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Get Your Business Out of The Clouds....And Into 'The Cloud' (https://goo.gl/PhHioW)

Are you still on the fence about migrating to a #cloudnetwork? Would it help if we told you that all of the cool businesses are doing it?

Joking aside, there are real benefits if you do decide to embrace the cloud.

New research is showing that you can boost your customer satisfaction, productivity, and even revenue by moving to a cloud network.

If you need even more convincing about how the cloud can boost your productivity, these stats from Cloud Tech will do the trick:

Research from analyst firm IDC, which surveyed 805 mid-sized businesses and enterprises around their communications strategy, found companies who use both unified and contextual cloud communications saw a 47% improvement in speed to market for products and services, 42% improvement in customer satisfaction and loyalty and a 34% reduction in costs.

Click the link above to read the full article.

Sold on adopting the cloud for your business? Smart call friend, but you might be wondering how to go about doing so. Our team of IT specialists can help you to migrate your entire infrastructure to the cloud. We specialize in providing private cloud solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.

Click the link to read more about how our cloud integration can make the switch a quick and simple experience: (https://goo.gl/u3BcLl)

#technews #cloudcomputing
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15.2 Million UK Equifax Client Records Compromised (https://goo.gl/AcSzhX)

Another day, another #Equifax data breach story.

It has now emerged that it wasn't just US-based clients of the credit reporting agency that had their data compromised. Now, Equifax has announced that 15.2 million clients in the UK were affected by the data breach.

Of the 15.2 million client records that were affected by the data breach between 2011-2016, Equifax believes that only 700,000 UK consumers had sensitive information compromised. The company is currently contacting UK consumers to offer free third-party risk mitigation products to protect against any potential criminal activity.

The Equifax data breach was one of the largest in history and affected a total of 145.4 million people with the majority of those in the US. In case you have forgotten all of the details about the Equifax data breach here is a quick catch up thanks to Reuters:

Equifax has faced seething criticism from consumers, regulators, and lawmakers over its handling of the breach, which occurred between mid-May and late July and was not disclosed until Sept. 7. Since then, the company has parted ways with its chief executive officer, chief information officer, and chief security officer.

As a credit reporting agency, Equifax keeps vast amounts of consumer data for banks and other creditors to use to determine the chances of their customers' defaulting.

Click the link above to read the full article.

#technews #Cybersecurity #databreach
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Don't be Caught Unaware (https://goo.gl/b8wLuw)

Did you know that you are being #watched right now? Well, we can't guarantee that, but you might be. You see, this is how cybercriminals operate. Hackers are often able to gain access to a business's data months before they are detected.

When it comes to your network security, it is safe to say that you do not want to be caught unaware of this fact.

For example, this couple had no idea this pelican was watching them. If they had not realized in time, there is a high likelihood the pelican would have made an attack on their lunch. Side note, that looks like a dinosaur pelican, but we digress...

This is just how cybercriminals act.

Imagine that the pelican is a hacker, and the food the couple was holding is your organization's data.

You wouldn't want the pelican to get hold of it, would you?

At a basic level, you need to have adequate network security your business, it's the best defense possible against hackers. This means that you need to have firewalls, anti-virus, security audits, and malware protection in place.

Fortunately, our network security services provide you with all of these. Click the link above to find out more about our network security and how it can help protect your business from a sneaky pelican, we mean cyber criminal.

#technology #security #funny
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Accountancy Firm Deloitte Latest Cyber Attack Victim (https://goo.gl/FQwbqh)

It has been revealed that #Deloitte, one of the world's biggest accountancy firms, has been the victim of hackers. These hackers were able to access confidential emails and plans of clients of one of the top four accounting firms in the world. It is believed that the hack was discovered in March this year, but that hackers could have been accessing confidential information since October or November 2016.

As of now, six of the Deloitte clients have been informed that their private information has been breached. An internal company review is ongoing.

An article from The Guardian has more information about the Deloitte hack and how the hackers were able to access confidential information through the cloud:

The hacker compromised the firm's global email server through an "administrator's account" that, in theory, gave them privileged, unrestricted "access to all areas".

The account required only a single password and did not have "two-step" verification, sources said.

Emails to and from Deloitte's 244,000 staff were stored in the Azure cloud service, which was provided by Microsoft. This is Microsoft's equivalent to Amazon Web Service and Google's Cloud Platform.

This just goes to show how essential it is for companies, regardless of size, to have adequate network security protection.

Click the link above to read the full article on The Guardian.

#technews #cybersecurity
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Could Computer 'Vaccines' Protect From a Cyber Attack? (https://goo.gl/Ptu9CP)

Here at Continuous Networks we always recommend that you have effective #cyber #security protection in place.

Otherwise, you are basically waving a white flag asking cyber criminals to target your infrastructure.

