Like their larger counterparts, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) need technology to get things done or achieve milestones. But they often lack the budget and expertise to keep up with the IT capabilities of competitors and keep their IT running smoothly.
Holding on to obsolete technology is likely hindering your business from expanding, achieving greater productivity, and reducing costs.
Some businesses refuse to upgrade their technology because of budget constraints, but you don’t have to make huge investments to maximize technology.
Nowadays, it’s an understatement to say that cyberattacks must be taken seriously. According to IBM’s 2019 Cost of a Data Breach Report, businesses suffer losses of $3.92 million on average from a data breach. For companies with less than 500 employees, this is a crippling loss.
Microsoft has announced Windows 7’s end-of-life (EOL) date, and it will be on January 14, 2020. At the moment, Windows 7 is still at an extended support phase, but once that’s done and EOL kicks in, Microsoft will stop releasing updates and patches, and no longer offer help and support to the millions of users who may still be using Windows 7. This includes security patches that protect the operating system (OS) from breaches, threats, and exploits.
Law firms routinely deal with sensitive information, which is one of the many reasons why the industry is a prime target for hackers. Case files, client information, and other important records fetch a high price on the black market. What’s more, many law firms are not properly equipped to deal with modern cyberattacks.
A managed services provider (MSP) allows an enterprise to outsource the design and management of its IT systems, and receive ongoing technical support for upgrades and issues. They are particularly advantageous to small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), owing to the affordable monthly fee that gives them access to cutting-edge technology and expert monitoring and maintenance.
In 2018, an estimated 260 billion emails were sent daily. Email is a simple and effective communication tool used to share everything from business correspondence to family weekend plans. However, it’s no secret that it comes with more than its fair share of risks.
Email is dangerous because it is one of the most common methods for hackers to attack businesses, yet we continue to use it anyway. In its 2018 Internet Security Threat Report, Symantec revealed that 54.6% of all email is spam. It also revealed that the average user gets 16 malicious spam emails every month; that’s 192 spam emails a year for every employee.
One of the core benefits of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is that it allows businesses to pay a monthly fee for the things they need, instead of having to worry about the less predictable expenses of one-time purchases and upgrades. Microsoft Office 365 merges the benefits of subscription-based software and full cloud enablement with traditional desktop productivity.
In a phishing attack, a hacker sends an email pretending to be from a legitimate source, such as the CEO of your organization, a bank, the IRS, PayPal, just to name a few, with the goal of tricking the recipient into giving away sensitive or confidential information.