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 Trust is a paradoxical name as it is not the elimination of trust but a specificity of trust (less catchy, I agree). It is an architecture where every user, system, service, device and packet gets to only access what it is authorized to access, in the right place, at the right time. A brief history Started in 2007 as the Jericho project, using a city fortress metaphor, it began to take shape as a new security architecture. It was intended to replace the old "castle and moat," or perimeter-based architecture, that was predominant then ... and still is today. In 2011 Google ambitiously developed Beyond Corp as a Zero Trust example architecture that it had deployed internally to great success. But that’s Google. They built the tools needed to accomplish their goals as they did not exist in a way that could work at their…

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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Structured Acquires Verge Technologies, Expands In California


Structured brings extensive services, solutions and broader access to infosec expertise to the new market. PORTLAND, Ore. (Dec. 2, 2020) – In a move to expand its leading-edge IT solutions and services on the West Coast, Structured acquired Silicon Valley-based Verge Technologies. Structured, a nationally acclaimed solution provider specializing in security, cloud, and digital infrastructure,…

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Secure Critical Infrastructure Demands Proactive Measures


Electricity Infrastructure with Cityscape

By Collin Miller, Director of Cloud Security -- Given the emergency brought on by rapid spread of COVID-19, many businesses have been shut down or are transitioning to telework to comply with public health measures. However, for the group of organizations that make up our critical infrastructure, shutting down is not an option.  Critical infrastructure…

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Structured Coronated with CRN Triple Crown Investiture


Teamwork

Elite technical expertise, strong corporate earnings and rapid year-over-year growth propel Structured to the winner's circle. PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 30, 2020) – It is said great things come in threes. In Structured’s case, this proves true. We are honored to announce that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has recognized our company as a…

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Future of Work: It’s about apps, data & UX


Remote Worker with Dual Screens

By Chris McDuffie, VP of Cloud Architecture -- In a bold proactive move to quash prolonged uncertainty over “return to work” scenarios, many high-profile tech companies are allowing employees to work from home for months, a year, or even indefinitely. For most enterprises with less advanced tech, offering the same distributed workforce option is a…

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Strategic Focus on Security and Cloud Boosts Structured’s Business


 CRN® Recognizes the Top IT Channel Providers for Exceptional Growth and Performance PORTLAND, Ore. (Oct. 2, 2020) – Amid profound change and transformation within the IT industry, Structured is elated to announce its placement on the 2020 Fast Growth 150 list compiled by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company®. Each year, CRN® recognizes the…

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Back to Basics – Inventory Documentation and Network Visibility


Calm Worker in Clouds

By Brad Pierce, Structured Managing Director of Security, CISSP/CISA/PCIP -- One of the first things you must do as a network or systems administrator is document. Oh, Documentation! The bane of IT professionals everywhere. In our harried work lives, it is a tedious, time-consuming process. Most people prefer to avoid documentation. But, when it is…

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