within a twenty mile radius.

Then the world altered. Behaving well became an exception, and bad actors/habits became legion. Obviously, it occurred gradually – and in phases – dating to the beginning of the true ‘Web’ back in the early 1990’s. Keep in mind script kiddies unlawfully accessing public and secure sites, simply to prove to their high school pals that they were able to?

Fast forward to the modern-day age. Everything is on-line. And if it has value, someone on earth is trying to take or harm it – constantly. And they have plenty of tools that they can use. In 2017, 250,000 new malware versions were presented – daily. We used to trust desktop and network anti-virus solutions to include brand-new blacklist signatures – every week – to counter the bad guys utilizing malicious strings of code for their bidding. However at over 90 million new malware versions per year, blacklist strategies alone won’t suffice.

Network whitelisting innovations have been an essential form of protection for on premises network security – and with most companies rapidly moving their work to the cloud, the exact same mechanisms will be needed there as well.

Let’s take a closer look at both methods.

What is Blacklisting?

A blacklist lines out known malicious or suspicious “entities” that shouldn’t be enabled access, or execution rights, in a system or network. Entities consist of bad software applications (malware) including viruses, Trojans, worms, spyware, and keystroke loggers. Entities likewise include any user, application, process, IP address, or organization understood to pose a threat to a business.

The essential word above is “known”. With 250,000 brand-new variants appearing daily, the number that are out there we have no idea about – at least until much later in time, which could be days, weeks, or even years?


So, exactly what is whitelisting? Well, as you may have guessed, it is the reverse of blacklisting. Whitelisting begins from a point of view that nearly everything is bad. And, if that is true, it ought to be more efficient just to define and permit “great entities” into the network. An easy example would be “all workers in the financial department that are director level or higher are permitted to access our financial reporting application on server X.” By extension, everyone else is locked out.

Whitelisting is often referred to as a “no trust” method – deny all, and allow just specific entities access based upon a set of ‘good’ characteristics related to user and device identity, behavior, location, time, etc

Whitelisting is widely accepted for high risk security environments, where stringent rules are more important than user freedom. It is also highly valued in environments where companies are bound by rigorous regulatory compliance.

Black, White, or Both?

Initially, few would suggest blacklisting is absolutely a thing of the past. Certainly at the endpoint device level, it is relatively simple to set up and preserve and somewhat efficient – specifically if it is kept up to date by third-party threat intelligence providers. However, in and of itself, will it suffice?

Second, depending upon your security background or experience, you’re most likely thinking, “Whitelisting could never work for us. Our organization applications are simply too diverse and complicated. The time, effort, and resources required to assemble, monitor, and update whitelists at an enterprise level would be untenable.”

Fortunately, this isn’t actually an either-or option. It’s possible to take a “finest of both worlds” stance – blacklisting for malware and intrusion detection, operating together with whitelisting for system and network access at large.

Ziften and Cloud Whitelisting

The key to whitelisting comes down to ease of execution – specifically for cloud-based work. And ease of implementation ends up being a function of scope. Consider whitelisting in 2 ways – application and network. The former can be a quagmire. The latter is far easier to execute and preserve – if you have the right visibility within your cloud deployments.

This is where Ziften can help.

With Ziften, it becomes easy to:

– Identify and develop visibility within all cloud servers and virtual machines

– Gain continuous visibility into devices and their port use activity

– See east-west traffic streams, consisting of detailed tracking into protocols in use over specific port sets

– Transform ‘seeing’ exactly what’s happening into a discernable selection of whitelists, complete with exact procedure and port mappings

– Establish near real time notifications on any anomalous or suspicious resource or service activations

Important Observations At RSA 2018 – Charles leaver

Written By Logan Gilbert And Presented By Charles Leaver


After investing a couple of days with the Ziften group at the 2018 RSA Conference, my technology viewpoint was: more of the same, the normal suspects and the normal buzzwords. Buzz words like – “AI”, “machine learning”, “predictive” were wonderfully overused. Lots of attention paid to avoidance, everybody’s favorite attack vector – e-mail, and everyone’s favorite vulnerability – ransomware.

