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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Security Central: The 2017 Bird Gets the Ransomworm, Trump's 10-year-old Son to Save U.S. Cybersecurity?
So, remember ransomware? Holds your precious data hostage and won’t give it back unless you pay the cyber crooks who stole it in the first place... that whole deal? Well get ready - unfortunately, that was just the warmup.
9 Cybersecurity Predictions for 2017 and What They Mean for the Channel
We reached out to our security experts to see what they thought 2017 would bring us in the cybersecurity space, and narrowed it down to nine solid predictions.
Security Central: Yahoo Breach Reveals Key User Takeaways, Americans Reveal Their Cyber-attack Perceptions
It has only been a few short months since Yahoo announced the largest data breach to date of, at the time, over 500 million accounts. Since then, forensics experts have been combing through scores of data and logs at Yahoo and discovered 1.5 billion accounts were compromised in 2013. Pause to let that soak in for a minute. Billion.
Security Central: Quest Diagnostics Suffers Breach, It’s Time to Disengage with “Security Deniers”
Healthcare is one of the largest industries out there, and it is still growing at an incredibly fast rate. It also happens to be the number one most targeted industry for cyber-attacks.
Security Central: Top Cybersecurity Priorities for Our 45th President, Global Cybersecurity Confidence Gets a Bad Grade
It seems that barely a week goes by without news of a major company breached, or a report with findings pointing to the dismal state of security and awareness, or something involving Russia - there have certainly been a few common themes.
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.



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