Sure Systems http://suresystems.ca IT Support and Service Mon, 05 Feb 2018 22:20:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.3 http://suresystems.ca/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/favicon.jpeg Sure Systems http://suresystems.ca 32 32 5 Benefits of Fiber Internet Connectivity for Business  http://suresystems.ca/blog/5-benefits-fiber-internet-connectivity-business/ Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:55:28 +0000 http://suresystems.ca/?p=5106 Why Fiber? To meet higher demands of businesses and residential customers, Internet service providers are upgrading their infrastructures by turning to fiber Internet. The emergence of cloud computing and the need for instant access to data and information requires heightened bandwidth, fast and reliable internet speeds and increased measures in security. Thinking about making the […]

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Why Fiber?

To meet higher demands of businesses and residential customers, Internet service providers are upgrading their infrastructures by turning to fiber Internet. The emergence of cloud computing and the need for instant access to data and information requires heightened bandwidth, fast and reliable internet speeds and increased measures in security.

Thinking about making the switch? Here are some of the key advantages in favor of switching over to fiber for your business.

Fastest Speeds

Fiber is the fastest Internet technology, and with businesses relying on the Internet to transfer, download and upload data, you want to make sure you have the fastest connections. The time spent waiting on slow Internet adds up over time – decreasing productivity. Internet should be seamless, fast and support your employees’ workflow. Every time. Fiber is the fastest available data conduit, with a consistent performance lasting you well into the future. 

Reliable Connections

Fiber is much stronger than copper and can stand up to harsh weather conditions that would otherwise cause damage or transmission stalls. It’s reliable, eliminating downtime that can halt workflow due to situations such as weather, or slow and spotty connections from weak signals spread over greater distances. Fiber Internet aims to ensure higher connection speeds for multiple users.

Cloud Access

A high percentage of businesses are now using the cloud. With high speeds and bandwidth of fiber Internet, you can access and retrieve data and applications stored in the cloud much faster than any other connections. You’ll have fewer delays and disruption when accessing cloud-hosted information, improving communication with your clients and organization as a whole. Bandwidth is also significantly higher. A strong Internet connection can improve web conferencing; file sharing, streaming high definition video files and accessing applications.

Security

Fiber-optic Internet is a powerful way to increase your company’s protection against cyber-crime. You’d have to physically cut the fibers to penetrate fiber-optic Internet, causing the signal to disappear. Lost signal means you’ve been tampered with, and you’ll know right away. With wireless or copper connections, hackers can tap or gain access to your Internet with relative ease. With fiber, your data is kept safe.

Cost Savings 

With more competition on the market, fiber service pricing is now more accessible. Compared to copper cable, the upfront cost is more expensive but long-term it reduces maintenance costs, requires less hardware, and because it is so reliable, results in less downtime of your network. Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and voice-over-IP (VoIP) also have great potential for cost-savings while benefitting significantly from fiber connectivity.

If you’d like to learn more about fiber Internet for your business or to determine if making the upgrade is right for you, contact our team – we’d be happy to help assess your current business needs and see if/how fiber could work for you.

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How to Explain Meltdown and Spectre to your employees http://suresystems.ca/blog/explain-meltdown-spectre-employees/ Thu, 18 Jan 2018 20:59:47 +0000 http://suresystems.ca/?p=5102 Have you heard of Meltdown and Spectre? Well, you have now. These hardware design flaws are wreaking havoc by exploiting critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. It is most likely that your computer systems are affected, and you don’t even know it as they do not leave any traces in traditional log files. When affected, cybercriminals […]

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Have you heard of Meltdown and Spectre? Well, you have now. These hardware design flaws are wreaking havoc by exploiting critical vulnerabilities in modern processors. It is most likely that your computer systems are affected, and you don’t even know it as they do not leave any traces in traditional log files. When affected, cybercriminals can gain access to passwords and sensitive data stored in your computer’s memory.

Vulnerable machines have to have malware running in order for the vulnerability to be exploited. Malware can make a home on your computers with the wrong click of a link and falling victim to phishing schemes. That being said, it’s important to explain this risk to your employees and executives. Below is a high-level summary to help explain what’s going on in order to protect your systems from these vulnerabilities.

The Issue

The main chip in most modern computers has a hardware bug, which is the result of a design flaw that has been there for a number of years.

The Risk

This is a big issue because it can affect all computers on the network; including individual desktop computers and company servers. It allows malicious programs to steal data from your computer memory. This is not typical; however, this hardware bug breaks the isolation between applications and the operating system. Meltdown and Spectre work on personal computers, mobile devices, and in the cloud.