The only surprise I encountered was seeing a smattering of NetFlow analysis companies – great deals of smaller businesses aiming to make their mark using a very rich, however tough to work with, data set. Extremely cool stuff! Find the small cubicles and you’ll find tons of development. Now, to be fair to the bigger suppliers I understand there are some truly cool technologies therein, but RSA barely lends itself to seeing through the buzzwords to actual worth.

The Buzz at RSA

I might have a prejudiced view since Ziften has actually been partnering with Microsoft for the last six plus months, but Microsoft seemed to play a far more prominent leadership role at RSA this year. First, on Monday, Microsoft revealed it’s all brand-new Intelligent Security Association uniting their security collaborations “to focus on defending clients in a world of increased risks”, and more notably – reinforcing that security through shared security intelligence across this ecosystem of partners. Ziften is naturally proud to be an establishing member in the Intelligent Security Association.

Additionally, on Tuesday, Microsoft announced a ground-breaking partnership with many in the cybersecurity industry named the “Cybersecurity Tech Accord.” This accord requires a “digital Geneva Convention” that sets standards of habits for the online world just as the Geneva Conventions set guidelines for the conduct of war in the real world.

RSA Attendees

A real interesting point to me though was the different types included of the expo audience itself. As I was also an exhibitor at RSA, I noted that of my visitors, I saw more “suits” and less tee shirts.

Ok, maybe not suits per se, but more security Managers, Directors, VPs, CISOs, and security leaders than I remember seeing in the past. I was encouraged to see what I think are business decision makers checking out security companies in the flesh, instead of doling that job to their security team. From this audience I typically heard the exact same themes:

– This is frustrating.
– I can’t tell the difference between one technology and another.

Those who were Absent from RSA

There were certainly less “technology trolls”. What, you might ask, are technology trolls? Well, as a vendor and security engineer, these are the guys (always guys) that show up 5 minutes prior to the close of the day and drag you into a technical due diligence workout for an hour, or a minimum of until the happy hour parties begin. Their goal – absolutely nothing beneficial to anyone – and here I’m presuming that the troll really works for a company, so nothing beneficial for the company that actually paid thousands of dollars for their participation. The only thing gained is the troll’s self affirmation that they are able to “beat down the vendor” with their technical prowess. I’m being severe, but I’ve experienced the trolls from both sides, both as a vendor, and as a buyer – and back at the office no one is basing purchasing choices based upon troll recommendations. I can just assume that companies send out tech trolls to RSA and comparable expos because they do not want them in their workplace.

Discussions about Holistic Security

Which makes me return to the type of people I did see a lot of at RSA: security savvy (not just tech savvy) security leaders, who comprehend the corporate argument and choices behind security innovations. Not just are they influencers however in most cases business owners of security for their particular organizations. Now, apart from the above mentioned concerns, these security leaders appeared less concentrated on an innovation or specific usage case, however rather an emphasis on a desire for “holistic” security. As we know, excellent security requires a collection of innovations, policy and practice. Security savvy consumers wished to know how our innovation fitted into their holistic solution, which is a rejuvenating change of dialog. As such, the kinds of concerns I would hear:

– How does your technology partner with other solutions I already utilize?
– More importantly: Does your company actually buy into that partnership?

That last concern is vital, basically asking if our collaborations are just fodder for a site, or, if we genuinely have an acknowledgment with our partner that the whole is greater than the parts.

The latter is what security specialists are looking for and require.


In general, RSA 2018 was terrific from my point of view. After you get past the lingo, much of the buzz centered on things that matter to clients, our market, and us as individuals – things like security partner environments that add value, more holistic security through genuine collaboration and significant integrations, and face to face discussions with business security leaders, not innovation trolls.

