Allison Francis

Allison
Francis

Allison Francis is a writer, public relations and marketing communications professional with experience working with clients in industries such as business technology, telecommunications, healthcare, education, the trade show and meetings industry, travel/tourism, hospitality, consumer packaged goods and food/beverage. She specializes in working with B2B technology companies involved in hyper-converged infrastructure, managed IT services, business process outsourcing, cloud management and customer experience technologies. Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and marketing from Drake University. An Iowa native, she resides in Dallas, Texas.

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Security Central: WannaCry Ransomware, Microsoft Implores Government to Regulate IoT
This week’s Security Central takes a look at the WannaCry ransomware, examines Microsoft’s IoT plea to the government, and peeks inside a revealing Code42 study about corporate bosses and data security.
Security Central: Cybersecurity Plugs Into ‘The Matrix’, AI & Network Cybersecurity Get Flexible
"After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill - the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes." So, would you take the red pill or blue pill? Turns out, according to a recent technological development, we've already started down the rabbit hole.
Security Central: Avant Advances in Cloud Services Distribution, Microservice Primes MSPs
Chicago-based cloud technology services distributor Avant has been rather busy as of late. The company recently announced enhancements to its Channel Sales Enablement Program, and made a rather important deal with cable giant Comcast. to resell the its cloud and co-location services. But that's not all.
Security Central: Trump’s 90-day ‘Cyber’ Promise, Role of ISPs in Cybersecurity
90 days. That's the timeframe in which the president claimed he'd have a robust new cybersecurity plan for the federal government in place. As Trump nears the 100 days in office mark with nary a plan in sight, folks are left metaphorically checking their watches and scratching their heads.
Security Central: Artificial Intelligence (AI) Could be Cybersecurity Key, Microsoft Takes On Shadow Brokers
When you imagine the future - 20-30 years from now - what do you see? Flying cars? Hover boards? Robots taking over the world (thanks, Matrix...)? If you've seen a sci-fi film set decades in the future, chances are you've seen the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) in some form - whether they start out as helpful, household machines that eventually turn against you, or extremely human-like companions that... yep... eventually turn against you.
Security Central: MSPs Have Key Roles in Mainstream DevOps, U.S. Demands More Cybersecurity from Government
DevOps has been around for awhile. What will be the new, shiny trend? Experts believe it may be NoOps, and that MSPs will be the ones to help deliver it.
Security Central: Trump Signs FCC Internet Privacy Repeal, Kaspersky Lab Launches Partner Program
On Monday, President Trump signed congressional legislation that repeals the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) internet privacy rules that would have prevented providers from tracking and selling their customers’ online information to marketers.
Security Central: Cybersecurity in Danger with FCC Privacy Repeal, MIT Researchers School Trump
Back in October of last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) did something pretty cool. It passed a set of several rules that essentially blocked internet providers from being able to monitor and sell your browsing history and personal information to marketers, advertisers and other third parties without consumer permission. Sounds like a no-brainer, right?
Security Central: Experts Spear-point Cause of Yahoo Hack, Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act Gains Traction
One click to breach them all. Or at least, one click to breach Yahoo. One simple, mistaken click is all it took for hackers working with the Russian state security service to gain access to Yahoo's network and the email accounts of approximately 1.5 billion people.
Security Central: Experts Predict Ransom Rise, Trump Proposes Cybersecurity Budget
The President has certainly been busy with budgets this week. Trump has proposed his first federal budget which would give the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) $1.5 billion for cybersecurity. The budget request would slash spend in other government agencies and departments - historically deep cuts - but is designed to prioritize DHS funding, upping it by 6.8 percent.
Security Central: WikiLeaks Releases C.I.A. Hacking Documents, Dridex Banking Trojan Receives Upgrade
In what is being called the largest leak of C.I.A documents in history, WikiLeaks on Tuesday released thousands of documents that detailed sophisticated software tools used by the Agency to hack into smartphones, computers and even Internet-connected televisions.
Security Central: Verizon Acquires Yahoo at Slashed Price, Trump Administration to Increase Cybersecurity Spending
It finally happened. After much hemming and hawing, Verizon has finally scooped up Yahoo. The relationship of course comes with baggage, as Yahoo suffered two large-scale breaches in 2013 and 2014, the repercussions of which came to light just last year. So, as with any relationship pitfall, Verizon understandably told Yahoo it “needed some space” for awhile.
Security Central: RSA Cybersecurity Conference Reveals Inconvenient Truths, Organizations Lack Proper Technology to Thwart Attacks
This year’s annual RSA cybersecurity conference was brought to attendees by the color red. Cybersecurity threats have reached a whole new level, described as having earned “Code Red” status by Avivah Litan, a security analyst with Gartner. The weight of this new reality was palpable among attendees at show.
Security Central: Officials Investigate Congressional IT Contractors, Industry Cybersecurity and IoT Experts Join Forces
Five U.S. Capitol IT contractors are under investigation by federal law enforcement officials for alleged cyber shenanigans involving the computer network of the House of Representatives.
Security Central: Trump’s Executive Order on Cybersecurity is Stalled, Russia Charges Cybersecurity Experts with Treason
It appears that President Trump may have hit his first speed bump amid his flurry of executive orders. On Tuesday, Trump was supposed to sign an executive order to commission a review of the federal government’s cybersecurity capabilities and defenses. It didn’t exactly happen.