CRN Security News

  • Emerging Profits
    The channel has discovered an underground economy, and it's booming. Even while solution providers lament single-digit traditional hardware margins, they quietly report that their storage, security or wireless projects are yielding healthy double-digit product margins often north of 20 points.
  • Development Darlings Step Into The Spotlight
    Open-sourcing is entrenched, and few would argue any longer that the Web is a core part of the future of software delivery. So what are the new hot-button issues in application development? Here are five topics generating chatter among developers and software companies.
  • Crossbeam Does What Check Point Couldn't
    Although Check Point's plan to buy intrusion prevention vendor Sourcefire was derailed, Crossbeam Systems is deploying Check Point firewalls and Sourcefire IPS technologies side-by-side as part of its comprehensive UTM offerings.
  • IBM's ISS Buy Smacks of Services Play
    IBM's $1.3B purchase of threat-prevention pioneer Internet Security Systems instantly establishes Big Blue as one of the most formidable players in the IT security market.
  • EMC Hints At Keeping RSA Separate
    Although EMC last week hinted about plans to bring RSA Security's partner program into its own once the acquisition closes, it appears that is not the plan.
  • After joining forces with vendors to offer hosted solutions, an MSP warmly welcomes the lucrative prize of an SMB-centric target

    Smarter Relationships
    Offering hosted Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint solutions helped Apptix, a Herndon, Va.-based MSP that targets small-business customers, nearly double its revenue between 2004 and 2005, and the company is on target to continue to see explosive growth as the market for hosted solutions expands.
  • Porticus Gives A Voice To Biometric Authentication
    Startup Porticus Technology recently emerged from stealth mode with biometric security technology that uses the dynamic range of a person's voice to authenticate callers on interactive voice response (IVR) systems.
  • Small Business Technology Institute Awards Winner Of Web Site Challenge
    Intel and the Small Business Technology Institute (SBTI) have once again teamed up to encourage small businesses to tap the solution provider community in this year's SheBusiness program, which awards one female-owned business with $10,000 to expand its technology and make the move to e-commerce.
  • Diamond's Sound Gets Xtreme
    For about $60, the Diamond Multimedia Xtreme Sound card is quickly becoming more attractive than its competitors. With a 7.1 channel surround with Dolby Digital Live, Diamond's latest is able to provide video gaming and DVD theater surround sound experiences just as good as, if not better than, those of more expensive competitors.
  • New sales divisions focused on mature, emerging technologies

    Access Splits Efforts
    Solution providers applauded Access Distribution's announcement last week to split its sales efforts into divisions focusing on mature and emerging technologies.
  • Apple Fixes Vulnerability In SAN Software
    Apple fixed a vulnerability in its Xsan storage area network software that could enable attackers to execute malicious code on computers connected to the file system.
  • ANALYSIS: Check Point Avoiding Check Mate
    The grim assessment spelled out in Check Point Software Technologies' 2005 annual report is prophetic: "If we fail to enhance our existing products, develop new and more technologically advanced products or successfully commercialize these products, the results of our operations will suffer."