Archive for January 24, 2019

WiFi Chipset Firmware Flaw Can Lead To Pwnage In A Whole Lot Of Devices

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 24, 2019 by itnerd

A report from a security researcher is claiming that a vulnerability affecting the firmware of a popular WiFi chipset deployed in a wide range of devices, such as laptops, smartphones, gaming rigs, routers, and Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

Denis Selianin says that vulnerability impacts the firmware of Marvell Avastar 88W8897, one of the most popular WiFi chipsets on the market. You can find it in devices like the Sony PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Microsoft Surface laptops, Samsung Chromebooks, Samsung Galaxy J1 smartphones, and Valve SteamLink cast devices, just to name a few.

Selianin described how someone could exploit the Avastar firmware (based on a custom implementation of the ThreadX real-time operating system) to execute malicious code without any user interaction. The report contains the technical details on exploiting the vulnerability and a demo video which is below.

Proof-of-concept code has not been released at this time. But patches are in the works. Check for updates shortly on your device.


ASUS Ranked as One of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 24, 2019 by itnerd

ASUS today announced its honourable recognition as one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies. The company has been ranked as a leading enterprise in the Computers category, reaffirming its leading position in the industry as a strong brand that continues to deliver excellent products and services.

Survey Methodology

Fortune collaborated with its partner Korn Ferry to perform a survey of global corporate reputation. Beginning with a list of about 1,500 candidates, the 1,000 largest US companies were ranked by revenue along with non-US companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database that have revenues of $10 billion or more. The highest-revenue companies in each industry were then selected, totaling 680 in 30 countries.

To determine the best-regarded companies in 52 industries, Korn Ferry asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate enterprises in their own industry from the final list of 680 candidates on nine criteria, including investment value, quality of management, products, social responsibility and ability to attract talent. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.

The full ASUS ranking can be viewed at:


Martello to Present at Cantech Investment Conference in Toronto

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 24, 2019 by itnerd

Martello Technologies Group Inc., a leading provider of performance management solutions for complex digital environments, is pleased to announce the company’s participation in the upcoming Cantech Investment Conference, 29-30 January at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Martello CEO John Proctor will present the investment opportunity on the Paradigm Innovation Stage at 3:00 PM on 29th January.

Martello executives will be available for meetings with investors at the conference, and company representatives will be available to speak with investors in booth #522 at the conference.

Cantech Investment Conference Details
Date: Tuesday, 29 January and Wednesday, 30 January
Booth: 522
Feature Presentation: 3:00 PM EST 29 January, Paradigm Innovation Stage
Venue: Metro Toronto Convention Centre Hall A, 255 Front Street West, Toronto, Canada
Event Hours: 10:00 AM to 5:30 PM EST

In 2018, following the completion of an oversubscribed $7.5 million private placement, Martello debuted as a public company on the TSX Venture Exchange. This helps the company to continue and accelerate its strategic acquisition strategy that commenced in 2014. On 2 November, 2018, the company announced the completion of its acquisition of Savision. This follows the acquisitions of SD-WAN player Elfiq Networks in December 2017 and Netvitesse in 2014. The Company’s solutions have been widely acclaimed in the industry. In September, Martello received a Frost & Sullivan Leadership Award for NPM (Network Performance Management) and ranked as Ottawa’s Fastest Growing Company, at No. 28 on the Growth 500 list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies.

Pulse Secure Launches Access Now Partner Program

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 24, 2019 by itnerd

Pulse Secure, the leading provider of Secure Access solutions to both enterprises and service providers, today announced the global launch of their new Access Now Partner Program. Designed to offer partners the means to establish themselves as a go-to source with an industry-leading solution in Secure Access, Access Now provides an enhanced opportunity for top line revenue and bottom line profit growth while setting them apart from the competition.

Pulse Secure is recognized as a channel-focused industry leader, as evidenced by delivering virtually 100 percent of its sales through partners and having been recognized four years in a row with a prestigious CRN five-star program award.

Pulse Secure’s continued growth within the channel is closely tied to its successful distribution relationships, which included Ingram Micro Inc., Securematics and Westcon.

As part of the Pulse Secure Access Now partner program, the company will recognize three program tiers: Authorized, Preferred and Elite. Each level represents the partner’s proficiency, expertise and growth in selling Pulse Secure solutions to their customers. Partner rewards and incentives are differentiated at each level and will reflect the partner’s investment in Pulse Secure’s solutions. Along with the program’s easy to understand structure, partners will also benefit from a dedicated support team.

Building on the success of Pulse Secure’s previous partner program, the new Access Now partner program features:

  • Online and onsite certification and training
  • Interactive partner resource portal
  • Discounted demo equipment
  • Enhanced deal registration
  • Joint marketing funds and sales promotions
  • Enhanced lead registration process
  • Dedicated account management and support teams

The program also allows partners to take advantage of the award-winning Pulse Access suite packaged for managed services. The solution offers Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) an accelerated, cost-effective means to differentiate and build out their service portfolio to meet the massive demand for protected connectivity to cloud applications and hybrid IT resources. The packaging includes virtual appliance form factors for VMware, KVM and Hyper-V, and supports deployment in hosted cloud environments such as Microsoft Azure and Amazon AWS.

Pulse Secure uniquely offers its channel partners a Secure Access portfolio comprised of Virtual Private Network (VPN), Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM), Network Access Control (NAC), Web Application Firewall (WAF) and virtual Application Delivery Controller (ADC) solutions within a unified management framework for data center and hybrid IT implementation. Enterprises of every size and industry trust Pulse Secure to enable secure access seamlessly, no matter where users and applications reside, and to orchestrate compliant connectivity, data privacy and application resiliency across mobile, network and cloud.

To find out more about the Access Now partner program please visit their website by clicking here.

Squaremouth’s Guide to Getting the Best Travel Insurance in 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 24, 2019 by itnerd

Amid growing concerns over extreme weather, drone-related delays and the Government shutdown affecting travel, many travelers are relying on travel insurance to protect their trip investments. According to Squaremouth data, the number of travelers insuring their trips is at an all-time high, increasing by 24% over last year.

As travelers plan their trips for the year ahead, Squaremouth has a guide to finding the best, most cost-effective travel insurance coverage in 2019.

You can view all of their expert recommendations here: 2019 Travel Insurance Guide

Addigy Predicts Higher Demand for Its Apple Device Management Products in 2019

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 24, 2019 by itnerd

​Addigy, a leading provider of cloud-based Apple device management software, today forecast greater demand for cloud-based computing device management as interest grows across enterprises globally. With increased macOS deployments in the enterprise, the need for comprehensive management solutions will necessarily rise to support management requirements.

In support increasing device management requirements, Addigy’s full-stack cloud-based macOS/iOS Device Management platform allows for centralized management of distributed computing environments. The solution provides 24x7x365 oversight of all systems to ensure security, real-time software updates and high efficiency levels. IT administrators can thoroughly audit all assets quickly and without server setup to identify which OS versions and applications are installed, and whether updates have been applied to all machines on the network.

A free trial of the Addigy is available at