The credit bureau agency Equifax publicly reported a data breach affecting about 143 million Americans on September 7, although the company was attacked months before then. According to Equifax, the breach was caused by a vulnerability in a website application, but no further details were provided. What does this mean for the security of your personal data? The Equifax hack has some serious consequences, because the credit bureau keeps a trove of personal digital information for millions of people. Information …

Last week, Online Tech’s very own Nick Lumsden was on the Lucy Ann Lance Show on WLBY AM 1290 to chat about hybrid cloud! The show was partnering with Ann Arbor SPARK to chat with winners of this year’s Fast Track Awards–an honor Online Tech is no stranger to, having won seven previously. During his time on air, Nick talked about Online Tech’s latest product offering, Managed Microsoft Azure with SprawlGuard™.  Nick explained that this allows clients who use Microsoft …

Hybrid cloud, also known as multi-cloud, continues to grow at a rapid pace. Eighty-five percent of enterprises have a multi-cloud strategy, increasing from 82 percent in 2016. And according to Rightscale’s 2017 state of the cloud report, companies run 41 percent of workloads in public cloud and 38 percent in private cloud. However, the biggest challenge for cloud users is cost management, and that is because of significant cloud waste that organizations were unaware of. Rightscale also found that cloud …

If you’re attending the inX3 conference in Indianapolis this year, be sure to say hello to us! Online Tech is an Entrepreneur sponsor of the event, and we’ll be onsite to meet and mingle with our fellow business colleagues. We’re looking forward to connecting with investors, policy makers and influencers to help grow the Indianapolis business community and beyond. We hope to see you there, too! About inX3 inX3 is the largest regional gathering of entrepreneurial companies. For one week, …

A ransomware attack spread across 74 countries on Friday, throughout Europe, the Middle East and Asia. The attack hurt Britain’s healthcare system, forcing some hospitals to turn away patients. The ransomware, which was delivered via email attachment, is believed to have been stolen NSA technology. In 2016, a group known as the Shadow Brokers leaked the ransomware and other NSA tools. According to Fox News, the impact of the attacks caused phone lines to go down, appointments to be canceled …

Online Tech would like to congratulate Mobi Wireless for winning the top honor of Techpoint’s Mira Awards last weekend! The Boone County-based company took home the Tech Company of the Year award. We know you’ve worked hard during the past year and deserve this win. Mobi, which creates software that centralizes management of mobile devices, beat out four other top contenders for the prize. According to the judges, Mobi’s employee growth (115 new employees), customer acquisition (34 new customers), and …

Congress recently passed a law repealing a set of Internet privacy rules, in a move that’s taken the media by storm and for good reason. In the wake of this new legislation, there’s been a lot of confusion over what it means for the privacy of consumer Internet data. President Donald Trump still has to sign the new bill, so it isn’t even law yet. But it’s expected he will do so, and soon. No one understands the full impact …

Amazon’s S3 outage yesterday brought down a large part of the internet, leaving thousands of companies and their customers stranded. While the outage itself only lasted about four hours, the effects were felt for much longer, and it highlighted how reliable the public cloud truly is. One of the hardest things about cloud adoption for CIOs is dealing with the sense of losing control. For many CIOs, this came to light yesterday in AWS’ outage. That sense of loss of control …

Online Tech has officially joined more than 1,100 organizations who are compliant with the new EU-US Privacy Shield law, the replacement for the US-EU Safe Harbor Framework. Developed by the Department of Commerce and the European Commission, Privacy Shield is the response to European concern about excessive government access to data and a lack of process for citizens to file privacy complaints. Privacy Shield allows for the transfer of data between the US and the European Union and implements seven …

The White House has a new campaign to raise awareness as part of Cyber Security Awareness Month. One of those campaigns is called “Lock Down Your Login,” which aims to educate users on the security benefits of two-factor authentication for their personal online accounts. According to campaign leaders, two-factor authentication “could have prevented as many as 62 percent of successful data breaches last year.” What is two-factor authentication? Two-factor authentication serves as an extra layer of security beyond the usual …

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