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Timely Talk About IT Security – Wannacry!

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Thu, May 18, 2017

By now, I'm just going to assume that most, if not all, of you have at least heard something about the Wannacry! Ransomware.

It’s been all over the news and many of my colleagues and clients have been asking me about it. Unfortunately, I have to deliver some bad news – these kinds of threats are going to continue to be more frequent. They're even getting cooler names from the individuals or groups disseminating them, so the media promotes them more, too...the jury's still out on whether that's a good thing, or a bad thing. 

Related: What DC SMBs Need to Know About Encrypting Ransomware and Malware

While widespread awareness can help slow the spread of bugs like this, it can also inspire copycat attacks from others who want their 15 minutes in the limelight. However, the thing the media's definitely not talking about enough is the fact that this could have been prevented if people simply took proper preventative care of their networks. 

Were you covered for the Wannacry attack? Are you sure or How do you know? Who do you call to get answers about something like this?

Related: Top 5 Risks of Using Outdated Technology

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Construction and Property Management: Technology trends to watch

Adam Siegelbaum

Posted by Adam Siegelbaum
Wed, Apr 26, 2017


These are the major changes and technology transformations that are influencing the construction and property management industry.

The construction and property management industry has been experiencing strong growth and expansion, with additional growth anticipated in the coming years — and with growth comes transformation.

There are a handful of technology trends influencing the construction and property management sector that are important for organizations in these fields to be aware of.

By gaining an understanding of the shifts that are taking place, they will be better positioned to recognize which organizational adjustments and operational strategy changes they need to make to prepare for the future and gain a competitive advantage.

In this post, I'll expand on a few notable trends I've noticed or been asked about in my dealings with clients in this field, including:

  1. Increased emphasis on collaboration
  2. Internet of Things (IoT)
  3. Virtual and augmented realities (AR and VR)
  4. Telepresence and automated receptionist systems
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Create a Winning Workflow Strategy

Kam Roshan

Posted by Kam Roshan
Tue, Feb 28, 2017


The efficiency of any business comes down to its workflow strategy.

Managing your office can be a difficult endeavor. It's an ongoing responsibility that involves a lot of working parts.

Between document and network management, there is never a shortage of processes and systems to assess, issues to address or methods to reconsider. However, the key to ensuring the work of your organization gets done as efficiently and as cost-effective as possible all comes down to your workflow.

Business processes are usually created holistically over time. As such, there are often a lot of areas that overlap, producing redundancies and inefficiencies.

These pitfalls, in turn, lead to unnecessary costs and delays, and hamper the overall performance and success of an organization. As your organization grows and evolves, it's important to adapt operations in tandem and consistently evaluate workflows to ensure they reflect the best possible way for work to get done. 

There are a number of ways to create a winning workflow strategy. The first step is to get a clear picture of what processes and systems are in place right now.

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Be Prepared: Avoid Data Disasters with Backup and Disaster Recovery Planning

JC Lee

Posted by JC Lee
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Murphy’s Law states that anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, and when it comes to information technology, Murphy was an optimist.

Data is at the heart of any modern organization. If critical data is lost due to accident, database corruption, theft, hardware failure, or even natural disaster, business continuity can come to a halt. Data backup and disaster recovery may not be at the top of the list of topics for discussion at the company picnic, but maybe it should be.

Because data is the heart of any enterprise, it's crucial to protect it and be able to recover data that gets lost or corrupted despite your best protective measures.

Read on for:

  1. Why backing up your data matters
  2. What data should be backed up
  3. How data should be backed up
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Unsecured File Sharing is Risky Business

Erjon Xhepa

Posted by Erjon Xhepa
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

File sync-and-share apps have become increasingly popular with enterprises, both small and large.

In some organizations, the ability to share and edit electronic documents is essential to their operations. Used properly, file sharing can enhance productivity, creativity, and collaboration. Used improperly, it can cause data security nightmares.

Hackers and other cyber crooks are always looking for the weak spot in any network security system. They're constantly probing and testing firewalls and antivirus software, or going on “phishing” expeditions looking for victims. But, sometimes, they get lucky and an unsecured document or email just drops into their laps.

RELATED: Is Antivirus Software Really Dead?

