We’re soon going to need a new descriptor going forward when we refer to the data center. This rings true because network virtualization across private and public environments means the locations of compute and storage resources to facilitate on-demand networking do not sit statically in what could be considered a typical data center anymore. Virtual workloads now dart around like bees in a field of clover. It’s no longer a question or if but when all of this will affect your network.
Want to provide your clients with a solution that can help them protect their most valuable investment — their sensitive data — while generating a major new revenue stream? Read on. By Gary Watson, Vice President Technical Engagement, Nexsan
The cyber security threat to small and medium businesses is growing at an alarming pace. By Austin Justice, Vice President, Justice IT Consulting and ASCII Group Member Since 2015
Robert Mueller, the former head of the FBI, is quoted as saying, “There are only two types of companies — those that have been hacked and those that will be.” By Christopher Camejo, Director of Threat and Vulnerability Analysis, NTT Security
Managed Service Providers (MSPs) have long served as their customers’ IT security experts. Small- and medium-sized businesses typically do not have the IT expertise or resources in-house, and so rely on their MSPs to provide the high level of IT support they could not create on their own. As the security landscape evolves and becomes more complex, MSPs also find themselves managing multiple vendors for different product areas, from endpoint security, email, disk encryption, network and mobile security, and wireless capabilities.
In advance of Apple’s upcoming press conference on September 7th, it’s a good time to take a look at recent announcements the company has made that are directly impacting the enterprise. Apple has been making clear and vocal shifts to increase its enterprise business over the past two years. The company now has partnerships with major enterprise players, including IBM (July 2014), Cisco (September 2015), and now SAP (May 2016). Not only do these partnerships strengthen Apple’s enterprise position, they also give the company access to hundreds of millions of potential enterprise customers.
When you hear about a security breach, you probably think something like, “The IT department must have missed something.” But increasingly, breaches are caused by factors outside of IT’s control. Today, a breach is just as likely to be the result of a devious email or an unwitting employee’s error as a breakdown in IT.
You cannot claim to be a solutions provider unless you offer all of the obvious necessities to your potential business clients. Part of your role as a managed IT services provider is to help each client find the best solution(s) for their business — solutions that will save them time, save them money, and help them meet desired business outcomes, such as increased profitability, optimized employee productivity, and a more streamlined technology spend.
A common question asked during a job interview is whether or not the employee has an opportunity to work remotely. Not only does it benefit the employee by saving commute time, the employer benefits as there is no additional overhead or potential distraction by other employees in the office. The trend is common and software tools make it easy, but it’s possible there are too many software tools providing such services, thereby raising the level of concern for data security amongst IT professionals.
Ransomware has become a lucrative business for hackers operating worldwide with the river of money flowing into their coffers fueling a cyber security arms race — good versus criminal — and putting you squarely in the crosshairs.