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The 6 Things You Should Never Do When It Comes to Cybersecurity

Security isn’t always top of mind, especially when it comes to your employees. Make sure you and your employees aren’t doing any of these six things.

We’ve all had that “kick yourself” moment after something you had a second thought about tragically comes to fruition. We know it could have been prevented, and it was just plain stupid to not have taken the simple steps needed to prevent the mistake.

We take a lot for granted as humans, especially when it comes to securing our data. In fact, did you know that in your office right now it’s likely that 40% of your employees have their passwords stored on their devices in a Word document? Almost half! Not so secure right? 

Despite all the cyber security threats you hear about in the news, the simple fact is that the people within your business are far more of a threat than any software application that you are using. If you’ve ever had second thoughts about your company’s cybersecurity, take a few minutes to check yourself and make sure that you are NOT doing any of the following:

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Your IT Provider Should Be Fixing Your Problems, Not Causing Them

If your IT partner isn't doing these four things well, it might be time to look for another partner.

How is your IT service provider doing these days? Are you happy with the job they are doing?

In a perfect world, your network is running smoothly, resting safe and sound from malware attacks, and emails and communications are pinging back and forth like a well-orchestrated symphony.

We all have certain expectations when we sign on for a service, and there is nothing worse than the anxiety you feel when they don’t meet the mark — especially when it comes to IT.

Topics: Information Technology Business Problems Managed Network Services Digital Security Network Management Technology Support IT Consulting Technology Pain

Ransomware Attacks Target SMBs – A Data Backup Strategy Minimizes Any Damage

Every company is vulnerable to cybercriminals – especially SMBs because their infrastructure is usually less secure. Use data backup as part of your security strategy against ransomware.

Cybercriminals want to hold your information for ransom. And they are coming after your small to medium sized business because your networks are usually less secure than larger businesses.

Don't just take my word for it.

The FBI estimates that the “ransomware industry” was worth $1 billion in 2016. That number is expected to grow in 2017. 

Topics: Information Technology Managed Network Services Security Digital Security Network Management Cloud IT Consulting Business Continuity Disaster Recovery

The Technology Advocate – Helping You Find Sound IT Direction and Formulate Smart IT Decisions

The Technology Advocate provides client-focused advise grounded in the business case and tailored to address the unique needs of each organization.

Are you making good decisions about investments in your technology infrastructure? What business goals are you trying to accomplish? For many companies, the answer to both questions is a resounding "um..."

Organizations of all sizes use technology to conduct business functions ranging from simple communication to complex "big data" data analysis. Sometimes the adoption of technology is well conceived and cost effective, however all too often the acquisition and deployment of new

Topics: Managed Network Services Network Management Partnering IT Consulting

Keeping Score: Evaluating the Technology Infrastructure Within Your Company

Establishing quantifiable, standardized benchmarks which are then scored will allow senior business executives to begin assessing, and managing, their technology infrastructure as a whole.

Working with small and medium-sized businesses and helping manage their technology is as challenging as it is rewarding. Although every business is different, there are aspects common to all. For example, the business of an architect is different than a CPA, yet each must communicate, each must meet payroll, and each must be able to manage finances.

Topics: Managed Network Services Network Management IT Consulting Technology Pain

Managed IT Services: Your In-house IT Department

That is why there are companies that offer IT solutions that act as your in-house IT department.

There are so many things that can help a business! And as a business owner or manager you probably keep up with all of the ways that you can help your company’s productivity and sales.

Topics: Managed Network Services Technology Support IT Consulting Managed IT Services