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Palo Alto Traps: The End for Antivirus (AV) and Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR)?

Stefan Fouant

The world of malware and exploits has a long history, and anyone involved in this industry knows that we are at a tipping point. Threats continue to evolve, from the first viruses seen in the wild back in 1982, to the modern day malware of today that’s capable of spreading laterally in the blink of an eye.

We are in an arms race, and the traditional, legacy ways of dealing with these types of problems just doesn’t cut it anymore. For the last few months I’ve been learning and playing with Palo Alto’s Endpoint Protection solution, aptly entitled Traps. As someone who has worked in the network and cybersecurity industries over the last 20 years, I can tell you, it’s a revolutionary approach to the problem of dealing with these types of attacks. While the industry as a whole has focused on Antivirus (AV) mechanisms and more recently, Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR), Palo Alto is taking an altogether different approach; an approach that in my opinion will ultimately leave these legacy approaches in the dust.

Before taking a deep dive into Traps and what makes it so different, let’s take a look at the comparative landscape:

Antivirus

This is the home of traditional mainstays such as Symantec, McAfee, Norton and others. At one point, these were the giants. And to a certain extent, they still are, largely due to their huge installed base. But in the world of dealing with breaches and exploits, they are the dinosaurs, a dying breed. These vendors to a large extent focus on using signature based methods to detect malware and exploits. Signature-based threat detection essentially works when the vendor creates a signature after a new virus or malware variant is discovered in the wild. This signature is then pushed out to customers in the form of a signature update.

The problem is, there are many ways to circumvent this, whether by using Do-it-Yourself malware encryptors, polymorphism, or generally any technique which can obfuscate the code and render it incapable of being matched against the signature database. Furthermore, cyber criminals are now taking the extra step of pre-scanning their malware against all the popular antivirus engines in order to ensure that it can effectively bypass these signature-based methods – affording the malware creator a much higher rate of success once they release it into the wild.

Endpoint Detection and Response

EDR has been an area of technology that has been around for a few years now, and has typically been touted as something to address the shortcomings of traditional AV and augment its capabilities. This is the area of technology for vendors like SentinelOne, Cylance, and Carbon Black. According to Gartner, EDR is “an emerging security technology market created to satisfy the need for continuous detection and response to advanced threats – most notably to significantly improve security monitoring, threat detection and incident response capabilities.” And while EDR certainly has a leg up when compared to legacy AV, the problem with this approach should be readily apparent.

As you can see from Gartner’s definition above, most EDR vendors are focused on identifying Indicators of Compromise (IoCs) – AFTER a breach has occurred. So while we can use this information to isolate and remediate machines which have been compromised, the fact remains that we are only doing so until after a breach has occurred.

Another major shortfall of many of the existing EDR solutions is that many of them only focus on malware detection, but do very little in the area of exploits. So this is a solution that has significant gaps when developing a defense-in-depth approach in the overall attack kill-chain life cycle.

Traps is a Game Changer

Traps is prevention focused. In terms of a comprehensive security posture, preventing threats should always trump detecting them. Detection and response is a secondary goal in relation to prevention. As most EDR approaches are really about detecting threats after a compromise has occured, one really has to ask to what degree does this move our security posture forward? With the way most threats spreads laterally, by the time we’ve identified a compromised machine it has often already spread beyond our control. With gigabit speed networks common to the desktop today, and with the pervasive use of email, social media and other distribution channels, an infected machine has the ability to spread in an exponential manner throughout an environment.

With its focus on threat prevention, Traps is more in line with traditional AV, in that the idea is to prevent the threat rather than identify it after the fact. But where AV falls short, Traps shines – they both focus on prevention, but Traps does so in a way that is much more scalable, and also addresses the lack of visibility into evolving and polymorphic threats that make them opaque to AV.

A focus on intelligent prevention is the only sustainable and scalable way to deal with malware and exploits.

How Does Traps Work?

