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Shred-it proud to join ranks of UK’s Business Superbrands in 2019

Shred-it, the information security company, has been awarded Business Superbrand status for 2019. Shred-it’s protection solutions and services include secure document destruction, media destruction, branded goods and uniforms destruction as well as recycling services. It helps businesses to comply with legislation and ensures that customer, employee and confidential business information is protected at all times.

The Business Superbrands survey has been tracking the perception of a wide-range of business brands in the UK since 2001. This year’s research process, managed by The Centre for Brand Analysis (TCBA) in partnership with Dynata – one of the world’s leading data research companies – evaluated approximately 1,600 brands across 63 categories and involved 2,500 UK business professionals with an expert council comprising 24 senior business-to-business marketing leaders. Only the most highly-regarded brands from each category are awarded Superbrand status.

Unusually for an industry award, brands do not pay or apply to be considered. In order to provide a broad review of the market and identify the strongest brands in each category, all the key players in each sector need to be voted on. All voters were asked to judge brands against the three core factors inherent in a Superbrand, namely quality, reliability and distinction.

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Additionally, brand perception and voting by individuals is also influenced by a range of both short and long-term factors, from the brand’s current profile to its latest marketing activities and new product and service developments, in turn affording an holistic picture of how brands are currently perceived.

Stephen Cheliotis, CEO of TCBA and chairman of Superbrands, commented: “In unsettled times, businesses that are well-regarded and possess a positive reputation benefit from competitive advantage over weaker branded rivals, providing greater immunity against short-term market volatility. Being perceived by buyers and influencers as a leading Business Superbrand is a positive business signal, while also recognition of the hard-work and dedication of the employees of each business attaining Superbrands status.”

Secure document and media destruction

Secure document and media destruction are critical in today’s data-driven environment as security compliance and risk management have become a critical part of the business landscape. This is duly reflected in a worldwide market that’s forecast to grow 8.7% to US$124 billion in 2019 (Source: Gartner Inc.). This is being driven by several factors including a greater and broader understanding of security risks and data breaches, privacy concerns and stricter regulation around data loss prevention as well as the need to view sensitive data and related systems as critical infrastructure.

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Andrew Johnston, marketing and PR director (EMEA) for Shred-it, stated: “In an increasingly competitive market, Shred-it sought a clear point of differentiation to distinguish its offer. The business identified a number of key insights following research of its worldwide customer base which led to the brand’s positioning around the ‘We protect what matters’ strapline. Shred-it protects people, it protects customers, it protects brands and reputations and it protects the environment. This has enabled the brand to better focus its communications around the core idea of protection – the brand’s ‘red thread’ – which is transferable across markets, sectors and channels.”

The business has a one team, one goal motto with a customer first approach to ensure the safeguarding, understanding and management of confidential information. Shred-it’s values around excellence in service provision, depth of experience and sector knowledge, accountability and integrity, together with sustainability and continuous improvement underpin its market position.

*To learn more about Shred-it visit www.shredit.co.uk/superbrands or watch the video

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“Watering hole-style cyber attacks on the rise” warns High-Tech Bridge

On Sunday 12 February, security firm Symantec released an analysis of a new wave of attacks that has been underway since at least October 2016 and came to light when a bank in Poland discovered previously unknown malware running on a number of its computers.

The bank then shared indicators of compromise with other institutions and a number of those other organisations confirmed that they too had been compromised.

These ‘watering hole’ attacks attempted to infect more than 100 organisations in 31 different countries.

Symantec has blocked attempts to infect customers in Poland, Mexico and Uruguay by the same exploit kit that infected the Polish banks. Since October, 14 attacks against computers in Mexico have been blocked, 11 against computers in Uruguay and two against computers in Poland.

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Preliminary investigations suggested that the starting point for the Polish infection could have been located on the web server of Poland’s financial sector regulatory body, namely the Polish Financial Supervision Authority (www.knf.gov.pl).

Commenting on this news, Ilia Kolochenko (CEO of High-Tech Bridge) said: “We should expect that cyber criminals will find more creative and reliable ways to compromise their victims. Trustworthy websites, such as governmental ones, represent great value for cyber criminals, even if they don’t host any sensitive or confidential data.”

Kolochenko continued: “In the past, hackers used one-off or garbage websites to host malware, but as corporate users become more educated and vigilant, attackers need to find more reliable avenues to deliver malware and enter corporate networks. That’s why Gartner, as well as other independent research companies, continuously say that the risk posed to corporate web applications is very high and seriously underestimated. Spear phishing and watering hole attacks against high-profile websites will grow significantly in the near future.”

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Genetec introduces new subscription-based ownership model for Security Center

Genetec, a leading provider of open architecture, unified IP security solutions, has announced a new subscription model for its flagship unified security platform designated Genetec Security Center.

Security Center Subscription introduces new flexible ownership and payment options that allow customers to gain access to Security Center on a ‘pay-as-you-go’ basis. Subscribing customers receive the same local, on-premises version of Security Center and pay for it on a monthly or annual basis, as opposed to purchasing the entire system up front.

When purchasing on subscription, customers also benefit from the Genetec online support resources and qualified support professionals’ expertise either by phone or through live chat, as well as access to Security Center Cloud services with risk-free trials included in the price.

Security Center Subscription is available immediately through the new Genetec self-service portal.

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Changing business model

A recent Gartner industry report noted that, by 2020, more than 80% of software vendors will change their business model from traditional license and maintenance to subscription, regardless of whether the software resides on-premises or in the cloud.

