Artificial Intelligence

Transcending fantasy, AI concepts expanding into real-world usage.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is usually associated with human-like computers such as Isaac Asimov’s positronic robots and the Star Wars droids. In truth, AI has moved way beyond the realm of fantasy and into the mainstream thanks to a range of new products, technologies and applications.

Knowledge Is Power

Security training plays a critical role in improving an organization’s cybersecurity posture.

Small to midsize businesses (SMBs) are aware of the dangers of cyberattacks, and most are doing everything they can to beef up security. But is that enough?

Installing antivirus software and occasionally warning employees not to open suspicious emails won’t protect sensitive data or satisfy a growing number of regulatory requirements.

Optimizing Cloud

As cloud spending and governance issues mount, more organizations turn to managed services providers.

It is now almost universally accepted that cloud computing is the ideal model for the consumption of IT resources. According to the RightScale 2019 State of the Cloud Report from Flexera, 94 percent of businesses across all verticals are using cloud in some form, 84 percent have a multi-cloud strategy using an average of five different cloud platforms, and almost 80 percent of all workloads now run in the cloud.

Cloud Storage Outlook

Cloud options becoming essential for managing rampant data growth.

Driven by new workloads and the convergence of cloud, mobile, analytics and the Internet of Things (IoT), the digital universe is growing at an astonishing pace. Analysts with IDC anticipate that by 2025 the total amount of digital data created worldwide will reach 180 zettabytes — or 180 trillion gigabytes.

Rethinking Tech Purchasing

Device-as-a-Service model can reduce management burden and improve budget flexibility.

It’s been said that every company is now a technology company. Whether they deal in software, staffing, sprockets or sandwiches, virtually all businesses today rely upon information technology to run their operations.

Beyond the Password

Multifactor authentication has become an essential tool for maintaining data security.

Despite greater focus on improving security awareness in the workplace, poor password practices continue to undermine data protection. More than 80 percent of all confirmed data breaches involve weak, default or stolen passwords, according to Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Don’t Delay Upgrades

A technology refresh can mitigate risks and deliver a boost in performance and efficiency.

Organizations commonly put off upgrading outdated technology for as long as possible in order to conserve cash. While older hardware and software may still be functioning adequately, this approach can be extremely costly in the long run due to a multitude of security, productivity and competitive shortcomings.

Wi-Fi’s Role in the IoT

Emerging wireless standards and a new security protocol improve connectivity for Internet of Things devices.

 The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling an economic transformation that may eventually rival the Industrial Revolution. PricewaterhouseCoopers analysts say the IoT will soon become a multi-trillion-dollar industry, and Gartner researchers predict more than half of new businesses will run on the IoT within two years.

Endpoint Protection

Evolving threats require smarter, more automated endpoint security solutions.

Employees today are increasingly likely to work from outside the office, employing a variety of endpoint devices including desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones to complete business tasks.