March 13, 2013 - Bucharest, Romania and Scottsdale, Arizona - Bitdefender Enterprise, a provider of innovative security solutions, today announced that focusIT, a specialist in Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions for the mortgage, financial services and professional services industries, has chosen Security-as-a-Service for AWS by Bitdefender.
SaaS applications and the importance of high availability
As a consultant and provider of SaaS applications and services to the mortgage and financial industry, focusIT’s customers expect solutions to be fast, highly available, and most of all, secure. focusIT’s task is to ensure that the company’s offerings run seamlessly and safely, and customers receive the best performance from their SaaS applications.
Business is growing: Amazon Web Services plays a key role
As part of their operations, focusIT provides two solutions offerings to their clients: a self-hosted private cloud and an Amazon Web Services secure public cloud. FocusIT adds, on average, 20-50 new servers per month between their two platforms.
“Amazon Web Services affords us the ability to auto-scale our solutions – providing our customers with on-demand applications and service,” said Josh Bopp, President, focusIT. “From a security perspective we needed something in lockstep with this operational advantage. Throwing a traditional AV into AWS would mean significant headaches and a tremendous amount of work for us. Doing that would mean trying to secure more than 1,200endpoints today, and so much more in the future.”
Security-as-a-Service by Bitdefender
“Security for Virtualized Environments, delivered as a service, provides integrated, intuitive management and automated deployment for organizations seeking enterprise level security with horizontal scalability,” said Robert Krauss, Director of Alliances, Bitdefender. “Bitdefender’s Security-as-a-Service means customers have centralized management and comprehensive visibility, making day-to-day administration of security solutions easier. SVE also provides simple deployment of the silent agent saving significant time, management and administration costs.”
A decision made easy for securing AWS
“After some research on Amazon Web Services Marketplace, we found two vendors that appeared to offer what we needed. Bitdefender stood out for us because of their solution’s tight integration with AWS. Security for Virtualized Environments is installed at the host level, then automatically distributes to the guests. If we were dealing with a handful of servers, this wouldn’t matter. But when you’re considering approximately 1200 endpoints and adding 20-50 servers monthly, a security solution that is easily deployed and auto-scales like Bitdefender means the world to a business like ours. The offload scanning into the host machine also makes a major difference, as it means we are experiencing great efficiency and the total process is 100% seamless to our customers,” added Bopp.
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About focusIT WebHosting.net
Established in 2002, focusIT, Inc is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, and specializes in Software-as-a-Service (Saas) solutions for the mortgage, financial services and professional services industries, throughout the entire U.S. market. Originally founded as a traditional network support consulting services business, focusIT transitioned into one of the nation’s first fully dedicated software as a service (SaaS) consulting firms. focusIT recognizes the importance of cloud computing initiatives and has completely embraced this method of technology services. focusIT solutions allow clients to flatten technology spending, keep current with hardware and software upgrades, and focus on growing their own businesses vs. running a computer network.
With approximately 25 staff, focusIT serves more than 1000 customers with an approximate end-user base of about 15,000. focusIT is signing up 20-50 new accounts monthly and growing at an annual rate of 20-25%.
About Bitdefender Enterprise
Bitdefender is a global security technology company that delivers solutions in more than 200 countries through a network of value-added alliances, distributors and reseller partners. Since 2001, Bitdefender has consistently produced award-winning business and consumer security technology, and is a leading security provider in virtualization and cloud technologies. Through R&D, alliances and partnership teams, Bitdefender has elevated the highest standards of security excellence in both its number-one-ranked technology and its strategic alliances with the world’s leading virtualization and cloud technology providers. For more information please visit http://enterprise.bitdefender.com. Please follow on Twitter @Bitdefender_Ent
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Bitdefender is the creator of one of the world's fastest and most effective lines of internationally certified internet security software. The company is an industry pioneer, introducing and developing award-winning protection since 2001. Today, Bitdefender technology secures the digital experience of around 400 million home and corporate users across the globe.
Recently, Bitdefender won a series of important awards and accolades in the global security industry, including "Product of the Year" by AV-Comparatives, "Best Repair 2012" by AV-Test, "Editor's Choice" and "The Best Antivirus for 2013" by PC Mag, that confirmed the antivirus software’s leadership status among security products.
More information about Bitdefender's products is available from the company's security press room. Additionally, Bitdefender publishes the HOTforSecurity blog, where readers can find stories from the underworld of internet fraud, scams, malicious software - and gossip.
The purpose of this report is to provide a comprehensive investigation of the threats’ landscape. Bitdefender’s security experts thoroughly analyze and examine the menaces of the each semester, focusing on software vulnerabilities and exploits, different types of malware, as well as countermeasures, cyber crime prevention and law enforcement.
The E-Threats Landscape Report concentrates mainly on the latest trends, but it also contains facts and data and concerning the previously investigated periods, as well as several predictions related to the upcoming semesters.
This document is primarily intended for IT&C System’s Security Managers, System and Network Administrators, Security Technology Developers, Analysts, and Researchers, but it also addresses issues pertaining to a broader audience, like small organizations or individual users concerned about the safety and integrity of their networks and systems.
H2 2012 E-Threat Landscape Report - Overview
For the first half of the year, zero-day vulnerabilities played an essential role in disseminating malware with exploit packs as a favorite vector of infection. The dangerous zero-day exploit in the Java Runtime Environment (CVE-2012-4681) was documented and proof of concept was added to Metasploit, which became public knowledge before a fix was made available.
