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Cyberattacks Expected to Surge This Holiday Season

By Pacxa Holidays throughout the year pose unique opportunities for cybercriminals to capitalize on increased online activity and understaffed IT teams. Two of 2021’s most infamous cyberattacks transpired on holiday weekends. On the eve of Mother’s Day, DarkSide ransomware hit Colonial Pipeline, one of the U.S.’s largest fuel pipelines; during the Memorial Day weekend, an attack on JBS Foods, the world’s largest meat supplier, completely froze production. The two events alone resulted in more than $15 million paid to attackers. The winter months are chock-full of holidays, giving the season inherent potential to see major cyberattack surges. Just this past Labor Day weekend, two major attacks shut down the Los Angeles Unified School District and InterContinental Hotels Group, resulting in extremely costly downtime. As we enter the holiday season, organizations must stay vigilant to mitigate risk and sidestep cyberattacks, even in the midst of holiday merriment. Why holidays = surges The holidays are an incredibly vulnerable time for a number of reasons. Lessened IT staffing is probably the number one factor. Employees take well-deserved time off for the holidays to travel, celebrate, and be with loved ones, but this leaves understaffed teams—and cybercriminals know that. Responses to any incidences may…


Business travel is back and so are the cybercriminals: 3 ways to avoid becoming a target

By Pacxa As travelers return to the skies for both business and leisure, they also face heightened cybersecurity risks as high-value targets. Business travelers are especially enticing prey for cybercriminals—they often handle sensitive information and travel without the support of company firewalls and other physical security measures. Just this month, a Russian-based hacker group targeted airport websites across the country, including 15 in Hawaiʻi. There was no impact to traveler safety or data, but the event served as a reminder that despite our remote geography, Hawaiʻi is not safe from cyberattackers. Proactive preparation and vigilance are key to avoiding travel-related…


Welcome to the Era of “Everything as a Service”

By Bret Peavy, Vice President of Sales and Business Development The transformational impact of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) on enterprise IT is entwined with the success of Salesforce, the growth of the internet, and the proliferation of broadband, mobile phones, and browsers. The concept of accessing tools and services via the internet to enable customization and flexibility continues to evolve to meet the demands of the dynamic enterprise environment. More than 20 years after Salesforce’s inception, the nature of business requires that virtually every tool and service have the option to be turnkey, pay-as-you-go, user-friendly, and remotely accessible. Welcome to the era…

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Pacxa Works with Island Holdings to Streamline IT Support Processes

The Challenge Island Holdings had recently established a Shared Services department to provide services across its family of companies. The IT help desk was now tasked with servicing requests from eight different entities, and the disparate processes amongst the companies made it challenging to operate efficiently. Without a consolidated ticketing system, they had no means to effectively handle requests, automate workflows, or track real-time metrics. Then came the pandemic and the transition to remote work. The help desk was flooded with a threefold increase in requests, further underscoring the need for modernization. In addition to everyday workloads, the help desk was suddenly responsible for supporting the setup of work-from-home equipment, collaboration tools, and supplementary infrastructure. Island Holdings needed to streamline its processes and redefine its service levels to meet the challenge. The Solution Island Holdings aimed to employ a single ticketing system for the entire enterprise and gain visibility into consolidated IT metrics to properly align resources. They evaluated ticketing systems, such as Freshdesk and Zendesk, but needed to ensure their solution could be tailored to their unique needs and business goals. Pacxa, a member of the family of companies, introduced the ServiceNow software-as-a-service (SaaS) solution to Island Holdings. ServiceNow…

Q&A with In Line Flooring

Pacxa customer In Line Flooring, the Kalihi-based commercial floor installer and essential business, faced a daunting challenge as the realities of the pandemic set in; how to keep employees safe while remaining fully operational? Turning to Pacxa for help, In Line President, Taryn Miyamoto, learned that a suite of apps installed on employees’ phones could be a game changer. ServiceNow’s user-friendly Emergency Response Management suite gave In Line the tools they needed to handle health checks, exposure tracking, and more. We talked to Taryn and her Office Manager, Joana Story, about their experience. See our full Q&A below. What challenges were you facing before you started using the apps? We are an essential business, so closing during the initial…

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Pacxa Names Nik Daubert Senior Vice President of Operations

HONOLULU—Pacxa, Hawaiʻi’s premier technology provider, today announced that Nik Daubert has been named its Senior Vice President of Operations, a newly created role that will enhance alignment across the company to support its rapid growth. As SVP of Operations, Daubert will optimize operational activities by streamlining cross-functional processes and aligning with strategic goals. Daubert has more than 18 years of experience in operations management, previously serving as the VP of Deposit Operations at Hawaii National Bank. During his time at Hawaii National Bank, he instituted and developed the bank’s ebanking department, and went on to oversee all customer channels and business units. Daubert also brings extensive IT experience as a web developer in his early career. “I’m excited to see what Nik will accomplish at Pacxa,” said Kelly J. Ueoka, President, Pacxa. “His proven experience as a leader in operations, augmented by his technical background, make him very well fit for this role. Pacxa is growing exponentially, and Nik will be a key component in the success of our scale, now and in the future ahead.” About Pacxa Pacxa is Hawaiʻi’s premier technology provider and systems integrator. We harness the power of world-class technologies to help local businesses realize their…

Waipahu Public Library Welcomes TRUE Esports + Tech Lab, Opens Doors for Hawaiʻi Residents

Major tech investment creates awareness for $300B gaming industry HONOLULU—TRUE Initiative has launched the TRUE Esports + Tech Lab at Waipahu Public Library. The state-of-the-art technology facility will teach valuable game and software development skills. The esports industry, encompassing software development, data analytics, and content/media content, is a priority for technology companies globally and is estimated to be worth $300 billion. The lab, 6 months in the making, is the culmination of a unique public and private sector collaboration between TRUE, the Hawaii State Library System, and the State of Hawaiʻi, with hardware and technical guidance contributed by Pacxa and…

Pacxa Promotes Geary Chun to Executive Vice President and Bret Peavy to Vice President

HONOLULU—Pacxa, Hawaiʻi’s premier technology provider, today announced the promotion of Geary Chun to Executive Vice President of Consulting Services and Bret Peavy to Vice President of Sales and Business Development.  As Executive Vice President, Chun will lead Pacxa’s Consulting Services unit, handling key enterprise customers and technology partners. With a decade of experience at Pacxa, Chun brings more than 25 years of technical experience and extensive IT consulting knowledge. Prior to joining Pacxa, he held management positions at Commercial Data Systems, Oracle Corporation, and KPMG Peat Marwick. Chun earned a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of California Berkeley…

Pacxa in the News

Bytemarks Cafe: E-sports Lab

Today, we’ll find out about a brand new eSports lab on the Leeward Side at the Waipahu Public Library. We’ll talk about the genesis of the lab, who gets to use the facility and the vision for esports in Hawaii.

Hawaii public libraries open doors to esports

Waipahu Public Library is home to the first esports and tech lab, broadening the onramp to the burgeoning global gaming industry.

Hawaii esports scene gets push behind library system, Overwatch League’s return

WAIPAHU — The burgeoning esports scene in Hawaii received a two-pronged push toward prominence over the last several days.

Check out the fastest growing private companies in Hawaii for 2022

For the 28th consecutive year, Pacific Business is excited to celebrate the Hawaii companies committed to growth with its Fastest Growing Companies awards.

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