The Complicated Relationship Between Cloud Computing and Government Agencies

Cloud computing has been growing in popularity due to the low expense, low maintenance and highly secure nature of the data storage option. However, many industries are still slow to adopt the cloud for their data storage needs. One of the most notorious industries that are slow to implement cloud computing, but that desperately need the technology are government agencies. In 2010, Vivek Kundra, the federal government CIO at the time, released a mandate that said every new government IT venture should evaluate cloud computing in their structure. And that was back in 2010 before cloud computing really took off! According to a GOA survey in 2014, this announcement has…

National Insurance Day – Data Backup is Business Data Insurance

June 28, 2015 is National Insurance Day, an observance that was most likely invented by insurance companies, but reminds us of the importance of business data insurance. In the computing world, data insurance means performing data backup to multiple secure sources in case of a disaster or data breach. When your data is backed up properly, you have insurance that no matter what life throws at you, your information is protected. There are a few basic types of data backup depending on your information and business needs. Some businesses only use one option for all files, but most use a combination of data backup types depending on the file that…

The Need for Data Security Modernization after IRS Data Breach

On May 26 2015, the IRS announced that 104,000 Americans’ personal tax information had been hacked out of the IRS website. These Americans had their personal information leaked elsewhere online which hackers gathered. Using the personal information and the IRS’s online tool that allows taxpayers to download past tax returns, the hackers were able to grab financial identity information from these persons. This IRS data breach is another in a long line of government-related security breaches and hacks that we have seen the past year. While the online tool to grab past tax returns has been taken down, according to Huffington Post, public trust in the IRS is at an…

Why Your Nonprofit Should Consider a CRM System

Nonprofits have a unique challenge. They have all the same requirements as a for-profit business but limited resources to accomplish them. This often means a volunteer staff or a very small number of paid employees. Communication between employees, donors, events and more can often get lost in translation without a consistent staff or business process in place. This is where a CRM system comes into play. CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management. It comes in software form and essentially allows your nonprofit to track every interaction the nonprofit has with anyone outside of the organization. A CRM system for nonprofits can track: Fundraising efforts Sponsors and their demographics Member information…