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HelpSystems Cybersecurity Week 2022 – A Vehicle To Up Your Cybersecurity Game

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 27, 2022 by itnerd

HelpSystems held their annual Cybersecurity week on May 17-19

May 17-19), the company will hold “Cybersecurity Week 2022”, a 3-day event covering:

  • Expert insights on the cybersecurity and the threat landscape  
  • Today’s most pressing cybersecurity threats  
  • Up-to-date cybersecurity trends and best practices  
  • Data compliance regulations  
  • Education on HelpSystems’ modular cybersecurity solutions 

And what’s even better is that if you missed this, HelpSystems has made the session recordings freely available for anyone to check out. You can see them here, and I have to applaud HelpSystems for making them available. When it comes to improving your cybersecurity game, knowledge is power. And these videos which are between 20 and 40 minutes in length are really good at increasing your knowledge. The speakers are engaging and knowledgeable. I guarantee that you will get something out of these sessions. I viewed a couple of these last night and I’ll be going through the rest over the weekend. If you’re responsible for cybersecurity in your organization, you should set aside some time and have a look at these videos as well.

HelpSystems Acquires Terranova Security

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 8, 2022 by itnerd

HelpSystems announced today the acquisition of Terranova Security, a leader in global phishing simulation and security awareness training. Available in more than 40 languages, Terranova Security’s platform and content incorporates gamification techniques to increase engagement and knowledge retention. This approach enables all organizations to hone employee cyberattack prevention skills and reduce the chance of a successful phishing attack. Terranova Security extends HelpSystems’ overall security suite with a proven training security awareness solution that complements email security offerings from ClearswiftAgari, and PhishLabs.

Because employees are often the first line of defense against cyberattack, Terranova Security’s training and simulation capabilities are at the top of many cybersecurity to-do lists for highly targeted organizations. Terranova Security works with customers to take a holistic look at suspicious emails and evaluate how effective users are at recognizing scams and whether they need additional training. The company strives to instill users with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to recognize cyber threats, from phishing emails to credential harvesting webpages and other forms of social engineering. 

Although phishing attacks aren’t new, the industry has seen a marked rise in their prevalence in the wake of expanding remote workforces with increasingly sophisticated and bold attempts. In addition to phishing and the more targeted spear phishing campaigns, these aggressive efforts to infiltrate businesses can take the forms of social engineering, business email compromise, and ransomware that paralyzes entire networks. 

HelpSystems is a software company focused on helping exceptional organizations secure and automate their operations. Their cybersecurity and automation software protects information and simplifies security and IT processes to give our customers peace of mind. They know security and IT transformation is a journey, not a destination. Let’s move forward. Learn more at

Terranova Security is the global security awareness training partner of choice that has been transforming the world’s end users into cyber heroes for more than 20 years. Using a proven pedagogical framework, Terranova Security training solutions empower organizations worldwide to implement programs that change user behaviors, reduce the human risk factor, and counter cyber threats effectively. As a result, any employee can better understand phishing, social engineering, data privacy, compliance, and other critical best practices. With the addition of new features like its Content Center and Cyber Hero Score, Terranova Security consistently innovates to support all organizations’ cyber security objectives. These industry-leading solution additions also strengthen long-term information security for all professionals, regardless of region or sector, in an era where remote work and borderless productivity are standard. Learn more at

HelpSystems To Acquire Alert Logic

Posted in Commentary with tags on March 9, 2022 by itnerd

HelpSystems announced today it has signed a merger agreement to acquire Alert Logic, a well-known leader in managed detection and response (MDR) services. Alert Logic works as a seamless extension of security teams, augmenting existing cybersecurity resources and technology to safeguard on-premise, cloud, SaaS, and hybrid infrastructures. The company’s MDR solution focuses on alleviating the intense pressure organizations face due to the increase in cyberattacks and the notable shortage of skilled professionals available to prevent and remediate them. Alert Logic will become a cornerstone of HelpSystems’ comprehensive cybersecurity portfolio.

