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Flexera Software Presents 2015 Partner of the Year Awards

KPMG LLP, Mindgrape, Grupo SIA and Softline Group Named Top PartnersMaidenhead, U.K. – July 19, 2016 – Flexera Software, the leading provider of next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions for application producers and enterprises, today announced their 2015 Partner of the Year Awards.

Accolades were presented to KPMG, Mindgrape, Grupo SIA and Softline Group during Flexera Software’s annual Partner Summits in Big Sky Montana for North America, and the French Alps for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).Flexera Software’s solutions are sold, supported, serviced and enhanced by a global network of channel, consulting/service and technology partners.

These companies deliver value-added capabilities for Application Readiness, Software License Optimisation, Software Vulnerability Management, Software Monetisation and Installation business challenges.

The Partner Summits allow Flexera Software’s alliance partners to meet face-to-face and discuss important product updates and overall enterprise strategy for the upcoming year, as well as recognise strategic partners that routinely go above-and-beyond to help make customers successful. “Sincere congratulations to Flexera Software’s 2015 Partners of the Year,” said Tim Boudreau, Global Vice President of Strategic Alliances at Flexera Software. “Their unparalleled excellence, tireless dedication and quality service have played a vital role as they work with us to solve our mutual customers’ licensing, compliance, security and installation challenges.” Award Winners KPMG LLP, the U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm, received the North American Implementation Partner of the Year award for the second year in a row for excellence in delivering enterprise-wide implementation projects and programmes Mindgrape, a value-added supplier of software, IT consultancy services and training within IT infrastructure, was recognised as the EMEA Top Channel Partner for value-added distribution Grupo SIA, dedicated to providing solutions and services in corporate computing, was bestowed the EMEA Top Alliances Newcomer honour for identifying, addressing and solving customer license management challenges across the lifecycle – from building a business case to local language technical support, including implementing Flexera Software’s Software License Optimisation solutions Softline Group, an international IT-consulting company focusing on Software Asset Management (SAM), IT-security, IT-infrastructure consulting and managed services, was given EMEA Top Alliances Implementation Partner accolades the third year in a row for implementing and maintaining Flexera Software’s Software License Optimisation solutions for a high number of successful customer projects in Europe “We're honoured Flexera Software has named us as their North American Implementation Partner of the Year for the second year in a row," said Paul Baguley, Principal, KPMG's Contract Compliance Services. "Through our alliance, we’re working hand-in-hand to help clients effectively manage their software license estate, optimise spend and reduce license compliance risk, and we look forward to building on our success in the market.” “Mindgrape is honoured to receive Flexera Software’s Top Channel Partner award,” said Mikael Karlsson, CEO at Mindgrape. “Teaming together, our product portfolio provides toolkits which enable end-user applications, and provide solutions — from technology introduction to phase-out — leveraging the latest industry best practices.” “Grupo SIA appreciates Flexera Software acknowledging us as their Top Alliances Newcomer,” said Ruben Morales Linares, Director of Infrastructure Services at Grupo SIA. “Our close collaboration is fundamental to customer enablement, allowing us to join forces to deliver successful eTrainings, bootcamps and other joint customer events.” “Softline Group is very excited that Flexera Software has recognised us as Top Alliances Implementation Partner the third year in a row,” said Martin Schaletzky, CEO at Softline Group. “Our relationship lets us combine the expertise and innovative technologies our customers need for a number of extremely successful SAM implementations, and we look forward to driving expansion of the entire ecosystem for years to come.” # # # Resources: Follow Flexera Software… About KPMG LLPKPMG LLP, the audit, tax and advisory firm (www.kpmg.com/us), is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”). KPMG International’s member firms have 174,000 professionals, including more than 9,000 partners, in 155 countries. About MindgrapeMindgrape offers software licenses, authorised training and consultancy services within application delivery and deployment. Quality and trust are our watchwords when we deliver customer adapted solutions to enterprises, organisations and public authorities. About Grupo SIAGrupo SIA is an international company of Spanish origin, founded in 1989, dedicated to providing solutions and services in corporate computing. Our value is based on specialisation and the culture of dedication to our customers.
SIA has more than 600 professionals and offices in Spain (Madrid, Barcelona, A Coruña) and Portugal (Lisbon, Oporto). About Softline GroupSoftline Group is an established IT service provider that shows a continuous growth through the establishment of international branches focused on IT-Asset Management, IT-consulting and IT-support.