Traps doesn’t rely on signatures to accomplish its goals. Signature based methods require prior knowledge of weaponized exploits, and requires quite a large database of signatures to reside on the protected machine, consuming large amounts of disk space and memory. This technique doesn’t scale as the number of threats continues to grow over time. Instead, Traps focuses on the smaller number of techniques that are commonly used, and with this approach it can identify threats without requiring any type of signature database. This also eliminates the need for constant updates, and translates into much smaller CPU and memory requirements on protected endpoints. The footprint is small! Really small. In my evaluation, it used a negligible amount of memory and disk space, rendering it virtually invisible in terms of its overall footprint.

Traps combines multiple prevention methods and also supports multiple purpose-built techniques per method, more akin to a defense-in-depth approach and attempts to prevent attacks at multiple stages of the attack kill-chain cycle. This approach allows for a very high rate of success as there are multiple places where malware and exploits can be prevented. If an attack happens to bypass one mechanism, there are multiple other stages where Traps can prevent the attack from furthering.

In addition to prevention of known attack vectors, any successful solution must also be able to detect unknown/zero-day malware and exploits. And this is where the real power of Traps exists – with its integration of a threat intelligence cloud that can identify zero-day threats, and automatically convert this intelligence into effective prevention techniques.

In Palo speak, we call this Wildfire – Wildfire is Palo’s cloud-based sandbox environment which uses machine learning algorithms to identify these zero-day attacks. Wildfire has over a billion samples collected in the wild, and millions more are submitted every day on behalf of Palo’s large installed base of customers.

An interesting thing to note is Palo takes all the threat information received in Wildfire and also submits it to the top AV vendors to compare efficacy of their solution to these other solutions. According to Palo, only 37.5% of threat samples submitted to Wildfire are detected by the top six AV vendors, which is direct evidence showing how ineffective these signature based methods have become.

One of the strongest business cases for Traps is that it breathes new life into legacy operating systems that are end-of-life and no longer supported. If you are in a situation where upgrading your user desktops is just not feasible, and you are concerned that these systems may be vulnerable due to a lack of new security patches, Traps gives you a way to protect these systems long after they are no longer supported. With its multi-method prevention techniques and integration with Wildfire, you can rest assured these legacy systems will be protected from security vulnerabilities.

Traps is Part of a Larger Ecosystem

At the end of the day, Traps integration with Wildfire is much more than just another sandbox solution – it’s a powerful threat intelligence cloud that is shared amongst all of Palo’s security products. It’s the ultimate realization of machine learning and security automation… and leverages the huge installed base of Palo’s customers.

We can begin to see the real benefit when we look at the totality of Palo’s overall security platform, especially when compared to other traditional AV and EDR vendors. The benefit of this security platform cannot be understated. Customers using the Traps solution benefit from the large installed base of customers who are also using Wildfire, gaining benefit not only from their own submissions but everyone else’s as well. Furthermore, when coupled with Palo’s Next-Gen Firewall solution, samples submitted here can also be leveraged. And when combined in this manner, the Next-Gen Firewall offers a whole host of other protections – application-level firewalling, network based attacks, URL filtering, anti-spyware, etc.

Copper River IT Rises on the CRN 2017 Solution Provider 500 List for the Fifth Consecutive Year

Copper River IT is Recognized as a Standout Solution Provider Among North America’s Largest Technology Integrators

Chantilly, VA June 5, 2017 – Copper River IT, leading provider of comprehensive Information Technology products, services and solutions, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Copper River IT to its 2017 Solution Provider 500 list for the fifth consecutive year in a row. The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s annual ranking of the largest technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants in North America by revenue. Copper River IT has consistently risen in rankings over the last five years. Originally debuting at the 360th spot in 2013, their high level of performance enabled them to continue to increase their positioning to spots 220, 209 and 147 for years 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively. This year, Copper River IT holds the 141th spot.

The Solution Provider 500 is CRN’s predominant channel partner award list, serving as the industry standard for recognition of the most successful solution provider companies in the channel since 1995. This year, for the first time since 2010, the complete list will be published on CRN.com, making it readily available to vendors seeking out top solution providers to partner with.

“We are thrilled that CRN has yet again recognized Copper River IT on this fantastic list. The continued recognition, year over year for the last five years, coupled with the increased placement on the list, is industry validation of our technology expertise, value-add and marketplace strength”, commented Cybil Parker, Director of Sales.

