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Implementing Security in a Mobile Environment

February 2014

March 25th NFF and Cisco will be co-hosting a private event for the business leaders of our community, in an effort to address some of the top security threats businesses will face in 2014. With the increased use of personal, mobile, and wearable devices at the workplace, we need to address the security challenges associated with it before it’s too late:

  • >15 billion devices by 2015, average worker: 3 devices
  • New workspace: Anytime, anywhere, any device
  • 71% of Gen Y workforce do not obey policies
  • 60% will download sensitive data on a personal device

To help understand the risks and solutions, we confirmed the following speakers:

Michael Korten, security expert with Cisco, provides a broad overview with different mobile security scenarios, Cisco security solutions, and how they support a secure mobility implementation in different environments.

Troy Icenhour, former Deputy Director of Network and Telecommunications Division at National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help us understand the factors that should be considered in secure computing implementation such as impact to different business units and the importance of having defined policies.

Bruce Maurer, Network Architect at the MITRE Corporation, provides a perspective and understanding of the challenges with implementing mobility technology while ensuring adherence to a restrictive set of policies.

Jonathan Topping, Lead Solutions Architect at NFF will discuss a number of varying secure mobility implementations and solution sets and share comparisons of technical solutions delivered by NFF over a spectrum of restrictive and open use cases.

This is a free event with limited seating, please contact Monique DiCarlo at mdicarlo@nffinc.com to receive more information and an invitation.

Multi-Year Contract with DC Water Awarded to NFF

February 2014

NFF has been awarded a multi-year contract with DC Water to provide Information Technology Professional Services. DC Water has been providing potable water and treating wastewater since 1938. In the early history of Washington DC, there were separate sewer, water, and sanitation departments. Over the years the agency underwent several name and organizational changes, in 2010 DC WASA initiated a rebranding campaign and is now known as DC Water.

During the next three years, DC water has aggressive plans to implement several Information Technology systems, and enhance their capabilities to better serve DC Water’s customers. In order to meet these objectives, DC Water has a need for high quality consulting and technical support services to fulfill temporary staffing and project-term requirements. 

NFF has been awarded several DC Water contracts since 2001, and provided DC Water with professional and consulting services to assess, design, implement, project-manage and support DC Water’s Network Infrastructure, Helpdesk Operations and Management, Information Security, SharePoint Administration, Server Operations and Critical Applications. Throughout these years, NFF has established a solid reputation for providing expert-level IT staff and services in support of advancing the technology initiatives of DC Water.

NFF received the Cisco Customer Satisfaction Award for the 19th time consecutively

January 2014

The Channel Customer Satisfaction Excellence assessment is based upon the customer satisfaction results captured in the Cisco Partner Access Online tool. Each measurement period, Cisco acknowledges Certified Partners that have the highest customer satisfaction distinction within each geographic region.

To qualify for CSAT Excellence recognition, certified partners must meet or exceed the CSAT Excellence target (Minimum 4.60 on a scale of 1 to 5) for their geographic region, based upon a minimum number of survey responses. CSAT is measured twice a year (end of January Q2 and end of July Q4). Gold and Silver Certified Partners must achieve a minimum of 30 responses; Premier Certified Partners must receive a minimum of 20 responses.

NFF has developed an ongoing strategic partnership with Cisco that focuses on helping our customers with service efficiency, reducing costs, and improving IT security. Combining Cisco’s Advanced Technologies in a wide range of solutions – including Data Center Storage Networking/Virtualization, Unified Communications, Application Performance Management, and Information Security – with NFF’s proven holistic approach and integration capabilities, supports complex IT projects that exceed customers’ expectations while meeting stringent business requirements.

Customer satisfaction continues to be one of the highest priorities of both Cisco and NFF. Customer satisfaction measurement is an integral part of establishing meaningful customer relationships, and provides us a method to assess customer expectations and actively address our customer concerns.

Better Serving our Learning Communities

December 2013

NFF became part of the Microsoft Authorized Education Reseller (AER) Program, demonstrating their ability to meet Microsoft academic customers' evolving needs in today's dynamic business environment.

The AER program is designed to train participating resellers on Microsoft's Academic licensing, authorize them to purchase and resell Microsoft Academic licenses, and demonstrate to customers that they are approved and knowledgeable academic IT partners.

The Microsoft AER authorization shows NFF’s continued commitment and specialism in the academic IT marketplace and demonstrates their knowledge of Microsoft and its academic products and services. By becoming an AER, NFF is able to provide discounted Microsoft academic products to qualifying customers and inspire confidence that they are buying from an academic IT specialist.

NFF staff includes: MCITP, MCP, MCSE, Microsoft Exchange and SharePoint certified engineers and architects. They bring a diverse skill set and perspectives to each project to make sure they understand the business needs and have the ability to execute projects that keep NFF customers at the cutting edge of technology, “Delivering Net Results.”

NFF awarded Storage Area Network (SAN) project by the DC Office of The Chief Financial Officer (OCFO)

November 2013

NFF was selected to equip OCFO with a SAN and Disaster Recovery (DR) solution. Together with NetApp, NFF developed a Unified Enterprise Storage and DR Solution with multiple tiers of performance to provide OCFO flexibility in addressing varying workloads such as business critical databases and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI). This solution delivers OCFO’s requirements for a strategic and fully redundant DR solution capable of supporting the production workload without any loss of performance.

In short, the proposed solution reduces the complexity of managing and scaling the OCFO environment, while reducing not only the acquisition costs, but also staffing, real estate footprint, and cost management in the long-term. The Solution allows OCFO to be well positioned for the future by giving the organization greater flexibility to integrate easily and quickly with applications and services.

Since 2004, NFF has provided on-site information technology implementation and consulting services to OCFO. Throughout these years, NFF has established a solid reputation for providing expert-level IT services and solutions in support of advancing technology initiatives of OCFO. The services provided by NFF, have contributed to building a robust and appropriate core data center network infrastructure and strategic architecture for Network Infrastructure, Server and SAN technologies, maintaining a secure pathway to the sensitive city-wide tax and financial applications OCFO provides to the DC Government.

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