Category: Cloud Computing



3 More Reasons You Are an Easy Cybercrime Target

Last week, we gave you three reasons why you, as a small or midsize business, are a viable and desirable target for cyber criminals. If those reasons don’t give you enough reason to act, here are three (3) more reasons SMBs, and you, a target for cyber criminals… SMB data is increasingly networked All of […]

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3 Reasons You Are an Easy Cybercrime Target

As we’ve mentioned before, more small and midsize businesses (SMBs) are falling victim to cybercrime.  According to HP’s Cyber Security and Your Business report, Cybercrime costs SMBs 4.2 times more per employee than larger businesses, and 60% of SMBs that experience a data breach are out of business in six months. Why are SMBs, and you, […]

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3 Reasons to Consider Replacing Active Directory

Active Directory was designed for on-premise local and enterprise networks.  As the use of cloud continues to move forward, Active Directory has not adapted as quickly as needed to provided robust, unified, identity management.  Here are three (3) reasons to consider replacing (or augmenting) Active Directory. 1) Active Directory is not “Cloud Ready” According to […]

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Single Sign On Misses the Mark for SMBs

As you move your small or midsize enterprise into the cloud, you will face new challenges around identity management.  Historically, identity management was an operational issue that managed user logins to desktops and local area networks. As you move to the cloud, the network is no longer local. Your network includes the suite of applications […]

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Cloud Computing Still Needs a Grand Strategy

In a recent post on Forbes, columnist Joe McKendrick discusses a Cisco-sponsored IDC survey results showing a lack of coordinated cloud strategies among large enterprises.  Nearly half, or 47%, describe their cloud strategies as “opportunistic” or “ad hoc”. The 14% or respondents claiming managed, optimized cloud strategies, report substantial and tangible business benefits. These successes come […]

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Overconfidence in Disaster Recovery: Common and Costly

As reported in CloudTech, a recent study in the UK of 250 businesses finds that 95% experienced outages or data loss in the past year, with 87% needing to go to failover systems. There is a mismatch between expectation and reality when it comes to disaster recovery. Of the 87% that executed a failover, 82% […]

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Rethinking Risks and Responses

Malware, Ransomware, Natural Disasters and More Keep Hitting SMBs Hard Never have we had a greater ability to work together to get things done than we do right now. As our cloud and hybrid environments expand, the ease-of-use encourages us to share ideas and information and to collaborate in new and exciting ways. Never have […]

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Ransomware is Front Page News (Again)

Over the past several weeks, we have been aggressively communicating with our customers and others about the sharp rise in ransomware hitting small and midsize enterprises.  We have blogged about the need for preparation against attacks and for recovery just in case, as well as the full cost of ransomware attacks. While some organizations are taking […]

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When the Single Point of Failure Actually Fails

  While the heavy, wet snow continues to fall and cling to the power and fiber optic lines in our area, today’s Internet outage was not due to the first real storm this winter. Being fully in the cloud, any Internet outage could be a disaster, bringing business to a halt. In reality, the “single […]

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