The Internet of Things: Is It Hype or Something More?

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Aug 23, 2016 6:58:14 AM

Many of us have heard the term "the internet of things" bandied about these days, whether it's in articles in WIRED, the Atlantic, Forbes, or in other spots around the web. Even the best attempts at simplifying just what the internet of things (or IoT) is, though, tend to fall a bit short.

The best way we have to explain it is that the IoT is a term given to an emerging technology, one based around using cloud-connected devices to gather data from sensors that will be used for further analysis. Organization can use the data garnered through the IoT to make cost-saving decisions based around a more intelligent data-gathering base. How does this affect your business? Let's take a deeper look.

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Hosted Exchange or Office 365: Which Is Better For Your Business?

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Aug 16, 2016 9:45:09 AM

When building an office network, most organizations will end up needing to utilize an enterprise email program for their employees. With the choice coming down to either Hosted Exchange Servers or Office 365, you may be wondering: Which enterprise email solution is best for my company?

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Topics: Managed IT

Firewalls: An Essential Tool For Every Business

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Aug 9, 2016 7:21:31 AM

We've mentioned before that firewalls should really operate as one of your main lines of defense against cyber attacks. Many startups and small businesses just getting off the ground aren't sure exactly what benefits installing a firewall would provide — an NCSA study shows that only 4% of Americans fully understand the concept of what level of protection it can provide to any organization, whether small business or large enterprise. 44% of respondents actually said that they have zero understanding of a firewall at all, meaning that they are unable to describe the basic functionality of the device.

Today, we'll walk you through Firewalls 101 and why you should ensure your business is protected.

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Topics: IT Security

How PowerShell Can Save You Time And Money on System Administration

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Aug 2, 2016 6:45:34 AM

When you’re looking for a flexible method of automating administrative tasks on a Windows system, you need to look into PowerShell. Just about anything you can do with a mouse and a keyword can be scripted and automated using the PowerShell program.

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Topics: Managed IT

Physical Device Security is Essential for Cyber Security. Here's Why.

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Jul 26, 2016 6:38:40 AM

While it may be easy to maintain a loose, decentralized security policy in smaller startups or organiations with few employees, creating and maintaining an explicit physical security policy for all devices that use your network will become increasingly critical as your business or organization grows. 

Physical device security is often overlooked, especially in small-to-medium businesses (or SMBs). Even SMBs with good digital security programs or policies in place may forget about physical security, as they're more focused on product development, sales growth, and other issues, and are inclined to think, "I'll worry about the physical security later on."

Essential IT processes fall off the radar during phases of rapid growth, leaving your organization uniquely vulnerable to cyber attack just when it's most important that you be protected and allowed the space you need to grow.

The truth is, physical security policies are essential. Here's why:

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Topics: IT Security

The Most Common Reasons your Cloud Service Provider May Be 'Out'

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Jul 19, 2016 10:58:12 AM

Some of the largest apps and websites available to the public today are hosted by cloud service providers with internationally recognized names — Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and Google Cloud Platform are just a few examples. Due to the huge user base involved, anytime these servers encounter downtime, the outage's impact can be incredibly detrimental not just to the overall goals of, say, Amazon or Google, but also to any organization relying on their cloud services for their own functionality.

Cloud computing offers businesses large upsides in terms of cost, flexibility, and ease of use. Being able to simply pull up what you need without having to worry about the physical limits in on-site data centers or storage allows small organizations to scale rapidly. Any cloud services outage, however, can hamstring your productivity entirely.

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Topics: In the Cloud

8 High-profile Ransomware Attacks you Need to Know About.

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Jul 11, 2016 10:43:14 AM

Whether your business is a large enterprise or a small startup just getting off the ground, the reality is that you could find yourself fending off a ransomware attack at any time.

It's not only for-profit businesses, either. Police stations, hospitals, and even local governments have found themselves the newest victim in this trend in cyber attacks. Many of these instances have made international headlines and led to the FBI issuing a special report.

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Topics: IT Security

How Does Ransomware Infect a Network?

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Jul 6, 2016 9:17:58 AM

Ransomware is rapidly becoming a hot topic in IT security. With hackers collecting over $300 million from ransomware in 2015 alone, every IT professional should know how it works, what to watch for, and how to prevent infection.

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Topics: IT Security

The Fight Against Ransomware Begins With Updated Data backup.

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Jun 28, 2016 6:56:38 AM

In every disaster recovery scenario, whether it involves a cyber attack, sustained power outages, or even natural disasters, the future of your enterprise will be decided by the answer to one single question...

How reliable is your backup infrastructure?  

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Topics: IT Security

7 Best Practices For Preventing Ransomware

Posted by Jeremy Kushner on Jun 21, 2016 8:07:33 AM

Ransomware attacks are immensely profitable for the hackers behind them; hundreds of millions of dollars have been paid out by businesses and organizations desperate to regain confidential data and essential infrastructure.

Ransomware has emerged as one of the top threats for businesses as an infection can potentially put your entire organization in disaster recovery mode.

How can you keep your organization protected from these malicious attacks? In this guide, we will examine some of the best practices involved with preventing ransomware on your network.

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Topics: IT Security