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Not surprisingly, mobile security ranks among the top challenges IT faces when it comes to protecting small and mid-sized businesses. What is surprising, however, is that only 16% of SMBs worldwide responding to a recent Techaisle survey say they’re prepared to deal with mobile security challenges. For some small businesses, this is constraining mobile adoption; for others, it's creating concerning security gaps. However, it also creates an opportunity for channel partners to step in and become trusted advisors. Right now, many MSPs... [Read More]
by RSS Esther Shein  |  Sep 24, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
I’ve spent a lot of time over my career talking about education. K12, higher ed, virtual and blended learning, educational technology, you name it. I’ve even looked extensively at continuing education and professional development. As my focus has turned more to enterprise technologies and security over the last several years, I still couldn’t help but see many of the challenges we face in IT through an educational lens. After all, security pros and hackers aren’t born with deep security and networking expertise - why should... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  May 04, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Aside from the latest security gadgets, widgets and devices that can help to protect a network, many at RSA this year are having big conversations around education. The simple act of making sure your organization understands password protections, avoiding suspicious links, and taking a second look at that strange .doc can make all the difference in protecting the network from unwanted intrusion. Fortinet’s Editor-at-Large, Christopher Dawson and Digital Strategist Jonas Tichenor talk about how security companies are offering Education-as-a-Service... [Read More]
by RSS Jonas Tichenor  |  Apr 22, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
We've now reached the User layer in our Layered Security series. This article is part one of two, because there's a lot going on with this layer. If you haven’t been following this series, you can catch up by using the link above or by checking out the PDF version, which contains all previous articles.   The User Layer (Part 1) We’ve finally reached the user layer, which in many ways is the most important and also the most difficult. As mentioned before, 80-90% of the threats to your network can come... [Read More]
by RSS Victoria Martin  |  Apr 18, 2015  |  Filed in: Security Q & A
For US schools and libraries, this is a big deal (and big business for resellers). The first quarter of the year is E-rate season for public schools and libraries in the US. E-rate is a federal reimbursement program run by the FCC designed to help bridge the “digital divide” for schools and libraries with higher proportions of low-income students and patrons and those in rural areas providing substantial funding for Internet access and network infrastructure. The poorest institutions and those with the least access to cost-effective... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Jan 19, 2015  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
K12 has its share of security and regulatory challenges, but higher ed takes things to a whole new level. Last week I wrote about some of the security challenges K12 schools face, most of which revolve around balancing regulatory requirements, Internet safety, and access to educational resources. I called this the “Ed Tech Conundrum” since giving students and teachers broader access to Internet resources often runs counter to parental, administrative, and regulatory concerns. In higher education, though, we’re dealing with adult students,... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Dec 10, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
If our kids spent as much time studying as they do bypassing firewalls, we’d be cranking out Rhodes Scholars left and right. I spent several years as one of those all-too-typical public school tech guys. I taught math and science most of the time and had an extra period off during the day to handle every bit of technology in the school. Desktops, laptops, servers, network infrastructure, databases, you name it. Sometimes I had an intern (one semester I had two!). I’m not complaining - this is the reality for many public schools that, like countless... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Dec 03, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
Fortinet has a broad portfolio of security hardware, but a lesser known bit of freeware from the company recently caught my eye. I just recently began working with Fortinet and have been familiarizing myself with their hardware and software. I’ve known about the company for years, but their product portfolio is pretty deep, so it was time for a closer look. Ironically, it wasn’t the ridiculously fast next gen firewalls or integrated UTM/WiFi products that initially caught my eye. It was a free Windows utility for planning wireless deployments... [Read More]
by RSS Chris Dawson  |  Oct 28, 2014  |  Filed in: Industry Trends