Newsletter September 2017
Date: 03:00 09/15/2017
Dear valued partner
Welcome to the fifth Versasec Partner Newsletter! In this release, learn about our latest release of vSEC:CMS S-Series Version 4.9, our new competition comparison document and issuer tool, our current position in the DACH region and more. Please also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus and LinkedIn for instant and regular updates.
- vSEC:CMS S-Series Version 4.9 has been Released!
- Versasec Competition Comparison Released!
- Versasec Issuer Tool Updated!
- Versasec Team is Expanding Quickly
- Versasec Partnership Meetings
Highlights from the Blog
- Versasec gets DACH-Ready Approval from Softshell
- The US Makes Cyber Command a Priority
- Criminal Data Breaches Will Cost Businesses $8 Trillion Over Next Five Years; Meanwhile, IT Cybersecurity Worker Shortage Predicted to Worsen
- Third-Party Contractors Strike Again in Latest Anthem Security Breach
vSEC:CMS S-Series Version 4.9 has been Released!
We recently released the latest download of vSEC:CMS S-Series – version 4.9! Some of the updates include user experience and performance improvements around remote security device management (RSDM), interface improvements and enhanced security features. vSEC:CMS 4.9 also supports the SafeTrust-PIV smart card and extends its lead in supporting the greatest number of smart cards in the industry.
The highlights of the release are:
- RSDM device synchronization makes it easier to synchronize repository information in vSEC:CMS when there are changes detected on the device, including manually destroying a virtual smart card, or changing the computer name.
- A FORCE UP broadcast mode on RSDM clients optimizes bandwidth usage.
- Improved Help and showing the number of pending tasks in the main menu bar.
- Support for challenge/response when performing offline PUC based unblock on PIV-enabled devices.
- Support for SCP03 and Global Platform key change, strengthening the security of Java Card management and offering support for smart card printer HID-Fargo SDK version 2.1 to enable improved batch processes.
- UniCERT RA credentials can now be HSM-based, for increased security.
- The Data Export functionality is now also available at smart card issuance, enabling functions such as printing PIN mailers.
- An optional external permission check, dependent upon Microsoft AD group membership, enables more granular access control.
- New SQL schema for all vSEC:CMS related database tables, enables better scalability and larger data sets, and new server-side SOAP API to better integrate vSEC:CMS into helpdesk application workflows, including PIN Unblock.
Versasec Competition Comparison Released!
Versasec has released the Competition Comparison document! This document is a useful overview of vSEC:CMS S-Series’ features compared to our major competitor's CMS. Partners and customers alike can use this to compare between each CMS in the market (vSEC:CMS S-Series included).
To obtain a copy of this document, please request one from your sales representative.
Versasec Issuer Tool Updated!
Versasec has a secret weapon for its certified partners who distribute its identity and access management solutions: the Versasec Issuer Tool. Not only does it ease the set-up process, it also shows the existing customers and users, and tracks licenses.
Versasec Team is Expanding Quickly
Versasec has been actively hiring several employees to work in different locations around the world.
Firstly, we have been expanding our sales team to include three new members of the team since the last partner newsletter back in June: a new business administrator that is based in the UK, a pre-sales engineer based in Germany who will be responsible for the DACH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) region and another pre-sales engineer based in Sweden that is responsible for the Nordics region.
Not only this, but we are also looking to expand into more regions of the world: we are opening a new office in Singapore towards the end of 2017 where a new Versasec pre-sales engineer shall be based.
Versasec Partnership Meetings
Do you wish to know the latest regarding developments within Versasec and our vision? Did you wish to share any information relating to your market with us and the same from us to you? Please contact email@example.com to arrange a partner meeting.
Highlights from the Blog
When Versasec saw the headline in the Wall Street Journal recently, "T3rr1bl3 @dv1c3," we couldn't resist reading the article and sharing the regrets of one of the pioneers of secure passwords.
The article includes an interview with Bill Burr, a former manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), discussing how he'd come up with recommendations for secure passwords some 13 years ago. At the time, he says, he was tasked with providing recommendations on the best ways to keep passwords secure for a NIST special publication (800-63, Appendix A). He didn't have much time, so he invented his own rules, he says, putting together an 8-page guide.
Versasec gets DACH-Ready Approval from Softshell
Softshell, one of the leading distributors of cybersecurity systems in Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH), highlighted Versasec in its recent "Softshell Vendor Report 2017" that assesses the readiness of vendors to serve customers in the DACH region.
The US Makes Cyber Command a Priority
Amidst a sea of controversy, the current United States government just made a significant announcement about US cyber security. Covered in Wired Magazine, "the Trump administration will elevate United States Cyber Command, currently a division of the National Security Agency, to the status of a unified military command."
What does this mean for the US?
Criminal Data Breaches Will Cost Businesses $8 Trillion Over Next Five Years; Meanwhile, IT Cybersecurity Worker Shortage Predicted to Worsen
U.K.-based analyst firm Juniper Research estimates criminal data breaches will cost businesses more than $8 trillion over the next five years. Juniper's new research report, "The Future of Cybercrime & Security: Enterprise Threats & Mitigation 2017-2022," also states that personal records stolen by cybercriminals will reach 2.8 billion in 2017 and almost double to 5 billion in 2020, despite new security technologies to thwart cyberattacks entering the market.
Third-Party Contractors Strike Again in Latest Anthem Security Breach
It's happened again: A third-party contractor has been deemed responsible for the latest, highly-publicized data breach. This time the company hit was Anthem, where a contractor has been charged with emailing a document containing more than 18,500 Anthem members' information to his personal email address. This information included Medicare ID numbers containing social security numbers, Health Plan ID numbers, as well as Medicare contract numbers and enrolment dates.
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