Your Journey to the Cloud Doesn’t Have to be Stormy

Just because your business is small doesn’t mean you’re immune from computer viruses, malware and other cyber-attacks. Although it sounds logical for hackers to target larger businesses because of their larger amounts of data, research shows small and medium businesses are just as likely to be attacked as larger enterprise businesses, according to the 2018 Symantec Internet Security Report. In fact, small and medium businesses may be even more vulnerable than their larger counterparts because of the tendency of smaller companies to spend less on security.

 

Many smaller businesses have not increased their cybersecurity even though they often have poorly secured servers, unprotected endpoint devices and vulnerable storage and back-up processes. With the increased usage of mobile devices to accommodate today’s mobile workforce, the door to your data is opened wide if a laptop or smart phone is lost or stolen.

 

Hackers aren’t about who they attack – they’re happy to steal from any business. They typically take a shotgun approach, aiming at as many businesses possible to make small amounts of money per breach. This spray-and-pray approach increases cyber risks exponentially for smaller businesses.

Hey, You! Get Off of My Cloud

  In conversations about cloud computing, people tend to refer to the tool as “The Cloud” which implies that somewhere out there in the virtual world is a single place where all data and online apps live. Actually, there are many cloud services available. In fact, the virtual world can be downright overcast with the number of cloud choices.

Cloud computing gives businesses access to data, apps, services and files anywhere, anytime. The problem is – what if it also allows access to anyone?

The Cloud especially improves team collaboration when a business has multiple locations or even numerous employees working on the same project in the same location but on individual devices. Teams that use social technologies like cloud collaboration tools have raised their productivity over 20 percent.

Cybersecurity Spending is on the Rise in 2018 – Invest in Peace of Mind

It seems a full week can’t go by without another headline about an organization getting breached. Whether it’s a new phishing scheme, a major malware attack on a city municipality or a strategic ransomware threat, the dangers are real, and the costs can be extraordinary. The cybersecurity landscape continues to evolve and as modern technology advances, security threats do as well. What protections do you need in place for you to sleep better at night?

The Year of Crypto Currency Hackers

In 2017, the world saw the rise of ransomware as the names of famous ransomware attacks permeated the news such as Petya, Goldeneye and more.  According to Secplicity, “…malware is at an all-time high, global ransomware damages are predicted to exceed $5 billion, and data records are being stolen by hackers at a rate of more than 5 million a day.”

4 Ways the Cloud Can Help Budget for Growth

Cloud BudgetToday’s businesses are expected to forecast the future almost regularly. You may have a company that is growing rapidly and need to determine how much infrastructure you should implement today to last the next three years. Conditions can change, you can over buy or under purchase, and budget deadlines are quickly approaching.

Do you have a reliable methodology to determine what your headcount and resource needs will be 3 or 5 years from now? How much downtime do you really have and what is it costing you?

Product lifecycles are changing and organizations are at a crossroads on whether to move to the Cloud. With its inherent scalability, predicting your resource needs adequately is easier and can help you remain competitive in the market. An experienced managed Cloud provider brings a proactive viewpoint that looks at your growth goals and recommends adjustments to scale up or down accordingly.

Below are four ways the Cloud can help you budget for growth:

The 4 Major Misconceptions SoCal Businesses Have About Their Security in the Cloud

Do you worry about data security in the cloud? If so, you’re not alone.

Or maybe you don’t worry enough.

Sometimes, when you don’t have physical control over your data, you start to question exactly how secure it is and whether your privacy is protected. What business owners may not understand, though, is the cloud provides many security benefits.

There’s one serious caveat though: As long as your cloud service partner is best in class, consistent updates and new tools continue to make the cloud one of the safest places to house your data. Otherwise, the cloud can be riddled with risk.

The 2017 Gartner Security Predictions Study states, “the 60% of enterprises that implement appropriate cloud visibility and control tools will experience one-third fewer security failures.” The key word being “appropriate.”

 

5 Cloud Tools Worth Consideration in 2017

CloudsCloud-based technology solutions continue to be a predominant factor in IT growth. From business intelligence to email security to customer relationship management, the steady progress in cloud offerings translates to regular new releases of cloud software. With a wide range of applications and services that have a positive contribution to business productivity, there is no shortage of options to consider.

As your business needs change, your technology needs evolve as well. Always be on the lookout for the best new tools to enhance your existing cloud environment.

Here are 5 new cloud tools you want to consider investing in in 2017:

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Student Mobile Usage Infographic

Legacy Telephony Technologies Get Swept Aside as VoIP Continues to Reap High Adoption Levels

 

Landlines for both businesses and consumers are becoming more and more a “thing of the past.” Industry and government reports show that VoIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) technology services are becoming the preferred standard for businesses.  Likewise, on the consumer side, trends show that for the first time ever, in US households, landlines are now in the minority and mobile phones are the primary form of communication.

Upshot — lots of news in the telephony arena – let’s take a look:

5 Ways To Make Cloud Easier to Use

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Change is scary, especially when it pertains to your business. You’ve made the important decision to implement a cloud-based technology solution, but now things seem complicated. How will all the files and emails be accessed? How much down time is expected? What if current applications don’t work properly?

The cloud, when implemented properly, makes everyone’s life easier. But if you rush through the process, or skip any of the 5 vital steps listed below, it can make your work environment cumbersome, and reduce the impact of your exciting investment.

Here are 5 ways to simplify your cloud usability: