Allison Francis

Allison Francis is a writer, public relations and marketing communications professional with experience working with clients in industries such as business technology, telecommunications, health care, education, the trade show and meetings industry, travel/tourism, hospitality, consumer packaged goods and food/beverage. She specializes in working with B2B technology companies involved in hyperconverged infrastructure, managed IT services, business process outsourcing, cloud management and customer experience technologies. Allison holds a bachelor's degree in public relations and marketing from Drake University. An Iowa native, she resides in Denver, Colorado.

Recent articles by Allison Francis

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The Holidays Mean Stealing Deals… and Data, Phishing Still Reeling in Suckers

For a lot of us, Thanksgiving means gobbling up turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, some weird casserole your aunt Mildred made and seven different kinds of pie, skillfully (or perhaps not so skillfully) navigating political conversations with relatives, wondering who at least half of the musical artists are on the floats in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, and inevitably curling up in a ball of food-shame on the couch around midday. But the fun doesn’t stop there. The very next day, millions of folks across the country pull themselves out of their turkey comas at the crack of dawn to go shiver in long lines at Walmart and Best Buy, warmed by the shining promise of Black Friday deals and steals.

Channel Changes: Who’s Going Where?

The end of summer has brought about a flurry of activity and leadership changes across the channel. The VAR Guy pinned down the latest executive movements and to tell you who you need to know. Read on to get the scoop.

5 Cybersecurity Reports Channel Companies Should Know

Every other day, a new company, research firm or industry analyst publishes another report on the security landscape. It's important to have at the very least a high-level understanding of the biggest cybersecurity vulnerabilities, but who has time to read through hundreds of pages of research to find the truly important nuggets hidden within? You probably don't, but we do. The VAR Guy did the reading for you and pulled out the key takeaways from five recently released security manifestos. 

Security Central: Eight U.S. Banks Join Forces to Fight Cybercrime, Millions of Cars Susceptible to Remote Hacker Hijinks

The financial sector is one of the most targeted industries for cyber-attacks and breaches, ranking third in the lineup just behind the healthcare and manufacturing industries. This week, big banks decided that they’ve had enough. Eight of the U.S.’s largest banks are joining financial forces and are forming a group designed to tackle issues and security vulnerabilities concerning institutions of their size.

Healthcare Industry Can’t Seem to Cure the Cyber-Attack Plague

It is a story you hear all too often these days. Industries and organizations of all sizes that still use legacy operating systems and have outdated security and defense structures are falling prey to increasingly advanced and stealthy cyber-attack techniques.

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