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January 2017 Blue Cirrus gain Cyber Essentials accreditation

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Cyber Essentials is a government-backed, industry supported scheme to help organisations protect themselves against common cyber attacks. As an IT Security provider, it is only logical that Blue Cirrus seek to achieve this level of certification – which we are pleased to say we have completed.

January 2017 A New Year….a(nother) McAfee Re-brand

A very Happy New Year and a prosperous 2017 to all our clients.
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April 1st will see the launch of a re-branded Intel Security. McAfee will be that company. Logos will revert to a more familiar imagery, but what won’t change is McAfee’s commitment to Security. McAfee already protect more than a quarter of a billion endpoints, secure the footprint for nearly two-thirds of the world’s 2,000 largest companies, defend more than 200 million consumers, detect more than 400,000 new threats each day and represent more than 7,500 strong of the industry’s most talented cyber security professionals. The newly-branded McAfee will deliver even more in the future.

September 2016 McAfee DAC is coming…..

Intel Security have just announced a new technology which provides on-client sandbox-style functionality to block unknown malware. Known affectionately as DAC, Dynamic Application Control will combat the zero-day, patient-zero risks to endpoints with new strains of malware. Information is limited at present, but further details will be made available at the end of the month.

July 2016 McAfee / Intel Security Q3 Pricing and Brexit

Intel Security / McAfee’s Q3 pricing remains unchanged from Q1 2016 and Q2 2016 quarters. The drop in the GBP by c.15% since the outcome vote has not affected RRP pricing for this quarter. All quotations and pricing will remain valid to the end of September 2016.

June 2016 D-Day is here for SafeBoot / Drive Encryption 5.x

The announcement in 2014 by McAfee of the EOL of Endpoint Encryption Manager (formerly Safeboot) is finally upon us. 30th June 2016 will be the final day of support. For users *still* on the Endpoint Encryption Manager platform, Blue Cirrus encourage any McAfee/Safeboot customers  to upgrade. As long as you are covered by a valid support licence – it’s free!

February 2016 Blue Cirrus is 6 Years Old!

The end of January 2016 marked the end of Blue Cirrus’ 6th year in business. Maintaining our ethos from the start back in January 2010, Blue Cirrus remain a McAfee-only Partner selling the whole portfolio of products from a single vendor. Whilst the industry may view this as unusual, Blue Cirrus have found the focus to be benefitial to its customers which in-turn has enabled us to maintain a 100% customer retention rate.

We thank all of our clients for both their ongoing custom and continued support.

January 2016 McAfee SaaS transition to ePO Cloud – It’s worth the jump!

The previous McAfee SaaS Endpoint products are being phased into an established McAfee ePO-managed replacement – McAfee Endpoint Protection Essential for SMB. Designed for SMBs (up to 1000 nodes), this new suite includes McAfee Endpoint Security ver 10.0, Endpoint Protection for Mac and Device Control. The added advantage being that the Management can be conducted on-premise OR in the Cloud using the McAfee-managed ePO Cloud portal.
The move to an ePO-centred cloud offering represents a step-change in endpoint management and signifies McAfee/Intels intent to develop a single cloud based environment within which security can be managed for all devices; whether on or off-premise – saving resources, install and integration time as well as ongoing maintenance overheads.

January 2016 McAfee SaaS End-of-Sale date 11/1/16

With the previous October announcement of the EOL of several McAfee SaaS products, McAfee have this week announced the end of sale of the products listed below:
Email Archiving
Email Encryption
Email Protection & Continuity
SaaS – Browser Protection and Content Filtering
SaaS – AntiVirus/Anti-Spyware Protection
SaaS – Firewall Protection

October 2015 End of Life for McAfee SaaS Products

Today (October 22nd) McAfee announced the End of Life of all of their SaaS Products:
SaaS Email Protection and Archiving
Email Archiving
Email Encryption
Email Protection & Continuity
SaaS Endpoint
SaaS – Browser Protection and Content Filtering
SaaS – AntiVirus/Anti-Spyware Protection
SaaS – Firewall Protection
In respect of the Email protection and Archiving products, Proofpoint have been cited by Intel as as the best migration path to take. We also understand that preferential pricing and migration options will be available during any transition period. Please feel free to contact us for further details. At this early stage post annoucement, we also understand that the SaaS Endpoint products will be superceeded by McAfee ePO Cloud products – all of which are undergoing significant development to offer true on-premise ePolicy Orchestrator functionality in a secure hosted environment. Once again, please feel free to contact us for further details.

Customers with licenses which include SaaS Web Products continue to be fully supported with no change.

July 2015  Blue Cirrus complete Intel Security Sales, Technical and Managed Services Partner Certifications

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Blue Cirrus have today been re-confirmed as Intel Security Partners; authorised to provide all products in the Intel Security / McAfee product portfolio’s. These include Network Security, Endpoint Security and Security Management products along with associated Managed Services.
Simon Barrett, Sales Director of Blue Cirrus said of the attainments “These certifications confirm our commitment to Intel Security and McAfee and we look forward to expanding further our delivery of these products to clients in the UK marketplace”

June 2015  Blue Cirrus deliver McAfee Web Gateway Training Services to Schools

Blue Cirrus, in association with Service Birmingham Ltd; have launched a new technical training service designed specifically for The City’s 400+ schools.
Whilst Service Birmingham have created the McAfee Web Gateway service-wrap, Blue Cirrus are responsible for the design and delivery of the associated training programme to schools. The end result is that schools have greater control over Web 2.0 content whilst meeting the continual challenges of securing The Web for both students and staff.
Neil Curran, Managing Director of Blue Cirrus said of the new service “The need for greater control of The Web has always been high on the schools IT Administrators list. With the security of the Service Birmingham webDA Managed Service, schools can now confidently set Enterprise-grade Web 2.0 policies against endpoints, staff and students. Hackers are shifting their focus to non-corporate networks and with this new set of tools available,  Birmingham’s schools are well-set to defend themselves by utilising one of the best Web Gateway security products on the market”

February 2015  McAfee and Intel to form Intel Security

Yesterday at his Consumer Electronics Show (CES) keynote, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich shared the news that Intel and McAfee are to form a new Intel business unit called Intel Security Group. This is an exciting step forward for both brands and represents a commitment to combining Intel’s resources and proven track-record of performance, trust, and innovation with McAfee’s legacy of online safety and security to revolutionise the world of digital security. The Intel Security Group will focus on delivering secure computing so that consumers and businesses around the globe will have the confidence to use technology to its—and their—fullest potential. Full details here.

