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WatchGuard Unveils Pay-As-You-Go Network Security Hardware, Services

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

WatchGuard Technologies, a network security hardware and services provider, now offers automated monthly billing for its WatchGuardONE FlexPay program, according to a prepared statement. That way, WatchGuardONE partners can purchase WatchGuard Subscriptions from participating distributors without upfront costs or a long-term commitment.

With the FlexPay enhancements, WatchGuardONE partners can choose between one- and three-year fixed term contracts, MSSP pre-paid points and monthly payments to procure WatchGuard’s network security hardware and services, the company said.

WatchGuard Subscriptions are available in the United States via the Synnex Stellr online marketplace. In addition, WatchGuard will continue to adjust and build upon the purchasing options available within FlexPay.

The new offering comes amid the growing popularity of hardware as a service (HaaS) and device as a service (DaaS) business models — which are designed to align with cloud subscription services. Most major IT distributors — D&H, Ingram Micro, Tech Data, Synnex and more — now offer HaaS-oriented financial programs.

The FlexPay enhancements come after WatchGuard in May 2019 expanded its WatchGuardONE channel partner program.

WatchGuard unveiled WatchGuardONE specializations in different product families that enable channel partners to elevate their partner status and earn various benefits, the company said. Furthermore, WatchGuardONE partners can receive financial incentives based on the number of specializations that they earn.

A Closer Look at WatchGuardONE

WatchGuardONE enables MSSPs, MSPs and other channel partners to integrate WatchGuard’s network security, secure Wi-Fi and multi-factor authentication (MFA) offerings into their portfolios. It provides channel partners with access to sales, marketing and technical support, along with marketing development funds (MDF) and other incentives.

Meanwhile, WatchGuard is 100 percent channel-focused, the company indicated. It has deployed nearly 1 million integrated, multi-function threat management appliances worldwide.


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Windows 7 computers will no longer be patched after today – Naked Security

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Do you know what you were doing 3736 days ago?

We do! (To be clear, lest that sound creepy, we know what we were doing, not what you were doing.)

Admittedly, we didn’t remember all on our own – we needed the inexorable memory of the internet to help us recall what happened on 22 October 2009.

That was the official release date of Windows 7, so we armed ourselves with a fresh-out-of-the-box copy (remember boxed software?) and tried a bunch of new viruses against it.

Simply put, we took the next 10 Windows malware samples that showed up for analysis at SophosLabs, checked that they ran on the previous versions of Windows and then threw them at the all-new Windows 7.

The good news is that three of the 10 samples didn’t work on Windows 7; the bad news is that seven did.

You can’t really blame Microsoft for that, as much as you might like to, given that everyone expected existing software to work “out of the box” with the new version, despite numerous security improvements.