If you still have your company servers onsite at your business location and you’re wondering if you should go to the cloud, the answer is probably – Yes. There are many reasons why this is a good idea, and for us here on the Gulf Coast, one of those reasons is hurricane season. Let’s make sure that we’re talking about the same thing when we say “cloud” because there are different kinds of cloud computing. For the purposes of this article, just think of the cloud as the utilization of servers for file storage and computing resources that are not […]Read More
Replace Our Servers or Go to the Cloud?
5 Signs That 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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
What’s It Like To Transition To Managed IT Services?
What’s the transition to a managed IT services model 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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 […]Read More
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 price range for managed IT services prices. In general, you can expect to pay between $75 and $250 per user per month so what you pay depends in large part on the […]Read More
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 […]Read More