5 02, 2018

ImagIT Channel Partner News – February 2018

2019-07-29T17:52:36-05:00February 5th, 2018|Tags: , |

ImagIT was built on partner relationships and we are proud to continue adding new and diverse partners to our expanded team. Through our network of channel partners we are able to assist clients with a vast array of products and services outside our own wheelhouse. Here are this month's featured partners. This month’s Partner Spotlight features ImagIT partner, ASCII, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. Founded in 1984 by Alan Weinberger, ASCII is the oldest and largest group of independent IT solution providers, integrators and VARS in the world. The ASCII Group is a vibrant community of independent MSPs, VARS and solution providers in North America. The organization offers members leveraged purchasing programs, education and training, knowledge sharing among peers, discounts on business services, and more. Together, ImagIT and ASCII are excited to provide white label, and co-branded on-site support services for 1200+ ASCII Members located across the US and Canada. ImagIT partners with technology reseller, Vista IT Group, to provide Delivery Services. Headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Vista IT Group specializes in end-to-end hardware needs, with particular focus on the Data Center. Founded by a humble two-man operation in 1986, Vista IT Group has steadily grown and now serves over 8,000 customers on more than four continents. Together, Vista IT Group and ImagIT saw the value that could be co-created by a Professional Services Partnership, focused on igniting a transformational services strategy. We are excited to co-develop the relaunch of Vista IT’s Professional Services portfolio in the coming months, with an emphasis on Data Center [...]

5 02, 2018

Meltdown and Spectre Security Flaws Explained

2019-07-16T20:02:28-05:00February 5th, 2018|Tags: , , |

Serious hardware bugs have recently been discovered to exist in almost all modern technology devices. Here’s what you need to know about Meltdown and Spectre. In early 2018, research revealed that there are fundamental security flaws in nearly every computer chip manufactured in the last 20 years. The variations of these flaws have been named Spectre and Meltdown. These vulnerabilities, if exploited, could allow attackers to gain access to data that was previously considered protected. So far there is no evidence of security breaches due to these flaws; however, such exploits would be difficult to detect. Spectre and Meltdown are so widespread and affect such fundamental components that they are being called catastrophic by security researchers. what are spectre and meltdown? Spectre and Meltdown are vulnerabilities that arose due to features that were built in to computer chips to help them run faster. Each works differently and effects different processors. Spectre utilizes what’s called speculative execution, a function that allows computer chips to process data faster by beginning to work with the data before it is actually told to do so. Imagine a calculator that can give you either a decimal or a percent of the answer to a given calculation, which before you have requested the output format you want has already calculated them both in order to answer faster. Spectre is exploited by sending a program bad data that the program begins to process before it has passed a security check, therefore tricking the program into sending private data. Spectre is hard [...]

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