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How Will The New Cybersecurity Data Sharing Bill Impact Healthcare IT?

A new cybersecurity bill could be soon impacting healthcare IT (HIT). H.R. 1560, also known as The Protecting Cyber Networks Act (PCNA) recently passed 307 to 116 in a bipartisan vote.

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MAGAZINE ARTICLES

  • Why RMM Is Right For Retail
    Why RMM Is Right For Retail

    While it requires a different mindset for retail VARs who aren’t used to selling annuity services, remote monitoring and management (RMM) is a service that retail customers need.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • The Best Approach To Defend Your SMB Clients Against Malware
    The Best Approach To Defend Your SMB Clients Against Malware

    If you use a computer, laptop, tablet or smart phone then you are at risk of being infected with malware. Malware comes in many varieties but none of them are beneficial to a company and some, without proper security plans already in place, could force you or your clients out of business. Would your company be able to continue if it lost access to all of your accounting data? If customers learned that the account details or private information regarding them was now in the hands of hackers because of a breach of systems would they understand? Imagine having every file on your computers and servers lost forever.

  • Security Problems With IoT And The Imminent Danger We Need To Prepare For
    Security Problems With IoT And The Imminent Danger We Need To Prepare For

    We’ve been hearing a lot about the Internet of Things (IoT) and have slowly watched its arrival into our everyday lives. Now, devices are streaming into the market with technology ranging from “smart” coffee makers and small appliances, home connected devices, and even the upcoming Apple Watch. These technologies have given early adopters something to think about. How do I keep my data safe when IoT can connect you with the entire cyber world?

  • IT Solutions Providers: Clarifying Your Personal MVV
    IT Solutions Providers: Clarifying Your Personal MVV

    It's impossible to lead others until you lead yourself. The core to self-leadership is clarity around your MVV (Mission, Vision, and Values). Note: This is the first in a three-part series on Clarifying your personal MVV. In May we’ll talk about personal Vision and in June we’ll look at personal Values.

  • 5 Ways To Win The Best Employees In A Talent Shortage
    5 Ways To Win The Best Employees In A Talent Shortage

    Talent. It’s hard to find and even harder to retain. The more specialized your field, the fewer qualified people there are to select from. And even if you’re fortunate enough to be located in a top tech hub saturated with talent—Silicon Valley, Seattle, Washington D.C., Boston, and Sacramento according to Forbes — you’ll have to work hard to keep competitors from luring away your best players.

  • Pop Quiz: What’s The Difference Between Compliance And Security?
    Pop Quiz: What’s The Difference Between Compliance And Security?

    The relationship between compliance and security is one that many IT types think they understand, but in reality don’t quite grasp. That’s why my ongoing effort to educate on this topic starts by asking the same question: Do you have smoke alarms in your home?

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • The Perfect Prescription: Backup & Recovery In Health Care IT
    The Perfect Prescription: Backup & Recovery In Health Care IT

    Of all the vertical industries of interest to the channel, few hold more broad promise and greater opportunity than health care. Thanks to new targeted products, evolving standards of care and an increase in federal government incentives, the health care IT market is witnessing substantial spending growth.

  • ConnectWise Evolves Their Sales Quoting Process And Grows One Product’s Sales By 3,328%

    ConnectWise is an enterprise software company serving the unique needs of technology companies such as IT solution providers, system integrators, and software developers. In the last 10 years, ConnectWise software has become the premier business operating system for technology companies and the company has experienced rapid growth that required an efficient sales team to maximize on their market potential. As everyone at ConnectWise pushed full-steam ahead, the sales quoting process was lagging behind.

  • Data Projections Creates ‘100% Better-Looking’ Sales Proposals

    Texas-based company, Data Projections provides businesses, schools and governmental agencies with audio-visual solutions and collaboration tools ranging from video conferencing for conference rooms, board rooms and classrooms to network operating centers.

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MANAGED SERVICES INDUSTRY EVENTS

ISC West Exhibit Hall: April 15-17,
SIA Education@ISC West: April 14 – 16
Las Vegas
MSP World March 26-27 Orlando    
Interop March 27-April 1 Las Vegas    
HIMSS April 12-16 Chicago    
Cisco Partner Conference April  27-30 Montreal    
Kaseya Connect April 12-16 Orlando, FL    
TechSelect Partner Conference April 21-24 New Orleans    

IT Sales and Marketing Boot Camp

(Robin’s Big Seminar)

April 22-25 Nashville, TN    
ASCII Success Summit April 30-May 1 Austin, TX    
IMOne Spring May 3-6 Orlando, FL    
EMC World May 4-7 Las Vegas    
HTG Peer Groups Centralized Meeting May 4-8 Dallas, TX    
Autotask Community Live May 17-19 Miami, FL    

1COMM Partner Conference

(ScanSource Catalyst)

May 19-21 Greenville, SC    
ASCII Success Summit      May 28-29 Chicago    

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

  • 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.

  • GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature
    GFI MAX Demonstrates Patch Management Feature

    At Channel Transitions Midwest on October 7, 2014 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Chicago-Oak Brook, Nadia Karatsoreos, community manager for GFI MAX, introduces sales engineer Andrew Crihfield who demonstrates the platform’s patch management feature.

  • Plantronics Displays Headset Options At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit
    Plantronics Displays Headset Options At Smart VAR Healthcare Summit

    Brad Barnes, sales manager of specialized channels for Plantronics, displays USB-based, wireless, and Bluetooth headsets at the Smart VAR Healthcare Summit, powered by ScanSource and Business Solutions magazine on August 21, 2014, at the Westin Chicago Northwest.

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