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Automating Processes. Securing Data.

“Tastes great! Less filling!” That 1987 advertising campaign condensed the advantages of Miller Lite beer down to four short words. If I had to choose just four words to define the advantages of Information Technology (IT), I’d say “Automating Processes. Securing Data.” With all of the talk about hacking and data breaches, data security is …


Business Outsourcing: Hurting or Helping Business Growth?

In the October 6-12, 2017 issue of the Providence Business News, Eli Sherman wrote a well-researched piece on outsourcing titled “Outsourcing helps keep businesses competitive, but is it hurting job growth?” Let’s explore that question. A business has two options when it comes to staffing its company: either hire the talent with W-2 employees or …


Breach Fatigue Or a Call to Action?

  Here we go again, another major breach of private data. This time possibly impacting 40% of the people in the US. Someone, or perhaps several someones, may now have my name, Social Security number, birth date, address, credit card numbers and possibly my driver’s license number; and yours too. What to do now? The …


Can You Really Afford Not to Have a Backup Plan?

According to Symantec SMB, 50% of SMBs admit to having no backup and disaster recovery plan in place. 41% of those surveyed confessed that they had never even given much thought to implementing a disaster recovery or business continuity plan. If you are one of them, then you really need to think about whether you …


Reflecting on fourteen years of IT solutions and services

You hear it all the time: ”where did the time go?” or “it seems like only yesterday…”. Lately, I can truly relate to those sentiments. Fourteen years ago, on August 12, 2003, Dan Charland, Peter Nelson and I decided to start NetCenergy. Following several months of careful excogitating, we took a quick trip to the …


It takes a community to secure your company’s data

Back in the day, IT security was the job of a computer tech. Whether that resource worked directly for your company or was an outsourced person, one thing was for certain; it was not each users’ job. It is evident today, based on almost daily news stories, that data security is being breached with regularity. …


What the Wanna Crypto attack teaches us

When I first started providing microcomputers to businesses in 1980 (we didn’t call them PC’s until 1982), upgrades and security patches weren’t considered that important. Now that we are all connected via the Internet, security patches are critically important to protect your organizations’ data. No event has driven that point home more than the recent …