Nord Security | October 18, 2021
Nord Security, one of the leaders in the cybersecurity market, has reached a deal to incorporate Atlas VPN. This move will further extend Nord Security’s portfolio of cybersecurity brands and solidify its spot as the premier company for all things cybersecurity.
Atlas VPN is a “freemium” VPN solution that ensures private browsing by changing the IP address and encrypting connections. Established in 2019, Atlas VPN has already made great strides in the cybersecurity sector and has a growing reach and position in the developing markets.
Nord Security has extensive knowledge in building advanced cybersecurity solutions. Its portfolio consists of brands like NordVPN, NordPass, NordLayer, NordLocker, and NordWL. Nord products are acknowledged by the most influential IT security specialists and tech sites.
Atlas VPN will become a part of Nord Security’s corporate structure and will be required to adhere to the core principles of transparency and trustworthiness set by Nord brands, including regular third-party audits. However, on a daily basis, the team behind Atlas VPN will continue to act independently and pursue their goals in the “freemium” segment.
Details of the transaction are not disclosed as both companies are privately owned entities.
About Nord Security:
Nord Security is home for advanced security solutions that share the Nord brand and values, including the world’s most advanced VPN service NordVPN, the next-generation password manager NordPass, encrypted cloud storage NordLocker, and the advanced network access security solution NordLayer. Established in 2012, Nord Security’s products are now acknowledged by the most influential tech sites and IT security specialists.
About Atlas VPN:
Atlas VPN is a highly secure, free VPN provider with a mission to make digital privacy and security accessible to everyone. Although Atlas VPN is relatively new to the VPN market, it already has over 6 million users worldwide. To protect the privacy of its users, the company uses military-grade encryption and protocols and has a strict no-logs policy.
Intel | May 29, 2020
With virtualized desktop infrastructure, or VDI, Intel is seeing increased use of Optane DC persistent memory to improve efficiency.
Intel debuted Intel Optane DC persistent memory last year, alongside the launch of the second-generation Xeon Scalable processors.
The company is also seeing an acceleration in demand for its memory and storage products across other VMware solutions.
Intel executive Laura Crone said a growing need for virtualized desktop infrastructure and virtualized storage solutions is driving demand for its storage and memory products in the data center.
Crone, vice president of sales for Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group, told CRN that the need to improve and accelerate storage and memory capabilities for the two application types has come in response to the large number of workers who moved to home offices and an increase in the use of digital resources that have been prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.
While Crone (pictured above) oversees sales for all of Intel's non-volatile memory and storage solutions, she said she is spending a lot of her time working with partners to accelerate demand for the company's Optane memory products, both for the data center and PCs — a push that was made evident in comments she made at the virtual Intel Partner Connect conference last week.
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Intel debuted Intel Optane DC persistent memory last year, alongside the launch of the second-generation Xeon Scalable processors, promising a new kind of memory offering that combines performance akin to DRAM with the persistent qualities of hard drive storage. The company's Optane memory solutions for PCs, on the other hand, have been available since 2017.With products for both markets, it's about bringing more data closer to the CPU as the amount of data that needs to be processed and analyzed increases — a trend Crone sees continuing, even in the face of current disruptions in the economy being caused by the pandemic.
We're spending more time helping people understand how Optane can help their data center infrastructure or on the client side where Optane can help accelerate and improve their infrastructure. So from a partner perspective, I think that the opportunity is all around this exploding data, and the need for memory and storage is greater than it's ever been,
Laura Crone, vice president of sales for Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group.
With virtualized desktop infrastructure, or VDI, Intel is seeing increased use of Optane DC persistent memory to improve efficiency, Crone said. In a report by Principled Technologies, the firm found that Optane DC increased virtual desktop users by 87 percent compared to a configuration only using DRAM. The company is also seeing an acceleration in demand for its memory and storage products across other VMware solutions, such as the EXSI hypervisor with Optane DC and the chipmaker's Optane SSD products with VMware's VSAN storage solutions.
"It's all about the number of people that are working remotely and how do you service that demand," she said, citing banking as one area that has seen an increased need for digital infrastructure.
Intel's Non-Volatile Memory Solutions Group saw first-quarter revenue grow 46 percent year-over-year to $1.3 billion, Crone said, and the channel is a key part of driving that growth. With that, Intel recently launched an Optane specialty program within the channel organization that provides partners with various benefits, including samples, sales rebates, marketing incentives and training, according to Crone. To date, 15 partners have joined the program.
