Silicon Canals | July 14, 2023
Sendle, the most affordable delivery service built for small business, has beefed up its portfolio of shipping services designed to help small businesses succeed with the launch of Sendle Three-Day Guaranteed. This new, expedited shipping service offers small businesses a reliable, cheaper option to United Parcel Service (UPS) for fast, national package delivery. Proving that affordable shipping does not have to be slow, small businesses throughout the U.S. can now take advantage of Sendle’s expansive national network for even more efficient package deliveries that save them more time and money.
With Sendle Three-Day Guaranteed, all small businesses can now get their goods picked up from their doorstep and delivered in three business days or less to wherever they need to go in the U.S. – with no extra fees or contracts. There is also no minimum pick-up quantity required. If a Sendle package isn’t delivered within three business days, Sendle will refund the small business the cost of the delivery – no questions asked. The Sendle Three-Day Guaranteed service includes tracking and $150 cover, and is 100% carbon-neutral at no extra cost.
“Small businesses deserve more choice and fairer pricing when it comes to parcel delivery. That’s why Sendle is leading the charge to shake up the logistics space by delivering quick, reliable, and cheaper shipping services tailored specifically for small business. Today, we are proud to introduce a game-changing alternative to UPS that is guaranteed to get goods delivered in three days or less, at an unbeatable price,” says James Chin Moody, Sendle CEO and co-founder. “We are on a mission to liberate small businesses from the burdens of logistics, allowing them to focus on what truly matters. By unlocking precious time while saving them some money, we’re empowering small businesses to thrive. This is just the beginning – you can expect to see even greater innovations from us as we relentlessly fight for the success of small businesses.”
Complementing Sendle Saver, the company’s best value shipping option, and Sendle Preferred, which offers delivery in one to five days, the new Three-Day Guaranteed service provides the same, easy and reliable service Sendle’s small business customers have already come to love – and now at an even faster pace. Sendle handles the end-to-end journey of every parcel shipped, offering dedicated customer service by real people, as well as a powerful online dashboard where customers can track and reschedule their deliveries, and more.
“Brush Club operates in the sustainability sector and fast and reliable deliveries are integral elements of our brand promise. Customers value our commitment not just to their dental health, but also to the environment. A crucial part of that commitment is ensuring we deliver their sustainable dental kits in a timely and reliable manner,” says Santiago Martinez Oropeza, CEO and founder of Brush Club. “Sendle understands that small businesses like ours have to work fast. And now, with their Three-Day Guaranteed service, we can promise delivery times and keep them, and that builds trust with customers, sets us apart in a competitive market, and greatly enhances our customer retention.”
Small businesses can sign up for fast, more affordable shipping now
Sendle Three-Day Guaranteed starts at $4.59 and small businesses in the U.S. can immediately sign up and start using the service at sendle.com. “Sendle’s new Three-Day Guaranteed Service will benefit us and our customers – especially with our refill option taking off,” says Yvette Nathalie Brown, celebrity tea tender and founder of Tshikovi Tea House. “Our customers can refill their orders by sending their canisters back to us, and the sooner we get them back, the sooner we can refill them. Faster and more affordable shipping means our customers won’t run out of their favorite teas and our business can continue to grow with increased customer retention.”
The new Sendle Three-Day Guaranteed service is also available as an option to shipping and e-commerce platforms through Sendle’s new Digital Partner Program (DPP) that was also announced today. More information about Sendle’s new DPP can be found online.
Sendle is the first carrier in the United States specifically designed to serve the needs of small ecommerce businesses. Sendle levels the playing field for small businesses by offering simple, affordable shipping across the U.S. and internationally, with no hidden fees, subscriptions, or warehousing required. Merchants simply purchase a label and schedule a pickup from Sendle, and their package can be dropped off or picked up from their front door. Sendle is also the first 100% carbon neutral shipping carrier in the U.S. and is a Certified B Corporation and Climate Neutral Certified. The company was founded in Australia in 2014 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia; Seattle, Washington; and Toronto, Canada.
VentureBeat | September 27, 2023
Microsoft announced a series of new enterprise security features today that use artificial intelligence (AI) to help defend Windows 11 against increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks. The tech giant claims its new AI capabilities will reduce security incidents by 60% and firmware attacks by 300% for businesses using the latest version of its software.
Microsoft’s vice president of enterprise and OS security, David Weston, explains in a company blog post that was published today specifically how AI is being used to fortify Windows 11 against sophisticated attacks, ranging from malware to firmware threats, and even nation-state attacks.
At the heart of this AI-focused security upgrade is the integration of Microsoft’s Pluton Security Processor and Secured-core PCs. Both systems leverage AI algorithms to isolate sensitive data and provide defense against potential threats. IT professionals should note that these Secured-core PCs are reported to be 60% more resilient to malware than non-Secured-core PCs, a significant improvement in system defenses.
