Compete with the Big Dogs

For small firms, the internet was a great leveler. Small businesses-even the tiniest startups-could suddenly access-wide markets they never could have penetrated before the World Wide Web. Geography and the need for deep pockets to build real-life distribution points-retail or otherwise-no longer presented barriers to market entry. Similarly, the cloud now offers another breakthrough for small businesses. Before the…

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Data Security is a People Problem

There are some things that only humans can fix. 95% of all security incidents involve human error. Ashley Schwartau of The Security Awareness Company says that the two biggest mistakes a company can make are “assuming their employees know internal security policies” and “assuming their employees care enough to follow policy.” There are many security risks to which your…

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How a Managed Service IT Company can Change Your Business Strategy

Every business, small or large, has 3 basic levels of technology support needs. Make sure it works - Every organization, from enterprise to not-for-profit, needs IT staff who are able to offer routine maintenance and support, including the updating of hardware and software, handling maintenance, and putting out daily fires. Make sure it works when needed - Technology supports…

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Lets Meet!

The most effective way to get an understanding would be a quick information meeting. It wouldn’t take more than 15 minutes where we would talk about your organization's challenges. We would…

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Your Data or Your Business: Ransomware Explained

This cyber attack scheme hasn't garnered nearly as much attention as the usual “break-in-and-steal-data-to-sell-on-the-Internet” type, but it can be even more debilitating. Ransomware attacks have begun appearing in the last few years and its practitioners are so polished that in a few cases they even have mini-call centers to handle your payments and questions. So what is ransomware? The…

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Is Your Business Safe From Online Threats?

Did you know that 50% of small business owners think their businesses are too small to be targeted by the thieves of the virtual world? Contrary to popular belief, 72% of hacker attacks often happen to smaller firms - firms with less than 100 employees! So how prepared is your small and medium businesses? Here’s a checklist to help you…

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Understand How Data Loss Happens – In Order to Prevent It

Small business owners are often worried about data loss. Rightly so, because data loss has the potential to wipe out a business. We have identified the most common forms of data loss so you can see how they fit into your business and assess the risks related to each of these pitfalls. 1. Human Error - Human error - by way…

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Mitigating the Pain of Unplanned Network Growth

Small-to-medium sized businesses today face many challenges, particularly things like increased mobile device use and unexpected network growth. While every business wants to grow, the problem with unplanned growth is that it can quickly turn chaotic from a technical standpoint; often resulting in companies and organizations sloppily scrambling to add new users, devices, and applications to meet service expectations. When…

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Six Steps to Better Data Backup and Quicker Recovery

When it comes to business continuity, nothing is more important than having a solid backup and recovery program. Allow us to share some of the Dykstra IT philosophies. Think Quicker Recovery Time, Not Quicker Backup - While incremental backups are much faster than executing a full-backup, they also prolong recovery time. In the event of data loss, a full restore…

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Do Accounting Firms Need Managed Service for their IT Needs?

Accounting firms are as technology-driven as any other business today. They face the same challenges that other smaller commercial enterprises do when it comes to keeping their IT infrastructure up, running and secure. According to one estimate, accounting firms spend 70% of their IT budget on maintaining their systems and 30% on new technology. Owners may insist that their…

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