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What’s New from: F Secure, McAfee Security, Konftel AV, Vapour Cloud Tech & Brother UK

Encrypted USB drive

The F-Secure Armory Drive combines encrypted storage on the world’s smallest secure-by-design computer with multifactor authentication. The solution, which works on any desktop or laptop without the need for additional drivers or software, consists of two parts: firmware, which adds F-Secure Armory Drive functionality to the USB armory; and an iOS app that turns an iPhone into an authentication mechanism for data stored on the device and an unlimited number of microSD cards encrypted by the solution. Using an iPhone for authentication means that even if a microSD card or the USB armory is lost/stolen, data stored on it remains secure. It also ensures the solution’s encryption keys are not exposed to laptops/desktops that might have been compromised. Additional security is provided by the authentication of firmware updates pushed to the USB armory by the desktop installer and the device itself, which helps protect the system from compromise via malicious updates – a common tactic in supply chain attacks.


mcafee total-protection

Antivirus product of the year

AV-Comparatives, the independent ISO-certified testing lab for security software and mobile security solutions, has named McAfee as its 2021 Product of the Year, following long-term testing of 17 consumer Windows security products. Key criteria included the ability to protect against internet threats, identify malicious programs, defend against targeted attacks and provide protection without slowing down a PC. In these assessments, McAfee received 6 Advanced+ Awards and one Advanced Award. It took a Gold Award for the Malware Protection Test, along with joint Silver Awards for the Real-World Protection and Advanced Threat Protection Tests. Avast, AVG and Bitdefender all won Outstanding Product Awards, with Kaspersky winning the Top-Rated Product Award.


The high quality Konftel C2070 video kit
konftel 3D interactive room guide

Seeing is believing

Distributor Northamber has hailed Konftel’s 3D room guide as a valuable tool for UC, AV and IT resellers. Launched last autumn, the interactive tool helps users identify the optimum products and connectivity options for different video meeting spaces, from personal workspaces, focus and huddle rooms to large multipurpose spaces. Northamber UC&C Business Manager Mark Sumner says that by enabling customers to visualise how equipment fits into different spaces, the guide speeds up the sales process. “The guide brings everything to life and adds a compelling new dimension. Seeing really is believing,” he said.


Vapour AMaaS

Application monitoring for all

Cloud technology specialist Vapour has introduced Application Monitoring as a Service (AMaaS) for an organisation’s entire IT infrastructure, including on-premises, cloud and hybrid applications. Through performance metrics, proactive alerts and monthly recommendations, Logic Monitor enables organisations of all sizes to identify IT issues, such as broken processes, bandwidth drains and potential network risks, before they become a problem. Carol McGrotty, Vapour Head of Transformation, said: “We liken Logic Monitor to the ultimate fault finder. It allows us to tell a customer – if you continue working like this, your server could fail in X days. It also aids informed decision-making when it comes to inefficient device usage and energy consumption.”



Carbon neutral cartridge recycling

Brother UK has achieved carbon neutral status for its cartridge recycling centre in Ruabon, North Wales, following an audit of Scope 1 and 2 emissions by The Carbon Trust and the purchase of carbon credits to offset the 173 tonnes of CO2e produced by the site in FY2020. Offsets will be used to support renewable energy projects in Kenya, Ghana, Indonesia and India, to provide 820,000 fuel-efficient stoves to help reduce deforestation and to make affordable water filters. Brother’s Ruabon facility (including its fleet of electric vehicles) is powered by 100% green-certified electricity and sends no waste to landfill. For every cartridge returned by customers, Brother makes a donation to the rainforest charity CoolEarth. Brother Group aims to achieve net-zero carbon emissions across global operations by 2050, with a 65% reduction in Scope 1 and 2 emissions (from 2015 levels) by 2030.

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