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Teach your employees the importance of cybersecurity best practices and the consequence of a data breach.

With cybersecurity attacks on the rise, not only does your business need to have a security action plan, but employees must also be a major part of your company’s cybersecurity best practices. Cybersecurity attacks are more likely to occur from end user correspondence than a direct assault on the network, so building cybersecurity into your company culture and educating your employees on how they can protect company data is paramount.
Amy Rutt, August 04, 2021

AI offers ways to help your business automate tasks and increase productivity.

Artificial intelligence has taken the world by storm, and the advent of emerging technologies has many small businesses thinking about how they can utilize it to cut costs, improve operations, and eliminate unnecessary or repetitive tasks. Let’s take a look at three ways your business can leverage artificial intelligence to the best of its ability.
Mleate Asmare, August 04, 2021

Why a business continuity strategy is important for business success and how you can implement one.

With the future so uncertain, it’s no surprise that many organizations are turning their focus toward business continuity. There are a lot of components that go into making a successful continuity plan, and if you want to optimize your chances of survival in the face of a disaster, you need to ensure that all your bases are covered.
Amy Rutt, August 05, 2021

Creating a password using best practices from NIST can help protect your data from hackers.

Passwords are probably the most important part of keeping accounts secure. That’s why it is so important to follow industry best practices when creating them. Today, we’ll take a look at the standards outlined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in creating the best and most secure passwords.
Mleate Asmare, August 06, 2021

Be a leader for not only your business goals, but also the protection of your company's sensitive data.

Cybersecurity is critically important to businesses of all sizes, which means that all businesses need to put forth a concerted effort to ensure their security is locked down. This, in turn, will require someone to take point on developing a cybersecurity-focused internal culture.
Amy Rutt, August 06, 2021

A Managed Service Provider can help ensure your company software is up to date and functioning properly.

Software runs our lives. It certainly runs your business. What if I told you that this essential cog in your business’ operations can also be the thing that is most susceptible to being exposed by outside attackers? It’s true, software can be the very door that hackers and scammers need to get into your network and run amok. Let’s take a look at the unsung service that is patch management and why it is so important. 
Mleate Asmare, August 06, 2021

Your relationship with your vendors is important⁠—especially when it comes to their cybersecurity.

Data breaches have a tendency to destabilize relationships. With so many data-related problems befalling businesses nowadays, it is important that each side of every data-driven relationship understands their role in the protection of other organizations’ data. Today, we’ll take a look at the issue and how to determine if your partners are putting in the effort required to keep your data secure. 
Amy Rutt, August 06, 2021

Take your phone communications to next level with VoIP.

For many businesses, their telephone system can be extremely expensive, especially considering the need for extra mobility as many people are still working remotely. VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, presents a cost-effective solution for any business’ telephone needs. Let’s take a brief look at VoIP and how it can be a game changer for your business’ communications. 
Mleate Asmare, August 06, 2021

Managed IT services provide much more added value than just keeping your technology up and running.

Managed IT services are well known for being an incredibly useful service for a business as it helps offset the cost of keeping their technology up and running. What they aren’t as well known for are all the other services that they do to add value for their customers. 
Mleate Asmare, August 10, 2021

Finding the right balance in remote work operations and communication styles is key to a successful remote working environment.

The COVID-19 pandemic brought with it no small amount of uncertainty, including amongst business owners who were looking at a very up-in-the-air future. With so many lacking the technology needed to support remote operations—never mind the fact that remote work was a new concept for so many—the learning curve was a considerable hurdle. However, with vaccines being administered and restrictions lifted, it now becomes critical to find a balance.
Amy Rutt, August 10, 2021

YouTube can provide a wealth of knowledge for your employees--both new and tenured.

Training your staff to be better at their jobs is not only a business owner’s responsibility, but it’s also expensive and time-consuming. When someone suggests that you use YouTube for your business’ training purposes, the first thought is: “Are you crazy? We don’t have the money for that!” That is a reasonable response if the suggestion was that you start making YouTube videos for your business’ training purposes, sure, but if you use YouTube resources that are already there, you can quickly improve your business with nary a penny spent. Today, we will discuss the options that can make using YouTube a strong resource for your business. 
Amy Rutt, August 10, 2021

A hacker doesn't fit into just one category. Learn the different types of hackers, from ethical to malicious, and protect your data from those with ill intent.

There is an entire litany of stereotypes that are commonly linked to the term “hacker”… too many for us to dig into here, especially since they do little but form a caricature of just one form that today’s cybercriminal can take. Let’s go into the different varieties that are covered nowadays under the blanket term of “hacker,” and the threat that each pose to businesses today.  To give this list some semblance of sensible order, let’s go from the small fish up to the large players, ascending the ladder in terms of threats.
Amy Rutt, August 13, 2021

Implementing the 3-2-1 rule of data backup can help you protect your data and save you from headaches down the line.

We hope we don’t have to tell you how important your business’ data is to its continued survival, just as we hope we don’t need to explain why this makes this data a priority to protect, regardless of your business’ size. What we do want to explain is the concept of the 3-2-1 Rule and how it pertains to your data backup, and why we would recommend that one for your business’ purposes.
Mleate Asmare, August 13, 2021

Phishing is on the rise. Learn what phishing is, and how to protect your business from these attacks.

As one of the biggest cybersecurity considerations the modern business has to make, how to combat phishing has to be at the top of any business’ cybersecurity strategy. Let’s take a look at phishing and why it’s such a big problem for today’s business. 
Mleate Asmare, August 13, 2021

Managed IT Services can help save your business time and money by reducing downtime.

Most business owners that rely on their IT have heard about managed It services. Many already subscribe to some form of outsourced IT service. It is one of the best ways to cut down your business’ operational costs while gaining value through the use of services that, if they were to be purchased intermittently, would cost a lot more. Today, we thought we’d list some of the most important variables you should consider if you are looking to choose a managed IT services provider
Amy Rutt, August 17, 2021

Implementing a data back and disaster recovery plan can help your business save time and money.

Having a comprehensive data backup and recovery strategy in place can absolutely save your business. This means it’s extremely important. Unfortunately, too many businesses don’t consider their backup and recovery systems until it is too late. Let’s unwrap what makes a successful backup and recovery platform work, and how to get one for your business. Many business professionals use data backup and disaster recovery as if they are interchangeable, but this is simply not the case. Data backup is the act of making copies of your data while disaster recovery is a process that includes the act of actually restoring the data using the data backup. Obviously, the two systems are related (as one can’t happen without the other), and today we’ll take a look at why they are both integral to the continuity of a business.
Mleate Asmare, August 17, 2021

Google's new privacy policy means more control over user data collection. See how these changes affect your business.

Just in case you haven’t been paying attention, online privacy has been highlighted significantly in recent years—in no small part due to the sale of our profiles by the tech giants that provide today’s most (in)famous websites… including and especially Google. Having said this, it is also important to acknowledge that some of Google’s recent policy changes could suggest that this may change at some point. Let’s dive in and see what we can piece together.
Mleate Asmare, August 17, 2021