Ransomware Attacks are Increasing – Do You Know if Your Backups are Working?

Recent high profile news stories regarding ransomware attacks on local government agencies such as the cities of Baltimore and Atlanta have raised the awareness of the devastating impact of ransomware.  The latest city to be attacked is Riviera Beach, Florida. Riviera Beach ended up paying $600K in ransom to have their data unlocked (alt…

Why Business Owners & Execs Need To Know About Shadow IT

Shadow IT is a relatively new term that should be on business owners’ and executives’ minds these days.  Shadow IT refers to IT systems and applications deployed and used within an organization without explicit approval from management or the IT department.  Hot take:  your organization probably has Shadow IT and you may not even k…

What is Multi-Factor Authentication & Why You Need It

While cyber-attacks on organizations have become more complex over the years, basic attacks—such as email phishing— are still effective ways of gaining access to an organization’s sensitive and critical information.  While many organizations deploy multiple layers of IT security to protect their systems and data against attack, tho…

New Year’s Resolutions For Cybersecurity

Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, exercise more, and quit smoking?  Don’t forget to add a few resolutions for your organization’s cybersecurity. Below are 5 resolutions that will get you on the road to improving your organization’s cybersecurity posture and reducing your risk. Resolution #1 As a busines…

Cyber Security Insurance 101

RECOVERING FROM A CYBER ATTACK CAN BE COSTLY. Cyber security insurance is one option that can help protect your business against losses resulting from a cyber security attack. If you’re thinking about cyber security insurance, discuss with your insurance agent what policy would best fit your company’s needs, including whether you sh…

How To Avoid Tech Support Scams

Tech scams are on the rise around the world. According to the FBI’s 2016 Internet Crime Report, almost 11,000 tech support scams caused $8 million in losses in that year alone–and that’s just what was reported.  All technology solution providers should be sharing ways to regularly help their customers recognize the red flags befor…

Use Section 179 to Lower Your Business’ Taxable Income

Small business owners understand that it’s not enough to make a profit; you have to also implement strategies to keep more of those profits in your pocket, and less in Uncle Sam’s pocket.  One of the key tools available to small business owners to reduce their taxable income is to take the Section 179 deduction on equipment purchases…

Office 365 MyAnalytics – See Insights Into Your Work Week

Have you ever wondered how much time you spend in meetings or reading, writing, and responding to emails? Office 365 MyAnalytics can help you understand how you utilize your time by breaking down your meeting hours, focus hours, and other key analytics around email and calendar usage. The idea behind this is to set goals for your email…

Office 365 – More Than Email

Let’s face it, Office 365 has a lot of features, and almost no one uses all of the available features.  Office desktop software – check, we’re using that.  Hosted Exchange email with calendars and mobile access to email – got it.  But Skype, Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, and other tools?  Not so much. Implementing the full f…

Server Outages Aren’t An IT Problem; They’re A PROCESS Problem.

During many discovery conversations with new clients, a common pain point is often raised by CEOs, COOs, and CFOs.  Their feedback is that server outages are costly and painful, and some mention outages lasting multiple days.  While these outages are costly and painful, they can be avoided by PROCESS, not IT.  When a business or organi…

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