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Inc.

Are There I.T. Skeletons Lurking in Your Closet?

Technology is costly enough. But many companies are paying for software, cloud access and SaaS subscriptions they no longer use.

Channele2e

Cloud Cost Management Tools: Flexera Acquires RightScale

Software asset mangement (SAM) company Flexera acquires RightScale for multi-cloud management and cost optimization tools across Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and more.

Business Insider Australia

I just wanted some water': An uncooperative fridge is going off on Twitter

The internet of things has been touted in recent years as the next big technological revolution -- anything from cars, toasters, garden sprinklers and pets would be connected to the internet, sending out information and taking instructions.

IT Brief AU

KPMG Australia teams up with Flexera for Software Asset Management

KPMG Australia is teaming up with Flexera to produce an end-to-end Software Asset Management (SAM) solution.

9 News

Smart fridge goes viral after update leaves owner thirsty

A photo of an uncooperative smart-fridge has gone viral online after a women vented her frustration with an appliance on Twitter

Axios Pro Rata

Top of the Morning

TA Associates has acquired a minority equity stake in Flexera, an Itasca, Ill.-based provider of application usage management solutions that is majority owned by Ontario Teachers. www.flexerasoftware.com

Cambridge Network

Security vulnerabilities and the cloud redefine software asset management

When software is the lifeblood of every enterprise, CIOs must understand whether they are buying too much software, legally using the applications they have, and adequately securing them from exploit by malicious hackers.

Biz Edge NZ

In-depth: Security experts explain the WannaCry ransomware's world domination

The world’s cybersecurity experts have been quick to comment on the Wannacry ransomware attack that hit the UK’s National Health Service (NHS), Telefonica, FedEx, KPMG and organisations in other countries over the weekend.

Chicago Inno

Flexera Acquires Austin Software Startup Backed by Mark Cuban

Flexera, the Itasca, Ill.-based software company that makes buying and selling software more transparent, secure and effective, has acquired Austin-based Meta Saas, a move the tech company says will give it an edge over other software asset management suppliers.

Crain's Chicago Business

Privately held companies (2018)

Crain's exclusive ranking of the largest privately held companies in the Chicago area, based on revenue.

Cambridge Network

Flexera acquires top multi-cloud management provider RightScale

Flexera announced it has acquired RightScale, the recognised industry leader in multi-cloud management and cost optimisation. This gives Flexera the top technology asset management offering across software, hardware, SaaS and cloud services.

IT Ops Times

Flexera acquires RightScale to strengthen its IT asset optimization suite

Flexera has announced that it has acquired multi-cloud management and cost optimization company, RightScale. By adding RightScale’s products to its portfolio, Flexera hopes that it is a taking a big step towards solving the problem of cloud services overspending and control.

Tech Target

WannaCry ransomware prompts legacy MS17-010 patch

Microsoft responds to WannaCry ransomware with an MS17-010 patch for legacy systems as new ransomware variants spread to more countries around the globe.

Beta News

New solution integrates software asset and security management

Keeping track of software licenses and ensuring that products are kept up to date with the latest patches can prove a chore for businesses.

Daily Herald

Flexera opens data center in Ireland

Flexera said has opened the doors to its new Data Platform Centre of Excellence offices in Belfast City Centre, Northern Ireland. The new Flax House facility will be focused on advancing Flexera's technology asset management solutions.

Daily Herald

FastTracks

Jim Ryan, CEO of Itasca-based Flexera, was in Washington, D.C. last week as a featured speaker at Microsoft Inspire, Microsoft's annual event for partners.

ChannelE2E

Technology News Updates, Insights, Chatter and Plenty More to Start Your Day

Eight timely updates designed for VARs, MSPs, CSPs, ISVs, telco master agents and telco agents to sip on

Cambridge Network

Better together – Flexera names its partners of the year

Flexera Software, the company that’s reimagining the way software is bought, sold, managed and secured, today announced their 2016 Partner of the Year Awards. KPMG, Softline Group and SoftwareONE earned top billing.

IT Brief Australia

Five ways CIOs need to change to survive in a software driven world

Seven years ago, Marc Andreessen made his famous statement that software is eating the world. His cautionary, much-discussed advice on the back of this judgement was that every business needed to start acting like a software company in order to survive.

IT Pro Portal

It’s time to gain visibility in the cloud

New cloud-based software solutions that users and business units bring to the enterprise are changing the way IT organisations manage their business.

iTWire

Malvertising Hits BBC, Newsweek, NYT and MSN

Links to malware inside online advertising bypassed the security systems of the advertising serving companies and distributed ransomware to unsuspecting ‘link clickers’.

Tech Invest

Software Vulnerability Management Report confirms that despite risk increase, organisations remain unprepared

Flexera, the company that’s reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, today released Vulnerability Review 2018 – Global Trends, the annual report from Secunia Research at Flexera. The report provides data on vulnerabilities to help companies understand the vulnerability landscape and devise strategies to secure their organisations.

Sync Ni

Flexera to Acquire BDNA, Reimagining How Data Powers the Software Supply Chain

Flexera, the company that’s reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, announced that on September 7, it signed an agreement to acquire Mountain View, CA-based BDNA. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

Computerworld

Private equity fund sells Danish successful company to the United States

Security firm Secunia has been purchased by the US software group Flexera Software, which puts an undisclosed millions on the table to get their hands on the Danish golden eggs. (This article has been translated to English from Danish by Google Translate)

Cambridge Network

Flexera to acquire BDNA, reimagining how data powers the software supply chain

Flexera, the company that’s reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Mountain View, CA-based BDNA. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

Asia Pacific Security

Flexera’s Changing the Software Asset Management Game – Reducing the Risk and Waste of Buying and Managing Software

Flexera Is the Only SAM Provider Bringing Together Software Suppliers & Buyers to Solve SAM’s Biggest Challenges

WGN Radio

You’re wasting money on software

We know too little about software. Which is dangerous since it’s so global.

Tech Target

Other news

Flexera is partnering with KPMG Australia to provide a software asset management offering that brings together Flexera's SAM technologies with KPMG's software license management specialists.

iTWire

Licence Optimization: $2 Billion Could Be Saved

Australia has a $2 billion shelfware problem, according to Flexera Software CEO Jim Ryan.

Australian Security

WannaCrypt is Making Businesses Wanna Cry: expert insight from Flexera Software

WannaCrypt, which infected companies and organisations across the planet this weekend, spread by exploiting an unpatched, critical SMBv1 vulnerability in Microsoft Windows.

Beta Kit

S|W: The SaaS Weekly

Meta SaaS Acquired by Flexera

Network World

People are Patching Windows, But Not Their Apps

Users are far more lax about updating and fixing apps they run on their PCs than updating Windows

512 Tech

Austin startup backed by Mark Cuban is bought by Illinois software maker

Founded two years ago, Meta SaaS helps companies better manage their software-as-a-service subcriptions, or "SaaS."

ChannelWorld.In

Secunia acquired by Flexera Software

Secunia, the company specializing in software vulnerability management, has been acquired by software asset management company Flexera Software. The pairing of Flexera's asset discovery and management tools with Secunia's software vulnerability platform will give organizations the ability to thoroughly assess the security of applications discovered on the network, said Mark Bishof, Flexera Software's CEO.

Information Security Buzz

6.7 percent of programmes on private UK PCs are end-of-life and no longer patched

The average private user in the UK has 72 programmes installed on their PC, and 6.7 percent of them are End-of-Life programmes that are no longer patched by the vendor.

