Tech Talk – February 2018
A Note from the President
Six more weeks of Winter or an early Spring? As a New Yorker, I’m going with Chuck, the groundhog from Staten Island, who might not be as famous as Punxsutawney Phil, but is more accurate. Staten Island Chuck has been correct on his early Spring prediction 80% of the time, compared to Phil, only 30% of the time. Staten Island Chuck didn’t see his shadow, so an early Spring for me!
So with Spring on the way, get ahead of your Spring Cleaning, especially for the IT side of your business. The most talked about topic of conversation that we are having with our clients have been around network and cyber-security. Unlike for your home, waiting until the Spring to clean up your network to ensure that it is secure is the last thing you want to do.
We work tirelessly to ensure the protection of our client’s networks. With the network security we provide, along with a strong Backup and Disaster Recovery Solution, we are keeping our clients networks “clean” and secure, with no need for a network Spring Cleaning.
Reach out to me to discuss any concerns or questions you have regarding your network security. I’d love to hear from you.
Here’s to an early Spring!
Point of View
by Larry Shulman, CEO
Ever wonder why the other guy is wrong and he just doesn’t see it? In fact did you ever wonder why our own lens, our perspective, our values, our point of view is so correct? So morally right, so crystal clear?
My theory is we have an overlying 6th sense that controls and modulates all others. It controls for very good reasons why we don’t hear and see everything presented to us. In fact, if it did not dumb us down we would explode with overload at all levels. Controlled ignorance.
Our first thoughts when we see others acting against what we “know” is the correct way, is to blame their ignorance, situation, values, or upbringing. Worse, we may blame their race, religion, political affiliation or sexual orientation. The reason we go to such extremes is we know “for a fact” that we have the right information to think our way, and dismiss theirs. The really hard part is when we see really bright successful people acting so “dumb”
Boost Cybersecurity with Managed Services
Did you know your organization could be subject to data breach notification laws and possible fines for data breaches and losing sensitive client data? The exact laws and regulations do vary by state and industry, among other factors. But the fact remains that poor cybersecurity can lead to grave consequences, either financial or for your reputation.
Common sense advice is that any organization should establish and maintain a plan for managing cybersecurity risks. This security plans should be informed by applicable laws and regulations.
8 in 18
used with permission from HP Tech@Work
8 business trends for 2018 — and beyond
As the calendar rolls over into 2018, we’re looking into the crystal ball at business trends that will shape the upcoming year — and years to come.
Community engagement over social media interaction
Despite the proliferation of smartphones and connected devices, companies are recognizing that social media and virtual connections cannot replace the value of live, in-person interaction with their customers, or the communities they’ve created.
Smart companies will recognize that social media and technology can enhance the value, and effectiveness, of face-to-face interactions, making them even more meaningful.
4 easy ways to get started with information governance
used with permission from IBM Big Data & Analytics Hub
by Candace McCabe, J.B. Hunt Transport, Inc.
Two paradoxes of information technology are: data has no value if you can’t access it, and it’s a liability if the wrong people access it. Company leaders don’t think they need data governance until these paradoxes hit them hard.
According to IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, data is the world’s new natural resource. The International Data Corporation (IDC) forecasts that by 2025 the global datasphere will grow to 163 zettabytes (or 163 trillion gigabytes). That’s 10 times the 16.1 zettabytes of data generated in 2016.The world is generating more data than ever before.