How to Manage Your IT if You Have Multiple Offices

By Tom McDonald | Dec 7, 2017 9:00:00 AM

One of the most satisfying indicators of business success is opening satellite offices. As many businesses grow, they open new locations to expand, but they still have to consolidate operations. For most businesses, that means centralizing computing resources while connecting remote offices to back-end business processes. What’s the best strategy to extend IT support across multiple locations?

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BYOD vs. CYOD: What Mobile Device Policy Is Ideal for Your Connecticut Company?

By Tom McDonald | Nov 22, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Mobile devices have become an integral part of corporate computing. More Connecticut workers are using smartphones, tablets, and laptops in the office, for telecommuting and when they travel, and companies are embracing these portable devices to boost productivity. At the same time, CIOs, CTOs, and CSOs have to make strategic decisions about the best way to manage mobile computing devices. Is it better to let employees use their own smartphones and tablets, or is company-issued hardware a better strategy? Which is better for your Connecticut company—bring your own device (BYOD) or choose your own device (CYOD)?

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The Art of War and Cybersecurity: Trends and Training for your Team

By Tom McDonald | Nov 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

 

Welcome, everyone. My name is Tom McDonald. I am the CEO of NSI and I appreciate you giving us some time and taking the time to view the webinar we're gonna go through today. So what we're gonna talk about today is how to stay up to date on cybersecurity and cyber threats as a busy CEO. And what I'll attempt to do here is relate this to the teachings from "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu. So as we go through this presentation today I will put together some of the lessons we learned in the book, how it relates to what's going on in today's cyber warfare landscape.

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Connecticut IT Managed Service Provider NSI Acquires Laser Network Solutions, Inc.

By Tom McDonald | Nov 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

NSI Initiates Connecticut Expansion Plan with Acquisition of Laser Network Solutions Inc.

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The Free Cybersecurity Training That All CT Business Owners Should Watch

By Tom McDonald | Nov 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

In previous blog posts, we have emphasized the importance of data security and the fact that every business can expect a data breach at some time or another. Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting Connecticut small to medium-sized businesses (SMB) to steal potentially valuable information, and to hijack SMB computing resources to attack other businesses. When launching these attacks, hackers target the weakest link—your employees. That’s why cybersecurity training is essential for every organization.

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Disaster Recovery Basics for Connecticut Small Businesses

By Tom McDonald | Oct 18, 2017 9:00:00 AM

It’s still hurricane season, and as I write this, Hurricane Harvey recently swept through Texas, leaving Houston underwater, and Hurricane Irma is pounding Florida. Natural disasters cost billions of dollars, and in Connecticut, we routinely suffer from natural disasters such as winter storms and blizzards that disrupt power and shut down businesses. Then there are man-made disasters such as cyberattacks that can bring your business to its knees. No matter what the disaster, you want to restore normal operations as soon as possible, and that means understanding disaster recovery basics in order to develop a disaster recovery plan.

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How to Integrate a Managed Services Provider Into Your Existing IT Staff

By Tom McDonald | Oct 11, 2017 9:00:00 AM

If you ask the average owner of a Connecticut small to medium-sized business (SMB) why he or she doesn’t outsource his or her IT support, he or she can cite dozens of reasons: ”It’s too expensive,” “outside IT support doesn’t understand my business,” “outside IT support can’t respond fast enough,” “I would have to cut my IT staff,” etc. The fact is, the right IT managed services provider (MSP) can save you time, money, and resources while making your IT staff more efficient. It’s all a matter of how you use your IT MSP and how well you integrate it into your team.

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How Hiring an IT Managed Services Provider Can Drive Revenue for Your CT SMB

By Tom McDonald | Oct 4, 2017 9:00:00 AM

When most owners of Connecticut small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) look at their balance sheet and see assets and expenses, they usually put their IT managed services provider (MSP) in the “expense” column. That’s a mistake. If you look carefully at the value-added services and capabilities that your IT MSP provides, you’ll realize that your MSP actually is an invaluable asset that can add to the bottom line of your Connecticut SMB.

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How to Set Your Remote Workers up for Success with IT Support

By Tom McDonald | Sep 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

More employees than ever are working remotely, which is creating new challenges for Connecticut companies’ IT support teams. When users have to access business-critical data outside the office, it presents a different set of challenges to secure and manage corporate data. Every day, there are new internet and mobile technologies that are enabling new levels of remote office computing to increase productivity. However, if the IT support team can’t support and protect remote workers, your business can’t profit from the benefits of telecommuting.

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