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How a Cybersecurity Risk Assessment Can Protect Your Business

By SandStorm IT | February 22, 2022
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When we talk with business owners, we find that many are flying blind when it comes to cybersecurity. They know it’s important. They know there are threats. To take a comprehensive assessment of your IT security and protocols, you should ask yourself five questions: What are my assets? What are the threats to those assets?…

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Why is it bad to reuse passwords on multiple sites?

By Robert Cleveland | September 28, 2021
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When it comes to passwords, people like to use the same passwords for pretty much everything they need to login to. It’s easy to remember and more convenient to do, but it’s actually one of the worst things you can do for your security online. In 2018, a total of 2.7 billion passwords were successfully…

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What is Managed Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware?

By SandStorm IT | September 22, 2021
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A Managed Antivirus service is an automated service that will ensure your antivirus is up-to-date, runs scans as scheduled and infections are detected, analyzed, neutralized and reported immediately.  This is a critical step to secure the server, systems, network & wireless access devices. If an organization does not have a Managed Antivirus service, the operational…

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What is patch management for 3rd party software?

By Robert Cleveland | August 31, 2021
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What are patches? Patches can be seen as some type of hotfix. Everyday exploits, bugs, and security risks are found within programs, and these are what the patches would fix.  A bug in the software could be a failure or fault that could cause it to behave in unintended ways.  If you think of an…

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Is Windows Defender good enough to protect me?

By Robert Cleveland | July 26, 2021
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The ever threat of viruses, hacking, and security threats are evolving everyday. So many people think to themselves “How can i protect my computer?” There are a lot of different opinions of anti-virus out there. Over the past several years there has been new programs that will help block viruses. But with so many programs…

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Hardware/Uptime Monitoring

What is Hardware/Uptime Monitoring?

By Robert Cleveland | April 20, 2021
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Hardware monitoring is a feature of the motherboard, sometimes as a separate chip on the motherboard, that monitors different aspects of the system. for potential issues. It can measure variables such as the output voltage of the power supply, the speed of the fans that are connected directly to the motherboard header, and the internal…

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What are Managed IT Services?

By Justin Oliver | July 28, 2020
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What are Managed IT Services? The Technology Services Industry Association (TSIA) defines managed services as “the practice of outsourcing day-to-day technology management responsibilities to a third party as a strategic method for improving operations and accelerating a return on their technology investment”, typically for a fixed price. It is the proactive monitoring of computer and…

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Why is Patch Management Important For Cyber Security?

By SandStorm IT | July 14, 2020
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Before we jump into why patch management is important, we should define what patches are and what patch management is. What are patches? Patches are software code fixes that repair broken functionality, add new functionality, or fixes security holes in software.  Patches have been around a long time.  You’ve likely been patching Windows workstations going…

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Do I still need endpoint Malware protection?

By SandStorm IT | June 22, 2020
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If you’ve used a computer anytime over the past 20 years, you’ve probably been infected by a virus, malware, or some other malicious piece of software.  You may have been lucky and been able to get it cleaned off without much trouble or maybe you weren’t so lucky and lost data.  Think about today, what…

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What is Security as a Service (SECaaS)?

By John Hammett | April 20, 2020
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What is SECaaS? Security as a Service (SECaaS) describes an offering in which a technology solution provider manages both hardware and software on a monthly or annual subscription basis, with the goal being to provide an externally managed, comprehensive, and affordable IT security solution for businesses of all sizes. SECaaS solutions often include Anti-Virus software,…

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