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Business Network Security

on June 20, 2018 No comments

If you have watched or listened to the news in the past few weeks, the various news outlets have been warning all of us who use wireless routers to RESET THEM. Cyber attacks on the “little guys” are a fact of life now.

As more large corporations beef up their firewall and internet security, hackers are increasingly turning to us little guys. You can say, what do they want with my little company? And you would be right. It’s not necessarily your data they want, rather its the ability to  network several small networks together for their use.

We have our own checklist for Network Security, but for the purpose of introducing you to the topic, we are going to use the Network Security Checklist from Cisco :

“Network Security Checklist

Many small and medium-sized businesses do not have adequate network security. Here’s how to make sure you do.

Now more than ever, you depend on your network for your most important business operations, such as communication, inventory, billing, sales, and trading with partners. Yet up to now, you might have held off on protecting your network, for several reasons:

  • Network security might seem too complex, and tackling it might seem like too much work. But you can take a step-by-step approach as described in the checklist below, and then get an outside consultant to help you complete your security plan.
  • You might think network security is an expense that won’t help your business grow. Instead of thinking about network security as a technical concern, consider it a business continuity issue. Networks have become a basic part of doing business today, making security planning as important as sales and marketing.
  • You may believe that smaller companies are less likely to be a target of attacks. But as large companies beef up their network security, hackers are increasingly focusing on small and medium-sized businesses.

General Security Planning Tips

The following tips can help you develop and win support for an effective network security plan:

  • Focus on return on value rather than return on investment. Consider the harm a network security breach could do to your business, such as lost revenue or customer litigation.
  • Never assume that network attacks will come only from outsiders. Your employees can accidentally create security vulnerabilities, and disgruntled or former employees can cause considerable damage.
  • Don’t be tempted to confront security concerns with a piecemeal approach rather than a single, unified strategy that protects your whole network.
  • Work with others in your company to develop and roll out security strategies, focusing on technology, training, and physical site security with tools like surveillance cameras.
  • Find the right balance between security and usability. The more secure your network is, the more difficult it can be to use.

Network Security Checklist

Every business should have a written (and thoughtfully prepared) network security plan in place. A thorough policy will cover topics such as:

  • Acceptable use policy, to specify what types of network activities are allowed and which ones are prohibited
  • E-mail and communications activities, to help minimize problems from e-mails and attachments
  • Antivirus policy, to help protect the network against threats like viruses, worms, and Trojan horses
  • Identity policy, to help safeguard the network from unauthorized users
  • Password policy, to help employees select strong passwords and protect them
  • Encryption policy, to provide guidance on using encryption technology to protect network data
  • Remote access policy, to help employees safely access the network when working outside the office “

This is a lot to take in, but it is a great introduction to the complexities of strong network security for your business network. To get your network secure, give us a call and we can go through everything with you and set it up for your specific requirements.

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Business Computers

on June 14, 2018 No comments

Unified Technology Solutions is your GO TO Vendor for the purchase of desktops, laptops and servers you need to keep your business running. We have been around for several years now and you can ask anyone who has worked with us if we know our tech. They will say yes.

I would like to let you in on a little secret though. We also sell computers, phone systems and servers  to businesses. In fact, we are always just a little worried when we have to try to set up and entire network from with someone’s off the shelf computers.

It’s important to know that while the big box stores may have a few models of different brands of computers on their shelves, not all of those computers are configured to serve you well over time. Business owners are often tempted to buy the most economical systems when they are on the hunt for a desktop or laptop, but purchasing a computer that can’t take the wear and tear of a device which is being used all day every day can be a waste of your valuable funds.

Purchasing a computer that can take the punishment and can be upgraded or repaired as things wear out, and have the computing power to handle the business software which is so important to running your company is something we understand. Please, give us a call before you head out to purchase any electronics for your business.

What else is it that we do besides sell computers or repair your broken PC’s? Well, we have our Help Desk services you can sign up for, so that when there is a system problem help is there to walk you through the problem.

UTS has great network support as well. If you need more computing power to run your network, we have servers which can take care of that. We are your business computer company here in Vero Beach and the surrounding cities. We also set up the all important back up and can move much of your data storage to the Cloud. VoIp phone systems are another tool we can use to make your operation run smoothly.

Give us a call..let’a have a talk about your business computing needs..

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New Ways To Use Technology?

on May 24, 2018 No comments

Back in the olden days, when I attended college, you could go to class or you could take courses online. Rarely did the two intersect. Which I always thought was a shame, because there are so many more productive ways to use technology, and sitting, listening to a lecture was sometimes less than stimulating.

I was looking for a timely topic for this week’s post and came across this article from CNBC. The Title intrigued me, Five things Today’s Leading Businesses Can Learn From Universities. The article addressed the subject of how to engage millenials, the need for companies to integrate sustainability into their corporate culture and environment, but it’s the third point that caught my eye. I think this is brilliant.

“3. Technology

“Third, is using technology to enable lifelong learning and talent development,” says Thomas.