“CRN’s Solution Provider 500 list spotlights the North American IT channel partner organizations that have earned the highest revenue over the past year, providing a valuable resource to vendors looking for top solution providers to partner with,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “The companies on this year’s list represent an incredible, combined revenue of over $318 billion, a sum that attests to their success in staying ahead of rapidly changing market demands. We extend our sincerest congratulations to each of these top-performing solution providers and look forward to their future pursuits and successes.”

The complete 2017 Solution Provider 500 list will be available online at www.crn.com/sp500 and a sample from the list will be featured in the June issue of CRN Magazine.

 

 About Copper River IT

As a Federally Recognized Alaskan Tribal Small Disadvantaged Business, Copper River IT provides dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology products, services and solutions to Federal, state, and local government, as well as commercial enterprise, service provider, health and educational organizations. Copper River’s full scope of IT and network capabilities including hardware/software procurement, network engineering, systems engineering, and enterprise support services that are designed to support the diverse communication needs of their clients.

We believe that delivering exceptional products and services through cost effective platforms gives our clients more time to focus on what matters to them most- driving the innovation and performance they need to reduce cost and maximize their ROI.

Copper River IT’s Own Stefan Fouant Inducted into the Juniper Networks Ambassador Program

Juniper’s Elite, Invitation-Only Community Welcomes Newest Member

Chantilly, VA December 15, 2016 – Copper River IT, leading provider of comprehensive Information Technology products, services and solutions, today announced the induction of Stefan Fouant, Copper River IT Sales Engineer, into the Juniper Networks Ambassador Program. The Juniper ambassador program is an exclusive group of Juniper community members who best represent the values, knowledge, and creativity of Juniper Networks. Ambassadors are highly active community members who voluntarily share their real-world technical expertise, passion, and opinions about Juniper technologies through J-Net and other social properties.  This elite, invitational-only community consists of only 23 members in the world, with Mr. Fouant being inducted as their 24th member.

“We were already thrilled to have Stefan on our team and this latest accolade, although terrific and highly regarded, was no surprise to us at Copper River IT. Stefan’s professional experience is rooted in network technology as evidenced by his ability to offer leading edge solutions to our customer base. This invitation only induction serves as testament to Stefan’s overall value in the marketplace as a leading system engineer”, commented Cybil Parker, Director of Sales.

To Learn more about Mr. Stefan Fouant, please visit Juniper Ambassador Insights.

About Copper River IT

As a Federally Recognized Alaskan Tribal Small Disadvantaged Business, Copper River IT provides dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology products, services and solutions to Federal, state, and local government, as well as commercial enterprise, service provider, health and educational organizations. Copper River’s full scope of IT and network capabilities including hardware/software procurement, network engineering, systems engineering, and enterprise support services that are designed to support the diverse communication needs of their clients.

We believe that delivering exceptional products and services through cost effective platforms gives our clients more time to focus on what matters to them most- driving the innovation and performance they need to reduce cost and maximize their ROI.

Copper River IT Named CRN Triple Crown Award Winner 2016

Third Annual Award Program Recognizes Standout Solution Providers

Chantilly, VA October 10, 2016 – Copper River IT, leading provider of comprehensive Information Technology products, services and solutions, today announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has honored Copper River IT with its esteemed 2016 Triple Crown Award. Fewer than 60 North American solution providers had the necessary revenue, growth and technical expertise to be recognized on all three of CRN’s pre-eminent solution provider lists, earning them the Triple Crown Award this year.

CRN assembles lists and rankings each year to recognize solution providers who are setting the bar in the IT industry, including the Solution Provider 500, which lists the largest solution providers in North America by revenue; the Fast Growth 150, which ranks the fastest-growing solution providers; and the Tech Elite 250, which recognizes solution providers that have received the highest-level certifications from leading vendors. It is a considerable achievement for a solution provider to make any one of these lists; to make it onto all three, however—as this year’s Triple Crown Award winners have done—is a big achievement. A company must simultaneously have enough revenue to be ranked on the Solution Provider 500 list, record double- or triple-digit growth for recognition on the Fast Growth 150, and invest heavily in top certifications to attain Tech Elite 250 status.

