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8 cybersecurity predictions from Gartner to help you stay safe

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by Peter Krass on 06/30/2022
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It’s a risky world out there. To help you and your customers build your security strategies, the market researchers at Gartner recently made 8 cybersec predictions. Unless noted otherwise, all are for the year 2025:

Prediction 1: Through 2023, government regulations requiring organizations to provide consumer privacy rights will cover 5 billion citizens and more than 70% of global GDP.

As recently as 2021, nearly 3 billion people worldwide had access to consumer-privacy protection in 50 countries. Such privacy regulation is forecast to expand.

Prediction 2: 80% of enterprises will adopt a strategy to unify web, cloud services and private application access from a single vendor’s security service edge (SSE) platform.

SSE solutions deliver consistent and simple web, private access and SaaS application security; that’s gained importance as so many people continue to work from home. Compared with best-of-breed packages, single-vendor solutions offer tighter integration, fewer consoles and fewer locations where data must be decrypted, Gartner says.

Prediction 3: 60% of organizations will embrace Zero Trust as a starting point for security. Unfortunately, more than half will fail to realize the benefits. That’s because adopting Zero Trust requires a cultural shift and clear communications — two moves that, particularly for large organizations, can be tough to make.

Prediction 4: 60% of organizations will use cybersecurity risk as a primary determinant in conducting third-party transactions and business engagements.

Right now, fewer than 1 in 4 organizations monitor their third-party suppliers in real time for cybersecurity exposure, Gartner says. That needs to change. More organizations will mandate cybersec controls as part of their normal way of doing business with third parties.

Prediction 5: Up to 30% of nation states will pass legislation to regulate ransomware payments, fines and negotiations. That will be up from the fewer than 1% that had such laws in 2021.

Whether to pay a ransom should be a business decision, not a tech one, Gartner says. If you or your customer are the subject of a ransomware attack, the firm recommends that you get help from a professional incident-response team, law-enforcement agency and, if appropriate, regulatory body. And do so before you negotiate with the criminals.

Prediction 6: Threat actors will weaponize operational technology (OT) environments to cause human casualties.

Attacks are mounting on OT — tech that monitors and controls equipment, assets and business processes. Sure, the loss of information can be serious. But far more serious, Gartner warns, are the possible harms to humans and the environment.

Prediction 7: 70% of CEOs will mandate a culture of organizational resilience to survive coinciding threats from cybercrime, severe weather events, civil unrest and political instabilities. Gartner recommends that risk leaders elevate operational resilience to a strategic imperative. That includes building an organizational resilience strategy that involves employees, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders.

Prediction 8: By 2026, half of C-level executives will have employment contracts with built-in performance requirements related to risk.

Boards increasingly see cybersecurity as a business risk, not just a tech issue. For this reason, accountability for cybersec will shift from cybersecurity execs to senior business leaders.

Need to enhance your cybersecurity skills? Here are a few of the many security-related training courses now available to you on Intel Partner University:

> Edge to Cloud Security

> Enhance Endpoint Security with Intel vPro Enterprise

> 3 Key Technologies to Grow Your Cybersecurity Resilience

The training courses on Intel Partner University are free to all members of Intel Partner Alliance. Not yet a member? Learn more about the benefits and register to join now.

 

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7 new tech books for your summer reading

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by Peter Krass on 06/28/2022
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Summer’s here, and for tech providers, the readin’ is easy.

Here are 7 technology books, all recently released, that you can enjoy while basking on the beach, hiking in the mountains, or just relaxing on your sofa with the AC cranked up.

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Navigating the Metaverse: A Guide to the Limitless Possibilities in a Web 3.0 World

By Cathy Hackl, Dirk Lueth and Tommaso Di Bartolo (Wiley, May 2022)

Navigating the Metaverse

If the metaverse is truly going to transform life online as dramatically as the web did, then it’s a development you can’t afford to miss. And you’ll probably need a guide. That’s what the authors, a team of entrepreneurs, intend this book to be.

