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VLCM IT Industry News

Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Posted by VLCM on Oct 2, 2017 9:17:00 AM

Just when you think it is safe, another global hack hits the headlines, and the cycle of frustration and worry begins anew. Are my systems safe? What would I do if our data was compromised? Is my IT prepared for a full-scale hacker attack? 

If you care about your business, you’re asking yourself these questions. And you should be. 

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Topics: IT Security, Cybersecurity

For SMBs, UTM Visibility is Better in the Cloud

Posted by VLCM on Sep 26, 2017 10:38:00 AM

For data storage, project management, customer relationship management and more, SMBs are increasingly looking to cloud applications. Now, SMBs are also looking to the cloud for a way to better secure those apps with cloud-based unified threat management (UTM).

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Topics: UTM, Cybersecurity, Firewall

3 Reasons Fortinet Enterprise Firewall Leads in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant

Posted by VLCM on Sep 13, 2017 1:14:00 PM

Cyber attacks are growing in quantity and sophistication while virtualized environments are more connected with more endpoints resulting in a larger attack surface. To keep pace with these threats, organizations need advanced security that spans across physical and virtual environments.

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Topics: IT Information, Cybersecurity, Firewall

What to Ask When Considering Managed Security Services

Posted by VLCM on Sep 7, 2017 2:08:00 PM

You’ve come to an important crossroads.

You’ve got a business worth protecting, you know cyber threats are on the rise, and you don’t have the talent in-house to step up and become a cybersecurity expert. Compounding the problem is an unemployment rate of qualified cybersecurity professionals near zero in most markets, making it nearly impossible to hire an IT staffer dedicated to cybersecurity.

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Topics: IT Information, IT Security, Cybersecurity, Managed IT, Managed Services

Back-to-School Ransomware Protection in 5 Steps

Posted by VLCM on Aug 31, 2017 12:25:00 PM

The recent WannaCry and NotPetya attacks have highlighted not only how quickly ransomware actors are growing in sophistication, but also how the interconnectedness of today’s world puts all organizations at risk. In the education sector, ransomware is becoming a major headache for IT managers, making the back-to-school season is a good time to revisit ransomware protection policies.

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Topics: Ransomware, Cybersecurity, education, K-12

Be ProActive Throughout the Cyber Kill Chain

Posted by VLCM on Aug 28, 2017 8:17:00 AM

Too often, a company’s approach to cyber security is reactive, with the IT support team focusing on vulnerabilities and improving security systems after an incident has occurred. It’s an ineffective method and leaves the organization susceptible to further attacks. 

Taking a proactive, network wide cyber security approach allows the organization to pull together plans, policies, and tools to better anticipate and prevent cyber attacks from happening or mitigating them before damage is done. The first step in putting together a proactive approach is to take steps to truly understand the steps of the cyber kill chain.  

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Topics: IT Information, IT Security, Cybersecurity

Hybrid unified communications: the best of both worlds

Posted by VLCM on Aug 17, 2017 9:18:00 AM

As companies grow, communication can become complicated. The needs of the end user coupled with the changing demand of your business can present tough decisions about how to manage your communications technology. One decision that many customers are facing is the choice between an onsite (premise) phone system and moving their communications platform to the cloud. 

Here’s the good news. It's not an either/or situation. You can have the best of both worlds with a hybrid unified communication solution that still gives you security and control.

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Topics: Unified Communication, Phones, ShoreTel

Fortinet UTM Named Gartner Magic Quadrant “Leader,” 8 Years Running

Posted by VLCM on Aug 8, 2017 8:38:00 AM


IT research and advisory firm Gartner Inc. has named Fortinet’s Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution a Magic Quadrant Leader again. Just like they did last year, and the year before, and the year before that, and…well, for the last 8 years.

That’s good news for SMBs finding them increasingly at for cyberattack. Let’s talk about why Fortinet’s award is important, why they deserve it, and what it means for you, the SMB owner.

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Topics: UTM, Cybersecurity, Firewall

Post-Petya Ransomware Predictions

Posted by VLCM on Jul 25, 2017 9:13:00 AM

The results are in: 2016 was a dismal year for victims of ransomware:

And now for the bad news; we’re only halfway through 2017 and things look even bleaker.

Nowadays, threats are harder to detect, automated attacks make everyone a target, and vulnerable devices are everywhere. Just when you think you’ve got everything figured out, sophisticated criminals are taking old threats and beefing them up with new technologies.

The recent Petya panic that came right on the heels of Wannacry is a reminder that when it comes to ransomware, you can never let your guard down.

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Topics: IT Security, Ransomware

Scientists Find Significant Benefits to Standing at Work

Posted by Elise Vandersteen Bailey on Jul 12, 2017 9:21:00 AM

Researchers have known for years that sitting for long periods of time leads to increased risk of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, various forms of cancer, and mortality. This is a problem for office workers, who make up a greater proportion of the population than ever before, and for whom technological advances have further limited physical activity not only at work but also at home. Most office workers don’t even engage in much non-exercise physical activity—things like fidgeting, changing their posture, walking, and stair climbing.

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