• ChannelTrends: The More You Protect, the More Your Company Profits

    by Brian Sherman  | October 31, 2014
    Small business owners used to buy and install adequate AV software packages themselves without major technical issues, but the threats and the complexity of the protection schemes have risen beyond their capabilities. IT security is no longer just an annual install or occasional update — it’s an ongoing responsibility.
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  • Boston Celtics Get an Assist from CompTIA’s IT Security Community

    by Michelle Peterson  | October 07, 2014
    Students at Boston’s Mildred Avenue K-8 School and Community Center can thank CompTIA’s IT Security Community and the Boston Celtics for help in renovating the center’s computer lab and teen space. With help from the Creating IT Futures Foundation, the IT Security Community donated $5,000 to the Boston Celtics Shamrock Foundation, which allocated the donation to its Player Choice Grant, a grant that allows members of the Celtics roster to vote on where the money should go.
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  • ChannelTrends: Data Breaches Show It’s Necessary to Take IT Security to the Next Level

    by Brian Sherman  | September 22, 2014
    From Fortune 500 companies to mom-and-pop stores, every organization needs solid IT security specialists who can audit current systems and policies, recommend and implement proper upgrades, and monitor and support it all. Explore our related security resources — including a trustmark, executive certificate and quick start guide — and make sure your solution providing organization is up to the task.
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  • The Internet of Things is Missing Something: Security

    by Chris Gonsalves  | April 23, 2014
    This sponsored blog entry was submitted by Chris Gonsalves of ChannelNomics. There’s a dirty little secret in the grand promise of the Internet of Things. Within the rapidly proliferating realm of talking machines that enables this hyperconnected ecosystem, there is a woeful lack of security. That shortcoming could leave important systems vulnerable to compromise and ultimately threaten the viability of an emerging technology space on which many have pinned high hopes. Understanding t ...
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  • ChannelTrends: Making 2014 the Year of Security

    by Brian Sherman  | January 29, 2014
    Add Neiman Marcus to the growing list of retailers that have announced information systems breaches over the past few weeks: In a company statement, the Dallas-based department store chain reported compromised servers, a hack that gave outside access to customer payment information. On the heels of Target’s holiday debacle, the news fueled the IT security discussion and elevated consumer angst. This should be a call to arms for solution providers, vendors and distributors. No business will ...
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  • ChannelTrends: The Ever-Increasing Value of Top-Notch IT Security Skills

    by Brian Sherman  | November 21, 2013
    Over the past few years, hackers and other cyber-miscreants have managed to create a never-ending list of ways to attack both private and commercial networks and computer infrastructure. Their activities not only slow down systems and disrupt critical operations, but often lead to more serious crimes such as identity theft and corporate espionage. By all indications, the threats are multiplying and becoming much more difficult to neutralize or remove. Of course, those unknowns create more opport ...
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  • Why Are We Still Talking About Security?

    by Seth Robinson  | November 14, 2013
    Security may not be as hyped as other tech trends like cloud computing, mobility or Big Data, but several CompTIA research studies have shown that it remains a top priority for businesses among a wide range of IT initiatives. However, that may not necessarily translate into businesses having a robust security posture or knowing which steps to take as they explore new technology models. CompTIA’s Eleventh Annual Information Security Trends study examines the areas that may need closer atten ...
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  • How TeamLogic IT Utilizes its Security Trustmark Status

    by Emily Matzelle  | August 13, 2013
    What if protecting your business’s confidential data and information was as easy as hiring a bodyguard? Who would you hire? What questions would you ask your candidates to be sure that this person has your company’s best interests at heart and the ethical values to back them up? Safeguarding private information is a matter that cannot be taken lightly in this digital age. That’s why CompTIA created the CompTIA Security Trustmark to help businesses identify solution providers th ...
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  • ChannelTrends: It Takes More than Skill to Build a Formidable Security Practice

    by Brian Sherman  | July 24, 2013
    Just 10 years ago, all an experienced IT professional needed to start his or her own services business was a hearty desire to succeed, a solid work ethic and an accountant to keep track of the influx of cash. Skill was, and continues to be, an essential ingredient in the success of solution provider companies, but over time, the organizational fundamentals have also grown in importance. Successful IT solution providers have to work effectively on both sides of the house today, with a firm grasp ...
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  • ChannelTrends: In IT, Telling Can Be Selling

    by Brian Sherman  | May 23, 2013
    Stories that hold a connection to our personal interests are often the most memorable. I will always remember my uncle’s accounts of learning to fly a biplane back in the early 1930s as he struggled to make enough money during the Great Depression to pay for both lessons and fuel. While the years have faded many of my memories, his stories remain as crystal clear in my mind today as they were more than 30 years ago. Psychologists suggest that long-term recall varies based on two major fact ...
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