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Partnerships ahoy - this week's announcements

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This week there were a large number of vendor partnership announcements; here is a summary of the news.

SonicWall has added Kaspersky technology to its enforced client anti-virus and anti-spyware solutions. The enforced client solution resides on endpoint computers to deliver critical protection against viruses and malware.

Panda Security and Microsoft have signed a collaboration agreement to develop cloud-based anti-virus security services for Windows Azure, a cloud platform designed to host, scale and manage web applications.

With the new beta version of Panda Cloud Office Protection 6.0 hosted in Windows Azure, Panda said that Cloud Office Protection 6.0 is a cloud-based security service for PCs, servers and corporate laptops managed remotely through its web-based console. Features include device control technologies that prevent the spread of malware through the improper use of external devices, while policies to block dangerous malware activity are also included.

Good Technology and Box have launched an enterprise application which provides enterprise-grade mobile security across the secure content sharing platform. The Box for Good Technology application also allows employees to share content with people outside the organisation via a secure link. The application has also been approved by Veracode.

Mobile file-sharing solutions vendor Accellion has partnered with automated enterprise mobility management platform BoxTone to offer a secure mobility solution to centrally manage content sharing, collaboration and storage across mobile devices and apps. The companies claimed that the joint solution enables organisations to manage mobile access to sensitive, confidential data.

Palo Alto Networks has announced that Zenprise has joined its technology partner programme so that users of Palo Alto's next-generation firewalls and Zenprise MobileManager can extend visibility and control of applications running on smartphones and tablets.

The partnership will mean that users can automatically provision and configure Palo Alto Networks GlobalProtect connectivity for iOS devices utilising MobileManager and ensure that all mobile devices adhere to corporate security policy and best practices, such as those for 'bring your own device' (BYOD).

CertiVox and QuickLogic are to jointly develop user-friendly data solutions across platforms. The first launch is a USB thumb drive that encrypts data with CertiVox's latest two-factor authentication technology (SkyPin), with data backed up to CertiVox's PrivateSky secure cloud storage platform.

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