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Jon Seals

Jon Seals

One of the highest-value services MSPs offer customers is protecting their data with automated backup and recovery. However, often neglected in the conversation with customers is the need for business continuity planning.

When you get right down to it, the ultimate goal of any BDR strategy should always be to keep the business running, no matter how serious a calamity it suffers. To achieve that level of readiness, BDR technology is essential, but there is more to business continuity planning than backing up data.

MSPs, therefore, should not only provide BDR technology, but also take on the role of business continuity consultant. In this way, you add value for the client by addressing a critical need while creating consulting revenue opportunities. Of course, helping clients stay in business through a catastrophe also helps protect your future income.

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http://mspmentor.net/blog/it-s-about-business-continuity-not-just-backup

A growing trend in law enforcement today is the use of social media and technology as a valuable resource to agencies and residents. The acronym LESM (Law Enforcement Social Media) is becoming a common term across Twitter, podcasts, and a focus among law enforcement agencies. Agencies are adopting LESM to stay current with today’s technologies as well as connecting with the community in the most effective way.

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http://www.everbridge.com/how-does-lesm-help-create-safer-communities/

Organizations worldwide lack the complete visibility into activities across IT infrastructures needed to reduce cyber risks, causing security incidents, failed compliance, and disruption of business processes

IRVINE, Calif. – May 3, 2016 – Netwrix Corporation, a provider of IT auditingsoftware that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, today announced the results of its global 2016 IT Risks Report. The survey aimed to identify the most common cyber risks caused by IT changes and to estimate how well companies are prepared to deal with these risks.

The 2016 IT Risks Report was conducted by Netwrix in January 2016. Researchers analyzed the responses of 826 IT professionals who represented more than 40 industries and organizations of different sizes located worldwide.

The survey’s key findings are:

  • Only less than one-fifth of organizations (17%) are confident about their ability to beat cyber risks.

  • Nearly 78% of respondents consider visibility into IT infrastructure an absolutely critical part of their security strategy.

  • More than one-half of respondents (58%) claim that the IT change controls or their absence are adequate to their business specifics and organization type.

  • At the same time, a majority of respondents have faced various cyber risks over the last year due to lack of visibility into changes. Two-thirds of organizations (67%) admit they had security incidents, 53% of respondents experienced system downtime, and 45% had compliance issues.

  • Organizations want deeper visibility into IT infrastructures to better prevent, detect, and respond to cyber risks. Therefore, more companies switched to automated methods of IT auditing, preferring to use third-party solutions (39% in 2016, compared to 29% in 2015). Overall, IT auditing is becoming a widely established practice, with 63% of organizations having IT auditing processes in place in 2016 vs. 52% in 2015.

The survey discovered an inconsistency between the initial assessment of maturity and the adequacy of IT change controls deployed by organizations and their actual ability to deal with cyber risks,” said Michael Fimin, CEO and co-founder of Netwrix. “Ensuring security today can be a challenge even for experienced professionals. Due to this pressing need for stronger protection, more organizations establish IT auditing processes and automate related tasks to achieve deeper visibility into critical systems and data. Continuous control over the IT environment will enable organizations to stay on top of what is going on across the entire IT infrastructure and mitigate the impact of unwanted or unauthorized activity to timely address security issues before they inflict significant damage.”

Effective risk and security management requires an integrated approach in which risk and security are made part of the core fabric of business processes and become key components of the organizational culture,” stated the February 2016 Managing Risk and Security at the Speed of Digital Business Report by Gartner. “This requires infusing the key components of risk and security management (i.e., policies, processes, behavior and technology) across all the dimensions of IT — business processes, applications, technology infrastructure and, most importantly, people.”

To download the full 2016 IT Risks Report, please visit: www.netwrix.com/go/2016ITRisksReport

About Netwrix Corporation

Netwrix Corporation provides IT auditing software that delivers complete visibility into IT infrastructure changes and data access, including who changed what, when and where each change was made, and who has access to what. Over 150,000 IT departments worldwide rely on Netwrix to audit IT infrastructure changes and data access, prepare reports required for passing compliance audits, and increase the efficiency of IT operations. Founded in 2006, Netwrix has earned more than 70 industry awards and was named to both the Inc. 5000 and Deloitte Technology Fast 500 lists of the fastest growing companies in the U.S. For more information, visit www.netwrix.com.

Allows for Free Migration of 500 Drives or 1TB of File Share Content to Microsoft's OneDrive for Business
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 4, 2016 Metalogix, the premier provider of unified software to migrate, manage and secure content across enterprise collaboration platforms, today announced the launch of its Essentials for Drives: File Shares to OneDrive Freemium.  The new program allows for the free migration of up to 500 drives (or users) or 1TB of file share content - including files, folders, versions, metadata, and permissions from file systems, file shares or Network Attached Storage (NAS) - into Microsoft's OneDrive for Business. 
 
