Volume IV, Issue 2 (February, 2018)
I Didn’t Know You Did That!
WatchGuard Wi-Fi offers insight into your customers through analytics
It’s no secret that the retail industry needs to compete even more for every customer in the market. Did you know that Verus offers a Wi-Fi solution that not only provides a secure wireless environment, but also one that can help you track the shopping patterns of your customers and help you more effectively communicate and engage them?
The WatchGuard Wi-Fi Cloud, available through Verus, gives you tools that can help you engage more with your customers and gain more insight into their traffic patterns and buying habits.
Gain Visibility into Business Analytics
News & Notes
Join Verus and WatchGuard for the
third installment of an Advanced Training Session
Verus invites you to join us and WatchGuard’s Ryan Poutre on Tuesday, February 27, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. for the third in a series of complimentary Firebox Advanced Training course!
The course curriculum will be open ended to allow for specific topics that attendees are interested in. A free continental breakfast will be provided.
To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Firebox Training,” or call Steve Clem at 763.354.2266 with any questions.
Visit Verus at 28th ALAMN Annual Conference
and Exhibition March 1 at The Depot
Join us at the 28th Annual ALAMN Conference and Exposition at Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel – The Depot, on Thursday, March 1, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Verus is a proud sponsor of ALAMN, and will be on hand to discuss our IT solutions for law firms.
For more information, please visit our events page on our website.
Verus to attend MMGMA Winter Conference
March 6-7 at RiverCentre in St. Paul
Verus is a proud Gold Sponsor of MMGMA, and will be on hand at the MMGMA Winter Conference March 6-7, 2018, at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.
Verus will be discussing our IT solutions for medical practices with you in the exhibition area both days. Please stop and see us!
For more information please visit our events page on our website.
Verus employees and family gather again
to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children
Verus employees, family members and loved ones gathered on Thursday, February 8, to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children at their Coon Rapids location.
The Verus group helped contribute to the overall evening tally of 125 boxes packed, with 27,000 meals, enough to feed 73 kids for an entire year.
WatchGuard acquires Percipient to add DNS focus to Total Security Suite
WatchGuard Technologies, a leader in advanced network security solutions, recently announced that it has acquired Percipient Networks, a developer of simple, affordable, automated security solutions for small and midsize organizations. Percipient Networks’ flagship product, Strongarm, stops phishing and malware attacks by offering an easy-to-deploy, security-focused Domain Name System (DNS) service. Integrated into WatchGuard’s security platform, Strongarm will further improve the security efficacy of existing malware protection techniques, increase the value of the company’s popular Total Security Suite (TSS) advanced services bundle, and become a key element in the evolution of WatchGuard’s cloud security offering. In 2016, 76 percent of organizations reported falling victim to phishing1. Company size and vertical industry played no role in likelihood of an attack, making it critical for companies to have protections in place against phishing, happy clickers, and other web-based threats. The Strongarm service monitors outbound DNS requests and blocks traffic to websites based on a list of known malicious domains. Furthermore, by monitoring requests at the domain level, Strongarm’s filtering capabilities extend to all ports and protocols. Integrating Strongarm into WatchGuard’s comprehensive unified security platform, will provide customers with the strongest possible protection from the widest variety of threats.
Ruckus charges ahead with Smart City Specialist Program
By now, you’ve heard about Smart Cities and how new networks, devices and applications are enabling dramatic operational improvements as well as entirely new city services. Ruckus is a major player in this market thanks to their strong service provider business and a large number of cities interested in connecting their city with great Wi-Fi. Ruckus excels in these outdoor and sometimes challenging city environments. To fully realize their potential, Smart Cities require many different technologies and applications, as well as fundamental changes in organizations and processes. From a networking perspective, this means dealing with more than just Wi-Fi. As IoT solutions make their way into cities, a robust network infrastructure that is capable of supporting a variety of IoT wireless protocols such as LoRa, Bluetooth, Zigbee is required. The IoT market is somewhat fragmented today with many different wireless protocols that can quickly create a complex IoT networking environment. Ruckus understands these complexities and is investing resources into a new Smart City Specialist partner program. The program enables system integrators to work with cities to understand, deploy and manage networks that will provide Wi-Fi and support IoT applications. The specialists are experts in deploying solutions in cities including knowing how to deploy outdoor Wi-Fi on city assets such as streetlights, bus stops and digital signs.
Food for Thought
Simple beef pot roast to warm you this winter
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 3 1/2 pounds beef chuck pot roast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
- Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F (135 degrees C).
- Pour vegetable oil into a large oven-safe pot over medium-high heat. Season the chuck roast with salt and black pepper. Brown the meat on both sides in the hot oil, and transfer to a plate.
- Stir carrots, celery, and onion into the pot, and cook and stir until vegetables start to release their juices, about 3 minutes; loosen any brown flavor bits on the bottom of the pot.
Add butter, and cook until the onions are translucent, about 5 minutes. Then sprinkle in rosemary, stir the vegetables, and return the roast to the pot. Cover the pot with a lid.
- Roast in the preheated oven until the chuck roast is tender, about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Season vegetables with additional salt and black pepper, if desired.
- Optional: Serve on a bed of simple garlic red mashed potatoes for extra heartiness.