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Good Security Practices Create Great Business Relationships

November 16, 2018

When it comes to good security practices, compliance and documented policies require a top-to-bottom effort from management, operations, human resources, and the IT team. After all, the right security practices and solutions can be created and when a business can prove that solid policies and practices are in place, it provides peace of mind to its clients, partners, and auditors.

So, let's start from the beginning.

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IT Security, IT Strategy, Business Continuity, IT Consulting

An Introduction to SD-WAN - Part 1

November 09, 2018

Business networks are changing rapidly every day -  mobility, the cloud, and the Internet of Things (IoT) are creating this phenomenon that is causing companies to re-evaluate efficiencies and security. As a result of these network design requirements, SD-WAN (Software-Defined Wide Area Network) is a great fit as it provides a dynamic control of the WAN for the end user. In this blog article, I will go over an introduction to SD-WAN which is quickly becoming a game changer for businesses everywhere.

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Digital Transformation, Technology Trends

Taking a moment to remember...

November 09, 2018

Every Veterans Day, I take a moment to reflect on the flag and the millions of veterans who have helped defend our principles.  In peace time, they have trained and been ready for the worst, protecting us from potential threats and sending a message of our strength around the world. During a war, they have traveled to faraway places, been separated from their families, and put their lives on the line for our freedom.

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SE Team

Cisco ASA Vulnerability

November 02, 2018

On Thursday November 1, Cisco released vulnerability CVE-2018-15454 which impacts their Adaptive Security Appliance (ASA) and Firepower Threat Defense (FTD) product lines. 

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SE Alert

Why does SE "Mo?"

November 02, 2018

For the fifth consecutive year, Systems Engineering (SE) will be participating in Movember, a month dedicated to raising money and awareness for men’s health. At SE, we believe in utilizing the power of our people and profitability to make the world a better place.

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SE Team

The 'Modern Desktop' from Microsoft

October 29, 2018

In this cloud-first, accessible-anywhere world of computing, there are many questions around how your organization's users access cloud data that was once secured within your on-premises network.  In the traditional sense, in-house technologies have been used to deploy workstations, manage endpoints, and enforce required security policies.  However, what do you do when neither your users nor your data reside within the office? 

In this blog article, I will be discussing a newer Microsoft-created technology that is becoming today's 'Modern Desktop.' A bundle, if you wish, of email, collaboration tools, mobility, security, and more.

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Digital Transformation, Cloud, Technology Trends

Best Practices to Create a Mobile Device Defense Strategy

October 18, 2018

It's National Cybersecurity Month and we, as a Systems Engineering team, are very conscious about practicing good IT security measures. As such, it's important to remember that protecting confidential data spans from desktops, to the cloud, to mobile devices, and more. 

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Technology Trends, Data Protection, IT Security

Unified Communications: Empowering Businesses to Do More

October 05, 2018

If you’ve been in or around information technology (IT), you are most likely familiar with Unified Communications (UC). If not, maybe you've heard of its subscription-based cloud-delivered model, unified communications-as-a-service (UCaaS). Gartner breaks UC into six broad communication functions:

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SE Data Points, Collaboration, Unified Communications

Three Cost Effective Cybersecurity Tools Your Business Should Not Be Without in 2019

October 05, 2018

Assuming you have your network security basics in place, there are a few cybersecurity solutions that are relatively inexpensive that many businesses have yet to include in their cybersecurity war chest. These tools help you stay ahead of the cyber criminals and provide additional protection to reduce your business' chance of a breach.

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SE Data Points, IT Security

Planning for End-of-Life/Support Products

October 05, 2018

Preparing budgets for the upcoming year includes planning for any products that will be reaching end-of-life/support. According to Spiceworks, the need to upgrade outdated IT products will be a big focus for many businesses in 2019. For businesses up to 500 seats, replacing end-of-life products is the top driver of new hardware, software, services purchases, and cloud solutions.

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SE Data Points, IT Strategy