Author: Kent Shuart

Kent Shuart

About: Kent Shuart

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Since coming to SonicWall, Kent has been fortunate to be in a place to identify and act on emerging trends in the IT industry.  Starting as a product manager, Kent identified the need for a powerful consumer PC and established the XPS position as Dell’s power PC.  Along the way the XPS product line which has won every award given to a PC in the performance space.  As a strategist, Kent has been instrumental in expanding Dell’s relationships with Google, ATT, eBay, McAfee and Microsoft.   In the past several years, Kent has been studying network security, initially, as the portfolio manager for third party security products, then, as a product manager launching the new line of SonicWall Network Security Appliances and most recently as the marketing manager for SMB network security products.  As a speaker, Kent has been spotted delivering animated content at InterOp, RSA, GMIS International as well as numerous webinars on network security and The Internet of Things. Kent has an MBA from Virginia Tech where he also served on the marketing faculty. 
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I started this year speaking and writing about how retail establishments can protect themselves from the rising tide of malware. I continue this train of thought by considering the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS) as a general guidance to protect any small business.

Instead of looking at PCI-DSS as guidelines for protecting cardholder data, consider it as guidance for protecting any critical data.

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You have a growing business, so you need to add more connections: PCs, cameras, or even another location. As you grow, your IT infrastructure is getting complicated, and with every new branch office complexity becomes an issue. As this network grows, there are additional challenges when adding more connections that need to be managed by the firewall.

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The holiday shopping season is also a big season for cyber-criminals to breach high-traffic retailers. Forecasting from trends I have seen over the past 18 months, here are six security tips on how to protect your retail business. These often-overlooked recommendations are not limited to the holiday season, and you can implement them at any time:

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A lot has happened in the last year across SonicWall Network Security Solutions. We have implemented a complete refresh of our SonicWall TZ Wireless firewall product line from top to bottom while expanding the portfolio with the introduction of new platform form factors and performance capabilities. We’ve innovated the software as well, improving features and performance, to deliver value for every size company from small businesses to distributed enterprises.

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As advances in networking continue to provide tremendous benefits, businesses are increasingly challenged by sophisticated attacks designed to disrupt communication, degrade performance and compromise data. Striking the perfect balance between network security and performance is no easy task. Meeting these demands can be especially daunting for small businesses, which usually cannot afford the same degree of protections as their larger counterparts.

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If you are a small office, I have good news; the new SonicWall TZ Wireless Firewall Series now has integrated wireless. In an earlier life, the startup I was working for had a small compact office; it would be the perfect candidate for the integrated wireless product. For many, where the office is spread out or occupies multiple floors, the ability to use Access Points for an external solution would be the way to go.

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GROW BY LEVERAGING THE WEB is today’s small and medium business rally call. But, it is the echo to the call that you need to pay attention to: as you open the internet door wider, you are also opening the door for more cyber-attacks. Protection does not have to break the bank or leave you up at night.

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