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What Are the Elements of Cybersecurity and How Does It Work?

What Are the Elements of Cybersecurity and How Does It Work?

The term “cybersecurity” can seem nebulous because it encompasses so many different things. There is not one single tactic a business can take to secure its technology infrastructure. Good cyber security services include multiple layers of protection that address all corners of technology use. Why is cybersecurity now a vital part of any business operations? Because falling victim to just one cyber attack can leave a business devastated financially. Approximately 60% of small businesses end up closing their doors within 6 months of suffering a data breach or malware infection. Cyber security companies will look at several areas of a … Read more

Standard Managed IT Services Pricing Models

Standard Managed IT Services Pricing Models

When purchasing managed IT services, trying to do a direct comparison between providers can be challenging. Not all managed IT service providers use the same pricing model, so you’re not always comparing apples to apples when trying to understand cost versus value. Some pricing models may provide you with a full package of complete managed IT services, while others may allow you to choose only the services you need. It’s important to understand how each model works so you can make an informed decision. Managed IT service solutions are vital to businesses that don’t have in-house IT teams and that … Read more

What Are the Most Critical IT Policies Our Company Should Use?

Company IT policies are like the lane markers on a highway. They keep traffic from going off course and becoming unmanageable. Without policies in place, a company’s IT infrastructure can suffer, become less secure, and be less efficient. For example, without a policy on how passwords are to be secured and managed, employees are more likely to create passwords that are easy to hack and reuse those passwords over multiple accounts. Other problems that occur can impact network security and equipment longevity. Such as employees not being guided in how to care for company-issued devices or the type of software … Read more

How Much Should Managed Services Cost?

When looking for the best ways to handle your IT infrastructure, the cost versus the benefit is important.  If you don’t understand both, you could end up going with an option that costs you more without realizing it. For example, companies that are comparing the cost of managed IT services with the cost of just handling things themselves, often don’t factor in costs like downtime, loss of productivity because the staff is struggling with tech issues, and the high costs related to a cyberattack. When IT isn’t managed professionally, it can mean you end up paying more. Some of the … Read more

5 Best Practices for Securing Your Microsoft 365 Account

Microsoft 365 is one of the most popular cloud services for businesses of all sizes. It includes the popular Office programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook) as well as multiple collaboration and productivity tools.  In Canada, there are over 82,000 companies that use the Microsoft 365 platform for their office productivity needs. But far too many are unsure how to properly protect their accounts from a data breach. Cloud account hijackings have risen dramatically during the pandemic because more companies have made the transition to cloud workflows, and hackers go where the data is. In 2020, attacks on cloud accounts increased … Read more