The Softline Group operates throughout the whole of Europe and has its head office in Leipzig.

The group consists of Softline AG, which acts as the holding company, and its subsidiaries Softline Solutions GmbH, Softline Solutions Netherlands B.V., Softline Solutions N.V., Softline Solutions France, Softline Solutions UK as well as Prometheus GmbH and its subsidiary XPERTLINK GmbH.

The Softline Group is a financially stable company that enjoys continuous growth.
It has developed into a recognised service provider in the information and communication technology (ICT) sector.
Softline AG was founded in 1983 and has been a listed company since February 2000.

For more information, please visit www.softline-group.com. About Flexera SoftwareFlexera Software helps application producers and enterprises increase application usage and the value they derive from their software. Our next-generation software licensing, compliance, security and installation solutions are essential to ensure continuous licensing compliance, optimised software investments and to future-proof businesses against the risks and costs of constantly changing technology. Over 80,000 customers turn to Flexera Software as a trusted and neutral source for the knowledge and expertise we have gained as the marketplace leader for over 25 years and for the automation and intelligence designed into our products.

For more information, please go to: www.flexerasoftware.com. For more information, contact:Vidushi Patel/ Nicola MalesVanilla PRprflexera@vanillapr.co.uk+44 7958474632 / +447976652491 Copyright 2016 Flexera Software LLC.

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Ultra Electronics AEP partners with REALSEC to distribute their security solutions

AEP to focus on international sales and distribution of REALSEC security solutions for the banking, enterprise and government sectorsLoudwater, UK and Redwood City, USA, Sep 10 2014: Ultra Electronics AEP and REALSEC today announced that the companies have signed an agreement for AEP to distribute the entire REALSEC product line, which includes financial hardware security modules (HSMs) and solutions for public key infrastructure (PKI), email encryption, digital signing and time stamping.AEP will initially be promoting these solutions in the banking, enterprise and government sectors throughout the Asia-Pacific region and Europe, with a roadmap to expand and resell the technology across other regions. "We share REALSEC's dedication to building customer trust in secure issuing and processing environments, and they are an ideal partner for delivering advanced cryptographic solutions," said Rob Stubbs, Operations Director, AEP.Based in Redwood City, CA, REALSEC provides pre-installed solutions on single-device hardware, including application software and an integrated Hardware Security Module (HSM) that are FIPS 140-2 Level 3 validated or Common Criteria EAL4+ certified.REALSEC will be providing AEP with support and training across the REALSEC product line, which includes:Cryptosec Banking - High performance, integrated financial HSM for transaction securityCryptosec RKL - Automated, secure remote key loading for ATMs and POS terminalsH3P - EMV card deployment solution, including migration from legacy magnetic stripe platformsCryptosec TSA - Dedicated appliance for secure time and data stampingCryptosec Mail - Dedicated appliance for high volume email encryption and signaturesCryptosec Openkey Series - Family of dedicated appliances for all key PKI functions: CA, RA, VA/OCSP and time stamping CryptoSign Server - Dedicated appliance for secure certificate storage and high volume electronic signaturesSebastian Muñoz, CEO of REALSEC, Inc. said "With our previous expansion and continued success in North America, it was imperative to find a partner that could deliver the REALSEC message and technology on a global scale. Signing this agreement with AEP solves that need and we look forward to a successful relationship between the two companies."-Ends-About Ultra Electronics AEPAEP offers a broad range of products aimed at the cyber security, communications and automated payments markets, including the Keyper™ general-purpose HSM that is FIPS 140-2 Level 4 validated and Common Criteria EAL4+ certified, and can be used in applications such as DNSSEC, key management, code signing and database encryption.AEP is a business unit of Ultra Electronics, an internationally successful defence & aerospace, security & cyber, transport and energy company with a long, consistent track record of development and growth. Ultra businesses constantly innovate to create solutions to customer requirements that are different from, and better than, those of its competitors. For more information, please visit http://www.ultra-aep.com/. EnquiriesJohn Bailey, Marketing Manager01628 642600 About REALSECREALSEC develops its own encryption and digital signature solutions for banking and payment providers, government and defence agencies and enterprise organisations. REALSEC maintains an international presence with offices in San Francisco (USA), Madrid (Spain) and Mexico D.F (Mexico) and an extensive partner network spanning more than 25 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.realsec.com/ ContactDan ChmielewskiMadison Alexander PR714-832-8716/ 949-231-2965Source: RealWire