Cloud Tech

Flexera acquiring RightScale points to need for cost and complexity optimisation across the IT stack

Cloud cost optimisation and management continues to be a hot area – and Flexera’s acquisition of RightScale, announced last week, plays into that theme even further.

IDG Connect

What will be the single biggest security threat of 2017?

At the very end of 2015 we ran a straw poll of individuals in the security space to determine what the single biggest security threat of 2016 would be.

Citi Software Market Update

TA Associates invests in Flexera

Software Monthly Review

Vigilance

Is Your Security Software Secure?

With security software serving on the front line – protecting individuals and enterprises from hacker threat – it may come up as a surprise that between August and October of 2016 – 11 security products were included on a list of products with the most software vulnerabilities.

Channel Life AU

Breaking down the ASD’s “top four” strategies to mitigate cybersecurity incidents

The Australian Signals Directorate’s (ASD) “Essential 8” is an excellent, tried-and-true security guide, designed for Federal government and agencies, that is absolutely relevant to the security of all businesses.

Tech Invest

When Freedom Comes at a Cost

It was recently reported that Oracle will begin enforcing commercial terms on customers who thought that they were using free Java software.

My Business

Revealed: the Most Vulnerable Software Applications

Concerned about your digital security? A US-based software asset management company has revealed its list of the 20 most vulnerable software applications commonly used in business.

CIO Dive

IDG/Flexera CIO QuickPulse poll reveals Execs believe Cloud IT asset visibility critical to cut infrastructure costs and risks

Flexera + BDNA Cloud Asset Insights addresses this need - delivering visibility, discovery and normalisation for IT assets deployed on Amazon EC2

Info Risk Today

5 Top Cybersecurity Themes at RSA 2018

Artificial Intelligence, Bug Squashing, Secure DevOps and More

Global Security Magazine

Flexera Issues Warning about Cyberattacks Like the Equifax Breach: They’re Probably Just the First Known Victim

As 143 million Equifax consumers continue to pick up the pieces from stolen Social Security numbers, birth dates, drivers’ licenses, addresses and credit card numbers, Flexera has another warning – expect a long tail of incidents and breaches in the months and years to come.

Computer Weekly

How SAP’s digital access licence influences your ERP strategy

Following the high-profile legal cases against brewers Diageo and Anheuser-Busch InBev, SAP has brought some clarity over indirect access to its core ERP system

Diginomica

Assessing another new normal – complex multi-cloud environments

The new normal in cloud environments has become predictably complex. It is changing everything product markets across multiple ctegories are reshaped. This is our assessment.

ITAM Review

Flexera help customers’ cloud scale right with acquisition of RightScale

Flexera yesterday announced the purchase of RightScale, a leader in the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) management market.

ReadITQuik

Decoding SaaS Best Practices and Cloud Infrastructure Optimization

Arlo Gilbert, Vice President of Cloud Strategy, Flexera, speaks to ReadITQuik about the best approaches to SaaS management, optimal software and cloud infrastructure utilization and the rationale for acquiring Meta SaaS. Read on to learn about a new 3-part software buying framework, a two-step approach to shifting critical systems to the cloud and much more!

Technology Decisions

Australia spared the worst of WannaCry

Australia has so far been spared the worst of what is being called the worst ransomware outbreak to date, but the threat from the attack is far from over.

Crain's

Privately held companies (2017)

Crain's exclusive listing of the largest privately held companies in the Chicago area, based on revenue.

IT Business Edge

Flexera Sees BDNA Acquisition Driving App Rationalization

IT organizations have had a vested interest in trying to rationalize the number of applications that need to be supported to reduce the licensing fees and minimize total cost of operations.

IFSEC Global

Equifax will be first of many victims of Apache Struts vulnerability, says cyber specialist

Equifax is “probably just the first known victim” of a software vulnerability that could take years to remedy, a top cyber expert has warned.

Information Security Buzz

Increase in Available Security Patches + Decrease in Patch Rates = Broken Software Supply Chain

Annual Flexera Vulnerability Review Shows 81 Percent of All Vulnerabilities Had Available Patches, Yet Common Software Programmes Remain Unpatched

Cambridge Network

Flexera and Microsoft join forces to increase software supply chain transparency

Flexera ‘s FlexNet Manager Suite supports new Microsoft Intelligent Asset Manager, giving customers shared view of software licence consumption.

Australian Security Magazine

Flexera & Microsoft Join Forces to Increase Software Supply Chain Transparency & Strengthen Customer Relationships

FlexNet Manager Suite Supports New Microsoft Intelligent Asset Manager, Giving Customers Shared View of Software License Consumption

ZD Net UK

Flexera acquires RightScale to combine software asset, cloud management

Flexera, a software asset management company, is acquiring cloud management firm RightScale in a deal that melds enterprise applications and cloud deployments.

FedTech

Will the MEGABYTE Act Make Waves in Federal Software Procurement?

The White House’s latest software requirements could generate significant savings, but the jury is out on whether federal CIOs will stand behind the bill.

Mercury News

2017 Top Workplaces Ranking

Learn what makes these Top Workplaces so amazing

Business Computing World

Tackling The Triple Threat Of Cloud, Virtualisation And Shadow IT For The Best Software Spend

Software license costs account for a significant portion of the typical IT budget—as much as 30 percent—and they represent a substantial cost for today’s enterprise. It’s up to IT procurement teams to keep these costs in check while meeting the current and future software and infrastructure needs of the enterprise without overbuying or under buying licenses.

Technology Decisions

86% of software vulnerabilities patched on day 1

Software vulnerabilities more than doubled between 2012 and 2017, but vendors are doing a better job of patching the holes in a timely manner, with 86% of vulnerabilities having patches available on the day of disclosure.

Channel Pro Network

Our Channel News Roundup for the Week of September 11

Flexera signed an agreement to acquire BDNA, and with it that Cloud Asset Insights solution we just told you about.

iStart

What will Windows 10 really mean for enterprise IT departments?

While individual consumers and enterprises are accustomed to new releases of the Windows OS every few years, Windows 10 will now introduce regular and continual updates in perpetuity. Following its launch, the next update, known as Service Release 1 (SR1) is already rumoured to be arriving in August, with a larger update scheduled for October. While this can be considered a positive development for individual consumers, for enterprise IT departments, this presents a whole new level difficulty, and requires greater attentiveness and support. Why?

Info Security Products Guide

2018 Security Predictions and Directions

Vulnerable open source and third-party components will allow massive hacks

Channel EMEA

Flexera Announces New Investment Partnership with TA Associates

Supporting Flexera’s mission to reimagine how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, TA Associates joins existing investor Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

IT News Online

New Secunia Research at Flexera Software Country Report: Windows Operating Systems vs. Non-Windows Applications – A Tale of Contrasting Vulnerability Risk

Microsoft® Windows OS vulnerabilities appear to be stabilising after year-long decrease, while non-Windows application vulnerabilities still on the rise

Beta News

OS vulnerabilities up -- Patches down

f the WannaCrypt ransomware attack of the last few days has taught us anything it should be the importance of patching systems to guard against attack.

Built in Chicago

Race to the top: Meet 15 of Chicago’s fastest-growing tech companies

Since 2015, Built In Chicago has published the Top 100 report: an annual ranking of the city’s biggest digital tech companies based on local employee count. This year, the city’s 100 biggest tech companies employed 48,000 people, up from 41,000 in 2016.

IT Brief AU

Yes, Australians Do Patch Windows: But Not Their Software, Report Finds

Flexera Software has found good news and bad news for both Australian Windows users and cybersecurity. New research from Secunia Research shows that the percentage of unpatched Windows operating systems dropped in the second quarter of 2016, but the percentage of unpatched non-Microsoft software is on the rise.