Their book covers both basics and more advanced topics. Among the former: What is the metaverse anyway? And among the latter: How does currency work in the metaverse? How do you build a metaverse business case? And how do NFTs fit in the metaverse economy?

Excerpt: “In 2018 the metaverse wasn’t nearly as trendy as it is today. Back then launching a blockchain game sounded a bit crazy. Think about it: Three Silicon Valley entrepreneurs believed they could upend multi-billion-dollar industries like video games and social media with a mobile game concept based on a century-old property-management board game. As it turned out, they were not only spot on, but years ahead of most of the world.”

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Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making

By Tony Fadell (Harper Business, May 2022)

Build

A bestseller on the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today lists, this book was written for anyone who wants to grow at work. Chapters deal with such topics as getting funding for a startup, building a business, deciding whether to quit a job, even whether you should sell your company.

Author Fadell knows of what he speaks; he formerly led groups that created the Apple iPod and iPhone. He also founded Nest and led the team that created that company’s Learning Thermostat. He holds more than 300 patents and today leads Future Shape, an advisory firm that provides mentorship to startups.

Excerpt: “This advice is unorthodox because it’s old-school. The religion of Silicon Valley is reinvention, disruption—blowing up old ways of thinking and proposing new ones. But certain things you can’t blow up.”

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The Truth About Crypto

By Ric Edelman (Simon & Schuster, May 2022)

The Truth About Crypto

Right now, the truth about cryptocurrency is that it’s a good way to lose actual money. This past Sunday, for example, the value of the total crypto market declined by $24 billion, and that was followed by a further $9.17 billion drop on Monday, according to Yahoo Finance. For the month to date, the total crypto market is down $381 billion.

If that hasn’t scared you away, The Truth About Crypto is here to show you how investors can engage with the blockchain, bitcoin and NFTs to thrive. Author Edelman is pretty confident he’s got it right; after all, he’s written 10 books on personal finance, produced specials for Public TV, and is a lecturer at Rowan University in Glassboro, N.J., which has even created a Ric Edelman College of Communications & Creative Arts.

Excerpt: “Internet 3.0 is the Internet of Money, aka blockchain. Connecting money via the internet is as transformative to commerce and society as the Internet of People and the Internet of Things have been, and because ‘money makes the world go ’round,’ Internet 3.0 will prove to be even more impactful than its predecessors. The wealth-creation opportunities on a global scale are truly unprecedented.”

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After Steve: How Apple Became a Trillion-Dollar Company and Lost Its Soul

By Tripp Mickle (William Morrow, May 2022)

After Steve

Apple fans, avert your eyes. Everyone else, tune in for a tale of two executives: Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer, and Tim Cook, the former COO who succeeded the late Steve Jobs as Apple’s chief executive.

Ive, the man Jobs had called his “spiritual partner,” left Apple in 2019, eight years after Jobs died. And Cook, the master of squeezing the supply side, is still there. That transition, according to After Steve, led Apple to lose not only its spirit of innovation—the company hasn’t created a new device category in years—but also its soul.

Author Mickle is well-connected. He’s a tech reporter for the New York Times who formerly covered Apple for the Wall Street Journal. For this book, he interviewed more than 200 current and former Apple executives, as well as many others, including Trump administration officials and fashion editor Anna Wintour.

Excerpt: “The lights were low when Tim Cook slipped into the front of the room from behind a dark screen with a white Apple logo. His thin lips formed a flat grin as a few people applauded politely. In a Brooks Brothers spin on Jobs’ casual and fashionable Issey Miyake turtleneck, Cook wore a black broadcloth button-down shirt and spun a presentation remote in his hands as he paced in front of the crowd.”

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The Digital Mindset: What It Really Takes to Thrive in the Age of Data, Algorithms, and AI

By Paul Leonardi and Tsedal Neely (Harvard Business Review Press, May 2022)

The Digital Mindset

To thrive in our digital era, the authors of this book contend, you need a digital mindset. And that means 3 things: collaboration, computation and change. Work on these, and you’ll ask the right questions, make smarter decisions, and appreciate new possibilities.

