The Future of Cloud Computing – A Hybrid Approach

By now, you’re probably familiar with the cloud. And it’s likely you already use the cloud – for storage, file sharing or other third-party applications – even if you don’t realize it. But as increasingly more SMBs look to move to cloud computing services intentionally, it is essential to understand what options exist and what the best long-term solution is ...

Advantages & Risks of Unified Communications for SMBs

Technology inherently comes with advantages and risks, and the benefits of secure unified communications (UC) are undeniable. Compared to alternative communications platforms, UC boasts superior reliability, expanded options for mobility, integrated data, on-demand collaboration tools, affordability and on-demand scalability. However, UC also presents some unique security challenges because it brings together numerous communications technologies, such as VoIP, video, chat, and ...

Cyber Risks in Smart Manufacturing

Until recently, the manufacturing sector didn’t see itself as a particularly vulnerable target for hackers. This is evidenced by a recent Kaspersky Labs report that indicated that in the first half of 2017, “manufacturing companies were the most susceptible to cyber threats: their ICS computers accounted for about one-third of all attacks.” The reality, however, is that in today’s digital ...

Critical IT Security Policies To Protect Your Business

We’ve said it countless times before, but it’s worth repeating: employees have the potential to be one of your biggest IT security threats. Not because they’re intentionally looking to do your business harm, but due to carelessness and human error. To reduce potential risks and ensure everyone is aware of company expectations related to information technology, it is important to ...

Sink or Swim: The IoT and Small Businesses

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the term used for the fact that billions of devices around the world are connecting to the Internet in order to share information with one another. These connected devices have already proven useful to the average consumer and the wider economy in different aspects, one of which is cybersecurity — as previously pointed out by ...

Mobile Device Management & HIPAA Compliance: What you don’t know could cost you.

Mobile technology has infiltrated just about every aspect of the modern workplace, and that includes the healthcare industry. And while hospitals, doctors’ offices, patient clinics, and other care facilities have been slower to move towards a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) environment than businesses that aren’t regulated by HIPAA, the reality is that BYOD is beginning to crop up across ...

New IoT Botnet Threat: Hide & Seek Malware

We’ve been talking about the Internet of Things (IoT) for some time now, and although the possibilities associated with IoT are ever growing, so are the risks. Although IoT botnets are nothing new – remember when Hajime single-handedly took down numerous popular websites such as Amazon, Twitter, and Netflix across large swaths of the United States and Europe – there’s ...

Wiped Clean? Read this before you sell or donate a smartphone!

It’s time to update your mobile technology, but before you get too excited about your new smartphone, don’t forget that something needs to happen to your old device. Assuming it still works, you’ll want to wipe it clean before you sell, donate, or even dispose of your mobile phone. Here are a few key steps to follow to ensure data ...

Virtualization for SMBs – Fact vs. Fiction

Are you a small business owner? Have you avoided virtualization software because you think it’s only for large corporate enterprises or because you’ve heard it’s too expensive, unnecessarily complex to implement, or less secure than traditional server technologies? There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding virtualization out there, and we’re here to help you understand fact vs. fiction. You’ll probably ...