Security

  • 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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  • ChannelTrends: Top 10 Initiatives to Watch For From CompTIA’s Member Communities in 2013

    by Brian Sherman  | April 10, 2013
    One of the biggest reasons why entrepreneurs join industry associations is to gain access to a variety of business improvement resources and educational programs that would be costly to recreate or purchase on their own. Those business tools and best practices are particularly hard to come by in the IT channel, and the expense of tailoring them to meet the specific needs of even a well-established solution provider can be quite prohibitive. CompTIA not only recognizes those challenges, but colla ...
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  • CompTIA Participates in House Small Business Committee Hearing on Cyber-Security

    by David Valdez  | March 22, 2013
    Yesterday the House Subcommittee on Health and Technology held a hearing titled “Protecting Small Businesses Against Emerging and Complex Cyber-Attacks.” CompTIA’s own Dan Shapero, founder of ClikCloud, participated on a panel comprised of the following speakers: William H. Weber, senior vice president, general counsel, Cbeyond, Atlanta – testifying on behalf of the COMPTEL. Justin Freeman, corporate counsel, Rackspace, San Antonio, TX – testifying on behalf of ...
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  • Certification Seen as Step Toward Professionalizing the Cyber-Workforce at RSA

    by Randi Parker  | February 28, 2013
    It’s another beautiful day here in San Francisco and the RSA Conference – an annual information security event held by security solutions provider RSA – is underway with its usual buzz and excitement. So far, it has been a productive few days for CompTIA.We started the week meeting with the Cybersecurity Credentials Collaborative (C3) – a group that we co-founded along with other certifying bodies such as (ISC)2 and GIAC. CompTIA was voted vice chair of the C3 and will be playing an active role ...
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  • President’s Cyber-Security Executive Order Issued as Reports Emerge of Chinese Army Coordinating Cyber-Attacks on American Soil

    by David Valdez  | February 21, 2013
    Last week, the president issued a long-awaited executive order that seeks to protect critical infrastructure – an action he promised soon after Congress didn’t reach agreement on cyber-security legislation last year. This week, the New York Times reported that a link has been established between cyber-attacks against U.S. companies and firms that provide a variety of services, including those that provide services to critical infrastructure owners and operators. This is an alarming development t ...
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  • Get a Wrap-Up from CompTIA’s Second Annual TechVoice D.C. Fly-In

    by Nancy Hammervik  | February 19, 2013
    Last week, I was in our nation’s capital, along with 60 or so other CompTIA staff, members and TECNA partners, taking part in CompTIA’s second annual TechVoice D.C. Fly-In. While I would not consider myself politically savvy, I am politically curious. I have tremendous appreciation and respect for this country’s history and government. I never imagined I would have the opportunity to walk the halls of the Senate and Congressional offices, let alone sit down with policy makers to represent the IT ...
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  • Panelists at Day Two of the TechVoice D.C. Fly-In Tackle Cyber Warriors, Startup 3.0 and More

    by Lana Sansur  | February 14, 2013
    This morning we kicked off day two of the TechVoice D.C. Fly-In with a Tech Summit that included exceptional panel members from the private sector and federal government diving into IT workforce, Internet governance and other important issues for the tech entrepreneur.Ernest McDuffe, lead of the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education, started the morning with discussion of an initiative called NICE, which defines a framework to improve online behavior skills to enable a safer cyberspace ...
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  • Kick-off to North Carolina TechVoice Chapter Features Federal and State Policy Forecast for 2013

    by Elizabeth Hyman  | January 15, 2013
    On January 11th, CompTIA partnered with the North Carolina Technology Association (NCTA) to launch our third TechVoice chapter. About 60 technology executives attended a breakfast gathering and panel discussion in Durham, NC featuring Congressman David Price (D-NC), State Representative Marilyn Avila (R), information technology attorney Ed Turlington and myself. NCTA President and CEO Brooks Raiford moderated. With 2012 elections now completed and the fiscal cliff averted for now, the conversati ...
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  • ChannelTrends: Top 5 Solution Provider Opportunities for 2013

    by Brian Sherman  | January 03, 2013
    While many may not have switched their calendars yet, 2013 is officially here. Before all the New Year’s resolutions have either been forgotten or broken, make sure to take time to review what went well in 2012 and what needs to change to make the next year more successful. What challenges and opportunities do you foresee? In reviewing a similar blog post I wrote around this same time last year, it’s interesting to note the similarities between 2012 and 2013. While technology conti ...
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