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Do You Have the Culture and Technology to Support the Hybrid Workplace?

While the pandemic triggered a sudden, unexpected shift to remote work, the reopening of offices is now driving a more predictable but still fast-moving shift to the hybrid workplace.

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Remote Work
Hybrid Workforce
New IoT Exploits Illustrate the Need for Improved Security

Malicious actors could use the technique to force the speaker to control any smart devices in the home, including door locks, light switches, security cameras, ovens, microwaves, furnaces and refrigerators. Hackers could also use the exploit to make unauthorized purchases using the victim’s Amazon account.

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IoT
Security
How to Mitigate the Threat of Wiper Malware

Wiper malware is meant to look like ransomware, but it doesn’t include any sort of recovery mechanisms.

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Malware
Cyber Security
Security
It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Tax Scammers

Last year alone, some 59 million Americans were duped by scammers impersonating IRS agents, other government employees or debt collectors.

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taxscams
Data Privacy
The Long-Term Business Benefits of Video Technologies

Nearly 80 percent of companies say they plan to expand their use of video for both remote and onsite employees

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Videos
Audio Visual
Videoconferencing
4 Reasons to Work with Third-Party Software Developers

an ongoing skills gap exacerbated by the Great Resignation is making it difficult for most organizations to effectively maintain their software portfolios.

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Software Development
Custom Application Development
Take Steps to Protect Consumer Data

More than 15 billion password and username combinations — more than two for every person on the planet — are now in circulation in cybercriminal marketplaces such as the dark web

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Data Loss Prevention
Data Privacy
Managing and Organizing Email Environments with Archiving Solutions

Studies suggest that as much as 75 percent of a typical company’s intellectual property is contained within its email system.

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Email
Regulatory Compliance
Email Archiving
ITModernization Requires a Broad Focus

Effective modernization requires an organization-wide approach to updating or replacing legacy technologies in order to support modern business processes.

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IT Modernization
Systems Upgrade
Cloud Migration
Reduce IT Management Costs and Complexity with Managed Services

Surveys consistently show that companies can reduce their annual IT expenses with managed services.

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IT Budgeting & Planning
Managed Services
The Five Pillars of a Zero-Trust Security Strategy

Organizations are adopting a zero-trust model for network security. Unlike the traditional “trust, but verify” approach, zero trust encourages a “never trust; always verify” style. It is a system-wide cybersecurity strategy that assumes every user and device accessing the network is a threat until their identity has been validated.

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New and Evolving Cyber Threats to Watch in 2022

In addition to surging levels of ransomware, supply chain and distributed denial of service attacks, the federal government’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns that the recently discovered log4j vulnerability will likely pose significant risks for years to come.

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Cyber Security
Managed Services
Security
How Data Loss Prevention Minimized Risk of Breaches

Data in motion is data at risk - which means an awful lot of data is at risk these days.

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Data Storage
Cyber Security
Data Loss Prevention
5 Video Conferencing Trends to Watch in 2022

The pandemic changed the overall working culture in most organizations and, in the process, pushed video conferencing technologies into the mainstream.

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Audio Visual
Collaboration
Videoconferencing
Co-Managed IT Services Help Relieve Strain of Remote Support

Recent studies find that nearly 80 percent of IT professionals say remote support obligations require them to work longer hours with less time off and 45% are reporting burnout.

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IT Services
Managed Services
Co-Managed IT
How Data Governance Can Improve Your Security Posture

Few organizations know where all of their sensitive data resides — and that lack of visibility seriously compromises their ability to secure and protect their data.

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Data Governance
Data Storage
5 Key Elements of Network Security

2021 will go down as the worst year on record for cybercrime, with damages expected to exceed $6 trillion globally.

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Cyber Security
IT Security
Network Infrastructure
IT Project Planning Must Anticipate Supply Chain Shortages

Delayed shipments of chips, switches, circuit boards and other components — compounded by ongoing labor shortages — are forcing companies everywhere to rethink plans for technology projects.

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IT Budgeting & Planning
SMB Strategies
8 Ways to Improve Your Endpoint Security

In a new report from HP, two-thirds of IT teams say endpoint security has become far more difficult due to the huge numbers of remote and hybrid workers using unsupported devices to access network resources.

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Security
IT Management
Managed Services
Cyber Security
6 Endpoint Vulnerabilities That Could Put Your Business at Risk

More than two-thirds of companies say the frequency of endpoint attacks is increasing and that they have been compromised by one or more such attacks over the past two years.

