On March 22, 2018, a remote-triggered ransomware called “SamSam” demanded a one-time payment of $51,000 be made to restore the city of Atlanta, Georgia’s, data. Despite an operating budget somewhere in the neighborhood of $625 million, Atlanta’s municipal leaders refused to pay the fine. The “hostage situation” has cost the city over $2 million already with an expected $9.5 million more likely to be spent restoring and re-enforcing the municipality’s network and infrastructure. This doesn’t take into account downtime and the significant amount of data lost in the hack. Whether or not you think it’s a good idea to not pay the ransom, if a whole city – especially one as large as Atlanta – can effectively be crippled by a single hack, you better believe that your business has to get serious about its cybersecurity efforts.
Nobody enjoys packing for trips. You have to plan for all types of weather and run the risk of packing too much or too little. When you travel for work, you have the same frustrations about your devices. You can take them all and risk losing them or pack a few and not have the right device when you need it. Then you have to make sure you’re securely connecting to the Internet while using them. A lot of stress for a few days away. Today we are going to look at how to maximize your productivity while getting away from the office.
There’s no way around it; your business relies on technology to operate. From computers and servers to phones and email, every part of your business is affected by technology. How does your company manage all its technology solutions? A lot of small businesses don’t have the budget or staff to maintain a company’s worth of technology effectively. For situations like this, looking at a managed service provider can offer your organization substantial value.
When people think of the cloud, they think about storage. While that is one of the uses of the cloud, the possibilities grow far beyond that. For businesses, enterprise-level tools and solutions are made available to organizations of all sizes. Even implementing a cloud-based solution in a portion of a business’ operation could achieve incredible results.
From a small company with fewer than ten employees sharing a single office to a corporation with locations across the globe, email makes the business world turn. How you store and manage your email infrastructure comes down to two different options: in-house or cloud hosted. There are plenty of factors that go into which option you choose. We’re here to help. Today, we are going to talk about the pros and cons of an in-house Exchange server and the cloud-based Office 365.
Mobile data is such a valuable resource. The more we use our phones for business and pleasure, the more data we use. The downside to mobile data is cost. Data plans are expensive and going one MB over your allotment can cost you a pretty penny. Luckily, users have options to help limit how much data their apps use. Today, we look at ways to minimize the amount of data you use on your Android phone.
The cloud has made it easier for small businesses to compete with larger, more established companies. The most significant way the cloud has helped is by offering dynamic business applications without the need for expensive infrastructure or hosting capabilities. Cloud-based apps provide small businesses with the necessary resources they need to grow, but also employees added flexibility to get their jobs done. Today, we are going to discuss a few of those apps that have helped countless small businesses grow.
Your employees need a technological environment that gives them the opportunity to be productive. From computers to software to information, everything your employees need to do their jobs needs to be easily accessible. To achieve this, look no further than the cloud.
Information security and personal privacy have been hot-button issues in 2018. The fallout from the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica controversy sparked the privacy debate in the United States. Meanwhile, in the EU, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was officially enforced on May 25, 2018. The GDPR protects European citizens data privacy. It also fundamentally changes how organizations handle consumer information. While the United States doesn’t have an all-encompassing law protecting data and privacy for the public, there are regulations on the books that oversee how specific industries handle personal information. Today we look at a few of those industries and how you can prepare your business to comply with a variety of regulatory agencies.
Running a business without a backup and disaster recovery (BDR) strategy in place would be like jumping out of a plane without a parachute. It’s unheard of. You run the risk of losing more than just your business’ data. A data loss event has the potential to create a situation that would make it nearly impossible for your company to recover from. For the longest time, a tape backup was the most prominent data backup solution. Today we look at the tape backup and why they are a less than ideal solution to your backup needs.