Access

Clicking on malware-infected links opens the floodgates for hackers to gain access. If they can get the malicious software running on your computer, they now have access to passwords, emails, photos, and documents.

Resolution

There are patches against Meltdown for Linux, Windows, and OS X. Patching software after exploitation through Spectre can harder software against future exploitation.

As always, think before you click and make sure cybersecurity is top of mind.

For a list of patches, call us today.

 

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Avoid Unexpected IT Costs http://suresystems.ca/blog/avoid-unexpected-costs/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:36:05 +0000 http://suresystems.ca/?p=5060 With technology, there’s always the risk that old hardware is going to bites the bullet. Your server could fail, or your company does an acquisition which requires more desktops, laptops and mobile devices. All of these things, when unplanned – can add up to a hefty bill. Expenditures are inevitable, but if properly planned for, […]

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With technology, there’s always the risk that old hardware is going to bites the bullet. Your server could fail, or your company does an acquisition which requires more desktops, laptops and mobile devices. All of these things, when unplanned – can add up to a hefty bill. Expenditures are inevitable, but if properly planned for, you won’t have to go crawling to your executive team begging for mercy.

Here are some tips to help you avoid unexpected IT costs:

Plan ahead.

A well-thought-out budget planning session with your team and IT service provider will help you forecast what the next one to two years will look like for your organization. Planning ahead for expected growth, new software, relocation or upgrades to hardware and services will help you stay on track and account for these expenditures as they pop up.

Account for an emergency.

Cyber-security is a huge issue right now. What happens if your network gets hacked or attacked by a virus? Recovery can cost you. Chances are your IT service provider will alert you to the possible risks and help you plan for this before disaster strikes. It’s likely they have different service plans and bundles based on the needs and size of your organization, so when emergencies arise you’re not paying high margins for unexpected support fees.

Anticipate upgrades and organizational changes.

When can you expect your hardware, systems, and software to be upgraded? Keeping track of purchases and software renewals will keep you on track so you can build it into each year’s budget as needed.

Transparency.

The more information you provide to your IT service provider, the more equipped they are to help you plan for the future. Your monetary investment should match your business’ strategic priority areas.

A solid plan and budget will help you take control of unexpected expenditures. Review last year’s expenses and identify areas that could be reduced or reallocated. Keep a pulse on your organization’s priorities so you can account for any new software, hardware and security measures.

Need help planning for the year ahead? Get in touch – we’re here to help you at any phase of your IT journey.

 

 

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Pros and Cons of the Cloud http://suresystems.ca/blog/pros-cons-cloud/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 21:25:05 +0000 http://suresystems.ca/?p=5058 Everywhere we go, we’re connected. Our devices get smaller, faster and we become increasingly more reliant on them. They’re smart, and we need them to be. We’re in an era where workplaces are becoming more streamlined. We live in a society of busy-ness and accessibility. This always “on” way of going about our days has […]

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Everywhere we go, we’re connected. Our devices get smaller, faster and we become increasingly more reliant on them. They’re smart, and we need them to be. We’re in an era where workplaces are becoming more streamlined. We live in a society of busy-ness and accessibility. This always “on” way of going about our days has been aided by the emergence of new technologies and of course, the “internet of things”. Cloud-based computing falls right in line with this. It’s been a popular move for many organizations over the last few years, and its usage is expected to continue to climb. The types of cloud have catered to every kind of organizations needs; whether its public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud – they’re making their mark.

Haven’t jumped on the wagon quite yet? With such a popular choice amongst organizations, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of cloud computing and storage for business.

Here are some of the advantages of moving over to the cloud:

No onsite hardware required

The appeal of the cloud is that it is just that – a cloud in the sky of the internet. It’s accessible via any of your devices, which means you don’t have to store the hardware for it onsite. This allows your business to enjoy minimal expenditures and save money on costly devices. The cloud is well suited to rapidly growing companies that may outgrow their infrastructure quickly.

Connect from anywhere

Using any computer, smartphone or tablet, you and your employees can access the cloud from anywhere. In an era where remote workstations, frequent travel, and offices scattered globally, a business can go on as usual with easy connectivity and the centralization of data. All your files and documents can be emailed, shared, and collaborated on from anywhere.

Scaleable

Cloud solutions can be added or scaled back on-demand. You can choose the options suited best for your organization’s needs, and work with an IT service provider to help you determine the right solution for you at every stage of your business’ growth.

