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SMB Nation has been serving the Bainbridge Island area since 2001, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Ransomware Security Options for SMB Companies

SMB Nation Webinar Thursday, August 11th, 2016 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST

Presented by: Harry Brelsford CEO at SMB Nation, and Patrick Thompson

The ransomware body count is rising. In the first 3 months of 2016 over 209 million dollars was paid out by SMB companies. That’s a 30% increase Year over Year. And e-mail continues to be the main culprit. We want to make sure you are equipped with the latest information, technology, and resources to prevent cyber-criminals from kidnapping your customer’s most important asset, their data. We’ll review our best-in-class SMB solutions and the top 3 conversations you must have with your customers.

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Enable enterprise mobility simply, securely & affordably with NetConnect


NetConnect is an enterprise mobility solution that enables allowing users to connect to their office Workspace from anywhere in the world using any Device of their Choice. NetConnect extends the traditional office work experience to any mobile device, so that users can perform their duties anywhere in the world, with the peace-of-mind to access their Workspace securely on any device.

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NetConnect comes standard with a host of security features, ensuring corporate data never leaves the office & is never stored on personal devices. Addressing a variety of applications, NetConnect offers a secure solution to BYOD, Mobility, Teleworking and many others, all catered for on the one platform.

Specifically designed with SME's in mind, NetConnect integrates directly into any existing environment, be it on-premise or cloud. And as NetConnect runs alongside existing infrastructure, you can deploy and test NetConnect with business environments with no upfront commitment or alterations to their existing

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Ransomware attacks and demands have cost individual companies tens of thousands of dollars just in recent months.  And the money isn’t the only loss, data breaches in tandem have surged in numbers as well.  There are too many risks and debilitating results possible today to ignore the newsfeeds.  Layered security is mandatory and solutions zeroing in on specific malware threats, like ransomware, are being sought by those responsible for protecting networks, companies, and their monetary and intelligent assets.  Big money is at stake and remediation after an attack and breach of data is futile.

WinPatrol Enterprise reports that they have introduced the first true centrally managed anti-ransomware specific solution to the channel market.  Based on recent exposures and threats, ransomware ranks as one of the top security headline headaches for service providers and resellers. 

Are your current solutions covering all the bases?    

Powered by its own Artificial Intelligence engine, the WinPatrol engine is so effective that it blocks ransomware it’s never encountered, ransomware never even seen in a lab. 

WinPatrol Enterprise provides much more than simple Anti-Ransom for Business.

Features include:

1.     Software Inventory – Know every program being run in your organization

2.     Block any software you don’t want running on your network.

3.     Anti-Ransom Protection utilizing its artificial intelligence engine.

4.     SafeZone, a local safe repository where the end user can save files

5.     Network Lockdown – Protects your network drives.

6.     Registry Protection.

7.     Zero Day Threat and Exploit protection. Its artificial intelligence engine excels at detecting the unknown.

The days of needing to obtain a sample first are over. Ransomware is evolving too quickly, those who don’t adapt with speed and artificial intelligence won’t survive.

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Security vs SaaS: The SMB Dilemma

Posted by: Jonathan White

As the SMB marketplace evolves and becomes more competitive, businesses are looking for ways to reduce costs, improve worker productivity, and create new, sustainable business models that not  SecurityvsSaasonly protect their existing customer base from being encroached on by competitors but also drive net-new customer recruitment. These market dynamics are forcing businesses to consider cloud based solutions as the answer. Are SaaS solutions the right answer for your business?

Probably, but here are some things you need to consider:

  •  Do your homework. This sounds like a duh. However, many partners I have spoken to over the last year have jumped head-first into SaaS without fully evaluating the model. Here are some questions you need to answer.
  • Who are your customers? Are they cloud-adverse?
  • What is your current cost structure
  • What are your competitors doing
  • Is your IT team at capacity workload?