Businesses of all sizes look to Alert Logic to establish a hybrid IT approach to meeting their cybersecurity goals and applicable compliance mandates. Alert Logic is the industry leader in MDR for cloud environments, with more than 4,000 customers and an extensive partner ecosystem around the globe. Its comprehensive coverage paired with human oversight enables organizations to meet key regulatory requirements, including PCI DSS, HIPAA HITECH, GDPR, Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), SOC 2, NIST 800-171 and 800-53, ISO 27001, COBIT, and more.

Guggenheim Securities, LLC advised Alert Logic on the sale transaction; Kirkland & Ellis served as legal advisor.

Almost 25% Of Organizations Still Not Adhering To Security Compliance Mandates: IBM i Marketplace Survey

Posted in Commentary with tags on January 27, 2022 by itnerd

HelpSystems, a cybersecurity and automation software company, today announced the findings from its eighth annual IBM i Marketplace Survey. The survey provides a close look at how organizations use the IBM i platform and the IT initiatives it supports. It reveals the trends shaping and driving the market and provides insight into what the future may bring for this technology.

Key Findings

  • In addition to cybersecurity, other top concerns include high availability/disaster recovery (59%) and modernizing applications (56%).
  • 24% of respondents do not adhere to any compliance mandates.
    • The biggest increase is those adhering to HIPAA regulations (21%).
  • Remote operations brought new challenges including security concerns with remote access (46%) and supporting employees working from home (42%).
    • Many organizations are making changes to better support remote operations such as automating manual processes (38%), leveraging IBM i Access Client Solutions (34%), and implementing layered security around VPN access (32%).  
  • RPG usage has soared to 93%.
  • 73% of respondents are considering upgrading to Power10.
  • A new finding this year was a 33% increase in IT and business automation.

Aside from year-over-year trends and data points, the report findings also answer the following questions: 

  • Are more organizations adopting IBM i in the cloud? 
  • Are shops expanding their IBM i usage? 
  • How does IBM i’s ROI compare to other servers?
  • Are IBM i customers staying current on the latest OS levels?

Methodology and Demographics

This survey represents the viewpoints of IBM i professionals from around the globe across multiple industries and regions. This diverse sampling spans variability in budgets, company size, server size, operating system versions, and experience levels to give a representative and diverse look at the worldwide IBM i market. Manufacturing reclaimed the top seat as the main industry of our respondents this year, with an increase of four points to 18%. 

This year saw a trend upward in responses from smaller organizations (less than 500 employees). 50% of respondents work for an organization with fewer than 499 employees, an increase of 4 points from the previous year. This correlates with smaller manufacturers running IBM i. In terms of the job titles of respondents, they largely remained the same with small, 2-point increases from administrators and director/VP titles. 

To learn more about how IBM i shops are using the platform and what the future of IBM i looks like, sign up for the accompanying webinar, taking place today at 10AM EST:

To access the complete 2022 IBM i Marketplace Survey results, visit:

HelpSystems Offers Up Predictions For 2022

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 21, 2021 by itnerd

Well, it’s been quite the year on the cybersecurity front. And to be frank, with threats like Log4Shell, that’s likely to make 2022 quite the year as well. To get more detail on what that might look like, here’s three predictions from HelpSystems that make for some interesting reading.

Joe Vest, Tech Director – Cobalt Strike by HelpSystems

“The prevalent cybersecurity testing model that I call, ‘find the bad, fix the bad,’ will continue to dominate in 2022, and many organizations will remain steps behind the threat. If we could patch our way out of this problem, we would’ve solved security many years ago. Unfortunately, much of the advice and testing models keeps us steps behind the threat. There’s a great deal of time, money and energy spent designing and operation a security operations program. By only concentrating on fixing flaws, we just measure our ability to prevent – and 100% prevention is unrealistic. The motto, ‘prevent first, detect always,’ must be adopted as a core preset for secure security operations programs. Remember, the goal of security is not to stop a hack. The goal is to prevent, detect and respond to a threat actor before they successfully achieve their goal. It’s time we pushed back on the threat and moved beyond fixing the flaws.”