The authors, a pair of researchers and professors, say most people can achieve a digital mindset by following what they call the 30 percent rule. Gain just enough digital literacy, and you can future-proof your career, your organization, even yourself.

Excerpt: “To understand the 30 percent rule, think about learning a foreign language. To demonstrate mastery of the English language, a nonnative speaker must acquire roughly 12,000 vocabulary words. But to be able to communicate and interact effectively with other people in the workplace, all they need is about 3,500 to 4,000 words—about 30 percent of what it takes to achieve mastery.”

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Project Management in the Hybrid Workplace

By Phil Simon (Racket, June 2022)

Project Management in the Hybrid Workplace

Author Simon says the Monday-to-Friday, 9-to-5 work world is gone forever. And with so many people working from wherever, the complicated discipline of project management has gotten even more complicated.

Simon, the author of books including Reimagining Collaboration, offers prescriptions for successful project management in today's hybrid workplace. That includes selecting technology, embracing analytics and reconsidering employee evaluations.

Excerpt: “A world predicated on hybrid and remote work isn’t all sunshine and lollipops. With respect to completing projects and launching new products, our new work environs introduce all sorts of thorny problems and exacerbate existing ones.”

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How to Zoom Your Room: Room Rater’s Ultimate Style Guide

By Claude Taylor and Jessie Bahrey (Voracious/Little, Brown & Co., June 2022)

How to Zoom Your Room

Still working from home? Probably. Videoconferencing a lot? Sure. And your background? It probably looks pretty bad.

Authors Taylor and Bahrey, along with illustrator Chris Morris, are here to help. They offer advice on how to create a video-chat background that won’t embarrass you or anyone else. Several real-world figures—including TV host Jonathan Capeman and former Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett—provide emulation-worthy examples.

Excerpt: “The Room Rater Twitter account began one Sunday in April 2020 as a way to have some fun doing exactly what many of us were already doing. Discussing our favorite political figures’ and journalists’ rooms was a welcome reprieve and a way to connect with people in a socially distanced way. We took it to another level and created an account that just rated the rooms using a 1-10 scale.”

 

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Join Intel at ISTE 22, hybrid event for edtech

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by Peter Krass on 06/23/2022
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School may be taking a summer break, but education technology leaders are still hard at work. They’ll be gathering soon at this year’s conference of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

ISTE’s 2022 conference will be a hybrid event with live proceedings in New Orleans and virtual speakers and events online. This 4-day event is happening June 26-29, and there will be 2 sessions to help attendees learn more about Intel’s initiatives to bring edtech expertise and training to educators.

ISTE 22

ISTE 22 will feature more than 800 sessions on topics including sustainable use of tech, preparing educators for flexible learning, and finding the best edtech products.

Reflecting the event’s hybrid nature, you can attend with any of 3 pass types:

> All access: Attend all sessions either in person in New Orleans or attend remotely from any location.

> Year-round: Attend virtual and livestreamed sessions, get access to recorded sessions for 6 months, and more.

> Lite Virtual: Attend 100+ virtual-only sessions, and gain access to 200+ recorded sessions for 6 months.

Two sessions at ISTE ’22 will focus on Intel’s edtech offerings:

> Intel Skills for Innovation: Leading the Learning Experience

June 27, 1 – 2 p.m. CT

In this live event, you’ll hear how changes in the workforce are making a direct impact on the skills needed to teach students—and the types of technologies required in our classrooms.

All workshop attendees will receive a code to access Intel’s Skills for Innovation instructional resources.

This session will be presented by Cigdem Ertem, Intel’s global director for education and public sector sales, client computing.

> Intel Skills for Innovation: Tools that Motivate to Innovate

June 27, 4 – 5:30 p.m. CT 

In this live session, you’ll learn about Intel’s latest initiatives, including tools, to motivate students and inspire them to demonstrate mastery in new, innovative ways.

All participants will receive access to Intel’s Skills for Innovation professional-development resources and more than 70 ready-to-use technology-infused lessons for developing skills for the future.

Speakers at this session will include Thomas Ashley of CDW Government and education consultant Ari Flewelling.

