Posted by: mobilitycloud | February 28, 2017

How Secure is Your Companies Data?

I recently took the time and effort to complete my HPE Sales Certification on Security Software Solutions, which naturally was quite illuminating in terms of how Data Security has become top of mind not only due to the highly publicized hacks that we have all heard about (Sony Movie Studios, IRS Fraudulent Refunds etc.) but also to the many breaches that occurring constantly that no one is aware of.

Part of the courseware was a list of sobering facts on how often and what impact breaches have to corporations (much like the general consumer) as well as how this could put those organizations in such a negative light in terms of reputation that recovery becomes that much more difficult should your data become exposed. According to HPE, these stats come from Gartner, Forrester and the Ponemon Institute (amongst others I would imagine) provide a sample framework of what the new Cyber Crime “Bad Guys” are doing to your Data every single day:

  • “Bad Guys” are spending 229 days inside your network BEFORE DETECTION
  • 80% of Breaches occur at the Application Layer (many of these are Malicious Insiders)
  • 56% of Organizations have been the target of a Cyber Attack
  • It takes 45 Days to resolve a Cyber Attack on average
  • Global Spend in 2015 was $77B, it is projected to be $120B in 2017 and $170B in 2020
  • 8% of the Total IT Budget is spent on Security
  • The Mean Annualized Cost of Cyber Crime per organization is $7.7M

There are certainly plenty more statistics that can be displayed here, but the whole point is that we are now experiencing a “New Normal” where the Cyber Bullies are getting more innovative and daring than ever before. Hacking and Cyberwarfare have become a rather lucrative business for these adversaries as we are hearing stories of how Ransomeware is effectively shutting down corporations who fail to heed many of these warnings and are locked out of their operations due to Hackers doing a better job of getting past the gatekeepers and obstacles we thought that would keep them out previously.  We must now deal with the Assumption of Compromise by the “Bad Guys” from every aspect of how we handle our Corporate (and Personal) Data especially as much of this information is trending to be moved to Public, Private and Hybrid Cloud Providers, another set complexities that didn’t have to deal with previously.

Ultimately we all need to understand that this “New Normal” is something that is not static but instead constantly evolving and that we must be prepared well beyond previous exercises of just protecting your perimeter and instead be protecting your organization from the core and applications levels. You also need to consider encryption at every layer of your infrastructure so even your internal employees can’t walk about with the keys to your business should they decide to see what information has been left unsecured.

For those that have taken the proper precautions, my hats off to you for being proactive. For those that are just starting to take a look at their next steps, we also salute you and finally for those that are not sure what to do, please contact me at Glen.Benjamin@DirecLogix.com and we can get started with an assessment of your current scenario with our Security Team and make some recommendations on what you should be doing to keep your Corporate Data out of the “Bad Guys” hands.

Thanks, Glen

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Posted by: mobilitycloud | February 24, 2017

Upcoming SFTA Events -Cinco de Mayo Golf & Private Room Social!

Happy Friday All!

I wanted to call to your attention on a couple of events coming up soon that is being put on by the SFTA (www.southfloridatech.org) that we are looking for your attendance plus there are sponsorship opportunities for both of these events that we are looking to fill.

First we have the SFTA “Private Room” Social coming up on Wednesday March 8th being held at Funky Buddha in Oakland Park starting at 5pm. Funky Buddha is a Micro-Brewery/Sports Bar that has given us access to some of their private meeting rooms plus will be giving tours of the Micro-Brewery so we are expecting lots of opportunities to network with other Techies and learn more about what is going on in our community plus kick back and enjoy a great setting.

The Registration Link is listed below which will also include 2 Free Beer Tickets and Food so please register today as this is right around the corner:

Register for SFTA “Private Room” Networking Event on March 8th at:

https://www.southfloridatech.org/event/sfta-funky-buddha-private-room-social/?instance_id=1245#!event-register/2017/3/8/sfta-funky-buddha-apos-private-room-apos-social

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Finally our next “Big” Event is the SFTA Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Golf Tournament being held on May 5th at the Plantation Preserve Golf Club. This is your chance to network with our “Cloud Maker” IT Community and play under the beautiful clouds of South Florida on a Friday, what could be better than that? We also have plenty of sponsorship opportunities from the Platinum/Gold Levels all the way down to Hole Sponsorships, which I’m listing in the flyer at the bottom of this blog post.

