10 Ways to Improve Security Compliance with Data Privacy Regulations

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Rapid technology advances have brought new challenges for the protection of personal data. Every organization must have a comprehensive approach to privacy management and document how they collect, process, and store personal data. But too many companies still fall down on the security fundamentals. New regulations make the cost of failure far greater than it has ever been. If these regulations feel like a burden, look at them as an opportunity to employ basic security measures that may be missing.

  1. Maintain an Accurate Inventory of Your Software Assets
  2. Know What Open Source Software (OSS) is Used in Your Internally Developed Apps
  3. Be Vigilant About Tracking and Responding to Alerts on Your Software Assets
  4. Run Vulnerability Assessment Against All systems Frequently
  5. Prioritize and Remediate the Most Critical Vulnerabilities First
  6. Remove Local Administrator Rights from Employee Devices
  7. Enforce Corporate Policies Using an Enterprise App Store
  8. Only Deploy New Software that is Free From Known Vulnerabilities
  9. Share Data Between Systems and Collaborate
  10. Uninstall Software that is End Of Life (EOL) — Before the Vendor Stops Support


2018 Recognition for Bitdefender

Bitdefender Ranked #1 by AV Comparatives

The 2018 AV Comparatives test of leading endpoint protection vendors is live. Bitdefender ranked #1 at catching day-zero malware with .4% better efficacy than the next ranking vendor.  Over 9M new threats are documented per month, and a .4% difference in efficacy exposes organizations to 432,000 additional threats per year based upon just using vendor #2. Bitdefender has the highest efficacy of any endpoint protection solution in the world today and has had the highest average scores for efficacy for the past five years running.  It doesn’t cost any more to deploy the best.

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Bitdefender Recognized on CRN’s 2018 Security 100 List

Bitdefender announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Bitdefender to its annual Security 100 list. CRN recognizes coolest security vendors in each of five categories: Endpoint Security; Identity Management and Data Protection; Network Security; SIEM and Security Analytics; and Web, Email and Application Security. These companies that make CRN’s list have demonstrated creativity and innovation in product development as well as a strong commitment to delivering those offerings through a vibrant channel of solution providers.

CRN Security 100 2018


Micro Focus SecureLogin Update!

Micro Focus SecureLogin streamlines user authentication for enterprise applications by providing a single login experience to the users. It eliminates password reset calls, protects against unauthorized access to business applications, and integrates with almost any authentication device. As such, we are pleased to announce the recent release of SecureLogin 8.6.

New capabilities include:

  • Citrix certification: beginning with this release, SecureLogin is a Citrix Ready certified application. This means that SecureLogin integrates with Citrix to provide a more efficient, simple, and reliable single sign-on solution. It provides a single login experience to users accessing Citrix Published Application, Published Desktop and other VDI environments.
  • Support for Windows 10 Edge Browser: in addition to Microsoft Internet Explorer, Chrome and Mozilla Firefox, this release now has support for Windows 10 Edge browser.
  • Defaults to latest encryption standard: 3DES encryption is no longer enough for many industries and AES is required by NIST for government environments. AES256 is now the default for SecureLogin.


To learn more about SecureLogin or to download a trial version, please visit https://www.netiq.com/products/securelogin/

Acronis Named a 2018 Gartner Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software!

Acronis was named one of The Best Enterprise Data Server Recovery and Backup Software of 2018 in the 2018 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Data Center Backup and Recovery Software. In its announcement, Gartner explains, “The Peer Insights Customers’ Choice is a recognition of vendors in this market by verified end-user professionals, taking into account both the number of reviews and the overall user ratings.”

To be eligible for this, a vendor needed a minimum of 50 published reviews with an average overall rating of 4.2 starts or higher. Acronis received 78 user reviews for their three solutions:  Acronis BackupAcronis Backup Cloud, and Acronis Disaster Recovery Service. Some of those reviews noted Acronis as “A must-have utility and program that is easy but powerful to use!” and “Simple, beautiful and complete. This application works amazingly well and is easy to use.”

Acronis is a leading backup software, disaster recovery, and secure data access provider to consumers, small-medium businesses, and enterprises. Acronis solutions include physical, virtual, and cloud server backup software, storage management, secure file sharing, and system development. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine, Acronis products provide easy, complete, and safe solutions for data in local, remote, cloud, and mobile devices. When it comes to new generation data protection, Acronis is the undisputed leader.

Read more about the special honor — Read More!

…and the Gold Goes to Panda Security!

2017 was  busy year for AV-Comparatives when running their meticulous investigations on computer security products.  Their studies were conducted against real-world threats, identifying thousands of recent malicious programs, providing protection without slowing down the PC, and removing malware that has already infected a drive.

The results were clear.  After receiving the highest level of protection in the Real-World Protection Test from February to June 2017, Panda Security then went on to achieve the highest level of protection for the overall year in 2017.

Panda takes the 2017 GOLD in the AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test!

“AV-Comparatives’ Real-World Protection Test is one of the most challenging antivirus software tests there is. It simulates a typical user browsing the Internet. [It] is unique in the fact that it runs fully automatically, meaning no other testing lab can test against the same huge number of threats. Logging, screen video recording and sandboxing are all completely automated,” according to Andreas Clementi, founder and CEO of AV-Comparatives.

