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Washington, DC — Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act is far more than a partisan football; it’s central to the survival of the interconnected U.S. economy during this time of crisis.

Section 230 states: “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider”. It is a simple, clear, and sensible piece of legislation that takes the way things exist in the physical world, and acknowledges that the same things are true online. Just as a hotel owner who rents you a room is not responsible for making sure you don’t do anything illegal there, Internet ‘intermediaries’ are afforded similar protections under the law. Like a hotel, they are allowed to uphold standards of behavior, but they aren’t held to the same legal standards as their guests. It’s pretty simple stuff.


Businesses upended by COVID-19 are looking for ways to digitize and survive, and Internet infrastructure providers are central to this effort. The U.S. economy in particular is being kept alive due to the technical intermediaries enabling participation in the digital economy. Section 230 is why this works. If you mess with this, you will have no digital economy left, and no economic recovery for the United States. Countries with proper sensible intermediary protections will be the ones to drive the world’s recovery, and the United States will lose the strength of the digital economy that helps to sustain the United States economically.

Section 230 is only being talked about in terms of how it applies to Google, Facebook, and Twitter. However, Section 230 is what allows the entire Internet’s infrastructure to operate within the United States without crushing legal liability over what Internet users may or may not do. Put simply, Section 230 is the law that lets you start a small Internet business without a team of lawyers behind you.

To change Section 230 is therefore to rip away the ability of small Internet businesses to compete. Only changing Section 230 for large businesses doesn’t work either. Internet technology is all interconnected, and small businesses always rely upon larger ones to compete. If you destroy intermediary protections at the top, these inevitably flow down, and affect the smaller businesses too.

Would the Internet survive the gutting of Section 230? The global Internet community would likely be fine, and certainly a few large incumbent players would adapt and strengthen their positions as the only ones with the large enough legal teams to keep their doors open. What will die is the promise of being able to start a small Internet business, to innovate, and to compete without crushing legal liability.

This Executive Order is a small business hostile, poison pill for the United States economy, just when we need the digital economy at full strength to help lift us up. The Internet Infrastructure Coalition implores lawmakers to keep their eyes focused on how we survive our current economic situation. We can survive this together by investing in further digitization of our economic engine – such as remote education resources, remote healthcare resources, remote workforce resources, and digital services for small businesses to spur economic growth. We cannot pull the rug out from under the sensible core legislative language that makes all those things possible.

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NEW YORK AND TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – Zero Networks, the pioneer in zero trust networking, today announced the release of TrustMeter, a new free tool to help organizations better understand how much excessive network access exists inside their network.

According to Gartner, Inc.: “Excessive network trust leads to excessive latent risk. Network connectivity (even the right to ‘ping’ or see a server) should not be an entitlement; it should be earned based on trust. This excessive network trust will inevitably be exploited, leading to breaches and bringing legal, financial and regulatory exposure.”*


Risk due to excessive employee network access has always been a reality for businesses. However, with many employees working remotely due to COVID-19, this problem is now bigger and more urgent. It is easier to compromise a machine in the home network that is connected to an organization’s network than it is to compromise company-owned assets. Add to that the fact that since the start of COVID-19, hacking and phishing attempts have increased by 37% month-over-month, and it’s easy to see why organizational networks are at more risk than ever due to that excessive network access users have.

“Users and machines have way more network access than they need or ever should. This means that once an attacker compromises one machine inside the network, it’s easy for them to spread and do whatever they want,” said Benny Lakunishok, CEO, Zero Networks. “TrustMeter maps this excessive network trust and provides easy-to-consume visibility of this issue to IT and security teams so they can take action.”

TrustMeter extracts assets, entity, and identity information, and actively scans all assets to provide detailed information on what is accessible and vulnerable to exploitation. Scans can be run from any machine in the network to determine various scenarios, including:

-What risks remote workers are introducing to the network (VPN risk)
-Where an attacker can spread once they have taken control over one client machine inside the network
-What could be accessed if any server is compromised (data center breach)

Reports collected share complete analysis of each of the above scenarios, including more granular statistics on the composition of IP ranges and assets in the environment. Having a clear view of excessive network access has never been more important, and TrustMeter measures and maps this risk within an organization.

TrustMeter is a free tool that is available now to the community to help measure the risk in every network. The tool is being offered alongside Zero Networks’ announcement last month that it is offering its automated network control service free to companies in industries hit hard by COVID-19. To start using TrustMeter, visit the Zero Networks TrustMeter blog at https://zeronetworks.com/blog/introduction-to-trustmeter.

About Zero Networks:
Zero Networks prevents attacks from spreading and causing damage by automatically restricting network access to only what is normally needed, nothing more, for every device across the entire environment. The Zero Networks Access Orchestrator enables organizations to achieve a self-sustaining, zero trust networking stance, with no IT intervention required, by enabling legitimate users to use 2-step verification to access new devices or make rare connections. With Zero Networks, there are zero hassles, disruptions or worries, there is just trust in the network.