Learn more about Intel at ISTE ‘22

 

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Research Roundup: Metaverse edition

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by Peter Krass on 06/22/2022
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The metaverse is coming—or is it? Are plans for a virtual world where you can conduct meetings, get trained and more the tech world’s great hope, or just more hype?

Skeptics, beware. According to the latest IT research, the metaverse is looking very real. Here’s your tech provider’s research roundup.

MCKINSEY: $5 TRILLION

Management consultants McKinsey & Co. believe the metaverse is real to the tune of $5 trillion in value by 2030. “The metaverse is too big for companies to ignore,” it says.

Here are some stats from McKinsey’s new report, Value Creation in the Metaverse:

> Virtually all business leaders (94% of those surveyed by McKinsey) expect the metaverse to have a positive impact on their industry in the next 5 to 10 years.

> $120 billion in investment has flowed into the metaverse so far.

> Nearly 8 in 10 consumers (79% of those surveyed by McKinsey) active in the metaverse have used it to make a purchase.

> 1 in 4 senior executives surveyed expect that more than 15% of all corporate revenue will come from the metaverse in the next 5 years.

> Venture capital and private-equity investments in metaverse companies last year reached $13 billion.

BUT HOW FAST?

Okay, the metaverse market could be large. But how fast will it grow?

Very fast, says market watcher Global Market Estimate (GME). It’s predicting a compound average growth rate (CAGR) of 45% from this year until 2027.

Even faster growth is being predicted by another market research firm, Valuates Reports. It's expecting a CAGR of 95% for the years 2022 to 2028. The estimate also calls for total metaverse sales worldwide to rise from $510 million this year to $28 billion in 2028.

ACCENTURE: HEALTHCARE FOCUS

The metaverse will have unique uses in specific industries. Take healthcare. Just over 8 in 10 healthcare executives (81%) surveyed by consultants Accenture say they expect the metaverse to have a positive impact on their industry.

In a new report entitled Accenture Digital Health Technology Vision 2022, the consulting firm says the healthcare metaverse may seem futuristic, but in fact it’s taking shape today.

Accenture is even advising its healthcare clients to start investing in metaverse technology. Those that invest today, it says, will shape the next generation of healthcare.

Healthcare organizations are also looking into other advanced technologies, Accenture says, including the Internet of Things and edge computing. Nearly all the executives surveyed by Accenture (96%) say their organizations’ long-term success will depend on next-gen tech.

STANDARDS FORUM

One sign that a tech market is real? It has its own trade associations.

Lo and behold, we now have the brand new Metaverse Standards Forum.

Metaverse Standards Forum logo

Its mission? “To foster the development of open standards for the metaverse.”

Founding members include representatives from Adobe, Huawei, IKEA, Meta (the erstwhile Facebook), Microsoft, Nvidia, Qualcomm and Sony.

Such a group is needed, says Forum president Neil Trevett, because the metaverse “will bring together diverse technologies, requiring a constellation of interoperability standards, created and maintained by many standards organizations.”

Interested in joining? Membership, unlike the metaverse itself, is free.

 

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Sell more vPro with Intel training

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by Peter Krass on 06/16/2022
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Selling takes smarts. That’s why Intel Partner University has just released the new Client Platform Competency. This in-depth training program can get you skilled up to sell and recommend the latest devices built on Intel vPro.

You may know that in March, Intel announced the latest Intel vPro platform, powered by 12th Gen Intel Core processors. With this move, Intel vPro now delivers a complete portfolio to meet the technology demands and computing needs of businesses of all sizes:

> Intel vPro Enterprise for Windows OS: Continues to raise the bar with professional-grade performance, security, manageability and stability features for both enterprise and managed businesses of all sizes.

> Intel vPro Essentials: Extends to small businesses built-in security and PC management features previously available for larger enterprises only. Provides security features that protect the PC right out of the box, along with built-in remote manageability features.

> Intel vPro Enterprise for Chrome OS: Creates a new class of Chromebooks with business-level performance, stability and security.

