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This Company Saved Over $4,000 In IT Support After Being Hit With Ransomware

At Cal Net, we pride ourselves on providing clients with more service for less money.

One of the ways we accomplish this is by creating predictable IT costs with our fixed-monthly Cal Plans. Instead of paying an in-house computer engineer for reoccurring “fix-it” incidents, clients under one of our three Cal Plans enjoy unlimited access to our helpdesk, regularly scheduled on-site visits, as well as emergency support.

When this client saw what their bill would’ve been after they were hit with Ransomware, they were sure glad they invested in a proactive, comprehensive Cal Remote Plan.

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The Cost of Downtime

It’s no secret that network downtime is costly. You and your entire team need reliable Internet, access to your files and systems, and technology that works when you need it to.

When our client (a manufacturing and design company who will remain anonymous) was hit with Ransomware last month, their servers and workstations were locked up.

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Skyrocketing Billable Hours

Cal Net Technology Managers quickly hit the ground running and worked to restore the company’s data and systems. When things were all said and done, our client had racked up over $4,000 in billable on-site support time!

Like an insurance policy, no one enjoys paying for peace of mind upfront. ‘Why do I need someone managing my firewall 24/7? I’m a small business and only big business are susceptible to attack, right?”

Wrong!

As our client learned, Ransomware and other cyber threats are no longer “if” scenarios, but rather “when.” And as cyber threats continue to evolve and grow more sophisticated, you need a reliable plan to secure the perimeter of your data, recover data as quickly as possible, and keep your employees educated on the best practices for protecting your business.

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You’re Not Using Office 365 Yet? These Four Reasons Will Change Your Mind

So, you’re still using Office 2013? 2010? 2007? Is your team really being as productive as you want? Are they doing the best work possible?

Oh, and by the way, how’s your Myspace profile doing? Did you check it on your iPhone 4?

You can’t use outdated technologies and expect your business to stay competitive. It’s time to consider making the move to Office 365. With a subscription to Office 365, you boost your team’s ability to communicate and collaborate from anywhere, anytime and on any device. Plus, you have exclusive upgrades and new features as soon as they’re released.

If you need more convincing, here are four reasons that will change your mind:

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1. Access Your Favorite Tools In One Place

Your team uses tools like Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote to conquer their to-do lists every day. So, it’s imperative to your business’s success that they’re able to access these tools throughout the workday without any hassle. When you decide to make the move, Office 365 works flawlessly with the programs you already know well and use.

You get the same great features you rely on, as well as additional powerful capabilities only found in Office 365. The best part? You’re empowered to take productivity on-the-go and access emails, important documents, contacts and more from anywhere on any device.

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2. Effective Collaboration In Real-Time

So, you want your team to create innovative work that leaves your competitors in the dust, but you’re not sure what you can contribute to make this task easier? Give them the gift of simple communication and collaboration.

Office 365 provides you with the opportunity to share large files in and out of the office and gives you a single location to find real-time versions of documents, even when multiple users are working on them. And to keep the lines of communication open, your team can initiate online meetings and instant message each other with Skype for Business.

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3. Predictable Costs Fuel Expansion

New heights, massive growth, well-deserved success – those were your big picture goals when you started your business, right? Well, for that dream to come to fruition you need tools and technology that grow with you as evolve. Office 365 offers the flexibility and scalability you need with a predictable pay-as-you-go subscription.

With this subscription, it’s easy to provide your team with only the services and tools they need, adding cost-effective savings to your bottom line. Plus, Office 365 makes adding new users a smooth, seamless process.

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4. The Latest Releases & Automatic Updates

If you want to stay ahead of the competition, you have to avoid getting stuck with outdated tools and technology. Luckily, Office 365 breaks the cycle of installing Microsoft’s latest release, waiting a few years for their next product to be announced and then another year to actually install it.

Once you migrate to Office 365, you’ll have instant access to the latest updates and new features as soon as they’re ready, so you’re always ahead of the curve.

Still Need Help?

While Office 365 was designed for businesses with no in-house IT staff to easily use, navigating the waters of data migration can often be tricky. Our friendly and professional Technology Consultants deliver reliable support to make your transition and implementation pain-free and seamless. But, that’s not where we stop. We provide continual support to remotely diagnose and resolve your Office 365 hiccups in record time.

