VIRTUAL DESKTOP TOOLS, VIRTUALIZED ENVIRONMENTS, VPN
PR Newswire | June 02, 2023
Channel leader CYTRACOM announces a significant update to its ControlOne platform, enabling MSPs to prevent managed clients from evading security requirements and create a passwordless experience for end-users. Managed users are now always on the virtual corporate network, secured by unified global security policies, with an experience that is transparent to end users.
"With the new capabilities of the ControlOne agent, we are demonstrating our continued commitment to driving innovation within the network security market for managed services providers," says CYTRACOM Co-founder and CEO Zane Conkle. "Working closely with MSPs, we are removing the complexity of connecting and securing users without compromising performance and security. The ControlOne platform enables MSPs to meet the challenges of today's distributed workforce and alleviate the increasing pressure from regulatory and compliance entities, all while driving increased profit for our partners."
With the latest release of ControlOne, CYTRACOM is removing the end user from the process of joining or connecting to corporate network infrastructures. "To achieve this objective, we are uniquely leveraging identity management, initially with Microsoft Azure AD and other third-party identity providers coming soon. With this update, the ControlOne agent can now be silently deployed by MSPs through RMM platforms. Unlike VPN software and other security solutions, no interaction with the end user is necessary during setup," says Eric Romano, Head of ControlOne Development, CYTRACOM.
Once deployed, end users are always on the corporate network regardless of location and are protected by firewall and security policies directly managed by the MSP. This also enables MSPs to prevent users from disconnecting from the network, essentially closing a major security gap that exists in most solutions available in the market today.
CYTRACOM's new ControlOne agent also enables a passwordless experience for users. "No longer do they have to complete set-up procedures or connect and disconnect from the network," continues Romano "ControlOne is always on and enables users to work without having to learn specific processes based on their location like they were forced to do with legacy VPN solutions."
Brandt Ball, Founder of Standard I.T. Security adds, "CYTRACOM's ControlOne agent changes the game for us as it enforces always-on security and dramatically cuts deployment costs and effort. We are no longer reliant on the customer to do the right thing or comply with directions which saves us time and money and dramatically improves the experience for the customer. The ControlOne agent integration with Azure AD takes decision-making out of the hands of the customer and ensures they are always connected, always secure, and able to just work. It truly is a win-win."
Cyber insurance ready
The combination of the new silent deployment and passwordless experience of the CYTRACOM ControlOne agent, along with its ability to eliminate VPNs and firewalls, ensures MSPs innovate and achieve compliance with industry regulations and mandates set forth by cyber insurance providers and other regulatory bodies.
"In today's hybrid work environments, we know everyone isn't working inside an office building, but with CYTRACOM's ControlOne platform, MSPs can securely connect and protect users as if they were inside the perimeter of their corporate network at all times," says CYTRACOM COO John Tippett. "ControlOne enables MSPs to regain control over their customers' networks. By eliminating the end user from the equation, MSPs can achieve secure networks and enforce compliance, eliminating vulnerabilities introduced by legacy VPN and on-premises firewalls."
CYTRACOM delivers infrastructure software purpose-built to empower managed service providers (MSPs) with cloud solutions that connect and secure both traditional and hybrid workforces. Our secure access service edge (SASE) solution provides identity-based network security and connectivity within a single platform that enables businesses to deploy zero-trust networks, enforce compliance and eliminate traditional firewalls and VPNs. Our unified communications suite (UCaaS) uniquely aligns with the operating needs of MSPs and enables their customers to experience seamless communication and collaboration regardless of physical location. Together, these solutions deliver a communications, security and networking platform that is exclusively available to CYTRACOM channel partners.
VIRTUAL DESKTOP TOOLS, VIRTUAL SERVER INFRASTRUCTURE
globenewswire | June 05, 2023
Nerdio, a premier software solution provider for organizations of all sizes looking to manage and cost-optimize native Microsoft cloud technologies, today has announced the general availability launch of a major new version of Nerdio Manager for Enterprise, version 5.0.
Nerdio Manager for Enterprise version 5.0 includes the highly anticipated Unified Application Management (UAM) functionality, which gives IT professionals the ability to consolidate and control applications delivered to their Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop virtual machines, Windows 365 Cloud PCs, and physical desktops.
With unified management across all virtualized and physical endpoints and applications, enterprises can become more agile, more efficiently leverage IT and staffing resources during the current economic conditions and provide great user and employee experiences.
“Ensuring efficient and secure cloud operations is something that is becoming more and more complex as new technologies and attack vectors are introduced into corporate environments,” said Alan Hazell, Chief Executive Officer, Nimbus DTI. “Nerdio is drastically reducing this complexity with a truly unified management platform that reduces human error and allows us to consolidate the most important aspects of our day-to-day IT operations.”
