Help Lifeboat Congratulate Acronis on their 15th Anniversary!

Acronis recently reached a milestone- celebrating their 15th anniversary! And Lifeboat couldn’t be happier for them! To let the festivities commence, Acronis recently hosted a gala event at their newly expanded corporate headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, surrounded by their partners, customers and a host of special guests, As not every company successfully competes, let alone leads in their industry for 15 years, Acronis is elated to take a few moments to celebrate their successes.

Acronis was founded in Singapore in 2003 and incorporated in Switzerland five years later. The company has since grown into a global leader in cyber protection- delivering backup, recovery, hybrid cloud storage and cutting-edge data protection to businesses and home users around the world. Their focus started on making data protection easy, reliable, efficient, secure, private, and accessible to all. They have since become an innovator in the market providing leading solutions and exceptional cyber protection to millions of users worldwide.

In addition to celebrating Acronis’ past accomplishments, the anniversary gala in Schaffhausen also became the platform for Acronis’ near-future plans as well. Announced at the event, was the expansion plan of an exciting new project called Singularity City. This new Acronis initiative proposes to build a university, research center and technology park to promote industry-driven research and computer science. The university will focus on artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and blockchain; and the technology park will provide incubation for startups. And Lifeboat is excited to be along for the ride!

If you are interested in exploring Acronis’ history, you can review the technological and corporate milestones on a new 15th-anniversary website, which launched as part of the Schaffhausen event.

The anniversary site also includes a section for congratulations where Acronis shares their well wishes that customers, partners, and colleagues have offered for its  15 years of success. You even send your own good wishes here as well! Want to learn more about Acronis- please reach out to!

The Latest and Greatest from Flexera!

Adminstudio 2018 – Watch this “What’s New” webinar to learn about:

  • App Risk Module your first line of defense against application vulnerabilities. Automated scanning identifies vulnerabilities in your application portfolio
  • Automatic Virtualization for compatibility testing, conversion, validation, editing, and management reporting to ensure a faster and more reliable deployment
  • Mac Application Management to automatically assess and report best practices and risk across all Mac applications
  • Mobile Application Management to quickly scan mobile applications, understand app behavior & configuration and identify security risks
  • New, modern User Interface (UI) simplifies everyday Application Readiness tasks with a look-and-feel that’s easy to use. You asked for it and we delivered
  • Ability to assess the impact of Java dependencies within the application portfolio, including end-of-life reporting
  • PowerShell App Deployment Toolkit improves productivity by optimizing the consistency of branding and wrapping Microsoft Installers (MSI) and Executables (EXE)

MSIX – What is it and what is Flexera doing with it. (AdminStudio)

Software Vulnerability Management

In 2017 there were nearly 20,000 vulnerabilities disclosed. 86% of those had a security update available to mitigate it right away. But it’s up to you to find out about such security updates and patch them quickly. But how quickly? Why is gaining control of patching such a challenge?

SVM blog on how Flexera’s solution can help organizations –

With vulnerabilities continuously on the rise reaching all new record highs, the struggle to keep risk is more complicated than ever.

The best way to fix these vulnerabilities is to prioritize them.  That’s where Flexera comes in.  Flexera’s technology on their Software Vulnerability Management tool helps achieve visibility, prioritizes efforts and remediates vulnerabilities faster and without operational overhead.

SW vulnerabilities going up YoY- –

Reach out to your Lifeboat sales rep to learn how you can benefit by hoping on an intro call with Flexera!

Lifeboat Regional Event in Chicago! #LBRPC2018

On June 5, 2018 Lifeboat Distribution held a Regional Partner Conference in Chicago, Illinois. The event took place at the Wrigleyville Rooftops for a Chicago Cub’s game. Before the game, 14 vendor companies and 42 resellers partners had the opportunity to take part in a “speed networking” session. Each vendor took about 10 minutes to pitch to partners and hear about what business problems their products can potentially solve. The networking portion of the night gave all attendees the opportunity to have quality time with one another and exchange information for future business opportunities.

After the speed networking session, everyone headed to the rooftop to watch the game and continue networking.

Lifeboat Distribution would like to thank our reseller partners and vendor sponsors for making our second Chicago event a success!

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EDR with Bitdefender GravityZone Ultra

Endpoint Detection and Response: Key instrument for Security Incident Response

 Datasheet on GravityZone Ultra

Personal data records belonging to more than 4 billion people were affected by the top 10 data breaches alone in the last decade. Businesses are losing market capitalization, reputation and customers, besides costly legal consequences once these data breaches surface. And, statistics indicate cybercrime is here to stay and thrive. As business dependency on IT grows, so does cyber criminals’ interest in taking advantage of this trend. So, what can be done? How can enterprises around the globe effectively fight cybercrime and prevent costly data breaches?