*Gartner “Zero Trust Is an Initial Step on the Roadmap to CARTA,” Neil MacDonald, 10 December 2018

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SAN MATEO, CA – Cloudian® today announced that HostedBizz, one of Canada’s premier cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) providers, has launched a new sovereign cloud data protection offering based on Cloudian’s HyperStore® object storage platform. The new service, HostedBizz HBS3, will bring the benefits of HyperStore’s limitless scalability, fully native S3 compatibility and advanced security features to HostedBizz’s customers. In addition, HostedBizz will offer HBS3 under a consumption-based pricing model in which customers pay only for the capacity they use each month.

Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, HostedBizz provides an integrated suite of IT infrastructure services including cloud servers, backup, disaster recovery, file sharing, remote desktop services, and private network access through a network of IT partners and resellers.


As it looked to expand its cloud offerings, HostedBizz wanted to ensure it had the best object storage platform. After conducting an extensive review of multiple vendors’ solutions, the company selected HyperStore as the foundation for its HBS3 service solution.

“To guarantee our customers a sovereign and trusted solution for data protection and long-term retention, we thoroughly evaluated Cloudian and concluded it was the best solution to fit the needs of our customers, including scalable capacity, multi-tenancy, and affordability,” said Jim Stechyson, co-founder at HostedBizz.

Specifically designed for cloud infrastructures, HostedBizz HBS3 will offer a range of HyperStore-based benefits, including:

  • Modular and limitless scalability, enabling users to start small and grow to an exabyte of storage capacity without interruption.
  • Fully native S3 compatibility, ensuring seamless integration with the expanding ecosystem of S3-based applications and archive solutions.
  • Advanced security features, including the ability to make backup copies immutable for protection against ransomware attacks.
  • Proven interoperability with Veeam and other vendor platforms for data protection, archiving and cloud tiering.
  • Integrated management tools to enhance control, monitoring and billing.
  • Multi-tenancy to provide users with secure, self-managed storage within a shared platform.
  • Geo-redundancy across multiple data centers in Canada.
  • Support for SMB/NFS storage services.
  • Cost savings of up to 70% compared to traditional disk and tape-based storage systems.

“Leading cloud providers like HostedBizz are seeing the opportunity to enhance their data storage and protection offerings to meet customers’ evolving needs,” said Jon Toor, chief marketing officer at Cloudian. “We look forward to partnering with HostedBizz to deliver higher value-add services to their customer base and help them further grow their business.”

About Cloudian
Cloudian is the most widely deployed independent provider of object storage systems, with the industry’s most advanced S3 compatibility and an extensive partnership ecosystem. Its award-winning flagship solution, HyperStore, provides limitless scalability and cloud-like technology, flexibility, and economics in the data center. Cloudian’s global data fabric architecture enables enterprises to store, find and protect object and file data seamlessly across sites, both on-premises and in public clouds, within a single, unified platform. Learn more at cloudian.com.

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Phoenix, AZ – phoenixNAP®, a global IT services provider offering security-focused cloud infrastructure, dedicated servers, colocation, and specialized Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) technology solutions, today announced a collaboration with Alert Logic, the industry’s first SaaS-enabled managed detection and response provider. This partnership will expand phoenixNAP’s Data Security Cloud (DSC) to include Alert Logic’s market-defining managed detection and response solution, enabling quicker threat detection, an enhanced ability to respond to security incidents, and complete and continuous monitoring of an organization’s attack surface.

Data Security Cloud is phoenixNAP’s compliance-ready cloud solution built for organizations that require advanced security or operate under strict regulatory requirements. Using industry-leading hardware and software technologies, DSC provides core protection against Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) and zero-day vulnerabilities, while ensuring exceptional performance. Alert Logic’s managed detection and response capabilities add a valuable security layer to the solution, providing a unique combination of award-winning SaaS security platform, continuous threat research and analytics, and 24/7 security experts.


“Alert Logic enabled us to add critical capabilities to our Data Security Cloud and make it even more powerful in addressing the needs of modern organizations,” said Ian McClarty, President at phoenixNAP. “Given that many businesses do not have the resources or knowledge to implement the right protection, DSC solves their challenge by providing easy and affordable access to enterprise-grade technologies. Alert Logic builds upon that value proposition by providing 24/7 security experts for full visibility across an organization’s IT assets, enabling businesses to meet even the most sophisticated security and compliance goals.”

Data Security Cloud is delivered on an OpEx model, enabling medium sized businesses to access enterprise-grade security technologies at an affordable price point. It is available in two subscriptions: Essentials and Advanced.

