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What to do about your IT Services in a Storm

Posted by Cathie Briggette

Mon, Jan 26, 2015

A northeaster is bringing wind-whipped, wet snow to Massachusetts.  New England braces for huge Blizzard!

 

Minimize Technology Problems and Protect your IT Infrastructure Before a Storm:

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Topics: Managed Services, Technology problems during a storm

Is it time to re-evaluate my IT?

Posted by Cathie Briggette

Thu, Jan 22, 2015

It is important for you to make sure the right IT processes are being implemented on your network.  You may want to re-evaluate your IT network and infrastructure to make sure it is working for your company.  Being informed of IT processes within your organization, as well as outside your organization is always better than being uninformed.

Below are key questions to ask yourself in order to make sure the IT Network at your organization is being sufficiently supported.


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Topics: IT management, disaster recovery, Data Security

New Phishing Scam Targeted at Microsoft Users

Posted by Cathie Briggette

Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Please be advised that NSK Inc has been made aware of a Phishing Scam that is targeting Microsoft customers.The scam is sent through email.

The email Subject Heading is as follows: 

Subject: Welcome to the Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center (VLSC)

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Topics: Data Security

In-house IT vs. Outsourced IT.

Posted by Melissa Cocks

Mon, Jan 19, 2015

outsourcinginhouseDoes it make sense to outsource your IT?

There’s no single right answer to these questions. A great deal depends on the following:

1. Can your in-house team do the job well?

2. Can someone else do the job better?

3. If the answer to 2 is “yes,” will the difference be enough to cover the cost of their services less your internal management savings?

As your company matures, the level of complexity necessary to optimize for size and efficiency has grown beyond all but a handful of the very best in-house network administrators.
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Topics: IT Consulting, Outsourcing IT, IT services Boston

How to Protect Your Company From CyberCrime

Posted by Andrew Sullivan

Fri, Jan 16, 2015

How secure are your small business assets from fraud, identity theft and cybercrime?

Sixty-five percent of surveyed businesses said they are not sufficiently budgeted for online security. The number increases to 71 percent for those with revenues under $10 million. Small businesses also have a higher fraud rate than larger companies and non-business owners. One of the most frequent sources of fraud is credit card abuse – largely due to the fact that few business owners actually take the time to go through every line item on their bill or choose to mingle business and personal accounts.

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Topics: disaster recovery, 201CMR17.00

Organizing your Switch Rack and Cleaning the Server Room

Posted by Cathie Briggette

Fri, Jan 16, 2015

An organized switch rack makes a huge difference when you are tracing and replacing cables within your server room.  It also makes it much easier when removing hardware, and most importantly increasing airflow.

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Topics: IT services Boston, server migration, IT Relocation

IT Associate Recovers Stolen iPad With Help of MBTA Transit Police

Posted by Michael Lupacchino

Mon, Jan 12, 2015

It was a normal morning for Michael McGowan. An IT tech at NSK Inc, McGowan had just sat down at his desk when he received a phone call from one of his clients. The client was calling to report that his iPad® had been stolen. While waiting for the Red Line of the MBTA, he was typing an e-mail on his iPad. In the middle of composing the e-mail, someone grabbed the iPad right out of his hands and took off.

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Topics: IT services Boston, mobile device management, disaster recovery

Data Breach Resources

Posted by Melissa Cocks

Wed, Dec 31, 2014

List of Data Breach Resources

Compilation of External Links

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Topics: disaster recovery, Data Security, Business Continuity

PAID Marketing Intern wanted for Winter/Spring 2015

Posted by Cathie Briggette

Tue, Dec 30, 2014

NSK Inc. is looking for a marketing intern to work over the winter/spring semester on a part-time basis (15-20 hrs per week) in our Marketing Department.  

 

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Topics: IT Jobs

The End-of-Life for Small Business Server is Here: What Can You Do?

Posted by Ben Olcott

Mon, Dec 29, 2014

As you may or may not know, the end-of-life date of Windows Small Business Server 2003 is July 14, 2015. This means Microsoft will be terminating services for the line, services that provide crucial security updates and patches. This termination will be akin to the Windows XP termination this past April: XP can still run on desktops, but the product is off the shelf both commercially and in terms of Microsoft’s internal support; vulnerable, it is a security disaster waiting to happen and generally will not pass regulations. The problems in upgrading a server are similar but far bigger, and the popular mad-dash-switch strategy is not feasible for companies relying heavily on fully-operational 24/7 server activity. The whole infrastructure of a system, in many cases carefully built up over years, needs to be reworked – and this takes time, time that can be born only out of ample foresight. Though the end-of-life for the Small Business Server 2003 is a year away, the question must be asked now: what are we going to do about upgrading?

 (Image courtesy of blog.zensoftware.co.uk) 

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Topics: IT services Boston, Cloud Computing