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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6 Things You Didn't Know Could Cause a Data Breach at Your CT SMB

By Tom McDonald | Aug 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM

As the world becomes more connected, the number of cybersecurity threats to small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) increases. Connecticut SMBs have become accustomed to protecting themselves from malware and phishing attacks. Unfortunately, cybercriminals are persistent and clever and continue to create new threats as soon as the old ones become less profitable.

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The Democratization of Internet Technology for Connecticut Companies

By Tom McDonald | Aug 23, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The revolution is coming, albeit quietly, and Connecticut companies will be the beneficiaries. Where small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are used to allocating much of their operating budget to buying computer networking hardware and software, enterprise networking is migrating to a subscription-based model that promises to be more reliable, faster to implement, and more cost-effective.

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Potential Impact of Amazon for CT Small Business Owners and Entrepreneurs

By Tom McDonald | Aug 16, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Amazon is coming down out of the cloud. For those of you who haven’t heard, Amazon is bringing a new distribution center to North Haven at the site of the old Pratt & Whitney plant. This is going to be an 855,000-square-foot fulfillment facility that is expected to add 1,800 jobs, according to Governor Dannel P. Malloy.

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The Four Types of Security Threats That Can Affect Your Local Business

By Tom McDonald | Jul 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Data security continues to be a problem that plagues businesses of all sizes. Big retailers like Target and Neiman Marcus are obvious targets, but small businesses can be targeted as well. And the threat can come from anywhere. Connecticut and Illinois investigators, for example, determined that the Target hack resulted from credentials stolen from a third party, and the result for Target was an $18.5 million settlement negotiated by Connecticut Attorney General George Jepsen, among others.

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Why CT Business Owners Need to Talk to HR About Cybersecurity

By Tom McDonald | Jun 28, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Company data security is not just the responsibility of the IT department. No matter what the size of your CT business, Human Resources needs to stay on top of securing employee and corporate data. Data security isn’t just a technical issue, it’s a people issue, and unsuspecting employees account for most corporate data breaches. In fact, 66 percent of data security professionals point to employees as the weakest link in corporate data security.

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What CT Business Owners Can Learn from the 1,800 Data Breaches in 2016

By Tom McDonald | Jun 13, 2017 8:00:00 AM

With all the concerns facing CT business owners, cybersecurity does not top the list for most. However, cyber threats and data breaches are on the rise, and hackers and cybercriminals are focusing their attentions on smaller businesses that are less likely to have robust security measures in place. In fact, cybercrime has become so commonplace that the question today is not whether your systems have been breached, but when they were last breached.

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Every business needs to protect itself from cyberattacks, and understanding more about the nature of data breaches is the first step.

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Why Data Breaches Remain a Concern for Connecticut Small Business Owners

By Tom McDonald | Apr 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

A word of caution to all Connecticut small businesses—you WILL be hacked. It’s not a question of if but rather a question of when. Cybercriminals are tenacious, and they attack companies of all sizes looking for data they can convert into cash, or systems they can use to launch an attack on someone else and hide their tracks, and small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) tend to be easy targets.

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Keeping up with Changing Government Regulations as a Connecticut SMB

By Tom McDonald | Apr 11, 2017 8:00:00 AM

No matter what the size of your organization, you have to deal with government paperwork. Regulations are a fact of life for every company, including small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), and if you are a Connecticut SMB, you are familiar with the regulations governing employment, consumer privacy, secure transactions, exports, and the like.

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