 


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Azure Hack-a-thon Inspires Cloud Innovation & Creativity

On April 7th, we hosted our first Azure Hack-a-thon, a competition meant to inspire our engineers to get creative in researching and designing cloud solutions that Cal Net can use in its official reference architecture.

Azure is Microsoft's cloud computing service that manages applications and data for businesses through a global network of secure, reliable data centers. Three teams were tasked with solving challenges for fictitious organizations using Azure. Who came out on top?

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Team Nervous Systems: Honorable Mention

Eric Luke, Joe Pontius, Gary Stanton, and Kareem Ibrahim

Challenge:

  1. Increase information security
  2. Manage and lock down devices from a central location
  3. Encrypt emails and prevent data leakage
  4. Control where information is stored and how it’s share

Solution:

"With our security monitoring solution - Intune, Security & Compliance Center, encrypted email -  clients would be able to remove on-prem machines and cut down on expenses and administrative needs," explains Joe Pontius. "[The event] was very educational and challenging. I was forced to explore technologies within Azure for which I had no experience."

Joe's Advice:

"Try [the cloud] for a few months in a development environment," he says.

Team Everlasting Industries: Honorable Mention

Scott Irwin, Stephen Kerr, and Orlando Flores

Challenge:

  1. Reduce on-prem active and archive file server storage
  2. Require a resilient backup and disaster-recovery to minimize downtime
  3. Permit mobile workers to easily access file share content while on the road
  4. Displace need for Datto and rely on Azure technologies

Solution: 

"Our data backup and failover solution was a one hour or less RPO/RTO of all critical business services using Azure Files, Azure Backup, and Azure Site Recovery," says Stephen Kerr. "Presenting the solution with real working servers/products was a great way to show off all the hard work we put in. [Ultimately] I see most small business needing even less on-premise and far less cloud servers such as AWS and Azure. The reason for this is because ERP, CRM, Accounting and other LOB applications are all being developed with a web front-end and are all becoming cloud-hosted, requiring no infrastructure for the small/medium business."

Stephen's Advice:

"Cloud computing is perfect for a lot of solutions, but it's not perfect for everything," he says. "Take some time to evaluate what you are really trying to achieve and then look at your options to take it to the cloud first. Think cloud first, on-premise second."

Team Zero Prem Inc: Overall Winners!

Gerry Gainford and Jerlson “Jay-R” Alvarez

Challenge:

  1. Eliminate on-prem servers and storage
  2. Create single-sign on with Google Apps
  3. Create self-service password reset
  4. Launch LOB client application from just an icon the user’s local desktop
  5. Access mapped network share from local desktop

Solution:

"We showed how our self-serve password reset and RDS (Remote Desktop Service) connect cloud solution could completely remove all on-premise hardware and move our server and services to the cloud," explains Gerry Gainford. "We moved AD to Azure Directory with ADDS and moved out SQL server and app, and our file server to virtual machines in the cloud. We increased security with Microsoft’s multi-factor authentication and had a single sign-on with Google Apps."

Gerry's Advice:

"The first thing to know is that the cloud is secure," he says. "Really secure. More secure than your on-premise server when it is set up correctly. With the cloud, you have a team of Microsoft’s experts managing the technology 24x7. You can have your servers running on redundant hardware across the globe so that your servers will always be running no matter what. These are in highly secure environments that just cannot be matched on a small business’s budget."

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Inspiring Innovation & Creativity

When you get the best and brightest minds in the same room, good things are bound to happen.

"It was great to see the teams dedicate the time to get their hands dirty, learn how the solution works - what’s good and when it makes sense, as well as when it doesn’t," says CTO Randy Nieves, one of the Hack-a-thon judges. "The entire organization is better for it. Congrats to all that participated, as well as the cash prize winners!"

Excited about the future potential the cloud brings to modern business, Gerry Gainford is already looking beyond his win.

“It was fun, a lot of work and a lack of sleep but fun and we learned a lot,” he says. “Azure has a lot of very new features, which may not be quite ready. We do expect them to mature very quickly and to grow in use over the coming months.”

“I enjoyed hearing about the Zero-Prem solution,” admits Stephen Kerr. “I have two clients moving that direction now and it is a challenging solution. There are many ways to skin this cat, and I enjoyed seeing what the other team used to solve their problems.”

SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT: Thank you to Microsoft and SonicWall for making this event possible!

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How Businesses Can Use Technology to Reduce Costs

No matter your field, the underlying goal of any business is to make a profit.

This is achieved through various practices, evolutions, and lots of trial and error. One common trend business giants are picking up on is the adoption of new technology. Remaining innovative and staying up-to-date with the times is essential to keeping your brand relevant, but did you know many of these emerging technologies can also save you money?

Whether you’re a large corporation or small business, we’ve broken down a few of the latest and greatest tech developments you can implement to reduce costs.

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Cloud Computing

If you haven’t already, one crucial move you should be making is migrating your organization to the cloud. Beginning with reduced costs for in-house IT staff, cloud computing provides numerous benefits to your business. Because cloud-based software and applications automatically update themselves, the cloud has allowed more businesses to outsource their IT support.

The cloud also gives employees secure access to information on the go, allowing your workforce to be more mobile. This is especially useful for companies with remote workers and work-from-home policies.

On a higher-level, the cloud allows you to have data backups in places that are off-site, just in case your on-site servers are ever compromised by a cyber attack or suffer physical damage. The cloud can have your systems back up and running in hours, not days.

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Enterprise Content Management

Managing content is a job in itself, especially when you factor in the need for said content to be secure but also available to be used for achieving business goals. Historically, this meant hours of manual data entry, thousands of dollars in printing, and risk of costly mistakes.

With Enterprise Content Management, however, businesses are relieved of these stressors by eliminating manual tasks, cutting overhead costs and reducing paper consumption. Not to mention optimizing company workflow. Implementing ECM allows employees of all levels to quickly organize, track, and edit various company documents, resulting in less time sifting and more time providing efficient service.

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Unified Communications

Being out of the office today doesn't mean what it used to. With unified communication technology, companies are able to communicate with employees across the globe through a variety of different devices. This is allowing businesses to hire and grow without the need for a larger office or increased IT infrastructure.

The ability to teleconference and video chat opens up opportunities for hiring freelancers to fill creative roles, data analytics, and other responsibilities remotely. Flexible communication systems also improve production time by allowing employees to remain in the comfort of their home or local office, saving money on travel, meals, lodging and other excess expenses.

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Chatbots

Recently, chatbots have been the talk of the tech world, demonstrating abilities that have many believing they are the future of customer service. This is due to the fact that they can save your business big bucks without sacrificing quality.

Chatbots help businesses efficiently accomplish tasks that would have otherwise required manual labor while simultaneously reducing the need for service personnel. At present, chatbots can take care of your everyday customer service issues, but as technology continues to advance they’re predicted to do a lot more and that means more savings.

Reducing Costs With A Better IT Strategy

Keeping up to date with technology is essential for all businesses to stay ahead of the competition. If you’re going to use it, you might as well make the most of it. Determining your company needs and the services that will work best for you is the first step of integrating anything new. The initial cost of purchasing the latest tech tools may seem daunting, but keep in mind the long-term savings. Once in place, the results you’ll see following your commitment to technology will undoubtedly show its worth.

About Our Guest Blogger

Sara, Ms. Digital Diva, has 15 years worth of experience working in the tech industry. As a woman in a predominately male field, she likes to think that she offers a unique perspective on the tech/cloud industry’s rapid changes and simultaneous tendency to stay the same.

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Is Unified Communications Right for Your Business?

Did you know that 95% of people in the workforce say that face-to-face interactions are essential to building long-term business relationships? If that’s true, why do so many businesses put up with traditional telecommunication systems? Unified communications is your go-to solution for improving real-time video conferencing and virtual face-to-face interactions. Whether you’re looking for a better telecom solution or have never considered UC; use this quick checklist to see if your business needs UC services.

  1. Is your team neglecting valuable leads during call-transfers?
  2. Are you buying multiple subscriptions for email, instant messenger, telephones and automated systems?
  3. Are you losing time sending files back-and-forth between internal and external team members?
  4. Are you missing out on nonverbal cues because you lack video conferencing capabilities?
  5. Is your team pointing fingers when it comes to a failed sell?
  6. Have you been told that your existing solution doesn’t sync with a new solution?
  7. Are you unhappy with the overall reliability of your current telecom solution?
  8. Do you have trouble keeping track of who is and isn’t on a call with a customer?
  9. Do you struggle to connect customers with the right expert the first time they call?
  10. Can you record customer conversations to help improve their experience?