A mistake in peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing can result in anything from a slight inconvenience to a major security breach. As a member of Meridian’s VCIO Team, I consider secure file sharing to be a top priority. In this post, I'll explain why it should be one of your top priorities, too.

Read on to learn more about:

  1. Key points that should be included in your policy for secure file sharing
  2. Risks associated with unsecured file sharing
  3. Advantages of secure file sharing practices
  4. Guidelines to help determine who should be responsible for preventing unsecured file sharing in your organization
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No More Excuses: Erase Tape Backups From Your Business Continuity Plan

Erjon Xhepa

Posted by Erjon Xhepa
Tue, Dec 20, 2016

I saw a payphone last week, and it wasn’t even in a museum...

It reminded me of how we're sometimes slow to embrace technological advances. First, there was resistance to cell phones (the brick-sized Iridium phone didn’t help the cause). Then, there was recognition that big change was on the way (massive advertising didn’t hurt). Today, most of us wouldn't even leave home without our smartphones.

In fact, mobile phone adoption is so widespread that some people even develop Nomophobia, or the fear of being without a mobile phone. Even more surprising is the fact that — according to the UN — worldwide, there are more people with mobile phones than there are people with access to toilets. Which segues into today’s blog topic: magnetic tape data backup systems.

Magnetic tape as a backup storage medium is still used by many today, and it may never go away completely, just like green screens and typewriters can still be found in some offices (and museums). But, the Digital Age is upon us, and it’s time to embrace disk drive storage and really embrace cloud-based backups, and let magnetic tape go the way of the payphone.

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3 Questions to Ask Before Outsourcing IT Services

JC Lee

Posted by JC Lee
Tue, Dec 13, 2016

In today's highly digitized landscape, businesses are facing a lot of major changes within their organization. With more applications, processes and operations moving online and to electronic platforms, IT management has become a primary area of focus for many.


Before choosing a managed IT services provider, make sure you have the answers to these questions.

The world of IT is incredibly complex and ever-evolving, so if you're a small or medium sized business with relatively limited resources, it's highly recommended that you consult with a managed IT services provider (MSP).

According to IDC, these MSP organizations are expected to account for over $1 trillion in annual revenue in 2018 — a testament to the reliance many companies are, and will continue, to put in them.

But, with so many options out there, how do you pick the right IT partner for your business?

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Benefits of Non-Profits & Associations Using Managed IT Services [Video]

Scot Lienke

Posted by Scot Lienke
Wed, Dec 07, 2016

Outsourcing IT services is a smart move for many organizations. But for associations and non-profits, it can be especially beneficial. 

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The Future Office is Now: What used to be for play is now for work

Jordan Arnold

Posted by Jordan Arnold
Tue, Dec 06, 2016


New trends in tech can reshape the purposes of some office devices.

With new advancements in the workplace, businesses may need to rethink the way they view many technologies.

That can mean taking something commonly associated with recreation — such as augmented or virtual reality (VR), originally made popular by gaming platforms like Oculus Rift — and incorporating it into the standard workday.

The Internet of Things (IoT) will likely play a big role in this transformation. Since it's fundamentally based on putting technology to productive, connected use, the change can make employees more aware of different kinds of data.

Read on to learn more about the following implications:

  • Blurring the lines between departments, such as IT and FM (facility management)
  • Impact on the way employees communicate
  • Getting down to (social) business
  • How you can keep up and get ahead
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How to Take Stress Off Your IT Department: Go Hybrid

Matt Williams

Posted by Matt Williams
Tue, Nov 29, 2016


Outsourced IT professionals can support existing departments.

Partnering with a managed IT services provider (MSP) for a Hybrid IT approach enhances your internal IT department with much-needed support, specialized skills and more — without the expense of adding headcount.

Not every business has the staff within their existing organization that they may need, especially with today's quickly-evolving technology landscape

As Gordon Haff states in his article, Why IT Went Hybrid (And Why It Matters), "it's probably impossible to do everything in-house — and it's certainly not economically sensible." 

Haff is right on target, as more and more situations require specialized skills, such as those specific to cybersecurity, physical security, strategic planning or technology upgrade projects. When these situations arise, a company that attempts to solely handle them in-house, on top of their existing workload, can put too much weight on internal IT departments, leaving them less likely to succeed.

Read on to learn how we partner with many of our clients to alleviate these stresses, because your team deserves the resources and support necessary to succeed.

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