Author: Logicalis Staff

Is Managed Security the Answer to Surviving the Cybersecurity Talent Shortage?

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Ron Temske, Vice President, Security Solutions, Logicalis US Most CIOs are well aware that there’s a significant shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the talent pool today. This becomes increasingly clear – and painful – for IT leaders within enterprise organizations as they are pressured from every side to bolster their companies’ security strategies and protect their digital assets.  A growing number of regulatory and compliance requirements coupled with demands from corporate boards of directors, shareholders and customers – particularly in the manufacturing and legal verticals where security questionnaires are being added as a requirement of...

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Your Email is Out to Get Your Users – Part 2: What Can You Do About It?

Reading Time: 3 minutesPart 2: What Can You Do About It? By Ron Temske, Vice President of Security Solutions, Logicalis US In my last article, I outlined the growing challenges posed by email increasingly used as an attack vector for malware. In this article, I will discuss recommendations for mitigating this threat in your organization. For our discussion, we are going to consider a typical enterprise Outlook or Office 365 environment to see the approaches you can take to thwart email attack vectors. These are not all manual solutions. In fact, at Logicalis US and with our clients, we...

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Your Email is Out to Get Your Users – Part 1: How did this happen?

Reading Time: 3 minutesPart 1: How did this happen? By Ron Temske, Vice President of Security Solutions, Logicalis US Email is widely and increasingly used as an attack vector for malware. In fact, it has become one of the largest attack vectors and no organizational size is immune. Let’s look at the complexities of the challenge IT organizations face when it comes to email as an attack vector and some recommendations for mitigating this threat in your organization. Background: How did this happen? In the early days of the Internet, email – specifically Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP) –...

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Microsoft vs. Google: The Big K12 Back-to-School Debate

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy Adam Petrovsky, GovEd Practice Leader, Logicalis US When broadband made it possible for schools to begin earnestly embracing the Internet, educators and technologists alike were unsure how they would incorporate emerging compute capabilities into the classroom. Among the first to propose a cloud-based program, Google offered K12 schools free access to its cloud-based Google for Education suite – which included Google Docs and a host of other productivity programs. Because it was both free and cloud-based, which meant no management headaches for K12 CIOs, schools across the country forged relationships with Google.  Later, improved wi-fi...

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How to Build IT Infrastructure for the Idea Economy

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Brandon Harris, Senior Director, HPE Solutions, Logicalis US Every day new ideas are turned into products, apps, services and businesses – they can even launch new industries. This is the fast-paced idea economy where IT teams like yours are under tremendous pressure to drive business innovation and deliver exciting new IT experiences, often with the challenge to do so while reducing costs. You and your team need to support traditional IT infrastructures and applications, of course. However, you are also expected to deliver availability to new cloud applications as well. It’s no short order. We...

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Higher Education Requires Complex Compliance with Data Security Regulations

Reading Time: 3 minutesBy Adam Petrovsky, GovEd Practice Leader, Logicalis US Data breach, identity theft, credit card fraud and malware are top-of-mind challenges facing our digital, connected world.  Cybersecurity analysis, threat and identity management, intrusion prevention, and determining encryption standards are challenging topics – making security frameworks more complex and constantly changing.  For Higher Education organizations, these data security problems are magnified due to state and federal regulations. College and university networks contain a wide variety of personally identifiable information (PII) which are prime targets for cybercriminals.  Student-focused data represents a unique cross section of PII.  This data may...

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Should You Purchase Office 365 & Azure Subscriptions through a Microsoft EA or a Microsoft CSP Program?

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Wendy McQuiston, Director, Microsoft Professional Services, Logicalis US In July of 2016, Microsoft announced that small- to mid-size customers with less than 500 seats would no longer be eligible to purchase a Microsoft Enterprise Agreement (EA).  The goal was to enable newly created Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSPs)  to fully service these organizations from both a product or subscription perspective as well as the support perspective that would formerly have been provided through Software Assurance Benefits in the EA.  The CSP program, however, isn’t just for small- to mid-size organizations any longer. The traditional Microsoft...

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Service Management Moves Beyond IT: How to Use ITSM Principles for Maximum ROI

Reading Time: 2 minutesBy Mike Alley, Service Management Principal, Logicalis US IT Service Management has been associated with “automation” and “efficiency” in IT operations for as long as I can remember.  But there is a little known, rarely discussed fact that service management professionals should be sharing with their clients – and that is, ITSM isn’t just for IT anymore. Imagine what would happen if the same successes seen with IT Service Management in the IT department could be applied in other areas of your business? The truth is, they can. The principles behind IT Service Management didn’t create...

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On College Tours, Digital Technology Directly Impacts the Image You Project

Reading Time: 4 minutesBy Adam Petrovsky, GovEd Practice Leader, Logicalis US As summer gets underway and families traverse the country taking a series of life-changing college tours, I thought it would be a particularly good time to talk about the ways digital technology can influence the image a college or university projects to prospective students and their families. When I talk with college and university executives, our initial conversations aren’t about technology.  They’re about what’s most important to the school – attracting and retaining the best caliber of students and professors and commanding the highest tuitions and donations possible. ...

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