How Does Your Current IT Guy Stack Up?

How can you tell if you are receiving poor or substandard service? How do you know if your IT guy is doing everything possible to secure your network from downtime, cyber-criminals, data loss, or other frustrating and expensive disasters? Could your current IT guy actually be jeopardizing your network?

Take this quiz below to find out!

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Cyberslacking: The Challenges Facing Business Owners

Internet access in the workplace causes multiple concerns for business owners that includes productivity loss, legal liability, security threats, and a drain on computing resources and bandwidth. Cyberslacking is a major issue for companies today. Cyberslacking is defined by Investopedia as “The act of avoiding work and/or other responsibilities by scouring the internet in search of games or other non-work related amusements.” This creates a few challenges for business owners and IT managers.

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Online Safety Tips for Cyber Monday

At Garner IT Consulting, we want you to be safe while shopping online this holiday season and throughout the year. Our President, Randall Garner, gives out some great tips in this month's blog video. We hope these simple but vital tips help you avoid online fraud. Garner IT Consulting is always here to answer any questions you might have.

 

 
 
Best wishes and happy shopping!
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Are You a “Sitting Duck” (Or Turkey)?


Small businesses are under attack. Right now, extremely dangerous and well-funded cybercrime rings in China, Russia, and the Ukraine are using sophisticated software systems to hack into thousands of small businesses to steal credit cards, client information and swindle money directly out of your bank account. Some are even being funded by their own government to attack small, virtually defenseless businesses.

Don’t think you’re in danger because you’re “small” and not a big target like a Target or Home Depot? Think again. 82,000 NEW malware threats are being released every single day and HALF of the cyber-attacks occurring are aimed at small businesses. You don’t hear about it as much because most business owners aren’t aware it should be reported or it’s kept quiet for fear of attracting bad PR, lawsuits and data-breach fines and out of sheer embarrassment.

In fact, the National Cyber Security Alliance reports that one in five small businesses have been victims of cybercrime in the last year – and that number is growing rapidly as more businesses utilize cloud computing and mobile devices, storing more information online. Quite simply, most small businesses are sitting ducks to hackers due to their lack of adequate security systems.

As a local IT support company, we work day and night to protect our clients from these attacks – and unfortunately, we see, on a regular basis, hardworking entrepreneurs being financially devastated by these lawless scumbags. We are determined to WARN as many businesses as possible of the VERY REAL threats facing their organization, so they have a chance to protect themselves and everything they’ve worked so hard to achieve.

Our Free Report Reveals the Critical Protections Small Businesses Need Today

It is our company’s mission to stop cybercrime – are you positive your current IT provider is doing the same? To help you find out, we have put together a FREE Executive Report titled “21 Revealing Questions You Should Ask Any Computer Consultant Before Giving Them Access to Your Company’s Network” that we have made available at no charge on our website at: https://www.garner-it.com/report

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Are You Taking an Expensive Gamble with Your Company's Critical Data and Network Security?


To find out, see if you can say “yes” to these 5 simple questions:

    1. Are you absolutely certain that your data is being backed up daily to a secure, remote location?

    2. Does your IT person/company conduct a TEST RESTORE of your data at LEAST quarterly and give you a report to validate all the data is there?

    3. Do you know exactly how fast your network could be back up and running if your server broke down or a disaster happened?

    4. If you had to access your data in an emergency, would you and your staff know the process to recover your systems?

    5. Does your IT person/company give you reports to verify your network is being monitored 24/7/365 for hackers, viruses, and even internal attacks?
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Missing Just One of These Could Instantly Open Up Your Network to a Cyberattack


Welcome to the brave new world of cyberwarfare. Gone are the days when software patches (updates) were just for nifty little feature add-ons or updates. Today, a software update notice could mean your whole computer network is suddenly at risk. Dangers include data theft, crippling malware attacks and mischief you may not discover for months or even years.

As with graffiti on your garage door, if you don’t pay attention and clamp down on bad behavior, your problems have likely just begun. Like those who hire a professional security firm to keep thieves out of the warehouse, thousands of CEOs and business owners are now waking up to the fact that it’s absolutely imperative to hire a pro when it comes to securing your data network.

Here’s why you need a professional handling this for you:

Speed is of the Essence


“If you didn’t update to Version 7.32 within seven hours, you should assume you’ve been hacked.” That’s what software maker, Drupal, told millions of its customers around the world last year. It’s just one example of what can happen if you don’t respond with lightning speed. Once a security breach has been identified, hackers rush in. On “Day Zero”, cybercrooks around the world go after at-risk targets. You’ve got to be quick to patch the gap or else you risk a system compromise. Unless you have the time, knowledge, experience, and tool set to respond instantly, you are far better leaving this to a professional IT firm that you can trust.

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What Do Our Clients Think About Us? 2017 Quarter Three

  


This year, we've posted the results of our Client Satisfaction Surveys, something that we work very hard at and are proud of but, most importantly, because we believe it is vital information if you were considering Garner IT Consulting to become your IT provider. In this post, our President updates you on how we did in Quarter Three! 

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Why Patients with Medical Devices Should Be Concerned with Hacking

 


As more electronic devices are utilized for improving the health of patients, we're seeing increasing research showing us the devices can be easily hacked, and the results can be life threatening. Check out what our President, Randall Garner, has to say about the risks involved with hacking. 

 

 

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October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month


Every year since 2003, October has been recognized as Cyber Security Awareness Month. According to the FBI, over the past year or so there have been “Data breaches resulting in the compromise of personally identifiable information of thousands of Americans. Intrusions into financial, corporate, and government networks. Complex financial schemes committed by sophisticated cyber criminals against businesses and the public in general.” It is vital that all individuals and businesses do their part to be aware and educated on cyber security.

There are many tips and actions you can take to keep your business secure. Here are some important areas relating to cyber security that we found many businesses lack.

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Your Organization Can Survive Any Disaster with a BDR


Backup and Disaster Recovery, or BDR, is a combination of solutions that work cohesively to ensure a company's business continuity after a disaster. Natural disasters, user error, hacking attacks, and hardware failure are all threats to your business’s continuity. All it takes is one or the other to completely derail operations.

Tape Backup Issues

Some businesses are still using tape backups. With tape backups, you run the risk of having your backups wiped out along with the rest of your technology. If you have your tapes stored somewhere that can be damaged by natural disasters, all of your efforts will be for nothing. Of course, you can plan on taking yesterday’s tape home with you every night and hoping for the best. While this is practiced when it’s the only option, understand that you are traveling with all of your company’s data on a small, lightweight, heat sensitive, magnetic tape, which introduces more risk. On top of that, you would need to commit to it regularly for it to be effective.

All of the above is also true for backup solutions utilizing external hard drives.

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