Spectre and Meltdown belong to a category of vulnerabilities called “chip hacks.” These affect the processors of computers, phones, and tablets. Both hacks rely on the manipulation of processor operations in order to retrieve sensitive data. Spectre exploits a design flaw by tricking programs to perform unnecessary actions, potentially exposing confidential data. Meanwhile, Meltdown grabs information from the processor that ordinarily would not be accessible.
Please note that both of these hacks would require an actual malicious attempt by a hacker. Without the manipulation of the processor’s operations, private information, such as passwords, is relatively safe. However, if we’ve learned anything about security flaws, it’s that someone, somewhere, will make an attempt before a patch can be applied. The potential for your passwords to be exposed is real.
View your IT budget as a roadmap and a strategic approach to achieving your business goals. By forecasting your projected revenue and planning for costs and expenses, you will be better prepared for the inevitable ups and downs a year brings.
During the budgeting process, it’s not enough to focus solely on workstations, servers, infrastructure, or bandwidth. While these are important pieces of the overall puzzle, there are also other items to consider when creating your IT budget. VoIP phone systems, application delivery models such as CRMs and PSAs, and disaster recovery planning are also significant considerations.
Not only does a budget help you to look ahead to anticipated income and profit, it allows you to be intentional with your spending over the coming year.
If your organization uses technology, including IT in your budget planning will help you to control costs while keeping your tech up to date.
Your business phone system comes packed with features designed for productivity, which can help you to impress co-workers and customers alike. Time is money, and you can add time to your day just by using your phone more efficiently. Because Lieberman Technologies sells Allworx phones, this list focuses on the features offered by an Allworx system, but many phone systems have similar elements.
The best phone system is the one that suits your needs and doesn’t make you pay for things you don’t need. Instead of learning definitions and technologies, identify the needs you have for your phone network and let your salesperson do the hard part.
Now, with the Allworx Verge 9000 phone, even more happens in the background to help you run your business better. When you get back to the office, your contacts on your iPhone or Android phone sync via Bluetooth with your desk phone. From there it goes into your Verge system. When Dave goes to his desk to call Mary, her contact information is already on his desk phone. He can sit down, scroll to her name, press call, and be talking through specs in the time it would take to open his email.
Data protection and recovery continues to be an important factor in the viability of businesses of every size. Recently, we announced our partnership with Datto and introduced the Datto Alto, designed for small business. Some businesses, however, may have small staffs but generate an enormous amount of data. How does such a business protect its data without a dedicated in-house IT staff? Datto has a solution for these companies: Datto Siris.
While you can still use your computer with the outdated operating system, you will be susceptible to malware triggered by hackers taking advantage of weak or unpatched code.
Before the global attack was stopped, it spread around the world, affecting computers in 150 countries – including computers used in healthcare systems, utilities, and government. On Monday, May 15th, as the world went back to work, the attack picked up speed again.
As a small business owner, it’s likely you are using some type of data protection strategy to guard against data loss. However, data protection is only half the story. The other half is minimizing downtime. No matter how well you’ve protected your business’ data, that protection can be useless if you are unable to access it. Every minute, every hour, every day that you are unable to retrieve your protected and stored data affects your bottom line.
As a managed service provider, Lieberman Technologies works with a wide variety of small and midsized businesses. We strive to provide a data protection strategy that fits the unique needs of each business. In order to provide better service, we sought a business continuity solution that would provide total protection of business data as well as allow for rapid recovery in event of a data disaster. That solution is Datto.
An image-based backup preserves a copy of a machine’s operating system, including system state and application configurations, as well as the data associated with that machine. The information captured in this copy is saved as a single file known as an image. Each image represents a single point in time, which allows a restore of a specific file at a specific point if necessary.
Data security is becoming more important as business data is being collected everywhere. Globally, we generate 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day, a figure that will likely grow steadily in the years to come. In fact, the data generated just within the last two years amounts to 90% of the data currently in existence. The rapid pace of data generation requires a business to stay on top of their data protection strategy. Threats to data security seem to lurk at every turn. But what are the biggest threats to a company’s data?
Your business continuity plan should include a data backup solution that allows you to mitigate the effects of data loss and time to recovery. Surprisingly, many businesses use a data backup solution that is inefficient and incomplete.
A full business continuity solution not only addresses the preservation of business data, it also provides a means for fast, full restoration in the event of a data disaster.
The suite of apps and cloud services available through an Office 365 subscription has been a game changer for many businesses. Because Microsoft pushes updates to the software behind the scenes, users always have access to the latest version. Following the debut of Secure Score, The Hartford Financial Services Group announced plans to use the score reported by the tool to help determine premiums for their cyberinsurance products. It is only a matter of time before other insurers follow this path. Microsoft’s Secure Score tool gives businesses and insurers alike a quantifiable measure of security within Office 365.