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Organizational Issues that are making IoT a security riskSomething unusual has happened with the incorporation of IoT technology into business organizations: it is breaking down the dominance of the IT department as the sole custodian of all things tech. This is because IoT technology is tending to be introduced by operation lines and not initiated by the IT department. Line of Business managers are discovering individual IoT technologies that solve specific problems and initiating their use. As a result, IT...

New security liabilities: The Internet of ThingsIn previous blogs we have addressed the data security concerns that arise out of the inherent nature of IoT. However, there are other factors that create new security concerns.First, since many of these devices were designed to solve specific LOB needs, they may be designed for functionality first and security a distant second. And in many cases, they may not be designed with the capacity to restrict access to the data that is collected....

What is the Internet of Things?It is hard to avoid hearing about the Internet of Things. Articles in the mainstream business media appear frequently in print and online, and even consumers are becoming aware of it now. So let’s dive in and quickly define the Internet of Things. First, it is important to understand that the IoT is not a specific product. You don't buy a box of “internet things.” The IoT refers to all of the things that are...

The Internet of Things: A new security risk?You may have heard about the Internet of Things (IoT), but are you aware that your business is already connected to it in some way?Everyday thousands and thousands of things are being connected to the Internet for all sorts of purposes. In the consumer and residential world, we are connecting thermostats, temperature sensors, lighting systems, security cameras, baby monitors, appliances and door locks, just to name a few. Conveniences we take for granted...

 IT Red Flags to Watch Out For As someone running a SMB, you probably have a lot on your plate. You are the core decision maker, responsible for growing your business, keeping your clients happy and getting all the working done. Often, when you have so much going on, one area that gets overlooked is IT. When you are so busy looking into other things, the start of IT issues may slip your watchful eyes. In this blog, we discuss the...

 Assessing your MSP in the first appointment Handing over your IT to a MSP is a major decision. Who do you choose and more importantly, how? While there’s no rulebook that will tell you exactly how to proceed, here are a few hints that can help you decide how invested your prospective MSP is into you. How well do they know your industry vertical It is important that your MSP truly understands the industry-specific IT challenges you face so they can help you...

 Hiring seasonal staff? Here are a few things to consider from the IT perspective In many industries, there are seasonal spikes in business around specific times. For example, CPAs/Accounting firms, though busy all year, generally see a spike in business around the time of tax planning, IRS return filing, etc., the retail industry sees a boom around the Holiday Season, and so on. During such peak times, it is common practice in the industry to employ part-time staff to...

 Don’t make these IT mistakes as you grow! During the course of IT consultancy, we come across a lot of clients who are not happy with the way their IT shaped up over the years. They feel their IT investments never really yielded the kind of returns they expected and come to us looking to change the trend. When analyzing the reasons for the failure of their IT investment, here’s what we come across most often. Not prioritizing IT This is the #1...

 IT Red Flags to Watch Out For As someone running a SMB, you probably have a lot on your plate. You are the core decision maker, responsible for growing your business, keeping your clients happy and getting all the working done. Often, when you have so much going on, one area that gets overlooked is IT. When you are so busy looking into other things, the start of IT issues may slip your watchful eyes. In this blog, we discuss the...

 Assessing your MSP in the first appointment Handing over your IT to a MSP is a major decision. Who do you choose and more importantly, how? While there’s no rulebook that will tell you exactly how to proceed, here are a few hints that can help you decide how invested your prospective MSP is into you. How well do they know your industry vertical It is important that your MSP truly understands the industry-specific IT challenges you face so they can help you...