Unmanaged Assets In The Cloud Can Lead To Disaster – Charles Leaver

Written By Logan Gilbert And Presented By Charles Leaver


All of us identify with the vision of the hooded villain hovering over his laptop late during the night – accessing a business network, stealing important data, vanishing without a trace. We personify the assailant as smart, persistent, and sly. However the reality is the vast bulk of attacks are enabled by easy human carelessness or recklessness – making the job of the cyber criminal a simple one. He’s examining all the doors and windows continuously. All it takes is one error on your part and hegets in.

What do we do? Well, you already know the action you need to take. We spend a hefty portion of our IT budget on security defense-in-depth systems – developed to identify, trick, trip, or outright obstruct the villains. Let’s park the discussion on whether we are winning that war. Because there is a far easier war taking place – the one where the enemy enters your network, business vital application, or IP/PPI data through a vector you didn’t even know you had – the unmanaged asset – often referred to as Shadow IT.

Believe this is not your business? A recent study recommends the average enterprise has 841 cloud apps in use. Remarkably, most IT executives think the variety of cloud apps in use by their company is around 30-40 – implying they are wrong by an element of 20 times. The exact same report highlights that more than 98 percent of cloud apps are not GDPR ready, and 95 percent of enterprise-class cloud apps are not SOC 2 ready.

Defining Unmanaged Assets/Shadow IT

Shadow IT is specified as any SaaS application utilized – by employees, departments, or whole business groups – without the knowledge or consent of the company’s IT department. And, the introduction of ‘everything as a service’ has actually made it even easier for workers to gain access to whatever software application they feel is required to make them more efficient.

The Impact

Well intentioned staff members normally don’t understand they’re breaking corporate rules by triggering a new server instance, or downloading unauthorized apps or software application offerings. But, it takes place. When it does, 3 problems can develop:

1. Corporate standards within a company are compromised considering that unapproved software indicates each computer has various capabilities.

2. Rogue software typically includes security flaws, putting the whole network at risk and making it much more tough for IT to handle security dangers.

3. Asset blind spots not just drive up security and compliance threats, they can increase legal threats. Information retention policies created to restrict legal liability are being skirted with details stored on unapproved cloud assets.

Three Key Factors To Consider for Resolving Unmanaged Asset Threats

1. Initially, deploy tools that can supply detailed visibility into all cloud assets- managed and unmanaged. Know what new virtual machines have been activated this week, along with what other machines and applications with which each VM instance is communicating.

2. Second, make certain your tooling can provide constant stock of licensed and unapproved virtual devices running in the cloud. Make certain you can see all IP connections made to each asset.

3. Third, for compliance and/or forensic analysis functions search for a service that offers a capture of any and all assets (physical and virtual) that have actually ever been on the network – not simply a service that is restricted to active assets – and within a brief look back window.

Unmanaged Asset Discovery with Ziften

Ziften makes it easy to rapidly discover cloud assets that have actually been commissioned outside of IT’s province. And we do it continually and with deep historic recall within your reach – consisting of when each device first linked to the network, when it last appeared, and how frequently it reconnects. And if a virtual device is decommissioned, no problem, we still have all its historic habits data.

Identify and secure covert attack vectors originating from shadow IT – prior to a disaster. Know exactly what’s happening in your cloud environment.

Great News About Microsoft’s Intelligent Security Association – Charles Leaver

Written By David Shefter And Presented By Charles Leaver


It’s a fantastic plan: Microsoft has actually developed a mechanism for third-party security companies, like Ziften, to cooperate to better secure our customers. Everybody wins with the new Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, revealed very recently – and we delighted to be an establishing member and included in the launch. Congratulations to Microsoft!

Sharing of Security Intelligence

One of the most amazing tasks coming out of Microsoft has actually been the new Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, a risk intelligence engine developed with machine learning. The Intelligent Security Graph forms the foundation of the brand-new association – and the foundation of a great deal of brand-new chances for development.

As Microsoft states, “At the present time, with the tremendous computing advantages afforded by the cloud, the Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence is discovering new ways to utilize its rich analytics engines and by using a mix of automated and manual processes, machine learning and human professionals, we have the ability to produce an intelligent security graph that develops from itself and develops in real time, reducing our collective time to find and react to brand-new occurrences.”

