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Forrester recognises FireMon’s Zero trust street cred

Forrester-500x330Forrester Research has recognised FireMon as a key player in its  Zero Trust eXtended (ZTX) Ecosystem.

For those who are not in the know, Zero Trust is an architectural conceptual model developed by Forrester Research that recommends how companies should redesign networks into “secure microperimeters”.

It requires security teams “adopt a least privilege strategy and strictly enforce access control”.

FireMon SVP of Engineering, Jeremy Martin, said that Zero Trust has become one of the key strategies for many CISOs who face increasing insider threats and the continued erosion of the perimeter.

“We’ve seen that the operational management of the security infrastructure becomes even more critical in a network implementing Zero Trust, and we are proud to see that Forrester has recognized us in this report, and we believe it is attributable to the work we’ve done in preparing our technology to fit at the highest platform level.”

The author of the ZTX report, Dr. Chase Cunningham said the goal of ZTX was that a user can refer to this architecture and framework to specifically and succinctly determine which technical solutions from which vendors will enable their Zero Trust strategic goals.

As Zero Trust architectures are more widely adopted, enterprises must maintain control of a more finely grained networks. FireMon’s centralised management console gives security teams one place to manage the policies and rules that govern Zero Trust across the global network. It is the only configuration auditing solution to also be listed as a Zero Trust platform in the eXtended Ecosystem report.

In addition to being named a Zero Trust platform vendor, FireMon was included in the lists of security automation and orchestration, security visibility and analytics and network segmentation vendors.

FireMon Chief Executive Satin H. Mirchandani said: “We are excited to see Forrester’s recognition of our unique platform for Zero Trust,” said. “As enterprises move toward Zero Trust, they require a platform that brings together vulnerability management, continuous compliance and security orchestration. We are delighted to be the only vendor able to deliver on all three essentials.”

Microsoft rethinks Euro cloud products

Satya Nadella, Microsoft CEOMicrosoft thinks it has a cure for its customers’ poor attitude to cloud security.

Vole has a problem in flogging cloud based products because many users are worried that they are effectively giving their data to the US government.

Top Vole Satya Nadella believes he has devised a formula that will hand US internet and cloud computing companies a new lease of life in Europe.

He has announced moves to build new data centres in Germany under a “trustee” model. The new facilities will house Microsoft customer information, but will be operated by a subsidiary of Deutsche Telekom, the German telecoms group.

What this will do is put data beyond the reach of the US government — after all the Germans can be trusted not to hand over anything to the Americans.

Nadella said this means that Microsoft is adopting gold-plated privacy standards, while showing a path forward for other US cloud companies including Google, Oracle and Amazon.

He said he is merely responding to the reality that the original vision of the global “public cloud” is dead. This imagined individuals and companies being able to access their data anywhere in the world from any device, but with big tech groups building the underlying infrastructure wherever they were able to most cheaply and efficiently.

Paul Miller of Forrester Research has warned that many will see the move as proof that American companies cannot be trusted to hold the most sensitive data of European customers.

“That was a mythical way to think about it. In technology, sometimes you over-emphasise the silver bullet….” he says. The cloud “will take a different shape than it has in the past. That’s what we want to shape.”

Forrester says yes to Microsoft retail plans

StorePhoto_05Microsoft’s push into retail could just pay off, according to a report from Forrester.

Redmond has been buying up retail space in the Best Buy stores to get its message out to consumer clients. In doing so it is not following Apple, but Samsung which is trying a similar operation.

Writing in his bog, J. P. Gownder, a Vice President and Principal Analyst at Forrester Research, said that the Windows Store represents a complete take-over of the PC department. Windows Stores will effectively replace the computer department at these 600 Best Buy locations.

They will offer a wider range of Microsoft consumer products including tablets.

Gownder thinks that the Windows Store represents a vital strategic step forward in its retail strategy and ought to yield some benefits.

But it might be a little too late for that and it should have been a lot more ambitious.

Gownder thinks that the non-Apple Store North American retail channel for consumer electronics is broken and it is imploding. In a pattern which can be seen in Europe, a spiral of disappearing margins has made direct investment in improving stores challenging.

Retailers have resisted attempts to create better, more integrated shopping experiences and some are addicted to the incentives paid by vendors seeking preferential placement, like pricey end-caps.

In the consumer market, users are a little confused by the new computing form factors. Windows used to be one size fits all, but now they have to deal with touchscreen convertibles, hybrid PC/tablets with detachable keyboards and pure tablets running Windows RT. This is not even taking into account giant tablet-like desktop convertibles.

At the moment, it appears that the PC resellers have not managed to find their consumer-centred feet. As a result consumers just can’t figure out what all the Windows 8 options represent, Gownder wrote.

Microsoft’s move will upgrade its retail capabilities significantly, but it’s not as powerful a move as rolling out 600 Microsoft Stores would have been.

It also creates a channel conflict between Microsoft Store and Redmond’s Windows Store. Buyers familiar with Microsoft Stores could face a different experiences when visiting a Windows Store. Microsoft Stores will give technical help and customer service at their Answer Desks, but shoppers with PC problems could end up in Best Buy’s Geek Squad instead.

The scheme also creates OEM conflicts within the Windows ecosystem. Microsoft’s Windows OEM partners, who are already miffed with Microsoft concerning the Surface are now going to have to compete with Redmond’s hardware in a Windows Store managed by Microsoft itself.

Gownder was optimistic about the move, but it is not clear if it can be exported to other countries.