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Cyber Security
Security
Windows 11: Modest Launch but Substantial Benefits

Microsoft says a “phased and measured” rollout will allow it to focus on quality. Some major features will not be available at first but will be added over time to ensure a smooth user experience.

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Remote Work
Business Collaboration
Windows
Security
Address Remote IT Support Challenges with SSD's Assurance

Providing IT support for remote and hybrid workforces is a significant challenge for most businesses. Resource-strapped IT teams say they are spending significantly more time and manpower supporting remote workers.

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IT Management
IT Outsourcing
Remote Work
Managed Services
Put Your PCs in the Cloud with Windows 365

Could Windows 365 be the answer to securing and simplifying your distributed workforce?

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Cloud Computing
Digital Transformation
Remote Work
Windows 365
C5 Standards Support Cloud Security Efforts

Nearly three-quarters of all cybersecurity incidents in 2020 involved external cloud assets, according to the latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.

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Cloud Computing
Security
Are You Protecting Your SaaS Data?

Due to a persistent misunderstanding about the cloud’s basic security framework, most companies aren’t adequately protecting their SaaS data

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Overcoming the Challenges of Application Modernization

Application modernization is a high priority as businesses continue to contend with pandemic-triggered changes to their operational and IT requirements.

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Recognize and Prevent Business Email Compromise Scams

Business Email Compromise Scams landed attackers approximately $12 billion from companies worldwide in 2020 - a 1,300 percent increase year over year

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Business Continuity
Cyber Security
Email
Audio/Visual Systems for Enhancing Business Collaboration

High-quality audio/visual systems are essential for making the office a hub for communication, collaboration, innovation and training.

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Remote Work
Audio Visual
Business Collaboration
Regular Security Assessments Part of New Cyber Resilience Guidelines

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released the first-ever revision to its flagship cyber resiliency guidelines, with a host of new recommendations to help organizations defend themselves from increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks such as advanced persistent threats (APTs).

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Cyber Security
IT Security
Technology
Regulatory Compliance
Make the Board of Directors Your Cybersecurity Ally

Board members likely understand the business-critical nature of IT, but that doesn’t make them technology experts.

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IT Budgeting & Planning
Cyber Security
Security
10 Questions to Ask Your Managed Services Provider

Choosing the right MSP is a big decision, and the evaluation process can be tricky for even the most tech-savvy businesses. MSPs can have wildly different levels of skill and expertise. To find a provider that’s a good fit for your company, it’s a good idea to ask these 10 questions

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IT Management
Managed Services
IT Outsourcing
7 Steps to Winning Executive Support for Cloud Initiatives

C-suite support for cloud projects can be tricky. Non-technical executives require a clear justification before committing precious dollars and resources.

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Cloud Computing
Network Infrastructure
SMB Strategies
How Segmentation Controls the Rising Tide of Network Threats

For decades, organizations have focused on perimeter security measures to prevent intruders from accessing the network. While that’s still important, it’s no longer entirely effective.

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Cyber Security
IT Management
Network Infrastructure
Regulatory Compliance
Exposing Fileless Malware

Like viruses, spyware, ransomware and other threats, fileless malware typically infiltrates systems through phishing emails, malicious downloads or infected links. After that, however, it exhibits very different behaviors.

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Cyber Security
IT Security
Microsoft Vulnerabilities
Ensuring A/V Efficiency

Whether deployed in large meeting rooms or smaller huddle rooms, today’s advanced A/V systems are robust and reliable solutions that improve collaboration

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Videoconferencing
Remote Work
5 Tips for Maximizing the Remote Work Experience

Remote work enhances employee satisfaction. In a recent survey conducted by Owl Labs in collaboration with Global Workplace Analytics, 77 percent of full-time workers said they’d be happier working from home after the pandemic.

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Remote Work
Managed Services
Exchange Server Flaws Highlight Importance of Patch Management

Microsoft reports that more than 90 percent of vulnerable servers have been patched, but that means there could still be tens of thousands of unpatched servers susceptible to remote code execution, server hijacking, ransomware, cryptomining, data theft and other attacks.

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Cyber Security
IT Security
Managed Services
Microsoft Vulnerabilities
7 Tips for Choosing the Right Software Development Partner

Quality software development projects can help companies streamline operations, bring innovative products to market and improve productivity.

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Custom Application Development
Software Development
How to Find the Right Managed Services Provider

Finding the right partner is the key to gaining maximum benefits from the managed services model.

