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Biggest Security Threats Facing Employees Today

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Wed, Dec 28, 2016

In today’s workplace, you can never be too safe. With threats such as helpdesk support scams, CEO imposter scams, phishing, social engineering, malware built into ads and hijacked websites, its hard to know what can — and, more importantly, what can not — be trusted.

Luckily, by knowing what to look for and being able to quickly identify the telltale signs of threats like these, you will be better enabled to navigate securely through your workdays.

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Meridian Recognized for Excellence in Government Contracting by SmartCEO

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Thu, Nov 17, 2016

Meridian Imaging Solutions Named Finalist for SmartCEO Magazine’s 2016 GovStar Awards

Meridian Imaging Solutions (“Meridian”) has been chosen as one of 45 government contractors in the Greater Washington, DC Metro Area honored as finalists for the 2016 GovStar Awards, a SmartCEO program that recognizes superior government contractors for their ability to thrive in an industry dubbed as “one of the most complex and competitive business sectors in the world.”

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Meridian Sponsors Martina McBride Concert Benefitting CSAAC

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Wed, Nov 16, 2016

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, the Meridian Team had the great pleasure of sponsoring and attending the Martina McBride concert to benefit CSAAC.

Award-winning country music star Martina McBride performed a set from her new album Reckless along with some of her greatest hits at the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, MD.

Members of the Meridian Team pictured above with Martina McBride at the concert held at Strathmore to benefit CSAAC.

Read on to check out some of the event highlights!

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Forgot your Password...Again? How to Create Secure Login Credentials You Can Actually Remember

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Tue, Sep 27, 2016

So many websites, so many passwords, so little time to remember them all! 

What do our accounts for social media, online banking, CRMs, email, and client databases all have in common? Easy — we forget our passwords for all of 'em. We've all been there: staring at the dreaded blank login menu, unable to remember our username/password combo. 

Often, this is a byproduct of system settings or requirements that prompt us to periodically reset, update, change and strengthen credentials; although a "strong," yet forgettable password doesn't do you much good, either. Luckily, there are a few tools and tricks you can incorporate in your password pocket to help you have passwords that aren't just secure — they're useful, too!

Read on to learn our best practices for avoiding the hassles of forgotten passwords, creating secure passwords, and remembering the right password at the right time, every time.

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Quick Tips for Composing Better Emails

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Tue, Jul 12, 2016

What's the point of email? Why do we send them?

It's simple, conceptually, email promises effective, convenient and easy communication...all at the touch of a button. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work out that way. Inbox overload, combined with our habits from texting and instant messaging, can cause the desired message and impact to be lost. And suddenly, emails become more of a hassle than a helpful tool.

Email communication is vital — especially in the realm of business communications — and despite promises to drive it to extinction (I'm looking at you, Slack), the truth is that email's not going anywhere anytime soon. Luckily, there are some easy habits and quick fixes you can adopt to step up your email game and ensure your messages are impactful.

Read on for a sneak peak of some of the tips included in our free Top 10 Best Practices for Good Email Etiquette tip sheet, plus a few additional tricks to enhance the power of your emails.

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The End of Life: What the End of Windows Server 2003 Means for SMBs

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Wed, Jul 15, 2015

On July 14th 2015, Windows Server 2003 reached the end of its very long life. The “End of Life” of Windows Server 2003 refers to Microsoft’s discontinuation of support for this now outdated platform, however many people do not realize the full impact this will cause.

According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2003 accounted for 39% of all Windows servers in use at the time the End of Life was enacted, with an estimated 9.4 million servers existing in North America alone.

So what does this mean for companies still using Windows Server 2003 as their primary server?
Read on to learn the risks faced by those who have not yet made the switch over to another server and  how to make the transition away from Windows Server 2003 as smooth as possible for your individual company.

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Business Continuity Lessons From the NYSE and United Airlines Outages Last Week

Caroline McKee

Posted by Caroline McKee
Tue, Jul 14, 2015

Last week, technical difficulties almost simultaneously prevented United Airlines, the New York Stock Exchange, TD Ameritrade and the Wallstreet Journal from being able to carry out normal business operations. This not only impacted the individual companies experiencing the outages, but also inconvenienced the travelers of 4,900 flights, caused those trading in the New York Stock Exchange to lose potential trades to competitor exchanges instantly, and briefly shook consumer confidence — nearly throwing the American economy into uncertainty.

What does this mean for your company? 

Though your company may not directly impact the national or global economy in the event you were to experience technical difficulties, every business is capable of suffering financial and legal implications when normal network operations go awry. However, MSPs like Meridian can offer several solutions to help you implement a system to protect your company and its data from a technical disaster like that of last week's new headlines.

Read on to find out why business continuity planning is worth it, along with the "BEES" of Data Protection:

  • Backup 
  • Encrypt 
  • Evaluate 
  • Secure 
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