Additional details on the SFTA Cinco de May Fiesta Golf Tournament are available at the link below along with registering Golf Foursomes/Single Players which will also include a 4 Person Scramble, Breakfast, Roaming Drink Carts, Catered Lunch and an Awards Reception following the event.

Register for the SFTA Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Golf Tournament:

https://www.southfloridatech.org/golf-2017/

We look forward to seeing you at these and other SFTA Events, have a great weekend!

Click Below to Download Sponsorship Flyer for SFTA Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament:

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Posted by: mobilitycloud | February 11, 2017

SFTA Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Golf Tournament on Friday May 5th 2017!

Who is ready to Golf on Cinco de Mayo? Well the SFTA is and we are starting our campaign to bring the biggest and brightest Golfers to play under the beautiful Clouds with the Cloud Makers and Technologists of South Florida this coming Friday May 5th at Plantation Preserve Golf Course. We have a series of Sponsorship Slots available from Platinum/Gold Levels all the way down to Hole Sponsorships and I’ll likely Sponsor a Sand Trap as that’s where I end up spending most of my time anyway.

I have listed links below along with details about the event including contact information to get you and your organization set up with the Sponsor Level that you choose. Obviously we need Golfers so foursomes and individual spots are open and as always, we can use volunteers to help us during the day so if you don’t plan playing, we can always use an extra set of hands leading up to the event and during the event.

We look forward to having the entire South Florida Technology Community band together to support our efforts and we hope to see you this Cinco de Mayo!

Details on the SFTA Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament:

The SFTA is proud to announce the Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament. Taking place May 5, 2017 at the prestigious Plantation Preserve Golf Course.

Our Cinco de Mayo Fiesta themed golf tournament is in support of local South Florida charities and offers activities for golfers, non-golfers and tremendous sponsorship opportunities.

About the SFTA

The South Florida Technology Alliance (SFTA) promotes the growth, success and awareness of the regional technology community. Through events, networking, programs and education, we provide south Florida’s technology-related companies, academic institutions, entrepreneurs, governments and related organizations with an active forum to grow the business of technology in our region.

 

Please note:  SFTA Members and prior sponsors may receive a Discount on select packages. Email Nicole Ciccone at ExecutiveDirector@SouthFloridaTech.org for your discount code.

Join the SFTA Today to receive discount benefits on this and other events!

For more information regarding sponsorship and event day activities, please contact:

Nicole Ciccone – ExecutiveDirector@SouthFloridaTech.org

John J Ficarra – jjficarrajr@gmail.com SFTA Tournament Director

 

Learn More About the SFTA Cinco de May Golf Tournament:

https://www.southfloridatech.org/home/sfta-announces-cinco-de-mayo-golf-tournament-may-5/

Sponsor and Golfer/Foursome Registration Page:

https://secure.perfectgolfevent.com/eventweb/3338/registration.php

Location

Plantation Preserve Golf Course
7050 W Broward Blvd
Plantation, FL, 33317-2209
Please also follow the SFTA on the following Social Media Platforms to stay up to date on the Cinco de Mayo Golf Tournament as well as our other upcoming events:

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Posted by: mobilitycloud | January 30, 2017

The Next Technology Revolution – IoT!

So I have to start this blog with #tbt moment, I was very jealous to follow what was being announced out of CES 2017 in Las Vegas (knowing what goes on there…) regarding devices for IoT (Internet of Things) that were rolled out earlier this month. A plethora of smart or connected products that provide measurements for just about any type of data to be collected and analyzed. Items featuring Healthcare, Manufacturing, Automation, Energy Management, Transportation, Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality amongst many others have been around for quite some time and the inflexion point is right in front of us as this is expected to rapidly grow in a very short time. Network Providers will certainly have to be stepping up their capacity as this insatiable demand for the “Always-On” Connectivity and then of course this data will need to be stored somewhere, thus Cloud Computing is this next natural hyper-growth segment that will be impacted and by the looks of things, AWS, Azure, Google and others will be ready for the task, especially for Enterprise solutions.

Where the biggest concern might be are for Consumer simply looking to “securely” connect all of these devices in their home, as that might be the biggest challenge for most of us. If you look at some of the new products introduced at CES this month, the only limitation to these IoT devices is your imagination as the capabilities are staggering. Items such as Smart Ovens, Toothbrushes, Blinds/Curtains, Mirrors, Tables, Beds/Pillows, Food Processors, Fragrance Dispensers/Air Purifiers (really?), Lawn Mowers,  Pet Feeders, Sprinkler Systems and a whole host of other products designed to Automate your home. All of these devices will measure practically everything that goes on in and around your home and yes I skipped Door Bells with Camera’s, Perimeter Security Systems, Thermostats as those have been embedded for the past couple of years.