> Intel vPro, An Evo Design:  Provides both a next-level experience for mobile professionals and features that make IT’s life easier.

Get in-depth training

To help you sell and deliver more customer value with the latest version of the Intel vPro platform, Intel Partner University has just launched the new Client Platform Competency.

Competencies are in-depth training curriculums that help you build expertise in Intel products, technologies and business segments. The newly updated Client Platforms Competency features 16 training courses.

Client Platforms Competency

Completing the full Competency will take a little over 4 hours, but you can take the courses one at a time. They range in length from just 14 to 20 minutes — short enough to squeeze into a lunch break.

Get focused on sales 

This new Client Platform Competency also has an enhanced focus on sales. For example, you’ll learn how to match products and technologies with your customers’ needs. You’ll also gain the skills and insights needed to help your customers navigate the commercial computing landscape. You can help offer and derive more value and solve more of your customers’ challenges.

Complete the Client Platforms Competency on Intel Partner University, and you’ll gain the insights needed to sell and recommend the latest Intel vPro platform to your customers.

You’ll also earn a digital badge (pictured above). You can use this badge to showcase your expertise online, increasing your credibility both within your company and with your customers.

Invest in learning and enhancing your business:

> Check out the new Client Platform Competency on Intel Partner University

> Explore the Intel vPro platform

Intel Partner University is just one of the many benefits enjoyed by members of Intel Partner Alliance. Not yet a member? Learn more about IPA and register to join.

 

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Video podcast: The future of software is open

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by Peter Krass on 06/13/2022
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Nobody likes vendor lock-in. That’s true with any technology, whether a humble PC or advanced AI system.

What’s the alternative? Openness. Open standards. Shared APIs. Industrywide innovation.

That’s the topic discussed in the latest “Pardon the Integration” video podcast.

Entitled “The Future is Open,” this video features a conversation between Jason Kimrey, VP of U.S. channel and partner programs at Intel, and Ed Hannan, senior digital content manager at The Channel Co.

In this new video podcast, Jason and Ed discuss 3 top trends for Intel partners:

> Big in software: Sure, Intel is a hardware company, but you might be surprised to learn how big Intel is in software, too. Hint: The company employs over 17,000 software developers.

> Open vision: An open ecosystem is the best way to foster innovation across the industry. To foster this openness, Intel is taking concrete steps—and investing—in manufacturing, foundry services and the semiconductor supply chain.

> Change is here: Today, no one wants to be locked into a single vendor’s ecosystem. To help partners avoid this, Intel is supporting and even driving open standards. “We’re going to build on our rich legacy of driving open standards as an option,” Jason says, “and just continue to push that forward.”

Watch the full video podcast (approx. 12 mins.) now:

 

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Get on edge with new Intel NUC Enterprise Edge Compute built with Scale Computing

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by Peter Krass on 06/10/2022
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Do you have customers looking for compute power outside the data center that doesn’t take up much space? Intel and Scale Computing have your solution.

Scale Computing is an edge-computing specialist. Founded in 2008 and based in Indianapolis, the company offers products for edge computing, virtual machines, disaster recovery, and cloud-hosted monitoring and management. These products are sold by VARs, integrators and service providers worldwide.

Scale Computing’s customers include leading grocers (Delhaize), fast-food restaurants (McDonald’s) and resorts (Sandals). The company also runs an extensive partner program that features not only Intel, but also IBM, Lenovo and NEC.

About a month ago, Scale Computing and Intel announced their intention to jointly develop a fully integrated, easy-to-deploy edge computing platform. Called the Intel NUC Enterprise Edge Compute (EEC) Edition, it’s based on the Intel NUC 11 Pro and includes software from Scale Computing.

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Intel NUC EEC Edition: Scale Computing inside

The Intel-Scale solution was demo’d last month at Intel’s Vision 2022 event (which you can watch on demand). It’s aimed at distributors, resellers and system integrators, and the intended uses include general-purpose, industrial and IoT applications.

NUC 11 under the hood

The new solution is based on the Intel NUC 11 Pro, which is available as a mini PC, kit and board. All feature 11th gen Intel Core processors, Intel Iris Xe graphics and support for up to four 4K displays.

