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5 Signs That It’s Time to Outsource Cybersecurity

5 signs it's time to outsource cybersecurity

Cybersecurity can no longer be considered something straightforward that a small IT department can handle. In fact, security has become a critical business capability. Add to that the continuous evolution of cyber-criminal tools and tactics, and the security needs of small businesses aren’t that much different from what enterprise organizations have. That’s why more and more business leaders are turning to outsourced cybersecurity services to ensure that they’re managing business risk and building resilience into their organizations. Resilience is the ability to defend against cyber threats and to bounce back if and when a cyber-attack happens. When it comes down […]

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What is a Managed IT Service Provider?

What is a managed IT service provider?

When you’ve decided that you’re done with underperforming IT and you’re looking for a way to turn your situation around fast, Managed IT Services is the solution. Your IT department may have done very well in the past to effectively manage IT and cybersecurity. However, there’s no denying that technology has evolved at a breakneck pace and continuing to do what you’ve always done isn’t going to keep up. You may never have considered bringing in third-party IT support because you think you can’t afford it, or you simply don’t feel like you know enough yet to make an informed […]

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Shaping His Own Destiny – Spotlight on Steve G.

Shaping his own destiny - spotlight on Steve G

Steve G. is the Scrum Master for Bellwether Technology’s software development team. Scrum is a framework that helps dev teams work together to create products that solve complex problems. Steve’s role is focused on moving the team forward. He takes upcoming requirements and input from stakeholders and distills it into reasonable chunks of work for the dev team to tackle. On a day-to-day basis, you’ll find Steve facilitating meetings, gathering information, communicating to stakeholders, and finding answers to questions. His activities resemble those of a Project Manager – and he’s certainly managing projects – but with Scrum, how the team […]

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How Do You Qualify for Cyber Insurance?

How do you qualify for cyber insurance

If you want to have a shot at qualifying for cyber insurance and get the best possible rates, you have to show that your company is effectively managing cyber risks. Unfortunately, it’s getting harder and harder to get cyber insurance even if you’re trying to renew an existing policy. If you don’t believe it, just have a look at a current application. When they’re considering your risk profile, insurance underwriters want to know what security controls you have in place. The answers to the questions on the application get technical really fast. In fact, most insurance companies are asking you […]

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What’s It Like To Transition to Managed IT Services?

What's it like to transition to managed IT services

What’s the transition to managed IT services going to be like? That’s the question that comes up next after you’ve decided that you need to do something different with IT, and managed services are the solution to your problems. Whether you’ve picked a provider or you’re still evaluating your short list, asking questions about what the transition to the new services will look like will help you to be prepared. The managed service provider (MSP) should have an established onboarding process that they follow to get clients started with services. The goal of onboarding is not just to get support […]

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Bellwether Technology Corporation is on the 2022 New Orleans Top Workplace List

Bellwether Technology Corporation is on the 2022 New Orleans Top Workplace List

(June 26, 2022 – New Orleans, LA) – Managed IT services company, Bellwether Technology Corporation, is on the 2022 list of Top Workplaces in New Orleans for the fourth year in a row. Placement on the list is based on employee responses to survey questions about their work environment and how their employer treats them. The Top Workplaces list is limited to 70 New Orleans companies and is published by The Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate. You can view the list on https://topworkplaces.com/award/neworleans/2022/35-124/ The survey is facilitated by Energage LLC, a third-party technology partner. Bellwether’s inclusion reflects the company’s […]

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Cybersecurity Beyond the Basics: Compliance Frameworks

Cybersecurity Beyond the Basics: Compliance Frameworks

When it comes to creating a cybersecurity process that can consistently translate security expectations into actionable tactics, you need a framework. Frameworks are how regulations for data confidentiality and safety are communicated and enforced in many industries. For example, any company that gathers and stores information about your health or medical care must be compliant with HIPAA. What is a Compliance Framework? A cybersecurity compliance framework is a set of guidelines and best practices that enable consistency and clear communication about security expectations. Compliance frameworks communicate cybersecurity standards, but they don’t provide instructions for exactly how those standards should be […]

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How Much Do Managed IT Services Cost?

How much do managed IT services cost?

When you’ve decided that managed IT services are a good option for your business and you’re evaluating different companies, you need to understand what’s included and what’s not included in their monthly fee. Evaluating managed services provider (MSP) costs isn’t an apples-to-apples comparison, so having questions to guide your conversation about what to expect as far as costs is imperative. Before we go any further, let’s identify a range for managed IT services prices. In general, you can expect to pay between $75 and $250 per user per month. That’s a pretty wide range, so you can see why you […]

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Always Thorough, Always Prepared – Spotlight on Brian

Brian is known for being thorough. Whether it’s revamping a network closet’s cabling or getting answers to questions before they’ve even been asked, Brian likes to be prepared. This quality serves him well as an Escalation Engineer for Bellwether and the end result is that clients feel taken care of. According to Brian, there are a combination of factors that come together to create a client experience where people feel heard and attended to. One is the personal interaction. When he’s troubleshooting an issue, he likes to go directly to the individual to talk with them to find out exactly […]

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Cybersecurity Beyond the Basics: Systems Hardening

Cybersecurity Beyond the Basics: Systems Hardening

What do cyber-criminals do when they need more computing power? They steal it, of course, and something connected to your network could be captured and enslaved in a global botnet army if you haven’t hardened your systems. This is what occurred in 2016 when a huge Denial of Service attack targeted high profile websites and hosting providers.* Here’s how it happens. A cyber-criminal searches the internet for devices that have weak, default or no passwords or other holes that can be exploited. When they find an open door, they confiscate the computing power and turn it in the direction they […]

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