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Technology Unwrapped

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

Getting the Most out of Managed IT Security Services

Chris Vilim
It takes more than just a firewall or antivirus software to protect your business from today’s more sophisticated cyber threats. If you want to reduce your risk of attack, you need to have a layered security solution that works to protect your networks, devices and data from every vantage point.
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Topics: Network Security, Technology Planning

Still Using the Same Antivirus You were 5 Years Ago?

Bill Weber
As technology advances, so too do cyber threats. Without proper antivirus (AV) software that can adequately prevent those ever-changing dangers, your device is at risk of being infected with viruses, worms or malware, and, traditionally, that malware has been file-based. Previous generations of AV would have sufficed against that particular threat. However, the name of the game is money—hackers no longer only use file-based malware, as their potential return on those attacks is significantly ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Questions You Need to Ask When Interviewing an IT Security Consulting Firm

Chris Vilim
A layered approach to cyber security is more secure, but it is also more complex. If you do not have adequate resources or team members with IT security experience, the best way you can protect your business from security threats is by hiring a managed service provider (MSP) for IT security. A managed IT security provider has the knowledge, experience and resources to help keep your business protected from cyber security threats.
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Topics: Network Security, Technology Planning

3 Benefits of Network Monitoring for Better Security and Performance

Chris Vilim
A network outage causes downtime that can significantly impact your company’s bottom line. Not only do performance issues impact business productivity, but if they are tied to security issues, there may be more at stake — like your company’s data and reputation. That’s why network monitoring is a necessity for any small to midsize business. With a network monitoring solution in place, your business can stay ahead of performance or security issues and fix them before they become a bigger ...
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Topics: Network Security

Understanding New Policy Changes Shaping IT Security

Chris Vilim
Cybercrime has become one of the greatest threats to modern businesses. As the prevalence of malicious cyber activity continues to increase, so does its toll on companies. In fact, it is estimated that cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021. Regulatory and governing entities are starting to take notice as they begin to enact new rules and regulations to keep this type of crime at bay. With these new policy changes in place, it is possible that your organization may be ...
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Topics: Network Security, Law

Protecting Your Business Using Managed IT Security Services

Chris Vilim
Nearly 70 percent of small businesses have experienced some form of cyber attack, and nearly 60 percent have experienced a data breach in the last year. While these statistics are certainly alarming, what’s more alarming is that about half of small businesses have little to no understanding of how to protect their companies against cyber security threats.  That’s where managed IT security services come in. A robust and effective IT security strategy requires numerous tools, and most small to ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Mobile Device Management Is the Solution You Need for Mobile Workers

Wynn Obermeyer
In just the past few years, the way employees use mobile devices in the workplace has significantly shifted. The popularity of remote work options and the adoption of bring your own device (BYOD) programs have increased. Whether employees are using their own mobile device or a company-owned device, they can enjoy the flexibility and ease of working remotely, while employers benefit from increased productivity and efficiency. However, as more companies embrace employee mobility, they also need ...
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Topics: Trends, Network Security

What Should I Do If My System Is Hacked?

Wynn Obermeyer
There’s no question about it — getting hacked is every business owner’s nightmare. And when one employee’s computer is compromised, it can impact your entire network, infecting computers and devices across your organization, bringing your business to a screeching halt. The good news is that there are steps you can take immediately after you’re hacked to limit the damage to your business network.
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security

Improve Password Security with These Easy Solutions

Chris Vilim
Most business owners and managers understand the important role that secure passwords play in protecting business data and accounts from being compromised. When you consider that business technology users maintain an average of 191 passwords, it only makes sense that not every organization wants to take on the considerable feat of ensuring their staff create unique and complex passwords for every application and account they have access to. Nevermind regularly updating all those passwords every ...
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Topics: Staff Training, The Workplace, Network Security

Managed Service Providers and Health Care: Keeping Your Organization Secure

Tom Montgomery
Cyber criminals often target organizations in the health care industry due to the type of data they access. Whether your organization is large or small, you are at risk for these attacks. Most modern cyber attack targeting is done by bots, using AI to scan for soft targets — they don’t care about the size of their victim. If you’re simply following governmental regulations regarding electronic health records, you’re most likely not doing enough to protect yourself from new threats as they ...
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Topics: Network Security, Health Care