It’s a moment every business owner dreads. A message appears on your organization’s computer screen alerting you that your files have been encrypted and the only way to access them is by paying a ransom. Security threats to computers and mobile phones have grown more sophisticated around the globe in the past few years.
Around 2008, the IT industry started to experience a massive shift in traditional computing. The International Data Corporation (IDC) began referring to this change as the “3rd platform.” The 3rd platform is built on the four technology pillars for innovation and growth: Cloud, mobile, big data, and social technologies.
Imagine you are on your personal or work computer, and you receive a seemingly innocuous email from a trusted source, such as your bank, your tax office, or even a friend. The source asks you to download a file to update important account information. But, when you click on it, your most important files become encrypted and you are threatened you will lose them unless you pay a sizable sum to get them back!
A test environment would be beneficial to all RTLFiRST clients, especially those with custom or complex settings. This way, changes can be tested with minimal disruption to the production environment. Test ahead of time: Changes to verification settings. Changes to business processing rules. Changes to file versions. Changes to operation systems. Changes to hardware.
After a landmark vote on February 26, The Federal Communications Commission officially classified Internet providers as public utilities. The new net neutrality rules were approved 3 to 2 among party lines. The rules ban high-speed Internet providers, such as Verizon, AT&T, and Time Warner Cable, from blocking websites, slowing down content from particular sites, or selling-off faster traffic speeds to the highest bidders.
It is predicted that that by 2017, there will be around 268 billion app downloads. The average person already uses 26 different apps per month. This growth is clearly driven by the younger work force, who use their mobile devices and tablets for both work and play.
In today’s generation where internet telecommunication is so mainstream, we find most of the client interactions are carried out via phone or e-mail. In addition, there are also many web communication tools already available which makes it easier to reach out to clients on different geographical areas such as WebEx, Skype, etc.
Cloud Computing is only beginning its growth and progression; more than half of all businesses have already implemented Cloud Computing in some way or another into their day-to-day operations. Whether you need improved security, lowered costs, higher efficiency, a backup plan, or a mixture of these benefits, the Cloud is the answer.
New technology trends pose new security threats to businesses. CompTIA reports that 64% of companies report a “drastic or moderate” change to their security approach. In their survey, more than half of businesses recognize opportunities within their organization for security improvement.
If you are thinking about an upgrade, be it to the Server, workstation PCs or RTL Software, here are some guidelines to consider: If upgrading hardware or operating systems: Check that the hardware supports the new Operating System, get the hardware compatibility list (HCL) on Microsoft’s website or visit the hardware or vendor’s website and check for Operating System Compatibility.