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The digital-centric and customer-centric market is expanding the role of CIOs. As the New Year looms, CIOs must be prepared to lead their company’s digital transformation while securing the safety and integrity of the data.

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In its recently released predictions for 2017, Forrester says that the age of the customer presents an opp

ortunity for CIOs to get out “front and center” and “grab the brass ring” to lead the technology agenda. The research authority goes on to say that “There has not been a time when technology has had a more profound impact on customer experience and revenue performance.”

With their combined technical and business acumen, CIOs are well-positioned for the challenge. They’ve already been championing the organization to take full advantage of emerging trends and technologies.

The new challenge is to ensure that the security infrastructure is adaptive and agile enough to meet the demands of converging technologies such as the cloud, big data and the Internet of Things.

The year 2017 will be a progressive one for many CIOs — and security must be an enabler, not a distraction as new, exciting opportunities take shape.

Challenges Can Become Opportunities

Emerging technology trends will bring new pressures — from competing cloud initiatives to adding more values and services. While embracing their expanding business role, CIOs can’t lose track of ensuring that the cybersecurity infrastructure keeps pace with these changes.

As we head into the New Year, let’s take a look at some of the key challenges organizations will face that are converging into a perfect storm of opportunities for CIOs:

Improving the customer and brand experience: Customers are the fundamental drivers of the changes organizations will undertake. Not only are they more empowered, they expect experiences that capture them at a specific moment in time.

Massive quantities of data that are gathered and analyzed are unlocking the mysteries of customers’ behaviors and providing insights into their expectations. Successful CIOs must find ways to capture data residing on devices.

With this data at their fingertips and a better ability to anticipate customer needs, CIOs will be positioned to identify new revenue streams while improving the customer experience.

At the same time, there’s a legal responsibility to protect this data — and CIOs will play a critical role ensuring its protection not only for the sake of compliance, but also the reputation and integrity of the brand.

Bigger shift to the cloud: With more workloads moving into the cloud and the hybrid cloud becoming the new business model, CIOs will be able to shed the burdens of cloud IT management while getting back savings by outsourcing to vendors.

By investing those savings into the digital transformation, CIOs can leverage resources even as budgets remain flat. This will heighten the focus on third-party cloud vendors.

But at the end of the day, accountability for data privacy and integrity falls on the organization. Verification of third-party policy enforcement protocols and approaches to securing traffic across cloud and on-premise environments will be key.

Growing skill gap and diversity: While disruptive technologies like the Internet of Things put more demand on IT staff, cybersecurity needs to evolve in order to stay ahead of the new threats. Yet the cybersecurity industry is facing an estimated shortage of 1.5 million workers by 2020.

At the same time, women comprise only 10 percent of the information security workforce and 22 percent of technology jobs. Diversity brings strengths and innovation to an organization, and CIOs have a tremendous opportunity to lead the effort to bridge the diversity gap.

 

 

 

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As campus computer labs with all devices bolted to workstations become a thing of the past, students and faculty have more freedom than ever to transport their devices of choice to wherever they’re most comfortable working—both on campus and off.

But with so much technology plugging into and out of campus networks, the possibility of a security breach becomes inevitable. Institutions of higher learning are paying attention: EDUCAUSE, a nonprofit promoting the safe and effective use of technology on campus, named information security their #1 priority in 2016 after ranking it tenth last year.

College Campuses Are Prime Targets Of Cyber Attack

College campuses are now the third most targeted institutions for cyber attack, behind only healthcare and retail organizations. It should be no surprise: College campuses house extensive financial data on students, faculty and the university itself; in addition to sensitive research data, health records and information on university affiliates.

Protecting the security and integrity of all this information and campus technology is critical; but it can’t be at the expense of open collaboration and connectedness. To find the right balance, we recommend the steps that follow.

1. Inventory All Data Across All Systems And Networks

In order to protect sensitive data, it is important to know where it all lives. Whether in the cloud, on a piece of hardware, on mobile devices or in emails, the IT security team needs to know where it is.

2. Centralize Security Management   

On sprawling campuses with countless mobile attack vectors, a comprehensive security strategy with full visibility of network environments from the cloud to the perimeter to all endpoints is critical. The strategy is best managed from a single, centralized platform that enables security teams to quickly detect, respond and remediate threats before they turn into big problems that run up operational costs and tie up IT resources.

3. Develop An Open Security Platform To Minimize Harms

There are plenty of tools and products available to manage security that work exceptionally well on their own, but are incompatible with other systems. For this reason, it is absolutely crucial to develop an open security platform wherein products and services that detect and respond to security risks can communicate with each other and share real time threat intelligence easily. This is the idea behind the new “security fabric” developed by our partner, global cybersecurity technology leader, Fortinet.

