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10 Tips for Improving Small Business Cyber Security

Cyber security should never be taken lightly; even at the smallest of companies. 

At ThrottleNet, we understand the challenges it takes to run a business, because at the end of the day, we’re a business, too. We know that for some, staying up-to-date on the latest trends in small business cyber security while keeping track of everything else is difficult.

However, in light of recent ransomware attacks like WannaCry and the growing sophistication of phishing attacks, all small businesses owners should have a basic understanding of cybersecurity and the measures they can take to prevent a breach from hurting their business. 

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ThrottleNet Once Again Ranked Among Top 501 Managed Service Providers by Penton Technology’s MSPmentor

St. Louis, MO - Jul 17, 2017 - ThrottleNet, an IT firm based in St. Louis, MO, once again ranks among the world’s most progressive 501 Managed Service Providers (MSPs), according to Penton Technology’s 10th-annual MSP 501 list and study. The top MSP 501 companies ranked this year include organizations from around the world and from diverse technology and business backgrounds.

 

Taken as a whole, the companies on the 2017 MSP 501 list amassed a combined $14.48 billion in total revenue (based on 2016 results), up more than 15 percent from a year earlier. Of that figure, $4.30 billion was recurring revenue, an increase of nearly 13 percent from $3.81 billion in 2015.

This is the third consecutive year ThrottleNet has made the MSP 501 ranking. It improved its ranking to #188 in the 2017 survey, moving up 49 spots from the 2016 survey. The complete 2017 MSP 501 list is available at MSP Mentor.

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ThrottleNet To Sponsor 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk

ST. LOUIS, MO – July 11, 2017 – ThrottleNet announces it will sponsor the 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk, 8:40am, Saturday, September 16, 2017 at Creve Coeur Park in St. Louis. The event is hosted by St. Louis Urological Surgeons and Arch Cancer Care.

ThrottleNet will have its own team at the event which features a 5K run/walk, Kids' Superhero Dash for Dad, a virtual Snooze for Dudes program and a family-friendly post-race celebration. Participants will receive tech shirts, free food, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer.

The funds raised from 2017 ZERO Prostate Cancer Run/Walk - St. Louis are invested around the country to provide research for new treatments, free prostate cancer testing, and educate men and families about prostate cancer.


 

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Knowing your IT Staff and their Practices!

By Aaron Oliver

So last month I touched on the fact that having your employee rosters and contact info on your website can be a treasure for someone looking to social engineer their way into your companies network. I had some feedback asking for ways to mitigate this risk if the information had already been out there. Well there are probably a few things that every company should be doing to help educate their employees to protect against these Social Engineering and Phishing attacks. The easiest way to protect your organization whether you have an internal IT staff or an outsourced managed services provider, is to educate your users on who does the IT support for your organization.

If you're using an internal IT staff, your users should be aware of the names of the IT staff, as well as the extensions and phones numbers that these support personnel would be calling from. Your employees should also know how their IT support team connects to their systems for remote support. If the users in your organization know that your IT support uses the Logmein tool, it should be a red flag if someone posing as IT support calls and tries to get a remote session in some other way like Teamviewer, or some other third party tool!

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Where Can I Take Old Computers? Out with the Old & In with the New During a PC Replacement Cycle

Business hardware is a significant investment, but technology evolves & business needs change to keep pace. Because of this, every business should be mindful of an upcoming PC replacement cycle – whether that occurs because of performance, time or a hardware emergency. 

While most companies inherit the mindset of replacing only when something is broken, a best practice is to conduct a PC replacement cycle every 3-4 years. 

When it’s time to conduct a PC replacement cycle and the excitement over the new technology wears off and the bill gets paid, often business owners are left with a pile of old, outdated hardware that sits in a closet somewhere to be forgotten. 

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Apple Responds to Market with New Products

New products are on their way from Apple. The tech firm made it clear they have lots of items in their pipeline at their WWDC Conference this month.

First off is the company’s answer to Amazon’s Echo and Google’s Home called the HomePod. It is a seven inch device that will integrate Siri into an Echo/Home like case. You can use it to check the news, weather and control your smart home devices.

HomePod will offer an enhanced music experience. A feature called “Musicologist” will work with Apple music and stream the songs you request from Siri. The sound is designed to fill the room and take it to a level beyond what Amazon and Google are offering.

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Big Benefits of Managed Services Providers for Small Business

Managed services outsourcing companies take on a lot of responsibility when serving small businesses. It’s no surprise given how important the role of a managed service provider (MSP) is in managing such vital parts of an organization that SMB owners are sometimes hesitant to begin a partnership with an MSP, for fear that they may be losing control of their business.  

That’s far from the case. 

he truth is, outsourcing certain services like IT can relieve the pressure off of SMBs. It makes sense that a dedicated provider would have the resources to aid businesses who otherwise are unable to recruit, train, pay, and monitor the work of their IT team to partner with an MSP. 

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Malware, Social Engineering, and your WEBSITE?

By Aaron Oliver

Over the past year cyber security has been thrust to the forefront of cyber related news as there have been several worldwide attacks in the form of malware and ransomware. Most recently the "WannaCry" outbreak that paralyzed thousands of companies’ systems was talked about by every news organization on the planet. But there is another very common cyber threat that you don’t hear about as often, it is responsible for millions of systems being compromised and is often how some of these global events get started. It’s called “Social Engineering”.

Social engineering can take many forms and can be employed in several different ways. An attacker may call and pretend they are with your IT team and ask for information or for remote access to your employees’ systems. Once they gain access to a system attackers can deploy programs that will allow them to log back in later for more investigation into how the network is setup or do malicious things.

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Lessons Learned from WannaCry: How to Respond to Ransomware

The big news in the online security world over the past few weeks was WannaCry – a Ransomware attack that infected over 300,000 Windows PCs in over 150 countries, demanding users fork over $300 (or more) to unlock their machines. 

For now, WannaCry is over, but the magnitude of this ransomware attack can convince copycat cyber criminals to give it a try themselves, as some people were reported to have paid the ransom. As of May 15, the hackers reportedly got away with $50,000 in bitcoin, however, the economic impact of the attack was much costlier, with economists estimating productivity losses of up to $4 billion. That makes us want to...well, cry.  

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Swim to the Microsoft Surface

The latest version of the Microsoft Pro series has finally surfaced. The new Surface Pro has just been released and is ready for purchase.  It includes a few changes and nice updates from the popular Surface Pro 4.

The latest version of the Microsoft Pro series has finally surfaced. The new Surface Pro has just been released and is ready for purchase.  It includes a few changes and nice updates from the popular Surface Pro 4.

First though is the name. Those expecting Surface Pro 5 can keep waiting. Microsoft has gotten rid of any sequential number. Now it’s just Surface Pro, period.

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