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Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) News: 22 January 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 lineup for Monday, January 22, 2018:

8. Hacker Pleads Guilty: A New Mexico man who used "hacker-for-hire" services to wage cyberattacks against a slew of ex-employers and state agencies pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and weapons charges in one of the first cases of its kind in Minnesota, according to Security InfoWatch. John Kelsey Gammell, 55, has been in custody since his arrest last April in Colorado. His guilty plea staves off what would have been one of the country's first federal trials on hacking conspiracy charges, the report says.

7. Pokemon Hacker Jailed:  A U.K. man is now sitting in prison for the next two years, all because he decided he wanted to take down Pokémon GO, according to Bleeding Cool.

6. Infrastructure Attack Raises Concerns: Hackers who attacked a petrochemical plant in Saudi Arabia last year gained control over a safety shut-off system that is critical in defending against catastrophic events, according to The Wall Street Journal...

5. Privacy Experts: Business is booming for software and privacy experts as companies across the globe spend millions of dollars to comply with a landmark European data protection law, even as many uncertainties remain about how the rules will be enforced, Reuters reports.

4. Kaspersky Labs Grows: Kaspersky revenues grew 8 percent to nearly $700 million in 2017, despite the U.S. government's decision to bar the company's security software from federal networks...

3. Security Operations Centers for VARs: Progress Distribution is set to launch a security operations center (SOC) that European channel partners can white label as their own, according to ChannelWeb UK...

2. Xerox Security Event: Xerox is set to host a security-centric briefing with media on Tuesday. We're curious to hear if the company is blending managed print services with security services... We'll share more details on Tuesday, live from the gathering.

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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.