Data Recovery

Your data is well-protected in the cloud. If a disaster were to strike your networks and your information stored in the cloud will be accessible right when you need it. This will get you back up and running in no time with minimal delay in your business activities. 

Security

Your IT service provider will choose the highest secure data centers for your organization. When dealing with sensitive and private information in the cloud, strict auditing, passwords, and even encryption are all available. 

Now let’s look at the disadvantages of cloud computing:

Internet connection

Low bandwidth and a slow or spotty internet connection can impact the user-experience when working in the cloud. In order to access your data, you need to be able to get online.

Security

The cloud is an excellent way to backup your data. But it can be at risk of hackers if you don’t take the proper precautions in cybersecurity. This can make your business vulnerable to threats.

Cost vs. Benefit of the Cloud

If you purchase cloud services but its not fully supported by your organization, the cost may outweigh the benefits for companies not as dependent on uptime.

Incompatibility

Depending on the applications and tools you use, there may be software incompatibility. Many of these programs also require connection to a personal computer. It’s worth doing research and seeking the advice of your IT provider to determine how and when cloud computing can work best within your organization and for which business units.

There are pros and cons to the cloud, but it’s progressively becoming a mandatory piece of businesses today. For the majority of companies, the pros outweigh the cons in terms of cost, flexibility, data backup and centralization, storage, security, and collaboration. If you are on the fence on how cloud computing can work for you, do your research. Seek the advice of a trusted IT service provider. Like us!  They’ll help you determine which options you need, and which ones you don’t.  

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Top 10 IT Trends for 2018 http://suresystems.ca/blog/top-10-trends-2018/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:58:02 +0000 http://suresystems.ca/?p=5056 The industry is buzzing about what technology will thrive in the year to come. Take a look at the below Top 10 IT Trends to see what will be dominating the IT world this year: Cloud-Based Services on the Rise With an increase in mobile work environments and storing data securely and remotely, the interest in […]

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The industry is buzzing about what technology will thrive in the year to come. Take a look at the below Top 10 IT Trends to see what will be dominating the IT world this year:

Cloud-Based Services on the Rise

With an increase in mobile work environments and storing data securely and remotely, the interest in cloud-based services will not be tapering off in 2018. In fact, according to spiceworks.com, 66% of companies with 1,000-4,999 employees reported an increase in their 2018 hosted/cloud budgets. Simplifying systems within organizations is driving the demand for specific workload-centric management solutions that can run across multiple platforms; making the cloud an attractive option.

Digital Workspaces

Artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality (VR) is here folks. From voice-activated virtual assistants to facial recognition that customizes directions when you arrive at a meeting. The development and interest in this intelligence are on the rise (18% of organizations have adopted VR, and 13% have adopted AI according to stats from spiceworks.com), and it’s something we can look forward to keeping an eye on over the next 12 months.

‘Zero Trust’ Security

Cyber-attacks are getting increasingly more sophisticated, which is forcing organizations to turn to the zero trust security model. Organizations will use this as an opportunity to re-examine their cybersecurity policies and processes, with more and more businesses turning to service providers to help implement and manage their security monitoring.

Adoption of IoT


The IoT “Internet of Things” allows for endless connections to take place – anything with an on/off switch is part of the IoT; from your cell phone, to washing machine, coffee maker, vehicles, etc. – with all of these connections and devices being able to talk to each other, it provides plenty of opportunities for advancement, and of course comes with its challenges, such as security. According to spiceworks.com, 29% of organizations have adopted IoT, and an additional 19% plan to adopt it next year. We can expect to see a surge in new wireless technologies enabling IoT.

IT Automation

Speed over cost. In 2018 it’s expected we’ll see more firms move away from lengthy, in-depth total cost of ownership analyses, to choosing the technology they can leverage fastest. Utilizing IT Automation opens the door for more efficiency by accomplishing a task repeatedly without human intervention.

Digital transformation of the customer experience

There’s projected to be massive growth in businesses executing a clear digital strategy. Multiple, integrated touch points for customers to access your services will be the difference between the leaders and the laggers in 2018. An overwhelming 89% of organizations claim that this is critical to their survival. It is a top strategic priority says the dimension data 2017 Global Customer Experience Benchmark Report.

Programmable infrastructures

With the advent of programmable data center infrastructure, more businesses will be considering network and security requirements during development. Programming will include applications to take advantage of software-defined infrastructure/virtual SAN.

