Exidio is Building Privacy-Focused Products Leveraging VPN Technology

Exidio | October 01, 2020

Launching as a decentralized Virtual Private Network (dVPN) solutions provider, Exidio creates custom open source applications built on a peer-to-peer bandwidth network and the Sentinel dVPN Protocol, where Exidio is a core contributor. The VPN industry is broken. Many VPN applications are controlled by a small handful of companies acting as a quasi-VPN cartel. Many of the top VPN providers have been hacked or subject to data breaches while claiming the opposite. Furthermore, competing in the VPN industry is incredibly challenging. There are high barriers to entry including large costs to set up and maintain global servers, significant legal liability, and the challenge of developing secure, user-friendly applications.

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In VMworld 2018 session VIN1180, How VMware IT Upgraded to VMware vSphere 6.7 without End-User Impact, Tom Ralph shares the product deployment sequencing required before upgrading to vSphere 6.7 and the challenges/lessons learned. He will also discuss the architectural and technical considerations of one of the largest deployments of vSphere and how VMware IT automated much of the upgrade using new upgrade APIs.

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In VMworld 2018 session VIN1180, How VMware IT Upgraded to VMware vSphere 6.7 without End-User Impact, Tom Ralph shares the product deployment sequencing required before upgrading to vSphere 6.7 and the challenges/lessons learned. He will also discuss the architectural and technical considerations of one of the largest deployments of vSphere and how VMware IT automated much of the upgrade using new upgrade APIs.

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Evolve IP to Be Featured on Inside the Blueprint

Evolve IP | June 15, 2022

Evolve IP, a leading worldwide supplier of Work Anywhere solutions, announced that it will appear on Inside the Blueprint on FOX Business Network on June 19th, 2022, and Bloomberg International on July 10th, 2022. Inside the Blueprint is an award-winning instructional presentation that focuses on innovations and new technologies that have an influence on corporate performance and development. Evolve IP, a prominent supplier of remote and hybrid work solutions, was honored to be one of the program's inventive influencers. The commercial, which featured Pete Stevenson (Evolve IP CEO), Randall Thompson (Chief Revenue Officer), and Christian Teeft (Chief Technology Officer), emphasized the need of supporting hybrid and remote employees and how Evolve IP is well positioned to assist enterprises. Evolve IP: Reliability and Support for Work Anywhere CRO Randall Thompson explains the realities all business leaders face today: "[Employees'] ability to work remotely, from any device, is paramount to their success in a complex IT environment." Remote labor has fundamentally altered corporate operations, not the least of which is security. Despite this, most companies have failed to create an effective, long-term strategy for not just enabling employees to work from home, but also making it a consistently secure arrangement. CEO Pete Stevenson acknowledges Evolve IP's integral role in advancing technology for "work from anywhere" employees: "Evolve IP is a global provider of 'work anywhere' solutions, with operations throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and the rest of Europe. We cover the world with our services, which primarily include unified communication solutions, contact center, and desktop as a service, all on a cloud-based platform." He describes the support system Evolve IP provides in this way: "We are your ally. We take your essential workplace tools, fill the gaps, and get them working together as a simple, fine-tuned solution, When we're focusing on the core services, it's allowing your organization to be more productive and efficient." CTO Christian Teeft Evolve IP aggressively promotes the idea that an office is no longer merely a physical location, but rather a group of individuals who need to collaborate from wherever they are. Inside the Blueprint discusses how providing cloud-based workplace solutions has evolved from a desire to a competitive advantage in the category.

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ExpressVPN Exits India in Light of New Anti-privacy Rules

ExpressVPN | June 27, 2022

ExpressVPN confirmed the withdrawal of its Indian-based VPN servers in light of the new VPN directives implemented. “With a recent data law introduced in India requiring all VPN providers to store user information for at least five years, ExpressVPN has made the very straightforward decision to remove our Indian-based VPN servers. We refuse to ever put our users’ data at risk," Harold Li, vice President, ExpressVPN “It is our policy to never allow logging, and we have also specifically designed our VPN servers to not be able to log, including by running in RAM. Data centers are unlikely to be able to accommodate this policy and our server architecture under this new regulation, and thus there is no path forward other than to no longer have physical VPN servers in India," he added. He further stated, “As a company focused on protecting privacy and freedom of expression online, ExpressVPN will continue to fight to keep users connected to the open and free internet with privacy and security, no matter where they are located. This issue is new nor unique in the current geopolitical landscape, so we have been able to move quickly and adjust our infrastructure to maintain the integrity of our VPN services.” ExpressVPN offers two virtual server locations in India for those who still want to connect to VPN sites in India: India (via Singapore) and India (via UK).

