Friday, July 23, 2021

My new challenge!

As of Monday, July 26th, 2021, I will be the Strategic Partnerships Director for OfficeRnD, a leading flex space management and workspace engagement software platform trusted by over 1,000 spaces.

OfficeRnD is a SaaS platform that helps our clients maximize productivity and improve members experience. At Office RnD, we believe that workspaces can be something more – platforms that help you focus on your work, give you access to knowledge you didn’t have before, and connect you to like-minded professionals. Because of that, we strive daily to help flexible workspaces - the champions of the future of work - deliver amazing experience to their customers, more power to their brand, and sustainable growth to their business. We are powering the workspace transformation through technology!

Watch this space to learn more!

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Live Cast: Learn why PDI is investing $100M in R&D and what it means for you.

Over the past year, PDI has requested feedback from customers and many have asked us to increase our reliability as a technology partner that consistently delivers operational excellence. This week, we're directly addressing that need by announcing the next generation of PDI solutions to help you transform your business and elevate your customer experience. 

Please join us on June 8 for a Live Cast featuring PDI CEO Jimmy Frangis to learn what this means for you. You can sign up for a Live Cast notification at

PDI is committed to this strategic mission.

Over the next five years, PDI plans to invest more than $100 million in R&D to accelerate product integration, increase our support capabilities, and deliver a frictionless customer experience. During the Live Cast, Jimmy will outline the PDI vision and the specific actions we’re taking to help your business thrive.

PDI Innovation Connects the Convenience and Petroleum Industry Ecosystem

The company reduces complexities by enabling automation and better customer experiences.

ATLANTA – May 25, 2021 (PR NEWSWIRE) – PDI (, a global provider of leading software to the convenience retail and petroleum wholesale industries, announced today that it intends to invest over $100 million during the next five years to fuel innovation, improve customer experiences, and connect the industry’s software ecosystem—delivering new solutions that propel the entire industry forward.

“PDI has been strengthening its portfolio, bringing together enhancements that use real-time data and connectivity software that are foundational for the ongoing success of this industry,” said Rohit Mehra, vice president, Network Infrastructure at IDC. “They are well-equipped to create pervasive and connected user experiences that will help customers scale securely.”

PDI recognizes the challenges operators face due to lack of time, resources, automation, and tools to deliver on-demand insights. New solutions, tighter integration, and faster innovation are PDI’s top priorities. Notable recent updates include:

  • PDI Security Platform: Simplify managing, monitoring, and protecting businesses against cyberthreats.
  • Fuel Pricing Data Integrations: Leverage real-time data to automate daily tasks and improve pricing strategies.
  • Delivery Platform APIs: Integrate order-ahead and delivery partners, like Vroom Delivery, and allow products to automatically update from the PDI Pricebook.
  • Newly formed Innovation Group: Early releases, like Load Board, provide on-demand freight exchange between a company and its carriers, allowing carriers to view or bid on loads based on eligibility.

PDI customers are already leveraging the new technology. Leading petrol retailer Applegreen, with operations in Europe and the U.S., relies on PDI for its ERP, Fuel Pricing, and Security solutions. “The fuel market has been particularly challenging this year, and more than ever we need tools to deliver on our ‘low fuel prices, always’ promise to our customers,” said Lee O’ Connor, head of Retail Fuel and Analytics, Applegreen, Ireland. “PDI’s Fuel Pricing solution has been easy to integrate and implement with our existing systems and provides insight into price fluctuations, helping deliver on our promise.”

“Creating a more seamless customer experience and making it easier to do business with PDI is a priority,” said Jimmy Frangis, CEO, at PDI. “We’re heavily investing in our people and software to help our customers bring convenience and energy to the world.”

Frangis will share PDI’s innovation strategy during the “Spark: Powering Possibilities” Live Cast on June 8, 2021, at 10:30am EDT.

Learn more at

About PDI:
Professional Datasolutions, Inc. (PDI) software helps businesses and brands increase sales, operate more efficiently and securely, and improve critical decision-making. Since 1983, PDI has proudly served the convenience retail and petroleum wholesale industries. Over 1,500 companies, representing more than 200,000 locations worldwide, count on PDI’s solutions and expertise to deliver convenience and energy to the world. For more information about PDI, visit

Media Contact:
Erin Farrell Talbot, Farrell Talbot Consulting, Inc.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

You deserve extended protection…today.

