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IoT Security: How You Can Protect Your Business


In the early days of the internet, you only connected computers to the world wide web, with actual physical wires, not over wifi networks. With the advent of wireless technology, we all connect countless devices to the internet, from computers to tablets to cell phones to thermostats and even light bulbs. Each connection is a security risk. Here'sHere's what you need to know. What is IoT? IoT stands for the "Internet of Things." What are those things, exactly? They'reThey're all the connected devices we use every day. Essentially everything "smart" — smartphones, smartwatches, thermostats, TVs, tablets, security systems, voice controllers, and speakers provide just a starting list. These IoT devices and more have become central to our daily lives [...]

IoT Security: How You Can Protect Your Business2022-01-12T15:32:38-07:00

Protecting Your Business from a Ransomware Attack


Think your biggest business problems are keeping up with industry trends, outpacing your competitors, finding the best talent, or figuring out how a hybrid work model fits your organization? Each of these may undoubtedly be a challenge, but here’s another one to add to your (likely growing) list: Ransomware. The severity and sophistication of ransomware attacks keep escalating across all industries. Cybersecurity Ventures, a top global cyber economy research and publishing organization, has predicted that ransomware perpetrators will have refined their “trade” enough to attack every two seconds in less than ten years. In 2021, the Financial Trend Analysis (which is produced by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, part of the US Treasury Department) found the following: $102.3 million: [...]

Protecting Your Business from a Ransomware Attack2022-01-12T10:20:47-07:00

How Has New Technology Affected the Modern Workplace?


The impact of technology is constantly shaping the workplace. Here’s a look at how technological advancements have increased everything from productivity to profitability. Office life is at the center of the popular TV series Mad Men, yet you may not have noticed the groundbreaking technology of the time illustrated throughout the show. From typewriters to the invention of the conference call, the available tools changed the way of work in the 1960s. Giant leaps in technology continue to shape the modern office, from how businesses communicate with customers and how employees interact to automating repetitive tasks and seeing profitability clearly. Here are five ways that technology has affected the workplace of today. Increased productivity From in-cloud Gantt charts to digital [...]

How Has New Technology Affected the Modern Workplace?2022-03-14T06:36:29-07:00

The Biggest Tech Issues Facing Business in 2022


Technology: Your business couldn’t run without it, but sometimes, it can cause more frustration than peace of mind. Here’s a look at some of the challenges and trends you’ll likely need to address to ensure a successful 2022. Technology Issues You Need to Understand Cybersecurity Concerns Technology is evolving every day, and many of these innovations can keep businesses secure. However, as technology advances, so do the ways in which hackers can access sensitive data, and with the rise of remote work, your data is more vulnerable than ever before. In fact, according to RiskBased Security’s 2021 Mid Year Report, 18.88 billion records were lost in the first half of 2021—a more than 400% increase compared to 2019. To [...]

The Biggest Tech Issues Facing Business in 20222022-04-18T09:56:57-07:00

Questions to Ask Yourself (and Your Team) About Moving to the Cloud


Businesses are always on the lookout for ways to streamline and automate their operations, maximize efficiency, and boost their bottom line. For many, moving their data and applications to the cloud is the answer. There are many benefits of cloud computing, such as: Cost-savings: With cloud technology, you only pay for what you need. Security: Your data might not be stored onsite, but it’s the job of the cloud host to monitor and manage your information and proactively address threats, risks, and vulnerabilities. Flexibility: Whether you’re a small or enterprise-sized business, cloud computing allows easy scaling to fit your needs and objectives. Choosing to move your data to the cloud can transform the way you do business, but heading [...]

Questions to Ask Yourself (and Your Team) About Moving to the Cloud2022-04-18T09:52:22-07:00

What is the ITIL Framework & Why Does It Matter?


Everything in business needs best practices, standards and systems, and IT is no different. This is especially true as IT has become more and more integral to every business. ITIL is a framework that brings a systematic approach to help businesses achieve stable IT environments, implement time- and cost-effective IT practices, and can best manage risk. In short, ITIL exists to bring IT in alignment with business objectives. ITIL: A Library and a Framework ITIL stands for Information Technology Infrastructure Library, and this library contains volumes of best practices for the delivery of IT services. These books (currently there are five) detail the processes and stages of IT services. The approach was developed in the 1980s by the British [...]

What is the ITIL Framework & Why Does It Matter?2021-11-04T09:06:31-07:00

Think Like a CIO — Even If You Don’t Have One


Not every business has the benefit of having a C-level executive that uses their knowledge of technology to identify opportunities that create value for your organization. But when you’re only thinking in the tactical realm of IT, it can be hard to go beyond the day-to-day headspace and wrap your head around the bigger technology picture. That’s the exact specialty of a chief information officer (CIO), and here’s how you can think like one in order to better your business through technology. What does a CIO do? A CIO is a business leader that happens to speak the language of IT. They’re responsible for connecting IT to the business, as well as to vendors and clients. They’re ever mindful [...]

Think Like a CIO — Even If You Don’t Have One2021-11-04T09:01:59-07:00

Thinking Ahead: An IT Strategic Plan for 2022


For business owners and department heads, the New Year countdown starts well before New Year’s Eve. It begins at least a full quarter earlier, as you lay out the goals and objectives, along with the budgets and investment required, to get there. Information technology planning is no different. If you have yet to outline your strategic initiatives for 2022 as they relate to technology, now is the time. Here’s our guide to getting started. Do understand the business strategy. This guides everything, right? No departmental strategy should be created in a silo, and the IT strategic planning process is no different. Start there, and let those marching orders provide a basis for the shape technology will take over the [...]

Thinking Ahead: An IT Strategic Plan for 20222021-11-04T08:56:02-07:00

Keys to a Successful Managed IT Service Provider Relationship


Outsourcing IT services to a managed IT service provider is one popular way to augment your in-house talent and help provide you with the technology and support you need to move strategic initiatives forward. But whether or not you reach your IT goals depends largely on the success of the provider-customer relationship. When it comes to IT, it’s not just about having a managed service provider (MSP) by your side to keep an eye on your technology. It’s just as much about developing a good relationship with that provider so they can bring the most value. Here are seven things you should look for and expect from an excellent MSP: Improved efficiency & cost savings Whether you are a [...]

Keys to a Successful Managed IT Service Provider Relationship2021-09-17T08:37:41-07:00
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