4. Make Students And Staff More Cyber Aware

It only takes one infected device to cause a major security breach. All the infrastructure and protocols in the world won’t stop threats if students and staff don’t know how to prevent and report them. Comprehensive cybersecurity training should occur at orientation for students and annually for staff to ensure the whole community is invested in protecting data.

Delegate Cybersecurity To Experts

Creating and deploying a robust security platform can be daunting—especially when it’s not your core competency.  With our extensive experience delivering and managing security solutions for higher education, neteffect technologies can keep campus data and systems secure so you can stay focused on keeping an open, connected learning environment.

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9th Annual MSP 501 Ranking and Study Identifies World’s Most Progressive MSPs in Information Technology


neteffect technologies ranked position #222, among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), according to Penton Technology’s 9th-annual MSP 501 study. The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds.

In addition to honoring neteffect technologies, this year’s MSP 501 list and study showcases the following:

  • The top ranked MSPs in North America
  • The top MSPs in Europe, Middle East and Africa
  • The top MSPs in Asia, Australia and New Zealand
  • The top Small Business MSPs’ list, comprised of organizations with 10 or fewer employees
  • The top vertical markets pursued by MSP 501 companies
  • The leading tools they leverage to run their businesses
  • And the top technologies they provide to customers

“It is an honor to be named to the MSPmentor 501 Global Edition, particularly since year after year there are so many competitors for a spot on this coveted list,” said David Wollenhaupt, President, neteffect technologies. “The service provider industry is changing faster than ever before. Being named 222nd is exciting; it speaks volumes about the business model we continue to build on to provide a sustainable and scalable service model. Our success is due to both our staff and our customer base who year after year contribute to the continued growth and success of neteffect technologies.”

As businesses continue migrating away from on premises computing environments in favor of SaaS solutions, managed it services providers continue to find new and innovative methods to add value for their clients as margins continue to be squeezed through the cloud movement. In 1991 neteffect technologies started out as an IT services provider primarily serving the architectural and engineering community before “virtual” and “cloud” were popular marketing terms. Servicing the business community in a reactive environment didn’t prove prudent to David Wollenhaupt. As a business owner, Wollenhaupt treats each customer as he wants his company to be treated, like it’s his own; this vision permeates throughout neteffect’s culture. Every customer’s needs are handled proactively, before a need presents itself. During the onboarding process, neteffect technologies spends time with the client learning about their business processes. This helps in putting into place innovative tools that best fit their companies’ needs.

“On behalf of Penton and MSPmentor, I would like to congratulate neteffect technologies for its recognition as an MSP 501 honoree,” said Aldrin Brown, Editor in Chief, MSPmentor. “The managed service provider market is evolving at a rapid pace and the companies showcased on the 2016 MSP 501 list represent the most agile, flexible and innovative organizations in the industry.”

The 2016 MSP 501 list is based on data collected by MSPmentor and its partner, Clarity Channel Advisors. Data was collected online from March through April 2016. The MSP 501 list recognizes top cloud service providers based on metrics including recurring revenue, growth and other factors. In addition to a ranking on the MSP 501 list, every company that participated in the study has been assigned a score reflecting its intrinsic value. The measure, known as the Total Service Provider (TSP) score, evaluates an MSP’s mix of revenue from various activities, including consulting, cloud, reselling and managed services. The TSP index ranked services providers based on the evolution of their business models, ranking neteffect technologies 129th.

To learn more about neteffect technologies, visit http://www.ne-t.com.

About neteffect technologies

Based in Charlotte NC, neteffect technologies is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, in business since 1991. neteffect technologies specializes in offering managed IT services, virtualization, cloud computing solutions, system design and implementation services, telecom solutions, and security solutions. Customer centric, neteffect technologies provides the innovative technologies that businesses need to compete with their budget and time constraints.

About Penton’s channel brands

Penton’s channel brands (www.penton.com), define emerging IT markets and disrupt established IT markets. The brands’ channel-centric online communities include MSPmentor (www.MSPmentor.net), The VAR Guy (www.TheVARguy.com), Talkin’ Cloud (www.TalkinCloud.com) and the WHIR (http://www.thewhir.com).

About Penton

Penton is an innovative information services company that empowers nearly 20 million business decision makers in markets that drive more than 12 trillion dollars in purchases each year. Our products inform with rich industry insights and workflow tools; engage through dynamic events, education and networking; and advance business with powerful marketing services programs. Penton is the way smart businesses buy, sell and grow. Headquartered in New York, Penton is privately owned by MidOcean Partners and Wasserstein & Co., LP. For additional information on the company and its businesses, visit www.penton.com or follow us on Twitter @PentonNow.

