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Reality Check: Why Most of the Cybersecurity Issues Go Unnoticed?

Cybersecurity is one of the most common concerns of the interconnected world today. As more organizations and companies transition their operation data online, the volume of cyber attacks has escalated as well. According to a recent report, the number of cyber attacks in the past two years has nearly doubled. And these numbers do not account for attacks that go unreported. To make matters worse, most of these cyber attacks target small businesses and startups that do not have effective strategies and tools to defend their systems. That is to say, if businesses do not take cybersecurity as a serious […]

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Why Are IT Policies & Procedures Important

IT policies and procedures play a strategic and crucial role in making sure that the company’s corporate information is safe. Know that policies can address requirements to protect confidential information from unauthorized access, disclosure, corruption, loss, and interference in both physical and electronic formats. It is worth mentioning that information technology has three critical components including; Integrity – refers to policies for keeping data safe and secure. No one should have the authority to destroy or alter the data in an unauthorized manner. Companies must preserve consistency and accuracy regardless of any changes. Confidentiality ­– Companies must not make information […]

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How to Select an IT Vendor

Choosing a reliable service for your company’s IT needs saves you a lot of money and time. Plus, the common pitfalls of poorly chosen IT services and technology can lead to frustration, capital loss, and low adoption rate. Even worse, you can get stuck with a long- term contract for IT services that are useless for your company. The selection process of an IT vendor or services has become more complex as companies want a representation of the stakeholders who will benefit from the new technology. That means when you propose a new technology purchase, you must think about how […]

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IT User Training

Don’t Think IT Solutions Are Complete without User Training. A frequently underappreciated contributor to a well-run IT operation is the ability to communicate with and train end users effectively. Its absence too often leads to a disconnect between the way the computer guys intended a system to be used and the way that people actually use it. Several factors are widely accepted as critical to the success of IT projects and to the overall effectiveness of an IT organization. They include ensuring that IT is aligned with well-defined and understood business objectives, that executive management supports the IT department’s efforts, […]

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The Importance of Standardization and Documentation

Imagine working with a blindfold on your eyes. You’ll constantly be thinking about your next step. Not only will you have to search for which direction you should take the next step but also you will waste a lot of time while doing so. It is a perfect analogy to describe what it is like to work without standardization and documentation. Put simply, standard guidelines are concrete benchmarks that define specific rules and voluntary characteristics of a particular industry. From providing reliable information to structured methods, standardization and documentation serve as an indispensable tool of development to organizations. Take a […]

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Cyber Insurance

Do you need it and, if so, what kind? I am not a cyber insurance expert, nor am I qualified to give legal advice, but as someone who thinks a lot about IT vulnerabilities and threats, I believe that every business should evaluate the cost-benefit of cyber insurance to help protect from cyber risk. Such an evaluation starts with a careful consideration of the business’ true exposure to the negative impact of cyber incidents. The next step is to review your current insurance policy to understand any deficiencies in coverage. If unacceptable gaps become apparent, you can likely find a […]

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Know Your IT Strategy Priorities

The key to aligning IT with your business Given the variety of approaches and number of choices available in IT for small businesses, a certain amount of strategic planning ensures that your business applies technology as well as it should. To be reasonably effective and applicable, strategic planning needs context, which means you should have a very good sense of your overall priorities before you can begin to think about how IT should fit in. We have defined a set of nine IT-related priorities to help understand how our clients approach technology. We ask our clients to force rank the […]

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Online Meetings

They’re more useful than you may realize. Online meetings through solutions like Webex and GoToMeeting have been around for nearly 20 years, and not a whole lot has changed over that time. Today, as before, they allow people to collaborate in real time over the internet via audio or video conferencing and screen or document sharing. But despite their relative longevity, stability and usefulness, I find that online meetings are still extremely underutilized. Not that I don’t understand the importance of in person meetings — interpersonal relationships are surely the key to many business deals; rather I have come to […]

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Data Analytics: Not Just Numbers

Data analytics is becoming not just more prevalent, but more useful for business. As someone with a mathematical, financial and technological background, I am a strong proponent of the benefit of analyzing and using data to make better decisions. Not surprisingly, then, I am happy to see a number of trends and emerging technologies that promise to help in that effort. The first is that data sources are becoming more open and easier to connect to. This trend exists in virtually all modern applications. One example of interest to those of us who live or work in New Orleans is […]

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Cybersecurity

Like much of IT, cybersecurity is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. The comprehensive approach that large enterprises should employ to identify and address risks and detect and respond to attacks is often out of reach for small businesses. Yet as the frequency and impact of cyberattacks on businesses of all sizes continues to grow, the typical small-business approach of taking the usual precautions and hoping for the best is proving to be inadequate. Many small-business owners are willing to do more to improve their cybersecurity but don’t know what else to do.  The number of options — whether products or services […]

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