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Nuzoo week in review

HP urges optimism

HP this week hosted partners at its first post-pandemic event, in Palo Alto, California. There, HP CEO Enrique Lores urged partners to stay optimistic, despite the current volatility in the market.

The CEO described the last three years as “difficult” – and that the situation isn’t likely to improve any time soon. However, he said partners should stay optimistic and continue to look for opportunities to grow.

“Headlines are fine, but there are always opportunities underneath. We need to go together after these opportunities. This is how our companies will continue to grow,” reported Channel Futures.

Elsewhere, Lores promised HP is modernizing its core product portfolio and identifying key adjacencies for partners. Here, he said the acquisition of Poly creates a “super exciting” opportunity.

Google Cloud’s channel push

Google Cloud says it is “pushing harder than ever” to support its partner ecosystem. Plans include bringing its partners and channel sales team together into one organization. It also aims to almost double its spend on partners in the coming years.

This partner-first strategy is helping to differentiate the cloud provider from its competitors, says its UK&I channel leader. Simon Aldous says the Google Cloud partner ecosystem “and the industry-specific expertise and solutions it provides [are] integral to our growth strategy.”

Indeed, the firm has seen a 400% increase in partners entering the Google Cloud ecosystem. At the same time, it is reporting a 250% increase in partner revenues.

“Partners are choosing Google Cloud to drive the next stage of their business because we are choosing to prioritise them,” said Aldous.

Cisco’s cyberattack

Cisco has revealed it was the target of a cyber incident after a threat actor launched a phishing attack on an employee.

The IT giant says it became aware of a potential compromise on May 24 which targeted its corporate IT infrastructure reported CRN UK.

An investigation found the employee's credentials were compromised after an attacker gained control of a personal Google account where details saved in the victim's browser were being synchronised.

Its Talos blog claims the attacker conducted a series of sophisticated voice phishing attacks under the guise of various trusted organisations attempting to convince the victim to accept multi-factor authentication (MFA) push notifications.

“The attacker ultimately succeeded in achieving an MFA push acceptance, granting them access to VPN in the context of the targeted user,” Cisco said.

“After obtaining initial access, the threat actor conducted a variety of activities to maintain access, minimise forensic artifacts, and increase their level of access to systems within the environment.”

Cisco claims the threat actor was successfully removed from the environment despite them repeatedly attempting to regain access in the weeks following the attack.

Author: Christine Horton

Publish Date: 28/08/2022 23:47

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