What is the biggest security risk to your Orlando business?

What, according to you, is a company’s biggest security risk? Holes in the corporate network? Think again!

It’s you! With hacking attacks against companies getting bigger and high profile by the day (remember the breaches at Sony and Citigroup this year?), companies have learned to secure and strengthen their networks the hard way, which shifts the hackers’ attention to you, or the employees to be precise.

These days, hackers do not have to work so hard get into your company’s network; they can just make you do it for them! Employees, even well-intentioned ones, are exploited to gain access to company networks. In case you didn’t know, this is called social engineering where hackers manipulate people into divulging confidential information, often after completing thorough reconnaissance on their victims. Posting troves of information about yourself and your job online? Unless you want to become a victim, stop doing that right away.

Trust us; social engineering is on the rise these days with many people falling easily for it. Look at the results of a recent test conducted by KnowBe4, a firm that provides security-awareness training, if you don’t believe us. To find what percentage of a group of companies would be susceptible to phishing attacks, the firm had sent phishing emails to employees at 81 companies from a reputable and trusted server, 43% of which had one or more employee click on the link in the emails. The second test involved the use of unknown and untrusted servers (which were filtered out by many corporate email systems, by the way) but at least one person in 15% of the companies still clicked on the emails. You might ask what is one person compared to a thousand, but when it comes to malware, all it takes for the damage to be done is one person.

So, don’t forget to think long and hard before clicking on that link in your email or posting your info online!

Steve Jobs Dead At 56

Guest Blogger – Pam Lokker

Steven Paul Jobs, the computer tycoon of the computer industry is no longer with us, but his memory will last forever in the hearts and minds of Mac users, iPhone users, iPad users, and much more.

Steve Jobs was both a computer inventor and entrepreneur. Born in 1955 in San Francisco, California, his driving purpose was to develop products that were both functional and elegant; and he did just that which earned him the respect and honor of computer users everywhere.

It was just recently here in August of this year that Steve announced that he was resigning as CEO of Apple due to not being able to carry out his normal duties due to the ravages of pancreatic cancer. He also announced at that same time that he would remain as chairman of the board.

October 5, 2011, will long be remembered as a sad day. The family announced that Steve Jobs passed away peacefully in his sleep. As you go to Apple today, you will be met with a black and white picture of Steve in one of his contemplative poses that only he could do so well, along with his name and the years of both his birth and death. As you click on the photo, you are greeted with a moving obituary.

As you read Bill Gates’ statement on The Gates Notes, you come to realize how much Steve Jobs meant to fans, colleagues, competitors, and just anyone he came into contact with. “The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. “For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.” – Bill Gates

We couldn’t agree more Mr. Gates. His effects will carry on for many, many years. We are very honored to have been graced with the incredible knowledge that he possessed. We are also very lucky to have been the recipients of the wonderful technological gadgets that he passed our way.

Rest peacefully, Steve Jobs; and thank you.

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Orlando IT Consulting Team Expands Microsoft Office 365 Knowledge With Recent Training

Continuing education in the Information Technology (IT) field is critical to keeping up with new and innovative releases of hardware and software as they appear in the marketplace. Leo Vieira, Systems Engineer at ASysTech, gained invaluable knowledge and expertise on Microsoft Office 365 deployment strategies during recent training that took place in Miami.

With the recent global release of Microsoft Office 365 by Microsoft, new learning opportunities for Information Technology (IT) specialists everywhere opened up. Such was the case with Leo Vieira, Systems Engineer at ASysTech, Inc.

Mr. Vieira jumped at the chance when training opened up in the last week of September for O365 Deployment Training for Partners. The 3-day workshop that was held in Miami was focused on Office 365 deployment capabilities. Leo Vieira gained an in-depth look into the planning, preparing and migrating phases of deployment for this latest software that includes the Microsoft Office suite of desktop applications and hosted versions of Microsoft’s Server products.

The intense training was centered around the two separate modules of gathering information and developing strategies for deploying Office 365 service offerings and successfully configuring Office 365 SharePoint and Lync, with plenty of time in between sessions to reflect and build upon the learning gained from the previous lectures and discussions.

As a Microsoft Office 365 partner, ASysTech is uniquely positioned to offer Orlando business IT support to small to medium-sized businesses who are contemplating switching to Microsoft Office 365. As the number of business owners and managers decide to make that all-important change-over, the call for qualified support will increase dramatically. This places Mr. Vieira at an advantage for sharing the knowledge and expertise he has gained from the deployment training. “The training has definitely been a worthwhile investment for ASysTech to make on my behalf,” said Leo Vieira. “For that, I thank management, in particular Rick Hardin, for making the decision to send me to the 3-day training.”

ASystech is a leading provider of managed services to small and medium-sized businesses at an economical price while providing exceptional quality. The company is well-known for offering the best IT services and tech support packages that Orlando and Central Florida businesses can utilize. As a matter of fact, they recently came out with a new trial invitation on Microsoft Office 365 for those business owners and managers that are interested

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Managed IT Services Offers Orlando Business An Advantage

Technology Support Resellers make it easier for small and mid-sized businesses to monitor, manage and maintain their IT networks and equipment through managed services. By being involved as a third-party, technology Value Added Resellers (VARs) offer managed services for these businesses which provide a host of benefits for them- lower costs, increased available resources and reduced IT headcount are just a few of the benefits. But this is exactly what businesses have failed to understand and this is exactly the biggest barrier to VARs as they look to sell managed services to SMBs, says a study released by CIT Group, a provider of vendor financing solutions.