The acknowledgments Panda Security received  in 2017 are the following :

“Real-World Protection 2017 Gold Award” and “Approved Security Product” for its Panda Free Antivirus solution focused for homeusers and  for Adaptive Defense 360, the advanced cybersecurity solution for companies, respectively.

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To read the full report click here.

Improve the Performance, Scalability and Reliability of Applications!

It’s no surprise that traffic volumes are increasing and applications are becoming more complex. Two of the most crucial requirements for any online service provider are availability and redundancy. If even a single component fails or becomes overwhelmed, the server is overloaded and unfortunately, everyone suffers. Deciding to implement a load balancing solution before unexpected events happen could be the best course of action to take to reduce infrastructure-related costs, while optimizing the resilience of the entire environment.

edgeNEXUS load balancers improve the performance, scalability and reliability of applications for a superb end user experience. Just some of the features that edgeNEXUS has are:

  • Pre-Authentication
  • Web Application Firewall
  • Automatic Configuration
  • Intelligent Traffic Management
  • Advanced Server Health Monitoring
  • Reporting

For many of us, we rely on web services to be available at all hours of the day. When dealing with high traffic web applications, load balancing is vital for maintaining the reliability and availability of a service. edgeNEXUS load balancer is a feature-rich, yet cost-effective, giving you the comprehensive tool-set you need to overcome real-world application delivery challenges. Resilience, Acceleration, Scalability and Control are just a few benefits of why you should make the move to edgeNEXUS!

For more information on edgeNEXUS contact your Lifeboat sales rep today.

Bitdefender wins Product of the Year!

Congratulations to Bitdefender for winning AV-Comparatives,


AV- Comparatives named Bitdefender best product of the year for its overall performance in their testing which was consistently unbeaten in 2017.

In addition to claiming this tremendous honor, Bitdefender also received Gold Award for the Real-World Protection Test (jointly), Silver for the Malware Protection Test and Removal Test, and Bronze for the Performance Test.

High remarks were appointed to Bitdefender for their guided tour of the program which is offered once the software installation has been applied.

Bitdefender Product of the Year

To read the full report click here.
To learn more about Bitdefender offered through Lifeboat Distribution click here.

GFI Software Promotions Available Now!

GFI is happy to announce the following promotional offers, which will run until March 30th, 2018. Take advantage and save some money today!

  • New Business: Switch to GFI Software
    • For a limited time only, you will be able to offer a GFI Software product for your customers with a competitive product license at a discounted rate. Customers who present an active competitive license or valid competitive quote, can switch to a GFI Software product and receive a discount of up to 50% n the GFI New Business list price. *Excluding GFI FaxMaker Online, Kerio Cloud and third parties.
    • Promo Code: GFINBQ118_3
  • New Business: GDPR Learn and Earn
    • Partners can earn an additional discount of up to 10% of the first new sales of the specified GFI products when they successfully pass Level 100 certification and those who pass Level 200 will get a discount of up to 20%.
    • Eligible Products: GFI EventsManager, GFI LanGuard, GFI OneGuard, GFI OneConnect, GFI Archiver and Kerio Control.
    • Promo Code: GFINBQ118_5
  • Renewals: Early Bird – 15% off Renewals
    • Customers whose license expires between April 1st and May 31st, 2018 can benefit from a discount of up to 15% if they renew before March 30th, 2018. *Excluding GFI FaxMaker Online, Kerio Cloud, version upgrade and additional licenses.
    • Promo Code: GFIRBQ118_1
  • Renewals: Renew 2 Years SMA, Get 3rd Year for Free
    • Customers expiring between January 1st to June 30th, 2018, who renew their Service Maintenance Agreement/subscription for 2 years will get the 3rd year for free. *Excluding GFI FaxMaker Online, Kerio Cloud and all third-party products.
    • Promo Code: GFIRBQ118_2


For more information contact your Lifeboat Sales Rep today!

Panda Security named a Visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms

Endpoint protection is evolving to address more of Gartner’s adaptive security architecture tasks such as hardening, investigation, incident detection, and incident response. Security and risk management leaders should ensure that their EPP vendor evolves fast enough to keep up with modern threats.


Panda Security’s unique value proposition is the classification or attestation of every single executable file and process on a protected endpoint device, and it is the only vendor to include a managed threat hunting service in the base purchase of its EPP. Adaptive Defense 360 is fully cloud managed, and combines EPP and EDR into a single offering and single agent.


The attestation service implements an automatic application whitelisting model, where only trusted and approved applications and processes are able to execute. By offloading the classification and authorization process to the vendor, organizations will have a much better deployment success rate than trying to deploy a manual application control solution.

Panda Security’s cloud-first approach, and the managed services backing the EPP and EDR capabilities, are beginning to increase brand awareness outside of Europe.

Organizations without experienced security staff will find Panda Security a good shortlist candidate for an EPP solution, as will organizations considering managed detection and response solutions that are prepared to replace their incumbent EPP vendor.


  • The 100% attestation service can drastically reduce the threat surface of endpoints.
  • Due to the classification of all executable processes, Panda Security is able to provide detailed information on vulnerable versions of applications that are present in the environment.
  • Panda Security’s Adaptive Defense platform was one of the first to combine endpoint protection features with managed EDR capabilities.
  • The price point is extremely attractive when buyers consider the capabilities and managed services that are included.

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