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 Sydney, Australia.

Security Central: Microsoft Issues Patches, WannaCry Sparks Wake-up Call
This week's cybersecurity news centers around a now well-known strain of ransomware that has wormed its way into many a network. The WannaCry bug has caused widespread chaos and concern, causing a lot of organizations to batten down the security hatches.
Security Central: New Crash Override Malware Poses Threat, Verizon Closes on Yahoo
There's a new malware in town, and it has the power to wipe out... power. On Monday, two cybersecurity firms stated that they uncovered a new sophisticated version of malicious software capable of causing mass power outages.
Security Central: China's Cybersecurity Law Tested, Tech Provider Weakness in Russian Hacking
It has been about a week since China implemented its new controversial cybersecurity law, and it is already being put to the test.
Security Central: China to Enforce Cybersecurity Law, Cisco and IBM Join Cyber Forces
Things in China just got a bit more challenging. At least in terms of cybersecurity.
Security Central: Microsoft Buys Cybersecurity Firm Hexadite, DocuSign and BT Go Phishing
Microsoft has been busy lately. The computing giant has made a series of acquisitions of Israeli software companies recently, and is reportedly about to do it again with cybersecurity startup Hexadite.
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.

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