During the week of June 12 – 16, Tech Data held the annual Channel Link partner conference in National Harbor, Maryland. More than 300 of the firm’s SMB partners attended this event and had the opportunity to meet with our 56 sponsoring vendor partners.
At this event, vendors and resellers came together to discuss the future of business and technology. Our partners had two full days of networking with our vendors, receiving valuable insights at the general sessions, and attending breakout sessions that’ll help them grow their business.
One of the key breakouts our partners attended was “Meet the Hackers” hosted by Tracy Holtz, Director of Product Marketing and Security. Featured on the panel were Alex Ryals, Vice President of Security at Tech Data, Brett Scott, Director of Solutions Development at Tech Data, and David Spindler, Director of E-Business at Tech Data.
Navigating Security Challenges From the Dark Web
The presentation was far from any conventional technology session. Brett Scott kicked off the session with a presentation on the deep dark web. Brett is an ethical hacker and founder of the Arizona Cyber Warfare Range, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing a well-trained workforce versed in continuous improvement processes for cyber defense and security. The presentation began with actual images of dark websites where the “bad guys” hang out to do damage to our personal sensitive information.
The presentation spiked the interest of the representatives from small- to medium-sized businesses, who saw firsthand why the dark web isn’t for the faint of heart. They received insight as to what they can do to protect themselves and their businesses from cyber attacks, malware, and phishing emails. Interested in seeing if your data has been breached? Brett recommended visiting www.haveibeenpwned.com.
Next Steps in Security Solutions for SMBs
The breakout session continued with questions from the audience and the panel gave insight to our partners on what they can do to protect their businesses. Partners should always be “watching the wire” for their end users. The panel discussed Tech Data’s managed security services to help monitor end-users’ environments 24/7, research any issues, and alert the partner/end user of any remediation needed.
To learn more about growing your business with security and managed services, please contact the Tech Data Security team at 800-237-8931, ext. 73246.
Vedrana Bojovic also contributed to this article.