By Brandon Bischoff, CISSP, Manager of Structured Managed Services -- As an IT managed services provider, I spend a lot of time thinking about crime fighting – but no capes. I’m preoccupied with how to shore up and safeguard what seems like an endless expanse of systems spread among a multiverse of clients. I think about the things Structured must inevitably manage and mitigate, the superhero comic strip equivalent of Thanos teaming up with Darkseid. I consider: important software patches that also could “break” end-user devices/access,end-of-life servers hosting obscure and ancient business-critical software, andusers who create rogue DHCP devices in a network. It’s a tough gig – and I haven’t even gotten to the stuff that’s really evil. Or REvil, in this case. REvil is a notorious ransomware-as-a-service organization that is widely believed to operate from Russia and is known for its high-profile and disruptive attacks. In a ransomware attack, the attacker infiltrates systems and installs software that encrypts, and sometimes exfiltrates, data. Once encrypted, the criminals demand a ransom -- usually in cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin --- to unlock the data. In the event of exfiltration, the criminals demand a ransom to keep the data private. I took pointed…

Structured Ranks on 2021 CRN Solution Provider 500 List


Structured CRN SP 500 2021 Award

Structured’s pandemic-era leadership, services and annual revenue place it firmly among elite North American solution providers for 2021. PORTLAND, Ore. (June 1, 2021) – Structured announced today that it was named for the 11th consecutive time to the Solution Provider 500 list by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company. Each year CRN compiles the…

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Protect Identities with MFA, Validation and Strict Management


National Identity Management Day 2021

By Brad Pierce, Structured Managing Director of Security, CISSP/CISA/PCIP -- Last week in the news were reports of more than a billion accounts being leaked online from just two sources (Facebook (533M) and LinkedIn (500M)). The data is still being validated, but the source seems to largely be public information that has been aggregated, bundled…

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Structured Lands on CRN Tech Elite 250 List for 11th Straight Year


CRN 2021 Tech Elite 250 List

Structured’s technical merit, experience and certifications elevate it among North American solution providers for 2021. PORTLAND, Ore. (April 6, 2021) – Structured announced today that it was named to the laudable 2021 Tech Elite 250 list by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company. This annual list features IT solution providers of all sizes in…

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Structured Helps Secure Department of Defense Supply Chain


CMMC-AB Registered Provider Organization Badge

Firm added to CMMC-AB marketplace as a Registered Provider Organization™ for DOD contractors. PORTLAND, Ore. (March 15, 2021) – Structured announced today that it has ramped up its ability to assist Department of Defense (DOD) contractors in their quest to become CMMC-certified suppliers. With extremely limited exceptions, all companies that supply goods and services to…

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Structured Managed Services Achieves SOC 2 Compliance


AIPCA SOC 2

 A proactive, security-first company, firm launched rigorous process to protect client data and privacy. PORTLAND, Ore. (Feb. 5, 2021) – In this age of advanced and sophisticated threats, Structured and its Managed Services team eagerly and exponentially elevated its capabilities for securing and protecting customer data by obtaining the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) SOC…

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Trust is Dead, Long Live Trust!


MFA & Zero Trust Business

By Brad Pierce, Structured Managing Director of Security, CISSP/CISA/PCIP -- Zero Trust is a philosophy, a journey. No one manufacturer or security product will get you where you’re going. It will take all of your technologies, and likely some new ones, to arrive at a Zero Trust architecture. Trust is dead, long live trust! Zero…

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Supply Chain Hacks: Fallout from a nation-state-backed attack


By Jesse Wilson, CISSP, Sr. Security Engineer -- Two weeks have passed since the discovery of Sunburst (https://us-cert.cisa.gov/ncas/alerts/aa20-352a), an exploit so vast it likely will become the biggest breach in history – at least to date. Government agencies and private businesses alike are scrambling to detect indicators of compromise (IOCs), install patches and implement damage…

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Structured Expands IT Solutions and Services in North America


Company acquires the assets of DPC IT Solutions, streamlines ability to serve Canadian customers. PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 21, 2020) – Structured is pleased to announce its continued North American expansion via an acquisition of the assets of DPC IT Solutions, a Canadian solution provider with three decades of extensive wireless, networking and security experience. While…

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iland’s Secure Cloud Backup Energizes M365 Security


iland's Secure Cloud Backup

Oil and gas companies must explore far more than terrain and seismic reflection to remain nimble in an era of unstable prices and consumer pressure for decarbonization. While dealing with uncertainly caused by COVID-19 and ongoing calls from citizens, policymakers and businesses for lower-carbon futures, forward-looking oil and gas companies are capitalizing on technology to…

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