Meeting the Demands of the Public Sector in Step with Microsoft Dynamics

Layered Tech named Microsoft Dynamics partner of the year for their FISMA compliant cloud infrastructureAt the 2013 Microsoft Dynamics Annual Conference in New Orleans this March, Layered Tech was awarded the prestigious “2013 Microsoft Dynamics Partner of the Year”.  I was thrilled to be presented the award on behalf of the Layered Tech team by Microsoft General Manager for Public Sector, Amir Caprilles and Microsoft Federal Practice Director, Jody McCann.

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Data Protection – Not Always a Slam Dunk

It’s March Madness time, one of my favorite times of year. Maybe it’s playing college basketball brackets with friends and co-workers that has me thinking of infrastructure strategy in basketball terms. But anyway, it occurs to me that while backup and recovery isn’t sexy, it is critical — and not always a slam dunk.

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Comparing Managed Service Providers – Full Service versus Service Ready

Managed services and compliance as a service: Service SignOne component of selling Layered Tech’s managed services is dealing with the competitive comparison issue, as prospective clients attempt to determine which service provider is the best fit for their IT management needs. The need to compare Layered Tech to our competition is understandable, but the breadth of our available capabilities makes direct comparisons difficult.

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Cloud/GOV 2013 Conference – Embracing Innovation

Cloud/Gov 2013 Conference: secure cloud and private cloudLayered Tech is excited that Microsoft will be a “Special Host Sponsor” for the DelTek GovWin – Cloud/Gov 2013 Conference.  Microsoft Federal CTO Susie Adams and Layered Tech President Brad Hokamp will be panelists featuring discussion on “When is a cloud business solution right for your agency?”  Larger agencies will be discussing when a move to the cloud is right and appropriate and what are the organizational concerns around moving to the cloud. There will be at least one Microsoft customer on the panel.  Additional topics will include our co-branded product “Microsoft Dynamics for Government Cloud– Hosted by Layered Tech,” and will include a discussion on the unique security features of deploying secure private FISMA compliant clouds for Microsoft Dynamics partner solutions and the public sector.  There will also be a deep dive on Layered Tech’s longstanding relationship with Microsoft and the LT Public Sector Incubation Center that Layered Tech runs for Microsoft with over 60 ISV (Independent Software Vendor) and SI (System Integrator) partners.
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Cloudbook Tells Our Story

Layered Tech recently partnered with Cloudbook to tell our story and we were thrilled with the results.  The CEO of Cloudbook, Vince Vasquez, tells us about his vision below.

Two years ago when the first iPad launched, we seized the opportunity to build a new application to help businesses, like Layered Tech, tell their stories. As such, our storytelling software — based on lessons learned from producing films, documentaries and books — allows the consumer to read and watch a story, chapter by chapter via their iPad, iPhone or online. These stories are packaged in what our customers simply call their “Cloudbooks.”
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Hospital Data Breaches

Earlier this month, Lisa Vaas published an article on the Naked Security web site on the Ponemon Institute’s Third Annual Benchmark Study on Patient Privacy & Data Security funded by ID Experts.  Ms. Vaas did a good job of summarizing the most significant finding in the report, that of increase of data breaches over the past three years are due mainly to a lack of secure devices and staff negligence (see graph from report below).

Data Breach Graph

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On the Road to HIMSS 2013

HIMSSlogoWe hope you can join Layered Tech at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) 2013 Annual Conference on March 3-7, 2013.  This conference and exhibition will bring together thousands of healthcare executives and IT professionals to address the challenges and opportunities presented by today’s changing healthcare landscape.

HIMSS 2013 will feature many dynamic programs and presentations, including Bill Clinton as one of the keynote speakers.  Stop by Layered Tech’s booth 5605 to learn about our HIPAA compliant hosting solutions and our ability to offer the industry’s only 100% Compliance Guarantee.  Hope to see you there!

This year’s conference will be held March 3-7 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.  For more information, please visit http://www.himssconference.org/index.aspx.

Security as a Subset of Risk Management

What does Risk Management mean to you?  If you have read my blog you know that I focus on topics like Security or Compliance.  You may have noticed, as well, that my title is Chief Risk Officer and you may have wondered how this fits together.  Compliance cannot exist without the appropriate controls (security) in place.  Moreover, Risk Management can be said to be the art of balancing the value of the cost of a control versus the value of the benefit derived from the control.

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2012 Reflection and 2013 Road Ahead

With the holiday season upon us and another year coming to a close, we wish to express appreciation to our clients, partners and shareholders for their continued support of Layered Tech.

PCI, HIPAA and FISMA compliant managed service provider, Layered TechWe had many accomplishments in 2012, all with the objective of setting the standard for what clients should expect from their PCI-, HIPAA- and FISMA-compliant managed hosting provider.  Our extraordinary team of security and compliance experts worked day and night to understand the goals of our clients and solve their business challenges.

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The Payment Processing Chain – Holistic Risk Management

ATM keypadA lot of people in the credit card industry focus on the compliance and security component of the payment processing chain that they control.  This is expected and is the right thing to do.  Most people do not have an appreciation of the steps needed for a successful transaction.  Some merchants, cards and banks could have varying processes but most transactions involve, at a minimum, a consumer, a merchant, a payment gateway or processor, the card brand and the bank issuing the card.  In order for a transaction to complete, the reverse path is taken to validate the transaction.  Add in credits, refunds and loyalty programs and that’s a lot of moving parts in a system that appears to act instantaneously.  The system works well and we all depend on that.
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