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The Next Wind Powerhouse: The Gulf of Mexico

The Next Wind Powerhouse: The Gulf of Mexico

The Gulf of Mexico has long been one of the U.S.’s primary energy sources, accounting for significant shares of the country’s crude oil and natural gas production. It now also figures prominently in plans for the increased development of wind energy.

Benefits of Multifactor Authentication in Healthcare

Benefits of Multifactor Authentication in Healthcare

Data protection requirements present the healthcare industry with an unusual dilemma. Given the intensely personal nature of patient records, healthcare providers have legal and ethical obligations to maintain the privacy of that information. At the same time, however, sharing clinical data about diagnoses, treatment plans, tests and prescriptions with other providers is a necessary component of effective healthcare.

7 Types of Managed Services for Optimizing IT Operations

7 Types of Managed Services for Optimizing IT Operations

Rising IT complexity and ongoing staffing challenges are expected to drive increased spending on managed services in 2023. It’s a proven strategy — managed services help organizations reduce IT costs by up to 45 percent and increase operational efficiency by up to 65 percent, according to recent research by Mordor Intelligence.

Cyber Insurance Industry Mandating Stronger MFA

Cyber Insurance Industry Mandating Stronger MFA

Cyber insurance has become a vital component of the risk management framework, providing a hedge against financial losses stemming from cyberattacks. However, these policies have become more expensive and difficult to obtain due to an explosion of new digital threats. One of the many ways underwriters are attempting to balance their risk is by making multifactor authentication (MFA) a mandatory requirement for coverage.

How Managed Infrastructure Services Enhance Efficiency, Agility

How Managed Infrastructure Services Enhance Efficiency, Agility

Even as organizations move more workloads to the cloud, most still require on-premises hardware, software and network services to support those workloads and to maintain more direct control of mission-critical data and other assets. However, managing in-house IT infrastructure is becoming more costly and complex than many companies can reasonably handle.

How Cyberattacks Shut Down Pipelines

How Cyberattacks Shut Down Pipelines and How to Improve Security

Digital transformation has enabled the oil and gas industry to boost productivity, increase efficiency and reduce costs. Unfortunately, it has also increased the possibility of cyberattacks with the potential for creating global chaos.

How to Enhance Cybersecurity within Healthcare

How to Enhance Cybersecurity within Healthcare

As we discussed in our last post, the healthcare industry is being relentlessly targeted by a range of cyberattacks due to the inherent value of the sensitive data it collects, processes and stores. These attacks not only put extreme financial pressure on the industry, but also create daunting risks to patient privacy and health.

Ransomware, Breaches Among Top Threats to Healthcare

Ransomware, Breaches Among Top Threats to Healthcare

Federal officials recently issued an alert warning healthcare organizations about an ongoing ransomware campaign that is compromising patient safety and forcing hospitals to divert ambulances, cancel surgeries, postpone appointments and close urgent care units. The campaign has victimized more than 1,300 healthcare organizations and generated more than $100 million in ransom payments over the past 18 months.

How Digital Technologies are Transforming Healthcare

How Digital Technologies are Transforming Healthcare

From X-rays and stethoscopes to robotic surgeries and wearable monitors, technology innovations have always played a critical role in helping healthcare providers improve patient outcomes while reducing costs. It’s why healthcare organizations around the world are nearly unanimous in their commitment to digital transformation initiatives that can drive new efficiencies.

Securing Active Directory with Duo MFA

Securing Active Directory with Duo MFA

Active Directory (AD) has played a critical role in the development of modern computer networks since being introduced by Microsoft in 1999. As the central repository for information about all user accounts and other network resources in Windows environments, it supports a host of essential tasks and services.

Why MFA is Stronger than Two-Factor Authentication

Why MFA is Stronger than Two-Factor Authentication

We’ve long understood the need for multifactor authentication (MFA) solutions that decrease our reliance on passwords alone for network access control. MFA requires a combination of verification factors, such as a password or PIN along with a security token, mobile app or biometric identifier. Two-factor authentication (2FA) has been required in many industries for years, but there is growing support for systems requiring all three factors.

MSP Certifications

Certifications Provide Valuable Insight into MSP Proficiency

Many organizations use managed services providers (MSPs) for a range of basic IT services such as help-desk support, network monitoring, security updates, operating system patches, backup management and so on. While those are all important tasks, they don’t begin to cover all the ways an MSP can support your business.

Getting the Most from Your Managed Services Provider

Are You Getting the Most from Your Managed Services Provider?