Included for free with Office 365 or SharePoint Online business subscription plans, Microsoft's OneDrive for Business is a cloud-based file hosting service that allows business users to store, sync, access and share files quickly and easily via mobile device or web browser.  While a highly beneficial service for end users, Microsoft professionals have faced a number of associated file content migration and ongoing management challenges.
 
Essentials for Drives: File Shares to OneDrive Freemium provides a free, easy-to-use tool that simplifies migration to the OneDrive cloud by:
-        Identifying and correcting potential migration issues
-        Automatically scanning for and optimum provisioning of OneDrives
-        Accurately preserving, enhancing or assigning metadata in OneDrive
-        Flattening file structure
-        Automatically converting folder names to metadata
-        Generating detailed logging for post-migration verification and failed item reprocessing
 
"Microsoft professionals know that migrating file shares to OneDrive for Business can oftentimes be a great deal trickier than it looks.  From analyzing your file shares, to understanding your folder structures, to cleaning up idle content, to fixing file share data - there can be a number of issues that can derail and drive up the cost of a migration initiative," said Abe Peled, CEO, Metalogix. "Essentials for Drives: File Shares to OneDrive provides its users with the fastest, easiest, error-free and now free method to migrate files to OneDrive for Business." 
 
Microsoft professionals know the hard work doesn't stop after the migration is complete.  OneDrive for Business, like many other enterprise file sync and share solutions, can be difficult to administer and manage, as well as prone to data sprawl, content irrelevancy and egregious security breaches.
 
"Metalogix Essentials for Drives is the next logical step in ensuring maximum efficiency, cost effectiveness and ROI, by providing all the functionality necessary to ensure a well-structured and secure cloud collaboration system," Peled continued.  "Metalogix Essentials ensures Microsoft professionals have the information they need to stay ahead of potential issues, with the power to take necessary action to ensure content availability, relevancy, privacy and security." 
 
To learn more about the Essentials for Drives: File Shares to OneDrive Freemium please visit: http://www.metalogix.com/Resources/Promotions/essentials-for-drives/file-shares-to-onedrive-download
 
To learn about the award-winning Metalogix Essentials for Drives, please visit: http://www.metalogix.com/Products/essentials-for-drives.
 
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About Metalogix
Metalogix is the premier provider of unified management software to migrate, manage and secure content across enterprise collaboration platforms. Over 20,000 clients trust Metalogix to optimize the availability, performance, and security of their content across the collaboration lifecycle. For more information visit us at www.metalogix.comor call us at +1 202.609.9100.
 
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SYDNEY – NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC), a leading global developer of data communications devices, today announced that Verizon Wireless has certified the NetComm Wireless 4G WiFi M2M Router (NTC-140W-01) for use on the Verizon Wireless Private Network. Mission-critical wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) data can now be secured using the NTC-140W-01 to create a direct connection to internal enterprise systems over a segregated private network.

Developed to accelerate the uptake of M2M in the US, the NTC-140W-01 brings Verizon Wireless LTE/XLTE network coverage, speed and security to enterprises that collect and manage large amounts of data from digital displays, smart buildings, remote healthcare, emergency response and other bandwidth-intensive M2M applications.

“We are pleased to introduce a device that separates M2M data from public Internet traffic to secure remote management and advance real world M2M applications by providing undisrupted access to the bandwidth, speed and capacity offered by the Verizon Wireless Private Network,” said David Stewart, CEO and Managing Director, NetComm Wireless.

Designed to support M2M deployments over the long term, the future-proof NTC-140W-01 enables the secure migration of machines and business assets from 2G to 4G LTE. The industrial-grade device reduces deployment risk and features automatic failover for reliable connectivity to time critical systems, tele-health services and disaster recovery applications. 
The NetComm Wireless NTC-140W-01 features powerful edge processor for optimal performance, and its embedded NetComm Linux OS and Software Development Kit (SDK) enables the installation of custom software applications to the on board memory.

The NTC-140W-01 features two super-fast Gigabit Ethernet ports and high-speed WiFi connectivity to decrease data transfer delays and enable fast and reliable networking across multiple devices. The device also features a flexible range of power options, vehicle voltage support, GPS and ignition input making it ideal for mobile and tracking applications.
Its polycarbonate and rubber enclosure is mountable, designed for rugged deployments and also features temperature tolerances making the robust NTC-140W-01 ideal for remote and industrial environments.


About NetComm Wireless

NetComm Wireless Limited (ASX: NTC) is a leading developer of Fixed Wireless Regional Broadband and wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) technologies that underpin an increasingly connected world. Leading telecommunications carriers, core network providers and system integrators utilise NetComm Wireless' 3G, 4G LTE and new generation Fixed Wireless solutions to optimise network performance and to support their connected products and services in the M2M and regional broadband markets. For the past 34 years, NetComm Wireless has developed a portfolio of world first data communication products, and is now a globally recognised wireless innovator. Headquartered in Sydney (Australia), NetComm Wireless has offices in the US, Europe/UK, New Zealand, Middle East and Japan. For more information, visit www.netcommwireless.com.