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What's your password? If you can come up with just one off the top of your head for all your accounts, you're probably doing it wrong. We take a look at just how wrong some are doing passwords courtesy of a British survey (https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/news/national-pet-day-password-advice). But don't fret, we also offer tips on how to do your passwords …
 
The guys are psyched for another pair of great guests.First up is Rick Ribas, new channel chief at Fusion Connect. He tells our Edward Gately about his plans for Fusion's channel and where his company's fits with both UCaaS and SD-WAN.Then, M&A expert Seth Penland of Evergreen Technology Partners takes Craig and James on a deep dive into recent cha…
 
Cybersecurity laws are somewhat in their infancy in the U.S., but states are starting to get on board. Our guest Cynthia Brumfield, creator of the Metacurity newsletter and writer of all things cyber, tells us about states getting on board with liability protection for companies that take reasonable actions to secure themselves against threats. Wha…
 
The guys are feeling the love as the Channel Futures and Channel Partners Online websites prepare to come together. Convergence, y'all!The 91st episode of the podcast is dedicated to the 2021 Channel Futures MSP 501. We're now taking applications for this prestigious list of managed service providers from around the world. We'll hear from MSP 501 e…
 
The year 2020 will be remembered for many things - few positive. And another ignominious distinction has to do with cybercrime. SonicWall's 2021 Cyber Threat Report, just released on March 16, dives deep into the threat landscape to show us just how bad the year was when it comes to cyber attacks - or good if you happen to be launching them. SonicW…
 
Spring has sprung - or at least is springing - in many areas, and a major tradition of the season is spring cleaning. And just like you decide which boxes to keep and which ones to dump from your home, your network needs a similar evaluation. How old is your equipment? Does it still do all you need it to? Do you need a few tweaks, or a whole new se…
 
Craig and James are here just in the nick of time to get you fired up for Channel Partners Virtual 2021!As day one of the event gets underway, the guys welcome Janet Schijns and Meredith Caram into the coffeehouse. Schijns, CEO of channel consultancy JS Group, was instrumental in helping with the content lineup at CPV. Caram just signed on with Sch…
 
Employees can either be your first line of defense or your greatest cybersecurity vulnerability if they’re unprepared to deal with online threats. But what’s the best way to prepare them? We talk to Rebecca McKeown, an independent Chartered Psychologist and special advisor to Immersive Labs, for some answers. Rebecca specializes in Cognitive Readin…
 
In this edition of the podcast, the guys recognize Channel Partners/Channel Futures Influencer of the Year, Jay McBain.The CP/CF editorial team named McBain its Influencer of the Year in their annual digital issue, released this week. Alongside McBain are nine more channel influencers who had a big 2020, and are poised for greatness in 2021.In the …
 
February 7, 2021 marks Super Bowl LV - or 55 for those of us not well-versed in Roman numerals. And just like any other major event, there are cybersecurity implications. We explore them in a pop quiz featuring Tom Brady, the Kansas City Chiefs, Windows, and even Armenia. Listen on to find out how cybersecurity and football intersect. In Ransomware…
 
With Channel Partners Virtual just a month away, the guys are gearing up for an event packed with great speakers.One of those speakers is Erick Simpson, founder and chief strategist at ErickSimpson.com. Simpson will preview his presentation on setting up a business plan, which is even more critical as we start to emerge from the pandemic. He'll off…
 
As now President Biden enters office, his administration faces a variety of major issues, not only related to the pandemic, but also to cybersecurity and the online world. The continually developing SolarWinds supply chain attack that led to breaches of multiple federal agencies is still making headlines. And data privacy concerns, ransomware, Sect…
 
It's 2021, and the podcast is back with a couple of powerhouse guests.First up is Bob DeMarzo, new content lead for events and media at Channel Partners and Channel Futures. He talks with the guys about some of his goals in his new gig; plus, all three gents discuss what they think is coming for the channel in the new year.Then, it spawned from a m…
 
We like to look forward at Ping, even when the view isn’t always rosy. So for our first episode of 2021, we take a look at predictions by top security firms to give us an idea what to expect in network security for the coming year. After all, knowing is half the battle when it comes to preparation. Andrew and Kevin talk ransomware, AI-enhanced phis…
 
Here at Ping, we like to celebrate the holiday season by sharing stories. And since we’re in the network security business, they tend to have a bit of an unusual twist. Last year, we presented a CyberSecurity Christmas Carol (check it out here: https://www.firewalls.com/blog/cybersecurity-christmas-carol-ping-podcast-episode-9). And this Christmas,…
 
The cyber threats of this year aren't going away when the calendar flips to 2021. They'll just continue to evolve. For a primer on the online hazards you can expect next year, we welcome back WatchGuard's Marc Laliberte, who - along with his team - has released a set of 2021 Cybersecurity Predictions. We start off by looking back at WatchGuard's 20…
 
