ICIT: Layered Defense Is Only Way To Combat Ransomware
ICIT: Layered Defense Is Only Way To Combat Ransomware

Endpoint security should be the first layer in the complex defense against attacks.

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    Unsecured Databases, Unauthorized Vendor Access Cause Of Recent Breaches

    Recent data breaches in Pennsylvania and Florida have been connected to unsecured databases and unauthorized vendor access.

  • What A “Hippie Rock Guitarist With Top Secret Clearances” Has To Do With Managed Services
    What A “Hippie Rock Guitarist With Top Secret Clearances” Has To Do With Managed Services

    Jeff “Skunk” Baxter wasn’t involved with any bombs during his days as a founding member of Steely Dan or his five-year run with the Doobie Brothers, however — at least since the mid-1980s — his life has been filled with them. Wait, let me explain. Baxter, 67, closed the ASCII Success Summit held in Milwaukee, WI by discussing his transition from Doobie Brother to national security expert. That’s right; the long-time musician with eight platinum records to his credit (he’s been performing since 1968) has become one of the national-security world’s most well-known counterterrorism experts. In this role, Baxter helps both policy makers and defense contractors better understand the way terrorists think and plan attacks.

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One in five retail purchases under £30 in the United Kingdom these days are completed with contactless payments. Instead of handing cash to a store clerk or swiping a card, shoppers use “tap and go” cards, smart cards or mobile wallet apps through their smartphones and watches to pay for purchases.

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Retail Mobile Connectivity: The Wireless Network And More

Over the next few years, retailers will invest millions of dollars in significant WLAN and device upgrades. Zebra Technologies is ideally suited to help you upgrade your wireless local area network (WLAN) and enterprise class devices with the strongest results, lowest cost and minimal impact to your business operations. As the wireless industry leader in retail, Zebra works with nearly half of the total retail WLAN customers in North America. Today, over 60% of all in-store Wi-Fi connections run across a Zebra network and more than 250,000 active guest Wi-Fi shoppers use our infrastructure each and every day. Retailers from coast-to-coast rely on our technology because it delivers the business value they need and enables the shopping experience they demand.

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    Business Solutions Executive Insight 2015

    2016 is just a few holiday parties away and will be here before we know it. This month prior is a good opportunity to take a step back and reflect on the past year. What has your company done well? Are there wins you should be celebrating? What will your company look like in the years to come? What have you struggled with? Are you taking steps to ensure that those same struggles don’t occur in 2016?

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    Vantiv Integrated Payments

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    CharTec

    CharTec is the SMB channel's leading provider of recurring revenue based training for sales, operations, leadership, and marketing. Its 20,000 square foot MSP and IT training facility is the largest in North America and is integrated into a thriving multi-million dollar MSP.

  • WorldPay
    WorldPay

    Worldpay US, a division of The Worldpay Group, provides and develops industry-leading payments processing products and services to ISV/VARs and merchants large and small. Verticals include retail, grocery, petroleum, restaurant, and many others. Innovation and investment allow Worldpay to continue to offer a secure and reliable payments platform.

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    Moneris Solutions

    We’ve spent more than 40 years helping lead the electronic payment revolution, and we remain at the industry’s forefront. Providing merchants and partners with seamless, secure solutions and the latest industry intelligence, Moneris helps the businesses we serve unlock new possibilities and take advantage of new avenues for growth.

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    CharTec BDR

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