 

Answered ‘Yes’ 1-2 Times: Your current solution looks pretty good, but for how long? Unified communications integrates your favorite platforms for a long-term solution that scales with your business.

Answered ‘Yes’ 3-6 Times: Not bad; but not great. You’ve got some work to do when it comes to providing seamless telecom experiences for your customers.

Answered ‘Yes’ 8-10 Times: Your business is in critical need of a better telecommunication solution. If you keep putting it off, you’ll not only be hurting your business, you’ll be ruining your customer relationships.

 

Whether you need minimal or maximum help, contact us today to learn more about UC and how our managed solutions help you solve your toughest telecom challenges.


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The City Of Atlanta Victimized By Ransomware Attack

Yesterday, the city of Atlanta was victimized by a widespread Ransomware attack.

According to Chief Operating Officer Richard Cox, the outage of internal and customer-facing applications started at 5:40 a.m. Bill-payment applications, including portals to access court information, were compromised by the attack.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms is urging city employees as well as members of the general public to pay close attention to their bank accounts and take proactive measures to protect their data.

According to Atlanta NBC affiliate WXIA, a city employee sent the station a screenshot of the Ransomware message, in which hackers demanded a $6,800 ransom to unlock each end user's computer, or a $51,000 lump sum to unlock all affected systems.
The city's IT department emailed employees instructing them to unplug their workstations if they noticed anything out of the ordinary.

The Ransomware attack on Atlanta was discovered by the city’s IT security team, which noticed irregular activity on the server.

Authorities Investigating Source Of Ransomware

The city of Atlanta is currently cooperating with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and private cybersecurity providers to determine the root of the Ransomware attack.

When asked if the city would pay a ransom to resolve the problem, Mayor Bottoms said the city would seek guidance from federal authorities on the best course of action.

Experts say the screenshot sent to WXIA closely resembles a message from Samsam, a variant of Ransomware that infected a string of hospitals a little over two years ago. Those cyber attacks exploited a de-serialized Java vulnerability in application servers.

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How The Tax Cuts And Jobs Act Affects Businesses Purchasing New Technology

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act allows businesses to write off 100% of the equipment they purchase in 2018. The change, which was retroactively set to September 27, 2017, is incentivizing organizations throughout Southern California to refresh their desktop computers, upgrade their phone systems, migrate their data to a new server, and much, much more.

Instead of stretching depreciation out over years – a requirement of the old tax law – now new purchases can be de-valued from day one.

"This law is a game-changer, and we’re already seeing the impact,” says Luca Jacobellis, President and CCO of Cal Net. "A number of our clients have already started re-investing in their businesses because, at the end of the day, that’s what’s going to help you grow."

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The “new” write-offs are expanded forms of the bonus depreciations that have been around for years, and while many smaller businesses may have already been receiving 100% deductions under Section 179 of the current tax code, the new law expands protections and opportunities.

The result is a reduction in taxable income by way of a reduction in business income. Take a look at this example of a business owner  who purchases $1,150,000 worth of new equipment this year:

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"Owners on the cusp of the income limit can now re-invest in what their businesses need to reach their full potential, from content management systems and collaboration tools, to firewalls and data back-ups," Luca says.

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Other changes to business taxes under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act:*

  • Lower the corporate income tax rate permanently to 21% starting in 2018.
  • Establish a 20% deduction of qualified business income from certain pass-through businesses. Specific service industries, such as health, law and professional services, are excluded. However, joint filers with income below $315,000 and other filers with income below $157,500 can claim the deduction fully on income from service industries.
  • Allow full and immediate expensing of short-lived capital investments for five years. Increases the section 179 expensing cap from $500,000 to $1 million.
  • Limit the deductibility of net interest expense to 30% of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for four years, and 30% of earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) thereafter.
  • Eliminate net operating loss carrybacks and limits carryforwards to 80% of taxable income.
  • Eliminate the domestic production activities deduction (section 199) and modifies other provisions, such as the orphan drug credit and the rehabilitation credit.
  • Enact deemed repatriation of currently deferred foreign profits, at a rate of 15.5% for cash and cash-equivalent profits and 8% for reinvested foreign earnings.
  • Move to a territorial system with base erosion rules.
  • Eliminate the corporate alternative minimum tax.

