With the global cybersecurity industry facing a skills shortage somewhere around the 4 million-mark, it is the small to medium-sized business (SMB) segment that is going to be the last in line to scoop up the talent, according to SonicWall CEO and president Bill Conner.
As a result, SonicWall and fellow security vendor SentinelOne have announced a new offering that brings together the former’s endpoint protection with SonicWall’s firewall solution, combining the two to target the “underserved” SMB market.
Speaking with ZDNet, Conner said the onus is on the security firms to ensure the smaller organisations are not left behind when it comes to protection.
“Our two powerful solutions bring enterprise-level security enforcement, as well as automated detection, prevention, remediation, and compliance, to small and medium-sized businesses around the world,” he explained.
“The combined offering takes automated real-time breach detection and prevention to the next level, enabling our customers to focus on their core businesses and fear less.”
According to Tomer Weingarten, CEO of SentinelOne, the focus of the two companies is delivering a scalable and automated solution that covers the customer all the way from the endpoint through the network.
“I think it’s going to be one of the first cases where you see endpoint and network products working in complete concert and also in a complete automated fashion,” he told ZDNet.
“I think the SMB market was also relatively underserved when it comes to next-generation endpoint protection and the SonicWall platform really enables us and them to deliver protection across both network and endpoint.”
Weingarten believes combining the two company’s strengths is going to help tremendously in solving some of the more acute challenges the SMB market has, particularly when dealing with advanced persistent threats and newer-age attacks.
By combining the two solutions, SonicWall and SentinelOne will allow administrators to create policies to determine which individuals must run the endpoint solution on their devices, as well as add controls to ensure that devices are running the endpoint client, Conner explained.
Through the partnership, SentinelOne and SonicWall will also offer threat intelligence sharing.
Additionally, the combined solution brings key features such as policy-based enforcement, compliance, quarantine, and remediation; cloud-based centralised management and analytics; dynamic detection with behavioural models and machine learning; and automatic remediation of ransomware.
“It’s really about trying to secure a large part of our world right now that is not receiving adequate security,” Weingarten said.
“We’re building for where we see the majority of attacks … it really is clear that the attacks are trickling down to SMBs.”
An attack that may marginally affect a larger organisation has the potential to completely kill-off a startup or SMB, he added.
SonicWall officially spun out of Dell Technologies as an independent company in November, with private equity firm Francisco Partners and hedge fund Elliott Management completing the $2 billion acquisition of the technology giant’s software arm.
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As far and fast as cloud computing is embedding itself into the enterprise, there remain many cloud-resistant applications and services.
When cloud computing first took off, the least regulated industries were some of the first to get on board, given they had fewer privacy or security concerns to consider. Since then, however, that dynamic has effectively been turned on its head, argues Box CEO and co-founder Aaron Levie.
“Security in the cloud has generally exceeded security and privacy and compliance solutions for on-premise environments,” Levie said to ZDNet, “almost forcing regulated industries to move to the cloud much more quickly.”
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To differentiate itself inthe cloud content management business, Box has focused heavily on building up security and compliance offerings. On Wednesday, the company posted solid second quarter financial results that demonstrated how the strategy has paid off. Its largest European transaction for the quarter came from the Metropolitan Police of London.
“We’re seeing some of our fastest growth in industries that are the most regulated and most security-conscious,” Levie said, citing business in the life sciences and financial services sectors, along with government. “Intially, that would’ve been counterintuitive.”
Increasing security, privacy and compliance concerns — driven in part by new regulations like the GDPR — should particularly help Box win companies that are multinational or headquartered outside of the US, Levie suggested on Wednesday’s earnings conference call.
“In general, we see a significant amount of headwind for large enterprises, having to deal with all of the varied compliance in privacy challenges of just operating a global business today in the digital age,” he said on the call. “So that headwind for a customer, becomes a tailwind for us.”
Box plans to add to its advantage in this space with its new investments in artificial intelligence. So far, the company has teamed up with Google to bring computer vision capabilities to its platform, but Levie said AI will be useful for more than just data management.
“Applying AI to content security and in a compliance-oriented way is incredibly hard and something we have a pretty significant amount of focus on,” he told ZDNet. “We’re pretty excited what machine learning and artificial intelligence will do to further our differentiation in this market.”
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The Show All Folders option changes the arrangement of the File Explorer navigation pane.
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In Windows 10, the navigation pane on the left side of File Explorer shows a group of nodes, all at the same level: Quick Access, OneDrive and other connected cloud accounts, This PC, Network, and so on.
But if you prefer to move through the file system using old-school hierarchical trees, you can configure the navigation pane to support that preference. Right-click any empty space in the navigation pane and click Show All Folders to see this option. (It’s a toggle, so if you don’t like the effect, just click Show All Folders again to remove the checkmark and restore the default navigation pane.)
With Show All Folders selected, the navigation pane displays only two nodes: Quick Access remains at the top; below it is a Desktop node that expands to show different locations using a tree-style view.
You can see the results in the screenshot here, where the default arrangement is on the left and All Folders view is on the right.
No matter which option you choose, Quick Access remains at the top, where you can pin shortcuts to the folders, drives, and cloud storage locations you use most frequently and see a list of recently access files and folders.
Right-click any folder icon to pin it to Quick Access, then drag pinned items up or down to your preferred order. Folders you’ve used recently appear at the bottom of the Frequent Folders list; to remove any of these automatically added items, right-click the icon and then click Remove from Quick Access.Related tipsProtect your privacy in File ExplorerFile Explorer’s Quick Access feature is a great time-saver, but it also displays shortcuts to files and folders you’ve used recently. If you’d rather not advertise that activity, here’s how to take back control.Pin your favorite folders to the Start menuWindows 10 includes a well-hidden option that gives you quick access to common folders. This secret shortcut list appears on the left of the Start menu. Here’s how to customize that list.
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