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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Averting Disaster: How Managed Off-Site Backup Solutions Better Protect Data

Disaster recovery planning is a process that helps organizations better prepare for disruptive events. Be it a coordinated cyberattack or simply a power outage caused by an ice storm, disruptions happen. That’s why having a continuity plan in place can mean the difference between a business’ post-disaster recovery or decline. Given that old human tendency to look on the bright side, business leaders are often prone to ignoring “disaster recovery” because disaster seems such an unlikely event. Read on as we detail how an off-site backup solution can help your business prevent data loss and disaster. The first step in disaster recovery planning is to ensure the survival of your…

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How Businesses Can Combat Ransomware Attacks in 2017

It has been widely predicted that the rate of ransomware attacks will increase worldwide in 2017. Ransomware is a type of malware used to encrypt all of your computer or smartphone data and is often used against companies, government agencies and even individuals. This dangerous malware derives its name from the hackers who put it on your system, then threaten to destroy your data unless you pay a “ransom” fee. While no one can be completely immune to a ransomware attack, everyone can take steps to become better prepared for one. Read on as we detail the outlook for combatting ransomware in 2017. Ransomware makers, or more simply data thieves,…

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Predict and Protect: 2017’s Top Data Security Solutions

  As we witnessed in 2016, the issue of cybersecurity seems to be firmly entrenched as one of the most consequential issues impacting both international security and economic stability in 2017. That makes an understanding of existing and emerging cyber risks more important than ever before. According to Steve Weisman, a professor at Bentley University, this year will likely be shaped by newsmaking events in cybersecurity. He predicts that the year in cybersecurity will likely be dominated by these areas: Commercial espionage will increase. Domestic and international corporate espionage through hacking will increase as companies raid the intellectual property and trade secrets of other companies for profit. If you’re looking…

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Business Benefits of IT Managed Services in 2017

If you find yourself consistently putting off new projects and facing a backlog of user requests, it may be time to look into managed services, especially for a provider that can deliver meaningful value. Before choosing a partner, organizations should clearly define their IT requirements and the improvements they expect to see. Read on to discover the benefits that a managed services provider can bring to your organization in 2017.                 To clarify, managed services is the practice of outsourcing day-to-day IT management and computer network technical support as a cost-effective method for improving business operations, instead of having a full-time on-staff IT…

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Kansas City Managed Services Company Details Cybersecurity Outlook For 2017

Security challenges, business data and information architecture are on the rise as hackers and ransomware creators are becoming more efficient than ever before. In short, the days when a simple corporate antivirus solution would be adequate are over. With so much of your data resting on potentially vulnerable networks, a professionally managed security solution may be required. Read on as we detail in the importance of an IT security solution and the outlook for cybersecurity for 2017 and beyond.   Last year, Ginni Rometty, president and CEO at IBM, said, “Cybercrime is the greatest threat to every company in the world.” She was right. In the coming years, cybercrime may…

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