It's a new era for the Channel Partners podcast.We just got an infusion of youth, as news editor and resident millennial James Anderson jumps into the co-hosting chair. He replaces Gen X'er Kevin Morris, who recently moved on to start his own partner business.You get to meet James and learn about his goals for the podcast going forward.Of course, o…
 
In a year unlike any other, holiday shoppers are dealing with changes as well. The tradition of a one-day Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) sale, has been replaced with a month-long drip of deals. Our guest Dan Lohrmann dubs this COVID-19-related change, "Cyber November." On this episode, Dan discusses why things have gone even more online than inlin…
 
A broad federal warning outlines how hospitals and healthcare facilities across the country are in the crosshairs of a wave of ransomware attacks. To discuss this unprecedented coordinated threat, we welcome SonicWall's Barbara Vibbert, who provides context on the variety of vulnerabilities healthcare organizations face, why a successful attack can…
 
It's the day DigiBot, our podcast's digital services robot mascot, has been waiting years for.With Kevin dearly departed (to start his own partner business), Digi finally gets his shot co-hosting the podcast. But is everything what it's cracked up to be? We shall see.More importantly, Craig and the bot welcome Camille Mendler, chief analyst at Omdi…
 
October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month, and that means it’s a great time to take a hard look at your online posture, protection, and habits to see where there’s room for improvement. Among the organizations with resources to help, is the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency, or CISA. On this episode, we welcome James Stanley of…
 
Ransomware gets the spotlight on Episode 30 of Ping: A Firewalls.com Podcast. We start with our latest edition of Ransomware Reckoning, spotlighting a case that affected COVID-19 clinical trials. Then it's onto headlines. We discuss a Europol survey suggesting many victims don't report ransomware attacks to authorities, and why that's a bad thing. …
 
It's a somewhat melancholy edition of the podcast, as Kevin surrenders his role behind the microphone. He's leaving Informa Tech, Channel Partners' parent company, to follow his dream--to open his own partner business.We'll count down the top five moments in Coffee with Craig and Kevin podcast history and roll out our final "movie trailer." You'll …
 
The need for strong cybersecurity is ever present, but the needs of specific organizations – and the challenges they face – vary. State & local government agencies are responsible for a wide variety of essential services and data. And that makes finding the right fit for securing their networks against online threats complicated. We welcome Fortine…
 
The firewall is the cornerstone of any network security setup. But a firewall without the right configuration can cause a world of problems. On this episode of Ping, Firewalls.com Director of Sales Anthony Mercho tells Andrew & Kevin what to consider when it comes to specific configuration scenarios, why the setup wizard (and one size fits all) is …
 
This podcast has gotten so big, we had to make room for three guests. And they're not just ordinary guests.First up, Rick Chapes of AT&T Partner Solutions, the title sponsor of the upcoming Channel Partners Virtual event, talks 5G, channel program updates and more.Looking for another business communications giant? We've got CenturyLink. New vice pr…
 
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, cyber threats are ever evolving. Yet the evolution has been particularly notable in the last six months, as the coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of day to day life, with cybersecurity no exception. To talk about the state of the threat landscape, Kevin and Andrew welcome back returning guest …
 
Craig and Kevin truly have the "eye of the tiger," as they are pumped up for Channel Partners Virtual! The first-of-its kind virtual channel event is scheduled for Sept. 8-10.Joining the guys to talk about Channel Partners Virtual is Vonage channel chief Curt Allen. The experienced veteran also offers an update on his company's channel program and …
 
As the coronavirus pandemic wears on and back to school time is upon us, districts are facing decisions about reopening in person, offering virtual learning options, or doing both. To talk about the challenges of distance education including access, funding, student learning, and, of course, cybersecurity, we welcome Amy McLaughlin, Cybersecurity P…
 
The guys once again packed a lot of great business news, channel updates and their usual shenanigans into another powerhouse podcast.First up is Olen Scott, channel chief at Aryaka. He'll get into the debate surrounding SD-WAN and MPLS, plus what Aryaka's new partnership with 8x8 means to the channel. What makes SD-WAN and UCaaS like chocolate and …
 
Compliance is a vital piece of the network security puzzle for many businesses, so we thought we’d spotlight the compliance requirements that people are most familiar with in the US – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act more commonly known as HIPAA. So who better to discuss HIPAA on our podcast, then the cohosts of a podcast abo…
 
We continue our examination of the cybersecurity career field and why diversity matters on Ping Episode 24. Roderick Chambers, Cyber Threat Intelligence Consultant with Recorded Future and Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, joins us to talk about his presentation available now on YouTube, called Blacks in Intelligence and Th…
 
Here we go again with another edition of the Channel Partners podcast, Coffee with Craig and Kevin.It's a jam-packed episode starting with some breaking news! (Well, at least Kevin thought it was.) The guys will break down what's on tap for the newly announced Channel Partners Virtual show, Sept. 8-10. You'll learn how you can take advantage of muc…
 
