Disaster recovery used to be one of the first things cut from IT budgets, citing time and expense to implement, monitor, manage and maintain something you probably wouldn’t need. But disaster recovery has come a long way, and those reasons are antiquated. However, if you’re looking at cutting IT costs, here are five reasons to keep disaster recovery off the chopping block: It’s a cost-effective option: No more excuses that it’s too expensive and time consuming to have. Thanks to …

How to avoid spear phishing bait

Posted on September 14, 2016 by

In the war against cybercriminals, we’ve learned to block messages from people we don’t know and avoid emails that have an excessive amount of capital letters, exclamation points and bad spelling. We’ve also generally recognized that we sadly haven’t come into a large fortune from a Nigerian prince if we just send him our financial information and a little bit of money. But what if the email is from someone you know, with their email address, a normal-sounding subject line, …

Online Tech was onsite at the Data Connectors Indianapolis conference last week, and it was a big success. There were many different speakers at the event, including our own Nick Lumsden, who talked about data security, protecting your assets and tips on garnering buy-in from your executives and boards. In his presentation, Nick discussed the average duration of an attack (243 days) and the average response time from organizations (four or five days for world-class organizations, but typically much longer). …

With the era of easily shareable apps and cheap(er) devices in full swing, Shadow IT has emerged as a growing priority to manage for IT organizations. And it’s with good reason—when technology is being used behind your back, it’s tough to know if your business is as secure and compliant as it should be. What can you do to minimize the risk? Here are five ways to manage Shadow IT in your business Stay on top of what’s going on: …

What is the future of Big Data?

Posted on August 18, 2016 by

Big data has seen big growth during the past few years. But what is it? Google simply says it’s “extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends, and associations, especially relating to human behavior and interactions.” But big data can never be that simple. Rather than just providing information about people’s beliefs through something such as an election vote, big data also gives insight about people’s behaviors—who they are, who they associate with, the things they …

What is shadow IT?

Posted on August 10, 2016 by

Causes of shadow IT Let’s say you’re an employee at a medium size organization, and you’re doing some internet surfing when you come across a new application that allows you to share and store your documents more easily than your current one—and you can connect it to any email account. You’ve been looking for just such a solution! You immediately download it and tell your colleagues about it, and they think it’s the best thing since sliced bread. You start …

What does the future look like to you? Does it include flying cars and meals in the form of pills? Will we no longer have diseases to worry about, or will robots be serving our every whim? Maybe it’s not quite like the Jetsons now, but thanks to the Internet of Things, that future is coming faster than you think. In a nutshell, the Internet of Things allows anything with a WiFi connection to be connected to the Internet. This …

There are three basic pillars/tenets of cloud computing: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), and Platform as a Service (PaaS). The first two are popular models of cloud. But what about PaaS? Below are frequently asked questions about this branch of cloud. What is PaaS? Platform as a Service, or PaaS, is a model of cloud computing that allows applications to be delivered through the Internet. A PaaS provider will have all the equipment needed for …

IT Disaster recovery is all about protecting your data, and the cost of data loss can be staggering. According to the Institute for Business and Home Safety, an estimated 25 percent of businesses do not reopen following a major disaster. As a business, you spend an enormous amount of time, planning, and money into making your organization successful. But what are you doing to protect yourself against a disaster? If it’s time for you to re-evaluate your current DR position, …

Disaster recovery is neither simple nor easy. The underpinnings of a successful disaster recovery strategy are complex and often difficult to implement and maintain. If you lead a technology department, you have a running list of disaster recovery issues that rapidly goes from manageable to overwhelming. It is a time-consuming and complicated endeavor. You know that your data systems are critical to your business. Without them, your business soon grinds to a not-so-graceful halt. The risk of losing business compounds with every …

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