Four Key Methods to Test Your Disaster Recovery System

Disaster recovery systems are vital to the health of a company’s IT infrastructure. These systems ensure that if some form of company software failed, there’s a way to fix the problem and not lose or compromise any valuable information. Although, if these systems aren’t consistently tested, they can develop their own faults as new technologies and software are added to a company’s digital infrastructure. Read on as we discuss the value of consistent disaster recovery testing and four different methods to ensure quality tests. Disaster recovery programs are put in place to safeguard data from being lost during a potential IT disaster. While testing these programs isn’t always the easiest…

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Cloud Systems and the Impact of SaaS on Traditional Data Centers

As businesses continue to modernize and digitize their offerings, more companies are turning toward cloud systems to handle their software and data needs. By following the software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, companies are seeing faster innovations, enabled by deeper analytics, while reducing the amount of space that is required by traditional data centers. Read on as we discuss the impact of cloud systems and how SaaS offerings are changing traditional data centers. Everyone knows that digitization is the future of business. From eCommerce websites to healthcare facilities, more businesses are moving toward cloud integration and following the SaaS business model. According to cloudcomputing-news.net, the cloud computing industry is expected to grow by…

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The Five Biggest Cyber Threats to E-Commerce Websites and How to Fight Them

As technologies advance and digitize, so do threats to security. Updates to malware and other malicious programs can wreak havoc on businesses and their customers. In particular, e-commerce websites have to pay extra attention to their security programs and procedures to ensure that nobody gains access to their systems and that customer information is protected. Read on as we discuss the top cyber threats to e-commerce and how to protect your website against them.     As with any industry, the protection of classified information is of the utmost importance. For e-commerce websites and business, it’s even more imperative that information is encrypted and protected so that cyber criminals can’t…

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How To Successfully Implement a Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Platform

Customer relationship management (CRM) platforms are designed to keep customers both engaged and returning to your business. Despite the success of these platforms, there is still a low adoption rate among companies in all industries. Once adopted, these programs can drive customer engagement and generate an increase in revenue. Read on as we detail the importance of customer relationship management and how to successfully implement a CRM platform.   CRM platforms allow businesses and their sales teams to efficiently manage their customers and leads throughout the buying process, allowing salespeople to collect vital customer and sales information into a single location. The platform then compiles all of the data and…

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Cyber Threats Underscore Importance of World Backup Day

Thirty-five years ago, the very first piece of malware came into existence. Created by a 15-year old programmer named Rich Skrenta, “Elk Cloner” was a boot sector virus that targeted the Apple II and spread via floppy disk. A fun prank at the time, Skrenta’s creation would serve as the inspiration for the malicious malware peddled by today’s cybercriminals. With the celebration of World Backup Day on March 31, read on as we detail the importance of protecting your business from malware attacks and why a managed backup solution is the best security option for your data.   At its core, malware is a category of malicious code. According to…

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Why Businesses Should Embrace Cloud Complexities, Not Fear Them

As the grey overcast of winter gives way to the fine sunshine of spring, the one cloud that remains constant throughout any season has little to do with the weather. A recent survey revealed fears of complexity and a lack of in-house tech skills as deterrents to many businesses considering a migration of their operations to the cloud. Read on as we break down the cloud stigma and detail the rewards of a cloud migration.     When we speak of “cloud” computing, we’re really talking about computing based on the internet. Where in years past, users would run programs or applications from software downloaded on a physical computer or…

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Vault 7 Leaks Underscore Insecurity of the Internet of Things

The cybersecurity world was rocked this week by the news of another round of released documents from the international non-profit WikiLeaks, an organization notorious for release of sensitive and oftentimes top secret government documents and information. This latest round of leaks, dubbed “Vault 7”, highlighted the continued vulnerability of devices within the Internet of Things (IoT) to acts of hacking and espionage. Read on as we detail what the information from this latest round of leaks means for the future of cybersecurity and the IoT.     The leaked documents in question, known simply as “Vault 7,” are claimed by WikiLeaks to represent internal memos and directives of the Central…

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Duplicate Security: The Importance of Managed Backup Solutions

What would you do if you lost everything? On August 3, 2012, journalist Mat Honan’s entire digital life was destroyed. Hackers broke into his iCloud account, remotely wiping his computer, phone and tablet, obliterating all his data. If you think your data is immune to attack, you may want to think again. While four in five people own either a computer or mobile phone, only one in four regularly backs up their data. While backing up data is important for individuals, the same applies to business as well. Read on as we detail how a managed data backup solutions can mean the difference in your business’s future survival.    …

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How Local Governments Can Improve Network Security

Our daily life, economic vitality, and national security depend on a safe and stable cyberspace. That said, our nation’s very security and its underlying infrastructure are vulnerable to a wide range of risks stemming from a multitude of cybersecurity threats. Despite their seemingly lower profile, local governments and municipalities are especially vulnerable to such threats. These public entities face attack from bad actors like black hat hackers and nation-states looking to exploit network vulnerabilities to steal information and money. Read on as we detail the threats governments and public entities face and how to better prepare for them.     As today’s world becomes increasingly digitized, the cybersecurity conversation now…

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How CRM Solutions Benefit Small Businesses In 2017

The days of businesses determining when and where to engage their customers is fast coming to an end. Most attempts to tell customers what to think or how to buy are now met with a skeptical eye from today’s buying public. As the world enters an era of consumer managed relationships, the power has swung firmly back in favor of the customer. To meet this demand, brands must be able to both keep in touch and connect with the consumer. Read on as we detail how a customer relationship management (CRM) tool allows small businesses to capitalize on this evolving sales dynamic.   According to MarketingTech, today’s consumer is more…

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