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By Erik Briceno

Outsourcing IT in 2022

Much like the previous year, 2021 was a chaotic time. 2022 is still chaotic in many ways, but change is inevitable no matter how consistent things may seem. The way a company handles that change can mean the difference between success and failure.

One of the biggest changes you can make is deciding to outsource your IT support. As far as changes go, it’s one of the better ones. It can improve performance measures in terms of cost, quality, service and speed. To ensure the change is made smoothly, you need to look for a managed service provider who will work to understand your company and analyze your needs, and then translate those objectives and processes into solutions that span the lifecycle of your entire IT infrastructure.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

2022 Predictions, Part 2: Post-COVID Business Demands

We made a few cybersecurity predictions for 2022 in our previous blog. To predict those cybersecurity trends, we looked to the recent past. Today we’re looking ahead to see what the near future will look like in a post-covid world that has permanently changed the way we do business with each other.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

2022 Cybersecurity Trends

As we enter 2022, it’s not about “if” a cybersecurity incident will occur, but “when.” There’s an urgent need for organizations to increase cybersecurity awareness and education to better prepare themselves against these inevitable events. Here are the top cybersecurity trends worth keeping an eye on throughout the new year and beyond.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

3 Steps to Fight Off Cybersecurity Threats

During the height of COVID-19, more than 70% of full-time employees in the United States transitioned to working from home. As we venture into the post-COVID world, 97% of workers have no desire to return to a physical office space. Although remote positions offer several benefits, they also present a breeding ground for cyberattacks, exposing companies to increased risk.

As cybersecurity threats continue to advance, it’s more vital than ever to assess your company’s vulnerabilities. In today’s article, we share three steps for combating them.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

Cloud Transition in 2021 – Part 2

Transition to the cloud can be a stressful experience if not managed properly. To that end, we continue our series on why organizations are making this sometimes-difficult migration, and how to migrate as smoothly as possible.

In part one of our series, we outlined five reasons companies are switching to the cloud. Today, we list three more, along with some helpful tips.   Read more

Cloud Transition in 2021 - Part 1

By Erik Briceno

Cloud Transition in 2021 – Part 1

Largely thanks to a remote work model in response to the pandemic, business and IT leaders all over the world are replacing legacy, on-premises technology with flexible, scalable and cost-effective computing power in the cloud. But remote work aside, there are many compelling reasons to migrate — from reducing IT costs to accelerating innovation. However, making the transition is not easy without a well-developed plan and cloud expertise. Fortunately, that’s where we come in.

In part one of our series on cloud transition, we take a look at why organizations are migrating to cloud platforms in 2021 — apart from and including the situation the pandemic has created.   Read more

Cybersecurity Frameworks Are Essential to your Enterprise

By Erik Briceno

Cybersecurity Frameworks Are Essential to your Enterprise

Businesses are embracing digital transformation to drive agility and ensure their success in a digital-first economy. This includes adapting to digital technologies like the cloud and the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of their transformation strategies.

But as these abilities open companies to more interactions and business growth, they also force them to address risk challenges that are continually multiplying. These vulnerabilities came into light during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic when businesses were forced to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives and increase reliance on third-party vendors. This led to sharing important data beyond the regular network, thus increasing financial, reputational and regulatory risks.

This is where digital transformation frameworks can help create a foundation for robust digital security programs that enable you to keep up with the rapid changes faced while transforming the business.   Read more

By Erik Briceno

Sticking with remote work? Make these 7 steps part of your new normal.

It comes as no surprise that remote working has seen a sharp rise in recent years, something that was taking place even before the pandemic. However, with so many employees working remotely, every business needs a plan for providing those workers with the IT support they need to do their jobs. Security concerns should be at the top of that planning list for your remote workforce.

As mobile technology and network infrastructure continue to progress, so do the variety of threats to IT environments and sensitive information. That’s a particular concern whenever employees work outside the office — whether they’re teleworking or traveling.

While working from home or other remote locations provides numerous benefits for both the employees and the company, it also comes with increased data security risks. To reduce these potential problems, companies should focus on securing data access rather than the hardware itself — particularly when employees use their own devices.

In order to properly provide the IT support your remote workforce needs, follow these best practices:   Read more

The Benefits of Cloud Technology Far Outweigh the Risks — Especially When You Have Help.

By Erik Briceno

The Benefits of Cloud Technology Far Outweigh the Risks — Especially When You Have Help.

Cloud computing has been the most transformative technology trend of the past decade, and it’s become a must-have business technology. No clearer has this been made since the emergence of COVID-19 and the rapid shift to work-from-home policies.

There are numerous advantages to using a cloud service provider to design, implement and manage your technology — which allows you to concentrate on your core vision and pursue your business objectives. Companies of all sizes, industries and locations use the cloud. It’s become critical to business success and is now a mainstream enterprise core technology.   Read more

Should Cisco Umbrella and Meraki MR Still Be Used in 2021?

By Erik Briceno

Should Cisco Umbrella and Meraki MR Still Be Used in 2021?

In an article we wrote as far back as 2019, we mentioned that one of the strongest tools in our arsenal was one that we ourselves at V2 Systems make use of: Cisco Umbrella. We then outlined in detail why we thought it was such a useful utility. But now that we’ve arrived in 2021, do products such as Umbrella and Meraki MR still pair up well with each other?

The short answer is yes — they absolutely do. Because Meraki MR is also technically a Cisco product these days (Meraki was actually acquired by Cisco in 2012.), it integrates seamlessly with Umbrella. They were essentially made for each other. Here’s what Meraki MR is and how Umbrella works within a Meraki network.   Read more

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Outsourcing IT in 2022
2022 Predictions, Part 2: Post-COVID Business Demands
2022 Cybersecurity Trends
3 Steps to Fight Off Cybersecurity Threats
Cloud Transition in 2021 – Part 2
Cloud Transition in 2021 - Part 1
Cloud Transition in 2021 – Part 1
Cybersecurity Frameworks Are Essential to your Enterprise
Cybersecurity Frameworks Are Essential to your Enterprise
Sticking with remote work? Make these 7 steps part of your new normal.
The Benefits of Cloud Technology Far Outweigh the Risks — Especially When You Have Help.
The Benefits of Cloud Technology Far Outweigh the Risks — Especially When You Have Help.
Should Cisco Umbrella and Meraki MR Still Be Used in 2021?
Should Cisco Umbrella and Meraki MR Still Be Used in 2021?