The Importance of Proactive Managed Services Maintenance

People brush their teeth every day in hopes that when they arrive at their annual dentist appointment, they do not have any problems with their dental health. This same concept can be applied to system management. By scheduling routine check-ups and fixing problems before they become irreversible, companies are performing proactive maintenance. This practice ensures that companies not only eliminate surprises that could result in downtime but also optimize their network use.   Life Expectancy By scheduling routine check-ups for hardware, businesses can guarantee that their machines are reliable and last as long as possible. Often, hardware gets dirty over time from dust and debris in the office. Routine check-ups…

Tips for Managing BYOD in the Workplace

With the increased use of smartphones and portable devices within the past decade, the traditional setup of a workplace has become obsolete. There is no longer a need for landline phones, and desktop computers are inefficient when it comes to retrieving information on the go. Many companies have implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. While allowing employees to bring their own devices improves productivity in the workplace, companies risk security problems by vastly expanding their networks.   Plan By implementing a plan for a BYOD program, businesses can predict potential troubleshooting problems and errors within the network by creating a policy to follow. According to Security Solutions, only 20.1…

Why Cyber Attacks Should Be Treated Like Natural Disasters

Companies often prepare their employees for emergencies such as natural disasters, weather events or fires with outlined procedures and training in order to minimize damage and ensure safety. When it comes to cybersecurity, businesses often overlook the potential for serious harm to occur from a data breach. This ultimately leaves employees uninformed and unprepared for a cyber disaster to occur.   Recent Reports According to World Economic Forum, each year the Global Risks Report works with experts and decision-makers across the world to identify and analyze the most pressing risks that we face. The report for 2018 shows a strong indication that the threat of cyber attacks will cause just…

Cybersecurity Tips for Accounting Firms

Accounting firms are ethically and legally obligated to keep their clients’ information and data protected. Due to a recent increase in cyber attacks, accounting firms need to be prepared to defend their valuable information against sophisticated breaches. According to Accounting Today, there are many preventative measures that can be taken by accounting firms, but three actions in particular help create a sufficient plan against major cyber attacks. Beyond implementing data protection software, knowing how to use the software properly is necessary to ensure utmost protection.   Educate Employees The first step to any problem is acknowledging the situation. It is important for large accounting firms that employ thousands of employees…

What You Should Know About Hybrid Cloud Computing

Cloud-based data centers have created many opportunities for organizations to store important information with privacy and security. These systems have granted companies the resources necessary to maximize their productivity. As cloud computing has advanced, the hybrid cloud has become a prominent strategy among organizations. According to Tech Target, the hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms. This form of cloud computing is the future of information management.   How is it Deployed? There are many different ways in which a hybrid cloud system can be implemented. For example, two cloud providers…

Kansas City Managed Services 2018 Cloud Computing Predictions

In case you hadn’t heard, 2018 is predicted to be a big year for cloud computing. In fact, the total global public cloud market will be $178B in 2018, up from $146B in 2017, and will continue to grow at a 22 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR), according to Forbes. With 79 percent of companies now running workloads in the cloud, split almost evenly between public and private cloud, what does the new year hold for cloud computing? Here are some 2018 cloud computing predictions:   The Hybrid Cloud There has been a lot of hype around the hybrid cloud, and that’s only expected to grow in 2018. The…

Why Municipal Organizations Need Cloud Computing in 2018

Citizens in today’s digital age expect efficient public services and a government that can stay up-to-date with modern technologies. In response to this expectation, cloud computing has become an important part of local and state government IT solutions around the nation.   In a recent survey, the National Association of State Chief Information Officers found that the number of state governments making the jump to cloud services had increased sharply over the year before. So, what are the benefits of the cloud for municipal organizations? Let’s take a closer look.   Lower Hardware Costs The cloud allows municipal organizations to reduce spending on IT hardware, because storing data on-site can…

#TuneUpYourIT: How Healthcare Providers Can Keep Data Secure

During the month of February, we’ve been focusing on ways to tune up your IT to keep security levels optimal and your data safe. This week, we’re taking a look at how hospitals can prioritize data security to protect against hackers. In this day and age, when hospitals are packed to the brim with technology, protecting confidential information needs to be a priority. Just this past week, one Los Angeles hospital’s IT system was held for a $17,000 Bitcoin ransom by hackers after its computers were encrypted. Either the hospital didn’t have a backup and data recovery plan in place, or it presumably failed. This isn’t the only time healthcare…

How Law Firms Can Tighten Up IT Security to Stop Hackers

During the month of February, we’re focusing on ways to tune up your IT to keep security levels optimal and your data safe. This week, we’re taking a look at how lawyers and law firms can improve data security to prevent that dreaded breach of confidential client data. According to the American Bar Association, in 2009, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) warned law firms that they were being targeted by hackers. Even though exact numbers aren’t available, it’s been estimated that at least 80 percent of the 100 biggest law firms have had their data hacked. What’s the motive? Hackers are well-aware of the huge amount of highly confidential…

Is Your Work Zone Prepared for a Cyber-Attack?

Data breaches and cyber-attacks have been increasing at an alarming rate both in volume and in size. The targets for these attacks have also evolved and according to Construction Dive, construction companies are increasingly being targeted for their floor plans, security system designs and server locations. Additionally bids, customer lists, contracts, and customers’ and employees’ confidential information, such as billing and payroll is also targeted and subsequently lost through data corruption and cyber ransom. Although you don’t normally hear about construction company security breaches in the headlines, but rather hear about large, high-profile breaches, such as the Target security breach of 2013 which cost Target $148 million and the banking…