General Computing Executive Commentary

  1. Protect Yourself From Cybercrime: 6 Best Practices To Implement Now
    6/20/2016

    Today, most companies have at least a basic awareness of the need to reduce their vulnerability to cybercrime. There is also increasing awareness of the need to be prepared for the possibility they will be the victim of an attack. These are good first steps, but there is a wide disparity of understanding about what exactly those actions and preparations should include, as well as how much emphasis and resources should be dedicated to them.

  2. Life Imitating Art: Understanding The Dangers Of XSS Attacks
    6/17/2016
    Cross-site scripting, or XSS, is a vulnerability so common that not only is it number three on the OWASP top 10, but it also just become a real-life storyline related to the popular hacking TV drama Mr. Robot. When the USA Network launched the website promoting season two of Mr. Robot, a white hat hacker also immediately uncovered an XSS vulnerability that would have allowed an attacker to gather users’ Facebook information.
  3. The Payments Industry Has Gone Vertical And They’re Building Shareholder Value On The Backs Of ISVs And VARs
    6/15/2016

    I’ve spent over a decade advising payments service providers on growth strategy and value creation. For many years, much of the growth and enhanced shareholder value was created inorganically through successfully executed horizontal acquisition strategies whereby payments service providers have acquired other payments service providers. By Adam T. Hark, Co-Founder, Preston Todd Advisors

  4. 3 Steps For Developing An Effective Cloud IT Strategy
    6/15/2016

    Even though you might not be aware of it, your organization most likely is using cloud technology in some capacity. It could be a Dropbox account used by an employee to share video files with a client, a virtual machine hosting an application, or employees using cell phones to send files or collaborate on shared documents.

  5. Lagging Security Indicators And The Future Of Security Services
    6/13/2016

    Security breaches in the retail sector are a common occurrence due to the large amount of credit card information available to hackers accessing unprotected systems and networks. Developed in 1996 — but just now being implemented — EMV, chip and sign technology is starting to help retailers reduce their reliance of valuable credit card data. However, how often do we walk into a store to make a purchase just to feel silly because we don’t know if the chip reader is enabled or not?

  6. Don’t Get Left Behind in 2016- How To Tell If Cloud Computing Is Right For Your Business
    6/8/2016

    Whether they are realistic or not, at the beginning of every New Year we all have our resolutions and goals that we want to accomplish. If you are a business owner, these goals are almost always financially driven. If one of your goals is to lower your IT infrastructure costs while increasing employee productivity, mobility, and data accessibility, then keep reading to find out if cloud computing is right for your business. If this isn’t already one of your goals, maybe it should be.

  7. 3 Ways To Communicate The Value Of Managed Services
    6/6/2016

    Let’s face it, SMBs are cost-conscious by nature and will go to great lengths to save money. When it comes to managed IT services, for example, we’ve heard from our MSP partners that many of their SMB clients will choose to opt out of these services in order to save a few dollars in the short run. What they don’t often don’t is, after accounting for productivity losses, unscheduled maintenance fees, and even damage to their reputation, the decision not to engage in a managed services contract can end up costing them much more down the road.

  8. Make “Going Green” Easy With Cloud Computing
    6/3/2016

    Going green and reducing the corporate carbon footprint have been fairly recent trends among companies, but more often than not, profit is the deciding factor in business decisions. Usually moving to green or more eco-friendly procedures means an increase in cost for a company. However, with cloud computing, it’s likely your transition will keep more money in your pocket while also helping the planet.

  9. From Charity To Parity: Changing The Conversation About Gender Diversity In IT
    6/2/2016

    So much of the discussion around gender diversity in IT is about how tech companies need to reverse the discrimination against women in hiring, compensation, and promotion. It’s championed as the socially responsible thing to do. And, it certainly is that, but evidence is mounting that it’s also the financially responsible thing to do for your IT company.

  10. Why Law Firms Need To Start Taking Advantage Of Cloud Computing
    6/1/2016

    Cloud computing means that the world is your office. When the world is your office, you can access your files, applications, calendar, and email wherever you are. In an earlier blog post, I wrote about which types of businesses are a good fit for the cloud. Law firms hit almost every item on that check list, therefore making moving to the cloud a smart investment.