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How Large Health Orgs Are Finding Success With Lean IT Shops
How Large Health Orgs Are Finding Success With Lean IT Shops

The Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) represents a union of patients and doctors, physicians and researchers, care and cures in the pursuit of better, longer, richer lives for patients.

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EXECUTIVE COMMENTARY

  • How To Find The Right Next-Gen Security Solution
    How To Find The Right Next-Gen Security Solution

    Working in the cybersecurity world, I’ve noticed a lot of grandiose messaging from many security vendors lately, particularly in the wake of the recent #WannaCry ransomware malware attack .

  • How Your Role As MSP Changes When Clients Transition To The Cloud
    How Your Role As MSP Changes When Clients Transition To The Cloud

    Nоw thаt сlоud соmрutіng is more widely utіlіzеd by small and midsize businesses (SMBs), it іѕ сruсіаl fоr оrgаnіzаtіоnѕ to grasp ways they can mаxіmіzе cloud-deployment solution bеnеfіtѕ while mіnіmіzіng thе rіѕkѕ оf moving traditional, on premise equipment such as servers tо the сlоud.

  • How To Add Security To Your Offering
    How To Add Security To Your Offering

    One of the most dynamic components of our services offerings is security. Not only is it ever-changing, but there are countless variations and forms of protection we need to be aware of and be providing to our clients. When you then consider the number of software manufacturers in that security space, it can become overwhelming and confusing as to how to approach security for your clients.

  • How To Safely Secure IoT Devices
    How To Safely Secure IoT Devices

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a powerful business tool, opening new doors to connectivity, data, and efficiency. However, as IoT grows and becomes more common, the risks also increase.

  • The Cloud Can Cost You, But You Can Manage And Automate Any Technology Troubles
    The Cloud Can Cost You, But You Can Manage And Automate Any Technology Troubles

    Cloud applications are implemented as a means to create more organizational efficiency and as a solid business case for saving time and money. 

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WHITE PAPERS & CASE STUDIES

  • Choosing The Right Wireless Intrusion And Prevention Policies
    Choosing The Right Wireless Intrusion And Prevention Policies

    The need for delivering quality wireless services in hospitality venues like hotels and big convention centers has been increasing. The availability and quality of Wi-Fi service is one of the most mportant factors for business travelers, event organizers, and holidaymakers when making their decisions about hotel booking. Some hoteliers offer free Wi-Fi hotspots in order to attract guests and differentiate their services, while others charge fees for Wi-Fi services.

  • Is Your Wireless Network Industrial Strength?

    Five Crucial Questions to Ask and Answer as You Prepare Your Industrial Environments to Take Full Advantage of Today’s Rapidly Expanding Wireless Communications Opportunities.

  • Making The Case For Security Cameras In Schools And Colleges

    Cameras in classrooms can deter violence, theft, and bullying—and help police respond to unfolding incidents. At the same time, their presence raises questions about privacy, the nature of learning spaces, and intellectual freedom. eCampus News looks at what it takes to secure classrooms while preserving an institution's primary mission of education.

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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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