One way in which colleges are leveraging new technology is by having students listen to lectures online so that they can participate in hands-on or discussion-based activities in class. “A number of universities have started to engage in something called ‘flipping the classroom,”‘ he says.

He argues that leveraging technology in this way is more productive and efficient, but required colleges to totally re-think how they educate students. Reinventions like these could allow companies to train and retrain their employees more efficiently says Thomas.

Tim Quinlan, Director of Digital Platform for Learning at Intel agrees. “If you’re not learning you’re dying,” he says. That’s why employees at companies like Intel and Tesla use online learning platforms likeDegreedEdX and Khan Academy to learn new skills and stay up to date on the newest developments in their fields.

The idea of being able to “attend” the classroom lectures online instead of in a classroom appeals to me. You’re not sitting next to someone who is scribbling notes furiously, or tapping their pencil, you are in your own area, comfortable, with hopefully few distractions. If the lectures are recorded, which I assume they are, then if you are confused about a certain point, or you have missed something, you can go back and review. I love that.

Then, in the actual class there is time for an exchange of ideas, of sharing and creating a better understanding of the subject matter.

I think this could also be very productive in business. Instead of sitting through 30 minutes of Power Point Presentations in a conference room, perhaps the Power Point, or whatever type of presentation, could happen earlier and the meeting could be shorter with talking points already formulated by the attendees.

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Purchasing and Installing Computer Networks For Your Business

on May 17, 2018 No comments

If you have started a new business here on the Treasure Coast, or if you are an existing business which is about to expand in this more robust economy, you may need our help. If you aren’t certain as to why that is, let me share some things with you that can clarify my statements.

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What makes UTS different?

on May 3, 2018 No comments

Indian river county Network Support Network Helpdesk Managed IT, Remote Workers Support Vero Beach,Active Directory Management,What makes UTS different from other IT Companies? I think the biggest hint is in the name of our company. Unified Technology Solutions.

When I attend networking functions, one of the things they ask us to do is to share something about our company which differentiates us from the others who offer IT support.

Almost without exception, most of the people there will say things like, we are honest, we take care of our customers, we are hard working. So even though we are all of those things, I would venture to say they might NOT be the only factors which make us a better fit for your IT needs.

What else can we offer as a reason to choose us? As I stated earlier in this post, it’s all right there in our name. We don’t just fix a broken PC or laptop, we offer full service solutions for all aspects of your business. From phone systems, to software and hardware integration, to offering our assistance with design and management of your network.   At UTS, we realize that running a successful business, managing staff and keeping up with technology can be quite a lot to juggle every day. It’s our goal to help lighten the load.

Our people are well trained and experienced. Sometimes all the training in the world doesn’t help when you have an intermittent problem. Experience and the ability to think things through based upon that experience is a skill set not all of our competitors have.

At UTS we are known to anticipate situations which could cause problems down the line and work with you to implement changes which keep those issues from occurring.

We have a number of support levels available to our clients and we understand that you need things running, you can’t wait for a couple of days. Our response time is within minutes of hours, not days or weeks.

UTS is truly a family owned business. I know that phrase, like a family, is overused, but in our case, we are family. Any staff we bring on to work with us is treated like family.

Anyone can take a few courses online or at a Junior College and become certified to work on computers. We have been trained and we have years of experience, plus we are constantly learning in order to keep up with advances in hardware and software.

UTS is in this for the long run. We have a local office here in Vero Beach, support services for all types of budgets, and a responsive, educated staff. We are going to be here when you call.

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Working Smarter Not Harder

on April 23, 2018 No comments

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American culture has for years embraced the notion that the more hours you work, the more effective you are. There are studies out now which dispute that fact. According to Lou Babuaata of Zen Habits, prioritizing your Most important tasks. Then get those done first thing in the morning and move on with all of the other work that pops into your life during the day. This is the best way to be productive. Any number of hours we work in a week that surpasses 55 hours is mostly a waste of our time. The longer we work, the less productive we become. We can now say that’s a fact.

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Will You Still Need to Type?

on April 20, 2018 No comments

 

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Artificial Intelligence, or AI and voice recognition are gaining traction. The technology which enables us to communicate with computer and devices via voice commands has come along way in a short period of time. Today you will probably encounter more people using some form of AI, then you will people who aren’t. Don’t think YOU are? Have you said OK Google, take me to the nearest Outback Steakhouse? That’s using AI and Speech recognition. There was no typing required to get your directions or access your favorite music.

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Whats New In Tech?

on March 20, 2018 No comments

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Computers Running Slow?

on February 8, 2018 No comments

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As your computer gets older, does it seem to be running slower and slower? Are you thinking that perhaps you need a new one? Before you do anything like purchase a new computer, it would be a good idea to simply perform a few tasks which could clear out the clutter and make your system work faster. 

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Top Tech Trends for 2018

on January 18, 2018 No comments

With breakthroughs for promising technology on the horizon, pleasant surprises such as the emergence of blockchain are piquing the interest of those interested in the shift to a digital currency. As we cross the threshold into the new year, let’s take a look at what the technological terrain will look like in 2018.

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