Avnet Electronics Marketing to host free exhibition on medical technologies and device design

Avnet Electronics Marketing, in conjunction with an array of world-class, industry-leading supplier partners, is hosting a FREE one-day Technical Training and Exhibition devoted to exploring breakthroughs in medical technologies and device design. These same technologies also have applications in many industrial electronic applications.

Throughout the day 15 supplier partners will present and demonstrate unique solutions for medical applications. In addition, this event will also feature supplier partner exhibits, allowing for direct interaction with many factory experts.

Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Time: 8:30am to 4:30pm
Cost: FREE – Registration Required

Four Points by Sheraton
Pittsburgh North
910 Sheraton Drive
Mars, PA 16046
(724) 776-6900

Lunch will be provided.

Please see all the details, technical trainings schedule and registration link below:

Seating is limited — so sign up for your classes today!

bit-x-bit Welcomes New Vice-President, Expands Forensic Analysis and E-Discovery Team

Joseph Decker, Esq. joins bit-x-bit as Vice President and General Counsel, bringing with him more than 25 years of experience as a business litigator and trial attorney. The company has also added Rolanda Mitchell as Forensic Analyst and Hosted E-Discovery Project Manager.

“With the addition of Joe Decker and Rolanda Mitchell, and their combined professional legal, technical and management skills, we can expand our capabilities and offer our clients a depth of experience and service unmatched by most e-discovery and forensic firms in the region,” said Susan Ardisson, Chief Executive Officer of bit-x-bit. “We are fortunate to be in a position of significant growth, and look forward to improving our level of service to our clients and expanding our company.”

Mr. Decker is co-chair of the ACBA’s Technology Utilization Committee and is a frequent writer and speaker on e-discovery issues. He was responsible for creating and developing his law firm’s in-house electronic discovery department. He graduated magna cum laude from Syracuse University in 1976, and received his J.D. with honors from the University of San Fran-cisco School of Law in 1985, where he was Articles Editor for the Law Review.

His responsibilities with bit-x-bit include business and market development, client project management, and company legal matters. Mr. Decker is licensed to practice law in Pennsyl-vania and California, and has appeared in trial and appellate courts throughout the country.

Ms. Mitchell joins bit-x-bit after more than 10 years of experience as a technical project man-ager and IT desktop specialist with the Bank of New York Mellon. Most recently, Ms. Mitchell served as the Technical Project Manager for the merger between the Bank of New York and Mellon Financial.

Ms. Mitchell received her B.S. in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996, and her Masters degree in Information Systems Management, specializing in Digital Forensics, from
Duquesne University in 2007, and has also served as an adjunct professor in IT with the Colo-rado Technical University Online.

Ms. Mitchell is a forensic analyst and the project manager for bit-x-bit’s on-line hosted e-discovery review platform powered by Sfile.

E-Safe Technologies named as one of the “30 Cloud VARs That Get It” by Everything Channel’s CRN Magazine

E-Safe Technologies (www.e-safetech.com), regional leader in providing end-to-end IT business resilience solutions, today announced that the company has been recognized as one of the “30 Cloud VARs That Get It” by Everything Channel’s CRN Magazine. Everything Channel’s editorial team has been reporting daily on cloud news and identifying the solution providers on the forefront. Solution providers were chosen for this award based on the expertise of the editors covering the cloud market.

After featuring the top 100 cloud vendors in CRN’s January issue, cloud has become one of the most heavily trafficked topics on the CRN site, bringing in more than a half-million page views since then. This list will feature 30 visionary cloud companies and share best practices to help the VAR community successfully leverage the power of the cloud in their own environment.

E-Safe was chosen due to its role as a leading-edge provider of cloud technology in its Mid-Atlantic/Northeastern region. With more than 20 years delivering IT solutions to a wide variety of industrial, government and healthcare clients, E-Safe has earned its reputation as a responsive partner who can deliver solutions that boost productivity and cut costs. Today, as a leading partner with such cloud technology leaders as VMware, IBM, EMC, Cisco, Akorri and others, E-Safe remains the go-to provider for leading-edge IT technology.

“Cloud services are the future of our industry, and the 30 VARs selected for this award had the foresight to shift their business model in anticipation of this evolution. These forward-thinking VARs represent the future of our industry and can offer best practices on how to effectively incorporate cloud services into a portfolio,” said Kelley Damore, VP, Editorial Director, Everything Channel.

“We’re thrilled that CRN Magazine has placed us among the leaders in cloud,” said Gary Sharp, E-Safe’s VP of Sales and Marketing. “We made an early commitment to being the region’s best source for it, and it’s delivering great results for our customers.”
A special feature on these cloud VARs will appear in the September issue of CRN Magazine and expanded coverage will be featured online at www.crn.com.

