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Scenes from the 2014 Fast 50 event - Tampa Bay Business Journal

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Scenes from the 2014 Fast 50 event
Tampa Bay Business Journal
The team from HH Staffing Services at the event. HH Staffing ranked No. 45 on the List. Nola Laleye. 2014Fast50Event DSC 9771 copy. Attendees network before the luncheon. Nola Laleye. 2014Fast50Event DSC 9799 copy. The team from Spectrio at the ...

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Want Everybody to Know You're Flirting? This App is For You!

Fortinet blog - Thu, 07/24/2014 - 17:04
Once again, SherlockDroid/Alligator spotted a potentially unwanted application for us. The application is a Chinese flirting social networking application whose security level is distressingly low. We detect it as Riskware/Blued!Android. Figure 1. It is probably okay members of the social network get information on you. But is it okay for you that everybody - mom, dad, neighbours, boss… - does? The application is leaking no less than user name, email, height, weight, birthdate, city a...

Meet the Man Whose Job Is to Put You on Hold - WPRO

Spectrio in the news - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 07:30

Meet the Man Whose Job Is to Put You on Hold
WPRO
Kleinhandler is a founder and CEO of Spectrio, a Florida-based company that produces more than 4,000 custom hold messages for companies each month, making him an on-hold guru of sorts for companies looking to keep customers engaged for as long as ...

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Meet the Man Whose Job Is to Put You on Hold - WPRO

Spectrio in the news - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 04:57

Meet the Man Whose Job Is to Put You on Hold
WPRO
Kleinhandler is a founder and CEO of Spectrio, a Florida-based company that produces more than 4,000 custom hold messages for companies each month, making him an on-hold guru of sorts for companies looking to keep customers engaged for as long as ...

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The First 1 Terabit Per Second Firewall Has Arrived

Fortinet blog - Wed, 07/23/2014 - 00:25
Today we announced the availability of the first firewall to cross the 1 Terabit per second threshold. That’s 1 trillion bits, or 1 with 12 zero’s after it (1,000,000,000,000). But why is it needed now and why is it important? The way we do business has changed, and the threat landscape along with it. Mobile computing, public and private cloud services, social media, everything-as-a-Service, and Big Data. These trends mean the firewall cannot become a bottleneck, and the bar has...

Meet the Man Whose Job Is to Put You on Hold - WPRO

Spectrio in the news - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 22:57

Meet the Man Whose Job Is to Put You on Hold
WPRO
Kleinhandler is a founder and CEO of Spectrio, a Florida-based company that produces more than 4,000 custom hold messages for companies each month, making him an on-hold guru of sorts for companies looking to keep customers engaged for as long as ...

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Meet the Man Whose Job Is to Put You on Hold - ABC News

Spectrio in the news - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 08:19

ABC News

Meet the Man Whose Job Is to Put You on Hold
ABC News
Kleinhandler is a founder and CEO of Spectrio, a Florida-based company that produces more than 4,000 custom hold messages for companies each month, making him an on-hold guru of sorts for companies looking to keep customers engaged for as long as ...

and more »
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Fast and Reliable Internet Access Vital for Cloud Services

Clare Computer blog - Tue, 07/22/2014 - 07:46

We hear a lot of about Cloud Computing these days, and that technology looks to be a big part of the future of technology.  Not that it’s a good fit for every company, or that it’s delivered on all the anticipated benefits, but increasingly, the cloud is a viable solution for a variety of applications.

How a business GETS to its data and applications on the cloud is not as a hot a topic, but it is a vital part of the equation. What’s in the cloud is of no use if a company can’t access it.

With cloud computing, a company’s demands on the internet connection is very different.  Two very important factors to consider are bandwidth and redundancy.

Bandwidth

Barely a decade ago, a T1 line (1.544 Mbps) cost over $1000 per month. But the extensive buildout of fiber connections in metro areas has brought those costs down considerably. Even home internet connections get multi-megabit connections for about $100/month.