Again all of this sounds great except for one slight problem, are any vendors offering a complete end-to-end Consumer-Oriented Network Security system to keep those nasty hackers out? If you are connecting these plus all your appliances (yes Refrigerators, Ovens, TV’s, Washers/Dryers are all in play) within your home network without any form of a Firewall/Intrusion Protection, Anti-Virus Program to cover all these items, then of course you are asking for trouble. I’m including a link on Keeping Hackers Out of Your Smart Home below, which are good common sense tips that you should use (Change Default Passwords, Update Firmware, Remove Unnecessary Devices etc.) to protect yourself. Notice that I’m not discussing Enterprise platforms at this point as many of the large Service Providers either already have programs in place to handle this or are ready to deploy infrastructure for organizations starting to utilize IoT, so we’ll skip that for now on this blog.

I’m not seeing too many vendors offering Home Networking Security Systems just yet, just a couple of smaller companies so that’s my (and our) big concern. That being said I’m hoping to see some bigger and better things when it comes to security as frankly Consumers will not adopt many of these products unless they feel safe and secure with all of this connectivity going on around us.

The good news (at least for South Florida) is there the upcoming IoT Evolution Expo coming to the Broward County Convention Center on February 7th – 9th where we will potentially see probably a zillion more of these products coming to life with hopefully a complete Network Security Platform that we can use at our homes to at least give us some peace of mind that the 16-year-old next door is not hacking into my network and creating all kinds of havoc with any business applications that I’m actually trying to use in my corporate world. For those of you in the area, I would highly recommend attending this event to learn the latest in IoT whether for Business or Consumer offerings along with what levels of Security can be providing in this relatively new but growing industry.

For those planning on attending the IoT Evolution Expo, I would like to connect with you to see what your plans are for IoT/Cloud/Mobility/Data Center and of course Security to see what we can do to assist your efforts. Also for any providers that are offering solutions specific to IoT Security, feel free to respond to this blog and share any information or contrasting views so we can all learn more about where IoT is headed and how we can get safely and securely. Thanks!

Contact: Glen.Benjamin@DirecLogix.com or 954-974-6262

Top 5 Facts about the Internet of Things (IoT)

Links Referenced in this Blog Listed Below:

20 Crazy Connected IoT Products At CES 2017

http://www.crn.com/slide-shows/internet-of-things/300083379/20-crazy-connected-iot-products-at-ces-2017.htm?cid=nl_vi#

6 Key Tips for Keeping Hackers Out of Your Smart Home

http://www.dailydot.com/layer8/smart-home-security-tips-internet-of-things/

IoT Evolution Expo – February 7-10 – Ft. Lauderdale – Registration Link Below:

http://www.iotevolutionexpo.com/east/

 

 

 

Posted by: mobilitycloud | January 13, 2017

I Want to Win a Free Ticket to Attend VeeamOn 2017!

For those not aware, Veeam is offering Bloggers the opportunity to win a free ticket to their upcoming VeeamOn 2017 (www.veeamon.com) being held in New Orleans May 16th – 18th, so consider this my submittal for the contest as who wouldn’t want to learn more about Veeam and spend a few days in N’awlins (BooYah!)?

OK, enough groveling for a free trip (not likely) and why you should be working with Veeam and attend VeeamOn 2017:

  • Veeam offers Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) or RTPO of 15 Minutes or Less for ALL Applications and Data
  • Data is Growing at 30%-50% per year and traditional legacy backup tools are not being met according to most CIO’s
  • Veeam is an Agentless Solution where the customer pays by the CPU Socket only, specific to the VM Environment

Our clients are looking closely at their Backup and Restoral policies so Veeam should be considered at each and every step of the way. This has caused me to personally pursue two recent certifications, Veeam Sales Professional and Veeam Technical Sales Professional (copy of that Certification below) so that we can best serve clients who are considering Veeam. Please contact me directly at Glen.Benjamin@DirecLogix.com so we can start an assessment for your organization.

Finally, yes I would like to win a free trip to VeeamOn 2017 in N’awlins, so please let the coordinators of the contest know that my bags are packed!