The requirement for much better, more intelligent, security is huge, which is why we’re thrilled to be a founding member of the brand-new association.

Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, Enterprise Mobility + Security, recently composed, “Roughly 96% of all malware is polymorphic – which means that it is only experienced by a single user and device prior to being changed with yet another malware version. This is because in many cases malware is caught almost as quick as it’s developed, so malware developers continuously develop to try and remain ahead. Data like this reinforces how important it is to have security options in place that are as agile and ingenious as the attacks.”

Endpoint Detection and Response that is Advanced

And that brings us to the type of advanced endpoint detection and response (EDR) that Ziften provides to desktops, servers, and cloud assets – providing the organization distinct all-the-time visibility and control for any asset, anywhere. No one provides the functionality you’ll find in Ziften’s Zenith security platform.

That’s where the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association shines. At the end of the day, even the very best defenses may be breached, and security groups should respond faster and more aggressively to make sure the security of their data and systems.

Ziften and Microsoft are providing completely integrated hazard protection that covers customers’ endpoints – meaning customer devices, servers, and the cloud – with a structure of shared intelligence and the power of the cloud to transform monitoring of enterprise systems.

What Microsoft is Saying

“The Intelligent Security Association enhances cooperation from leading sources to protect clients,” said Microsoft. “Having actually currently accomplished strong customer momentum with our integrated Ziften and Microsoft Windows Defender ATP service, customers stand to additionally gain from continued collaboration.”

In addition, “Continued integration and intelligence sharing within the context of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph allows joint clients to more quickly and accurately identify, examine and respond to attacks throughout their whole endpoint and cloud base.”

What Ziften is Saying

Chuck Leaver, Ziften CEO, is informing everybody that our founding membership in the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association is a substantial win for our joint clients and prospects – and it brings together everybody in the Microsoft universe and beyond (note that Ziften’s Mac and Linux solutions are likewise part of the Microsoft collaboration). “As security vendors, all of us recognize the requirement to work together and collaborate to protect our customers and their staff members. Kudos to Microsoft for leading this market effort,” Chuck stated.

The result: Better security for our clients, and tighter integration and more development in the industry. It’s a genuine win for everybody. Apart from the hackers, of course. They will lose. No apologies guys.

A Better Channel Program For You – Charles Leaver

Written By Greg McCreight And Presented By Charles Leaver


If you are a reseller, integrator, distributor, managed service provider – the new Ziften Activate Partner Program is here, it’s ready, and it’s going to be excellent for your bottom line (and for lowering your clients’ anxiety about cyber security).

Ziften is 100 percent focused on the channel, and as we grow and progress in the market, we understand that your success is our success – and also our success is your success. And it is already happening: 96% of our sales last year came through the channel! This is the reason that we built the brand-new Activate Partner Program to provide you the resources you require to grow your organization with Ziften security solutions.

We came out of the blocks with a very effective, cross platform Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solution, Ziften Zenith. Clients really love it. Innovation Partners love it. Resellers really love it. The market loves it. And analysts love it.

I have to share this from the conclusion of our broadband testing report, which speaks about SysSecOps, or Systems Security Operations – an emerging category where Ziften is leading the market:

Critical to Ziften’s endpoint method in this classification is total visibility – after all, how can you secure if you can’t see or do not know what is there in the first place? With its Zenith platform, Ziften has a product that delivers on all the essential SysSecOps requirements and more …

Overall, Ziften has an extremely competitive offering in what is a very legitimate, emerging IT category through SysSecOps and one that needs to be on the assessment short list.

In addition to this: Microsoft just recently partnered with Ziften to develop an integration of Zenith and Microsoft Windows Defender ATP, to allow Microsoft customers to protect Linux and Mac systems with the very same single pane of glass as they utilize to secure Windows systems.

Enough about us. Let’s talk about you. You and the Activate Partner Program.

