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  1. What to Expect in Business for the Second Half of 2020

    There hasn’t been much that’s been predictable since February.  The stock market is at an all-time high, employment is at an all-time low and nobody knows what’s coming next. Writers at a few brave publications, including Politico, Forbes, and Discover Magazine, have tried to offer big, sweeping predictions about all the biggest ways the world…

  2. Business Planning in Times of Unprecedented Uncertainty

    A few weeks ago, many people were hoping we could reopen the country all at once.  As more states have made the decision to open up while others are still battling an increase in infections, it’s become clearer that isn’t going to happen.   What level of infection risk a state can afford to take will…

  3. Preparing Your Business for the Future During the Uncertainty of Coronavirus

    This has been one of the most confounding times in modern history to be a business owner.  Within a few weeks, many US industries went from vibrant to mostly shuttered.  The government passed, on a voice vote, the largest stimulus bill in history – and predictably, pushing that much money out to the businesses that…

  4. Average Ransomware Payment Doubles in 90 Days

    Ransomware might not command the media attention it once did, but that’s not because it’s gotten any less dangerous or expensive.  While it’s old news to much of the media, every day it becomes big news to thousands of small business owners. The financial threat is also escalating rapidly.  Ransomware costs doubled between Q3 2019…

  5. Three Tips for a No Drama 2020

    Type the word “drama” into Google, and it will tell you that the definition is “an exciting, emotional or unexpected series of events or set of circumstances.” Most business owners don’t like drama.  Businesses thrive because owners anticipate opportunities and prepare to take advantage of them.  Businesses survive because owners anticipate challenges and prepare for…

  6. 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…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…