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 Symbolics.com, 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

The time to address the customer productivity conundrum is now

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 16, 2017 11:51:28 AM

One of the primary reasons companies don't invest more in IT is the simple fact that many of them don’t see enough of a material return on that investment (ROI). Due to a range of socio-economic issues outlined by a report from the U.S. Council of Competitiveness, not only has the economic recovery since the Great Recession been slow, actual productivity has been declining for the best part of a decade regardless of investments in IT.

Most IT budgets are a single-digit percentage of the overall revenues an organization generates, usually in the two to three percent range. Assuming most companies turn 10 percent of their revenues into actual profit after taxes, that would suggest that at least 85 percent of the revenues an organization generates gets allocated to fund things other than IT. Obviously, changing the distribution of that allocation is going to require convincing business leaders that additional investments in IT will fundamentally improve the productivity of their organizations.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

LiveBoot 2.0 adds support for Microsoft Hyper-V environments

Posted by Anne Campbell on Mar 16, 2017 9:30:30 AM

Virtualization continues to be a big trend in the IT channel. That’s why we’re excited to introduce LiveBoot 2.0, which includes Cloud LiveBoot for Microsoft Hyper-V and gives MSPs protecting VMware vSphere or Microsoft Hyper-V environments with Barracuda Backup – Intronis MSP Edition a quick and easy backup and disaster recovery option if a customer’s VM goes down.

To give you a closer look at the new functionality and enhancements included in this release and how it can help MSPs, we spoke with Chris Crellin, senior director of product management for Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda.

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Topics: Announcements

How to use data-driven sales prospecting to get better results

Posted by Carrie Simpson on Mar 15, 2017 4:13:13 PM

Many MSPs abandon telemarketing early on in their growth when they get frustrated with the lack of immediate results. But there is no magic bullet. 

All marketing processes and strategies need time to work, and telemarketing is no exception. You need to invest a year in any marketing strategy before your efforts will begin bearing fruit. It’s disheartening for any business owner to think they could invest a year’s worth of time and budget into something that might not work out. Unfortunately, that can and does happen all the time. Why?

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Topics: Sales Process

GDPR Promises to Forever Change How Data Gets Managed

Posted by Mike Vizard on Mar 14, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Given the rise of both Donald Trump and Theresa May, there’s never been more focus on regulations in recent memory. But the regulation that is starting to loom largest in the minds of business executives emanates from Brussels rather than Washington or London.

In a little over a year, the European Union is gearing up to implement its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that requires all personal data collected by companies operating within the EU to be centrally managed under the auspices of a chief data protection officer—and regularly audited. Any security breach pertaining to any of that data must also be reported immediately.

But the GDPR doesn’t just stop there.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

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