Sophos launches the future of Cybersecurity with Deep Learning Technology

Already an industry leader in next-gen endpoint protection, Intercept X now harnesses the power of a deep learning neural network for unsurpassed protection against malware. The artificial intelligence used by Sophos is an advanced form of machine learning that mimics the human brain. This results in a smarter, more scalable and lighter approach to security.

Smarter: Deep Learning processes complex data and relationships through multiple layers, allowing it to uncover results traditional learning can’t.

More Scalable: Deep Learning effectively scales to millions of samples. Massive amounts of data can be memorized and learned over time.

Lighter: Deep Learning has highly compressed results versus traditional machine learning, resulting in a near zero impact on performance.

Bring the power of Deep Learning and the best possible protection to your customers with the newly released Intercept X and Central Endpoint Advanced combined sku!

Contact your dedicated Lifeboat Account Rep for more information!


Flexera Releases InstallShield 2018!

 NEW Open Source Software Detection and Risk Assessment

Make InstallShield your first line of defense against Apache Struts 2 and other known OSS vulnerabilities. One fast, automated scan identifies OSS components in your project. Know your license obligations and make informed ship/no-ship decisions.

*Flexera’s FlexNet Code Aware  is the power behind the OSS scan, which seamlessly integrates into InstallShield 2018 at no additional cost. InstallShield 2018 includes a free, one-year subscription to FlexNet Code Aware.

ENHANCED Windows Installer (MSI) Installations

Quickly and easily create Windows Installer (MSI) installations with advanced support for SQL databases, enhanced options in IIS view (InstallShield 2018 Premier and Professional versions only), XML editing and much more with InstallShield’s intuitive graphical development environment.

ENHANCED Custom Bootstrappers to Bundle Universal Windows Platform App Packages, MSI Installers and More

Suite/Advanced UI installations bundle Universal Windows Platform app packages, MSI installers, EXE setups, Web Deploy packages and more into a single installer for simple installation by your customers. Enhancements in InstallShield 2018 offer more control for suite installation authors. Installers can be bundled with their dependencies, server configuration tasks, PowerShell scripts, and all the required components of a complex installation.


Storagecraft Upcoming Promos!

Storagecraft is excited to release their upcoming promos for the beginning of the year!  Reach out to your Lifeboat representative if you have any questions!

The Time for Improved Security is Now

2018 has already been marked by several security holes and attacks such as Meltdown and Spectre and trends show that even more complex attacks are to be expected. 2018 is not the year to cut the security budget and go with a sub-par solution. 2018 is the year to turn to the best solution on the market and catch threats before they become a problem and cost you even more money in damage control.

Panda Security recommends all companies adopt Panda Adaptive Defense 360, the only solution capable of providing such high protection levels with its managed security services. Adaptive Defense 360 protects against known and unknown malware attacks by monitoring 100% of all running processes and blocking them until they are deemed safe. The protection capabilities of Panda Security’s technologies and protection model are demonstrated in the third-party tests conducted by such prestigious laboratories as AV-Comparatives where Panda detected 100% of malware and had zero false positives.

On top of having a top-notch security solution, Panda also recommends taking the following precautions:

  • Keep your operating systems, security systems and all other applications always up to date to prevent security incidents.
  • Do not open email messages or files coming from unknown sources. Raise awareness among users, employees and contractors about the importance of following this recommendation.
  • Do not access insecure Web pages or pages whose content has not been verified. Raise awareness among home and corporate users about the importance of following this recommendation.
  • Protect all your desktops, laptops and servers with a security solution that continually monitors the activity of every program and process run in your organization, only allowing trusted files to run and immediately responding to any anomalous or malicious behavior.

Meltdown and Spectre: Advanced Authentication and Access Manager

With all the media attention on Meltdown and Spectre these past couple of weeks, you may be interested in these latest TIDs for these security products:

Advanced Authentication –

Access Manager –

Speaking of Access Manager, organizations delivering applications and other resources across hybrid environments using either AWS or Azure will be especially interested in its next release coming out later this quarter. Increasingly, organizations are running their identity and access management services from the cloud so they can secure access from anywhere across their whole environment. This next Access Manager update will be optimized for Amazon’s AWS, as well as Microsoft’s Azure. More information to be released at the time of launch. Micro Focus already offers access management and authentication from an as a service platform.

Do you have customers who need an access management solution optimized for hybrid infrastructures? In our Sam the IT Admin series, she explains the value Micro Focus offers for hybrid environments.

According to these survey results, many organizations are looking to consolidate down to a single authentication infrastructure. Gatepoint Research walks us through their results.

As we look ahead to March, those of you attending HIMSS 2018 will find us in RFIDeas’s partner pavilion. Please be sure to come by to learn about the latest Advanced Authentication updates as well as what’s coming down the pike in 2018.


Every Modern Processor is Vulnerable to Meltdown and/or Spectre

This week, details have emerged on serious flaws in processors that allows hackers to steal sensitive data, including passwords and banking information. The vulnerabilities – dubbed Meltdown and Spectre – are known to affect ARM, AMD and other chips.

