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.

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.
Google Expands Cloud Partner Program
Google today offered what was perhaps the most full-throated endorsement to date of its partner program, announcing additional investments, new technical specializations and a firm commitment to leveraging the ecosystem to drive adoption of its Google Cloud services.
For Founder Nachtrab, LabTech Run Could Be Tough Act to Follow
To onlookers, Matt Nachtrab’s road to business success appears charmed. By age 40, the co-founder of remote monitoring and management (RMM) pioneer LabTech has already gestated a fledgling software startup into a viable player, then orchestrated a merger with ConnectWise that helped scale the company into one of the most indispensable technologies in the managed services provider (MSP) space.
AWS Outage Highlights Value of Multi-Cloud Strategy
If this week’s massive AWS cloud outage has you thinking more acutely about multi-cloud strategy, you’re likely not alone.
IT Workers Protest Layoffs, Offshoring of Jobs to India
Nearly 80 IT workers at a California university are expected to protest Tuesday, on their final day on the job before turning their duties over to a third-party IT services firm from India.
Cybersecurity Pros Face Zero Unemployment
So you want to add a talented and certified cybersecurity specialist to your team? It won't be easy.
Fatal Clock Defect Hits ‘Virtually Every’ IT Hardware Vendor
Advisories about a catastrophic clock signal flaw that permanently destroys IT gear have expanded beyond Cisco, and now impact products from Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), Juniper Systems, Dell, Synology and numerous other manufacturers.
Microsoft Launches Security Score for Office 365
Microsoft today began scoring the security settings of commercial customers that use Office 365, and at least one insurer said the ratings would be considered in the pricing of cybersecurity policies.
Oracle Settlement Puts Focus on Cloud Revenue Claims
After making the initial decision to introduce cloud-related service offerings, the very next question an MSP often has to answer is which vendor to partner with.

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