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IT White Papers

Learn more about IT topics relevant to Edmonton, Toronto and Vancouver businesses.

We’re committed to educating our clients and giving them as much information as possible throughout their technology updating decisions. Our goal isn’t to come in and make the decisions for you; at Keeran Networks, we’re your guide to enlightened IT.

Our team is steadfast in staying on top of trends, new technologies, and network system best practices. We’re also committed to sharing that knowledge with you.

Check out our numerous white papers on everything from collaboration, the cloud, and small business mobility to understanding the relationship between small- and medium-sized businesses and Information Technology.

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Privacy Benchmark Study 2022
Cisco

Over the past few years, privacy has become mission-critical for organizations around the world. Privacy has become essential to organizations’ culture and business practices, including their buying processes, management metrics, and employee areas of responsibility.


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Meraki for Manufacturing Executive Brief
Cisco

Whatever your company’s size, most likely you are searching for ways to minimize the time you spend on the mundane and maximize resources spent on digital innovation, like new services, products, and capabilities. With a cloud-based network platform, your manufacturing business will have the agility needed to make this shift.


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Enhance Your Security
Huntress Labs

In the fight against cybercriminals, AV (anti-virus) tools are no longer enough. As hackers develop new ways of bypassing legacy systems, small businesses need to adopt a more holistic approach to security.


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Active Threat Hunting
Huntress Labs

Traditional IT Security tools like antivirus and firewalls focus on prevention — in other words, trying to stop cybercriminals from breaking down your front door. So what happens when a hacker slips through undetected?

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Hunt or Be Hunted
Huntress Labs

Small businesses can no longer fly under the radar of cybercriminals. In fact, they are being targeted because they're less protected (and more vulnerable) than large enterprises.


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Microsoft Teams for Remote Work
Microsoft

In a landscape where more and more organizations rely on remote workforces, Microsoft Teams goes beyond just chats and calls. Teams is a digital hub that can simplify the way workforces collaborate – enabling connection where people work and when they work.


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Microsoft Teams | Day in the Life of a Frontline Worker
Microsoft

Follow along with Lidia, a frontline worker that uses Microsoft Teams as her single hub for collaboration. She can clock in, review daily tasks, submit inventory requests, and view her paystubs.

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Case Study | Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare
Microsoft

Challenge: Arkin could no longer see patients in person – they needed to enable remote care With COVID-19 forcing people to stay at home, care providers like Arkin need new, virtual ways of connecting with patients. Solution: Partnering with Rapid Circle to deploy Microsoft Teams


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Business Networking
Technology Overview

Effective technology is essential for businesses looking to increase the productivity of their people and business. Introducing technology such as computer networks can help them stay competitive by increasing productivity and by reducing hardware costs. Even simple networks make sharing information and resources easier, provide better security, and enable easy backup facilities for any business.


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Managed IT Services for Businesses
Executive Summary

For businesses in today’s high-tech society, Information Technology (IT) has become a significant consideration. Implementing new technology is a challenging job for business owners and can cause numerous difficulties in day-to-day operations. Many businesses are finding Managed IT Services a good solution to get the most from their IT investment.


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Business Mobile Technology
White paper

Mobile technology is becoming increasingly vital to businesses as the number of employees working from home or away from the office is growing significantly. More than 50 million US workers are considered mobile, spending at least 20% of the time away from their primary workspace.


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Outsourced IT
Cost Review

The relationship between businesses and Information Technology (IT) can often be described as a “love/hate” relationship. You rely on technology to help your business run efficiently, but IT is most likely not one of your core competencies. Just keeping your systems running can be a major undertaking that distracts you from business-building activities.


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VoIP for Business
White paper

Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) has become a viable solution for even the smallest of companies as broadband internet access has become affordable and much more widespread. VoIP offers a low-cost alternative to expensive traditional phone services and is rapidly becoming the communications system of choice to reduce telecommunications costs.


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Web Collaboration
White paper

In today’s global business environment, the value of working together can have a huge positive impact on your business. Your employees need to work together and share ideas across geographic boundaries. For any business, effective collaboration is essential to improving productivity. Empower your employees to communicate and work more efficiently using the right communications tools.


