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Friday, 18 August 2017 00:00

What you need to know about malware

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You’ve all heard of viruses, spyware, ransomware and trojans. But did you know that they’re all types of malware? They’re all designed to ruin your digital life, but different types of malware put your computer at risk in different ways. Understanding what sets them apart can keep your business guarded.

Even the smallest business isn’t immune from the threat of cybercrime. Are you doing enough to protect your business from becoming a victim?  

Computer & Network Security

The ransomware panic caused by WannaCry and Petya affected tens of thousands of computers throughout the world. However, these attacks were just one part of the latest wave of an ever-increasing number of sophisticated cybercrimes that companies are being forced to deal with every day.

Microsoft 365 is the new package Microsoft is offering, and it includes a little of everything: Here’s why it can appeal to more companies, and just what you get.

Microsoft 365

We know you may be tired of yet another Microsoft term to remember: The company likes its names, and figuring out how Azure, OneDrive, SharePoint, O365, Teams and more all relate to each other can be a challenge. But here’s a name that you should keep in mind – Microsoft 365.

The technological resources that your small business uses on a daily basis are more than just “tools” in the traditional sense. In many ways, they’re the very foundation from which your 21st-century operations are built.

  • IT is how you communicate with your clients, guaranteeing that you can perform the type of work that meets their needs and exceeds their expectations.
  • It’s how your employees communicate with one another, and come together to form something much more powerful than any one of them could have on their own.
  • It’s also how you address the challenges of today while getting ready for the demands of tomorrow—Carving out a competitive advantage for your business that will carry you through into the next decade and beyond.

Do you use a wired or wireless connection to access and transmit data? You may not think that it matters which you use, but it does.

Network Cabling

When businesses set up, upgrade or relocate their data systems, they have a significant decision to make—What data can be accessed via a wireless connection, and what needs to be relegated to an Ethernet connection? To make an informed decision, it’s important to understand the advantages and disadvantages of both.

From strong security to seamless integration and even unprecedented mobile access, Microsoft Office 365 has plenty to offer your business.  

Office 365 for Business

Office 365 offers some clear advantages for business, whether you need to boost your collaborative abilities, improve mobile access or only want to be sure your data stays secure. Learning about this innovative, easy to use the suite of software can help you decide if it is a good fit for your organization. If you already use Office 365, learning more about your options can ensure you make the most of this scalable, flexible business solution.

Boutique corporate outsourcing is on the rise: Here’s why that’s great news for small local companies.

boutique IT services

There’s an important, growing trend in the outsourcing industry: A move toward outsourcing locally by partnering with local firms that are specifically looking to support small and expanding businesses in the same community. This tends to make people feel better about outsourcing (since it’s still local in nature and helping two businesses in the same economic pool), while also giving small and mid-sized businesses access to managed services that they wouldn’t have otherwise been able to use. Here’s why that matters.

Data solutions can bring needed change to NPOs: Here’s why a managed services provider is the answer.

Nonprofit IT services

One of the most annoying things for nonprofit organizations is finding that their real goals – their mission statements – keep getting obstructed by the small mountains of day-to-day work. For the NPOs that were particularly anxious to make a difference, this is continually frustrating, and anything that can reduce time spent on shuffling data is a godsend. Good news! Using managed services (partnering with an external company for application and data management) is just such a solution. It can save time, get you back to the basics, and – well, just take a look at the all the advantages an NPO can realize when partnering with a data services provider.

Pitching your accounting firm to clients doesn’t have to be boring. You can radically adjust your accounting firm’s image through new cloud-based technologies.

Let’s face it: it’s difficult to make an accounting firm exciting. At best you can usually hope for “stable and trustworthy.” But when differentiating yourself from the competition, you really want a “wow” factor. You just need to figure out how to introduce that into spreadsheets and depreciation schedules. And that’s where technology comes in. Few things get people as hyped today as “the cloud.” By using the cloud, you can position your accounting firm as modern, technologically advanced, and cost-effective.

Accounting Cloud Computing

The Future of Accounting Is On the Cloud

Tuesday, 08 August 2017 00:00

Definition: Bandwidth

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bandwidth : [baend-width ] noun.

In information technology, bandwidth is the maximum amount of data that can be sent through a network channel over a given period of time. For example, a fiber-based internet connection might be capable of transmitting 1 gigabit of data per second, or a particular Wi-Fi connection might be capable of moving 11 megabits per second.

What’s your ransomware and phishing risk? If you have employees, you won’t know, unless you test your team to see exactly how they react when faced with a suspicious emai or voicemail.  

Ransomware and malware make headlines every day, with massive data losses and high costs. Everyone from the FBI to the IRS issue regular warnings to both individuals and business about the dangers of phishing and how hackers use phishing to deliver the malware that puts you at risk. While regular security updates and other measures can help protect you, your loyal, hardworking employees are actually your biggest risk when it comes to phishing.