We have actually put together a multi tier partner program that has better discount rates, more resources, and strong market advancement assistance. We understand a one-size-fits-all program doesn’t work, not in the market today.

With Activate, we take a hands on stance to bringing on board new partners; making it easy for those for whom security is a relatively small element of your services; and rewarding top-tier partners who have actually devoted themselves to us.

Here’s exactly what you will receive with the Activate Partner Program – and we’ll work alongside with you to ensure that Activate fulfills your needs completely:

Security for more of your customer’s environment – end points, servers, and cloud

Visibility and security for your consumer’s complex, multi-cloud implementations

Easy security tool integrations to deliver really tailored, differentiated services

Hands-on, tailored support and life-cycle knowledge

Rich monetary incentives that motivate your long term investment and benefit on-going success

Market advancement support to drive incremental demand and list building

World-class, hands-on assistance from our field sales, sales engineers, technical support, and marketing experts

The Activate program combines our successful security services, monetary investments, and hands on support to assist you create more opportunity and close more deals.

Take These Steps For Successful Cloud Asset Migration – Charles Leaver

Written By Logan Gilbert And Presented By Charles Leaver


It bears reiterating – the Web has permanently altered the world for individuals and companies alike. In the case of the latter, every element of contemporary IT is going through digital change. IT departments everywhere are under pressure to make info extremely accessible and at lower expense – all while securing crucial data from corruption, loss, or cyber theft.

Central to this technique is the migration of data centers to the cloud. In fact, nineteen percent of company workloads are anticipated to be in the public cloud by the end of 2019, and fifty percent over the next ten years.

What is Cloud Asset Migration?

Cloud migration is the procedure of moving data, applications or other company elements from an organization’s on-premise infrastructure to the cloud or moving them from one cloud service to another.

The diagram shown below illustrates this migration of file-server(s), data, and application(s) from an on premise server infrastructure to a cloud environment.

Cloud companies enable companies to move some or all IT infrastructure to the cloud for scale, speed, service versatility, ease of management, and decreased expenses. The advantages are nothing except engaging.

Utilizing Cloud Computing is changing the business landscape. With the technological improvements, individuals are leaning more to a virtual workplace meaning that you can work from anywhere and anytime making use of cloud computing.

Cloud Asset Migration Considerations

But, just like any significant IT infrastructure modification, a transfer to the cloud requires thoughtful preparation and execution for the process to take place within the budget plan and on-time. Moving a server, database, application, or all the above to the cloud is not without danger. System interruptions, efficiency destruction, data loss and more are likely to occur as a result of misconfigurations, system failures, and security exploits.

Case in point: 43% of those who have actually gone through a cloud asset migration have actually experienced a failed or delayed application. Why is this? Due to the fact that each asset migration is a ‘snowflake’ with its own level of complexity.

Let’s look at 3 areas to think about for effective cloud asset migration.

1. Have a Strategy

First, there has to be a strategic migration strategy. That plan must help address concerns like the following:

Which IT assets should be moved in the first place?
If you are moving some, or all, of your infrastructure to the cloud, how will you develop and maintain asset control?
How will you identify what you have – prior to and after the relocation?
Do you even have to move all of it?
What is the first thing to move?

2. Clean Up What remains in Place Now

To address these strategic questions successfully, you’ll need conclusive visibility into each asset under roof now, as well as pertinent attributes of each asset. Whether your assets today are operating on physical or virtual server infrastructure, you need to understand:

What assets exist today? Discover all the linked assets and understand whether they are currently handled and unmanaged.
Identify low usage and/or unused systems. Should these systems be gotten rid of or repurposed prior to migration?
Recognize low use and/or unused applications. Are these applications needed at all? Should they be eliminated prior to migration?
Identify and tidy up areas of duplication, be it systems and/or applications.
Now identify those business-critical systems and applications that will now be moved as part of your strategy. With this detailed asset data in hand, you can hone your migration method by segmenting what must – and must not be migrated – or at least crisply focus on based on service value.

3. Plan for Cloud Visibility Post Migration

Now that you’re equipped with extensive, accurate existing and historic asset data, how will you preserve this level of visibility after your effective cloud asset migration?

