Cybersecurity in a Time of Crisis: On-Demand Webinar

Regardless of industry, location, or company size, IT security is a top priority for all businesses, especially as the security perimeter expands with the shift to a more remote workforce.

Now more than ever it’s critical to understand how the evolving threat of cybercrime affects organizational data at every level. Staying up to date with cybersecurity information not only helps protect data and IT systems through a time of crisis—it helps keep a company competitive in today’s rapidly changing business landscape.

In a new on-demand webinar, Cybersecurity in a Time of Crisis, Ntirety CEO and Forbes contributor Emil Sayegh, CISO Chris Riley, and CRO Kevin Smith share the latest IT threats and how to combat them effectively. Watch the on-demand presentation here.

In this comprehensive webinar, learn how to recognize, resolve, and defend against cybercrime by:

  • Defining cybercrime in today’s business landscape
  • Breaking down the true costs of cyberattacks
  • Debunking traditional cybersecurity misconceptions
  • Understanding how to better manage the IT threat lifecycle
  • How to pair security needs with business objectives

Ntirety is committed to providing the insights, services, and support necessary to make it through any crisis or future challenge together. Watch the on-demand webinar Cybersecurity in a Time of Crisis now to learn more.

Ready to better protect your IT systems and optimize the cybersecurity of your business? Schedule a consultation to talk to one of Ntirety’s IT security experts today.

Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh Interviewed by ForbesBooks Radio Podcast

ForbesBooks Radio Podcast
Episode air date: May 28, 2020

In a new episode of ForbesBooks Radio podcast, Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh sat down virtually with host Joe Pardavila to share experiences from his early days making a mark in the cloud computing world to what it’s been like leading an essential business through the COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to being the host at ForbesBooks Radio, Joe Pardavila is a well-known broadcaster, actor, writer, director, and producer born and bred in New York City. Joe was a radio personality at the legendary New York City radio station 95.5 PLJ, where he was part of their successful morning show for over 15 years with over a million listeners daily in the metropolitan area.

While at ‘PLJ he interviewed everyone from musical artists like Ed Sheeran, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, John Mayer, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, the Jonas Brothers, and more. He also spoke with entertainers and newsmakers that include Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon, Mike Tyson, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, and Kim Kardashian.

Listen to Pardavila’s interview with Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh here »

Traversing Sayegh’s history as an early pioneer of cloud computing through his more than 15 years in the IT industry, Pardavila and Sayegh laugh about how archaic flash drives are in a world that operates so heavily in the cloud today. But Sayegh is quick to point out that for disaster recovery purposes, businesses should still always keep a local copy of data.

As a leader in the cloud industry, Sayegh proves to always be thinking a step ahead – even if it’s helping clients prepare for a disaster with IT solutions outside of the cloud. An equally important element when it comes to protecting data, Sayegh explains, is the human element operating the technologies.

“Are we changing our passwords? Are we using safe passwords? Are we sharing our passwords? Are we using dual-factor authentication? Are we using those in a consistent, safe way?” Sayegh asks. “Because if you’re not and you allow yourself to be hacked, then of course [the cloud] is not safe.”

Diving deeper into the growing trends of cybercriminals, Sayegh shares how hackers use personal information to attack through social engineering, phishing, and ransomware. While every individual must put forth his or her due diligence to protect personal data, teaming up with experienced cloud security partners like Ntirety gives businesses the boost needed to defend against cyberattacks.

“We have implemented the latest and greatest AI technology to prevent hackers from infiltrating our customers,” Sayegh says, explaining how leveraging artificial intelligence and machine learning in combination with the human expertise make Ntirety a leader in cybersecurity.

As he shared the importance of having real people paired with these advanced technology tools and systems, Sayegh detailed his experiences leading an essential business through the COVID-19. While Ntirety’s office employees made the transition to productively working from home during quarantine, team members working at Ntirety’s 14 data centers had to diligently follow increased safety protocols to make sure clients’ systems remained up and running in-person.

“You have thousands of computers that are running in each data center so someone has to go in and unplug a computer that’s acting up, add new capacity,” Sayegh explains. “A human being has to do that.”