As a direct result, three billion devices running Java were vulnerable to remote code exploitation for roughly 48 hours. A second exploit hit in September and targeted Internet Explorer 9. Successful exploitation would allow remote compromise of the system with the installation of the Poison Ivy backdoor. Both zero-day exploits were used in advanced persistent attacks.
2012 saw fluctuations in the amount of junk e-mail as a proportion of e-mail traffic. The year began with a slight decrease in spam e-mails, but spam constantly gained ground towards the middle of the year. According to data gathered from the Bitdefender Antispam lab, the second half saw growth again, with small variations towards the end of 2012. The increase in the number of junk e-mails was nonetheless minor, by only 5%, leading to a rough value of 73% of the total number of e-mails sent worldwide.
Since its inception in 2001, Bitdefender has continued to raise the bar to set new standards in proactive threat prevention and virus removal, in many cases leading the way in the best Internet security detection techniques to prevent the spread of malicious threats.
Thanks to its first-class products and state of the art technologies, the company rapidly expanded into a worldwide leader. Bitdefender made its entrance on the international market when opening offices in the UK, USA, Germany, France and Spain, as well as establishing strategic partnerships and a local presence in over 100 countries globally.
By the end of 2009, Bitdefender was protecting millions of users globally and had established trusted use of our technology with household names like IBM and Virgin Media through strategic partnerships.
2011 brought a pivotal change in Bitdefender’s company philosophy, as the organization embraced a new corporate identity. It was also a year of success, as the company’s consumer products were the first in years to be voted the #1 choice (in terms of internet security) by three of the most important independent testing organizations in the world.
The new image acts as a binder between the company’s roots and its future. One thing has remained unchanged: Bitdefender’s capacity of delivering top antivirus products. Bitdefender provides the best antivirus solutions using the same award-winning technology for consumers and for corporate networks, from the small business right through to the global enterprise, protecting all endpoints.
The Bitdefender proprietary technologies, based on innovative ideas and leading trends in the information security industry, continue to be internationally recognized as the best Internet security software. The independent organizations which reward our outstanding results through numerous prizes and certifications are: Av-Test.org, Virus Bulletin, ICSA Lab, Checkmark, PC World Top 100, just to name but a few.
Bitdefender strives to constantly develop technology to stay one step ahead in offering our customers the best antivirus detection, combined with flexible usability and performance.
Who we are – under the sign of the Wolf
Who are we? We’re a sublime alloy of intelligence, strength and willpower. We have the sharp mind of the wolf and the sleekness of the dragon, the vigilance of the alpha-male and the indestructibility of the snake’s body. We are a unique combination of symbols that fight on Good’s side.
Half wolf. Half dragon. The Dacian Wolf was carried into battle by soldiers defending their territories in ancient times. It created fear in the opposition, and built confidence in those who carried it.
We are now the bearers of this symbol that transcends time. While the battlefield has changed, its spirit lives on. We are the defenders of the new digital world. We are AWAKE, always on guard—protecting more than 400 million users across the globe with our award-winning technologies.
Judging by its looks, the Bitdefender brand avatar borrows the spirit of our fearless ancestors. It also adds a modern layer to our historical heritage, by bringing the Bitdefender quintessence into the equation.
Bitdefender is perfectly adapted to today's combat requirements. It possesses the necessary skills to win the digital warfare that is going on inside computer networks all over the world.
The logo is a sleek, simplified representation of the brand avatar, while "AWAKE" means we’re always on guard, always ready to step in for the safety of the user.
We are here to defend the welfare of all users, no matter the platform, the nature of the user nor the magnitude of the challenge.
We will do whatever it takes to keep computer users safe from harm and help the Good prevail.
Alexandru Catalin Cosoi is Bitdefender's Chief Security Strategist, tasked with energizing and publicizing the company's technological progress.
Catalin specializes in pattern extraction and recognition technologies, with an accent on neural networks and clustering algorithms. His technical achievements have so far materialized in four granted patents and a series of classification technologies being implemented mostly in Bitdefender software. As a consequence of his interests, he is also pursuing a PhD in natural language processing.
He lists his professional goals as "gaining a Nobel prize and achieving clinical immortality", is married and lives in Bucharest, Romania at the rare times when his job isn't sending him around the globe.
Sr. e-Threat Analyst
Bogdan Botezatu (born 1983 in Romania) is a computer security expert and editor of HOTforSecurity.com. He has a strong background in computer networking and antimalware research .
Bogdan Botezatu is Senior e-threat analyst for Bitdefender. He has worked for the Romanian provider of innovative antivirus solutions since 2007. His areas of expertise are cyberwarfare , mobile and social networks malware.
As Senior e-threat analyst, he was part of the teams that developed the Bitdefender USB Immunizer and Bitdefender Removal Tools . More than that, he was the author of Malware History , an overview of the most notable developments in the malware landscape, Securing Wireless Networks , that provides tips and tricks on how to shield your home network from intruders, and Safe Blogging Guide , that highlights key recommendations on how to keep your blog and identity safe.
Bogdan Botezatu has spoken at various computer security conferences around the world, including IPEXPO , DefCAMP and international seminars, such as “Current Methods for Combating Cybercrime”, organized by IMPACT Alliance.
Before joining Bitdefender he has activated as system administrator at the Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi, where he supervised the implementation of IT functions in the educational sector for non-IT-related specialties.