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Evaluating the Many Information Security Risks for Banks

Bank Information Security - ThrottleNetAccording to a report out of the UK, a recent examination of 278 million lines of code in 1,388 applications worldwide, there were 1.3 million weaknesses that could potentially allow hackers to take advantage of corporate systems.

The financial industry is unfortunately one that is most likely to be vulnerable to hackers, which is certainly eye-opening considering the vast collection of customer data that these organizations hold and continue to grow.

While overall, organizations take the security of web applications seriously, the greatest security flaws in banking websites exist in those that are between 5-10 years old. What are the information security risks for banks?

The Big Benefits of Proactive IT Support

Proactive IT Support - ThrottleNetMany businesses take a reactionary approach to managing their information technology. When something breaks it gets fixed. 

Reacting to network issues pulls critical employees away from their key job responsibilities, and often results in extended downtime, which hinders workplace productivity and profitability. 

 

Your IT strategy should serve as insurance to prevent network issues from occurring during business hours in the first place. You never want to crash your car but you purchase insurance just in case. Your approach to information technology management should follow the same principle. 

 

By taking a proactive approach to IT management, we help businesses prepare for the future.  Read on to find how.

Four Big Benefits of Healthcare IT Outsourcing

Benefits of Healthcare IT OutsourcingHealthcare is perhaps the most complex sector for IT professionals. Data must be constantly accessed and protected, and hospitals need constant support around the clock, because they never close.

 

Along with the significant IT needs of healthcare organizations, there is a shortage in qualified IT professionals, especially those who understand the federal regulations that affect this demanding industry.

Internally managing IT is an option for healthcare organizations, but can be far from ideal.

Luckily, healthcare IT outsourcing is an effective option for healthcare organizations, and provides incredible benefits, allowing internal staff to focus on higher-value tasks within the organization. What can a healthcare IT support company do for your organization?

Google Creates More Magic With Pixel 2

By George Rosenthal

Google has raised the curtain on the newest edition of its Pixel phone line and Android fans will not be disappointed.

A worthy successor to the original Pixel, The Pixel 2 combines an outstanding camera with reliable software and an attractive design, all in an aluminum waterproof package.  

The phone is available in two sizes the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. Unlike Apple and other manufacturers the large and small versions both are identical in guts and performance.

Look under the hat and you’ll find the same Snapdragon 835 processor, 4 gigs of RAM, and the same 64 or 128 gigs of storage. The camera is the same as well. Both run Android Oreo with no bloating or customizing to the operating system. Battery life is around 7 hours with only 15 minutes of charging. Since it is “pure Android” users will get security updates and more features faster than other phones.

Wireless: How Often Do You Connect?

By Aaron Oliver

Wireless connectivity seems to be everywhere these days.  Most businesses are offering or touting free wireless connections. Because of this it makes it easy for the professional workforce to work from virtually anywhere, and we have grown accustomed to toting our laptops and tablets around with connectivity anywhere we go. You go for coffee or dinner and jump on the free Wi-Fi connection at the restaurant or cafe because it is faster than your mobile connection, and it saves you money on your mobile data package.

When businesses decide to offer free wireless, how do you think they accomplish it? Do they hire the best contractor or consultant? Sometimes yes, the business owner calls the correct person or company to come out and install a secure protected wireless network. However, often small businesses and cafes will call "their guy" who has setup multiple wireless networks and “knows all about them.” They go and buy a residential router form Walmart and plug it into an internet connection, and boom, that business now advertises "free Wi-Fi". The business owner has no idea that they have deployed their new free Wi-Fi without any kind of security or enterprise level features that they should be concerned about having.

How Viable is Hyperloop Travel?

Hyperloop travel from St. Louis to Kansas City

 

To woo Amazon, you must think like Amazon, and that’s by no means an easy task.

 

In September, 10 winners were announced and St. Louis failed to make the list. 
Included in the state proposal for HQ2, however, Missouri is dangling a Hyperloop route connecting St. Louis and Kansas with a stop in Columbia on land along the I-70 corridor.

The proposed route in Missouri would make it possible to travel from St. Louis to Kansas City in less than 30 minutes, allowing Amazon to pull together it’s talent base from both metropolitan areas. 

ThrottleNet looked into this high-tech transportation system and how it worked. Discover what we found. 

Understanding & Breaking Ageism in Tech

Breaking Ageism in Tech Industry

A new study from the job site Indeed.com indicates that over 40% of tech workers worry that they will lose their job due to their age, while roughly 20% of tech workers are constantly in fear that they could be replaced by someone younger and cheaper. 


Articles from other media sources back up the report’s findings on ageism in tech, with USA Today reporting that in many cases, those over 40 have trouble locking down a new job in tech. 

 
So does tech have an problem with older tech workers? Learn more about ageism in the tech industry, why it exists, and how to solve this problem.  

5 Cyber Security Awareness Tips for Business to Celebrate National Cyber Security Awareness Month

5 Cyber security awareness tips

Since 2014, October has been billed as National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), sponsored by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit organization launched by the Department of Homeland Security. 

 

While NSCAM aims to protect the public at large, businesses can embrace the month of October as well, and use the month as a time to reflect on their own cyber security efforts and try to improve processes in time for the new year. 

In honor of NSCAM, get some cyber security awareness tips small business owners should take to secure their business, powered by your friends at ThrottleNet. 

ThrottleNet Continues Award Winning Year with 2017 Best In Value Recognition from St. Louis Small Business Monthly

ST. LOUIS, MO – October 5, 2017 – ThrottleNet continues another award winning year by securing recognition as a Best In Value company for 2017 in a survey of business owners by St. Louis Small Business Monthly. The magazine recently named ThrottleNet as the #1 IT Firm in St. Louis, and recognized ThrottleNet as a Best In Reliability company as well as Best In Customer Service.

“Best In Value” recognizes companies who exceed expectations in providing the best value to their customers. The winners are selected from nominations and comments from clients. The complete listing is published in the magazine’s October, 2017 edition.

 ThrottleNet and other winning firms will be honored at the Best In Business Awards luncheon October 24, 2017 at the St. Charles Convention Center. The firm is also featured in an article in Small Business Monthly’s Best In Business, Business Owners’ Guide, for 2017/2018.

 “The ThrottleNet Team is once again excited to be recognized for another award as we continue our rapid growth,” said George Rosenthal, President of ThrottleNet. “We are committed to providing the latest, most up-to-date technology solutions to help businesses grow their firms and, at the same time, exceed their expectations with outstanding, professional customer service. Our entire staff appreciates the excellent feedback from our clients as we celebrate all of our special accomplishments during 2017.”

Will Amazon Bring #HQTWO2STL?

Amazon has been in the news quite a bit over the course of recent months, most recently with its acquisition of Whole Foods. The company has shown a willingness to adapt to changing technology and innovate well beyond what is traditionally expected of an ecommerce company.

Poised for continued growth, Amazon needs more space, and has launched a continent-wide RFP process to find a home for a second North American corporate headquarters, which will equal the company’s original facility in Seattle.

HQ2 is expected to cost $5 billion to construct and operate, employing as many as 500,000. 

 

The RFP instructs cities to send “information “on behalf of your metropolitan statistical area (MSA), state/province, county, city and the relevant localities therein.” Because of this, it may be counterintuitive for the region to submit dueling proposals.

While bringing Amazon to St. Louis may be a pipe dream, we can dream, can’t we?

Every city that submits a bid to Amazon will have its strengths and weaknesses and St. Louis is no different. What are some of the reasons that Amazon could work in St. Louis?