Austin Inno

Mark Cuban-Backed Austin Startup Meta Saas Acquired by Flexera

Flexera, the Itasca, Ill.-based software company that makes buying and selling software more transparent, secure and effective, has acquired Austin-based Meta Saas, a move the tech company says will give it an edge over other software asset management suppliers.

ARN

Flexera Software acquires Secunia

Next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation company, Flexera Software, has acquired software vulnerability management firm, Secunia.With this acquisition, Flexera Software will be able to offer its more than 80,000 customers worldwide the ability to discover, rationalise and normalise data tied to the identification of software, hardware, firmware and now security vulnerabilities across the network — putting management and risk mitigation back into the customers hands.

Bank Info Security

Vulnerability Management: Why the Problem Can't Be Solved

86 Percent of Bugs Patchable Within 24 Hours, Says Flexera's Alejandro Lavie

IT Pro Portal

Private PCs in the UK full of end-of-life programmes

Unpatched end-of-life programmes with vulnerabilities are attack vectors hackers can exploit.

Security Brief AU

IoT drives the need for smart patching to avoid downtime

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues its rapid rise to prominence around the world.

eSecurity Planet

Nine Top Patch Management Solutions

Patch management might be the single most important security tool. We review 9 of the top patch management solutions.

CSO

Security Tools are among the Most Vulnerable Software, Researchers Warn

Enterprises are rushing to implement security tools to protect their networked environments -- but those same tools comprised more than half of the 20 most vulnerable-ridden software products based on regular testing during the last quarter, according to new figures from Flexera Software.

IT Brief AU

Survey reveals cloud IT asset visibility crucial to cut costs

Findings from an IDG Research study commissioned by Flexera has revealed IT executives believe cloud IT asset visibility is critical to cut infrastructure costs and risks.

CSO

New vulnerabilities give cybercriminals 7 days to compromise your network

Response-focused CSOs should consider new architectures to proactively minimise exposure.

Truth in IT

The #Technopedia at the heart of Software Asset Management w. @Flexera

Hi, it's Dave Littman at Truth in IT. I'm joined by Mat Marnell. Matt, with Flexera Software. Matt, welcome.

CSO

Risks associated with SaaS leave employers needing help

Employees may find themselves putting their employers at risk by unintentionally subverting their company IT policies, taking advantage of the interconnected APIs of SaaS applications. While SaaS benefits organisations around the globe, it has also created a new set of challenges for security professionals. Despite security leaders undertaking extensive research on vendors before storing sensitive data such as trade secrets and PII on cloud-based applications like Salesforce, there are still vulnerabilities associated with this type of software.

Security Brief AU

Flexera acquires multi-cloud management provider, RightScale

Flexera announced it has acquired RightScale, a recognised industry leader in multi-cloud management and cost optimisation.

BetaNews

Three simple steps to improving security patching

The vulnerability scan results security departments issue to the operations teams typically contain hundreds of pages and thousands of vulnerabilities to address. It’s a massive list often containing some prioritization based on the criticality of the vulnerabilities observed; and for some more mature organizations, an assessment and opinion of the security team. Typically, operations teams care about security in the endpoints. But, their job is to guarantee uptime and user satisfaction, which often suffers when deploying patches requires reboots and application restarts. And then there’s the resource constraint issue, like the difficulty of prioritization in a world where everything seems to be urgent, the lack of visibility, questions around ownership and available time, and so on. It’s a tough ask to minimize the risk in the endpoints without a holistic, multi-departmental collaboration focused on specific risk policies and profiles.

Built in Chicago

2017 Moxie Awards: CEO of the Year

It's on: Built In Chicago’s Moxie Awards have returned, and this year the local tech community has nominated another stellar group of tech companies and startups across 14 award categories. Check out the finalists for CEO of the Year below — and make sure to vote for a winner here.

Tech Recur

Flexera’s Enterprise Solution First to Integrate IT Asset & Security Management

Flexera Vulnerability Intelligence Manager Now Leverages FlexNet Manager Suite Inventory Data, Helping Security Teams Reduce Hacker Vulnerability Exploits

IT Security Guru

Global Trends Report Reveals All-Time High of 20,000 Vulnerabilities Last Year

Flexera, the company that’s reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, today released Vulnerability Review 2018 – Global Trends, the annual report from Secunia Research at Flexera. The report provides data on vulnerabilities to help companies understand the vulnerability landscape and devise strategies to secure their organizations. Vulnerabilities are a root cause of security issues – errors in software that can work as entry point for hackers, and be exploited to gain access to IT systems.

Biz Wire Express

Flexera Software and Financial Services Information Sharing & Analysis Centre (FS-ISAC) Jointly Deliver Software Vulnerability Intelligence to Financial, Legal Services, Utilities and Oil & Gas Industries

Over 1,700 member organisations worldwide gain timely, accurate vulnerability alerts on industry-critical applications and systems

Belfast Telegraph

US software firm's new Belfast office creating 50 tech jobs

A U.S. software firm has opened a new office in Belfast with the creation of up to 50 jobs.

News Center

Flexera Software Acquires BDNA for Undisclosed Sum

Flexera Software announced that it has acquired enterprise IT startup BDNA. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The Register

Most of 2016's holes had fixes the day we knew about 'em. Did we patch? Did we @£$%

Patching rates went down in 2016 despite an increase in availability of security patches, according to a new study out today.

IT Brief AU

Flexera makes power play with BDNA acquisition

Flexera has signed an agreement to acquire BDNA, which the company says will make it the world's largest technology asset data platform.

PYMNTS

Microsoft, Flexera to Streamline Enterprise Software Management

The enterprise B2B Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) market is booming, and Microsoft wants to help SMBs and SMEs manage all of the products they're using.

Dark Reading

Survey: Unpatched Windows OS on the Rise

Despite the rise in vulnerabilities, the percentage of unpatched Windows operating systems grew in the first quarter compared to the previous year.

Security Brief

Software vulnerability management: How ‘intelligence’ helps reduce the attack surface

Each year, thousands of software vulnerabilities are detected in thousands of products.

Channel EMEA

Get Faster Software Asset Management Value and Transparent IT Costs...

Get Faster Software Asset Management Value and Transparent IT Costs with Flexera Partner Webinars

IT Pro Portal

Hackers “strut” in again at Equifax… What stopped the patch?

Taking the necessary steps to prevent a security breach can help protect your organisation, its reputation and your clients.

Built in Chicago

Key Data Insights On This Year's 2017 Moxie Award Nominees

It’s that time of year again--time for the Moxie Awards, presented by Built in Chicago. Each year the Moxie Awards recognize and celebrate Chicago’s diverse tech ecosystem.

FedTech

How Feds Can Use Data to Drive Data Center Optimization

Agencies need to accurately inventory their IT assets to effectively consolidate and optimize their data centers.

SC Magazine

Spoil software supply-chain hack attacks with preventative measures

Vincent Smyth discusses how the malware operation dubbed Kingslayer shines even more light on the dysfunctionality of endangering enterprises.

PYMNTS

Microsoft To Bolster Small Businesses With First Bank of Nigeria

Microsoft is partnering with First Bank of Nigeria to provide support for small businesses in the country, reported in Nigerian outlet The Guardian on Monday (June 4).

TechTarget

Simplify your platform with IT systems management tools

So much effort goes into simply keeping an IT infrastructure up and running.

The Australian

Ransomware the new normal for internet

The WannaCry ransomware is likely to cause more damage before it subsides and the global impact of the attack could be the “new normal” in the cybersecurity game.

