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A Look Inside the Email Encryption Conundrum

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The practice of email encryption (turning a message into code before sending it beyond the network) has become standard protocol for the majority of email transactions today. This practice can be seen in both the private and public sectors, but it is especially prevalent within public organizations - where 83% of federal agencies have policies allowing employees to encrypt emails.

How to BYOD like an Expert: Mobile Security Breakdown

BYOD, Mobility, BYOD policyAsking a colleague if they BYOD can inspire a quizzical glance sent your way if not talking to an employee from the IT department. Also known as “bring your own device,” BYOD is a concept which allows mobile devices to access a private or corporate network through the cloud. Employees can access the network using their tablets, cell phones, laptops or any other mobile device.

The impact of mobile technology in enterprise IT is profound; a recent survey conducted by Gartner, Inc. reports that mobile devices have been deployed in 90% of enterprises, and the majority of these deployments are smartphones.  If your company already allows mobile device usage on the company network, a BYOD policy should already be in place. Allowing employees and staff to bring their own devices has advantages, but security and usage are two large hurdles to overcome. Here are several proven strategies to become a BYOD guru.

Why Outsourcing IT for Citrix Support Makes Sense

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Companies that are growing will need to expand their IT department to keep up. However, continuing to add workstations and employees to manage them can be quite costly, which may quickly eliminate the growing resources that the business had on hand. Many businesses are choosing to implement virtual desktop solutions to help them stay in contact with other locations within the company. In order to maintain these desktops the company will need to invest in time and employees with the proper expertise to keep them up and running, costs that will grow exponentially over time.

Ways Outsourced IT Services Can Benefit IT Governance

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There are many different strategies to increasing profitability in a business, including delivering valued services, implementing effective pricing models, and creating a streamlined work force. To create efficient workplace operations, an organization can engage in a variety of practices: look for specific credentials, seek out those with industry-specific experience, and finally, hire enthusiastic employees.

Which IT Services Companies Offer the Best SharePoint Support?

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SharePoint solutions can help to drastically increase a business's productivity and improve its internal and external communications. This is why SharePoint is today’s leading collaboration technology - it harnesses the power of cloud computing, providing secure data backup and business continuity. It allows employees to easily collaborate within, between and beyond departments, improves decision-making by placing relevant information in an easily accessible and navigable location, and broadens collaboration beyond the firewall with partners and customers.

Top 6 Reasons To Embrace Cloud Computing

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Cloud computing has provided a new avenue for SMBs to take their business operations to the next level. There are numerous reasons why SMBs should take advantage of the IT services that cloud computing can offer. If you're thinking about moving some of your network to the cloud, the following are the top 6 reasons why you should take that next step, today.

VMware's VSA Has Virtualization Limitations and Advantages

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VMware's vCenter Server 5 Essentials Pack, a commonly used virtualization platform, has an optional software plug-in or add-on known as VSA (vSphere Storage Appliance).  The main function performed by the VSA add-on is to create a shared storage pool and replicate data between internal components of the pool as needed to create high data availability.  The concept used by the VSA system is well understood in the industry, and has been embodied in non-VMware products such as LeftHand (produced by HP). 

Outsourced IT Solves Issue of Emergencies and Workflow Spikes

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Businesses and organizations are switching to outsourced IT for a number of different reasons.  One of the most significant is that it allows small and medium-sized businesses to greatly reduce the size of their IT departments, if not eliminate them, resulting in greater efficiency and productivity

Managed Services and Dynamic Data Centers

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Data centers have a key role in most business organizations today, with their use growing each year among small and medium-sized businesses.  IT services in the 21st century can help organizations take the next step in data center functionality, turning them into highly efficient dynamic data centers that optimize all aspects of their operations from the use of applications to network storage capacity.  What makes these data centers dynamic as opposed to the previous generation of data centers is their ability to consume as-needed rather than having large amounts of dedicated resources to run them.

IT Security Vulnerabilities Identified in Intel CPU Hardware

IT security, Intel CPU vulnerabilitiesUS-CERT has identified a huge threat to your company's IT security. Several 64-bit operating systems as well as virtualization applications using Intel processors are at risk of being exploited by a "local privilege escalation attack." The exposed operating system are based on x86-64 architecture, including Windows Server 2003 SP2, Server 2008 R2; Windows 7, NetBSD, FreeBSD, and operating systems utilizing XenServer Hypervisor.

In addition, systems using the IHC platform (Intel Hybrid Cloud) for virtualization are vulnerable to the security flaw. An elevation of privilege vulnerability is caused by a method the Windows User Mode Scheduler uses to handle system requests.  With the existence of this weakness comes a higher probability of hackers exploiting it to gain kernel privileges and take control of Windows and other operating systems. If you’re using Intel CPU hardware, here are the top 3 reasons to contact your IT security support team immediately.

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