 

Contacts:

Beth Wallace

Director, Client Strategies & Business Development

bw@ne-t.com

704-504-9040

Penton:

Aldrin Brown, Editor in Chief, MSPmentor

aldrin.brown@penton.com

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IT budgetThe end of 2015 is rapidly approaching, which makes the subject of IT budgeting a little more prominent in people’s minds. There needs to be considerable thought into how much your business will be spending on IT compared to how much it is willing to spend. This can be a confusing situation with a lot of figures, projections and unfamiliar terminology. But you don’t have to make this important decision all by yourself.

neteffect technologies has an extensive amount of experience assisting businesses when it comes to technology, forecasting and budgets. At neteffect technologies, one of our core beliefs is that IT is one of the more integral components of a company’s budget. Every year, there is a natural increase in expenditure. Now, more than ever, companies are making substantial investments in the area of cyber security. Those investments increase every year as there is an ongoing need for tech solutions than ever before. Some of the more important areas to be considered are:

  • Cloud Computing
  • Mobile technology
  • Security
  • Big data analytics

   

Cloud Computing

Businesses are continuously changing the way they operate with cloud computing. ComputerWorld projects that more than 40 percent of businesses are going to incorporate a host of cloud infrastructures within the upcoming year. This includes private clouds, public clouds, hybrid clouds, and community clouds. Cloud computing provides such versatility that businesses can discover exactly what they need in order to operate more efficiently.

neteffect technologies offers the opportunity to equip your business with the cloud solution that fits best. Access, security and all the benefits that come with cloud service can be yours with the help of neteffect technologies.

Mobile Technology

Mobile technology is changing the way business is being conducted as company employees work from anywhere. Part of that includes secure WiFi networks, more efficient access tools and mobile device management systems. With the addition of each mobile device on the infrastructure comes the concern for reliable security. It is also important to note that mobile applications are not all secure and business transactions are not ideally conducted on unsecured WiFi networks. neteffect technologies can provide help ensuring the security of business transactions and network infrastructure.

Security

The annual IT budgeting report as reported by ComputerWorld indicated that 46 percent of the companies involved are planning an increase in security expenditures. This is not surprising considering the amount of legitimate threats over the past year. But it does not take a multi-million dollar budget to provide adequate security. A flat-rate monthly fee provides your business with exceptional security solutions through neteffect technologies’ managed services, maintaining your company’s network infrastructure. There is enough to worry about just conducting daily business.

Big Data Analytics

The analysis of large amounts of data at a rapid rate is becoming a more popular business trend. This is also a way for your business to create new marketing possibilities and enhance overall sales. ComputerWorld’s recent survey reports that 38 percent of IT leaders will issue an increase in what they spend on big data analytics in 2016. Big data analytics introduces a lot of raw data and businesses are becoming more open to using the proper tools that will help in decoding and organizing that data.

Finding trends in data is made easy and will enable businesses to keep up with the latest industry developments.

The future is now

Outsourcing IT functions through neteffect technologies can wind up putting more money on your bottom line while also eliminating the need to hire more staff to meet the daily demands of your business. neteffect technologies’ services offer flat-rate solutions that accommodate all budget requirements.

To learn more contact the team at neteffect technologies by calling 704-504-9040. Top quality IT service and support await you along with an IT roadmap that can lead your business to a future full of success.

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Work On Holiday smallIn 2013, a survey conducted by TEKsystems indicated that 67% of IT workers are interrupted on their work vacations because of work-related IT issues. Businesses who are that reliant upon an IT worker need to reexamine how their operations are run on a daily basis. There is a need for businesses to function without this all-important IT worker. The problem is, according to that same survey, that 80% of those companies made no arrangements to compensate for that vacationing IT worker. That is the real issue.

It is also not uncommon. IT technicians are called quite often when they are not at work. Many businesses expect their IT techs to be available around the clock and multiple surveys revealed that the number of businesses with that expectation are on the rise every year. The reality is that it’s not fair to that IT worker, nor is it conducive to a business to be so reliant on one person.

Advanced technology makes it easy for businesses to contact their IT specialists. All it takes is the push of a button. So there is virtually no escaping the grind of a workweek that never seems to end for IT professionals, especially those at a senior level.

Every employee needs some down time to recharge their batteries and escape the pressing demands of work. Good managers recognize this fact and emphasize the importance of rest. Rest without interruption also enables employees to function more efficiently when they do return to work. Businesses should want all of their employees to function that way. So when it comes time to give an IT tech some well-deserved time off, there is a need to make sure that its business as usual at the office.

That is where neteffect technologies steps in to help. Outsourcing a company’s IT functions to neteffect technologies enables daily operations to run smoothly. Then, IT workers can actually enjoy some real time off. And if there are any issues, neteffect technologies will provide a solution. Routine maintenance, updates, backups and virus scans all fall into the capable hands of neteffect technologies.

Provide your IT technicians with some peace and quiet by calling neteffect technologies at 704-504-9040.

 

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