While the expense benefits of moving to the cloud are often exceptionally compelling, unchecked asset/ virtual machine proliferation can rapidly deteriorate those cost benefits. So, prior to executing your cloud asset migration, make certain you have a cloud visibility service in place that:

Finds/ monitors all connected assets across your single or multi-cloud environment
Records, fingerprints, and categorizes discovered assets
Informs on brand-new or unexpected asset discovery and/or behavior within the cloud environment
Integrates with existing ticketing, workflow, and/or CMDB systems

Cloud Visibility and Security with Ziften

Continuous cloud visibility into each device, user, and application implies you can administer all elements of your infrastructure more effectively. You’ll avoid wasting resources by avoiding VM expansion, plus you’ll have a detailed body of data to comply with audit requirements for NIST 800-53, HIPAA, and other compliance policies.

Follow the above when you move to the cloud, and you’ll avoid weak security, incomplete compliance, or operational problems. Ziften’s technique to cloud visibility and security offers you the intelligence you require for cloud asset migration without the headaches.

Top Security Opportunity Only For Microsoft Channel Partners – Charles Leaver

Written By Greg McCreight And Presented By Charles Leaver


Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) is very good, popular with Microsoft channel partners around the globe. It is probable that you’re currently working with Microsoft clients to set up and look after WDATP on their Windows endpoints.

I’m delighted to inform you about a new chance: Get a quick start with an industry-leading solution that integrates right into WDATP: Ziften Zenith. For a restricted time, Microsoft channel partners can utilize our brand-new “Fast Start” program to onboard with Ziften.

With “Fast Start,” you take pleasure in all the advantages of Ziften’s top tier partner status for a complete year, and we’ll assist you to get up to speed rapidly with joint market and business advancement resources – and with a waiver of the usual sales volume dedication associated with Gold Status.

If you don’t know Ziften, we provide infrastructure visibility and collaborated danger detection, prevention, and response throughout all endpoint devices and cloud environments. Zenith, our flagship security platform, easily deploys to client devices, virtual machines and servers.

When installed, Zenith constantly collects all the info essential to accurately assess the present and historic state of all managed devices consisting of system, user habits, network connectivity, application, binary, and process data. Zenith provides your customers’ IT and security teams with constant visibility and control of all handled assets including continuous monitoring, notifying, and automated or manual actions.

Zenith is cross-platform – it operates with and protects Windows, Mac, Linux, and other end points.

What’s especially noteworthy – and here’s the opportunity – is that Ziften has actually teamed up with Microsoft to incorporate Zenith with Windows Defender ATP. That indicates your customers can utilize WDATP on Windows systems and Zenith on their macOS and Linux systems to discover, view, and respond to cyberattacks all using just the WDATP Management Console for all the systems. Zenith is hidden in the background.

A single pane of glass, to handle Windows, Mac, Linux end points, which can include desktops, laptops, and servers. That makes Zenith the best option to provide to your existing WDATP customers… and to make your bids for new WDATP business more comprehensive for multi platform business potential customers.

Furthermore, offering Zenith can assist you speed customer migrations to Windows 10, and sell more Enterprise E5 commercial editions.

” Fast Start” with Gold Status for a Year

Ziften is totally concentrated on the channel: 96% of our sales in 2017 were through the channel. We are very excited to bring the “Fast Start” program to current Microsoft channel partners, throughout the world.

With “Fast Start,” you can sign up for the Ziften Channel Program with these advantages:

Expedited Acceptance and On-Boarding – Ziften channel managers and field sales work straight with you to get up and running providing the Zenith endpoint security service integrated with Windows Defender ATP.

Superior Security Worth – You’ll be distinctively positioned to provide clients and potential customers higher security worth across more of their overall environment than ever, increasing the variety of supported and secured Windows, Mac, and Linux systems.

Hands-On Partnership – Ziften dedicates field sales, sales engineers, and marketing to support your day-to-day pre-sales engagements, drive new sales opportunities, and assist to close more deals with Microsoft and Ziften endpoint security.

