I am relieved to report to you that NextLevelPurchasing.com is back online after suffering a massive DDoS attack, similar to the kind that you read about hitting Twitter, CNN, and other high-profile websites. While we are working to bring the site’s speed and functionality back to its former levels, NextLevelPurchasing.com is available to you while being protected by some of the most advanced security available.

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As the saying goes, “that which doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” That is certainly true in our case. Warding off this attack wasn’t easy. It wasn’t cheap. And it wasn’t done as quickly as we’d have liked it. But I am cautiously optimistic that the worst is behind us.

Fortunately, we were able to implement our contingency plan and have our students take their classes, exams, and assessments on our backup site while our main site was under attack, giving them a virtually uninterrupted experience. However, I do want to express my appreciation for the patience and understanding of our students who were inconvenienced by the outage of our main site.

We have a lot of catching up to do here. So blog posts this week may not be as frequent as you may be accustomed to. But, bear with us. We are going to leverage this month’s catastrophe for
its lessons learned which will be adapted to procurement situations and shared with you.

Thank you for supporting Next Level Purchasing during this outage!

To Your Career,
Charles Dominick, SPSM
President & Chief Procurement Officer
Next Level Purchasing, Inc.
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Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3

Charles Dominick, SPSM, SPSM2, SPSM3 is an internationally-recognized business expert, legendary procurement thought leader, award-winning entrepreneur, and provocative blogger. Charles founded the Next Level Purchasing Association in 2000, oversaw its incredible growth, and successfully led the organization to its acquisition by the Certitrek Group in 2016. He continues to blog and provide advisory services for the NLPA on a part-time basis as he incubates his upcoming business innovations. Charles is also the co-author of the wildly popular, groundbreaking book, "The Procurement Game Plan: Winning Strategies & Techniques For Supply Management Professionals."

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