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What are Botnets and Why are MSSPs So Concerned?

Botnets can linger in networks for years, stealthily probing with malware to exploit vulnerabilities, potentially causing devastating cyberattacks. What can enterprises do to protect themselves? DirectDefense President and CTO Jim Broome explains the difference between two classes of botnets and the importance of upgrading from legacy systems. Read part one of  MSSP Alert’s botnet series.

DirectDefense Recognized on CRN’s 2024 MSP 500 List

DENVER – February 12, 2024 – DirectDefense, a leading information security services company, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named DirectDefense to its Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Security 100 category for 2024.   The MSP 500 list compiled by CRN serves as a comprehensive guide to identifying and… Read more »

Why Do Cybersecurity Startups Fail?

All startups are inherently risky, with the majority facing failure while a few manage to succeed. What specific hurdles do startups encounter within the cybersecurity industry? This discussion was prompted by a post from Ross Haleliuk of LimaCharlie, where Jared Ballou, VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, commented, “Thinking your solution is the single… Read more »

Jared Ballou and Hannah Godwin of DirectDefense Recognized as 2024 CRN® Channel Chiefs

DENVER – February 5, 2024 – DirectDefense, a leading information security services company, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Jared Ballou, VP of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, and Hannah Godwin, Director of Strategic Alliances, to the prestigious 2024 CRN® Channel Chiefs list, which recognizes the IT vendor and distribution… Read more »

DirectDefense Bolsters MSSP Service Offering with Key Investments in Vendor Partnerships and New Leadership

Former Rapid7 executive joins DirectDefense as Senior Director of MSSP DENVER – Jan. 29, 2024 – DirectDefense, a leading information security services company, today announced key investments to its Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) offering. Beyond reselling products from leading security vendors such as Claroty, CrowdStrike, Halcyon, Rapid7, Tenable, SCADAfence and Cylance Blackberry, DirectDefense will… Read more »

Security Considerations During Layoffs: Advice from an MSSP

Navigating layoffs is complex and difficult for many reasons. Not only do human resources and direct managers bear the onus of responsibility when conducting exit conversations, but security teams should also make the necessary preparations for monitoring anomalies in employee behavior and organizational risk – before, during, and after layoffs. Read DirectDefense President and CTO… Read more »

Infrastructure and Operations Predictions for 2024

Cloud migration. Reverse cloud migration. Cybersecurity. Risk and governance. These issues faced by organizations in 2023 will be exacerbated in 2024, yet emergent technologies will help solve or mitigate them. ITOps Times reached out to experts to get their thoughts on what 2024 will look like for IT professionals. Read what Jim Broome, President and… Read more »

Why Biden’s EO on AI Conflates the Role of Red-Teaming

President Joe Biden’s executive order on AI is a crucial step towards regulating an industry that has operated without comprehensive rules. Despite support from tech leaders, concerns arise due to the order’s broad language, the role of red-teaming, and the voluntary nature of many provisions, raising doubts about its practical implementation and effectiveness in addressing… Read more »

Google Addresses Critical Chromecast Vulnerabilities

Google recently announced patches for several high- and moderate-severity Chromecast vulnerabilities that were exploited earlier this year at a hacking competition. The chain of exploits is attributed to DirectDefense OT/Hardware Security Consultant Nolen Johnson and two other security researchers who have unveiled a secure-boot exploit chain for Chromecast with Google TV 1080P. Read Eduard Kovacs’… Read more »