“We are both humbled and honored to be recognized for such a prestigious award” explains Vice President of Sales, Jennifer Keating. “It is our passion for solving our customer’s greatest technology challenges that drives our commitment to hold the highest level technical certifications and to provide innovative, next-generation products and services. It is only through our customer’s successes that we have been able to see our own.”

“The solution provider organizations receiving CRN’s 2016 Triple Crown Award have risen to the top of their class in not one or two, but three major categories: They are channel leaders in certification, revenue and growth,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “We commend the extraordinary series of achievements that earned each of them a spot on CRN’s premier solution provider lists and look forward to their continued innovation and leadership.”

The 2016 Triple Crown Award winners will be featured in the October issue of CRN and can be viewed online at www.crn.com/triplecrown.

About Copper River IT

As a Federally Recognized Alaskan Tribal Small Disadvantaged Business, Copper River IT provides dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology products, services and solutions to Federal, state, and local government, as well as commercial enterprise, service provider, health and educational organizations. Copper River’s full scope of IT and network capabilities including hardware/software procurement, network engineering, systems engineering, and enterprise support services that are designed to support the diverse communication needs of their clients.

We believe that delivering exceptional products and services through cost effective platforms gives our clients more time to focus on what matters to them most- driving the innovation and performance they need to reduce cost and maximize their ROI.

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

Copper River IT Named to 2016 CRN Fast Growth 150 List

Annual List Recognizes Thriving Solution Providers in the IT Channel

Chantilly, VA, August 8, 2016 – Copper River IT, a leading provider of dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology products, solutions and services, today announced it has again been named to The Channel Company’s 2016 CRN Fast Growth 150 list for the second year in a row. The list is CRN’s annual ranking of North America-based technology integrators, solution providers and IT consultants with gross sales of at least $1 million who have experienced significant economic growth over the past two years. The 2016 list is based on gains in gross revenue between 2013 and 2015, and the companies recognized represent a total, combined revenue of more than $25,637,241,944.

“The companies on our 2016 Fast Growth 150 list are growing at an incredible rate, establishing themselves as clear leaders in today’s IT channel,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “Their rapid expansion in a climate of economic uncertainty and unprecedented technological advancement is especially impressive. We congratulate each of the Fast Growth 150 honorees and look forward to their continued success.”
The Fast Growth 150 list is highlighted in the August issue of CRN and can be viewed online at http://crn.com/fastgrowth150.
About Copper River:

As a Federally Recognized, Alaskan Tribal Small Disadvantaged business, Copper River IT is the leading provider of innovative products, services and solutions for both federal and commercial enterprises. Utilizing our unique advantage of holding the highest level of technical certifications, maintaining the highest level partnerships with industry leading OEMs, and holding prime contract status for many of today’s largest government contracts, Copper River IT specializes in delivering advanced technologies to include Cyber Security, Data Center & Cloud Architecture, Enterprise Networks and Mobility, all through the most cost-effective platforms so that our clients have more to focus on what matters to them most – driving innovation and performance while reducing cost and maximizing ROI.

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Copper River IT Rises on CRN’s 2016 Solution Provider 500 for Fourth Year in a Row

Annual List Ranks North America’s Largest 500 Technology Integrators in North America

 

Chantilly, VA, June 6, 2016– Copper River IT, a leading provider of dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology solutions and services, today announced it has again risen on The Channel Company’s 2016 CRN® Solution Provider 500 for the fourth year in a row. The annual list, spanning eight categories, from hardware and software sales to managed IT services, recognizes the top revenue-generating technology integrators, MSPs and IT consultants in North America. Solution providers are ranked based on revenue, determined by product and services sales during 2015. Copper River IT currently holds the 147th spot for 2016, which is an increase from the 209th and 220th spots they held in 2015 and 2014 respectively.

“The 2016 Solution Provider 500 represent a total, combined revenue of over $334 billion—a testament to their success in keeping pace with the rapidly changing demands of today’s IT market,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “This prestigious list recognizes those companies with the highest revenue and serves as a valuable industry resource for vendors seeking out top solution providers to partner with. We congratulate each of the Solution Provider 500 companies and look forward to their continued success.”

