5 Ways to Protect Your Network Security

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Running network security management for a business can be frustrating. In 2012 alone, over 85% of small businesses reported security breaches in their systems. Not only that, but businesses must comply with the mandates of organizations such as PCI, HIPAA, and FISMA that have structures in place to direct, track, and protect the sensitive information of associates and customers. It only takes 500 records not in IT compliance of these directives to bring down a $50,000 fine on the business, so impeccable (more…)

3 Biggest Benefits Of Hiring A Search Marketing Firm

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Twenty years ago your small business probably invested in phone book ads. Ten years ago small businesses were beginning to look into online advertisements instead. Five years ago email marketing was the latest rage. Now, if your small business doesn’t have a search engine optimization strategy, then you’ve already fallen behind.

If you aren’t ranking highly on Google, then here are some facts to scare you straight: 1) 58% of U.S. consumers research businesses and services online first, 2) Three quarters of those searchers will never scroll past page one of Google search results, and 3) 70 – 80% of Web users never click on paid ads, only organic search results. A search marketing company can help your small business get onto that first page of search results where you belong.

The US Cloud Services Industry Just Got a Little More Interesting, Thanks to Alibaba

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For a long time, the U.S. cloud computing industry has been dominated by a few important tech companies that are impossibly powerful. Cloud service broker companies have dedicated a large portion of their resources into providing seamless integration of these advanced programs, and customers have religiously integrated these cloud services into every environment possible . From mobile cloud services that assist app developers, to cloud computing programs that provide immense storage space accessible from anywhere in the world, it’s no wonder that the International Data Corporation (IDC) has predicted that public cloud service spending will reach $100 billion by 2016.

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The Basics of Unified Communications

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Unified communications systems are essential to businesses today, regardless of the business’s size, location, or industry. Picking out the right network management system is hard for any business, given the number of options and system providers, but the task can be especially daunting for small business owners.

The best way to approach this is to start with the basics:

  • Unified communications systems include the equipment, software, and services that are needed to communicate efficiently and safely (usually in the workplace). A unified communications system generally includes security systems and security camera systems, secure network management and VoIP phone systems, and IT business services that facilitate communication.
  • Once upon a time, unified communication (more…)