IT Managed Services

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3 Essential Steps in Virtualization Design (from an Industry Veteran)

Virtualization is the modern way to maximize IT resources. Virtualization can apply to applications, servers, storage, and networks and is the single most effective way to reduce IT expenses while providing users better access to systems from wherever they are working. (Learn more about the benefits of virtualization.) With virtualization, applications are contained in virtual machines (VMs) which are isolated from each other, but share a pool of resources managed by a hypervisor.
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Leveraging NIST Assessments to Become NIST Compliant

If you are a defense or government supplier – or if you are a subcontractor selling to a government supplier – you need to know about the NIST 800-171 mandate, and take steps to perform a NIST assessment to become NIST compliant as of December 31, 2017.
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Gain Email Security with Managed Services for Microsoft Office 365

Complex targeted attacks and malware are no longer reserved purely for big business. All companies are increasingly tested by the rising levels of sophisticated, malicious emails and social media posts.
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What is managed services?

The successful management of your IT infrastructure requires highly skilled technical staff monitoring your systems 24x7x365 using the latest remote infrastructure monitoring technology. You need experts in servers, virtualization, storage, networking, desktops, cybersecurity, disaster recovery, and other business technologies. For most companies, maintaining the diverse skill sets and 24x7 coverage for IT systems is not affordable. A company will use managed IT services to supplement or outsource the daily operation of their IT infrastructure.
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How to Prevent Business Email Compromise or Imposter Email Threats

Business email compromise (BEC), also known as imposter email, is an emerging global threat. The FBI estimates that this growing problem has already hit more than 22,000 victims and caused more than $3 billion in losses around the world. (See Public Service Announcement, alert #I-061416-PSA.)
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5 Reasons to Outsource Office 365 Migration Services

Do it yourself? Or hire a professional? It's the age old question. For home improvement projects that don't necessarily require specific skills, you can save money if you do it yourself, plus enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you put your own sweat equity into it. This makes sense for some things, but not others. Even the most avid home improvement buffs can recall projects they wished they had hired someone to do for them, when they think back to how much time and money they spent on something that really didn't come out that great (and how frustrating the whole experience was).
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Protecting Your Business from the WannaCry Ransomware Attack

Undoubtedly you've seen the news about the spread of the WannaCry / WannaCrypt ransomware threatening businesses and government entities across the globe.
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Selecting an IT Service Provider with Its Own Data Centers

A common need businesses may be trying to fulfill when seeking IT services is managed hosting. Forward-thinking businesses are realizing they can keep expenses in check while strengthening security by using a shared data center infrastructure. A company that requires the use of a data center understands the cost benefits and security advantages of this service over building and maintaining a company’s own data center to house servers, storage, and networking equipment. With managed hosting, businesses get a reliable, secure environment for critical business systems with maximum uptime and reduced operational exposure. At the same time, expenses are controlled by sharing the costs of space, power, and connectivity with other firms.
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The Evolution of a Managed Service Provider

Many IT service providers that started out in the break/fix model have simply slapped on the MSP (managed service provider) label as a way to upsell their services. Similarly, as cybersecurity has become a hot topic and data breaches are in the news every day, many MSPs have started to bill themselves as an MSSP (managed security service provider). What are the differences in these categories?
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How to Protect Against Phishing Attacks

"Nation State Level Attacks" or "Zero Days" grab people’s attention (the hook), but if you are truly concerned about security (the line), your concerns should be more about the protection of logon credentials (the sinker). Compromised logon credentials are the number one method used by attackers to gain access into systems they should not be in.
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