Deception technologies

Deception technologies create fake credentials on an organization’s network, providing a solution to cyber-security issues. This technology makes it mathematically impossible for hackers to gain access to a legitimate set of user identities – cybercriminals will never know if they’ve hacked into real or fake accounts.

Software-defined wide area networks (WANs)


According to dimension data, 40% of businesses across the globe are expected to deploy software-defined wide area networks to connect offices to a central network or over large geographic distances. WAN connections previously used proprietary software, are now moving towards a “cloud” software.

Location-based mobile communication 

Wireless beacon technology (similar to Bluetooth) enables mobile devices to alert applications when you are in a certain area. Organizations are using this create targeted marketing campaigns to push out information to customers in real-time depending on their location. For this to really work seamlessly, businesses will need well-architected, stable wireless networks.

These trends will provide plenty of opportunity for innovation within businesses. Which trends will affect you? What are you excited to see more of? Let us help you answer these questions with a free consultation. Contact us today

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What the Experts are Spending Their IT Budgets on in 2018 http://suresystems.ca/blog/experts-budgets-2018/ Fri, 15 Dec 2017 20:24:42 +0000 http://suresystems.ca/?p=5047 Globalization, an increasingly mobile workplace and emerging trends in tech and IT will all play a factor in where IT experts will be investing their dollars this year. Things are looking good in IT land this year. With an increasing dependence on technology in the workplace, IT budgets look to be on the rise. Curious […]

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Globalization, an increasingly mobile workplace and emerging trends in tech and IT will all play a factor in where IT experts will be investing their dollars this year. Things are looking good in IT land this year. With an increasing dependence on technology in the workplace, IT budgets look to be on the rise. Curious to see what organizations will be spending their tech dollars on? 

Check out the top budget list makers for 2018:

Hardware

Hardware allocation takes the lead with 31% of IT budgets going towards desktops, laptops, servers, and networking. Smaller and mid-size companies are more likely to invest in desktops in 2018, whereas larger companies are looking at power and climate to enhance performance in the server room.

Software


Upgrade/refresh cycles along with end-of-life of products and growth within the organization are driving forces behind plumping up the software budget. Productivity software and security is a top priority in 2018, especially for the small to mid-size businesses.  Virtualization and database systems take precedence for the larger organizations.

Hosted and Cloud-based Services


Online backup/recovery, productivity solutions, email and web hosting make up the top priorities in IT departments’ cloud services budget as more workloads are being supported by cloud-based infrastructure services. The ability to access data anywhere allows for better flexibility and reduces support burden on IT staff. It also provides better peace of mind as it enhances disaster recovery capabilities.

Managed IT Services


According to Deloitte, 31% of IT services were outsourced in 2017 – and we’re expected to see a further rise worldwide in the coming year. Why? More companies are moving towards cloud-based services and computing and rely on third parties to help manage their cloud-based infrastructure.  2018 is also seeing a “zero trust” security approach as cybercriminals continue to get more sophisticated. Having these services managed helps organizations feel secure and relieves the burden on their internal teams.  Managed hosting (12%), managed storage/backup (9%), managed hardware support and maintenance (9%) and managed security (9%) will be finding their ways into IT budgets this year.

New tech trends are on the rise; making room for plenty of opportunity and innovation. Of course, with any new tech come risks. We’re glad to see organizations realize this and are investing in security and software to keep their data and information safe.  How will you be spending your 2018 IT budget?

Need Budgeting tips?  Check out our Top 5 Tips for Building an IT Budget.

*Stats collected from spiceworks.com

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Top 5 Tips for Building an IT Budget http://suresystems.ca/blog/top-5-tips-building-budget/ Tue, 12 Dec 2017 16:01:38 +0000 http://suresystems.ca/?p=5034 It’s that, time for new year budgeting. An exhaustive and time-consuming task for any organization. Are you responsible for your IT budget this year? Get a handle on how to plan for your 2018 IT needs with our top five tips: Know your organizations’ Vision Know what your company needs by asking the right questions, […]

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It’s that, time for new year budgeting. An exhaustive and time-consuming task for any organization. Are you responsible for your IT budget this year?

Get a handle on how to plan for your 2018 IT needs with our top five tips:

Know your organizations’ Vision

Know what your company needs by asking the right questions, to the right people. Meet with different departments and executives to get an understanding of what big changes and projects are expected to come down the pipe in the upcoming year. What direction is the company headed, and how do you plan to get there? Forecasting a few years ahead will help in planning your overall budget for new equipment costs and personnel over the next one to three years.

