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The Beginner's Guide to Amazon Web Services

Posted by Cathie Briggette Thu, Jul 02, 2015


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Topics: Cloud Computing, Managed Services, Technology Improvements, Cloud Security

Will Two Mobile Devices Become the Standard?

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Wed, Jul 01, 2015

Mobile technology is surely altering the way in which businesses conduct themselves. It is an investment that few are willing to disregard. Increases in productivity and efficiency, enhancement of management capability, promotion of communication, and greater access to information are all irrefutable practical advantages of integrating mobile devices into a business network. There are, however, evident disadvantages as well when upgrading a business model to include mobile technology. While high data service and IT management costs as well as initial unfamiliarity with the application market can lead a business away from exploring this technology, it is growing security complications that are the most inconvenient consequence of a mobile business network.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management

Office 365 vs. Hosted Exchange: Is there a right answer?

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Wed, Jun 24, 2015

Small and medium-sized businesses are certainly not without options in regards to how they manage their documents, store their files, access word processing applications, internally communicate, etc. Not only can they choose to take advantage of a managed IT service provider, internal IT department, or subscription service, but there are also a variety of specialized services to choose from within these options. Furthermore, businesses are not required to limit themselves to only one, and they can choose to access a subscription service through a managed IT service provider, coordinate their IT team with an IT services firm, or use their IT department to manage their subscription services. It is through recognizing this multitude of options that the question has recently been raised as to whether small and medium-sized businesses should choose Office 365 or a Hosted Exchange service.

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Topics: Microsoft, IT Services

10 Reasons to Upgrade your Windows 2003 Right Now!

Posted by Cathie Briggette Tue, Jun 23, 2015

Is your company still working on Windows Small Business Server 2003 (Windows 2003)?  If so you should be discussing with your IT provider or your IT Services group or they should definitely be talking to you about the approaching end of support (July 2015). If you aren’t already getting ready for the switch, your business is cutting it really really close.

Here are 10 reasons you should upgrade your 2003 Server today…. Or as soon as possible.

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Topics: Data Security, IT Services, Windows Server

Tough Mudder and NSK Inc

Posted by Cathie Briggette Thu, Jun 18, 2015

NSK helped to sponsor a Tough Mudder event in June of 2015.  

Two of NSK Inc’s employees and one former, were involved in the Tough Mudder event held in New Hampshire.  The employees included on the Tough Mudder NSK Inc Team were: Mike Zappala, Senior IT Consultant in Field Services; Ahmed Fadili, NSK’s Field Services Manager; and past employee Chris McNair.  The 3 teamed with 6 other people including 1 woman.

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Topics: NSK Team

We have 3 IT Field Consultant Positions Open

Posted by Cathie Briggette Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Field IT Consultant Wanted

Position Title:                       Field IT Consultant 

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Topics: NSK Team

Small Business Challenges and Mobile Solutions

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Mon, Jun 15, 2015

As we encounter the limitless capabilities of the smartphones that continue to spend increasingly more time in our hands than our pockets, it is certain that consumers are not ignoring the value of mobile technology. Additionally, as mobile business applications increase in number and quality, the purpose of smartphones remains evidently dynamic. It is an anomaly why only about half of small and medium-sized businesses have truly began implementing the versatility of mobile technology into their model. Nonetheless, there is an upward trend in the number of businesses that are making this important stride, and it is certainly not too late for small businesses to become leaders in mobile technology utilization and integration. This is especially true given that new mobile solutions are continually developing therefore allowing some businesses to become the first to utilize a particular element of this technology.

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Topics: Mobile Device Management, Technology Improvements

Mending a Bleeding Heart: Cognizance as an IT Security Solution

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Mon, Jun 08, 2015

The nationally publicized security disaster of April 2014 known as the "Heartbleed" bug has certainly drawn attention to the developing need to prioritize security when dealing with information systems. A single, flawed line of code written into an extension of the widely used web encryption software called OpenSSL granted access to stored private and personal data to those who sought to illegally obtain it. While the software was built to maintain periodic open connections between servers in order to regulate operation, the mentioned line of code inadvertently allowed 64 kilobytes of information to be accessed by a web attacker when an open connection was established. Furthermore, given that the process was periodic, an individual extracting information illegally could accumulate valuable data over time by continuously exploiting each open connection. As a consequence, hackers were able to acquire usernames, passwords, credit card information, and each server’s private digital key, which made classified internal documents available to unauthorized parties. Although this vulnerability was ultimately patched, the event made an example of the problems that arise when software is not monitored for exploitable weaknesses.

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Topics: Data Security, Technology Improvements, Cloud Security

What happened to Windows 9? How the Upgrade to Windows 10 May Transform IT Services

Posted by Dillon MacInnis Thu, Jun 04, 2015


As the release date (July 29) of Windows 10 approaches, both consumers and businesses are certainly wondering what happened to Windows 9. Some may even ask themselves if they missed its release. Of course, this is not the case. There is a myriad of theories surrounding Microsoft's decision regarding what to name their upcoming operating system from nine being an unlucky number in Japanese culture (Japan is a popular consumer of Microsoft products) to avoiding confusion with versions of Windows 8 that have been modified by third parties. Nonetheless, there does not appear to be one identifiable reason for the choice of name, and more likely, there are a collection of valid explanations. It is, however, probable that one of these reasons was to allow Microsoft to distance itself from the user interface concerns of Windows 8. Windows 10 will likely be a fresh reimagining of the resilient operating system that utilizes classic components while remaining both innovative and contemporary.
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Topics: Microsoft, IT Services

This weekend I gutted a network and redesigned it physically & logically

Posted by Cathie Briggette Wed, Jun 03, 2015

By Tim Dooher

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Topics: Tech Fixes

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