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Is YOUR Data REALLY Secure in the Cloud?

Are you thinking about moving all or parts of your computer network “to the cloud” but worried about who can access your data? You’re not alone – but many security experts, software companies and cloud service providers alike agree that cloud computing offers a MORE secure way to store data. In fact, the US government's cyber security adviser Howard Schmidt had said that cloud computing will enable businesses to catch up on security issues.

That’s because most small businesses do...

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Adding up the Value of Security

Data security in your field is paramount.  As a business owner you need to protect your assets and data as well as the personal and financial information of your clients.  Off the shelf routers are simply not robust enough to truly guard you against the proliferation of internet threats and intrusions.

Upgrading your router to a firewall provides superior network protection and is an easy, cost effective way to safeguard your company while potentially saving you thousands of dollars in...

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For Accountants Only - A Data Security Debriefing

Exhausted, and exhilaration….that’s how our accountant clients’ say they feel after tax day.  What a ride!

Now, with the pressure of April 15th (or in this year’s case April 18th) behind you, we thought it would be a great time to remind you about the power and the added value of updating your security technology.

Data security in your field is paramount.  As a business owner you need to protect your assets and data as well as the personal and financial information of your...

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3 Critical Things You MUST Have In Place Now To Guarantee Your Business Could Be Back Up in The Event Of A Data-Erasing Disaster

Can’t afford to be down for days? Then take heed to these 3 easy (but critical!) steps to make sure you never have to experience extended downtime, data loss or corruption:

  1. Keep an on-site AND off-site copy of your data. You never want to rely solely on an on-site backup. If a fire, flood, natural disaster or burglary happens, you’re out of luck. Plus, it’s smart to have a backup of your backup – especially when it comes to your businesses data!

  2. Throw your old tape-drive...

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Scary But True Facts About Data Loss

“Because data is the heart of the enterprise,    it's crucial for you to protect it." - William R. Stanek

Being a Monday morning quarterback when data is lost and your company suffers a major IT security blow is NOT the best time to think about having a sure fire back up plan to prevent this kind of disaster from happening.  The best thing YOU can do is to get yourself into a management and monitoring plan with a great IT company and you will not have to shake in your business shoes...

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Like a bad penny, CryptoWall is back: CryptoWall 4 Update

Keeping our promise to keep YOU in the know, here is an update on the latest cyber threat we've seen resurface.  We urge you to review your current data back up strategies and consider a proactive approach to protecting your business from this and other cyber threats.

Just in time for the holidays, the latest version of CryptoWall has begun circulating the net.

This version has new features including a redesigned ransom note, new filenames and now encrypts a file's name in addition to...

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5 Tips to Know Before Moving Data to the Cloud

Cloud computing is all the rage these days, and while some companies are moving their whole IT infrastructure to the cloud, many others are choosing to streamline their businesses by moving individual business applications. 

If you are considering moving any of your company’s software applications “to the cloud,” make sure to consider these 5 tips BEFORE pulling the trigger:

1. Back It Up!
Migrating data to any new location is a mess, and anything can (and usually does) go wrong....

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Four Tips Every CEO Should Know About Data Back Up

The old saying “pack your own parachute” comes to mind when I think of data backups or, more specifically, data RECOVERY. Here’s the best tip I can give you, the absolute WORST time to check your parachute is on the way down. 

The same goes for checking the robustness of your network and data back up where the absolute worse time to think about it, is AFTER a data disaster.

What continues to surprise me is how many companies don’t properly pack their parachute and systemati...

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