No return to snooper’s charter under emergency surveillance law

Labour and the Liberal Democrats have insisted they would not allow any emergency anti-terror laws to open the back door to a revival of a wider snooper’s charter as inter-party talks are held on the prospect. Emergency legislation to force UK communications providers to store records of phone calls, texts and internet use is on the cards as concerns mount over renewed terror threats and the effects of the NSA leaks. But the Guardian reported a Lib Dem source as saying there was “no question” of any revival of the snooper’s charter – the draft Communications Data Bill scrapped in 2013 – under the current government. The debate comes three months after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down the Data Retention Directive, put in place following the Madrid and London terror attacks of 2004 and 2005 respectively, in April of this year. The directive provided for the retention of location and usage data on all customers for six to 24 months, but was scrapped after the ECJ decided there was no legal basis for it. The Open Rights Group called for any new legislation to include the guidance issued by the ECJ, and went on to dismiss the government’s plans as spin. The group suggested that it was the threat of legal action from itself and other civil liberties organisations, rather than a perceived threat of terrorism, that was behind the renewed calls. “The government is tacitly admitting that our current data retention laws are illegal and that they are required to re-legislate,” said Open Rights Group executive director Jim Killock. “The European Court has ruled that data retention should be limited and blanket retention cannot be justified because it interferes with our right to privacy. However, Theresa May actually wants to increase the amount of communications data that is kept about us.” Email Alerts Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox. By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy Read More Related content from ComputerWeekly.com RELATED CONTENT FROM THE TECHTARGET NETWORK

EU high court strikes down metadata collection law

Citizens made to feel that they "are the subject of constant surveillance."

Top EU court declares data retention directive invalid

The European Court of Justice has declared invalid the EU Data Retention Directive, which requires telecoms providers to store the communications data of EU citizens for at least six months. This data includes traffic and location data regarding fixed and mobile telephony, internet access and email, but does not include content. The directive requires telecoms providers to make this data available, on request, to law enforcement authorities for the purpose of investigation, detection and prosecution of serious crime and terrorism. The Data Retention Directive was adopted following the terror attacks in Madrid in 2004 and London in 2005 to harmonise European efforts to investigate and prosecute the most serious crimes. The aim was to give the authorities better tools to investigate and prosecute organised crime and terrorism. The court said the directive “entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that interference being limited to what is strictly necessary", reports Reuters. "Furthermore, the fact that data are retained and subsequently used without the subscriber or registered user being informed is likely to generate in the persons concerned a feeling that their private lives are the subject of constant surveillance," the court said. But a memo issued by the European Commission said the ruling means that national legislation needs to be amended only with regard to aspects that become contrary to EU law. “Furthermore, a finding of invalidity of the directive does not cancel the ability for member states under the e-Privacy Directive (2002/58/EC) to oblige retention of data,” the EC said. Cecilia Malmström, commissioner for home affairs, said the court ruling brings clarity and confirms the critical conclusions in terms of proportionality of the Commission's evaluation report of 2011 on the implementation of the Data Retention Directive. The EC said the evaluation report concluded that data retention has proved useful in criminal investigations into crime and terrorism. “The European Commission will now carefully asses the verdict and its impact,” said Malmström. She said the EC will “take its work forward in light of progress made in relation to the revision of the e-Privacy Directive and taking into account the negotiations on the data protection framework". The Austrian and Irish courts had asked the European Court of Justice to rule whether the directive was in line with the EU's Charter of Fundamental Rights. The directive has also caused public outcry in Germany. In February 2009, the European Court of Justice disappointed privacy advocates by ruling that the directive was legal, in response to objections by Ireland and Slovakia. Email Alerts Register now to receive ComputerWeekly.com IT-related news, guides and more, delivered to your inbox. By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy Read More Related content from ComputerWeekly.com RELATED CONTENT FROM THE TECHTARGET NETWORK