Reflecting on the new business landscape we are all working in, Pardavila and Sayegh shared perspectives on what to possibly expect moving forward. Find out what Sayegh predicts for modern businesses and workplaces to thrive in this post-COVID world by tuning in to his interview on ForbesBooks Radio podcast now.

Listen to the episode here »

The Cloud Talent Drought Continues: Forbes Article Series by Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh

The Cloud Talent Drought Continues

Originally published in Forbes in early March 2020, our CEO Emil Sayegh examined the IT talent drought businesses across all industries were facing even before the full onset of COVID-19 hit. IT professionals with cloud experience that are also at the forefront of emerging technologies have been hard to come by well before remote workforces became the norm.

As time progresses and businesses face ongoing adjustments to maintain productivity and security, the cloud talent drought continues. Emil’s deep dive to the IT talent shortage and strategies to navigate it are more insightful than ever for the current business landscape.

Read Emil’s combined article series below or read each article separately on Forbes The Cloud Talent Drought Continues (And Is Even Larger Than You Thought) and 3 Steps to Address the Cloud Talent Drought.


The Cloud Talent Drought Continues (And Is Even Larger Than You Thought)

We are in the midst of a talent drought within the IT market that is plaguing enterprise organizations, causing business bottlenecks, competitive disadvantages, security issues, and compliance risks. This drought is only amplified by the industry-wide movement to cloud-native technologies — a trend that is not getting smaller. Global spending on IT is projected to reach $3.9 trillion in 2020, an increase of 3.4% from 2019 (Gartner).

Advanced cloud and security skills are in higher demand than ever before; however, there is a significant lack of qualified, skilled professionals to support this movement towards innovation, especially in non-tech related industries such as manufacturing, transportation, travel, and education. Recent data shows that 63% of U.S. organizations anticipate the IT skills gap to widen, and 59% expect this talent shortage to continue in the next two years (Ceredian). The bottom line is that companies in non-tech-industries are crunched for qualified cloud and IT talent to meet their expansion goals, and the outlook is not optimistic. According to a recent 2020 Challenges in Cloud Transformation survey report, the IT talent shortage is a leading corporate concern, with 86% of respondents believing it will continue to slow down cloud projects.

Here, I’ll examine the industry forecast that expects this shortage to affect business for years to come.

The 2020 Skills Shortage

Recruiting and retaining technology staff has become increasingly complicated, particularly in non-tech industries such as manufacturing, fossil fuel, and transportation. These businesses suffer from a double whammy: not only are they dealing with a shortage of IT skilled talent, but they are offering positions in industries considered “unattractive” for prospective tech talent looking to build an IT career.

Gone are the days where a steady base of skilled IT talent can meet an organization’s technology needs for years on end. Tech giants, such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon, are creating a giant vacuum for talent, offering attractive, super-competitive benefits packages. Furthermore, even if a business were to find a pocket of smart, qualified IT talent, the pace of cloud innovation, new business pressures, and the need to evolve have made the ability to keep that talent relevant over time an impractical reality.

Fueling Business Transformation

As part of the digital push, non-tech businesses are trying to transform their IT systems in every way possible, embracing new, cutting-edge cloud technologies that promise greater efficiency and value. While these new technologies underpin a wave of business advantages, without the proper talent to keep things running and support this new infrastructure, companies are left idling on the sideline, wondering how to better participate in this era of digital transformation.

New roles and skills expectations are appearing faster than recruiting can keep up, with organizations under compliance requirements, like HIPAA and PCI, facing even more significant challenges. The recently enacted California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a blaring example of a technology regulation that California companies across all industries must quickly understand and comply with, at the risk of facing penalties. Unfortunately, most are still operating with internal IT teams unfamiliar or unprepared to do so.

The IT skills required by a given organization are usually unique. Still, nowadays, most non-tech businesses need a minimum set of technical talent to cover the following core mission-critical skill sets:

  • Cloud Computing and Architecture
  • Cybersecurity
  • IT Governance and Compliance Management
  • Business Intelligence and Database Management
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Implementation
  • DevOps
  • Virtualization
  • Artificial Intelligence

The skills required by a given organization are usually unique. Some organizations may even need talent well-versed in all these skills while still requiring as little staff as possible.

