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Aryaka Announces Global Managed Security Partnership with Check Point Software Technologies

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Aryaka, the cloud-first WAN company and #1 end-to-end managed SD-WAN provider, today announced a partnership with Check Point Software Technologies that leverages Aryakas Cloud-First managed SD-WAN solution and Check Point CloudGuard Connect and CloudGuard Edge to deliver integrated security and SD-WAN as-a-Service. Check Point CloudGuard technology delivers industry-leading threat prevention that is updated in real-time using the latest Check Point ThreatCloud intelligence. The partnership announced today delivers customers a unified threat and access management platform that has the flexibility to deploy branch office security in minutes, while reducing operational expenses by up to 40 percent. The partnership also delivers seamless integration with Aryakas Cloud-First WAN, allowing network and security to be delivered as a service.

As enterprises move their applications to the cloud, they are shifting away from traditional legacy architectures towards cloud-first architectures that deliver flexibility, simplicity and better alignment with fast-changing business needs.

The CloudGuard Connect cloud-hosted security service delivers maintenance-free, advanced threat prevention to thousands of branch offices in minutes. CloudGuard Edge implements on-premise security for data privacy or data-residency requirements. CloudGuard Edge is tightly integrated with Virtual Network Functions (VNF) on Aryakas Network Access Point (ANAP) customer premise equipment (CPE), leveraging Aryakas SmartConnect Global backbone with multi-cloud connectivity options that enable security deployment in minutes.

The combined solution provides tight integration of Aryakas leading, cloud-first WAN capabilities with Check Points security solutions. It provides the building blocks for enterprises to adopt emerging architectural approaches such as the Gartner advocated Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), while taking advantage of the service delivery footprint through Aryakas global service points-of-presence (PoPs) and its multi-cloud networking capabilities. And it is all delivered as-a-service.

Connecting branch offices directly to the cloud using SD-WAN significantly increases security risks, said Aviv Abramovich, head of security services management at Check Point Software Technologies. With Aryakas cloud-first SD-WAN, combined with CloudGuard Connect and CloudGuard Edge, enterprises now have the flexibility to deploy Check Points top-rated threat prevention and intelligence to protect their branch offices against the latest Zero Day and Gen V security threats.

We are very pleased to partner with Check Point Software Technologies in order to further extend the Aryaka SmartSecure offering, said Shashi Kiran, CMO at Aryaka. Check Point is a renowned industry leader in the security space. Combining Check Points best-in-class security with Aryakas high-performance managed SD-WAN allows us to deliver both Network and Security as-a-Service for a variety of deployment models, while giving our customers greater choice, simplicity and flexibility.

Aryaka SmartConnect and Aryaka SmartSecure are delivered as a fully managed service, which eliminates the cumbersome process of implementing, operating and trouble-shooting complex network and security features. This allows network administrators to spend more time focusing on strategic IT initiatives and less time dealing with daily networking and security issues.

The combined Check Point and Aryaka solution provides us with the exact building blocks we needed in order to achieve our key objectives, said Yossi Batashvili, Global Technologies Manager at Adama Agricultural solution LTD, namely a flexible, leading security solution combined with an intent-based, managed SD-WAN networking solution.

As a leading communication and security services provider to enterprises, the technology partnership between Aryaka and Check Point allows Internet Binat to offer a best-of-breed security and networking solution to our enterprise customers, said Shmulik Haber, CEO Internet Binat, and we are excited about its potential in a rapidly transforming market.”

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Aryaka and Check Point Blog (https://www.aryaka.com/blog/paving-the-road-to-sase/)

Check Point Secure Virtual Summit (https://virtual-us.checkpoint.com/)

Aryaka Webinar on 8/20: The Power of Choice: Tailoring Your SASE Solution to Your Enterprises Needs (https://bit.ly/2ZLVcEy)

Aryaka is a Visionary in the 2019 Gartner WAN Edge Infrastructure Magic Quadrant and the only SD-WAN MSP recognized as a Voice of Customer. Download report here.

For more on Aryaka, please visit: https://www.aryaka.com/

Follow Aryaka on Twitter: @AryakaNetworks

Visit Aryaka on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/aryaka-networks/

About Aryaka

Aryaka, the Cloud-First WAN company, brings agility, simplicity and a great experience to consuming the WAN-as-a-service. An optimized global network and innovative technology stack delivers the industrys #1 managed SD-WAN service and sets the gold standard for application performance. The Aryaka SmartServices platform offers connectivity, application acceleration, security, cloud networking and insights leveraging global orchestration and provisioning. The companys customers include hundreds of global enterprises including several in the Fortune 100.

