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Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) News: 14 January 2020

Each business day, MSSP Alert broadcasts a quick lineup of news, analysis and chatter from across that managed security services provider ecosystem.

  • The Content: Written for MSSPs, SOC as a Service (SOCaaS), Managed Detection and Response (MDR) and MSP security providers — and those who need to partner up with such companies.
  • Frequency and Format: Every business morning. Typically one or two sentences for each item below.
  • Reaching Our Inbox: Send news, tips and rumors to [email protected].

A. Today’s MSSP Alerts

1. Hardware As a Service: The WatchGuard FlexPay program now includes automated, monthly billing for its network security hardware and services. Available for both three-year and pay-as-you-go terms, WatchGuard Subscriptions enable IT solution providers to purchase the company’s network security hardware and services from participating distributors without a commitment or upfront costs. WatchGuard offers multiple consumption models -- including existing one- and three-year fixed term contracts, MSSP pre-paid points, and now monthly payments.

2. Mobile Security: Sophos Intercept X for Mobile now includes new features to safeguard Chrome OS, Google Android and Apple iOS devices. Intercept X for Mobile can be managed from Sophos Central, a popular multi-tenant dashboard for MSPs and customers.

3. Phishing Attack: A school district in Manor, Texas, was caught in a phishing email scam that cost $2.3 million in losses within two months, ABC News reports.

4. U.S. Encryption Policy: Attorney General William Barr called the December attack by a Saudi aviation student that killed three people at a Florida Navy base an act of terrorism, escalating pressure on Apple Inc. to help unlock a pair of the gunman’s iPhones that could provide more information about his radicalization, The Wall Street Journal reports.

5. Talent - Cloud Security: Qualys, an MSSP-friendly provider of cloud-based security and compliance solutions, has hired Anomali veteran Dan Barahona as chief marketing officer (CMO).

6. Rebrand - SIEM: The Cloud24x7 US business has rebranded as CybrHawk.

7. Settlement - Patent Disputes: Zscaler will pay $15 million to Broadcom as part of a settlement of all patent lawsuits filed by Symantec against Zscaler, SeekingAlpha reports. Broadcom, which purchased Symantec's enterprise security business, will provide Zscaler with a license, release, and covenant not to sue, the report ads.

8. All Partner Programs: Search the comprehensive ChannelE2E Partner Program Database here. Also, submit your company information here and your partner program can be listed in the database.

B. Next Five Cybersecurity Conferences

  1. CPX 360: Check Point 2020 Conference (January 27-29, New Orleans)
  2. PerchyCon 2020 MSP Security Conference (January 29-31, Tampa, Florida)
  3. RSA Conference 2020 (February 24-28, San Francisco)
  4. Women in CyberSecurity (WiCys) Conference 2020 (March 12-14, Aurora, Colorado)
  5. OKTA Oktane 2020 Cybersecurity Conference (March 30-April 2, San Francisco, California)
  6. Bonus: The complete MSSP Alert calendar

Email me your news, rumors and tips for potential coverage here on MSSP Alert.

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.