As we move out of 2016 and into 2017, strengthening IT security should be everyone’s number one New Year’s resolution. With zero-day exploits found in numerous key software programs and Adobe Flash Player objects appearing on more then 90 percent of malicious pages over a one-year period, not strengthening your IT security may actually put you out of business. As technology continues to evolve from on premise resources to the cloud the reality is, if it is connected to the Internet, it is fair game for an attack. Nothing is immune, from mobile devices to voting machines; everything that is connected is a valid attack vector.

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From home to business, from desktop to web and the devices in between, Office 365 delivers the tools you need to get the work done. Staying on top of business and technology trends has become increasingly expensive. However, your competitors will be investing in IT even if you don’t. Businesses of all sizes face an increasingly competitive environment complicated by advances in big data, social media, and mobile technologies. To stay competitive, you want to keep business running smoothly and securely while taking advantage of the best that modern IT can offer.

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Cloud computing has simultaneously transformed businesses worldwide, and created new security challenges. With a host of new security vulnerabilities including security issues whose full impacts are still emerging, understanding the implications of bypassing information technology is important. The reality is, characteristics of the parts of the cloud stack under customer control, is the very thing that makes it easy for an inexperienced user to adopt poor cloud practices. Ultimately, this can lead to widespread security or compliance breakdowns or both.

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Managed solutions also known as managed services, are proactive outsourcing solutions for businesses of any size. Today, IT infrastructure is more dynamic than ever, with cloud computing and hybrid environments, and an ever-changing threat landscape, protecting data and applications from being compromised is harder than it has ever been. Without a clear line of sight into a businesses entire IT infrastructure environment, identifying and mitigating network threats, analyzing security issues, protecting web applications, and assessing the vulnerability of a business is nearly impossible.

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With the increase in computer crimes and growing government control over business practices and protection of private information, as a business owner your sole focus should be on whether or not outsourcing IT through a managed service provider is a viable option. The associated security risks of outsourcing IT while real must be weighed against the potential loss of an endless amount of stored data and sensitive information.

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Most small to mid size businesses try to keep their work internal, so, they hire new people or utilize existing ones to fill specialized positions, such as IT support, help desk or systems administration support, rather than outsourcing. While the approach may seem beneficial since it allows a business owner to keep tight control over work, and in very few cases, costs down, taking on all of your business’s IT infrastructure, systems, and processes does not always pay off. In fact, the risk itself of doing so can be more costly than the money you think you’re saving by not outsourcing.

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Today’s manufacturing technology that would have seemed like ideas fresh out of a science fiction movie are now a reality. Now with advanced machine learning, deep ­­­neural networks move beyond classic computing and information management to create systems that can autonomously learn to perceive the world on their own. A data driven factory where all internal and external activities are connected through the same information platform, facilitates cutting-edge capabilities a manufacturing business can use to their advantage.

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Cybersecurity awareness is more important now that it has ever been. With governments, businesses, and individuals under attack at an exponential rate, the Department of Homeland Security works hard to raise awareness each year. The National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) which, begins in October every year, is an annual campaign to raise awareness about cybersecurity. Cybersecurity is the world’s biggest challenge; it is a challenge for our government, and for industries of all kinds.

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WikiLeaks, has obtained thousands of hacked emails belonging to John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign chair and the Democratic National Committee (DNC). The issue is not that WikiLeaks released information, the issue is how the information was obtained. If you had been paying attention, you may already know that a computer network used by Hillary Clinton was hacked as part of a board cyber attack on Democratic political organizations, which was announced publically by various media sources in late July

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Cybersecurity for manufacturing is becoming more complex. With interconnected systems and data running factories as well as the production and supply chain, cybersecurity should be at top of mind for anyone in this business. New hacking threats emerge daily and in the past two years, the Internet of Things has connected more systems and devices making processes easier and data more vulnerable.

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