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Ransomware: What SMBs Need to Know

Even though ransomware has been top of mind for cybersecurity experts for many years, SMBs are still trying to grasp the threat. While some reports are claiming a decline in ransomware attacks, cybersecurity experts aren’t writing off the security threat, and neither should small business owners. So what is ransomware? You’ve probably heard or read the term “ransomware” in the last year or so. Maybe you’re somewhat familiar with it but not 100 percent sure how it can impact you or your business. If you don’t fully understand how this malicious [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:55:01+00:00March 11th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Ransomware: What SMBs Need to Know

Is Cloud the Right Fit for ERP Data?

Migrating ERP applications to the cloud is no easy feat, especially when much of the data is deemed business critical. While many businesses still have on-premise ERPs, many executives are now considering what the cloud has to offer, but despite improvements, migration challenges remain. Are organizations migrating ERP data to the cloud? Even though challenges lie ahead, nearly 70 percent of businesses are migrating data for ERP applications to the cloud, according to a recent study, titled “The Impact of Cloud on ERP,” by Cloud Security Alliance (CSA). From various industries — [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:55:49+00:00February 26th, 2019|Blog, Windows EOS|Comments Off on Is Cloud the Right Fit for ERP Data?

Microsoft’s EOL Products: Upgrade Options for SMBs

In less than a year, many SMBs are going to be asking themselves the following question: “Why did we wait so long to upgrade?” Of course, some SMB owners still aren’t aware what’s going to happen with the Microsoft products they’re using to operate their businesses. While many of these SMBs won’t see the true impact of not upgrading or migrating Microsoft products until breaches occur, there’s still enough time for SMBs to assess the systems they’re using to determine the best option. What EOL means for your organization Basically, [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:55:57+00:00February 15th, 2019|Blog, Windows EOS|Comments Off on Microsoft’s EOL Products: Upgrade Options for SMBs

What Manufacturers Should Know About IoT

Consumers aren’t the only ones benefiting from the internet of things (IoT). Manufacturers are also reaping the rewards of leveraging the industrial internet of things (IIoT) to increase energy efficiency and improve productivity in their factories, and more. For some manufacturers, IoTT is a foreign abbreviation, but there’s time to learn.   What is IIoT? The IoT is a concept many users are familiar with. Even if they don’t understand the granular details, users, at the very least, grasp the basics of how the IoT impacts their daily lives, and [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:56:09+00:00February 5th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on What Manufacturers Should Know About IoT

What Microsoft’s EOS Means for Line of Business Apps

With Microsoft ending support to several of its products in January 2020, many businesses are left scrambling for solutions. While many of the technology giant’s products reaching the end of support (EOS) next year are operating systems (OSs), other applications, essential pieces of software, are vulnerable, too, if they’re not appropriately evaluated. Called line-of-business applications (LOBs), these programs need to be updated if the OSs they’re operating on is either upgraded or migrated to the cloud. What you should know about LOB applications Basically, any program essential to the running [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:56:19+00:00January 24th, 2019|Blog, Windows EOS|Comments Off on What Microsoft’s EOS Means for Line of Business Apps

Going Into 2019: What to Know About Cloud Security

No doubt about it: The interest in cloud computing is continuing to grow. As the market expands, IT professionals across the board are working day and night to minimize potential security threats associated with the technology. Going into the new year, there are a few points SMBs should consider before partnering with IT professionals on the cloud. Many are concerned with cloud security, including IT professionals A Kaspersky Lab report in October 2018 revealed what chief information security officers (CISOs) consider to be today’s top IT security risks: Cloud computing and uncontrolled [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:56:23+00:00January 5th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Going Into 2019: What to Know About Cloud Security

Which Tech Trends Will Impact Businesses In 2019?

Going into 2019, many business owners are more than likely wondering the following: Which technology trends should I keep an eye on? While there’s a lot of hype surrounding a range of emerging technologies in 2019, there are five key trends business owners should pay close attention to if they’re looking to grow in the next year. Cybersecurity is top of mind for businesses. Without a doubt, cybersecurity is top of mind for many small business owners in the country and across the world. On average, small businesses are losing [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:56:26+00:00December 31st, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Which Tech Trends Will Impact Businesses In 2019?

Are You Ready for Microsoft Products Reaching EOS in 2020?

Are You Ready for Microsoft Products Reaching EOS in 2020? As 2018 comes to an end, there are several Microsoft products you should consider upgrading to avoid support gaps in 2020, including Windows Server 2008, Windows SBS 2011, SQL Server 2008, Exchange 2010 and Windows 7. Simply put, Microsoft will stop sending security updates for these products after January 14, 2020. In other words, if you’re still using these products after their end of support date, your data will no longer be protected from new threats. With data breaches on [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:56:27+00:00December 12th, 2018|Blog, Windows EOS|Comments Off on Are You Ready for Microsoft Products Reaching EOS in 2020?

How to protect your customers and your business data

If you’re a small business owner, you might think you’re safe from ransomware attacks and hackers. Unfortunately, many of these hackers specifically target smaller retailers, precisely because they assume these companies don’t have proper security in place. According to the Ponemon Institute's 2017 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium-Sized Businesses report, the percentage of small businesses that have experienced a cyber-attack in the past 12 months is up from 55% in 2016 to 61% in 2017. Another study saw a 20.5% increase in attempted cyber-attacks between November and December [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:56:30+00:00November 27th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on How to protect your customers and your business data

How to protect your identity while online shopping

As the holidays quickly approach, most likely you’re planning on doing a lot of online shopping. You aren’t alone - last year 85 percent of U.S. consumers planned to shop online for holiday gifts, according to a Nielsen survey. It couldn’t be easier to get everything you need for the holidays while sitting on the couch - including a stolen identity. While this might sound dramatic, it is entirely possible if you don’t follow best practices when shopping online. In 2016, the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center received nearly 300,000 [...]

By |2019-10-31T10:56:31+00:00November 15th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on How to protect your identity while online shopping