Symantec is making two sets of related announcements, with the key link between them being the general availability of the ICD Exchange, which enhances shared intelligence between Symantec and third-party vendors.
Proofpoint’s historical focus has been higher upmarket, but Essentials, which came originally from a 2013 acquisition, and has been substantially rebuilt from the ground up with an SMB focus, is a key part of their strategy as well.
The net new additions are a new Managed Cloud Defense monitoring and response service, and a new Managed Cloud Defense service that brings a service Symantec had provided to very large customers to the broader market.
Netskope expands its original loud Security platform to also handle Web security from the Cloud, to provide customers with a comprehensive security offering available through Netskope’s partner ecosystem.
Flink, best-known in the channel for his long tenure running the Citrix partner ecosystem, talks with ChannelBuzz about his priorities with Forcepoint and what needs to be done to make their channel even stronger.
Intel Security is announcing 18 new or enhanced products at their Focus event, but the key thing here is that the products have now been reworked into four integrated systems which provide a much more interconnected level of security.
Safetica is the first client of channel vet Luke Walling and his Temprano Techvestors firm. In close collaboration with the Czech head office, they are running the North American’s subsidiary expansion here through the channel.
In addition to portfolios that the companies say are highly synergistic and with little overlap, the deal also brings Blue Coat CEO Greg Clark into the vacant Symantec CEO position, which has positive vibes given Clark’s highly successful turn-around of Blue Coat.
BlackBerry leverages the WatchDox security technology it acquired last year into three related offerings, BlackBerry Email Protector, BlackBerry for Salesforce, and an enhanced Outlook plug-in for version management in collaboration.