IT Company Los Angeles Net Neutrality

How Does The End Of Net Neutrality Affect My Business?

On Thursday, December 14th, the FCC voted to repeal regulations that prohibited Internet providers from speeding up or slowing down websites, paving the way for a new kind of information super-highway.

You'll hear a lot of pundits debate the decision on TV, but what does the end of net neutrality really mean for your business?

Bundling Like Cable

Net Neutrality Affects Businss Cal Net Technology Group

Randy Nieves, CTO of Cal Net Technology Group, compares one possible future of the Internet to your cable TV package.

"In reality, the Internet has never been fair or neutral. ISPs have always charged different rates for access speeds, and traffic prioritization has been around for years. What’s different about this though is the theoretical concept of bundling sites into packages like the cable company does with channel lineups. What happens to the small business whose website generates most of their revenue if they get de-prioritized, and some of their market can’t even find them? Can the business ‘pay-off’ the ISP to include them in the lineup? Will you have fights between Google and Verizon like CBS and Spectrum? That’s the fear."

The Good News

Don't head for your bunker in the hills just yet! Nieves explains why there's still hope.

"The reality is that innovation always wins. No matter what the ISPs try to do to control traffic, there will be innovators that will find ways around it and/or create new business models because of it. Look at what Hulu, Roku, and Netflix did to cable."

What You Can Do

Net Neutrality Affect My Business

While we wait to see how the new Internet frontier plays out, there are plenty of steps you can proactively take to ensure your business maintains its competitive edge.

  • Enterprise Content Management eliminates manual paperwork and data entry, improving your client response time while maximizing your ROI for hourly staff.
  • Moving to a Cloud Platform makes it easier for teams to access information as you grow your operations.
  • Unified Communications - including phone systems and scheduling software - reduce wasted time "trying to connect."
  • A Managed Firewall gives you and your prospective clients the confidence that their information is protected. Nobody wants to kick off 2018 with a data breach.
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Holiday Hacker Traps To Avoid

Avoid These 6 Hacker Traps This Holiday Season

Holidays are stressful enough without having to worry about your business.

As employees prepare for the long weekend, they’ll be swapping Black Friday shopping tips, recipes, and travel plans. But did you know that every single one of their mobile devices could be a backdoor to your business’ network?

Stop what you’re doing right now and email your employees telling them to avoid these six hacker traps this holiday, before it’s too late…

1. Avoid Airport Charging Kiosks

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Did you know that hackers can upload malware to your mobile device through a USB charging port?

Sure, your phone only has 15% battery left and you really, really want to watch a movie on the plane. But by plugging into a comprised charging kiosk while waiting at your terminal, you could be putting ALL of your data at risk.

Text messages. Emails. Work contacts. Even your most personal, private photos.

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The USB port you use to charge your mobile devices is also used to transmit data. If the port you plug into has been sabotaged by a hacker, there's no limit to what information they can get their hands on.

Even worse, if you work at an organization with a ‘Bring Your Own Device Policy’, the next time your phone connects to the Wi-Fi, you could risk bringing the entire network (and this quarter’s revenue) down with you.

2. Don’t Charge Your Phone While Ridesharing

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With any ridesharing service, you face the same security concerns as an airport kiosk. There’s just no way of knowing exactly what you’re plugging into.

Instead of using your driver’s USB cable to charge your phone, invest in a portable battery pack, also known as a ‘power bank’. Or just bring your own charger and wait for a wall outlet.

3. Beware Of ‘Black Friday Special’ Links

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You just received an email from a company you’ve been a customer of for over 10+ years. Surely there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to this amazing Black Friday deal they’re promoting, right?

Wrong!

To combat evolving email security and spam filters, hackers have gotten sneaky. They know how to copy and paste the logo of your favorite brand into an email so that it looks like it’s coming from them. This is called a ‘phishing attack’, and the only goal is to get you to click the link in the email.

“But the deal is just TOO GOOD to pass up!” you say?

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Hover your cursor over the hyperlink to reveal its true URL. Even if the link reads “yourfavoritebrand.com/BlackFriday”, it could be sending you to a phishing site with a landing page that has all the logos of your favorite brand, but is really a cleverly disguised trap.

All hackers want is for you to ‘login’ on the fake page they’ve created so they can steal your username, password, and whatever other information you provide. Then they’ll use those same credentials to try and log into every major banking network, your server at work, your social media profiles, and more.

4. Your Messy, Messy Desk

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Sounds easy enough, but how many employees or coworkers do you know who still have their passwords written on a Post-It note they’ve stuck to the bottom of their computer monitor?

If you answered more than ‘zero, make sure your staff takes 5 minutes to clean off their desks before taking off for the long weekend.

Believe it or not, hackers have been known to bring down entire businesses simply by snapping a picture of a password, IP secret, or other privileged data that had been left out on an employee’s desk.

5. Be Careful What You Share On Social Media

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Who doesn’t love sharing the perfectly framed selfie, or gloating about the glorious vacation you’re about to embark on? But did you know that hackers could also be stalking your social media profiles, waiting for the perfect opportunity to break into your home, office, or even pretend to be you and trick coworkers into sharing company secrets?

Take a look at the privacy settings on your various social media profiles, and make sure anything set to 'public' as a default is immediately changed to 'friends' or 'private'.

6. Don’t Trust Your Caller ID

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Phishing scams aren't confined to emails. Hackers are now fabricating Caller IDs.

