Hot IT Topics of 2018
Here’s a look at some of the most talked about IT products and services of the year.
It seems like today’s data criminals have enhanced their efforts to get their hands onto your data. From viruses, malware and casual web browsing to ordinary email-based attacks – these criminals are using anything and everything to spy.
Ever wondered what all the ransomware fuss is about? Ransomware is a type of malware that prevents users from accessing their system or personal files and demands ransom payment to regain access. The WannaCry attacks of 2017 demonstrated how devastating ransomware can be. It occurred because organizations failed to patch a known vulnerability in operating systems. It is important to understand and to recognize how Ransomware helps an organization get serious about patching and strategizing an effective defense against cyber-attacks.
A patch is a piece of software designed to update a computer program or its supporting data, to fix or improve it. A comprehensive patch management can decrease the likelihood of ransomware attacks. Hackers tend to exploit well-known vulnerabilities, and it only takes one mistake for them to gain entry. Patch management continues to be an important part of every comprehensive information security program.
Firewalls date way back to the early days of the Internet, when the World Wide Web was known as the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET). Just like the Internet, firewalls have constantly evolved. Firewalls job is like a physical firewall that keeps a fire from spreading from one area to the next. A firewall is simply a program or hardware device that filters the information coming through the Internet connection into your private network or computer system. If incoming information is flagged by the filters, it is not allowed through.
Encryption scrambles text to make it unreadable by anyone other than those with the keys to decode it, and it’s becoming less of an added option and more of a must-have element in any security strategy to deter hackers from stealing sensitive information. If good encryption is capable of hindering investigations by FBI experts, consider what it could do for you and your company’s sensitive information.
Cloud computing is becoming an important business strategy for all kinds of small and large-scale businesses. It continues to transform the way organizations use, store, and share data.
When it comes to Microsoft Azure, the cloud platform has become the leader for infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Azure is a comprehensive set of cloud services that developers and IT professionals use to build, deploy, and manage applications through our global network of datacenters. You can build and deploy wherever you want which makes it the only consistent hybrid cloud on the market. Azure provides managed SQL and NoSQL data services and built-in support for digging deeper into data and uncovering important insights for improving business processes and decision making. In a later email we will discuss in detail why you want to maximize the powerful capabilities of this tool.
Office 365 offers device management and security features to help ensure your company’s data is protected and manages all your conversations and tools in one team workspace. It provides web-enabled access to email, important documents, contacts, and calendar on almost any device (including PCs, Macintosh computers, iPhones, and Android phones). These systems scan your messages and documents for spam and malicious software consistently. Small and midsized businesses should be smart about their technology investments. Cloud services like Office 365 are not just affordable, they are transformational for businesses. It is easy to use, simple to manage and gives companies a competitive advantage.
We rarely get an advanced notice that a disaster is ready to strike. This makes it crucial to have a disaster plan intact for any catastrophe.
The implementation and management of data backup is one of the most important tasks that any IT provider must undertake. It forms the assurance for the users of any IT system that everything on the system is not only backed up and safe but also can be restored as quickly in the event of a disaster. Backup refers to the copying of physical or virtual files or databases to a secondary site for preservation in case of equipment failure or other catastrophe. Businesses back up data they deem to be vulnerable in the event of buggy software, data corruption, hardware failure, malicious hacking, user error or other unforeseen events. Backup systems can be configured to transfer backups from your location to a data center or cloud storage provider.
Business continuity is important to maintain the business functions or quickly resuming them in the event of a major disruption, whether caused by a fire, flood or malicious attack by cybercriminals. It establishes risk management processes and procedures that aim to prevent interruptions to critical services, and re-establish full function to the business as quickly and smoothly as possible. One common business continuity planning tool is a checklist that includes the location of data backups and backup sites, where the plan is available and who should have it, and contact information for emergency responders, key personnel and backup site providers. Since restoring IT is critical for most businesses– numerous disaster recovery solutions are available. Being able to handle any incident effectively can have a positive effect on your company’s reputation and market value, and it can increase customer confidence.
Collaboration and Productivity
Now that traditional workplace is breaking down into more remote, the need to collaborate efficiently whether employees are in or outside of the office is more important now than ever. One of the keys to higher productivity is through enabling your employees to work together through collaboration and productivity tools available.
SharePoint is an industry leading platform for intranets, document management, collaboration, and designed with security in mind. You can share and manage content and applications to quickly find information, empower teamwork, and seamlessly collaborate across the organization. It allows you to drive organizational efficiency by sharing common resources and applications on portal. SharePoint is also a way to accelerate productivity and transforming processes by having simple tasks like notifications and approvals to operational workflows.
Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that combines workplace chat, meetings, notes, and attachments all in one place. The service integrates with the company’s Office 365 subscription office productivity suite. Microsoft Teams supports threaded chats to keep everyone engaged and team conversations are visible to the entire team, but there is of course the ability for private discussions. Skype is also deeply integrated, so teams can participate in voice and video conferences. It connects in professional learning communities, and communicates with staff to create a productive and collaborative environment.
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