January 2015   Blue Cirrus to offer Managed ePO Service

The recent launch of McAfee’s new Endpoint Protection for SMB suites signals a step-change in security management. For the first time, McAfee’s Enterprise-grade management tool (ePolicy Orchestrator) is available as a Hosted Service. Secured in McAfee’s own datacentres, this announcement enables Blue Cirrus to offer pre-configured security management to organisations on a monthly subscription basis. Whilst AV, Web and Firewall services are available now, Q1 2015 will see additional products being added.

November 2014   Blue Cirrus attend McAfee Focus 14

McAfee’s 7th annual FOCUS conference in Las Vegas brought together more than 3,000 customers, partners, and employees for three days of information sharing and learning. We were able to see first-hand how Intel’s purchase of McAfee is starting to play out with a re-branding and product announcements to deliver a unified strategy in security management.

McAfee Managed Service Provider Blue Cirrus - NewsSeptember 2014   Blue Cirrus officially recognised as McAfee MSP

Blue Cirrus are pleased to announce that we have been officially recognised as a Certified McAfee Managed Services Provider. Covering the entire McAfee Security-as-a-Service (SaaS) portfolio, Blue Cirrus are authorised to provide pre-sales, trials and ongoing support for the cloud-based McAfee products including Endpoint, Email and Web Protection services.

Neil Curran, Managing Director of Blue Cirrus said of the news “Whilst it is important for Blue Cirrus to maintain our focus on McAfee Security Products, this certification represents a step-change in today’s provision of security services to businesses of any size. The Security as a Service products McAfee offer today both reduce the complexity of managing antivirus and reduce the workload of IT Managers who are already under great pressure to secure their networks and mobile devices in an ever-threatening IT-connected world.”

August 2014   McAfee SmartFilter End of Life

August 10th sees the last day of support for the former Secure Computing and latterly McAfee web filtering product. The database itself will continue to be updated in various firewall/OEM guises until further notice. Contact Blue Cirrus to discuss migration options.

July 2014   Blue Cirrus sign McAfeeSECURE agreement with B2U.nl (Hackersafe)

Blue Cirrus have entered into an agreement with the new EMEA Distributor for the McAfee SECURE Vulnerability Scanning, PCI Compliance check and Trustmark services. Used by over 80,000 websites worldwide, the recently relaunched services enable organisations to significantly reduce risk by providing a fully managed, proactive solution to discover and remediate website vulnerabilities on a continuous basis.

July 2014   Blue Cirrus Launch McAfee Business Store

Blue Cirrus announce the launch of a portal through which clients can purchase licenses online and direct from McAfee. NEW Monthly billing option included. Click here for further details.

June 2014   Blue Cirrus @ McAfee Focus 14

Blue Cirrus to attend the 7th annual Focus conference in Las Vegas, USA. A must for any McAfee Partner and a key event in the Security calendar, Focus offers security experts a program packed with valuable and timely content on the changing security landscape. FOCUS 14: Empowering the Connected World will offer deep dives and technical content to help security experts better manage the security networks organisations.

March 2014   Blue Cirrus HQ telephone number change

As of the 10th March, the Main number to contact Blue Cirrus has changed to 01225 584000. The old 0844 3582788 number will still operate until the end of 2014. Please update your contact information.

March 2014   Product Update: SmartFilter end of life August 10th 2014.

Clients using the former Secure Computing SmartFilter product are advised to migrate to the latest McAfee web filtering suites by the above date. The key XL database which forms the backbone of this product has been integrated and expanded into other McAfee products such as McAfee Web Gateway, SaaS Web Protection as well as combined suites at the Endpoint. Web filtering is now available both on and off-network providing a new and expanded feature set.

January 2014   Blue Cirrus Website re-launch

After many months of development, Blue Cirrus are pleased to be launching the latest bluecirrus.com website. We have decided to take a targeted approach to the McAfee product line-up providing detailed information covering the most popular products purchased by organisations throughout the UK. We have also integrated a chat facility to fire us any quick-questions regarding the McAfee product sets. Many thanks to our development partner: iflair.com for creating the new site.

December 2013   McAfee End of Year

McAfee will continue to receive orders/renewals until the 22nd December. Orders received beyond this date may not be processed until the first week of January. If your organisation requires an expired/overdue license to continue to operate and/or update during this time, please contact the Blue Cirrus Team to ensure continuity of service.

October 2013   McAfee Focus ’13 – Las Vegas

A fantastic event for McAfee Partners and Clients was held in Las Vegas this month. Keynote speeches were made by Leon Panetta (US Secretary of Defence 2011-2013) and Renée James (Intel President). The event was invaluable to attend and provided a fascinating insight into McAfee security strategy and upcoming products and features which will be with us during 2014.

September 2013   Blue Cirrus to attend McAfee Focus ’13

Blue Cirrus are delighted to be attending the 4th annual McAfee Focus ’13 event in Las Vegas next month.

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