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IT Management
Managed Services
Security
Despite Major Botnet Takedown, Authorities Urge Caution

Emotet, one of the world’s largest and most sinister botnets, was taken down in January following a two-year cooperative effort by international law enforcement agencies and private security researchers.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Security
How to Improve Endpoint Security for the Remote Workforce

With remote work likely to remain in place for some time, organizations must take steps to close one of the biggest holes in their security fabric — employee-owned endpoint computing devices.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Remote Work
Security
Custom Development Practices Help Ensure Software Quality

Good software drives business agility, efficiency and innovation. Crummy software just drives you up the wall.

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Software Development
Picture This: Improve Customer Engagement with Digital Signage

By strategically placing digital signage and using precisely targeted messaging, you can have a strong influence on a customer’s final purchasing decision.

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Digital Signage
5 Reasons Why Co-Managed IT Is a Great Option for Firms with IT Staff

Outsourcing provides access to IT expertise and responsive support, ensuring that staff stay productive and focused on the organization’s core business.

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IT Management
Managed Services
Top Cyberthreats to Watch for in 2021

Analysts say cyberattacks have increased by 600 percent since the start of the pandemic as malicious actors seek to capitalize on widespread fear and uncertainty.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Security
Feds Say Ransomware Payments May Lead to Sanctions

An agency within the Department of Treasury, OFAC implements and enforces economic sanctions against foreign states, terrorist organizations and other criminal enterprises deemed to be a threat to U.S. national security.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Security
Revised Guidelines Open the Door to Better Password Management

Although passwords are increasingly being augmented with additional secure access technologies such as multifactor authentication and encryption, they remain a primary authentication mechanism.

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Cyber Security
IT Security
Security
Adobe Flash Player Won’t Be Supported After Dec. 31. Here’s What You Should Do

The experts at SSD Technology Partners can conduct a thorough assessment of your environment to determine what software is installed, which versions and patch levels, and other information needed to identify potential risks.

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Why Behavior Analytics Is an Essential Tool in Today’s Threat Environment

Behavioral analytics can intelligently protect your network from insider threats, accelerate detection and dramatically reduce risk.

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Cyber Security
IT Security
Security
Tame the Storage Beast with the Right Cloud Option

According to a recent analysis from MarketsAndMarkets, the cloud storage market will grow from $50.1 billion this year to $137.3 billion by 2025 at a compound annual growth rate of 22.3 percent.

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Storage
Three Ways to Boost Email Security

Email has been a great business tool for decades because it is easy to use and gets the job done, but security cannot be an afterthought.

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Internet Security
IT Security
Security
Backup Modernization Critical for Thwarting Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware attacks are up sharply during the coronavirus pandemic, with researchers identifying nearly 80 million such attacks during the first half of 2020 — a 109 percent increase from 2019’s midyear total.

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Backup Recovery
Business Continuity
Security
Why Managed Services Is a Great Fit for Today’s Business and IT Environment

Organizations with in-house IT staff can benefit from partnering with an MSP in a co-managed IT arrangement.

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Cloud Computing
Managed Services
Don’t Allow Users to Have Unfettered Access to Data Files

A 2019 study by Varonis Data Lab found that 53 percent of companies had at least 1,000 sensitive files that could be accessed by all employees.

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Cyber Security
IT Security
Security
Why You Need a Well-Defined Strategy for Moving to the Cloud

There’s no question that organizations are migrating more workloads to the cloud in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Cloud Computing
SMB Strategies
SSD Technology Partners Ranked Among Most Elite 501 Managed Service Providers

SSD Technology Partners has been named as one of the world’s premier managed service providers and one of the top MSPs in Delaware on the prestigious 2020 annual Channel Futures MSP 501 rankings.

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Managed Services
Frameworks Enable a Best-Practice Approach to Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity frameworks provide a valuable instruction manual for reducing risk.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Regulatory Compliance
Security
How Your MSP Can Help with Regulatory Compliance in the Age of Remote Work

You can offload some of the compliance burden by partnering with a managed services provider (MSP) such as SSD.

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Managed Services
Regulatory Compliance
Security
Ransomware Payments Produce Unintended Consequences

Although paying the ransom often seems like the quickest and most effective way of getting encrypted data restored, security experts have always advised against it.

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Backup Recovery
Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Security
How to Ensure Responsive IT Support for Your Work-from-Home Users

By assisting with virtual private networks (VPNs), conferencing and collaboration solutions, cloud services, and cybersecurity, MSPs can help organizations overcome the technical challenges associated with work-from-home strategies.