Meltdown is easier to exploit. While the news has become public this week, some tech companies have known about these vulnerabilities for months while working on fixes and mitigations. One of the downsides of these mitigations is that the fix may slow down your device.

Who is at risk of an attack?

Anyone who has a device (laptop, desktop, server, mobile phone, tablet, etc.) less than 20 years old.

AMD chips power nearly all personal computers and the computers used in data centers, including those that power online services and cloud computing services. ARM chips power many smartphones and embedded devices.

Look out for security updates!

Every PC, laptop and smartphone user needs to update multiple pieces of software on their device to protect against these vulnerabilities.

  • Look out for security updates from suppliers that run software on these devices, like Microsoft Windows, or Apple’s iOS. Here is a good resource with an updated list of patches.
  • Check with your open source operating system vendor or system manufacturer and apply any available updates as soon as they are available.
  • Some internet browsers may be affected. Mozilla said its internal experiments have confirmed it is possible to use techniques that are similar to Meltdown and Spectre on web content. Look out for updates for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox.
  • This is much scarier in the cloud, where the same server could be working for dozens of people at once. Service providers such as Amazon, Microsoft and Google are working to patch the servers used in their data centers. Users may experience down time.

How should my team protect against future vulnerabilities?

Follow good security practices. Protection against malware may help protect against possible exploitation until updates can be applied.

PATCH PATCH PATCH! Always keep your software updated. This applies not only to software you buy, but also to open source software your developers use to build code. Staying informed about software vulnerabilities can be a challenge– take advantage of advisories and alerts offered by research teams such as Secunia Research.

Here is the set of all Secunia Research Advisories, to date, related to the Meltdown and Spectre CVEs:

CVE-2017-5754 (Meltdown):


CVE-2017-5753 (Spectre): 



CVE-2017-5715 (Spectre): 



Speed up the process of identifying, prioritizing and fixing software vulnerabilities to stay ahead of hackers. Don’t let unmanaged Open Source  Software be your weakest link.

Back up your data. Always have a secure copy of your data outside your facility, in case of a breach.

This will not be the last vulnerability. And like other ones in the recent past (WannaCry, Heartbleed, and Apache Struts come to mind), it will leave a long trail of unpatched, vulnerable systems in its wake. To stay secure, patch your systems as soon as updates are released.

In a world where software is shared widely and is so interconnected, investing in software security and cooperating across the software industry should be the new mindset. Companies should no longer see security as an overhead but as a competitive advantage. As the world has come to depend on these products, both businesses and consumers should demand nothing less.

By: Ritu Kapoor

HR Technology: Building a Better Business for your clients

Technology has changed the way we do business – especially in the area of human resources. The HR manager buried under a daunting sea of paperwork is becoming a thing of the past. Today’s human resources has evolved into an automated, user-friendly experience for HR managers and employees alike – providing streamlined self-service that saves time, increases accuracy and offers flexible accessibility. With the ability to electronically tackle employee expenses, timekeeping, performance management and more, human resource managers are able to invest their energy in supporting their company’s most important assets: its people.

Want to know more about how to modernize a HR department and empower your client’s workforce? Let’s go.

Download Insperity’s Free Guide to HR Technology.

Contact your Lifeboat Representative if you would like more information about Insperity’s HR Technology solutions.

New Features from Telerik January 17th, 2018!

On January 17, Telerik will continue to help you say “no” to ugly apps with new features and functionality added to each suite and continued enhancements to quality. Here are a few highlights:

Register for the Webinars

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for their release webinars, where their technical experts will provide a deep dive into all of their new features and functionalities. Register today for the Telerik Webinar (Jan 30th at 11:00 a.m. ET) and the Kendo UI release Webinar (Feb 1 at 11:00 a.m. ET).

Links Below:

Telerik Release Webinar:

Kendo UI Release Webinar:


NitroPDF Announces a New Partner Program for 2018

Driven by our goal to be the most valuable supporter of the Partner Community, the Nitro Partner Program extends far beyond sharing a great product. This profitable partnership matches investment with resources to provide you with greater freedom to succeed and tangible benefits for your business and our mutual customers.

At Nitro, we believe that one of our biggest assets is the ability to build strong relationships with our business Partners. These relationships enable us to provide our mutual customers with outstanding support and advice which allows them to run their businesses successfully.

As a Nitro Partner, you will have access to sales, marketing, customer success, and advanced product training tools in order to grow your business with Nitro. Most importantly, you’ll receive support from real people who are dedicated to helping you achieve your goal

The Many Benefits of Partnering with Nitro :

Optimal Profit Opportunities: Enjoy upfront discounts and deal registration, as well as recurring revenue-boosting promotions and
annual incentives.

An Influential Voice: Your feedback is important to us and helps define our future. We ensure executive exposure of your opinion via our regular review process and
Partner Advisory Council.

Gain access to resources like co-marketing funds and programs that
help develop your business. Participate in our social , press and
media opportunities to build thought leadership with your customers.

Training & Support: We provide you with the information you need to develop your business and accelerate sales with pre-sales support, product specialist training
and ongoing Partner communications.

Sales Enablement: Maximize your sales with training, resource materials, joint sales calls, deal registration, demo programs and more.

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