Quodd Financial CEO Dishes on Financial Services IT Trends

It is 3 am on a summer Monday in northern Ohio. Dennis Cassidy is just getting up to catch his weekly commuter flight to Manhattan where he is chairman and CEO of Quodd Financial, a provider of information services to Wall Street traders, hedge-fund managers and professional retail brokers. During winters, he commutes from his Florida home. In total, he has been making the aerial commutes for the past eight years. Continue reading

TierPoint’s Managed Services Heritage and Future

By Scott Fuhriman, TierPoint VP of Sales and Product Development

Editor’s Note: This feature is part of a continuing series of snapshots chronicling TierPoint’s evolving corporate story. Fuhriman is based in TierPoint’s data center in Spokane, Washington. Click on the follow button on the bottom right to receive these stories in your inbox weekly.

Cloud computing adoption and rising security threats are fueling demand for managed services. One study found that in North America alone, cloud and managed service providers (MSPs) generated $154 billion in revenue in 2014. It isn’t tough to do a Google search and find projections substantially more than that for the current year. Continue reading

FAQ Friday: PCI DSS Compliance and SMBs

By Steve Sims, CISSP, TierPoint Sales Engineer

Customers frequently ask many questions about compliance in the cloud. In particular, SMBs often ask us how they can be compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) even if they are not required to be. Every day, we share compliance advice and educate customers about selecting the right type of infrastructure solution (e.g. private or public cloud) for compliance and at what cost.

Recently, we teamed up with Fortinet, one of our technology partners, to host a forum in Seattle and Spokane addressing several security issues: Here are some highlights from our discussion: Continue reading

Automating Business Operations with Private Cloud Technology

By Christian Lappin, TierPoint Sr. Sales Engineer

When it comes to business and technology, the main objective has long been automate, automate and automate some more. We’ve seen the advent of VMware and Microsoft Hyper V systems drastically alter the landscape of local network management for the better, replacing cumbersome physical machine maintenance with streamlined, software-defined workflows handled virtually. Continue reading

Best Practices for Achieving Compliance through Security (COSEC)

By Carl Milloshewski, TierPoint Security and Compliance Manager

Taking a Layered Approach

Many companies try to meet compliance standards based on an auditing, checklist model. These companies or their consultants go through the published requirements for a particular compliance framework dotting their I’s and crossing their T’s, and, from an auditing standpoint, they become compliant for that particular framework, spending time, money and resources focused only on compliance, but not necessarily security. When these companies’ business grows and expands into new markets, they are forced to adhere to additional compliance and regulatory standards, which incurs additional time, money and resources. As new markets continue to be entered and business models change, these companies can fall into a never-ending cycle of an expensive game of whack-a-mole. Continue reading

PCI DSS 3.0 Compliance

Using TierPoint’s Cloud & Managed Security Services

By Steve Sims, Sales Engineer, TierPoint Spokane

Vietual CardIn a recent poll conducted by American Consumer Credit Counseling (ACCC), 64% of consumers do not trust retailers with their credit card information. From 2012 to 2013, data breaches have gone up by 30% and the number continues to grow. In 2014 alone, we have seen 644 breaches and 78 million records exposed. This is another increase of 26% across multiple industries. To help combat this, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI DSS) 3.0 were released this year, with a compliance deadline of January 1st, 2015. Continue reading