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.

Security Central: HBO Plays the Game of Hacks, Ransomware Leaves SMBs Reeling
Well, it seems as though winter has arrived at HBO. The company's security was compromised again this week, after having already been hacked a number of times in the past few weeks.
Security Central: UK Faces Cybersecurity Fines, NotPetya Strikes Europe
Organizations in the UK could now face serious consequences for having cracks in their cybersecurity armor.
Security Central: Anthem Reports New Data Breach, Prankster Foils White House
Anthem Health Insurance has reported a new data breach, this time affecting 18,500 members. Victims had their records emailed to the private email address of a staffer at a third-party vendor.
Security Central: Sweden Springs a Leak, Healthcare Suffers Security Woes
Sweden’s government is reeling from a huge breach of confidential data that happened this week. The kicker? It was the Swedish government's fault.
Security Central: Oracle Patches Major Vulnerabilities, Singapore Tests Cybersecurity
It was a week of securing, testing and reporting on cybersecurity vulnerabilities. In terms of securing, things at Oracle this week got a bit patch-y (in a good way).
Security Central: Verizon Proves Vulnerable, Apple Plays Nice with China
Security Central: Verizon Proves Vulnerable, Apple Plays Nice with China

When it comes to organizations protecting their customers' data, it takes a village and requires a colossal amount of effort. Put simply, it ain't easy. On top of that, an organization is only as secure as its most vulnerable partner. Unfortunately for Verizon, they rather 'stepped in it' with that one this week.

Security Central: United Nations Exposes Security Gaps, Russia Issues Kaspersky Threat
I think we can all agree that our country's cybersecurity defenses need some work. A lot... of work. From individuals, to small to large businesses, to our own government, we are in dire need of a serious reevaluation/massive overhaul of our cyber defense strategy. But, as it turns out, we're not the only ones.
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.

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