Besides people and processes, tools are a necessary and important part of the incident management plan. Most organizations currently rely on endpoint protection platforms (EPP) that aim to prevent malware or the execution of an attack on the endpoint infrastructure. As a complement for endpoint protection platforms, Endpoint Detection and Response (or short EDR) is built to neutralize an attack after exploitation. Bitdefender’s GravityZone Ultra product was designed from the ground up as an integrated next-gen EPP and easy-to-use EDR, offering prevention, automated detection, investigation and response tools built into a single agent and management from a single console.

EDR solutions are notoriously noisy and hungry for analyst’s time and attention. GravityZone Ultra was built to reduce the resources and skill requirements for effective incident response. Ultra leverages industry leading prevention and security automation to sharply reduce the number of incidents requiring manual investigation and provides visualization and context information for easier and faster incident resolution.

To learn more about Bitdefender, please reach out to your Lifeboat sales rep and follow Bitdefender on their blog.


New Release of Micro Focus Advanced Authentication

If you’re on Micro Focus’s product announcement email list then you might have noticed that a new version of Advanced Authentication (AA) was recently released. We continue to evolve AA to be the most flexible and powerful MFA/strong authentication solution that you can buy. In contrast point solutions are just that, a one trick solution that won’t cover all or your authentication needs or allow to consolidate disparate authentication architectures.

The theme of this new release (v6) was to offer a new level of deployment flexibility enabled through the use of Docker containers. Although Docker containers simplify configuration and maintenance for everyone, it’s especially useful for AA administrators using virtualization engines, hypervisors and cloud architectures. Aside from the simplified administration inherent Docker, it also provides access to a host of automation and management tools. In fact, here is a walkthrough of the top ten Docker tools:

Beyond the new form factor, Advanced Authentication has some other notable additions:

Face Recognition Method

Advanced Authentication supports Windows Hello that allows both face and fingerprint recognition methods to be used for authentication, allowing either or both biometrics to be used as a multi-factor authentication. Face recognition can also be used as a strong authentication in which users can present their face to the camera to get authenticated in a matter of seconds. The face recognition method can also be invoked through Microsoft Cognitive Services (Azure).

Windows 10 Hello

Advanced Authentication now allows non-domain join PCs to authentication into a domain using Windows Hello i.e., face or fingerprint type authentication Windows 10 machines.

New Reporting Portal

Advanced Authentication now provides a new Reporting portal. Administrators can add new reports and customize the existing reports on this portal. The new reports provide information about enrolled users, authenticators, and so on with better graphical representation.

Expanded Support for Federation

Advanced authentication provides an OAuth interface that provides clients an easy way to integrate their applications. Once in place, applications can leverage Advanced Authentication’s policy engine to match the appropriate method(s) to the situation to provide the ‘right’ level of security.

You also have the option to use an XML-based protocol, SAML 2.0. With SAML you can invoke security tokens containing assertions. The assertions are used for sending the information about a user from a SAML authority to a SAML consumer. Advanced Authentication also allows you to set up conditions to allow the authentication such as Geo-fencing.

Support for the SQL Repository

Advanced Authentication now supports the SQL repository. You can add the Microsoft SQL Server and MySQL types of SQL repositories to be consumed by the Advanced Authentication server.

ADFS Multi-Factor Authentication Plug-in

A new Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) plug-in has been introduced to enable the multi-factor functionality for Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS). In comparison with the old ADFS plugin, the new plug-in has been implemented as a standard extension for ADFS.

Windows Authentication Agent

Authentication Agent allows you to perform strong multi-factor authentication on one computer to get authorized access to another computer where it is not possible to display the user interface or connect any external authentication devices. You can install the Authentication Agent on a workstation or laptop. When an authentication is initiated from a computer using Authentication Agent chain, the Authentication Agent on another computer prompts a restricted browser where the user must perform authentication.

Google reCAPTCHA

Advanced Authentication now supports the Google reCAPTCHA as a policy. Using reCAPTCHA, you can prevent the bot attacks on Advanced Authentication web portals by confirming that the user trying to log in is a human, not a robot. This change adds an additional layer of security before users perform the multi-factor authentication.

To learn more about Micro Focus Advanced Authentication, you’ll find the latest information here:

To refresh your memory on Micro Focus’s IAM portfolio, you can start here:

If you’re a Micro Focus partner, you will find the latest webcasts and presentations on Enablement Central.


Micro Focus Cybersecurity Summit 2018

Mark your calendar and plan to attend the first Micro Focus Cybersecurity Summit, a 2-day premier Security software event September 25-27 at the Omni Shoreham hotel in Washington, DC. The Summit will include an executive track for decision makers, along with workshops, demos and breakouts for technical influencers. Registration is free of charge.