Direct Link to VeeamOn 2017 Registration Page: www.veeamon.com/registration

Glen Benjamin VMTSP Certification Below:

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Posted by: mobilitycloud | January 11, 2017

A New Approach to Data Security – Gemalto

Happy New Year All!

Like most (if not all) of you, I took some time off during the holiday season to recharge the batteries for 2017 but did carve out a few hours in between a few dozen bowl games to finish up Certifications for Veeam (Technical Sales Professional) plus Gemalto (Sales Professional), which is very important for those organizations looking to secure their Data.

As part of Gemalto’s training, they speak about how their product line provides multiple layers of protection by offering security in both the Core as well as at the Edge by providing Data Encryption, Crypto Management and Enterprise Authentication for organizations of all sizes. Gemalto also talks about Perimeter Security alone is no longer enough as your Data is the new Perimeter as Malicious Outsiders and Insiders are potentially your biggest threats to consider. Understanding that in 2015 there were over 700 million reported (can’t imagine what was NOT reported) records breached, which amounts to 22 records breached EVERY SECOND, that should get you to sit up in your seat and be concerned.

Data records Lost or Stolen by Industry starts with Government followed by Healthcare along with Technology, Retail and Education as the biggest offenders. When you also consider that the FBI shows that 50%-80% of these attacks originate from BEHIND THE FIREWALL, so your Data is completely exposed if those internal users walk off with your highly valuable information.

The Three Steps that your organizations need to follow to secure your Data is:

  1. Encrypt and Secure Data – Data at Rest and Data in Motion Encryption
  2. Own and Secure Keys – Crypto & Enterprise Key Management
  3. Control Access – Strong Multi-Factor Authentication

These type of discussions need to work in Physical, Virtual and Cloud environments so regardless of your infrastructure, this needs to become top of mind when a Breach occurs, just ask the DNC what impact the alleged Russian Government Breach has done to their opposition assessment of the President-Elect, not pretty right?

We here at DirecLogix are here to help you with determining what type of solution would work best for you, so please contact me at Glen.Benjamin@DirecLogix.com so we can start preparing an assessment for your organization. Happy New Year!

 

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Posted by: mobilitycloud | December 30, 2016

Happy New Year – Let’s Be Safe Out There!

As we close out a tumultuous Tech Year of 2016 where we have seen huge advances into Virtual Reality, Internet of Things, Cloud, Agility, Mobility but still have concerns about Security (heard any rumors of another major Hack lately?), well in just a couple of days we get to start with a fresh slate in 2017. Also keep in mind that we have a new Administration taking over in a few weeks, which could speed up or alter Technology trends faster than we have seen before, much more to follow.

Knowing that many of us will be celebrating New Year’s Eve in a matter of hours, I’m sending a reminder that we need to be on our own high-alert status to be aware that those of us who have taken a drink or know someone who has been drinking, to please keep those folks off the road this weekend or frankly at anytime they are impaired to drive. Even though fewer people are driving drunk (see Miami Herald article: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article123733159.html), there are far too many accidents related to impaired/distracted drivers and this is the time to be especially vigilant.

Besides utilizing ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft to get people home safely, AAA is also offering their Holiday Safe Ride Program (http://newsroom.aaa.com/safety/holiday-safe-ride-program/) where AAA reminds motorists to travel safely and drive drug- and alcohol-free when hitting the roads. For those who do plan to drink, AAA urges them to take safety precautions in advance: designate a non-drinking driver, call a cab or stay with a friend. You can also contact AAA if you need a safe ride home, by calling 1-800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357) for assistance.

Please enjoy your New Year’s Celebration, let’s just be sure that you are mindful of people who don’t belong on the road, so please use the resources listed above to assist you in finding alternate travel or better yet, have a designated driver ready to assist you in getting home safely so we can talk again next year.

Happy New Year All!

Glen

 

Posted by: mobilitycloud | December 23, 2016

Merry Chanukah-Mas!

For only the 4th time in the past 100 years (and the 1st time since 1959), Chanukah and Christmas have fallen on the same day, could this be any better? Even though this could bring out some rather strange dinner combinations at family gatherings (Turkey, Chicken, Matzo, Latkes, Cornbread, Cranberries, Pumpkin Pie…Ham, nope out of the question…) it is a perfect time to reflect and give Thanks for all that we have as we close out 2016.