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Collaboration
IT Security
IT Services
Mobility
4 Ways Managed Services Providers Support Remote Work Requirements

In many cases, managed services providers (MSPs) have provided a lifeline with the delivery of critical cloud, collaboration, security and support services that have helped companies remain afloat.

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Managed Services
7 Remote Security Strategies for Small to Midsize Businesses

The sudden shift to remote work has led many small businesses to adopt practices that may be creating considerable cybersecurity threats.

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Backup Recovery
Managed Services
Security
Strategic IT Investments Will Drive Success in Post-Pandemic World

Although common sense tells us that most businesses will curtail IT spending following the current crisis, there is also evidence that strategic tech investments are necessary for building long-term business resilience.

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Cloud Computing
Collaboration
Managed Services
SMB Strategies
How to Approach Your Network Refresh to Minimize Risk, Part 2

The key to navigating a network refresh and taking full advantage of these benefits is doing the necessary research and gathering the right data.

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Network Infrastructure
How to Approach Your Network Refresh to Minimize Risk, Part 1

The combination of too much time, too much aggravation, and too high of a cost isn’t a successful formula for anything, especially when the end result falls short of expectations.

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IT Budgeting & Planning
IT Management
Network Infrastructure
COVID-19 ANNOUNCEMENT TO OUR CLIENTS

SSD Technology Partners considers the safety of our clients and staff our utmost priority while also ensuring we continue to provide the highest level of service and support our clients have come to expect from us.

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Minimize Firewall Configuration Errors to Boost Security

Firewalls have been an essential first line of defense in network security for decades, serving as the gatekeeper between internal network resources and the outside world.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Security
Managed Services Reporting Sheds Light on Infrastructure Mysteries

Offloading IT functions to a good managed services provider (MSP) creates a lot of value for organizations by allowing them to improve operations and better manage their technology expenses.

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Managed Services
Network Infrastructure
6 Tips for Effective Allocation of Cybersecurity Dollars

Improving network security is a top budget priority for 2020 in most organizations, and with good reason — cybercrime is growing at an astonishing rate.

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Security
Coronavirus Illustrates the Need for Pandemic Planning

The plan helps employers, employees and partners understand what they should do to maintain operations during the outbreak of highly infectious illnesses.

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Business Continuity
SMB Strategies
If Humans Are Your Weakest Security Link, Train Your Humans

Hackers know it’s much easier to trick a human with a deceptive email than it is to trick or circumvent security software.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
Security
5 Tasks Small Businesses Should Consider Automating

Businesses that automate even just a few tasks that otherwise require manual processes can save hours of work, making them more efficient and productive while also reducing costs and minimizing errors.

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SMB Strategies
Replace Outdated Apps to Minimize Risk and Relieve Technical Debt

A 2018 tax-day computer glitch at the Internal Revenue Service prevented millions of Americans from filing their tax returns and forced the agency to extend its filing deadline.

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IT Budgeting & Planning
IT Management
How AI-Powered Malware Will Alter the Threat Landscape in 2020

While IT organizations are using AI to augment security, cybercriminals are also leveraging the technology to find new ways around defense mechanisms.

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Artificial Intelligence
Cyber Security
IT Security
Security
The True Definition and Value of Managed Services

The true goal of managed services is to make the IT environment better – better performance, better availability, better efficiency, better security, better disaster recovery.

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Managed Services
5 Ways Predictive Analytics Helps Small Businesses

Predictive analytics is an area of statistics that uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, data mining and predictive modeling to gather and assess historical data in order to predict future events.

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Artificial Intelligence
Big Data
5 Tips for Averting Holiday Cyber Scams that Could Impact Your Business

We’ve entered the peak season for cybercrime, with various studies indicating that cyberattacks increase by up to 60 percent during the holidays.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Security
To Cloud or Not to Cloud? Make This Decision for the Right Reasons.

According to a report from Techaisle, cloud spending by small to midsize businesses (SMBs) and midmarket companies will reach $115 billion in 2019, with SMBs outspending the midmarket sector.

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Cloud Computing
Employees: First Line of Cyber Defense or Serious Security Threat?

Employees are advised not to click on unknown links and attachments, share their user credentials, or use unapproved applications and services.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Security
Balancing IT Innovation with Cybersecurity Readiness in the Budgeting Process

The struggle to balance the desire for IT innovation with the need for strong cybersecurity is due, in part, to distinctly different views of cyber-readiness among company executives, business staff and IT professionals.

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Cyber Security
3 Ways to Demonstrate IT’s Value in the Budgeting Process

IT budgeting is always a challenging process, but it does provide IT managers an opportunity to demonstrate how IT can facilitate business goals.

