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Letter from the President

With more and more data and services moving to the cloud, we have begun to see a common trend among our clients that we want to warn you about. As a business begins to transition to the cloud, they are captivated by the cost savings benefit (it IS something to get excited about!) The business believes that the cost savings comes in getting rid of the managed services provider along with the physical server and equipment. However, this is a false assumption in most cases because you will still need IT support, albeit a different type of support. In moving to the cloud, the cost savings are realized in infrastructure – automatic upgrades, fewer or no on-prem servers to worry about updating or upgrading, and no equipment to repair. What you still need to budget is for an individual(s) who can manage users, troubleshoot and ensure appropriate allocation of resources.

Even after moving to the cloud, a managed services provider is needed if you do not have individuals well-versed in cloud-based IT. Ask yourself if you have someone who can:

  • Manage operational risk – if something goes wrong with the cloud-based implementation or system, who will you call
  • Protect your data – ensuring you have the right security layers in place prevents attacks on your data
  • Control costs – transitioning from a CapEx model to an OpEx model requires capacity planning and careful budgeting.

The right managed services provider can meet these needs as well as serving as a proactive and strategic partner for your team. Networking Technologies offers a hybrid model that focuses on your entire enterprise with a commitment to flexibility based on your current and future needs. We can walk you through how having an MSP can benefit your company and the services we can provide you to ensure your cloud-based systems run smoothly. 

From all of us at Networking Technologies,

James Bahm
President, Networking Technologies

Cybersecurity For Small Business: Business Email Imposters

used with permission from FTC.gov
by Andrew Smith, Director, FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection

When cyber crooks send messages trying to trick people into disclosing passwords or account information, they often mimic a recognizable email address to make it look like it’s coming from a trusted source — for example, from your company. It’s a practice called spoofing and it packs a double wallop. Not only does it put consumers at risk for identity theft, but spoofing can unfairly damage the reputation for trust you’ve worked hard to earn.

What can you do to protect your company and your customers from business email imposters? That’s just one of the topics covered in the FTC’s new cybersecurity resources for small business.

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5 Reasons Why General Software Updates And Patches Are Important 

used with permission from Norton by Symantec
by Steve Symanovich

You’re probably no stranger to those little pop-up windows. They tell you software updates are available for your computer, laptop, tablet, or mobile device.

You might be tempted to click on that “Remind me later” button. Don’t do it. Or, at least don’t put off updating your software for long.

Software updates are important to your digital safety and cyber security. The sooner you update, the sooner you’ll feel confident your device is more secure — until the next update reminder.

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Employee Highlight of the Month: Craig Allison

Craig Allison – Enterprise Account Manager

Erie native Craig Allison began at Networking Technologies in November 2018 where he serves as an enterprise account manager. In this role, Craig serves as a trusted advisor and customer advocate for Networking Technologies’ clients.

Craig holds a degree in Business Administration from Gannon University and boasts more than three decades of extensive experience in the IT industry in both sales and business development. .

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Time For A Tune-Up!

used with permission from HP Tech@Work

Your Windows 10 PC needs a little TLC

Every year, you probably make a few New Year’s resolutions. Perhaps you decide to lose a few pounds or spend more time with family or finally get that European vacation on the books. Or maybe, just maybe, you decide to get your arms around all those poorly performing PCs in your offices.

Okay, we doubt you’ve really done that last one. But you should since studies show using outdated or inadequately maintained PCs can be serious productivity killers whereas more modern and capable systems can help workers do much better jobs and make your business more competitive.

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2019 Cybersecurity Trends

used with permission from HP Tech@Work

What the experts say

Did you know nearly 60 percent of all malware attack victims this past year were small businesses?

Many owners of startups and modest-sized companies assume that because they haven’t reached the financial heights of a Starwood/Marriott, Under Armor, Facebook or Panera Bread (all hacked in 2018), that they’re somehow immune.

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Move To Modern: Windows 10 Iot – Safer, Smarter, Cloud-Ready

used with permission from Microsoft 365

Windows has long been a leader in powering dedicated devices. Many of the ATMs, cash registers, and airport kiosks around the world run Windows Embedded 7. That operating system is based on Windows 7, whose support is ending on January 14, 2020.

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Technology Certifications – March 2019

Congratulations to the following employees who recently earned certifications from our technology partners in March 2019.

Jim Bahm
Extreme Networks – ESS – Overview

Russ Torok
Extreme Networks – ESS – Overview
Extreme Networks -ESS – Software

Chris Heck
Microsoft – Exam 70-410: 20410-Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012

Wendy DeArment
VMware – VMware Ethics and Compliance Training for Partners

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