10 Disaster Recovery Best Practices for 2016


On July 21, 2016, Southwest Airlines experienced one of the longest system outages in the company’s history, grounding planes and freezing critical systems for more than 12 hours.

As a result, more than 1,150 flights were cancelled and hundreds more delayed across the U.S., which required several days for the airline to resume normal operations.

The reason? Southwest’s backup and disaster recovery (DR) systems failed to work as intended, after they were triggered by a bad network router.

Just weeks later, View Article

The Challenges of the CISO: Balancing Access and Control


In December 2015, Avnet announced that Sean Valcamp had been chosen to serve as the first chief information security officer (CISO) in the company’s 95-year history.

I wanted to share a few highlights of an internal interview with Sean that took place recently, sharing his thoughts after his first few quarters in the role.


1) Why did Avnet create the CISO role to begin with?

Sean: I think creating the CISO role accomplishes two main things: one is that we... View Article

INFOGRAPHIC: How to Unlock the Power of Data Encryption

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Encryption sounds like one of those information security options that’s only available to government agencies and global companies, but the fact is, anyone can take advantage of this powerful tool at little to no cost. 

In the infographic below, Avnet has identified eight easy ways to secure your devices and information at no cost using tools you already have available.

Feel free to share or redistribute this publicly or privately as you see fit, but please keep the Avnet header and footer intact.

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Guest Post: Bi-modal IT for a Bi-modal Business, Part II


by Dave Bent, senior vice president of IT, Avnet, Inc.

In the previous post, we defined what it means to be a bi-modal business, and why organizations like Avnet are embracing that model to stay one step ahead of the needs of “digital native” customers without losing focus on the core traditional business.

In this follow up, I’d like to share how we as Avnet’s IT team are supporting that transformation when it comes to our IT project pipeline.

Waterfalls and scrums

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Guest Post: Bi-modal IT for a Bi-modal Business, Part I


by Dave Bent, senior vice president of IT, Avnet, Inc.

How does a nearly century-old electronics distribution company continue to deliver value when there’s nothing to physically deliver?

Since Avnet was founded back in 1921, the majority of the company’s value—what customers are willing to pay for—has been linked to the three core activities of any distribution business: procuring goods, storing goods and delivering goods.

The dawn of digital delivery

The advent of the internet—and particularly ubiquitous broadband internet—has created an entirely new method... View Article