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WatchGuard and Deutsche Telekom partner to deliver enterprise-grade security solution for SMBs

Watchguard Technologies, the specialist in network security and intelligence, secure Wi-Fi and multi-factor authentication, has launched Business Network Protect Complete, an enterprise-grade security solution for SMBs built in partnership with Deutsche Telekom.

With fast Internet from Deutsche Telekom and security services delivered by WatchGuard, this all-in-one offering is designed to simplify the delivery of critical security for organisations lacking the resources to defend against cyber attacks on their own. The Business Network Protect Complete solution combines a DSL modem and Wi-Fi router with enterprise-level security protections, all within WatchGuard’s own Firebox T35-DW solution.

“There are significant differences between a modern firewall appliance and a commercially available router with NAT functionality. Individual mission-critical network areas such as production systems, management servers, VoIP components and printers must be deliberately divided, individually secured, and automatically monitored,” said Michael Haas, area sales director, Central Europe at WatchGuard. “This can only be done via firewalls such as Business Network Protect Complete with our Firebox T35-DW table-top appliance. The solution’s easy-to-implement segmentation makes it simple to identify potential weak points, initiate countermeasures and prevent attacks from spreading freely across networks.”

BNP Complete offers leading security services such as APT Blocker, Gateway Anti-Virus, Spam Prevention, URL Filtering, Application Control, Intrusion Prevention, SSL Inspection and more. In addition, this all-in-one security solution automatically transmits and processes data from more than 180 Deutsche Telekom honeypot sensors that power its security speedometer to recognise and block malicious IPs.

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Gate to digitisation

“With the new offering, we’re able to address the needs of SMBs, including tax consultants, law firms, management consultants, insurance agents and larger medical practices, as well as customers in retail and logistics and other markets,” explained Christian Cronjäger, security product and portfolio manager at Deutsche Telekom. “The gate to digitisation with a fast Internet connection is not only wide open, but the WatchGuard firewall and its numerous security controls serve as a moat to protect sensitive data.”

This solution is suitable for all connections up to 200 Mbps max, while anything up to 20 employees can be covered. The basic protection license includes all hardware components, the EWS from Deutsche Telekom and the ‘Help Desk Service Plus’ managed security services package, which offers guaranteed interference suppression in 24 hours.

The all-in-one protection license also includes the APT Blocker module for protection against highly complex and largely unknown threats. This can be augmented with additional security services depending on customer requirements.

Since 24-7 operation is guaranteed via managed services, customers benefit from secure and reliable connections without having to invest the time and resources into overseeing security themselves. Additionally, Business Network Protect Complete eliminates high up-front costs by offering clients simplified and convenient monthly billing.

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Spiceworks survey shows one-in-four organisations “not confident” over security of cloud-stored data

Spiceworks has published the results of a new survey examining the adoption and perceptions of cloud storage and file sharing services in businesses across Europe and North America. The results show that Microsoft OneDrive is the most commonly used service, followed by Google Drive and Dropbox (among others). The findings indicate that, although the adoption of cloud storage services has grown rapidly, a quarter of business technology buyers are still concerned about hosting company data in the cloud and are therefore prioritising security when evaluating solution providers.

According to a similar Spiceworks report issued back in March 2016, 53% of organisations were using cloud storage and file sharing services. Among those organisations, 33% were using Dropbox, 31% were using Microsoft OneDrive and 27% were using Google Drive. However, the 2016 report revealed that OneDrive had the highest planned adoption rates.

Today, 80% of organisations are using cloud storage services, while an additional 16% plan to deploy a solution within the next two years. Currently, 51% of organisations are using Microsoft OneDrive, 34% are using Google Drive and 34% are using Dropbox. Additionally, 13% of businesses are currently using Apple iCloud, 6% are using Box, 6% are using Citrix ShareFile and 3% are using Amazon Drive.

When examining adoption rates by company size, the results show that OneDrive has the highest usage in enterprises – defined as businesses with more than 1,000 employees – with an adoption rate of 59%, compared to Google Drive at 29% and Dropbox at 25%.

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Although OneDrive also claims the top spot in SMEs, the gap in adoption rates among the top players is much smaller. For example, among mid-size businesses with 100 to 999 employees, 54% are using OneDrive, 35% are using Dropbox and 33% are using Google Drive. In small businesses with one to 99 employees, 47% are using OneDrive compared to 39% using Google Drive and 34% using Dropbox.

Security: the most important factor for service selection

Among business technology buyers involved in the purchase decisions for cloud storage services at their organisation, security was considered the most important factor when evaluating providers. In fact, 97% said that security is an important to extremely important factor followed by reliability (96%), cost (93%), ease of use (93%) and vendor reputation (89%). Conversely, technology buyers believe factors such as document collaboration (67%) and app/tool integrations (59%) still matter, but are less important.

When asked to select up to five attributes that they most associate with the top providers, 39% of business technology buyers primarily associate OneDrive with being secure, compared to Google Drive at 28% and Dropbox at 19%. Google Drive ranks the highest in terms of reliability and cost-effectiveness, while Dropbox ranks the highest when it comes to ease of use. Additionally, Microsoft OneDrive was recognised as a trusted vendor and for being integrated with existing apps/tools.

Security of data stored in the cloud

Despite the pervasiveness of cloud storage and file sharing services, some organisations are not confident in the security of their data stored within those services. In fact, 25%of technology buyers believe their data in the cloud is ‘not at all’ to ‘somewhat’ secure. This is perhaps because 16% of organisations have experienced one or more security incidents – such as unauthorised access, stolen credentials or data theft – via their cloud storage service in the last 12 months.

Therefore, organisations are taking extra steps to enhance their data security when using cloud storage and file sharing services. 57% of organisations only allow employees to use cloud storage providers approved by their IT Department, 55% enforce user access controls and 48% train employees on how to use cloud storage services properly.

However, other security measures are less common, such as enforcing multi-factor authentication when using these services (28%), putting a cloud storage/file-sharing security policy in place (28%) and encrypting data in transit (26%) and at rest (22%) via their cloud storage service.

“It’s evident organisations are putting more trust into cloud storage services, but some are still hesitant despite the recent growth in adoption,” explained Peter Tsai, senior technology analyst at Spiceworks. “Although cloud storage services often include features that help in securing sensitive corporate information, there will always be risks involved when entrusting data to a third party.”

The Spiceworks survey was conducted in April and included the views of 544 respondents. Respondents are among the millions of business technology professionals in Spiceworks and represent a variety of company sizes, including SMEs and enterprises. Respondents come from a variety of industries, including manufacturing, healthcare, non-profits, education, Government and finance.

*For more information and a complete list of survey results visit https://community.spiceworks.com/blog/3058-cloud-storage-services-who-claims-the-top-spot-among-microsoft-google-dropbox

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