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 |2019-02-05T19:13:58+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 |2019-05-21T15:17:05+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 |2019-02-05T19:11:23+00:00January 5th, 2019|Blog|Comments Off on Going Into 2019: What to Know About Cloud Security

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 |2019-05-21T15:17:17+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 |2018-11-27T20:35:35+00:00November 27th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on How to protect your customers and your business data

Who’s Watching Your Network Part 4 – Unified Collaboration

While you’re enjoying summer break, who’s watching your network? Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you’re free from security breaches, system errors, and more. Read our five-part series to learn how you can ensure your data is safe while you and your employees take time off from your business. Over time, businesses have slowly added more and more communication tools to their arsenal. What started as in-person talks, turned to phone conversations, email, and now many other options including video chat and communicating within the same cloud-based document. [...]

By |2018-10-03T20:05:49+00:00October 3rd, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Who’s Watching Your Network Part 4 – Unified Collaboration

Who’s watching your network Part 3 – Data Backup & Business Continuity

While you were enjoying summer break, who was watching your network? Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you’re free from security breaches, system errors, and more. Read our six-part series to learn how you can ensure your data is safe while you and your employees take time off from your business. Does your business have proper data backup policies in place? Infrequent tape backups and other traditional methods are no longer secure enough to keep your system protected. Secure copies of your important business data act as your last [...]

By |2018-09-19T18:30:02+00:00September 5th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Who’s watching your network Part 3 – Data Backup & Business Continuity

Who’s watching your network Part 2 – Managed Security

While you’re enjoying summer break, who’s watching your network? Just because you’re on vacation, doesn’t mean you’re free from security breaches, system errors, and more. Read our six-part series to learn how you can ensure your data is safe while you and your employees take time off from your business. The number of cyber threats and attacks is growing, and as a result, it is crucial that businesses prioritize IT security. It’s time to stop living in denial about an attack and start taking proactive measures with managed security services. As a [...]

By |2018-09-04T12:51:17+00:00August 27th, 2018|Blog|Comments Off on Who’s watching your network Part 2 – Managed Security