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  1. Antique Passwords Are Very Expensive

    Password policies can be frustrating for you and your employees, and many companies do a poor job explaining why they should be in place.  Here’s how they help your business stay safe from security threats. The One Key to Rule Them All Sometimes people need to provide a spare house key to someone so that…

  2. Data Backups Alone Can’t Save You from a Hurricane

    The first hurricane of the season is scheduled to hit Florida, and many businesses in that state are readying their contingency planning.  Hurricanes aren’t uncommon for most areas of Florida; any business that’s been around for a few years has been through this process before. North Carolina gets its share of hurricanes, but for most…

  3. Poor Physical Security: The First Step to a Compromised Network

    CBS recently interviewed a security expert at IBM, and she promised them a surprise when she joined them for an interview.  When she arrived, she handed them each a piece of paper with their account passwords inside. Stephanie Carruthers is not a developer, and she didn’t find their passwords online, either.  She’s a social engineering…

  4. Small-Town Technology Constraints

    We’re located just a few miles south of downtown Raleigh, which is one of the most tech-forward areas in the country.  But there are plenty of small towns only 20 to 30 miles away – towns that are well within our service area but offer a very different environment than the big city. There’s a…

  5. Three Signs Your Company Won’t Die with You

    If you’re 55, there’s a 10% chance that you’ll die within the next ten years.  Put another way, one out of ten business owners who are 55 will leave their businesses behind in the next ten years. How prepared are those businesses to deal with not having their current owner?  In most cases, not very…

  6. 3 Cloud Services Claims You Need to Investigate Further

    Clearly, moving applications and data to the cloud is popular right now.  You don’t have to look any further than cloud providers’ financial results: Microsoft reported that quarterly revenue from its Azure cloud was up 73% year over year.  Amazon’s annual run rate is over $30 billion, up from $7 billion in 2015. Anyone providing…

  7. Three Things to be Cautious of in an IT Services Provider

    Warren Buffet famously said that it takes 20 years to build a reputation, and five minutes to ruin it.  If that’s still true, most businesses don’t hang around long enough to earn a reputation. It doesn’t take quite 20 years anymore – tools such as online reviews have sped up that timeframe considerably. Unfortunately, they’ve…

  8. Responding to a Cyberattack

    Five years ago, cyberattacks were mostly targeted at large companies, where the huge payout was worth the effort.  This is no longer true; between 60 and 70 percent of small and mid-sized businesses face cyberattacks each year.  As ransomware becomes more pervasive and phishing emails become less obviously fake, the effort required to execute a…

  9. Overcoming a Business Plateau: Taking the Leap of Faith

    This article is the second in a three-part series on how to overcome a period of stagnation, or “plateau” that businesses often hit somewhere between 20 and 50 employees.  The first article, Process and the Importance of Consistency, was posted previously. Most successful business owners have a pretty good idea of their business strategy before…

  10. Overcoming a Business Plateau: Process and the Importance of Consistency

    This article is the first in a three-part series on how to overcome a period of stagnation or “plateau” that businesses often hit somewhere between 20 and 50 employees.  Starting a business designed to grow beyond a couple of employees requires a tremendous amount of work – work that many owners are happy to do…