The event will include innovative tracks with exciting customer speakers, covering the full Micro Focus Security portfolio:

  • Security Operations
  • Data Security
  • Application Security
  • Identity & Access Management
  • Secure Messaging
  • Unified Endpoint Management

Each track will feature presentations by key customers showcasing their IT transformations, successes, best practices, and lessons learned using Micro Focus Security solutions to solve their business-critical challenges. Highlights at this year’s Cybersecurity Summit:

  • Partner Pavilion
  • Demo zones
  • Executive Briefing Center for 1:1’s
  • Track breakout sessions
  • Cybersecurity Summit Social event
  • Security workshops -Executive track

Registration will soon be open. Watch for details!  Contact your Lifeboat Rep with any questions!

CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2018 – Top 5 Reasons to Buy

  1. Comprehensive – Empower your creativity with the professional applications and tools included in CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite 2018. Whether you’re a graphics expert, a first-time user or a design enthusiast, the suite offers an exceptional design experience for graphics, layout, illustration, tracing, photo editing, web images, print projects, art, typography and more. With powerhouse applications like CorelDRAW 2018, Corel® PHOTO-PAINT® 2018 and Corel Font Manager™ 2018, plus the addition of Corel® AfterShot® 3 HDR for easy photo corrections and enhancements, you’ll have everything you need to design with confidence and achieve stunning results.
  2. Creative – Engage in your passion and explore versatile features to express your unique style and delight your audience. With special vector and photo-editing effects, flexible page layout and custom-built color harmonies tools, you will have all the essentials to unleash your creative potential. Take advantage of the powerful new Symmetry drawing mode to create symmetrical designs in real time, from simple drawings to stunningly complex kaleidoscopic objects. Try the new Block Shadow tool to add solid vector shadows and achieve clean, simple 3D effects in less time. Take a journey to true creative freedom with CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2018 and transform your ideas into reality.
  3. Productive – Design with incredible efficiency thanks to customizable time-saving shortcuts, an intuitive user interface and automatic features which simplify labor-intensive tasks. With industry-leading file format compatibility, faster processing and advanced color management tools, you will achieve unsurpassed productivity. Explore new, valuable additions like the automatic alignment and straighten feature to rotate crooked images interactively, and the automatic perspective correction to intelligently adjust photo perspective. Whether you’re designing logos, flyers, web graphics, signs, car wraps or something completely new, we’ve got you covered!
  4. Innovative – Do so much more with cutting-edge technology in every facet of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite 2018. Inspired by our users, we continue to fine-tune our features and develop state-of-the-art tools. Capture your ideas whenever and wherever creativity strikes with our unique and enhanced LiveSketch drawing tool that uses the power of artificial intelligence to make drawing on a computer as easy as sketching with pen and paper. In addition, save time with a quick and direct upload to WordPress. With support for the latest Windows technologies and today’s leading edge hardware, we focus on the best of today and tomorrow, so you can focus on design.
  5. User-friendly – Feel right at home with a tailor-made user interface and unmatched customization capabilities that reflect your unique workflow. With the redesigned Welcome Screen, get a jump start on workspace options, information about new features, and online learning resources, as well as design assets, fonts, apps, and plug-ins. Plus, find inspiration in the stunning gallery of original artwork created in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. For every step of your design journey, we offer high-quality images and photos, versatile templates and frames, training videos, tutorials, and more.

Ransomware Doesn’t Discriminate

Bitdefender recently released an article around the startling Ransomware statistics and who is a likely target.  The answer is in fact that no one is safe.

Getting close to number one, Ransomware is a top threat globally and plans need to be put in place to protect against these cybercrimes.  Due to the nature of the attacks, hackers are able to focus their efforts on individuals, businesses and cities alike to demand large amounts of cash to decrypt the data held hostage.

Bottom Line: Everyone is a target.

To learn how Bitdefender can help protect your customers, reach out to your Lifeboat Rep today! Click here to Contact a Lifeboat Sales Rep!

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Paessler Unveils Uptime Alliance

In May 2018, Paessler AG unveiled their new Uptime Alliance technology program which promotes collaboration and empowers participants to incorporate network monitoring into their solutions whole offering improved services.

PRTG allows monitoring the health and performance of an infrastructure in real time on networks, systems, hardware, applications and devices.  Downtime in an infrastructure can be crucial which is why Paessler wants to ensure partners 100% uptime.

To learn more about Paessler’s Uptime Alliance visit their full article here.  Contact your Lifeboat Rep with any questions!

Software Vulnerabilities: Risk Challenges

With vulnerabilities continuously on the rise reaching all new record highs, the struggle to keep risk is more complicated than ever.

The best way to fix these vulnerabilities is to prioritize them.  That’s where Flexera comes in.  Flexera’s technology on their Software Vulnerability Management tool helps achieve visibility, prioritizes efforts and remediates vulnerabilities faster and without operational overhead.

Knowing what you have and where is the best way to stay ahead of vulnerable applications.

Contact your Lifeboat Rep today to find out how you can take advantage of Flexera’s SVM product! To read more about this article visit Flexera’s Blog

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