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Top 10 Cybersecurity Risks of the Government Shutdown

January 23, 2019



The government shutdown is dramatically impacting the world’s cybersecurity. No doubt there are major corporate and government breaches taking place now which could have been prevented if things were operating normally. Here are the top problems the shutdown is causing for the cybersecurity industry:





 

  1. 85 percent of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s staff members are furloughed during the shutdown, a terrifying number given the central importance of NIST security and privacy standards for not just government agencies but also many private companies.

D.C., Virginia, Most Concerned About Phishing Attacks

January 14, 2019

Phishing is a global scourge. Just today, Danny Palmer at ZDNET writes an excellent piece about how cybercrime is a $600 billion global drain on the economy. Here is an excerpt:

"You could argue that 80 percent of cyber crime can be prevented.

PHISH360 Helps Solve The $12.5B Phishing Problem

January 9, 2019

The FBI says email attacks cost business $12.5 billion!



This is in-part because hacking into a person's account could be as easy as sending a general phishing or specific spear phishing message.

One wrong click by an employee and your company can be compromised - data stolen or ransomware installed on the network.

To solve this problem, PHISH360 was launched to give every company a free way to test employees by sending them anti-phishing behavior management messages (APBM) and then informing users and the company, if users click when they shouldn't.

Every company needs to drastically reduce phishing effectiveness by using cost-effective behavior management tools.

For the first time ever, an enterprise-quality solution is available for any company to try, with no cost or obligation.











Can't Miss at ITEXPO Jan 29-Feb 1st in Florida

January 8, 2019

Thanks to your feedback, we have been building ITEXPO into the most comprehensive business tech event around focusing on communications and IT.



First off, besides the ITEXPO Conference Program, here are some of the collocated events you should be aware of

Asterisk World: This is the business event behind the most popular open-communications solutions in the world. Come learn about the entire open-source/Linux communications ecosystem in a single place.

The Blockchain Event: The one place you need to be to learn about the future of distributed ledger and smart contact technology. Smart contacts could be the hidden gem in this tech as they can allow truly decentralized marketplaces to perform trust-based transactions. In other words - a smart contract could act as an intelligent agent - paying one party from another based upon preset conditions.

MSP Expo: Companies are more frequently turning to MSPs - especially as the war for tech talent heats up.









Mindmatrix Keeps Innovating in Partner and Direct Sales Enablement

November 7, 2018

We are living through one of the longest-running periods of free-flowing funding to many industries such as tech. Moreover, many of the newest companies launching in communications, cybersecurity, AI and other similar spaces are selling their solutions via an indirect channel to businesses.

The classic chicken-and-egg problem for startups is getting the channel interested enough to sell their solutions. The channel has enough to sell already and doesn't want to divert resources to something which may not prove an effective ROI.

This is where automation comes in. Mindmatrix, one of the leaders in the partner and direct enablement space was a common topic of conversation at this year's ITEXPO in Fort Lauderdale, Fl.



To learn more, we spoke in an exclusive interview with Harbinder Khera (pictured, left), CEO & Founder who explained the company can enable dealers, distributors and franchisees.

There is a partner portal which handles recruiting, training, onboarding, deal registration, MDF, incentive management, asset cobranding and asset distribution.









CloudHealth Technologies and the Future of Cloud Services Management

November 5, 2018

Cloud migration poses a number of complex issues which are quickly outpacing the ability of most organizations to manage it effectively. Many have migrated into new environments rapidly but are now facing the challenges and complexities of managing fast-growing applications and infrastructure in the public cloud.



Challenges such as governance, security, talent management, cost and vendor lock-in are some of the biggest roadblocks on the path to comprehensive cloud management. Plus, with the fast-and-furious pace of workloads, cloud adoption can quickly go from a dream IT initiative into a nightmare of out-of-control costs, a lack of adherence to internal policies and controls, reliability challenges, and, in the worst cases, data breaches and regulatory fines.