The latest IDC 2020 projection indicates that the time for action is getting short for CIOs in the digital era. Execution struggles, competition, and market forces add to the struggle to emerge as a transformed business. But there are three strategies that organizations are employing to help alleviate this increasingly prevalent issue of finding skilled IT professionals to cover those core mission-critical skill sets, and support their business objectives.

3 Steps to Address the Cloud Talent Drought

The digital era has created a plethora of projects, along with a deadline compression for CIOs. In addition, a recent CIO survey shows that 65% of respondents feel that hiring challenges are hurting them and their industry.
Lost opportunities continue to pile up, along with lost revenue and rising costs. So, what can CIOs do to manage this growing talent deficit?

A balanced, three-pronged solution is in order, taking into account serious investment in the training and retention of critical-skilled tech employees, automation, and a modern outsourced services strategy. This approach enables businesses to embrace the changing landscape and invest in their internal talent while simultaneously intelligently leveraging outside resources.

1. Upskill
A new practice called “upskilling” — the process of teaching current employees new skills to minimize talent gaps — has become an increasingly critical solution for employers looking to boost the capabilities of their teams. With thousands of new product and feature releases per cloud platform emerging each year, tuning up and updating cloud skills is essential to employee success.

While these programs take time to set up, the industry is witnessing positive pushes to manage workloads and advance technologies in critical situations via training programs that aim to upskill existing talent. Another often overlooked benefit of upskilling is that it creates a positive culture of learning in the organization.

2. Automate
From the days of Henry Ford, automation remains an eternal companion to repetitive low-value tasks. Ford transformed the way automobiles were assembled, standardizing, and then later automating the entire process. The world of IT reached this inflection point with the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI), with AI technology focusing on repeated actions and results, creating an opportunity for scalable and less people-intensive operations to take hold.

Automation and AI are tantalizing solutions for standardized tasks, although they are also crunched due to lack of talent. Industry reports speculate that there is a market demand for millions of AI professionals, while just a few hundred thousand individuals exist worldwide. As crazy as that disparity seems, it reflects a valid deficit, highlighting an opportunity for skilled AI and outsourced service providers to close task gaps.

3. Outsource
Modern IT outsourcing offers a seamless extension of the internal IT team, contracting out projects to experienced providers that are better-equipped and up-to-date with skills supporting the newest IT technologies such as cybersecurity, infrastructure management, AI, and database management. To be trusted, third-party providers must have a thorough understanding of the expectations of non-tech based clients and should operate with customer-centricity, transparency, and trust. Aside from being adept with a broad spectrum of technologies, outsourced providers should also be prepared to transparently share risks with their clients, as this is the key ingredient to a successful partnership.

The enterprise is already doing some of the obvious, with basic training and efforts to retain current staff. However, the IT industry must continue to step up to the realities of talent shortages by rapidly expanding their training to include cloud technologies, while also investing in cloud automation and outsourcing critical IT skills to trusted cloud ecosystem partners.

Cloud Talent Opportunities

As the industry adapts to the technology skills environment, changes will continue to emerge. The enterprise is already on track with training and retaining staff; however, building a culture of rapid development and rewards and strategically partnering with expert service providers like Ntirety are two important parts of an intelligent approach to help achieve better technology outcomes.

Discover how Ntirety can fill in expertise gaps and optimize your business. Schedule a consultation today.

Interested in a career in the cloud? Ntirety offers a competitive salary and benefits, including paid time off, free medical to employees, dental, retirement plans with 401(k) match, and much more. If you are interested in joining a profitable, growing, and dynamic company, check out Ntirety’s current job listings.

The Great Disruption No One Planned For: COVID-19

Understanding the pillars to business continuity and cybersecurity is more important than ever through the lens of COVID-19 and the new “normal” that has followed.

Companies have undergone significant transformations—changing how employees communicate and interact, as well as how organizations operate. With millions of employees now working remote, more companies are facing major business and technical challenges to business continuity, productivity, and security postures.