Consider upgrading your technology

It’s worth researching new technology available within your industry. Upgrading to new systems for accounting, security, engineering programs, and software not only helps your internal teams with their efficiencies but also helps you deliver better service to your customers, keeping you relevant and on top of innovation.

Shop around for services/vendors

New year, clean slate. Are you getting the best value for your software and IT services? Taking a look at these expenses and doing a cost-comparison with vendors is a good way to forecast new cost-savings and expenditures. Perhaps this is the year you will outsource your IT services – what does that look like? Are there service bundles with a provider that will help you save down the line? New applications that will benefit your company and clients? It’s worth doing some research and shopping around.

Look where you can cut costs


See where you can save within your IT budget, but be careful not to cut too many corners. You don’t want to sacrifice your company’s security or efficiencies by getting rid of crucial systems and software. Re-evaluating how you can improve efficiencies with your IT products and protect against data loss and security breaches can end up saving your organization a lot of money down the road. When it comes to making purchases, wait until the start of a new billing cycle, or take full advantage of payment terms offered by suppliers. This can give you some breathing room when it comes to making priority purchases that may exceed your allocated budget.

Overestimate expenses


A budget is a forecast of projected expenses. If you aren’t sure what costs you will incur for new equipment, projects or personnel, it’s typically best to overestimate. This allows you to allocate sufficient funds to cover the unexpected, especially if a disaster were to strike your IT systems – you’ll have wiggle room and funds ready to get you back up and running.

We hope you will find these tips helpful before you dive headfirst into spreadsheets and numbers as you prepare for year-end. Just remember, the holidays are around the corner, and having one thing checked off your to-do list with confidence will make returning to the office in January a breeze!

Need further assistance or what a quote? Contact us today.

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Holiday Phishing Scams: 10 Things To Lookout For http://suresystems.ca/blog/holiday-phishing-scams-10-things-to-lookout-for/ Thu, 23 Nov 2017 17:17:00 +0000 http://suresystems.ca/?p=5018 It’s the season for holiday giving, and pretty soon our inboxes and social media feeds will abound with advertisements. Of course, the majority of these are legitimate and likely from organizations you can trust. However, it’s prime time for fraudsters and scammers! They sneak in there with phony emails and posts that may contain malicious […]

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It’s the season for holiday giving, and pretty soon our inboxes and social media feeds will abound with advertisements.

Of course, the majority of these are legitimate and likely from organizations you can trust. However, it’s prime time for fraudsters and scammers! They sneak in there with phony emails and posts that may contain malicious links, ecards, shipping labels, and click-through advertisements.

Online shoppers should take extra precautions while making purchases from the comfort of their home or office.  The convenience of online shopping gives hackers multiple ways to access personal and financial information of unsuspecting consumers through fraudulent emails, tapping into vulnerable computers via virus,  and intercepting insecure transactions (if a vendor does not use encryption, an attacker may be able to intercept your information as it is being transferred).

This isn’t to say stay away from all online shopping – it just means to be aware of what you are clicking and the sites you are accessing.

Here are ways you can protect yourself when online shopping or giving this season, and year-round:

  • Make sure the vendor is reputable. Some attackers may try to trick you by mimicking the site and brand of an organization. Be wary when clicking on links that direct you to the site. Make note of the phone number and address of the vendor in case you notice anything funny with your bill.
  • Think twice before clicking on links in emails asking for your information {link to red flags article}, such as confirming your purchase or account information. This is not something legitimate businesses would ask of their customers via email. 
  • Make sure your information is encrypted. Encrypted sites have the url as “https” instead of “http” and show a closed padlock icon either in the top of the address bar or bottom of the browser window.

This is also the time of year where charities will reach out for end of year gifts, and those same scammers are out there, ready to take advantage of your generosity.

Here are some warning signs to watch out for:

  • The organization uses a name that is very similar to a well-known, reputable charity
  • Contacts you to thank you for a pledge you don’t remember making
  • Asks for cash donations or wire transfer
  • Uses high-pressure tactics to get you to donate
  • Offers prizes in exchange for a donation
  • Will not provide proof that your donation is tax-deductible
  • Does not provide information on how your money will be used

If you think you may be a victim of a holiday phishing scam, contact the police, alert your financial institution and immediately change your passwords.  If you’re aware of what to look out for, have strong passwords, and take the proper security precautions, then you’re in good shape to enjoy the online sales and get into the spirit of giving.

From all of us at Sure Systems, we wish you a safe and stress-free holiday season!

