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Breaking Down the Symantec Internet Security Threat Report for Small Business Owners

With the first quarter of 2015 behind us, technology companies are still pumping out reports shedding light on the year 2014 in tech, with the newest coming from Anti-Virus provider Symantec – maker of Norton Security software detailing 2014 in Internet Security with their Internet Security Threat Report.

We’re not going to go as far as saying the cybercriminals won in 2014, but according to the Symantec security report, last year was one of the worst on record as far as cyber-attacks went...

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Wearables in the Workplace: What WYOD Means To Your Corporate Policies

In just over a week, the Apple Watch will be here, and tech nerds everywhere just can’t wait long enough for the $350 gadget – with a lucky few paying $2,500 for a retro not-so-smart Apple Watchfrom the 90s on eBay.

Of course, with new technology comes new challenges for IT administrators – as we saw in the last decade with a large number of companies adapting to employee demands for slimmer laptops, tablets and smart phones by drafting BYOD policies for their workplace.

With that said, where will wearables fall in the scope of BYOD?...

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The New Audio/Visual - A Chat with AVI Systems

Is your conference room up to date? Do you have the latest A/V equipment or are you still trying to get by with older analog devices and outdated whiteboards?

Tom Madsen, Regional Vice-President of AVI Systems, visited TNtv to discuss the latest trends in audio and visual presentations, and how a lack of modern technology could be keeping you from attracting today’s tech savvy talent.

AVI has an extensive history and experience in all things audio/visual. The firm was founded 40 years ago in one office in Bismarck, North Dakota. It now has 16 offices and 460 employees.

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HIPAA is not just for Healthcare — Part 2

Do you understand how and when to report a HIPAA related data breach? 

In Part Two of a two-part series, Sarah Badahman, owner of HIPAAtrek, appeared on TNtv to discuss the importance of accurate reporting once a HIPAA related incident has occurred.

She said there are two sets of rules. One for breaches involving less than 500 individuals and one for those exceeding 500.

When 500 or less are involved, the breach must be reported to the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) on their website at hhs.gov/ocr/office/. A portal has been set up for this purpose. The breach should be reported by the end of the calendar year.

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HIPAA is not just for Healthcare - Part 1

Do you think HIPAA laws apply only to those in the medical community? 

As a small business owner do you realize that HIPAA laws pertain to all employees who work with health related data?

Sarah Badahman, owner of HIPAAtrek, appeared on TNtv to discuss how HIPAA data protection laws include everyone who come into contact with medical related data, not just the staff at a physician’s office.

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Get Ready for Windows 10

Is your business ready for a new, friendlier operating system? 

Then get ready for Windows 10, a new O.S. that should be ready for distribution around the fall of this year.

Eric Aguado, COO and Partner at ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the features of the newest Windows operating system and how it will benefit your business. 

Aguado said "simplicity" is the key word when describing Windows 10.

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IT Solutions That Overcome The Difficulty that is IT Recruiting

It’s a new year and companies are turning the books on 2014 to begin identifying their needs for 2015. As long as there are businesses, there will be employees, so it’s no surprise that staffing and IT recruiting gain a fair amount of attention this time of the year.

Information technology is a skilled trade. Companies need information technology personnel, but many businesses, small businesses in particular, have an increasingly difficult time finding employees capable of performing these tasks through both internal and external IT recruiting efforts.

According to a recent study by Manpower Group, IT Staff was identified as the 8th toughest job to fill in 2014.

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Understanding the Economics of IT

Are you confused about how much you should spend annually on IT? Does your budget allocate too much or too little for IT support?  

In part one of a two-part series, Eric Aguado, a partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss how a business can create a baseline to plan for annual IT expenditures.

Aguado cited a study from Gartner, the large research firm, which released a report called Gartner IT Metrics Data. The survey details by industry the percentage of annual revenue a company spends on tech support.

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Put Down the Shovel and Stop Digging IT Holes

Are you married to the old ways of managing your technology even though new solutions can improve performance while saving you time and money?

Mike Heil, a partner with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the mistakes business owners make by continuing to throw dollars at the same old, out-dated technology. 

Heil said there are four reasons why business owners continue to dig themselves deeper into an IT hole.

These include…

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When It Comes to your IT Guy Don’t Settle for a Jack of All Trades

Is your IT person a jack of all trades but a master of none of them?

Kevin Banks, Virtual Chief Information Officer (VCIO) with ThrottleNet, appeared on TNtv to discuss the mistakes business owners make by entrusting anything and everything related to technology to just one person.

Many companies make the mistake of...

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