U.S. DoD Bolsters VPN Capacity to Support Remote Working

US Department of Defense | July 20, 2020

As businesses and other organizations shifted to working from home during the pandemic, so too did the US Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) which worked to bolster network and VPN capacity. In a recent keynote address to the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Vice Admiral Nancy Norton provided more details on the measures DISA and the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN) took to ensure that its staff could keep working during the pandemic.

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These technologies also have significant societal impacts as smartphones and apps saturate the developing world and a more tech-savvy population eagerly adopts the latest new thing. CIOs that can deliver a competitive advantage for their business are those that understand the implications these technologies will have and can harness them to create new business models, products, services, and ways of engaging with customers. But speed is of the essence. In the past the business was at the mercy of the IT department for all of its technology-enabled solutions. Now however, they are increasingly discovering that the proliferation of cloud-based services enables them to source and provision their own solutions, effectively disintermediating their IT department.

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These technologies also have significant societal impacts as smartphones and apps saturate the developing world and a more tech-savvy population eagerly adopts the latest new thing. CIOs that can deliver a competitive advantage for their business are those that understand the implications these technologies will have and can harness them to create new business models, products, services, and ways of engaging with customers. But speed is of the essence. In the past the business was at the mercy of the IT department for all of its technology-enabled solutions. Now however, they are increasingly discovering that the proliferation of cloud-based services enables them to source and provision their own solutions, effectively disintermediating their IT department.

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Acquisition by Broadcom Creating Concerns for VMware Users

Broadcom | June 21, 2022

Broadcom Inc., an American designer, developer, manufacturer, and supplier of a wide range of semiconductor and infrastructure software products, announced acquiring U.S.-based cloud computing and virtualization technology company VMware, Inc. The acquisition was completed with the transaction of cash and stocks worth approximately US$61 billion. Broadcom’s CEO, Hock Tan expressed optimism about the chances for success of the merged companies, with plans to fuse Broadcom's existing security and infrastructure software into VMware's portfolio. "Hock Tan is a very shrewd business guy. He is aware of financial implications, both short and long-term, for his company with these acquisitions. Will he bleed it dry? I suppose that's a possibility, but it's not clear yet." Brian Kirsch, an IT architect and instructor at Milwaukee Area Technical College VMware users and employees were concerned that the company would face the same fate as others after being acquired by Broadcom, but they are adopting a wait-and-see attitude. However, post the statement mentioned above, the stakeholders of VMware are now worried that the innovative technologies of the company will land on Broadcom Inc.’s chopping block, same as previously acquired companies. The concerns of VMware employees and users are justified, seeing the position of companies such as CA Technologies in 2018 and Symantec's Enterprise Software Business in 2019 after the adoption of the “acquire and axe” policy by Broadcom. One of the VMware insiders who deals with multiple tech teams at the company mentioned that Broadcom will sell off the VMware products and solutions, except the most profitable ones. He further stated, "Some employees are nervous because of the cuts they figure are coming. Others are concerned they won't invest in some products like NSX Intelligence that look like they have a promising future."

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McAfee and Telstra Partner to Bring Privacy, Identity and Security Solutions to Customers Across Australia

McAfee | July 12, 2022

McAfee Corp., a global leader in online protection, announced a multi-year partnership with Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications and technology company, to deliver comprehensive protection to safeguard the privacy and identity of consumers across activities, devices, and locations. The partnership will grant new and existing Telstra customers easy access to McAfee’s leading security solutions to deliver holistic security and privacy protection through its integrated suite of services including Antivirus, Parental Controls, Identity Protection, Secure VPN and more, to protect and secure multiple devices including mobiles, PCs and laptops. “A recent McAfee study found 27% of Australians surveyed reported attempted account theft and 23% had experienced financial account information leaks,” said Pedro Gutierrez, Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Operations at McAfee. “As the proliferation of life online accelerates, we are thrilled to be partnering with Telstra who are showing through this collaboration, a commitment to innovation and to their customers by investing in new infrastructure and technologies that safeguard their mobile and broadband subscribers.” McAfee’s integrated consumer security platform offers a wide array of mobile security solutions to protect customers’ privacy and identity while blocking viruses, malware, spyware, and ransomware attacks. This partnership allows Telstra’s customers to take advantage of these capabilities and protect themselves from additional threats including potential hacks, identity theft and broader gaps in online and mobile security so they can live life confidently online. “In today’s increasingly connected world the risk of cyber threats continues to grow. To counter the risk, Telstra is committed to providing our customers with the safety and security features needed to protect them online,” said Matthew O’Brien, Cyber Security Executive and Group Owner at Telstra. “This partnership with McAfee helps drive our mission to build a safe and secure connected future where everyone can thrive, and further complements Telstra’s T25 ambition to extend our network leadership position by delivering greater value to our customers.” To activate Device Security, Telstra customers can simply go in-store, online or to their MyTelstra app. The full suite of McAfee features supported include Antivirus/System Scan, Safe Browsing, Protection Center, Identity Protection, Password Manager, Parental Controls, Protection Score and Secure VPN. All eligible Telstra customers can try Device Security for three months on Telstra, then auto-roll onto $10/month after. About McAfee McAfee Corp. is a global leader in online protection. Focused on protecting people, not just devices, McAfee’s solutions adapt to users’ needs in an always online world, empowering them to live securely through integrated, intuitive solutions that protect their families and communities with the right security at the right moment.

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