Microsoft will No Longer Provide Security Updates for Windows 7 as of January 14, 2020

Tick tock, tick tock. The clock is ticking. Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008/R2 are reaching their end of life (EOL) in less than five months. What does this mean for you as an individual or as a business?

It means that there will be no free security patches and updates released by Microsoft.

Herding Cats: Understanding the Hacker Mentality

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Herding Cats: Understanding the Hacker Mentality
In my line of work, we see breaches and attacks constantly. Sometimes they’re minor intrusions and sometimes they’re so large it can effectively put an organization or institution out of business.

I Love Ransomware

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I Love Ransomware
Before you go all torches and pitchforks on me, hear me out.

I hated writing this article. Truly. My industry is, at its core, a service industry. Overwhelmingly I meet people who go into IT service, support and cybersecurity that have a real desire to help others.

Sleeping with the Enemy: Why Microsoft Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Linux

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Sleeping with the Enemy: Why Microsoft Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Linux
For years, I was fairly certain that there would be no way Microsoft would ever get into bed with Linux.

Ripping Off the Girl Scouts: 8 Steps for Evaluating Technology

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Ripping Off the Girl Scouts: 8 Steps for Evaluating Technology
Until recently, I had no idea what a Thin Mint was. It’s kind of amazing that these delectable little cookies have escaped my grasp in the thirty-odd years I’ve been aware that cookies actually exist.

BCP strategies to keep your business open

It’s a fact of life. Events out of your control can disrupt your business operations. While you can’t necessarily control the unexpected, you can take some precautions to prevent most business disruptions. Here are some key business continuity strategies that organizations across the globe rely on to keep their doors open. Backup your data, applications […]

The Importance of Disaster Recovery

Disasters. They do happen — it’s only a matter of ‘when’. While most businesses acknowledge it, surveys show that only one in four companies worldwide have adequate protection in the event of a major disruption. We’re not talking about insurance here, but a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan that could save you thousands of dollars in […]

Don’t let a power outage hurt your business

There is nothing worse than having a productive day at the office become undone due to a power outage. Losing power for even a single minute can have far reaching effects on your company’s operations as you need to make sure everything is running properly and all data is accounted for. While power outages can […]

Business interruption insurance 101

Natural disasters have increased exponentially in the last few years – something that has resulted in a number of small and medium-sized business owners turning to business interruption insurance for protection. Covering many scenarios that regular business insurance simply ignores, adequate protection can be the make-or-break factor when it comes to surviving a natural or […]