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Microsoft Server 2008 'End of Life'

[fa icon="calendar'] September 10, 2019 / by Communications posted in IT Roadmap, Virtual CIO

On January 14th, 2020 Microsoft Server 2008 will officially go 'End of Life' which could cause some serious issues for your business if you currently operate a server with MS Server 2008. Check out the infographic below for a quick rundown or get the full story on what this means for your business with our latest blog:

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How 'End of Life' Can Help a Business

[fa icon="calendar'] September 5, 2019 / by Communications posted in Tech Tips, IT Roadmap, Virtual CIO


“End of life” may sound a little overdramatic and Microsoft’s 2008 Server going 'end of life' certainly isn’t life or death but if your business runs this popular Microsoft server you will want to mark January 14th, 2020 on your calendar. The 2008 server will officially go 'end of support' which poses both problems and opportunities to businesses employing these servers. We will explore the risks associated with keeping a legacy server, upgrade options, and the benefits your business will realize by upgrading.

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HIPAA and You: A Compliance Conundrum

[fa icon="calendar'] May 1, 2019 / by Communications posted in Compliance, Virtual CIO


SO, What is a HIPAA?

If you aren’t in the healthcare industry (or in some cases even if you are, YIKES!) you might have only heard the term HIPAA in passing. The thing is, HIPAA now covers plenty of businesses outside of the healthcare industry due to the addition of the Omnibus Rule in 2009, and there is a severe lack of knowledge in terms of HIPAA requirements and how it can affect business. [1]

We will explore which businesses need to be concerned with HIPAA, some of the requirements if you do fall under the scope, and, why it all matters to your business. As with anything, it is important to first get an idea of what HIPAA is and where it came from before we can truly understand why it’s important, so, without further ado let’s dive in.
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Hurricane Preparedness for Business

[fa icon="calendar'] June 11, 2018 / by Communications posted in Disaster Preparedness, Virtual CIO

On May 31st in the office, it is business as usual, but, June 1st strikes and it’s DEFCON 1 for the entire company. It’s hurricane season – is your business prepared? There are many similarities between preparing your home and family and preparing your office and employees. Here are steps to help you, your business and your customers prepare if Mother Nature decides to pay a visit:

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Cybersecurity: A Game Plan for a Successful Business

[fa icon="calendar'] April 26, 2018 / by Communications posted in Disaster Preparedness, Cyber Security, Virtual CIO


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Does your C-Suite See Eye to Eye?

[fa icon="calendar'] April 10, 2018 / by Communications posted in IT Roadmap, Virtual CIO

Most CEOs cite malware as the greatest cybersecurity risk while their technical officers see identity breaches as the greater threat. This C-suite disconnect can lead to weak IT decisions that do not reflect or address the true primary threats each individual company is facing. A survey of 800 senior executives by Centrify and Dow Jones Intelligence found that 60% of CEOs expect to invest the most in protecting against malware rather than identity security protections although 68% of executives whose companies have already been breached acknowledge that the attack could have been prevented with identity and access protection.

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