Data Backup & Recovery – Back Up Critical Business Data


Here in Southern California, over the last couple of months we’ve seen quite a number of natural disasters. The Woolsey & Hill Fire, followed by rain that closed down some highways and streets, and mudslides inhibiting individuals from driving to work. Today is a good day to remind businesses having a backup strategy in place is a must in case a natural disaster occurs.

Every business, no matter what size, needs a data backup strategy. The data a business accumulates over time becomes a valuable digital asset that’s irreplaceable. For instance, if a bookkeeper were to maintain all of their customer’s financial data on her PC and out of nowhere the hard drive crashes. What steps does the bookkeeper have to restore the data? First, the bookkeeper can research the internet and perform the task on her own. Second, she can take the hard drive to a computer store to determine if the drive is recoverable. Lastly, work with a managed IT service provider who can help restore the hard drive back to normal. Notice the time and effort into recovering the data. Wasted productivity. Even worse, lost revenue due to time wasted on choosing a hard drive solution.

How to Easily Manage Your Passwords


According to Cyber Risk Analytics, over 4.2 billion credentials were stolen in 2016. Unfortunately, breaches happen on such a large scale because people don’t follow proper password protocol. Today, we’ll teach you how to manage your passwords easily and securely, including why you should use different passwords and why you may want to use a password manager.

Passwords are like keys; each one grants access to a different room (or account). Imagine that you use the same key to get into your house and your office. Or if that key is also used to get into your car. That doesn’t seem very secure, does it? Now imagine that someone makes a copy of that key, and now a stranger has access to your house, office, and car.

This scenario may seem scary, but this is the risk you run when you use the same password for multiple accounts. And, as we’ve seen from the Cyber Risk Analytics study, this same scenario plays out billions of times per year. You and your business can avoid being a victim if you vary your passwords and use password managers.

Unpatched Vulnerabilities Exposes Businesses To Hackers


Are organizations keeping software up to date and maintaining security patches on a scheduled basis? The answer may shock you. According to Veracode’s latest research, most businesses will not patch critical security breaches after 3 full months. Reading and typing that number is a scary aspect to think about. In today’s blog post – we’ll discuss the importance of patching vulnerabilities and implementing a cyber security defense.

Should Employees Receive Cybersecurity Training?


Cybersecurity training has quickly become extremely important for businesses. Employees don’t need to be cybersecurity experts, but they should be practicing healthy cyber habits.

New-hire training and regularly scheduled refresher training courses should be established in order to instill the data security culture of your organization. As always, preparedness is the key to preventing most security breaches. It is always best to know how to avoid becoming a victim.

Three Myths About Outsourcing Computer Support


The term outsourcing has become a dirty word. For instance, consumers associate outsourcing with poor customer service. We’re here to champion the word for Managed IT Service Providers and how outsourcing is a win-win for all involved.

Outsourcing IT support to a managed IT service provider has become the norm. For instance, most businesses focus on generating revenue for the company instead of dealing with computer issues. Same can be said about services performed within a company. A business pays a municipality to maintain their water and electricity. For example, a business is paying a professional to manage all aspects of their electricity. You’re not connecting wires, installing light switches, or fixing electrical wall mounts. You’re hiring a professional to perform these tasks on your behalf. Although a business owner can maintain her own PCs or electricity, chances are she’d rather outsource these tasks to experts.