The Cloud Episode 33: Building Cybersecurity Culture with Adam Brewer

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Hello Hello!

Thanks for joining us for another episode of The Cloud. In this episode we spoke with Adam Brewer of CyberWise IQ, a company dedicated to educating others on the tenets of Cybersecurity.

I think you will enjoy this very unique yet informative discussion on today’s episode of The Cloud.

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Adam Brewer, VP of Client Relations at CyberWise

In this episode you will learn:

  • How human error is the biggest threat of all
  • How Adam and his team approach Cybersecurity from a company culture standpoint
  • What Adam’s definition of The Cloud and Cybersecurity is
  • Some best practices, tips and fundamentals to protect yourself and your infrastructure

We hope you enjoy it!

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Additional Resources

P.S. Watch out for this guy!

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Episode 32: Best of The Cloud – Part 1

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Welcome welcome! Glad to have you back. This show is part 1 of a two part series recapping of our show from last year with clips of our wonderful guests.

We have taken some particularly interesting clips and compiled them together. Let us know what you think.

In this episode you will hear from:

We have full interviews linked below if you wanted to hear the whole chat with any of our guests!

We hope you enjoy it.

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Additional Resources

  • The Cloud Episode 7: Open Gov Portal, Being a Chief Data Officer, and Re-imagining Our Cities (with Abhi Nemani)
  • The Cloud Episode 1: Why We’re Doing this Show (with Amon Prasad, CEO of Network Remedy)
  • The Cloud Episode 3: Cyber-crime, Hacking, The Legality of IT, and Evolution of Managed Service Providers (with Charles Weaver)
  • The Cloud Episode 13: Two Hosts and A Cloud, Ecosystems, and The Value of Software (with Brian Gracely)
  • The Cloud Episode 14: The Woz, Future Stack ’15 Awesomeness, Modern Software and Takeaways (with Sam Lambert)

Episode 31: Hyperconvergence, the LA Cloud Computing Meetup and We’re Speaking at MSP World 2016

The Cloud Show

Welcome to another episode of The Cloud!

We know it has been a little while since our last episode, but we’ve been busy growing and transforming the company and show. We have some new team members and a whole lot of new insights that we are excited to share with all of you.

You can expect the episodes to provide the most valuable timely content possible aimed at stimulating new ideas, thinking and directions for your organization on your Cloud and IT journey.

LA Cloud Computing Meetup

Our guests today include Matt Atkin of Sky Silk as well as Charles Weaver to explain how the MSP Alliance and MSP World began. We’ll also go over what we will be discussing at MSP World as well as a review of what exactly Managed Services are.

In this episode you will learn:

  • What Hyperconvergence is
  • What value Sky Silk provides in the Hyperconvergence space
  • What you can expect from the LA Cloud Meetup
  • What is MSP World and the MSP Alliance? (+ how they were formed in Berkley)
  • What are Managed Services
  • What topic we will be discussing at MSP World

Let us know what you think!

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Further Reading and Resources

Episode 30: Managed Break-Fix Services, IT Support and Dealing with Technical Problems

Paco Lebron, Founder of ProdigyTeks, Inc.

Paco Lebron, Founder of ProdigyTeks, Inc., an IT consulting firm specializing in both residential and small business. ProdigyTeks was founded July of 2011 and has been in business for the past 5 years. ProdigyTeks specializes in a wide range of services, including tailored computer services and solutions for residential customers and small to medium sized businesses.

Over the past 8 years, Mr. Lebron has excelled at leadership, analysis and operations. He works toward building Infrastructure support, SQL Database management, and serving others with their computer needs. His Bachelor’s on Computer Engineering Technology from DeVry University has helped pave a path of the success in the industry.

Mr. Lebron is currently a Co-Host of the Computer Business Podcast. Spreading the word on how to take your IT business to the next level. Mr. Lebron has shared tips and ideas on how he became successful with ProdigyTeks.

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Episode 25: Bitcoins, Blockchains, The Cloud and Beyond!

Marshall Swatt, Serial Entrepreneur, C-level Technologist

Marshall has over twenty years of startup experience as founder, COO, CTO, with extensive strategy, operations and technology experience. Several successful startup exits. Experience with acquisitions and business development.

Technology design and development work for several corporations including: Citigroup, Deutsche Bank, Deutsche Financial, Condé Nast, MoMA, National Geographic.

Marshall is the former co-founder and CTO for Coinsetter, Inc.Blockchain and security advocate, which raised $2M in angel funding over 2 1/2 years. He also, led the acquisition of Canada’s largest bitcoin firm, Cavirtex in April of 2015.

Check out the interview links below to learn more about Bitcoin, Blockchains and The Cloud!

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Episode 24: An IT Cloud Technicians Take, Cryptolocker and How Enterprises Use The Cloud

Justin is one of Network Remedy’s top IT and Technical Consultants who works day-to-day in the trenches keeping our clients’ organizations up and running. With over 10 years of customer service and IT troubleshooting experience, Justin brings a personable and technical disposition to the mix.
Justin has proven himself to be a proactive and goal-oriented team player easily establishing rapport with customers, staff, and all levels of management.
We look forward to diving into the weeds a bit and demystifying this almost magical concept known as IT and The Cloud.

