Cloud 5: Cisco's big bet, Wal-Mart's big threat

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 30, 2017 9:31:21 AM

Welcome to The Cloud 5, our weekly feature where we scour the web searching for the five most intriguing and poignant cloud links we can find.

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Topics: The Cloud 5

Box and Microsoft's friendship is not as strange as it might seem

Posted by Ron Miller on Jun 29, 2017 1:27:57 PM

Box and Microsoft announced a new partnership this week. It's not the first time these crazy kids have hooked up, but it's certainly a curious and complicated relationship.

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Topics: Cloud Trends

MSPs need to be on the frontline of any ransomware defense

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 29, 2017 6:48:43 AM

While there is still much unknown about the latest wave of Petya/GoldenEye ransomware attacks, it's all too clear that organizations that don’t keep pace with the latest patches are being targeted faster than ever. It used to take cybercriminals a fair amount of time to develop the malware required to take advantage of a specific exploit. Now thanks to access to advanced tools developed by intelligence agencies that make it possible for cybercriminals to weaponize malware faster, this latest series of ransomware is targeting an exploit that Microsoft made patches available for just over a month ago in the wake of the WannaCry ransomware attack. Given the rate at which most organizations roll out patch updates, it’s a wonder more systems haven't been affected.

Microsoft says it's continuing to investigate the extent of the most recent threat, so it’s unclear whether additional emergency patches will be forthcoming or not. Either way, many organizations have a pressing need to apply available patches immediately. Because the patch management processes in place within most organizations are inherently flawed, however, there will continue to be organizations that fall victim to these types of ransomware attacks.

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Topics: Ransomware

The MSP’s Bookshelf: Surge

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Jun 28, 2017 11:44:00 AM

Just like the ocean, the IT landscape is constantly shifting. Are you ready to ride the wave to success? Timing is everything, especially when it comes to poising your MSP for the next big trend in the industry.

Multiple revenue-generating opportunities are popping up, such as managing digital business transformation projects, supporting more environments in the cloud, and securing the Internet of Things (IoT). However, determining which activity can generate the most revenue might pose a problem for your MSP.

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Topics: MSP Marketing

Case Study: MSP-friendly pricing for BDR and security wins over UK firm

Posted by Jason Howells on Jun 28, 2017 11:05:11 AM

Did you know that Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda offers predictable monthly pricing for BDR and security so managed service providers can simplify their pricing strategy and account management? No more playing guessing games with your budget or wrestling with uncertainty over varying costs each month.

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Topics: Intronis ECHOplatform

Threat Watch: NotPetya ransomware

Posted by Anne Campbell on Jun 27, 2017 4:19:51 PM

Update: As researchers learn more about the malware that quickly spread around the world earlier this week, it has become clear the malware wasn't what it first appeared to be. According to Forbes, multiple security researchers have uncovered flaws in the code that indicate the ransomare now known as NotPetya was designed to cause destruction, not make money. Infected computers become unrecoverable due to the faulty encrpytion, and BleepingComputer reports that victims have stopped paying the ransom. Because Ukraine was a primary target in the attack, a popular theory now suggests that the attack could have been politically motivated



Have you and your customers started to rest easy now that it's been a month since the WannaCry ransomware attack hit more than 100 countries around the globe? Well, a new strain of Petya ransomware wants to change that.

And, let's hope you and your customers all learned your lesson and got around to patching the EternalBlue vulnerability because this new strain is picking up where WannaCry left off. 

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Topics: Ransomware

Demand for cloud expertise from IT service providers is evolving

Posted by Mike Vizard on Jun 27, 2017 11:03:20 AM

A significant shift is underway in terms of the types of services IT organizations require as they gain more confidence in the age of the cloud. A recent survey of 1,503 large organizations conducted by 451 Research on behalf of Dimension Data, a global provider of IT services that is a unit of NTT, suggests that there’s been significant drop in demand for cloud transformation services in favor of more post-cloud-deployment services.

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Topics: IT Services Trends

Highlights from Automation Nation 2017

Posted by Erin Shaw Crowley on Jun 26, 2017 11:44:27 AM

Now that I'm back in the office and have had a chance to recover from a busy week on the road, I wanted to take a look back at our trip to Automation Nation in Orlando, Florida. It was another memorable event!

As one of the gold sponsors, the Intronis MSP Solutions by Barracuda team got to enjoy so many different aspects of the event. We were excited to host the recharge lounge again this year. This space was set aside so attendees to could stop by and charge up various devices while relaxing, catching up on work, or learning more about the complete data protection Intronis MSP Solutions offers. The recharge lounge was outside the exhibit hall for the first time this year, and we had tons of traffic and plenty of in-depth conversations. Plus, our booth was located close to the Automate Hack-A-Thon, so we had front row seat to the fun!

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Topics: Events and Webinars

Ask Intronis: How can I get techs to log billable hours?

Posted by Lauren Beliveau on Jun 26, 2017 7:25:00 AM

Q: We’re having a tough time getting technicians to remember to log their time. Some customers are on an all-you-can-eat service model, while others have an allocated amount of service time. How can I get techs to accurately log billable time?

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Topics: Ask Intronis

Tech Time Warp: The Curious History of QWERTY

Posted by Kate Johanns on Jun 23, 2017 11:30:00 AM

From time to time, your inner Mavis Beacon might wonder about the seemingly nonsensical arrangement of your keyboard. What’s the story behind QWERTY?

On June 23, 1868, Christopher Latham Sholes, Carlos Glidden, and Samuel Soule filed a patent for “An Improvement In Type-Writing Machines,” the Sholes, Glidden & Soule typewriter. This early typewriter promised a “better way of working type bars, of holding the paper on the carriage … [and] of holding and applying the inking ribbon” (all vital for successful typewriter function). The Sholes, Glidden & Soule typewriter was pre-QWERTY; it featured only six piano keys.

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Topics: Tech Time Warp

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