A sample of the 2015 Solution Provider 500 list will be featured in the June issue of CRN, and online at www.CRN.com.

About Copper River:

As a Federally Recognized Alaskan Tribal Small Disadvantaged Business, owned by the Native Village of Eyak (NVE), Copper River IT provides dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology solutions and services to federal, state, and local government, as well as commercial enterprise, service provider and education. Copper River’s full scope of IT and network capabilities including hardware/software procurement, network engineering, systems engineering, enterprise support services, and advanced network education solutions that are designed to support the diverse communication needs of their clients. Leveraging elite-level partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers, combined with their expert engineering and proven past performance, Copper River IT is THE Solutions Provider for today’s Information Technology requirements.

Copper River IT Named One of 2016 Tech Elite Solution Providers by CRN®

List recognizes Copper River IT for their deep technical expertise and premier certifications

Chantilly, VA, March 29, 2016 – Copper River IT, a leading provider of dynamic Information Technology solutions and services, announced today that they have been recognized by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, on the 2016 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors.

To compile the annual list, The Channel Company’s research group and CRN editors work together to identify the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the North American IT channel. Companies who have obtained these elite designations— which enable solution providers to deliver premium products, services and customer support—are then selected from a pool of online applicants.

Holding the highest-level partnerships with their core vendors, and making training and certification attainment of all their technical staff a high priority, ensures Copper River IT succeeds in their mission to support their customers with only the best solutions and services.

“Today’s IT environment is complex, at best.” explains Vice President of Sales, Jennifer Keating. “Our customers depend on us to provide them with the expert technical knowledge they need to solve any challenge they may face, and it is for this reason that we invest so heavily to ensure our team of experts are consistently trained and certified, at the highest levels possible, across all of our partner technologies.”

“The solution providers selected for our annual Tech Elite 250 list have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and gained strong industry credibility by earning some of the most difficult IT certifications available from top technology vendors,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “Attainment of these exclusive certifications strengthens the channel as a whole by invigorating partnerships and enabling the delivery of exceptional customer service. We congratulate each of these organizations and look forward to their continued success.”

 

Coverage of the Tech Elite 250 will be featured in the April issue of CRN, and online at www.crn.com.

 

About Copper River IT

As a Federally Recognized Alaskan Tribal Small Disadvantaged Business, owned by the Native Village of Eyak (NVE), Copper River IT provides dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology solutions and services to federal, state, and local government, as well as commercial enterprise, service provider and education . Copper River’s full scope of IT and network capabilities including hardware/software procurement, network engineering, systems engineering, enterprise support services, and advanced network education solutions that are designed to support the diverse communication needs of their clients. Leveraging elite-level partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers, combined with their expert engineering and proven past performance, Copper River IT is THE Solutions Provider for today’s Information Technology requirements.

 

About the Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education, and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequaled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelco.com

 

CRN is a registered trademark of The Channel Company, LLC. The Channel Company logo is a trademark of The Channel Company, LLC (registration pending).  All rights reserved.

 

The Channel Company Contact:

Melanie Turpin

The Channel Company

(508) 416-1195

mturpin@thechannelco.com

Copper River IT Awarded ADVA Optical Networking 2015 North American Channel Partner of the Year

Leading networking vendor recognizes partner for having top sales performance in 2015

Chantilly, VA: 04 February 2016: Copper River IT, a leading provider of dynamic Information Technology solutions and services, today announced their award of the ADVA Optical Networking North American Channel Partner of the Year 2015. This award was presented to Copper River IT for having the highest sales performance for all of ADVA Optical Networking’s North American Partners only three short years after solidifying their partnership.

“Since becoming a partner of ADVA Optical Networking in 2013, Copper River has had very strong year over year growth.” states Stephen Zielke, Senior Director of Business Development and Channels for North America.  “It is clear that Copper River’s outstanding sales, engineering, and services capabilities, coupled with ADVA Optical Networking’s market leading technology solutions, are well received by our joint customer base.”