Scale and Intel say the solution combines the power of the Intel NUC 11 Pro with the simplicity and reliability of Scale Computing’s software. The result, they say, is an on-prem edge computing solution that offers high-availability and disaster recovery to remote locations, and that’s also affordable. (But retail prices haven’t been announced yet.)

In addition, Scale says the system can be deployed quickly, managed either locally or centrally, and is able to self-heal almost instantly.

Small yet fully functional

The Intel NUC EEC product is designed for sites that need highly available infrastructure outside the data center. It can be deployed almost anywhere, without requiring a rack or server closet.

The Intel NUC EEC is small — taking up the space of just 3 smartphones. And it consumes a small amount of power. Yet the system provides a fully functional, integrated platform for running applications that includes high-availability clustering, rolling upgrades and integrated data protection.

The solution includes Scale Computing’s HC3 edge-computing software. It features centralized fleet management, rolling upgrades, ease of deployment and VM creation, and automated intelligence for maximum uptime.

Get marketing help from Intel

The Intel NUC EEC Edition will be available in the third quarter, initially under a pilot program with select Intel distributors.

In addition, later this month, Intel Partner Marketing Studio will offer sales and marketing assets to help you sell the Intel NUC EEC Edition.

Marketing Studio offers ready-to-use marketing assets and campaigns. These include posters, interactive tools and videos. All are free to members of Intel Partner Alliance.

Not yet a member of Intel Partner Alliance? Learn more about IPA and register today.

 

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Intel Partner Alliance webinars: Discover IPA benefits, stack your security

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by Peter Krass on 06/09/2022
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This month, Intel Partner Alliance is offering 2 webinars you won’t want to miss. The first will help you get more from your IPA membership. And in the second, you’ll learn how the Intel security stack can help you keep your customers cyber-safe.

Both webinars are hosted by Eric Townsend, Intel’s director of small and midsize business (SMB) and managed service provider (MSP) marketing.

In his role, Townsend helps Intel partners realign their operations to meet new business goals and stay competitive. He also helps partners communicate with key growth audiences, including Gen X and Millennials.

If you’re new to Intel Partner Alliance, it’s a membership program that provides business-building opportunities that include technology training, a global marketplace and marketing support. Learn more about Intel Partner Alliance.

Here are the details on these 2 Intel Partner Alliance webinars in June:

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Stack Intel Partner Alliance Benefits to Your Advantage

WHEN: Thurs., June 16, at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET

SPEAKER: Eric Townsend, director of SMB and MSP marketing, Intel

As an Intel partner, you’re facing many new demands in 2022:

> Understanding new vendor solutions coming to market

> Keeping your staff trained

> Making sure you’re using all the benefits and incentives offered by your vendors

> And the list goes on...

Join this 1-hour webinar to learn about the 2022 benefits available to Intel Partner Alliance members — and how you can access them today.

All are welcome to attend this webinar. If you’re an Intel Partner Alliance member, you’ll receive 7 training credits for viewing the webinar live, or 5 credits for viewing it on demand.

Attend the live session on June 16, and you’ll also be entered in a random drawing to win an Intel-branded mystery prize.

Register now to attend.

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‘What Security Stack?’ Series: Technology & Insurance

WHEN: Thurs., June 23, at 10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET

SPEAKER: Eric Townsend, director of SMB and MSP marketing, Intel

With a cyber breach occurring every 14 seconds, what security solution stack are you using to keep your customers secure?

This interactive 1-hour webinar will dive deep into business and Intel technology solutions you should be considering.

In addition, an Intel partner will join the webinar to discuss their real-life use cases. They’ll also discuss best practices for scaling the Intel-based security stack.

All are welcome to attend this webinar. If you’re an Intel Partner Alliance member, you’ll receive 7 training credits for viewing the webinar live, or 5 credits for viewing it on demand.

Attend live on June 23, and you’ll also be entered in a random drawing to win an Intel-branded mystery prize.

Register now to attend.