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Deloitte Launches Zero Trust Access, a New Managed Security Service

Deloitte | July 16, 2022

To help organizations adopt zero trust more quickly and efficiently, Deloitte is launching a new managed service – Zero Trust Access— that offers a cloud-native approach to securing communications between users, on any device, and enterprise applications, wherever they may reside. The Zero Trust concept commits to removing implicit trust within an information technology (IT) ecosystem and replacing it with a risk-based approach to accessing organizational resources across identities, workloads, data, networks and devices. This trend is gaining momentum, given legacy approaches to security architecture are no longer suitable to secure the ubiquitous nature of the modern enterprise. Part of the newly expanded Zero Trust by Deloitte, Zero Trust Access facilitates zero trust adoption and the evolving needs of organizations in protecting their applications, infrastructure, and data. Following the integration of recently acquired talent and technology into existing Deloitte services, the Zero Trust Access managed service connects users to applications through a frictionless cloud-native solution that is inherently scalable, resilient, agile, and secure. Further, the managed service is available standalone, integrated with other Deloitte offerings, or as part of a broader solution leveraging technologies from Deloitte's alliances ecosystem. "As perimeter-based approaches are no longer suitable to secure the modern enterprise, many organizations are working to enhance protection for their IT ecosystems via zero trust, Zero Trust Access was built as a turnkey managed service helping ourselves and our clients accelerate adoption of this transformative security framework. Our goal was to create a cost-effective solution that can be delivered standalone or complementary to a broader ecosystem and ultimately help decrease the burden on IT and security teams who likely need to manage multiple heterogenous solutions to achieve similar outcomes." Andrew Rafla, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory's zero trust offering leader and principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP With innovative data protection leveraging device-level secure microcontainer technology, Zero Trust Access helps protect infrastructure while also enabling organizations to protect sensitive enterprise data and enforce least privilege through dynamic access control to enterprise assets. The managed service can replace remote access solutions inclusive of virtual private network (VPN), virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), and desktop as a service (DaaS), all of which typically require significant capital expenditure for infrastructure, high operating costs, and technology management overhead. Zero Trust Access includes features such as ephemeral connectivity built upon secure peer-to-peer (P2P) communication, conditional access and continuous authorization, as well as robust data protection for data at-rest, in-use, and in-transit are consistently applied to each session, regardless of the type or location of the applications being accessed (e.g., legacy hosted applications, software as a service (SaaS), thick-client, web-based applications). Implementation of Zero Trust Access can help organizations leverage outcome-based solutions that improve business agility, enhance user productivity, and reduce cost and complexity of security operations. "Beginning zero trust adoption isn't simple, fast or easy for most organizations," Deborah Golden, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory Cyber and Strategic Risk leader and principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP. "We're launching Zero Trust Access as the first in many adoption-enabling services and solutions to come, so that our clients are better able to modernize their security programs, enable agile operations and confidently advance with emerging technologies and transformative risk management principles that can build more resilient security practices." About Deloitte Deloitte provides industry-leading audit, consulting, tax and advisory services to many of the world's most admired brands, including nearly 90% of the Fortune 500® and more than 7,000 private companies. Our people come together for the greater good and work across the industry sectors that drive and shape today's marketplace — delivering measurable and lasting results that help reinforce public trust in our capital markets, inspire clients to see challenges as opportunities to transform and thrive, and help lead the way toward a stronger economy and a healthier society. Deloitte is proud to be part of the largest global professional services network serving our clients in the markets that are most important to them. Building on more than 175 years of service, our network of member firms spans more than 150 countries and territories.

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