"We have a number of partner wins already with Optane, which is pretty exciting," Crone said. "And we just look forward to growing more of those as we go forward into 2020 and 2021."
Kent Tibbils, vice president of marketing at ASI, a Fremont, Calif.-based Intel distributor, said partners are mobilizing to come up with creative ways to sell Optane memory products as awareness increases.
"We definitely see where Optane can help improve the utilization of your processor by being able to make sure that there's enough data that's able to get into the processors, and that ultimately allows you to have more virtual machines," he said.
The company's SSD products have already been a strong point for Intel, where Tibbils said there has been a lot of growth as servers transition from SATA to NVMe storage types. Intel's SSDs have also been driving growth on the client side of the business, he added.
They'll have other solutions coming as they continue to improve the density of those drives, which brings down the price, which is perfect for the client side of the business. So we saw a lot of growth in client that previously maybe had not existed because price points weren't quite there,
Kent Tibbils, vice president of marketing at ASI, a Fremont, Calif.-based Intel distributor.
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Securden | June 10, 2020
Securden PAM allows work-from-home IT staff and third-party contractors to launch secure, one-click connections with remote servers, databases, devices, web applications, and other enterprise resources without VPN.
Organizations can ensure a centrally controlled, fully audited, zero-trust, just-in-time access that is simple and scalable.
Securden eliminates the need for VPN and enables authorized remote users - internal or external - to launch native or web-based RDP, SSH, SQL connections with Windows, Unix servers.
Securden, Inc., a leading provider of Privileged Access Governance solutions today announced that it has implemented significant enhancements to its remote access solution addressing the crucial IT infrastructure access requirements of the remote workforce, specifically the IT administrators, third-party vendors, and contractors. Securden is offering the new version free-to-use for three months.
The security and user-experience related enhancements in the new version enable organizations to allow their internal IT staff who are working from home and the third-party vendors to remotely access critical IT systems that are kept behind corporate firewalls in a single-click without relying on VPN connectivity and without compromising security.
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Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, providing a secure and easily accessible remote work environment has become a big challenge for organizations. VPN connectivity often brings with it operational, security, and scalability issues. The basic tenets of access security - ensuring the right access to the right person only for the required resource and for the required time duration - cannot be fully met resulting in cybersecurity risks,
Bala Venkatramani, CEO of Securden.
"Securden eliminates the need for VPN and enables authorized remote users - internal or external - to launch native or web-based RDP, SSH, SQL connections with Windows, Unix servers; managed desktops; internal web applications; MySQL, PostgreSQL, MS SQL databases; AWS, Azure, and other cloud platforms; switches, routers, firewalls, and other SSH devices from any operating system and from anywhere. It also ensures that users get access only to specific IT assets for a specified time duration fortified through MFA, comprehensive auditing and alerts, live session monitoring, and recordings thereby striking a fine balance between security and ease-of-use," he said.
While allowing live session monitoring, Securden enables administrators to intervene to terminate sessions or collaborate when a colleague needs assistance.
Part of the Securden Privileged Account Manager (PAM) product, the remote access solution readily integrates with various enterprise infrastructure and leverages the authentication mechanism of existing directory services such as Active Directory and federated identity stores to grant remote access.
To reduce the risks associated with remote access, Securden ensures that there is no direct connection between the end-user machines and the sensitive IT resources. It also offers the provision to route all connections through a secure remote gateway.
As many organizations may have hurriedly put remote access solutions in place, security may have been a bit of a secondary priority. When bolstering the remote work environment, having an effective means of privileged access management is a great way to ensure that users are only able to get to the resources they need and for the amount of time they need it,
Brandon Lee, Networking and Virtualization Specialist at virtualizationhowto.com.
"With the zero-trust model at the application layer and many other powerful capabilities, Securden Privileged Account Manager (PAM) facilitates remote work connectivity not only easily, securely, and efficiently, but also at scale without VPN," he added.
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Securden is a leading provider of privileged access governance solutions that uniquely combine the key security principles of zero-trust architecture, least privilege enforcement, and continuous risk assessment to prevent cyberattacks, malware propagation, and insider exploitation. With a refreshingly new approach, Securden offers complete control over privileged access, visibility without barriers, and superior access governance across cloud, physical, virtual environments. Designed for security and scalability with simplicity in mind, Securden products (Password Vault for Enterprises, Privileged Account Manager, and Endpoint Privilege Management and Application Control) are trusted by organizations of all types and sizes, including large banking and financial institutions, government agencies, healthcare organizations, educational institutions, IT service providers, MSPs, and manufacturing companies across the globe.