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Protect your business with these 8 essential cybersecurity strategies

In 2017, the Australian government laid out cybersecurity guidelines for all public and private sector agencies. Their eight cybersecurity attack mitigation strategies, called "The Essential 8," provide an excellent blueprint for security best practices for organizations worldwide. When implemented correctly, the Essential 8 provide every company ...

Why email backups are crucial for your business

Does your business archive data for audit and regulation purposes? You might believe that because you're a small business that doesn't have an industry or governmental regulatory regime, there's no good reason to archive data such as emails sent to, from, or between your employees. But even if your business isn't subject to specific data-retention...

Why Office 365 Users need Microsoft 365

Cyber-security is often considered an afterthought for many small and midsize businesses (SMBs), though I don't know why. Independent research from the Ponemon Institute says that it typically takes only four minutes for a hacker to get into a corporate network but over six months for the owners of that network to even detect an attack. That same ...

BYOD Your Business with Microsoft's Intune & Enterprise Mobility + Security

It's unreal to think that only ten years ago most mid-to-large enterprise companies were still handing out BlackBerry smartphones to significant numbers of their workforces. But the key reason those companies liked the BlackBerry was its security and management capabilities outstripped all competitors. Although many Millennial workers cannot imagi...

3 Reasons Why Office 365 is the Smart Choice for Secure Business Productivity

Every successful business today is online. Unfortunately, this means that every successful business must deal with online criminals wanting to steal valuable business data stored in the cloud. From viruses to ransomware and phishing scams, the threats to your business are legion and it's vital to protect your internet-connected devices and data fr...

7 Ways Amaxra Can Supercharge Your Business Productivity

For over a decade, Amaxra has continually looked for ways to help our customers become productive. Like many other companies, we chose to invest in cloud-based services like Microsoft Office 365, Dynamics 365 Customer Relationship Management (CRM), SharePoint Online, Skype for Business, and Teams. These are the essential business productiv...

Why the Windows 10 Recovery feature is a beautiful thing

My computer was acting up. It's the powerful Surface Book by Microsoft, a 2-in-1 hybrid laptop and tablet tuned for high-performance computing. So, it was unusual when I noticed that Outlook, an app that is an absolute necessity for our business, kept gobbling up memory and I need to crash and restart. Not only was the sluggish performance in Outl...

How Office 365 helps your business be GDPR compliant

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new privacy law that applies to the digital data shared with citizens in the European Union (EU). The GDPR law is designed to protect EU citizens' personal data, wherever it is stored, and applies to any organization responsible for controlling or processing that data. That means starting on the 2...

Why Azure Cosmos skills are in high demand right now

For at least the past five years, technology companies and analysts have posited that "data is the new oil." This means data is the key resource that drives our information-centric economy. This is an apt analogy for one big reason: Data is an extremely valuable resource for companies, but just like oil, the issue is that someone must dig to find ...

Just what is a complex password (and how do I create one)?

In a previous blog, I discussed seven common-sense cyber protections you can do that immediately and inexpensively make you, your business, and your family safer from cyber attack. So far, I've covered #1 – Keep your software patches up to date and #7 – Do not give your primary user account administrator privileges, and #3 – Back up your computer ...

Which is worse: #ransomware or hard drive failure?

It’s a trick question. Both impact your business the same way – you lose access to your valuable business data when you are not expecting it. One of the most important things you can do about cybersecurity is to stop thinking about it like a mysterious disease whose only cure is to buy specialized protection software. To be sure, some businesses that...

7 Common-Sense Cyber Protections That Really Work

We all use the Internet regularly to communicate with colleagues, share vital information, and carry out our business duties. Think of trying to get through your workday without access to your e-mail, your documents, or your spreadsheets. Nevertheless, that same Internet we depend upon is viewed by cyber criminals as a pathway into your company – one ...

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