Tom Huntington, Executive Vice President of Technical Solutions at HelpSystems

“There’s a shortage of IT staff in the cybersecurity industry. We know that CISOs and other cybersecurity professionals are really trying to staff up their team to help combat all the bad hackers around the globe. I’m thinking that as we roll through 2022 that one of the better practices would be to apply automation – things like robotic process automation, workload automation, enterprise scheduling – those kinds of practices should be used as we look at mundane, repetitive cybersecurity processes that we’re doing, and we may be able to augment the shortage in staff with a good set of automation products alongside of cybersecurity.”

“2022 is the year that C suite recognize that they are getting further and further behind on their security projects. They’ll start to turn to RPA (Robotic Process Automation) and enterprise automation to help their teams become more productive in the battle against the cybercriminals. If they cannot hire talent, automation allows them to augment this deficiency. This effort takes SOAR (security orchestration automation and response) to a new level.”

Brian Pick, Managing Director of Managed File Transfer – HelpSystems

“Organizations will continue to look closely at how to minimize any type of data breach. This includes a close examination of how they are exchanging data/files with third parties. For example, we’re seeing a lot of inquiries that relate to organizations taking a closer look at any processes that require someone to manually secure a file before it’s exchanged. This could include having a programmer write a script to transfer a file securely or someone using a PC application to encrypt the file first before sending it. Security personnel are looking for a consistent, reliable and auditable process for securely exchanging files that help prevent data.”

It will be interesting to see how their predictions play out in 2022 as I know that many will be keeping track.

HelpSystems Launches Free Cybersecurity Partner Program for Higher Education

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 8, 2021 by itnerd

HelpSystems, a cybersecurity and automation software company, today announced the launch of the HelpSystems Educational Partner Program. The program aims to facilitate cybersecurity learning and knowledge sharing by providing educators and cyber team captains with free licenses of HelpSystems’ solutions for use in their studies.

Using products like Core Security’s Core Impact, U.S.-based colleges and universities offering cybersecurity programs can teach and train students on penetration testing and other cybersecurity concepts with leading tools from the professional world. The HelpSystems Educational Partner Program is free for higher educational institutions that meet program requirements.

Partner Qualification 

Institutions interested in using HelpSystems products must provide documentation to be considered for eligibility. Applicants must provide proof of affiliation with an educational institution or event, such as a college course, workshop, or conference. A submitted description of where and how the tool will be used is also required (e.g., a class description or syllabus indicating that Core Impact will be used to fulfill classroom objectives or description of an event or cybersecurity team challenge using Core Impact for pre-event training or usage during the event).

For more information about the HelpSystems Educational Partner Program, visit:

GoAnywhere Achieves SOC 2 Type 1 Compliance

Posted in Commentary with tags on December 6, 2021 by itnerd

GoAnywhere by HelpSystems announced today it has successfully completed the SOC 2 (System and Organization Controls) audit assessment for its managed file transfer (MFT) solution. Completing this audit assessment demonstrates HelpSystems’ commitment to ensuring customers have the highest level of cybersecurity possible as they transfer files. SOC 2 assessment completion also gives customers additional confidence in GoAnywhere for secure file transfer activity. 

As a key part of HelpSystems’ security and automation portfolio, GoAnywhere MFT is an industry leader in the secure movement, automation, and integration of data both in and out of the cloud. 

SOC 2 engagement is an attestation standard defined by the AICPA (American Institute of Certified Public Accountants). 

GoAnywhere by HelpSystems is an award-winning cybersecurity product line that helps more than 3,000 global enterprises, governments, and small and medium organizations safely connect to their trading partners, automate their IT processes, protect their data, and keep their sensitive information out of the DMZ. 

