Posts by Deborah Lamb

Municipal IT Security Is Top of Mind at MISA Infosec, but Few Are Prepared

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The rise in cyberattacks on local and municipal governments was the focus of the recent MISA Ontario Infosec conference held in October, and we at ioFABRIC learned a lot. Unfortunately, what we learned wasn’t all good. The event attracts municipal IT professionals and managers, and we talked to most attendees about their information security strategies.…

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How MSPs Have an Edge on Big Cloud Providers

Recently a channel partner told me in no uncertain terms what their customers need. These are: No-hassle customer support Products that don’t need an IT expert to use The fewer products to manage, the better Over the course of the conversation we talked about how MSPs are making the most of these needs – and…

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Making Sense and Dollars of the CCPA and GDPR

If you’re a solution provider, system integrator, reseller, MSP, xSP, et cetera, you already bear great responsibility for helping your customers comply with data protection and security mandates. In fact, you are probably their trusted go-to advisor. Unless your head has been in the sand for the last year, you’re already aware of the GDPR…

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In IT, Don’t Be Afraid to “Trust, but Verify”

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So goes the adage, a staple of Russian wisdom brought to the west by former U.S. president Ronald Reagan (and attributed wrongly to many in the tech industry, including Bill Gates and Scott McNeely). More than 30 years later, U.S./Russian relations continue to be a thrilling drama, but data protection should not be. Key to…

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There’s More to Backup than Backup

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Despite the efforts of every storage software company to integrate data protection services, including backup, recent surveys show there is still great cause for alarm. In “The 2018 State of Resilience” report, Syncsort surveyed 5,632 global IT professionals and found almost half of all businesses suffered a failure within the previous year that required “a…

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What Different Industries Need to Do to Defend Against Ransomware

Several recent articles have identified the industries most frequently hit by ransomware attacks. If you work in one of these fields, you might need to be extra vigilant about protecting data and making sure it is replicated, accessible and immutable. Read on to find out what you can do to fight back! Business/Professional Services ZDnet reports…

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Case Study: Ransomware Attack Costs Business $1 Million+

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Recently, a mid-size manufacturing company (that has asked to remain nameless, for obvious reasons) was hit with a ransomware attack that cost them more than a million dollars – but the good news is it will never happen again, thanks to our technology integration with IT services provider Xenium. Xenium XeProtect combines an onsite hardware…

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How Data Fabrics Give the Savvy IT Service Provider a Leg Up

Have you heard the term data fabric? For IT service providers, data fabrics not only solve many serious IT issues but they are a new revenue source—and one that will make your customers loyal to you because they will immediately see the advantages. For your customers, data fabrics allows them to focus on doing what…

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The Hazards of Success Are Real!

It’s been a rough week at the ioFABRIC offices as we celebrate three separate award wins. Indeed, success comes at a steep price—multiple contusions, bruising, muscles sprains and a few employees out on sick leave all related to our much-publicized wins from Tech Target/SearchStorage.com and Tech Trailblazers. One marketing employee had to take extended sick…

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