Aldrin Brown


Veteran journalist Aldrin Brown comes to Penton Technology from Empire Digital Strategies, a business-to-business consulting firm that he founded that provides e-commerce, content and social media solutions to businesses, nonprofits and other organizations seeking to create or grow their digital presence.

Previously, Brown served as the Desert Bureau Chief for City News Service in Southern California and Regional Editor for Patch, AOL's network of local news sites. At Patch, he managed a staff of journalists and more than 30 hyper-local and business news and information websites throughout California. In addition to his work in technology and business, Brown was the city editor for The Sun, a daily newspaper based in San Bernardino, CA; the college sports editor at The Tennessean, Nashville, TN; and an investigative reporter at the Orange County Register, Santa Ana, CA.


Juniper Networks Could Be Canary in Cloud Sales Coal Mine
The story of Juniper Networks’ QFX switches offers a glimpse into potentially profound changes buffeting the relationships between IT hardware vendors and the big cloud providers who have become some of their most important customers.
What’s Wrong With Juniper Networks?
The networker issued an earnings warning for Q3, saying its revenues will be hurt by lower than expected cloud-related sales. Wall Street is trying to determine if it’s a blip, or a signal of broader softness in cloud.
Kaspersky Lab Requests Proof That its Antivirus Aided Russian Hack of NSA
“We reiterate our willingness to work alongside U.S. authorities to address any concerns they may have about our products and respectfully request any relevant information that would enable the company to begin an investigation at the earliest opportunity,” Kaspersky Lab said in a statement.
Continuum CEO: Line Between MSPs and MSSPs Will Vanish
During a keynote on Day 2 of Continuum’s annual Navigate user conference, CEO Michael George unveiled an ambitious plan to provide partners with everything they need to stand up a comprehensive cybersecurity practice.
New Ransomware Evades Machine Learning Security Software
The new attack strategy marks the latest escalation in the perpetual cat-and-mouse game being played by hackers and the security software developers trying to stay one step ahead of them.
Kaseya, ConnectWise Pick Up Pieces After Irma Nails Florida HQs
Both companies are supporting customers, though operations are not expected to fully return to normal for a couple of days. Meanwhile, next week’s Autotask Community Live partner conference near Miami will proceed as scheduled.
Office 365 Users Increasingly Targeted by Credential-Stealing Phishing Campaigns
Microsoft’s ubiquitous productivity suite's scale is incentivizing cyber criminals to craft sophisticated attacks that reach large numbers of users, security experts at Barracuda Networks say.
VMware Unveils New Kubernetes Container Offering at VMWorld
The new “Pivotal Container Service” will enable managed service providers (MSPs) and large enterprises to deliver Kubernetes on VMware vSphere hypervisor and Google Cloud Platform.
Hurricane Harvey: Delivering Managed IT Services During a Catastrophe
It’s being described as a “500-year storm,” and Houston, Texas-based Elevated Technologies is among the MSPs who find themselves smack in the middle of it.
Datto Helping MSPs Brace for Hurricane Harvey
In the hours before Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast, Datto implemented its Disaster Recovery Protocol to help managed services providers (MSPs) ensure client data is protected so that customers can continue or quickly resume business operations.
New Rackspace Private Cloud by VMware Hits General Availability
The hosted private cloud service – now available in all regions – is billed as a way to free up in-house IT resources for more valuable tasks.
Massive New ‘Locky’-Variant Ransomware Attack Now Underway
A massive, worldwide ransomware attack is currently unfolding, powered from more than 11,625 distinct IP addresses in 133 different countries.
Cisco Says it Lost Some Meraki Customer Data
The IT equipment and services giant said it would provide an update by the end of day Monday, with details about what tools would be made available to help “restore functionality.” A configuration mistake is to blame.
Startup Plans to Expand Low-Cost, Online Cloud Training Beyond AWS
‘A Cloud Guru’ announced this week it has secured $7 million in Series A funding, which it intends to use to add similar training for Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Salesforce.
Symantec Takes Stand Against Russian Source Code Review
IBM, Cisco, SAP, Hewlett Packard Enterprise and McAfee allow Russia to conduct source code reviews of their products, which some U.S. government officials worry could enable foreign intelligence agents to find vulnerabilities.