When planning a foray into cloud computing, some careful consideration needs to go into determining the bandwidth required to deliver an optimal user experience.  Not so long ago, a company’s internet bandwidth was used primarily for email and web browsing.  When even a small office is using their internet connection for applications, email, phones (VoIP) and web browsing, it’s a whole different story.

Therefore, the costs of the necessary bandwidth will need to be factored into the business’ cloud strategy.

Redundancy

No matter how much bandwidth your internet connection has, if it’s down, you have NO bandwidth.  Some internet connections are more reliable than others, but even a 99.999% (Five 9s!) uptime means 8.76 hours of downtime in a year.  Can your business be prepared to have NO access to your cloud-based resources for a full workday?

If a business is going to go to a cloud-dependent model, then it would be wise to have an alternate route to the cloud.  This could be 100% redundancy – an equivalent circuit from another provider (ideally, coming into the building via a different cable vault), or it can be a circuit designed to be just adequate to keep the business running until the main circuit is restored.

Don’t forget to factor in the costs for the extra circuit, and don’t forget to test the failover mechanism!

Private Circuits

Depending on where in the cloud your computing assets are, you may not need to go through the Internet at all.  Your bandwidth may be more reliable if the data and voice traffic go over a dedicated circuit.  The prices on these have dropped considerably, too, so it bears looking into.

The bottom line is, the cloud holds a lot of promise, but before implementing any new technology, all the pros and cons and costs must be weighed to ensure the results will be favorable for the business.  Clare Computer Solutions can provide a Cloud Readiness Assessment for your business and help you consider all the options when planning a cloud strategy.

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Security Digest: July 19

Fortinet blog - Sat, 07/19/2014 - 00:00

FortiGate Cookbook - Certificate Warnings (5.2)

Fortinet videos - Fri, 07/18/2014 - 11:52
FortiGate Cookbook - Certificate Warnings (5.2)
In this video, you will learn how to prevent your users from getting security certificate errors when you have full SSL inspection (also known as deep inspec... From: Fortinet Views: 347 6 ratings Time: 03:25 More in Education

Pay-as-You-Go Security With AWS

Fortinet blog - Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:00
Just a few short months ago, Fortinet had a major milestone for public cloud computing with the release of our flagship FortiGate security solution on Amazon Web Services environments. Security and privacy continue to be a top issues, if not the #1 concern, for enterprises looking to move servers and workloads to efficient public cloud infrastructure. Today we have yet another exciting security announcement for Amazon Web Services customers with the immediate availability of utility-based pri...

Is use-after-free exploitation dead? The new IE memory protector will tell you

Fortinet blog - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 09:00
The Isolated Heap for DOM objects included in the Microsoft Patch Tuesday for June 2014 was just a fire drill aimed at making the exploitation of use-after-free (UAF) vulnerabilities more difficult. The patch for July 2014, however, has been quite a shock to exploit developers! In this release, Microsoft showed some determination in fighting back against UAF bugs with this improvement - the introduction of a new memory protector in Microsoft Internet Explorer, which would make exploitation of...

Get Your E Commerce Site Ready for Peak Holiday Traffic

Windstream (Allworx) videos - Wed, 07/16/2014 - 08:32
Get Your E Commerce Site Ready for Peak Holiday Traffic
The National Retail Federation estimates that 41% of the sales during Thanksgiving weekend take place online. In fact, online holiday sales generate $78.7 bi... From: Windstream Business Views: 7 0 ratings Time: 53:55 More in Science & Technology
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Hungry, Hungry Botnets: A look at Torpig

Fortinet blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 23:00
Every 60 seconds 47,000 applications are downloaded off the internet! Evidently, most of us don’t think twice about downloading a song, widget, app, image or even malware. Downloading is so second nature to us that a popular phishing scheme thrives on our carefree downloading reflex. Say hello to Torpig. A “drive-by download” is when a website suddenly prompts you to do something, such as a “click here to close this ad.” Many unsuspecting web surfers simply hi...

How a CIO Benefits Your Company (and Why You Can Afford It)

Clare Computer blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 11:49

Most companies, once they reach a threshold of a dozen employees or so, will require an Information Technology (IT) infrastructure to facilitate the handling of information, and communication within the company, and with the company’s customers and suppliers.

