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Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) News: 15 October 2018

Each morning MSSP Alert broadcasts a quick lineup of news, analysis and chatter from across the global managed security services provider, SOC (security operations center) and IT outsourcing ecosystem.

Here’s the update for Monday, October 15, 2018.

9. More Bloomberg Report Question Marks: Bloomberg BusinessWeek's report about Chinese hackers tampering with Supermicro services continues to raise question marks. Kaspersky Lab is the latest company to dismiss the report as untrue. Both Apple and Amazon Web Services have also denied the report.

8. Web Security: Kaspersky Lab has launched Kaspersky Web Traffic Security, which reinforces web gateways to protect corporate networks from a variety of web-based attacks, the company says.

7. Former Employee Charged: A former Blueport Wireless employee has been charged with accessing his former employer's computer systems, and intentionally damaging 100 to 120 customer configuration profiles, according to Cape Code Today, a Massachusetts media site.

Starbucks CISO Dave Estlick
Starbucks CISO Dave Estlick

6. Starbucks CISO Explains Security Outsourcing: What does Starbucks outsource on the security front, and what security components does the retail coffee giant keep in-house? Chief Information Security Officer Dave Estlick offers details and describes his 62-person global cybersecurity team in this interview with The Wall Street Journal.

5. Mobile Security Operations Center (SOC): IBM has developed a mobile Security Operations Center (SOC), capable of traveling onsite for cybersecurity training, preparedness, and response, the company says. The IBM X-Force Command Cyber Tactical Operations Center (C-TOC) will travel around the U.S. and Europe, running incident response drills with clients, providing on-demand cybersecurity support, and building cybersecurity awareness and skills with professionals, students and consumers, the company adds. The SOC sounds similar to a setup Continuum displayed for MSPs at the recent Navigate conference in Boston.

4. SMB Cyber Insurance: SMBs are demanding higher cyber insurance limits and extended coverage, with 90 percent of SMBs that purchase policies pursuing coverage limits between $1 million and $5 million, CyberPolicy research reveals.

3. New York Cyber Center: A wide-ranging venture, called Cyber NYC, will raise $100 million to ensure the city is a testing ground and marketplace for cybersecurity startups, Crain's New York Business reports. Venture capital powerhouse JVP and SOSA, an international matchmaker for large corporations and technology startups, are backing the effort, the report says.

2. Conferences: MSSP Alert will closely track this week’s McAfee MPower conference and the Cyber Security Atlanta conference. If you’ve got news to share from either conference please email me ([email protected]).

1. Top 100 Cloud MSPs for AWS, Azure: See the list when ChannelE2E unveils research results during a webcast next week.

Joe Panettieri

Joe Panettieri is co-founder & editorial director of MSSP Alert and ChannelE2E, the two leading news & analysis sites for managed service providers in the cybersecurity market.