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Firmament-Backed Envase Completes Second Transaction in October, Acquiring Tailwind Transportation Software

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DOVER, N.H., Oct. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Envase Technologies, a mission-critical software platform for the intermodal supply chain, announced today the acquisition of Tailwind Transportation Software, an industry-leading Transportation Management System (TMS) built for freight brokers, intermodal, and over-the-road trucking companies. Tailwind joins Envase's existing suite of market-leading TMS software built for the intermodal community.

"Tailwind is highly complementary to our existing technology, and will add best-in-class freight brokerage and over-the road trucking functionality to our existing suite of intermodal solutions," said Larry Cuddy Jr., CEO, Envase Technologies. "Our larger carriers with both intermodal and over-the-road fleets will benefit from access to a robust set of tools to help them efficiently manage both intermodal and over-the-road operations. We couldn't be more excited to welcome the entire Tailwind team, customers, and product suite to the Envase platform."

The Tailwind acquisition will further Envase's mission to give its customers the holistic tools necessary to efficiently move freight across ports, rails, yards, warehouses, and end destinations with complete end-to-end visibility. Tailwind will also strengthen Envase's presence in the Canadian market, with ~500 customers and thousands of drivers moving freight across the Canadian and U.S. markets.

The Tailwind transaction represents Envase's second this month, following its acquisition of SecurSpace, a leading gate management software and online marketplace technology provider that connects intermodal and over-the-road carriers looking for parking and storage options to real estate partners with dedicated or excess capacity.

Envase's financial partner, The Firmament Group, provided strategic assistance in consummating the acquisition. Green Campbell and Tedmond Wong, who both serve as Board Members of Envase, led the transaction on behalf of Firmament.

About Envase
Envase (www.envasetechnologies.com) provides mission-critical, cloud-based transportation management system (TMS) enterprise software and mobile applications to the intermodal transportation industry, with a core focus on the drayage trucking niche. The software merges order entry, dispatch, container tracking, electronic data interchange (EDI), API connectivity, document imaging, invoicing, settlements, and business intelligence, among other functions, into a single, streamlined system providing carrier efficiencies and container visibility over the intermodal supply chain.

About Tailwind
Tailwind (www.tailwindtransportationsoftware.com) provides mission-critical transportation management system enterprise software and mobile applications to freight brokers, intermodal carriers, and over-the-road carriers.

About The Firmament Group
The Firmament Group (www.thefirmamentgroup.com) provides tailored debt and equity capital solutions to small- and medium-sized enterprises. Firmament is a value-added partner to entrepreneurs, management teams and business owners and curates solutions by deploying versatile capital in a user-friendly way. Firmament seeks both senior and junior debt capital opportunities including unitranche, second lien and mezzanine debt, and also provides equity capital structured as either preferred or common equity. With offices across the United States and in the United Kingdom, Firmament is focused on turning small business into big business.

CONTACT: Allie Reitman, [email protected]
SOURCE: The Firmament Group
Related Links: http://www.thefirmamentgroup.com/

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Tufts Health Plan Leaders Taking the 'Purple Hair Challenge' in Support of the Alzheimer's Association

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WATERTOWN, Mass., Oct. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Members of Tufts Health Plan's senior management group took an innovative approach to raise funds in support of the Alzheimer's Association this year. Senior leaders, including Tufts Health Plan President and CEO, Tom Croswell, agreed to dye their hair purple to support the Alzheimer's Association's Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter if the Tufts Health Plan team met their fundraising goal of $65,000 by October 16. Employees smashed that goal, raising more than $71,000.

"Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and it is the only one that has no cure or strategies for prevention," said Croswell. "I have personally experienced the challenges that families who struggle with Alzheimer's face, and I am proud Tufts Health Plan continues its commitment to supporting families living with Alzheimer's and finding effective treatment strategies for this disease."

Funds raised through the Purple Hair Challenge support vital programs including a 24/7 Helpline for those living with Alzheimer's, their families and caregivers, in-person and online education and care, research in prevention and treatment, and local and national advocacy work. The Chapter has reported an increased need for their programs and services because of the pandemic. 