NetServe365 Named Among the Top “40 Most Innovative MSPs” in North America by CRN Magazine

NetServe365 recently announced that it has been named one of North America’s Most Innovative MSPs by Everything Channel’s CRN Magazine.

The inaugural list, which includes both U.S. and Canadian companies, recognizes the IT industry’s top 40 MSPs for their ingenuity, leadership and success. In particular, NetServe365 is credited with their innovative thinking and expansion into new, unchartered, aspects of monitoring. NetServe365’s technical team has differentiated their platform through continual expansion into areas such as hardware, application, environmental, security, network, and server monitoring.

In making the selections, the CRN editorial team evaluated nominations from the leading managed service platform vendors and MSP organizations, including N-able Technologies, to identify and qualify those MSPs that stand out from the crowd.

“NetServe365 is one of N-able’s most successful channel partners and we’re thrilled to see them recognized by CRN as one of the industry’s Top 40 Most Innovative MSPs,” says Derik Belair, N-able’s vice president of marketing and business development.

Everything Channel’s Vice President and Editorial Director Kelley Damore says the top 40 listing notes the IT industry’s most innovative MSPs who are ahead of the curve and will help drive these types of services into small and midsize companies.

“VARs and MSPs are finding greater success in offering managed services to their customers,” says Damore. “By moving to a recurring services model, these partners are setting their customers up nicely for more advanced cloud offerings down the line.”

In October, NetServe365 will once again be recognized as one of the IT industry’s top “40 Most Innovative MSPs” at the 2010 N-able Partner Summit, which will be held October 20-22 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Too Many Phishing Penetration Tests Go Wrong – PhishGuru Product Designed to Avoid Common Pitfalls and Train Employees at the Same Time

Penetration testing and security assessments are invaluable to an organization’s information security program. With the rise of targeted phishing attacks, these tests need to also cover the preparedness of an organization’s workforce. These kinds of evaluations are also increasingly required to maintain compliance with laws, regulations and emerging industry standards such as FISMA, HIPAA, GLBA, FERPA, and PCI-DSS. However, there are downsides if these tests are conducted without proper preparation.

One such case of a penetration test going wrong involved security testers at Andersen Air Force Base sending an in-house simulated phishing email to airmen. The email stated that Transformers 3 would be filmed in Guam and invited the airmen to fill out online applications asking for sensitive information. This kind of exercise is routine for the military and major corporations, but it worked too well when personnel not only responded to the email, but then forwarded the email outside of the base. The rumor that Transformers 3 would be casting extras for the upcoming film spread like wildfire on fan sites and local media. The base had to begin the long and tedious process of informing their employees and local press about the simulated attack.

Rebecca Herold, owner and CEO of Rebecca Herold & Associates, LLC said, “All types of audits and security reviews, including penetration tests, have the possibility of backfiring without proper planning. This has happened in many organizations, of all sizes. To avoid the potential downside of a pen test, it is important to be clear about what has just taken place at the moment the employee has fallen for the simulated attack. This helps to prevent confused and upset employees, numerous calls to the IT department, and negative press.”

How do you negate the adverse effects on the employees of a penetration test? Multiple studies have shown that employees are more receptive to training and able to learn more when training is delivered at the time of the pen test. Wombat Security Technologies’ PhishGuru is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application that lets security professionals provide immediate training to users when implementing a penetration test or security assessment. Using PhishGuru, security professionals can craft a fake phishing email from a variety of templates or create a custom attack that matches actual phishing messages already being sent to employees. They can also incorporate just-in-time training within the simulated attack, so that if an employee clicks on the fake phishing link, he or she receives a training cartoon that describes phishing and teaches them effective strategies for identifying and avoiding future attacks. Herold said, “The PhishGuru approach is unique. It takes advantage of the teachable moment that occurs when users believe they just fell for an attack by providing them practical tips right at that moment. The end result: users have been shown to be more likely to remember and apply those tips when confronted with real phishing attacks.” Another important benefit of such immediate feedback is that training campaigns don’t run amok like the one conducted in Guam.

PhishGuru’s training can also be reinforced with Wombat’s award-winning interactive training modules Anti-Phishing Phil and Anti-Phishing Phyllis. “Wombat’s unique suite of anti-phishing training solutions is by far the most comprehensive and most effective available today,” said Wombat Co-Founder and CEO, Dr. Norman Sadeh. Numerous in-depth evaluations of the suite’s effectiveness, including a study recently published in Scientific American, shows that a single campaign can reduce the chance of an employee falling for subsequent phishing attacks by more than 50 percent, with even more impressive reductions seen after just a few campaigns.