Technology Record - Issue 28: Spring 2023

30 MARKETWATCH Cybersecurity firm Open Systems has committed to delivering greater managed detection and response (MDR) capabilities to its customers through its new Ontinue division. Ontinue uses artificial intelligence, automation, human expertise and the Microsoft security platform to continuously assess and protect an organisation’s environment, while advancing its security posture to deal with accelerating digital transformation. Ontinue’s newly launched service Ontinue ION enables faster detection and response, a deeper understanding of a customer’s environment and the ability to maximise current Microsoft environments – to give customers more proactive threat protection and greater efficiency. Open Systems boosts MDR market with launch of Ontinue Middle market businesses ‘going along’ with remote working Malware threat analysis provider VMRay has realigned its product portfolio to better support customer requirements. Its new suite consists of three solutions, with features, functionality and pricing options optimised for different customer needs. DeepRESPONSE is designed to meet the needs of security operations centre analysts that require low volume, manual sample submission of malware and phishing threats with emphasis on granular, detailed reporting. FinalVERDICT is intended for large enterprises that want to automate the triage of malware-related alerts to definitively identify suspicious alerts as malicious or benign. FinalVERDICT aims to help users reduce detection-and-response false positives, with seamless integration into other industry leading security platforms. TotalInsight is focused on government and private sector organisations that want both manual and automated malware and phishing analysis at scale. It also helps users to curate their own threat intelligence to better defend against targeted and industry-specific threats. Find out more at: VMRay launches new malware threat analysis portfolio Middle market businesses in the US are ‘going along’ remote working in order to attract and retain employees, according to the latest RSM US Middle Market Business Index survey of over 400 senior business leaders. Among US middle market businesses: 33% of executives have employees working remotely since the Covid-19 pandemic, who were not doing so before 39% said remote or hybrid work had a positive impact on business culture 52% are sourcing talent for work that can be done remotely from a broader geographical area than before Covid-19 69% said remote and hybrid work had impeded employee training and development 73% said workers were feeling isolated “American workers experienced profound shocks during the pandemic, and that altered their preferences and behaviour,” said Joe Brusuelas, chief economist at RSM US. “As a result, firms are choosing to accommodate employees in order to retain their workers and recruit new ones. It’s clear that if middle market firms want to remain competitive, they will have to make concessions and adjustments that only five years ago would have been hard to imagine.” Photo: iStock/NicoElNino