Episode 16: Costs of Compliance, Why Use MSPs and Exploring Clouds


Oleg Reut, CEO of SMB CloudTech

Oleg Reut is the owner and founder of a Managed Services and Cloud Hosting Provider called SMB CloudTech based out of Southern California. SMB CloudTech helps small & medium-sized businesses to get the most value and efficiencies from their technology investments.

By guiding clients through the sometimes confusing world of IT using customizable and fully scalable elastic solutions, Oleg guides business owners to a more competitive proactive business model.

The industries served include Financial Services, Healthcare, Insurance, Manufacturing, Legal, Non-Profit, Real Estate and Retail. We are excited to talk to Oleg about IT services, the specific use cases for businesses as well as the future of The Cloud.


After listening to this episode, you will learn:

  • What Oleg’s definition of Managed Service Providers and The Cloud is
  • Why compliance is a big liability for companies
  • How the Cloud travels through physical infrastructure most of the way
  • How to determine if an MSP is a competent service provider
  • Why having another MSP do a third party audit is a best practice for organizations
  • Why the Cloud often requires outside people to help manage the infrastructure and software
  • How AWS provides infrastructure but still requires you to perform and manage data backups
  • Why a small business with less than 20 employees and on-premise servers should consider the Cloud
  • Why after 5 years you should look to your servers for maintenance, replacement or switching to the Cloud
  • How it is cheaper to buy new equipment (thin clients) when using the Cloud versus hiring consultants

To hear this Episode please click the links below:

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Show Notes and Further Reading and Resources

Episode 9: Cyber Security, Ethical Hacking and Being a Little Bit Evil

In this episode we interviewed:

Dean Bushmiller

IT, Cloud and Technical Trainer
Cloud Security Consultant

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Dean Bushmiller is a IT, Cloud and technical trainer as well as a cloud security consultant. He is CIO of a training company called Expanding Security which offers a variety of training certifications including Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), CISSP, ISSMP, ISSAP, CPEs, ECEs and CCNA.

He has 3 vendor neutral Cloud Certifications (EXIN, CompTIA, CCSK) and 17 Security & Technology Certifications that have been taken over 75 professional exams.

He conducts Cloud security practices including penetration testing and large migrations of data to the cloud for big organizations.

We’re excited to have Dean on the show discussing Certified Ethical Hacking, the major industry certifications and Cloud Fundamentals. We hope you enjoy the show.

The Cloud Episode 6: Selling an MSP for $5.5 million, Porkchops and The Cloud

The Cloud Episode 6: Featuring Stuart Crawford, Entrepreneur, CEO and Founder of Ulistic

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In this episode we interviewed Stuart Crawford, CEO and founder of Ulistic, a marketing agency dedicated to helping MSPs achieve stratospheric success.

We will be discussing Stuart’s experience building and selling a Managed Service Provider (MSP) with revenues of $5.5 million before eventually transitioning into the marketing space for IT and MSP firms. Stuart shares best practices as well as commentary on the MSP industry, The Cloud and how it has evolved into what it is today.

See you in the Cloud.


Stuart Crawford, CEO and Founder of Ulistic

Our guest for this week will be Stuart Crawford President and Chief Marketing Officer of Ulistic, a specialty firm focused on information technology marketing.

Stuart is Canadian born and raised, serving 9 years in the Canadian Military. He even served in the United Nations Peacekeeping force in Cyprus in 1992.

Stuart is also a veteran of the Managed Service Provider (MSP) world where he built and sold his own MSP.

Today serving as President and Chief Marketing Officer of Burlington, ON-based Ulistic, Stuart brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to technology businesses and owners.

After listening to today’s episode you will learn:

  • How Stuart grew an Managed Service Provider (MSP) into $5.5 million sale
  • What Ulistic, Stuart’s IT specific marketing firm, does to help MSPs achieve stratospheric success
  • Why Stuart chose to be a workstation guy versus a server guy
  • The definition of Managed Services and Managed Service Providers
  • How dumb terminals are making a comeback
  • How the ways of billing for IT services have evolved into a proactive fixed cost model
  • How the MSP industry have challenges confidently articulating the value of MSPs
  • How Stuart’s company is wholly in the Cloud
  • What the role of ASPs and VARs are today
  • Stuart’s biggest challenges building his MSP
  • Why the MSP landscape was different in the early 2000s
  • Handling the risks of Hacking and what the best practices are
  • How the Cloud is more secure than on premise solutions
  • Why all IT systems are vulnerable
  • How can people determine the best MSP for their organization
  • What FEAR stands for
  • How 85% of calls go unanswered by most companies
  • Examples of the biggest blunders made by MSP
  • How the set it and forget it pouring money into the Yellow pages, Ad Words model won’t

Further Reading and Resources

Ulistic – http://www.ulistic.com/

‘Dumb Terminals’ Can Be a Smart Move – http://www.wsj.com/articles/SB117011971274291861