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How to Control Cyber Security Threats on a Budget
Posted on 2/9/2016 7:24:27 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking at Gifford School in Weston, Massachusetts to talk about 'Cyber Risk Security'. The Massachusetts Association of Approved Private Schools (maaps) put together this presentation and asked that I focus on the most frequent and likely cyber security threats applicable to the private school environment. I presented on those elements as well as the "best bang for your buck" security controls your organization can use to mitigate the risk from those threats, covering both the technical and human aspects of security.

Before an organization can create a secure environment, it is important to understand the basic security facts. Let's begin with PICNIC - Problem in Chair, Not in Computer. Almost all security issues begin with human error. Computers don't make mistakes, people do. And while it is impossible for an organization to be 100% secure, your goal is to have enough controls in place to make it not cost-effective for the bad guys to go after you.

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Winxnet Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services
Posted on FEBRUARY 18, 2016

Annual list recognizes IT solution providers with deep technical expertise and premier certifications

PORTLAND, Maine, February 18, 2016 - Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm headquartered in Portland, Maine, announced today that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Winxnet to its 2016 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category.

This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their top-notch offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments.

In today's fast-paced business environments, MSPs play an important role in helping companies leverage new technologies without straining their budgets or losing focus on their core business. CRN's MSP 500 list shines a light on the most forward-thinking and innovative of these key organizations.

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Strategic IT Planning for Non-Profits
Posted on 2/22/2016 10:20:16 AM by Chris Claudio

As you know, a big passion of mine is removing the mystique of great IT management for organizations, so I was thrilled last month when I got the chance to speak to top executives and professionals in the not-for-profit sector on the topic of 'IT Budgeting for Non-Profits." This lunch was catered to IT professionals who are employed by non-profits in the Massachusetts Bay area. For lunch, students from the Home for Little Wanderers Culinary Program catered this event and truly did a fantastic job. For those of you who aren't familiar with this wonderful organization and their programs, The Home for Little Wanderers is a non-profit headquartered in Boston, MA that provides services and programs for child and family development. It was energizing to see the students in their element and how committed they were to doing a great job.

I focused my presentation on how to create a strategic IT plan and the key principles that help drive IT budgeting. In order to have a leading and successful non-profit organization, it is important to create a strategic IT plan that converts your business goals into actionable IT initiatives. The role of technology has changed significantly in the last decade, IT used to be an investment that organizations were forced to make rather than a strategic focus. Today, IT is a tactical asset and should be used to help drive budgets and define deliverables.

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In this issue:
February 2016
How to Control Cyber Security Threats on a Budget
Winxnet Recognized for Excellence in Managed IT Services
Strategic IT Planning for Non-Profits
Upcoming Events:

Maaps 38th Annual Conference
When: Friday, April 1, 2016
Where: Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough MA
Register: For more information, visit the Maaps event website.

Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce Annual Spring Business Trade Show
When: April 6, 2016
Where: Michael's Function Hall, Haverhill MA
Register: For more information, visit the Merrimack Chamber of Commerce event website.

2016 Tennessee MGMA Annual Spring Conference
When: March 30, 2016 to April 1, 2016
Where: Park Vista Resort, Gatlinburg TN
Register: For more information, visit the Tennessee MGMA event website.

2016 ADDP Annual Conference & Expo
When: April 28, 2016
Where: DCU Center, Worcester MA
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2016 New England MGMA Annual Conference
When: May 4, 2016 through May 6, 2016
Where: Omni Mount Washington Hotel, Bretton Woods NH
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2016 Municipal Technology Conference
When: May 5, 2016
Where: Augusta Civic Center, Augusta ME
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2016 LeadingAge Massachusetts Annual Conference & Exhibition
When: Thursday, May 19, 2016
Where: Holiday Inn Boxborough, Boxborough MA
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