One trailblazer in this space is Joe Kinsella, CTO and Founder of CloudHealth Technologies and we recently had an exclusive interview with him during the acquisition of his firm by VMWare.

Dispersive Networks Hopes to Be the Future of Secure Networking

October 30, 2018

The December 2015 Ukraine power grid cyberattack was the first successful attack on a power grid and this event gave rise to Dispersive Networks.

According to Wikipedia, the attack was complex consisting of the following steps:



  • Prior compromise of corporate networks using spear-phishing emails with BlackEnergy malware;
  • Seizing SCADA under control, remotely switching substations off;
  • disabling/destroying IT infrastructure components (uninterruptible power suppliesmodems, RTUs, commutators);
  • Destruction of files stored on servers and workstations with the KillDisk malware;
  • Denial-of-Service attack on call-center to deny consumers up-to-date information on the blackout.

In total, up to 73 MWh of electricity was not supplied (or 0.015% of daily electricity consumption in the Ukraine).

Cyber attacks on the energy distribution companies took place during an ongoing Russian-Ukrainian war and is attributed to a Russian advanced persistent threat group known as "Sandworm".

If there is any good news that emerged as a result, it was people trying to find ways to prevent such attacks in the future. 



In an exclusive interview with Ed Wood, CEO at Dispersive Networks we learned how his company took the knowledge of this attack and used it as the basis of their technology which uses tech principles from telecom like spread-spectrum to take networking to the next level.





PGi Aims to Become Heart of Digital Transformation and UCaaS

September 19, 2018

60% of companies are behind on digital transformation (DX) and 34% of business owners say half their workers will be remote by 2020. Companies have to change and quickly to be able to keep up with a workforce which is increasingly working from remote locations.

Sure, (DX) is a term we use a great deal - perhaps even overuse but if the market considers itself behind and competition and a changing workforce require it, then perhaps it needs even more press coverage to ensure decision-makers are taking the competitive threat and opportunity to excel, seriously.

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— Rich Tehrani (@rtehrani) September 18, 2018

We know not only is change happening more quickly but the pace of change is increasing as well. Apple's iPhone XS to be released tomorrow, is the fastest smartphone on the planet and increases the pressure on enterprise services to keep up with all the amazing things the latest generation of handheld devices can achieve.

A major thought leader in the DX space PGi CTO Patrick Harper recently wrote a compelling piece on a TMCnet sister-site detailing six considerations for enterprises adopting a UC&C strategy. In it, he had this to say:

Uptake of collaboration tools continues to grow as companies using this technology report higher productivity. Those with effective internal communications achieve 47% higher returns for shareholders, which makes effective communication and collaboration technology highly prized, while failure to promote effective communication and collaboration can be expensive - $37 billion is lost annually due to employee misunderstandings and poor communication. 








Openpath Intros Next-Gen Access Control System

June 10, 2018

As everything in our lives has become smart; the phone, speaker, lights, cities, thermostats and doorbells, the reality is that pretty much everything needs to become intelligent to participate in the ecosystem of things and services. One area which has lagged however is building security.



This has now changed as Openpath has delivered a truly smart access control system. It's a unique next-generation solution that replaces legacy key card systems with one that uses mobile and cloud.



The good news is they do support encrypted key cards so workers can still use what they are comfortable with. 


James Segil (above), Openpath President & Cofounder explained in a telephone interview that their most unique feature is "Touch" (see video example below) which allows someone to keep their phone in their pocket or purse and simply "touch" the reader at the door to unlock it.












Array Networks: Laser Focus on Private Cloud Security and Networking

May 24, 2018

Recently we shared how MSPs and resellers in telecom are going in three directions:

The first is business as usual. They continue to sell boxes and/or cloud services. Sometimes they'll just refer the business to the UCaaS provider and other times, they'll do the install themselves.

Another direction is the reseller becoming an MSP. They install software in the cloud - which could be their own data center, AWS, etc.



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