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Are You Ready for Microsoft’s Upcoming EOS Deadline?

Several Microsoft products are reaching the end of support (EOS) in January 2020. Not all business owners understand what this means, even though we've been educating our community on the topic throughout the year. If this sounds like you, there are a few things you should know. What does Microsoft’s EOS mean? If you’re not familiar with what Microsoft’s EOS deadlines mean, you may not be the only one. If you’re not staying up to date with what’s going on in the technology space like we are daily, you could [...]

By |2019-09-20T18:38:08+00:00September 20th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

SMBs Aren’t Too Concerned About Cyberattacks, But They Should Be

While the growing number of cyberattacks should be alarming to businesses of all sizes, SMBs aren't too concerned, but the truth is they should be. Cybercriminals are not only targeting larger global companies. The damages associated with cybercrimes can quickly put an SMB out of business. A report, titled "The 2019 SMB Cyberthreat Study," was conducted by cybersecurity provider Keeper Security. The study surveyed more than 500 senior-level decision-makers at companies with 500 employees or less. The results found that 66 percent of SMBs don't believe they'll fall victim to [...]

By |2019-09-11T17:52:16+00:00September 6th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Is Microsoft ‘Nagging’ You About Upgrading to Windows 10?

Microsoft in April began pushing out notifications about the significance of upgrading to Windows 10, basically reminding users of Windows 7’s end of support (EOS) date — less than a year away. While the tech giant’s intentions are good, many users feel as though they’re being “nagged,” but are they? The popups should only appear a “handful of times” throughout the year, and if they become intrusive to Windows 7 users, there’s a “do not remind me again” option available. The purpose of these messages is to remind — and [...]

By |2019-08-22T16:28:38+00:00August 16th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Is Microsoft ‘Nagging’ You About Upgrading to Windows 10?

Do CEOs Prioritize Cybersecurity Higher Than Physical Security?

Cybersecurity breaches are so commonplace in today’s IT world.  Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and other C-level executives are paying more attention. They are strategizing within their organizations on how to handle potential cyber threats. After considering their findings, many high-ranking executives have decided to change their security initiatives, prioritizing cybersecurity over physical security, but that’s not all. A new report titled, “Cyber and Physical Security: Perspectives from the C-Suite,” has revealed how high-level executives are approaching security measures for their businesses. This report was conducted by the Center for Cyber [...]

By |2019-08-22T16:30:06+00:00August 2nd, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Do CEOs Prioritize Cybersecurity Higher Than Physical Security?

Human Error’s Role in Cybersecurity

If you’re more worried about the outside intruder you don’t know than the employee in the cubicle across from your office, you may want to reconsider your company’s approach to cybersecurity. Believe it or not: C-suite executives and policy makers rank “human error” as the number one cybersecurity risk their organizations are currently facing, according to Oracle’s spring 2019 report on security in the age of AI. Actors with access to your organization’s network —  insiders — are typically the ones inadvertently introducing this risk to your systems. There are [...]

By |2019-07-19T17:31:30+00:00July 19th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Human Error’s Role in Cybersecurity

Windows 10: Why You Need Its Real-Time Protection Offering

Increasing concerns over cyber threats have forced software companies, including Microsoft, to take more of a security-centric approach to their solutions, but if their customers don’t act, especially when the proper safeguards are no longer in place, the results could prove to be disastrous. While Windows 10 is known to be more secure than previous versions of Windows, some businesses haven’t taken the leap, leaving themselves vulnerable to cyber attacks. How important is it to properly secure your networks? If you’ve been watching the news, you’re aware that nobody is [...]

By |2019-07-09T20:55:17+00:00July 5th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Windows 10: Why You Need Its Real-Time Protection Offering

Migrating Workloads to Azure: What to Know

No matter the industry you’re in — whether it be law, manufacturing or accounting — you’re going to eventually realize why storing workloads on-premises is no longer a viable option for your business. Over the years, lawyers, for example, have slowly accepted cloud usage at their firms. Despite security and confidentiality concerns, nearly 54% of attorneys are now using cloud-based services, an increase of four percent over the previous year, according the ABA’s 2018 Cloud Computing Survey. Most accountants are seeing the benefits of cloud computing, specifically regarding cloud-based accounting [...]

By |2019-07-09T20:55:56+00:00June 26th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Migrating Workloads to Azure: What to Know

How IoT Increases Agricultural Productivity, Simplifies Precision Farming

Most people have heard about the IoT concept, but they don’t understand how it applies to their lives or the industries their businesses operate in on a daily basis. In agriculture, IoT is changing the way farmers are cultivating crops on their lands. Now, instead of entirely relying on manual efforts, farmers are automating many critical agricultural practices to gather real-time data on their fields. Agriculturists then use the acquired insights to increase profits by determining the best soil or plant treatment strategies for their crops. Smart agricultural technologies — [...]

By |2019-07-09T20:57:02+00:00June 21st, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on How IoT Increases Agricultural Productivity, Simplifies Precision Farming

Stop What You’re Doing and Modernize Your SQL Server 2008 Products Now

There’s been a lot of discussion around how businesses can prepare for end of support (EOS) for Microsoft products. Much of what’s been covered has tackled products with EOS dates in 2020, but there are products with EOS dates in 2019 — and SQL Server 2008 and 2008 R2 are on the list. Usually, it’s best to create a detailed action plan before upgrading or migrating your software, but the clock is ticking, and with EOS for Server 2008 and 2008 R2 around the corner, you’re going to have to [...]

By |2019-07-09T20:58:16+00:00June 7th, 2019|Blog, Windows EOS|Comments Off on Stop What You’re Doing and Modernize Your SQL Server 2008 Products Now

Still Running Windows Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2? Time’s Almost Up!

If your servers are still running Windows Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2, time isn’t on your side. After extended support for a product ends, Microsoft stops sending out regular security updates for it. If you continue to use the product after its end of support (EOS) date, you increase the likelihood of malware infecting your systems. Before Microsoft ends support for Windows Server 2008 and Server 2008 R2, begin planning your next move. What does support ending for Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 mean for your business? Microsoft [...]

By |2019-06-10T18:46:50+00:00May 18th, 2019|Blog, Windows EOS|Comments Off on Still Running Windows Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2? Time’s Almost Up!