If you haven’t marked your calendar for January 14, 2020, it might be a great idea to make sure you are ready for the end of Windows 7 & Server 2008 extended support. Knowing this key date will assist you in making informed decisions on whether to update or upgrade your computers and servers.
For twenty years, hackers have tried to breach organization’s networks by finding or breaking holes in the network’s perimeter, or in exposed servers. This led to the cybersecurity industry creating software designed specifically to stop these threat actors in the act. This, in essence, created a situation where the perimeter of an organization’s network was extremely hard to breach. The problem was that as soon as something was able to get through the outer defenses, there was no end to the devastation a hacker could cause inside a network.
The cloud is helping businesses around the world break their own boundaries and achieve new heights, but not all businesses will utilize the cloud in the same way. Are you using the cloud to its greatest potential? We’ll help you determine what the best options are for your organization to take advantage of cloud-hosted computing solutions.
Managing and maintaining the plethora of solutions your business depends on can be challenging, to say the least. For some businesses, however, the most difficult part of using multiple solutions can often be not just managing them, but paying for them. Thankfully, there is a great service out there that uses the cloud to make all of this easier for small businesses.
The hardware that makes up your business’ IT infrastructure can be difficult to manage–particularly if that’s not where your specialty lies. While the first step to having a successful IT strategy is to have the proper hardware, acquiring it can be rather challenging at times, especially if your business doesn’t have an in-house IT department. Sometimes an outsourced approach is the best way to gain the best tech for your goals.
Marriott International’s centralized online reservation network for Starwood branded hotels recently suffered a massive breach. News outlets are indicating that the information leak stretches as far back as 2014 and was not capped until late November 2018. Estimates currently indicate that nearly half of a billion customer’s names, mailing addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, and Starwood Preferred Guest account information had been compromised. Additionally, some credit card numbers and expiration dates had also been revealed along with the encryption software necessary to decode those numbers.
When discussing the practice of monitoring solutions to prevent threats, it isn’t uncommon for many businesses to put these concerns on the back burner. However, every so often, an example comes around to help inspire businesses to take their monitoring seriously. This time, the example was the arrest of 24 spammers in October for scamming American citizens by impersonating Microsoft support staff members.
Nearly 90% of small business owners falsely believe that they are immune from cyber-attack. The fact is, that over half of those same businesses will fall victim to a malicious ransomware, malware or intrusion, and it is not a question of if it could happen. Business owners must assume that a potential attack will happen at some point in the future, and act on that knowledge to defend their business networks, systems and data.
Today’s business culture has become a series of multi-tasked simultaneous operations done in a constrained personnel environment. The reality to this new normal is that you have very little control over when your IT network will experience a technical issue. It does not take a significant technical issue to render your business unable to function. Waiting to react is basically accepting downtime as a part of doing business, but there is an alternative. That alternative focuses on being proactive, by not accepting downtime, and rejecting it as the waste of time and money that it is. It is absolutely crucial to change your perspective. Why wait for something to go wrong when you can prevent a bad outcome by acting now?