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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • Coach’s Corner: Great Expectations
    Coach’s Corner: Great Expectations

    Dear Coach: I struggle with some people on my team not living up to expectations. It’s as if they are not even listening. I’m really getting tired of this and ready to clear the decks and start over. Am I being too hasty?

  • Cyber-threats In 2016: Evolution, Potential, And Overcoming Them
    Cyber-threats In 2016: Evolution, Potential, And Overcoming Them

    The contemporary business environment is essentially a small subsystem in the larger cyber world. Every enterprise, no matter how technically progressive or apprehensive about technology, is connected to and handles different streams of data. The current IT landscape is highly disruptive, but it does promise better business outcomes for those who are Internet of Things (IoT) ready and prepared to embrace Big Data. However, there are some apprehensions about this more connected, omnipresent, and easily accessible data — it opens many doors to hackers, creating room for Cyber threats to seep in.

  • Why The Time Is Right For The Global Telecom Industry To Engage MSPs
    Why The Time Is Right For The Global Telecom Industry To Engage MSPs

    According to Gartner’s 2016 CIO Agenda Survey, CIOs expect digital revenues to grow from 16 to 37 percent in the next five years, and public-sector CIOs predict a rise from 42 to 77 percent in digital processes. What this means is — with very few exceptions — businesses of all types are feeling the impact of consumer demand for digital services, and are looking to digital to extend the way their business interacts with its consumers.

  • Prepare For The 4 D’s: A Business Legacy Conversation
    Prepare For The 4 D’s: A Business Legacy Conversation

    Part of planning and preparation means being ready for the unexpected. There are four D’s that can drastically reduce the value of a company.  It is true for a sole owner, but obviously the likelihood increases with more people involved.

  • Protect Yourself From Cybercrime: 6 More Best Practices To Implement Now
    Protect Yourself From Cybercrime: 6 More Best Practices To Implement Now

    As discussed in Part 1, most companies have by now at least a basic awareness of the need to take action to reduce their vulnerability to cybercrime and to prepare for the possibility that they will suffer a cyberattack. In that article, we outlined six of our 12 best practices for addressing and responding to cyber risks. In Part 2, we will discuss the remaining six.

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Cyber-Security’s Weakest Link: People
    Cyber-Security’s Weakest Link: People

    A stark reality facing today’s businesses is the never-ending threat to cyber-security and a strategy for how to combat it. An even greater concern is damage to corporate image, consumer trust, loss of revenue, liability to customers, and the ever-increasing statutes imposed by lawmakers and agencies who point the finger at businesses for failure to take responsibility for preventing data theft.

  • 10 Best Practices For Transitioning To A Managed Services Model

    The managed services model brings solution providers recurring revenue, deeper client engagement, and greater business stability. But the transition requires careful planning and execution to avoid pitfalls such as underpricing services, picking the wrong technology, or failing to properly communicate the change to customers. In this roadmap, we outline 10 best practices for resellers to follow when transitioning to managed services—while keeping data protected throughout the process.

  • Improving Security With Cloud-Based Antivirus And Antimalware

    Recently, the Lloyd Group was looking to move its services to the cloud. The MSP was evaluating various cloud-based tools and learned about cybersecurity provider Webroot, recalls Bill Goldin, director of technology at the New York metropolitan-area company. What initially attracted Lloyd to Webroot was the lightweight nature of the vendor’s antimalware solution.

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MANAGED SERVICES INDUSTRY EVENTS