Microsoft’s AI strategy also appears to be forward-thinking, with the company starting to adopt memory safe languages like Rust for traditional attack targets. Rust’s memory safety features without garbage collection make it an ideal language for building reliable and efficient systems, further multiplying the cybersecurity benefits.
The end of passwords? Microsoft’s groundbreaking move
Perhaps most notable among today’s announcements is Microsoft’s push towards a passwordless future, a move that could fundamentally alter the landscape of cybersecurity.
Microsoft’s AI will now be used to develop and implement passkeys — unique, unguessable cryptographic credentials securely stored on a user’s device, which have the potential to replace traditional multi-factor authentication. This is a substantial leap forward in phishing protection, making it considerably more difficult for hackers to exploit stolen passwords.
Microsoft says that its AI system analyzes more than 65 trillion security signals per day— with more than 4,000 password attacks every second — to identify suspicious login attempts and request additional identity verification when needed in the new system.
The company also revealed a new capability called Config Refresh that relies on AI to detect and revert unwanted changes to device policies in near real-time. This allows IT teams to lock down device settings while leveraging intelligence to accommodate legitimate policy updates.
Microsoft pioneers a new cybersecurity path with AI
The company’s commitment to AI solutions aligns with its longstanding strategy of positioning itself as a leader in enterprise computing. By weaving AI into the fabric of Windows 11, Microsoft is demonstrating its commitment to providing businesses with secure, reliable, and forward-thinking solutions.
Business analysts see this as a clear indicator of Microsoft’s strategy to leverage its AI prowess to drive growth and cement its position in the enterprise data and AI market. Given the increasing importance of cybersecurity in the modern business landscape, Microsoft’s investment in AI could pay significant dividends.
However, the real test of these new AI-powered features will be their effectiveness against real-world threats. As cyber threats continue to evolve, so too must our defenses. If Microsoft’s AI enhancements can live up to their promise, they will represent a significant advance in cybersecurity and a potent tool in the fight against cybercrime.
As AI continues to transform enterprise data and security, it’s clear that companies like Microsoft are leading the charge. By harnessing the power of AI, Microsoft is not just shaping its future but also the future of cybersecurity as a whole. Only time will tell how these developments play out, but one thing is certain: the era of AI-driven cybersecurity is here, and Microsoft is at its helm.
Platform Security, Software Security, Cloud Security
Businesswire | July 25, 2023
Stellar Cyber, the innovator of Open XDR technology, announced today that all Stellar Cyber Open XDR Platform users can now secure their OT environments on the same platform with the same license they use to secure their IT environments. Combining IT and OT security in a single platform gives security teams a permanent advantage over attackers who frequently attempt to exploit weaknesses and vulnerabilities identified in an IT environment to move laterally into an OT environment to carry out an attack, and vice versa.
Recent studies found that in 2021, over 90% of manufacturers had their production or energy supply impacted by a cyberattack. “With attacks so prevalent, you would think most security vendors would attempt to provide an easy-to-implement OT security solution, but that is not the case,” said Sam Jones, VP of Product Management at Stellar Cyber. “We found that with our open data architecture and built-in network security (NDR) capabilities, we can detect the most common OT environment cyber-attacks without burdening the security team to create OT-specific detection content.”
OT environments require different deployment models based on their OT architecture. Stellar Cyber’s agentless deployment and its partnership with Garland Technology (a leading provider of network visibility products), make it easy for customers to incorporate their OT environment assets into the Stellar Cyber platform.
With Stellar Cyber, security teams can now automatically detect the following:
Many flavors of SCADA protocols
SCADA network segmentation violations
Malicious or suspicious file transfers
Several existing Stellar Cyber customers are already incorporating their OT environment assets into the Stellar Cyber Platform and gaining never-before-seen insights into the attacks targeting their OT environments. “Securing my OT environment seemed unrealistic given my resources and budget, but now that I can use the Stellar Cyber Platform for both my IT and OT environments, my security team is delivering better security outcomes across the entire organization, protecting our bottom line,” said a SOC manager for a mid-sized manufacturing organization.
“Securing an OT environment should not be exclusively available to organizations that have embedded OT expertise in their security teams,” said Sam Jones, VP of Product Management of Stellar Cyber. “With our platform, all customers can now reduce the risk of a widespread breach that might bring the shop floor, a utility turbine, or a critical manufactory line offline.”
About Stellar Cyber
Stellar Cyber’s Open XDR Platform delivers comprehensive, unified security without complexity, empowering lean security teams of any skill level to secure their environments successfully. With Stellar Cyber, organizations reduce risk with early and precise identification and remediation of threats while slashing costs, retaining investments in existing tools, and improving analyst productivity, delivering an 8X improvement in MTTD and a 20X improvement in MTTR.