Say you hear your phone ringing in the other room. You go to pick it up, but it's a number you don't recognize. Luckily, you have Caller ID, and it's telling you that the caller is Your Bank. Must be something important, right? Maybe something to do with your direct deposit and the holiday?

Wrong!

Just because Caller ID says your bank is calling, it could be a hacker hoping to steal your account information. If the person you're speaking with tries to make the situation sound dire, or claims that your "urgent attention" is needed, hang up the phone. Then, call your bank back and ask to speak to a representative. If they have a record of the call, then you're all set to proceed. If they have no idea what you're talking about, then you just outsmarted a hacker!

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All a hacker needs to disrupt your life is one email, one username, one password - which is why you should NEVER use the same login credentials for multiple websites, let alone your work and personal devices.

Remember: educating your employees on how best to avoid hacker traps is only the beginning. To truly protect your business from growing cybersecurity threats, you need a managed service provider that can outfit you with the latest firewall, data backups, cloud storage, and an IT infrastructure equipped to handle the demands of the 21st Century.

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Why Cloud Computing?

Why Cloud Computing?

These days, everything is in the cloud or happening in the cloud. Simply google cloud computing and your search results will be endless. So, what’s up with all the hype? Does the cloud really call for all this attention and are you missing out? Yes, yes you are.

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IT Managed Service Provider

Questions to Ask Before Committing to an IT Managed Service Provider

You’ve already taken a step in the right direction—you’ve admitted that you need help managing your infrastructure and technology budget. The next step is to weed through the myriad of managed service providers and find the perfect fit for your organization—but, that’s easier said than done if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for.

 

Apply the same tactics to finding the right MSP partner as you would when dating. Reflect on the challenges you’ve experienced, consider what’s worked and define your deal-breakers. Put all that on the table upfront and make sure they can answer the following questions before you seal the deal.

 

How proactive is your service?

 

How do you deliver and charge for your solutions?

 

Is there a usage-based service option?

 

Is co-management an option?

 

Can you provide 3-5 references of organizations that are similar to ours?

 

How do you approach data backup and business continuity?

 

Do you offer virtual CIO and CISO services?

 

A reliable technology services provider will be prepared to answer these and more questions without hesitation. Be wary of providers that distract you with deceptively low monthly fees. An MSP should save you money. However, if their pricing sounds too good to be true—and they can’t provide proof that they can address your concerns—it’s likely you’ll end up shelling out more cash for service upgrades. A reputable MSP provides a hassle-free, comprehensive service plan, often with a trial period that allows you to back out if you're not happy with their service. Contact us to see if we’re a good match.


Do you need a managed services reality check?

Do you need a managed services reality check?

There are many advantages of managed services that often get overlooked due to managed services misconceptions. But don’t be fooled, partnering with a managed service provider (MSP) can help your team be more productive and efficient. Here’s a quick run-down of the top three myths around managed services and the truth behind how an MSP can help you be successful.

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Cal Net Technology Group Named to CRN’s Elite 150 of the MSP500 List

Chatsworth, CA (February 28, 2017) – Cal Net Technology Group, Southern California’s premier IT services provider, is excited to announce that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Cal Net Technology Group to the Elite 150 of their 2017 Managed Service Provider 500 list.

 

The MSP500 list is divided into three categories: MSP Pioneer 250, MSP Elite 150 and Managed Security 100. Cal Net Technology Group was named to the MSP Elite 150, which recognizes large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on-premise and off-premise services.

 

In today’s fast-paced business environments, MSPs play an important role in helping companies leverage new technologies without straining their budgets or losing focus on their core business. CRN’s MSP 500 list shines a light on the most forward thinking and innovative of these key organizations. Cal Net is one of these forward thinking, innovative companies who focuses on delivering value to the customer by helping them navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, finding ways to improve operational efficiencies and maximize return on IT investments.

 

“Managed service providers play an increasingly important role in the day-to-day operations of businesses across North America,” said Robert Faletra, CEO of The Channel Company. “MSPs help organizations streamline their spending, effectively allocate limited resources, and benefit from advanced expertise in the latest technologies. We congratulate the service providers on CRN’s 2017 MSP500 list, who have continually succeeded in meeting their customers’ changing needs and help them get the most out of their IT investments.”

 

“We have made some tremendous strides in the past year,” said James Hwang, CEO of Cal Net Technology Group. “2016 was a transformational year for the team at Cal Net. We focused on delivering services that enhance our customer’s experience. This singular focus has helped Cal Net continue its leadership position in servicing the small and medium-sized businesses as it relates to managed IT services.  Our 21 years of continued success is a testament to our team’s tremendous execution and commitment to our mission: to deliver technology solutions that empower our clients to reach their maximum potential. We are excited to have been recognized by CRN and to have been named to the Elite 150 of their MSP 500 list.”

 

Read the full MSP500 list in the February 2017 issue of CRN or online.

 

About Cal Net Technology Group

 

Cal Net Technology Group is the premier provider of outsourced IT, cloud, security services and unified communications, servicing small to medium-sized businesses in the Southern California market. Cal Net’s team experts consists of the best and most talented engineers in the area that are well trained on the latest technologies, follow industry-standardized processes in delivering support, and excel in handling the complexities of any IT environment. Cal Net is a four-time Microsoft Regional Partner of the Year, has earned IT Service Partner of the Year from the Los Angeles Business Journal and Dell Security Partner of the Year in 2015. Cal Net is one of the top 50 Managed Services Provider in North America on the MSPMentor 501 List, is a CRN MSP Elite and Fast-Growth 150 list member for three years running and is an eight-time Inc. 5000 honoree.