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IT Budgeting & Planning
Why Outsourced IT Support Is Critical to Business Operations

You depend upon your computer systems to boost productivity and enhance customer service, but when they’re not working properly business grinds to a halt.

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Managed Services
5 Suggestions for Building Disaster Preparedness

Many business owners fail to prioritize such planning because they consider hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters to be unlikely occurrences.

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Business Continuity
Disaster Recovery
Modern NAC Solutions Deliver Effective Threat Defense

NAC technologies help organizations manage and control which users and what devices can access corporate networks based on policies, including endpoint configuration, authentication and user identity.

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Cyber Security
IT Security
Security
The Pros and Cons of Managed Services – and How to Avoid the Cons

Technology is woven into virtually every business process. If IT systems go down or fail to work properly, certain business functions might come to a halt.

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IT Management
Managed Services
Baby Boomer Retirements Can Create an IT ‘Brain Drain’

In addition to exacerbating the persistent shortage of tech workers, retiring baby boomers are often the only people in the company with the skills and expertise needed to keep legacy applications and systems up and running.

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Digital Transformation
IT Management
You Need More than Technology to Protect Personally Identifiable Information

Personally identifiable information (PII) is the holy grail when it comes to cybercrime.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Security
Cloud Data Protection Isn’t the Cloud Provider’s Job. It’s Yours.

Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions such as Microsoft Office 365, Salesforce, Google Suite, Dropbox and QuickBooks have made it easier for small to midsize businesses (SMBs) to adopt cloud services.

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Cloud Computing
Internet Security
IT Security
Security
Why Cloud Backup Makes Sense for Remote Offices

Many organizations, including small to midsize business, have branch and satellite offices spread across a wide geography. That means more and more corporate data is being created outside of company headquarters.

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Backup Recovery
Cloud Computing
Effective Planning Is Key to Keeping IT Projects on Track

To reduce the risk of unexpected events, implementation delays and other factors that can derail projects, organizations should establish a project plan that addresses these elements.

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IT Budgeting & Planning
The Cloud Cost Conundrum: Why It’s a Problem and How to Fix It

An MSP can fill gaps in cloud skills and knowledge, enabling you to stick to your budget, minimize waste and efficiently manage cloud services across a multi-cloud environment.

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Cloud Computing
IT Budgeting & Planning
How to Get Executive Support Behind Cybersecurity

In a recent study conducted by MSI-ACI Europe, 61 percent of IT professionals said senior executives expect more lenient security policies for themselves than everyone else

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Budgeting & Planning
IT Management
IT Security
Fewer Vendors, Fewer Headaches: The Value of IT Vendor Consolidation

Security tools from the same vendor will typically interoperate and share data, improving protection. In addition, support is simpler with fewer vendors, which translates to reduced risk of downtime.

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IT Budgeting & Planning
IT Management
Move Over, Ransomware. Cryptojacking Is Emerging as a Top Threat.

Ransomware is still a serious problem. But as awareness has increased and security measures have been enhanced, more hackers are turning to cryptojacking to make money.

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Internet Security
IT Security
Security
Why Standardization Is Critical to Effective IT Operations and Security

When you’re constantly scrambling to keep the lights on and serve customers, it can seem expedient to make a user happy by changing a configuration, installing a new application, or adding a new device or service that the user requested.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Budgeting & Planning
IT Management
IT Security
Is Remote Worker Security as Effective as Your On-Premises Security?

Since 2005, the number of Americans working remotely has more than doubled to 3.9 million, and more than one-third of employees are expected to work remotely in the next 10 years.

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Internet Security
IT Security
Security
Planning to Relocate? Make Sure Your Technological House Is in Order.

The inherent complexity of moving a business is why you need a solid relocation plan. A relocation plan begins with establishing a timeline.

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Move Over, Brute Force Attack. Credential Stuffing Works Better.

Research from Akamai revealed that 28 billion credential stuffing attacks were detected in the second half of 2018, with as many as 115 million malicious login attempts per day in some cases.

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Windows Server 2008 End of Support is Near. Here Are Your Upgrade Options.

Microsoft recommends that organizations running Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 migrate to the Azure cloud platform.

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Cyber Security
Internet Security
IT Security
Security
A Lack of Available PCs Could Slow the Process of Upgrading to Windows 10

SSD can help you figure out how many PCs you’ll need, the features required to support your business goals, and how long it will take for your new PCs to arrive.

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IT Budgeting & Planning
IT Management
IT Security
Security
SMB Strategies