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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. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. What Cyber Threats Do Small and Midsize Businesses Really Face?

    For several years now, there have plenty of scary headlines out there referencing billions in losses due to ransomware.  But are those losses real or estimated?  How is ransomware being defined?  And why do these stories always seem to be pushed by someone selling cybersecurity software? Insurance provider NAS has released top-level data from their…

  5. Hiring Is Hard: Do Less of It

    The latest workforce statistics are great for the United States at large, but they’re terrible for business owners.  United States unemployment is at four percent (it’s slightly lower in the Triangle), and jobless claims are at a 48-year low.  Retention is difficult, and hiring qualified candidates is extremely hard. In short, it’s a great environment…

  6. The Biggest Data Security Risks Sit Inside of Your Company

    While all of the facts haven’t yet come to light, Tesla looks like it might be in a bad situation due to an employee’s actions.  This employee (who was disgruntled, concerned, or both) claims to have provided outside sources with proof that the company has installed thousands of damaged battery packs in Model 3 vehicles…

  7. Hiring and Retention Challenges? Maybe It’s Your Technology.

    We know that major technology upgrades are scary for many companies, and frankly, we don’t blame them.  Upgrading your technology can be more than just expensive – it can be a distraction and a huge time sink.  If it goes wrong, it can wreak havoc on office productivity.  Some of our best clients first joined…

  8. Everybody Has a Number – How Do You Track It?

    Any successful manager knows that employees are more than a number – they’re the lifeblood of your company.  It’s imperative that you work hard to select the right people, provide them with a sound strategy to drive both themselves and your company forward, and build a culture that encourages them to succeed. That being said,…

  9. Why a New IT Hire Might Not Make Sense

    Whether you run a 15-person company that’s considering its first IT hire, or a 100-person company looking at expanding your IT team, there’s a lot of value that technology expertise can bring.  It can improve employee productivity, make it easier to contact prospects and serve clients, or even provide access to new markets entirely.  For…

  10. Is Technology the Root of Your Problem?

    Some problems are obviously technology problems.  When your email server is down, it’s pretty clear what needs to get fixed and who needs to fix it.  It’s not a “user problem” when the printer is jamming on every third page. Sometimes, however, it’s not as clear that technology is at the root of a challenge…