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Your Office Move IT Checklist http://suresystems.ca/blog/office-move-checklist/ Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:13:24 +0000 http://suresystems.ca/?p=4882 Office moves can be exciting and yet a huge undertaking. New digs, new views  – a fresh start! You know what needs to get done and when you need to be out. But do you have a solid plan for moving your IT? Your IT is central to your business; don’t risk interruptions or downtime […]

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Office moves can be exciting and yet a huge undertaking. New digs, new views  – a fresh start! You know what needs to get done and when you need to be out. But do you have a solid plan for moving your IT? Your IT is central to your business; don’t risk interruptions or downtime by not being prepared. Lucky for you, we’ve come up with a little checklist to make sure you have all your ducks in a row well in advance of moving day.

IT checklist for an office move:

Step 1: Plan well in advance

Take a site visit to the new office. If you have one, bring along your IT consultant. This helps them know where to set up and you can be well aware of any issues that could pop up with the new configuration – giving you ample time to come up with a game plan.

Make note of the IT requirements for the new space:

How many phone lines?

What is the ideal setup for workstations?

Where is the best place for printers and routers?

Review cooling system for the server room

Step 2: Give Notice

It’s important you give your internet service providers, telecommunication carriers and your IT consultants at least two months lead time before the move. Set up call forwarding until your clients are aware of the new number changes.

Giving your providers plenty of time to transfer everything over means they can have you up and running before the CEO sits down at their new desk.

Step 3: Take stock of your inventory

Out with the old, in with the new – right? Chances are you have some old equipment collecting dust that you can finally part with. Take note of what equipment you have, what’s working and what needs to be replaced.

Look at the big picture – what requirements will you need for the next 3-5 years to accommodate expansion in the new space?

Step 4: Back it UP! Your data, that is

We can’t stress the importance of data backups enough. Now that you’re transporting an entire office worth of hardware, you’re prone to vulnerabilities. There could be a car accident, a leak, or your servers could get damaged during the transfer. Take precautions and make sure everything is backed up and transported separately from the original hardware.

Step 5: Get in and test your new network

Arrange for your IT consultant and service provider to be with you on the first day in the new office space. Chances are staff may have questions or difficulty with network connectivity, setting up their phones or connecting to new printers and devices.

Go through and check all the phone numbers are synced correctly, data has migrated over properly and that your website and intranet are online and operating smoothly.

Lastly, enjoy your new space and give yourself a pat on the back – you made it through an office move!

Have questions? Want an information session or lunch and learn for your team? Contact us today

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Small Business Equals Big Risks | Cyber Security http://suresystems.ca/blog/small-business-cyber-security/ Thu, 26 Oct 2017 13:28:32 +0000 http://suresystems.ca/?p=4863 Big business, small business, oil company, non-profit or cupcake shop – no matter what kind or size, if you use the Internet, you’re at risk for a cyber attack. However, the stats show that if you’re a small business, you have more at stake. Each year cybercriminals get more and more advanced, finding new ways […]

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Big business, small business, oil company, non-profit or cupcake shop – no matter what kind or size, if you use the Internet, you’re at risk for a cyber attack. However, the stats show that if you’re a small business, you have more at stake.

Each year cybercriminals get more and more advanced, finding new ways to hack information for identity theft and banking scams. Only 50% of small businesses think they could be a target of cybercrime, although 90% believe that if it were to happen, it would have detrimental effects on their business. In 2016, 43% of cyber attacks were on small businesses. So what do they want? Well, your money of course. 

The best thing to do is implement cybersecurity best practices and protocols within your organization. To plan and understand the risks, you need to get an idea of what these hackers are looking for. They’re trying to find a way to infect computers, access systems, and compromise servers. This way they can retrieve contact lists, employee information, credit card information, financial/company banking information and information on your clients.

They have a number of ways of getting these things, most commonly through viruses, worms or trojans. Phishing scams and social engineering has become more prevalent thanks to social media and email. With these schemes, it’s even more crucial that your employees are educated on cyber safety.

Cyber Security Breach Cost for Small Businesses

With lost information also comes lost clients, a tarnished brand, increased recovery costs, and decreased revenue. Falling victim to a cyber attack has the potential to destroy your small business.

Don’t let this happen. Your employees are your first line of defense, they can make or break someone getting access to your company’s information. Protect your business. Provide cyber security training to employees, change passwords frequently and establish rules on using email safely.

If you would like help with cybersecurity training or to ensure your company is set up for success, connect with one of our Sure Systems representatives. We take data protection seriously.

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