5 episodes

A war between cybercriminals and businesses is raging. The global pandemic only served to increase the volume of hacked and breached data. As everyone began working from home everyday resources like mobile phones and IoT devices became targets. In fact, data breaches exposed over 36 billion records in the first half of 2020 alone according to RiskBased.Additionally, recent security research suggests most companies have unprotected data and poor cybersecurity practices in place, making them vulnerable to data loss. This has them investing in cybersecurity technology like never before. In fact, Gartner projects the worldwide information security market will reach $170 billion by next year.As the world’s leading end-to-end technology distributor, Tech Data plays a key role in the cybersecurity supply chain. This puts the company right in the middle of the action, sitting between strategic vendors building defense technology and the troops in the field working with companies to prevent security breaches. Tech Data’s point person for security is Tracy Holtz, its Director of Security Solutions. “The Holtz Story” is where Tracy shares what she is hearing from both the security vendor’s and channel partner’s perspectives. Listen in as leading cybersecurity companies like McAfee, CheckPoint and Cybereason share their stories. Hear Tracy and her guests discuss threat levels, specific threats, and what strategic vendors and businesses are doing right now to adapt to the rapidly evolving threat landscape.

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A war between cybercriminals and businesses is raging. The global pandemic only served to increase the volume of hacked and breached data. As everyone began working from home everyday resources like mobile phones and IoT devices became targets. In fact, data breaches exposed over 36 billion records in the first half of 2020 alone according to RiskBased.Additionally, recent security research suggests most companies have unprotected data and poor cybersecurity practices in place, making them vulnerable to data loss. This has them investing in cybersecurity technology like never before. In fact, Gartner projects the worldwide information security market will reach $170 billion by next year.As the world’s leading end-to-end technology distributor, Tech Data plays a key role in the cybersecurity supply chain. This puts the company right in the middle of the action, sitting between strategic vendors building defense technology and the troops in the field working with companies to prevent security breaches. Tech Data’s point person for security is Tracy Holtz, its Director of Security Solutions. “The Holtz Story” is where Tracy shares what she is hearing from both the security vendor’s and channel partner’s perspectives. Listen in as leading cybersecurity companies like McAfee, CheckPoint and Cybereason share their stories. Hear Tracy and her guests discuss threat levels, specific threats, and what strategic vendors and businesses are doing right now to adapt to the rapidly evolving threat landscape.

    SOC as a Service & the Evolving MSP

    SOC as a Service & the Evolving MSP

    With the recent Colonial Pipeline breach capturing the nation’s attention, MSPs find themselves under a microscope. Many MSPs are struggling to keep up with the rising threat landscape, new technologies, and people shortage in cybersecurity. This week Lamon Gorman, Director Service Provider Channel at Trend Micro, joins “The Holtz Story” to talk about SOC (Security Operations Center) as a Service and its appeal to MSPs, and what MSPs must be doing now.
    In this episode, Lamon shares that he sees people as the most significant challenge MSPs face in ramping up cybersecurity offerings. There simply aren’t enough, and when you invest in training and certification, they often leave for greener pastures. This market dynamic is making SOC as a Service attractive to MSPs. When it comes to SOC as a Service, vendors offer two paths: “do it for you” and “do it with you.” Tracy and Lamon explore the merits of these paths for today’s MSPs.
    Listen in as Tracy and Lamon talk about the difference in MSP approaches to cybersecurity services and how some progressive MSPs are looking to add an “S” and become MSSPs, while others are looking for vendors to fill the void. Hear how the old days of installing anti-virus and firewalls has evolved into over eight hundred distinct offerings to navigate, and the challenges this presents to MSPs. 
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    • 31 min
    CyberSecurity & Women in Tech with Kathleen Curry

    CyberSecurity & Women in Tech with Kathleen Curry

    The recent Solar Winds and Microsoft Exchange hacks remind us that the cybersecurity threat level is high and accelerated. This week Kathleen Curry, Senior Vice President of Global Enterprise Channels, OEM & Strategic Alliances at McAfee joins “The Holtz Story” to talk about what’s happening in cybersecurity, and she also shares her journey as a woman in Tech as we continue celebrating Women’s History Month.
    Although news of big security breaches is good for cybersecurity software adoption, Kathleen believes a more proactive and centralized approach is needed. Companies are waking up and realizing they can’t just rely on their cloud providers to handle security. They must also act on their own, especially at the end-point level.
    Listen in as Kathleen Curry and your host Tracy Holtz discuss the cybersecurity landscape, how the global pandemic changed how we work and where bad actors focus and then transition into a conversation about being women in the Tech industry.

     We hope you enjoy the show, if you did please share it with colleagues and remember to subscribe using your favorite podcast platform (I.e., iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, etc.). 

    • 24 min
    Talking SMB CyberSecurity with Frank Rauch

    Talking SMB CyberSecurity with Frank Rauch

    The Small and Mid-Size Business (SMB) cybersecurity market is over seven billion dollars in size, according to this week’s guest Frank Rauch, Head of Worldwide Channel Sales at CheckPoint Software. This makes it a significant market, and one that has captured the attention of many channel partners.
    The need for SMB cybersecurity is very high at the moment. Unlike the enterprise market where only seven percent of companies experience a cyber breach, over 54% of SMB’s were breached last year. Not only did they get breached more often, but they were also less prepared to deal with a breach.
    Listen in as Frank and Tracy discuss how CheckPoint is addressing this market. Hear about CheckPoint’s unique appliance approach, which brings with “zero-touch”, redundancy, load sharing, performance monitoring, and more within 60 seconds of go-live.
    Frank and Tracy also take on the role of marketplaces and the new opportunity this presents to channel partners.

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    • 22 min
    Women in Tech, Celebrating IWD & Women’s History Month

    Women in Tech, Celebrating IWD & Women’s History Month

    The women’s movement started over a hundred years ago and continues today. This episode is dedicated to that movement and the women who persevere in today’s workforce. Our guest for this episode is Abigail Maines, Vice President Commercial and Channel Sales at Cybereason.
    Listen in as Abigail and Tracy discuss what it was like to enter the workforce as a woman in the tech industry and how the pandemic has disproportionally impacted women. You’ll also hear their thoughts on this year’s IWD theme “Choose to Challenge”, and their personal alignment to it. Also, don’t miss out on their advice to women entering the workforce.
    We hope you enjoy the show, if you did please share it with colleagues and remember to subscribe using your favorite podcast platform (I.e., iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify, Google Play, etc.).

    • 28 min
    MSP Evolve & The Channel Perfect Storm

    MSP Evolve & The Channel Perfect Storm

    Welcome to the Holtz Story where tech leaders discuss the biggest trends and challenges in cybersecurity brought to you by TechData one of the world’s largest technology distributors.Channel Perfect StormJanet Schijns, founder of the JS Group joins host...

    • 20 min

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