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Technology Unwrapped

The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

What is Malware-as-a-Service and what can your business do to ramp up security?

Alyssa Sisco
The structure of the cyber crime industry often parallels that of legitimate tech businesses, more than one would think. As cloud computing has become relatively commonplace for businesses of all sizes and industries, you may have encountered terms like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). As these advancements occur on the legitimate side of the tech industry, cyber criminals don’t want to be left in the dust. So, how are they ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Alert

Public vs. Private Cloud: What's the Difference?

Chris Vilim
If you’ve read about cloud computing for you businesses, you’re well aware of the strategic benefits it offers, from improving data security and disaster recovery to scaling resources for your business when they are needed. But as you dig deeper, you’ll come across mentions of the terms “public cloud,” “private cloud,” and “hybrid cloud” — it’s important to know the difference before you settle on an option for your organization. Here’s what you need to know about the difference between public ...
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Topics: Cloud

Microsoft’s push for Businesses to upgrade from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Alyssa Sisco
No official End-of-Life date has been announced for Skype for Business thus far, but that doesn’t mean it’s not being phased out. Microsoft is confident that Microsoft Teams will be able to meet the messaging, meeting, and calling needs of businesses with 500 users or less. So, as of November 2018, if Microsoft believes a Skype for Business user would be better served by Microsoft Teams, they will push them to upgrade from Skype to Teams. New organizations looking for a Microsoft communication ...
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Trends

Trends in Cloud Computing: Your small business hasn't missed out... yet

Angela Wight
Over the last several years, cloud computing has revolutionized the way we handle and store data. Businesses are increasingly leveraging that power to help streamline workflows, protect sensitive data, and handle big workloads — without the burden of costly equipment or infrastructure maintenance. With the recent prediction that 83 percent of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020, we’ve reached the era of mainstream cloud computing. Here’s how things are currently changing in the ...
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Topics: Cloud

Do you struggle to create a good work-life balance?

Esteban Hernanez
Having a job that promotes a healthy work-life balance positively correlates with employee well-being, satisfaction and organizational commitment. Personally, I have a lot to juggle between my work-life and home-life. Having a flexible job and employer that’s willing to work with my out-of-the-box, crazy lifestyle is the only way I am able to fully commit to both. How do I balance both my work and family and what can your business do to ensure a healthy work-life balance for your employees? ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace

How Much Should I Spend for IT Support?

Chris Vilim
Whether you spend most of your time working in your line of business applications, on your internal network or communication tools, in the cloud - the technology you use every day is critical to both your present success and your future growth. To support the effectiveness and efficiency of your technology, businesses need to create a dedicated budget for IT that takes into consideration both their size and specific needs — but how do you strike a balance with your IT budget to ensure that ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Trends

Is your voice and data cabling up to code?

Rick Shepherd
When it comes to installing voice and data cabling, there is more to take into consideration than just performance – you also need to consider safety codes and standards. No business wants to spend thousands of dollars on cabling just to find out they used the wrong type in the wrong area and have to shell out more money to redo the work properly. Cat5 and Cat6 cables most commonly come with two types of jackets: CMR and CMP. Their safety ratings are defined by the NEC (National Electrical ...
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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Owners & Managers

Aligning Cyber Security with your Business Strategy

Alyssa Sisco
Since digital transformation has taken the business world by storm, many business owners remain uncertain on how to integrate cyber security with their business strategy and daily workflows. First, it’s important for business owners to understand that security is not simply a process performed in the background, but when it's ingrained with business processes, it enables your business to thrive. So, how do you get cyber security and business strategy to align and work cohesively?
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Network Security

Are Video Conferencing Solutions HIPAA Compliant?

Tom Montgomery
Online video conferencing is proving to be a valuable tool for small and midsize offices, including those in the healthcare industry. When integrated with other communication platforms like email, telephony, and instant messaging, online video conferencing brings a competitive advantage to your business by reducing travel time and associated costs, increasing employee attendance, and improving the organizational structure of meetings. But there are some important considerations to make when ...
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Topics: Trends

10 Most Commonly Used Brands in Phishing Attacks

Alyssa Sisco
Phishing is a common tactic used by cyber criminals, as it can be very lucrative but doesn’t require as much technical, hacking know-how as other types of cyber attacks. Hackers often bank on you recognizing a brand name and being one-of-many that have an account with that company. With this in mind they convince you that the phishing email is legitimate. Often claiming that you’ve been locked out of your account, a payment didn’t go through, you need to update your information, or anything ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats, Trends