When the average person thinks of a hacker, he or she thinks of a person glued to the computer and engaged in some sort of highly technical system entry or someone coding a piece of malware fine-tuned to steal data or wreak havoc. These things do, of course, happen. But a big chunk of malicious system entry depends on a practice that’s quite low-tech and very old. The term for it in the tech world is “social engineering.”

Defining Social Engineering: What Every Security Expert Should Know

We explore the basics of social engineering for security experts and what they can do to prevent attacks.
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Providing data center solutions is a different game from what it once was. The ongoing debate about the ups and downs of businesses moving to the cloud is probably the angle of the infrastructure world that gets the most press. But on-premises infrastructure has not disappeared. Springing up are new methods of implementing in-house infrastructure that take advantage of technological innovations and address the shifting needs—financial and technological—of businesses of all sizes.

A VAR's Introduction to Hyperconvergence

This introduction should make you aware of what exactly hyperconvergence is and if a hyperconverged infrastructure makes sense for your clients.
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The Internet is a whirlwind of mixed messages when it comes to secure enterprise data storage. Whether it’s industry trade websites or consumer-facing tech publications, everyone is covering the trends, but everyone has a different take (or, let’s be honest, a different agenda). It’s a lot of information to wade through, and the deeper you get, the more likely you are to find yourself back where you started. For every website that tells you that a public cloud is guaranteed to be the securest form of data storage in history in the hands of the right vendors, there’s one that tells you that building out an on-premises infrastructure is the only safe bet.

An On Premise vs. Cloud Security Checklist

How do you help a client make the right choice when considering on premise vs. cloud security solutions? The following checklist will give you ideas.
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Cyber threat intelligence is a phrase that you have no doubt heard being used in IT security circles—it’s touted as a new type of solution to battle the new types of threats rapidly proliferating throughout the Internet and wreaking havoc on enterprises of all kinds.

Cyber Threat Intelligence: What You Need to Know About It

What is cyber threat intelligence? How can it enhance existing technological solutions & help enterprises move beyond the perimeter security paradigm?
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The latest statistics on telecommuting in the workplace back up a trend that’s been observed over the past few years and one that you most likely have observed either among those you know or in your own career. An August 2015 Gallup poll reports that 37 percent of workers in the United States say that they have telecommuted as part of their job. While this represents a small (7 percent) jump from the numbers a decade ago, a perhaps more interesting finding is that workers say they telecommute as a part of their workday, rather than to finish things up at home after the workday has ended.

Are "Remote Employees" the Same as Having a "Mobile Workforce?"

With the recent buzz in the news, customers may find themselves asking: When talking about the mobile workforce, do they mean remote employees?
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It’s no secret that the way technology is used in the workplace has changed rapidly over the last decade, with technological innovations like mobile computing, ubiquitous high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology fundamentally changing how people conduct business. When once using technology at work meant driving into the office and sitting in front of a desktop computer, that’s now not always the case. Mobile devices allow employees, management, and the C-suite alike to work on the go, work from home, and even conduct international business without so much as leaving the living room.

CYOD? What is it, and should VARs offer it?

What does the term CYOD mean and is it something VARs should pursue as a sales opportunity?
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If you're new to working with major networking and security distributors, you may not be aware of all the advantages your new distributor has to offer. In many ways, a large distributor is like a fairy godmother for lucky value-added resellers (VARs). (With "lucky" in this case meaning "smart"!) Here are three reasons why.

3 Ways Security Distributors Are Like Fairy Godmothers

If you're new to working with major networking and security distributors, you may not be aware of all the advantages they have to offer.
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As more devices and everyday items become web-enabled, the Internet of Things (IoT) will keep gaining momentum and becoming more crucial for your customers. 

When everything from delivery trucks to warehouse lighting to point-of-sale devices gets connected through web services, you're likely to see rising demand for IoT, with a strong tie to big data analytics, particularly in retail.

But unlike operating systems, where Microsoft and Apple have market dominance, there's no single platform provider for IoT, which could muddy the development waters as multiple tech vendors attempt to rush into this space. Every IoT developer, it seems, is trying to build the "god platform" that provides the most generalized layer of intelligence and user interface functionality.

Who Could Build The Internet Of Things Platform That Saves Us?

As more devices and everyday items become web-enabled, an Internet of Things Platform will be necessary to provide user functionality and intelligence
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Players throughout the ever-expanding world of channel sales are always innovating new strategies for partnering that can benefit all members of the value chain. Trends such as through-partner marketing automation have begun to emerge as people sides of the partner relationship work to address the inefficiencies that can spring up in complex channel relationships and make things work right for vendors, partners, and, of course, customers.

3 No-Brainer Reasons Partners Should Use Security Distributors

Learn the benefits of using security distributors for partners selling security solutions.
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