ASP is the continuation of the SMBKitchen Project. In this next phase we’ll be approaching the problem of how to survive as a small IT firm long into the future by looking at the problem from a business point of view. How do you take the Cloud message and move beyond the hype into actionable and profitable solutions for your clients? How do you stay on top of the changing technology landscape? In the SMBKitchen project we did this by looking at new technologies, patching, security and consulting. This time we’re narrowing the focus into solution building. They’ll be a lot of knowledge dumping but that’s going to be followed up with here’s what we think you should do with this information. And here’s the solution that we’re rolling out to our local clients. You’re going to end up on the inside of our local firms seeing how we are handling the changing landscape out there. You’ll get news not available elsewhere, chats with expert peers, webinars on published materials, client facing documents, business documents and case studies.
Here are the titles of some recently published materials
Security News: Social Media threats, Iranian Hackers and Facebook Spearphishing, FBI assesses self-driving cars, Understand the basics: Threats to Online Banking, USA takes China Military to court for cyber crimes, FBI goes after buyers of malware, Ukraine Russia and hacking, Risks from Insider Threats, Green Dot Extortion, Phone scams on the elderly, Heartbleed Technical plus Snort Signatures, Healthcare Warning and Opportunity, WiFi Vulnerabilities from Pineapple Router, FBI: Coordinated financial attacks with list of domains, Collecting and Monitoring Event Logs, Google Dorking Friend or Foe?, SAP to be target for Trojan, High Risk P2P Mobile Payment Solutions Vulnerable
Consulting: Quick Exchange ActiveSync Audit, Patching the Human: Spot the Phish, Case Study: Recommending BYOD, Case Study: Advising Client to Move to the Cloud, BYOD Consulting, PCI Compliance Consulting, Migrating from SBS 2008 or 2011 to Exchange 2013
Patching: Patching May. KB2920189 Alert Failure to Boot, New Threats use AppData folder to launch, IE Zero Day, Windows 8.1 Update Issues, Windows Server 2012 with Issues, Zero Day for Word 2010, Windows Xp End of Life,
Security Office 2003 and Windows XP, Patching March
Business: Bad iTunes Update, Taking a Vacation, Phil’s Quote Template, Client Facing Material for Heartbleed, Documentation
March 2014 – Introduction to ASP; Review of published articles this month; Phil leads discussion on tracking time; Text chat discussion around payment methods accepted, application used and Phil shares a tale of disaster nearly avoided when the encryption key for the backup was found in the “to be shredded pile”
April 2014 – Heartbleed, Windows 8.1 and Server 2012 mandatory update issues, NK2 whoa’s, discussion around what’s coming next and what been published thus far.
May 2014 – Announcement of Brain Explosion, BYOD Webinar. Phil reviews his quoting tool (also in the knowledgebase for download). Discussion around Emory University disaster and sharing of our worst stupid mistakes ever.
Webinars and Podcasts: BYOD Consulting, PCI Compliance Consulting, Building the business around you, Summer Fridays, Growing without sales, Giving away your job
What you see above is our efforts for the first couple of months. Everything is available for download and is also viewable from our website so it’s never too late to join in! You still get it all.
It’s $300 (one time fee), unless you’re already an SMBKitchen member in which case it’s only $120 for you. We’re planning to keep the ASP project going for at least the next year and it might just keep going. All of the content is recorded and downloadable so you won’t miss a thing. All you need to do to sign up now is go to http://www.thirdtier.net/helpdesk, register for an account and when you’re ready go into payments and add ASP to your cart.