Here’s exactly what one significant Microsoft channel partner, states about this – this is Ronnie Altit, founder and CEO of Insentra, a “partner-obsessed” Australian IT services business that works specifically through the IT channel:

” As a large Microsoft reseller, teaming with Ziften to offer their Zenith security platform incorporated with Microsoft Windows Defender ATP was a no-brainer. We’re thrilled at the smooth integration between Zenith and Windows Defender ATP providing our customers holistic protection and visibility throughout their Windows and non-Windows systems. Ziften has actually been a pleasure to work with, and supportive at every step of the procedure. We anticipate to be incredibly successful offering this powerful security solution to our customers.”

Girl Scouts And Cybersecurity What It Means For Women – Charles Leaver

Written By Kim Foster And Presented By Charles Leaver


It’s obvious that cybersecurity is getting more international attention than ever before, and businesses are truly concerned if they are training sufficient security professionals to satisfy growing security risks. While this concern is felt across the commercial world, numerous people did not anticipate Girl Scouts to hear the call.

Beginning this fall, countless Girl Scouts across the country have the opportunity to receive cybersecurity badges. Girl Scouts of the United States partnered with Security Business (and Ziften tech partner) Palo Alto Networks to develop a curriculum that informs girls about the fundamentals of computer security. In accordance with Sylvia Acevedo, CEO of GSUSA, they developed the program based upon demand from the ladies themselves to protect themselves, their computers, and their family networks.

The timing is good, given that in accordance with a study released in 2017 by (ISC), 1.8 million cybersecurity positions will be unfilled by 2022. Factor in increased need for security pros with stagnant growth for women – only 11 percent for the past several years – our cybersecurity staffing problems are poised to get worse without significant effort on behalf of the market for better addition.

Obviously, we can’t depend on the Girl Scouts to do all of the heavy lifting. Wider instructional efforts are a given: according to the Computing Technology Industry Association, 69 percent of U.S. ladies who do not have a profession in information technology pointed out not knowing what chances were readily available to them as the factor they did not pursue one. One of the excellent untapped opportunities of our market is the recruitment of more diverse experts. Targeted curricula and increased awareness should be high concern. Raytheon’s Women Cyber Security Scholarship is a fine example.

To gain the benefits of having females invested in shaping the future of technology, it’s important to dispel the exclusionary understanding of “the boys’ club” and remember the groundbreaking contributions made by ladies of the past. Lots of people understand that the first computer programmer was a woman – Ada Lovelace. Then there is the work of other famous leaders such as Grace Hopper, Hedy Lamarr, or Ida Rhodes, all who may evoke some vague recollection among those in our industry. Female mathematicians created programs for one of the world’s very first completely electronic general-purpose computers: Kay McNulty, Jean Jennings Bartik, Betty Snyder, Marlyn Meltzer, Fran Bilas, and Ruth Lichterman were just a few of the very first programmers of the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (better called ENIAC), though their crucial work was not extensively recognized for over half a century. In fact, when historians first found photos of the females in the mid-1980s, they mistook them for “Fridge Ladies” – models posing in front of the machines.

It’s worth keeping in mind that many believe the very same “boys’ club” mindset that neglected the accomplishments of ladies in history has actually resulted in restricted leadership positions and lower incomes for modern-day ladies in cybersecurity, in addition to outright exclusion of female luminaries from speaking chances at market conferences. As patterns go, omitting bright people with relevant understanding from influencing the cybersecurity market is an unsustainable one if we want to keep up with the cybercriminals.

Whether or not we jointly act to promote more inclusive work environments – like informing, recruiting, and promoting ladies in larger numbers – it is heartening to see a company associated with fundraising event cookies successfully notify an entire market to the fact that women are really interested in the field. As the Girls Scouts of today are given the tools to pursue a career in information security, we should anticipate that they will become the very females who eventually reprogram our expectations of exactly what a cybersecurity professional looks like.