SYNNEX Spring VARNEX April 10-15 Dallas
Ingram Cloud Summit April 11-13 Phoenix
ASCII Success Summit April 17-18 Milwaukee, WI
SMB TechFest Q2 April 21-22 Anaheim, CA
Q2 HTG Peer Group Meetings – North America May 2-6 Dallas, TX
Q2 HTG Peer Group Meetings – Europe May 16-20 Dublin, Ireland, IE
Q2 HTG Peer Group Meetings – Australia/New Zealand May 23-27 Sydney, NSW, Australia
ASCII Success Summit May 25-26 Linthicum, Maryland
Channel Transitions June 2 Philadelphia
ASCII Success Summit June 22-23 Miami Beach, Florida
SMB TechFest Q3 July 21-22 Anaheim, CA
Q3 HTG Peer Group Meetings – Europe July 25-29 Aberdeen, Scotland, GB
Q3 HTG Peer Group Meetings – North America August 1-5 Denver, CO
ASCII Success Summit August 17-18 East Brunswick, New Jersey
Q3 HTG Peer Group Meetings – Australia/New Zealand August 22-25 Queenstown, New Zealand
Channel Transitions September 14 Boston
ASCII Success Summit September 22 Toronto, ON
ASCII Success Summit September 28-29 Columbus, Ohio
ISV IQ Live! East October 6 Philadelphia
ASCII Success Summit October 13-14 Newport, Rhode Island
ASCII Cup Party October 14 Newport, Rhode Island
SMB Tech Fest Q4 October 20-21 Anaheim, CA
Q4 HTG Peer Group Meetings October 31 - November 5 Championsgate, FL

ABOUT NETWORKING

Networking refers to the range of hardware, software, processes, regulations, and protocols that make up computer and other networks. A network is a telecommunications system that allows connected devices to exchange data via cables or wirelessly (Wi-Fi). Networks provide shared access to systems, services, applications, and devices such as the World Wide Web, servers, printers, storage devices, email, messaging, and many more.

Security on networks is controlled by a network administrator through a set of provisions and policies that prevent unauthorized access to the network and network-accessible resources. Access to secured networks requires authentication usually via username and password (one-factor authentication), but can be augmented to include additional steps based on something a user 'has' such as generating a code via a security token, card, or mobile phone (two-factor authentication), and further augmented to include something a user 'is' such as a retinal or fingerprint scan. Firewalls enforce access policies on the network and anti-virus software or intrusion prevention systems (IPS) help to detect and inhibit malware and other potential threats.

Networks can be connected by electrical cable, radio waves, and optical fiber which are defined as layers 1 (physical layer) and 2 (data link layer) in the OSI model. Types of wired technologies include twisted pair wire, coaxial cable, ITU-T G.hn, and optical fiber. Wireless technologies include terrestrial microwave, satellite, cellular and PCS, radio and spread spectrum, and infrared. The basic hardware components of a network include network interface controllers (NIC), repeaters and hubs, network bridges, network switches, routers, and firewalls.

Ethernet is the most widely-adopted and used family of communications media used in local area networks (LAN), encompassing both wired and wireless network communications. IEEE 802 defines the standards and protocols that enable networked device communications. Networks can be classified by physical capacity or purpose such as personal area networks (PAN), local area network (LAN), storage area network (SAN), wide area network (WAN), virtual private network (VPN), and others.

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MULTIMEDIA

  • How To Take The First Step Toward Providing IoT Solutions
    How To Take The First Step Toward Providing IoT Solutions

    The Smart VAR Summit: Age Of Intelligence — IoT, Cloud, & Mobility Convergence, powered by ScanSource, Zebra Technologies, and Business Solutions, was filled with advice for integrators and solutions providers on how to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to their clients.

  • VARs Opportunities In  Healthcare: Small Hospitals, Group And Independent Practices
    VARs Opportunities In Healthcare: Small Hospitals, Group And Independent Practices

    Business Solutions president Jim Roddy interviewed Health IT Outcomes chief editor Ken Congdon at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit on Aug. 11, 2015, at the Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel.

  • CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions
    CloudFounders Equips MSPs To Offer Cloud Solutions

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Jonathan Kos, VP of sales at CloudFounders, tells how managed services providers can leverage CloudFounders’ white-labeled products to offer privately hosted cloud solutions. 

  • WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue
    WorldPay Tells How Payment Solutions Can Lead To Recurring Revenue

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Chester Ritchie, senior VP of strategic partnerships at WorldPay, displays payment solutions and discusses how solutions providers can establish recurring revenue streams.

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