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3 Keys to an Effective BYOD Policy 0

3 Keys to an Effective BYOD Policy

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Blog

As companies become increasingly dependent on technology for core business processes, they are becoming more and more vulnerable to security-related issues. From company servers to laptops and mobile devices, there’s never been a more crucial time for device management strategies and deployment directives. As the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) movement grows, the imperative to have robust BYOD policies in place becomes all the more important to minimize the risk of breach. Here are three key ways to implement an effective BYOD policy for your small business:   1) Employee Education and Awareness   The most important aspect is first informing and educating your employees on the potential risks and harm they could cause by using their own devices in unsecure ways. As companies become increasingly more mobile, it is imperative that employees are trained in the importance of securing their devices to avoid security-related issues. In the event of a breach or lost/stolen device, does your staff know what procedures to follow? Continuous education and reiteration of these hazards and protocols are the best bet for keeping a secure network.   2) Mobile Software Solutions   As mobile device use in the workplace becomes more commonplace and employees begin to store and access sensitive data on these devices, a comprehensive mobile...

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6 Reasons to Switch to Office 365 0

6 Reasons to Switch to Office 365

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Blog, Office 365

Times are changing, especially when it comes to the world of technology, and that includes the way we communicate and share our ideas and information with one another. Cloud computing platforms like Office 365 are revolutionizing the way we collaborating and do business. In fact, Office 365 is Microsoft’s fastest growing commercial product ever. This robust suite facilitates mobility and communication on a whole new level. If your organization hasn’t yet made the transition, here are six reasons why you should make the switch to Office 365.   1) Cost   With Office 365, you can get pay-as-you-go pricing. You can buy as many licenses as you need and alter your plan as your organizational needs change. The scalable deployment ensures your organization has the flexibility to reallocate resources as needed.   2) Storage through OneDrive   OneDrive is a great feature that comes as a part of the 365 package. This cloud storage service provides businesses with 1TB of storage space per user, allows files to be shared either internally or externally from your business, along with tools that enable control over what gets shared and seen by whom. OneDrive gives you flexibility and control.   3) Team Sites with SharePoint Online   Office 365 provides a built-in...

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6 Steps for Managing a Virus Attack 0

6 Steps for Managing a Virus Attack

Posted by on Jun 14, 2016 in Blog

A computer virus is a form of malware that can replicate and spread through unwitting user actions. According to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, viruses account for 57% of malware instances. According to 2015 statistics, between 12% and 16% of computers in Canada report malware and unwanted software encounters. Viruses represent a significant vulnerability, especially for business computers. They have the ability to destroy systems, compromise data security, and even affect the reputation of your organization. In case your business ever encounters a virus, here are some important steps for how to manage it.   1. Inform users and clients   If your system has been compromised, the first step is to inform any other users or clients that might also be affected by this. It’s important for them to be kept informed about the status of the virus, along with the security of any relating, sensitive data.   2. Ensure that you are using current anti-virus software and that it is being updated whenever necessary.   Anti-virus software is important for containing and notifying users about potential threats. Without regular updates, it can provide windows of opportunity for attacks to occur and penetrate your IT infrastructure using known exploits. Always keep your system up to date and active....

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The Perils of a Computer Hack: Don’t Let It Bring You Down 0

The Perils of a Computer Hack: Don’t Let It Bring You Down

Posted by on Jun 8, 2016 in Blog, Security

It’s common place to have trust in the ability of technology to make your business run smoothly. Your employees rely on desktops, laptops, and smartphones to communicate with clients and colleagues. Accessibility and collaboration are priorities, but these imperatives must be balanced with the need for security. After all, the modern office and BYOD (bring your own device) environment leaves a window of opportunity for malicious computer attacks. It’s essential to implement security measures to ward against an attack and to have a plan in place should an attack ever happen. Here are a few tips to follow if your business should suffer a hack:   What Can Happen When Your Computer Gets Hacked?   From malware to phishing scams and brute force hacks – there’s so many outlets through which hackers can use and abuse technology to get access to your information. A hack can affect your ability to do business, undermine your reputation, cost you money, and even become a legal issue if privacy laws and compliance regulations are violated.   Often, many people and organizations don’t even realize they’ve been hacked until it’s too late. So always keep an eye out for compromised emails or credit cards, newly installed programs, unwanted browser searches, and those pesky...

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4 Signs You Should Outsource Your IT Management 0

4 Signs You Should Outsource Your IT Management

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Blog, Managed Services

In the 21st century, IT is integral to business. From small start-ups to multinational enterprises, effective IT management is vital. In running a small business, there are two viable approaches to assuring IT can support and enhance your business goals. The first is to employ an in-house IT department, scaling as necessary to correspond with growth. The second option is to outsource IT services to a third party provider and leverage external resources, expertise, and proactive strategies to drive success. Here are four signs that the latter approach may be most advisable for your small business:   Your Business is Growing   If your company is undergoing significant growth, taking on new projects, or shifting service offerings, flexibility is essential. As companies grow, take on more work, adopt a BYOD (bring your own device) environment, or shift to mobile computing, needs change. Issues like collaboration, communication, and security take precedence. It can be increasingly difficult for a small internal IT department to keep pace. Outsourcing gives you that flexibility and freedom as your IT needs change and grow.   Wasting Money on Paid Training   If your business is using paid training to keep the IT guy up-to-date with knowledge and new techniques, this can not only leave a...

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