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FCC Vote Approves Net Neutrality, Title II Reclassification

Posted by Philip Tang

Fri, Feb 27, 2015

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Topics: New Technology, Technology Improvements

Career in Information Technology: Future Prospects

Posted by Jason Wong

Fri, Feb 27, 2015

In our daily lives, we have integrated the products and end means of information technology whether it's the operating systems on the computer networks that automate a company's tasks and processes, our mobile phones, or the vast amount of information sought and found on the internet. This translates obstensibly that careers in the information technology sector are expected to grow significantly in the upcoming years. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs in computer software engineering for example, are expected to grow by as much as 32 percent by 2018.

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Topics: Managed Services, Careers

Seven Steps to Creating Layers of Security For Your Data

Posted by Cathie Briggette

Mon, Feb 23, 2015

Protecting your data is like any other security challenge, it is about creating layers of protection.  The idea of layering security is very simple:  You CANNOT and SHOULD NOT rely on just one security mechanism, such as a password to protect something that is very sensitive to your business.  If that security mechanism fails, you have nothing left to protect your information.

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Topics: Data Security

Methods to Protect Yourself Against Identity Theft

Posted by Philip Tang

Fri, Feb 20, 2015

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Topics: 201CMR17.00, Data Security

Thinking about Moving to the Cloud? Here is some information.

Posted by Cathie Briggette

Thu, Feb 19, 2015


INTRODUCTION:  Cloud computing has become increasingly more prominent in the business world.  More and more small businesses are finding that they can save money, time and travel by moving to the cloud.  Here are some articles that will help you make a decision on whether your company should move to the cloud

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Topics: Cloud Computing

The Importance of a Disaster Recovery Plan

Posted by Cathie Briggette

Thu, Feb 19, 2015

You insure your car, your house, even your pet. These measures are taken to protect your valuables from disaster. With data, not only do you have to have it insured (backed up using tapes, hard drives, cloud servers, etc), but you also need to have a Disaster Recovery (DR) plan in place that has been tested for reliability to assist your organization should a disaster occur.

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Topics: Disaster Recovery

Cloud Computing CAN Help Your Small Business

Posted by Cathie Briggette

Wed, Feb 18, 2015

Cloud computing has become increasingly more prominent in the technology world. More companies are creating online based applications like GoogleDocs or Microsoft Office 2010 to be used in the cloud. It’s beginning to create quite the stir and as a small business owner, you may find yourself thinking about it more and more. But do you know if it can actually help your business? Let’s take a look at the different dimensions of cloud storage and how it may change the way you run your business:

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Topics: Cloud Computing

NSK Inc Named to IT Managed Service Provider 500 List by CRN.

Posted by Cathie Briggette

Wed, Feb 18, 2015

NSK Inc Named to Managed Service Provider 500 List by CRN

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Topics: NSK Team, Managed Services

The Importance of Having a Business Continuity Plan

Posted by Melissa Cocks

Tue, Feb 17, 2015

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What would happen if your data was lost or you lost internet for the day? If a hurricane hit and your information was gone, would you be able to continue performing your everyday business tasks? If not, how long would it take to recover your business? These questions are overwhelming, but important to ask yourself when it comes to threats to your business and having a disaster recovery plan. 

Whether you are the CEO or the CIO of your company, it is important to acknowledge the value of having an established business continuity plan. It is difficult to believe that something drastic enough to disrupt your everyday business activities could take place, but it is often when we assume things could never happen to us that they do.

According to the University of Texas, 87% of U.S. companies encounter computer system failures annually. Many of these failures last for over a day, which can significantly affect profit and customer relationship management (CRM). Also, it has been found that many businesses do not have a plan in place in case a disaster was to occur. That being said, there could be an even greater impact if disaster struck because many businesses depend on each other to operate efficiently and profitably. The potential domino effect that businesses would experience in the worst case scenario would be devastating.

On a lighter note, let's just say that your email server was down for a day for whatever the reason may be. You might say, "But we could use the phone." That is true, but consider how heavily businesses depend on databases, and rightfully so. Using them is easier and faster than going through a Rolodex of contacts, and they organize every piece of information regarding a single contact. You are going to want to make sure you have a plan in place and also seek help from IT professionals or an IT team in order to lessen the impact of disruption.

Assessing how vulnerable you are to being impacted by disaster or data loss is an important step in planning for business continuity. Here are a couple of questions that may make you think about how important a continuity plan is to your specific business:

-What activities are most important to your business?
-Can you survive without them or do you have an alternative?
-How much of your business' productivity depends on computers/databases/internet?

Chances are that you feel concerned if you have not already established a plan, which isn't surprising since most of America's businesses rely on computers. Here are some steps you can take to make sure you are prepared in the case of disruption:

-Identify important roles in your company (who plays a crucial role in everyday business? If a certain person in your company was to no longer be there, would you have a backup?) Include solutions in your plan.

-Identify places for equipment rental and back-up supplies

-Implement off-site data backup or seek IT support/IT consulting

-Map out an alternate location (where would you move offices to temporarily if needed?)

-Have this plan set in stone

Additionally, you need to be sure every employee is informed of the plan, so it would be a good idea to conduct information sessions or send out newsletters regarding the business continuity plan.


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Topics: Disaster Recovery, Managed Services

Net Neutrality: Challenges Facing FCC's Title II Reclassification

Posted by Philip Tang

Fri, Feb 13, 2015

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Topics: New Technology, IT Services, Technology Improvements