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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The Holidays Mean Stealing Deals… and Data, Phishing Still Reeling in Suckers
For a lot of us, Thanksgiving means gobbling up turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, some weird casserole your aunt Mildred made and seven different kinds of pie, skillfully (or perhaps not so skillfully) navigating political conversations with relatives, wondering who at least half of the musical artists are on the floats in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, and inevitably curling up in a ball of food-shame on the couch around midday. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The very next day, millions of folks across the country pull themselves out of their turkey comas at the crack of dawn to go shiver in long lines at Walmart and Best Buy, warmed by the shining promise of Black Friday deals and steals.
Security Central: FriendFinder Networks Gets Breached, Google Cracks Down on Mal
Security Central: FriendFinder Networks Gets Breached, Google Cracks Down on Malicious Sites
In the world of hackers these days, it seems to be all about making private - sometimes super private - information public. Remember the Ashley Madison breach that occurred last year? For this week’s first story, think a bit bigger.
Security Central: China Tightens Its Digital Grip, SOMEONE is Taking Down the Internet
What a week to be reporting on security news. It’s hard to believe the world kept spinning while one event held the entire country’s captive attention. Regardless of who won the U.S. presidential election on Tuesday, one of the biggest issues facing them and the country is cybersecurity.
Security Central: Webcams Recalled in Cyber-attack Aftermath, NIST Announces CyberSeek Tool
Nearly two weeks ago, a new type of attack was unleashed on the interwebs. Hackers breached hundreds of thousands of webcams and other devices across the globe with the intent to overload U.S.-based internet infrastructure provider Dyn, one of the most popular in the country.
Distribution Watch: Avant Discusses The Changing Nature of Distribution in a Cloud-Centric World
With the advent of cloud technology, professionals in the channel are seeing the traditional business models of old fall away. We sat down with several key leaders and channel partners of AVANT Communications to get their advice for VARs struggling to find a foothold and make the transition in this new ‘cloudy’ world.
Security Central: Fancy Bear Bites Again, the Internet of Things Moves Toward Se
Security Central: Fancy Bear Bites Again, the Internet of Things Moves Toward Security
It appears that the Bears are at it again. No, not those Bears. Think more the hacking, Russian kind.
Security Central: Apple and the FBI Spar, Microsoft Opens a Cybersecurity Center
This past week has been one of continuing stories, unfolding cause and effect scenarios and “now what’s?”. Cyber Security Awareness month continues with tales of Apple vs the FBI, Microsoft and transparency and Yahoo and Verizon - the continuing story.
Security Central: The Government is Reading Your Emails, Cybersecurity Warnings
Security Central: The Government is Reading Your Emails, Cybersecurity Warnings Have Become a Nuisance
October is Cyber Security Awareness month, hitting at one of the tumultuous times in cyber history. With countless breaches happening every day and many large-scale breaches occurring over the last year, it is more clear than ever that the time to not take cyber security seriously is over. How’s that for the understatement of the year?
Security Central: Candidates “Address” Cybersecurity in First Presidential Debate, The Yahoo Hacking Saga Continues
This week’s Security Central picks apart the responses made by candidates Clinton and Trump regarding cybersecurity during the first presidential debates, dives back into the Yahoo hacking debacle and uncovers new information discovered in the alleged cyberattack on the US Democratic National Committee.
Channel Changes: Who's Going Where?
The end of summer has brought about a flurry of activity and leadership changes across the channel. The VAR Guy pinned down the latest executive movements and to tell you who you need to know. Read on to get the scoop.
Security Central: Yahoo Hacking Sets Record for Largest Breach, New Report Cites Dizzying Malware Statistics
This week’s Security Central examines the ins and outs of the massive Yahoo breach and the implications it may have on their $4.8 billion deal with Verizon, explores a rather atypical breach story and highlights a few key points from Check Point’s recently-released fourth annual Security Report.
5 Cybersecurity Reports Channel Companies Should Know

Over the course of the past month or two, a flurry of reports and surveys have been released detailing the biggest threats and security inefficiencies currently impacting cyber land. Specifically, the reports analyze exploitation trends, corporate IT security risks, the current state of ransomware, the lack of end-to-end segmentation strategies among businesses and the unique risks posed by the rise in drone use.

Security Central: Russian Hackers Target American Olympic Athletes, Web-based Threats Decline

Well, the Russians are at it again. The Russian cyber-espionage group dubbed Fancy Bear, a group responsible for a number of large-scale hacks, government plots and possibly the Democratic National Committee breaches, has struck again. Their target this time? High-profile American athletes.

Security Central: Cybersecurity Firm Spills Bad News for Businesses, Companies Question Cloud Safety

Week after week, countless news stories surface spewing tales of breaches, new bugs and attackers outsmarting less-than-stellar or outdated defense systems. What effect does ransomware have on the channel?

Security Central: Kimpton Hotels Experience Major Breach, U.S. Uncovers Truths About DNC Attacks

If you’re a VAR or security service provider, you might want to look toward the hospitality industry for new customers. Kimpton Hotels announced on Wednesday that it has joined the growing list of hotel operators that have fallen prey to hackers, specifically in the form of malware that goes after customer payment card info.

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