New Blackphone aims to quash surveillance threat

Developed by security experts including those from Silent Circle, the Android-powered Blackphone is designed to make snooping far more difficult. January 15, 2014 5:48 AM PST The Blackphone: It's where style meets privacy, backers say. (Credit: B...

NSA monitored 60 million Spanish calls, but denies claims President Obama...

The US National Security Agency (NSA) has allegedly monitored 60 million phone calls in Spain in just one month. The reports, stemming from Spanish newspaper El Mundo, claim that documents provided by former NSA contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden have revealed that the NSA collected the metadata - the numbers and locations of the calls - but not the content of the calls, between December 2012 and January this year. How the NSA managed to get the information is not disclosed in the graphic that the Spanish newspaper has published. Other documents that have been released by Snowden over the past few months have shown that the NSA has tapped into fibre-optic cables as a means of getting hold of the data it wants. In addition, its British equivalent, GCHQ, has also colluded in the NSA's mass-surveillance with its Tempora programme. GCHQ, according to the Snowden documents, has built a system to scoop up as much internet and telephone traffic as possible by tapping into fibre-optic cables that run across UK territory. It then passes on the details of what it has found to the NSA. And it is not only transatlantic fibre-optic cables that the NSA has sought to tap into, according to Japanese news agency Kyodo. It claims that the NSA asked the Japenese government in 2011 to allow it to tap into fibre-optic cables that carry citizens' data through Japan to the Asia-Pacific region. The Japan Times said that this was a way for the US to spy on China, but that Japan refused to allow it to do so because of a lack of legal framework and personnel. Sources told the newspaper that the Japanese government said that as there were only a small proportion of public sector employees working within the intelligence department in Japan, the kind of large-scale operation proposed by the US would need the help of the private sector. China and Spain are not the only countries that have been the target of US and UK electronic spying, with Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel's phone also thought to have been under surveillance by the NSA.  Reports from German news magazine Der Spiegel claim that the surveillance of her phone began in 2002, prior to her election as Chancellor, and that the monitoring only ended this summer - before President Obama visited Berlin. German newspaper Bild am Sonntag has since claimed that President Obama was personally notified about the surveillance operation involving Merkel's phone. However, an NSA spokesperson responded by stating that NSA chief Keith Alexander "did not discuss with President Obama in 2010 an alleged foreign intelligence operation involving German Chancellor Merkel, nor has he ever discussed alleged operations involving Chancellor Merkel.

News reports claiming otherwise are not true". Merkel has reportedly made a personal phone call to President Obama, who is thought to have apologised and emphasised that he was unaware of the operation. Der Spiegel reported that the NSA had set up a surveillance operation in Berlin's American embassy. It is here where Chancellor Merkel's mobile phone calls were monitored, as well as other communications within the German government's quarter, the newspaper said. It added that the NSA had similar operations in 80 other locations worldwide, including Paris, Madrid and Rome. Germany and Brazil are now leading a campaign at the United Nations to protect the right to privacy on the internet. Snowden's documents had revealed that the NSA had spied on the president of Brazil, as well as Brazilian oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA (Petrobras). At SAP's Innovation Tour in Brazil in September, Marcel Kaskus, Petrobras' IT software solutions general manager, said that the revelations did not just affect Petrobras, but "affected the whole country", and that the issue goes beyond the firm's IT infrastructure, as "it's not a technical issue, but a political one".