  • The Tufts Health Plan Walk to End Alzheimer's team has donated nearly $1.1 million to the Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association since 2012. This includes funds raised by the team, plus matching funds from Tufts Health Plan Foundation. This year, instead of large public gatherings, the Walk to End Alzheimer's took place in neighborhoods and communities across New England.  For the past five years, the Tufts Health Plan team has been the number one fundraising team in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Tufts Health Plan and the Alzheimer's Association work collaboratively in a number of ways. An innovative integrated care management program– the first of its kind in New England – offers Tufts Health Plan members with dementia and their families a dementia care consultant to coordinate services. Foundation grants have supported enhancements to the Alzheimer's 24/7 Helpline; outreach to caregivers in underserved communities; education for community health center workers on the early warning signs of dementia; and training for first responders and allied health professionals, including nurses, social workers and direct home care workers. The training helps them become more proficient in responding to and understanding the needs of those living with dementia.

To donate to the Tufts Health Plan Walk to End Alzheimer's team, visit alz.org/tuftshealthplan and select the event you would like to support.

About Tufts Health Plan
Tufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage. Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than 1.15 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. We are continually among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction. Our Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options plans received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the highest rating possible.* Our commercial HMO/POS and Massachusetts PPO plans are rated 5 out of 5 – the highest rating possible – by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA).** Our Medicaid plan is rated 4.5 out of a possible 5.***

To learn more about how we're redefining what a health plan can do, visit www.tuftshealthplan.com/whatwedo.  Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn and Instagram.

*Every year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. For more information on plan ratings, go to www.medicare.gov. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plans received 5 out of 5 stars for contract years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021.
**NCQA's Private Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2019–2020
***NCQA's Medicaid Health Insurance Plan Ratings 2019-2020. 

About Alzheimer's Association®
The Alzheimer's Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.

CONTACT
Kathleen Makela
617-480-9590
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Heather Maloney
617-393-2028
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Affinity Federal Credit Union Accelerates Digital Transformation, Continuing Appointment-Only Branches for More Personalized, Member-Focused Service

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BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 30, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Affinity Federal Credit Union announced today that its branches will continue operating under an appointments-only model – a strategic shift in service to further enhance member experience, both in-branch and online, while meeting increasing demand for digital banking solutions. The combination of personalized, in-branch interactions and more digital, self-service banking technologies underpin Affinity's new service model, centered on its members' financial wellbeing.

"Interacting with members through scheduled, personal, in-branch or phone appointments allows us to focus on their more complex financial needs and provide meaningful solutions that improve their financial wellbeing," said John Fenton, CEO of Affinity Federal Credit Union. "At the same time, we're investing in continuous innovation to expand and enhance our digital and self-service banking technologies to make day-to-day transactions easier and more convenient. The pandemic accelerated our long-term plan to meet the ever-evolving needs of our members by becoming a more digital credit union. We are transforming our service model accordingly."

Among Affinity's significant digital upgrades and updates are:

  • Voice ID, a biometric voice authentication system that reduces hold times, improves service speed and strengthens security.
  • Self-Service Interactive Voice Response (IVR), allowing the caller more self-service options, and smooth transition into calls with a live agent.
  • Wes, the Affinity Virtual Assistant, available 24/7 on the Affinity website to help answer questions and assists with website navigation.
  • Website enhancements, including the ability to quickly schedule a personal, in-branch appointment.

Additional technology enhancements and digital banking solutions, including more mobile and automated self-services, and security features to safeguard transactions, will be announced in the coming months as Affinity continues to evolve its operations to better serve its membership as a whole. Thanks to these enhancements in our technology, our branch locations will also continue to evolve as we work to provide the best possible member experience focusing on a more consultative in-person environment that will support a more individualized approach around financial wellbeing.

"How we are serving our members is changing. But our commitment to improving the financial lives of our members and the communities we serve is stronger than ever," added Fenton. "Our mission is to return value to our members and our service model transformation is doing exactly that."

About Affinity Federal Credit Union:

The largest credit union headquartered in the state of New Jersey, Affinity proudly ranks in the top 2% of all credit unions in terms of asset size1. It is a member-owned, not-for-profit, full-service financial institution federally insured by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA). For more information, visit affinityfcu.com.

1 Source: NCUA.gov. Using the "Credit Union & Corporate Call Report Data" found here: https://www.ncua.gov/analysis/credit-union-corporate-call-report-data.

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