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It’s only been a day or so since the news of the LabCorp cyber attack has gone public. As this story unfolds it should be both a warning and a lesson to businesses in general but particularly to those that hold sensitive customer data. The healthcare industry and financial services organizations are targeted destinations for cyber criminals.
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Managed service providers are facing more competition as the market grows and adapts to meet new needs and challenges. New customer acquisition is more expensive and more complicated than ever. Referrals, while the best leads ever, are not a sustainable business model. So how do MSPs build long-term sustainable sales and marketing strategies?
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Most managed service provider businesses were founded on a need and a reputation. A friend or an associate needed a service and someone said,” Hey I worked with this guy that’s a genius with networks and computers. Let’s give him a call and see if he can help us out.” A relationship was formed and a new business was born. After that word of mouth and referrals added a few more clients, and before long a business became a reality.
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For "Small & Medium-sized Business (SMBs)". - "A fairly inexperienced hacker can attack a large number of SMBs with little risk, higher payment return, less law enforcement interference, and almost no chance of retaliation. Why? Because SMBs are not prepared and in many cases apathetic. It will never happen to me—that’s something that happens to the other guy."
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By By Rick Miller - In the history of our democracy, we have never had a more open, free, and unregulated system of information and communication than the internet. The industrial revolution pales in comparison to the global impact of technology on an unexpecting world. Like all world-changing advances, the internet and all its associated technology has created astonishing benefits and unmatched threats.
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Did you know that 140,000 disk drives crash per week in the U.S.?  That’s a lot of lost data! Are you prepared for a data loss incident? Are malware and ransomware a concern to you? Do you have a backup strategy in place? Is your backup strategy reliable enough to get you back up and running in a critical situation? ......
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“The next Pearl Harbor will be Cyber! It’s a cheap way to attack! No bombers or submarines needed. We must do much more to protect our infrastructure from attack. ” - Senator Angus King, Maine. The idea that we must protect our businesses from a dark nefarious shadowy threat that lurks beneath the surface of the Internet paints a scary picture of the threat we all face. ......
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It could be a Hollywood movie title. “Attack of the Botnet”No a botnet is not a giant fang flashing dinosharktapus towering over a city of millions destroying buildings and wreaking havoc on innocent citizens. A botnet is a network of computers infected with the same malware controlled remotely by a hacker. Thousands of computers and devices may be infected at the same time creating an army of zombies at the control of a cyber criminal for the purpose of distributing spam, malware, a...
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Cyber-attacks are one of those things we read about but don’t really think about in our daily business lives. Most of the time the high profile cases are the ones that catch our attention. What we don’t realize is that cyber-attacks are all around us. I was talking to a client the other day and he said, “I hear about big companies getting attacked but I don’t really worry about it since we are a small shop.” I knew I wasn’t going to be able to convince hi...
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Is your I.T. company just doing break fix?  Do they provide any kind of remote monitoring capabilities that keep your network, desktops, servers and even your mobile devices running smoothly on a day to day basis?  At the Tek we believe that it is better to be proactive and not reactive and we have partnered with a company that helps us do just that! The Tek has started to carry a product that we call The Tek Remote Monitoring Tool.  But this isn't just a tool.  It is a c...
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