AIThority

Flexera Acquires Brainwaregroup, Expanding European Presence and Leadership in the Large and Midsize SAM Marketplace

Strong alignment around customer time to value, experience and industry vision cements deal as Flexera drives further consolidation in SAM market

Data Centre News

Survey reveals cloud IT asset visibility crucial to cut costs

Findings from an IDG Research study commissioned by Flexera has revealed IT executives believe cloud IT asset visibility is critical to cut infrastructure costs and risks.

Info Security

Volume of Unpatched UK Systems Grows in Q1

Unpatched systems and newly discovered OS vulnerabilities both increased in Q1 2017 in the UK, according to timely new stats from Flexera Software.

ITAM Review

ServiceNow & Flexera go shopping for SaaS tools, who’s next?

Following ServiceNow’s acquisition of VendorHawk in late April Flexera have followed suit with their acquisition this week of Meta SaaS. Clearly this is a market where swift exits for founders and investors is possible.

App Developer Magazine

Flexera issues warning about Cyberattacks

How Open Source software vulnerabilities for IoT and are causing rifts in overall enterprise security.

ChannelLife

Thomas Duryea; EMT bring home global security awards

"Thomas Duryea Australia has claimed a top global award with software vulnerability management vendor Secunia. The company brought home Secunia’s CSI Partner of the Year, which was presented at a partner community awards dinner in Prague in the Czech Republic."

Beta News

PCs still at risk from end-of-life programs

The latest software vulnerability report from Secunia Research at Flexera Software reveals that the average US private PC user has 75 installed programs on their PC, 7.4 percent of which are no longer patched by the vendor.

Vigilance

6.7 percent of programmes on private UK PCs are end-of-life and no longer patched

The average private user in the UK has 72 programmes installed on their PC, and 6.7 percent of them are End-of-Life programmes that are no longer patched by the vendor.

Vanilla Plus

Businesses will embrace a common data platform this year to drive technology asset management

Vincent Smyth, general manager & senior vice president EMEA for Flexera, offers his hopes and insights into what the year ahead holds for businesses as they take measures to maintain and secure their software and technology estates.

Computer Weekly

SAM specialists facing challenges covering all the bases

A report from Flexera has revealed the low number of customers that are keeping a close eye on the applications they use

IT News Online

Flexera Announces New Investment Partnership with TA Associates

Supporting Flexera’s mission to reimagine how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, TA Associates joins existing investor Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

SD Times

What is the WannaCry ransomware, and why should organizations be concerned?

There’s a new ransomware attack that has affected several organizations globally, and although it’s slow-moving, security experts are urging companies to keep their antivirus programs up-to-date, as well as their software.

Security Brief AU

The top four security strategies and why they’re so effective

Interestingly, the Top 4 are not gateway security gateways nor are they strictly EDR.

SD Times

Microsoft Build Partners

Flexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and security, enhancing the value they derive from their software.

ChannelE2E

5 Channel Partner Updates

Here are five technology news updates, insights, chatter, and plenty more to start your day for Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Security Brief AU

Flexera says software supply chain is broken as patch rates drop

Flexera Software and Secunia Research have found that while there has been a flurry of activity in releasing security patches, many of those patches are not being applied.

Database Trends and Applications

Flexera Teams With Microsoft to Open Up Software Supply Chain

Flexera, a software management vendor, is collaborating with Microsoft to address issues afflicting the software supply chain. The goal is to promote the creation of transparency and visibility into how software is been purchased, deployed, and used.

Cambridge Network

Flexera CEO Jim Ryan discusses Software Asset Management at Microsoft Inspire

At Microsoft Inspire this week, Flexera CEO Jim Ryan will discuss Flexera’s vision of restoring trust and transparency by reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured.

Built in Chicago

It's on: Meet the 2017 Moxie Awards finalists

Forget the Oscars. Be part of Chicago tech’s red-carpet moment at the 2017 Moxie Awards, where your vote helps honor the entrepreneurs and companies that push our ecosystem forward.

Mark Cuban Presents

A CEO's most important job

A startup CEO wears pretty much every hat possible, there's one responsibility that rises above the rest.

Truth in IT

Managing the software supply chain stack with Matt Marnell from @Flexera

The software supply chain stack: How to manage, maintain, secure and optimize it. We chat w. Matt Marnell from Flexera about all the aspects of managing heterogeneous software implementations so you know how to get the most from your investments.

Security Boulevard

10 Best Practices for Data Security in a GDPR World

Rapid technology advances have brought new challenges for the protection of personal data, so every organization needs a comprehensive approach to privacy management. They must also document how they collect, process and store personal data.

Cyber Parse

Flexera Software and FS-ISAC Jointly Deliver Software Vulnerability Intelligence to Financial, Legal Services, Utilities and Oil & Gas Industries

Over 1,700 member organisations worldwide gain timely, accurate vulnerability alerts on industry-critical applications and systems

City Biz List

TA Associates Acquires Equity in Flexera

U.S. private equity firm TA Associates has closed its previously announced investment in Itasca, Illinois-based Flexera, a software supply chain company, according to a blog post on the latter’s site.

Continuity Central

Patch rates decreasing as organizations struggle to keep up

Secunia Research at Flexera Software has published its ‘Vulnerability Review 2017’ report.

Daily Herald

Flexera promotes Darvall to director of Australia, New Zealand

Flexera has appointed Hugh Darvall as its new director of Australia and New Zealand.

Digital Insurance

Many firms, individuals slow to patch security vulnerabilities

As the fallout from the WannaCry ransomware attack continues to be felt around the world today, a new study has an ominous warning for companies and individuals: the threat is growing and people are getting lazier about protecting themselves.

Forbes

Flexera Acquires RightScale - The Multi-Cloud Management Platform Company

Flexera, an IL-based software asset management (SAM) firm announced that it has acquired RightScale, one of the first multi-cloud management and cost optimization companies.

CIO

March Madness Apps for iOS Could Put Corporate Data at Risk

A new report suggests many of the most popular March Madness apps for iPhone and iPad request access to potentially sensitive information, and they could endanger corporate data stored on BYOD phones and tablets.

Reseller News

Flexera buys BDNA for bigger tech asset data play

Acquires BDNA for technology assets data platform

Dark Reading

End-Of-Life Software Alive and Well On US PCs

7.5% of users ran unpatched Windows operating systems in Q4 of 2016, up from 6.1 percent in Q3 of 2016, new study shows.

Technative

How to Minimise Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

Cybersecurity must be proactive, as opposed to constantly playing catch-up and responding to vulnerabilities only after they’ve been exploited, writes Vincent Smyth, Senior Vice President EMEA, Flexera

Austin Inno

Austin Startup Funding, Acquisitions and Venture Capital Activity May 2018

The Austin tech ecosystem closed out spring and opened up summer with a strong flow of funding and acquisition activity.

The Register

England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows

We're getting better at fixing Microsoft's OS but not so much with applications

Australian Financial Review

Small business most vulnerable to cyber attack: government

The global ransomware attack has exposed fears Australian small businesses is most vulnerable to online scams and hacking, with the Turnbull government and key lobby groups urging owners to beef up their cyber security.

Built in Austin

Tech roundup: EverlyWell names new exec, Unified opens Austin office, and more

Flexera acquires Austin-based Meta SaaS

The Daily Herald

Flexera acquires Brainwaregroup, expands European presence

Flexera said Thursday that it acquired the Switzerland-based software asset management provider, Brainwaregroup.

