Kris Blackmon

Kris Blackmon is a technology and business journalist, and a content director at Channel Futures. Based in Dallas, Texas, her areas of expertise include startups, digital operations and marketing, digital transformation, and, of course, the evolving IT channel. She can be reached at

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Sirius Computer Solutions to Acquire Force 3, Expand Cybersecurity Offerings

Sirius Computer Solutions, a national IT integrator, yesterday announced it reached an acquisition agreement with network security company Force 3 for an undisclosed amount. The deal will allow Sirius to continue to expand its offerings in cybersecurity, one of the fastest-growing IT spaces. The transaction also grows Sirius’s presence in the Mid-Atlantic region and helps the company gain a firmer foothold in the Federal marketplace.

Security Provider Verizon Enterprise Suffers Data Breach

“With cyber attacks growing in strength and number, it’s harder to avoid becoming a victim,” according to Verizon Enterprise Security Solutions website. Ironically, the company learned this week just how true that is after a data breach resulted in contact information for 1.5 million of its customers being put on sale in an underground cybercrime forum, as reported by KrebsOnSecurity.

CompTIA Names Amy Kardel as 2016-2017 Board of Directors Chair

CompTIA has named IT industry veteran Amy Kardel as its new board chair, where she will work to utilize the industry trade association’s training and certification initiatives to create new employment opportunities within the channel.

Distribution 2016 Predictions from the Experts: Part Two

Anyone who’s looking to predict where distribution is headed will have an advantage if they understand where it’s been. As science historian James Burke said, “Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is nowhere else to look.”

Distribution 2016 Predictions from the Experts: Part One

The Finance Guy: Marty Wolf, president and founder, martinwolf M&A Advisory.

Like much of the channel, broadline distribution is in the midst of a sea change, says Marty Wolf, president and founder of martinwolf M&A Advisory. And if you want to get a good idea of where it’s headed, keep your eyes on Ingram Micro.

CMT Rebrands as DataEndure, Pivots to Data Security

The first time CMT executed a pivot to address changing customer needs was about fifteen years ago. Once upon a time, it was the largest media magnetic tape provider on the west coast, according to CEO Kurt Klein. “We had a 100,000 square foot warehouse full of DLT and LTO tapes. We would just do truckloads and truckloads every day, and that was a great little engine,” says Klein.

On International Women’s Day, Let’s Recognize We Have a Long Way to Go in Tech

On International Women’s Day, Let’s Recognize We Have a Long Way to Go in Tech

It’s been a busy two weeks here at The VAR Guy. I’ve shaken a score of hands, had dozens of conversations and currently have more stories waiting to be written than I have time to write. But I’m not one to let an opportunity pass by, which is how I got here in the first place. So I’m stepping away from my daunting to-do list this afternoon to acknowledge International Women’s Day.

Seth Robinson of CompTIA tells The VAR Guy how the channel can provide value to

Despite the Rise of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Tech, Small Businesses Still Want Your Help

Worried about cloud innovations that make it easier for customers to self-serve their IT needs? The abundance of cheap tech goods available from super stores at prices lower than what even you can source them?

You’re hardly alone. Partners nationwide have fretted over the rise of the “self-service” business for years. The VAR Guy sat down with Seth Robinson, Senior Director, Technology Analysis at CompTIA, to get some insight to how small business owners can benefit from engaging a channel partner early on. Here’s what we learned.

Tech Industry Employment Grew 3 Percent in 2015 to 6.7 Million

The U.S. technology sector is in good shape, at least from an employment perspective, according to the new Cyberstates 2016 report released by CompTIA. Nearly 200,000 new jobs were added in 2015, bringing the total number of U.S. tech workers to over 6.7 million.

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