In a new on-demand webinar The Great Disruption No One Planned For: COVID-19, learn lessons and IT strategies for operating through the COVID-19 crisis and being prepared for what the future may hold. Watch the on-demand presentation here.

Hosted by Ntirety CEO and Forbes contributor Emil Sayegh, CISO Chris Riley, CRO Kevin Smith, and CFO John Faulkner, Ntirety’s executive team offers insights on IT and Security readiness and preparedness against this pandemic.

  • Learn about the most pressing topics businesses face with coronavirus, like:
  • How leading organizations are adapting their IT infrastructure and security postures to COVID-19
  • Best practices in crisis communication, IT infrastructure, and security postures
  • How to ensure that your company can continue to be productive and secure through this and in a future crisis

Ntirety is committed to providing the insights, services, and support necessary to make it through this pandemic together. Watch the on-demand webinar The Great Disruption No One Planned For: COVID-19 now to learn more.

Ready to take action to prepare and optimize your business for COVID-19 and future crises? Schedule a consultation to talk to one of Ntirety’s IT experts today.

Forbes Article by Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh: In the Era of the COVID-19 Crisis, Look Up to the Cloud(s)

Effects of COVID-19 coronavirus are felt everywhere, including the business world.

With its far-reaching effects, business continuity plans are tested in this pandemic crisis – and Ntirety is no different. But with years of experience designing and implementing disaster recovery plans for clients, we are practicing what we preach with Ntirety’s Response Plan to Coronavirus and our experts are here to help prepare your business IT to survive any disaster, from data breaches to hurricanes to coronavirus.

Published in Forbes on March 6, 2020, our CEO Emil Sayegh shared not just what the state of business looks like in this ongoing time of crisis but how cloud technologies and proactive IT planning is allowing organizations to stay up and running.

Read Emil’s full article below or on Forbes.com here.


In the Era of the COVID-19 Crisis, Look Up to the Cloud(s)

One of the biggest stories of the year is the growing impact of the COVID-19 coronavirus contagion. The global response is mind-numbing; the public is scrambling, the stock market is all over the place, and there are hundreds of stories published each day discussing the changing death rate, new cases, and even new strains of the virus. Making matters worse, the novelty of the virus, combined with the wildfire spread of emerging news, has made reliable information hard to come by. This historical episode is disrupting lives and business, and great worry is setting in about the ramifications that lie ahead.

Protect Yourselves and the Public

As individuals, we can do our best to protect ourselves by washing our hands, covering our coughs, and changing our habits as we live within our communities. Behavioral changes help us reduce the spread of this virus, but also future potential outbreaks. It has been projected that the impact of widespread infection may overwhelm our healthcare services and infrastructure due to the sheer number of people that will require advanced care. The fact is that the more we can do to reduce the spread, the better positioned we will be to deal with its impact on the healthcare system.

A World of Business Changed

The virus is also changing the nature and priorities of how we work. Travel restrictions and canceled events – including Mobile World Congress, Facebook’s Global Marketing Summit, and more – are affecting airlines, sales opportunities, and the bottom line for many companies. The stock market had its worst week since the start of the 2008 recession due to fears associated with the coronavirus and supply chain disruptions.

Cloud Is Helping Already

The coronavirus has ignited what Bloomberg calls the “world’s largest work-from-home experiment.” Companies are suddenly having to enable an increasingly mobile workforce. Rife with technical ramifications and considerations, the notion of remote work has emerged a necessity, requiring businesses to consider:

Which employees must remain in an on-site presence

How to protect these employees

What, if any employee functions can be deferred

Technical discovery and requirements for remote work, including bandwidth surveying

Dependable, secure remote work technology has been available for years, and the cloud has pushed the scalability, availability, and security of these solutions to new heights. Thanks to cloud technologies, a world of web-based apps, virtual desktops, endpoint encryption, conferencing software, Virtual Private Networking (VPN), and other cloud-enhanced tools make remote work possible from nearly any device, anywhere in the world.

