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4 Pandemic Business Trends Here to Stay: Time to Rethink Everything?

Things around us are constantly changing from the simplicities of daily life to the evolving technologies we use. With the COVID-19 pandemic people’s lives and jobs have been put on hold while companies are trying to figure out how to cope with this extreme change. People now have to adapt to working at home and still stay connected with everyone they work with.

As the months pass people have new needs and working from your home office or even your kitchen table may not be the most ideal. Will working from home become the “new normal”? Will we ever be able to shake hands again?  Questions like these are constantly on the minds of people who are now working from home.

This changes the game for people all over the world. Even though these changes are occurring doesn’t mean they are all bad, people now can save money on transportation to and from work and can even enjoy a nice meal at home for lunch. Yes, you may miss your work friends and socializing in the break room or around the water cooler but there are plenty of new ways to connect with the people you work with.

Moving forward the new ‘normal’ will consist of a lot of changes but with a little help and encouragement it's nothing we can't get through.

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The CISSP Difference: Why Cybersecurity Expertise Matters

The CISSP Difference: Why Cybersecurity Expertise Matters

The FBI and other industry watchdogs are constantly releasing reports on how social engineering campaigns and other cyberattacks are rampant and increasingly effective at turning regular people and businesses into victims. One of the problems is a serious shortage of expertise. So many of these attacks can be defended against. Your assets can—and should be—protected from would-be thieves. Unfortunately, too many of us lack the knowledge and experience to manage information security on our own. At the same time, some security providers only pretend to be experts while peddling cookie-cutter solutions they license from vendors who don’t know or care about you.

And then there’s CISSPs.

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Cover Your Ass(ets): Planning for the Next Disaster

Cover Your Ass(ets): Planning for the Next Disaster

If there’s one thing that the pandemic has taught us, it’s the consequences of not being prepared. While nobody could have foreseen a worldwide pandemic shutting everything down for months, many of the systems that failed when COVID-19 first struck were just plain unprepared. People don’t like to plan for disasters. We like to assume that bad things won’t happen or that, if they do, they won’t affect us. But sooner or later, they always do.

That’s why you’ve got to be ready. Without adequate procedures and policies, many businesses had no clue how to let their employees work from home. Supply chain issues, travel bans, stay-at-home orders, shortages for PPE and cleaning supplies—all these things instantly and dramatically hampered businesses big and small. The question on everyone’s mind: “What now?”

Before the pandemic, everything was built on the premise of seamless efficiency. As an IT company that helps businesses grow, we love efficiency—but not at the cost of security. Throw one wrench into the machine—and COVID-19 was one big wrench—and everything grinds to a screeching halt.

Now we know better. You’re ready to secure the future of your business, and you’re going to be prepared for the next big wrench thrown your way.

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10 Best Microsoft Teams Tips for Business Pros

10 Best Microsoft Teams Tips for Business Pros

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, people across the world have been getting used to new technologies at a startling pace. Ask just about anyone before 2020 if they had ever heard of Zoom and you’d probably get “No, what’s that?” in response. Now it’s a household name.

The same could probably be said for Microsoft Teams—or Microsoft, anyway. Just about everyone knows this company. Right now, you might be using a Windows operating system (Microsoft) and using Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, or another application in Office 365. Now Teams is on the radar of a lot of people, too. In March, Teams usage had ballooned to 44 million daily active users from just 20 million in November.

The chat-based collaboration tool lets you use audio, video, screen sharing, and document sharing (SharePoint) to work over the internet with your coworkers—but you probably knew that much. But here are some features you might not be aware of.

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What End-to-End Encryption Means for Zoom Users

What End-to-End Encryption Means for Zoom Users

Zoom is rolling out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) in July for free to all users. It’s just a shame that they claimed it was already a part of their service—and lied.

Quite sneakily, the company used its own definition of the term, “one that lets Zoom itself access unencrypted video and audio from meetings,” according to the Intercept. The encryption that Zoom previously used is TLS, the same that servers use for HTTPS. This encryption is transport-only, breaking the widely accepted meaning of the term end-to-end encryption.

But now, Zoom is promising to bring genuine E2EE to all of its users. For real this time.

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