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Nov 08 2017

Cloud IT Security Compliance for government contractors DFARS 252.204-7012 (“DFARS 7012”) which invokes NIST SP 800-171

Another day,… another regulation. On November 17, 2017 the government requires all contractors that sell anything to the government or a government entity to comply with DFARS 252.204-7012 (“DFARS 7012”) which invokes NIST SP 800-171. What does all this mean? Simply put government contractors need an I.T. Security Policy. Based on DFARS 252.204-7012 (“DFARS 7012”)[…]

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Sep 29 2017

Facing the Eye of the Storm, the Cloud Is the Safest Place for Your Data

I had a conversation last week with a prospective client. “I’m worried about my internet connection if I go to the cloud.” He said this as Hurricane Irma just screamed up the Florida Coast. I replied, so what if your internet connection in your office doesn’t work? Simply stay home and use the internet there if you host all[…]

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Aug 16 2017

Tear Down the Statue in Your Data Closet

Wow, with all the rhetoric and politics in America today, I can’t help but think of the historic design of IT closets, how times are changing and how much we can learn from the history of managing a legacy on premise data network. Historically speaking, on-premises data networks are a thing of the past. Many,[…]

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Jul 10 2017

HIPPA Cloud Hosting Requirements

What Are the HIPAA Requirements? The HIPAA regulation has a long laundry list of defined parameters for data security and storage of patient information. This includes encryption, detailed physical security and access control measures, specific backup requirements and perimeter network security and monitoring specifications, just to name a few. HIPAA’s New Business Associate Regulation HIPAA’s[…]

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Jun 26 2017

VoIP Features and Functionality Equal Increased Productivity and ROI

Some think it’s weird to imagine you can make money on a telephone system. Well, the reality is in this day and age, you certainly can. In business, productivity equals dollars, and simple devices like the business telephone system are transforming the way people communicate and run their businesses. Some of the latest features in[…]

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Mar 30 2017

2007 Microsoft Exchange Server support ends April 11, 2017

There is only one thing you’re guaranteed in life… and in that vein, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 is about to perish. On April 11, 2017, Microsoft will officially end support for this legacy email operating system. While it was a good product, it certainly didn’t have the features, functionality or ease of redundancy deployment that[…]

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Dec 26 2016

Snow Days Are Coming Up! VDI to the Rescue

There is no time like the present to take a long hard look at the disaster recovery and business continuity plan you have in place for your business. We all accept that summer is over, and to shield ourselves from the chilly weather and the reminders of our warm vacations, we tell ourselves, “Well, at[…]

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Aug 14 2016

Wired Technology Is Obsolete: Stay Tuned for 5G Cell Technology

I travel often, delivering educational presentations and seminars on cloud technology. While presenting, the question I seem to get the most often is: “What if I lose my internet connection and can’t access my data in the cloud?” It’s a valid question, sure, but what strikes me is that everyone seems to be concerned with[…]

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May 24 2016

Cloud Services: Accounting for Any and All Situations

CPA firms, financial advisors, law firms and other integral cornerstones of the professional services world are moving fast to Cloud-based IT services. Why? Well, professional service organizations typically rely on industry standard applications like MS Office, Adobe, and QuickBooks products, and this makes application and data compatibility seamless and the delivery of that data to any device a[…]

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May 02 2016

IT Closet To The Cloud: More Secure?

Closet To The Cloud: More Secure? Let’s face it, 95% of small to medium businesses are still using a legacy IT design with servers that act as the very heart of their infrastructure – and are located in an IT closet somewhere within their physical office space. Is that really the safest place to store expensive[…]

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