Business Risk

A full 91% of business data breaches all start the same way – an employee falls for a spear-phishing attack and the resulting malware rapidly spreads through the entire company network. Why do so many employees fall for phishing scams – and how can you tell if your business is at risk? Employee education and threat detection testing are key to preventing an outbreak of ransomware or data loss in your organization. Learning more about phishing, including the latest spear-phishing methods, and using simulated phishing testing can help you discover where your own risk lies and allows you to take prompt action to protect your business.

The recent WannaCry and Petya ransomware attacks have caused massive disruptions for Windows users. Although ransomware infection has slowed down in the past few weeks, many experts are saying that this is only just the beginning. Soon, newer and far more dangerous strains of malware will be developed. To help people defend against these threats, Microsoft has released new security features.

There are three types of technologies that every business needs if they want to transform, grow, and achieve new levels of success.  

Technology has been at the forefront of business development for decades. However, as technology has begun to advance more rapidly, so too has the need for nearly instantaneous business transformations. Across the globe, enterprises are using technology to enhance productivity, improve innovation, draw closer to customers, and create new business models. However, as technology advances so too does its complexity, which means that enterprises must choose wisely if they want to successfully edge out their competition by transforming.

Transform Business

Technology is changing nearly every industry, but few as significantly as the accounting field.

Here’s what you need to know about staying in business.

Accounting firms have always had a bit fo a rocky relationship with technology… and that has only been exacerbated by the developments in the last few years. The accounting industry has seen many radical changes in technology over the past decade, and many companies are trying to find ways to continue to catch up without having to repeatedly invest in the “new tech” every few years. Here are some of the biggest technology changes that are currently faced by the accounting industry — and what you can do about it.

Accountants and Technology

Midmarket organizations simply cannot avoid the potential of a cyber attack. These basic steps can help protect your organization in the face of growing cyber security threats.

 

Cyber Security

It isn’t just enterprise-level organizations that are being hit by cyber security breaches, and it’s high time for midmarket companies to sit up and take notice. Cyber security is far from simply being a technology problem; instead, it’s a problem that needs to be analyzed by risk management throughout the organization. The reason for the spread of responsibility is because hackers and others attempting to infiltrate your secure network cannot be stopped simply by purchasing newer, better or more software and hardware. The response to creating a more secure organization isn’t a simple one, so many smaller and midmarket organizations simply give up on the level of complexity required and do nothing — which can prove to be an exceptionally expensive decision. The healthcare industry is the most likely to be breached, with companies experiencing over $6.2 billion in losses in 2016 alone. Fortunately, there are some relatively simple steps that non-enterprise organizations can take to provide additional layers of security against cyber attacks.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017 00:00

Definition: Metadata

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metadata : [met-ah-dei-tah] noun.

You might have heard the phrase "That's so meta," which people say about something that refers to itself in a humorous or ironic way. 

Many businesses cannot survive a data attack: Here’s how to focus on the latest effect prevention.

Data Protection

Don’t get us wrong, disaster recovery is and will be an important part of security plans – but it’s absolutely a scenario best avoided, especially for smaller companies where a data attack is often a death knell. The average attack costs an organization around $4 million including litigation and damage to the brand. You can see why we prefer preventative measures instead! And we’re not alone – IT security is trending more and more toward reliable prevention and finding prevention best practices. We’ve got some ideas to help keep your business on the cutting edge.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017 00:00

The Pros and Cons of Cloud Computing

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Cloud Computing holds many promises for big and small businesses.

Here are the advantages and disadvantages of adopting cloud computing.

Cloud Computing

Today, the internet is one of the biggest drivers of growth for most businesses. It allows them to advertise their services for a fraction of the price of TV ads, send emails, respond to customers, and much more. With the cloud, small or big companies are able to centralize data, which opens the doors for opportunity.

Ransomware is a crippling, vicious attack with devastating consequences for corporations and small business owners alike. What steps should you take if your company is being held hostage by ransomware?  
Ransomware has become a global threat, attacking some of the world’s largest companies, including Merck, Federal Express and much more. Businesses of all sizes are at risk of ransomware like Wannacry, Petya and now the recently named ExPetr. With ransomware, digital files are virtually “stolen,” and a monetary ransom is demanded before the files are restored or returned. Ransomware is a crippling, vicious attack with devastating consequences for corporations and small business owners alike. What steps should you take if your company is being held hostage by ransomware? 
Friday, 14 July 2017 12:00

Chrome ad blocker is coming

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Chrome users have something to look forward to next year: an ad blocker. While this might not sound like the most exciting release from Google, it’s definitely a pragmatic solution to online ads that turn visitors away from the web. Here’s everything we know about Google’s ad blocker so far.

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