cybersecurity awareness month

National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is in full swing, and with that we welcome cooler temps, changing leaves, Halloween, and  importantly, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM). In its 13th year, NCASM was created to raise awareness about cyber security.  The annual campaign features weekly cyber security themes designed to educate and engage the public and private sectors. NCASM’s been around for a while – so why are we talking about it now? Cyber…

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10 steps to fight ransomware AFTER it’s infected healthcare systems

More and more, hackers are turning their attention from banks and financial institutions to healthcare organizations. Why? Because they see healthcare companies as low-hanging fruit. Not only is it relatively easy to infiltrate IT systems, by hacking medical devices, targeting new or uneducated employees and/or from general weak security systems – but also the information being protected is extremely lucrative to criminals. Cybersecurity is a big concern for your healthcare…


Coaching customers to identify, prevent and recover from ransomware

Do you know which industry experienced the highest rate of cyber-attacks last year? It wasn’t retail. It wasn’t government. It wasn’t even finance. It’s healthcare. Unfortunately, this trend is expected to continue this year and throughout 2017 as well. Why? Because electronic healthcare records are twenty times more valuable on the black market than other sensitive data, including credit card information. Cyber security is a major concern within the healthcare…


Tis the Season to Slide into SLED

In my recent posts, I’ve focused on initiatives in the Federal space and steps Avnet Government Solutions is taking to protect Uncle Sam’s goods. As summer wraps up I wanted to drill down on the other side of the public sector. Last month we attended XChange SLED University and then road tripped to the Sunshine State for NASCIO a couple weeks ago. The state, local and education (SLED) industry provides…

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Manual processes slowing down IT? Here’s how one healthcare company used DevOps to transform the organization

What does DevOps look like? For one healthcare company, DevOps wasn’t pretty. Sure it had a more mature set of processes than competitors and for the most part its IT environment worked, but there were still a lot of manual processes that made its IT environment complex – it wasn’t scalable or user-friendly. If you incorporate DevOps methodologies but still have issues with siloed information and manual processes, you might…

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Office of Personnel Management breach one year later – look how far we’ve come

It’s been more than a year since the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach that exposed the personal information of millions of U.S. Federal workers. You’ve probably seen the news – the breach exposed personal information from a jaw-dropping 22 million people including finger prints, social security numbers and other private information. Victims included current and former Federal employees, retirees, contractors and others who had undergone Federal background checks. It…

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NEW 90 second solution video: Hyper-converged vs. converged solutions

Did you know that the hyper-converged infrastructure market is estimated to jump from $1.07B in 2015 to $13.96B by 2024? We know there’s incredible opportunity, but there are still a lot of questions partners and suppliers have about these fast, reliable and highly scalable solutions that leverage software-defined technology. To start, what’s the difference between hyper-converged and converged infrastructure solutions? Watch the newest 90 second solution video featuring Avnet VP…

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Improve hardware ROI with easier cloud provisioning: Converged infrastructure use case

Did you know that some businesses use cloud seeding – and I do mean actual clouds – to improve business by modifying the weather? It sounds like something out of a comic book, but really it’s much less menacing. Airports, for example, may sometimes do this to reduce fog in the area, and some ski resorts use it occasionally to induce snowfall. Just like these companies who seed clouds to…

what is hybrid cloud computing

Top factors to consider to transform your business to a recurring revenue model

As many organizations look to transform to a recurring revenue model in order to improve revenue predictability and reduce financing stress, there are factors that should be taken into account in order to make a smooth and successful transition. While many understand the economics of hardware, when you move to software it becomes a different story. I believe many businesses, including those who manufacture machines, can move to a recurring…

Protect your enterprise from a data breach

Data Breach Summer Shake Down in the Public Sector

As Washington, D.C. battles a hazy, hot, and humid summer, it also continues to battle a more complex threat – cyber attacks. The public sector is leading a data breach shake down as organizations and agencies look to stop hackers from exposing the United States’ most secure and sensitive data. Planning ahead for a cyber attack In June 2016, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) released a set…

Efficiency through cloud automation

How to improve IT operational efficiency and cut costs without sacrificing quality

Here’s some information you may already know but haven’t necessarily quantified: buying enterprise software or hardware is not where the spending stops… it’s just the beginning. As a rule of thumb, the cost to manage software is about four times the purchase price of that software per year. For example, if you pay $4,000 for the software, you may end up spending $16,000 per user, per year to manage the…

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Are healthcare companies hoarding data? Help your customers prioritize, regulate and simplify data with information governance

There’s a real fear when it comes to deleting data. No matter how obscure or obsolete information may seem, many healthcare organizations view data deletion as a risk they could be deleting research that holds the key to the next major medical breakthrough. The cost of data storage – is it worth it to keep data “just in case?” Storing all data can sometimes seem like it’s the right thing…


The Value of Hyper-Converged is Not Just Hype

Hyper-convergence is drawing a lot of attention lately – and this small, but powerful form factor is delivering on the hype. This growing trend has prompted analysts to forecast an explosive 60% CAGR to for hyper-converged to be a $5 billion market by 2019*. Now is the time to make sure you have a hyper-converged line to offer to your customers and profit from this high growth mode of computing….

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5 Tips for Developing a Data Backup and Recovery Plan for Healthcare Organizations

When it comes to data backup and recovery in healthcare, the stakes are higher than ever before. We’re starting to see hackers turning their attention away from big banks to infiltrate small, regional hospitals that may act as a back door to larger systems housing sensitive and protected data. A hacked healthcare organization could face Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) violations and fines, Office for Civil Rights (OCR)…