Fantastic New Intelligent Security Association From Microsoft – Chuck Leaver

Written By David Shefter And Presented By Chuck Leaver


It’s a great strategy: Microsoft has produced a system for third party security providers, like Ziften, to cooperate to much better secure our clients. Everyone wins with the new Microsoft Intelligent Security Association, announced very recently – and we delighted to be an establishing member and part of the launch. Congratulations to Microsoft!

Security Intelligence Sharing

One of the most interesting tasks coming out of Microsoft has been the new Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph, a danger intelligence engine built on machine learning. The Intelligent Security Graph forms the foundation of the new association – and the foundation of a lot of brand-new opportunities for innovation.

As Microsoft states, “Today, with the immense computing benefits presented by the cloud, the Machine learning and Artificial Intelligence is discovering new ways to use its abundant analytics engines and by applying a mix of automated and manual processes, machine learning and human professionals, we have the ability to produce a smart security graph that develops from itself and evolves in real-time, decreasing our collective time to detect and respond to new incidents.”

The need for much better, more intelligent, security is substantial, which is why we’re delighted to be a founding member of the new association.

As Microsoft’s Brad Anderson, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Enterprise Mobility + Security, just recently composed, “Approximately 96% of all malware is polymorphic – which means that it is just experienced by a single user and device prior to being replaced with yet another malware variant. This is due to the fact that for the most part malware is caught nearly as quick as it’s created, so malware developers continuously evolve to try and stay ahead. Data like this reinforces how crucial it is to have security solutions in place that are as nimble and ingenious as the attacks.”

Endpoint Detection and Response that is Advanced

Which brings us to the kind of advanced endpoint detection and response (EDR) that Ziften provides to desktops, servers, and cloud assets – offering the enterprise unique all-the-time visibility and control for any asset, anywhere. No one provides the functionality you’ll discover in Ziften’s Zenith security platform.

That’s where the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association comes in. At the end of the day, even the best defenses can be breached, and security teams must respond quicker and more strongly to make sure the security of their data and systems.

Ziften and Microsoft are providing fully integrated danger defense that covers customers’ endpoints – meaning customer devices, servers, and the cloud – with a foundation of shared intelligence and the power of the cloud to change monitoring of business systems.

What Microsoft is Stating

“The Intelligent Security Association improves cooperation from leading sources to protect clients,” said Microsoft. “Having actually currently achieved strong customer momentum with our incorporated Ziften and Microsoft Windows Defender ATP option, clients stand to additionally gain from continued collaboration.”

In addition, “Continued integration and intelligence sharing within the context of the Microsoft Intelligent Security Graph makes it possible for joint clients to more quickly and properly find, investigate and respond to attacks throughout their whole endpoint and cloud base.”

What Ziften is Stating

Ziften’s CEO, Chuck Leaver, is informing everyone that our founding subscription in the Microsoft Intelligent Security Association is a huge win for our joint customers and potential customers – and it combines everybody in the Microsoft universe and beyond (note that Ziften’s Mac and Linux products are also part of the Microsoft partnership). “As security suppliers, we all recognize the need to work together and collaborate to protect our customers and their employees. Kudos to Microsoft for leading this market effort,” Chuck stated.

The outcome: Better security for our customers, and tighter integration and more innovation in the market. It’s a genuine win for everybody. Except for the hackers, obviously. They lose. Sorry, not sorry, guys.

Take Advantage Of The Improvements To Our Channel Program – Chuck Leaver

Written By Greg McCreight And Presented By Chuck Leaver


If you are a reseller, integrator, distributor, managed service provider – the brand-new Ziften Activate Partner Program is here, it’s ready to go, and will be great for your profitability (and for decreasing your customers’ anxiety about cybersecurity).

Ziften is 100 percent focused on the channel, and as we grow and progress in the market, we understand that your success is our success – and also our success is your success. And it is already happening: 96% of our sales in 2017 were through the channel! That’s why we developed the new Activate Partner Program to give you the resources you need to grow your organization with Ziften security solutions.

We kicked it all off with a very effective, cross platform Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solution, Ziften Zenith. Clients love it. Technology Partners love it. Resellers really love it. The industry loves it. And analysts really love it.

I need to share this from the conclusion of our broadband testing report, which discusses SysSecOps, or Systems Security Operations – an emerging classification where Ziften is a market leader:

Key to Ziften’s endpoint technique in this category is complete visibility – let’s face it, how can you protect if you cannot see or do not know what is there in the first place? With its Zenith platform, Ziften has a product that ticks all the SysSecOps boxes and more …

In general, Ziften has a very competitive offering in what is a very legitimate, emerging IT category in the form of SysSecOps and one that must be on the assessment short-list.

By the way: Microsoft just recently partnered with Ziften to develop an integration between Zenith and Microsoft Windows Defender ATP, to allow Microsoft customers to protect Linux and Mac systems with the same single pane of glass as they use to protect Windows systems.

Enough about Ziften. Let’s concentrate on you. You and the Activate Partner Program.

We have actually created a multi-tier partner program that has improved discounts, additional resources, and powerful market advancement assistance. We know a one-size-fits-all program doesn’t work, not in the market today.