* Info courtesy of  the Tax Foundation

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Top 5 Tech Tools For Taming Your Remote Workforce

It’s the 21st century, which means it’s not uncommon for organizations to have some workers in the office and others telecommuting from various locations. In fact, according to a Global Workplace Analytics report, the number of telecommuting workers has increased 115 percent in the last decade.

Taming a remote workforce is a whole different beast. It requires extra care and attention to keep communication, collaboration and processes under control. It’s a daunting task. But fortunately, an IT managed services provider can help.

Here are 5 managed services for your remote workforce:

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1. VoIP Phone Systems

One of the best remote workforce tools is VoIP. That is because voice over IP phone systems operate over high-speed wireless connections, so it can be accessed from anywhere. Not to mention, you gain valuable features like the ability to enable video calls and dial in for conferences and quickly add new numbers or extensions.

Best of all, it doesn’t break the bank! Many companies are making the switch to VoIP because it saves small businesses an average of 40 percent on their total phone bill, while larger businesses see an average of 50 to 75 percent savings after making the switch.

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2. Managed Security

A secure end-to-end solution is a necessity with such a widespread infrastructure. And this may be the greatest challenge for a remote workforce: how to keep your business-critical data and applications secure when accessed outside the safety of the office. Installing network security provisions and setting up alerts for when problems occur is a good start.

More than half of workers in the US are developing BYOD programs. Oftentimes, BYOD (bring your own device) leaves holes in your security, so some companies have gone one step further. A VPN (virtual private network) is among the safest options for your remote workforce, while you might also want to consider trying out the best cloud computing solutions for a full list of secure productivity tools.

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3. The Cloud

Workers must be able to easily access information when they need it. Without this, your productivity slips, as even the simplest task is made frustrating and complicated.

Cloud-hosted applications like Office 365 connect all employees across great distances. Not only do they have the same tools to keep things standard, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Skype, and Lync, they also have one platform to exchange information and secure files in an easy-to-access location.

In addition, many organizations are switching to cloud-hosted applications and storage options to unleash more processing power and speed up everyday business.

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4. Data Backup & Recovery

What’s the scariest part about a remote workforce? Big time loss – losing files, data, processes and entire systems to the elements, human and computer errors. When disaster strikes, you need a backup plan, and without it, most businesses sink under the pressure.

Therefore, all remote workforces need a data backup and recovery plan. When employees who are all over the place and left to their own devices exchange, store and access critical files every day, you have an entire business in your data stores to lose. A backup plan is your friend.

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5. Remote Managed Services

With managed services, it’s as if you already had your own IT department. And not just your average IT department – a whole team of IT experts with years of collective, real-world experience in solving the toughest problems and keeping up with equipment provisioning. They do all the maintenance, monitoring, securing and backing up for your business’s precious data-stores, while you sit back and watch how smoothly things work.

Many companies choose to employ a remote managed services provider because it means there’s always someone to call when technology goes wrong. And this proactive approach leads to savings on break-fix models in the long run.

 

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Top 5 CES Products: The Best Way to Achieve Your Goals in 2018

It’s true that there’s never a wrong time to buy new technology, but what’s the best time? The beginning of a new year, of course! With every new year comes new technology innovating the way you get business done. Your goals are fresh in your mind with strategic plan to achieve them, and now you have a stronger infrastructure to support you along the way.

Last month’s 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place in Las Vegas, attracting over 170,000 attendees and showcasing thousands of new technologies, and these five CES products are going to skyrocket your productivity:

