2014 Resolution: Keep Your Network Security Up-to-Date

2013 brought reports of several massive security breaches including the hacking of 40 million Target customer’s credit card accounts and 2 million hijacked passwords from Gmail, Facebook and Twitter.

Recently, News12 New Jersey featured a story on “swatting,” an Internet hoax involving someone calling in a fake threat and police and SWAT teams subsequently swarm the area. Dataprise was featured as an Internet security expert in their report on hackers and 911. You can view the full story and nightly news segment here.

Focusing on network security for 2014 is more important than ever – frequent news reports on security leaks show that networks are constantly under attack.  If your network isn’t correctly configured, it could be vulnerable to hackers, identity thieves and other threats.

Let the experts worry about keeping your network safe

A big step in the right direction is keeping your network security plan up-to-date. Every organization’s needs are different and hackers are always adapting their techniques due to an ever-changing landscape of security holes. The only way to ensure your network’s protection is to actively defend against weak spots.

Enlisting a Managed Services Provider will help you identify your network’s risks and vulnerabilities.  Acquiring a network security assessment for your organization is extremely beneficial and will outline the recommended technology tools and services to safeguard your network.

Want more information on how to tighten up your network security? Contact Dataprise today.

The Clock is Ticking; Windows XP and Office 2003

There’s no time like the present to jump on the Windows 7 or Windows 8 bandwagon, especially after Microsoft announced that they will be discontinuing their support services for Windows XP. This comes as no surprise, considering it’s been more than ten years since the operating system came out—which is an eon in the tech world. Technology is always changing, and now it’s time to get current. Let’s not forget about Windows’ inseparable bundle, Office. Whether you use Excel at home for your finances or Outlook at the office, for most of us Office is a key part of our lives. So what’s the big fear of upgrading to Windows 7/8 or Office 2013? Read more »

Is Your Business Prepared for Disaster?

Disasters can come in all shapes and sizes at any given moment. Floods, fires and other natural disasters can disable entire buildings and bring down a company’s entire IT infrastructure for days or even weeks. This loss of time and making crucial data unavailable and perhaps even vulnerable – like customer files and financial records – can lead to damages that a small to medium-sized business may never recover from. Without at the very least safely secured and tested backups, even a nefarious event such as a burglary might result in a fatal loss of digital information. Read more »

How Technology Drives Innovation

To get ahead in today’s competitive marketplace, it’s vital that companies promote more innovation in their products and services. To be successful when driving innovation, business owners must recognize the growth potential that innovation brings, and build a strategy that addresses the difficulties that come with implementing new technology. Read more »

Why you Need a Service Desk & How it’s Different from a Help Desk

For many years, the help desk and the service desk had no significant differences. It wasn’t until Information Technology International Library (ITIL) released its 2007 edition that the distinct differences were made visible, defining a more holistic perspective on the full life-cycle of IT services, and where the service & help desk fits in.
 
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Cloud Computing Can Reduce IT-Related Stress

Managing servers, backing-up your data, maintaining and upgrading software, and managing databases, are all critical responsibilities that either you or your IT staff must consider daily. More businesses are moving to the cloud and are finding it to be an effective way of managing IT.

Let’s not forget to mention its most popular benefits: saving businesses time and money. Read more »

Pros and Cons of Outsourcing your IT

Business owners are continuously searching for alternatives to cut costs and improve efficiencies, especially in today’s unstable economy. Outsourcing work is one such solution to help cut costs. Marketing, accounting, recruiting, and IT are only a few examples of business operations popularly outsourced today, and IT is one of the most commonly outsourced departments.

Contrary to the stereotype, outsourcing simply means moving a process to an external organization or person, not necessarily overseas to Asia or India. Typically, you’ll find the modern workplace is made up of a combination of permanent full-time employees and consultants, independent contractors, or freelancers (aka outsourced workers).

Outsourcing is an attractive option for businesses that want to cut costs, don’t have the expertise in-house, or simply don’t have the time to manage specific aspects of their organization. And like most decisions in business, evaluating the pros and cons will help you understand the best solution for you. Read more »

The Versatility of Desktop Virtualization

I’m assuming that most of you have heard of server virtualization by now? Well, in this brief article I’m going to talk strictly desktop virtualization, which has become an increasingly popular trend for businesses or individuals that need to run multiple applications or ‘environments’ at once.

In a nutshell, desktop virtualization is creating virtual computers or ‘machines’ or ‘VMs’ that run on existing physical computing resources. For example, we can create virtual computers that run and use the same hardware from your ‘host’ computer, i.e. RAM, hard disk, processors, and other devices.

Desktop virtualization can refer to either running complete operating systems on top of a host system such as a PC or Mac, or a server that emulates entire ‘on-the-fly’ user desktop environments via hardware terminals called ‘thin-clients’.

Let’s quickly explore both types.

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The SMB Guide to Cloud Computing – Part 2

Security in the Cloud ­– how to keep your data safe

If you are concerned about security in the cloud, you’re not alone. Stories of enterprise-level cloud environments being compromised by hackers, viruses, or DDoS attacks are always surfacing, and these instances only prove how vital security and governance is when adopting your preferred cloud computing model.

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The SMB Guide to Cloud Computing – Part 1

The cloud is receiving a lot of attention today. Increased collaboration, flexibility, control, and cost-effectiveness make the cloud an attractive computing option for small and medium sized businesses. CRN predicts that by 2014, small businesses will spend almost $100 billion on cloud computing services.

So what’s all the hype about?

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