It’s that time. In a few weeks 2018 will end and 2019 begins. Things are changing and if you don’t keep up you will fall behind. It’s time to make certain that all of your valuable data from 2018 is backed up and secure. It is also time to think ahead if you havent begun to already.
Unified Technology Solutions offers a full range of computer services for companies in the Vero Beach Area. From the purchase of computers and servers to support and more for your Indian River County business. UTS also offers computer repair, network support and cloud services. It is our goal to become your one stop shop for all of your business computing and phone related services. From planning your entire network, to keeping it running smoothly, we offer you a multi faceted support system so that your business never suffers from an outage or data loss.
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.
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.
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.
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 likeDegreed, EdX 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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Original post by Abigail Hess / https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/20/5-things-todays-leading-businesses-can-learn-from-universities.html
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.
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.
What ARE Managed IT Services, and does Unified Technology Solutions do them?
To answer the question, yes, we do perform Managed IT services. And now to explain what that includes: It simply means that we are a team of computer support people who have been trained and continue to hone the skills and tricks of the trade that keep computer networks up and running smoothly for companies big and small. At UTS we help businesses manage their phone and computing needs by helping them to first design the proper size and style of network their business needs today, and a system that will be easy to add on to as their computing and phone needs grow.
We work with in house IT departments as backup, or we become the outsourced IT department, depending upon the needs of your company. AT UTS we can offer remote support so that your downtime is minimal for most problems, and we offer monitoring services in order to keep problems from happening as much as possible.
At Unified Technology Solutions we also keep up to date on what the latest risks are to your systems and we will install and monitor security software for your company. Along with that we work with you to ensure your backup procedures are in place and working properly, just in case a breach should occur.
What does all this mean? Simply it gives you the tools you need, at your finger tips, to keep your systems running efficiently, and a provider with the skills and knowledge to help your computing power keep up with the demands of a growing business.
You have servers and multiple computers in your operations. Your field people have smart phones and tablets. You have switched from a landline PBX system to VoIP. Your technical department support department consists of one or two people and on the days when there are systems problems, it’s impossible for a staff that size to fix every problem. What do you do?
Well, I know one big thing you can do. Hire Unified Technology Solutions as your backup. Normally a computer repair company is only called when there is a problem or consulted if advice is needed. Otherwise, they are not an active participant in you companies IT technology management and decisions. The IT experts at Unified Technology Solutions prefer to take a more active role and be proactive when it comes to finding issues before they are problems.
For a flat monthly price we start by installing network monitoring tools on every PC and Server so we can get a better view of your systems performance, using these tools Unified Technology Solutions can spot problems and bottlenecks before they affect you and your employees. When problems arise your staff calls into our helpdesk and a knowledgeable & helpful technician remotes into the machine and resolves the issue while you are on the phone. And if it can’t be fixed remotely we will come to you to repair the issue, for no additional charge.
We understand that some companies want an onsite presence, and their own staff. That is fine. Unified Technology Solutions works well with on site techs. We are not out to do anything but make your systems run as efficiently and effectively as possible.
We also can assist you in a number of ways when the time comes to make decisions about upgrading your technology. We can do research on available products to find what best suits your needs, sit in on vendor negotiations, send representatives to management meetings, and review your communications contracts to make sure you are not wasting money. Our goal is to become your trusted technology advisor and a part of your team.
System outages can cause loss of revenue, employee frustration, and if your customers can’t reach you just think what that may mean. We have a solution that will save you countless frutration and headaches. Give us a call.