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Silicon photonics: Meet Intel’s new products & distribution options

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by Peter Krass on 06/07/2022
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If you have customers interested in optical transceivers, Intel has big news for you. The company recently broadened its range of products based on silicon photonics. Intel has also improved the availability of these products by striking new deals with national and international distributors.

Optical transceivers are used in fiber-optic networks, where they convert high-speed electrical signals into equally high-speed optical signals. These networks are fast—up to 1,000x that of wireless—and may have a long reach of up to 10 km. (approx. 6.2 miles) for client interfaces.

More specifically, optical transceivers are high-complexity subsystems used by a variety of organizations. These include large cloud providers, telecom and hosting companies, IT service providers, and most large corporate data centers.

You can find optical transceivers in a wide range of networking devices. These include Ethernet, Fibre Channel and InfiniBand switches; optical core and metro transport equipment; IP routers; server network interface cards (NICs) and storage host bus adapters (HBAs); as well as more specialized devices like load balancers and network security appliances.

Silicon photonics is Intel’s approach to optical transceivers, involving the company’s unique photonic integrated circuit (PIC) technology.

Faster sales, faster speeds

Another thing that’s fast is the growth of the silicon photonics market. By 2021 Intel had sold more than 5 million units. That’s a million units more than Intel had sold by 2020, and 3 million more than the company had sold by 2019.

Fast gains are also coming to performance. Intel had initially fully ramped production on 100G devices. Last year Intel announced a 400G version, and that, along with a 200G version, is also now in full production.

Intel 400G optical transceiver

Intel Silicon Photonics Optical Transceiver: 400G

Intel has also announced its intention to produce an 800G version. That’s probably a lot more bandwidth than your customers need. But the largest telecom and cloud players are already into 200G and 400G, and that’s the kind of extra oomph they’ll want next. Intel’s road map looks even further ahead, with plans for 1.6T.

It’s worth noting that Intel manufactures its optical transceivers in the United States and Southeast Asia—and not, as most of its competitors do, in China. That’s important for at least two reasons. One, avoiding trade tariffs helps Intel with pricing. And two, because these parts are not sourced in China, they can be purchased by U.S. government agencies.

Broader product range

As recently as a year ago, Intel offered only a couple of silicon photonics products. Now the company has 7. Here’s what’s currently in production and available for purchase:

> 100G PSM4 QSFP28: Offering up to 2 km. (approx. 1.2 mi.) reach on parallel single-mode fiber, it’s fully compliant with 100G PSM4 MSA, QSFP28 and CAUI-4 specs.

> 100G CWDM4 QSFP28: Available in your choice of 500 meters, 2 km. or 10 km. reach on duplex single-mode fiber.

> 100G DR/FR/LR QSFP28: Offering a reach of up to 10 km. over duplex single-mode fiber, it comes in the QSFP28 form factor. This device is also plug-compatible with 100G CWDM4.

> 100G LR4 QSFP28: With a reach of up to 10 km., it’s fully compliant with LR4, OTU4, QSFP28 and CAUI-4 specs.

> 200G FR4 QSFP56: Faster speed, and a range of up to 2 km.

> 400G FR4 QSFP-DD: Faster yet, with the same 2 km. range.

> 400G DR4+ QSFP-DD: Supports breakout applications to 4x 100G FR QSFP28, for up to 2 km.

That’s a lot of abbreviations, so here are a few. QSFP is quad small form-factor pluggable. CWDM is coarse wavelength division multiplexing. PSM is parallel single mode. And DD stands in for double density, referring to a type of electrical connector used in QSFP-DD.

To supplement these products, Intel also offers 100G Active Optical Cables (AOC) in lengths of up to 100 meters (328 feet).

New distribution options

To meet the growing demand for these transceivers, Intel has a new partner in TD SYNNEX. That company, the result of the 2021 merger of Tech Data and SYNNEX, is now Intel’s distributor for silicon photonics products in the Americas, EMEA and China/Asia-Pacific.

In addition, Intel has assigned two other companies to distribute engineering samples in the U.S.: Mouser Electronics and Digi-Key Electronics.