The new release introduces several major new areas of functionality including:
Unified Application Management (UAM) allows IT professionals to consolidate and control applications delivered to their Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, and physical desktop estates. They can link a wide range of application repositories, public and private, including Winget, to Nerdio’s new Unified App Catalog that simplifies the process of finding, deploying, and managing custom applications. Applications linked in the Unified App Catalog can be automatically deployed to Azure Virtual Desktop session hosts or desktop images, and Microsoft Intune-managed devices. Additionally, admins can use Deployment Policies to automatically install, uninstall, or update applications across the organization’s environment.
Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) allows Intune-managed devices such as laptops, mobile phones, and Cloud PCs, to be managed in a single pane of glass. Admins are equipped with extensive device management and device visibility features in addition to new RBAC (role-based access control) specific to endpoint management. UEM functionality is currently free to use during preview and is expected to be generally available later this year.
Nerdio Advisor is a suite of technologies to estimate cost, simplify, and automate deployment, continuously optimize costs, and recommend relevant features based on usage patterns. The first tool available in the suite, Nerdio Modeler, is now generally available for public use. Modeler is a free tool that allows enterprise organizations and partners to model and cost-predict virtual desktop environments in Microsoft Azure without any Nerdio commitment or licensing required. The next tool, Nerdio Optimizer, will be generally available later this year.
Finally, the PowerShell Module allows developers and administrators to interact with Nerdio Manager for Enterprise via PowerShell. This allows IT professionals and developers to solve issues beyond the traditional scope of the management platform by extending its value into a tool most are already using or familiar with.
“At Nerdio we have a relentless focus on how to make life easier for IT teams at organizations of all sizes. Many organizations are buried under IT tool sprawl, at the same time looking to simplify the management of virtual and physical endpoints,” said Amol Dalvi, VP, Product, Nerdio. “We have had great success accelerating Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop deployments, simplifying their management, and further optimizing costs. We are bringing those same principles and focus to other areas, specifically application management and endpoint management.”
In total, there are over a dozen new features in Nerdio Manager for Enterprise v5.0. Organizations seeking to trial the new features and functionality may install the platform directly from the Azure Marketplace and trial for 30 days at no cost.
Nerdio adds value on top of the powerful capabilities in Microsoft Azure Virtual Desktop, Windows 365, and Microsoft Intune by delivering hundreds of features that simplify management, ensure efficient operations, and lower Azure compute and storage costs by up to 80% via automation.
VIRTUAL DESKTOP TOOLS, SERVER VIRTUALIZATION
businesswire | May 05, 2023
Cybrary, the leading cybersecurity skills development platform, today announced the launch of Cybrary for Teams on Google Cloud Marketplace. This partnership allows cybersecurity teams to access critical skill development and training resources directly through Google Cloud.
Cybrary for Teams, a workforce development solution hosted on Google Cloud, empowers organizations to develop and retain skilled cybersecurity talent. With a content library covering a complete curriculum of in-depth topics and specialized skills, Cybrary’s centralized, affordable platform offers remarkable value compared to other training options. Now available in the Google Cloud Marketplace, customers can access a turnkey solution aimed at providing organizations with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities to defend against the threats they face every day. Through a combination of industry certification preparation programs and hands-on threat-informed simulation, aligned to leading frameworks such as NIST / NICE and MITRE ATT&CK, organizations can continuously train, map, and evaluate the skills and competencies of their team.
"As a platform hosted on Google Cloud, we are thrilled to announce that Cybrary for Teams will be available for purchase on Google Cloud Marketplace," said Cybrary CEO Kevin Hanes. "Through streamlined billing and procurement processes, it will now be easier than ever for organizations to deliver training to their cybersecurity teams and further secure their environments. When you have two companies that share a passion for cybersecurity and education, there is a lot of opportunity for innovation. Google Cloud's best-in-class cloud technology and the alignment of our organization's values make this partnership a great fit."
"Cybersecurity experts require continual access to skill development and training resources," said Dai Vu, Managing Director, Marketplace & ISV GMT Programs, Google Cloud. "Bringing Cybrary for Teams to Google Cloud Marketplace, demonstrates Cybrary’s commitment to providing organizations with the technologies needed to both develop and retain skilled cybersecurity talent."
Cybrary is a global platform that supports over 3.5 million professionals in their cybersecurity skills development journey. Delivering this level of critical training requires fast, scalable virtualization solutions to keep learners up to date with content on the latest threats that builds hands-on, mission-ready skills, all while ensuring an operational platform uptime. Google Cloud's technology helps make this a reality. You can learn more about Cybrary for Teams and view the marketplace listing here.
Cybrary is the industry-leading professional development platform that provides the right training at the right time to fully equip cybersecurity professionals at every stage in their careers. Cybrary’s threat-informed training, advanced assessment capabilities, and certification preparation help industry professionals build the skills and knowledge to confidently mitigate the threats their organizations face and bridge the persistent cybersecurity skills gap. Cybrary enables more than 3.5 million learners, from individuals to service providers and government agencies to Fortune 1000 organizations, to be ready to respond in the fight against constantly evolving cybersecurity threats.