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Increase Your Network Security

Wireless networks are a gift to anyone seeking easy connectivity and a quick Wi-Fi connection. But don't forget that rushing through your network's setup can have security consequences later. Make sure you've addressed these areas, whether it's for your personal network at home or your business's, to improve your network security. Change your access point or router's default username and password. Default usernames and passwords for most hardware and software can easily be found online. Turn on encryption. All Wi-Fi devices support at least some type of encryption. Change your network's name or SSID from the default. A default name…
OXEN Technology
December 16, 2019
ConsultingInfrastructureLeadershipSecurity

5 Tips on Managing & Planning Your Technology in 2020

In the IT industry, there are always new projects and upgrades coming, plus new concerns and trends. What should you consider implementing in 2020? Here are our tips for what to keep in mind when managing your cybersecurity risks and planning for the future. #1 Is your Windows Software wanted dead or alive? Are you still running Windows 7 and/or Windows Server 2008? Are you on Windows 8, but not yet ready to step up to Windows 10 and the latest updates? Remember that both Windows 7 and Server 2008 hit end of life in January 2020. Windows 8 reached…
OXEN Technology
December 10, 2019
Security

Ransomware Lessons for City Governments

U.S. towns and cities are being hit hard by ransomware and cyberattacks A city government's network is a prime target for hackers. Many small towns and cities don't have the tools, personnel, or budget to fight back. And when an attack is successful, who is to blame? Cities like Lake City, Florida have been in the news recently for falling victim to devastating ransomware attacks and the consequences afterwards. Lake City, Florida's computer network was devastated within hours. Their security and backup defenses were no match for expert hackers and sophisticated spear phishing campaigns. Their budget never extended to cover…
OXEN Technology
November 11, 2019
Cloud SolutionsOffice 365Security

What Is Microsoft 365 vs. Office 365?

You may have started to hear about Microsoft 365. Is it the same as the similarly named “Office 365”? The two are different, and here we’ll explain the difference and what Microsoft 365 Business can offer your organization. First of all, Microsoft 365 is not the same thing as Office 365. Office 365 is a cloud-based suite of productivity apps, such as Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Outlook. It’s the modern, cloud-based version of the Microsoft Office suite of products you’re probably familiar with already. Microsoft 365 Business is a bundle of services that include the apps and productivity tools of…
OXEN Technology
September 16, 2019
Security

How to Protect Your Business Against Former Employees

We’ve said this frequently, and we’ll say it again. One of the biggest security weaknesses that businesses face are their own employees. This isn’t pleasant, but it’s a truth that we have to face. Humans are a weak link in our cybersecurity defenses. When we make mistakes – forgetting to change a default password or clicking on a link we shouldn’t – we open the door for attackers. But there’s another way that your people can threaten your organization. It's from within: disgruntled or dissatisfied former employees. These are people who are no longer with your business but may still…
OXEN Technology
September 9, 2019
InfrastructureLeadership

2019 State of the IT Industry Landscape, Part 5: The Internet of Things and Wireless

In the fifth and final installment of our 2019 update on the state of the IT landscape, we look at two more industry trends: the Internet of Things (IoT) and wireless and wi-fi technologies. What are they, and why is demand increasing? Why is cybersecurity still of constant importance in these areas? Industry Trends: The Internet of Things (IOT) What is the Internet of Things? The IoT is a global network of objects that collect and communicate data via the internet. It extends Internet connectivity beyond laptops, phones, and tablets to an extremely diverse range of “things”. IoT devices include…
OXEN Technology
August 19, 2019
Cloud SolutionsLeadership

2019 State of the IT Industry Landscape, Part 4: The Cloud

This is part four of OXEN Technology’s 2019 update on the state of the IT landscape. In the first three parts we covered: the accelerating changes affecting the IT industry, the current economic outlook for the U.S. and the IT industry, and the growing importance of cybersecurity. In this section, we look at the effects of the cloud and cloud computing. Industry Trends: Cloud The future is here. Predictions of rapid adoption of cloud-based applications from only two years ago are already history. Today 91% of businesses claim to be using some sort of cloud computing. (And many small businesses…
OXEN Technology
August 12, 2019
LeadershipSecurity

2019 State of the IT Industry Landscape, Part 3: Cybersecurity

In this portion of our 2019 update on the state of the IT industry, we review many of the pertinent and pressing statistics of the need for cybersecurity. It’s easy to paint an overwhelmingly complex and urgent picture of cybersecurity. However, we aim to balance the flood of data with digestible overview of the situation. Industry Trends: Cybersecurity Bottomline: Our cybersecurity risks and cost associated with them will never be lower than they are today. OXEN’s 2017 summary of cybersecurity for small businesses concluded that SMB IT security is viewed as a necessary but unwelcome cost, rather than as an…
OXEN Technology
July 29, 2019
Leadership

2019 State of the IT Industry Landscape, Part 2: Economic Outlook & SMBs

In this second part of our 2019 review of the IT landscape, we look at the current economic outlook for the U.S. and the IT industry. We also look at how small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) view technology and their IT providers. This provides context for the economic and financial considerations around the future of technology. Do we expect growth or contraction? U.S. Economy Outlook As a Midwest technology provider, OXEN focused our review on the economic outlook for the U.S. and, specifically, our local nine-state area. The overall economy remains promising for 2019. The leading economic indicator for the…
OXEN Technology
July 22, 2019
Leadership

2019 State of the IT Industry Landscape, Part 1: Change & Cybersecurity

The IT industry is very dynamic. Increasing cybersecurity threats and new, emerging technologies demand that we pay attention to what’s on the horizon. In order to be a valuable partner, consultant, and trusted IT leader for our clients, OXEN Technology must know what’s going on in our industry. We are obligated to understand the environment our clients are operating in and the technology needs that are (and will be) affecting them. With this in mind, we take a step back every few years and review the IT landscape. We hear about new cybersecurity threats and emerging technology all the time.…
OXEN Technology
July 15, 2019