Built in Chicago

Meet Chicago’s Top 100 tech companies: Employee count up 15 percent in 2017

Chicago’s tech sector keeps on climbing.

eWeek

Unpatched and End-of-Life Software Remains a Risk, Report Says

Flexera Software found that in the U.S., 7.4 percent of programs on the average PC have reached End-of-Life and are no longer patched by the vendor.

Xconomy

Flexera Buys MetaSaaS for Austin Startup’s SaaS Management Tool

A two-year-old tech startup that helps businesses manage their subscriptions to software-as-a-service applications has sold to software and security manager Flexera. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

Pro Secure News Online

Security vulnerabilities and the cloud redefining software asset management

Latest Software Pricing and Licencing survey from Flexera Software reveals only 29 per cent of enterprises monitor their systems for unauthorised or unlicensed software for security

peHUB

TA Associates invests in Flexera

TA Associates said Dec. 19 that it has invested in Flexera. TA said it is buying equity from existing investors and is working with lead investor Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan to continue to grow the company.

eWeek

Five Steps to Keep North Korean Hackers Out of Your Network

NEWS ANALYSIS: You can’t prevent all attempts to penetrate your enterprise security, but you can impede the attackers and you can keep them from getting the data they want.

IT Pro Portal

Businesses need to be more licence savvy

SAP UK vs. Diageo UK should trigger companies to take action… Now!

Dallas Business Journal

Mark Cuban-backed startup acquired by Illinois tech company

Flexera, the Itasca, Illinois-based software company that makes buying and selling software more transparent, secure and effective, has acquired Austin-based Meta Saas, a move the tech company says will give it an edge over other software asset management suppliers.

Cambridge Network

Flexera helps deliver software vulnerability intelligence

Flexera Software and Financial Services Information Sharing & Analysis Centre (FS-ISAC) ensure that over 1,700 member organisations worldwide gain timely, accurate vulnerability alerts on industry-critical applications and systems.

Silicon Hills

Meta SaaS Acquired by Flexera

Austin-based Meta SaaS, which runs a platform for managing software as a service subscriptions for companies, got acquired by Flexera, a private software company based in Itasca, Illinois.

Compare the Cloud

Shadow SaaS: The risks of employee software purchases

Confidential information – personally identifiable data, customer data, trade secrets – circulates like a bloodstream through enterprise applications. With security breaches making daily news and regulations like GDPR and Sarbanes-Oxley proliferating, bad data security practices can land organisations in court and ruin reputations.

EDA Café

Eric Feldman, Senior Product Marketing Manager

Design Automation Conference 2017 Interviews

Cambridge Network

Flexera publishes Vulnerability Review 2018: Top Desktop Apps

A new report discloses big risks for desktop applications and need to extend patching to non-Microsoft applications.

eWeek

How to Overcome Limitations of Conventional Discovery in the Cloud

Organizations are facing large obstacles as they migrate production workloads to the cloud, including a lack of comprehensive data visibility.

Healthcare Analytics News

Vulnerabilities Are Surging, and Healthcare Cybersecurity Might Struggle to Keep Up

A pair of new reports illustrate a couple of alarming trends: First, that the volume of cybersecurity vulnerabilities is on the rise, and second, that companies may not be able to patch or hire their way to safety.

Scoop NZ

Equifaxis is hackers' first to fall victim

Hackers “Strut” in Again… And Equifax (and 143 million customers) is probably just the first to fall victim

peHUB

TA Associates acquires equity in Flexera, will partner with Ontario Teachers’

U.S. private equity firm TA Associates has closed its previously announced investment in Itasca, Illinois-based Flexera, a software supply chain company, according to a blog post on the latter’s site. No financial terms were disclosed.

CSO Australia

Vendors share blame when users' systems stay unpatched too long: vulnerability report

Poor notification, updating practices push many users to put patching in too-hard basket

Professional Security

Application development

Companies spend billions of dollars on new software application development, writes Jeff Luszcz, pictured, Vice President of Product Management at software firm Flexera.

Cyber Parse

Better together – "And Flexera's Partners of the Year Are..."

Flexera Software, the company that’s reimagining the way software is bought, sold, managed and secured, today announced their 2016 Partner of the Year Awards.

SiliconANGLE

Flexera acquires cloud management and cost optimization firm RightScale

Flexera says it wants to help enterprises keep a lid on their cloud spending, acquiring RightScale for an undisclosed price today to beef up its ability to do that.

Infosecurity Magazine

Security Products Riddled with Bugs

Nearly a quarter of the top 20 products with most vulnerabilities in the period August-October this year was security software, according to a new research report from Flexera Software

Information Management

Many firms, individuals slow to patch security vulnerabilities

As the fallout from the WannaCry ransomware attack continues to be felt around the world today, a new study has an ominous warning for companies and individuals: the threat is growing and people are getting lazier about protecting themselves.

Cambridge Network

Flexera Update: Vulnerabilities High in Widely Used Operating Systems and Niche Products

Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, has released a Vulnerability Update covering the Top 20 products with the most vulnerabilities in May, June and July 2016.

Version2

Flexera Software to take over security company

Secunia has been behind Personal Software Inspector (PSI), as free care to keep all other computer programs to date. Damgaard owned 22 per cent. of the company and says to Børsen that he earned 103 million. kr. on sales. (This article has been translated to English from Danish by Google Translate)

Threat Brief

Unpatched Vulnerabilities the Source of Most Data Breaches

Nearly 60% of organizations that suffered a data breach in the past two years cite as the culprit a known vulnerability for which they had not yet patched. Half of organizations in a new Ponemon Institute study conducted on behalf of ServiceNow say they were hit with one or more data breaches in the past two years, and 34% say they knew their systems were vulnerable prior to the attack.

Computer Business Review

Schneider Electric Selects Flexera Software Platform

Schneider Electric has selected Flexera Software's software monetisation platform to help it reduce its costs and increase flexibility. The energy management company will use the FlexNet Producer Suite to standardise software licensing, entitlement management and delivery onto a single consolidated platform. The suite incorporates FlexNet Licensing, FlexNet Operations Cloud and FlexNet Connect.

Channel Life AU

Former channel manager takes on Flexera ANZ director role

Flexera Software has promoted its former APAC channel alliances manager, Hugh Darvall, to the role of director of sales for Australia and New Zealand.

SecurityWeek's Infosec Island

Identifying and Patching Vulnerabilities in a Post-Microsoft Security Bulletin World

Microsoft’s security bulletins have provided IT administrators with a monthly list of vulnerabilities and accompanying patches for decades…until recently.

Info Security Magazine

Unsupported Software Exposes UK PC Users

Around 7% of programs on the average UK user's PC are unsupported and unpatched, leaving them exposed to exploits, according to the latest data from Flexera Software.

eSecurity Planet

Flexera Corporate Software Inspector: Overview and Analysis

We review Flexera Corporate Software Inspector, a patch management solution for Windows, Mac OS and Red Hat Linux.

IT Brief AU

IoT drives the need for smart patching to avoid downtime

The Internet of Things (IoT) continues its rapid rise to prominence around the world.

Security Brief AU

Back to basics: 4 common sense steps to avoid a software attack

You’ve heard about the Equifax breach, the WannaCry attack and more. When they occurred, most security teams did a doublecheck on software security risks. But with the explosive growth of software vulnerabilities, one-time check-ins aren’t enough. Software breach risks need full-time attention.

Federal Computer Week

A data-driven approach to data center optimization

Nearly eight years after the Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative debuted, agencies are still struggling to get a handle on their on-premise systems.

Infosecurity Magazine

PC Users Still Failing to Patch Non-Microsoft Apps

UK PC users are still struggling to patch non-Windows applications, exposing themselves to unncessary risk, according to Secunia Research.