To remain running at optimal levels, and to keep up with the rapid pace of change in technology, this IT infrastructure needs to be managed.  For many companies, this simply means having someone on staff (or a service provider on call) to provide user support and make repairs and updates to the network as the need arises.

As the company grows however, its dependence on the IT infrastructure grows and so does the cost to the business for every minute the technology isn’t working right.

Integrating Technology Into the Business Plan

At some point, a company’s technology needs to be part of the strategic business plan.  A company will have growth goals for the next year, or 3 years, or 5.  If a company grows, its IT infrastructure needs to grow to meet the anticipated needs of what the company will become if it meets its goals.

It’s impossible to know exactly what technology will be available years in advance, so short term planning for technology needs to be done with an eye towards a refresh cycle and expandability.   There needs to be cogent plan for disaster recovery, business continuity and training to ensure the business runs smoothly even as it grows.

In addition, the company will need to translate these plans into a budget for implementing technology in phases along the way.  The implementations will need to take place with a minimum of disruption to the company’s day-to-day operations.

Clearly, this management skill set is outside the capabilities and experience of many in-house IT staffs who were hired to support the network on an ad hoc basis.  This is where a CIO is needed, to provide a vital strategic link between the company’s management and the IT Department (be it large or small).

CIOs Can Be Rented, Rather Than Hired

Large enterprises will have a CIO as part of their management team.  Smaller enterprises may find it tough to justify the expense for a full time CIO on staff, but they can benefit from the skills a CIO brings.  The answer is to partner with an IT consulting firm that can offer CIO-Level services as part of their support contract.

This is a much deeper partnership than a “break-fix” arrangement and provides much greater value.  Having a CIO gives peace of mind and brings expertise to your organization to help with future planning.  Does your current IT service provider provide these services?  Clare Computer SolutionsNetCentral combines CIO-level services with comprehensive IT infrastructure support.

Learn more about Clare Computer’s “Virtual CIO” services.

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Cloud Migration: No one said it HAD to be difficult

Windstream (Allworx) blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 05:00
Learn how new Windstream Cloud Path server migration software streamlines workload migration to public, private and hybrid clouds—enabling businesses to automatically migrate existing physical and virtual servers to Windstream’s cloud—reducing migration time from days to minutes while avoiding downtime. -- Read More »
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Havex, Meet OPC Server

Fortinet blog - Tue, 07/15/2014 - 00:00
Following a post by F-Secure this June, bringing to light a variant of the Havex malware family targetting ICS/SCADA systems, there has been much speculation regarding the motives behind this malware campaign. That makes it only the second known malware family directly targeting SCADA equipment, after the infamous Stuxnet that reportedly set back Iran's nuclear program by 2 years. Symantec has called the attackers DragonFly while Crowdstrike refers to them as Energetic Bear in their 2013 Thr...

Soraya: the Worst of Both Worlds

Fortinet blog - Mon, 07/14/2014 - 07:36
This whitepaper is the first of a series of FortiGuard Technical Analyses that go in-depth into the inner workings of malware. In this paper we take a look at the malware known as Soraya. Soraya is unique in that it combines the form-grabbing techniques seen in the ubiquitous Zeus and the memory-parsing techniques seen in Point of Sale (POS) malware such as Dexter and JackPOS. In this report, we join Junior AV Analyst Hong Kei Chan in dissecting Soraya: How Soraya installs itself How Sora...

Backup Your Mobile Device, Save Your Money

Fortinet blog - Sun, 07/13/2014 - 23:00
The year of 2013 was named as The Menace Year mainly because of the rampant CryptoLocker, a nefarious ransomware that encrypts user files and demands for a ransom to be paid in order to decrypt these files. And before CryptoLocker were the unfashionable scareware programs such as FakeAV, which used scare tactics in order to convince the user to purchase the full version of the software. It did not take long before this Windows-based experience was applied to the Android platform. In the midd...

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