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Penetration Testing for your Network: The Basic’s 101 Guide

Vulnerability & Penetration Testing – What to Lookout for? ‘Be Prepared’ isn’t just the motto for the Boy Scouts. Every organization has some cyber-security measures in place; firewall, encryption, data loss prevention, or a mix of intrusion detection/prevention systems. However, organizations operate under the assumption that it’s not about if an attack will occur but…

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How to successfully perform a SMB Data Migration

Data Migration Strategy & Guide – Data migation is not that difficult – just takes more planning then panic! If you’re preparing to replace or upgrade servers, conduct server maintenance, or relocate to a data center, following a data migration plan can streamline the process. Without one, there’s a high risk that, during the process…

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How To Transition to a New Managed Services Provider

  The relationship with your Managed Services Provider can encounter rough patches – there may be times when your current IT Managed Services provider leaves you feeling more frustrated than the peace of mind they promised. Sometimes, ending that relationship by walking away will save the company money & time. The lack of attention to…

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Managed Services vs Break/Fix Model (aka ‘the guy’)

  It’s been roughly a year for me in the Managed Services space and I have to say it is a most interesting industry. Equal parts challenge and reward.  Former colleagues of mine in the IT have told me it’s one of the most challenging sales environments in IT. ‘Michael you are in the business…

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Plan Ahead: Preventing a Business Disaster

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What do you do when an employee clicks on an email or link that has a virus – do you have a plan?  Unfortunately, that is the reality which effects many companies.  How much time can your organization afford downtime?  The two most precious commodity is time and money which no company can afford to…

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Do I Really Need A Managed Service Provider?

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  What is a Managed Service Provider (MSP)? Why does my company need a MSP? Questions of this nature come up all the time in meetings. Our account / sales team do a fantastic job of explaining the responsibilities to potential clients.  To understand the current state of the industry, we must look at the…

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Choosing the Best Power Protection

It’s been said that there are two types of computer users: those who have lost data because of a power problem, and those who are going to. Power failure and power surges are responsible for almost half of all data loss occurrences. Fortunately, it is relatively simple and inexpensive to protect against power problems. This…

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What Happens When A Disaster Strikes Your Business?

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Last week we discussed the importance of building and developing a full coverage Disaster Recovery Plan (DRP).  Choosing to collocate your data to a data center should be your next step. There are many benefits of choosing to collocate company data, the main one would be to help facilitate the DRP. Choosing a data storage…

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Disaster Recovery – Planning for Failure

  As a MSP for our clients, we often do not have days off. We have to plan for the unexpected; in our world it is always worst case scenario not best case. In new client discovery meetings we often find that the DRP plans is in motion, but not really implemented. As spring time…

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