Entries by David Hollingsworth

Do you loathe trying to join a video conference?

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member at Avid Communications. Historically, I really, really disliked getting a request for a video conference meeting. My typical experience was spending some time downloading and configuring specific software for the meeting. When the meeting was supposed to start, others would struggle getting connected… adding to the pain and delaying the […]

Cybersecurity Internship – Rylan Martin

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member at Avid Communications. Earlier this week, we welcomed a new intern, Rylan Martin, to our Cybersecurity team. Rylan is currently a student at the Missouri Innovation Campus (MIC). The MIC is a partnership between the University of Central Missouri, Lee’s Summit R-7 School District, Metropolitan Community College, and more than […]

Enemies within your network?

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member at Avid Communications. Most network security articles cover topics about keeping “bad actors” out of your network. But what if the problem is inside your network (ie., an employee or vendor working in your office?) Insiders pose a significant risk because they generally know where/what the vulnerabilities are in your […]

Network Security – A time bomb most businesses are watching without taking action.

Network Security is often talked about in the news, but for the most part, small and medium businesses are not taking serious steps to reduce the risk. Based on working with businesses for years, there are several reasons companies aren’t dealing with this potentially catastrophic problem: Network Security is a complex. Cyber criminals have become […]

Next Generation Firewall 101

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member at Avid Communications A basic understanding of how malware attacks occur (e.g., Ransomware, spyware, Trojan horses, viruses) helps justify a Next Generation Firewall (NGFW). Malware can get on your computer in a variety of ways, but the most common is through email. According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Report, 66% […]

St. Michael the Archangel Security Cameras

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member at Avid Communications Security and safety is a high priority at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Parish in Leawood. Providing complete surveillance is not an easy task. Mostly because it’s a very, very busy place almost every day. Preschool through 8th grade students attend the school daily, the gym is […]

Accession Communicator: Mobile, softphones and collaboration.

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Member at Avid Communications, talking about mobile devices, Accession Communicator softphones and collaboration. The cost of smartphones, tablets and laptops continues to go down while functionality goes up. These devices become mobile extensions of the office infrastructure for the “always on” work force. Accession Communicator Accession Communicator, Avid’s application for mobile […]

Is Your Wi-Fi secure? Beware KRACK Attacks!

By David Hollingsworth, Managing Partner at Avid Communications, talking about a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability that’s recently been discovered. Last month, it was announced that a serious weakness exists in a protocol that secures all modern protected Wi-Fi networks. This protocal is known as WPA/WPA2 or Wi-Fi Protected Access. This weakness allows an attacker within range […]