Built in Chicago

Tech roundup: Dockless bikes, Coinbase's Chicago office, and more

Flexera makes two acquisitions

PC World

25 Free, Awesome Windows Programs: Top Tools for Every Task

A key component in keeping your system up-to-date, Secunia Personal Software Inspector scans every program on your PC and tells you in no uncertain terms if you have any wayward programs that haven’t been patched.

eSecurity Planet

WannaCry Ransomware Lives on Despite Kill Switch, Microsoft Patches

New versions of the malware are already spreading as the cat-and-mouse game continues.

Professional Security

Invisible risks, visible threats

It’s difficult to fight an invisible risk. Intelligence changes the battle, turning invisible threats into an actionable attack plan. The big question for security professionals—with intelligence that creates visibility into software vulnerabilities, can you prevent attacks?

Chicago Tribune

Top Workplaces 2017: Search Chicago-area companies

Baird & Warner, Impact Networking and Holiday Inn ChicagoMart Plaza have taken the top spots for large, midsize and small Chicagoland workplaces, respectively, according to rankings released by Energage behalf of the Chicago Tribune. For the past eight years, Energage, formerly WorkplaceDynamics, has been ranking workplaces in the Chicago area and the nation through employee surveys, assessing everything from work-life balance to confidence in company leadership.

Techori

You're wasting money on software

We know too little about software. Which is dangerous since it’s so global.

Info Risk Today

NSA: The Silence of the Zero Days

US Defense Department Defenders Say Attackers Don't Need No Stinking Zero Days

Tech Recur

6.7 Percent of Programmes on Private UK PCs Are End-of-Life and No Longer Patched, According to New Secunia Research at Flexera Software Country Report

The average private user in the UK has 72 programmes installed on their PC, and 6.7 percent of them are End-of-Life programmes that are no longer patched by the vendor.

SDX Central

SDxCentral’s Weekly Roundup

Here are the week’s strays and stragglers we roped for you

CRN

CRN 2018 Women of the Channel Details

Cindy Grogan: Vice President of Global Channel and Strategic Alliances, Flexera

Tech Invest

Tackling the challenge of SaaS for the Best Software Spend

As many software vendors continue to move towards a Software-as-a-Service model, the cost of software licenses is accounting for a significant portion of the typical IT budget, up to 30%. These costs are a substantial expenditure for today’s enterprise.

CIO

6 hard truths IT must learn to accept

The rise of shadow IT, shortcomings in the cloud, security breaches — IT leadership is all about navigating hurdles and deficiencies, and learning to adapt to inevitable setbacks.

Global Security Mag

Flexera Software and Financial Services Information Sharing & Analysis Centre (FS-ISAC)

Flexera Software, a provider of Software Vulnerability Management solutions for application producers and enterprises, announced a renewed agreement with the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) to offer verified software vulnerability intelligence alerts to critical sector entities worldwide.

CRN

Flexera Snags RightScale, Bringing Public Cloud into Its Asset Management Portfolio

The deal rounds out Flexera's capabilities as customers look to keep a handle on increasingly complex IT resources

Built in Chicago

2017 Moxie Awards: Best Company Culture

It's on: Built In Chicago’s Moxie Awards have returned, and this year the local tech community has nominated another stellar group of tech companies and startups across 14 award categories. Check out the finalists for Best Company Culture below — and make sure to vote for a winner here.

IT News

6 hard truths IT must learn to accept

The rise of shadow IT, shortcomings in the cloud, security breaches — IT leadership is all about navigating hurdles and deficiencies, and learning to adapt to inevitable setbacks.

Infosecurity

Flexera: 20,000 New Software Flaws Found in 2017

The number of new software vulnerabilities discovered by Flexera in 2017 reached nearly 20,000 – an all-time high.

Security Brief Asia

Equifax and its 143m customers just the ‘first known victims’

The colossal breach in Equifax’s soft underbelly has made headlines around the world of late, largely because of the monumental amount of personal data involved – up to 143 million customers.

Security Ledger

Damning Report Has AMD Investigating Critical Vulnerabilities in Ryzen, EPYC Chips

Chip maker AMD acknowledges it is looking into critical vulnerabilities and an exploitable backdoor in its latest line of processors after an Israel-based security firm ambushed the company with a report this week detailing more than a dozen serious security holes in its products.

Channel Pro Network

Flexera to Acquire BDNA, Reimagining How Data Powers the Software Supply Chain

Flexera, the company that’s reimagining how software is bought, sold, managed and secured, announced that on September 7, it signed an agreement to acquire Mountain View, CA-based BDNA. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

ITAM Review

Flexera acquires BDNA

Furthering their efforts to ‘re-imagine the software supply chain‘, Flexera are acquiring BDNA for an undisclosed amount.

Vigilance Security

Flexera issues new warnings about future ransomware attacks

As the fallout from the #WannaCry ransomware attack continues to reverberate around the world, a new report by software vulnerability and patch management expert, Flexera, has an ominous warning for companies and individuals: the threat is growing – and people are getting lazier about protecting themselves.

eSecurity Planet

Vulnerable Voting Machines Yet Another IoT Device to Secure

This election season, voting machine security is probably not top of mind.

ITAM Channel

WannaCrypt is Making Businesses Wanna Cry: expert insight from Flexera Software

WannaCrypt, which infected companies and organizations across the planet this weekend, spread by exploiting an unpatched, critical SMBv1 vulnerability in Microsoft Windows

Security Boulevard

Security Risks Created by SaaS (They Might Not Be What You Expect)

Software as a service (SaaS) is amazing, but it has created an entirely new set of challenges for security professionals. Although security leaders generally do deep diligence on vendors before putting sensitive data such as trade secrets and PII into a cloud-based application such as Salesforce, employees may be subverting these policies unintentionally. Employees subvert policies and security unintentionally by taking advantage of the interconnected APIs of SaaS applications.

FCW

Will the Megabyte Act Save Money?

A recently signed law promises to save the government at least $2 billion a year on software. Even with the coming change of administration, lawmakers and industry experts are hopeful the measure will live up to its billing.

Inc.

6 Execs Discuss How They Use Company Culture to Increase Employee Engagement

How can companies increase employee engagement? I recently spoke with six executives about the role company culture plays in employee engagement.

CSO

Worst yet to come as WannaCry ransomware teaches hard lessons on the dangers of skimping on patching

Savings from keeping old and unpatched OSes are no savings at all

App Developer Magazine

March Madness Apps May Be Accessing Your Data

In its mobile app risk assessment report “March Madness or April Foods” Flexera Software highlighted BYOD security issues by analyzing the annual March Madness craze as employees are using apps on their corporate and BYOD devices to stream content, complete brackets and track March Madness activities.

Security Brief AU

Australia’s vulnerabilities unmasked as survey reveals top unpatched & old programs

Australians may be exposing themselves to danger every day without realising it - purely because of the programs on their computer, a new study from Secunia Research at Flexera Software has found.

BetaNews

Intelligent and connected devices are driving a 'third industrial revolution'

Software-driven intelligent devices and the Internet of Things are changing the way companies deliver their products and services. This is among the findings of a new report from Flexera Software and IDC which points towards a 'third industrial revolution' transforming the global economy.

Chicago Inno

Announcing the 2017 #CoolestCompanies Nominees!

Over the past month, Chicago Inno has been accepting nominations for its third annual Coolest Companies Competition, a friendly challenge to find, spotlight and celebrate the local startups and tech companies with the best culture.

LinkedIn Pulse

SAM Best Practices Workshop Like No Other

If you could have your software asset management (SAM) program analyzed for effectiveness by some of the world’s most knowledgeable SAM experts, what might they find?