HelpSystems is a software company focused on helping exceptional organizations Build a Better IT. Their cybersecurity and automation software simplifies critical IT processes to give customers peace of mind. Learn more at  

HelpSystems Acquires Enterprise Data Loss Prevention Leader Digital Guardian

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 27, 2021 by itnerd

HelpSystems announced today the acquisition of Digital Guardian, the industry’s only SaaS provider of data loss prevention (DLP) solutions for large and mid-sized organizations. Digital Guardian’s solutions give customers visibility and protection of their data across many operating systems and applications. The company also provides a popular managed service that operates as an extension of their customers’ security teams to protect sensitive data from threats originating inside and outside the organization.

The team and solutions from Digital Guardian will fit into HelpSystems’ data security portfolio, and combine with powerful security solutions such as GoAnywhereClearswiftAgari, and Titus. In addition to extending HelpSystems’ DLP capability, this acquisition further improves the company’s ability to categorize, or classify, data and protect it across a wide set of applications and operating systems.

This marks the 6th acquisition by HelpSystems in 2021; the company acquired PhishLabs last week.

Macquarie Capital served as exclusive financial advisor to Digital Guardian.

HelpSystems Acquires PhishLabs

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 19, 2021 by itnerd

HelpSystems announced today the acquisition of PhishLabs, a leading cyber threat intelligence company that protects organizations from attacks on their brands, employees, and digital assets. PhishLabs sources intelligence across the internet to find and mitigate digital risks. The team and solutions from PhishLabs will join HelpSystems’ growing cybersecurity portfolio and pair well with HelpSystems’ email security, vulnerability management, and data protection solutions. 

Most security teams are stretched thin, and the volume of activity and data across digital channels makes it difficult to discern what needs immediate action. PhishLabs minimizes the noise and takes action to stop threats, providing more complete risk mitigation while reducing security team workload.  

HelpSystems is a software company focused on helping exceptional organizations Build a Better IT™. Our cybersecurity and automation software simplifies critical IT processes to give our customers peace of mind. We know IT transformation is a journey, not a destination. Let’s move forward. Learn more at

PhishLabs is a cyber threat intelligence company that protects against brand, account takeover, and data leakage threats. Founded in 2008, PhishLabs delivers curated threat intelligence and complete threat mitigation across the digital risk landscape. The world’s leading brands and companies rely on PhishLabs to find and remediate external threats wherever they live. For more information visit

HelpSystems Acquires Agari

Posted in Commentary with tags on May 13, 2021 by itnerd

HelpSystems announced today the acquisition of Agari, a recognized leader in enterprise solutions protecting against advanced email threats. Agari has seen notable growth with its Software as a Service (SaaS) offering, which sets the standard for protecting organizations against phishing, business email compromise, and email threats. In light of today’s complex security environment and increased cybercrime, this is a key capability for organizations in all industries, which is why HelpSystems continues to focus on enhancing its data security suite via adjacent acquisitions.

Despite the growth in cyberattacks through other vectors, email remains the most common channel for costly data breaches and cybercrime. Agari solutions detect, defend against, and respond to email attacks by using massive data sets, data science, and the power of cloud computing.

Agari was a founding member of the industry consortium that developed the Domain Message Authentication Reporting & Conformance (DMARC) email authentication standard. This critical initiative enables organizations to authenticate email from their domains to prevent cybercriminals from impersonating their brand, helping them protect their customers and partners from email attacks.

In connection with this transaction, JMP Securities LLC served as financial advisor to Agari, and Cowen served as financial advisor to HelpSystems.

HelpSystems is a software company focused on helping exceptional organizations Build a Better IT™. Our cybersecurityand automation software simplifies critical IT processes to give our customers peace of mind. We know IT transformation is a journey, not a destination. Let’s move forward. Learn more at

Agari is the Trusted Email Identity Company™, protecting brands and people from devastating phishing and socially-engineered attacks. Using applied data science and a diverse set of signals, Agari protects the workforce from inbound business email compromise, supply chain fraud, spear phishing, and account takeover-based attacks, reducing business risk and restoring trust to the inbox. Agari also prevents spoofing of outbound email from the enterprise to customers, increasing deliverability and preserving brand integrity. Learn more at