The gender gap is great in cybersecurity careers. So what can be done to bring more women into the network security workforce? On Ping Episode 23, we welcome Dr. Nir Kshetri, professor at University of North Carolina-Greensboro & fellow at Kobe University, to talk about his article, “The lack of women in cybersecurity puts us all at greater risk.” …
 
With the dawn of summer upon us, Craig and Kevin are back with a red hot podcast!Intrepid Channel Partners reporter Edward Gately sits down with new Fusion Connect CEO Brian Crotty. There's a lot to talk about as the company recently emerged from bankruptcy. Crotty is tasked with leading the company's transition post-Chapter 11, a discussion that w…
 
We’re back just a week after our headlines-only episode with a special interview-only edition, welcoming Mike Weaver with Sophos to Ping Episode 22. Mike joins us from home to give some updates on why businesses should prioritize cybersecurity now more than ever. He also shares some tools that can help, including Sophos Home, Intercept X with EDR, …
 
Cybersecurity headlines get the spotlight in Episode 21 of Ping: A Firewalls.com Podcast. What’s in the news this week? Andrew and Kevin cover PonyFinal ransomware and explain how it waits patiently to strike – come for the story, stay for the pony puns. We talk about about an Indonesian electoral records breach and why it should worry others as we…
 
The guys are ready to "tel" you a little about the channel.MetTel and GigTel are a couple of players making waves this spring with SD-WAN and UCaaS, respectively.Up first is MetTel CTO Ed Fox, who discusses how artificial intelligence and SD-WAN are making enterprise networks more efficient. And he ought to know. MetTel just took home a couple of a…
 
You may have heard of the FCC's recent decision to open up space on the 6 GHz wireless spectrum, but what does that really mean for the future of wifi performance? On episode 20 of Ping: A Firewalls.com Podcast, Andrew and Kevin welcome an expert in the wireless world, Sundar Sankaran, VP of Engineering with CommScope’s Ruckus Networks to fill us i…
 
After what we'll call a "COVID hiatus," Craig and Kevin are back with some important messages for these trying times.First up, the guys welcome Mike Schmidtmann, business coach and owner of Trans4mers, into the coffeehouse. Mike talks about the current climate for recruiting and hiring talent. He also offers up one big piece of advice for pushing t…
 
After 9 months of Ping in your network security podcast rotation, we thought we were due for a few updates on cyber news stories we've covered in the past. On episode 19, Kevin and Andrew provide updates on topics such as IoT (internet of things) security, a twisty cryptocurrency/bitcoin saga, and a nuclear hack in India. In other words, a "where a…
 
The first step in defeating a foe is knowing your enemy, and in that vein we dive into our very own Cyber Threat Dictionary as our featured topic for Episode 18. Andrew and Kevin spotlight a sampling of terms from a to zero-days, defining some major cyber threats you've heard of (like phishing and ransomware), and some you may be less familiar with…
 
On Episode 17, we continue our focus on the work from home nature of the world as we currently know it. We welcome back Daniel Kremers with SonicWall to share his expertise on ensuring network security in a remote work setup. He discusses the idea of a home office firewall and some use cases for small business owners and employees. He also provides…
 
It's another pair of blockbuster guests on the latest episode of the Channel Partners podcast, Coffee with Craig and Kevin.First up is 8x8 channel chief John Delozier, the Channel Partners/Channel Futures Influencer of the Year. He's the first-ever three-time guest on the show. "JD" fills us in on what 8x8 is doing to help its partners and customer…
 
The work landscape has changed drastically over the past few weeks thanks to COVID-19, and our setup is no different. On Episode 16, our first Pod from Home episode, Andrew and Kevin share Tales from Home – observations from their experience shifting from the office to the homefront for work – to help stop the spread. They discuss their setup, sche…
 
It's a bombastic new Coffee with Craig and Kevin, the 75th edition of the podcast!The guys are celebrating with Dan Saks, co-CEO of AppDirect, who discusses the origin of the company and how the acquisitions of a number of big master agents in the channel furthered his mission to develop AppSmart, the technology-services marketplace.Renee Bergeron,…
 
We’ve said it before, but it pays to know the cyber threats you face on a day-to-day basis. What you’re likely to encounter. So you can take action to protect yourself, your network, and of course, your bottom line. On Episode 15, we talk with SonicWall’s Brook Chelmo about the security company’s 2020 Cyber Threat Report (https://www.sonicwall.com/…
 
We live in a wireless world. From homes to enterprises – and certainly including small businesses – wifi networks and connected devices are a way of life. But that doesn’t mean all those connections are safe. On Episode 14, we talk to WatchGuard’s Ryan Orsi to find out what it takes to have a Trusted Wireless Environment. We hear why establishing s…
 
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