Along with the flexibility and affordability of a subscription model, the Gartner report finds that the value of short-term predictability trumps long-term costs, particularly when the ease of adding or relinquishing licenses is included in the picture.

The subscription model also moves the purchases from capital expenditure (CAPEX) to operational expenditure (OPEX). This enables customers who are looking to upgrade their systems to Security Center to do so from operational budgets allocated to their older, less capable security software.

“In the past few years, companies like Adobe, IBM, Oracle, Netflix and many other software companies have adopted flexible buying models with impressive success, offered as Technology-as-a-Service via the cloud or as a traditional on-premises installation with monthly or annual renewals,” said Andrew Elvish, vice-president of product management and marketing at Genetec.

“Genetec is leading the way in the physical security industry by offering customers an alternative ownership option for our successful video surveillance platform. Not only will customers enjoy the same fully-featured version of Security Center, but they will do so with lower up front expenditures, predicable recurring costs and access to the latest releases and Genetec support resources, all at no additional charge.”

Introducing Security Center Compact

As part of its new subscription model, Genetec is introducing Security Center Compact, a new entry-level edition of Security Center.

Only available through subscription, Security Center Compact supports up to 25 cameras and provides an easy ‘no training required’ option for customers with basic video management requirements.

A good fit for smaller sites, Security Center Compact systems can also be linked to larger systems through the Genetec Federation feature, allowing for centralised monitoring (as seen with city-wide surveillance and multi-site businesses or campuses).

The Compact edition features all of the camera integrations available in the enterprise edition of the software such that customers can choose the vendors they want to work with and design a system that best suits their business.

In addition to providing smaller site video surveillance, Security Center Compact offers a clear path as an organisation’s security needs evolve over time. Security Center Compact end users can simply update their subscription and purchase a higher edition of Security Center as their system grows, in turn avoiding the need to install and/or re-deploy new system software.

Introductory 90-Day Trial for Compact Edition

Beginning this month, Genetec-certified channel partners can sign up for a 90-day trial of Security Center Compact. To take advantage of this limited-time promotion, channel partners should visit the Genetec Channel Partner Portal for an instant download.

*For more information about Genetec Security Center Subscription and Genetec Security Center Compact visit: http://www.genetec.com/subscribe

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KPMG acquires certain assets of cyber security firm Qubera Solutions

KPMG LLP (US) and KPMG LLP (UK) have acquired certain assets of Qubera Solutions, a leading privately-held cyber security firm that provides identity and access management services to Fortune 500 and Global 2000 companies.

The transaction strengthens the KPMG network’s security transformation capabilities in several service areas, including Cloud Identity Federation, Identity as a Service (IDaaS), Identity Governance and Identity and Access Management (IAM) solutions implementation.

Additionally, the acquisition of certain assets of Qubera Solutions elevates KPMG LLP (US) to become a top deployment partner for SailPoint, the leader in the 2013 Gartner Identity Governance and Administration Magic Quadrant.

“As threats from cyber criminals grow in scale, so companies are facing a tsunami of new legislative, organisational and regulatory requirements they must meet in order to ensure they’re managing and protecting their critical information appropriately,” said John Veihmeyer, global chairman of KPMG and chairman and CEO of KPMG in the US.

“These threats inevitably force companies to re-examine their potential vulnerabilities and seek counsel from experienced global providers. This is where KPMG’s Identity and Access Management solutions teams fit in, working across a multitude of industries to assist clients in conceptualising, designing, implementing, measuring and improving their information security programs.”

Malcolm Marshall: KPMG's global and UK head of information protection and business resilience

Malcolm Marshall: KPMG’s global and UK head of information protection and business resilience

IAM services have become integral to maintaining sustainable operations across many industries, among them financial services, healthcare and life sciences, technology, telecommunications, energy, consumer and retail as well as higher education.

Qubera’s experienced IAM analysis team and deep relationships with leading industry vendors will complement the KPMG network’s global Information Protection and Business Resilience platform, in turn strengthening the firm’s ability to help clients safeguard valuable information.

Building, delivering and supporting technology services

The Qubera management team has extensive experience of building, delivering and supporting technology services for leading organisations worldwide, while its consultants are among the most highly regarded in their specialities.

In addition, the company’s services portfolio leverages leading technical expertise and strategic partnerships to deliver effective results in the areas of enterprise business solutions, portal and content management and service-oriented architecture.

“We’re excited to join KPMG’s efforts in providing clients with the secure information access solutions that can serve as a foundation for their growth and sustainability,” said Prasad Jayaraman, CEO of Qubera Solutions. “Access to the KPMG network’s deep well of resources and diverse set of advisory capabilities will help bolster our ability to provide clients with an unparalleled level of service.”

Mike Nolan – global partner-in-charge for KPMG’s Risk Consulting Services – added: “The ability to provide leading information protection solutions such as identity and access governance, directory services, cloud governance, authentication and authorisation as well as application security services supports KPMG’s mission to help clients align their risk appetite with ongoing business goals.”

Malcolm Marshall, KPMG’s global and UK head of information protection and business resilience, stated that the deal results in continuous growth in capabilities and resources across the local market.

“Our acquisition of certain assets of Qubera means that KPMG is adding exceptional technology talent in the form of individuals able to address increasing client demand for robust identity and access solutions,” said Marshall. “We can stay on pace in becoming a world-leading cyber security practice.”

*Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed

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