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2021 OXEN Update on Cybersecurity

With the many events of 2020, you might think that cybersecurity has not been as big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. However, it not only held its ground in the public eye but unfortunately continued to increase its relevance to businesses and individuals alike. There are many statistics about the growth of different threats and trends in cybersecurity. The summary? They continue to increase; there is no slowing down. The sobering reality is that most people have been hacked or know someone who has been. This is the most important fact that small businesses should consider…
OXEN Technology
February 22, 2021
ConsultingLeadership

You Need IT Leadership

Missouri is just beginning to emerge from its stay-at-home order in response to the pandemic threat. Who ever imagined that pandemic planning policies would become a reality? What was once regarded as a threat with low probability of occurrence will likely become a much higher probability as we navigate through the coming years. The realization of this threat has certainly changed the way we view ourselves and the world around us. It has sensitized us to our newfound vulnerability. This month, I am writing to you from the Joplin, MO office of OXEN Technology. Considering our present circumstances, our physical…
Terry Allen
May 18, 2020
ConsultingLeadershipSecurity

3 Signs You Need a Shared CIO

You may have heard about shared CIO services – or a “virtual CIO” – and wondered what that is and whether it would help you. How do you know if you would benefit from CIO or CISO services? For one, a Shared CIO (Chief Information Officer) or Shared CISO (Chief Information Security Officer) doesn’t replace your existing leadership of IT staff. Instead, this position enhances your IT team and your business leadership. This is a consultative person who helps you define a strategy to best use technology and manage cyber risks based on your actual business goals. CIO services aren’t…
OXEN Technology
March 9, 2020
ConsultingSecurity

2020 OXEN Update on Cybersecurity

Every day we read about another cybersecurity breach. Lost credit card information, hacked emails, corporate or national security information stolen by insider or external actors. Cyber espionage and security attacks have become sophisticated and big business. We have reluctantly learned a new language: ransomware, “phishing”, malware, HIPAA (in healthcare), PCI (for credit card protection), and PII (personally identifiable information) to name a few. The challenge grows even faster as more and more devices are attached to our networks. New devices like thermostats, smart lights, cell phones, watches, and smart monitors of all types connect to our networks to share information.…
OXEN Technology
January 20, 2020
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