Looking ahead, there could be new opportunities if you work for a large VAR, systems integrator or hosting provider. Intel looks to enlist the top 100 of these channel players to serve silicon-photonics demand among their data-center customers.

Get connected:

> Intel Silicon Photonics (main webpage)

> Intel Silicon Photonics – overview flyer (PDF)

> Intel Silicon Photonics – products page

> Optical Networking at Scale with Intel Silicon Photonics (Intel Partner University training course)

 

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Research Roundup: Get the latest on DDoS, ransomware and privacy

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by Peter Krass on 06/03/2022
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The big RSA Conference for cybersecurity professionals kicks off next week in San Francisco. But as the latest IT research shows, the need for robust security is year-round.

Here’s your tech provider’s research roundup.

DDoS: MORE COMMON, MORE FREQUENT

For sure, Distributed Denial of Service attacks are bad. But how bad exactly?

To find out, Corero Network Security, a cybersecurity supplier, polled its customers during the full year 2021 and the first quarter of this year. Here’s some of what the company reveals in its recently published DDoS Threat Intelligence Report:

> Corero’s service-provider and hosting customers reported an average of 11 DDoS attacks a day. Compared with a year ago, that’s almost 30% more.

> Over 80% of the DDoS attacks were quick, lasting under 10 minutes. That means an attack can do damage before it’s even noticed.

> With new DDoS attack vectors inevitable, even the FBI is struggling to keep up. The FBI announced 4 new vectors in July 2020, but Corero determined that the vectors had already been active in the wild for at least 12 months.

> An organization that gets attacked once  is significantly likely to be attacked again, and soon. Corero puts that likelihood at 29%. In other words, if your organization suffers a DDoS attack, it has a nearly 1 in 3 chance of being attacked again within 7 days.

RANSOMWARE RISING

Think ransomware is under control? Think again. In the last year, the number of ransomware breaches worldwide increased 13%, more than in the previous 5 years combined, according to the latest data breach investigations report from Verizon.

Who’s behind this crime wave? Organized crime. Verizon finds that 4 out of 5 ransomware attacks can be attributed to organized crime.

The conventional wisdom says most cyberattacks are due to an organization’s own employees clicking on phishing emails. But that’s no longer true.

Instead, more than 6 in 10 system intrusions came via partners, Verizon finds. For criminals, compromising a partner turns out to be what the report calls a “force multiplier.”

PRIVACY: 5 TOP TRENDS

Protecting customer data while also complying with the growing number and reach of privacy regulation isn’t easy. Research firm Gartner predicts that by the end of 2024, privacy laws will cover the personal data of three-quarters of the world’s population.

To help organizations through this change, Gartner recently identified 5 privacy trends that business and technology leaders will likely encounter in the next 2 years:

> Trend 1 - Data Localization: New privacy laws seek to control the country where data resides. For any organization with a business strategy that involves multiple countries and regions, compliance could be complicated.

> Trend 2 - Privacy-Enhancing Computation (PEC) Techniques: By protecting data in use (as opposed to data at rest), PEC enables organizations to implement data processing and analytics that would otherwise be blocked by privacy concerns. Gartner predicts that by 2025, PEC techniques will be used by 6 in 10 large organizations.

> Trend 3 - AI Governance: Artificial intelligence is surprisingly risky; Gartner finds that 4 in 10 large organizations have had an AI privacy breach. That will likely lead to far more AI regulation. However, because most AI is built into larger solutions, compliance could be challenging.

> Trend 4 - Centralized Privacy User Experience: Consumers are demanding subject rights and transparency, and smart organizations will respond by creating centralized privacy UX. Gartner expects that by 2023, 3 in 10 consumer-facing organizations will offer self-service transparency portal for managing preferences and content.

> Trend 5 - Remote Becomes ‘Hybrid Everything’: Organizations should resist the urge to monitor and collect data on remote and hybrid workers. Instead, Gartner recommends taking an approach that’s more human-centric. Among other things, that means monitoring an employee only when it could help them.

 

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