Please let me extend Best Wishes to all of my family, friends, teammates, followers, clients, partners for a safe and wonderful Holiday Season and for a prosperous 2017!

Santa Glen

Glen.Benjamin@DirecLogix.com

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Posted by: mobilitycloud | December 12, 2016

3D Imaging with the World’s Worst Model Ever, Me!

While attending ITPalooza last week, I had the chance to experience a wide range of cool Tech Solutions during the event besides helping manage our DirecLogix Booth along with Red Hat and got to speak to lots and lots of folks about Open Source solutions plus I was also able to moderate a session hosted by Microsoft on how Azure can assist developers on IoT solutions that are first coming to market. On top of all that I also had chances to hear our keynote sessions from Centrify and Amazon Web Services and learn the latest on their view of Security and Cloud as well as test out Virtual Reality and take a test drive in a Tesla (only in my dreams) but alas, I didn’t get a chance to win one.

Naturally it was a long and tiring day until one of my colleagues told me to head over to the 3D Imaging Booth sponsored by ZeroPoint3D (http://zeropoint3d.com) as they would take a 3D image of me in their booth in a matter of a few minutes, which sounded easy enough. Knowing that I’m not the best looking model that ever ventured into their booth, I took the challenge of standing on a rotating podium and probably within 1-2 minutes the pictures were completed and another couple of minutes, the rendering was finishing and voila, there was a 3D Mini Me image of myself on-screen! I did make the suggestion of cropping me out of the picture and using People’s latest Sexiest Man Alive, Duane Johnson, but they left my image on-screen instead.

All of this occurred in under 5 minutes of time and when you think about the applications that can be available with this very new type of device, it can be one of the most disruptive technologies ever created. Think about Healthcare with a dentist being able to fit caps, moldings, implants and dentures almost immediately without having to wait for a lab or how about creating prosthetic limbs for disabled people all virtually on the spot without having to wait on a laboratory to ship to their facility. 3D Printing can potentially have a tremendous impact in the entire $13T (that’s T as in Trillion) Manufacturing Supply Chain by being able to create new or replacement parts by scanning them in and producing the new part in a matter of minutes or hours at a significantly lower cost then through traditional manufacturing supply chains. There is much more coming down the road when it comes to 3D Printing as how it will potentially impact all types of industries in the not too distant future. Feel free to contact me at Glen.Benjamin@DirecLogix.com to see if your company would benefit from any of these or other technologies that you are planning for in 2017 or beyond.

Finally I’m including a few different views of how ZeroPoint3D actually did the scan of me (good thing they didn’t scan my brain, way too cluttered in there) and what the process looked like. Click on the links below and just make-believe that it’s Duane Johnson instead of me to hopefully give you a better looking view of 3D imaging. Thanks!

View a 3D Scan of Glen: https://skfb.ly/XzAW

Link to View Creation of 3D Image at Booth : https://www.dropbox.com/s/42s9qnkgb3cwkfm/2016-12-08%2020.54.30.mp4?dl=0

Pictures of 3D Creation including Glen with 3D “Mini-Me” Plus Final Image Below:

 

 

 

 

Posted by: mobilitycloud | December 8, 2016

DirecLogix and Red Hat – Come See Us at Booth 50 at ITPalooza!

Yes it’s finally ITPalooza Time so as a Final-Final-Final Reminder, please register at www.itpalooza.org to see the latest in Tech featuring Tracks on Cloud, IoT, Security, Agile plus Keynote Sessions by Centrify and Amazon Web Services. In case I hadn’t reminded you enough yet, all registered attendees will get a chance to “Crack the Vault” to Win a Tesla, which is featured in the center of Exhibit Hall (pictured below) as you walk into the Signature Grand. Take note of the 2 Virtual Reality Showcase Areas, Toys for Tots Mega Wall and the Main Stage to right of the diagram.

Speaking of the Exhibit Hall, DirecLogix and Red Hat will be in Booth #50 (also pictured below), which is highlighted in Red (Red Hat you get it right?) to the left as you walk into the Main Entrance of the facility. Please stop by and meet our respective Teams as we would like to discuss any and all your Technology needs to see if we can help put a solution in place to help your organization meet and exceed your business objectives.

I can be reached during the event at Glen.Benjamin@DirecLogix.com or via Mobile/Text at 954-560-3974 and look forward to connecting with you all at ITPalooza!

 

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