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    Workplace Tips to Protect Against Phishing

    In January 2019, the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation reported losing $375,000 in a “targeted fraudulent financial transaction.”  And in 2017, MacEwan University was tricked into transferring $11.8 million to a targeted scam.

    What did these two scams have in common? They used phishing techniques to trick employees into handing over substantial amounts of cash to what they thought was a legitimate recipient. 

    But there are almost always warning signs – and we thought it would be helpful to share some tips to reduce the chance that your business finds itself “on the hook.”

    7 Questions to Ask Any Managed Service Provider

    When choosing a Managed Service Provider (MSP), it’s often beneficial to approach it less like finding a third-party vendor, and more like finding a business partner. When entrusting the management if your IT experts to an MSP, you need a company that offers the right resources, expertise, and strategic vision. Most of all, they need to understand your business and how they can help you leverage technology to reach your goals.

    If you’re shopping around for an IT service provider, you can learn a lot by asking the right questions. Here are seven we think any reputable service provider should have no trouble answering.

    Simplify Network Management with Cisco Meraki

    Many growing businesses rely on Wi-Fi for a number of reasons – flexible network coverage, the ease of adding new users and devices, and the ability to quickly get a signal live when moving to a new location.

    As today’s workplace increasingly moves to mobile devices (chiefly laptops, phones, and tablets), many workers no longer access the internet through a workstation connected to the network with an ethernet cable.

    So with Wi-Fi becoming the primary business network, it’s important that your solution is scalable, secure, and simple to deploy. A hodge-podge system of Wi-Fi routers might work for very small businesses, but you’ll soon realize the limitations when you start to take on more staff and more technology.

    And this is where Cisco Meraki can help.

    How to Reduce Business Costs with Managed IT Services

    Most businesses have the goal of generating profitable revenue growth, and dedicate much of their time and focus to this endeavour. However, it is equally important to focus on controlling costs – without constant vigilance, companies will find themselves struggling to compete under the weight of unnecessary overhead.

    And when you consider how central technology is to today’s business operations, IT becomes a much bigger expense than initially anticipated. So why would a business want to take on a new expense by hiring a Managed Service Provider? Because it’s one of the business decisions that can actually save you more than you spend.

    Choosing Between a Private vs. Public Cloud Service for Your Business

    Cloud computing, and the cloud SaaS platform has matured enough to the point where most businesses can see the appeal and potential – as most owners and employees alike have probably used consumer cloud services such as Dropbox and Google Drive in their personal life.

    However, when a business is deciding to deploy to the cloud, there is a choice that often comes up: whether to choose a public or private cloud service. Each option has benefits and drawbacks and it’s important to understand these before you commit.

    Six Tips to Speed Up your Office Wi-Fi

    With more workers using mobile hardware such as laptops, tablets and mobile phones, Wi-Fi is becoming the default network connection in many workplaces. While it can’t match a wired network for speed and security, the ease of access and flexibility are often worth the trade-off.

    But slow connections, unwanted traffic, weak signals, and old technology can all contribute to a frustrating network experience – and start impacting the flow of information and employee performance.

    We’ve compiled six tips that can help your business speed up your Wi-Fi network and increase security to boot:

    AI and Data Protection in 2019

    The amount of personal and business data being uploaded into the digital universe continues to expand at a sta­ggering rate; a recent study by IDC estimated that the total amount of digital data will reach 40 ZB by 2020.

    What is a zettabyte? If a kilobyte (kB) is nominally 1000 bytes, a zettabyte is 1 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 bytes. Or 10007 bytes. Or 1021 bytes. You get the idea. Either way you look at it, that’s a lot of cat pictures on Instagram, and a lot of critical data that will needs protection.

    With new privacy regulations, increasingly complex cyberattacks, and the adoption of cloud-based disaster recover strategies, we can expect to see some big changes in how we approach data protection in 2019.

    What is KeeranONE?

    What is IT outsourcing and how can KeeranONE help your company?

    When outsourcing your company’s IT, it’s important to rely on specialized professionals. Getting the desired results is only possible when you can trust the team you have hired. Keeran’s team stays on top of changes in IT and continuously grows with the advancements in technology. They are knowledgeable of several different platforms and technological developments.

    COMPUTER PROBLEMS: Do-It-Yourself vs. Hiring Professionals

    Just like any issue around a home or business, there is a wide range of degrees of seriousness with which you can respond. From ignoring it to calling in emergency services, it is sometimes difficult to identify the severity of a problem. Thankfully, when it comes to computer problems, Keeran Networks is here to offer some friendly advice. Keep reading for our assessment on the advantages and disadvantages of doing it yourself versus calling in the pros.

    5 Reasons to Get Your Network Assessed

    Just like a vehicle, a property or almost any valuable investment, it is important to have your network professionally inspected on a regular basis. Unless you are an expert with unlimited free time, network assessment is complex and time-consuming — which is why we here at Keeran Networks are happy to help. Not convinced? Keep reading for our top five reasons to get your network assessed.