The security industry is also incredibly dynamic as well.  With the proliferation of BYOD, workers are forcing companies to adopt mobile-friendly platforms that provide access to important and sensitive data from anywhere, at any time. Mistakenly, some SMB businesses are opting to go with the embedded security within SaaS solutions to help reduce costs. Thus, the SMB Dilemma: trying to implement SaaS solutions while reducing security costs. This could be a no-no. Adoption of SaaS services shouldn’t be followed by a decrease in the budget for information security technology and services. IDC’s recent Cyber Threat Survey of more than 300 security practitioners found that despite the adoption of SaaS-based services that have embedded security capabilities, 53 percent of those surveyed said their budget for security increased by 25 percent or more. Not having additional security is like Luke Skywalker without the Force. It leaves you vulnerable to Darth Vader and the Dark Side.

Ransomware, phishing, and other cyber-attacks continue to evolve. The threat ecosystem is comprised of criminals with global networks successfully able to prey on companies with unsophisticated security solutions. In addition, your workforce also could be a source for data breaches. File sharing accounts have become vulnerable to account hijacking. Depending on your threat detection capabilities and your corporate policies, it could take weeks before the threat is discovered. And by then its too late. Poof. Gone in an instance.

So in conclusion, you have decided to move forward with a SaaS solution (you have done your homework above, and it’s the right decision). Your next question should be how do I not suffer from the SMB dilemma?

  •  Stay apprised. Once you decide on a security solution, make sure you stay updated on the latest cyber threats and determine what your solution covers and what it doesn’t.
  • ABB: Always Be Backing Up and build a recovery plan.
  • Security Guidelines: if you have remote workers and/or allow BYOD, make sure your employees understand and fully adhere to your corporate guidelines.


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Virtualization is Still a Relevant Solution for Your Customers

By Pete Engler

In the technology world, solutions and deployment methods change rapidly. One of the current technology trends centers on hosted or cloud-based solutions, which is gaining traction at a rapid pace. Most vendors releasing cloud-based solutions see this new segment of their business growing faster than traditional offerings; these hosted solutions are also proving to be excellent paths to cloudsolutiongrowth and competitiveness. Even so, there are legacy solutions that remain relevant and serve very specific needs within an organization. Virtualization is one of those ‘legacy’ solutions that continues to play a strategic part of a reseller’s or VAR’s portfolio.

Virtualized environments were considered a mainstream solution for nearly two decades when VMWare burst onto the scene in the late 1990’s. Offering a software platform to consolidate applications on the same hardware allowed businesses to reduce the need for datacenter servers, saving expenses and energy costs over an extended period of time. Virtualization is not limited to the size of the business and is used by small to medium-size businesses (SMBs), as well as enterprises.

There are many benefits for the reseller/VAR in offering virtualized solutions. These include:

  •  Cost savings for the business. Virtualizing business applications on a reduced number of servers saves hardware and administrative costs. Businesses need to be efficient and saving cost anywhere over a long period of time adds to the bottom line.
  • Energy savings. Reducing the hardware footprint in any size organization will reduce energy savings, making the business more efficient and profitable. There is also the benefit that saving energy can help the environment, which today can be a factor in a customer’s decision to do business with providers of products and services.
  • Backup/disaster recovery. Virtualized environments offer excellent disaster recovery options. If one virtual machine has hardware or software issues, or dies completely, the system can automatically compensate by spinning up the application on another “slice” of a different virtualized machine. Critical environments, which most all businesses have, can rely on this feature for constant uptime of services.
  • Cloud offerings to end customers. There are options for the reseller/VAR to become a cloud vendor to their end customers. Building a datacenter using virtualized product offerings, for example a business phone system, allows resellers/VARs to offer cloud-based solutions. This consolidates the hardware that needs to be managed in a central datacenter and allows streamlined management of the solution to each end customer.

Even with all of the new technology solutions available to organizations today, virtualization is a technology that remains important to a variety of businesses. And, it is a solution easily fulfilled by you, as a technology reseller/VAR. With a wide variety of deployment methods, whether at the customer location or by creating a hosted service for the customer, these options will round out your product portfolio as a reseller.

Pete Engler is the channel marketing manager at Digium, a business communications company based in Huntsville, Ala., that delivers enterprise-class Unified Communications.

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