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Cisco Firepower for System Vulnerabilities

It’s one thing to decide that your school, business or healthcare facility needs help, but a very different animal to implement a strategy that doesn’t wind up making things worse. Part of the problem lies in the misguided belief that more = better when it comes to IT security. However, as we learned in Cisco’s 2017 Cybersecurity report, many IT professionals are using dozens of security products from multiple vendors. The problem with this approach is that these products were not designed to work together, and so they don’t. The result is gaps in security that can be hard to spot through the layers and layers of “resources.”

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The Implications of The Internet of Things in Education

The Internet of Things or IoT, as it is known, will soon transform numerous things in our everyday lives — including education. Internet of Things was first coined back in 1999 by Kevin Ashton, a gifted technology advisor. The Internet of Things refers to a network of everyday physical objects, such as refrigerators, stoves, watches, clocks — that transmit data via the Internet to the cloud. This “smart technology” is already seen in many homes and businesses. Examples of IoT technology include the Nest Thermostat and Amazon Echo. By the year 2020, more than 50 billion objects will be connected to the internet according to the latest estimates.

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3 Tips for Threat Response Planning

The most well-executed attacks are the ones that, on the surface, don’t look like attacks at all. Even the slightest gap in security is enough for a cyberattacker to wedge through. Once they’re in, it’s nearly impossible to get them out. The only option then is recovery after the fact which is much harder, more expensive, and there’s no guarantee you’ll get everything back. Still, how proactive an organization is regarding their cybersecurity often makes all the difference in terms of recovery.

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Securing the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is defined by Merriam-Webster as “the networking capability that allows information to be sent to and received from objects and devices (such as fixtures and kitchen appliances) using the Internet.” But with household items as connected as our computers, how can businesses, schools, and healthcare facilities stay secure?

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Ransomware Prevention & Response Tips from Experts

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Ransomware is an unfortunate encounter that every business will have to contend with at some point. Hackers don’t just keep their sights on big businesses with deep pockets; they go for the little guys as well. Unfortunately for smaller businesses without secure back-ups in place, most are left with the option to pay up or lose data forever. Anything else would take too long, or cost too much.

It is much better to be in a position of prevention than recovery, and not only is protection essential for businesses of all sizes, it is possible on many levels.

Here are a few tips pulled from John Zorabedian from Sophos’ Naked Security blog that could be applied to any size business.

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BlueRange’s NC HQ Earns R2:2013 Certification

BlueRange Technology is proud to announce that our Morrisville, NC headquarter location has been awarded R2:2013 certification. As a part of our parent company’s (Xchange Technology Group) ongoing campaign to provide the safest setting for customers, employees, and the environment, the R2 certification is a reflection of our business’s commitment to safe hardware recycling procedures.

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G Suite Migration: When to Call in Help

If your business or school has decided to make the switch to G Suite, the critically important task of email migration looms ahead.

There’s a lot to consider with a migration project in terms of time, cost, and whether or not you will bring in any outside help. Each individual situation is unique, and there are benefits to both sides. Of course, there are cost savings to handling in-house; yet, many organizations choose to hire IT service providers when it comes to handling the migration. Let’s look at some of the reasons why.

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Is Your Cloud Solution Secure Enough?

The Cloud has exploded over the last few years, taking root in education, business, and healthcare facilities. Everyone wants in on it, and for good reason: The Cloud is convenient. Nowadays, most organizations have at least some part of their operations hosted in a Cloud environment, regardless of their vertical.

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The Current State of Ed Tech: Google, Apple & Microsoft

The edtech market’s three major players remain Google, Apple and Microsoft. While Apple & Microsoft are the traditional leaders in this space, Google has taken over the U.S. market with its Chromebooks and Google for Education bundle. Google’s approach has made the standard edtech market adjust to its offering and marketing style, offering more to educators for their dollar.

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