“phoenixNAP provides superior data protection to its customers through a highly secure, state-of-the-art cloud infrastructure platform, bringing mid-sized and other resource constrained businesses the kind of security typically afforded only to large enterprises,” said Bob Lyons, CEO, Alert Logic. “The partnership with Alert Logic enhances phoenixNAP’s ability to detect and respond to cyber threats, helping security teams bridge gaps and reduce the likelihood or impact of successful attacks.”

On April 16, phoenixNAP and Alert Logic will partner for a webinar: “How to Recognize Cyber-Attack Symptoms and Ensure Infrastructure Health.” In the webinar, Alert Logic’s Jack Danahy, SVP and Chief Evangelist and phoenixNAP’s William Bell, SVP of Product will discuss the new partnership and why managed detection and response is best positioned to help companies address their cybersecurity skills gap and today’s increasingly complex threat landscape. To register to attend the webinar, visit here.

About Alert Logic
Alert Logic is the industry’s first SaaS-enabled managed detection and response (MDR) provider, delivering unrivalled security value. Since no level of investment prevents or blocks 100% of attacks, you need to continuously identify and address breaches or gaps before they cause real damage. With limited budget and expertise, this level of security can seem out of reach. Our purpose-built technology and the team of MDR security experts protect your organization and empower you to resolve whatever threats may come. Founded in 2002, Alert Logic is headquartered in Houston, Texas, with offices in Austin, Cardiff, London, and Cali, Colombia, and online at alertlogic.com. Alert Logic – our knowledge is your advantage.

About phoenixNAP
phoenixNAP® is a global IT services provider with a focus on cyber security and compliance-readiness, whose progressive Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions are delivered from strategic edge locations worldwide. Its cloud, dedicated servers, hardware leasing and colocation options are built to meet always evolving IT businesses requirements. Providing comprehensive disaster recovery solutions, DDoS-protected global network, hybrid IT deployments with software and hardware-based security, phoenixNAP fully supports its clients’ business continuity planning. Offering scalable and resilient opex solutions with expert staff to assist, phoenixNAP supports growth and innovation in businesses of any size enabling their digital transformation.

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Tokyo, Japan and Sunnyvale, CA – NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT, communications, and networking solutions, today announced a global strategic partnership with Intermedia, a leading provider of cloud-based Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS) and Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS) solutions. Together, NEC and Intermedia are launching NEC UNIVERGE BLUE® CONNECT, a fully integrated and born-in-the-cloud UCaaS solution, and NEC UNIVERGE BLUE® ENGAGE, a CCaaS solution for businesses of all sizes.

For 120 years, NEC has transformed communications and IT for business. With over 80 million business users worldwide, NEC is in the top three globally for installed unified communications seats and ranks No. 1 for global line shipments over the past 3 quarters.


This partnership agreement with Intermedia represents NEC’s rapid global expansion into cloud-based communications and collaboration services.

With over 1,000 employees, 125,000 business customers, and 6,600 active channel partners, Intermedia develops and delivers tightly integrated, extremely reliable, highly secure, award-winning cloud communications software. Sold primarily under private label through a large network of reseller partners and major IT distributors, Intermedia’s solutions drive the communications for businesses of all sizes – from SMB to mid-market to Fortune 1000.

NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT and ENGAGE are built on Intermedia’s innovative, proprietary technology and world-class support and will be brought to market through NEC’s robust partner ecosystem. With NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT and ENGAGE, NEC is bolstering its global cloud communications offerings to fully support customer organizations in their migration to the cloud.

“The global NEC Group continues to be committed to helping customers solve a wide array of both business and societal issues and challenges, not the least of which is building a sustainable and more efficient society through the digital transformation of business infrastructure. This partnership for the delivery of cloud-based communications, collaboration, and contact center solutions with Intermedia allows NEC and its global network of partners to build toward a brighter future with the utmost care for quality, cost, and customer service,” said Kimihiko Fukuda, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation and President, NEC Platforms, Ltd.

“NEC is committed to helping businesses meet the demands of today’s digital workforce through our Smart Enterprise portfolio, and we recognize that enabling customer migration to the cloud is a key component,” said Paul Kievit, President and Head of NEC Enterprise Solutions EMEA and Americas. “To support this rapid migration on a global scale, NEC aimed to team up with a born-in-the-cloud partner that could provide a best-in-class, fully-integrated suite of UCaaS and CCaaS solutions.”

Ram Menghani, SVP of Product Development for NEC Enterprise Communications Technologies, further stated, “After a comprehensive review of the market, Intermedia was the clear winner. Intermedia’s UCaaS and CCaaS solutions are elegant, intuitive, and deliver a seamless experience that allows for highly reliable and secure anytime, anywhere communications. Combining this with its unique, partner-first philosophy and impeccable support and reliability – including its 99.999% guaranteed uptime service level agreements and being the only business cloud application provider to have been certified by J.D. Power for its superior 24/7 technical support now four years in a row – made Intermedia the perfect fit for NEC.”

