Aldrin Brown


Veteran journalist Aldrin Brown comes to Penton Technology from Empire Digital Strategies, a business-to-business consulting firm that he founded that provides e-commerce, content and social media solutions to businesses, nonprofits and other organizations seeking to create or grow their digital presence.

Previously, Brown served as the Desert Bureau Chief for City News Service in Southern California and Regional Editor for Patch, AOL's network of local news sites. At Patch, he managed a staff of journalists and more than 30 hyper-local and business news and information websites throughout California. In addition to his work in technology and business, Brown was the city editor for The Sun, a daily newspaper based in San Bernardino, CA; the college sports editor at The Tennessean, Nashville, TN; and an investigative reporter at the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA.

Kaspersky Lab Offers Source Code to U.S. Government
The head of Kaspersky Lab is offering to turn over to U.S. officials the source code for its software products in a latest effort to dispel fears that the Moscow-based firm’s cybersecurity tools contain “back doors” that could be exploited by the Russian government.
How Much of $900 Million in Wasted Azure Spend Comes From Your Clients?
One of the greatest advantages of cloud computing is the scalability and the ability to use precisely the resources you need, precisely when you need them.
Cisco Ups Layoffs to 6,600 After Big Forecast Miss
Cisco now plans to shed 1,100 more jobs – in addition to 5,500 announced last year – following its sixth straight quarter of declining revenue
Congressman Calls for Prosecution of MSP in Clinton Server Case
The case illustrates the prickly predicament in which an MSP can find itself when torn between loyalty to a customer and a legal subpoena.
Cloud Earnings: Microsoft, Google and IBM Surge While AWS Dominates
The coincidental confluence of financial reporting this week by Google parent Alphabet, Microsoft and Google seems an appropriate opportunity to examine the relative performance of industry leading cloud vendors.
HPE Secretly Kills Off OpenSDN Line
The family of products was once touted as an ideal software-defined networking solution for IT services providers.
Google Cloud Has 'Good Shot' at Topping AWS by 2022, SVP Greene Says
The head of Google Cloud suggested the tech giant is poised to leapfrog competitors AWS, Microsoft Azure and IBM Cloud - all of which currently have larger market shares.
Kaspersky Lab Launches New Partner Program for MSPs, VARs
Security vendor Kaspersky Lab this week announced a new program to provide managed services providers (MSPs) with a full range of security technologies for cloud or on-premise.
MSP Whisperers: Gary Pica, TruMethods Instill IT Process
Pioneering IT services consultant Gary Pica tells of an email he received recently from one of the managed services providers (MSP) he advises through his 11-year-old company, TruMethods.
The MSP/Cloud Verify Program aims to promote best practices and improve service
MSPAlliance, Ingram Micro Roll Out Cloud Certification for MSPs
MSPAlliance, the International Association of Cloud & Managed Service Providers, today announced a partnership with Ingram Micro Cloud to provide cloud certifications for MSPs.
Cisco Reveals Critical Vulnerability Found in WikiLeaks’ ‘Vault 7’ Docs
The security hole - identified from a leak of secret C.I.A. cyber tools - could allow hackers to access the IOS and IOS XE software inside hundreds of models of Cisco routers and switches.
Storage Guardian Touts MSP Opportunity in Business Continuity
Omry Farajun first got into the online storage game before there really was much of an online storage game to speak of.
IT Service Providers Scramble to Protect Customers After the CIA Cyberweapons Leak
Needless to say, it was a busy week at managed security services provider (MSSP) Digital Guardian. The release by WikiLeaks this week of secret C.I.A. cyberweapons and methods for hacking into smartphones, computers and even smart TVs, set into motion a chain of responses aimed at protecting customers from a variety of previously unknown threats.
Does WikiLeaks C.I.A. Dump Suggest Cybersecurity is Largely Futile?
This week’s WikiLeaks disclosure essentially confirms the harsh reality that all of the endpoints IT professionals work so hard to secure have long been cracked and rendered wide open to intrusion by the U.S. government – at least.
Datto Shakes Up Partner Program Tiers
Storage giant Datto today changed the criteria by which it doles out partner benefits, doing away with a ranking based on the amount of data a customer has in storage, in favor of a system that rewards recurring revenue.

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