  1. Asus Lyra Trio
    Think of all the spots in your office that your Wi-Fi signal doesn’t reach. Now, imagine all the tasks you could cross off your to-do list if those dead spots didn’t exist. Asus announced the release of the Lyra Trio and the end of your dead spots. The Lyra Trio is a dual-band, tri-hub mesh Wi-Fi system with unique antenna placement that delivers Wi-Fi to every corner of your office, so you can check off all of your online tasks with no interruptions.
  2. Lenovo Miix Tablet 630
    Who wants to lug around a laptop while traveling? But on the other hand, some tablets just don’t offer the functionalities you need to get work done. The new Lenovo Miix Tablet 630 brings working on the go to a whole new level. The tablet provides the power and productivity of a laptop with the always on and connected mobility of a smartphone while weighing less than three pounds. You can even get up to 20 hours of work done before needing to find an outlet.
  3. The Pup Pocket Scanner
    Doesn’t it seem like you only ever need a scanner when you don’t have access to one? Well, say goodbye to low-quality images of documents taken on your phone, and hello to high quality and easily stored images. The Pup Pocket Scanner, dubbed the world’s fastest pocket scanner, is a powerful tool that allows you to scan, store and share all of your important documents with just one click.
  4. Aura
    Among the hundreds of CES products unveiled last month, smart home security systems were a hot topic. And, among those products, Aura was by far the most popular. With this new security system, you no longer need a camera or infrared sensors to track unusual activity in your home or office. Just plug Aura into an outlet and she’ll monitor the WiFi radio waves that fill your office. When these patterns are interrupted, Aura knows that motion is occurring, so you can keep track of who comes in and out of your home and when someone’s in there who shouldn’t be.
  5. Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 
    Old machines slow you down and hold your productivity hostage. You need a laptop with functionality that makes your workday easier. The Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 is all that and more. Fold it back to form a tablet with its 360-degree hinge and utilize its 15-hour battery life while enjoying its portability.

We understand that finding and implementing new technologies to your infrastructure that help achieve your goals can be challenging and overwhelming. We’re here to make it easier for you and help you succeed. Get in touch with us today and schedule your free consultation.


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Is PCI Compliance Just Too Complex?

Turn on the screen, open the newspaper or scroll through social media and you’re sure to see a headline of another cyber hacking or breach of security. Why? Many businesses are extremely susceptible to data breaches and the worst part – it’s at their customers’ expense. Take a look at these three major data breaches from the past and the heavy fallout:

  • Home Depot – Malware infected Home Depot’s point-of-sale systems resulting in 56 million credit cards compromised.
  • Chipotle Mexican Grill – Hackers used malware to gain access to customers’ credit card information that affected roughly 2,250 restaurants.
  • TJX Companies – More than 45 million credit card numbers were stolen from TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods over a period of 18 months before they were able to detect and halt the breach.

Here’s the kicker, these breaches could have been avoided through PCI compliance. Inadequate software solutions and policies created a major gap in security for Home Depot, and the use of antivirus software failed to monitor the network for unusual behavior. The case of the Chipotle hacking could have been avoided with stronger security measures and better monitoring systems. And, reports show TJX companies failed to comply with nine out of the twelve PCI requirements.

So, if hackings are on the rise and businesses know they’re vulnerable, what’s going on? Is PCI compliance just too complex?

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Falling Out Of Compliance

PCI is comprised of 12 security requirements, and while the number of businesses achieving full compliance with their annual review reached a record of 55.4 percent last year, nearly half of companies fall out of compliance within a year. Once you’ve reached compliance, the challenging part is maintaining it. You need routine testing and the ability to recognize and remediate any issues quickly.

The truth is, PCI compliance isn’t too complex – you just need a dedicated expert who understands the requirements. We don't want you to become the next big headline of another data breach, the consequences are too great.

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Creswell, J. (2014, Sept 19). Ex-Employees Say Home Depot Left Data Vulnerable. Retrieved from https://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/20/business/ex-employees-say-home-depot-left-data-vulnerable.html

Kollmeyer, B. (2017, May 30). Chipotle’s Data Breach: How to Tell if You May Have Been a Victim. Retrieved from https://www.marketwatch.com/story/chipotles-data-breach-how-to-tell-if-you-may-have-been-a-victim-2017-05-27

Vijayan, J. (2007, Oct 26). TJX Violated Nine of 12 PCI Controls at Time of Breach, Court Filings Say. Retrieved from https://www.computerworld.com/article/2539588/security0/tjx-violated-nine-of-12-pci-controls-at-time-of-breach--court-filings-say.html

Kawamoto, D. (2017, Aug 31). Verizon Report: Businesses Hit with Payment Card Breaches Not Fully PCI-Compliant. Retrieved from https://www.darkreading.com/endpoint/verizon-report-businesses-hit-with-payment-card-breaches-not-fully-pci-compliant/d/d-id/1329778?piddl_msgorder=asc