Many organizations use managed services providers (MSPs) for a range of basic IT services such as help-desk support, network monitoring, security updates, operating system patches, backup management and so on. While those are all important tasks, they don’t begin to cover all the ways an MSP can support your business.

Managed SIEM Services

Managed SIEM Services Offer Relief from Mounting Cyber Threats

Hybrid and remote workforces, accelerated cloud usage and interconnected supply chains all help modern organizations become more agile and responsive, but there’s a price to be paid.

Combining Network and Endpoint Security in a Defense-in-Depth Strategy

Combining Network and Endpoint Security in a Defense-in-Depth Strategy

Hybrid and remote workforces, accelerated cloud usage and interconnected supply chains all help modern organizations become more agile and responsive, but there’s a price to be paid.

Shopping for SD-WAN

Shopping for SD-WAN? Here’s What to Look For

The ongoing transition to hybrid work has changed network usage patterns in ways that push legacy wide-area network (WAN) architectures to their limits. Decades-old network architectures designed chiefly to support email and web browsing simply can’t handle the rigorous remote access and cloud connectivity demands of today’s highly distributed workforces.

Evolving Threats Require New Emphasis on Email Security

Evolving Threats Require New Emphasis on Email Security

The total volume of email-borne phishing campaigns has more than doubled over the past three years, with nearly 90 percent of organizations experiencing data breaches as a result. Analysts warn that an elaborate new technique may allow malicious actors to get their hooks into even more prey.

How Colocation Reduces Risk, Complexity in Hybrid Environments

How Colocation Reduces Risk, Complexity in Hybrid Environments

Hybrid IT has become the dominant IT deployment model, with 94 percent of organizations either currently employing a hybrid environment or planning to do so within the next year, according to one new report. However, many are finding that having key resources scattered across a variety of cloud, edge and on-premises infrastructure has dramatically increased IT complexity.

5 Use Cases for 5G Cellular WAN Connectivity

5 Use Cases for 5G Cellular WAN Connectivity

Fast and reliable wired broadband has always been the preferred connectivity option for wide-area networks (WANs), but that’s not always an option in today’s increasingly distributed network environments. Growing numbers of remote users and locations simply can’t be reached by physical connections such as cable, DSL and fiber optic lines.

Closing the Security Skills Gap with Managed Security Services

Closing the Security Skills Gap with Managed Security Services

Cybercrime has evolved into a full-blown existential threat, creating financial and operational burdens that many organizations simply cannot overcome.

How to Select a Managed Backup Services Provider

How to Select a Managed Backup Services Provider

Although the consequences of data loss are well understood, a shocking number of businesses don’t have an adequate backup strategy in place. Recent research from IDC finds that 60 percent of organizations across North America and Western Europe experienced unrecoverable data loss over the past 12 months, largely due to infrequent, inadequate or nonexistent backup routines.

Reducing Capital Expenditures with Managed Services

Reducing Capital Expenditures with Managed Services

In a time of economic uncertainty and ongoing budget constraints, IT organizations can’t afford to make mistakes with their technology purchases. For most, accessing essential IT services and solutions through a managed services provider (MSP) offers a great deal of investment protection.

8 Considerations for Choosing a Managed Services Provider

8 Considerations for Choosing a Managed Services Provider

When an e-mail server crashes, a network hub goes on the blink or a mission-critical application fails, companies with limited or overburdened IT staff often depend on a managed service provider (MSP) to come to the rescue. However, this technology-centric perspective doesn’t take full advantage of the benefits an MSP can offer.

Fully Managed Network Clears a Path to Modernization

How a Fully Managed Network Clears a Path to Modernization

The transition to hybrid and remote work models places considerable strain on legacy network architectures, forcing organizations across the globe to address increased demand for bandwidth, cloud access and borderless security. Eight in 10 organizations report they are struggling to meet current business requirements with their existing infrastructure, according to a recent IDG study.

Deadly Hacks and Other Cybersecurity Predictions from Gartner

Deadly Hacks and Other Cybersecurity Predictions from Gartner

On Feb. 5, 2021, a hacker accessed computer systems at the Oldsmar, FL, water treatment facility and raised the level of sodium hydroxide (lye) in the water to more than 100 times the normal level. Fortunately, an alert employee noticed the change and reversed it before there was any adverse effect.

How To Reduce IT Spending with Managed Services

How To Reduce IT Spending with Managed Services

Businesses across all industry sectors are eager to leverage automation, analytics and other next-generation technologies to create new opportunities and efficiencies. At the same time, however, the uncertain economic climate is forcing many organizations to rein in spending and exercise greater budget discipline.

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