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Winxnet Named to 2015 List of CRN Tech Elite 250
Posted on April 6, 2015

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

PORTLAND, Maine, April 6, 2015 - Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm headquartered in Portland, Maine, was recently named to The Channel Company's CRN® Tech Elite 250. This annual list recognizes an elite group of IT solution providers that have invested in the training and education needed to earn the most advanced technical certifications from leading vendors.

In compiling the list, The Channel Company's research group and CRN editors collaborated to assess the most customer-beneficial technical certifications in the IT channel. These technical certifications--from vendors including Cisco, Citrix, Dell, EMC, HP, IBM, NetApp, Microsoft, VMware and Symantec, among others--have enabled solution providers to deliver an outstanding level of premium products, services and support to their North American customers.

"The solution providers selected for our annual Tech Elite 250 have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and gained industry credibility by investing in the IT certifications necessary to deliver exceptional service to their customers and stay competitive," said Robert Faletra, CEO, The Channel Company. " These featured solution providers have enhanced and strengthened their partnerships by earning some of the most difficult certifications from some of the most prominent names in IT. We congratulate these organizations and look forward to their continued success."

"It is a privilege to be recognized on CRN's Tech Elite 250 list," said Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet. "This is a testament to our technical expertise as well as the dedication and integrity of our people."

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Winxnet Hosts Local Students as Part of Junior Achievement Program
Posted on April 13, 2015

25 Eighth Graders from King Middle School Spend a Day at Portland Headquarters

PORTLAND, Maine, April 13, 2015 - Winxnet, an IT outsourcing and consulting firm headquartered in Portland, hosted 25 students from King Middle School as a part of the Job Shadow Day with Junior Achievement of Maine. The day focused on enriching students about business, and helping them learn vital skills to be contributing members of their community.

"It is an honor to work with Junior Achievement of Maine and open up our doors to local students to talk about technology and business," said Chris Claudio, CEO of Winxnet. "A strong community is only as strong as our collective involvement and I know our leaders really enjoyed sharing their experiences and advice with the students."

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Expectations for Technology in Your Organization
Posted on 4/8/2015 3:16:18 PM by Chris Claudio

As a part of our on-going involvement in the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce I recently spoke at the fourth installment of our Technology Series on the topic of "Expectations for Technology in Your Organization". As a recovering "IT guy", I am passionate about changing the way technology is not only viewed, but how it is fully leveraged in organizations.

IT has evolved tremendously in the last decade. There is a new relationship between IT and ‘the business', and IT strategic planning is no longer optional. IT used to be an investment that companies were forced to make rather than a strategic focus that could be used to improve their business. IT is now a strategic requirement / asset in many organizations and CIOs and CFOs are expected to drive budgets around IT investments.

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The Rise of Ransomware: 3 Key Points
Posted on 4/13/2015 2:46:30 PM by Dr. Eugene Slobodzian

There was more disturbing news this weekend, this time taking place in Winxnet's home state of Maine. A computer virus infected the central server for a local law enforcement branch, holding their data hostage until they paid a ransom of $300. This crime was the work of a virus, not a "hack" in the sense of the word as we know it. There was no human actively manipulating their system on the other end. Instead, this was a pre-calculated and automated compromise that could happen to any business of any size. Small and medium-sized organizations are especially ripe targets, as their electronic data is often vital to their business operations. Unfortunately, criminals have figured out that even if this data has no direct value to the attacker (like credit card numbers), it must have value to the business. I have consulted organizations after being struck with ransomware, and without adequate backups, the most cost-effective solution is to pay the ransom, and hope that they can in fact get their information back. It appears that these attacks are on the rise and they hit closer and closer to home. Here are three key points to consider when working to protect your information:

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In this issue:
April 2015
Winxnet Named to 2015 List of CRN Tech Elite 250
Winxnet Hosts Local Students as Part of Junior Achievement Program
Expectations for Technology in Your Organization
The Rise of Ransomware: 3 Key Points
Upcoming Events:

MEMUN 2015 Municipal Technology Conference
When: Thurs., May 7th, 8:00AM - 5:00PM
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LeadingAge Tradeshow
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New England MGMA Annual Conference
When: May 13th - 15th
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MTUG IT Summit & Tradeshow
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On the Moves:

Shawn Reardon
Shawn Reardon joins Winxnet, a Portland-based IT outsourcing and consulting firm as a Remote Support Technician in the Portland, Maine office. Before joining Winxnet, Shawn was a Help Desk Specialist at Bernstein Shur law firm. Shawn's expertise in Customer Service and Microsoft Office will help Winxnet as the company continues its rapid growth.

Raymond Camara
Raymond Camara joins Winxnet as a Field Technician in the Methuen office. Raymond has over 30 years of IT experience as a Systems Administrator and Systems Manager and is also a veteran of the U.S. Marines. Raymond's education and experience will help Winxnet continue to provide the best service to clients.

Cheryl Jankord
Cheryl Jankord joins Winxnet as a Senior Systems Administrator in the Methuen office. Cheryl brings 15 years of experience working for Catholic Charities as a Senior Business Software Administrator. Her expertise in software administration will help Winxnet provide the best service to its growing client base.

Thanh Tran
Thanh Tran joins Winxnet as a Senior Systems Administrator in the Methuen office. Before joining Winxnet, Thanh worked at Catholic Charities for 5 years as a Senior Systems Administrator, nine years at Boston Financial Data Services, Inc. as Systems Consultant and five years at Federated Investors, Inc. as Senior PC/network Analyst. Thanh's experience will continue to provide the best service to its clients as the company continues its rapid growth.

Michael Kitchenman
Michael Kitchenman joins Winxnet as a Remote Support Specialist in the Methuen office. Michael brings 11 years of experience working as a PC Technician at Catholic Charities. Michael's experience will continue to provide the best service to its clients as the company continues its rapid growth.


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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