If you’re not actively preventing, detecting, and responding to security threats 24/7/365, your business isn’t adequately protected. So how can you do that without tying up all of your budget?

Offload your cybersecurity burden to the experts with the PDI XDR service. This Extended Detection and Response service is the cost-effective way to accelerate your security posture with:

  • Fully managed anti-virus, anti-malware, and firewall tools
  • Robust event correlation across your IT environment—including the cloud
  • Proactive 24/7/365 endpoint monitoring and remediation by a team of cybersecurity experts  

Can You Afford Not to Secure Your Business?
Robust cybersecurity might seem expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. This cost comparison chart reveals just how much you could save with the right outsourced XDR solution. 
How Can You Avoid Security Threats?
​​​​SMBs are prime candidates for cyberattacks. And, if you’re not prepared, you’re also an easy target. Discover how to overcome this challenge by reading “How to Manage Security Threats Hitting Your Business.” 

Friday, April 16, 2021

PDI Security Solutions

Good day.  I am Joe Gaeta, a Strategic Sales Representative with PDI Security SolutionsWe provide purpose-built security solutions for highly-distributed enterprises.  Our solutions are built to unify control with a robust security platform, security appliance, and managed security services. We give businesses the ability to connect, secure, monitor, and scale their environment and protect their data and assets.

Leading the way with our Extended Detection and Response (XDR) service, we make it possible for our customers to rest easy knowing that their business is compliant and agile across all locations and applications.

Contact me today to learn more. Or, you can schedule a meeting with me here.

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Take the next step to secure your business.

Security breaches or even false alerts can quickly disrupt your business and create headaches for your staff. With the PDI XDR service, you can offload your cybersecurity burden to the experts who know how to keep your business safe.

To take a closer look at how XDR can protect your business, download the datasheet. A well-run small to mid-sized business requires continual protection against a growing number of cyberthreats. But when you realize exactly how many IT devices and systems you must protect, that task can feel overwhelming.

Keeping all of your systems and data secure is a full-time job…but it doesn’t have to be your job. When you’re ready to offload your cybersecurity burden, start with the PDI XDR service.

You’ll get all the benefits of a fully managed service along with Extended Detection and Response (XDR) capabilities that include:

  • Robust protection for your endpoints, networks, and cloud platforms
  • Advanced event correlation across your physical and digital footprint
  • Proactive 24/7/365 monitoring by a team of cybersecurity experts
Going beyond basic endpoint protection doesn’t have to break your budget. Outsourcing XDR can be a lot more cost-effective than trying to add all the cybersecurity tools, resources, and staff required for round-the-clock protection. Check out this helpful cost calculator to see just how affordable outsourced XDR can be.
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Security breaches or even false alerts can quickly disrupt your business and create headaches for your staff. With the PDI XDR service, you can offload your cybersecurity burden to the experts who know how to keep your business safe.

To take a closer look at how XDR can protect your business:  download the datasheet.

Contact me today to learn more!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

What Every SMB Must Know about Security Threat Prevention, Detection, and Response

Download the white paper from PDI Security Solutions today!

The white paper provides:

  • An overview of the current threat landscape and challenges SMBs face  
  • Detailed definitions of EDR, MDR and XDR
  • A process for evaluating MDR/XDR service providers
  • ROI factors that help SMBs determine if outsourcing these services is right for their business

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Get the protection you deserve - at the price you can afford - with PDI Managed Detection and Response Essential

In 2020, the average cost to recover from ransomware doubled to $84,116.

If you lack the in-house expertise or funds to handle advanced cyberthreats, it might be time to offload your cybersecurity burden—without wrecking your budget.

Start with PDI Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Essential. Now available to Cybera customers, MDR Essential features:

  • A full suite of managed anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall tools
  • Dynamic threat analysis performed by AI and machine learning technology
  • Proactive 24×7 endpoint monitoring and remediation by cybersecurity experts

Get the protection you deserve—at the price you can afford. Contact me today to learn more.

