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Security of Micros POS Systems

October 8, 2018

I had an opportunity to speak with a gentlemen, who is the head of security for a large, national company that deploys very popular POS systems for retailers, restaurants, hotels, etc. (So that I do not come across as attacking him or the company he works for, both shall remain anonymous. For the purpose of this article, we’ll call him John Doe) During our conversation, I asked John what they typically do to secure the POS systems that they deploy.…

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Hurricane Season Preparedness

September 10, 2018

Hurricane season is officially here. In fact, as I prepare this post, North & South Carolinians are closely watching Hurricane Florence this week. With this in mind, let’s look at some ways you and your business can be prepared for a hurricane. Business Continuity Plan A Business Continuity Plan (BCP), simply put, is a plan for staying in business after a natural disaster strikes. In certain regulated industries, like healthcare, a BCP is a regulatory requirement. According to FEMA, if…

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3 Tips for Choosing a Managed Service Provider for Your Business

September 1, 2018

Technology has become a huge part of how business gets done every day. It may not take the place of the sales person on the front line, but it helps them do their job more effectively. Email, contact management software, websites, and mobile connectivity are integral to how companies operate on a daily basis. This evolution and integration of technology has made having a managed service provider for all your IT needs not only a smart choice for business, but…

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What to Do After a Virus Removal to Prevent Reinfection

August 15, 2018

You’ve gone through a painful computer malware or virus removal, and now you’re wondering, is it safe to use your computers again? Will you be protected? Or is that malicious threat still lurking somewhere in a flash drive or hidden file? These are the questions that companies ask themselves after dealing with a virus threat that’s cost them a lot in both time and money. Ultimately, how can they keep it from happening again? According to an article from the…

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August 1, 2018

When a computer system goes down, it costs you money. The longer it’s down the more your business is at risk of missed sales and lost productivity costs. This is why having an IT support provider that is fast, reliable, and available whenever you need them is vital. According to cloud backup provider, Carbonite, an IDC report found that 80% of small businesses have experienced computer and system downtime at some point. The costs for a single event can be…

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