“We are honored to receive this prestigious award” said Jennifer Keating, Vice President of Sales for Copper River IT. “This award further demonstrates our commitment to both our partnership with ADVA Optical Networking, as well as our commitment to providing our customers with only the best technology solutions and services”

As a Federally Recognized Alaskan Tribal Small Disadvantaged Business, owned by the Native Village of Eyak (NVE), Copper River IT provides dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology solutions and services to federal, state, and local government, as well as commercial enterprise, service provider and . Copper River’s full scope of IT and network capabilities including hardware/software procurement, network engineering, systems engineering, enterprise support services, and advanced network education solutions that are designed to support the diverse communication needs of their clients. Leveraging elite-level partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers, combined with their expert engineering and proven past performance, Copper River IT is THE Solutions Provider for today’s Information Technology requirements

Copper River IT Named to Washington Business Journal’s Fastest Growing Companies

Copper River is ranked in the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Washington Region

Chantilly, VA, September 17, 2015– Copper River IT, a leading provider of dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology solutions and services, was recognized by the Washington Business Journal’s “Fastest Growing Companies 2015”. This annual ranking of companies requires a strict threshold of qualifications to be met in order to make this list; to qualify, companies had to be headquartered in the Washington region, and if private, they had to be independently owned. In addition, companies had to have revenue of at least $2 million in 2012, and at least $10 million in 2014, with revenue growth occurring in every year during that span. This year, there were over 1,500 companies that were vying for this honor.

“We are extremely proud to be recognized by Washington Business Journal for this prestigious award,” states H. Benjamin Brucker, CEO of Copper River IT. “It is a tremendous honor- and one that would not have been possible without the relentless passion, dedication, and hard work of our incredible team who work tirelessly to support our customers.”

The specific rankings of each company will not be made public until the October 30, 2015 when Washington Business Journal will publish the full, detailed report.

Established in 2006 as a Federally Recognized Alaskan Tribal 8(a) Certified entity, Copper River IT provides dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology solutions and services to federal government, commercial enterprise, service provider and telecommunication customers. Copper River’s full scope of IT and network capabilities including hardware/software procurement, network engineering, systems engineering, enterprise support services, and advanced network education solutions that are designed to support the diverse communication needs of their clients. Leveraging elite-level partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers, combined with their expert engineering and proven past performance, Copper River IT is THE Solutions Provider for today’s Information Technology requirements.

Copper River IT Continues to Rise On CRN’s 2015 Solutions Provider 500 for Third Year In a Row

Annual List Ranks North America’s Largest 500 Technology Integrators in North America

 Chantilly, VA, June 12, 2015– Copper River IT, a leading provider of dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology solutions and services, today announced it has again risen on The Channel Company’s 2015 CRN® Solution Provider 500 for the third year in a row. The annual list, spanning eight categories, from hardware and software sales to managed IT services, recognizes the top revenue-generating technology integrators, MSPs and IT consultants in North America. Solution providers are ranked based on revenue, determined by product and services sales during 2014.  Copper River IT currently holds the 209th spot for 2015, which is an increase from the 220th and 360th spots they held in 2014 and 2013 respectively.

“The companies represented here are truly dedicated to the needs of customers today. With an evolving IT landscape, this prestigious list serves as a valuable industry resource to help vendors navigate the solution provider community and identify the best partners for their business,” said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. “We congratulate the featured solution providers for their forward-thinking approach to solutions sales and look ahead to their continued success.”

A sample of the 2015 Solution Provider 500 list will be featured in the June issue of CRN, and online at www.CRN.com.

About Copper River:

Established in 2006 as a Federally Recognized Alaskan Tribal 8(a) Certified entity, Copper River IT provides dynamic, comprehensive Information Technology solutions and services to federal government, commercial enterprise, service provider and telecommunication customers.  Copper River’s full scope of IT and network capabilities including hardware/software procurement, network engineering, systems engineering, enterprise support services, and advanced network education solutions that are designed to support the diverse communication needs of their clients. Leveraging elite-level partnerships with industry-leading manufacturers, combined with their expert engineering and proven past performance, Copper River IT is THE Solutions Provider for today’s Information Technology requirements.