FinSMEs

Flexera Receives Investment from TA Associates

Flexera, an Itasca, IL-based software developer, entered into a new investment partnership with TA Associates.

Channel EMEA

Security vulnerabilities and the cloud redefining software asset management

Latest Software Pricing and Licencing survey from Flexera Software reveals only 29 per cent of enterprises monitor their systems for unauthorised or unlicensed software for security

Mergers & Acquisitions

The weekly wrap

Flexera Software acquired Meta Saas

eWeek

Study Finds Most Software Vulnerabilities Have Patches within One Day

Although the total number of vulnerabilities continues to rise, new research finds that most are not zero-day risks.

Relationship Science

Flexera acquires software startup backed by Mark Cuban

Flexera, the Itasca, Illinois-based software company that makes buying and selling software more transparent, secure and effective, has acquired Austin-based Meta Saas, a move the tech company says will give it an edge over other software asset management suppliers.

CSO

Is it too late to stop the next ransomware attack?

Ransomware attacks are increasingly turning into a game of wack-a-mole; Bad Rabbit is rapidly spreading around Europe as the world is still recovering from WannaCry, NotPetya and more. While vulnerabilities are increasing, users are not patching quickly enough.

Computerworld

Secunia bought by Flexera Software

Secunia, a company specializing in software vulnerability management, was acquired by the software asset management company Flexera Software. The joint discovery of assets and Flexera management tools with the software platform to Secunia's vulnerability analysis will give organizations the ability to carefully evaluate the safety of the applications found on your network, said Mark Bishof, CEO of Flexera Software . (This article has been translated to English from Portuguese by Google Translate)

The ITAM Review

Gartner SAM Tools Magic Quadrant & Critical Capabilities reports

Gartner this week published their first ever research into the SAM Tools marketplace and the results are a mix of surprises and expectations.

Network World

7.4% of software on PCs are past end of life

The apps are no longer patched and thus vulnerable to exploitation

FinSMEs

Flexera Acquires Multi-Cloud Management Provider RightScale

Flexera, an Itasca, IL-based company that makes the business of buying and selling software more transparent, secure and effective, acquired RightScale, a provider of multi-cloud management and cost optimization solutions.

IT Pro Portal

Keeping a lid on SaaS & infrastructure costs

Are companies actually saving money and spending wisely on their cloud infrastructure?

MeriTalk

Improving Agencies’ Management of Software Licenses

It was no surprise to industry experts that agency performance on the initial scorecard for MEGABYTE Act compliance was poor.

Vigilance

Developers Go from Zero to Hero with FlexNet Code Aware

Flexera has announced it’s reimagining software supply chain safety. Flexera’s the first-in-industry to embed open source security into the heart of the software development build process with automatic analysis detection.

SD Times

Build 2017: Better Together

The way organizations build software has changed dramatically. The software development lifecycle is morphing from a series of independent steps – gather requirements, write code, test code, build, fix, build, and ultimately deploy to production — into a series of interconnected, continuous loops that bring all stakeholders in from beginning to end.

IDG Connect

6 hard truths IT must learn to accept

Sometimes the truth hurts.

Software Licensing Report

Flexera Forges IT Asset and Security Management

It is clear businesses are beginning to take note of the importance of security.

Today's CEO

CEO’s ignorance of open source software use places their business at risk

The sagas are well-known – the software vendor that was forced to take a profitable software product off the market.

Channel Life AU

Don’t boil the ocean: Taking the sting out of software license audits

Each year, every major department store across the country conducts a stocktake.

Daily Herald

Flexera acquires California company

Flexera in Itasca announced today it has acquired RightScale, a company specializing in multi-cloud management and cost optimization

GDPR: Report

Continuous data security and GDPR compliance: 10 best practices

The GDPR is now in full effect. While enterprises have put in a lot of effort to be compliant as of 25 May 2018 when the regulation took effect, compliance with the GDPR isn’t a tick-box activity and so organisations need a comprehensive and ongoing approach to privacy management. They must also document how they collect, process and store personal data. In addition to the GDPR, security fundamentals are essential for other regulations too such as the Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and ISO 27001. Non-compliance has the potential to make the cost of failure far greater than it’s ever been.

IT Pro Portal

Today’s broken software supply chain… and how to fix it

Common software programmes remain unpatched, despite patch availability on day one

Tech Invest

7 Ways to Improve Security Compliance with Data Privacy Regulations

We’re living in a new era when it comes to the protection of personal data. Rapid technological developments, which have seen tremendous shifts, even in the past year alone, mean organisations now need to take a new outlook. This means they must take a comprehensive approach to all privacy.

Enterprise Management 360

Harvest Millions in Savings by Automating Software License Reclamation

Software licenses and maintenance are big line items in most IT budgets. Upwards of 30 percent of IT budgets are dedicated to software projects.

eSecurity Planet

Security Flaws Found in LastPass Extensions for Chrome, Firefox

The vulnerabilities, uncovered by security researcher Tavis Ormandy, were patched quickly.

Information Security Buzz

10 Ways to Improve Compliance with Data Privacy Regulations

Rapid technology advances have brought new challenges for the protection of personal data, and so every organisation needs a comprehensive approach to privacy management. They must also document how they collect, process and store personal data. But too many companies still fall down on the security fundamentals and new regulations such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Payment Card Industry (PCI) Data Security Standard, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and ISO 27001 are making the cost of failure far greater than it’s ever been.

Daily Herald

Flexera to acquire BDNA

Flexera said it will acquire Mountain View, Calif-based BDNA for an undisclosed sum.

Australian Security

How Much Do IT Services and Assets Really Cost? Flexera Partners with Apptio to Know Once and for All

Organisations Can Now Make Healthier Software License, Maintenance and Subscription Decisions

BizTech

The Triple Threat That Impacts Software Spending

How your business can overcome challenges associated with virtualization, cloud and shadow IT to make the most of its software investments.

eSecurity Planet

10 Security Projects CISOs Should Consider: Gartner Analyst

And 10 they should have already done.

Tech Recur

New Secunia Research at Flexera Software Country Report: Windows Operating Systems vs. Non-Windows Applications – A Tale of Contrasting Vulnerability Risk

Microsoft® Windows OS vulnerabilities appear to be stabilising after year-long decrease, while non-Windows application vulnerabilities still on the rise

Cambridge Network

Flexera issues new warning about future ransomware attacks

As the fallout from the #WannaCry ransomware attack continues to reverberate around the world, a new report by software vulnerability and patch management expert, Flexera, has an ominous warning for companies and individuals: the threat is growing – and people are getting lazier about protecting themselves.

Cyber Parse

Flexera issues new warning about future ransomware attacks like WannaCry: Vulnerabilities are Increasing, and Users aren't Patching as Diligently

New Secunia Research@Flexera Country Report reveals the number of OS vulnerabilities is increasing, while users are losing ground patching them.

Global Dating Insights

Installing Data Apps on a Company Phone Can Threaten Sensitive Business Data

A new study has found that employees installing dating apps on corporate-issued or Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phones could create potential security risks for a business.

Cyber Parse

Flexera Report Reveals PCs at Risk from Unpatched Software

PC in the U.S. and around the world are still running unpatched and End-of-Life software, exposing users to security risks.

Wisconsin Inno

Mark Cuban-Backed Austin Startup Meta Saas Acquired by Flexera

Flexera, the Itasca, Ill.-based software company that makes buying and selling software more transparent, secure and effective, has acquired Austin-based Meta Saas, a move the tech company says will give it an edge over other software asset management suppliers.