On a slightly different note, when it comes to preventing disease in humans, vaccines were invented to prevent instead of treat illness.

Did you know that cyber attack vaccines are being created?

No, it won't involve injecting your computer.

However, these vaccines have already proven to be effective. In fact, during the Petya cyber attack, a vaccine of sorts was created in a single computer file to stop the ransomware in its tracks.

Here is more info about why researchers have created vaccines as a way to prevent "cyber-disease" as reported by The Conversation:

The way we protect our computers follows a similar pattern. By borrowing these physical world concepts we have also replicated the risks associated with them. A firewall points to a physical wall, but even thick walls can be scaled or tunneled under via a "worm". Our computers are akin to castles, with protective walls and guards on duty, ready for attacks from all sides. Windows PCs come with their own "Defender" software.

Click the link above to read the full article.

We think that the idea of vaccines for computers is interesting and it seems to have been effective in early trials. However, right now, the most effective way to ensure that your data is protected and that is by having robust network security in place.

If you are ready to get protected, then our network security services will ensure that your data receives the best protection possible. Find out more on our website here: (https://goo.gl/PBJLuc)

#cybersecurity #malware
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Disaster Planning is Essential, Period (https://goo.gl/mXvLLs)

Recently, Hurricane #Harvey caused devastating damage across Texas. With weather patterns becoming more unpredictable and the string of hurricane's making their way to the southeast coast of the US, one thing is for sure, times are changing.

No longer can businesses be complacent when it comes to disaster preparedness. If Hurricane Harvey has taught us anything it is that there is no longer any reason not to have a disaster plan in place for your technology infrastructure. With the statistics stating that 94% of businesses close within two years of suffering data loss, you can not afford to be prepared for the worst case scenario.

So, how can your business plan for a disaster? A key thing that you must do is to ensure that your data is backed up. As a small business owner, you already know that your data is vital to the running of your business.

However, if you are running a company you don't have the time to worry about how to perform a data backup.

This is where the cloud can help. Check out this clip from our latest blog post:

The power of the cloud makes it possible for your small business to enjoy true business continuity without the expense and logistical problems associated with an in-house backup solution.

With cloud-based backups, your data doesn't exist on any one server -- or even any single data center. Your data exists in multiple physical locations, a good provider can offer an ironclad guarantee that your company's crucial files are completely safe.

The cloud can truly protect your data from the worst case scenario of a natural disaster. Find out more on our blog by clicking the link above.

#disasterprep #technology #technews
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Happy Labor Day from Continuous! (https://goo.gl/b8wLuw)

Fire up the #grills and get ready to celebrate the end of the summer! We hope you're all having a great Labor Day today! Back to our regularly scheduling programming tomorrow.

#LaborDay #holiday
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Is Free Security Software Worth it? (https://goo.gl/7yXRsh)

Unless you live under a rock your #business computers should have some form of security software in place. Your entire business might even be running on free security software that didn't cost a cent.

How cost-effective is that?

Just like no two automobile brands are the same, so too are security software programs. For example, would you rather trust a Ferrari or a Fred Flintstone-style rock car? Even though the Flintstone car is free you would rather put your trust in the more expensive but safer Ferrari.

When it comes to free security software, it is safe to say that you get what you pay for.

So why would you risk your data with a free service that offers no support if something goes wrong, when you could be gaining better protection with managed services? Our blog post addresses this issue in more detail:

Moving your data infrastructure to the cloud increases the resiliency and availability of your network. It also gives you all of the features that you aren't getting with free software such as automatic updates, license compliance, and priority support.

Click the link to read the full blog article on our website and to find out why a cloud based technology services is much more cost effective for your business than using free software.

#technews #cybersecurity
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Does Size Matter? (https://goo.gl/hFERgA)

When it comes to #cyber #security our customers know we are vigilant about protecting our data.

For example, if you have not changed your passwords recently you might be putting your data at serious risk of becoming vulnerable to an exploit.

If you've followed our page for any length of time, you know that we stress that hackers do not just target large corporations. Not only are hackers targeting smaller sized business but your personal data can also be obtained through many forms of electronic transactions. This means that when you make a purchase online and in store using your credit card your data can be stolen.

Forbes recently published an article all about this subject based on the results of a survey undertaken by the folks at Verisk Horizons. 400 consumers were surveyed about their experiences of cyber security with retailers in the U.S and this is what the results showed:

Their responses were alarming: about half (48.8 percent) said they had been notified by a business (restaurant, retailer, financial institution) that personal information may have been compromised in a hacking or cyber attack. (An example might be exposure of a credit card number from a dinner out or theft of a Social Security number while doing some online banking.)

Click the link above to read the full article on Forbes and make sure to be vigilant every single time that you transfer your personal data.

If you're looking for a primer about better password management click here to read this blog post on Continuous' website: (https://goo.gl/zqoCf6)
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