Monday, February 22, 2021

It pays to protect your business.

No matter the size of your business, cybersecurity should be a top priority. But if you have a smaller business, you’re probably more vulnerable than you realize.

That’s why you need the PDI Managed Detection and Response (MDR) Essential service. This fully managed service combines robust cybersecurity technologies with proactive monitoring by a team of security experts—to protect both your business and your customers.

MDR Essential features:

  • A full suite of managed anti-virus, anti-malware and firewall tools
  • Dynamic threat analysis performed by AI and machine learning technology
  • Proactive 24×7 endpoint monitoring and remediation by cybersecurity experts

Get the protection you deserve—at the price you can afford. Contact me today to learn more.

Friday, December 18, 2020

PDI Acquires Cybera and ControlScan Managed Security Services, Expanding into Cloud Security

The company will deliver cybersecurity and networking solutions to multi-site store operators with highly distributed enterprises.

December 18, 2020 09:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--PDI (, a global provider of leading enterprise software solutions to the convenience retail and petroleum wholesale industries, announced today that it has acquired Cybera Inc. and ControlScan Managed Security Services (MSS); both are leading providers of managed security solutions to protect customers against cybersecurity threats. The acquisition complements PDI’s existing industry-focused cloud product strategy, bringing customers a fully managed, cloud-based network security solution.

“Security is becoming increasingly important in our industry as many businesses embrace their own digital transformation and deploy more in-store applications and edge devices,” said Jimmy Frangis, CEO at PDI. “We are excited to add these industry-leading solutions from Cybera and ControlScan MSS to our portfolio. We look forward to welcoming their teams, and together we can serve our customers’ needs now and in the future.”

In addition to a growing network of mission-critical applications, this industry has seen a surge in IoT data from the proliferation of edge devices such as POS systems, payments, tank gauges, digital displays and self-service kiosks that capture data and serve as a potential threat vector for would-be cyberattacks. Securing those networks and devices, particularly where distributed enterprises have limited IT staff, is critical to ensure customer trust and loyalty to the brands and locations they operate.

With today’s announcement, PDI expands its global reach and enters the cloud security and software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) space, creating a new line of business called PDI Security Solutions. PDI will be providing convenience retailers, quick-service restaurants (QSR) and other multi-site operators with proven technology and expertise to protect their data, applications, systems and customer experience. Cybera and ControlScan MSS have spent years building their domain expertise, and together will combine to bring:

  • Leading, purpose-built security solutions and managed security services to help customers secure their enterprise and consumer experience
  • Significant experience serving a variety of customers, from global companies to small business operators
  • A unified goal of simplifying the complexity of managing, monitoring and protecting distributed enterprises against cyber threats

“Combining our innovative solutions, teams and expertise with PDI’s proven offerings and commitment to delivering great customer service is a natural fit. We’re excited to be a part of PDI,” said Andrew Lev, CEO at Cybera.

“We look forward to joining PDI and delivering best-in-class managed security services to businesses around the world. As a unified team, we will protect and defend our customers against today’s most significant cybersecurity threats,” said Mark Carl, CEO at ControlScan.

Jefferies LLC and Raymond James Financial Inc. served as exclusive financial advisors to Cybera and ControlScan respectively in connection with the transaction.

About PDI

Professional Datasolutions, Inc. (PDI) helps convenience retailers and petroleum wholesalers thrive through digital transformation and enterprise software that enables them to grow topline revenue, optimize operations and unify their business across the entire value chain. Over 1,500 customers in more than 200,000 locations worldwide count on our leading ERP, logistics, fuel pricing and marketing cloud solutions to provide insights that increase volume, margin and customer loyalty. PDI owns and operates the Fuel Rewards® loyalty program that is consistently ranked as a top-performing fuel savings program year after year. For more than 35 years, our comprehensive suite of solutions and unmatched expertise have helped customers of any size reimagine their enterprise and deliver exceptional customer experiences. For more information about PDI, visit

Cederick Johnson, PDI 
+1 254.410.7600

Monday, November 2, 2020

November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Lung cancer matters, too.  Nobody deserves it.  And, you do not have to smoke to get it. 

