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The Biggest Technology Trends to Watch in 2018

2018 tech trends - ThrottleNet 

The main technology trends to watch in 2018 largely mimic a continuation of what we’ve been seeing the past several years. Technology that has been in its infancy continues to grow with adaptation of everything from personal assistants to corporate cloud servers continuing to become more and more mainstream.

It’s cliché to keep talking about the internet of things, machine learning and so forth every single year, but it appears that’s the way technology is headed in 2018.  Learn more about the hottest 2018 tech trends and how they impact you on this ThrottleNet blog.

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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?

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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.

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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?

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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. 

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IoT Security in Your Business & Home

By Aaron Oliver

 

IoT, what is it? It is the "Internet of Things", and is basically all of the consumer and business appliances that people now days call smart. Your smart TV, your internet connected picture frame, your home or office security cameras, your Amazon echo, and Google home device. These devices have become the craze over the last few years as people rush to stay connected and try to make getting access to things and information quicker and more convenient. But is there a price to all this convenience, and what are the true costs?

Think for just a second about how many things are in your home and office that communicate over the internet in some form or fashion. A few years ago, the number of devices may have included just your computers and your phones and you could count the number of devices on one hand. If you think about it for a moment you may not even have realized that you now have 27 or even more devices in your home connected to the internet. 27 is the number of things I had in my home, and our small office has even more devices. So now I must ask you, who or what is making sure that these things are secure?

Well, the companies who sell you these devices, if they are reputable are probably thinking about security and even releasing patches and updates for the products you have in your home and office. But there are so many fly by night and small companies getting into the IoT space, and most of them are just worried about functionality and using watered down insecure methods of connectivity. This can lead to leaving your business and even your home network susceptible to attack and intrusion.

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5 Disaster Recovery Planning Essentials for Your Business

With the Houston area still coming to grips with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey and Irma making landfall in Florida, disaster recovery planning is a timely topic for companies across the country. This is also an important topic here in the Midwest, where tornados and catastrophic floods along our rivers are prone to happen. 

Natural disasters can be absolutely devastating to a business, and those lucky enough to survive often face a long road towards rebuilding physical and digital infrastructure. 

No matter where your business is located, there is always some level of environmental risk beyond your control that could impact operations. 

Because of this, every company should have a rock-solid disaster recovery plan in place to help your business whether the storm.

Learn more about five disaster recovery best practices every business should be mindful of in this article. 

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Surviving Managed Services Automation

 Managed Services Automation - ThrottleNet

The machines are rising to take over the help desk. Should we be worried? 
 

According to a recent article citing statistics from Garter, by 2019, artificial intelligence is primed to take over 30% of IT support capacity, and within 10 years, they predict that virtually every application will incorporate some type of AI. 

As a managed services provider, is AI something destined to force us to wave a white flag? 

If IT automation continues to trend forward, it can provide managed service providers opportunities to grow business while reducing costs and providing a greater level of service to its customers. We feel it is important to continue offering the best product available and remain on the cutting edge of industry trends. So why can we, as a managed services provider, can embrace IT automation?

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5 Outsourced Help Desk Essentials Your MSP Must Provide

Outsourced help desk essentials - ThrottleNet

In any IT department, the help desk is critical to the success and profitability of your business.

When technical issues beyond your control snarl an end user’s ability to complete tasks, the business owner takes a hit. While the help desk is handled internally by many organizations, an outsourced help desk solution can provide the same fast service and cost your organization a whole lot less.

When outsourcing help desk support services, there are a few things a business owner needs to keep in mind to be certain they are receiving the most out of their services. There are 5 help desk essentials ThrottleNet provides clients to ensure their business is always running full-throttle.

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Google Steps Up to Help Get Companies in the Cloud with Transfer Appliance

The biggest irony of storing loads of data in the cloud is that it has to get there first. For some companies, that means their data takes a cross country road trip. 

Today’s destination? Mountain View California. 

Google has stepped up it’s cloud migration game, recently introducing the Google Transfer Appliance (GTA), which is essentially a shippable network connected hard drive capable of storing 100 TB or 480 TB of raw data before it’s uploaded to Google’s Cloud Servers. Essentially, GTA is Google’s answer to Amazon Web Service’s Snowmobile, minus the truck.

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