“It’s an incredible honor to enter into this relationship with NEC – not only because they are such a trusted leader and well-respected brand in the global unified communications space, but, like Intermedia, they also put partners first,” said Michael Gold, CEO, Intermedia. “Partners serve as the trusted IT advisors to the business community, and I’m proud that we’ve built Intermedia into the leading, partner-first cloud communications software company that it is today. Our formula has been pretty simple – first, deliver highly reliable and secure, easy-to-use and manage, feature-rich cloud applications that allow users to communicate how they want, where they want, and when they want. And then, back those products with the sales, marketing, onboarding, billing, and technical support partners need so they can focus on winning more business and earning greater top-line revenue. With this focus, Intermedia has built an active partner community that is 6,600 strong and growing. By teaming with NEC, we look forward to working together to provide our UCaaS and CCaaS solutions to help drive better communications for a broader global audience.”

Introducing NEC UNIVERGE BLUE® CONNECT and NEC UNIVERGE BLUE® ENGAGE

Today, more than ever, businesses need the ability to communicate and collaborate from anywhere at any time, both internally and externally. Businesses need tools that are easy to deploy, use, and provide users with an integrated experience. NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT and ENGAGE are born in the cloud and designed specifically for businesses of all sizes and the channel partners that serve them.

NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT is a cloud-based business communications platform that combines a full-featured cloud-based phone system, chat, video conferencing, and file sync and share, all available to users through desktop, web, and mobile applications. Built on Intermedia’s born-in-the-cloud UCaaS environment, NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT is intuitive, reliable, and easy to deploy, while remaining highly scalable and extremely cost-effective. NEC UNIVERGE BLUE CONNECT helps improve the communications and collaboration of businesses while being easy for partners to sell, install, and support.

NEC UNIVERGE BLUE ENGAGE is a cloud-based contact center designed to fit business needs from the small, single channel to the large and sophisticated omni-channel environment. A dynamic CCaaS solution, it combines robust functionality with carrier-grade reliability and world-class deployment and support services. NEC UNIVERGE BLUE ENGAGE helps businesses differentiate from the competition where it matters most – the customer experience.

“This is a big move for both NEC and Intermedia. When you combine NEC’s global reach and relationship with their channel, and Intermedia’s world-class UCaaS and CCaaS offerings, you have to take notice,” said Elka Popova, Vice President, Information and Communications Technologies, Frost & Sullivan. “Now, more than ever, this gives NEC a clear path to help their customers with their cloud migration to enable much of what’s needed in today’s business environment, specifically remote work and meetings.”

About NEC Corporation
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. The NEC Group globally provides “Solutions for Society” that promote the safety, security, efficiency, and equality of society. Under the company’s corporate message of “Orchestrating a brighter world,” NEC aims to help solve a wide range of challenging issues and to create new social value for the changing world of tomorrow. For more information, visit NEC at https://www.nec.com.

About Intermedia
Intermedia is a leading Unified Communications as a Service (UCaaS), Contact Center as a Service (CCaaS), business cloud email and productivity applications provider hyper-focused on delivering easy-to-use and secure communication and collaboration solutions to businesses and the partners that serve them. More than 125,000 business customers and 6,600 active partners rely on Intermedia’s tightly integrated suite of cloud applications that are managed through one intuitive point of control and are backed by 99.999% uptime SLAs and J.D. Power-certified 24/7 technical support. Solutions include the all-in-one cloud communications and collaboration platform Intermedia Unite®, Intermedia Contact Center, AnyMeeting® web and video conferencing, file sharing and backup, business email, security, archiving, and more.

Intermedia’s 360° approach to partner success makes it easy for channel partners to sell, set up, manage, and support the cloud while achieving strong margins and creating attractive new revenue streams through both branded, co-branded, and private label programs.

Intermedia is the only business cloud application provider to have been certified by J.D. Power for its superior 24/7 technical support four years in a row – 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019.

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Leading Search Engine Optimization (SEO) tools provider marketgoo has partnered with WHMCS, a leading automation solution for web hosting companies. marketgoo will be available in the WHMCS marketplace MarketConnect, a digital services platform from WHMCS that enables hosts to buy and resell value added services through one single centralized platform. “We specialize in simplifying SEO for our users in order that they can leverage it to achieve online success. Making easy SEO tools available to WHMCS customers was something we had long looked forward to and we believe they can provide added value to any web host’s existing offerings.” said Wences García, Founder of marketgoo. With this partnership, marketgoo’s DIY SEO tool will be integrated into the WHMCS MarketConnect platform, giving WHMCS customers access to marketgoo Lite and marketgoo Pro, enabling them to deliver an even more comprehensive solution to their end users while creating new revenue streams….
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