This year, nearly 230,000 Americans will be diagnosed with Lung Cancer.  It is the Leading Cause of cancer death in the United States.  It claims more lives annually than either Colorectal, Pancreatic, Breast, or Prostate cancers.  And nearly 20% of those diagnosed with Lung Cancer have never smoked.

Yet, it receives a small fraction of the ​attention and research funding.  

Help fight to change this!

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Cybersecurity Awareness Month FaceBook LIVE Event. 10.16.20. 1pm.

For Cybersecurity Awareness Month, the National Cyber Security Alliance and Generali Global Assistance North America are coming together to host a FaceBook LIVE event on Friday, October 16th at 1pm Eastern. 

The discussion will cover how important it is that organizations only ask for and collect the data that is essential to run their business. The more data that is collected, the bigger the responsibility is around how the business is protecting it from being exposed to the wrong people, including hackers and unauthorized employees. Additionally, businesses can fall victim to “business identity theft,” where criminals steal your sensitive information to commit various crimes, including tax fraud and holding websites and business trademarks for ransom, etc.

Here is the link for the event:

Friday, October 2, 2020

Ongoing Vigilance and Improvements Characterize the State of Cybersecurity in 2020, New CompTIA Report Finds

Organizations say they're on the right track, but know that new strategies and tactics are needed to combat threats

<NOTE: The following is a press release by CompTIA from October 1st, 2020. Highlights in the article are mine.>

DOWNERS GROVE, Ill., Oct. 1, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Organizations are building confidence that their cybersecurity practices are headed in the right direction, aided by advanced technologies, more detailed processes, comprehensive education and specialized skills, new research from CompTIA finds.
Eight in 10 organizations surveyed for CompTIA's State of Cybersecurity 2020 report said their cybersecurity practices are improving.

At the same time, many companies acknowledge that there is still more to do to make their security posture even more robust. Growing concerns about the number, scale and variety of cyberattacks, privacy considerations, a greater reliance on data and regulatory compliance are among the issues that have the attention of business and IT leaders.

Two factors – one anticipated, the other unexpected – have contributed to the heightened awareness about the need for strong cybersecurity measures.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has been the primary trigger for revisiting security," said Seth Robinson, senior director for technology analysis at CompTIA. "The massive shift to remote work exposed vulnerabilities in workforce knowledge and connectivity, while phishing emails preyed on new health concerns."

Robinson noted that the pandemic accelerated changes that were underway in many organizations that were undergoing the digital transformation of their business operations.

"This transformation elevated cybersecurity from an element within IT operations to an overarching business concern that demands executive-level attention," he said. "It has become  a critical business function, on par with a company's financial procedures."

As a result, companies have a better understanding of what do about cybersecurity. Nine in 10 organizations said their cybersecurity processes have become more formal and more critical. Two examples are risk management, where companies assess their data and their systems to determine the level of security that each requires; and monitoring and measurement, where security efforts are continually tracked and new metrics are established to tie security activity to business objectives.

The report also highlights how the "cybersecurity chain" has expanded to include upper management, boards of directors, business units and outside firms in addition to IT personnel in conversations and decisions.

Within IT teams, foundational skills such as network and endpoint security have been paired with new skills, including identity management and application security, that have become more important as cloud and mobility have taken hold. On the horizon, expect to see skills related to security monitoring and other proactive tactics gain a bigger foothold. Examples include data analysis, threat knowledge and understanding the regulatory landscape.

Cybersecurity insurance is another emerging area. The report reveals that 45% of large companies, 41% of mid-sized firms and 37% of small businesses currently have a cyber insurance policy. Common coverage areas include the cost of restoring data (56% of policy holders), the cost of finding the root cause of a breach (47%), coverage for third-party incidents (43%) and response to ransomware (42%).

State of Cybersecurity 2020 is based on a survey of workforce professionals at 425 U.S. companies conducted in August and September 2020. The complete report is available at

About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world's economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce.

Steven Ostrowski
+1 (630) 678-8468­