AppDeveloper Magazine

The Appification of the Enterprise Requires Flexibility, Breadth and Simplicity

From managing meeting invites, booking business travel, to organizing notes, there is almost certainly an app that helps us improve productivity in our daily lives. As consumers have started to rely more heavily on user-friendly, tailored, and task-oriented apps, we are seeing the “there’s an app for that” mentality growing in the workplace, which is driving the emerging “appification” of the enterprise.

SC Magazine

6.7% of UK programmes on private PCs are end-of-life and unpatched

The average private user in the UK has 72 programmes on their PC, and 6.7 percent of them are end-of-life programmes that are no longer patched by the vendor, therefore they are insecure.

Cambridge Network

6.7% of programmes on private UK PCs are end-of-life and no longer patched

The average private user in the UK has 72 programmes installed on their PC, and 6.7 percent of them are End-of-Life programmes that are no longer patched by the vendor, according to a new report by Secunia Research for Flexera Software.

Entrepreneur

How Do You Put Your Mark on a Company That Is Already Successful?

It's a challenge to inspire a company that is already doing great.

Chicago Inno

Introducing the 2017 Tech Madness Finalists

Here's everything you need to know about the bracket.

Fortune

Term Sheet -- Wednesday, December 20

Private Equity Deals

CloudTech

How software asset management needs to adapt to changing cloud conditions

A new report issued today by Flexera Software argues that software asset management (SAM) needs to evolve to keep up with software as a service (SaaS) and virtualisation moving into the mainstream.

Bit (Business IT)

Ransomware defence guide

Six steps to protecting your PC or network against WannaCry and other ransomware.

Austin Business Journal

Racing to be acquired: An inside look at the secret, frenetic pace of the Meta SaaS buyout

The founders of Meta SaaS overcame personal challenges, snuck off to secret coffee meetings and dealt with sleep deprivation as they negotiated the deal. What's more, they paid off investors including Mark Cuban and Brett Hurt in record time.

Security Management

How to Minimize Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

When it comes to cybersecurity, your chief objective should be to manage things proactively and on your terms, as opposed to constantly playing catch-up and responding to vulnerabilities only after they've been exploited.

Chicago Business Journal

Flexera acquires software startup backed by Mark Cuban

Flexera, the Itasca, Illinois-based software company that makes buying and selling software more transparent, secure and effective, has acquired Austin-based Meta Saas, a move the tech company says will give it an edge over other software asset management suppliers.

The Washington Times

Nation-state sought to hack Pentagon with same vulnerability behind Equifax breach: NSA official

The software vulnerability used to breach Equifax last year was harnessed months earlier by a state-sponsored hacking group attempting to breach the U.S. Department of Defense, a senior National Security Agency official said Tuesday.

DevOps Online

Security Vulnerabilities and the Cloud

When software is the lifeblood of every enterprise, CIO must understand whether they are buying too much software, legally using the applications they have, and adquately securing them from exploit by malicious hackers.

Information Security Buzz

Is Your Security Software Secure? Not So Much. One Reason? Vulnerable Open Source Components

New Flexera Software Vulnerability Update Included 11 security products -- many of which used open source components containing vulnerabilities

IT Security Guru

Unpatched “Denial of Service” Vulnerability within Microsoft Windows – A Different Perspective

Recently, Secunia Research discovered a “Denial of Service” (DoS) vulnerability within Microsoft Windows. It is triggered through a stack exhaustion during the Type 1 font processing within the Adobe Type Manager Font Driver library (AMTFD.dll), which results in a crash of the Microsoft Windows operating system.

Threat Post

Android Apps Are Sharing Screenshots, Video Recordings to Third Parties, Report Finds

Some mobile apps can take and share screenshots and video of the phones’ app activity without users’ knowledge.

Digitalisation World

Vulnerabilities reach an all time high

Flexera has released Vulnerability Review 2018 – Global Trends, the annual report from Secunia Research at Flexera. The report provides data on vulnerabilities to help companies understand the vulnerability landscape and devise strategies to secure their organizations. Vulnerabilities are a root cause of security issues – errors in software that can work as entry point for hackers, and be exploited to gain access to IT systems.

British Computer Society

Vulnerability Intelligence

Vincent Smyth, Senior Vice President, EMEA at Flexera Software, discusses reducing hacker threats by utilising vulnerability intelligence.

Digitalisation World

Flexera opens Data Platform Centre of Excellence in Belfast

Flexera, the company that's reimagining how software is bought, sold managed and secured, has opened the doors to its new Data Platform Centre of Excellence offices in Belfast City Centre, Northern Ireland. The new Flax House facility will be focused on advancing Flexera's Technology Asset Management (TAM) solutions.

Channel Partners

Flexera Beefs Up Tech Asset Management with RightScale Acquisition

Software asset management company Flexera has acquired multicloud management and cost optimization firm RightScale.

Beta News

Search Results for: The Journey from Microsoft Security Bulletin to Security Update Guides

For decades, the Microsoft Security Bulletins have provided IT administrators with a monthly list of vulnerabilities and accompanying patches.

Security Brief Australia

Automated Microsoft updates not enough to protect businesses - report

Flexera has released a report revealing desktop apps that pose the biggest risks, so IT can create a plan to prevent attacks.

Software Magazine

Software Contract Negotiation

Most software contract negotiations focus on the upfront cost of software and aim to get the most purchase discounts from vendors. Finance heads must look beyond purchase costs as other factors help reduce the financial liability of software.

BBC Ulster

Good Morning Ulster

Belfast office opening

Fortune

Term Sheet -- Tuesday, September 19

Flexera agreed to acquire BDNA, a Mountain View, Calif.-based enterprise technology data provider. Financial terms are not being disclosed.

Techori

You’re wasting money on software. Just. Don’t.

We know too little about software. Which is dangerous since it’s so global.

ARN

Flexera buys BDNA for bigger tech asset data play

Acquires BDNA for technology assets data platform

Beta News

Decrease in patch rates points to broken software supply chain

Vulnerabilities in software are at the heart of many security problems, providing a foothold for hackers that they can use to gain acccess to systems.

Cambridge Network

How much do IT services and assets really cost? Flexera partners with Apptio

Organisations can now make healthier software licence, maintenance and subscription decisions

SD Times

Flexera and Microsoft’s new supply chain partnership

Flexera is teaming up with Microsoft to tackle the software supply chain.

Mark Cuban Presents

Startups: The Ultimate Equalizer

Arlo has founded and sold multiple companies - beginning with one he started in college. 15 years of entrepreneurship later, and he's learned a thing or two about what it takes to build and sell startups.

Vigilance Security Magazine

Microsoft Windows OS vulnerabilities appear to be stabilising after year-long decrease

The percentage of unpatched Microsoft Windows operating systems on private PCs seems to be stabilising after a year of steady decline. But the level of unpatched non-Windows applications on private PCs continues to rise.

Digitalisation World

Vulnerabilities are increasing

New Secunia Research@Flexera Country Report reveals the number of OS vulnerabilities is increasing, while users are losing ground patching them.

Inside IT Channel

Flexera Software buys Secunia

"The Munich-based specialist for licensing, compliance and rolling out software, Flexera Software has acquired the Danish company Secunia. Secunia specializes in Vulnerability Management. Specific details of the sale were not disclosed. In Flexera but one notes that significant synergies would lie in the combination of security software by Secunia with their own programs. (This article has been translated to English from German by Google Translate)"

EyewitnessNews 7

Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

ABC7's live broadcast of the 2015 Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14.

Tech Radar Pro

How many vulnerable apps are on the average PC? Way too many

Unpatched end-of-life applications are a big problem