Cloud Can Help Even More

Remote work is not the only shift on the horizon. Many organizations recognize that the virus’s impact is testing the ability for businesses to respond to crises that may affect their local back-office IT operations, such as local data centers or colocation facilities. History will undoubtedly highlight the importance of distributed Cloud IT systems in disaster recovery situations. The cloud’s distributed nature is a natural fit and will be the hero in a future landscape that features survivors and victims. Those businesses that rely on cloud capabilities for their IT systems and back-office will benefit by not having to worry about personnel going into their data centers to check, maintain, and monitor their server and storage installations. Businesses using the cloud effectively will benefit the most by quickly leveraging the ability to create resilient and disaster-averse systems anywhere around the world protecting data and business application integrity, as well as support an increasingly remote workforce.

Today, more than ever, the cloud is a partner to business, and cloud technology enables our economies to function by relying less on local conditions. A widespread epidemic validates the need for the maintenance of corporate functionality based on cloud technologies. As companies position to maintain productivity, pushing the corporation into employee homes, and evaluating what to do in general when disaster strikes, it is imperative to rethink disaster recovery plans and explore cloud offerings as mitigation to local disasters.

The California Consumer Privacy Act: Not Just “America’s GDPR”

Insights from 451 Research brought to you by Ntirety

In January 2020, California enacted the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a set of requirements for applicable businesses designed to advocate and support consumers and their privacy, similar to the European Union’s GDPR mandates. Although there is overlap between CCPA and GDPR measures, the differences mandate the enforcement of new compliance strategies.

Both CCPA and GDPR are designed to meet the growing concern amongst consumers around how personal data is being collected, who has access to it, and how they can gain control over their personal data. But the fine print details reveal variations between each law, and those variations can come with hefty consequences if they are overlooked and inadvertently ignored. Businesses that already meet GDPR compliance cannot assume that they will automatically meet CCPA requirements and must conduct the same thorough due diligence for this latest compliance regulation.

In a new comprehensive whitepaper, The California Consumer Privacy Act: Not Just “America’s GDPR,” Ntirety and 451 Research examine the two compliance standards to highlight their commonalities and expose the gaps that can leave companies open to potential penalties.

Download the Whitepaper »

Find out what your enterprise needs to meet to CCPA and how Ntirety can optimize your compliance strategy to be ready for the next evolution of data privacy. Schedule an assessment today.

Optimizing the Cloud: The 5 Tenets of Continuous Improvement

In the 2019 Hype-Scale Report, Gartner stated aptly that for enterprises using the cloud “the focus is now on how to do it well versus on whether to do it at all.” Migrating to the cloud is crucial to staying competitive, so it may come as no surprise that cloud cost optimization comes as the top priority in 2019 for IT leaders.

Moving away from quick-fix priorities to instead make long-lasting progress takes a more comprehensive approach that encompasses the five tenets of continuous improvement:

  • Security
  • Availability
  • Performance
  • Cost
  • Risk

To learn why these five tenets are so important for a truly optimized infrastructure and how to tackle each one to cut costs, reduce risk, and increase agility, download our eBook, Optimizing the Cloud: The 5 Tenets of Continuous Improvement »

Ntirety Delaware Office Recognized by Delaware Governor and News Publications

Rebranding from the merged Hostway|Hosting to the united enterprise Ntirety has been in the news recently, receiving special attention in our Newark, Delaware office.

Visit from Delaware Governor John Carney

Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh and SVP of Operations Jonathan Arena welcomed Delaware Governor John Carney to our Newark, Delaware offices to meet the Ntirety team and celebrate a great year—from the merger of Hostway and Hosting to our rebrand to Ntirety in September.

In operation for 15 years, the Newark office and data center—the largest of Ntirety’s 14 global data centers—counts 120 employees and was honored to be the first Ntirety location toured by a government official. Due to our growing partnerships with the University of Delaware and Wilmington University, Ntirety’s roots go deeper than just the Newark buildings. By providing internships and training programs focused on computer science, AI, machine learning, and cybersecurity, Ntirety ensures that Delaware is fueling the next generation of top minds in the industry.

“Security is getting to be more and more of a challenge, and hackers are continually getting more sophisticated,” Sayegh explains. “We need new, fresh talent trained in IT security, interested in a career in IT security, that can keep building up those skills.”