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Business Uptime
And Data Loss Threats

The top 4 threats to business uptime and data recovery.


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Data deduplication:
Importance, benefits, and criteria for selection

Deduplication can detect redundant copies of data across data types, directories, servers and locations. This ensures that only a unique copy of the data is stored.


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Common Internet of Things (IoT)
Threats to Compliance

Technically speaking, the Internet of Things (IoT) is the concept of connecting any device with an on/off switch to the internet and/or other connected devices.


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Mitigate cyber liability costs
In the expanding threatscape

Cybercriminals are experts at tilting a global event to their advantage. That is why cybercrime has increased by almost 300% since the start of the pandemic. You must therefore adopt the necessary measures to protect your business against threat actors.


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Factors to Consider
When Refreshing 6 Your Technology Infrastructure

Every business owner wants to achieve their goals and be successful. However, if you approach your technology infrastructure as an afterthought, you could be seriously restricting your organization's potential.


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Insider Threats:
A guide to understanding, detecting, and preventing insider security incidents

The goal of this eBook is to help you understand what insider threats are and explain the severity of the risks, costs, and consequences these threats can inflict on your business.


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Prioritize technology
Gaps to bridge

Refreshing an entire IT infrastructure at once is rarely practicable — both financially and in terms of user experience. To make an improvement, you wouldn't purposely close every lane of a major roadway at once. Instead, you would close one at a time during non-peak hours. The same logic applies to technology infrastructure updates.


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Why annual technology audits are essential
Assesses the risks to an organization’s information assets

Before making key budgeting decisions, it is critical to understand your company's most pressing concerns, particularly those affecting security, compliance, and backup solutions. Regular IT audits can help you with this.


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A beginner’s guide to ransomware
What SMBs need to know

Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts a victim’s data, rendering files, applications or entire machines unusable. The malware programming community continues to look for new targets. It’s often a matter of opportunity.


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Myth vs. Reality
What you need to know about Microsoft 365 Backup

SaaS providers, such as Microsoft, have best-in-class security and disaster recovery capabilities to protect against infrastructure threats, including hardware and software failure, power outages, and natural disasters. However, they do not protect you from some of the leading causes of SaaS data loss such as Human error, ransomware, sync errors, insider threats.


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What’s lurking in your server closet?
Cyber monsters and data loss

This eBook aims to shed light on the cyber monsters that cause data loss, wreak havoc in your production environment, delay strategic initiatives and trigger major business losses.


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7 Elements of an Effective Defense in Depth (DiD) Security Strategy
How to Strengthen Your IT Environment with Layers of Protection

The current threat landscape has advanced to a level where multiple, advanced attack vectors are waiting to exploit vulnerabilities within applications, interfaces, networks, devices, traffic and users to damage businesses.


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Cyber Risks to Critical Infrastructure (CI)
Recent Attacks on Critical Infrastructure

What is evident from the global threat landscape is that critical infrastructure is a growing focus area for cybercriminals.


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Why Zero Trust Security Matters for SMBs
Common Misconceptions and Truths

According to NIST, “Zero Trust (ZT) is the term for an evolving set of cybersecurity paradigms that move defenses from static, network-based perimeters to focus on users, assets, and resources. Zero Trust assumes there is no implicit trust granted.” In simple terms, treat all networks as malicious and grant access only to verified users and devices.


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State of the Dark Web
4 Key Takeaways + 2 Things to Do Right Now to Protect Your Data

COVID-19 has affected every corner of the world - including the Dark Web. As we’ve monitored and analyzed the Dark Web in 2020, we’ve discovered trends that point to today’s biggest cybersecurity threats and gained insight into the risks of tomorrow.


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Is your business as safe as you think?
Could you be at risk?

Hackers know that most smaller organizations are not prepared for network security breaches, making them popular targets for cyberattacks.


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What’s lurking in your server closet?
Cyber threats vs your human firewall

Many IT pros and businesses are unaware of the proverbial monsters that aim to attack the weakest aspect of any business’s data protection plan – their employees. Or in other words, their “human firewall.


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