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Winxnet Ranked as Top 10 Best Places to Work in Maine
Posted on 9/20/2016 9:21:33 AM by Chris Claudio

Winxnet Ranked 5th in the Medium Employer Category

OCTOBER 5, 2016  PORTLAND, Maine - Winxnet, a Maine-based IT outsourcing and consulting firm that meets the complete technology needs of private and public sector organizations, was ranked 5th in the Best Places to Work in Maine Medium Employer Category (50-249 Employees) at the awards celebration on October 4, 2016. This is the fifth year in a row that Winxnet has been recognized as a top employer in the state.

“As always, being named to this list is exciting and humbling. As a customer-service focused company, staff satisfaction, engagement and feedback are vital to our delivery. To be on this list five years in a row is a testament to the commitment and determination of our entire staff. Additionally, we are so grateful to finish in the top ten, and are humbled to be listed amongst so many great companies. We congratulate everyone who participated in a job well done.” said CEO, Chris Claudio.

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Winxnet Named CRN Triple Crown Award Winner

Third Annual Award Program Recognizes Standout Solution Providers

OCTOBER 12, 2016  PORTLAND, Maine - Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm announced that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recently honored Winxnet with its esteemed 2016 Triple Crown Award. Fewer than 60 North American solution providers had the necessary revenue, growth and technical expertise to be recognized on three of CRN's pre-eminent solution provider lists, earning them the Triple Crown Award this year.

CRN assembles lists and rankings each year to recognize solution providers who are setting the bar in the IT industry, including the Solution Provider 500, which lists the largest solution providers in North America by revenue; the Fast Growth 150, which ranks the fastest-growing solution providers; and the Tech Elite 250, which recognizes solution providers that have received the highest-level certifications from leading vendors. It is a considerable achievement for a solution provider to make any one of these lists; to make it onto all three, however--as this year's Triple Crown Award winners have done--is a big achievement. A company must simultaneously have enough revenue to be ranked on the Solution Provider 500 list, record double- or triple-digit growth for recognition on the Fast Growth 150, and invest heavily in top certifications to attain Tech Elite 250 status.

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The Rise of the DDoS
Posted on 10/26/2016 10:29:00 AM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian 

On Friday, hackers attacked key internet sites and disrupted the availability of popular websites across the East Coast of the United States. This is one of the latest disturbing trends in cyber security, and "in Q2 2016, (DDoS) attacks continued to become more frequent, persistent, and complex.", according to Verisign.

Dyn Inc. a Manchester, New Hampshire based company said that its server infrastructure was hit by distributed denial-of-service attacks. Let me back up a second and explain these types of attacks.
  1. Denial-of-Service Attack - A denial-of-service (DoS) is an attack on one network that is designed to bring the network down by flooding it with useless traffic. A DoS attack typically uses one computer and one Internet connection to target a system or resource.
  2. Distributed Denial-of-Service Attack - A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is designed to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. The DDoS attackers usually target a wide variety of important resources from banks to news or social media sites and prevent users from visiting their sites.
Dyn provides Internet traffic management and optimizations services to some of the biggest names on the web, including Twitter, Netflix, Spotfiy, the New York Times and PayPal. If you tried to visit these sites on Friday afternoon, you were likely not able to access the site.

According to Bruce Schneier, THE ‘security guru’ and internationally renowned security technologist, “over the past year or two, someone has been probing the defenses of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet. These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. We don't know who is doing this, but it feels like a large nation state.”

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In this issue:
October 2016
Winxnet Ranked as Top 10 Best Places to Work in Maine
Winxnet Named CRN Triple Crown Award Winner
The Rise of the DDoS
Upcoming Events:

2016 Massachusetts Non Profit Conference
When: Wednesday, November 2, 2016 from 8AM to 4:30PM
Where: The Sheraton Framingham, Framingham MA
Register: For more information, visit the event website.

25th Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County Golf Tournament
When: Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 9AM
Where: Council Fire Golf Club, Chattanooga TN
Register: For more information, visit the event website.

MVCC Business Networking at DiBurro's Function Facility
When: Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 5PM to 7PM
Where: DiBurro's Function Facility, Haverhill MA
Register: For more information, visit the event website.

Day One Annual Celebration
When: Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 6PM
Where: The Marriott at Sable Oaks, South Portland ME
Register: For more information, visit the event website.

On the Moves:

Tracy Barber - Field Technician
Tracy joins Winxnet as a Field Technician in the Methuen office. Tracy has owned an IT business for the last 14 years and received her Bachelor's Degree from Salem State University and attended the Computer Learning Center. Her experience working in customer service and technical support will continue to help Winxnet provide outstanding customer service to its growing client base.

Kirsten Wienand - Field Technician
Kirsten joins Winxnet as a Field Technician in the Portland office. Kirsten began her IT training in the United States Air Force. Initially serving as an Air Force Air Traffic Controller, Kirsten later crossed trained into her squadron’s IT department. Since retiring from active duty, she has gained IT experience at H&R Block and MaineToday Media that will to help Winxnet provide unparalleled customer service to its growing client base.

Stephanie Keith - Project Manager Stephanie joins Winxnet as a Project Manager in the Portland office. Stephanie has over 17 years of Project Management experience with her most recent position as a Project Manager at The Computer Merchant and worked many years at Unum as a Project Manager.  Her experience in project and client management, as well as Business Architecture will continue to help Winxnet provide unparalleled customer service.

About Winxnet
Providing innovative IT solutions since 1999, Winxnet is a leader in IT outsourcing and consulting, software development, and strategic technical advisory services to the private and public sectors. With offices throughout the Eastern United States, Winxnet provides a broad reach with local expertise.
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