With Activate, we take a hands-on stance to onboarding new partners; making it easy for those for whom security is a relatively insignificant element of your business; and rewarding top tier partners who have actually dedicated themselves to Ziften.

Here’s exactly what you will receive with the Activate Partner Program – and we’ll work alongside with you to guarantee that Activate fulfills your needs perfectly:

Security for more of your client’s environment – endpoints, servers, and cloud

Visibility and security for your client’s complex, multi-cloud deployments

Easy security tool integrations to provide really tailored, distinguished solutions

Hands-on, tailored assistance and life-cycle knowledge

Rich financial incentives that encourage your long-term financial investment and benefit on-going success

Market advancement support to drive incremental demand and lead generation

World-class, hands-on assistance from our field sales, sales engineers, technical support, and specialists

The Activate program integrates our successful security services, monetary investments, and hands-on support to assist you develop more opportunity and close more deals.

What You Need To Do Prior To Cloud Asset Migration – Chuck Leaver

Written By Logan Gilbert And Presented By Chuck Leaver


It bears reiterating – the Web has actually forever altered the world for individuals and organizations alike. When it comes to the latter, every element of modern-day IT is undergoing digital improvement. IT departments all over are under pressure to make information extremely accessible and at lower expense – all while securing important data from damage, loss, or cyber theft.

Central to this technique is the migration of data centers to the cloud. In fact, 19% of company workloads are expected to be in the general public cloud by the end of 2019, and fifty percent over the next decade.

What is Cloud Asset Migration?

Cloud migration is the process of moving data, applications or other organization components from an organization’s on premise infrastructure to the cloud or moving them from one cloud service to another.

The diagram below illustrates this migration of file-server(s), data, and application(s) from an on premise server infrastructure to a cloud environment.

Cloud service providers enable businesses to migrate some or all IT infrastructure to the cloud for scale, speed, service flexibility, ease of management, and minimized expenses. The advantages are nothing except engaging.

Utilizing Cloud Computing is transforming the corporate landscape. With the technological advancements, individuals are leaning more towards a virtual workplace meaning that you can work from anywhere and anytime making use of cloud computing.

What To Consider With Cloud Asset Migration

However, as with any significant IT infrastructure change, a move to the cloud requires thoughtful planning and execution for the process to happen within budget and on time. Moving a server, database, application, or all of the above to the cloud is not without threat. System interruptions, performance deterioration, data loss and more are likely to happen as a result of misconfigurations, system failures, and security exploits.

Case in point: 43% of those who have actually gone through a cloud asset migration have experienced a failure or delayed execution. Why? Because each asset migration is a ‘snowflake’ with its own level of complexity.

Let’s look at 3 aspects to consider for successful cloud asset migration.

1. Have a Strategy

First, there has to be a tactical migration plan. That strategy ought to assist answer questions like the following:

Which IT assets should be migrated in the first place?
If you are moving some, or all, of your infrastructure to the cloud, how will you develop and preserve asset control?
How will you inventory what you have – before and after the relocation?
Do you even have to migrate everything?
What is the first thing to move?

2. Clean Up Exactly What’s in Place Now

To address these tactical questions effectively, you’ll need definitive visibility into each asset under roof now, in addition to pertinent attributes of each asset. Whether your assets today are operating on physical or virtual server infrastructure, you have to comprehend:

What assets exist now? Discover all the linked assets and comprehend whether they are currently handled and unmanaged.
Recognize low usage and/or unused systems. Should these systems be gotten rid of or repurposed prior to migration?
Determine low use and/or unused applications. Are these applications required at all? Should they be eliminated prior to migration?
Identify and clean up aspects of duplication, be it systems and/or applications.
Now recognize those business-critical systems and applications that will now be migrated as part of your strategy. With this detailed asset data in hand, you can sharpen your migration method by segmenting what ought to – and should not be moved – or at least crisply focus on based upon organization importance.

3. Plan for Cloud Visibility Post Migration

Now that you’re equipped with detailed, accurate current and historical asset data, how will you keep this level of visibility after your effective cloud asset migration?

While the cost advantages of moving to the cloud are often extremely engaging, uncontrolled asset/ virtual device proliferation can quickly wear down those cost benefits. So, before performing your cloud asset migration, make certain you have a cloud visibility service in place that:

Finds/ monitors all connected assets across your single or multi-cloud environment
Inventories, finger prints, and classifies found assets
Alerts on brand-new or unanticipated asset discovery and/or behavior within the cloud environment
Incorporates with existing ticketing, workflow, and/or CMDB systems

Ziften Cloud Visibility and Security

Ongoing cloud visibility into each device, user, and application indicates you can administer all parts of your infrastructure more effectively. You’ll prevent squandering resources by avoiding VM expansion, plus you’ll have an in-depth body of data to comply with audit requirements for NIST 800-53, HIPAA, and other compliance policies.

Follow the above when you migrate to the cloud, and you’ll avoid weak security, insufficient compliance, or operational problems. Ziften’s approach to cloud visibility and security offers you the intelligence you require for cloud asset migration without the difficulties.