Adobe reaps rewards of recurring revenue

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 22, 2017 1:50:40 PM

It's been a good month for Adobe. Last week, the company had a wildly successful earnings report. This week it held its Digital Marketing Summit in Las Vegas, making all kinds of high-profile announcements.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

Robin Robins: How your thoughtless political rants are hurting your business

Posted by Robin Robins on Mar 22, 2017 9:30:00 AM

A news report I overheard but missed the source of: Employees are now wasting an average of two hours a day reading political news on Facebook and creating drama, stress, and resentment in their workplace as they argue over their respective viewpoints. “Unrest” doesn’t even begin to describe what’s going on. The news stations are, of course, having a heyday and feeding off of and FUELING conflict, as it has the EXACT effect they want: more people watching and reading news stories. Never, ever forget that media outlets are businesses that are highly motivated to make a profit.

As a marketer, I selfishly love Facebook. But make no mistake — all of the social media sites, online games, and news feeds are your mortal enemy in your battle to keep yourself and your employees focused and productive. It IS addictive, and constantly checking your Facebook feed, Twitter account, e-mail, etc., is HIGHLY unproductive behavior. Employees wasting ANY time on Facebook are not only stealing from their employers by taking paid time for non-work-related PERSONAL activities, but they are also hurting the entire company’s profitability and their own personal effective rate because the funk of resentment lingers and spills over into drama in the workplace.

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Topics: MSP Marketing

The spear phishing attack that caused the Yahoo data breach: What MSPs can learn

Posted by Michelle Burke on Mar 21, 2017 10:56:44 AM

As more information unfolds about the Yahoo data breach, it all comes down to a single fact: the entire breach was enabled by just one click on a spear phishing link.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Blockchain technologies will create raft of IT services opportunities

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 21, 2017 10:53:01 AM

As blockchain technologies start to move up the hype curve, it’s only a matter of time before customers start asking IT service providers how and when what amounts to a new way of storing data will be relevant to them.

Pioneered as a means to create an immutable ledger to keep track of transactions involving Bitcoin digital currency, distributed databases that time-stamp data to create a system of record are now being developed for use in a wide range of applications. At the IBM InterConnect 2017 conference this week, Everledger CEO Leanne Kemp described how the startup company is leveraging a blockchain database that IBM has exposed as a service to keep track of where diamonds are shipped.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Neal Bradbury, new vice chair of CompTIA’s IT Security Community

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Mar 21, 2017 9:30:00 AM

The CompTIA IT Security Community offers educational resources to managed service providers to educate customers about and help protect them from today’s growing threats. This year, we’re proud to announce that Neal Bradbury, the senior director of business development at Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda has been named vice chair of the executive council for CompTIA’s IT Security Community. 

As the vice chair of the IT Security community, Neal Bradbury is responsible for supporting the chair lead and build consensus within the community to best meet its core objectives. As a CompTIA community, this group of leading IT vendors, distributors and solution providers facilitates networking, learning and industry change within the security segment of the IT industry.  Neal Bradbury is also an active member of the CompTIA Communities Executive Board which is responsible for the oversight and coordination of all member community activities within CompTIA, the world's largest IT trade association. Neal is dedicated to bringing awareness to data protection, threat mitigation, and overall security education to managed service providers as they continue to build and run profitable businesses. In honor of CompTIA's Annual Member Meeting this week, we sat down and talked to Neal about this year’s goals for the IT security community.  

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Topics: Events and Webinars

The woes of password management

Posted by Brent Fairbanks on Mar 20, 2017 12:00:00 PM

If you’re like anybody who uses computers today, you’re dealing with passwords. I alone have more than 58 just for the websites I use on a regular basis. That doesn’t include any hardware passwords,  Wi-Fi passwords, computer logins, or clients’ passwords. We all have too many to remember, and nobody is exactly sure who is responsible for something we all love to hate.

Passwords enable us to restrict access to only those who are permitted. Restriction of access is nothing new. It has been used for thousands of years, such as sentries in Roman times requiring someone to have special knowledge to pass. One thing we do know is that the minute we attempt to restrict access it invites abuse by both those with access and those without.

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Topics: Cyber Security

Ask Intronis: How to create firewall policies for a company

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Mar 20, 2017 8:33:00 AM

Q: With today’s evolving cyber threats, my IT service company is trying to offer our customers more proactive security measures beyond anti-malware and anti-spam filters. To really protect our customers, we want to offer a more sophisticated firewall solution. Once we choose a solution, how should we determine what policies we need to create for our SMBs?

Offering new solutions to protect customers from today’s evolving cyber threats is a smart way to both safeguard their business-critical data and grow your business. While every SMB may require different policies within their organization, there are certainly a few policies you can standardize on.

To help you determine which policies to put in place for your SMBs, we consulted Mark Ballegeer one of our systems engineers at Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda. Based on his extensive background in and knowledge of firewalls, Mark offered these tips on how to easily define policies within your customers’ businesses.

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Topics: Cyber Security, Ask Intronis

Tech Time Warp: First domain name registered in 1985

Posted by Kate Johanns on Mar 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

File this away for your next pub quiz: The first domain name ever registered was, registered on March 15, 1985, by Symbolics Computer Corporation, a company that specialized in single-user machines running the Lisp programming language.

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Topics: Tech Time Warp

Cloud 5: Docker opens container core, AWS freebies for Alexa

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 17, 2017 9:28:56 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

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Topics: The Cloud 5

Oracle still has a long way to go in the cloud

Posted by Ron Miller on Mar 16, 2017 1:07:05 PM

Oracle has always faced a hard road to the cloud. As one of the premier vendors of the client-server era, it had up until fairly recently resisted the move to the cloud, but like all legacy vendors, Oracle has made its move.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

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