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Mission Cloud Services Attains Competency Status of AWS Data and Analytics

Mission | January 05, 2022

Mission Cloud Services Attains
Mission, a managed cloud solutions provider and Amazon Web Services (AWS) Premier Consulting Partner, today announced that it has attained AWS Data and Analytics Competency status. The description identifies that Mission has effectively met AWS’s requirements for success in assisting customers assess and use AWS tools and best practices for collecting, storing, monitoring, and evaluating data at scale.

Mission offers customers with the data, analytics, and machine learning skills required to utilize organizations’ data and meet their technical and business goals. It has helped businesses with data-driven transformation by offering engineering data lakes and other modernized architectures on AWS, to presenting AI/ML-powered pipelines for optimizing  data models and implementing customized AI and ML algorithms developed for definite use cases.

 “AWS offers tremendous potential to harness data insights for businesses that lead to key decision-making capacity to shape new customer experiences. Mission helps organizations completely reveal all the potential and realize competitive benefits enabled by modernized data architectures, strategy, and tooling. We’re proud to earn the AWS Data and Analytics Competency and to continue our proven expertise in these areas for enterprise, SMB, and startup entrepreneurs across industries.”

 Dr. Ryan Ries, the Practice Lead – Data, Analytics, and Machine Learning at Mission

The Mission team of experienced data scientists, data engineers, and data architects collaborate with customers to address data challenges and incorporate brand new data and analytics systems, selecting and executing the optimal data solutions for their specific use cases and organizational goals. It leverages advanced data tools and custom algorithms to identify patterns and update strategies. Furthermore, Mission’s AWS expertise comprises building out solutions that completely leverage AWS data warehousing services such as Amazon Redshift, as well as developing effective and automated CI/CD pipelines to run data models efficiently. The mission monitors all the data and implements best practices for data governance from a regulatory compliance aspect.

“With Mission, we have attained the data scalability and performance we required to unlock additional competitive benefits and advanced features for our customers,” said Russell Wangler, the Chief Technology Officer at 7SIGNAL, a company leveraging Mission’s data, analytics, and machine learning practice.

AWS is empowering scalable, flexible, and cost-efficient solutions for startups and global enterprises. To support the unified integration and deployment of these solutions, AWS introduced the AWS Competency Program to help customers categorize AWS Partners with profound industry experience and expertise.

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Delinea | July 21, 2022

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These unused privileges increase risks associated with privilege creep and excessive privileges that open the door to exploitation of credential abuse and exposure. Authomize builds on its extensive capabilities and experience across cloud infrastructure environments to continuously secure the entire development stack. It achieves full-stack cloud access security by providing granular cross-stack visibility across Cloud Service Providers and developer-critical SaaS apps such as GitHub. Authomize tracks all identities, assets, and privileged access usage to provide comprehensive, actionable understanding of the cloud identity and the access layer that enables organizations to ensure security in every environment. "Our partnership with Authomize furthers our commitment to ensure that our customers' cloud and SaaS environments remain secure by protecting sensitive cloud-native identities and entitlements, Authomize extends Delinea's privileged access management capabilities with even more visibility over privileges in cloud infrastructure and adds a critical layer of continuous security." Ram Venkatachalam, Head of Strategy and Business Development at Delinea Delinea and Authomize have partnered to create joint use cases which will enable organizations to gain better control over who can access cloud applications and services. By deploying both products together, organizations can securely store credentials while automating access governance, thus reducing credential theft and lateral movement in all cloud environments including Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), and more. "We are excited to bring our full-stack CIEM, SaaS security, and Identity Threat Detection and Response (ITDR) capabilities to Delinea's industry-recognized privileged access management solution," said Dotan Bar Noy, CEO of Authomize. "This partnership with Delinea is the latest step in bringing a critical layer of security to our amazing, growing partner network, adding significant and needed value to Authomize and Delinea's joint customers." Delinea's suite of modern PAM solutions provides the baseline of secure access to IaaS and SaaS environments, empowering organizations to securely manage their credentials and access throughout their cloud applications and services. Authomize delivers a protective layer of security for cloud identities that continuously monitors access, validating, alerting, and providing actionable insights to remediate risks and secure all applications and cloud services. 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Orca Security Report Finds Cloud Security Gaps Expose Business Critical Assets in Just Three Hops

Orca Security | September 14, 2022

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Spectro Cloud | September 30, 2022

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Palette Edge delivers remote troubleshooting, zero-downtime rolling upgrades and patch management, even in single-server edge deployments, due to its unique A/B OS partition, multi-node failsafe design and support for both ARM and x86 architectures, including Intel’s Trusted Platform Module (TPM). Palette Edge derives its functionality from Spectro Cloud’s core Palette platform, which enables organizations to consistently manage K8s clusters across their full lifecycle, across public clouds, virtualized or bare metal data centers, as well as edge locations. Through a unique extension of Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF’s) Cluster API, Palette enables IT teams to model their full Kubernetes stacks from the OS to the application in a true declarative model, creating project-curated, reusable Cluster Profiles while providing a choice of operating systems, K8s distributions and tools from the broad K8s ecosystem. Palette is architected to scale, delivering centralized and automated management combined with decentralized orchestration and policy enforcement — together enabling a virtually infinite scale from few to tens of thousands of clusters. Extending this core Palette foundation, Palette Edge today adds unique security, visibility and usability capabilities, setting a new industry standard for deploying and centrally managing edge K8s at scale, dramatically lowering total cost of ownership and risk for organizations of any size expanding to the edge. 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