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Cloud Computing – Is it the Right Time to Make the Switch?

Cloud computing has evolved with increasing acceleration since the 1950s when mainframe computers first came into existence. From the mainframe to cluster computing to grid computing to virtualization and Web 2.0, fast forward to today and cloud computing is ubiquitous. Nearly every organization uses some form of cloud computing, whether it be Software as a Service (SaaS), Infrastructure-as-a Service (IaaS) or Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS).    At its most…



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Top 5 Things to Consider When Changing your MSP

The word “change” can be scary for companies and individuals alike. Without diving into the psychology of change and why it stirs such trepidation, most organizations relate “change” to the last positive or negative experience or interaction they had. In many cases, companies become paralyzed in making a change purely out of “fear of the…



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Top Microsoft Ignite 2021 Highlights

Time flies! Microsoft Ignite 2021 just wrapped up and it feels like only yesterday Microsoft concluded their first 100% virtual conference at Ignite 2020. During their second year hosting Ignite as a completely virtual conference, Microsoft announced lots of exciting new things. Check out our top highlights: Microsoft Mesh One of the first things announced…



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2021 Ransomware Trends

Ransomware is one of those things that will not go away. Cybercriminals continue to find ways to circumvent the best safeguards in place, and awareness and education are your strongest defense. Understanding and building defenses against ransomware is critical and support from your managed service provider can offer the resources and strategy to best protect…



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How to KISS!

No, this is not the beginning of a romance novel or a self-help relationship guide. I am talking about another “KISS” businesses and their decision makers seem to forget. The “KISS” I’m speaking of is “keep it simple, stupid,” an acronym for a design principal noted by the U.S. Navy in the 1960s. “The KISS…



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2021 Trends to Watch: Cybersecurity

Last December, when we identified the 2020 Cybersecurity Trends, no one would have imagined what 2020 was about to unleash. Who would have thought that we would be facing a world-wide pandemic which will clearly continue into 2021 or longer?!  The trends that we identified in the list below for 2020 are still not only relevant, but many of them have become even more important due…



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Ransomware 101

Ransomware has been a fear of IT professionals and business alike for many years. No one ever wants to be that business on the news or that individual that clicked on something and instantly regretted it. In recent news the Ryuk Ransomware attacks against primarily Healthcare organizations has been devastating and the Ryuk Ransomware is believed to have…



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Data Loss Prevention (DLP)

In my continuing series of blog posts relating to “The Shift in the Modern Day Workplace,” I’m going to tackle the topic of Data Loss Prevention (DLP) in an easy, digestible way and explain how it relates to ALL organizations. In the past, DLP was a term primarily associated with organizations that are highly regulated…



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Remote Workforce Enablement

A few weeks ago, in my blog post, “The Shift in the Modern Day Workplace,” I discussed the many aspects of business operations that are undergoing a “shift” and causing business owners and executives to scramble to keep up with the changing times.  I want to continue the dialog, expand on the different concepts, and give you more depth and understanding of each specific…



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The Shift in the Modern Day Workplace

Business leaders are facing a new “Shift” when it comes to managing their customers and workforce. Regulations, guidelines and overall changes in how people interact are forcing a continually evolving new normal. Maybe the new normal is just survival. The concepts of Remote Workforce Enablement, Business Continuity and Security & Compliance are not new, but…



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Microsoft Inspire 2020

Last month, Microsoft hosted their annual partner community conference, Microsoft Inspire, formerly known as the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference. Since 2003, this has been an in-person event, drawing thousands of partners from around the world to various North American cities. While the 2020 version was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was offered to partners for free and was a great opportunity to learn about the company’s roadmap and product innovations and share best…



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What is SOC and Why Should You Care?

What is SOC? SOC (System and Organization Controls) is a suite of reports produced by an audit of an organization’s internal controls. These controls are the mechanisms, rules and procedures which ensure the integrity of a company’s financial information, reliable financial reporting, and legal and regulatory compliance.  Audits are conducted by Certified Public Accountants (CPAs)…



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