Out of more than 100 executives (at technology VARs and technology channel partners that sell to SMBs) who were surveyed, the research report, “Technology Channel Outlook: Are SMBs Ready to Embrace Managed Services” prepared in association with Forbes Insights found that 62 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that their customers do not understand the benefits of managed services. This consequently made 49 percent of those surveyed believe this lack of understanding is the leading barrier they face in trying to sell the benefits of managed services to SMBs. Overall cost (37 percent) and the desire of SMBs to maintain their own infrastructure (37 percent) followed as other hindrances.

Smaller companies see technology as a necessary expense, and not a strategic investment; this is what made 43 percent of the respondents believe reduced costs to be the most compelling benefit of managed services for SMBs. The ability to free up resources to focus on other aspects of the business (37 percent) came second while reduced IT headcount was held responsible by 33 percent of the respondents.

The survey also found that cloud-computing solutions is making it easier for VARs to sell managed services to SMBs. Two-thirds of respondents agreed that the popularity of the cloud has made it easier for them to sell managed services to SMBs, all thanks to the increasing familiarity of the customers with the concept of software as a service.

Which technologies will have the greatest impact among SMBs over the next two years? 51 percent of respondents answered this question with cloud computing, 21 percent answered it with tablets and smart phones got the support of 15 percent of the respondents. Fifty-two percent (52 percent) of respondents also believed that tablets would replace laptops for most executives and 24 percent believed that all applications and data storage would migrate to the cloud.

The study has found that managed services programs by VARs which clearly articulate the offering and quantify the impact for the SMB are the most successful. Likewise, SMBs also have much to gain from those services.

Are you looking for the best Orlando IT support available? Call ASysTech today to learn more.

How do your younger employees fix their own IT?

Do your younger employees tend to fix technology related problems on their own? Are they more willing than older employees to help fix a problem themselves? Well, you’ve got Millennials on your workforce and what can you expect from a generation that has been familiar with electronic gadgets all along and has grown up with an ever-present internet?

A recent survey commissioned by remote support appliance vendor Bomgar has proved that this is true indeed. Younger employees do try to fix their own gear. But an accompanying analysis by GigaOM Pro has concluded that though this kind of self-sufficiency lowers the burden on IT staff, it has its own set of disadvantages.

Out of the 400 U.S. office workers between the ages of 20 and 29 who were surveyed by Isurus Market Research, 60 percent of the participants agreed that it should take a help desk 10 minutes or less to solve a problem. Well, that’s a pretty big expectation there but given the helping hand they give in problem solving, it should not be much of an issue for the Help Desk. So, how do these Millennials fix their own gear? They turn to the internet, of course!

Looking for solutions on Google or asking for help on forums is what 71 percent of the respondents said they did. This is good news for the overworked IT staff but many support staff are not used to supporting this kind of user. This is where self-help tools and easily searchable FAQs should come in handy. Although troubleshooting problems on their own means reduced workload for the IT staff, it also means exposure of sensitive data or possibility of further damage. Asking for help on forums can expose information about a company’s IT practices, or do some damage to the company brand.

Likewise, Google might come up with a bad solution that might lead to further breakage. The survey also found that 80% of IT managers felt that Millennials had “different” or “very different” expectations about technology, when compared to their more senior peers. If your company happens to have one of these IT managers, a number of white papers have been posted by Bomgar which further explain how IT staff could support the Millennials in a better way.

Always trust your Orlando IT support specialists at ASysTech. We provide complete IT solutions for business throughout Orlando and Central Florida. Trust us today to help your business.

Can the iPad help your Orlando business?

If you think iPads are just for leisure or for entertainment, think again. With nearly 86 percent of Fortune 500 companies in the US report deploying or testing the iPad, this revolutionary device has become a tool for business too!

Manufactured by Apple, these easy to hold, easy to transport, and easy to use devices use the same operating system as iPod Touch and iPhone. They do not use input devices like the mouse or keyboard and require you to use your fingers to touch and navigate. Thanks to the availability of hundreds and thousands of applications that range from entertainment, media and education to even productivity and business, the iPad can be used as one powerful device in all areas of life and your workplace is definitely no exception.

Here are reasons why you should bring your iPad to work:

Presentations: Presentations are made so much easier by iPads. First off, they are portable and secondly, they contain applications that allow you to import and edit PowerPoint presentations, and even accessories to connect the device to a monitor or projector. You can also do virtual presentations as there are iPad apps that let you stream your presentation via the Internet.

Communication and Collaboration: If it is communication and collaboration you want, the iPad is the name of the game. With the iPad, you get built-in applications for emailing and you also get to add more to support audio and video conferencing. You can manage meetings with the built-in calendar and address book apps and also use the built-in support it has for third-party mail and calendar applications like Microsoft Exchange, Google Mail, and Calendar. If you want, you may also download and use additional applications to help you manage your tasks, monitor projects, share files, post and view your social networks! And the iPad’s larger screen is definitely a plus!

Field assignments: The iPad is the best device for people on the go as it is light weight and portable. You can install and configure VPN clients to securely connect to your office network when in the field, or even use any of the business applications (mainly cloud based ones) you use in the office. Managing your itinerary while on assignment also becomes much easier with the iPad, thanks to the built-in productivity tools.

Travel: With the iPad, you can carry your whole world as you travel. Besides the apps that help you manage your travel itinerary, there are built-in communication and collaboration tools that let you touch base with your office and find out what progress is being made. When you are not using your iPad for work, you can use it as a media viewer or news reader for information and entertainment.

Industry-specific apps: There are many industry specific apps that let you use the iPad for various purposes. You can use it as a point-of-sale display, or even as a point-of-sale device and much more!

Are you looking for quality Orlando IT consulting for your business? Give us a call and we can help you with all of your business IT support in Orlando and throughout Central Florida. We provide full IT services for your business.