More than just an executive meeting, Governor Carney spoke and interacted with all employees, answering questions and discussing various topics in a town hall setting. The visit was a wonderful opportunity to connect with the Governor and demonstrate Ntirety’s commitment to educating and keeping top IT talent in the state, building the local economies and positioning Delaware as a leader in cybersecurity.

New Name Brings Big Headlines

Along with a great in-person visit with Governor Carney, our local offices and data centers made more news with articles in the Delaware Business Times, “Tech co. with Glasgow office merges, rebrands,” and Technical.ly Delaware, “Ntirety aims to position Delaware as a cybersecurity player.” From our beginnings in 1997 to the 2019 rebrand, the article covers our history and growing enterprise services.

In his interviews, Sayegh shares the impressive skills and tenure of the Delaware office’s tech professionals, some being a part of the team for a decade. Just as Ntirety nurtures IT education in the local universities, the same emphasis on skills and knowledge growth is an integral component within the company as well.

“Ntirety offers a certification reimbursement program and encourages employees to add new skills to their resume,” Sayegh explains to the Delaware Business Times.

Senior Vice President of Operations Jonathan Arena is a shining example of this commitment to employees, joining the company as an entry-level professional and working his way up to senior leadership.

From Sayegh’s perspective, Governor Carney’s visit helped solidify this spirit of growth for Delaware’s tech community.

“I truly believe in the partnership between academia, private business and government, and this was a very good step to work on evolving that,” Sayegh optimistically shared in his interview with Technical.ly Delaware.

Recognized Excellence in Delaware and Beyond

Ntirety is proud to have our Delaware team recognized for their commitment to outstanding service—a core component for each and every one of our offices around the world. Ntirety was selected as one of Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employer for 2019 and carries compliance certifications for PCI, HITRUST, HIPAA, and GDPR.

Ntirety is honored to share our success and looks forward to delivering comprehensive managed hybrid, multi-cloud solutions and guidance for businesses to transform into future-ready, agile enterprises.

Find out how Ntirety’s team of IT experts can transform your business. Schedule a consultation today.

Looking for a new job with a team of innovators? Ntirety offices across the world are always looking to talented people to join the Ntirety family! Check out our current job listings, which are updated daily.

Ntirety CEO Gives Insights on Blockchain and AI for ZDNet Article

In a new article for ZDNet.com, Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh joins other industry leaders as they share their views on the anticipated impact of blockchain. Sayegh shares his insights on the potential destiny of blockchain and AI in the article, titled “CIO Jury: 92% say blockchain will positively impact their industry in the next five years.”

“AI has proven its worth in real-world scenarios, and it’s the perfect complement to blockchain, which is known for its limitation on scaling and somewhat less-than-real-time nature,” explains Sayegh.

Read the full article for more of Sayegh’s perspective and the insights of the other panelists »

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451 Research Report: Priorities, Opportunities, and Ntirety

Discover in a recent report from 451 Research if your company is ahead of the game in the next wave of digital transformations or if it’s time to start serious planning to catch up with the competition; plus, how Ntirety is positioned to accelerate enterprises to their business goals.

Full Speed Ahead

451 Research shines a light on the top six IT initiatives and how many enterprises already have them in use and are in planning, with the top three comprised of:

  • Backup and recovery
  • Day-to-day operational monitoring of cloud infrastructure performance
  • Management of applications deployed on cloud infrastructure

Read the full report to discover how your organization’s priority list compares to the enterprise market »

Step Up Optimization

451 Research’s report also uncovers another major missed opportunity for enterprise organizations. In our latest infographic, we break down the report to highlight where enterprise organizations should focus to become truly competitive, future-ready enterprises.

Download our infographic to find out where you can outshine the competition »

Accelerate Towards Agility and Desired Business Outcomes

The more comprehensive approach needed for optimization is often outside the bandwidth of internal teams. Engaging with cloud experts allows enterprise organizations to streamline projects without wasting valuable time and resources.

Ready to take your IT infrastructure priorities to the next level? Schedule a free consultation with our cloud experts and start optimizing today!