Brandon Shopp is the vice president of product strategy for security, compliance, and tools at SolarWinds. He served as our director of product management since November 2011, assuming the title and responsibilities of senior director of product management in July 2013. Prior to SolarWinds, Shopp was the vice president of product management at AlienVault, from August 2016 until February 2018, and the senior director of products at Embarcadero Technologies, from July 2015 until August 2016. Shopp has a proven success record in product delivery and revenue growth, with a wide variety of software product, business model, M&A, and go-to-market strategies experience. Shopp holds a B.B.A. from Texas A&M University.

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Networks

Audit Trails Are Critical for Tracking Network Activity

June 30, 2020

As networks become more distributed and complex, it’s becoming ever more challenging for IT professionals to track all the events happening on their networks. Still, it’s vitally important to do so—logging activity on an agency’s network is critical to determining who’s on the network, …



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Security

Four Strategies for Securing the Tactical Edge

June 9, 2020

The military has invested significant time and money implementing edge computing on the battlefield. The Army’s efforts to leverage the tactical cloud to process data on the edge gets information into soldiers’ hands more quickly, allowing them to make decisions in near-real time. But …


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Security

Ideas for Combatting DoD Mobile Security Threats

June 2, 2020

In government, mobile devices are both embraced and resisted. The mobility and ease of use afforded by smartphones and tablets helps boost worker productivity even as they open doors for hackers. According to research by Wandera, in 2018 there were 455,121 mobile phishing attacks, …


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Security

Improving Cybersecurity Starts at the Endpoints

May 26, 2020

Careful monitoring and attention to endpoints are just two elements of a strong cybersecurity strategy for K-12 districts. Cybersecurity must be a top priority for K-12 schools. Schools need to prioritize thwarting industrious hackers who are intent on getting to the treasure trove of …


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Applications

DOD’s Cloud Strategy Aids Information Dominance

May 19, 2020

The DOD cloud strategy recognizes the department’s disjointed and siloed systems have negatively impacted the effectiveness of warfighters, decision makers and staff. According to the strategy, only cloud computing will “enable the department to harness the full power of its data and information systems.” …




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Security

Assemble a Team of IT Experts Focused on Cybersecurity

April 14, 2020

In today’s world of constant cyberthreats from terrorism, hackers, and viruses, public and private sector organizations need to assemble a strong, experienced team of security experts. But finding a talented and trained staff becomes a problem when, according to a June 2019 Forbes article, …


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Systems

Troubleshooting Tips for Your Office 365 Environment

March 24, 2020

Is there a way to modernize and maintain compliance at the same time? Yes, absolutely. Many agencies have successfully overcome this challenge, particularly with Office 365, and are successfully modernizing their systems while meeting the required mandates. Monitoring and Backup Tips If you’re running …