Tech Talk

You’re not invincible. You’re the target.

Small businesses are a big market for cyber attacks. Hackers have realized that smaller businesses are easier targets for cyber attacks. According to the Verizon 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), 61% of cyber attack victims are business with less than 1,000 employees. So why are small business the target for these invasions? The answer is simple. Small businesses generally have weaker security. What weaknesses does your business have? Here are five of the most common: Phishing still works. This year’s DBIR found that about 1 in 14 users were tricked into following a link or opening an attachment. Weak passwords. Maybe it’s the amount of passwords we all have to remember or lack of creativty. Whatever it is, people are still failing to set… Read More

DataVizion’s Golf Tournament Raises $6,500 for Child Saving Institute

Our team at DataVizion would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who attended our Second Annual Charity Golf Tournament Aug. 31, 2017. Together, with our partners and customers, we were able to raise $6,500 for Child Saving Institute. That’s $1,000 more than last year! The donation helps this nonprofit provides services including counseling, therapy, education and support for children and families in the community. A special thanks to Hewlett Packard Enterprise and Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, who sponsored the event, and and to all of our generous hole sponsors who helped make this event possible. “We had such a great time with all our partners and clients coming together for a great cause,” Kelly Schrad, DataVizion President and CEO, said.… Read More

What’s your company’s mobile strategy?

If you don’t have an answer to that question, you’re not alone. A study1 conducted by Robert Half Technology revealed 1 in 4 CIOs say their organization has no mobile technology strategy. However, it’s predicted that by the year 2020 mobile workers will make up more than 70 percent of the total U.S. workforce2. This is largely due to the quick rise in usage of smartphones, tablets, cloud-based applications and the Internet of Things and it’s not slowing down. So, if you don’t have a mobile strategy, it’s time to put one into place. Here are three main reasons why: Boost productivity and efficiency Mobility allows us to streamline procedures and increase collaboration, which ultimately leads to a more efficient and productive workforce. The published… Read More

You’ve Got Tech Questions, We’ve Got Answers

At work and at home, you probably deal with technology issues more often than you would like. Sometimes, it’s the simplest of problems that cause the biggest headaches. Here are answers to some of the most common technology pain points. Is there a way to make my laptop’s battery last longer? In the past, it was commonly advised to drain your battery completely before recharging it. This rule mostly applies to older, nickel-based batteries. Most newer laptops and other devices use lithium ion batteries, which are easier to take care of. The best thing you can do to preserve your battery is keep it cool. Overheating will shorten the long-term life of the battery. Take precaution not to leave your laptop in a hot car,… Read More

Reduce Cyber Security Threats with Employee Training

Cyber criminals are increasingly targeting private companies in hopes of easy access. Even basic oversights, such as leaving a laptop unattended or opening a spam email, could lead to a cyber attack and ultimately cause a financial loss for your company. Having the right technology in place to prevent such attacks is a must. However, you should also provide basic training to employees, as they are a critical line of defense against cyber attacks. Here are five topics to cover. Phishing and Spam Hackers are coming up with increasingly clever scams using fake emails to try and gain access to your company’s network or employee information. Train your employees to spot these phishing attempts and to alert IT to any suspicious emails. You can even… Read More

Thinking About Outsourcing Your IT Support? 3 Reasons It’s Time

Staying current with the latest in technology and information security can be challenging and costly for businesses of any size. Yet, not enough businesses understand the benefits of outsourcing their IT support and managed services. Don’t worry; we’ll make it easy. Here are the top three questions decision-makers considering outsourcing their IT support should ask themselves. Can we handle our IT support ourselves? To really answer this question you have to consider everything from your budget and size of company to your availability of personnel and level of information technology expertise. If everything is running smoothly, this may not seem overwhelming. But in the event of a security breach or loss of data, chances are an outsourced managed service provider has the capability and availability… Read More

No Wi-Fi, No Thank You

Aruba ClearPass Helps You Embrace BYOD Regardless if you run a bank, hospital or retail organization, one thing’s for certain: your employees and customers have come to expect Wi-Fi access. But if the thought of letting anyone and everyone onto your network scares you, you’re not alone. With the Aruba ClearPass Access Management System you can embrace the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) culture allowing guest and employee-owned devices like smart phones, tablets and laptops onto your network without losing control and visibility. Here’s five other key benefits ClearPass offers: Customized Guest Access Portal Use your company logo and branding or create unique data-entry fields that users have to fill out to log on. You can even post customized advertisements and offers or other targeted content… Read More

First Annual Charity Golf Tournament a Success

We recently hosted our First Annual Charity Golf Tournament.  On Aug. 29, more than 100 participants including our partners and customers all came together for a fun day of golf, food and drinks.   More importantly, we all came together to raise $5,500 for Child Saving Institute. This nonprofit provides services including counseling, therapy, education and support for children and families in the community.   A special thanks to Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, who sponsored the event and to all our other generous hole sponsors who helped make this event possible. We certainly hope to do it again next year! View the photos from the event here. Read More

Prepare for the Unexpected with Disaster Recovery Services

Southwest Airlines was one of the latest companies to fall victim to what’s been referred to as a “computer glitch” resulting in hundreds of flight cancellations, delays, lots of unhappy customers and a negative impact to the company’s bottom line. A router breakdown that led to a series of failures in critical technology systems has been blamed. The backup systems in place also failed to work as expected. Even if you aren’t operating one of the nation’s largest airline carriers, if your company relies on technology (which, let’s face it, is most) a disaster recovery plan is a critical business need. Here are three reasons why: Machines and Hardware Fail Even the best hardware is not completely immune to failing. That’s where Disaster Recovery as… Read More

Thinking About Moving to a Cloud-First Network?

Here are 6 statistics you need to know. Flexibility, scalability, mobility – the benefits of moving to a cloud-first network go on and on. If you’ve even been considering a cloud-first strategy, you’re probably already aware of at least some of these advantages. But these six key findings revealed in the RightScale 2016 State of the Cloud Report* may surprise you. Security concerns are decreasing. In past RightScale reports, security has always been the top concern among respondents. However, from 2014 to 2016, security concerns for Enterprise central IT teams, who typically have the most responsibility for security, declined from 47 percent to 37 percent. Is seems as cloud providers and best practices mature, security concerns will continue to decline. Top cloud challenge cited is… Read More